Respect Greatness


We are living in an era where we’re witnessing historical records are being broken, mesmorizing moments from deciding games are taking place, and once in a lifetime achievements are current. Clear examples of such greatness includes the Golden State Warriors winning 73 games in a regular season, the newly infamous Julian Edelman’s catch that helped propel the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI comeback, and the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908.

We are also living in an era where we’re witnessing some of the best athletes to ever play. When I was a child, I saw Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, and Jerry Rice. As I got older, I witnessed Kobe Bryant, Mario Lemieux, Derek Jeter, and Randy Moss. Now there’s LeBron James, Patrick Kane, Kris Bryant, and Julio Jones. Over the past 30 years, we’ve have seen athletes come and go, but we have all been witnesses to the greatness that certain professionals have displayed.

In the last 12 months alone, we have seen some of the best championship sporting outcomes in history. We saw March Madness end with a buzzer beater by Villanova to beat North Carolina. Two months later, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended the city’s championship drought by coming back against the Golden State Warriors down 3 games to 1 to capture their first NBA title in franchise history. Fast forward to October, we witnessed another drought end but on a more significant level. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning of game 7 after being down 3 games to 1 as well. Last month, we saw Clemson get their sweet revenge against Alabama in of the most fantastic finishes in recent memory. Serena Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title. Less than 2 weeks ago, we’ve witnessed the best Super Bowl ending in NFL history. The UConn women’s basketball team are currently on a 100 game winning streak (that is ridiculous!).

It seems like we’re at a point where we expect great things to happen at every major sporting event. From The Master’s to Wimbledon; the Stanley Cup to the World Series; the NBA Finals to the Super Bowl, we are spoiled by greatness. Appreciate these moments while you can because all things (including exceptional moments) must come to an end.

JGOOD

Super Bowl LI


Today is bittersweet for the NFL. Even though this is the biggest game of the year, this is also the last game of the NFL season until the summer time. I do enjoy other sports that are active during the NFL offseason, but not having Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football, and even fantasy football leaves an unreplaceable void. With that being said, let’s hope this game ends with a bang.

At 39 years old, Tom Brady is making his 7th trip to the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots have looked dominant the whole season, even with Brady being suspended the first 4 games of the regular season due to “Deflate-gate”. Even though New England has been without their superstar tight end Ron Gronkowski since November 13th, the additions of Chris Hogan, Martellus Bennett, and Michael Floyd have given the offense more depth. Already having Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, Danny Amendola, and Dion Lewis, the New England Patriots have never lost a step.

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This season’s league MVP, Matt Ryan, has led his team to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999. Ryan is the ringleader to this high-power offense, who was the highest scoring team in the NFL (33.8 points per game) 2nd in the NFL in total offense. Center Alex Mack has been the unsung hero of this offense. Atlanta arguably has the best 1-2 punch at running back with Devonta Freeman and Tevon Coleman. Atlanta finished top 5 in the NFL in rushing this season. The Atlanta Falcons have improved their wide receiver core by adding speedster Taylor Gabriel and possession receiver Mohamed Sanu. I forgot to mention that Atlanta already has arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL with Julio Jones.

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It’s kind of hard to bet against New England. They have had consistency at the coaching and quarterback positions between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, those 2 individuals had plenty of experience in the Super Bowl. Their offense is good because of their versatility. Their defense has played well at times, but it’s not as consistent as their last Super Bowl appearance 2 years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if New England wins today for these reasons alone. However, I believe Atlanta’s offense will be a problem. Once this offense gets rolling, it’s almost impossible to stop it (I think of it like a snowball running downhill). New England has never scored a touchdown in the first quarter of any Super Bowl. This will probably be the toughest offense New England has ever seen in the biggest game. As good as Malcolm Butler is, I don’t think he can stop Julio Jones by himself (if he is to cover him). Atlanta’s defense has stepped up in the playoffs, getting consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. I’m officially going with the “underdog” tonight. I have the Atlanta Falcons defeating the New England Patriots 27-21.

