MLB Playoffs: Free Pick

The 2021, MLB Playoffs are in full swing, the best of the best play in October and this time of the year is what MLB bettors live for. The season is long, it’s brutal, and it can be crushing, or it can be triumphant. Betting on baseball is not about whether or not your team made the cut, it’s about laying money on the right team with an expectation of a certain result. It’s betting at its best. You must have a great offshore sportsbook in tow if you want to find the best lines and odds, make sure your bookie is offering a great baseball bonus as well.

White Sox Vs. Astros

Astros Lead Series 2-1

12.07 PM CT FS1

Lance McCullers Jr Vs. Carlos Rodon

Weather: The conditions in Chicago are expected to be a near perfect 70 degrees. Baseball is on tap in fantastic weather with McCullers (13-5, ERA-3.16,) going up against Carlos Rodon, (13-5, with a 2.37 ERA. 

For the Astros, this make-up game could certainly be a big advantage with the top of the pitching rotation coming back into play. The White Sox have elected to stick with their scheduled pitcher in Rodon. 

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McCullers was brilliant in game 1, having pitched 6 2/3, just 4-hits, and no walks. Just the opposite with Rodon, who was beat up for 5-runs on 6-hits in 3 2/3 innings, in game 1. 

Both teams will be ready, and we will see a great pitching matchup. Rodon was nails when he wasn’t injured and won 13-games for the Sox during the regular season – in spite of the DL This one comes down to mistakes and the bully. Both managers have nothing to prove, and both teams can win on any given Tuesday! We like the Sox. 

Prediction: White Sox -115, Under 8.5 

Braves Vs. Brewers

Atlanta Leads Series 2-1

3:15 CT TBS

Lauer Vs. Ynoa

The Braves are within one game of making a trip back to the NLCS for the second consecutive season. Big time pitching has been the working element for the Braves. Pederson has been nails in his pinch-hitting role and hammered a three-run shot against Houser, for the second time in as many games. Starting pitching and role players seem to rule the roost in this series. As of this writing, we do not yet have a confirmed starter for the Braves, however, it looks to be Ynoa. 

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Lauer’s last appearance was on Oct 1 where he allowed 5-runs, on 6-hits. It’s also noteworthy to add that Lauer gave up two homers in his one appearance against the Braves, also giving up 3-runs, on 4-hits, in 3-innings. 

Prediction: Braves money line, run line.  (check with your sportsbook for updated lines)

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Dodgers Vs. Giants 

Giants Lead Series 2-1

7:07 PM CT TBS

Gonsolin Vs. DeSclafani (Probable’s)

We have the probable starting pitchers, however, we don’t as of yet, know the odds for this game. As tough as the Giants look, and as tough as they have been all-season long – we are going with the dodgers on a money line bet. They get up for this one at home and miracles seem to happen as of late at the Ravine! 

Prediction: Dodgers money line
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Indianapolis is going to be in good shape with Carson Wentz

The Indianapolis Colts came into the 2021 season with a 10th ranked defense, a strong Oline, and a pretty solid RB duo in Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, those things are going to make the former Eagle QB much more comfortable at the helm. The Colts look to have been built the right way, they have the ability to run the ball, and they can keep their QB upright and not terrified from the snap.

Remember, back in 2017, Carson Wentz was an MVP candidate in Reich’s offense, Wentz’s best seasons were when Frank Reich was the OC in Philly. The 6-5 QB knows what Reich’s game looks like, and he flourished In it. To me, he should bounce back in a big way this year. If we are also being real about things, the Eagles have gotten worse since Reich left back in 2018 – and Carson’s numbers went down since Reich left. In 2017 Wentz put up 33 TD passes with a massive 7.5% TD throwing pct to just 7 picks. Since 2018 Wentz has each and every year gone steadily down in his TD pct, throwing an average of 21 TD passes, and went 17-21-1. There is simply no comparison.

I think the former 33 TD passer could also end up as a Pro Bowler and Indy can be a top 3-4 seed this season. The Colts were 11-5 with Phillip Rivers at QB, Rivers threw for 24 TDs and 4100+ YDs at 39 years old. Rivers was painfully immobile, and Wentz has age on his side, at just 28 years old, and has been shown to be able to move. They struggled in week 1 – I wouldn’t lose my mind if I am a Colts fan. The Hawks are a very good team with a lot of chemistry – it will be ok.

