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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and CFL Previews and Odds - 06/07/2024

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Jun 07, 2024

The Friday sports card features MLB and CFL action.The Friday card in Major League Baseball has 14 games on its schedule. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 p.m. ET. Minnesota travels to Pittsburgh on Apple TV+, with Joe Ryan getting the ball for the Twins to pitch against Mitch Keller for the Pirates. The Twins are a -122 money-line road favorite, with the total set at 8. Detroit hosts Milwaukee, with the Tigers tapping Reese Olson to face a Brewers starting pitcher yet to be named. The Atlanta Braves play in Washington against the Nationals at 6:45 p.m. ET. Chris Sale takes the mound for the Braves to battle against Jake Irvin for the Nationals. Atlanta is a -205 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Tampa Bay Rays play at home against the Baltimore Orioles at 6:50 p.m. ET. The Rays turn to Aaron Civale to go against the Orioles' Kyle Bradish. The New York Yankees are at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Apple TV+ at 7:05 p.m. ET. Cody Poteet gets the ball for the Yankees to face Yoshinobu Yamamoto for the Dodgers. Two more MLB games start at 7:10 p.m. ET. Cincinnati hosts Chicago, with the Reds tapping Nick Lodolo to take the hill against the Cubs’ Justin Steele. The Reds are a -115 money-line favorite with a total of 9. Cleveland is in Miami with Logan Allen being sent out by the Guardians to duel against Ryan Weathers for the Marlins. The Guardians are a -125 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The San Francisco Giants visit Texas to play the Rangers at 8:05 p.m. ET. The Giants turn to Logan Webb to face the Rangers’ Michael Lorenzen. San Francisco is a -115 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Two more MLB games begin at 8:10 p.m. ET. Chicago plays at home against Boston, with Garrett Crochet taking the ball for the White Sox to battle against Cooper Criswell for the Red Sox. The White Sox are a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Seattle plays at Kansas City, with the Mariners tapping Bryce Miller to go against the Royals’ Daniel Lynch IV. The Mariners are a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 9. The St. Louis Cardinals are at home against the Colorado Rockies at 8:15 p.m. ET. Lance Lynn gets the ball for the Cardinals to duel against Austin Gomber for the Rockies. St. Louis is a -198 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5.The Houston Astros are in Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET. The Astros send out Framber Valdez to pitch against the Angels’ Griffin Canning. Houston is a -180 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Two more games conclude the MLB card at 9:40 p.m. ET. San Diego hosts Arizona, with Michael King taking the mound for the Padres to face Brandon Pfaadt for the Diamondbacks. The Padres are a -122 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Toronto travels to Oakland with the Blue Jays tapping Chris Bassitt to battle the A’s Hogan Harris. The Blue Jays are a -135 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. Week 1 in the Canadian Football League continues with one game. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats play in Calgary against the Stampeders at 9 p.m. ET. The Tiger-Cats won the only meeting between these two teams, 22-15, as a 1-point favorite at home on September 30th. Hamilton is a 1-point road favorite with an over/under of 45.

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2024 Belmont Stakes Preview

by Al McMordie

Thursday, Jun 06, 2024

This year's Belmont Stakes (the 156th running) will look different than any other as the Triple Crown race which shares its name with the venue where it is held will, in fact, not be run at Belmont Park but rather at Saratoga many miles up the interstate.  And because of the venue change, the race will be contested at 10 furlongs instead of 12 (it was shortened to 9 furlongs in 2020 when it was the first leg of the Triple Crown due to the COVID pandemic).  Will these changes mean that the way we handicap the race will have to change drastically?  Not really.  And to that end, we present below the contenders, value horses, and pretenders (horses to avoid) for this year's Belmont Stakes.   Contenders:   #9 Sierra Leone -- The scratch of Todd Pletcher's Fierceness means that the shortest odds in this race will fall squarely in the saddle of this son of Gun Runner trained by Chad Brown.  Being a stone-cold closer, some may think that shortening this race by a 1/4 mile will hurt Sierra Leone's chances but there is very little reason to think that it will matter.  In the 10 furlong Kentucky Derby, Sierra Leone missed by only a nose, beating 18 others in the process.  A rider switch to the more experienced Flavien Prat should also help his chances (as should a new bit which will give the jockey more control over the somewhat unpredictable 3YO).  The outside post is some icing on the cake for him.   #10 Mindframe -- "New Shooters" are horses that didn't run in the Derby or Preakness but, for a variety of reasons, show up for this race.  And they have a pretty good record as well.  Can Todd Pletcher's son of Constitution repeat the success of last year's Belmont winner, Archangelo, who also skipped each of the first two legs of the Triple Crown?  Well, the fact that the Hall of Fame trainer has decided to enter Mindframe in this spot after only a pair of non-stakes victories -- impressive as they were -- should tell you something.  Add Irad Ortiz in the saddle -- possibly the best jockey in North America -- and you have a very live horse.  Don't be surprised if his 7-2 odds go down a bit prior to post time.   Value Horses:   #3 Mystik Dan -- What can you say about a horse who finished first in the Derby and second in the Preakness?  Well for one thing, you can say that Mystik Dan is the Rodney Dangerfield of this bunch (getting "no respect").  Despite near perfection in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, this son of Goldencents will find himself no better than the third choice today.  Is that reason to lay off of the Kenny McPeak 3YO?  On the contrary, it could very well be an opportunity to take advantage of his 5-1 odds, which could even be higher come post time.   #5 Antiquarian -- Like the aforementioned Mindframe, Antiquarian is a new shooter trained by Todd Pletcher.  And like the also-aforementioned Archangelo, this son of Preservationist was last seen winning the Peter Pan one week after the Kentucky Derby.  But while there is backstretch buzz surrounding Mindframe due to the impressive nature of his victories, there is little hype around this one.  You get veteran jock John Velazquez and double-digit odds and that's enough to get us interested in him.   #4 The Wine Steward -- This appropriately named son of Vino Rosso, trained by Mike Maker, won his first three races as a 2-year-old and appeared to be on a fast track to the Kentucky Derby.  But after a second place finish in the Breeders’ Futurity to conclude his 2YO season, The Wine Steward went on a five-month layoff and came back as runner-up in the Grade 3 Lexington, but wasn't ready for the first Saturday in May.  He skipped the Preakness as well and instead ran in the Peter Pan, finishing 2nd.  His speed figures are improving with every race and a career-best effort could be on tap.  And that's what the Wine Steward will need to win this race.  But at 15-1, it's worth a shot.  Extra bonus:  Manny Franco, one of New York's best jockeys, climbs on board for the ride.   Pretenders:    #6 Dornoch -- Because he's the full brother of last year's Derby winner, this son of Good Magic will always garner some interest.  Unfortunately for him and his connections, he may be a close relative of Mage, but Dornoch doesn't run anywhere near as fast as his brother did before he was retired last year.  His win in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream in early March may look on the surface like a great stepping stone to the Triple Crown.  But the fact is that a slew of good horses scratched out of that race leaving only five runners, and Dornoch ended up winning what was a very a slow race (his speed figure was very low).  His two subsequent efforts in the Blue Grass and Derby support this fact and lead just about anyone to the conclusion that Dornoch is a nice Allowance horse and likely nothing more.     #1 Seize The Grey -- He's trained by one of the greatest of all time and he won his last two races -- both Graded Stakes -- so what's not to like here?  Well, the problem with this son of Arrogate is that he is the type of horse that will press the pace as he did in both the Pat Day Mile and Preakness Stakes, and that running style could get him into serious trouble today at this longer distance.  From the #1 post position, Seize The Grey almost has to go to the front of this 10-horse field and there's enough speed in here that he won't get away with the easy pace he had in the Preakness and a gate-to-wire performance is highly unlikely under the circumstances.  If the great Wayne Lukas and regular jockey Jamie Torres can pull it off, then we'll tip our hat to them.  But for now we are not going to bite.Good luck, as always...Al McMordie

