The NFL is finally coming back to our screens and the good news doesn't stop there. Arizona, the game is about to be changed forever!
Sports betting is coming someday soon, but for now, our go-to hub for all things daily fantasy, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has made its way to Arizona and Cardinal nation.
You probably know the deal, unlike a traditional league where you might get stuck with a injured players all season long, FanDuel DFS allows you to pick a new line up each week, so there's no need to worry about drafting your players for a whole season. It's pretty simple- each individual player has a salary value, and the total value of your team has to be less than your weekly salary cap. Every week is a new opportunity to draft a team and win BIG.
Signing up for a FanDuel account is easy, and can be done on their website, or if you download the app which is available for iOS and Android. Registering takes about 2 minutes - you just give details like your name, address, card information, and social security number (this is to keep your information safe).
Plus, the great news is that once you register for a FanDuel account, you'll be set up and ready to make some bets on FanDuel Sportsbook as soon as sports betting becomes legal!
FanDuel DFS also has an offer for new users, too. After sign up, you'll get a first-time deposit bonus! FanDuel will match 20% of what you deposit into your account up to $500. Also, the second sports betting goes live, you'll be able to get FanDuel Sportsbook's new user offer too, even if you've bet with any of their other services in the past.
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Sports fever has arrived, so get ready for football mania by getting your feet wet with some Fantasy action first. Pass the beer, roll on the action, and let the winning commence!
I knew it was going to happen.
Not only did I fly in the face of the gambling gods and decide to comment on my little bit of good luck, I broke another cardinal rule of betting: Never put money on something just to put money on it.
▪️ 18/23, 233 yards passing, 0 INT ▪️ 51 yards on 10 rushes, 2 touchdowns Not bad for a QB/RB/WR/TE/KR/PR...… https://t.co/D3O0rWXR3j— New Orleans Saints (@New Orleans Saints)1606079749.0
Look, I couldn't resist trying to get in on some of that Taysom Hill magic. I missed on him in my fantasy leagues, and I couldn't stop myself at just taking the Saints, which did hit by the way(!), I was forced to pick an over/under on the most unknowable of the world's mysteries. Was it possible for Taysom to throw a good ball? Turns out, yes. Turns out, he can get a little more oomph on his throws, which opened up things downfield, even if they weren't always right on the money. Lessons… Noted.
For the game that sent a chill down my spine, the Dolphins lost to the Broncos. If I actually designated a "Lock of the Week," this would've been the "Lock of Lifetime." Tua had been hot, the Miami D had been stout, and the Broncos had been a state of utter disrepair. Just when you think you know football, quoting stats and pulling from trends, it absolutely humbles you into the ground.
As for the Browns covering over the Eagles that was a little bit like betting on paint drying. It was never really in doubt and it wasn't particularly interesting.
Arizona -1.5 over New England
This game has gotten a little bit tighter with each passing day, due to uncertainty regarding the availability of Kyler Murray. I'm betting on this with the assumption that he'll be starting and operating at, hopefully, 80% capacity. The Patriots couldn't handle the dynamic Deshaun Watson a week ago, and I can't imagine things will get any easier against an offense currently firing on all cylinders. The Patriots haven't been "doing their job" recently and rank 21st in rushing yards per game and 28th in DVOA. In a seemingly impossible turn of events, their pass D is actually worse. Meanwhile, the Cardinals can flat out pound the rock. They lead the league in rushing touchdowns, rank second in rushing yards, and average the most yards per carry. Throw in some Vance Joseph defensive wizardry to confuse and bamboozle the undermanned Pats offense and I think 1.5 points is a gimme.
