Archive for October, 2007

Sportsbook.com NBA Preview

Tuesday, 30 October, 2007

Between the referee scandal, Kobe ’s never ending fed with management and Greg Oden’s season ending injury it has been an eventful off-season for NBA fans. Thankfully it is time to forget about all of the drama and get on with the games. Winning their third title in five years, the San Antonio Spurs are Sportsbook.com’s co-favorite at 9-2 to cut down the nets next spring. Sharing the favorite label with the Spurs will be the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. In case you’ve forgotten, the Mavs had the highest regular season win total but crapped out early in the playoffs getting upset in the opening round. No team made more noise and catapulted their ranking better than the Boston Celtics (7-1) during the off-season. By adding perennial All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to a line up which already has Paul Pierce, the Celtics have and extremely impressive threesome. Questions about depth and age are definitely a concern in Beantown.

With his new home, Garnett is the 5-1 favorite along with LeBron James to win the MVP award. The best value might be backing Tim Duncan at 10-1 considering he continues to post dominant numbers and more importantly his team wins year after year.

With Oden’s rookie season down the toilet, bettors at Sportsbook.com are extremely confident that Seattle Sonics’ Kevin Durant (1-2) will earn the Rookie of the Year award. It is hard to blame them considering the sick numbers he put up during his freshman year at Texas .

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Undefeated Odds

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007

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It seems like every year football fans speculate whether a team can not only go 16-0 during the regular season but also make it through the postseason unbeaten. Of course, the last team that accomplished this feat was way back in 1972 when the Miami Dolphins went 14-0 in the regular season and 3-0 during the postseason. Fast forward 35 years and not one, but two teams seem to be viable candidates to accomplish this overdue yet impressive act. The most likely candidate to run the table is the New England Patriots behind a high powered offense that no one can come close to stopping. Through their first seven games, the Patriots are averaging an astonishing 39.9 points per game and have yet to be held under 34 in any game. The main reason for this ridiculous output in scoring is the addition of Randy Moss and Wes Welker to the passing game. So far, these two have combined for 1256 yards and 15 touchdowns and are both well on their way to exceeding 1000 yards. These are truly staggering numbers considering Tom Brady has never had a 1000 yard receiver in his tenure as Patriots signal caller. Even more impressive is the fact that Brady already has 27 touchdown passes, just 1 shy of his single season high. Brady is well on his way to shattering Peyton Manning’s single season touchdown mark of 49. Speaking of Manning, you can’t ignore the fact that his Colts are also undefeated heading into Week 8. The defending champs have looked as good as ever despite many defections from last year’s team. The passing numbers might not be as dominant as years past but their rushing attack is much improved and is churning out over 140 yards per game. If both squads remain unbeaten after this weekend, something will have to give the following week when they meet in Indianapolis . If all goes as planned and both remain undefeated, this could be the most hyped and biggest regular season game of all time. Due to the rate at which the Patriots have been drubbing their opponents, the Sportsbook.com had the early line of Colts +3 for their November 4th match-up. If this line holds up and they remain home underdogs, it is interesting to point out that the last time the Colts were getting points at home was September of 1999.

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Will the New England Patriots go 16-0?

Yes +300, No -400

Will the Indianapolis Colts go 16-0?

Yes +1500, No -2500

Will Tom Brady break Peyton Manning’s season passing TD record?

Yes -260, No +200

Early Super Bowl Line

AFC -12.5, O/U 53.5

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Heisman Odds

Wednesday, 17 October, 2007

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With Kentucky ’s 43-37 triple OT victory over top ranked LSU last weekend, Andre Woodson is currently the 3-1 favorite at Sportsbook.com to win this year’s Heisman Trophy. The heavy betting action on the Kentucky quarterback this week catapulted him into the favorite ahead of QB Matt Ryan from Boston College (5-1). If Woodson and his teammates can duplicate what they achieved last weekend as they take on the #9 ranked Florida Gators on Saturday, expect even more bettors to pile in. Meanwhile, Ryan’s next game is October 25th when the Eagles go on the road to take on the 11th ranked Virginia Tech on national TV. If BC can remain undefeated and earn a spot in the in the BCS National Championship game, Ryan could be a cinch for the award as long as he keeps up with his stellar play. Remaining unbeaten may be a tough task as their remaining five opponents combine for a 22-10 record. Other candidates that are getting a ton of love from bettors include Arkansas RB Darren McFadden (5-1), Colt Brennan from Hawaii (7-1) and Michigan RB Mike Hart (8-1). McFadden has been one of the leaders throughout the season because of his talent and stats, but the fact that his team is winless in SEC play should kill his chances. Brennan is also getting action based on the mind boggling stats he his putting up but also because his Warrior teammates are 7-0 and ranked in the top 20. Their schedule could hurt his chances as they have yet to play a ranked opponent. After a disastrous start to the season, Michigan is back on track and still has a legit shot at the Big 10 title. If they can pull off this miraculous comeback and Hart keeps up his dominant play, the senior RB will definitely garner serious consideration from the balloters.