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, MLB and CFL Previews and Odds - 06/06/2024

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Jun 06, 2024

The Thursday sports card features NBA, MLB, and CFL action.The National Basketball Association continues the playoff season with Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks on ABC at 8:40 p.m. ET. The Celtics are on a seven-game winning streak after completing their four-game sweep against Indiana with a 105-102 victory on the road as a 7.5-point favorite on May 27th. The Mavericks have won six of their last seven games after a 124-103 upset victory at Minnesota as a 4.5-point underdog to finish that series in five games last Friday. Boston is a 6.5-point favorite, with the total set at 214.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has 10 games on its schedule. The Toronto Blue Jays play at home against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:07 p.m. ET. The Blue Jays tap Yusei Kikuchi to take the mound to face an Orioles starting pitcher yet to be named. The Cleveland Guardians are at home against the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. ET. Tanner Bibee gets the ball to pitch for the Guardians to face Daniel Lynch IV for the Royals. Cleveland is a -155 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Seattle Mariners travel to Oakland to play the A’s at 3:37 p.m. ET. The Mariners send out Bryan Woo to go against the A’s J.P. Sears. The Los Angeles Dodgers play in Pittsburgh to play the Pirates at 6:40 p.m. ET. Walker Buehler gets the nod for the Dodgers to battle against Bailey Feltner for the Pirates. Los Angeles is a -185 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Atlanta Braves play in Washington against the Nationals at 6:45 p.m. ET. The Braves turn to Reynaldo Lopez to duel against the Nationals’ Mitchell Parker. Atlanta is a -180 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees host the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m. ET. Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Yankees to pitch against Pablo Lopez for the Twins. New York is a -155 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs are in Cincinnati to play the Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Cubs have yet to name the starting pitcher who will face the Reds’ Hunter Greene. The St. Louis Cardinals play at home against the Colorado Rockies at 7:45 p.m. ET. Sonny Gray gets the assignment for the Cardinals to battle Cal Quantrill for the Rockies. St. Louis is a -230 money-line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Boston Red Sox visit Chicago to play the White Sox at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Red Sox tap Tanner Houck to pitch against the White Sox’s Jake Woodford. Boston is a -230 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The San Diego Padres are home against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. ET. Randy Vasquez gets the ball for the Padres to go against Slade Cecconi for the Diamondbacks. San Diego is a -120 money-line favorite at BetOnline with an over/under of 8.Week 1 in the Canadian Football League begins with one game. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Montreal Alouettes on the CBS Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. ET. This game is a rematch of last November’s Grey Cup, which the Alouettes won by a 28-24 score as a 7-point underdog. The Blue Bombers are an 8-point favorite with a total of 47.

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2024 American Athletic Conference Football Preview

