Chris Conte
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Whilst sportsmen often use rhetoric surrounding devoting, or even sacrificing, their lives for their sport, few have phrased it as literally as the Chicago Bears’ Chris Conte.
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In a recent interview, with WBBM radio, Conte revealed that ‘my life will revolve around football to some point, but I’d rather have the experience of playing and, who knows, die 10, 15 years earlier than not be able to play in the NFL and live a long life.’
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This dramatic statement is particularly potent considering that the 25-year-old, who plays in the free safety position, has suffered two serve concussions this season and was also sidelined by major shoulder surgery earlier in the year.
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It appears that whilst other players, who have similar statements, could be accused of hyperbole or exaggeration, Conte’s words are supported by his actions. You would think, in this day and age where online casinos like supercasino offer accessible and instantaneous gambling thrills, that people would no longer need to gamble with their life. However, it appears that Conte is not satisfied unless his life, not just the game, is literally on the line.
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Conte, who originally had expressed an interest in going to UCLA, played in 50 games for the California Golden Bears during his college career. The California-native, who was born in Los Angeles, had a solid if unspectacular college career that was, however, littered with sublime moments.
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Amongst these highlights was a speculator six-yard blocked punt that led to a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils. It was perhaps moments of brilliance like these which led Conte to be the 93rd overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, where he signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
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Throughout his career with the Bears, Conte has shown steady improvement within many areas of his game. At the end of his debut season, in 2011, the 6ft 2in player had started nine games with 23 tackles, one interception, and two passes defended. By the end of 2013 season, Conte had improved on every single one of these stats, having started all 16 games with 73 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended, and two forced fumbles.
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Despite this steady improvement, Conte’s NFL career has not been without both injury and controversy. In only the eighth week of his second professional season, Conte was fined $21,000, later reduced to $10,000, for hitting defenceless player Brandon LaFell in the head during a win over the Carolina Panthers.
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This would also not be the final time that Conte would be hit with a fine due to his reckless on-pitch behaviour. In September 2014, Conte initiated a helmet-to-helmet hit against Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver, Robert Woods, for which he was fined $22,050.
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Besides these controversies, Conte has also been unfortunate with injuries. On top of his four-month absence due to his surgically repaired shoulder this season, Conte was also out for several games with a foot sprain, which occurred during a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in his debut season.
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Moreover, even when he is playing at full-health and without fines, Conte has still been prone to criticism. During a crucial game against the Green Bay Packers in 2013, with a play-off berth up for grabs, Conte consistently failed to intercept and was criticised by NBC sports analyst Rodney Harrison for ‘flat-out’ blowing the coverage when he let several wide receivers go straight down the field.
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It a shame that Conte, who is clearly so passionate about the sport as to compromise his life for it, cannot effectively channel this passion into his play. Whilst injury has undoubtedly played a part, and his stats have improved, if Conte cannot increase his focus and control his temper, he may not have to worry about devoting his live to the NFL for much longer.
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Fantasy Football betting isn’t yet a major part of the US gambling economy, despite the recent growth spurts by companies such as DraftKings. However, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying earlier this year that he’d be willing to look into the possibility of incorporating the industry into his State’s igaming set-up, the potential for NFL betting could be huge in 2015.
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Christie’s Fantasy
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Christie
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by  New Jersey National Guard 
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In fact, as well as taking an interest in Fantasy Sports, Christie, who is a Cowboys fan, is also looking to bring sports betting to New Jersey. Although he’s fighting with a number of organizations that want to prevent the Garden State from offering online sports betting, Christie has already been down this road with casinos and poker.
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Back in 2013, Christie signed into law New Jersey’s online gaming act and opened up the doors to a new industry in the State. Since that time he’s also been pushing to have sports betting legalized because he believes sports such as the NFL will provide a massive revenue boost for the igaming sector.
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Since 2013, it seems that Christie’s prediction has come true as millions of NFL fans across the US now enjoy the thrills and spills of Fantasy Football. If Christie is able to legalize online sports betting, like he did with online casino and poker sites, which can be found rated and reviewed on the internet, in New Jersey it’s likely to have a domino impact across the US and if that time comes you need to be ready.
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Becoming a Better NFL Bettor
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NFL
by  Matt McGee 
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So, with this in mind, here are some simple sports betting tips you can use to improve your success rate when you bet on the NFL.
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Go Above the Line: If you can find a betting line that is one point better than general market then you should take it. This sort of value is hard to ignore and will almost certainly guarantee you’re a profit in the long run.
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Set Your Own Lines: Experiment with setting your own lines. Pick a selection of sporting fixtures and try to set your own odds for each match-up. Use as much knowledge and information as you can get in order to make your predictions as accurate as possible.
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Once you’ve done this, compare them with the betting lines offered by bookmakers. Additionally, check the results to see how many you accurately predicted. Doing this will enable you to know when a betting line is out of sync and, therefore, worth taking.
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Take a Punt: Don’t be afraid to take a risk with long odds propositions. Although these bets are unlikely to come in, they do give you the ability to make a big return for a small outlay. Combining these bets with additional wagers on more likely winners can help boost your overall bottom-line.
