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Week 14 Rankings
2014-12-04

Hes turned them into 13 catches for 262 yards and a touchdown. Its been easily the best two-game stretch of Stills career, as hes posted his first- and fourth-best yardage totals.


Although hes known as a deep threat Stills 20.0 yards per catch as a rookie led the NFL he has a surprisingly polished and varied skill-set. Stills knows when to work back to the ball on short-to-intermediate routes, and doesnt need a lot of separation to make catches. His ball skills stand out on tape. Even though his 69-yard touchdown in Week 13 came when The Ghost Of Ike Taylor slipped, Stills is comfortable working in tight spaces. He plays bigger than his 6-foot-0, 194-pound frame in 1-on-1 situations. Hes also a smart player, avoiding unnecessary contact, and always aware of his location on the field. Stills can often be spotted extending the ball for extra yards at the end of a catch, as he did on his nine-yard score in Week 11 against the Bengals. Facing Drew Brees, Stills caught a lob at the two-yard line, but spun around seemingly on instinct, jamming the ball into the pylon for a touchdown.


Even with Cooks sidelined, Stills is a WR3 at heart. Realistically, hes still just a 6-8 target player in the Saints spread-the-wealth passing attack. But he has the upside for so much more in strong matchups, and thats what he has for Week 14 in crumbling Carolina. How bad is the Panthers secondary? They just released Antoine Cason, an 11-game starter who played 75-of-75 snaps in Carolinas second most recent game. The Panthers will be trotting out Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere at cornerback against Brees. Norman is a third-year fifth rounder whos barely graded out positively in Pro Football Focus ratings. Benwikere is a fifth-round rookie whos played 41 snaps since Week 5. Stills is going to have cushions, and hes going to exploit them.

You need a few players like Kenny Stills in the fantasy playoffs. Hes probably not someone youve owned long, and hes definitely not someone you envisioned starting over one of your early-round studs. But Stills has upside that can win weeks in matchups like the one he has with the Panthers. Starting Stills for the fantasy quarterfinals isnt getting cute its being smart.




Nate Washington expected to remain with Titans
2013-04-23

General manager Ruston Webster told reporters Tuesday that he expects Washington to be on the roster in September and dismissed ta Apuestas Breeders Cup lk of trading the 29-year-old pass-catcher, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Washington hasn't missed a game since 2005, making 60 starts for the Titans over the past four seasons. The problem is his uneven production. Washington's 46 receptions from last season don't pair well with his gaudy $4.2 million price tag for 2013.

We doubt the Titans are done fielding calls -- if there are any -- for what is, at best, a complementary wideout.

Tennessee must find new targets for Jake Locker.

Kenny Britt reportedly "looked great during workouts" this week, but he remains a headache-inducing wildcard at this stage in his career. There's a lot to like in Kendall Wright, but the Titans don't have much depth at the position, with or without Washington in the fold.


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Super Bowl odds 2013: 49ers are 3 1/2-point favorites
2013-01-31

The 49ers are, in fact, a 3 1/2-point favorite over the Baltimore Ravens, according to Sportsbook. The over/under is set at 47 1/2 Botas Moto .

The 49ers opened as 5-point favorites, but that has shrunk a little bit over the last week and a half. Unless something drastic happens, the 49ers will be the favorites heading into Sunday night's game.


Steelers are back, winning and covering the spread
2010-10-06

Parity is alive and well in the NFL. There are only three undefeated teams remaining and none of them made the playoffs last y video poker ear. The Steelers, Bears and Chiefs are all 3-0. Meanwhile, bettors at Sportsbook.com have profited nicely on Pittsburgh and KC as each team is also 3-0 against the spread (ATS).


With the Chiefs on a Week 4 bye, we’ll hold off a week before going in-depth on the team that has been the surprise of the NFL thus far. The Steelers, meanwhile, are an intriguing case because they’ve achieved success without two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Oddsmakers feared the worst when watching the Steelers’ backup passers look dubious this preseason, and even went so far as to make Pittsburgh a home underdog in the season opener against the Falcons. But a strong running game and a bone crushing defense have led the way to their impressive start.


Since Roethlisberger took over as the Steelers’ starting QB as a rookie in 2004, he’s missed 11 starts, including the first three this season. Two of those were Week 17 games when Pittsburgh was already in the playoffs and probably would’ve played Big Ben in a more pressing situation—plus, other key players were given those games off. In the other nine Roethlisberger-less games, the Steelers are now 7-2 ATS and 6-3 SU.


Thus, the trend becomes clear that oddsmakers overreact when Roethlisberger is out. This year has featured three relatively easy covers, with Pittsburgh beating the point spread by an average of 14.5. As talented as Roethlisberger is, the cliché is true: The Steelers are a running and defensive team. With 10 takeaways and 33 points allowed, Pittsburgh’s defense has been nothing short of dominant.


Perhaps the biggest reason the Pittsburgh defense has returned to dominance is the return to health of All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu. Although he started five games in 2009, Polamalu really only had an impact in four being that he left the game with a knee injury while making a tackle on Cincinnati’s first possession of Pittsburgh’s 18-12 loss on Nov. 15. The Steelers went 4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS in those four games with Polamalu; they were an un-Steelers-like 5-7 SU, 3-8-1 ATS when their star safety wasn’t on the field. With Polamalu missing three quarters of last season, Pittsburgh limped to a 5-10-1 ATS record—the Jaguars and Lions were the only other NFL teams with an ATS winning percentage under 35% in 2009.


What happens next? The Steelers are favored by a slim 1.5-point margin this Sunday at home against AFC North rival Baltimore, a team against which they were 1-0-1 ATS last season despite that fact that a) Roethlisberger sat out their first meeting, a three-point overtime road loss for the Steelers, who were getting 7.5 points in that game; and b) Polamalu missed both contests. A more general trend: NFL teams starting 3-0 SU since 2007 are 12-5 (70.6%) ATS in their fourth game. Expect the Steelers to emerge Sunday afternoon as the only NFL team with a 4-0 ATS record to start the season.


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