Booms, Busts, and Battlestar Galactica: NFL Week 12
Much like the Thanksgiving meal you voraciously consumed, your fantasy team left you either comfortably full of satisfaction or deeply regretting decisions made.
In a week when practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton was thrown into the Denver Broncos quarterback role like he was Emperor Palpatine at the end of Return of the Jedi, anything and everything happened in fantasy football to keep your mind on this ridiculous football season instead of your expanding waistline or missing out on getting a PS5...again. Here were the biggest winners and losers of last week:
Tyreek Hill WR Kansas City Chiefs
.@cheetah really went full @ShannonSharpe vs. Tampa “Help is on the way … They need help" 🤣 (via @NFLFilms) https://t.co/D63uMU8cqi— B/R Gridiron (@B/R Gridiron) 1606767989.0
Holy. Freaking. Heck. There is exploding and then there's whatever Tyreek Hill did against the Buccaneers.
Cheetah made Tampa Bay corner Carlton Davis look like Carlton Banks, cooking him and the rest of the defense for 13 receptions, 269 yards and three touchdowns. Yahoo's Scott Pianowski reports that Hill also had the seventh-best PPR game since the merger.
Next on the docket for the speedy Chiefs wideout are the Denver Broncos, who have only given up one receiving touchdown in the last three games. However, even after Denver "held" Hill to 17.5 points the last time these two teams met, he is looking as matchup-proof as ever, averaging nearly 36 points the last four games.
Antonio Gibson RB Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson vs. Cowboys 🔥 25 touches 🔥 136 total yards 🔥 3 TDs 🔥 36.6 PPR fantasy points https://t.co/kTwkIRuxMB— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF Fantasy Football) 1606438503.0
There aren't a lot of gems in the turd that is the NFC East this season, but Antonio Gibson is starting to shine. Gibson kept taking what the Dallas Cowboys were giving on Thanksgiving, and they were giving him more than enough, allowing the running back to run wild for 136 total yards and three touchdowns.
While he did finish with an impressive 36.6 PPR points, he will be facing the toughest run defense in the league in the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have only given up one rushing touchdown all season. However, with Gibson out-targeting teammate J.D. McKissic 7-2 this past week, it appears he may have more opportunities to have an equally productive night.
Latavius Murray RB New Orleans Saints
Latavius Murray just rubbing it in on Kamara managers https://t.co/YIMVbEqnFb— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF Fantasy Football) 1606691316.0
With Alvin Kamara going missing the last two games, the Saints have been finding other ways to win. This week it was Latavius Murray.
Even with the benefit of PPR, Murray was only slated to score 7.87 points on Yahoo, but put up 25.60 points, turning 20 touches into 126 yards and two touchdowns. With Taysom Hill starting the last two games, Murray has put up 36.10 total points and until Drew Brees comes back, Murray will most likely get more opportunities to shine proving to be more complementary to Hill's style of run first, ask questions later quarterbacking.
Deebo Samuel WR San Francisco 49ers
"𝑾𝒉𝒐 is Deebo Samuel?" https://t.co/9R89LRJC4r— San Francisco 49ers (@San Francisco 49ers) 1607041800.0
What rust? Samuel announced his return from a three-game absence with a loud 11-reception, 133-yard performance against a defensive unit that hasn't allowed a 100-yard receiver since Week 3.
With Brandon Aiyuk potentially out another week in the COVID protocol, Samuel could be in for another heavy workload, especially against a Buffalo team that has had trouble corralling fast wide outs all season.
Dalvin Cook RB Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook every week in the 2nd half after he limps off the field https://t.co/3CW0aCK9RN— Pierre (@Pierre) 1606679825.0
Players who have been leaning heavily on Dalvin Cook had a rough Sunday as they witnessed their investment tank against a Carolina Panthers defense that decided to show up to stop the run. He put up a lackluster 10.20 PPR points after being projected to score 22.81 points on Yahoo against a Panthers defense that is ranked 31st against the run according to PFF. To add injury to injury, fantasy owners had to watch their seasons flash before their eyes when Cook got rolled up on and missed a couple of series.
