Don’t be stupid. Draft Dwayne Haskins

This is strictly targeted at the incompetent front office of the New York Giants.  It is time for you to look in the mirror and understand where their franchise is.  Eli Manning’s total QBR in 2018 ranked behind the likes of Nick Mullens and Josh Allen.  That is with weapons like Odell Beckham, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and the rookie Saquon Barkley. 

The Giants have had one winning season since 2013 and have shown no signs of understanding a certain direction.  I will give them the credit of ignoring the critics that say running backs can be found in later rounds and taking the best player in the draft last season Saquon Barkley.  They follow that up this offseason by moving arguably the best wide receiver in all of football Odell Beckham Jr. They are clearly trying to go in a different direction, yet they hold on to their 38-year-old quarterback that has been past his prime for about two years.  At the very least you have to try and prepare for time after Eli, if they truly think he still has something in the tank than they may not have another chance to take a high-level quarterback next season. 

The Giants passing on Dwayne Haskins can be a thorn in their sides for years to come as most recently the Washington Redskins have reported that they are interested in the Ohio State quarterback.  Under the tutelage of Jay Gruden Haskins will have a coach with experience bringing along a you quarterback.  If the Giants pass it would be very reasonable to believe that the Redskins would be able to make the move to get their target. 

New York is a tough fanbase to keep happy. Eli Manning has done it for what seems like my lifetime.  He deserves all the respect in the world but when you are sitting at #6 in the draft and have a chance to draft the next face of your franchise you cannot pass this up.  Dave Gettleman has already had a historically bad offseason.  I mentioned the Beckham trade, but we also can’t forget that this is the same guy that let Landon Collins walk away in free agency. Gettelman is still living off of the work he did in Carolina bringing that team to a new level despite the fact that most of the players that took that team to the next level were not drafted or acquired by him.  I don’t believe he is bad at his job but if the Giants decide to pass up on Haskins and he turns out to be the player I believe he will be there is no forgiving the stupidity of the organization.

Russell Westbrook: Most overrated player in the NBA

The Oklahoma City Thunder could very well come back and win their first round series with the Portland Trailblazers but after two games of the series its clear to anyone that is watching the best point guard on the floor is not Mr. Triple Double Russell Westbrook.  In fact, he may not even be the second-best guard on the floor with the way that CJ McCollum has been playing.  It’s time for the world to realize that Westbrook is not a franchise player he is a loser that knows how to fill a stat sheet. 

Westbrook entered the league as the #4 pick out of UCLA.  He was paired along-side the previous year’s #2 pick Kevin Durant, the soon to be Oklahoma City Thunder thought they had their dynamic duo that could lead them to a championship.  What they really had was two talented players that were destined for an eventual clash.  Durant and Westbrook were young enough and talented enough to get past their differences to carry them to the NBA Finals in 2011-12.  After they made their run the Thunder disintegrated into a split personality.  Westbrook did what he does, he took over despite what was best for the team.  He was unable to understand what was going to take them to the next level.  Westbrook inability to mesh with Kevin Durant has to be blamed on his own personality.  Durant was able to assimilate himself into the star studded Warriors with minimal clashing. 

With Durant gone Westbrook was signed long term to be the official face of the franchise and he has run with it.  There is no argument that he is a future hall of fame player that can do almost anything athletically on a basketball court.  When it comes time to make a big play do your really see Russell Westbrook making the big shots?  Do you see him closing out games in the biggest moments.  He has the personality of a great player and the ego of one but lacks that ability mentally to be “the guy”. 

