Zach Mettenberger
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 13.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns
Drew Stanton, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Zach Mettenberger, QB, Tennessee Titans
Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
Dan Herron, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills
Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams
Tim Wright, TE, New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins Defense
New York Giants Defense
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Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the Week 13.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
Houston Texans Defense
St. Louis Rams Defense
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Percy Harvin, WR, New York Jets
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots Defense
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 13 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 108.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 131.4 yards and a touchdown in his past eight games. He faces the Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas had 62 yards and a touchdown against them in the first meeting.
2. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is averaging 76.7 yards in his past three games. He should return to Megatron form against the Chicago Bears. The Bears have allowed 260.5 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game.
3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 79.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has six touchdowns in his past four games. Dez is facing the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 266.3 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
4. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown 105.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has had at least 74 yards in every game this year. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 253.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 96.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the New England Patriots in Lambeau. Jordy is averaging 123.2 yards and 1.2 touchdowns in home starts.
6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is averaging 124 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past two games. He should stay hot against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 252.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
7. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon showed no rust when he made his 2014 debut with 120 yards last week. This week he faces the Buffalo Bills.
8. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans is averaging 84.1 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. In his past four games he has dialed it up to 126.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
9. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the best catches in NFL history last week. In his past five games he’s averaging 107.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He should go off against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 257.5 yards and 1.7 touchdown passes.
10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is averaging 76.1 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should see plenty of looks in what should be a shootout with New England.
11. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 98.5 yards per game. In his past six games he’s averaging 117 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He faces the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 1.9 touchdown passes per game.
12. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders returned from a vicious hit to post 125 yards against the Miami Dolphins last week. He’s averaging 98.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He has topped 100 yards in four of the past five games.
13. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is averaging 89.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He faces the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed 254.6 passing yards per game.
14. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin is averaging 89.1 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the Cowboys. Dallas has allowed 247.8 passing yards per game.
15. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery is averaging 71.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has scored a touchdown in three of the past four games.Jeffery faces the Detroit Lions.
16. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 56.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He’s a solid start against the Lions.
17. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
DeAndre Hopkins is averaging 73 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 87.4 yards in his past five games. Hopkins faces the Tennessee Titans. He had 95 yards against them in the first meeting.
18. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is averaging 81.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past five games.
19. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Golden Tate is averaging 95.2 yards per game. He should keep rolling against the Bears.
20. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin is averaging 69.8 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He has three scores in the past two games. Benjamin faces the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
The Next Batch
21. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
22. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts
23. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
24. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
25. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
26. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
27. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints
28. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
30. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
31. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
32. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins
33. Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers
34. Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens vs. San Diego Chargers
35. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
36. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens vs. San Diego Chargers
37. Percy Harvin, New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
38. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
39. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Giants
40. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
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2014 NFL Picks – Week 13

26 November 2014

Here are my Week 13 picks.
Week 12 Results: 13-2
Week 12 Lock Picks: 1-1
Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TEN (W), CLE (L), DAL (L), SEA (W), DEN (W), WAS (L), KC (L)
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)
Regular Season Total:  114-60-1 (.654)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 13-11 (.542)
Week 13 Locks
Lock to Win:  St. Louis Rams
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Tennessee Titans
Week 13 Picks
DET over CHI
PHI over DAL
SEA over SF
CLE over BUF
STL over OAK (Winner Lock)
PITT over NO
CIN over TB
NYG over JAX
BAL over SD
HOU over TENN (Loser Lock)
ARI over ATL
NE over GB
DEN over KC
MIA over NYJ
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The Super Bowl is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, and it enjoys a massive amount of betting, too — both online and traditional. While almost everyone has been to a Super Bowl party, there are still plenty of people who have yet to place a wager on the biggest game in American football.

If you’re new to betting on sports, but you’re looking to make the Super Bowl a little more interesting this time, you may want to consider placing a bet or two. Here is a closer look at some of the language and culture around gambling and the Super Bowl to help you can make an educated wager online or in a casino.

The Super Bowl is nothing more than a championship game between two professional, 16-team football conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFC and the AFC were at one time separate football leagues known as the American Football League and the National Football League that eventually came together to form the NFL. Since 1970, at the end of every season, these two conferences engage in post-season play to determine the champion of each conference. The two champion teams then face one another in the Super Bowl every February, two weeks later to determine the overall winner. While the National Football League only exists within the United States, the winners of the Super Bowl are still called “world champions.”