Kansas City -3 over Tampa Bay
I'm back to beating the Tompa Brady Bucs being, ahhhhh, not so good. As the season has worn on, there losses look bad, and their wins look worse. They've managed to beat up on some weaker teams in the league, Packers excepted, and only squeak by middle-of-the-packers like the Chargers and Giants. Against the Rams, Tom looked more his age, and missed on multiple deep throws that could've completely shifted momentum. I could go on and go about how Antonio Brown looks completely lost out there, or how their running game leaves plenty to be desired, or how Mike Evans and Chris Godwin haven't received their share of downfield targets, but really this is still all about Patrick Mahomes. The man who got the ball back with 1:43 against the Raiders, and there wasn't a second of doubt he would take his offense in for a score. It was as if the win was bestowed by a King. While the two high profile QBs prepare to square off for what is almost undoubtedly their last time, the fourth will assuredly cement Mahomes as the true heir to Brady's GOAT throne.
Seattle -5 over Philadelphia
The Seahawks have been a little shakier than we thought they were a month ago, having a bottom of the barrel pass D in a pass happy league will do that for you. Luckily, the Eagles don't have much of a pass offense to speak of with Carson Wentz taking the dreaded step back. Seattle hasn't generated much pressure all year, but the Eagles will be down All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson and his rookie backup Jack Driscoll might be unavailable, too. There's been a total lack of consistency along the line before this news broke, anyways. That's the kind of thing that absolutely helps a defensive line trying to establish their presence.
Kareem Hunt over 1.5 Receptions
Kareem Hunt with the best 9-yard catch you'll see all day https://t.co/uX51xVwMSK— RotoGrinders (@RotoGrinders)1601235935.0
Hunt has only gone under this number once all season, just last week against the Eagles. Other than he's been a tremendous asset to the Browns through the air, including four touchdowns and a few jaw dropping grabs for anyone, let alone a running back. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are on pace to have the statistically worst defense in team history. As the Browns continue to operate a strong and complimentary backfield, I think it's safe to assume this one could be wrapped up by half time.
For about half the day, things were really looking up.
Week 9 Vibe Check (2-2) - Nailing that the Ravens were going to go into Indy and pull a win out at all costs and them delivering felt absolutely tremendous. I saw them at -1 earlier in the week, but by game time they were +1 at some books and I sincerely hope you got to bet an underdog Ravens team.
Going into the afternoon, something became apparent almost immediately: the Steelers were not covering 14 points. The Cowboys' fourth QB of the season, Garrett Gilbert, proved move effectively than the last two, combined. Not to mention, Big Ben was dealing with an injury most of the game. Here's a live look at his recovery now:
Ben Roethlisberger, feeling great, leaves the practice field three years ago.Jeremy Fowler/ESPN
Davante Parker laid out his case as Tua's top target and easily put up over 4.5 catches. Meanwhile, I need to start following my own advice or, at least, hold a negotiation with whatever deity the Chargers angered.
Seahawks +2.5 over Rams
This line feels a little too reactionary for my tastes. Sure, the Seahawks got run off the field in Buffalo, but that was bound to happen. It was a cross country road game against a passing heavy team a week after blowing out their division rival. The thing everyone's forgetting is how bad the Rams looked pre-bye. Short term memory is important to play sports, but not to bet on them. Russell Wilson has been aerial maestro this season and I'll take him with points over Jared Goff any day of the week and twice this Sunday.
Bengals +7.5 over Steelers
Right before kick off last week, my cousin inquired "-3.5 in the first quarter or -7.5 in the half for the Steelers?" Thinking, hey this Dallas team looks hardly competent enough to tie their own shoelaces, I cracked, "Why not both?" We very quickly learned why not. Even before Ben's injury, his ability to throw the deep ball has diminished in a flash. One of the league's top gunslingers has only completed 31% of his passes beyond 15 yards and gone 1 of 12 in the past two games. While the Pittsburgh D has occupied rarified air, Ben can't quite get as much under his passes as he once could. This seems to have stalled the offense, at times, even with his full assortment of weapons. On the other side, Joe Burrow has consistently looked like the QB of the future that we were all promised. He's kept Cincinnati in just about every ballgame, losing two out of the last three on last second comebacks and beating Tennessee a week ago. Give the young man a touchdown and I'm willing to ride with him.
