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DeSean Jackson Hits the Clubs in Miami

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Lots of people made a stink about DeSean Jackson missing the Redskins’ first voluntary workout of the season last week, despite the recently signed free agent informing his new team of his upcoming vacation.

Here’s a few photos courtesy of that will likely cause those same critic’s to boil.

But as the saying goes, sometimes you just have to be in Miami and tear it up for Chappy Donato’s birthday.

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For the record, I didn’t have any problem with Jackson missing Washington’s first series of voluntary workouts.

You go, DeSean.

And Happy Birthday, Chappy.

Redskins’ Best/Worst-Case Scenarios for Top 3 Draft Picks

Troy Niklas

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New head coach Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins will have their hands full come draft weekend, when they enter Radio City Music Hall with six draft picks, none of which come in the top 32.

Given their early draft position in Rounds 2-6, the Redskins will have tough decisions to make in terms of their best-case and worst-case selection options. For a roster with plenty to improve on, Gruden and the Redskins front office will to have to fight the urge to reach for a prospect simply to fill a need, and instead opt to land the most value at a different, perhaps less critical position.

Here’s a look at the best prospects the Redskins could see with their top-three picks, and the others they should try to avoid.


Second Round (34th-Overall)

Best-Case: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG

The unfortunate news for the Redskins is that they’re without a first-round pick. The better news, however, is that their second pick of the second round is early enough on Day 2 to land a player who unexpectedly falls out of the first round.

Although many have UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo as this year’s top-rated offensive guard, we’ve seen wilder things happen come draft day.

Wishful thinking for the Redskins at No. 34? Probably. But if the 304-pound athlete with impressive speed and hips is still there, it’s a quick pull of the trigger for Washington, as Su’a-Filo would likely be the best player available, and fill a need along the Redskins’ interior offensive line.

A few other candidates for best-case top pick: Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama, Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer, Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses and offensive guard Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State.

Worst-Case: Allen Robinson, WR

As one of the more talked about receivers in this class, expect the buzz surrounding Allen Robinson to increase leading up to draft weekend following a strong Penn State pro day last week.

But for the Redskins, Robinson—even with his stock hovering around the top 35—isn’t a guy who’d now fit Washington’s receiving arsenal after the team signed both Andre Roberts and DeSean Jackson in free agency to join holdover Pierre Garcon.

If Robinson played to his listed 6’3″ height, then he’s a serious consideration for the Redskins at 34. But instead, Robinson is a superb athlete who plays to other strengths, such as toughness, speed and field vision.

In a draft class deep at wide receiver, the Redskins shouldn’t take a pass-catcher who resembles a weapon already on the roster.


Third Round (66th-Overall)

Best-Case: Troy Niklas, TE

New Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is not only a fan of the passing game, but if his time in Cincinnati with Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert is any indication, he’s also a proponent of having two capable, athletic tight ends.

Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas is a big (6’7″, 250 lbs) tight end with strong blocking ability and underrated hands. With his frame, Niklas would immediately become the Redskins’ most physically formidable receiving option, he’d provide the offense with flexibility every play he’s on the field and he’d help round out Washington’s receiving group as a legitimately lethal fantasy football threat.

Niklas is a definite second-round talent but is also a guy who has a chance to drop a few spots because of the depth at wide receiver. If he’s still hanging around by the top of the third round, the Redskins can feel good making the pick, improving both their receiving and blocking talent.

Worst-Case: Antonio Richardson, OT

Based on need, looking at offensive tackles early in the third round would make sense for Washington.

However, despite Tennessee bookend Antonio Richardson’s size and skill set to play on the right, the Redskins would be reaching for him at No. 66.

At 6’6″, 336 pounds, Richardson certainly looks the part, yet his overall athleticism can sometimes lead you to forget about his tight(er) hips and raw hands. While he has the quickness and strength to start in the NFL, Richardson needs plenty of refining.

In the third round, the Redskins can find starters at a number of positions. In addition to a guy like Niklas, some others to keep an eye on are Florida State safety Terrence Brooks, North Dakota State offensive guard Billy Turner and Brooks’ Seminole teammate, linebacker Telvin Smith.


Fourth Round (102nd-Overall)

Best-Case: Christian Jones, ILB

This Christian Jones train still doesn’t seem to have the backing it should, so I’ll continue to push.

