• BlackJack Fletcher has a play for tonight's Hamilton Tiger Cats (-7) at Montreal Alouettes (7:30 p.m. ET) matchup that includes Johnny Manziel's return to professional football.
  • BlackJack is also eyeing value bets in tonight's Braves-Mets (7:10 p.m.) and Astros-Dodgers (10:10) games.

It’s Friday, baby, and it’s time to start the weekend with a bang. We’ve got football back in our lives for the first time since February and lots of action to pick from tonight, but there are some real standouts on the card to jump on … and jump on quick. So, let’s not waste time, let’s not squander the opportunities afforded us, let’s put this thing in drive and drop the pedal to the floor, brother.


Atlanta Braves at New York Mets (-145)

7:10 p.m. ET

Andy Marlin-USA Today Sports

This is a simple bet and it’s one I’ve made almost all season long. When Jacob deGrom (pictured above) is on the mound, you bet the first-five innings under. It’s usually 3.5 like it is today, but it is no matter. Make the bet and watch as he twirls yet another gem, and the Mets offense struggles once more. This is as close to an auto-bet as I have in baseball.

THE PICK: First-five innings (Under 3.5)

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-7) at Montreal Alouettes

7:30 p.m. ET

 Graham Hughes-The Canadian Press

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Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press. Pictured: Quarterback Johnny Manziel

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