Lamar Jackson took the league by storm last year with electricity. He won the MVP pretty handily after accounting for 43 total touchdowns, 1,200 rushing yards, and 3,127 passing yards. He embraced the city and they’ve embraced him back. The Ravens have their quarterback and star of the future, and they’ve surrounded him with talent. I expect this team to compete for the Super Bowl and win more than 11 games. Here are five bold predictions that I think will help make that happen.
In every draft, there are a few prospects who fall through the cracks and aren’t given enough recognition. This article illustrates eight of those prospects who deserved more hype. These are the diamonds in the rough, and I expect most to be drafted in the fourth to the seventh round. Some diamonds in the rough from the 2019 NFL draft include Darius Slayton, Gardner Minshew II, and Maxx Crosby.
The Miami Dolphins finished the season off strong, which was a result of the team’s head coach Brian Flores. Going forward, this team made significant signings to speed up the rebuilding window. Notably, the team made considerable signings with Ereck Flowers, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Jordan Howard, Kyle Van Noy, and Byron Jones. This team has completely shifted its defense, by adding short term players to high impact positions such as edge, corner, and linebacker.
The New York Jets made substantial additionals in free agency. They have completely redesigned their offensive line, adding the four new starters in Alex Lewis, Greg Van Roten, Connor McGovern, and George Fant while adding depth with interior offensive lineman Josh Andrews. Other notable additions include Breshad Perriman, Patrick Onwuasor, Brian Poole, and Pierre Desir. The free agency period has primarily filled the outstanding needs the team had, mostly being the offensive line. With the departure of Robby Anderson, signing Perriman fills the deep threat role. However, there is still a need for a reliable and dangerous wide receiver. As well, there has been a perennial need at the edge position, but there isn’t the depth in the edge class to fill the need.
The 2019 season ended in disappointment for the San Francisco 49ers, losing in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs. In the lead up to free agency, many wondered if the 49ers would stick with Jimmy Garoppolo or try to make a move for Tom Brady. In the end, the 49ers decided to back Garoppolo for at least one more season and believe they have the pieces in place to make another Super Bowl run.
The NFL draft is right around the corner and for many, the NFL player movement and transactions, has been the only thing in the sports world to get excited about and keep us sane during this tough time. Now that most of the free agency market has been siphoned through, teams will look to the draft to fill the rest of their positional needs. The Chicago Bears made some unexpected moves – one being cutting ties with Leonard Floyd to sign Robert Quinn. Another was, giving tight end Jimmy Graham a sizable contract, while also trading a compensatory fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles, among other moves.
Entering the offseason, the Minnesota Vikings faced several critical decisions. With basically no cap space, the Vikings had to let go of several veterans. Xavier Rhodes and Linval Joseph were released while Everson Griffen and Trae Waynes were just a few of the free agents the team couldn’t afford to re-sign. However, the Vikings were able to sign Kirk Cousins to an extension that opened up the cap space needed to put the franchise tag on Anthony Harris.
The Los Angeles Chargers lost eleven games in 2019, leading them to earn the sixth overall spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. Nine of those eleven games were by one score. That one score narrative (which had unfortunately plagued Philip Rivers his whole career) came to a head last year and resulted in the franchise deciding to move on and not offer him a new deal. Disgruntled back Melvin Gordon held out for the first three weeks of the season before reporting to the team. He is also headed for a new team. The Chargers’ record was a direct result of neither one of these things. The team also lost tight end, Hunter Henry, for four weeks and the offensive line was completely decimated for much of the year.
After taking over from an injured Joe Flacco late in the 2018 season and not relinquishing the job after that, Lamar Jackson showed enough in his minimal time as the starter. In a sign of good faith, Baltimore would make the decision to trade their long-time starter that offseason. This led the path wide open for Jackson, he would come out like gangbusters in the opening week, throwing for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns on 17 competitions against the Miami Dolphins.
The Pro Bowl is probably one of the toughest DFS teams to pick. With so many stars all playing in the same game, it is tough to pick the guys that are going to get their playing time and score points. I’m going to do my best with the recent trends to give you my top players in this year’s Pro Bowl. Fair warning: don’t bet too much money playing the pro bowl because there’s not much telling on what’s going to happen.
Wild Card weekend was full of great games, all of which ended as a one-possession game. Three of the four wild card teams won, upsetting some potential Superbowl favorites in the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. For those of you who lost money on Saints or Patriots futures bets, this weekend is a great opportunity to make it back.