Important Gambling Terms

There is a lot of very specific gambling language that, if you take the time to understand, will make betting on the Super Bowl a lot more straightforward. Of course, understanding won’t necessarily ensure you win more money than you lose, but it will help you make the type of bets you want to make. Toward that end, here is some of the common lingo surrounding Super Bowl gambling:

  • Super Bowl Bet. Any bet placed on the Super Bowl, whether through a Las Vegas casino or an online sportsbook like
  • Action. Any type of bet or the amount of money in the bet.
  • Book. Also called sportsbooks and bookmakers, a book is any establishment that accepts bets on sports outcomes.
  • Favorite. The team in the Super Bowl that many expect to win.
  • Longshot. A team that probably won’t win. However, if they do win, the payout on your bet is likely to be higher than if you’d gone with a team with better odds.
  • Handicapping. Assigning odds to a game that appears mismatched in order to make it more even in terms of betting. The person doing the handicapping is called a handicapper.
  • Point Spread. One of the most important ideas within sports gambling, “the spread” is the most ubiquitous type of handicapping that takes place in football. It works like this: When two teams face off, one is usually considered a favorite over the other. Say the favorite is assumed to be two touchdowns better than their opponent. In other words, they’re favored to win by 14 points. To offset this two-touchdown advantage, a handicapper will assign -14 to the team favored to win. This process allows even-money bets to take place. So, if you place a bet on the favorite to win in this scenario, that team must win by 15 points of more. If you place a bet on the team that isn’t favored to win (also called the “underdog”) in this scenario, the underdog must win or lose by no more than 13 points for you to win the bet.
  • Push. A push occurs whenever there is a tie against the point spread. When this happens, all money is returned to bettors.
  • Line. This term refers to the listed odds on the Super Bowl teams.
  • Juice. This is the fee charged by a book for processing your bet.
  • Money Line. If you don’t wish to bet against the point spread, you can simply bet on a winner, but bear in mind that the favorite will pay out less than 1-to-1. The underdog will pay out more than 1-to-1, so you should only place this type of bet when you’re going with the supposed loser.

Betting on the Super Bowl can be as complicated or as simple as you’d like it to be. From a friendly $5 wager between friends to a sophisticated series of bets placed through numerous online sites, the choice is yours. But hopefully, this little primer will get you well on your way whichever path you choose.

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Winning the Super Bowl is every professional football player’s dream, and that dream extends to fans, coaches, owners, many others. Winning a Super Bowl, however, is an incredibly difficult task — even if you’re a powerhouse team with a long-winning tradition. It is so difficult, in fact, that 13 professional teams are still without a Super Bowl title. As yet another playoff nears and another NFL seasons starts to wind down, here is a look at some of those perpetual bridesmaids, whose season is looking strong enough to possibly make them a bride on
Super Bowl Sunday, February 1.

1. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals were AFC champions in 1981 and 1988, but they were unable to close the deal in either Super Bowl appearance due to the dominance of the San Francisco 49ers, who defeated them both times. Their first attempt in 1982 was thwarted by quarterback Joe Montana, who led his team to a slim 25 to 21 victory. He handed Cincinnati their 1989 Super Bowl loss as well, defeating the Bengals 20 to 16. The 2014-15 season finds the Bengals in the hunt once again for trip to the Super Bowl, so long as they can win enough between now and January to earn a wild-card berth into the playoffs.

2. Cleveland Browns

The poor Cleveland Browns have never even been to a Super Bowl, although the Browns do have four NFL titles that pre-date the Super Bowl, which only became professional football’s title game in 1970. This season finds the Browns in the hunt for a wild-card berth in the playoffs, and even if they don’t secure one this year, they stand to only improve over the next few seasons — especially since they drafted Johnny Manziel at the quarterback position. “Johnny Football may not be running the Browns’ offense yet, but his time at Texas A&M promises an exciting future. And since Manziel’s is one of the most popular NFL jerseys in the entire league right now, it would seem the Browns’ fans are hopeful that their luck is about to change, as well.

3. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are one of the most consistent teams in the NFL, but their regular season play hasn’t been enough to see them through that final victory during a Super Bowl. They’ve suffered four Super Bowl losses as a franchise, and all of them were consecutive, spanning every Super Bowl between 1990 and 1993. This season is another promising one for the Bills, who are still in the hunt for the AFC’s wild-card round, provided they don’t suffer any more losses and a few of the teams ahead of them falter.

4. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are yet another team within the NFL who have never even been to a Super Bowl, but this season finds them at the front of their division in a quest for the NFC championship, and while they may not be able to overcome the Arizona Cardinals’ record, their shot at making it to the playoffs is pretty well-secured. They do still have to take on the Cardinals and the Patriots — two games that will go a long way to determining whether or not the Lions are successful.

5. Arizona Cardinals

This season’s current NFC leader, the Arizona Cardinals have been to the Super Bowl once, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers by just four points. As disappointing as that loss in the 2009 Super Bowl, the inclusion of the Cardinals in the Super Bowl at all that season had been in doubt. After starting the season strong with a 7-3 record, they lost four out of their last six games, just barely making the playoffs.

6. Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost Super Bowls on two separate occasions: once in 1981 to the Oakland Raiders and again in 2005 to the New England Patriots — a devastating loss of only three points. While the Eagles do boast three NFL titles prior to 1970, their lack of a Super Bowl win has been frustrating, especially because the franchise makes it to the playoffs regularly. This season may finally be the one in which they bring home the Lombardi Trophy, if they continue their strong play. However, while the team is leading the NFC East, injuries could play a part in possible continued success.

While it’s still far too early to tell, this season may finally be the year for one of the many NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl. From the Eagles to the Bengals, hope still shines bright that, come February 1, 2015, the NFL may crown a first-time champion.

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When Michael Jordan left the NBA to play baseball, everyone gave him some space. After all, he’d already proven his greatness, and he was coping with his father’s murder. After a year or so, he returned and was welcomed with open arms. He led the Bulls to three back-to-back NBA championships after he returned. Before he kicked off his NBA career, both the Rockets and the Trail Blazers passed up MJ in the NBA draft. The first overall pick, Hakeem Olajuwon, led the Rockets to two NBA championships and landed in the Basketball Hall of Fame. The second overall pick went to the Trail Blazers, who chose Sam Bowie over MJ.

1. Sam Bowie

Sam  Bowie didn’t work out so well. ESPN has called Portland’s choice one of the worst overall draft picks in North American sports history. During his rookie season with the Trail Blazers, Bowie scored 10 points per game. After battling numerous leg injuries, Bowie finished his NBA career with an unremarkable average of 10.9 ppg. He now raises racehorses in Lexington, Kentucky.
Some basketball players, like Bowie, look great in college, but they fail to make it happen in the NBA. Let’s take a look at four more college basketball stars who, although they looked meteoric during their school days, but failed to live up to their potential when they headed to the pros.

Darko Milicic
2. Darko Milicic

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Darko Milicic made the draft class of 2003 look like any NBA team owner’s dream. Milicic went to the Pistons as the No. 2 pick behind LeBron, getting placed ahead of Bosh, Anthony, and Wade. He went on to play for six NBA teams during his career and scored an average 6 ppg. He last played briefly for the Celtics in 2012.
In September 2014, when Darko announced that he was leaving the NBA to become a kickboxer in Serbia, people who bet on basketball didn’t shrug and say, “He’ll be back” the way they did with MJ (for online sportsbook bonus offers available to USA bettors, click here). Detroit, the team that originally drafted Milicic, watched him go and then privately licked their wounds, thinking about how they could have had Anthony, Bosh, or Wade instead.

LeBron James
3. Greg Oden

Greg Oden was the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick in 2007. He was the former Gatorade Player and a star at Ohio State. However, once he entered the NBA with the Trail Blazers, Oden had five knee surgeries that stymied his chances for greatness. He played a few minutes with the Miami Heat last year, but he’s spent most of his time on the bench.
Now, in another kind of court, Oden is facing felony domestic violence charges. His Miami Heat teammate who also played next to him with the Trail Blazers, James Jones, said it more clearly than anyone. “Every time Greg seems to be about to trend upward, something happens,” Jones told ESPN. “It’s unfortunate.” The Trail Blazers couldn’t help but agree.

4. Michael Olowokandi

It’s pretty bad when you’re a No. 1 NBA draft pick and your ex-wife is more famous than you are, but that’s Michael Olowokandi’s situation. After being Top Dog in 1998 and getting picked up by Clippers, he played a total of 10 seasons averaging 8.3 ppg. He went from L.A. to Minnesota to Boston before retiring in 2007. Now, Olowokandi’s star has been eclipsed by his ex, “Basketball Wives” star Suzie Ketcham. Ketcham has collected millions from her VH1 show, to which she added a $15 million take from her split with Olowokandi. Olowokandi now lives anonymously in Dallas, Texas.

5. Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown was drafted in 2002 by the Washington Wizards as the league’s No. 2 draft pick. Michael Jordan himself supposedly heavily influenced the pick, assuming that Brown would be another Kevin Garnett. On the court, his play was so bad that Lakers fans famously booed him in his home arena. Off the court, Brown has been arrested and accused of rape. He famously threw a cake at a Lakers fan, earning himself an entry in Urban Dictionary (to throw a frosted cake at an unsuspecting person is to “Kwame Brown” somebody).

It’s not easy being a top draft pick, and some of these guys couldn’t help becoming injured. Still, unlike MJ, when they left the league, no one hoped they’d come back.
Darko Milicic image by Eucher from Flickr Creative Commons
Greg Oden and LeBron James image by Keith Allison from Flickr Creative Commons

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