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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson backs ‘brilliant’ Adam Gase

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson backs ‘brilliant’ Adam Gase

Jets fans may not want to hear it, but CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson voiced his full support for coach Adam Gase on Wednesday.

“I have full confidence in Adam,” Johnson told reporters. “I’ve seen him interact with this team. I’ve seen him lead this team. Look back to last year, he took a team that did so poorly in the first half of the season and held them together. They finished well. I think that he has a lot more in him as a head coach than some of our fans are giving him credit for. I understand. They want to see success. I think that they will.”

Johnson went on to say he still believes Gase is a great offensive coach.

“I think he can work with and develop quarterbacks,” Johnson said. “ I do continue to think that he is a brilliant offensive mind, especially. He has my every confidence.”

The Jets went 7-9 in Gase’s first season and had the No. 32 offense in the NFL. Things did not look better in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Bills.

“That was not what anyone was hoping for,” Johnson said. “ It was a bad game on all fronts. I do think that the Jets have more new pieces, more moving pieces than most teams, just look at our offensive line. I think that they will correct themselves. I feel that you’re going to see a different team moving ahead. It was a mess on Sunday. I was not happy about that at all.”

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Jets coach Adam Gase and CEO Christopher JohnsonBill Kostroun

Johnson said there is not a playoff mandate for Gase this year and he will be evaluated on the team’s progress.

“I’m going to want to see this team progress,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, that won’t be too hard from that first game, but I’m looking for real progression over this season. I’m confident that we’ll see that.”

Johnson also backed third-year quarterback Sam Darnold.

“I have so much confidence in Sam,” Johnson said. “He’s the best player I know at turning the page, the absolute best. I think he’ll turn the page on this last game and I think we’ll see an extraordinary Sam.”

Johnson said he believes the Jets have enough talent to win.

“I think we have a roster we can win with if we stay healthy,” Johnson said.

He gushed about general manager Joe Douglas and said he wishes he fired former GM Mike Maccagnan sooner.

“I want to avoid embarrassment for Mike and others, but there’s no question that I feel in better hands in terms of putting together a roster with Joe,” Johnson said. “I have so much confidence in him. Do I wish I had made that change earlier? Absolutely.”

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Week 4 Fantasy Sleepers: Injuries to Chris Carson, Julio Jones make Carlos Hyde, Olamide Zaccheaus potential starters

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Week 4 Fantasy Sleepers: Injuries to Chris Carson, Julio Jones make Carlos Hyde, Olamide Zaccheaus potential starters

We’re on to Week 4 of the fantasy football season, and that means some fantasy owners might feel like they’re facing must-win scenarios. You can live with starting 1-2, but 1-3? Not good (and we won’t even get into 0-4). Your turnaround has to start now, and that may be hard for teams devastated by injuries. As such, those owners will want to look for some streamers and sleeper picks to help improve their lineups. Thankfully for them (and their start ’em, sit ’em decisions), there are plenty of injury replacements available and favorable matchups to target.

Normally, you see a lot of younger, unknown players qualify as sleepers, but this week features a mix that includes plenty of veterans. Latavius Murray, Carlos Hyde, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matthew Stafford, and Austin Hooper have all been around the block, but they should have a chance to exploit their solid matchups. Elsewhere, you might not be as familiar with Olamide Zaccheaus, Mo Alie-Cox, and Robert Tonyan, but they could be worth trusting in good matchups with more volume potentially coming their way.

WEEK 4 FANTASY: Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Speaking of good matchups, it looks like we’re a fan of the Dolphins-Seahawks game. The Packers-Falcons game also falls into that category, as two high-powered offenses could have a chance to turn some of their lesser-known receiving weapons into stars once again.

WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Last week’s sleeper list didn’t work out all that well, but Antonio Gibson did find the end zone while Joe Burrow had another nice game. Unfortunately, top sleeper RB Joshua Kelley and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling ended up busting along with the likes of QB Mitchell Trubisky and TE Drew Sample. Hopefully, things will go a bit better this time around.

WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Week 4 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backs

Latavius Murray, Saints @ Lions (Jacob Camenker). Alvin Kamara got a ton of attention for what he did to the Packers on Sunday night, but overlooked is the fact that Murray out-carried Kamara 12-6 on the day. Murray will continue to see his fair share of touches between the tackles and could put up good numbers against a Lions defense that has allowed 439 rushing yards to RBs this season, good for third most in the NFL.

Alexander Mattison, Vikings at Texans (Vinnie Iyer). The Vikings need to keep running big -time to win a game, and he should give Dalvin Cook additional support in a plus matchup late.