The 2019 fantasy season has come and gone. Hopefully, you were able to bring home some titles and all the bragging rights (and money) that comes with it. However, the calendar has flipped to 2020 and it’s (probably) never too early to prepare for the upcoming fantasy season. The Scorecrow family is here to help fantasy owners get a jump start on the 2020 season, putting together another roundtable giving you their opinion on five fantasy football questions. Be sure to follow all of the writers on twitter and ask any questions you may have regarding their answers. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
Tonight’s matchup should be a blowout. That doesn’t mean you can’t still win money as the Baltimore Ravens face off against the New York Jets. The Jets have been super inconsistent this year and the Ravens have dominated a lot of teams this season. This will be a battle of one of the best run defenses against one of the best run offenses. Here are my top players in this matchup.
One week of the fantasy playoffs down, two more to go. Hopefully, you found out Monday night that your team advanced to the second round or enjoyed your first-round bye but now the decision on who the start and who to sit is even more critical. Tonight’s contest between the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens is the last Thursday night game in 2019 and the NFL couldn’t have picked a more one-sided matchup. The Ravens are trying to lock up the AFC North and a first-round bye while the Jets are already planning vacations and looking forward to the offseason.
Fantasy football playoffs are just beginning for some of you. For others, the season came to an abrupt halt. Maybe that’s why you’re here, to find success playing DFS. With that said, welcome. For those of you returning readers that have been grinding it out all season, you know the drill. Let’s get it cracking with some money plays for Week 14. Continue reading →
Who knew at the beginning of the season, that the San Francisco 49ers, a team who went 4-12 last year and looked doomed, would be in the division lead in the NFC West and at 10-1 nonetheless. Meanwhile in Baltimore, the Ravens have put together a super bowl caliber team led by the leading MVP candidate quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has led them to a 9-2 record and the first place spot in the AFC North. In today’s article, i will cover who I think will win the all-important game and give my reasoning. Continue reading →
Week 12 of the NFL produced several unpredictable results. There were rare wins for the Redskins, Jets, and Buccaneers. Two NFC powerhouses dominated Sunday’s headlines. Baltimore made a big statement on Monday night. Continue reading →
Ever had a moment in your life where you’re so embarrassed to where you’re red in the face? Well, that’s the inspiration for this week’s title. Losing 19-16 to a one-win Washington Redskin team can make any team feel red in the face, and Lions fans have sadly seen this time and time again. Nastia Liukin posted the perfect mood in which Lions fans should be feeling, too.
Tonight’s game features a potential MVP and Defensive Player of the year candidate. This will be one of the best matchups we will see all year. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens head into Los Angeles to face off against Aaron Donald and the Rams. Which side will prevail? Here are my top players and game predictions for tonight’s matchup.
The Baltimore Ravens made it six straight wins on Sunday, to move three games ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week’s NFL notebook spotlights a team from each conference. The Ravens and Vikings have the No.1 and No.3 ranked rushing offense, respectively. I’ve grown fond of both teams, so let’s start with the hottest team in the NFL.
He’s done it again! Lamar Jackson led the 8-2 Baltimore Ravens to an incredible 41 -7 victory over the 6-4 Houston Texans. Jackson was in MVP form, as he was 17/24 with 222 yards and four touchdowns. Houston couldn’t stop the run, and Jackson had nine carries for 86 yards rushing, taking his total to 788 yards on the season, a league high for quarterbacks.
Ravens offence plays heavy metal football
The Term Heavy Metal Football is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club. However, the Ravens too are playing heavy-metal football. The NFL’s No.2 offense tore the Texans to shreds. Jackson wasn’t the only standout performer on the Ravens offense. Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram, Mark Andrews, and Seth Roberts chipped in with touchdowns.
The No.1 ranked rushing offense was relentless with 36 carries for 263 yards and a touchdown. To put that total into context, Houston had a net total offense of 232 yards.
Improving Ravens defence
Matt Judon led a brilliant performance by the Baltimore defense to shut out Houston for three quarters of the game. Judon had seven tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss. Don Martindale’s defense set the tone early. The Texans tried to run the ball up the middle early in the first quarter, but the Ravens linebackers swarmed the rush, forcing Houston to punt the football.
