Week 5 Start em Just as a reminder these players will never be the elite players. This list is meant to help guide my followers set their lineups weekly.
QB – Ben Rothlisberger vs Atlanta Big Ben averages 10 more points at home vs road games. The Falcons have given up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs this season & allowed the 2nd most completions. The Steelers will have to throw a lot to keep pace with their own defense giving up points to Matt Ryan and the high scoring Falcons offense. This is projected to be the highest scoring game of the week and I expect there to be high scoring fantasy performances as well.
RB – TJ Yeldon at Kansas City With Fournette officially ruled out this week Yeldon will be getting the start vs the weak Chiefs defense. He’s been averaging 12 carries/game even with Fournette starting two of those games and has added PPR value on a team that’s 3rd heaviest in passing (averages 3.5 receptions/game). He’s a top 15 RB while Fournette is out, Chiefs defense has given up the most points to running backs this season.
TE – Eric Ebron at New England On an injury cursed Indy team Ebron finds himself as the top target Thursday night against the Patriots. He is 2nd only to Hilton in team targets, averaging 7.5/game. TY Hilton & Jack Doyle will be out tonight in a game where the Colts will need to throw a ton to keep pace with the Tom Brady led offense. With all the injury issues for TEs this season I expect Ebron to put up a top 6 performance among TEs. He is averaging 12.5 PPR fantasy points/game which would be a gift to fantasy owners this week with limited options. D/ST –
Titans D/ST @ Buf If you started the D/ST playing against the Bills every week this season you’d average 13.5 points/game. This would be good enough for the 2nd best D/ST in the league behind only the Chicago Bears (15 pts/game). The Titans have the 5th highest blitz rate and will be getting to Josh Allen early and often. Allen was sacked 7 times and threw 2 interceptions last week vs Green Bay. Look for the Titans to capitalize on the great matchup.
WR – Calvin Ridley at Pittsburgh He’s been the hottest WR over the last two weeks, scoring 5 TDs, 200 yards on 11 receptions. He could be considered a weekly boom or bust but he’s a must start this week against the Steelers defense who is among the leagues worst in covering receivers. You should be riding Ridley’s hot start to the season into week 5, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another big performance from the former Alabama All-Star!
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Denver is my Lock for this week
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This week on the Heisman watch we look at Cole McDonald, a tall athletic quarterback from Hawaii who has all the tools to be a great Quarterback at the next level and has the numbers to be a legit Heisman Canadite. Through the first six weeks of the college football season, Cole McDonald already has 24 touchdowns and just two interceptions on 240 pass attempts. If he keeps up this pace, he will have 4,500 yards and 52 passing touchdowns, along with 488 rushing yards with 5 more scores on the ground. He is one of the most gifted Quarterbacks we have seen playing at his level in almost a decade. If he can continue to produce at a high level watch out for this kid in the future. #HeismanWatch
#46 Nick Deluca: Position(s): ILB/TE
Nick Deluca was my favorite player in this years Draft. He is a very instinctive player with the best hands and coverage skills you will ever see in a linebacker. Where he struggles is getting after the Quarterback and getting physical, he can get canceled out by a lineman easily and needs to work on his pass rushing skills. On the newest Titans depth chart, they have Deluca listed as a backup linebacker as well as a backup Tight End which is puzzling to me, but when you think about Mike Vrabel (Titans New Head Coach) and how he was used over his career, as a Linebacker and a red zone tight end, Coach Vrabel might be trying to make a “Mini Me” out of Deluca using him as a two way player? This kid is a stud and hopefully makes the final roster.
#58 Harold Landry: Position: ROLB/RDE
Harold Landry is being labeled “The Steal Of The Draft” by NFL experts. He was one of the most hyped up players in 2016, leading the Nation in sacks with 16 and having a college season comparative to Von Miller when he was in college! Landry is a quick outside linebacker and defensive end who is being compared to players such as Vic Beasly, Von Miller, and Jamie Collins. He is going to be playing a lot tonight and we will be able to get a good look at what the Titans drafted last April.
Weight: 311 lbs
Hall was drafted in the second round of the 2018 draft by the Oakland Raiders with the 57th overall pick. Throughout his college career, he has amassed some very surprising numbers for a Defensive Tackle. Hall holds the FCS record with the most career tackles for loss, has 4 interceptions and 29 pass breakups, he also amassed 37 sacks in his college career. His stats are eerily similar to only one NFL Defensive Lineman, Cameron Jordan. These players are very similar in build and play style, they can both get after the Quarterback but also occasionally drop back into coverage on specific defensive schemes and packages. At the 57th pick, the Raiders got a steal by selecting Hall.
Most everyone thinks that Villanova is going to most likely win this game, so did I, but based on my “prediction formula” that I use for almost all of my predictions the outcome was something I did not expect.
Villanova Can be Beat:
The teams that have beaten Villanova this season all have one thing in common, they forced Villanova to get physical and abandon the 3 point shot, this is the key to beating Villanova and if Michigan can score consistently and keep Villanova away from the foul line they just might have a shot.
Gabes Upset Keys:
- Stay Clean- Keep out of foul trouble and don’t let Villanova get to the charity stripe
- Protect the Perimeter- If Michigan can hold Villanova under 10 three-pointers in the game, they will have a fairly decent shot at pulling off the upset.
- Be Consistent- The biggest key to beating Villanova is to shoot over 48% from the floor, you just have to score and keep on scoring.
Final Score: Michigan: 73 Villanova: 72
Eeli Tolvanen was the Nashville Predators 1st round pick in the 2017 Draft.
The wait is finally over, Eeli Tolvanen is coming to Nashville. The 18 year old winger from Finland has been causing quite a buzz in Smashville, and for good reason. In the KHL this season he has racked up honors and broken records including winning player of the month twice and player of the week 6 times. Let me just list a few of his awards he has accumulated over the past 2 seasons:
- KHL All-Star
- USHL All-Star
- Olympic All-Star
- USHL All-Rookie Team
- WHC Most Goals
- WHC Most Points
- WHC All-Star
Where Does He Fit In:
Tolvanen is a pure goal scorer, he had 19 goals this season in the KHL which was the most on his team and 17 assist to go along with that. He will make an immediate impact for the team most likely playing in the top six for the Predators who are already stacked at right wing. He should get more ice time as the season progresses and more productive as well.
Who is Affected:
The Preds will have to move someone down to the third line now that Tolvanen is joining the team, and that someone is more than likely Craig Smith. I don’t see the Predators moving down Kevin Fiala because his production has been very solid over the past few months and he has become a core part of that second line behind Filip Forsberg. Smiths production has been down with only 6 goals in the last two months of play, the Preds should have and easy decision on who they are moving down in the lineup to make room for Tolvanen.
The (14) SFA Lumberjacks are facing the (3) Texas Tech Red Raiders today in the first round of March Madness tournament. SFA is the most intriguing team in the tournament, they have won 10 or their last 11 games and also lead the nation in steals, they have 7 players who average at least one steal per game. In their regular season, SFA went 28 and 6 and beat LSU early on in the season. They rank eighth in the country for overall defensive efficiency and average 81 points per game. They will have a shot today at Texas Tech who has been an up and down team this year. I’m looking forward to an interesting game with a possible upset.
Prediction: SFA: 73 Texas Tech: 72