Wentz can lead the team better than Rivers, and Rivers was fine. The deep ball will be there far more, and Wentz brings much more mobility with a career 4.1 YPC, and his better mobility will make things easier on Jonathan Taylor. Carson isn’t Mahomes, but if you don’t think he makes the Colts better, you’re going to be stupidly shocked. This trade was a steal for Indianapolis, pushing them into even bigger contenders than the team from last season.

The Eagles have crumbled into a void due to horrible management and bad coaching. Granted, the Eagles were wrecked with injuries, and for some reason Doug Pederson never wanted to run the ball with their talented RB, Miles Sanders. Philadelphia also had a bottom 10 defense in the league, giving up 26ppg and anyone with a football in hand to throw for 400 vs them, so they were almost always playing from behind. And since, have decided that Pederson was no longer the guy for this team, after going 13-18-1 over the last 2 years.

Wentz’s fall from grace had more to do with the abominations running the Eagles franchise, Wentz had no offensive line or steady WRs for the last several seasons. Their defense previously had been in the bottom half of the NFL for 2 straight seasons, and simply look at who they drafted. JJ Arcega-Whiteside over 1300+ YD WR, DK Metcalf. Jalen Reagor over 1400 YD WR, Justin Jefferson. Nothing in those picks shows proper scouting.

The Eagles putting everything in the Hurts locker might have been a quick trigger reaction – even though he played pretty darn good in week 1 with 264 and 3 TDs, we still need to see if he can play high quality football for the whole season. They still have some Oline problems, and Hurts can’t rely on running read options every single game in the NFL. The love fest for Hurts and jumping all in was a knee jerk reaction at best. I feel Indy made out in the trade. Indy has a far better line than Philly and, although it didn’t look like it in the first week, they have a better defense as well. He will without question, be much better. The Colts will be making the playoffs, and the Eagles won’t be, and it will likely be like that for the next 4 or 5 years.

Put up or shut up time for NYG QB Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones showed signs that he has improved quarterbacking skills with 9 games of 2 TDs or more, including 5 TD passes vs division rival Washington back on 12/22/2019 in a 41-35 win. Along with throwing for 300 more passing yards on 5 occasions in his 27 games played. But, in games where Jones had an average on the ground or 7+ /carry, the Giants were a much better team winning 75% of their games. Meaning, his ability to run from the pocket has shown to be more valuable to the team than his actual ability to throw the ball thus far.

Jones has also struggled pretty badly in crunch time – as he has not been good in the 4th quarter or in close games.
He has shown a problem with playing even worse when the game is close – or the Giants need a drive, as his QBR rating in the 4th quarter plummeted to 73.4. And having thrown just 3 TD passes to 2 picks, and completing just 51% in close games, where there is less than 4 minutes and trailing in the score, he cannot be relied upon to move the ball or score the ball when they need points. A team’s QB is supposed to be the central cog of the team, the one the team looks to. And since we’re being brutally honest, the 6-5 QB has not been extremely accurate overall, with 9 games completing a miserable 59% or less. Those kinds of numbers are not going to win a whole lot of games for the G-men. When a QB is struggling to get the ball to his weapons – there typically are not good results.

He has shown to have some solid athletic ability being able to bust out of the pocket when things are collapsing around him – as has been showcased with his career 6.38 YDs /carry. And the 24 year old doesn’t take off immediately when things are falling apart – because he instinctively trusts his progression to find his guys, which is a good thing. As he doesnt panic – but he has had a problem being able to get the ball there, when he does sling it.

The division is not pretty but it certainly has a lot of movement for positive directions. The New York Giants can be a division winner, just as much as the next team. There genuinely isn’t a strong leader in the NFC East. Washington has made it clear that defense it’s going to be the biggest part of this team’s identity, as they dont have a great offensive tack or passing game. Dallas, regardless of how inconsistent they’ve been – still have a strong RB and some very dangerous WRs, and I do think, as well, that Dak Prescott is very underrated. Philly made some moves and has been rebuilding. This is the “magical 3rd year” for the former 6th overall pick – this is the year a QB has absolutely got to make or break it.

The Giants have made every possible move they could think of to try and surround him with help. 6-4 Kenny Golladay is a great deep threat receiver who can make big plays downfield, as he showed when he was in Detroit. The former Lion brings length and speed, he is coming off an injury plagued season, but with 11 TDs and 1190 YDs in 2019, he has shown he can carry the load as a WR1 when given the opportunity. Darius Slayton is also a receiver who showed the ability to be able to make plays with 50 catches and 751 yards and also chipped in with 3 TDs last year. 24 year old Saquon Barkley is a powerful and explosive RB coming back with the huge exponential ability to break off huge plays and to also be able to make plays out of the backfield with his hands, as he had 143 catches out of the backfield his first 29 games. How he will bounce back from his injury – we will see.

