Articles by Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Arvydas Sabonis and Travis Frederick.

Thursday Matchup Edge

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Open: 42 O/U, LAR -2.5
Press Time: 40 O/U, LAR -3

Carlos Hyde has looked great in both of his first two games despite facing perhaps the two toughest draws in the league, the Panthers and Seahawks. Now he faces a Rams defense that surrendered 304 yards (4.8 YPC) and three touchdowns on the ground through two games. It sure seems like he ought to be able to get something going in this one.

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Future Barometer (Week 3)

In this ‘Future’ Barometer, the goal is to break down a handful of players each week who likely don’t offer fantasy utility in the meantime, but otherwise might have the prospect profile of a player who could make an impact if an opportunity presented itself. The hope is that doing so will give you a head start in your evaluations if any of these guys pop up into the mainstream later on.

But again: these are long shots. They’re probably off the radar in even the deepest of re-draft leagues for the time being.

Presented in no particular order of importance…

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Thursday Matchup Edge: CIN vs. HOU

Cincinnati (0-1) vs. Houston (0-1)

Open: O/U 38, CIN -3
Press time: O/U 38, CIN -6

Andy Dalton’s struggles were among the top stories from Week 1, as he headed into Sunday a home favorite but was shut out with a 170-yard, four-interception line on 31 attempts. The offensive line certainly didn’t help, however, giving up five sacks while allowing plenty of disruption on the other plays, too. There’s a decent amount of pedigree on this line, so perhaps its struggles can largely be explained by the strength of the Baltimore front seven. As intimidating as J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and Whitney Mercilus might be, the Texans allowed 155 yards on the ground last week and might be a tad less imposing than last year without Vince Wilfork. This game should be a fairer test for the Cincinnati line.

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Bowl Game Confidence Picks

Hey guys, pretty busy at the moment so I apologize for the brevity/lateness of this post, but here are the confidence picks I’m going with in our own RotoWire pool for the bowl game slate this year. Feel free to message me on Twitter at the RotoWire NFL Draft account (@NFLDraft_RW)if you have any questions about the picks.

Also, be sure to check out how me and our other college football writers are picking against the spreads: http://www.rotowire.com/cfootball/showArticle.htm?id=22220

Thanks for reading!

(Higher the number, more confident the pick)

38. Stanford over Maryland

37 Auburn over Wisconsin

36. Arizona State over Duke

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College Football TUE/WED MACtion Rankings

Hey guys, here are the rankings I’m going with this week for the Tuesday/Wednesday MAC slate. This week we have Buffalo vs Akron, Northern Illinois vs Toledo, Bowling Green vs Kent State, and Massachusetts vs Ball State. The first two games are Tuesday, the second pair Wednesday.

NOTE: There are a couple high-impact injury situations to monitor. One is the lower leg injury suffered by Bowling Green RB Travis Greene, the other a leg injury suffered by Toledo QB Logan Woodside. If Greene is out, it greatly heightens the value of RB Fred Coppet. If Woodside plays, you can raise Toledo WRs Corey Jones and Alonzo Russell on the list, because Woodside looks significantly better than backup Michael Julian.

Feel free to shoot over questions on Twitter to @NFLDraft_RW. Good luck this week!

QB

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College Football TUE/WED MAC Rankings

Hey guys, here are the rankings I’d go with for the Tuesday/Wednesday slate of MAC games for college football this week. Today we have Akron vs Bowling Green and Kent State vs Toledo, with tomorrow’s slate being Ohio vs Buffalo and Ball State vs Northern Illinois.

Feel free to shoot any questions on Twitter to @NFLDraft_RW if you had any questions about the slate.

 

QB

1. Drew Hare – Northern Illinois at Ball State
2. Kyle Pohl – Akron vs Bowling Green
3. Jack Milas – Ball State vs Northern Illinois

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TC Notes: Will Raiders rev up the new Carr?

-The Raiders stood by trade acquisition Matt Schaub for the entirety of the offseason, but it appears that their loyalty to Schaub is wearing thin. Schaub has performed poorly in nearly every regard, and rookie second-round pick Derek Carr’s strong performance against Seattle on Thursday gave Oakland reason to believe they have a superior alternative available. Carr completed 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns against the Seahawks, whereas Schaub went 24-of-47 for 218 yards and an interception in three appearances. Plus, Schaub is reportedly dealing with elbow tendinitis. The tendinitis gives the Raiders a perfect excuse to make the switch if they want to.

 

-Cincinnati cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Friday, paving the way for rookie second-round pick Jeremy Hill to serve as the top off-the-bench runner behind starter Giovani Bernard. The Bengals should run the ball significantly more often this year under the watch of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, and Bernard doesn’t have the build nor favorable injury history needed to comfortably project as a workhorse runner in the NFL, so Hill should see plenty of work right away.

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