At the top of the fourth round, the Redskins could have the option for an inside linebacker in Jones who plays with good instincts, speed and athleticism. During his time at Florida State, Jones played multiple linebacker positions, sometimes with his hand in the dirt, other times dropping into coverage and demonstrating his sideline-to-sideline range.

Although the Redskins signed a handful of inside ‘backers during free agency (and the team’s fingers remained crossed regarding Keenan Robinson and his potential), adding a natural football player like Jones could help the entire defense. If Perry Riley can be the thumper in the middle, Jones would be an ideal complement.

Worst-Case: Ahmad Dixon, S

Here again we could see the Redskins contemplating need at a specific position (in this case, safety) but getting jumpy with a prospect because of where he fits on the field.

Baylor’s Ahmad Dixon has talent as a hard hitter and downhill-playing safety, but his lack of awareness and sometimes iffy play recognition doesn’t warrant a fourth-round pick. Despite their desperate need at safety, the Redskins can find better value elsewhere at 102.

Gruden and the Redskins could face a few situations like this come draft weekend, where they need to control their craving at a specific spot and instead pursue better value at a different, less extreme area of need.

Can Jay Gruden’s Preferred Pace on Offense Improve the Redskins Offensive Line?

Robert Griffin III

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Following poor form amongst a majority of the Redskins offensive linemen last season, new head coach Jay Gruden has taken simple steps so far this offseason to help improve the blocking up front in Washington. But even before free-agent signings and potential draft picks come May, Gruden’s style of offense may have the power to immediately increase the offensive line’s efficiency in pass protection.

During Gruden’s time in Cincinnati (specifically last season), two things that stood out in the Bengals passing attack were pace and protection—both of which are linked to one another.

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), no quarterback spent less time in the pocket before attempting a pass than Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton last season. Dalton’s average of 2.24 seconds in the pocket ranked him ahead of powerful arms like Matthew Stafford and quick thinkers like Peyton Manning.

Since being thrown into the fire as a rookie in 2011, Dalton has averaged just over 2.3 seconds in the pocket from the snap of the ball to pass attempt over the course of three seasons and more than 1,600 attempts—all under the direction of Gruden as his offensive coordinator.

That’s not to say the quickest throws are always the best ones, but it does help demonstrate Gruden’s preference.

Assessing the sample and its size can draw some criticism. While some may claim three years doesn’t provide enough data, others could argue Dalton’s skill set warranted a certain style. But from the looks of things, Gruden (a former college and Arena Football League quarterback himself) prefers getting the pass out as quickly (and accurately) as possible.

And, with a quicker pass comes less time in the pocket. With less time in the pocket comes less demand for the offensive line to maintain protection. And as a natural result, that’s less time for opposing edge-rushers and blitzers to attack and make landfall on your quarterback.

In addition to leading the league in quickest pass attempt from snap last season, the Bengals also ranked first in total quarterback pressures allowed (135), which Pro Football Focus defines as the combined number of sacks, hits and hurries allowed by an offensive line.

For his three years in Cincy, Gruden’s offensive line units ranked in the top five in the league each season, allowing an average of just 117 quarterback pressures.

So far this offseason, we’ve seen the Redskins add two interior offensive linemen in Shawn Lauvao and Mike McGlynn, while also trying their hand at addition by subtraction with the release of Will Montgomery and Kory Lichtensteiger’s resulting move to center. Although Tyler Polumbus at right tackle and Chris Chester at right guard (depending on where they plan to use Lauvao) leaves much to be desired, Gruden may feel comfortable with what he has.

Could the Redskins use a right tackle? Sure. A right guard, too? Yes. But Gruden’s offensive line units can benefit from his pace of play, making it feasible to have a couple of average offensive linemen at select positions.

More so during his rookie season than last year, we saw Robert Griffin III make his offensive line better. Although it wasn’t a unit stacked with talent, we witnessed a quarterback with good footwork and a strong arm behind a deadly read-option attack making it a little more painless for the guys up front in 2012.

Last season? Not so much. Equipped with a wobbly knee following intense offseason knee surgery, Griffin wasn’t the same quarterback, and the offensive line did him no favors by allowing more than 170 total pressures.

How often the Redskins run read-option under Gruden next season remains to be seen—as does what the Redskins decide to do with their draft picks in a little less than a month. But with the coach’s preferred rate of play and ordinary acquisitions—operating amidst a quarterback with two good knees and an enticing skill set—the Redskins offensive line is already better than it was last season.