We need to stop pretending that “Danny Dimes” is as good as they want us to believe, he has not been worth the 6th overall draft pick from back in 2019. This is it for Daniel Jones put up or shut up – this is going to be the year we see what he can do. There are no more excuses – he has the team around him to show what he has. New York has shown they believe in him by not drafting a QB in this year’s draft.

If Daniel Jones does not show vast improvement this year with the team around him – I believe the Giants will either be drafting a QB next year – or making the move for a free agent.

Dallas Cowboys Will Win the NFC East

The Cowboys are going to be very good this year. They have loads of talent on offense and the return of Dak Prescott is only going to make them strong. I think they are going to run away with their division, and this wager offers more value than their season win total, which is at 9.5 and remember they play 17 games this year. The biggest move the Dallas Cowboys made this offseason was drafting pretty much all defense with 3 key signings: Key 2021 Draft Picks: LB Micah Parsons, CB Kelvin Joseph, DT Osa Odighizuwa. Also – Key Additions: DL Brent Urban, OT Ty Nsekhe, EDGE Tarell Basham. The Giants and Eagles will  be poor this year as the Washington defense is tough but they aren’t ready on offense yet.  The Cowboys have the strength and talent to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. And as long as their pass defense holds up, they could once again post units ranked in the Top 10 in offense and defense like they did a few years ago. The Cowboys lost five games in the 4th Q last year and with their duel threat QB back he will be the difference maker in the 2021 NFL season.  

Take the DALLAS COWBOYS +110 to WIN THE NFC EAST. 

Betting the NFL Preseason in 2021

The Hall of Fame Game is the first NFL preseason game of the year, which closes the annual Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities. On August 5th, 2021, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick-off the preseason at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The game marks the seventh appearance by each squad in the annual preseason classic which is tied for the most by any team. Both clubs own 3-3 straight-up record. The game starts at 8:00 PM ET and can be viewed on Fox.

You will hear people say “Don’t bet on NFL Preseason Football”. Big Mistake! It’s actually easier than capping the regular season. In most cases you can read ahead of time the exact game plan for each team. I feel the NFL preseason is a great opportunity to start and build a nice bankroll for the upcoming regular season. Many handicappers have the opinion that the preseason games should be left alone and not bet on. I feel just the opposite. If you do your homework–the preseason offers sharps and squares a tremendous opportunity to make a lot of money. Here are my personal keys, stats, systems, angles, reasons, and teams to consider when betting NFL Preseason football in 2021.

1) Depth

This one is obvious. Jo public gets so worked up about the starters and skill position players on certain teams during the regular season. But they’re the same in the preseason. Teams that can go two-and three-deep (sometimes four-deep) at the skill positions have a decided advantage over a club that has a few stars that will be sitting after the first or second series. A perfect example of a team like that this season, is none other than the Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen, Mitchell Trubisky, and Jake Fromm are a solid top three. They signed Davis Webb who has a big arm. Even if Josh Allen plays very little, the next three should give teams fits in August. Don’t forget, the Bills have been running Sean McDermott’s system for 4 years. The Bills went 4-0 ATS when we last saw the NFL preseason (2019). On the flip side, the Detroit Lions will break in a brand new head coach (see below), new offensive coordinator, and new defensive coordinator. Jared Goff, Tim Boyle, and David Blough will be learning a brand new offense. The Lions’ defense will be learning a new scheme as well. I think this team is heading for a rough preseason!

Quarterbacks and continuity are key. NFL preseason wagers, just like those during the regular Season, often come down to the last eight minutes of a game. So find teams that have solid depth at QB and/or has some experience or success in the league. They’ll have a tremendous advantage in the closing moments of a game against a third and/or fourth-string defense.

2) Experience

I don’t necessarily mean which team has the most grizzled veterans on it. In fact, experience can be a detriment. Most older players hate preseason games. And teams that have established players in certain positions or roles will often see those guys “mail it in” during the preseason because they know the games are “meaningless” and already have their “jobs” locked up.

However, experience is a key factor when it comes to handicapping coaches/systems. Organizations that haven’t experienced much turnaround have a significant advantage over those that are easing in a new brain trust. For example, the Seattle Seahawks have been running Pete Carroll’s system since 2010. The Seahawks are going to be much sharper than a team that is going through drastic changes. Take the Philadelphia Eagles for example. They are breaking in a brand new head coach (Nick Sirianni), new offensive coordinator (Shane Steichen), and new defensive coordinator (Johnathan Gannon). Keying on clubs that have familiarity & continuity, and finding teams that are much less comfortable with their new system is a big key when wagering on preseason games. I can’t stress this enough!



