Melvin Gordon NFL Draft  Todd Gurley NFL Draft
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie running back class.
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1.Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
Melvin Gordon ran for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns last year for Wisconsin. He caught 19 passes for an additional 153 yards and three touchdowns. Gordon dominated Nebraska last year for 408 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013 Gordon had 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’ll tote the rock immediate for the Bolts and should have the biggest impact among rookie running backs.
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2. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
Todd Gurley is an amazing talent when healthy. His health is his weakness though. Gurley was limited to six games last year, but he managed 911 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 989 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013 despite missing three games. Gurley played the full season as a rookie, which resulted in 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6’1″, 222 pound Gurley shouldn’t have much trouble supplanting Tre Mason as the lead back. I prefer Gurley to Gordon in dynasty leagues.
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3. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Tevin Coleman has a solid shot of the feature back role for the Falcons. He ran for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Indiana. Devonta Freeman figures to be more of a third down back.
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4. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
T.J. Yeldon has to earn carries away from Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, but clearly he’s the future of the Jaguars’ running game. He ranks third in dynasty leagues. Yeldon 1,272 total yards and 13 touchdowns over the past three years at Alabama. At 6’1″, 226 pounds he should be a force.
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5. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
Ameer Abdullah lands in a talented offense, but has to share the load with Joique Bell. He ran for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns last year and 1,690 and nine scores in 2013. Abdullah averaged 24 catches over the past three years, but Bell will likely handle third down duties.
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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Press Conference
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie quarterback class.
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1. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston threw for 3,907 yards and 25 touchdowns, which was a step back from the 4,057 yard and 40 touchdowns he produced as a freshman. He should hit the ground running with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson in his arsenal.
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2. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota will have more of an adjustment to the NFL game. He threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2012, 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2013 and 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns last year while averaging 745.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns on the ground. Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas and Delanie Walker give him some decent options.
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3. Bryce Petty, New York Jets
Bryce Petty averaged 4,027.5 yards and 30.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He ran for 14 touchdowns in 2013. Petty likely won’t get a look this season for the Jets.
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4. Sean Mannion, St. Louis Rams
Sean Mannion threw for 4.662 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013, but dipped to 3,164 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. He also isn’t likely to get any run in 2015. Garrett Grayson and Brett Hundley are better dynasty options.
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Sportscasters and fans love a good baseball rivalry. And baseball handicappers too.  However, the best rivalries cause the most headaches for those wagering on baseball and Football games, as the betting public likes them as well.

 

That creates a lot of frenzy, as fan loyalty usually gives both parties of rivalries far too much credit, which results in overinflated and erratic lines, making it difficult for even the most savvy NFL &  baseball bettors to find the real betting value.

 

Because of that, we have put together a few key factors to help baseball handicappers determine if a rivalry is really a grudge that matters, or just something that is being fueled by the media and fans.

 

To start with, the players in a rivalry game really have to care. Otherwise the impact on a game isn’t always particularly significant, unless the players are fueled by some sort of civic pride or perhaps fueled by anger or an extreme aspiration to thump their opponent after losing an important game or series the first time the two tangled.

 

Bettors need to remember that even though they might be amped up to take on a rival, the MLB season is a long one, and for players, sometimes games are just games and what happened the last time, just doesn’t matter. Where as Football is the opposite every game in the season is important. Even the NFL games at the end of the season are still important because rivals can knock a team out of a playoff game and every loss burns as badly as the next for those die hard Football fanatics.

 

Secondly, how often do the two teams play each other. Are they in the same division?

 

A rivalry is usually much more intense if the teams are not in the same division. That’s because teams in opposite divisions may not even play every year, while teams in the same division can play as many as 18-20  times during the regular season alone.

 

A rivalry is usually sustained when teams don’t see each other all of the time, as the bitter juices are left to simmer, rather than losing their level of intensity over 20 games in a season.And while there are some major league divisional rivalries that are uber intense, it is very easy for bettors to overcompensate for the impact of these rivalries.

 

Next, if there is a sense of rivalry between two MLB clubs, handicappers need to look carefully to see of the fuel of the feud is surrounding recent issues, or if the dislike of each is more for tradition.  While a time-honored contention is a good springboard for a rivalry, an extra intensity is created by a contentious outcome in a playoff series, a bench-clearing brawl, negative remarks in the media by players or the coaching staff towards the other team, or in today’s word, a negative tweet on Twitter.

 

And while fans and the general public will have much longer memories of what happened, handicappers need to bear in mind that the teams and players themselves can be all forgotten in a short amount of time.

 

Finally, perhaps the most important factor when betting on a MLB rivalry game, is really looking at how the teams match up exclusive of the feud.

 

Rivalry games can easily distract bettors from what actually matters, and it doesn’t matter how much a team hates another team, if it doesn’t have the talent to beat its rival, it will still lose. If MLB handicappers don’t make this distinction, they will quickly fond themselves betting on with their emotions, which can be a very costly mistake.

