The Professor does not study college tape, so these bets are more about gathering the market consensus on players from various draft analysts and comparing that to the odds at the sportsbooks, as opposed to using my personal evaluations to make projections. With that framework in place, let's look at some of the key draft positions, and the selections that could create a betting edge. For details on The Professor's draft needs for each team, check out his AFC and NFC breakdowns.
We're not even at the draft yet, but free agency has already set the table for the 2022 season. Sure, there's pieces left to fall into place, but we already know where this is going. Like being 5 minutes into a Fast and Furious movie.
The latest NFL shakeup on the AFC side came when Miami traded receiver DeVante Parker to New England after acquiring a surplus of receivers this offseason, a reminder that there could be more moves to come before the NFL draft, but with the free agency market down to older veterans who could wait until after the NFL Draft to sign with a team, rosters are about as set as they will get before the league's annual selection ceremony.
The latest NFL shakeup on the NFC side came when Tampa Bay announced that head coach Bruce Arians will move into a front-office role and that defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will step into the top job, a reminder that there could be more moves to come before the NFL draft, but with the free agency market down to older veterans who could wait until after the NFL Draft to sign with a team, rosters are about as set as they will get before the league's annual selection ceremony.
Never a dull moment in the NFL. Except when the Jets play. This week the excitement is about a new tweak to the overtime rules that means both teams will get the ball at least once. But just in the playoffs, let's not get crazy. The owners love change almost as much as you love Daylight Savings Time.
Things got a little awkward when the Falcons jumped into the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, huh? They didn't get him (because the Browns panicked and offered him a trillion dollars in gemstones and Dogecoin), but you can't go back to your wife after trying to run away with a hot cheerleader, who then ditches you at the airport.
The Green Bay Packers aptly stole the day on St. Patrick's Day, shipping star receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, who promptly signed Adams to a contract that makes him the NFL's highest-paid player as the first week of free agency draws to a close.
The NFL is a wild, wild world! We got a taste, a preamble if you would, of the action to come last week with Aaron Rodgers returning to Green Bay, Russell Wilson heading to Denver, and Indianapolis dealing Carson Wentz to Washington. With the legal tampering officially underway, fantasy implications abound around the league. Let's dive in!
Of course Tom Brady came back. I told you he was going to a few weeks ago, but you thought I'd just gotten into the model airplane glue again.
Deshaun Watson has been in limbo for most of the past year, but the latest development in his off-field saga appears to clear the way for the Texans to trade the former face of their franchise. Of course, it is the 2022 NFL offseason, so the Watson news was not the biggest development of the weekend, as Tom Brady announced on Sunday that he will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady's return dramatically shifts the landscape of the NFC South and the NFL as a whole; he may be approaching 45 on paper, but the David Sinclairs of the world will tell you that aging in reverse is a very real possibility, and Brady hasn't shown an on-field decline, so it seems reasonable to expect more brilliance in 2022. This article looks at the NFL landscape with Brady back, as well as Watson's trade prospects. Division odds are from DraftKings and FanDuel.
Iowa State has been a great story this season. The Cyclones have had a strong turnaround year and sneaked into the tournament. Both LSU and Iowa State are two of the better defensive teams in the country. LSU is on a different tier athletically. The Tigers need to avoid terrible turnovers. I expect LSU to pull away late.
People around the league were aware of Skyy Moore, but I don't believe many believed he had the arsenal that he had on display in Indianapolis. Moore ran a 4.41 40 yard dash with a 34.5-inch vertical leap. Moore displayed explosiveness and was smooth as silk throughout the drills. Skyy Moore was thought to be a day two prospect that now finds himself firmly in the 2nd round conversation.
There is no other way to say it, but Kyren Williams bombed the Scouting Combine. Running a 4.65 40 yard dash and jumping just 116 inches on the broad jump is an unmitigated disaster. Kyren Williams was viewed as one of the best pass-catching backs entering the draft, but after this performance at the combine, it is fair to wonder how late he will be drafted.
The Aaron Rodgers melodrama played out once again. The yearly 'will he, won't he' spectacle played out with Rodgers teasing the possibility of retirement or requesting a trade to another team. Ultimately, the future Hall of Famer decided to return to the only team he's ever known and run it back. Aaron Rodgers will be a QB1 for fantasy football and is a rock-solid middle-round option.
TPC Sawgrass may not always give the kind of scoring that has become so popular with viewers in recent weeks, but it does one thing better than the rest: it asks questions. As a result, the market is wide open, with three players contending for the top spot, including the defending champion. Nobody has ever won the championship two years in a row; however, it is a rare occurrence that won't last forever.
Since the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the question of whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers was done in Green Bay loomed over the franchise. For the past two seasons, fans of NFL teams with inadequate quarterback play could pin their hopes on the Packers eventually trading Rodgers, a move that would have boosted nearly any NFL team into Super Bowl contention.
This week, golf's best players compete for the PGA Tour's most coveted prize. The PLAYERS Championship will be held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida, in 2022. As always, here's an early look at the 2022 PLAYERS Championship and a preview. TPC Sawgrass will host 48 of the world's top 50 golfers. However, there are a few conspicuous absences. Bryson DeChambeau is the most well-known of them. Bryson's wrist and hip problems from earlier this season are still bothering him.
But then Russell Wilson got traded to the Broncos (zoinks!), and the Packers gave Aaron Rodgers $200 million to stay in Green Bay. It actually helps their cap situation this year, but by year 4 of the deal it'll be Rodgers and a team of muppet wide receivers led by "Stone Hands" Sweetums.
The Players Championship, also known as just the Players, is regarded as the fifth major by many golfers and fans because of its status and difficulty. The Tournament Players Championship was first held in 1974 at the Atlanta Country Club. In 1976, the tournament relocated to Florida, eventually settling at the TPC Sawgrass in 1982.
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