3) First-Year Head Coaches with new team (Full Season)

We have seven for the 2021-22 season in alphabetical order by team. First year head coaches can be tricky, but generally perform very well in their first August home game.They went 6-1 ATS in their first home game five years ago, 5-2 ATS four years ago, 4-1 ATS three seasons ago and 6-2 ATS in 2019. That adds up to a a bankrolling 21-6 ATS mark the last four preseasons combined! A lot of expectations are put on these guys coming in. They all want to show the Owner, General Manager, players, and fans that he is the right man for the job. Setting the tone early means playing to win in the preseason. With just three games this preseason, it’s even more important to win early.

Arthur Smith (Atlanta Falcons)

Dan Campbell (Detroit Lions)

David Culley (Houston Texans)

Urban Meyer (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Brandon Staley (LA Chargers)

Nick Sirianni (Philadelphia Eagles)

Robert Saleh (NY Jets)

4) Competition/Philosophy

If you know how head coaches were raised and what their philosophies are than you will have a big advantage this August. I will give you one HC that treats the preseason as the regular season. That would be John Harabaugh of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are 17-0 ATS over the past four preseasons. Who needs Bitcoin? His 37-12 ATS overall record in the preseason would have made you a small fortune. On the flip side, Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams clearly hates the preseason. He uses August to scout his younger guys while keeping his starters and key backups healthy. The Rams went 1-3 ATS last year. Sean McVay is 5-8 ATS in his career and it could be much worse. The odds-makers are going to inflate the Rams’ opponent lines this August. Be careful! Keep an eye on the Seattle Seahawks this August. Pete Carroll has always played to win in the preseason, evident by a 36-18 (66.6%) ATS record. Seattle went 3-1 ATS in the 2019 preseason after going 0-4 ATS in 2018. That was the first time Pete Carroll and the Seahawks never cashed at least one preseason game. I would expect Seattle to make bettors money once again this August.

5) Motivation

If you watched the NFL for any number of years you should know that not every Head Coach cares about winning in the NFL Preseason. Different HC’s have different agendas when playing in August and they all pretty much stick to their beliefs. I gave you four very good examples above that should hold true once again this upcoming preseason. Each coach handles the preseason differently. Some put a premium on the second game. For some it’s the third or even the fourth back in the day. Some coaches just mess around and tinker with their lineups during the preseason and use it to evaluate their younger guys. But here’s the key – and this is a big difference between the regular season and preseason football – most coaches are forthright about what the game plan will be. All you have to do is a little research from the local beat writers.




6) Scheduling

The NFL preseason schedule generally isn’t too taxing on the teams and players. But there are quirks. The two teams that play the Hall of Fame Game are a good bet to fade in their next game. If some key players are a bit banged up then you can expect those guys to be watching in street clothes. Keep a close eye on how players from the Cowboys and Steelers come out of the Hall of Fame game. Also, NFL teams who play on the West Coast (with little to no humidity), and than travel to play a high humidity East Coast game. It would be wise to fade those West Coast teams, especially if installed as a favorite. This has worked extremely well over the past few years with the new OTA rules in place.

Jeff’s NFL Preseason system to consider in 2021

If you are looking for a very profitable system/angle in the NFL preseason here is one to consider this year. Teams that get crushed by 28+ points in their first preseason game are a great bet in their very next game (week two). Mostly because the public overreacts and the lines get super inflated. NFL teams in this role are cashing 62% over the past decade. Choose wisely!



Jeff’s #1 NFL Preseason Team to “Play On” in 2021

Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings went 7-9 SU in 2020. Mike Zimmer is 18-8 ATS (69%) in the preseason and has always played to win August games, especially following a losing regular season. Kirk Cousins, Kellen Mond, Jake Browning, and Nate Stanley seem capable to execute a veteran system. I especially like the Vikings -3 at home against the Colts in week two (August 21st). The Colts play the Panthers on Saturday, August 15th and will have one less day to recover and prepare. The Vikings Week one game is on August 14th. I like this all the way up to 6 points!

Jeff went 16-6-1 ATS (including postseason) last year documented at The Sports Monitor of OK. Look for more articles in the coming weeks. Jeff was ranked No. 3 in the NFL two seasons ago, No. 3 in the 2017-18 NFL regular season, and No. 1 (tied) in the postseason at The Sports Monitor of OK, cashing just under 70%. Jeff has shown a profit in 8 straight football seasons, fully documented. Jeff is a 7x NFL Top 10 Handicapper. Early Bird Football season packages are now available.