DeSean Jackson Helps Each Piece of the Washington Redskins Offense

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After a hectic five days following his release in Philadelphia, free-agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson signed a new four-year deal with the Redskins, helping to drastically bolster a 3-13 offense from a season ago.

Now that we can finally peel our eyes from social media timelines and give our fingers a break from clicking our browser’s refresh button, it’s time we look at not only what Jackson brings to Washington as a player, but also how his talent and skill set will help each piece of the Redskins offense.


The most obvious beneficiary of the Jackson addition is Robert Griffin III. With the team having already invested in its quarterback, it was required the front office upgrade the pieces surrounding its signal-caller and beef up the young passer’s receiving arsenal.

Whether it’s his vertical speed taking the top off a defense, hisplaymaking ability following a short catch or his presented threat lining up in the backfield as part of the read-option, Jackson automatically becomes the most threatening part of Griffin’s receiving corps.

The Other Receivers

With Jackson adding a new dynamic to the Redskins offense, his presence and proven ability forces the attention of the opposition, in turn helping to take the pressure off guys like Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and tight end Jordan Reed—all of whom are respectedplaymakers in their own right.

Given Jay Gruden’s pass-happy track record from his three-year stint as offensive coordinator in Cincinnati where the Bengals averaged more than 540 pass attempts a year, there will be plenty of footballs to go around in Washington. Better balance amongst pass-catchers increases the unit’s overall threat and evens responsibility—meaning a guy like Garcon doesn’t have to go out again next season with the weight of 113-plus catches on his shoulders.

Tight End

After hauling in 45 catches for almost 500 yards and three touchdowns in only nine games last season, we’re all well aware of how effective tight end Jordan Reed can be when healthy. With a guy like Jackson lining up opposite Pierre Garcon (in addition to Andre Roberts in the slot), things naturally open up for Reed, who will generate regular mismatches against linebackers.

Considering Reed’s athleticism and versatility, Gruden will have a field day with the tight end’s pre-snap alignment, forcing the opposition to defend Garcon and Jackson on the edges, with Roberts and Reed inside.


As we saw last season, an effective Redskins rushing attack forces the defense to act, often times presenting a single-high safety look from the opposition. But with 66 percent of his career receiving touchdowns going for 30 yards or more, Jackson is a bona fide single-high assassin.

If the defense elects to load the box, not only does it need to respect Jackson’s vertical speed, but also the area that will open underneath for other Redskins receivers. And as a result, with threats like that in the passing game, Alfred Morris could see less defenders in the box on a more consistent basis.

Offensive Line

Despite popular grades, the Redskins offensive line was underwhelming last season and it remains a focus for the team in May’s upcoming draft. But because speed equates to pace, and JayGruden loves for the ball to come out extremely fast, even the blockers up front benefit from adding Jackson to the offense.

Yes, Griffin still needs to develop and learn to efficiently perform from the pocket. But suddenly you can live with a guy like Tyler Polumbus at right tackle or Chris Chester at guard due to threatening receiving options that limit large blitz attempts, and quick operation from the pocket.

While the reaction regarding DeSeanJackson in Washington appears to be a mixed bag, there’s no denying Jackson’s talent and its ability to make his teammates better. As we anxiously await to see what the regular season brings, right now it’s easy to call this a massive get for the Redskins.

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Faust, Cleare and Peters Transferring From Maryland Terps Basketball Program

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With the Terps expecting to return four of their top scorers from a year ago, in addition to a highly-touted incoming freshman class, head coach Mark Turgeon needed to make room for 2014.

Late Tuesday evening, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported Maryland’s announcement that senior Nick Faust, sophomore Shaquille Cleare and freshman Roddy Peters were granted permission to transfer elsewhere.

Maryland’s announcement comes just one day after the Terps landed 7-footer Michal Cekovsky to join an incoming class consisting of Trayvon Reed, Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens.

As far as which guy is the biggest disappointment, a strong case can be made for each. Faust, Cleare and Peters were all top-recruits who didn’t live up to their expectations, whether by way of inconsistency, lack of game IQ or distractions off the court.

“I really enjoyed coaching Nick, Shaq and Roddy,” Turgeon said in a team-issued statement, according to the Washington Post. “It is unfortunate that they will no longer be a part of the program. I wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”


Maryland Terps Land 7-Foot Michal Cekovsky for 2014 Season

Michal Cekovsky

After finishing 17-15 last season and failing to make the NCAA Tournament or NIT, head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terps basketball team were in need of a pick-me-up.