by Matt Fargo

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2024

2024 American Athletic Conference PreviewRegular Season Win Totals Memphis: 8.5 USF: 7.5UTSA: 7.5Tulane: 7.5Army: 6.5East Carolina: 6.5FAU: 6.5Rice: 6.5UAB: 6.5Navy: 5.5North Texas: 5.5Tulsa: 4.5Charlotte: 3.5Temple: 2.5Coaching ChangesTulane: Willie Fritz out ~ Jon Sumrall InMemphis Tigers 10-3 ~ 6-2 AAC ~ 4-7-1 ATS ~ 10-2-0 O/U It was a great 2023 for Memphis last season as it went 10-3 with the three losses coming against teams that finished with 11 or more wins. The Tigers first year in the AAC was in 2013 and resulted in a 3-9 season overall but in the 10 seasons since, they have not posted a losing overall record. Even though they have the highest O/U win total at 8.5, they are not the betting favorite to win the AAC but seem to have the most complete team led by All-AAC quarterback Seth Henigan. He threw for 3,880 yards at a 67 percent completion rate while throwing 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Memphis finished No. 16 in total offense and No. 6 in scoring offense but in order to take the leap forward to make the title game and try and represent the conference in the CFP, the defense has to get better. Memphis was No. 95 in points allowed and No. 112 in total defense, however, they did allow 10 points or less in three of their last four games after giving up 32 points or more in seven of their first nine games. The conference schedule is not the best with three tough road games at USF, UTSA and Tulane. Win one of those, and another 9-3 season is doable with a higher ceiling based on their elite talent. USF Bulls 7-6 ~ 4-4 AAC ~ 6-6-0 ATS ~ 7-5-0 O/UThe Bulls had a massive turnaround last season as after four straight losing seasons, three consisting of two wins or less, they finished .500 in the conference and .500 overall and won the Boca Raton Bowl over Syracuse 45-0 to provide some strong momentum heading into this season. But was it truly a good season? While the seven wins provided some confidence, all seven of those victories were against teams that did not finish with a winning record. The last time the Bulls had a victory over a winning FBS opponent was October of 2019 so if there is going to be consistent upward movement, this has to change. USF brings back one of the better quarterbacks in the AAC with Byrum Brown who threw for 3,506 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for a team high 873 yards and 11 scores so the offense that finished No. 19 in the country overall should be just as good. But, in order to beat those better teams, the defense needs to shore up as the Bulls were No. 118 in total defense and No. 113 in scoring defense and there is experience coming back so they will be better. The AAC schedule is not horrible but the nonconference schedule includes Alabama and Miami FL. UTSA Roadrunners 9-4 ~ 7-1 AAC ~ 5-6-1 ATS ~ 4-7-1 O/UUTSA has won 32 games over the last three seasons and after four losses in its first four bowl games going back to 2016, the Roadrunners won their first ever bowl game, a 35-17 win over Marshall in the Frisco Bowl. Now comes the challenge of replacing the best quarterback in program history. Frank Harris set school records for passing yards (11,862), passing touchdowns (92), rushing yards (2,145), and rushing touchdowns (28) as a five-year player and four-year starter. Owen McCown, who led UTSA to that bowl victory, and Eddie Lee Marburger, who also saw action last season, will battle it out for the starting job. Leading receiver Joshua Cephus is also gone but running backs Kevorian Barnes, Robert Henry and Rocko Griffin, who combined for 1,883 yards rushing, are all back to provide offensive help until the passing game gets up to par. The Roadrunners were above average on defense, led by Trey Moore who won AAC Defensive Player of the Year and set a school record with 14 sacks, but he transferred to Texas so that is a big hole to fill while the secondary has to rebuild with three starters lost. The AAC schedule is tame as they miss two of the top three teams and get Memphis at home so UTSA can make it a success. Tulane Green Wave 11-3 ~ 8-0 AAC ~ 5-7-0 ATS ~ 2-10-0 O/UTulane had a clean run through the AAC last season as it went 8-0 but lost to SMU in the conference championship and eventually lost to Virginia Tech 41-20 in the Military Bowl but was without its head coach and starting quarterback in that bowl game. The Green Wave are the only team in the AAC with a new head coach as Willie Fritz took the job at Houston and taking over is Jon Sumrall who comes over from Troy where he went 23-4 in two years as head coach. In order to continue his success and the recent success of the program, he needs a quarterback to step in and excel. Tulane is another team that has to replace a record-breaking quarterback with four-year starter Michael Pratt moving on and it will be a two-man competition with veteran backup Kai Horton and Oregon transfer Ty Thompson battling it out. The offense will lean on running back Makhi Hughes who rushed for 1,466 yards and seven scores as a freshman. The Green Wave were strong on the other side, ranking No. 39 in total defense and No. 24 in scoring defense and Sumrall is a great defensive coach, leading Troy to the No. 13 ranked defense last season. Their two toughest AAC games are at home so they should be contending again. Army Black Knights 6-6 ~ 5-6-1 ATS ~ 5-6-1 O/UArmy is a conference member for the first time in 19 years and it should be a seamless transition. The Black Knights were inconsistent last season as they had some really good wins to counter some really bad losses to finish 6-6 but were ineligible for a bowl game as two of those six wins were against FCS teams. They have not had a losing season since 2019 and look to be in very good shape in extending that streak. One thing is certain as Army will run the triple option which is difficult to prepare for to begin with but now it will be facing some teams that have never seen it so surpassing its No. 11 rushing offense from last season is likely. Quarterback Bryson Daily led the team in rushing and he returns for his senior season while the top three running backs also are back. On the other side, the Black Knights finished No. 54 in total defense and No. 30 in scoring defense and the first team defensive depth chart consists of all juniors and seniors so this team is loaded with experience. The schedule sets up very well for Army to get back to a bowl as in the conference, it avoids Memphis, Tulane, and USF and in nonconference games besides Navy and Air Force, they have Lehigh and Notre Dame. This could be a real sleeper team to make a championship run. East Carolina Pirates 2-10 ~ 1-7 AAC ~ 5-7 -0ATS ~ 4-8-0 O/UIt was a miserable campaign for East Carolina as it went 2-10 with one of those wins against Gardner Webb of the FCS and the only FBS win was against Florida Atlantic which was in a rebuild. The Pirates have had only two winning seasons since 2014 but those were in 2022 and 2023 so last season could be considered an anomaly should they bounce back which is expected as there was very little experience on the roster last year especially on the offense. East Carolina hit the transfer portal hard to improve that offense that finished No. 130 overall and No. 127 in scoring, bringing in Michigan St. quarterback Katin Houser, South Carolina wide receiver O'Mega Blake, and West Virginia/Florida St. wide receiver Winston Wright Jr. The offensive line lacked experience and it will be far better off in 2024. The defense was far from horrible as the Pirates were No. 38 overall and No. 40 in points allowed with only SMU and UTSA scoring 30 or more points in conference games and while they did lose a few key pieces, portal arrivals should keep the unit strong. The nonconference schedule is not horrible and in the AAC, East Carolina misses Memphis and USF while facing the bottom three projected teams. Florida Atlantic Owls 4-8 ~ 3-5 AAC ~ 5-7-0 ATS ~ 5-7-0 O/ULane Kiffin put together two 11-3 seasons in his three-year tenure in 2017 and 2019 but Willie Taggart was unable to keep that sustainable. Tom Herman was brought in to revitalize the program and while the Owls finished just 4-8 in his inaugural season, it was a better season than the record showed. Florida Atlantic lost four games by one score and had a lopsided win over USF and now in his second season knowing the players and bringing in some of his own, Herman should have the Owls turn the corner. The offense had a huge drop-off from the previous two seasons as they finished No. 102 in total offense and No. 89 in scoring offense and they turn to Marshall transfer Cameron Fancher at quarterback where he was average but has better personnel around him. The defense stayed level from 2021 and 2022 but it was not good enough to make up for the regression of the offense and the defense is now loaded with experience. Florida Atlantic faced six bowl teams last season and this year, the schedule is one of the easiest in the country and it faces only two bowl teams from last season, UTSA and USF. The Owls open at Michigan St. and then have winnable games against Army, FIU and Connecticut. Rice