Good Luck this Football Season!

Written by Jeff Hochman.

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Can the Phoenix Suns advance in the NBA Playoffs

The Phoenix Suns are in the top of the Western Conference, they have shown the swagger and toughness of a true contender for a championship. But yet there is very little regard for them, there just seems to be zero buzz about the Suns. Sports guys on the idiot box talk about who the contenders are – they will say the usual’s, Brooklyn, LA Lakers, the Sixers, and the Clippers. It’s as if Phoenix Suns are just forgotten about – despite having a 50-21 record in the West. The Suns not only are winning – but they are winning big, as proven by their point differential – which is sitting at +5.9.
Better than the Nets, Sixers and even the 41 win Blazers – all of whom are talked about far more than Phoenix.

The Suns have put together a team, and it has been a real success what they have put on the floor. Especially when they traded for Chris Paul, grabbed Jae Crowder, with guys who are very quality pieces for depth, guys that could be relied on to score and fill in for 20 minutes if needed. It is incredible to think just how good the Paul trade was for the Suns. He has gotten them 16ppg, 9 dimes, and 49% shooting from the field for them – with experience and great court leadership. His adjustment to playing alongside Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton has barely seemed like an adjustment at all. They have gelled extremely well, since signing the 15 year vet. If Booker or Ayton get caught in some foul trouble – the grizzled veteran PG has been able to right the ship. He has been a huge and very important asset for the Suns.

Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker have completed the Suns as a very real threat, Booker has been a very serious problem for defenses, with 26 /game, and Ayton has been even better than expected with his timing and career best FG%. Granted Booker has been a stud for awhile – but the 22 year old bigman has played a huge role for the Suns.
Ayton has gotten them the boards and the big body down low to contain other bigs. Ayton has been one of the better defenders for Phoenix, and Head Coach Monty Williams has trusted him to guard the paint with ease. He can also stretch a bit, defending jump shots, he has gotten them solidified on defense, and has a defensive rating of 108
Booker has been just outstanding this season, knocking down 48% of his shots from the field, 34% from behind the arc, along with 4 bounds on around 34 minutes /game. He hasn’t been dependent on the pick and roll – he has been even better.

Phoenix are high in offensive efficiency, putting up 115 /game, and are also top 7 in defense, giving up 109 /game.
Phoenix is a ton of fun to watch. The Phoenix Suns success this year has been based on a much better defensive effort and hustle. They allow the 5th worst 3pt percentage in the NBA at 35%, as they close quickly when shooters are searching for a deep bomb, and if they do get it up, they are contested.

The Suns are shooting excellently as a team, at 49% and have been getting some great spacing on the floor. Everybody moves without the ball – which is always great, and that is not even their best asset as a unit.
Head Coach Monty Williams has changed the culture of this team, the Suns have been responding to everything he has been bringing, they have been executing on both defense and offense. Phoenix was able to enjoy former stud coaches, Cotton Fitzsimmons from back in the early 90s, and the 7 seconds or less years of D’Antoni. It appears now with Williams – they may have themselves a great coach again. I fully expect the winning to continue with this Phoenix Suns team.

The Suns have to have the mindset they can beat any team in the NBA, and win the championship.

Top 5 MLB players under the age of 24

MLB has a whole bunch of young guys playing today, with a load of talent. Every season baseball brings a new cluster of young players who are more than ready to take over as future stars. The storm is coming, so get ready – these are the 5 who are poised to make huge impacts from the potential that we have seen so far in their short careers.

5. Gleyber Torres  / 23 years old / SS / New York Yankees
335 games / 65 HRs / 190 RBI / .477 slugging pct
Gleyber Torres showed his budding power skills off with great swing and a .480 slugging pct in 2018, and his 24 HRs in his rookie campaign showed he has the power to set off a pitch. His on the ball defense needs some work and he has to get faster making decisions – but his swing has been good. HIs 90 RBI in 2019 was 2nd on the team – which was behind only DJ LeMahieu – he has shown the ability to get runners home. He smashed 38 HRs and went off for a .535 slugging pct in 2019 was 2nd only behind their power-man, Aaron Judge, his potential is truly off the charts

4. Luis Robert, CF, White Sox   / 23 years old / CF / Chicago White Sox
80 games / 12 HRs / 39 RBI / 76 hits
Robert looks like he can become a velvety solid hit machine, in his 1st season he racked up 47 hits in 56 games played – it is unfortunate his 1st season was the 2020 season, there could have been so much more shown. With what he showed, I expect the special hitter to be one of the top players for many future years to come. He can be described as fire – with his eye and swing- he is someone that most opponents don’t like seeing in the box.

