2018 NFL Picks – Week 5

3 October 2018

A better showing last week at 10-5. Jacksonville worked out for the lock pick. I’ll take the Saints on MNF for the lock.
Last Week:  35-26-2 (0.571)
Lock Pick:  3-1 (0.750)
Lock Picks:  GB (W), LAC (W), MIN (L), JAX (W)
Week 5 Picks
New England over Indianapolis
Tennessee over Buffalo
Cincinnati over Miami
Baltimore over Cleveland
Green Bay over Detroit
Jacksonville over Kansas City
Denver over New York Jets
Pittsburgh over Atlanta
Carolina over New York Giants
Los Angeles Chargers over Oakland
Philadelphia over Minnesota
San Francisco over Arizona
Los Angeles Rams over Seattle
Houston over Dallas
New Orleans over Washington  (Winner Lock)
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Give Them The Damn Ball!

2 October 2018

Kerryon Johnson
New Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia saying that Kerryon Johnson is playing a good amount leaves fantasy football owners and Detroit Lions fans alike begging for more carries for the promising rookie. Johnson is not the only running back not getting enough love. Here are some RBs that could put up nice numbers if they receive more opportunities.
Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers – Averaging an NFL-high 7.6 yards per carry, which is double that of Alfred Morris’ 3.8. Meanwhile, Morris actually has three more totes than Breida. Come again? He has failed to top a dozen carries in any of the Niners first four games. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns – Again, I really like Carlos Hyde. Even if you throw out the three carries for 105 yards last week, Chubb averaged 5.9 YPC in the first three games. Let’s see what he can do with 5-10 carries per game. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears – I like Jordan Howard. I really do. That said, he’s dominating carries 64 to 27 despite a 3.2 YPC average for Howard vs. a 5.1 mark for Cohen. He racked up 13 carries this past week so perhaps he’ll see more than the 4.7 carries he averaged the first three weeks. Cohen is explosive. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions – Averaging 5.7 yards per carry to LeGarrette Blount’s 2.7 with Johnson only toting three more carries YTD. The only time he received double-digit carries he became the first Lions runner in years to crack the century mark. Give Him the Damn Ball!
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers – After putting up 65 yards on 11 carries last week, Jones will likely be the primary back for Green Bay going forward. He’s averaging 6.3 YPC vs. 3.4 for Jamaal Williams and 4.5 for Ty Montgomery. In case Mike McCarthy is considering keeping Williams as the lead back, he should reconsider Jones and Give Him the Damn Ball!
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NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 running back rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Chicago and Tampa Bay
1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
5. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
6. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
7. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
8. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
10. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
12. Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns
13. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
14. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions - Give Him the Damn Ball
15. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
16. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
17. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
18. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos
19. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
20. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers – Give Him the Damn Ball
22. James White, New England Patriots
23. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
24. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
25. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
26. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
27. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers - Give Him the Damn Ball
28. Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans
29. Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins
30. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
31. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
32. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
33. Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets
34. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
35. Alfred Morris, San Francisco 49ers
36. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
37. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
38. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
39. Austin Ekeler, Los Angles Chargers
40. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns - Give Him the Damn Ball
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Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 5 quarterback rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Chicago, Tampa Bay
1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
5. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas CIty Chiefs
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
7. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
8. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
9. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
10. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
12. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
13. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
14. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
17. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
16. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
17. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
18. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
19. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
20. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
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It’s hard to believe but up until a few months ago, making a friendly bet with a colleague on the outcome of the Superbowl in America could have landed you in hot water. That was thanks to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, first made law in 1992.
Under the terms of the act, betting on sports was prohibited in all but two states. The law was not without opposition, but it was really only in 2009 that a real campaign to have it overturned started. New Jersey spearheaded this campaign.
As you will see in the infographic originally published on NJGames that battle was hard fought. However, it was worthwhile. A few months ago, the United States Supreme Court declared that PASPA was unconstitutional. The court decided that whether or not to legalize betting was something that should be left to the legislature of each individual state.
How The Situation Stands Now
It is still early days, but 23 states have since opted to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting. Of these, only seven have had the bills successfully passed so far, but that will no doubt change with time.
The other 24 states seem to be sitting on the fence about the issue; they have not attempted to make any changes yet. So far, Utah is the only state to have come out in opposition to the change. The state is morally opposed to the concept so don’t expect to see changes there soon.
How Could States Benefit?
You might wonder what all the fuss is about. After all, what difference could a few bets make anyway? Well, if you are looking at extra tax revenue in the region of 15%, quite a bit. States are expected to get a boost of around $3.4 billion dollars per annum. Then, of course, there is the boost to the economy and the creation of jobs.
In the long term, this somewhat emotive issue could boil down to a rough calculation of the potential financial benefits that accrue.

