Thursday’s Lead: Wait … Are the Browns Gonna Win?

Sep 20, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

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SPORTSBOOKS

I Got Five On It

The best five bucks outside of Milwaukee turned up last weekend in Vegas, where one bettor picked every Week 2 game in a parlay correctly to turn a $5 footlong sub into a brand new Tesla ($84,565). May the lucky man’s 16,913x return give you hope when betting Week 3: throw a 10-team parlay on your card and don’t look back…

Riches to Rags
Another NFL bettor thought he was well on his way to a huge payday, too, but it wasn’t meant to be. FanDuel’s new New Jersey sportsbook set a precedent with how it will handle line errors by not paying out an $82,000 winning ticket

Champagne Papi
Pocketing a cool $85K would be life-changing for most of us, but when you make $94 million a year like Drake, losing $200K in Atlantic City barely makes a dent…


Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports; Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5)

NFL

Cleveland Rocks! (They Are 2-0 ATS)

The Cleveland Browns opened as three-point favorites against the Jets and remain a three-point favorite on game day. That’s right, folks. The orange helmets are actually expected to win. Our experts break down tonight’s contest between the NFL’s poster children for futility with market analysis, trends, injuries, DFS and more

A Brownish Hue
The Browns being 2-0 against the spread is nothing short of a miracle. We all know they have trouble winning games straight up, but merely covering has been a tall task in the Hue Jackson era. Ian Hartitz breaks down the Browns badness

Repeat In Philly?
John Ewing’s Bet Labs simulations have spoken. The Eagles’ loss to the mighty right arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick coupled with Carson Wentz’s absence has led to Super Bowl betting value on the Birds

MVP Risers and Fallers
Tickets onboard the Patrick Mahomes hype train are officially sold out. Kansas City’s gifted gunslinger (+700) is only behind Aaron Rodgers in MVP odds…


FANTASY FOOTBALL

Koerner, Raybon and Freedman

It’s not the name of a law firm, but when it comes to fantasy rankings, they lay down the law. (We’ll see ourselves out). To help guide your start/sit decisions, here are KRF’s Week 3’s rankings for every position

Data Dump
Bryan Mears has compiled snap counts, targets, touches and scoring chances for every team in the NFL using nifty graphs and tables. Meanwhile, Ian Hartitz checks in on which teams have true No. 1 wide receivers

Starts, Sits and Streams
Justin Bailey lets you know the quarterbacksrunning backswide receivers and tight ends poised to thrive in Week 3…


TOP EXPERT PICKS

Stuckey

Florida State -9.5 vs. NIU. Stuckey fears nothing, which is why he’s laying points with the downtrodden Seminoles…

See All of Stuckey’s Picks


Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler

THE TOP 5

Jimmy Butler Wants Out: Tom Thibodeau’s trying to remake the 2012 Bulls, but the only member of that team who’s still any good doesn’t want to be a part of it. Matt Moore analyzes the best fits on Jimmy Buckets’ wish list, while Rob Perez makes a plea to the Knicks’ front office

Eastward Expansion: With sports gambling legalization spreading faster than STDs in a retirement home, Las Vegas’ famous Westgate SuperBook has announced its plans to expand nationwide

Polls Are For Losers: Collin Wilson compares our Power Ratings to the AP Top 25 to see which college football teams are overrated and underrated heading into Week 4

No Contest: The NBA gets plenty of backlash for its lack of parity, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are truly in another class of college football. PJ Walsh breaks down four hypothetical National Championship lines

High, High, Higher: The 49ers-Chiefs over/under opened at 54.5, but won’t stop going up. Evan Abrams takes a look at the total that’s approaching uncharted waters

Credit:

Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson

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