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Manage Your Money: Any sports bettor – or gambler in general – will tell you that bankroll management is extremely important. Betting within your limits will not only prevent you from going broke when things don’t run your way, but help you to maximize your winnings when they are. For this reason you need a solid bankroll strategy that defines all your bets within the context of your overall bankroll. For example, you should never wager more than 10 per cent of your bankroll in a single session.
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Should online sports betting ever become widespread across the US it’s likely NFL will be at the forefront of the betting, so you’d better make sure you take note of the following tips if you’re planning on anteing up in the near future.
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Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the Week 16.
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Start
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia Eagles
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints
Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers Defense
New England Patriots Defense
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
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Sit
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Decker, New York Jets
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Indianapolis Colts Defense
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Toby Gerhart Jags
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of the Lester’s Legends under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 16.
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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Kyle Orton, QB, Buffalo Bills
Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers Defense
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
Tennessee Titans
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Megatron
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 16 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 85 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Megatron had 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 272.2 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 99.2 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has scored and/or topped 100 yards in 10 of the past 11 games. Thomas faces the Cincinnati Bengals.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 107 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are only allowing 199.2 passing, yards per game, but Brown has been targeted 11.4 times per game.
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4. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. is averaging 97.2 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has averaged 112.5 yards and a touchdown in his past seven games. Look for ODB to keep rolling against the St. Louis Rams.
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5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 94.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should smoke the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 250.4 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 82 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has nine scores in his past seven games. Look for Dez to see plenty of looks against the Indianapolis Colts.
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7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery is averaging 73.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He has six touchdowns in the past five games. Jeffery had 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Lions.
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8. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is averaging 109.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Monitor his hip injury, but if he can go against the New Orleans Saints he’s a must-start. Jones had 116 yards against the Saints in the first meeting.
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9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 96.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. Hilton should be a solid play against the Cowboys. Dallas has allowed 249.6 passing yards per game.
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10. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 87.2 yards and 0.0.5 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 115.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games. Green will be busy against the Broncos.
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11. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin is averaging 86.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He torched the Washington Redskins for 154 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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12. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is averaging 76.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He should also be productive against the Buccaneers.
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13. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders is averaging 90.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He takes on the Bengals.
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14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is averaging 72.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has nine scores in his past seven games. Tampa will be forced to air it out against the Packers.
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15. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is averaging 69.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He faces the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 29 passing touchdowns.
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The Next Batch
16. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
17. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
18. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns
19. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots at New York Jets
20. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
21. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
22. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
23. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
24. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers
25. Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
26. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
27. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
28. Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
29. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
30. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers
31. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
32. Charles Johnson, Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
33. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
34. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
35. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
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2014 NFL Picks – Week 16

17 December 2014


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Here are my Week 16 picks.
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Week 15 Results:  12-4
Week 15 Lock Picks:  1-1
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TENN (W), CLE (L), DAL (L), SEA (W), DEN (W), WAS (L), KC (L), STL (W), GB (W), BAL (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L), WAS (W), DAL (L), SF (W), PITT (L), JAX (W), NYG (L), STL (L), MIA (W), TENN (W), TB (W), BUF  (L)
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Regular Season Total:  134-73-1 (.647)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 17-11 (.607)
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Week 16 Locks
Lock to Win:  Philadelphia Eagles
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):   Arizona Cardinals
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Week 16 Picks
TENN over JAX
PHI over WASH (Winner Lock)
SD over SF
DET over CHI
MIA over MINN
NO over ATL
NE over NYJ
KC over PITT
GB over TB
CAR over CLE
BAL over HOU
STL over NYG
INDY over DAL
BUF over OAK
SEA over ARI (Loser Lock)
DEN over CIN
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 16 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski is averaging 78.1 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He is averaging 97.7 yards and a touchdown in his past seven games. Gronk faces the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 29 touchdown passes on the year.
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2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 55.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed a league-worst 292.5 passing yards per game.
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3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 68.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 84.2 yards in his past two games. Olsen is averaging 96.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two starts with Derek Anderson at quarterback. He should be good regardless of the starter when the Panthers face the Cleveland Browns.
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4. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears 
Martellus Bennett is averaging 61.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He had 109 yards in the first meeting with the Detroit Lions.
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5. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is averaging 48.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 77.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in the past six games. Fleener should see plenty of looks against the Dallas Cowboys. The Boys have allowed 249.6 passing yards per game.
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6. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 47.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He faces the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have allowed 1.6 passing touchdowns per game.
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7. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker is averaging 61 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 70.3 yards in his past four games. Walker faces the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 243 yards per game.
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8. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce is averaging 53.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 68 yards in his past four games. Kelce goes up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh has allowed 252.9 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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9. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas returned to action for the first time in a month. He was still limited by an ankle injury. If he does not get in the end zone against the Cincinnati Bengals you are likely to be disappointed with his production. Thomas is a somewhat risky play in this stage of the fantasy season.
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10. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 40.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He faces the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has allowed 240.6 passing yards per game.
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The Next Batch
11. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
12. Larry Donnell, New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
13. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
14. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
15. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
16. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
17. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
18. Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills
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