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The New England Patriots take part in their second Thursday Night Football game on the young season as they travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are 5.5 underdogs. Before you go to casinobet.com to wager on tonight’s game let’s see if there is anything to learn from the previous Thursday Night Football games.
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Week 1
The New England Patriots came in as 8.5 point favorites playing at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. There was no short week advantage for the Patriots as it was the league opener. Kansas City took full advantage of the Patriots’ struggling defense. Not only did they cover, they won the game outright.
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Week 2
The Houston Texans went on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals. They were 6.5 point underdogs. The Bengals were completely inept on offense for the second straight week. Again the road team not only covered, but won the game outright.
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Week 3
The Los Angeles Rams entered their contest with the home San Francisco 49ers as 2.5 point favorites. This time the underdog did not win the game outright, but they favorite (Rams) once again didn’t cover.
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Week 4
Finally the home team and the favorite won easily. They Green Bay Packers entered as 7 point favorites against the Chicago Bears. The Pack responded by winning by 21 points. Injuries finally caught up to the Bears and led to beginning of the Mitch Trubisky era.
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A quick look at the games so far would lead you to believe that road teams have the advantage based on three of the four victories coming from the visitors. A more realistic explanation is the better defense is winning the games. The Chiefs, Texans, Rams and Packers are the better defenses, which would have you 3-1 if you simply selected the team with the better defense.
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In tonight’s game, the Bucs have the better defense. If that approach remains, you can select Tampa and their 5.5 points tonight.

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The fantasy playoffs rolled into Championship Week as the Steelers smoked the Panthers in another Thursday Night dud.
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Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of an advantage. If your players do well, you can perhaps be a little more cautious with your team. If your players failed to put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk, hoping to make up some ground. You also get a feel for your matchup depending on how your opponents players did. Let’s take a look at how fantasy owners will be feeling about their players.
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Quarterbacks:  Big Ben (320 yards, passing TD, 2 rushing yards, rushing TD) had a great game. If he’s your fantasy quarterback, you’re in excellent shape. If you’re going up against him, you have your work cut out. If you used Jimmy Clausen (72 yards, INT), you were likely playing in the toilet bowl.
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Running Backs: There were three possible running back choices in this one. Rashard Mendenahll (83 total yards, TD) delivered. Big Ben’s one yard touchdown would have been nice on Mendenhall stat sheet, but you can’t complain with the start he got you. James Stewart (80 total yards) was not a recommended play by most, but he had a solid showing for those forced to use him. Mike Goodson (26 total yards) is officially off the fantasy radar. Isaac Redman (45 total yards) was likely only used in 16+ team leagues.
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Wide Receivers:  Mike Wallace (104 yards, TD) had a real nice performance. 16+ points from your receiver is a great start. Hines Ward (38 yards) and Steve Smith (17 yards) were busts. David Gettis (5 yards) was a non-factor. Emmanuel Sanders (54 yards) was decent enough, but wasn’t likely in many lineups.
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Tight Ends: Heath Miller (73 yards) had a very strong performance. Odds are those who used him got much more than they anticipated. Still, it wasn’t enough to alter any remaining fantasy decision.
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Kickers:  Shaun Suisham kicked two field goals (26, 29) and had three PATs in a modest performance. John Kasay managed one short (27) field goal.
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Defenses:  Pittsburgh dominated. Plain and simple.  They only allowed three points, forced two turnovers (fumble, INT), and racked up four sacks. They be one of the highest scoring defenses this week so if you started them, you’re in good shape.
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The fantasy playoffs continued as the Chargers destroyed the 49ers last night.
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Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of an advantage. If your players do well, you can perhaps be a little more cautious with your team. If your players failed to put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk, hoping to make up some ground. You also get a feel for your matchup depending on how your opponents players did. Let’s take a look at how fantasy owners will be feeling about their players.
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Quarterbacks:  Philip Rivers (273 yards, three touchdowns) didn’t have Antonio Gates or Malcom Floyd in his arsenal, but it did not matter. He just reunited with an old flame in Vincent Jackson to put on a clinic. If you used Alex Smith (165 yards, INT), you’re in some serious trouble.
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Running Backs: There were four possible running back choices in this one. Mike Tolbert (46 yards, TD) was the top ranked of the quartet and he delivered the best score. Brian Westbrook (30 total yards, TD) did well enough for those of you who took a chance on him. Ryan Mathews (56 yards) was OK, while Anthony Dixon (35 total yards) was a letdown.
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Wide Receivers:  Vincent Jackson (112 yards, 3 TDs) was a beast. I bumped him into the top 15 when news broke of Floyd and Gates inactive status. I just wish I bumped him higher. Josh Morgan (106 yards) once again was the top wide receiver threat. He has becoming one of those unheralded players that make fantasy football playoffs legends. Michael Crabtree (17 yards) was a dud. Legedu Naanee was a major letdown.
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Tight Ends: Vernon Davis (4 yards) was nearly invisible. Tough break for his fantasy owners. You’ll have to make up those points. Randy McMichael (55 yards) did an admirable job filling in for Gates.
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Kickers:  Nate Kaeding kicked two field goals (25, 39) and had four PATs. Solid start. Jeff Reed was held to one lonely PAT.
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Defenses:  San Diego was a beast holding the Niners to seven points. They racked up six sacks and forced on turnover (INT). The Niners got blitzed allowing 34 points. They had just one sack and did not force a turnover.
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The fantasy playoffs are underway in the majority of leagues as the Colts and Titans kicked off the action last night.
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Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of advantage. If your players do good, you can perhaps be a little more cautions with your team. If your players failed to put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk, hoping for a bigger reward to make up for it. You also get a feel for your match-up depending on how your opponents players did. Let’s take a look at how fantasy owners will be feeling about their players.
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Quarterbacks:   If you started Peyton Manning (319 yards, two TDs), which is roughly 99.9 percent of his owners, you are off to a great start. You can’t ask for much more than 300+ and a pair of scores without a pick. If you went with Kerry Collins (244 yards, three TDs) I want proof. Seriously though, heck of a call. You can’t be happier with your results.
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Running Backs: If you went with Chris Johnson (179 total yards, TD), which also is virtually everybody who owns him, you are off and running (pun intended). He came in with a juicy match-up, and he shrugged off his recent slump and delivered when you needed it the most. It does help to have a competent QB. If you rode the Javarris James (49 yards, TD) train, kudos to you. Donald Brown (62 total yards) had just enough total yardage to keep him from being a bust if he was in your lineup. continue reading »