JGOOD

Hall Of Fame Debate: Michael Vick


Growing up, there were only a few NFL players that really caught my attention because of their impact on the game. Deion Sanders is my favorite cornerback to ever lace ’em up. Randy Moss is my favorite wide receiver to step foot on the gridiron. My love for the quarterback position started with Steve Young and Brett Farve. All of them have inspired me and are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (except Randy Moss).

Since the dawn of time, quarterbacks have been known to stay in the pocket and deliver the ball to their targets. Until the impact of Warren Moon, the quarterback position has been predominately caucasian. Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen more diversity at the quarterback position. Also in that course of time, we have witnessed the evolution of dual-threat quarterbacks. We went from a few like Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, and Dante Culpepper to the likes of Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kaepernick, Dak Prescott, Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor, and more.

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The pivotal reason for the surge of dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL today was the emergence of Michael Vick in 2001. The former Virgina Tech star was the most electrifying quarterback in the history of the NFL. The number one overall pick, who ran a 4.25 40-yard dash time at the NFL Draft Combine, was embarrassing opposing defenses with his legs with his speed, agility, acceleration, and elusive juke moves. Also, he is the greatest video game athlete of all-time (if you played Madden 2004, you know what I’m talking about).

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Michael Vick finished his career with 21,503 passing yards, 131 passing TDs, 6,109 rushing yards (most ever for a quarterback), 36 rushing touchdowns, and went to 4 Pro Bowls. The Atlanta Falcons lead the league in rushing from 2004-2006, spearheaded by Vick, Warrick Dunn, and T.J. Duckett. Michael Vick had his best success as an overall quarterback under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, especially in 2010 (3,018 passing yards, 21 passing TDs, 6 INT, 676 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs). Also, he had the greatest performance of his career that season in December against the New York Giants.

I’m not going to get into the dog fighting allegations again because it’s irrelevant at the moment (CLICK HERE to check it out), and he has had injuries that have derailed some of his progress as a player. However, I believe he deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame. His statistics as a quarterback are probably not Hall Of Fame worthy, but his impact and legacy, to me, are enough credentials to get him in. Do you think Michael Vick should get in?

JGOOD

Fantasy Football Championship Week Edition: NFL Week 16


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 New England
15 San Diego
14 Houston
13 Pittsburgh
12 Tennessee
11 Green Bay
10 New York Giants
9 Kansas City
8 Oakland
7 Buffalo
6 New Orleans
5 Seattle
4 Cowboys
3 Los Angeles
2 Atlanta
1 Chicago

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Green Bay
14 Tennessee
13 New York Giants
12 Pittsburgh
11 San Diego
10 Cowboys
9 Kansas City
8 Washington
7 Oakland
6 Seattle
5 Miami
4 Los Angeles
3 Atlanta
2 New Orleans
1 Cincinnati

Championship Showdown (JGood)

Coincidentally in the week where the majority of fantasy football championships are taking place, I (Nino Brown) am going against D.Reed (Every Villian Is Lemons) in our league that we’ve been apart of since 2011. This is a chalk matchup of the first and second seed going at it. D.Reed is making his 4th consecutive finals appearance. Two years ago, we battled for the championship, but I came up short. I’ve been looking forward to this matchup since then. Good luck my friend.

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HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

 

QB
Philip Rivers (San Diego @ Cleveland)
Philip Rivers is coming off a sub-par performance last week against Oakland throwing for 206 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT!! Rivers owners should rejoice because he has a week 16 matchup against the winless Cleveland Browns!!! The Browns have allowed the most touchdown passes to opposing QBs with 31!! Rivers is a safe bet at the QB1 position for championship week!!!

Derek Carr (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
Derek Carr has been downright awful as of late scoring a combined 14 points the past two weeks. This week, Carr and company play host to the Indianapolis Colts and their porous secondary!!! The Colts D surrendered 23 passing touchdowns with an average of 18 fantasy points a game to opposing signal callers!! Carr looks to be in for a “redemption week.”