3. Juan Soto / 22 years old / LF / Washington Nationals
327 games / 71 HRs / 225 RBI / .553 slugging pct
Soto has some massive power, with 71 HRs in 1160 at bats in his short career, in 2020, during the shortened season, he led the league in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, not too bad as a 21 year old. He rolled up into 5th in MVP voting – as a 21 year old, I think it is very easy to say, he has a very realistic shot to land himself a couple of those in his career. Soto can be a steady 40 HR player under regular circumstances – the 225lb lefty should have a fantastic career. He is as close to a can’t miss stud as anyone imaginable.

2. Fernando Tatis Jr.  / 21 years old / SS / San Diego Padres
162 games / 46 HRs / 109 RBI / .294 batting avg
Tatis is a big physical player at SS
Tatis has a great eye and has been absolutely magnificent with early pitches – which is tough to handle for anyone on the bump. The 21 year old ran into 4th place in NL MVP voting in 2020, as he led the Padres in HR in 2020. Tatis was formidable posting a solid .277/ .366 / .571 slash line with 17 home runs, 45 RBIs and 50 runs scored in his 2nd major league season. Tatis showed better plate discipline by walking more often and striking out less

1. Ronald Acuna Jr  / 22 years old / OF / Atlanta Braves
338 games / 90 HRs / 213 RBI / 64 stolen bases
Ronald Acuna was Rookie of the Year in 2018 after having a marvelous 1st season, with 26 HR, a .293 avg, 127 hits and 16 stolen bases. He has shown off speed with the sneaky ability to grab bases and can make teams pay when playing deepened defense. He found a way to lead the league in RBI with 127 in 2019 at just 21 years old – he knows how to run the bases and when to send the ball out to get his guys home. His speed has been lethal – tallying 37 stolen bases in 2019 was 7+ ahead of dangerous bases stealers, Christian Yelich and Starling Marte. He is a guy who can do it all with lightning speed, good power and a great clutch bat.

When it comes to young exciting superstars they are all over the MLB – they all have such great promise to show up and entertain for years to come. But, these are the few guys who are on their way to truly taking over the game over the next several years.
Sit back and enjoy the show – there’s a ton to see.

TOP 5 QB’S in the 2021 NFL DRAFT

Teams all want the best QB they can get, it’s common sense, and the race to get them – everyone wants the guy who they feel is going to be able to lead them, and get the wins with. The guy who leads them and gets the teams wins. QBs make the team, let’s be honest – regardless of dual threat RBs and great WRs – the QB makes the teams be all end all, and gives confidence to a team and their entire offense. Football is the greatest team sport there is, but the team’s QB is still the heart and the leader of a team.

This year has some very interesting QB names in the QB position – we have the versatile mobile guys and we have the big well known names that make GMs smile. But who is going to be the best of the best of this year’s QB class?
VTD will tell you.
Let’s take a look at the top QBs in this year’s draft.

5.  JUSTIN FIELDS / 6-2, 230lbs, Ohio State
Justin Fields has shown awesome on field capabilities with his feet and his arm, in his excellent career at Ohio State.
He has a slick ability to keep a play alive with his legs when he is under attack, and his 15 rushing TDs certainly confirms that. He is brave – and is willing to take a big hit to complete a pass, as he has a lot of courage when standing in the pocket, he isn’t afraid to take the shot from an oncoming DE to fire a pass. He can generate bigtime plays, whether he is taking off or throwing from the pocket, and he has been a very good passer in his time at OSU with a 68% passing percentage. One problem, he has, is he tends to stay with his WR1, if he isn’t open, it’s a quick look to WR2, then he is ready to move. He needs to get more patience, especially when he needs to start looking for his WR3 and WR4, as he needs to get a bit better reading what the field is giving him. With that being said, he has a really good chance to be good – it’s going to be tricky with him. He is a very interesting, hit or miss QB this year.

