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New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions NFL Preseason Pick from Mark Franco: August 19th 2017

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions
NFL Preseason Pick: Lions -5 (August 19th 2017)
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A week ago Jets coach Todd Bowles said the competition for the starting quarterback job was wide open. After the first week of the preseason it appears it’s down to veteran Josh McCown and youngster Christian Hackenberg. McCown is expected to start against the Lions with Hackenberg backing him up. This team will be downright bad all season at the QB spot.

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The Lions are expected to give their starters two to three series or more against the Jets on Saturday.

Jets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Ottawa vs. Hamilton CFL Point Spread Pick from Scott Rickenbach: August 18th 2017

Ottawa vs. Hamilton
CFL Point Spread Pick: Hamilton +3.5 (August 18th 2017)
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Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Free Pick Friday CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+) vs Ottawa Redblacks @ 7:30 ET – The Tiger-Cats are still winless on the season but hosting a 1-6-1 Redblacks team provides them with some hope here. The fact is that the points could prove to be valuable here as two struggling teams square off but the home dog is there for the taking. It’s one thing to get embarrassed on the road (which has happened to Hamilton a couple times this season) but to get trounced at home like they were last week is something unexpected and unacceptable. Look for the Ti-Cats to respond in a big way against a division rival here. Ottawa is only 1-3 ATS as a favorite this season and, long-term, the Redblacks are on an 8-13 ATS run when they are a fave in a range of 3.5 to 9.5 points.

The Tiger-Cats, as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points, are a perfect 2-0 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS the last 3 seasons combined. Grab the ugly home dog in this one as Ottawa is so disappointed to be 1-6-1 after winning the Grey Cup last season while the Tiger-Cats won’t stop fighting for their first win of the season and certainly getting it against the Grey Cup Champs (no matter their record) would be a feather in their cap. Free Pick HAMILTON plus the points early Friday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach

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Saints vs. Chargers NFL Preseason Point Spread Pick from Alex Smart: August 20th 2017

New Orleans Saints vs. San Diego Chargers
NFL Preseason Point Spread Pick: Chargers -2.5 (August 20th 2017)
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New Orleans is 0-10 ATS L/10 preseason games, as the teams coaching staff just go through the motions as they treat each exhibition game like  a scrimage opportunity. The loss last week  (20-14) to lowly Cleveland  solidified their objectives as being disinterested to an extent.

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Meanwhile, the Chargers were clobbered by a 48-17 count in a loss to Seattle and after that embarrassing effort will need some redemption here, so that some semblance of competitiveness can take hold in the dressing room and field. I know its just preseason, but I expect for a red faced Chargers team to come out here with a proverbial  slight chip on their shoulders and get us the cover.

Play on the Chargers to cover 

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: August 16th 2017

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Betting Pick: Under 9.5 runs -110 odds (August 16th 2017)
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The set-up: The Kansas City Royals squandered an early three-run advantage on Tuesday but scored five runs on three HRs in the eighth inning to grab an 8-4 lead. However, the Royals allowed six runs in the bottom of the eighth in a 10-8 defeat. That snapped the team’s three-game winning streak and the Royals are now 3-4 as they look to cap an eight-game road trip with Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match of a three-game series at Oakland. The 60-59 Royals are in a virtual tie with the 59-58 Twins, a half-game back of 61-59 Angels for the AL’s second wild card spot. As for the A’s, their 53-67 record is better than only the 45-71 White Sox in the American League.

The pitching matchup: Danny Duffy (7-8 & 3.68 ERA) gets the start for KC and Paul Blackburn (3-1 & 3.02 ERA) for Oakland. Duffy allowed just one run in each of his final two starts in July but has struggled this month, surrendering 12 runs – eight earned – on 14 hits over 12 innings in losses to Seattle and the Chicago White Sox (6.00 ERA). The good news for KC here is that Duffy has yet to lose to Oakland, going 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in five starts (team is 4-1) and one relief appearance. Blackburn is a rookie making his ninth career start (A;s are 5-3 in his starts this year) and enters on a four-start unbeaten streak after he escaped with a no-decision when surrendering four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against Baltimore in a 5-4 Oakland win last Friday. Blackburn will be facing Kansas City for the first time,.

The pick: I like Duffy’s history against the A’s, as he is one of three active players with a perfect record and a sub-3.00 ERA against Oakland in at least five starts, joining with Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen (5-0 & 2.30 ERA) and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (4-0 & 2.51 ERA). Let’s also note that during a season in which the ball is flying out of parks at an alarming rate, Duffy has allowed only 10 HRs in 120 innings (He has not given up a HR in 14 of his 19 starts). As for Blackburn, the rookie has shown quite a bit of promise. Play the Under.

Who are the best football handicappers?

We have a lot of handicappers who sell picks on Handicapperspicks.com and Touthouse.com. Sometimes it can be tough to filter through everyone and make a decision on who has the best chance to make you money.

I’m an action junky, so I like to follow a few of our best football handicappers. Below I’m going to give you my top advice on who to follow in the NFL and NCAAF.

I break each sport up into specific time periods. Some handicappers prepare for the beginning of the season better than others and kill it out of the gate. Others need to see the teams perform before they get enough information on who to back.