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Todd Gurley (San Francisco @ Los Angeles)
Wait a second, is Todd Gurley on the hot list??!!! I know, I know…Gurley has been the ultimate fantasy “bust” this year, but before you disagree with the decision, just hear me out. The 49’ers are giving up an absurd average of 26 points per game to opposing RBs!!! Both teams in this matchup have problems moving the ball, therefore, I expect for it to be a close one with Gurley racking up a solid chunk of yardage!! All signs point to a productive outing for Gurley, and he is sure to find pay dirt in this one!!!

Bilal Powell (New York Jets @ New England)
Bilal Powell has been smoking hot over the past two weeks!! Powell was inserted into the starting lineup due to Matt Forte’s lingering knee injury!! It seems as if there is a new sheriff in the Jets’ backfield as Powell out-snapped Forte 137 to 19 the last two weeks!! While being heavily involved in both passing and running game, I love Powell’s upside this week, especially in PPR format!!!

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Julian Edelman (New York Jets @ New England)
I love Julian Edelman this week simply because of volume!!! Edelman has been targeted a whopping 50 times over the past 4 weeks!! With Rob Gronkowski out for the season, Julian Edelman has become Tom Brady’s “security blanket.” I expect Brady to look Edelman’s way early and often in this one!! Whether standard or PPR, I love Edelman as a solid WR1 this week!!

Michael Crabtree (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
Michael Crabtree is coming off a solid performance against the San Diego Chargers, catching 6 balls for 60 yards and a score!! Crabtree has a week 16 matchup against a beatable Colts secondary. Crabtree has been one of the most consistent WRs this year and still delivers even while playing alongside second-year standout, Amari Cooper. Crabtree makes a fine low-end WR1/high-end WR2 this week!!!

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Greg Olsen (Atlanta @ Carolina)
Over the past 2 weeks, Olsen is starting to warm up with 10 receptions for 172 yards! Although Olsen hasn’t found paydirt since week 9, I love Olsen and his week 16 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons!!! In Olsen’s week 4 meeting with Atlanta, he caught 6 passes for 76 yards and a score, therefore, I expect Olsen to find a way to duplicate his week 4 success and break his 6-week scoring drought!!

D/ST
New England (vs New York Jets)
The New England Patriots defense has been on a roll as of late, scoring double-digit points in 2 of their last 3 games!!! With inexperienced QB Bryce Petty coming to town, I see plenty of turnover opportunities in the works!!! New England makes for a top-tier defense this week which such a tasty matchup on the horizon!!
What’s Not❄

 

QB
Carson Wentz (Philadelphia @ New York Giants)
The Carson Wentz show was here today and gone tomorrow! I have no doubt that Wentz will be a great talent in the years to come, but the future won’t win your fantasy championship this week!!! You can’t afford many mistakes at any position so don’t get cute. Just stick with the sure thing and Wentz isn’t it!!!

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Matt Forte (New York Jets @ New England)
Matt Forte’s days may be numbered as the primary ball carrier in the Jets’ backfield! It seems as if Bilal Powell has all but relieved Forte of his backfield duties in both the passing and running game!! Over the past few weeks in Forte’s absence, Powell performed beautifully and with Powell’s recent emergence of “top dog” status, it would be wise to look elsewhere at the RB position!!

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Brandon Marshall (New York Jets @ New England)
Brandon Marshall has been a huge fantasy disappointment this season!!! Marshall’s poor play is due in part to the inconsistency at the QB position with both Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Yes, Marshall is a big name, but that doesn’t mean he deserves a spot in your lineup!! With the lack of consistent play at the QB position in New York, Marshall should remain on the bench if you want to keep your title shot intact!!!

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Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis @ Oakland)
The only problem I have with this matchup is that there is no consistency at the TE position on the Colts’ roster!! Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope, and Dwayne Allen all get targeted in the passing game (with Doyle leading the pack as of late) and now is not the week to play TE musical chairs!! During championship week you always wanna go with the sure thing but there is no such thing at TE on the Colts as of right now!!! Stay away!!!