Be sure to log onto Sportsbook.com to check out all of the Heisman Trophy odds. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our -105 juice by placing your football bets on Friday. Below are the odds for just a few of the college stars in the running for this year’s Heisman.

Brian Brohm 10-1

Colt McCoy 25-1

DeSean Jackson 15-1

Graham Harrell 15-1

John David Booty 30-1

Steve Slaton 20-1

Tim Tebow 10-1

Waiver Wire Post Week Six

Wednesday, 17 October, 2007

Its the same feeling. Time to ponder the waiver wire. Make those perfectly unperfect moves that maybe..just maybe will give your team that extra push to stop suffering those six point fantasy losses.

Quarterbacks

Brian Griese
The Bears fledgling running game has made them have to utilize the arm of quarterback Brian Griese. He is coming along nicely since becoming starter. By utilizing his tight ends in Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark, Griese has gave his receivers more of a chance to beat teams deep. The more and more snaps that Devin Hester gets on offense will also make Griese a strong considerate for fantasy football.

Damon Huard
Clearly Huard is better than Brody Croyle. He’s more experienced and has a stronger presence in the pocket. Do not expect Huard to lose this job. It definitely will not be given to Brody Croyle. As long as Huard keeps Tony Gonzalez involved in the passing attack, he’ll be fine.
Vinny Testaverde
It was thought of as sort of a joke but Testaverde did a damn god job last week for the Panthers. Previously the Cardinals defense had done a good job of shutting offenses down. For Testaverde maybe the youth came out of him for a week. He is still in the midst of barely joining the team. He may have been playing more unconscious than anything, which helps a veteran from thinking too much on plays. If the Panthers can keep the tandem of DeAngelo Williams and DeShaun Foster strong, and receiver Steve Smith healthy, than Testaverde can do more than a suitable job for the Panthers.

Running Backs

Michael Bennett
The trade to the Buccaneers gives Bennett a window he hasn’t had in years. Earnest Graham lived above what the Buccaneers expect from him last week. With Bennett they get a guy that can carry the ball like a Michael Turner. Maybe ten carries a game, but explosive carries that can be long gainers on any one of them. Garcia also likes to hit his backs out in the flat, which will be another plus of adding Bennett.

Kevin Faulk
It seems at some point in the year the Patriots always have to rely on a true veteran of their team to come up big. Troy Brown did it for a long time, and Kevin Faulk will be administered those duties now. Laurence Maroney has been a game time withdrawal the last few weeks. Maybe that was a good thing that the Pats didn’t rush him back, or maybe this injury is going to be on going. The back that was making people forget about Maroney, in Sammy Morris, subsequently had an injury himself in last week’s game. Now Faulk will have to get some amount of carries. He carried twelve times against the Cowboys.

Reuben Droughns
The beat up backfield express continues over at the New York Giants. Derrick Ward has managed to keep his role through injury, but must have had some sort of reduction for those reasons last week. Brandon Jacobs played through his as well, but the bigger factor was Droughns. He carried the load fourteen times for ninety yards and a touchdown. This crowded backfield may be too big, but it is an injury prone one. Jacobs still is the main guy as he’ll get the most touchdowns, but the way they keep getting hurt makes you wonder if Droughns will be the main guy at some point this year.

Wide Receivers

Chris Henry
Before owners of TJ Houzmanzadeh get to used to his outrageous weekly numbers, Chris Henry will be back on the field in a matter of weeks. His eight game suspension will be over, and there is no doubt that the Bengals will want his skills. The Bengals have struggled poorly at running the football, and in years past that hasn’t stopped Henry, Houzmanzadeh, and Chad Johnson from having huge years. Last year alone Henry caught nine touchdowns in only thirteen games. Scoop him up before the buzz breaks on ESPN of stupid talks on whether Henry should play this year or not.

Kevin Walter
Andre Johnson should be en route to becoming a game time decision. While he has been out of action, receivers such as Kevin Walter and Andre Davis have soared on the waiver wire pickup charts. Walter stole the show and completely annihilated his receivers stats this past week with a 160 yard 12 reception day. It’s hard to tell if Walter just had the beat that day, or if Schaub has found a go to guy now. One week it’s Andre Davis, one it’s Owen Daniels, and one its Kevin Walter. Make up your mind Schaub and pick your go to guy.

Sportsbook.com Feed

Friday, 12 October, 2007

Given the fact that the Cowboys have not started a season 5-0 since 1983, it is amazing that 94% of the early bettors at Sportsbook.com are betting against them. Then again, given the fact that they will face off against the 5-0 Patriots, perhaps this high percentage isn’t so amazing after all. An important trend that the public seems to not be taking into account is the value in home underdogs. Through the first five weeks of the season, home teams that were getting points are 17-8 ATS. Given that most bettors prefer backing the favorite, this scenario has wreaked havoc on the public’s betting accounts.