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Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of advantage. If your players do good, you can perhaps be a little more cautions with your team. If your players failed to put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk, hoping for a bigger reward to make up for it. You also get a feel for your match-up depending on how your opponents players did. Let’s take a look at how fantasy owners will be feeling about their players.
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Top of the World
With the fantasy playoffs on the doorstep, you can’t help but swell with pride based on the numbers these guys dropped.
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Michael Vick – My #1 ranked QB this week did not disappoint. He threw for 302 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. He added 48 yards on the ground. He’s definitely in the MVP hunt (both in fantasy and reality).
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Matt Schaub – Vick did his thing, but Schaub was no slouch. He threw for 337 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT. If you stuck with him (despite my #18 ranking) kudos to you. If you sat him because of me, my apologies.
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Arian Foster - Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow. 109 total yards (83 rushing, 26 receiving) and a score on the ground and through the air. You’ve been counting on  him all year, and he didn’t disappoint.
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LeSean McCoy – Not to be outdone, McCoy accumulated 130 total yards (44 rushing, 86 receiving) as well as a rushing and receiving touchdown. If you own McCoy, you can breath a sigh of relief.
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Andre Johnson –  So he didn’t score a touchdown. His six catches for 149 yards and two carries for ten yards got his owners off to a great start. It wasn’t enough to change your strategy, but it’s certainly a good start. continue reading »


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We had such a good turnout for the Ocho & T.O. contest that SMW Clothing is sponsoring another one. Once again you have a chance to win a awesome shirt that will make you the envy of your league.
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This week’s contest will also revolve around the Thursday night game.Whoever guesses the combined passing and rushing yardage that Michael Vick will have against the Texans on Thursday night without going over wins. No repeat answers.