As I watched game two last night I kept wondering where this all-time great player was, this franchise cornerstone that made it acceptable for Kevin Durant and James Harden to leave. Since Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-10 in the playoffs while its “star” has been anything but.  Russell Westbrook has shot just 38% from the field and 28% from 3 during those 13 games and last night a true leader showed what it takes mentally to be great.  The Blazers team would do anything for Damion Lillard, they play with him and for him.  The Thunder had the momentum early getting out to a nine point lead, but as the lead began to crumble Westbrook began to crumble along with it.  When his team needed him most he disappeared.  Westbrook final stat numbers are always going to be strong.  He will get some points, rebounds, assists but he lacks the traits that make a player the best.  Russell is now 30 years old, he convinced Paul George to stay in OKC, he has time to turn it around but right now he is a stat player rather than a winning player.  Russell has a way to make you believe his is one of the best in the game, that is a mirage hidden behind a stat line. 

Oh and his personality really sucks. 

NCAAB Picks 2.15.19

Clemson Tigers at Louisville Cardinals -4.5, Under 131.5

Louisville enter this game on the wrong side of one of the biggest and most televised come backs of the season. The Cardinals came out on fire against the highly rated Blue Devils but were unable to handle the late pressure and dynamic offensive weapons.  They face a different challenge on Saturday with the Clemson Tigers in need of a marquee victory to put themselves back in contention for the NCAA tournament.

Like Louisville, Clemson is coming off a weekday loss to the Miami Hurricanes.  The loss brought an end to the Tigers four game win streak which saw them reemerge as a potential contender in the top heavy ACC. 

Chris Mack has proven his toughness as a coach and his team will back him up on Saturday. Clemson, despite being 21st in scoring defense, has their struggles with perimeter teams as they rank a dismal 279th in three-point field goal percentage defense (35.9 percent) this season. This will be a slow-paced game that will be controlled by the superior strength of Louisville’s Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora.  I like the Cardinals to cover and the under

Maryland Terrapins at Michigan Wolverines -6

First instinct says that the Michigan Wolverines are getting to many points against a Maryland team that has taken two straight from Nebraska and the red-hot Purdue Boilermakers.  The difference for Maryland will be the defensive juggernaut Michigan.  John Teske and company will look to force the ball out of the hands of Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith, packing the defense on the interior and force the guards to make plays.

Michigan is 15-0 at home, Maryland has while Maryland is 0-18 on the road against top 25 teams.  Michigan is 9-1 ATS after a straight up loss. I see Maryland struggling on the road against causing a double-digit loss.

Tennessee Volunteers +3 at Kentucky Wildcats

Despite Tennessee’s record their still seems to be some debate about whether they are at the top of the SEC pecking order.  Entering this game as a 3-point dog seems like a bit of a surprise. The Volunteers will bring their veterans into a hostile environment that they have seen before.

On the season, the Volunteers are fifth in the nation with 85.4 point per game, while also just allowing 68.5 points per contest. They are also efficient with their shots, making them even more dangerous.  Tennessee is seventh nationally with a high 57.0 effective field goal percentage.

The Wildcats have made big improvements since their beatdown on opening night. They will be a force to reckon with in March but for now this Tennessee team is on a mission to dominate the SEC.  Grant Williams will be the player to watch, Kentucky will have no answer for him on Saturday.  Bet the Volunteers, consider the moneyline.

Other games:

Auburn -9.5

Drake -5         

Virginia Tech/ Pittsburgh over 133

UCF/ Memphis under 150     

NBA DFS 2.4.19

PG: Bryn Forbes, San Antonio Spurs, $4,000

Derrick White has already been ruled out for this game. Assuming Forbes takes the starting spot at the point Forbes will be an important player in a paced up game against the Kings.  Patty Mills is $100 more expensive, whomever starts should get the start in your lineup.  I like Forbes because unlike Mills he can give you more than just scoring.

SG: D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets, $7,900

Russell gets the matchup with the Bucks, both teams will play at a high pace.  Russell at $7,900 is a must start with Spencer Dinwiddie on the shelf. 

SF: Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns, $4,400

Bridges has seen a huge uptake in usage since the injury to TJ Warren.  Playing over 30 minutes per game over his last four games.  Following two straight 35+ fantasy points Bridges should be in a great spot in a matchup with the Rockets. Most likely he will see the defense of James Harden and Gerald Green.  That should lead to so nice spots for him.