Owls 7-6 ~ 4-4 AAC ~ 8-4-0 ATS ~ 6-6-0 O/URice is coming off its first six-win season since 2014 but it could not carry that into a bowl win as it lost to Texas St. 45-21 in the First Responder Bowl. There is plenty of veteran experience back on both sides of the ball so while that normally could mean an even better season lies ahead, the schedule is not on the Owls side. Rice was inconsistent on both sides of the ball, ranking No. 84 in total offense and No. 56 in scoring offense and No. 53 in total defense and No. 83 in scoring defense. The reason for the yardage and scoring discrepancies on both sides were because of turnovers as the Owls had 26 giveaways and a -14 in turnover differential which were No. 126 and No. 128 in the country. To state the obvious, that has to be cleared up. On offense, the Owls got Temple transfer quarterback EJ Warner who should help immediately as he will be working behind four returning starters along the offensive line. The lack of takeaways hurt the defense and Rice was just 1-7 when it allowed more than three touchdowns. The schedule is a tough one as Rice faces the top four teams in the AAC, two at home and two on the road and the only real tough nonconference test is at Houston. Six wins are again doable but it will come down to Warner and the limiting of turnovers. UAB Blazers 4-8 ~ 3-5 AAC ~ 6-6-0 ATS ~ 7-5-0 O/UUAB finished just 4-8 a season ago in the first year under head coach Trent Dilfer, its first losing season since 2013. The Blazers had only one quality victory and of the eight losses, the first seven were all by double digits so the record indicates what transpired on the field. The issue was inexperience as UAB used 15 freshmen, 10 on defense which was by far the worst unit. The Blazers finished No. 121 in total defense and No. 130 in scoring defense but that experience will pay off in 2024 and their 21 takeaways were tied for No. 33 in the country which helped stop some of the bleeding. The potent offense has the chance to be just as good if they can find replacements for their leading receiver and rusher. The offense is led by Jacob Zeno who threw for 3,126 yards and 20 touchdowns last year while completing a school record 73.6 percent of his passes. He will have a veteran unit in front of him as the offensive line has a lot more experience than last season as four of five starters are back. UAB could use a 3-1 record in their nonconference games against Alcorn St., UL Monroe, Arkansas and Connecticut as the conference schedule is not in their favor with games against Tulane, USF and Memphis, the latter two on the road. Navy Midshipmen 5-7 ~ 4-4 AAC ~ 4-8-0 ATS ~ 4-7-1 O/UIt was another tough year for Navy which has now had four straight losing seasons and to put that in perspective, not counting the COVID year, the Midshipmen had only two losing campaigns in its previous 17 seasons. This is the worst run since losing five years in a row from 1998-2002 and not making it five straight this season is realistic. Navy has been known for its strong rushing game for many years but the 194.6 ypg was the worst since 2001 (again, not counting 2020) when it averaged 182 ypg. The Midshipmen were 2-6 when failing to reach 240 rushing yards so the turnaround looks simple, get back to running the ball as first year head coach Brian Newberry tried to increase the passing game which did not go well, averaging just 105.7 ypg. Quarterback Blake Horvath has some decent experience and the job will be his to lose and he has the top three running backs returning to keep the offense in synch. The defense was outmatched against Notre Dame, USF and SMU but held its own outside of those games, finishing No. 47 in total defense and No. 39 in scoring defense. The back end of the defense will be the strength again. The schedule has three very likely wins and three very likely losses with the six toss up games all taking place on the road. North Texas Mean Green 5-7 ~ 3-5 AAC ~ 7-4-1 ATS ~ 6-6-0 O/UNorth Texas has been stuck in neutral after consecutive nine-win seasons in 2017-2018 as it has not finished over .500 since then. The Mean Green started off 3-3 last season but then faced the top four teams in the AAC and lost all of those games and were eliminated from bowl contention. Four of the seven losses overall were by one possession so it could have been a better season and the blame can be put on the defense that finished dead last in the country, allowing 476.4 ypg while the 37.1 ppg given up was No. 131. Clearly, this is an area that has to be improved and it can only go up from last season and there is a decent amount of experience returning. In order for it to be a successful season, the defense will likely have to make huge strides because the offense has plenty of question marks. Quarterback Chandler Rogers was sensational but he transferred out to California and North Texas has only one starter back from an offense that was No. 6 in the country and that is right guard Gabe Blair. Overall, the Mean Green lost their top five running backs and three of their top four receivers. The schedule is not ideal with nonconference games against Texas Tech and Wyoming and only avoid USF of the top four in the AAC. Tulsa Golden Hurricane 4-8 ~ 2-6 AAC ~ 4-7-1 ATS ~ 5-7-0 O/UTulsa is coming off a 4-8 campaign in the first season under head coach Kevin Wilson, the fourth time in the last seven seasons it has had four or fewer victories. The struggles were very evident, quarterback and defense. How bad was the quarterback play last season? Despite being tied at No. 21 in rushing attempts and finishing with the sixth highest run rate in the country, Tulsa had the second most interceptions thrown with 19. The Golden Hurricane utilized four different quarterbacks so there was no comfort level and it will likely be up to two of those, Cardell Williams and Kirk Francis, to battle it out and establish as the true No. 1 that will avoid mistakes. The running game will be just fine once again as Anthony Watkins and Bill Jackson, who combined for 1,303 yards, both return. While a quarterback needs to make this a stable offense, the defense needs a big turnaround. Tulsa finished No. 127 in total defense and No. 120 in scoring defense and when the offense finishes No. 121 in total turnovers, this will not do it. The personnel is in place for improvement and the one aspect they would like to carry over were the 21 takeaways, tied for No. 33. The AAC schedule is the easiest in the conference so a .500 season is in reach if those vital areas improve.Charlotte 49ers 3-9 ~ 2-6 AAC ~ 6-6-0 ATS ~ 6-6-0 O/USince entering the FBS in 2015, Charlotte has had only one winning season when it went 7-6 in 2019. The 49ers moved to the AAC last season, coming over from C-USA and it duplicated its record from 2023 where it went 3-9 overall and 2-6 in conference games. Biff Poggi is entering his second season as head coach after coming from Michigan where he was associate head coach and it was evident he brought that same culture with him. The defense saw major improvements as it had its best season since 2018 as the 49ers finished No. 61 in total defense. They did allow an unproportional amount of points but a lot of that was due to the offense turning it over 22 times, putting the defense in tough places. The defense was good enough to win but the offense struggled mightily. Charlotte was ranked No. 118 in total offense and No. 226 in scoring offense as it was held to just 17.5 ppg. With plenty of experience in the backfield and a stronger offensive line thanks to the transfer portal, it comes down to the quarterback battle between Florida transfer Max Brown and incumbent Trexler Ivey. It will be tough to surpass the 3.5 wins with nonconference games against James Madison, North Carolina and Indiana and a tough AAC slate. Temple Owls 3-9 ~ 1-7 AAC ~ 3-9-0 ATS ~ 6-6-0 O/UWhile not quite to same degree, this recent Temple run is looking similar to the 2003-2006 Temple teams when it went a combined 4-42 in its final two years in the Big East Conference and two years as an Independent. The recent Owls have gone 10-33 the last four seasons, including just four AAC wins, so while it is not as dire, the five consecutive winning seasons prior to this seem like eons ago. Blowouts were common and Temple finished with the worst scoring differential in the conference at 14.6 ppg. The good news is that they are in the third season under the systems of head coach Stan Drayton but the bad news is that they have lost most of their talented played from 2023 so it is looking like yet another rebuild. Gone is quarterback EJ Warner who transferred to fellow AAC team Rice and on the other side, the front seven was hit hard with the losses of Layton Jordan and Jordan Magee in declaring for the NFL Draft. Junior Forrest Brock is the only quarterback to have thrown passes with the Owls and those amount to only 15. There is limited experience at running back and receiver as well. Defensively, the early depth chart shows seven transfers on the first team. The schedule is not great which will make it even tougher for Drayton to keep his job. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Previews and Odds - 06/05/2024

