16 Sep

Football: Taylor’s season starts off strong, but strong enough for a Heisman?

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has been a victim of his own excellence.After submitting one of the greatest true freshman seasons in the history of College Football, Taylor has followed up this season thus far with four performances that by any measure should be considered dynamite, however, as a result of his growing hype and Heisman expectations, his elite start to the season has widely been dismissed as routine.Entering the bye week, Taylor sits second among all rushers in the nation with 628 yards in four games, an average that paces out to 157 yards per game. He’s also the most utilized rusher in the nation with 102 attempts.Perhaps some of the comparatively lacking recognition stems from the recent touchdown drought Taylor’s gone through over the last two games. After beginning the year with five scores in two games, his goal line absence has been noticeable in his two games since without crossing into the end zone.Football: Takeaways from narrow escape in Iowa CitySaturday night, the University of Wisconsin Football Team, seeking redemption from last week’s loss, went to work at Kinnick Stadium against Read…Part of the reason for his under-utilization deep in the red zone has been his propensity for the fumble, and his habit of doing so deep in opponent territory, which has led the Badgers to go with running back Taiwan Deal in those situations. Deal had two touchdowns against Brigham Young University.Despite this, Taylor remains on track for an even better season than his rookie campaign. Through four games last season, Taylor had accounted for 518 yards on the ground, 110 yards less than his current total. This is also a yards per game average of almost 30 less than he currently holds.His statistics clearly depict a back that is building on a strong start to his collegiate career, however, they don’t tell the whole story.The Wisconsin offensive line, which in years past has seemingly been the infallible cornerstone of the Badger brand of Big Ten, smash-mouth football, is looking increasingly vulnerable. We haven’t seen as many explosive attempts from Taylor this season, and it looks like it is partly due to the lack of large holes being created for him by the interior linemen.In the loss against BYU, Head Coach Paul Chryst spoke after the game about his decision to pull most the starting offensive linemen in favor of the second team for a drive in the middle of a tight game. He attributed the decision completely to the heat, saying he wanted to give them a break.Football: Saturday’s win at Iowa a glimmer of hope (Let me convince you)Sometimes you gotta know when to cut your losses, give up and temper your expectations. Sometimes you gotta hold fast Read…Taylor had trouble bursting through the line of scrimmage for large gains the entire game.Now, these criticisms are like the man who complains because his golden shoes are too tight. Taylor’s record is still impeccable, and the offensive linemen are still likely one of the strongest units in the country. But if Taylor is pushing for an invitation to the Heisman this season, and a shot to take home the trophy, any blemish is fair game.last_img read more

27 Aug

Tonight’s FanDuel NBA DFS lineup: Pick advice, sleepers for Tuesday, Dec. 4

first_imgAfter frustrating NBA DFS players with post-lock lineup changes over the past couple of weeks, the Suns seem to have gotten their shenanigans out of the way early Tuesday, already ruling leading scorers Devin Booker and T.J. Warren out for tonight’s games.Those injury announcements should have a ripple effect through a five-game slate previously devoid of many high-quality value plays. We’ll help you decide who to start and who to fade in our latest installment of FanDuel cash game advice. MORE: SN DFS | Player UpdatesAs part of our multi-step lineup approach, we used Fantasy Alarm’s premium features to analyze points allowed by position and projected point values. Below are the conclusions of that research.Tonight’s FanDuel NBA DFS lineup: Pick advice, sleepers for Tuesday, Dec. 4FAVORITE VALUE — PG Corey Joseph, Pacers vs. Bulls ($4,400). The Bulls are a complete trainwreck right now, and the immediate aftermath of Fred Hoiberg’s firing is the perfect time to take advantage of their defensive ineptitude. Joseph has been a pretty safe bet to reach 20 FD points on a nightly basis since Victor Oladipo went down, and he’s even gotten above 30 FD points twice in as many weeks. Among cheap point guards on this slate, there are few options who can provide as much cash game comfort.STUD TO STICK WITH — PG Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers @ Dallas ($9,900). Lillard costs way more than anyone else at point guard in this slate, but he’s worthy of your investment, going for at least 59 FD points in two of the past three games. Pair him with Joseph and prosper. STAR TO AVOID — SG Donovan Mitchell, Jazz vs. Spurs ($8,500). Mitchell is in play for GPP formats, but he’s likely too boom-or-bust at this price point to consider him for cash games. He just isn’t passing the eye test right now, missing too many shots he would have hit last year and seemingly forcing things at times. Because of the sheer volume of shots he puts up, he’ll provide DFS value on many nights, but counting on him Tuesday in what should be a grind-it-out game against San Antonio probably isn’t the best move.TAKE A CHANCE ON ME — PF Domantas Sabonis, Pacers vs. Bulls ($7,700). We were burned by Montrezl Harrell on Monday behind similar thinking, but we’re confident Sabonis can deliver the goods as a high-floor power forward option, especially on an evening without elite options like Blake Griffin or Anthony Davis. According to Basketball Reference, Sabonis actually plays center about 80 percent of his time he’s on the floor, which is important because the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA against that position. Sabonis is also coming off his worst performance since Oladipo got injured, which might scare people off him despite scoring 35-plus FD points in six of the past eight games.INJURY PLAY — PF Josh Jackson, Suns vs. Kings ($5,600). If you didn’t read our extended blurb on Jackson last Friday, here’s a succinct version: Play him until he does something to suggest you shouldn’t. An uptick in performance level has coincided with injuries to Devin Booker and T.J. Warren, leaving Jackson as one of the primary ball handlers of the Suns offense. Against the fast-paced Kings, he has plenty of upside. Center Deandre Ayton ($6,800) and small forward Mikal Bridges ($4,300) are also decent plays from this game.last_img read more