If the fact that both of these teams are undefeated wasn’t enough, there is plenty of media hype leading up to the game. Many believe this will be a preview of Super Bowl XLII. As a matter of fact, this match-up is currently the overwhelming favorite (5-2) to meet up in early February.

As for the game itself, most are expecting a high scoring affair considering each team’s high powered offenses. So far, the Pats and Boys are combining for 71.6 points per game. Even more impressive is that out of the combined 10 games, only one time did either of them fail to score 34+ (Dallas last Monday). It is no wonder; these two have each covered the OVER four out of five times. Just like the side, TOTAL betting has been pretty one sided as well. 69% of the early bettors that are taking advantage of Sportsbook.com’s -105 Fridays think this game will surpass the 53 point TOTAL. Bettors can’t ignore the equally impressive defensive numbers each has put up this season. Patriots’ opponents average only 13 points a game and the most they have given up was 17. The Cowboys only surrender 19.2 points per game and they have not given up an offensive touchdown in their last two games. If the Cowboys are going to surprise the public and keep this game close, it is imperative that they don’t turn the ball over. At +7, the Patriots have the best turnover margin in the NFL which could concern Cowboys faithful as Tony Romo is coming off a 6 turnover game.

Whether you are riding the public’s favorite or see value in home dogs, be sure to check Sportsbook.com’s betting trends to monitor any line movements. Also, back by popular demand this weekend is Sportsbook.com’s NFL Shutout Promotion. If you back a team on the money line and they get shutout, your will receive a full bonus refund.

Waiver Wire Post Week Five

Wednesday, 10 October, 2007

It’s not a good week to be looking for a waiver wire pickup, but here we go.

Quarterbacks

Jason Campbell
There is probably a 25-30 percent chance Campbell may be available in your league. He can be a guy to backup a strong number one fantasy quarterback. Washington has one of the best one two tandems in the league in rushing the football, so Campbell’s week five numbers are a bit high.

Kurt Warner
He has the starting role for the next six weeks, which could be bad. After Kurt Warner came back in the game following Leinart’s injury his numbers dropped quickly. When he has to move the team in a normal matter it seems that his rust shows. The Cardinals may have to run the hurry up offense often to keep Kurt in a rhythm.

Brody Croyle
This entire offense is in bad shape. Croyle will get a chance to give it a spark. The best thing going for Croyle is Tony Gonzalez and the emerging Dwayne Bowe.

David Carr
The starting job is his in Carolina, and he managed to get the Panthers a close win over the Saints. He is new to this team and must have been dying for this chance this season. With Schaub doing so well, Carr will have a lot to prove as a former number one castoff.

Cleo Lemon
He has always had killer stats in preseason for Miami, which has led him to staying on the Dolphins roster and moving up the ranks. He performed decently in the loss to the Texans, but will need to step up his accuracy.

Running Backs

Kenton Keith
I guess the Colts running backs have become comparable to Denver’s system. Each back just comes in and produces. Keith carried the load at 28 times and looked fantastic. Addai will be week to week, so Keith could get you a little boost if you’re lacking at running back.

Selvin Young
Just keep a watch on Travis Henry’s appeal. His lawyers are working hard on avoiding a suspension this season. That’ll be hard to do with Roger Goodell in the way. Young has had some decent gains in limited duty, and will become the feature back if Henry is indeed suspended.

Corey Dillon
Nobody has yet to sign him but you might think Tampa Bay will. Dillon didn’t want to retire but has not had many seekers. No rumors have really begun but Tampa is trying to work a deal for somebody with Michael Pittman and Cadillac out.

Najeh Davenport
Willie Parker isn’t scoring touchdowns as he was last year. The split year of that happening was in 05’s Jerome Bettis’s touchdowns, and it seems that the Steelers will give that role fully to Davenport now. Do not think Davenport will be a one week wonder and wait for a dual score game again before scooping him up.

Wide Receivers

Donte Stallworth
Some owners grew too impatient with Stallworth and cut him a few weeks ago. With Wes Welker posting solid stats and Randy Moss’s spectacular stats, Stallworth was non existent. Now he is starting to get involved and should balance out Welker’s and Moss’s stats the rest of the way.

Nate Burelson
Maybe he can earn some of the money the Seahawks signed him for in a seven year 49 million contract. Deion Branch is out three weeks and DJ Hackett is slowly returning from one. It’ll be Burelson’s time to earn Holmgren’s respect back along with Bobby Engram.

Anthony Gonzalez
The Colts do not want to rush Marvin Harrison back. With Gonzalez and Manning orchestrating well it seems that even when Harrison comes back, Gonzalez will see some sort of old Brandon Stokely type role.