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2024

The Wednesday sports card features MLB action. 15 games are on its schedule.The Boston Red Sox host the Atlanta Braves at 1:35 p.m. ET. Nick Pivetta gets the start for the Red Sox to pitch against Spencer Schwellenbach for the Braves. Boston is a -112 money-line favorite, with the total set at 9 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Houston Astros play at home against the St. Louis Cardinals at 2:10 p.m. ET. The Astros tap Ronel Blanco to face the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas. Houston is a -170 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Cincinnati Reds travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 3:10 p.m. ET. Graham Ashcraft takes the ball for the Reds to battle against Dakota Hudson for the Rockies. Cincinnati is a -130 money-line road favorite with a total of 11.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks are at home against the San Francisco Giants at 3:40 p.m. ET. The Diamondbacks send out Jordan Montgomery to go against the Giants’ Jordan Hicks. Arizona is a -125 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5.Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:05 p.m. ET. Philadelphia hosts Milwaukee, with Aaron Nola getting the ball for the Phillies to face Aaron Ashby for the Brewers. New York plays in Washington with the Mets turning to Luis Severino to duel against the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin. The Mets are a -142 money-line road favorite with a total of 9.5. Three MLB games start at 6:40 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh hosts Los Angeles, with Paul Skenes pitching for the Pirates to go against James Paxton for the Dodgers. The Pirates are a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh, with neither the Rays nor the Pirates having yet named their starting pitcher. The Rays are a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Cleveland plays at home against Kansas City, with Nick Sandlin getting the start for the Guardians to pitch against Brady Singer for the Royals. The Guardians are a -125 money-line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees are home against the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m. ET. Carlos Rodon gets the ball for the Yankees to battle against Chris Paddack for the Twins. New York is a -185 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Toronto Blue Jays host the Baltimore Orioles at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Blue Jays tap Jose Berrios to face the Orioles’ Albert Suarez. Toronto is a -130 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two MLB games begin at 8:05 p.m. ET. Texas plays home against Detroit, with Jose Urena taking the hill for the Rangers to go against Kenta Maeda for the Tigers. The Rangers are a -130 money-line favorite with a total of 9. The Crosstown Chicago series has the Cubs at home turning to Jameson Taillon to pitch against the White Sox’s Erick Fedde. The Cubs are a -185 money-line favorite.The San Diego Padres visit Los Angeles to play the Angels on FS1 at 9:38 p.m. ET. Dylan Cease gets the nod for the Padres to duel against Jose Soriano for the Angels. San Diego is a -148 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Seattle Mariners play in Oakland against the A’s at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Mariners send Logan Gilbert to the mound to take on the A’s Joey Estes. Seattle is a -155 money-line road favorite with a total.