Deshaun Watson is a dual threat quarterback, but the Ravens pass rush unit breached the pocket to register six sacks against Watson for a loss of 49 yards. Watson’s performance was irritable from a Texans point of view, as he held onto football for far too long. The Texans scouting network should have highlighted that the ravens defense do not need invitations to pressure the quarterback. A.J. McCarron came in for a snap only to end up taking a sack.
Watch John Harbaugh’s team closely in their next two games. Baltimore faces two acid tests in weeks 12 and 13, at the Rams and against the 49ers, respectively. I can’t wait for the latter matchup; it is mouthwatering.
Vikings show mettle to top Broncos
The 8-3 Minnesota Vikings left it late to defeat the 3-7 Denver Broncos by 23-27. The Vikings have shown resilience in their last two games, winning by narrow margins. Vic Fangio’s team had a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Broncos couldn’t sustain a dominant start. Football has a tendency to be unpredictable. The Broncos held the Vikings to 37 yards on the ground, despite having the third best rushing offense in the league.
Kirk Cousins led the Vikings comeback including a 44 yard pass that found Stefon Diggs in the Red Zone. Rookie Irv Smith put the home team on the board with his first NFL touchdown and the Vikings never looked back. Veteran Kyle Rudolph had five catches for 67 yards and a game-winning touchdown. Dalvin Cook reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Von Miller registered a sack, against his 50th different quarterback in the NFL. Shelby Harris had three sacks on the day. Fangio and the Broncos front office got lots to figure out. The Broncos lost their third game in their last four.
I believe there is more to come from Minnesota. A bye weeks gives the Vikings time to prepare for Russell Wilson on the road in Week 13.
I love the game of football, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Ravens in 2019. What’s impressive is the way the Ravens compete on all phases of the game. We saw similar performances in 2018, but Baltimore’s brave run ended at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. The Ravens can reach the Super Bowl but they must learn from last season’s playoff defeat.
The NFC playoff picture is on a knife edge. The Vikings are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North. Can Mike Zimmer get the best out of his quarterback? He will need to if the Vikings are to make a push for the divisional title.
The NFL through ten weeks has been full of surprises, many of those surprises reside in the NFC, with the NFC West being the main talking point. The San Francisco 49ers are in the division lead at 8-1, with the Seattle Seahawks at 8-2 and hot on their heels. In this article, we will discuss the current MVP candidates and their chances of winning.
It’s almost time for the fantasy playoffs! Hopefully, you are well-positioned for a championship run. If not, let’s help you squeak out a final playoff berth or play spoiler against other contenders! This week features a heavyweight title fight between two of the best quarterbacks in fantasy football: Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. Let’s rank ’em! Continue reading →
Another week is down and we are still up. Since I have been keeping track of my picks, I am 15-8-2. Not to brag, but if it was legal for me to gamble on sports, I would be pretty damn rich. So if you are allowed to gamble, it’s time to get rich. If you are like me, let’s get theoretically rich!
Alright, it’s time again to cook up some winning lineups after some solid picks last week. Hopefully, you were able to construct a nice winning lineup based on some of the plays mentioned in last week’s article. However, you aren’t here to reminisce about last week. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL season seems like it just started, yet we are more than halfway through the regular season. The playoffs are just around the corner as teams are fighting for division titles and wild card spots. Week 10 offered betters five divisional matchups, including the Thursday night game between the Los Angles Chargers and Oakland Raiders. Despite being 2.5-3.5 point underdogs, the Raiders got the outright victory 26-24. With four more divisional games tomorrow, expect plenty of close games this week.
Week 10 is tough because there are six teams on their bye, so fantasy owners will likely be missing one key piece from their rosters. The most interesting storyline of the week will be the return of Patrick Mahomes. Can he regain his MVP form? Let’s navigate through this challenging week – on to the rankings!
To help fantasy football players with their roster construction, three of our writers have provided some insight on which players they would start, would sit, and consider a sleeper for week nine. Be sure to follow all of them on twitter and ask any of The Scorecrow’s fantasy writers for fantasy advice.