4.  MAC JONES  / 6-3, 220lbs, Alabama  
Mac Jones has shown some great improvement as a QB over the last 2 years from accuracy to moving the ball downfield. Jones has a nice soft touch when hitting across the middle, as he has the skill to hit his guys over the top for short 5-6 yard passes against LBs all game long. He isn’t a huge risk taker, and doesn’t take unnecessary throws, he is cautious and plays it safe on his choices of passing plays. When being chased in the pocket, he could get a bit rattled at times – and could get in trouble if things fall apart. But generally, if he is forced to leave the pocket under pressure – he does have the ability to pick up yards. He isn’t cemented to his spot, like some may think. Jones is very self aware of downs and distance – and is the kind of QB who will chuck the ball before taking the loss or throwing a bad pick. Not unsimilar to Aaron Rodgers style. Overall, his game style should be able to transfer to the next level very well.

3. TREY LANCE / 6-4, 230lbs, North Dakota State
Trey Lance plays strength, and can take off upfield if he sees an inch to make something happen, as he is very mobile and can take off and get yards on the ground at any time. Even at his massive size, he moves with ease. Lance is excellent in the pocket – who can get the ball to his guys with accuracy, throwing from tough angles is also not overly tough for him. He can find a way to fire off passes over and around defenders, as he is a beautiful passer. If you haven’t watched him, check him out, it’s pretty nice to watch. Lance also seems to be a genuine good guy, who appreciates his opportunities, that goes a long way for his likeability factor. I think he can be a legitimate franchise QB for a team, in my opinion.

2. ZACH WILSON  / 6-3, 210lbs, BYU
Zach Wilson has a great arm, we all know that, and he knows how to command an offense, he has a great leadership ability. His senior year was awesome, with 33 TDs and 3692 passing yards, along with a whopping 73.5% passing.
Wilson is a big play waiting to happen with his big arm and tight throwing – and he does not leave his guys waiting to get the ball. He has great timing, they turn, they have the ball. The 6-3 QB is not afraid to spread the ball around – he uses all his guys, in 2020 he had 4 guys with 35 or more catches. He finds a way to give himself some room when things go sideways, but has had his struggles vs top teams, having a bit more problems with pressure. So we will see what he does when playing the best. One other issue – if he has had some injury problems, how dependable is he going to be? If he can stay healthy, he has the ability to be very good.

1. TREVOR LAWRENCE  / 6-6, 220lbs, Clemson
We are all aware of Trevor Lawrence, and the adoration for him, he is a generational QB, that comes along once in a while. At 6-6 and 220, he is the perfect prototype for today’s franchise QB, size-wise, along with awesome arm strength, and an uncanny ability to deliver absolute lasers on the field. He carries a commanding presence on the field, with an air of confidence that things are always under control when he is out there. Teams play better with that. To have a QB who you feel is always a few plays away from getting the win, changes everything. He has top notch pocket passing qualities as well as running threat abilities as well, as he ran for 766 YDs and 17 TDs over the last 2 years. When things fall apart – he can make explosive plays happen when moving outside the pocket. He can make all the throws, from simple hitches to going deep. On the easy throws, he is extremely accurate – which is key for any QB worth his weight to make. He has the highest ceiling, without question. He can become a top 5 QB in the NFL in the next 3-4 years.

This NFL draft looks to be loaded with QB talent – let’s see where they go and who lives up to the hype, and who collapses. Be sure to visit VegasTopDogs.com for your daily sports info and predictions.

Who is more valuable to their team – Dodgers Justin Turner or the Reds Nick Castellanos

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds are both playing well this season. The Dodgers are sitting in the 1st spot in the NL West  – and Cincinnati is sitting proudly in the top slot in the NL Central. Cincinnati has been a struggling team over the last handful of seasons – and the Dodgers have been a steady threat since 2015 – but this year has been different so far. Baseball is a numbers game – and every guy on the field is responsible for their own production as well as the team’s production as a unit.  Justin Turner and Nick Castellanos are both sitting as top hitters in the MLB this season so far.

In the 2021 baseball season – which of these players has been the bigger key for their teams early success?
Let’s take a look.

Justin Turner / 3B / .412 avg / 2 HR / 9 RBI / 1.183 OPS /  .447 OBP / .735 SLG
Los Angeles Dodgers

Justin Turner has been rock solid for Los Angeles since he put on cleats for them in 2014. His bat has been awesome and his power is underrated. He takes charge on the field and has been great getting well timed hits when needed. He hits when guys are in scoring position as well as anybody at .333 and can bring his guys in as shown with his 8 RBI. Turner has always been very patient on the plate – taking an average of 3.94 pitches per plate appearance – he has been on point as well with 3.91 this season.