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2024 NBA Draft: What to Expect

by William Burns

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2024

As some have been saying, this might be one of the worst NBA draft classes of all time. Of course, there is still talent. But, let's take a look and see how good it really is. Lottery Picks: After a bit of speculation during the season, nobody really knew who would emerge as the best NBA prospect in this year's draft. As time passed along two names have become the best of the bunch. Alexandre Sarr (Perth Wildcats, NBL - France) & Zaccharie Risacher (France) are now the two favorites to be the #1 overall selection in this year's draft. Sarr, another lengthy 7-foot-1 player, is a tremendous defender. He might not have the ability that last year's #1 selection in Victor Wembanyama has in ball handling and the confidence of his shot quite yet. But, he has the potential to be great as he's drawn comparisons to someone like Jaren Jackson Jr. Risacher, who is now expected to go #2, is also a very exciting talent from the nation of France. Standing at 6-foot-10, he's an excellent player in transition, that reminds me a bit of Harrison Barnes. Although that might not be the most flashy player in the world to compare him to, he'll fill a much needed role for a program in need of a player like this.Over the rest of the top 15 picks of this year's draft, we could see a bunch of different things happen. Will Zach Edey end up in the lottery? Who will be the first guard taken off the board (Nikola Topic? Reed Sheppard? Rob Dillingham?) We will find all of this out on June 27th, 2024. Last Notes:A player to keep an eye on in the later stages of the draft will be Bronny James. Son of NBA living legend Lebron James, he most likely wouldn't even be a part of the talk of this draft class without his dad's name. That being said, he's ready to put the work in and I expect him to get drafted near the later stages of the second round. It's pretty safe to say that this class most definitely doesn't possess the talent that we've seen in previous years. But, it's hard to call it the "worst" without having had any of them play a single game in the NBA yet. Odds to go #1:  Alexandre Sarr (-210)Zaccharie Risacher (+190)Donovan Clingan (+1200)Ron Holland (+2000)Reed Sheppard (+2200)Robert Dillingham (+3000)Matas Buzelis (+3500)Nikola Topic (+4000)Stephon Castle (+5000)Dalton Knecht (+10000)Two Draft Night "Prop Bets" to Make: Firstly, getting Zaccharie Risacher at +100 to be the #2 overall pick is an absolute steal. With the odds of being the #1 overall pick at what they are, I don't see how the French powerhouses don't go #1 and #2 overall in this year's draft. For my second prop, I've got Donovan Clingan at +425 to be the #3rd overall pick in this year's draft. Although he has the third best odds to be selected at that pick, the Rockets should look at who's going to help them win. Clingan paired up with the already dangerous Alperen Şengün would be a nightmare for opposing opponents. These odds are too good to pass up. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Previews and Odds - 06/04/2024

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2024

The Tuesday sports card features MLB action. 15 games are on its schedule.Four MLB games throw out the first pitch at 6:40 p.m. ET. Cleveland hosts Kansas City, with the Guardians tapping Triston McKenzie to pitch against the Royals’ Seth Lugo. The Guardians are a -118 money-line favorite, with the total set at 8.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Los Angeles travels to Pittsburgh with Tyler Glasnow getting the ball for the Dodgers to face Jared Jones for the Pirates. The Dodgers are a -192 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Tampa Bay plays in Miami, with the Rays sending out Ryan Pepiot to battle against the Marlins’ Jesus Luzardo. Philadelphia plays at home against Milwaukee, with Ranger Suarez taking the hill for the Phillies to go against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Brewers. The New York Mets are in Washington to play the Nationals at 6:45 p.m. ET. The Mets turn to David Peterson to take the ball to duel against the Nationals’ Trevor Williams. New York is a -115 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The New York Yankees play at home against the Minnesota Twins on TBS at 7:05 p.m. ET. Luis Gil gets the start for the Yankees to face Bailey Ober for the Twins. New York is a -170 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Baltimore Orioles visit Toronto to play the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Orioles send out Corbin Burnes to go against a Blue Jays starting pitcher yet to be determined. The Atlanta Braves play in Boston against the Red Sox at 7:10 p.m. ET. Max Fried gets the starting assignment for the Braves to pitch against Kutter Crawford for the Red Sox. Atlanta is a -170 money-line road favorite with a total of 8.  Two MLB games start at 8:05 p.m. ET. Detroit is in Texas, with the Tigers turning to Jack Flaherty to face the Rangers’ Dane Dunning. The Tigers are a -110 money-line road favorite at BetOnline with an over/under of 7.5. The Crosstown Chicago series has Shota Imanaga pitching for the home team Cubs against Chris Flexen for the White Sox. The Cubs are a -285 money-line favorite. The Houston Astros are at home against the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:10 p.m. ET. Spencer Arrighetti gets the ball for the Astros to go against Andre Pallante for the Cardinals. Houston is a -150 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Cincinnati Reds travel to Colorado to play the Rockies at 8:40 p.m. ET. The Reds send out Frankie Montas to duel against the Rockies’ Ty Blach. Cincinnati is a -135 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 10.5. The San Diego Padres play in Los Angeles against the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET. Adam Mazur gets the start for the Padres to battle against Patrick Sandoval for the Angels. San Diego is a -109 money-line road favorite at BetOnline with a total of 8.5. Two more conclude the MLB card at 9:40 p.m. ET. Seattle is in Oakland, with the Mariners turning to George Kirby to pitch against the A’s Mitch Spence. Arizona hosts San Francisco, with Blake Walston getting tapped to take the mound by the Diamondbacks to face Kyle Harrison for the Giants. Arizona is a -120 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9.

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NHL Finals Preview + Game 1 Prop Winner

by Will Rogers

Monday, Jun 03, 2024

In both the NBA and the NHL playoffs, we're down to two teams remaining. The Boston Celtics will take on Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. The Boston Bruins and the Dallas Stars had hoped to also be playing. That would have made for quite the spectacle. The Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers made sure that didn't happen. Florida took care of Boston in Eastern Conference Finals and Edmonton defeated Boston in the Western Conference Finals. Now the two will face each other for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup. The Panthers are favored in a range between -130 to -145.  Edmonton OilersThe Oilers were the best team of the 1980s but haven't won the. Cup since 1990. This year's team got off to a terrible 2-9-1 start. Interestingly, the Oilers made history by getting here. No team ever started with five points or less through its first 12 games and made it to the Final. That slow start led to a coaching change. Soon, thereafter, Edmonton became one of the best teams in hockey. In the past, the Oilers had Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl but not much else. They would generally try and outscore teams. This year's team is still led by its two stars. The Oilers are now more complete through and have learned and shown that they can win with defense. Florida PanthersThe Panthers have never won the Stanley Cup. They went to the Finals in 1996 and then again last year. The Panthers had some key injuries to their top defensemen to start the season. It didn't stop them from playing well. Once they got healthy, Florida was even better. On the topic of health, in last year's Finals loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the Panthers were dealing with numerous injuries. This year's team comes in much healthier and playing its best hockey. The Panthers are strong at both ends of the ice and they've got great goaltending. Head-Head HistoryThe Panthers took both regular season meetings, 5-3 and 5-1. Those games were both in 2023 though. The first, at Florida, came when the Oilers were only 2-7 on the road and Pickard was in goal. The Oilers also had Calvin Pickard between the pipes for the second game. Now the Panthers will face a red hot Stuart Skinner. That's a big difference. Skinner was in net for each of the 2022 meetings and the Oilers won both games.Canada Needs This There was once a time when the Stanley Cup was won regularly by the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. When I was growing up, we expected it. The Oilers had their dynasty in the 1980s. Even Calgary won a Cup back in 1988-89. No Canadian team has won it since Montreal did it in 1993 though. That's more than 30 years! Hockey has always been a source of pride in Canada. But a whole generation has grown up without the Cup. It won't be easy, as Florida is a great team. But Canada could really use this win!Game 1 Player Prop: Skinner Over 27.5 saves (-105) I touched on Skinner being a difference-maker for the Oilers. He Stars took 34 shots on him last game. He also faced 28 and 42 shots in the two games where he opposed Florida in 2022. The Panthers had 34, 37, 40 and 37 shots their last four games. They should fire more than 30 shots at Skinner in Game 1 and he should save more than 27 of them. 