D/ST
Indianapolis (@ Oakland)
The Colts defense put out a stellar performance against the Vikings last week scoring an uncharacteristic 18 points!!! The Colts week 15 defensive performance will be short lived as they travel to Oakland to take on Derek Carr and their high scoring offense!!! Opposing defenses has averaged 3 points per game when facing Oakland!! Don’t even think twice about benching them in this one!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 14: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 Minnesota
15 Cincinnati
14 New England
13 Tennessee
12 Arizona
11 Indianapolis
10 Tampa Bay
9 Atlanta
8 Pittsburgh
7 Detroit
6 Carolina
5 Washington
4 Dallas
3 Kansas City
2 San Francisco
1 Seattle

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Cincinnati
14 Pittsburgh
13 Atlanta
12 Minnesota
11 Arizona
10 Carolina
9 Tampa Bay
8 Kansas City
7 Denver
6 Washington
5 Indianapolis
4 Detroit
3 Seattle
2 New York Jets
1 Dallas

Week 13 Points and Results
JGood: 99 pts (10-5) record; Overall: 955 pts (110-80)
D.Reed: 86 pts (8-7) record;  Overall: 971 pts (113-77)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

First and foremost, we want to say congratulations if you made the playoffs in your fantasy league(s). Most playoffs for fantasy football starts NFL week 14. At this time, we are aware that his is crunch time so we’ll be available via Twitter for any and every question or concern for your week’s matchup.

What’s Hot🔥

QB

Andy Dalton (Cincinnati @ Cleveland)

Andy Dalton is coming off of a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles throwing for 332 yards and 2 TDs!!! Even with top target A.J. Green out due to injury (hamstring), Dalton found no problem moving the ball through the air! In week 14, Dalton and company are on the road against a tasty matchup with the winless Cleveland Browns!! Dalton should see no drop off from his week 13 success!!

Jameis Winston (New Orleans @ Tampa Bay)

In Jameis Winston’s last 7 games, he is averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game and has thrown 14 TDs to just four interceptions over that timeframe!! Winston has a week 14 matchup at home with the Saints, who’ve allowed eight of the last 10 quarterbacks they’ve played to throw for multiple scores!!! New Orleans defense hasn’t played particularly well on the road, therefore, I see a great game in the works for “Famous” Jameis!!!

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Spencer Ware (Oakland @ Kansas City)

Spencer Ware was quite active in week 13 scoring one touchdown through the air and another score on the ground!! Ware’s day was salvaged by both TDs as he didn’t accumulate many yards from scrimmage (29 yards rushing & 23 receiving) This week, Ware has a home matchup against the Oakland Raiders. In week 6 against Oakland, Ware ran for a season-high 131 yards and a score on 24 carries, and I believe Kansas City would like to build upon that “ground and pound” success!! I believe they will look to get Ware the rock early and establish the run!!!

Lamar Miller (Houston @ Indianapolis)

Lamar Miller put up a stinker against the Green Bay Packers last week carrying the ball 14 times for a measly 22 yards and 1 reception for -4 yards (2 fantasy points total)!!! Miller looks to bounce back in a major way against the Colts who have surrendered the ninth-most rushing yards and the third most yards per carry to opposing backfields!! In week 6 against Indy, Miller ran for 149 yards and a score, and I believe this week will be much of the same!!! Miller is a great play in this one!!!

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Julian Edelman (Baltimore @ New England)

With Martellus Bennett a bit banged up and both Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola out due to injury, Julian Edelman looks to be the beneficiary of a huge uptick in targets!!! Edelman has seen a team-high of 40 targets in the last 3 games. With Baltimore giving up the eighth most points to wideouts, Edelman could be in store for a huge game in this one!!! I like Julian Edelman as a top 10 WR play this week!!!