Dolphins -1.5 over Chargers
We are trying this again, folks! Let's bet against the Chargers for a change and try to win some money. Miami come out ahead in two games against better, non-cursed teams since the Tua takeover, and their sturdy pass D has only gotten better, too. In fact, they're uniquely positioned to handle Herbert's deep ball prowess and LA's backfield is currently undermanned, limiting their ability to attack the most exploitable part of Miami's defense.
@Tua has been making plays and showing why the @MiamiDolphins took him with the 5th pick overall in the draft.… https://t.co/N4i2JmVJWb— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFL Matchup on ESPN)1605315601.0
Brandon Aiyuk over 4.5 Recs
The Niners will now be without every starting skill position player except for Kendrick Bourne from last season year's battle royale in the Superdome, so... Improvement, I guess? One guy who'll be on the field that they didn't have last season or last week will be the burgeoning YAC monster, Aiyuk. After missing Thursday night's Packer beatdown due close contact to Bourne, who appears to have been a COVID false positive, the Niners will be able to implement a game plan built around their rookie receiving sensation.
That's apparently what Shanahan had done before having to pivot his schemes to 5th stringer, Richie James, who promptly had the game of his life, racking up 9 catches and 184 yards. Between Aiyuk's speed making him an even more potent deep threat than James, he's also more likely to be involved in the "run game," meaning little tap passes on jet sweeps that allow him to explode around the edge and into space. If he gets even two of those looks, he's just under halfway home.
Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on FanDuel, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.
Most NFL FanDuel 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. You can see the entire breakdown on FanDuel. This week will be a little different than previous weeks, we'll only be focusing on players we're targeting.
Players to Target:
Russell Wilson (QB) - $9000
Wilson gets a Bills defense that gave up over 300 yards of offense to a sputtering Patriots team last week. Seattle's offense could put up 40 points in this one.
David Johnson (RB) - $6800
Johnson gets a beatable Jaguars team that has benched Gardner Minshew for a 6th round rookie QB. Romeo Crennel has been more committed to the run than his predecessor, Bill O'Brien.
Justin Jackson (RB) - $5900
Jackson has an excellent game last week against a stout Denver defense. He has taken over the lead back duties for the Chargers while Austin Ekeler is still on the shelf.
Some of our start recommendations for Week 9 include Ben Roethlisberger, Justin Jackson, and Laviska Shenault. https://t.co/oJy0seao20— Football Outsiders (@Football Outsiders)1604603826.0
Tyler Lockett (WR) - $7400
The Bills will most likely shadow DK Metcalf with TreDavious White in their match up this week. That leaves a lot of production on the table for Lockett this week matching up against Levi Wallace.
Diontae Johnson (WR) - $6000
The Steelers get one of the worst defenses in the league this year in Dallas. All of the Pittsburgh WRs have great matchups this week and should be in your lineups.
Justin Jefferson (WR) - $6800
Jefferson has see-sawed between dominate and pedestrian performances the past 4 weeks. Intuition says that he will bounce back against the Lions this week,
Travis Kelce (TE) - $8000
Top tier TE against a defense that can't stop them. Definitely have Kelce in a lot of my lineups this week.
Most RECs gaining 15+ yards: 🔸 Calvin Ridley - 21 🔸 Allen Robinson II - 18 🔸 Julio Jones - 17 🔸 D.K. Metcalf - 16… https://t.co/NAL3R19EdT— PFF (@PFF)1604682075.0
Zack Moss (RB) - $5800
Moss seems to be back to 100% after an 80 yard, 2 TD performance last week against the Patriots. He will have a Seattle defense that will struggle to contain him.
Arizona Cardinals (DEF) - $4300
The Cardinals get Tua and the Dolphins this week. They should have no issue shutting that offense down like the Rams did last week.
FindBet Free Play for Week 8:
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