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Betting the CFL: Rule Differences

by Sean Murphy

Monday, Jun 03, 2024

Football, the quintessential American sport, has a cousin north of the border that boasts its own set of rules, strategies, and fervent fan base. From the size of the field to the number of players, the CFL showcases several distinctive rules that set it apart from its American counterpart, the NFL. Here's a look at some of these unique CFL rules as Thursday's kickoff to the 2024 season approaches. Field Dimensions One of the most striking differences between the CFL and NFL is the size of the field. While NFL fields measure 120 yards in length (including the end zones) and 53.3 yards in width, CFL fields are longer and wider. A CFL field spans 150 yards in length (including the end zones) and 65 yards in width, providing more space for players to maneuver and leading to a faster-paced game. Number of Players Another notable contrast lies in the number of players on the field. In the NFL, each team fields 11 players at a time, whereas in the CFL, teams have 12 players on the field per side. The extra player opens up various strategic possibilities, affecting both offense and defense strategies. Motion in the Backfield In the CFL, offensive players, except for the quarterback, are allowed to move towards the line of scrimmage before the snap. This rule, known as "the waggle," adds an element of unpredictability to offensive plays, as receivers can build momentum before the ball is snapped, making them harder to defend against. Downs and Distance While the NFL has four downs to advance the ball 10 yards and earn a new set of downs, the CFL has only three downs to gain 10 yards. This subtle difference makes each down more crucial in the CFL, often leading to more aggressive offensive strategies and higher-scoring games. Scoring Scoring in the CFL is similar to the NFL, with touchdowns, field goals, and safeties accounting for points. However, there are a few key distinctions. In the CFL, a touchdown is worth 6 points, like in the NFL, and teams have the option to attempt a one-point conversion (kicking the ball through the uprights) or a two-point conversion (running or passing the ball into the end zone). Additionally, a rouge, or single point, is awarded to a team if a kickoff, punt, or missed field goal is not returned out of the end zone by the opposing team. This unique rule adds an intriguing dynamic to special teams play. Punting and No Yards Punting plays a significant role in CFL strategy, as teams often utilize the larger field to pin their opponents deep in their own territory. However, to prevent injury and encourage exciting returns, the CFL has a "no yards" rule, which prohibits players from the kicking team from getting too close to the returner before the ball is caught. Violating this rule results in a penalty, giving the receiving team better field position. Overtime In the CFL, overtime is a thrilling affair that differs from the NFL's sudden-death format. Each team gets a chance to possess the ball at the opponent's 35-yard line and attempt to score. If the game remains tied after each team has had a possession, the process repeats until a winner is determined.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Previews and Odds - 06/03/2024

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Jun 03, 2024

The Monday sports card features MLB action. Eight games are on its schedule.The Philadelphia Phillies host the Milwaukee Brewers at 6:40 p.m. ET. The Phillies were on a three-game winning streak before their 5-4 loss at home in ten innings to St. Louis on Sunday Night Baseball last night. The Brewers are on a five-game winning streak after their 6-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Philadelphia taps Zack Wheeler to face a White Sox starting pitcher yet to be named. The Washington Nationals play at home against the New York Mets at 6:45 p.m. ET. The Nationals ended their two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory at Cleveland on Sunday. The Mets lost their second straight yesterday in a 5-4 loss at Arizona. MacKenzie Gore gets the ball for Washington to pitch against Tylor Megill for New York. The Nationals are a -125 money-line favorite with the total set at 8 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Baltimore Orioles travel to Toronto to play the Blue Jays at 7:07 p.m. ET. The Orioles’ three-game winning streak ended with a 4-3 loss against Tampa Bay yesterday. The Blue Jays won for the fifth time in their last six games in a 5-4 victory against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Baltimore sends out Grayson Rodriguez to battle against Toronto’s Kevin Gausman. Baltimore is a -122 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8. The Detroit Tigers play in Texas against the Rangers at 8:05 p.m. ET. The Tigers ended a two-game losing streak with an 8-4 win at Boston on Sunday. The Rangers won for the fifth time in their last six games with a 6-0 victory at Miami yesterday. Tarik Skubal takes the hill for Detroit to pitch against Nathan Eovaldi for Texas. The Tigers are a -115 money-line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The Houston Astros are at home against the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Astros lost for the fifth time in their last seven games in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The Cardinals ended a two-game losing streak with their victory against the Phillies yesterday. Houston turns to Justin Verlander to duel against St. Louis’ Kyle Gibson. The Astros are a -175 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Cincinnati Reds are in Colorado to play the Rockies at 8:40 p.m. ET. The Reds won for the second time in their last three games in a 5-2 win in Chicago against the Cubs yesterday. The Rockies are on a two-game losing streak after a 4-0 loss in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday. Andrew Abbott gets the ball for Cincinnati to go against Ryan Feltner for Colorado. The Reds are a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 10.5.The San Diego Padres visit Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET. The Padres were on a two-game winning streak before their 4-3 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. The Angeles are on a five-game losing streak after their 5-1 loss at Seattle yesterday. San Diego sends out Matt Waldron to battle the Los Angeles’ Tyler Anderson. The Padres are a -135 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Francisco Giants on FS1 at 9:40 p.m. ET. The Diamondbacks are on a two-game winning streak after their win against the Mets yesterday. The Giants are on a four-game losing streak after a 7-5 loss against the New York Yankees on Sunday. Ryne Nelson gets tapped to start for Arizona to face a starting pitcher yet to be determined for San Francisco.

