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Wednesday’s Lead: The Best Fantasy Football Draft Position and Betting on the NFL’s New Rule

Aug 22, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

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NFL: Pick Of The Litter

Luck, unfortunately, is a major part of winning your fantasy football league. And we’re not talking about the Colts’ quarterback, we’re talking about the poor schmoes whose season went down the tubes after drafting David Johnson first overall last year. So what’s the best place to draft this year? Matthew Freedman breaks down the pick most likely to win your fantasy football league

Tackling The NFL’s Tackling Problem
Is there anything more entertaining than watching the PR nightmare that ensues when Roger Goodell attempts to roll out sweeping changes? Count bookmakers among those completely befuddled on how the NFL’s latest definition of a tackle will affect betting lines…

Cut Joe Some Flacc
The Ravens haven’t won 10 games since 2014, and for the first time in his career, Joe Flacco’s tuchus is firmly planted on the hot seat. Will the Ravens soar, or will Baltimore bomb? Here’s our angle-filled preview for John Harbaugh’s boys…


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GOLF: Eying The Tiger

Tiger Woods has the third-best odds to win this week at the Northern Trust, but that’s not stopping Jason Sobel from targeting Eldrick in Paramus, NJ. Sobel also pitches his favorites, mid-tier players, and longshots, including this +40000 dark horse who impressed last week at the Wyndham Championship…

Smelling Roses
Joshua Perry’s betting card contains one stud (Justin Rose), two fantastic value plays, and a couple of intriguing longshots…

Northern Trust Podcast
If you’re in the car, on a walk, at work, or anywhere in-between, feel free to listen to our golf analysis instead


NCAAF: Far From a Guarantee

There’s a good ol’ fashioned QB competition at Tennessee between Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst and redshirt sophomore Jarrett Guarantano. Oddsmakers think Chryst has the upper hand, but Knoxville insider Josh Ward believes Guarantano has a solid chance to win the job

Michigan’s Revamped Offense
The Wolverines’ quarterback play last season was, in a word, gross. This year? Brandon Justice is betting on transfer Shea Patterson and a new offensive coach to turn things around


ACTION ITEMS

The Buffet Podcast: Chad is joined by two of ESPN’s finest in “Stanford” Steve Coughlin and Chris “The Bear” Fallica to dive deep into the world of college football win totals

CG Technology: The Nevada sportsbook operator is looking at an ardent wrist slap from the Nevada Gaming Commission…

Arkansas’ Arc: Still reeling from the Bret Bielema era, the Razorbacks are poised to have major growing pains this season

Seeing Orange: The Cincinnati Bengals really stunk the place up the past two seasons (6-9-1, 7-9). Will they rebound in 2018-19? Our NFL crew says “probably not”

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