While he did come back to finish the game, Cook's "Spider-Man 3"-like performance put a damper on a lot of Thanksgiving week celebrations. If healthy, he has a chance to get back on track against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that just allowed 206 total rushing yards to the Cleveland Browns. However, that isn't a given due to the ankle injury he may have suffered.
Alvin Kamara RB New Orleans Saints
Two rushing touchdowns for Latavius Murray and Taysom Hill. Meanwhile nothing for Alvin Kamara. https://t.co/re3VjOtcDi— #RingerNFL (@#RingerNFL) 1606692841.0
While the Saints have been winning since Taysom Hill became the starting quarterback, one player has not. Despite being the undisputed best player on the field for New Orleans, Kamara has struggled to produce anything of note since Drew Brees got knocked out and that trend continued against the middling Denver rushing defense.
After being projected to score nearly 20 points, Kamara turned in a 6.20-point effort in PPR leagues, getting out-touched 20-12 by Latavius Murray and losing rushing attempts to the aforementioned Hill. With their current quarterback situation, Kamara isn't getting a chance to really shine in the passing game and if he can't do that, he won't be able carry fantasy teams.
Kyler Murray QB Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 1-8-1 when Kyler Murray runs for less than 30 yards.. So Kyler.. Please.. I've said it 3 weeks in… https://t.co/vCdwlZmnQB— 🚫Paulie's Sleepers🚫 (@🚫Paulie's Sleepers🚫) 1607174480.0
Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, and the No. 1 fantasy player in standard leagues made managers really uneasy with his first dismal game of the season. After averaging 29.9 points per game since the bye, Murray was bottled up for 8.9 points by the New England Patriots, being kept touchdown-less for the first time this season.
It won't get any easier for the former Heisman Trophy winner next week, facing off against the Rams, who have allowed a 3:7 TD:Int ratio the last five games and only one double-digit scoring quarterback in that same time span in standard leagues. Murray has been mowing down opponents like they were malfunctioning Cylon Centurions, and this next stretch of games against quarterback-pounding defenses will prove whether he is matchup proof or not.
Derek Carr QB Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr came ready to PLAY today: 3 lost fumbles 😈😈😈 1 pick six 🔥🔥🔥 Blowout loss to a 3-7 team 🗣🗣🗣 https://t.co/6fX4q3eVqa— Raiders Fraud SZN (6-5)😔 (@Raiders Fraud SZN (6-5)😔) 1606683924.0
This was supposed to be the beginning of a great streaming stretch for the Las Vegas quarterback; but instead, Carr turned the ball over four times and failed to score against a defense that was giving up the most points to quarterbacks this season. He hasn't been an elite QB option this season, but the former Fresno Bulldog was able to eclipse 20 points enough to suggest he would've been a bargain in DFS formats at least.
With games against the Jets and Chargers the next few weeks, Carr has a chance to get things right, but this week did not give a lot of players confidence in his ability to deliver deep into the season when he may be needed most.
The Best NFL Prop Bet Research Tool Is Finally Here
Until now, there was a void in the industry. An all-in-one prop bet research tool for Over/Under rankings did not exist. Fantasy SP has changed that.
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Research Prop Bet Betting Example
Okay, enough talk, and let’s get to a simple real-world example of how to use the tool to help you place a bet.
For example, Jared Goff has had some of the most ridiculous home/away splits in 2022.
Goff has a passer rating of 106.9 with 2,217 yards (277.1 yards per game), 20 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions in eight games at home this season. Pretty good, right? On the road, he has a passer rating of 82.5 with 1,387 yards (231.2 yards per game), 3 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions in six games.
As you can see, Goff is averaging 46 more yards per game at home in 2022 entering Week 16. Vegas may try to trick you when Goff is on the road after coming off a massive home game but by using our tool, you won’t be fooled.