All my plays are based on DraftKings pricing. Its also important to note that when I list a player as a fade, I do not mean I will have 0% of them, but I will be way under the field as far as exposure goes, and likely will not play them on single entry lineups. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL season is already a quarter of the way finished and fantasy owners’ are starting to realize their team is perfect. Whether your team is 0-4 or 4-0, you can’t get lazy and accept the record. Fantasy owners need to be active in trade talks, waiver wire adds, and reflect on what they did wrong during the draft. So what have we learned over the first quarter of the NFL season fantasy wise? The Scorecrow family is here to help with all that, putting together another roundtable giving you their opinions on five fantasy football questions. Be sure to follow all the writers on twitter and ask any questions you may have regarding their answers. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
In this KBR Sports podcast episode, Brendan Abban talks in-depth about what was the much anticipated Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson showdown but sheds light on who can be the real Manning to Mahomes Brady. He also dives into the Atlanta Falcons who have not scraped their prior success of years ago. He’s joined by Natalie Slayden to talk NFL Week 4 lines and make their picks. Check it out and don’t forget to subscribe, review and comment! Thank you! Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe that we are talking about a team that won seven games last season, being darkhorse contenders. It’s also hard to believe that the team we are talking about is the Cleveland Browns.
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a 10-6 season in which they needed to rattle off 6 wins in their last 7 games, eventually overtaking a Pittsburgh Steelers team that had gone into a complete tailspin, after looking like a virtual lock to win the division. Winning the AFC North, and earning themselves a wild-card matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, they would need a late rally just to give the Chargers a game, eventually losing 23-17. However, there is a lot to be excited about moving forward, with a fresh new quarterback and a new offensive identity.
During Week 17 of the 2018 NFL Season, the Browns and Ravens faced off in a meaningless game for the Browns, and a meaningful game for the Ravens, because with a win, the Ravens would clinch the AFC North and go to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. The Ravens managed to take care of the Browns at home 26-24, therefore clinching a playoff birth and giving them a chance to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LIII.
It’s Week 2 of the fantasy playoffs for most of you. Hopefully, Dak and Lamar led you to glory. Hopefully, Josh Allen can lead you to glory this week if you can’t get your hands on Dak. I’m hesitant about Lamar Jackson given that Joe Flacco could steal snaps from him. Every point counts now. Full-time starters > quarterbacks named the starters who might surrender some passing snaps. So I would rather play Josh Allen than Lamar Jackson this week despite the Tampa Bay matchup.
The fantasy playoffs are among us. Congratulations on making it if you have, and bravo to those who continue to put their best lineup out there regardless of their playoff status. This is a win-or-go-home week for most people, so let’s try to pick the best streaming options out there. First, as usual, let’s check out how the streaming options went last week.
Win and get in. Lose and your season is over. That is the situation that most fantasy owners find themselves in heading into Week 13. Your season is on the line so it is crucial not to start the duds. I hope you do not need someone to tell you that Aaron Jones and Phillip Lindsay are top-ten options this week, so let’s dig s little deeper to find those gems that will carry your squad to a victory this week. The following lineup recommendations are based on this week’s matchups:
Here we are. It’s the final week of the fantasy regular season. This season has come and gone in the blink of an eye and sadly it will be the end of the line for some of us. For others, this week means everything. Win or go home. In or out. Hopefully, last week’s options brought you closer to the playoffs and hopefully this week’s options lock you into the playoff picture. Let’s check out those options from last week and then look ahead to Week 13. By the way, David Moore my boom play from last week went off this week, as per usual with my deep selections.
This is the most crucial week in the fantasy football regular season. Teams are hanging on, fighting and clawing their way to be in playoff contention, and many teams will be eliminated if they lose this week. That being said, it is more important than ever to make the right calls in your lineups. One wrong move could be the difference between going home with your tail between your legs and contending for glory as your league’s champion. The following start and sit recommendations are based on this week’s matchups.
Hello, Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff owners. Welcome to Week 12 edition of streaming options. After Monday’s performance, I’m sure you’re sick to your stomach thinking that you have to start somebody else at quarterback. There is hope for you, I would feel less anxious than a Travis Kelce owner who needs a win this week. If you are that Travis Kelce fan, we’re going to try to get you a touchdown with your TE streamer in Week 12. The tight end wire doesn’t really offer much more than a touchdown prayer at this point.
Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages who can read, we have reached the tipping point of the fantasy season. The playoffs are around the corner and we only have three more weeks to get our teams into postseason shape. The most important piece of advice that I have for all the fantasy owners out there is to be aware of your league’s trade deadline. There is no worse feeling than agreeing on that last trade that puts your team into championship contention and you go to propose it and instead you see those evil words “Deadline passed.”