It’s never to early to make adjustments to your fantasy football roster. You don’t need to do anything drastic, like dropping your third-round pick or making a huge trade, but improving around the margins and focusing on trends that could lead to future value is how smart owners build winning teams. As such, constantly scouring your roster (and other rosters) for buy-low, sell-high candidates is a must (and good distraction when you’re supposed to be working). If you actually have to work when you’re supposed to be working, Fantasy Pros’ Mike Tagliere can help with his list of potential trade candidates heading into Week 2.
Because many owners are hesitant to make moves this early in the season, the list below isn’t necessarily meant to prompt an immediate response; rather, it’s a guide for the stats and trends worth following with the players mentioned below. If Darren Waller has another high-target, middling-production game, that’s actually a positive if you’re thinking about acquiring him in the future. If Chris Carson once again sees limited carries, then that’s all the more reason to be concerned about him even if he scores again. You get the idea.
Values can change quickly in fantasy football, so don’t get too married to a trade target. Change your thinking as the trends change, but don’t be afraid to strike if you have a good offer on the table. — Matt Lutovsky
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Buy-low candidates
DJ Chark (WR – JAC)
How many games do you think the Jaguars are going to win this year? I figured it was a low number. Take advantage of the fact Jacksonville just won a game and threw 20 times. I’ll predict they don’t attempt fewer than 30 passes the remainder of the season. Don’t let Chark’s three-target game scare you. Buy while his cost is suppressed.
Darren Waller (TE – LV)
He didn’t have a massive Week 1, but the one thing we were worried about (targets) was perfectly fine. He saw a massive eight targets in a game Derek Carr threw the ball just 30 times, good for a 26.7-percent target share. That’s a better share than most top wide receivers. At tight end, you chase targets, and Waller is going to get more than most. He should be considered a top-five TE.
Zack Moss (RB – BUF)
Moss didn’t have a very productive game on the ground in Week 1, so you might be able to buy him on the cheap. Sure, he scored a touchdown, but that’s not why you’re acquiring him. In his first NFL game, he totaled 12 touches compared to 14 touches for Devin Singletary. Knowing that Moss is expected to get goal-line carries, he might actually carry more value than Singletary.
Parris Campbell (WR – IND)
We knew Campbell would be taking on a bigger role in this offense, and it was clear in the first game that he’s a favorite of new quarterback Philip Rivers. Many forget that Campbell was a second-round pick just one year ago by this staff, but was held back due to injuries his rookie season. You should be buying based on the fact that he had nine targets in his first game, which tied T.Y. Hilton for the most on the team.
For more buy-low targets from Fantasy Pros, click here.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Sell-high candidates
Chris Carson (RB – SEA)
Carson’s final point total looked fantastic in Week 1, but it’s worth noting that Carlos Hyde out-carried him and scored the lone rushing touchdown for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson has never been one to target his running backs a ton, so Week 1 was likely a fluke when it comes to Carson’s massive production through the air. He’s still likely to be a solid RB2, but someone may be willing to pay last year’s RB1 prices for him in a trade.
Josh Allen (QB – BUF)
We’ve seen Allen’s big performances before, but truth be told, he posted QB1-type numbers in just 43.8 percent of his games last year. He does present a solid floor each week due to his mobility, but someone is surely going to value his big Week 1 performance and be willing to overpay.
For more sell-high targets from Fantasy Pros, click here.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Players to hold
Hayden Hurst (TE – ATL)
Did you see the Falcons box score from Week 1? Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage each saw 12 targets, caught nine balls, and finished with at least 114 yards. Hurst saw five targets, which isn’t horrible, but you’d be buying him based on the fact that Gage won’t see close to that target share moving forward. Those targets over the middle will be a bit more evenly spread as Matt Ryan and Hurst develop chemistry…at least we think they will be.
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI)
It was a weird week for the Eagles offense that dealt with many injuries throughout the week, ones that likely changed the entire gameplan. The Washington front seven brought the pressure and Wentz paid the price. He’s still going to be a sturdy QB1 this season, so don’t panic just yet.
For more players to hold from Fantasy Pros, click here.
Giants’ MLB playoff hopes crushed on umpire’s brutal call
The San Francisco Giants fell just short of qualifying for the expanded National League playoffs. The way in which their 2020 season ended was all the more disappointing.
Home plate umpire Rob Drake rung up Austin Slater with a questionable third-strike call to secure the Giants’ fate with a 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres Sunday. Slater, who was batting with the bases empty, immediately threw his hands up in disbelief at the low pitch from Padres pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.
A win for the Giants would’ve solidified a spot in the playoffs and booked their ticket to Los Angeles to take on the rival Dodgers in the wild-card round beginning Wednesday.
Manager Gabe Kapler let Drake know his feelings on the call from the dugout.
“It was disappointing,” Kapler told reporters after the game. “I haven’t had a chance to go back and watch the game but I know there were some calls that went against our guys.”
Brewers star Christian Yelich, whose team secured the final playoff spot in the NL and will face the Dodgers in the first round because of Drake’s call, said he “one hundred percent” thought the season-ending call on the Giants was right.
Preakness Stakes post positions: Full draw & odds for the 2020 Triple Crown race
The post positions for the 2020 Preakness Stakes are set, and the entry list includes 11 horses for what’s now the final leg of horse racing’s annual Triple Crown.
The Preakness has typically been the second leg of the Triple Crown race, with the Belmont Stakes to follow. But COVID-19 has affected the Triple Crown schedule, pushing the Belmont Stakes to first, Kentucky Derby to second and the Preakness Stakes to last.