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2024 CFL Preview + Free Futures Pick

by Will Rogers

Sunday, Jun 02, 2024

The CFL gets underway this week. The odds to win the Grey Cup, which I've included below, suggest that it will be a 2-team race in the West. Winnipeg is the clear favorite, followed by BC. The proud prairie teams of Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatchewan have all seen better days. Toronto had previously been a significant favorite in the East but a suspension to their star quarterback Chad Kelly, the reigning offensive player of the year, has brought the Argonauts back to the rest of the pack. They're now co-favorites with the Montreal Alouettes, the defending Grey Cup Champions, in the East. Hamilton is also expected to contend. It looks like it'll be a long year for Ottawa. 2023 RecapHeavily favored, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were up 17-7 at halftime of the 2023 Grey Cup. However, the defense was picked apart in the second half by quarterback Cody Fajardo, who led the Montreal Alouettes to a 27-24 comeback victory. It was Winnipeg's second straight loss in the final after coming up short against Toronto the previous year. Week 1 MatchupsThursday: The Bombers get an immediate chance for some payback. They host the Alouettes when the season starts Thursday. Winnipeg is currently favored by six points with a total of 48Friday: In a sign of how far the Stampeders have fallen, Hamilton is a 2.5 point road favorite at Calgary. The O/U line is 46.Saturday:  Saturday's game features Saskatchewan visiting Edmonton. The Elks are favored by 3.5 points with a total of 46. Sunday: The final game of the week has a total of 47 with BC laying six points at Toronto. *Notice that all 4 totals fall in the 46-48 range. Odds To Win 2024 Grey Cup (From Draft Kings on June 2)Winnipeg Blue Bombers +200Toronto Argonauts +500Montreal Alouettes +500BC Lions +650Hamilton Tiger-Cats +800Saskatchewan Roughriders +1500Calgary Stampeders +1600Edmonton Elks +1600Ottawa Redblacks +2200My Pick To Win The Grey CupToronto +500 (Draft Kings)Winnipeg will be hungry for redemption. At +200, there's no value with the Blue Bombers though. Plus, off back-to-back Grey Cup defeats, they've shown that they can't be trusted to win when it counts. The suspension to Chad Kelly caused the odds on the Argonauts to jump. He's only gone 9 games though and the Argos are still the most talented team in the East. They defeated Winnipeg in the 2022 Grey Cup and we could very well be poised for a rematch in Vancouver in November.  

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NFL Rookie of the Year Wagers

by ASA, Inc.

Sunday, Jun 02, 2024

J.J McCarthy (+1000)The favorite to win this award, Caleb Williams (+210), has an ideal setup for a monster rookie season. DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, and Rome Odunze make up arguably the best WR core in the NFL. Yet, many forget how loaded the Vikings weapons are. Justin Jefferson still has a case for the best WR in the league and Jordan Addison evolved into an elite number two last year finishing with over 900 yards and 10 touchdowns, while enduring horrendous QB play the second half of the season. TJ Hockenson is no slouch at TE (960 yards, 5 TDs in 2023) and the addition of Aaron Jones adds even more explosion to Minnesota’s offense. The Vikings play 11 games indoors in 2024, which makes for plenty of highscoring affairs. McCarthy was extremely efficient while leading Michigan to the National Title in 2023. If he can even somewhat translate his 72% completion rate and 5.5/1 TD to INT ratio to NFL play, he will have all the help he needs to burst into the NFL spotlight. Keon Coleman (+2500)Coleman may not be the most talented WR in this rookie class, but he certainly has the most enticing situation, stepping into the void of Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis’s departers. In one of the most pass-happy offenses, 241 targets are now up for grabs for Buffalo pass catchers. Not to mention those targets are coming from one of the best QBs in the league. Coleman stands 6’3, 215, and possesses much better game speed than he showed at the combine (4.61 40 yard dash). Khalil Shakir is the only WR in the whole room that has chemistry with Allen, so it's safe to assume Coleman is walking into 100+ targets for 2024. With that volume and Coleman’s natural ability, a Garrett Wilson (2022 OROY) type season is very realistic for the Bills new number one WR. Quinyon Mitchell (+1100)Mitchell was the first DB taken in the 2024 draft and he adds much needed help to an Eagles defense that was torched through the air last year. Philly ranked 31st in pass yards allowed which was a massive swing from when they ranked 1st in pass yards allowed in 2022. Mitchell ran a 4.33 and will sit opposite from Darius Slay to try and sure up the Eagles secondary. Philadelphia still has one of the best front sevens in all of football (five 1st round draft picks), so it's shocking they were so bad last year. Mitchell could be the missing piece to the Eagles regaining their dominance. At the number two corner spot, Mitchell will have lots of opportunities to show his first round value and such a loaded defensive line in front of him should theoretically allow Mitchell to flourish. Chop Robinson (+1600)Chop is a perfect fit for the Dolphins who want to sling it all around the field on offense allowing their pass rush to get to the QB on defense. Robinson is a pass rusher yet he ran a 4.48 40 time that would allow him to sit comfortably among the likes of the defensive backs in that category. Clearly a freak athlete, the 21 year old has all the tools to be the best defensive player in the draft class. There was so much offensive talent taken early in this year's draft, that the former Penn State DE fell all the way to 22nd, which seems like an absolute steal for Miami. Will Anderson won DROY last season with 7 sacks, that number seems well within reach for Chop who will learn quickly from his veteran teammates Shaq Barrett and Bradley Chubb.

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