Carlos Hyde, Seahawks @ Dolphins (Matt Lutovsky). This is obviously dependent on Chris Carson’s status. If the knee injury he suffered late last week keeps him out, Hyde makes for a great streamer against a Dolphins defense that was just gashed by James Robinson. Travis Homer might have some PPR appeal, too, but Hyde will handle the bulk of the work and he’s a capable enough runner and receiver to put up numbers.

WEEK 4 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins vs. Seahawks (Camenker). In back-to-back games, Fitzpatrick has avoided turnovers and thrown multiple TDs. He’ll be asked to throw a lot on Sunday against a Seahawks team that is by far the worst in the league against the pass (430.7 yards allowed per game). Fitzpatrick could end up posting massive numbers. There’s always some concern with interceptions, but feel free to ride with him in what should be an offensive shootout.

Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Saints (Iyer). Stafford got Golladay back last week in a win and now will celebrate by putting up his best game of the season opposite Drew Brees at home.

Baker Mayfield, Browns @ Cowboys (Lutovsky). The Browns are a running team, but Mayfield has managed two touchdown passes in each of the past two games. Dallas has the fifth-worst pass defense (277 yards allowed per game), and a good enough offense to turn this one into a shootout. Mayfield will be forced to pass to keep up, and he should have success.

WEEK 4 DFS CASH LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receivers

Olamide Zaccheaus, Falcons @ Packers (Camenker). The Falcons were without Julio Jones (hamstring) last week and lost Russell Gage (head) early on in the contest. That opened up opportunities for Zaccheaus to catch passes from Matt Ryan. Zaccheaus hauled in four receptions for 41 yards but was just overshot by Ryan on a pass that should’ve gone for a long TD. If either Jones or Gage (or both) is out Monday night against the Packers, Zaccheaus could end up being a WR3/flex option with big-play upside. He may not be a well-known name, but he’s someone to stash on your bench in case you need him.

Mecole Hardman, Chiefs vs. Patriots (Iyer). You know the Patriots will be focused on trying to contain Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, opening the door for the young speedster to keep pushing for a breakout.

Preston Williams, Dolphins vs. Seahawks (Lutovsky). Seattle is allowing 47.9 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to WRs. Let that sink in. Eventually, that number will come down, but DeVante Parker and Williams are the kinds of big, athletic WRs who give the Seahawks fits. Expect both to do well this week. 

MORE WEEK 4: Top waiver pickups | FAAB budget planner |  Buy-low, sell-high  

Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight ends

Mo Alie-Cox, Colts @ Bears (Camenker). Alie-Cox has become Philip Rivers’ favorite target and is averaging a whopping 18.1 yards per catch so far. In Week 2, he logged over 100 receiving yards. Last week, it was an even 50 and a score. He should have a chance to do some damage against a Bears defense that has been middle-of-the-road against TEs.

Robert Tonyan, Packers vs. Falcons (Iyer). They’re really using him more with Davante Adams (hamstring) ailing, and the matchup is brilliant assuming Aaron Rodgers keeps trusting Tonyan’s big, athletic frame to make plays.

Austin Hooper, Browns @ Cowboys (Lutovsky). Hooper has been an afterthought through three weeks, instead watching rookie Harrison Bryant haul in a TD in Week 3. It’s about time Cleveland got its big offseason acquisition involved, and the Cowboys are the perfect team to do it against. Dallas is allowing 10.9 FPPG to TEs. That includes touchdown to Hayden Hurst and Jacob Hollister, as well as over 60 yards to Greg Olsen.

MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Best stacks | Best values | Lineup Builder

Week 4 Fantasy Sleepers: Defenses

New York Jets vs. Broncos (Camenker). I’m not one to recommend anything about the Jets this year, but they are the home team on a short week playing against a quarterback who has nine career pass attempts in Brett Rypien. The Jets may be able to slow down the Broncos in what could be a sloppy game, so if you need to take a flier on a defense, they might be worth a shot.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Patriots (Iyer). Cam Newton looks headed to an overall clunker, and the Chiefs were very effective against Lamar Jackson last week with pressure.

Denver Broncos @ Jets (Lutovsky). On the one hand, the Jets can’t be as bad offensively as they were last week against the Colts. Other the other…they’re probably gonna be pretty bad. Denver’s defense hasn’t done much this year, but weird things tend to happen on Thursday nights — especially when the Jets are involved. 

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Nets’ Joe Tsai on NBA navigating ‘tricky’ future amid COVID-19

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Nets owner Joe Tsai isn’t deluding himself. He knows coronavirus will make next season a tough one for his team and the rest of the NBA, and that the league is a long way from playing to full arenas, or even crowded ones.

But the e-commerce billionaire is predicting a strong eventual rebound thanks to rapid testing and a thirst for live sports, which he calls a “rare commodity.”