PF: John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, $8,100

Two high paced teams playing a game that should be easy full of fantasy points.  All centers for Atlanta should be in play, Collins is the one that fits the fast style more than Len or Dedmon

C: Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,400

Centers versus the Nets is always a play.  Lopez will put up at least 30 points if given 20+ minutes.  Which he will.

G: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, $9,100

Beal versus the Hawks is a play of the day for pretty much anyone.  He and point guard Satoransky should both be chalky tonight.

F: Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings, $5,500

As Bagley’s minutes have gone up so has his production.  Neman Bejlica is still getting the starts but Bagley has been getting the real minutes.  The #2 overall pick is starting to really play the way everyone though he would.  Tough matchup but production will be easy at his cost.

Utl: Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets, $5,500

Beasley is red hot.  Monitor the injuries to Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. If they play his minutes may go down.  Beasley can score and will be given the chance to put up big minutes if the injuries are still in effect.

Gateway Grizzlies add two!

Sauget, IL- The Gateway Grizzlies have announced two recent additions for the 2019 season. The team has come to terms with Dominic Topozian, a pitcher acquired from the Sioux Fall Canaries of the American Association, as well as infielder Rafael Valera, formerly of the Pittsburg Diamonds of the Pacific League.

Topoozian, 24, played his final two years of college at Fresno State playing his biggest role his senior year appearing in 30 games for the Bulldogs as a relief pitcher in 2017 tying for sixth-most appearances in the Mountain West. The Clovis, California native started in nine games for the Sonoma Stompers of the Pacific league and appeared in 11 games, starting two for the Sioux City Exporers of the American Association, finishing with a 7-1 record and a 2.91 ERA. 

Valera, 24, began his professional career in 2011 as a non-drafted free agent of the Minnesota Twins. After spending eight seasons in the Twins organization reaching as high as the Fort Myers Miracle (A+ level). The Venezualan native spent 2018 with the Pittsburg

Diamonds of the Pacific League, where he posted a stat line of .294/.401/.467 adding 11 homeruns and 11 stolen bases. 

The Gateway Grizzlies will begin their season on May 10th when they take on the Shaumberg Boomers at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.  For ticket call the box office at 618.337.3000.

NBA DFS Picks 1-15-19

Haven’t posted a DFS lineup in awhile. This is what looks appealing tonight.

PG: Zach Lavine, Chicago Bulls, $6,800

Lonzo Ball will most likely be guarding Kris Dunn which should open up things for Lavine. Lavine hasn’t been the stud he was earlier in the season but this should be a solid matchup for him. This game is not calling for a high total, which seems a bit odd for me.

SG: JJ Redick, Philadelphia 76ers, $5,600

JJ has been on fire averaging 32.5 DK points over his last four. A nice matchup with the soft Timberwolves defense giving up the 5th most fantasy points to shooting guards. The focus will most likely be on Jimmy Butler tonight so JJ should see plenty of great matchups.

SF: Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles, Lakers, $7,300

No Rondo or Lebron has seen a huge useage uptake for Kuzma. Chicago doesn’t have anyone that can matchup with Kuzma, look for him to deliver 6.5X return on his salary.

PF: Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls, $4,500

This one is a bit of a punt play, but when Portis gets the minutes he produces. At a cost of just $4,500 he is worth the risk for a double-double machine.

C: Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7,000

Potential blowout is always a factor when the Hawks are in play. Adams has had over 30 DK points in 8 of his last 10. With the highest projected team total and potentially John Collins or Alex Len guarding him Adams should have an easy time getting over 30 DK points.

G: Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers, $7,600

Revenge narrative is always a factor. You have to think Jimmy Butler is going to come out firing against his former squad. Butler has the personality of a player that loves to say I told you so. The Wolves will be without their best defender Robert Covington, Butler should easily hit value.