Doug Baldwin (Seattle @ Green Bay)

Doug Baldwin has been somewhat of a fantasy disappointment over the past 2 games, but a week 14 matchup with the Green Bay Packers could be just the thing to get Baldwin back on track!! The Packers secondary has struggled against wideouts all season allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the position!!! With the Packers’ run defense being quite stout, Wilson my look to air it out with Baldwin reaping the benefits!!!

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Travis Kelce (Oakland @ Kansas City)

Even though Travis Kelce hasn’t found paydirt since week 10, Kelce still has TE position on fire with 3 straight 100+ yard receiving games in his last 3!!! Even with Jeremy Maclin eyeing a possible return this week, Kelce is still “top dog” in the Kansas City receiving core!! No matter the matchup, ride this stud during your playoff run!!!

D/ST

Vikings (vs Jacksonville)

Fun Fact: Did you know that Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles had more “pick-sixes” (11) in his career than wins!!!?? (10) Yep, it’s sad isn’t it!!

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What’s Not❄

QB

Ryan Tannehill (Arizona at Miami)

Ryan Tannehill is about as inconsistent as they come at the position!!! The Dolphins quarterback even fails to take advantage of his better matchups!! Watching Tannehill had to have been brutal for all Dolphins fans as he threw the ball for 226 yds 1 TD and 3INTS!!! He has a tough task this week against the number 2 overall defense in the Arizona Cardinals, therefore I’ll keep Tannehill riding pine in this one!!

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Devontae Booker (Denver @ Tennessee)

Devontae Booker hasn’t been all that productive since taking over the starting job from fellow backfield mate C.J. Anderson. The Titans have been a top 7 rush defense over the last month and that doesn’t bode well for someone so touchdown dependent as Booker. It’ll be in your best interest to shy away from Booker in such a crucial week 14 matchup!!!

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Allen Robinson (Minnesota @ Jacksonville)

I blame most of Robinson’s fantasy woes on Blake “Turn It Over Often” Bortles!! In most leagues, week 14 is the beginning of the playoffs and although it’s tough to bench a name like Allen Robinson, you can’t afford to start anyone off their name alone!!! He simply hasn’t had the production so it’ll be in your best interest to bench Robinson this week against one of the league’s top secondaries!!!

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Martellus Bennett (Baltimore @ New England)

Just because Gronk is out doesn’t mean that Bennett will have automatic production!! Bennett still isn’t 100 percent healthy, and he just hasn’t been involved much in the passing game. He’s only caught 6 of 11 targets over the last 3 weeks, and now he’s up against a Ravens defense who’s among the top of the league in stopping the opposing TE position!! With playoffs implications on the line, benching Bennett may be a smart move this week!!

D/ST

Baltimore (@ New England)

Baltimore D has been an extremely solid defensive play the last few weeks, but a trip to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and company in prime time may very well fix that!! It’ll be tough to bench such a hot defense, but a matchup against the Pats on the road is one of the league’s tougher tasks!!! I’d look elsewhere for a defense this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 13: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

15 New England
14 Denver
13 Green Bay
12 Oakland
11 Philadelphia
10 Dallas
9 Atlanta
8 Seattle
7 Pittsburgh
6 New Orleans
5 Chicago
4 Baltimore
3 San Diego
2 New York Jets
1 Washington

D.Reed (Blue)

15 New England
14 Denver
13 Green Bay
12 Oakland
11 New Orleans
10 Pittsburgh
9 Dallas
8 Atlanta
7 Seattle
6 Indianapolis
5 San Diego
4 Washington
3 Cincinnati
2 San Francisco
1 Miami

Week 12 Points and Results
JGood: 116 pts (14-2) record; Overall: 856 pts (100-75)
D.Reed: 96 pts (11-5) record;  Overall: 885 pts (105-70)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