Other handicappers, well they specialize in types of bets. Some may be good at everything, others are better at totals than point spreads or vice versa.

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NFL
Football is finally back. The NFL preseason gets underway the first week of August and Week 1 action gets underway on Thursday, September 7th with the Chiefs visiting the Patriots. Here’s a look at three pro football experts who have a history of starting out strong.
Follow: Sept. 7th – Sept. 30th

Ross Benjamin
When it comes to beating the books on the pro gridiron in the first few weeks of the season, no one has been better than Ross Benjamin. Dating back to 2010, he’s gone an amazing 83-33 (71.6%) on all premium NFL picks released. A simple $100 better would be up over $4,600 during this stretch. I wouldn’t skip any of his plays, but you definitely don’t want to miss his Top Plays during this time period, as he’s 34-12 (74%) going back to 2010. Find a premium package that runs until October and enjoy some early success in the NFL.

Rob Vinciletti
Here’s another guy who knows a thing or two about cashing winning NFL tickets right out of the gate. Rob Vinciletti has profited over $30,000 with his premium NFL picks in the month of September going all the way back to 2008. Not a big surprise given he’s the No. 1 ranked NFL handicapper on the site long-term. Vinciletti is hitting 60.5% on all premium NFL picks in September since 2008, but you might want to focus on his ATS picks. He’s 42-20 (68%) on all plays against the spread over the last 4 seasons. Get signed up with our top pro football expert.

Brandon Lee
If you are someone that likes to bet totals, you are going to want to get signed up with Brandon Lee early this season. Lee has absolutely owned the books on his over/under selections in the month of September in the NFL, going an impressive 25-8 (75.8%) for a massive return on investment. Lee isn’t just sharp on the totals, as he’s a 2x Top 10 NFL Handicapper. He’s also a great option for anyone looking to win some cash in the preseason, where he’s also got two Top 10 finishes, including a No. 1 finish in 2012. Save big and win big with a season long subscription.

NCAAF
The start of the 2017 college football season is just around the corner. Action starts this month with a handful of games on Saturday, August 26th, which is followed by a full slate of games the next week. Here’s a look at the top NCAA football experts to follow early on this season.
Follow: Aug. 26th – Sept. 30th

Jack Jones
If you are looking for someone to help you get off to a strong start and profit all season long, now would be a good time to get signed up for a long-term subscription from Jack Jones. Our #3 Ranked NCAAF handicapper all-time when it comes to long-term profits, netting over $51,000 since 2012. Jack has finished inside the Top 10 on 3 separate occassions in the last 5 years, including a #8 finish last season. A lot of his success has come early, as he’s 212-171 (55%) on all premium picks in the first two months of the season, which includes a 83-51 (62%) run on Top Plays.

Trev Rogers
Few people have had a two-year run like Trev Rogers on the college gridiron. Rogers was the No. 1 ranked CFB capper in 2012 and was runner-up the following season. Both times cashing over 60% of his wagers on the year. No surprise that Trev makes our Top 10 all-time earnings in NCAA Football. The most important thing is his track record to start a new season. Rogers is 101-66 (60.5%) on all premium college football picks he’s released in August and September dating back to 2009.

GamePlan
Here’s another college expert that knows how to help his clients build their bankrolls to start the season. GamePlan is 108-74 (59.3%) on all premium NCAAF selections over the first two months of the season dating back to 2012. This impressive 5-year run has helped his clients net close to $30,000 in profit. What are you waiting for? Get signed up with someone you can trust to win for you right away.

Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Betting Prediction from Larry Ness: August 14th 2017

Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers
MLB Betting Prediction: Texas -111 odds (August 14th 2017)
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The Tigers and Rangers were both sellers at the trade deadline but despite the teams sitting a combined 15 games under 500 (Texas is 56-60 and Detroit 53-64), an American League wild-card berth is still a possibility. That said, the Tigers, who are seven games back of the final spot with eight teams ahead of them, are surely a longer shot than the Rangers, who are a more manageable 3 1/2 games back.

The Rangers look for a fourth win in five games Monday when they continue a 10-game homestand with the first of three against the Tigers, who have lost seven of nine. Michael Fulmer (10-9, 3.59 ERA) will get the nod for Detroit and Martin Perez (6-10, 5.18 ERA) for Texas. The 2016 AL rookie of the year has spent two weeks on the disabled list with ulnar neuritis. His two most recent road outings were disasters, allowing 15 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits across 8 2/3 innings for an 11.42 ERA. Fulmer has made just one career starst against Texas, striking out nine in a four-hit shutout at Texas exactly one year ago.

Perez is off his finest performance of the season this past Wednesday, allowing one run on three hits across eight innings of a 5-1 win at the NY Mets. The outing marked the first time he has given up fewer than five hits in any of his 22 starts this season. Perez permitted two runs in six innings and did not factor in the decision May 8, 2016 against Detroit and enters 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in four appearances (three starts / teams are 1-2) versus the Tigers.

Fulmer’s last two road starts have been a nightmare but note that prior to that, he had allowed only 14 ERs over his first 56 away innings in 2017 (2.25 ERA). The Rangers are 8-14 (minus-$655) in all of Perez’s starts this season, including going 5-8 in his home starts, where he’s posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. I’ll back Fulmer and the Tigers.