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Fantasy Football Week 9: Wayniac Nation Podcast – locks, DFS plays and Starts and Sits

Week 9 of the fantasy football season is here. We are rolling and, dare I say, getting better each week.

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WAYNIAC NATION FANTASY FOOTBALL SPECTACULAR – WEEK 8 RECAP

Week 8 Recap

Welcome back to the Wayniac Nation Fantasy Football Start and Sit Spectacular. In this article we are going to take a look back at the Week 8 picks from our team.

Survivor and Spread Picks

All three writers survived with their survivor picks and we went 4-for-5 collectively against the spread for the second-straight week.

Wayniac

Survivor – Chiefs ✅

Spread – Eagles -8 ✅

Buccaneers -8.5 ❌

Fanduel Fee

Survivor – Chiefs ✅

Spread – Colts-3.5 ✅

Broncos +3.5 ✅

Dunton

Survivor – Seahawks ✅

Spread – Seahawks -3.5 ✅

Starts and Sits

STARTSQBRBWRTE
WayniacCarr – 15.7Eagles RB – 8.9Corey Davis – 22.8Gronk – 12.1
Fanduel FeeBurrow – 25.3Jonathan Taylor – 4.1Brandon Aiyuk – 19.1Jimmy Graham – 2.3
DuntonBrady – 25.9Gurley – 10.6Tyreek Hill – 26.8Jonnu Smith – 3.9
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WayniacGoff – 17.7Montgomery – 11.5Diggs – 12.2Fant – 8.2
Fanduel FeeStafford – 32.8Swift – 3.8JuJu – 10.2Hockenson – 10
DuntonJosh Allen – 14Ronald Jones – 5.6Thielen – 4.2Hunter Henry – 5.3
SITS

Both our starts and sits were pretty solid in week 8. Only a few different spots where we were off on our picks. Overall a very solid week once again for the Wayniac Nation Crew. Come see us for our week 9 picks for Survivor, Spread, DFS, and Season Long.

DII baseball: Freshmen to keep an eye on in 2019

The NCAA Division II baseball season is underway. Here is a quick look at freshmen to keep an eye on this season. This is not a ranking, but a simple list of names I have gathered that could make an impact as early as this season.

(BOLD = has already appeared in games in 2019)

Andrew Morris, RHP, Colorado Mesa

Anthony Lanier, RHP, Augustana (SD)

Brett McGee, DH/C, Southern Arkansas

Bryce Lewis, LHP, Mississippi College

Cam Nolet, LHP, USC Aiken

Cameron Hill, OF, Georgia College

Carson King, RHP, Florida Southern

Collin Camarigg, INF/RHP, Florida Southern

Daniel Irusarri, INF, Nova Southeastern

Dante Palacio, OF, Cal Poly Pomona

Duncan Pastore, INF, Nova Southeastern

Haydn McGreargy, 1B, Colorado Mesa

Isaiah Diandreth, INF, Seton Hill

John Michael Faile, C, North Greenville

Joseph Acosta, RHP, Azusa Pacific

Josh Hudgins, RHP, Georgia College

Kris Pirozzi, RHP, Millersville

Lance Logsdon, 1B, Quincy

Lonnie Morris, LHP, UCSD

Lucus Fomar, P, Mercyhurst

Luke Cantwell, OF/C, West Chester

Michael Fuhrman, INF, UCSD

Nathan Wilson, RHP, Colorado Mesa

Peyton Zabel, RHP, Augustana (SD)

Reece Davis, RHP, Bellarmine

Sam Kimel, OF, Mississippi College

Seth Miller, RHP, Augustana

College baseball: 9 burning questions for the 2019 season

(This piece originally ran on NCAA.com. You can read the full feature HERE.)

Opening weekend of the 2019 college baseball season is quickly approaching with first pitch set for the weekend of Feb. 15.

MORE: 12 opening weekend matchups to be excited for

Just how will the road to Omaha be traveled? Finding the answers to these nine questions should shed some light on what to expect from the 2019 season.

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College baseball: 5 reasons we’re excited for SEC baseball in 2019

(This piece originally ran on NCAA.com. The full feature can be read HERE.)

The college baseball preseason polls are out and there are high expectations for the top SEC baseball teams once again.

Eight SEC teams populate all three preseason polls, with 2018 NCAA tournament teams like South Carolina and Texas A&M on the outside of the top 25 looking in. There is plenty to watch this season in the SEC alone, but here are five things that we are really excited for in 2019.