QB
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco @ Chicago)
How come no one isn’t talking about how well Colin Kaepernick has been in fantasy this year since he’s been named the starter over Blaine Gabbert!?  Seriously, Kaep has been an absolute stud scoring at least 23 fantasy points in the past 4 weeks!!! Be sure not overlook Kaep again this week as he travels to the Windy City to face an exploitable Bears defense!!! Even though reality hasn’t been great for Kaepernick and the Niners, Kaep has been “fantasy gold” at the QB1 position, and I expect week 13 to be no different!!
Philip Rivers (Tampa Bay @ San Diego)
Philip Rivers is coming off of a very solid road performance against a stingy Houston Texans secondary throwing for 242 yards, 3 scores, and one INT! Rivers had a tough matchup on paper last week, but he’ll have a much better matchup this week as the Chargers play host to the Buccaneers. In years past, it’s been difficult to trust Rivers late in the season, but I like this matchup enough to deem Rivers a fine week 13 QB1!!
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Spencer Ware (Kansas City @ Atlanta)
Spencer Ware didn’t have the most productive week against the Denver Broncos, carrying the ball 17 times for 64 yards and catching 2 passes for another 32 yards. I look for Ware to bounce back in full effect this week as he gets a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who are second-worst in the league against opposing runners. I expect there will be plenty of opportunities for Ware to find “pay dirt” in his week 13 matchup!!!
Melvin Gordon (Tampa Bay @ San Diego)
Melvin Gordon looks to be one of the top options at the running back position as he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Gordon carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and added 4 catches for 19 yards en route to a win over the Texans last week!! Gordon has played well all season and has been particularly productive inside the red zone!!! Gordon has been money inside the 10-yard line, and I expect for Gordon to score on multiple occasions this week!!
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Michael Thomas (Detroit @ New Orleans)
Michael Thomas has been quite impactful during his rookie campaign catching 65 balls for 789 yards and 7 TDs!!! With injuries keeping Willie Snead on the sideline for a few weeks this year, Thomas has made the best of every opportunity to prove himself as a worthy pass catcher alongside the speedy Brandin Cooks. This week, Thomas has a home matchup in the Superdome against a porous Detroit Lions secondary!! Thomas makes for a fine WR 2 with great upside this week!!!
Sammy Watkins (Buffalo @ Oakland)
Sammy Watkins looks like he is back to his explosive ways after he snagged 3 balls for 80 yards in limited action in week 12! This week, Watkins is a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 against an Oakland Raiders secondary allowing the fifth most points to opposing wideouts! With Tyrod Taylor looking to get Watkins back into the mix, a big day could be in the works for Watkins!!!
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Kyle Rudolph (Dallas @ Minnesota)
Kyle Rudolph is coming off of a great game catching 9 balls for 64 yards against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving!! Rudolph has been one of the more reliable TE options in fantasy this season and he should be used as a TE1 going forward!! Up next is a week 13 matchup against Dallas who have given up an average of more than nine fantasy points a game to opposing TEs!! Give Rudolph the nod this week!!
D/ST
New England (vs Los Angeles)
The Patriots defense has been a huge disappointment these past few weeks but an upcoming matchup against rookie QB Jared Goff may be just what they need to get back on track defensively! Over the years, rookie QBs haven’t faired well in Foxborough averaging a 51.7 passer rating with four TDs and 14 INTs!!! New England’s D could be in for a huge outing!!!