F: Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets, $4,400

This is the definition of a punt play. Plumlee has seen a major regression in minutes since Paul Millsap returned from injury. Still the Warriors seem to have a problem with big men that are strong down low. Jokic would make a lot of sense here but Plumlee is more of a post player. This is a gamble but if he can get at least 20 minutes is a cheap and effective gamble.

UTIL: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $6,300

Warriors need Draymond to play big tonight to win. These are the type of games where he shows up in full force. Taking a risk on a player with high upside. Looking at 40 points from him tonight.

NBA DFS Picks- December 27

Unlike most in the DFS world I really enjoy a smaller slate. Five gamers allow you go play a stars and scrubs lineup and have a great chance to win. You can highlight a few players you want to watch. Here are the picks for tonights slate.

PG: Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors ($8,900)

I am drawn to a Warriors stack after the embarasment from Christmas night. The Blazers have been underwhelming to say the least and have a serious issues guarding the three. Damian Lillard on the other end seems like a solid play but I am going heavy Warriors tonight.

SG: Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,800)

No Lebron, this becomes Ingrams team again whether the fans want it or not.

SF: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors ($9,300)

I reference my Steph Curry reasoning.

PF: Noah Vonleh, New York Knicks ($5,600)

Vonleh seems to be the only matchup the Knicks have against Giannis. He has played like the player people thought he would be coming out of Indiana. Vonleh also just put up 36 points on Christmas day against the same Bucks team he is playing tonight. Low cost for a solid matchup.

C: Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,400)

This pick could change depending on the health of Javale McGee, no matter what Zubac has been very impressive when given time to play. Centers versus Kings are also always a solid play.

G: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,500)

Ball is a similar play to Zubac. With Rondo out he will be the primary point guard. Again PG’s versus Kings is also a solid play on most nights.

F: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics ($4,700)

Not gonna lie this one is a wildcard pick against a poor Houston defense. Hayward has been streaky all season, but brings multiple potential options for points. Hayward has been consistent with 25 minutes per game and could have a couple of nice matchups in this one.

UTL: Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings ($4,800)

Bjelica is a solid player and the Kings will need to use their bench playing back to back games.

I will look to make changes based on injuries. Also may look to stack more Kings/Lakers players. Want to stick with Durant and Curry as my star plays.

DFS Picks November 19 2018

November 19 2018- DFS Draftkings pick.

Big slates are always fun.  Tonights slate is very interesting with a lot of different injuries impacting starting lineups.

PG: DeAron Fox, Sacramento Kings ($6,100)

Fox at $6,100 is to cheap.  OKC is without Westbrook and with Tony Ferguson.  Both teams will look to play at a quick pace.

SG: Tyreke Evans, Indiana Pacers ($4,100)

Victor Oladipo is out tonight.  That means the Pacers will need some production from from the guards, Evans brings the most upside.  Look at his usage rate to jump tonight.

SF: Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers ($7,800)

Harris gives you a little bit of everything at a great price. Atlanta is a team that gives up points in bunches.  Who is going to stop Harris?  Answer… no one.

PF: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans ($11,600)

Davis has put up over 60 DK points in five straight games.  San Antonio is without Davis Bertans, Pau Gasol and any rim protection at all.  Davis is pricy but worth the cost.

C: Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers ($4,700)

Turner will get a lot of chances to score tonight without Oladipo.  Same argument for Evans with Oladpio out Turner’s usage rate jumps up.

G: Colin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,100)

Sexton is a gamble but with three straight games playing over 30 minutes and putting up over 30 points Sexton is a plug and play guy at an affordable price.  As long as Cleveland continues to play their young players there is upside to Sexton.

F: TJ Warren, Phoenix Suns ($6,400)

TJ Warren scores and scores in bunches start him and watch him go.

UTL: Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets ($4,100)

Morris is inexpensive and has been playing starters minutes, end of story.

Good luck tonight!