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2019 NFL Win Totals & Futures

2019 NFL Win Totals & Futures

April 17, 2019

The boys are back! Matthew Freedman, Sean Koerner and Chris Raybon reunite to discuss NFL win totals and futures bets for the coming season. Our experts pull back the curtain on their projection methodology, each provides his top five win totals to bet for 2019, and they even throw in their favorite Super Bowl picks. Are the Cardinals poised for a modest comeback? Did the Texans get hosed with their difficult schedule? And – most importantly – are the Browns a Team of Destiny bound for Super Bowl greatness?

The Green Dot City Action NFL Franchise

The Green Dot City Action NFL Franchise

April 12, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz discuss NFL free agency with a curiously intriguing format. Freedman serves as the architect an owner of a fictional 33rd NFL team composed solely of players not currently on an NFL roster. That team – named the Green Dot City Action – features all kinds of interesting characters, including Terrell Owens and Johnny Manziel as players and Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo and Steve Spurrier on the coaching staff. The guys also recap recent free agency moves and discuss some NFL Draft props.

The AAF is Dead, Long Live the AAF

The AAF is Dead, Long Live the AAF

April 3, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz pour one out for the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. They reminisce over the league’s highs and lows – the rise and fall of Aaron Murray, the reintroduction of Johnny Football to American television sets, world-record dog frisbee tosses and more. They also discuss what the league got right and which players deserve a second chance in the NFL.

Why did the AAF Fail? (4:15)

What Happens with Futures Bets? (6:01)

Orlando Apollos = League Champs? (8:07)

AAF Players that Deserve an NFL Shot (11:11)

Favorite Moments from the Season (20:39)

What the NFL can learn from the AAF (23:53)

Pivoting to the NFL Draft (26:14)

AAF Week 8 Breakdown

AAF Week 8 Breakdown

March 28, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz return to break down AAF matchups for Week 8. Orlando and Birmingham stand out as big favorites to back this week, Ian highlights Greg Ward Jr. as a great value play in DFS, and Freedman climbs back aboard the Sank Tank. The guys also debate whether or not Trent Richardson deserves a second chance in the NFL, and oh yeah – Freedman also tells a horse erection story.

Playoff Picture (3:52)

Orlando Apollos at Memphis Express (6:07)

San Diego Fleet at Salt Lake Stallions (13:30)

Atlanta Legends at Birmingham Iron (23:40)

San Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hotshots (33:02)

DFS Strategy (41:31)

Rob Gronkowski’s Retirement

Rob Gronkowski’s Retirement

March 27, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz react to Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, reflect on his career, and look forward to the effect his absence may have on the 2019 football season. They debate whether or not Gronk is the GOAT tight end and discuss New England’s options to replace the All-Timer. They also muse on Gronk’s potential next move: Will he turn to acting? Male stripping? And could he return to football as early as this season?

Gronk’s Place Among All-Time Tight Ends (2:22)

What Does This Mean for New England? (10:40)

2019 Fantasy Tight Ends (15:28)

Patriots 2019 NFL Draft (20:25)

Gronk’s Next Move (25:15)

Dynasty Fantasy Strategy? (26:34)

AAF Breakdown and the Return of Johnny Football

AAF Breakdown and the Return of Johnny Football

March 22, 2019

This week in the Alliance, host Matthew Freedman welcomes Ian Hartitz as they celebrate the arrival of Johnny Football to the friendly confines of the AAF!

Together the duo discusses Manziel's effect from a fantasy and spread perspective, as well as inside DFS strategy and value they see in this week's slate. 

NFL Free Agency Recap

NFL Free Agency Recap

March 20, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz review NFL free agency, analyzing every key trade and acquisition from on-field and fantasy perspectives. They start off with Odell Beckham’s trade to the Browns, and Freedman ends up throwing around Baker Mayfield MVP consideration. They also tackle a litany of other intriguing questions, including: Will Le’Veon Bell be undervalued in 2019 redrafts? Could the 49ers cut Jerick McKinnon? Will Tyrell Williams steal targets from AB in Oakland? And how should we project Mark Ingram in Baltimore?

OBJ to the Browns (2:32)

Le’Veon Bell as a Jet (7:42)

DeSean Jackson Returns Home to Philly (16:29)

Other Key Signings (29:02)

AAF Week 6 Breakdown

AAF Week 6 Breakdown

March 15, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz return to break down AAF matchups for Week 6. Now at the halfway point in the season, our experts take a look back at preseason win-totals and title odds to re-examine each team’s first-half. As always, they also take a deep dive on each matchup – this week with particular interest in Memphis-Salt Lake and Birmingham-San Diego. The guys close the show by talking DFS strategy, including minimum-priced players to target and price-hike players to potentially fade.

Midseason Review (1:52)

Memphis Express at Salt Lake Stallions (18:33)

Arizona Hotshots at Orlando Apollos (23:20)

San Antonio Commanders at Atlanta Legends (32:00)

Birmingham Iron at San Diego Fleet (37:34)

DFS Strategy (43:31)

Free Agency News, Rumors & Analysis (aka The Antonio Brown Podcast)

Free Agency News, Rumors & Analysis (aka The Antonio Brown Podcast)

March 11, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz break down looming NFL Free Agency, focusing heavily on Antonio Brown’s trade to the Oakland Raiders. They break down what the deal means for AB’s fantasy stock and speculate on what his absence may mean for remaining pieces of the Steelers offense. Our experts break down top free agents for each skill position group, including speculation on Nick Foles to the Jags, Le’Veon Bell to the Jets, and more.

Antonio Brown to the Raiders (1:56)

Fallout for Steelers Players (8:16)

Free Agents Who Have Already Signed (11:41)

Best Available Free Agents (15:11)

Le’Veon Bell & Other FA Running Backs (21:16)

Wide Receivers (31:42)

Tight Ends (40:14)

AAF Week 5 Breakdown with guest Cynthia Frelund

AAF Week 5 Breakdown with guest Cynthia Frelund

March 8, 2019

Matthew Freedman and Ian Hartitz are joined by special guest Cynthia Frelund, Analytics Expert at the NFL Network, to discuss AAF Week 5. Cynthia leverages her data science to offer insight on team power rankings and the AAF’s best offensive and defensive units. Our experts speculate about a changing of the guard between Birmingham running backs Trent Richardson and Brandon Ross. Cynthia also hammers home her love for Sherman Badie, and everyone mixes in some NFL talk by discussing Antonio Brown’s potential landing spots if the Steelers indeed trade their All-Pro receiver.

Top Team Units (5:20)

Potential NFL Talent on AAF Rosters (12:25)

Orlando Apollos at Birmingham Iron (15:05)

Salt Lake Stallions at San Diego Fleet (24:22)

Memphis Express at Atlanta Legends (32:06)

San Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hot Shots (41:41)

DFS Strategy (48:03)