Braves-Astros World Series betting preview, NBA picks and Fantasy Waiver Wire
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Hello and welcome to the World Series! The championship between the Braves and the Astros begins tonight in Houston.
World Series Game 1 preview
The Astros are in their third World Series in five years. The Braves have not competed in the World Series this millennium. Neither team was the best team in their league during the regular season, but they are now on the biggest stage in baseball representing the American League and the National League, respectively.
The Atlanta Braves at the Houston Astros
Time: 8:09 p.m. ET, Fox
Race line: Braves +1.5 (-175) | Astros -1.5 (+145)
Moneyline: Braves (+110) | Astros (-133)
Total: Over 8.5 (+100) | Less than 8.5 (-110)
Pitchers: Charlie Morton (ATL) vs. Framber Valdez (HOU)
Jen Piacenti and Matt Ehalt go back and forth and feature their money line picks, race line bets, over / under holds and long-winded player accessories in their first betting game. Our two analysts differed in their choices – read their explanations and see which side you’re on before you place your bets.
NFL and Fantasy Football
The Saints narrowly edged the Seahawks 13-10 on the road in a slog in the rain. Chances are, New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara won or lost your game with a miracle of 33.9 PPR Monday Night with 10 catches to boot.
We are now entering Week 8 of the NFL season, which thankfully is a lighter week off. Still, mid-year waiver pickups are more important than ever, and we’ve got you covered.
Priority care: If you need some top-level tight end replacements, a receiver to replace Davante Adams, or your players aren’t playing up to par, Jen Piacenti has some advice on which players to add and how to use your FAAB to get them.
Goodbye the blues of the week: Hope your team made it through bye-mageddon (Ezekiel Elliott missed mine very much). Craig Ellenport walks you through what you’re missing in week 8 with two goodbye teams and how to make it up to you.
Davante Adams’ list to COVID-19: The status of Green Bay’s star player is uncertain for Thursday night against the undefeated Cardinals. Jen Piacenti and Michael Fabiano discuss the impact of Adams’ potential absence.
The IDP waiver adds: Matt De Lima introduces the players you need to recruit from your individual leagues of defensive players. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is coming back from injury soon and he’s a player to hide if you can.
NBA and Fantasy Basketball
There are five NBA games tonight starting with the 76ers-Knicks fight in New York City. Exactly a week into the season, the Bulls are 4-0 and have the best basketball record while the Lakers and Nets are struggling.
Presentation of NBA SO / UP bets: For the first post in a new series of bi-weekly NBA betting, I made spread, over / under, and prop choices for a pair of games tonight. Expect NBA picks as well as DFS tips every Tuesday and Thursday.
NBA Power Rankings: Our friends at IF NBA ranked league 1-30. You’ll find defending champion Milwaukee Bucks at the top of the list, but their final opponent, the Suns, along with the Nets and Lakers, are lower after an unimpressive opening week.
College basketball and football
College Football Playoff Futures: Frankie Taddeo meets the favorites to win the trophy in January, starting with the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs.
Introduction to NCAA Men’s Basketball Betting: Taddeo also prepares you for the start of the college basketball season in a few weeks with a preview of the top 10 title contenders as well as a few sleepers.
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back in your inbox on Thursday!