“We’re kind of looking at — obviously we’re in the playoffs right now, very excited about the Lakers and the Heat, congratulations to them – and the next season is going to be a little bit tricky, because we don’t anticipate having a lot of fans or having full buildings into the arena anytime soon,” Tsai said during CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference.

“But guess what? You know, the following season, 2022-23, we look for a very nice rebound. And the thing is, live sports is a rare commodity. You could tell just during the COVID period when there was no sports on TV, people just were craving for it. And once you put the games on, people have come back to watch sports enthusiastically. So I’m very, very positive, very excited about the future of live sports.”

The coronavirus pandemic that’s killed over 200,000 people in the U.S. suspended the NBA season back in March. Play restarted in the so-called bubble in Orlando, with all the games played at Disney with no fans present. That’s played havoc with the league’s finances, and could for another season or two.

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Nets owner Joe TsaiGetty Images

Tsai’s Nets finished seventh in the Eastern Conference to reach the playoffs behind interim coach Jacque Vaughn. He’s stayed on staff as the lead assistant since the hiring of new head coach Steve Nash, and next season they’re expected to contend upon the return of injured stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

It’s still unclear whether they’ll do so in Brooklyn or in another bubble, playing before how many fans or in front of any at all. But Tsai – the Alibaba co-founder who has seen his personal fortune rise by $5.6 billion since the start of last year – suggested that rapid COVID testing on-site could be a game-changer and help the NBA regain some semblance of normalcy.

“Well, first I have to say the Nets did pretty well in the bubble. We didn’t advance beyond the first round, but we won a few games especially against the Bucks and the Lakers. But we had an early exit,” Tsai said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go into the bubble. But the thing about live sports is that a very big part of the economics of the teams comes from having fans in the building.

“So in the COVID era, with social distancing and people not being able to congregate in a place, that’s really going to prevent the economics. But these are challenges that can be overcome with time because we know…that there’s going to be a vaccine. You can have rapid testing programs before people come into the building. So at some point, that’s going to come back to normal.”

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Louisville coach Chris Mack fires up Cards fans with sarcastic video aimed at archrival Kentucky, John Calipari

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There has been no competition since the afternoon of March 12, when Creighton and St. John’s were informed that their Big East Tournament was over after they’d played the first 20 minutes.

Louisville coach Chris Mack chose to fill that void with a video Tuesday evening.

He earlier had gone public, in an interview with “Full Court Press” podcaster John Fanta, with complaints about the inequity of Louisville getting a home game in its rivalry series against Kentucky with few or no fans in 2020-21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and then likely facing a full house at Rupp Arena the following season.

MORE: College basketball is happening this year, even if details are murky

UK coach John Calipari was asked about the Louisville series and Mack’s statements during an online news conference. He said the Wildcats had a backup plan for the 2020-21 season if the Cardinals were not inclined to play the game as planned this season, apparently on Saturday, Dec. 26.

“You guys know I like to be ahead of this. You’re not going to throw the fire hose at me and it’s hitting me in the nose and mouth and I’m trying to figure out a schedule,” Calipari told reporters. “I’m not going to do that. So we kind of knew, we’re going to have some home games with no fans, which is crap but we’ve got no choice. We’re also going on the road a couple of times without fans, which isn’t fair to them, but there’s no competitive equity. It is what it is.”

Mack’s video was posted to Twitter hours later, at 6:08 p.m.

“I keep getting asked: Coach, are we playing the game? Are you scared? Are you a chicken? You won’t play Kentucky?” Mack said. “As for the UK series, here’s the thing: I want to do what is most convenient for John and his program.”

There is no such thing as a “sarcasm font” in video.

But one usually can sense it if paying attention.

Sarcasm practically was bleeding through the screen as Mack spoke.

“You do believe that, right? That I want to do what’s best for John?”

Mack explained that Kentucky previously had agreed to play the game on Dec. 12, a date he said Kentucky later withdrew because it would have been six days after the Wildcats returned from a trip to London to play Michigan. That game was canceled because of COVID. It’s not clear how those machinations affected the fact that the KFC Yum! Center would be missing its homecourt advantage on Dec. 12 or any other date this season, but Mack was building his case.

He alleged Kentucky called ESPN “and tried to change one of our ACC games without our knowledge or permission.” Mack said UK “honored that request” to move Louisville’s home game in the football series to 2021, although he did not mention that SEC teams are playing no non-league games in that sport this season.

“If you could do it in football, it seems like you could do it in basketball,” Mack said. “Listen, I don’t want to stand in the way of college basketball’s best rivalry. Whatever is most convenient for Coach Cal, we’ll do it.”

He pounded on his desk to punctuate that statement. Something out of the picture rattled. Perhaps it was a Coach Cal bobblehead.

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