What’s Not❄

QB
Jared Goff (Los Angeles @ New England)
Jared Goff had a solid outing against last week against the Saints throwing for 214 yds, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. Last week’s game was definitely a confidence builder for the first year signal caller, but the task will get much tougher this week as the Rams travel to Foxborough to take on the AFC-leading Patriots!!! The Pats have been brutal against rookie QBs at home so don’t even consider Goff in this one!!!
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Rob Kelley (Washington @ Arizona)
Rob Kelley, for the most part, has played well in the Washington Redskins backfield since becoming the primary ball carrier. With Kelley being so active in the ‘Skins offense, it’ll be difficult for most owners to bench him this week. However, with a matchup against a Cardinals defense that had allowed an average of 6.2 fantasy points per game with no rushing scores to opposing backs, it’ll be best if you would leave Kelley on the bench in this one!!!
WR
Jarvis Landry (Miami @ Baltimore)
Jarvis Landry has been quite the fantasy disappointment this season!! Landry is best served as bench depth more than an actual starter going forward until he breaks out of his “production slump” phase. Landry has even failed to take advantage of “golden” matchups like this past week against the San Francisco 49ers!! Leave Landry on the bench and keep him there until further notice!!!
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Jack Doyle (Indianapolis @ New York Jets)
Early on, it was looking as if Jack Doyle would be one of those “fantasy gems” that surface once or twice a year, but that production has fallen flat, tremendously!!! Doyle has only seen four targets the last two games and has now failed to score a touchdown in every game since week 7!!! With his recent slump in production and a week 13 matchup against a Jets defense that’s surrendered only 3 TDs to TEs all season, Doyle should have a spot deep on your bench!!!
D/ST
Minnesota (vs Dallas)
I know it’ll be tough to bench the highest scoring fantasy defense, but the Vikings play host to the high octane offense of the Dallas Cowboys in week 13! Early on in the year, the Vikings defense was dominant but as of late, they’ve been fairly mediocre!! The ‘Boys have surrendered the fewest points to opposing defenses this year, and they’ll make it very difficult for the Vikings defense to have a productive outing!! Minnesota’s D isn’t one of the better options this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NFL Week 12: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

16 New York Giants
15 New England
14 Seattle
13 Pittsburgh
12 Baltimore
11 Miami
10 Buffalo
9 Tennesse
8 Atlanta
7 Sand Diego
6 Green Bay
5 Dallas
4 Denver
3 Oakland
2 Los Angeles
1 Detroit

D.Reed (Blue)

16 New England
15 Seattle
14 New York Giants
13 Pittsburgh
12 Tennessee
11 New Orleans
10 Buffalo
9 Denver
8 Houston
7 Philadelphia
6 Atlanta
5 Oakland
4 Detroit
3 Miami
2 Baltimore
1 Washington

Week 11 Points and Results
JGood: 78 pts (8-6) record; Overall: 740 pts (86-73)
D.Reed: 77 pts (9-5) record;  Overall: 789 pts (94-65)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥

 