In addition to the schedule change, there’s also been another impact on the race as a result of COVID-19. There will be no fans in attendance for the 2020 Preakness Stakes as Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach explained in a statement to the AP.
“While we had hoped to be able to welcome fans as we have for the past 145 years, the health and safety of our guests, horsemen, riders, team members and the community at large is, and will always be, our top priority,” Stronach said.
This isn’t too surprising considering the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby also ran their races without fans present.
Unfortunately for viewers, the excitement of a Triple Crown winner will not be present at the Preakness. Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes and was a heavy favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, but Authentic ended up winning the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Below, we’ll go over the post position results from the 2020 Preakness Stakes.
Preakness Stakes post positions 2020
The Preakness Stakes held its post positions on Monday, Sept. 28th at noon. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is running, even though the Triple Crown isn’t on the line. Art Collector is also competing after being a scratch in the Kentucky Derby due to a foot issue. Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont Stakes, will not be competing in the Preakness Stakes.
|2||Mr. Big News||Gabriel Saez|
|3||Art Collector||Brian Hernandez Jr.|
|4||Swiss Skydiver||Robby Albarado|
|5||Thousand Words||Florent Geroux|
|6||Jesus’ Team||Jevian Toledo|
|7||NY Traffic||Horacio Karamanos|
|8||Max Player||Paco Lopez|
Preakness Stakes odds 2020
With the 2020 Preakness Stakes post positions now available, the morning odds were also announced. These odds may change throughout the week, but these were the odds announced with the post positions.
Authentic opens up as the early favorite. The longshots include Excession, Jesus’ Team and LiveYourBeastLife.
|2||Mr. Big News||12-1|
When is the Preakness Stakes in 2020?
The 145th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3. Coverage will begin on NBC from 4:30 p.m. and last until around 6:00 p.m. ET. The original schedule for the Preakness Stakes was Saturday, May 16, but it was rescheduled as a result of COVID-19.
Giants, Daniel Jones ruined two $500,000 bets
It was another wild weekend of wagering in the NFL, as sportsbooks bounced back from a rough Week 2.
The biggest bets of Sunday came at DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey, as the book took two huge wagers on the New York Giants:
* $500,000 on the Giants +4
* $500,000 on Daniel Jones Over 244.5 passing yards
Respected money came in on the Giants, pushing the line down to San Francisco -3 on Sunday; it had opened 49ers -6.5 on the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lookahead line. The game didn’t go well for the two bettors above — or the respected money. The Giants finished with only 231 yards of total offense, Jones finished with 179 yards passing and the Giants never led, losing 36-9. San Francisco held the ball for more than 39 minutes of the game.
The Indianapolis Colts (-11.5) were a popular public play, with 68 percent of the money on Indianapolis to cover against the New York Jets at William Hill books. William Hill also took its biggest moneyline bet of the day: $52,000 on Colts at -700 odds. That bet was really never in doubt.
As ESPN’s David Purdum reported, teams that attracted sharp action at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were the Rams, Texans, Giants, Bears, Colts and Ravens. Sharps were on both sides of Bengals-Eagles. Excluding the Eagles game, those teams were 2-3 ATS heading into Monday Night Football.
The Atlanta Falcons, 3-point favorites, blew another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, this time to the Chicago Bears, and fell 30-26. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team had blown multiple 15-point, fourth-quarter leads in a single season. The Falcons just did it in back-to-back weeks.
That game drew the highest handle at the Borgata Sportsbook in New Jersey and was the book’s biggest decision of the day.
“We took a $100,000 bet on the Bears moneyline, which obviously ended up costing us money,” said Thomas Gable, Borgata’s sportsbook director. “The other big decision for us [which went against us] was the Jets-Colts.”
Falcons-Bears was the most-bet game at PointsBet sportsbooks, which also had 70 percent of the point-spread money on the Falcons, and game with the third-highest handle. The Bears winning was one of the biggest positive decisions for Stations Casinos in the early games, according to sportsbook director Chuck Esposito.
The Bears were 33/1 underdogs on the moneyline at MGM books to start the fourth quarter. There were no notable bets on the Bears at that price. One BetMGM bettor lost $110,000 on Falcons -3.5 on a wager that had been placed on Friday.
Another big decision at several sportsbooks was the Las Vegas Raiders-New England Patriots game. The Patriots, 7-point favorites, had more than 74 percent of the spread money at PointsBet and FanDuel and produced the worst early window result of any game for Stations Casinos in Vegas. New England controlled the game throughout and won 36-20, easily covering the spread. It was the second-biggest handle game at Borgata.
Respected money on the Eagles pushed the spread of the Cincinnati Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game up, as it went from Philadelphia -4.5 up to 5.5, with 80 percent of the money at PointsBet on the Eagles. The game ended in a 23-all tie.
In the late afternoon games, the Detroit Lions (+5) winning 26-23 over the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers (+6) beating the Los Angeles Chargers 21-16 helped books. More than 87 percent of spread tickets and 91 percent of moneyline wagers at Rush Street Gaming books were on the Cardinals. Rush Street took a hit on the Tampa Bay Bucs (-6) covering against the Denver Broncos, which saw 90 percent of the tickets cash.
The Sunday night game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints was another bad game for the books. PointsBet reported 67 percent of the moneyline bets were on the Packers.
“Sunday night, [we were] definitely rooting for the Saints and the under,” The Borgata’s Gable said. The Packers won 37-30 and the game flew over the total of 52.
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