Goff has a 5-3 O-U record on his passing yard props at Ford Field this season. While his average line at home on DraftKings is 247 yards, his average result is 277.1 passing yards. Prior to throwing for 250+ yards against the Jets at the Meadowlands in Week 15, he was 2-3 on his passing yards props on the road. His average line on DraftKings on the road was only 10 yards fewer heading into Week 15 yet he averaged a full 50 fewer yards per game (227). This shows a clear pattern that he is much more successful at hitting the over and much more efficient when playing in front of his home crowd. There are countless examples of patterns you can spot using this brand-new prop tool that are even more eye-popping than Goff’s numbers.
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Caesars or FanDuel) and need to put his line into context. How often does he go over? What outcomes occur against an easy matchup? What is his average result? How does he do at home versus on the road?
Using our exclusive Over-Under Rankings, you can utilize our premium filters to find out Brady’s historical prop record at home versus the road is even more volatile than Goff’s splits. (This is good and what we want to see.)
At home, Brady is averaging a whopping 307.3 passing yards and has hit the over in six of seven games heading into Week 15.
On the road, while his average line is only two yards fewer (271.2 to 269.2), he has a 1-5 O-U record and is only averaging 239 passing yards per game.
Fantasy SP has just highlighted a very promising prop bet whenever Brady is at home. Take the over. And when he is on the road, it’s a prime spot to smash the under.
Some players also tend to do much better when their team is the favorite such as running backs late in the fourth quarter when their team needs to kill time. Heading into Week 15, Dalvin Cook had a 7-2 O-U rushing yard record when his team was the favorite (79.9 yards per game). Conversely, when the Vikings were underdogs, he was 1-3 (57.8 yards per game). This is why filtering by favorite or underdog can be a critical data point to help you gain an edge at sportsbooks.
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Stay tuned for our future article on even more in-depth tips and tricks.
France vs Argentina World Cup Final Betting Preview: Can Lionel Messi Capture That Elusive World Cup Title?
Picking up where they left off in 2018, the French National Team led by 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe have found their way back into the finals as they look to be the first back-to-back World Cup Champions since Brazil’s dominant runs in 1958 and 1962. Standing between that incredible feat for the defending champions is Argentina, who currently have their superstar, Lionel Messi, in top form. Messi is finding ways to create passes no one can see and he’s done it multiple times, assisting three goals (tied for the most) throughout the tournament. The legend is also scoring goals of his own and is tied with Kylian Mbappe (5 goals) for Golden Boot honors in this year’s World Cup. Regardless, soccer fans around the world are in for a treat on Sunday at 10:00 AM EST as two of the best players in the world face each other for their country’s World Cup glory.
After winning Group D, France defeated Poland in the Round of 16, England in the quarterfinals, and a strong Morocco team in the semis to advance to the Final. On the other side of the bracket, Argentina won Group C and dispatched Australia in the Round of 16. Messi and the Argentinians were then tested in the quarterfinals, needing a penalty shootout to defeat the Netherlands after blowing a late two-goal lead. Finally, Argentina played perhaps their best match of the tournament against Croatia in the semi-finals, winning 3-0. Now the stage is set for a blockbuster finale between two powerhouses featuring some of the top players in the world.
Note (from FanDuel Sportsbook): No team will play at home during Qatar's World Cup. For betting purposes, FanDuel explains that: “Home Team refers to the team listed first, Away Team refers to the second team listed.”
Argentina (-104) vs. France (-112)
Argentina Keys To Victory
Lionel Messi has played incredibly for Argentina throughout this World Cup. He is leaving opposing defenders in the dust, taking on multiple players at once, dragging them away from his teammates, which is opening up the field for his fellow goal scorers. Every time Messi has the ball at his feet, there seems to be more than one threat. Messi is playing just as well as he always has in 2022. He’s served his team as a playmaker and as a goal-scorer in Qatar. He’s also had some help from Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez who’s scored a handful of goals in this World Cup (including two in Argentina’s decisive victory over Croatia). If Alvarez and Messi are able to link up while on the attack, the depleted French defense and midfield could be in for some trouble.
