Should Jordan Reed be a must-start tight end? (Bruce Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

With not many players on bye this week, there are plenty of match ups to take advantage of in Week 8. There isn’t much time to get back into the playoff race, so don’t tinker too much.

Start ‘Em

Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jacksonville): The Jaguars have a weak secondary and Tannehill should be able to throw the ball a ton against this team. Expect at least a couple touchdowns for the Dolphin. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 8 »

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2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips

October 23, 2014 at 6:19pm in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Top Story
Eagles vs Chargers: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Week 7 in the NFL was a rather lackluster week, as I recorded a 2-2 record last week. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had no trouble covering, but that was not the same story for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, as they both flamed out. I look to have a better showing in Week 8 in the NFL. My overall record for the year is currently 14-11.

Take the San Diego Chargers (+9) over the Denver Broncos.

I am not one to usually give advice about the Thursday Night game, but this is a different situation. Continue reading 2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips »

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Greetings millionaires! The Redraft King hopes that you consider donating a portion of your winnings from week 7 to a charity of your choice. Because if you followed my advice last week you probably vanquished all of your fantasy enemies and are now doing the backstroke through mountains of gold coins. So it is with great cheer and self-admiration (with one exception) I review my week 7 advice.

Week 7 Recap:

My prediction that Colin Kapernick and the 49ers would be in a hole against the Broncos was correct, but he was woefully unable to dig his team out. Alex Smith’s 15.7 fantasy points was almost exactly in line with his average fantasy points per game so far this season (15.8).

Continue reading Redraft King: Week 8 2014 Advice »

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The Bears will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to face the Patriots and will bring with them one of the most difficult to defend offenses in football. Their mix of dominant wide receivers, and elite running back, and matchup nightmare tight end make them a challenge for any defense. The wild card is their quarterback who can both destroy his opponents or his own offense. This should be a fun match up to watch across the board and the Patriots defense will have to come with their A game to slow the Bears down.

Every offense starts at the quarterback position and the Bears have the enigmatic Jay Cutler at the helm. When playing well, Cutler can carve up defenses and look like one the best quarterbacks in the National Football League but he has a habit of having off days or throwing inexplicable interceptions that kill drives and cost games. Continue reading Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears »

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Chandler Jones could be sidelined a month due to a hip injury. Jones, a third year pro out of Syracuse, has been an every down defender for the Patriots and their top pass rusher this season with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Jones played 84 of 87 snaps in last Thursday’s win against the Jets and first showed up on the injury report Tuesday morning. He had battled a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but did not miss any games because of it. The loss of Jones will leave a void at defensive end for the Patriots, who may look to fill the void from within or with their two newly acquired players.

The Patriots traded for Akeem Ayers on Tuesday from Tennessee and signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch, formerly of the Bills. Ayers is closer to Jones as far as skill set and position than Branch but neither one will be able to replace Jones’ production and ability to affect games from the edge. Branch will hopefully provide depth at defensive tackle, a position that has been a weakness for the Patriots through the first seven games of 2014. Continue reading Chandler Jones Out 1 Month With Hip Injury; Patriots Sign Alan Branch »

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The Patriots bolstered their thin linebacking corps by trading for the Titans' Akeem Ayers. (NFL.com)

It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start.

The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday  in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.

Continue reading Patriots Trade for Titans LB Akeem Ayers »

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I thought, perhaps naively, that the disgrace and disgust of the 2014 Boston Red Sox season would end with Game 162.

I was wrong.

The reminders of the Red Sox season that (I wish) never was have been everywhere throughout the 2014 MLB postseason. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, two non-playoff teams last year, both swept through the LDS round in a wide open American League. Now two wild card teams, the Royals and the San Francisco Giants, will square off in the World Series starting tonight. Excuse me while I go eat a couch pillow.

Then, of course, there are the ghosts of Red Sox past. Let’s check in with some of the more notable former players who donned the Boston uniform to see how they’ve fared – with other teams, sadly — this postseason:

Continue reading Where Are They Now? How Former Red Sox Have Fared in the 2014 MLB Postseason »

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