On Monday, the Terps got just that — receiving a commitment from highly sought-after 7-foot 2014 recruit Michal Cekovsky.

Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports was first to break the news.

Recruiting rankings on the Slovakia native seem to put him anywhere between a three- and four-star recruit. However, much of the talk seems to be about Cekovsky’s offensive game, as he has the ability to face the basket, shoot the three and score effectively.

According to Ermann, Cekovsky (who was recruited from the Canary Islands) chose the Terps over Florida, Arizona and Louisville, proving his upside as a skilled big man.

Joining an already strong Terps 2014 class with guys like Melo Trimble, Trayvon Reed, Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens, the commitment from Cekovsky would put Maryland over their scholarship limit. Keep an ear out for transfers and/or player reworkings in College Park.

This is great news for a Terps team who clearly missed the inside presence of Alex Len upon his departure for the NBA last year.

In a perfect world, Cekovsky’s offense is a good frontcourt pairing with fellow incoming freshman Trayvon Reed — who is also a 7-footer, but with a more defensive style of play.

Here’s a quick look at Cekovsky, provided by City League Hoops.


Taylor Swift Dancing to Darius Rucker at ACM Award Show

One day, watching Taylor Swift dance awkwardly at an award show will get old.

Thankfully, today isn’t that day.

Here’s Swift getting her swerve on at Sunday’s American Country Music Awards.

And this one too.

As always, they’re better without sound.

Happy Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Return in 2014 (Trailer)

Something completely unrelated to projecting the Redskins’ draft plans, or ranting about the Wizards’ floundering efforts down the stretch? No problem.

Michael Bay is looking to restore world order from our childhood with his current production of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the trailer looks totally rad, dude.

A few notes about the cast and production by way of a lazy iMDB search:

  • Obviously Megan Fox plays April O’Neil
  • Michelangelo is played by Noel Fisher, who I guess was a part of the Twilight series, but is hopefully better known for his role as Mickey Milkovich on the Showtime series Shameless.
  • Master Splinter is played by 4-foot actor Danny Woodburn, helping portray the height disparity between Splinter and his boys from the TMNT comics
  • Filmmakers referred to The Raid: Redemption (a bad ass martial arts movie) as playing a major influence on the action
  • William Fichtner is The Shredder
  • The turtles have an extraterrestrial origin, and creator Kevin Eastman says it’s awesome
  • Filming took place in New York City and the project was referred to as “Foursquare” in order to keep it a secret



The DFS Bargain Shopper: Value Plays for NFL Week 9

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Some call me cheap. Others stingy. I prefer thrifty. And in the world of daily fantasy sports, finding the best bargains can lead you to the promise land of those jubilant $3.60 pots at the end of the pretend football rainbow. These are my bargain bin steals for the upcoming NFL week. 


Jake Locker @ STL — After gaining momentum in Week 3 against San Diego and carrying it over against the Jets in Week 4, Jake Locker went down with an injury and was forced to miss two games. He then came back quicker than expected and put up nearly 23 fPts on San Francisco in Week 7.

On Sunday, Locker and the Titans travel to Houston, fresh off their bye and in need of a win to even their record at 4-4. Although the Rams are showing an impressive pass rush this season (No. 10 according to PFF), that’s all the more reason to like Locker for as low as $6.7K. When he’s not using his much improved passing (774 yards and 6 TDs in last three starts) against the Rams struggling secondary, Locker can use his legs to escape the pocket and net you some extra points.

Only seven starting quarterbacks are priced lower than Locker. With a week of rest and this matchup, Locker feels like a steal at quarterback this week.

Terrelle Pryor vs. PHI

After starting off last week’s game with a 93-yard touchdown run, Terrelle Pryor was absolutely horrid the rest of the game, completing 52 percent of his passes for 88 yards and two interceptions. His inconsistencies as a passer show no sign of letting up this season.

However, against a traveling Philadelphia defense that can’t defend the run or pass, regardless of where the game is played, Pryor is well worth the $7.3K this week.

The Iggles have allowed the second most passing yards in the NFL this season, including 14 touchdowns and 134 first downs through the air. If there’s any defense Pryor can pick apart with his arm while not busy shredding them with his legs, it may very well be Philly.

