QB – Ben Roethlisberger ($7,600)
The Steelers didn’t show up on Sunday night vs. the Patriots putting Big Ben is in a great bounce back spot. Home against Seattle, he has a lot of things in his favor. Seattle just got gashed at home by Andy Dalton for over 400 yards. The Seahawks secondary has major problems. They couldn’t cover John Ross, what makes you think there going to cover Juju. Seattle also has to make the West to East coast trip. Big Ben is notoriusly better at Heinz Field then on the road and should not garner high ownership. Be sure to stack Juju with him.
RB – Sony Michel ($6,800)
Like the Steelers on Sunday night, Michel didn’t do much. Michel got 15 carries and only stumbled for 14 yards. This week he gets the Dolphins. The Dolphins. Michel will definitely fall into the endzone at least once. If Michel did anything Sunday night his price would be $1,000 more for sure. We get nice value and of course a positive game script.
WR – Will Fuller ($6,100)
Heading into the week I wasn’t in on Fuller. But Jaguars lock down corner A.J. Bouye will not play this game. Jalen Ramsey will follow Nuk Hopkins all over the field allowing Fuller to face the Jags weaker defensive backs. Vertically, none of them can hang with Fuller. I don’t expect the Texans to have success on the ground. Fuller has massive upside at this price.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom took the hill on Sunday night looking to bounce back from his erratic performance vs the Twins in which he allowed 3 homeruns. It wasn’t any easier for last years CY Young award winner as he served up another 2 homers to the Braves’ Nick Markakis and Josh Donaldson. deGrom threw 114 pitches and only went 5 innings allowing 3 earned and striking out 9.
Julio Teheran continued his career dominance over the Mets. Coming into Sunday nights start, Teheran owned a 2.39 ERA over 154.2 innings pitched. Teheran went 6 strong allowing only one earned run.
FINAL: Braves 7 Mets 3
The Yankees lost the rubber match of a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Masahiro Tanaka has been dependable to start the year but was blown up in the 4th inning. He served up a grand slam to SS Tim Anderson and could not get an out in the 5th.
The Yankee bats scored one run in the first and third, showing some promise against the White Sox SP Carlos Rodon, but that was all they could muster up. After that, the Yanks did not cause a threat as they only tallied four hits for the game.
FINAL: White Sox 5 Yankees 2
One of these teams will win its schools first National Title. Virginia has showed great perseverance after getting knocked off by 16 seeded UMBC last year. Virginia has had some clutch shots and definitely some luck to get to this point. Tech has sailed pretty smoothly in the tournament with Gonzaga being its toughest game.
Both teams are stout on defense, Virginia ranks number one in the country in scoring defense while Tech is third. Virginia is 4th in the country in three-point field goal defense while Tech is 10th. It will be a slug fest and scoring will be hard to come by.
The individual matchup to watch has to be the potential lottery picks, De’Andre Hunter and Jarrett Culver. Culver will have to score more than 9 points in which he had vs Michigan State but that will be tough against the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in Hunter.
If Virginia wants to be crowned, they are going to have to hit their three’s. It sounds obvious but against a great defensive team driving to the tin will be hard. Virginia might be able to exploit some inside due to the sprained ankle of Tariq Owens. Owens was seen in a walking boot early Monday afternoon and has been a great rim protector. The Senior Grad transfer from St. Johns is averaging 2.6 blocks per game in the tournament.
The slow pace of both teams might be a yawner for the casual fan but there are multiple future NBA players in this game that also features two of the best Head Coaches in America. We are in for a treat that tips off at 9:20pm ET on CBS.
Virginia looked stress free when they stretched their lead to 10 vs Auburn with just 5:24 to play. However, with 4:32 left in the second half, Virginia Guard Ty Jerome would head to the bench after picking up his fourth foul. This sparked Auburn as they outscored Virginia 11-0 when Jerome went to the bench. All of the sudden Auburn was in the driver’s seat. Auburn had its biggest lead of 4 with just 14 seconds left. Virginia Guard Kyle Guy would hit a huge three to cut the lead to one with nine seconds left. After splitting a pair at the free throw line Auburn was up two when the officials seemed to have missed a double dribble call on Jerome. Auburn had fouls to give which left Virginia only 1.5 seconds to come up with a miracle.
Guy flared to the corner and rose for a three. As Guy was in the air, he was slightly bumped by Auburn’s Samir Doughty with 0.6 on the clock. This led to Guy having 3 free throw attempts with a chance to put Virginia in the National Championship for the first time in school history. Guy would nail all 3 free throws giving Virginia the controversial one-point victory. “I could lie to you and say I knew I was going to hit them, but I was terrified.” Said Guy after the game with a smile.
Texas Tech and Michigan State was a rock fight in the first half. The defenses of both teams were excellent and had plans to focus on each team’s main weapon. It was clear that Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard was not going to let Cassius Winston beat them offensively. Winston was 4-16 from the field in large part to the defense of graduate transfer Matt Mooney. Mooney was fantastic leading the Red Raiders with 22 points. Mooney’s scoring was much needed, especially when BIG 12 Player of The Year Jarrett Culver’s first field goal came with 9 minutes to go in the second half. Mooney connected on 3 consecutive long balls that gave Tech a 13-point lead. With three minutes to go, the lead was cut down to 1 but Michigan State could not capitalize. Michigan State had back to back turnovers and Culver would hit a dagger three. Tech scored the last 9 points of the game after Michigan cut it to 1. Just like Virginia, Texas Tech is playing in its first National Championship game.
The 12th seeded Oregon Ducks and No.1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers have had opposite seasons up to this point as they will meet in the Sweet 16 Thursday night in Louisville, Kentucky.
Oregon started the year ranked inside the top 15 but injuries started to derail its potential. The Ducks had a great recruiting class starting with 5 star 7’2 Center Bol Bol. Not far behind him in the recruiting ranks was another 5 star forward, Louis King, who missed the first quarter of the season rehabbing a torn meniscus that he suffered during his senior year of high school. When King was slowly returning from injury, down went Bol. Bol was ruled out for the season with a foot injury. Later during the season Sophomore Kenny Wooten broke his jaw and was out a month.
In order to reach the NCAA tournament, the Ducks needed to win the PAC12 tournament. The Ducks finished the regular season on an 8 game win streak and knocked off PAC12 regular season champion’s, Washington, in the Pac12 tournament championship game. Now riding a 10 game win streak the Ducks have flipped a switch. since the start of the win streak. When asked about what contributed to the stunning turnaround, Coach Dana Altman said “: Well, I think two things. Communication, first of all. Guys are really doing a better job there. And then we are healthy now. We’ve got everybody, and the guys have really gelled together. The nine guys that we’re playing now really feel comfortable, I think, with their roles. And, you know, they’re really playing unselfishly now on the offensive end and on the defensive end.” Kenny Wooten sure looks like he knows his role. That role his protecting the rim. Wooten had 7 blocks vs UC Irvine in the round of 32.
The 12th seeded Ducks are eager to play the 1 seeded Cavaliers. “It’s exactly what we want, to go against supposedly one of the best teams in college and go against the best. We’ve got 40 minutes, so give them everything we got.” Said Ducks Point Guard Payton Pritchard, who has plenty of NCAA tournament experience including starting for the Ducks as a freshman in their final four appearance in 2017.
In order to keep this “Cinderella” story going the Ducks will have to run Virginia’s sharpshooters off the 3 point line to have a chance. Virginia is shooting the deep ball at over 40%.