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Kaepernick, Niners Underdogs vs. Chargers as NFL Preseason Concludes

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Colin Kaepernick, who has been the most talked about athlete in America after his sitdown protest during the national anthem, will be in at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers when the NFL preseason ends on Thursday.

From a talent standpoint, Week 4 is the least exciting stage of the preseason, as most teams will rest stars and take a last look at players on the bubble ahead of final cuts. The 49ers haven’t decided on a starting QB between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, and have confirmed that Kaepernick will play in their game against the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers are listed as three-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, with a total of 39 points. The 49ers are 6-4 both straight up and against the spread in their last 10 preseason games as road underdogs. Six of those games have gone under the posted total. San Diego, which will count on backup QB Kellen Clemens, is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five tuneup games at Qualcomm Stadium according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

With Tony Romo injured, the Dallas Cowboys have a dilemma over whether to risk injury with rookie QB Dak Prescott or get him more experience by playing on Thursday. The Cowboys are one-point underdogs against the Houston Texans, with a total of 39. Dallas already plans to sit out their entire offensive line. Houston has an all-time 5-3 ATS record in preseason games against the Cowboys. Dallas is 4-12 SU and 6-10 ATS in the preseason since 2013.

The Philadelphia Eagles are listed as four-point favorites against the New York Jets, with a total of 39. It appears unlikely that the Eagles will use rookie Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick, and might in fact sit every starter except LB Mychal Kendricks.

The Jets have not ruled out playing backup QB Geno Smith, a former starter who could be sought out by a team in need of a seasoned second-stringer. The Eagles are 6-1 SU and ATS since 2013 in the preseason. New York is 3-6 SU and 3-6 ATS on the road over the last five preseasons.

The New England Patriots-New York Giants matchup will mark the last time that Tom Brady can play before serving his four-game Deflategate suspension. Still, the Patriots, who are listed as 2.5-point underdogs, don’t need Brady to prove anything, and nor do the projected winners of the AFC East need to get temporary starter Jimmy Garoppolo injured.

New England is 3-7 SU and 3-5-2 ATS versus the Giants in their annual preseason meeting. Six of those games went under the posted total. The Giants have a seasoned backup QB, Ryan Nassib, and WR Victor Cruz will likely get a lot of run as he returns from the knee injury that has cost him the last two seasons.

Veteran backup Matt Schaub has had a strong preseason, and his – well, Matt Ryan’s – Atlanta Falcons are listed at 3.5-point favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars for Thursday night. The total is 40. Atlanta is on a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS run at home in the preseason. Over the last five preseasons, the Jaguars are 3-6 SU and 5-4 ATS while on the road

Falcons set to duel Packers as betting favorites on Sunday Night Football

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The Atlanta Falcons might never live down their Super Bowl LI collapse, but that was one game and Matt Ryan and cohorts are reliable when they are laying points.

The Falcons are listed as three-point favorites on the NFL Week 2 odds against the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers with a 55.5-point total in their Sunday Night Football matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Falcons are 7-0 straight-up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite, as well as 7-1 both SU and ATS in their last eight games in Week 2. The Packers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against the NFC South division.

The teams’ last three matchups, including last season’s NFC Championship Game, have had totals of 65, 65 and 80 points.

Green Bay, which is 1-0 SU and ATS, can likely count on Rodgers continuing his success (325.6 yards/game in seven career games) against Atlanta. Having WR Jordy Nelson, who was out all last season, available this time around should help Green Bay move the ball. They will have to contend with Atlanta being deep on the defensive line, particularly in the interior where it’s added DT Dontari Poe. Getting pressure up the middle is usually about the only way to disrupt Rodgers.

Two of Rodgers’ primary protectors, LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and RT Bryan Bulaga (ankle/illness) have not had a full week of practice. Their health will factor in whether the Packers extend a trend of being 9-1 SU over their last 10 games.

The main concern for Atlanta, which is 1-0 SU and 0-1 ATS, is that it bogged down in the rushing phase during its Week 1 road win against the Chicago Bears, as RG Wes Schweitzer in particular struggled. However, notwithstanding disruptive DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay doesn’t appear to be as deep in the front seven at Chicago.

When Atlanta clears space for RB Devonta Freeman and RB Tevin Coleman to get going, Ryan and the passing game is that much more dangerous.

Julio Jones and fellow WRs such as Taylor Gabriel will have a tougher matchup than they did in the NFC Championship Game in January, now that CB Davon House and CB Damarious Randall have shored up the Packers’ secondary. Ultimately, Atlanta just has too many dangerous receivers to be shut down totally.

The total has gone over in seven of the Packers’ last eight games, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in four of the Falcons’ last five games in September.

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Best Fantasy Football waiver wire pick-ups for Week 2

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Welcome to the 2nd edition of Waiver Wired for the 2017 season. The opening weekend did not produce a large number of injuries, but that will not help ease the pain of David Johnson, Allen Robinson, and Danny Woodhead owners. Kevin White owners were already in pain at having Kevin White on their team, but his injury is yet another blow. Unfortunately for Robinson and White, their seasons are already over, although there is a slight chance White makes a late-season return. Johnson’s and Woodhead’s timelines are less certain, but both likely will miss significant time. All of that added to several surprise performances creates a hectic situation on the Week 2 wire.

As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are no longer must-owns, recommended adds are available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list consists of players who are worthy of a roster spot if possible, and deep cuts are players owned in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

The Drop List
QB: Andy Dalton
RB:
Eddie Lacy, Darren McFadden
WR:
Allen Robinson, Kevin White
TE: 
C.J. Fiedorowicz

There were concerns about how Dalton would fare behind a bad offensive line, and at least through one week, those seem legitimate. With the Texans coming to town on Thursday night, Dalton is almost impossible to trust this week, and he is not good enough to stash on the bench. Even with Thomas Rawls out, Lacy only played seven snaps against the Packers. He looks done. McFadden was a surprise inactive Week 1, and it looks like Alfred Morris has earned the backup job behind Ezekiel Elliott. There are not any receivers owned in enough leagues I feel comfortable calling a drop, so I will take the cop out with the injured guys. After suffering a concussion Week 1, Fiedorowicz is unlikely to play on a short week, and he is not good enough to stash.

Quarterbacks
1. Alex Smith
2. Sam Bradford
3. Tyrod Taylor

Running Backs
1. Tarik Cohen
2. Buck Allen
3. Chris Carson
4. James White
5. Kerwynn Williams
6. Alvin Kamara
7. Chris Johnson
8. Darren Sproles
9. Andre Ellington

Wide Receivers
1. Corey Davis
2. Kenny Golladay
3. Cooper Kupp
4. Nelson Agholor
5. Danny Amendola
6. Paul Richardson
7. Marqise Lee
8. Zay Jones
9. Kendall Wright
10. Markus Wheaton
11. Allen Hurns

Tight Ends
1. Cameron Brate
2. Jared Cook
3. Charles Clay
4. Julius Thomas

Defense/Special Teams
1. Ravens
2. Bengals
3. Raiders
Looking Ahead: Packers

Kickers
1. Giorgio Tavecchio
2. Cairo Santos
3. Phil Dawson
Looking Ahead: Graham Gano