By Sal Capaccio
Welcome to another edition of Sal’s Friday Six-Pack. Why? Because it’s Friday, which means you got through another week, and you deserve a six-pack. Don’t drink beer? No problem. Me, neither (well, very rarely, at least). Crack open whatever it is you drink.
In this week's Six-Pack, as always, I'll start with some fantasy football tips for the weekend. Also, college sports nicknames, hockey movies, and memorable World Series':
Six Fantasy Football Tips for NFL Week 7:
1. Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen has really emerged in their offense as of late. He's had at least 80 yards each of the last three games and over 100 yards each of the last two. He also has five catches of at least 20-yards or more on the season, and this week San Diego plays the Jaguars, who are allowing a whopping 33-points per game on defense.
2. The Dolphins have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to running backs this season, and they've been getting torched by some RBs catching balls out of the backfield. Ray Rice, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Jason Snelling combined for 22 catches, 237 yards and 2 TDs against Miami. We all know Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller are both very good receivers out of the backfield. So, if you're in a PPR league, one or both may have very nice overall numbers by the end of the afternoon.
3. Giants QB Eli Manning may have 15 interceptions this season, but considering the Giants just can't run the football, he'll continue to be asked to throw, which means he'll also put up good yardage and TD numbers. This week, New York plays the Minnesota Vikings, who've allowed over 308 yards a game through the air, 29th most in the NFL.
4. The Kansas City Chiefs may be 6-0, but their defense is 23rd in the NFL against the run and they are allowing a 2nd-most 5.08 yards per rush. Arian Foster is averaging 113.7 yards rushing over the past three weeks, and the Texans are starting Case Keenum at QB. I doubt they'll trust him enough to take the ball out of Foster's hands for most of the game.
5. In his last two games against the Eagles, Cowboys QB Tony Romo has completed 77.4% of his passes for 512 yards, 5 TDs and 0 INTs. The Eagles are 31st in the NFL against the pass, giving up over 314 yards a game. Romo should be in for some big numbers this week.
6. The Chargers defense has been poor against the pass, but good against other teams' top running backs. In fact, San Diego is allowing the third fewest fantasy points to RBs this season, which doesn't bode well for the Jags Maurice Jones-Drew, especially considering Jacksonville usually finds itself down early in games and then having to abandon the run game fairly soon.
One of my Top Six in college football finally lost last week. Stanford. So this is the first time all season I've had to make an adjustment.
My Top Six College Football Teams Right Now:
4. Ohio State
6. Florida State
By the time you read this blog next week, we'll have our World Series matchup set. I'm 40 and my World Series watching memory goes back to the early 80s. I'm also a Yankees fan, so I'll exclude them from this list.
My Favorite/Most Memorable Non-Yankees World Series':
1. Twins - Cardinals 1987
2. Mets - Red Sox 1986
3. Twins - Braves 1991
4. Cardinals - Rangers 2011
5. Marlins - Indians 1997
6. Royals - Cardinals 1985
Now is about the time of year we start to see some bigger upsets in college football. We saw one big one last week when Texas beat Oklahoma. Don't be surprised when they happen.
My Top Six College Football Games This Weekend:
1. Florida State at Clemson
2. LSU at Ole Miss
3. UCLA at Stanford
4. Washington at Arizona State
5. Auburn at Texas A&M
6. Florida at Missouri
A lot's been made about the nickname Redskins lately, including here in Western New York. How about we celebrate some of the better, more unique nicknames?
Six of My Favorite Nicknames in College Sports:
1. UC-Irvine Anteaters
2. Idaho Vandals
3. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
4. Campbell College Fighting Camels
5. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos
6. Western Illinois Leathernecks
Ed Lauter, the coach in the hockey movie Youngblood, passed away at the age of 74 this week.
My Top Six Hockey Movies of all-time (or at least that I've seen):
3. Mystery, Alaska
5. The Mighty Ducks
6. Goon (I actually haven't seen this movie yet, but everyone says it's very good, and putting it on this list is really just a reminder to myself to go watch it!)
The first college basketball poll for 2013-14 is out. The Top Ten of the USA Today Coaches Poll are Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State.
My Top Six Preseason College Basketball Teams:
4. Michigan State
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