France Keys To Victory
One of the biggest headlines heading into this World Cup Final is the return of French striker Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid star and winner of this year’s Ballon D’Or hurt his hamstring in one of France’s first practices soon after arriving in Qatar. He flew back to Madrid where he immediately completed his recovery work which was set at three weeks from the time of injury. Right now, Benzema is flying back to Doha and could be starting for France in the final. At the moment, France’s HC Didier Deschamps has declined to comment on whether or not he will be including KB9 in the starting lineup. France’s ball movement has been excellent throughout the tournament, but their key to victory against Argentina will be efficient defense. Over the last few games, France’s defense seems to have slowed down. Not only will they need to stop Messi, but they will need to turn defensive stops into counterattacks. Mbappe and Olivier Giroud (four goals thus far in the tournament) will need to be electric on offense and test the Argentinian keeper. Antoine Griezmann may be an x-factor for France as he has three assists in this World Cup and was inches away from scoring against Morocco.
It’s only fitting that Lionel Messi will finally hoist the World Cup trophy in his last World Cup match. Expect him to score a goal and lead his team to victory in a tightly contested battle.
The Pick: Argentina (-104)
World Cup Final Best Prop Bets
Kylian Mbappe: To Score Or Give Assist (+100)
Mbappé has been relatively quiet over France’s last few games. Still, he is the main wing on France’s team who is capable of breaking down defenses through his skillful technique and ridiculous speed. He currently is tied with Messi for the most goals in the 2022 World Cup. If he isn’t able to score in this game, then expect him to at least make an assist. For France to win this one, the 23-year-old will need to have a big game.
Lionel Messi: Anytime Goalscorer (+190)
Messi has stepped up his performance big time this World Cup. If you have watched Argentina play in this tournament, you know how crucial of a role Messi has played in the team’s success. He is tied for the most goals in the tournament with Mbappe and has a great chance of putting the ball in the net at some point during Sunday’s big match. This is a particularly great prop to target since Messi takes all of Argentina’s penalty shots and has converted four-of-five throughout the tournament.
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Here’s Why December Is The Best Month To Join FanDuel
Calling every sports fan across the globe! The best month for all things sports is here: December. NFL and CFB are getting into the thick of things — I mean, we are finally not seeing Alabama and Clemson in the CFP, not to mention both the NBA and NHL are underway and college basketball just tipped off!
Despite all of these different sporting events going on, the World’s biggest Sporting event is down to the Semifinals, the World Cup.
Although Soccer is the World's most popular sport, it still struggles to gain support in the US. However, every 4 years Soccer takes the country by storm and this year, and these last few games are going to be amazing.
Let us introduce you to your new go-to app, FanDuel Sportsbook. It’s the place to be for not only the usual sports, but for this year's World Cup!
FanDuel Sportsbook is providing a multitude of features with a few market differentiators.
- World Cup Winner
- Who will win the Golden Boot (the award for the top goal scorer of the World Cup)
- Highest scoring Group
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- Popular Markets - outside of the normal Moneyline, Spread & Over/Under lines, FanDuel will also be offering:
- Anytime Goal Scorer
- First Goal Scorer
- Shots on Goal
- Correct Score
- Number of Corner Kicks
- Half-Time Result
- Tournament Goal Scorer Parlay Builder - build your own tournament-long Goal Scorer parlays with your favorite players from every team.
- Daily Specials:
- Highest scoring team of the day
- Total daily goals
- Player specials
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- Live Parlays
Out of all the betting apps we’ve used, signing up for FanDuel Sportsbook is also the easiest. Simply download the app and create an account by providing an email, credit card, and SS# — that’s to protect your winnings and ensure you're not a sporting professional.
FanDuel is undoubtedly the best site/app to parlay across multiple sports. It’s designed for bettors at any stage. The clear interface is ideal for beginners and you can make a bet in just a few clicks! It’s complete with a number of betting guides that explain the rules and resources to safely bet.
One of the best parts is that once the game ends, you can cash out your winnings right away. No minimum, no wait.
There’s also the incredible New User Offer: sign up with FanDuel Sportsbook and get up to $1000 in Free Bets if you lose your first bet!
Their app has everything you need — from tutorials to real-time game scores. Get amped for the World Cup with FanDuel Sportsbook. Enhance your Sportsember by downloading the FanDuel Sportsbook app today!