Alvin Kamara scored a record-tying six TDs, singlehandedly crushing the Vikings and ending many fantasy championship games

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We were robbed of a 3-1 week by another backdoor push by a NFC South team against the Chiefs, who had long since taken their foot off the gas.

Week 15 Vibe Check (2-1-1) - Neither the Saints nor the Bucs were ever in those games, but they did exactly enough in garbage time to send us to gambling purgatory.

Meanwhile, the Vikings effectively drove a knife through their season and all my parlays by letting the Bears run roughshod over them. Who knew the depths that they could fall to against the Saints? Can't imagine that it was a happy flight back home for the holidays.

As for our wins, let's praise the Dolphins for handling their business against division rivals/former tormentors. The Patriots have a way of hanging around in games that they have no business hanging around in and Miami might as well have nailed up a "No Loitering" sign. Out in the Arizona desert, we got a shootout worthy of Tombstone to secure the over. The emergence of Jalen Hurts was a Hail Mary that might save Doug Pederson's future in Philly and my fantasy team from finishing in the bottom half of the league.



Cleveland Browns -9.5 over New York Jets

J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! Only the Jets can win and still somehow lose (the opportunity to draft a clear generational talent at QB), but don't tell Sam Darnold or Frank Gore. They deserve better than to go winless under the most ass backwards coaching staff in the league. Shocking the world got the Jets some Rodney Dangerfield treatment around here, garnering a little too much respect, if you ask me.

The Browns took care of business against the New York Giants last week and their prolonged trip to the Big Apple should bring similar results this Sunday. The Jets are coming off their Super Bowl, so a letdown is inevitable and the Browns' offense has been clicking on all cylinders with their two-headed monster at running back. Look for those guys to run wild.


Sam Darnold clutches the ball one-handed, as he attempts to escape the Rams pressure. Sam Darnold eludes pressure in the Jets first victory of the season.Icon Sportswire


Washington Football Team -1 over Carolina Panthers

The Washington Football Team have made me a believer. Riverboat Ron took a basement dweller and transformed them into a division-leading contender, well before anyone could've anticipated. Sure, that division is the NFC Least, I mean, East, but if Alex Smith has been quarterbacking/game-managing this whole season, they could be a .500 team.

Earlier this season, I was out there dying on the Panthers' hill, but it's clear they are a year (and a more dynamic QB) away from truly competing. At this point, they're locked into a top ten draft pick, while the Football Team has a playoff berth to play for. That alone should be enough for Washington to take this one.

Indianapolis Colts +1 over Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have hit a wall, then hit that wall again, then hit the same wall a third time. Ben Roethlisberger can't sling it like he used to and his wide receivers are either TikToking or dropping balls. Unfortunately, their defense can only do so much, and due to some costly injuries they aren't in the tip top shape that carried them to 11-0.

Meanwhile, the Colts have come into their own down the stretch, stonewalling teams with stout defense and playing more efficiently on offense since TY Hilton's reemergence. The Colts getting a point in this game essentially makes this a pick 'em, but you've got to love getting a little something to possibly preserve the possibility of a push.

This tweet tells the story of Big Ben's season and the fate of the Steelers hopes for a Super Bowl.


Jalen Hurts over 232.5 Passing Yards

In two starts, Jalen Hurts has thrown a combined 505 yards. Of course, it was 167 against the Saints and 338 against the Cardinals in a historic effort. That's some real variance, but I think it is safe to say the Cowboys' D is worse than Arizona and New Orleans. That doesn't mean Hurts will put up 400 yards, but if we saw anything last week, it's that Doug Pederson is not afraid to let his rookie QB fire away, taking deep shots all over the field. Even Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard combined for 300 yards through the air against Dallas and I think it's a safe bet Hurts will eclipse that number.


Josh Allen scampers for a gain against the Colts in the third quarter of the wild card game.

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As the NFL postseason got underway last week, it became clear we need to make some halftime adjustments with our picks this week.

The Ravens were an easy cover for us, especially once Lamer found his groove and the grooves in Tennessee's D. Throw in a few head scratching punts by Mike Vrabel and that does the trick.

Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs came up two catches short for us with three targets left on the table. It was always going to be tough to get that many grabs, but it was worth a few bucks just to see what would happen.

Please, please, please remind me never to bet unders. I haven't hit one all year and yet the siren's song calls me to shore. I maintain this is the best one I bet all year. The pick 6 and DK Metcalf bomb in the second quarter killed after the best start imaginable. After 15 minutes, we had a combined score of 3, 15 minutes of game time later? 30. Bananas.

Then I don't really know what else to say about Pittsburgh losing to Baker Mayfield and co. that hasn't already been said. I just have to edit my list of completely impossible things to put, "Snowing in the Sahara desert," and "Taylor Swift ever getting back together with Jake Gyllenhaal" above "The Browns beating the Steelers in the playoffs."


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Wizards guard Bradley Beal looks on in a game against the Celtics on Jan. 8, 2021.

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Put on your general manager hat for a moment and ask yourself this question: If my team struggled mightily the past couple seasons, is struggling now and will continue to struggle, would I trade my franchise star?

It's an extremely difficult decision to make, but it's something the Washington Wizards have to be pondering with shooting guard Bradley Beal.

Beal has been on an absolute rampage through 11 games, posting a league-high 34.9 points per game on 49% shooting and 38% from distance. He's also dishing out five assists and grabbing 5.3 rebounds with 1.5 steals. All that in 36 minutes a night, yet the Wizards are 3-8 which is the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

"I'm pissed off," Beal told reporters after his 60-point game on Jan. 6. "I'm mad. I don't count [them]. ... Any of my career-highs, they've been in losses. So I don't give a damn. You can throw it right out the window with the other two or three I've had."

His frustration is evident, and though he hasn't verbalized that he wants out of D.C., it's hard not to think that the idea hasn't crossed his mind at least once with how bad the Wizards have been recently.

From 2018-20, they went a combined 57-97 with John Wall sidelined after he tore his Achilles. Before this season began, the Wizards acquired Russell Westbrook in exchange for Wall and a pick, thinking they were getting an upgrade at point guard. Plot twist, they weren't.

Wall is healthy and playing good basketball in Houston while Westbrook is sitting back-to-backs and is currently nursing a quad injury. More importantly, he doesn't make them much better because of his lack of defense and is thus piling up meaningless triple-doubles that don't translate to team success.


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Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on DFS sites, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.

Most NFL DFS games have you putting a team together with players from a certain slate of games. It could be just Sunday 1:00 PM games, or it could be every game that is slated for the week. Once the last game that has eligible players is over, the final payouts are made according to how many fantasy points each team scored. Each player is worth a certain dollar amount, and you have a cap of $60,000 to build your team with. You have to have 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR, or TE) and 1 DEF.

The general scoring rules include (6) points for each rushing and receiving touchdown, (4) points for each passing touchdown, (0.1) points for each rushing and receiving yard gained, (0.04) points for each passing yard, and also (0.5) points for each reception. There are other scoring opportunities for defenses. Let's take a look at players we like in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.

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