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, worst calls in football, MLB free agents, NFL Power Rankings, and Christmas songs!
Six Fantasy Football Tips for NFL Week 10:
1. Last week, the Raiders defense allowed seven touchdown passes to Eagles QB Nick Foles. They also allow the fourth most fantasy points to QBs overall. This week, Eli Manning gets to go against them. And although Eli isn't having a good season, the Giants are (incredibly) only two games back in the loss column in the NFC East and are coming off a bye. That means they've had an extra week to try and fix some of their issues and will still be fighting to (again, incredibly) win the division.
2. You should already be starting Reggie Bush if you have him on your team. He's having a monster season as it is. No reason to sit him. But especially this week if there's any thoughts of that at all. The Lions face the Bears, who gave up 199 yards on the ground last week to the Packers, are 29th overall against the run, and the last time these two teams met (in week four), Bush had 173 total yards from scrimmage and a TD.
3 and 4. Philip Rivers is having a great fantasy season. His INT/TD ratio is 17/7, he's had four 300-yard games and THREE 400-yard games already. This week the Chargers play the Broncos, who of course should score a lot of points themselves and force San Diego to keep up (lots of throws and yards for Philip), but also, the Denver defense is 25th in the NFL is points allowed per game, 24th in passing yards allowed, and 24th in total TD passes allowed. Expect a shootout in San Diego and big numbers for Rivers…..and Peyton Manning. The Chargers have the 28th ranked pass defense.
5. Eddie Lacy is having a Rookie-of-the-Year type season in Green Bay. But now with Aaron Rodgers out, the Packers will probably rely even more on their run game with both Lacy and Niagara Falls and UB product James Starks. In his last two games, Starks is averaging 8.14 and 6.67 yards per carry, respectively, and has scored a rushing TD in each.
6. Bengals WR AJ Green's last four games (in yards): 103, 155, 115, 108. This week Cincy plays the Ravens, who've allowed at least 240 yards passing in three of their past four games.
After Thursday night's loss by Oregon to Stanford,
My Top Six College Football Teams Right Now:
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
I'm hearing Christmas music already.
Six Christmas Songs I love to Hear:
1. Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me - Elvis
2. Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
3. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
4. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
5. All I Want for Christmas - Mariah Carey
6. Deck the Halls - Manheim Steamroller
My Top Six College Football Games This Weekend:
1. LSU at Alabama
2. UCLA at Arizona
3. BYU at Wisconsin
4. Virginia Tech at Miami
5. Mississippi State at Texas A&M
6. Auburn at Tennessee
BONUS: Tuesday night: Ball State at Northern Illinois
The safety call in the UB/Ohio game was one of the worst I've ever seen in football.
Six of the Worst Football Calls I've Ever Seen:
1. Colorado gets 5th down to beat Missouri in 1990….and goes on to win national title
2. "Just Give it to 'em," followed by pass interference on Henry Jones on Hail Mary, Bills at Patriots, 1998
3. Inadvertent whistle by Ed Hochuli after Jay Cutler fumble vs. Chargers in 2008
4. Jerry Rice fumbles, but ruled incomplete, in 1998 playoff game vs. Packers on final drive. 49ers go on to score and win game.
5. Vinny Testaverde ruled to score a TD. Ball clearly doesn't cross goal line vs. Seahawks in 1998.
6. The ending to this year's Wisconsin/Arizona State game. Ref allows defender to lay on ball.
The Hot Stove League is about to get cooking
My Top Six MLB Free Agents This Offseason:
1. Robinson Cano (2B)
2. Brian McCann C
3. Shin-Soo Choo (OF)
4. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF)
5. Masahiro Tanaka (P, Japan)
6. Carlos Beltran (OF)
Every NFL team has now played at least eight games.
My Top Six NFL Teams As Of Right Now:
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