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Nyheim Hines
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Get ‘em
John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens – Caught 3 of 7 targets for 116 yards and a score. Averaging 98 yards in last three games.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders – 437 yards, 4 TDs. QB2 or plug in option during bye weeks.
Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns – 105 yards and a pair of scores on three carries. He should get mixed in more.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 124 total yards and a pair of TDs. Get him, but be cautious on playing him.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens – 363 yards and 2 TDs. Multiple TDs in 3 of 4 games. QB2 or plug in option during bye weeks.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts – 73 total yards and a pair of TDs. PPR-league depth.
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers – 82 total yards and a TD. RBBC but he seems to be the most effective.
Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers – Caught all five targets for 62 yards.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons – Caught 6 of 9 targets for 111 yards. 3rd option, but should be good for bench depth.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 34 yards and a TD.
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans – Caught 11 of 15 targets for 109 yards.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots – Caught 4 of 7 targets for 55 yards. Inconsistent, plus Julian Edelman will return.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears – Caught all 7 targets for 104 yards and a pair of TDs.
Antonio Gates, TE, Los Angeles Chargers – Caught 2 of 5 targets for 27 yards, TD. TD dependent at this stage of his career.
Donte Moncreif, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – Caught all 5 targets for 109 yards and a score.
Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Caught 6 f 10 targets for 56 yards, TD.
Cordarrelle Paterson, WR, New England Patriots – Caught 3 of 5 targets for 54 yards, TD.
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Caught 8 of 11 targets for 85 yards.
John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – Caught both targets for 52 yards, TD.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans – Caught 2 of 3 targets for 27 yards, TD.
Geoff Swaim, TE, Dallas Cowboys – Caught 3 of 4 targets for 39 yards and a TD.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears – 354 yards and 6 TDs, 53 rushing yards.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 9 of 13 targets for 130 yards. Borderline depth option.
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Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 4 team defense rankings.
Bye Weeks: Carolina and Washington
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Los Angeles Chargers
3. Chicago Bears
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Los Angeles Rams
8. Cleveland Browns
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. Houston Texans
11. Dallas Cowboys
12. New England Patriots
13. Detroit Lions
14. New Orleans Saints
15. Arizona Cardinals
12. Miami Dolphins
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New England Patriots v New York Jets
Bye Weeks:  Carolina and Washington
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 4 kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
3. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
6. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
7. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
8. Caleb Sturgis, Los Angeles Chargers
9. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
10. Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings
11. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
13. Josh Lambo, Jacksonville Jaguars
14. Sam Ficken, Los Angeles Rams
15. Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle Seahawks
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Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 4 tight end rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Carolina and Washington
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
4. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
6. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers
7. Trey Burton, Chicago Bears
8. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
9. Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
10. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
11. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
12. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
13. Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints
14. Vance McDonals, Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
16. Evan Engram, New York Giants
17. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
18. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
19. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks
20. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles
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Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 4 wide receiver rankings.
Bye Weeks:  Carolina and Washington
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
5. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
8. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
9. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
11. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
12. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
13. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
14. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
15. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
16. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
17. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
18. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
19. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
20. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
21. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
22. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
23. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
24. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
25. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
26. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
27. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams
28. Quincy Enuwa, New York Jets
29. Will Fuller, Houston Texans
30. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
31. Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
32. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
33. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
34. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
35. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
36. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
37. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
38. Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens
39. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
40. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers
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