QB
Kirk Cousins (Washington @ Dallas)
Kirk Cousins has been on a roll as of late, so why would you shy away from the hot hand?! Cousins has a tough road test this Thanksgiving against one of the leagues top offenses in the Dallas Cowboys!! Even though this matchup may seem like a tough task on paper, I still believe that Cousins will perform well enough to produce QB1 numbers this week!! With the Cowboys’ secondary slightly depleted, Cousins could very well be on his way to another top 10 QB week!!
Derek Carr (Carolina @ Oakland)
Derek Carr is coming off of a very solid performance,throwing for 295 yds, 3 TDs, and 1 INT against a surprisingly, stingy Houston Texans secondary! In week 12, Carr has a matchup against a Carolina Panther defense that has struggled all season long against opposing QBs! With one of the deadliest pass-catching duos in the league at his disposal in Amari Cooper and Micheal Crabtree, I like Carr at home this week against such a shaky secondary!!!
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Thomas Rawls (Seattle @ Tampa Bay)
Thomas Rawls was not listed on the injury report Wednesday, and with Christine Micheal recently departed to Green Bay and rookie C.J. Prosise (shoulder) out for the season, Rawls could be in for a huge bump in production! In his first game back from an injury that kept him sidelined since week 3, Rawls ran for 57 yards on 13 carries and caught 3 balls for another 31 yards! Rawls’ week 11 production was very encouraging seeing as how he split carries with Prosise. With Rawls being the clear cut guy in Seattle’s backfield, all signs are pointing towards a “coming out party” for Rawls against a beatable Tampa front!!!
Jay Ajayi (Miami @ San Francisco)
Jay Ajayi could be in for a huge game as he’s up against a 49ers defense that has surrendered the most rushing yards per game and well over 5 yards per carries to opposing running backs this season!!! Nothing more needs to be said. Plug Ajayi into your RB1 slot this week and enjoy!!!
WR
Steve Smith (Cincinnati @ Baltimore)
Steve Smith caught 8 balls for 99 yards and a score in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week and has now found pay dirt in the last two weeks!! It seems as if Smith is becoming Joe Flacco’s “security blanket” both in the red zone and on those crucial plays down the stretch. The “ageless wonder” should see his fair share of targets this week against a Cincinnati Bengals defense ranked 24th against the pass. I believe Smith makes it 3 straight games with a score!! Smith makes for a fine WR2 this week!!!
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona @ Atlanta)
If you have Larry Fitzgerald outside a PPR league, you’ve been fairly disappointed over the past 5 weeks because he’s failed to find the end zone since his week 5 matchup at San Francisco. Carson Palmer’s struggles have in part been the blame for Fitzgerald’s performance or lack thereof. I expect for Fitzgerald to get back on track this week against an Atlanta Falcons defense that has given up 14 TDs and the 5th most points to opposing pass catchers this season!!
TE
Eric Ebron (Minnesota @ Detroit)
Eric Ebron is starting to become a focal point in the Lions’ passing game!! In the last 3 games, Ebron has no less 70 receiving yards, and he even scored a rushing TD at home last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars! This week Ebron is up against the same Minnesota defense he burned for 7 catches and 92 yds in week 9!! Ebron has the upside of a top TE play against a Minnesota defense susceptible to TEs this year!!!
D/ST 
Buffalo (vs Jacksonville)
Buffalo has a great matchup at home this week against a lackluster, turnover prone Jaguars offense!! As long as Blake Bortles continues to turn the ball over at a high rate, opposing defenses will continue to  average 11.5 points per game. If they bring pressure to Bortles early, it could mean another double-digit defense allowed for Jacksonville!!!


What’s Not❄

QB
Blake Bortles (Jacksonville @ Buffalo)
Blake Bortles is dealing with a right shoulder injury and although he is expected to play, I’m predicting a subpar fantasy outing from Bortles on the road against a much-improved Buffalo defense. The only way Bortles could be productive in this one is if the Jags are down a ton early and Jacksonville is forced to chuck it the rest of the game, and even then, it’ll be a stretch for Bortles to become worthy of a start this week!!! Keep a spot for Bortles on your bench this week!!!
RB
Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland @ New York Giants)
With the Giants having surrendered the 6th fewest yards per carry to running backs this season, it’s safe to say that Isaiah Crowell deserves a spot on your bench this week!!! The Browns will most likely abandon the run early, and Crowell’s production will solely be based upon his ability to score on the goal line!!! In a week where there are no byes, I’m sure you can find loads of production at the RB position elsewhere!!!
WR
Marvin Jones (Minnesota @ Detroit)
The season seemed so promising early on for Marvin Jones as he grabbed 18 balls for 408 yards and 2 TDs in his first 3 games of the season. Since then, Jones has only 20 catches for 268 yards and 2 scores in 7 games!!! With his recently poor production and a stingy Minnesota secondary coming to town, it’ll be wise to bench Jones this week and maybe beyond until his production increases.
TE
Cameron Brate (Seattle @ Tampa Bay)
Cameron Brate posted a very disappointing stat line against Kansas City last week, catching only 2 passes for a measly 18 yds!!! Things don’t get any easier as Brate has another brutal matchup on deck for this week against a Seattle Seahawks defense that has allowed only two touchdowns and an average of 6.4 fantasy points per game to opposing TEs!!! Brate wouldn’t be the best TE to turn to in week 12!
D/ST
Indianapolis (vs Pittsburgh)
The Colts pass defense is ranked dead last in the NFL, and the Steelers offense is ranked 7th in passing yards per game. You do the math!!! Stay away from the Colts defense at all costs!!!

 

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