Running Back

Zac Stacy vs. TEN

After being limited in practice on Wednesday, rookie Zac Stacy was a full participant on Thursday and looks to be a go for the Rams this week. And that’s good news for St. Louis, as Stacy has gone for 266 yards and 40.1 fPts over his last three games.

Available for just $5.8K, Stacy draws a favorable matchup this week against a visiting Tennessee defense whose weak spot is stopping the run. Running backs are averaging 144 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per contest against the Titans through seven games this season.

After losing starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the season, the Rams are setting sail with Kellen Clemens, who should face plenty of pressure against a solid Titans pass rush, and force him to look to dump off to a capable receiver in Stacy.

Danny Woodhead @ WAS

The Redskins defense isn’t very good. And they’re even worse when it comes to containing running backs.

Danny Woodhead is the hybrid guy who can line up anywhere on the field, who’s listed position is running back, but who’s primary role is receiver. On the season, Woodhead has just 172 yards rushing (3.7 YPC), but 40 catches for 314 yards and 65.5 fPts over his last four games.

Ryan Mathews is likely the San Diego back to get the better of the Redskins defense on the ground. But Woodhead on screens and short routes against Washington’s bad tackling unit and slow linebackers is his path to a productive day. And for $6.4K, that’s a bargain.

Eddie Lacy vs. CHI

Despite the news of more touches for James Starks in order to lighten the load on Green Bay’s new rookie running back, Eddie Lacy will still get his touches. Over the course of Green Bay’s current four-game win streak, Lacy is averaging 24 rushes per game and over four yards per carry on his way to 61.7 fPts.

Meanwhile, the Bears are second to last against the run according to PFF and they’ve allowed eight rushing touchdowns on the year. They’ll be the steak on Lacy’s plate this week and his $6.8K salary will serve as the fixings.

Wide Receiver

Pierre Garcon vs. SD

The equation here is quite simple, and it’ll only cost $6.4K of your daily budget.

“If San Diego cannot cover wide receivers and Pierre Garcon is Redskins’ best and only capable wide receiver, then Pierre Garcon is due to have a big game against San Diego.”

And boom there you have it.

I know, I know. Garcon’s production (173 yards, 26.3 fPts and no scores) since the bye has been beyond disappointing. But expect this game in Washington to be a shootout. And by default, Robert Griffin III will have to go to Garcon, simply because he and tight end Jordan Reed are his only reliable targets.

Keenan Allen @ WAS

Sure, the Chargers are terrible against the pass. But Washington isn’t too far behind.

The Redskins have been smoked this season through the air, allowing more than 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns. That won’t get any easier for them this week when Phillip Rivers and the Chargers come to town, equipped with one of the better air attacks in the league.

On the receiving end of Rivers’ passes is rookie Keenan Allen — a big body with great hands and the ability to make plays after the catch. Over the past four games, Allen has 369 receiving yards, two scores and over 60 fPts.

The main question here is who does Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall guard?

If Hall’s assigned to Allen, the matchup is less favorable, as Hall is truly having a career year. But if rookie corner David Amerson or veteran Josh Wilson is assigned to Allen so that Hall can contain Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, then Allen is in a good spot for a productive day.

Regardless — for just $6K out of your budget — Allen is well worth the buy this weekend.

T.Y. Hilton @ HOU

T.Y. Hilton’s low $6K price tag for this weekend is justifiable given his disappointing numbers (seven catches, 70 yards) over the past two games, which makes this a low-risk high-reward type of scenario.

With the loss of Reggie Wayne for the year, Hilton is due to see an increased workload that should start as early as this Sunday against the division rival Texans. The key to that, however, is Hilton getting on the same page  as his quarterback Andrew Luck.

Assuming Hilton gets looks on the outside and from the slot, he’s a threat to bust loose every week from here on out.

Despite a stingy Houston pass defense that has only allowed 10 touchdowns through the air this season, Hilton’s true value doesn’t diminish. He’s a cheap date this Sunday.

Denarius Moore vs. PHI

As mentioned above, Terrelle Pryor isn’t much of a reliable or consistent passer. But when he finds success against the visiting Eagles this Sunday, it may or may not be to Denarius Moore on a quick slant who uses his speed to burn Philly’s miserable defense for a touchdown. And that’s worth the dirt cheap $4.9K salary.

