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Fantasy Football: May the force be with Week 15 decisions


Fantasy Football: May the force be with Week 15 decisions

Some Week 15 fantasy football thoughts for the remaining games with a Star Wars theme because a Jedi strongly suggested we do just this. For those thinking daily fantasy, check out the above video which includes specific thoughts on Brandon Bolden, Tyler Lockett, Julio Jones, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Floyd.

"The force is strong with this one"

* DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green are dealing with quarterback changes in Houston and Cincinnati respectively, but both remain WR1 plays this week in tasty matchups. Heck, Hopkins hasn't had a viable QB all season and yet rank fifth in receiver points in PPR formats. T.J. Yates will start for the Texans. He's thrown three touchdowns all season. All went to Hopkins. In fact, Yates offers as much upside as possible among the bottom 10 QBs.

* Green just needs the ball in his hands and his legs will take care of the rest. With tight end Tyler Eifert (concussion) out, that shouldn't be a problem. Running back Jeremy Hill could benefit the most with McCarron's presence and a matchup against a 49ers defense allowing the most points to fantasy running backs.

MORE FANTASY FOOTBALL: Fantasy Football: Week 15 rankings

* No sophomore slump, but a sophomore surge for Jacksonville's Blake Bortles. He scored at least 22 fantasy points in three straight games and at least two touchdown passes in eight off his last nine games. The matchup with Atlanta isn't stellar on paper; the Falcons allow the seventh fewest points to fantasy QBs this season. However, Atlanta has allowed 21.5 points per game over the last two weeks.

* Players I like more than normal this week: Jeremy Maclin, Michael Floyd, Tyler Lockett, Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Zach Miller, Alex Smith, Eric Ebron, Denard Robinson, Brandon Bolden, Matt Jones

"These aren't the droids you're looking for"

* No Jonathan Stewart means a three-headed RB scenario for Carolina against the New York Giants. Cameron Artis-Payne might get the most rushes and Fozzy Whittaker likely receives the most work on passing downs. Yet burly Mike Tolbert is the best bet if desperate because he'll likely receive the goal line look along with 8-10 touches.

* No Thomas Rawls or Marshawn Lynch means complete uncertainty when projecting running back workload in Seattle. Bryce Brown appears the likely lead back option. He's talented enough to take advantage of a great opportunity in what should be a decisive Seahawks win against the Browns. He's also limited in enough areas to bounce around the league. Christine Michael is back in Seattle, but seeing as he was never able to carve out much of a role during his previous stint, don't get excited about this reunion. Ultimately, this should be another Russell Wilson game

*Players I like less than normal this week: Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill, Isaiah Crowell, DeMarco Murray, Javorius Allen, Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton, Jason Witten

"Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Many owners dealt with weak tight end play this season unless the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen or Delanie Walker are on their team. Those constantly looking for help just might find some from the mid-tier group this week.

Philadelphia's Zach Ertz is more interesting of late and now faces an Arizona defense that has allowed at least nine receptions and 138 yards to tight ends in two of the last three weeks.

Giants' Will Tye has at least a touchdown or 55 yards in four straight games. If Panthers cornerback Josh Norman follows Odell Beckham Jr. around, Eli Manning will seek help elsewhere.

Jacksonville has surrendered two touchdowns to tight ends in three of the last five games. That sounds like a great scenario for Atlanta's Jacob Tamme, though trusting the Falcons' offense isn't easy these days. Gut feeling says Matt Ryan and company put up some points in what should be a high-scoring game. 

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.