Turner has hit over .300 in 5 seasons, and an average of 21 home runs since hitting age 30 and getting 365 or more at bats.
So he has had a career of being a good player, and has always been more than willing to send the ball deep to drive home guys – he is unselfish

The 36 year old vet has been key with getting hits – with a .293 career batting avg. He has been lights out this season with a hefty batting average – on pace for 120+ hits and 30 HRs – helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a top notch record. He gets his job done on the field.

Nick Castellanos / RF / .364 avg / 4 HR / 7 RBI / 1.248 OPS / .400 OBP / .848 SLG
Cincinnati Reds

Castellanos has been red hot this season – he has been a solid player since entering the majors – but his 2021 start is looking more in tune as a HOf’er. His career best season was back in 2019 – when he hit .289 and had 27 dingers – this season so far, he is on his pace for 30+ HRs and 120+ runs and Cincinnati are in 1st place in the NL Central.

Castellanos didn’t come to Cincinnati with much spark when he arrived in 2020 – but so far in his second season – he has shown more than the expected magic that Cincinnati was hoping for when he was picked up with his 27 HRs and hitting .289 in 2019.

Nick has shown the uncanny ability to connect with the ball – he has hung 7 games with a hit or more as of 4.10.2021 – that is something that is definitely a positive. Castellanos also doesn’t hit into double plays very frequently – he makes teams earn their outs, as he has only hit into an average of 8 double plays over the last 5 seasons, so he doesnt help defenses out.

The Reds were only 31-29 last year – this year they are playing high octane offense and have been wrecking teams. If Cincinnati can get into the playoffs again this year playing like they have been – it could be fun. Castellanos played down last year – and the Reds were not a good team – this year, he is playing top notch baseball and sharp – and the Reds are looking very good and competitive so far.

It’s a long season, but Castellanos has been excellent for Cincinnati so far. It is obviously too early to say who will be the biggest key for their team – but as of now, at the very early stage of the year – it’s hard to not say Nick Castellanos. The season will determine which team is better in the end but anyone who doesn’t see Castellanos as a highly competitive and excellent reason for the Reds success is just blind.

Nick Castellanos has a career .275 batting average – so his white hot start is more unlikely. Justin Turner has a career .293 batting average – so him ending with a .300 or higher batting avg is far more likely – as his teams have been top threats in his career – one has to think that the current game of Nick Castellanos this season so far, has to be the key. Castellanos has been clutch and highly surprising, Justin Turner has not been able to make the difference quite as much as Castellanos has. With that being said – I find it very hard to say Turner is more valuable to Los Angeles than Castellanos is to the Reds. If I had to choose between Justin Turner and Nick Castellanos right now – give me Nick Castellanos – he will get on base more and be able to make plays for my entire team.

The Miami Heat added a great weapon in Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo went off for 20pts and 5+ assists in 38% of his games played for Houston this season. Oladipo picked up a lot of scoring on his own, as he has the body to get through tight openings  – and he has also been able to get over people if they are “in his way.” He is a tough player, ringing up plays on offense –  and has carved teams up for 18ppg and almost 5apg in his 8 years in the NBA.

The Houston Rockets were a better team with him, he had brought them almost 21ppg in a handful of games. But, they are getting rid of him – Christian Wood seems to be their contingency plan – the 25 year old forward brings many signs of great promise, but he lacks experience. Houston didn’t use Oladipo enough when he played there – his production was good, the times that they did. They have to question – why did they let him go? I feel they should have kept him – they have Wood, but having that ball handling scorer as well, is so much more potent. Especially if a team can get to the playoffs. I know the Rockets are not heading to the postseason, but Oladipo would be a great knockout punch late in the season, but I think Houston wanted Wood to be the main man there. They seemed to not know how to utilize Oladipo to his best ability. Christian Wood will need more than 21ppg at some point, the Rockets are only hurting themselves in the long run, in my opinion.

The 215lb swingman is a good player and I don’t feel he was properly used by Houston – he has always produced when given a chance. He had 4 seasons averaging 17pts or more  – yet, somehow, Houston couldn’t figure out how to make him work in their offense? I love old school style players myself – I want a guy who can distribute the seed and can also do enough to get points on the board. Victor Oladipo brings that.

To be fair about everything – Wood is a good young player, but losing Oladipo is going to hurt them. They have obviously given up on this year, and are looking to next season. Oladipo will step into a great spot up for the Miami Heat – I am glad to see he’s going to have a shot at the playoffs and play with some really good players again – getting an opportunity on the court again.
He is a great complimentary weapon for the Miami Heat. Having Victor Oladipo, Bam Adebayo, and Jimmy Butler on the court is going to be an interesting end to the season and into the NBA Playoffs.