Tight End

Jordan Reed vs. SD

Although San Diego doesn’t rank well in terms of pass defense, they’ve been stout against opposing tight ends this season, giving up just 43 yards per contest and less than six fPts. But the kicker in this situation is that Jordan Reed is one of just two reliable targets in Washington’s offense, so his targets — whether San Diego is threatening or not — are in store this Sunday.

Reed has been targeted more than any other tight end over the past three weeks and there’s no reason to suspect a drop-off now, or for the rest of the season. At just $5.6K this week, Reed is well worth the start and he’s arguably the best tight end (aside from Jason Witten in Week 4 — five catches for 43 yards) the Chargers have faced this season.

Kyle Rudolph @ DAL

Reach deeeeeep into the bargain bin for this one. No, deeper. Like, $2.99 DVDs at your nearby convenience store bargain bin kind of reach.

There’s no doubt Kyle Rudolph has been a huge fantasy disappointment this season, but we can all feel comfortable pointing the finger at the quarterback situation in Minnesota. Simply dreadful.

The good news is that Rudolph is available for just $5.5K this week and the Cowboys struggle against tight ends, allowing nearly a league-worst 74 yards per game.

Sure, Christian Ponder gets the start and he’s terrible. Not to mention his hookup with Rudolph, specifically this season, has been pathetic. But because Rudolph is big, capable and talented, the potential is there. You just have to pray a little bit.


Note: The pool of potentially productive defenses this week is plentiful. In fact, there’s only about a dozen defenses I wouldn’t start, like PIT, HOU, WAS, ATL, STL, PHI, TB, NYJ, MIN, BUF and CHI. But for what it’s worth, the following defenses are less expensive. 

Baltimore @ CLE

The Ravens’ struggles this season haven’t come by way of the defense. This week — fresh off their bye week and looking to turn it around — Baltimore faces a Jason Campbell-led division rival Cleveland Browns team and the Ravens can bring it with one of the better pass rushing units in the league. A $5.2K price tag is a deal.

Indianapolis @ HOU

They may not get a lot of credit, but this Indianapolis defense is a good one. They take on Case Keenum this weekend — who likely feels pretty good after putting up decent numbers against Kansas City two weeks ago — and they’ll let Robert Mathis loose. Look for sacks and a pair of turnovers, all for the low price of just $5.1K.

Dallas vs. MIN

The feeling on Dallas this week is more “meh” than it is “yay”. But the $5.2K price tag ain’t too shabby.

Adrian Peterson is the Vikings offense, and he’s a top running back this week against Dallas. Expect him to get his yards. But if the Vikings elect to try and pass with Christian Ponder, that’s where the Cowboys defense starts to look all pretty.

Cleveland vs. BAL

We may see a new and revived Baltimore offense after their time off last week.

We might not.

Either way, Cleveland’s defense is no slouch. They’re good against the run, going up against a struggling Ravens ground attack. They have a shutdown corner in Joe Haden, going against the Ravens’ best target Torrey Smith. And Joe Flacco is more than capable of crapping the bed (see: BUF / Week 4).

For just $5K, the Browns seem to be getting no love in DFS this week. Take a shot if you need to and feel okay about it.

* all prices and past scores based on Fanduel format


Jay-Z Dons Bullets Hat in Baltimore Club

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake performed at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Thursday night. Afterwards, Hov made his way to Mirage where he COMPLETELY DITCHED THE V.I.P. LOUNGE, according to WPGC, and hung out with us common folk near the bar.

As a proponent of pretty much anything Jay-Z, I’m having trouble coming to terms with myself about the lack of serious interest I had in attending the Legends of the Summer tour, despite it taking place less than 30 minutes down the road.

And that’s nothing against Timberlake. The guy’s a stud and all-around showman. But here’s my thing…

While I don’t have any doubt that Jay-Z and Timberlake put on a terrific and entertaining show, I’m curious to know: How many of the people that proclaim it to be “the best concert ever” have been to an actual Jay-Z concert? Not a cameo appearance at a Beyonce show, or together singing ‘Suit and Tie’ with Justin, but a real Jay-Z concert with surprise appearances by his cronies and endless hits dating back to the Reasonable Doubt album?

Because that, ladies and gentlemen, is the best damn concert ever.

Maybe not ever. But it’s up there.

But I write that to show you this: A photo of Jay last night at Mirage donning nothing more beautiful than a Bullets hat.


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