 

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Millions of people in the US make a decent income every month from online betting. For some professional gamblers, sports betting is not gambling at all. It is actually investing because the gambler does his or her homework before placing the bets. This reduces the risk of loss and increases the chances of making profit from each bet. The aim of this article is to discuss online betting factors for baseball and the NFL. There is big money to be made in both sports but you need to understand how both games work before placing your bets.
 
Two-way bets
 
One great advantage of betting on baseball and the NFL is that both sports offer you a two-way bet. This means that you bet on the “home team win” or the “away team win”. You can describe this bet as a binary option because there are only two outcomes in a two-way bet. This is quite different from soccer where you usually have a three-way bet (home win, draw or away win). The advantage of the two-way bet is that you have a 50-50 chance of success.
 
Exotic betting options
 
The two-way bet is not the only option available to people who bet on baseball and the NFL. Other popular options are the “overs and unders”, the Asian handicap and the European Handicap. You can also bet on half time win or full time win. If you want to take a calculated risk, you can go for the odd or even number outcome in these sports. This is a bit risky in the sense that it is not always easy to tell whether a match will end in even or odd number. The good thing about this option is that the odds are quite high so you can make big money with the right accumulation (placing many games on the same betting slip). 
 
Factors to consider 
 
The aim of online betting is to make profit. For this reason, you cannot place any bet without considering some vital factors. Some of these factors are current form, home form, away form, head to head and players’ motivation. 
 
Head to head
 
It is easy to use the head to head (H2H) factor to enhance your chances of winning. Just look at the previous matches played by the teams you are interested in and you will notice a pattern. Some teams hardly lose at home while other teams have an excellent away form. Some teams score many goals at home and score few away from home. Once you know these things, you can place your bet and increase your chances of success.
 
Motivation and key players
 
Most teams tend to play better when all the key players are fit so it is important to look at the likely team sheet before placing your bet. Some matches are must-win matches for certain teams (especially play-offs). Look out for all these factors and use the information to your advantage.   As stated already, you can make good money betting on baseball and the NFL, however as an alternative way of making a healthy profit, many baseball and NFL sports fans download Royal Casino not only because of their very attractive welcome bonus’s that they offer, but because of their world class gaming platform which provides players with a very high level of security as well as an instant play option.
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Deflategate

1 February 2015

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By Cy Holt
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Seeing how I cant turn on ESPN (or any other news program for that matter) without hearing about the Patriots “deflategate”, I decided to research the impact this scandal had on the fan favorite team for the Super Bowl.  It seemed like after last years Super Bowl victory, everyone was cheering for them to do as badly as possible.  It was as if everyone turned against them.  Even up to the NFC championship game everyone wanted a Packers win.
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When that didn’t happen the world, to me, turned to the Patriots as the knights in shining armor that could take down the reigning champion Seahawks.  But then it happened.  The story leaked that the Pats could have purposely deflated several footballs in the AFC championship game against the Colts, making them easier to grip, throw, and catch in the cold New England weather.  Whether or not they are guilty, there is a strange feeling in the air as America chooses a side for this years Super Bowl.
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I wanted to see the reaction of the NFL fans… so I started local.  I posted a picture on Instagram asking everyone to comment who they thought would win the big game.  43 people said Seahawks, Hawks, Seattle, or not the Patriots. Only 11 people commented for the Pats.  It shocked me, because I feel that people who are rooting for the Seahawks (that aren’t from Seattle) are considered bandwagon fans as of late.  I wanted to then find out if that was just a local trend or if America agreed.
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So I jumped on over to ESPN.com and found three polls on the matter.  The first one asks, “Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?”  Not surprisingly 55 percent of the nation predicted that New England would win.  But the chart shifts to almost 55 percent in favor of Seattle when asked, “Who they will be rooting for?”  The last poll compliments the second.  It asks, “Do you consider the Patriots cheaters?”  63 percent of America said yes.  63 percent!  That speaks volumes about who the fan favorite team is this year.
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If the Pats win then 63 percent of the nation, in my opinion, will always say, “well, they did use those deflated balls”.  There will always be a mini asterisks in their minds.  On the other hand if Seattle wins, it is a clean win.   And the deflated balls topic will slowly fade away.
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To conclude, I believe originally most people wanted to see Tom Brady and the Pats whoop on the very cocky, but very talented Seahawks at first.  But now I believe that because of “deflategate” most people are backing the Hawks and want to see the so-called “cheaters” lose.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Luke Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Timothy Wright, New England Patriots
4. Michael Hoomanawanui, New England Patriots
5. Tony Moeaki, Seattle Seahawks
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Julian Edelman
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Here are the Lester’s Legends wide receiver rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
2. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
3. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots
4. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
5. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
6. Ricardo Lockette, Seattle Seahawks
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