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So leave a comment with your best guess and be sure to check out SMW Clothing.


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It’s Thanksgiving time, and what better way to thank my wonderful readers than to run a contest with a cool prize. The prize, is a sweet fantasy football shirt from SMW Clothing. Not only can you beat all of your friends in fantasy every week, but you can look good doing it.
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So how do you win the contest? Simple. Whoever guesses the combined yardage that Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have against the Jets on Thanksgiving night without going over wins. No repeat answers.
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So leave a comment with your best guess and be sure to check out SMW Clothing.


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Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of advantage. If your players do good, you can perhaps be a little more cautions with your team. If your players did not put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk hoping for a bigger reward to make up for it. You also get a feel for your lineup depending on how your opponents players did.
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With the second Thursday night game in the books, let’s take a look at the fantasy ramifications.
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Quarterbacks:  Last week both Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco had great games. This week was so not about quarterback play. Tyler Thigpen (187 passing yards, INT, 27 rushing yards) was one of our sleeper picks, but he just didn’t deliver. Losing Brandon Marshall for the second half didn’t help. Meanwhile, Jay Cutler (156 yards, INT, 28 rushing yards) was one of our sit suggestions. One out of two ain’t bad. If you did happen to start one of these two, you’ll have to make up the points somewhere.
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Running Backs:  If you started Matt Forte (104 total yards, TD), you probably had a hard time falling asleep because you were so giddy. If you rolled with Ronnie Brown (29 total yards), Ricky Williams (13 total yards) or Chester Taylor (10 yards), you may have woke up with nightmares.
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If you started Forte, perhaps you don’t need to be as risky with your lineup (i.e. starting your backup tight end over Antonio Gates because you’re not sure what you’ll get from him on Monday). If you started someone from the terrible trio, you’ll have to make up those points. continue reading »


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Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of advantage. If your players do good, you can perhaps be a little more cautions with your team. If your players did not put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk hoping for a bigger reward to make up for it. You also get a feel for your lineup depending on how your opponents players did.
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With the first Thursday night game in the books, let’s take a look at the fantasy ramifications.
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Quarterbacks:  Both Matt Ryan (316 yards, 3 TDs) and Joe Flacco (209 yards, 3 TDs, INT) had productive games. Flacco’s lack of yardage and INT give him a slightly above average score. I wouldn’t change anything based on his performance.  Meanwhile Matty Ice put up a monster game. Depending on what your opponent is throwing at you, you may want to go with some safer picks rather than trying to hit a home run with a sleeper.
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Running Backs:  If you started Michael Turner (39 yards), you’re in a bit of a bind. He did not produce . You probably weren’t banking on a big game against the Ravens, but this score was just brutal. I can see taking a risk somewhere trying to make up the points. If by some chance you had Jason Snelling (67 total yards, TD) in your lineup, kudos to you. Ray Rice (102 total yards) had a typical day. Nice yardage numbers, but he failed to reach the end zone. Don’t make any drastic roster changes based on his performance. If you took a shot on McGahee (4 total yards), my condolences. continue reading »

LenDale White
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With Tennessee playing the early game, you could find yourself in a tough spot when deciding your RB2 for the opening week.  LenDale White is a decent spot start most weeks, but he’s facing a tough Pittsburgh Defense.  He did manage to score against Pittsburgh in Week 16 last year when he ran for 48 yards on 15 carries (3.2 ypc). 

The Steelers are also likely short-handed with LB Lawrence Timmons doubtful for tonight’s game.  Even without Timmons, Pittsburgh still presents a big challenge for Tennessee’s rushing attack.

If you’re relying on Pierre Thomas, Jonathan Stewart, and/or Knowshon Moreno to be your RB2 this week, without any other viable options going on Sunday, I suggest you plug in LenDale and take the safe route.  However, if you have Chester Taylor, Fred Jackson, Cedric Benson, or even Mike Bell, I would use those options over LenDale.


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