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College baseball: Mississippi State’s all-time starting nine

(This piece originally ran on NCAA.com with photos from Mississippi State Athletics. You can see the full feature HERE.)

Let’s take a look at Mississippi State’s all-time starting nine in this edition of the NCAA.com series of the best possible starting lineups for some of college baseball’s most successful programs.

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College baseball: Vanderbilt’s all-time starting nine

(This article originally ran on NCAA.com with all photos courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics. You can read the full feature HERE.)

Let’s take a look at Vanderbilt’s all-time starting nine in this edition of the NCAA.com series of the best possible starting lineups for some of college baseball’s most successful programs.

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NCAA DII baseball: Here are the teams to watch in 2019

(This piece originally ran on NCAA.com. You can read the full piece HERE.)

The DII baseball season is finally here. With the first pitch of the 2019 season on Feb. 1, the road to Cary, North Carolina will officially begin.

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MLB New Year’s resolutions: One 2019 Opening Day goal for every big league team

(From MLB Daily Dish, see the full article HERE.)

A new year brings new dreams for each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball. Let’s take a look at one resolution each team should stick to for a healthy and happy new year.

Arizona DiamondbacksTrade Zach Greinke. May have to swallow some pride and eat that contract, but the Padres are on the up and the Rockies and Dodgers are not going anywhere. The Diamondbacks have to get back on track quickly, and if the cost is lower, plenty of teams would love Greinke.

Atlanta BravesGet a veteran starter. An ace would make this team frightening, but a solid presence like Sonny Gray — who has certainly had his share of ups and downs — would be grand for these young studs.

Baltimore OriolesScout some international players. They finally hired a leader in Koby Perez. The Orioles farm system is vastly improved, now it’s time to take the next step.

Boston Red SoxBattle back. The 2014 follow up to the Red Sox last title wasn’t so strong, but they did reach the ALDS in both 2008 and 2005. This team is loaded, but the window is small with a not-so-sexy farm system.

Chicago CubsFly the W. After what seemed an eternity of mediocracy, the Cubs have been one of the more consistent teams in the MLB with four-straight 90+ win seasons and that elusive World Series title. See the Red Sox: that window may be closing so may as well make one more run in a suddenly stacked division.

Chicago White SoxDon’t waste this farm system. And you can start by plugging Eloy Jimenezand his super human power into the Opening Day lineup.

Cleveland IndiansTrade Corey Kluber. His value is arguably higher than any other pitcher in baseball on the market, and let’s face it. The Indians can still win the AL Central without him while starting to get better for the future.

Colorado RockiesWin the NL West. The Rockies had one pitcher in Kyle Freeland with a sub-3.00 ERA, and another young gun in German Marquez post a 3.77 ERA. If Jon Gray can finally throw together a full season of greatness instead of small spurts, the Rockies may have their best pitching staff yet.

Detroit TigersLike you’ll see with the Royals below, it’s all about patience. The Tigers have an exciting top 15 for prospects, but they aren’t ready. With the demand for Nick Castellanos seemingly high, move him and make it an exciting top 20 prospect list.

Houston AstrosStop getting better. Come on, guys. You didn’t need Michael Brantley. Let the Athletics at least have a fighting chance.

Kansas City RoyalsBe patient. The Royals are arguably the most improved farm system in baseball and, much like the Braves, it is built on a lot of exciting young arms. It’s not going to be a fun 2019, and 2020 may not be much better, but it’s coming.

Los Angeles AngelsGet Mike Trout to the playoffs. Fifteen career plate appearances in the postseason isn’t fair to him or us. At the very least get him on some billboards on the East Coast.

Los Angeles DodgersWin a World Series (no, that is not a prediction). The only thing stopping the Dodgers from having the most dominant run over the past five years is the American League.

Miami MarlinsTrade J.T. Realmuto already. We’re all getting tired of the rumors and false leads, am I right?

Milwaukee BrewersClone Christian Yelich. Eight times. And if he can pitch, do it a ninth.

Minnesota TwinsSolve the Byron Buxton enigma. Either get it going or move on, we’re tired of waiting.

New York MetsShock the world. Well, they kind of did that with the hire of Brodie Van Wagenen, but the former agent has made some nice moves and has stood firm on holding on to his Big Three. If this team pulls off the turnaround they feel they can, plenty will be surprised.

New York YankeesSpend money. I mean really. Who are these guys?

Oakland A’s: Keep grinding. This was a fun team to root for last season. If that pitching staff comes back healthy, the Athletics could be better.

Philadelphia PhilliesAt least earn a Wild Card spot. This team has spent some money this offseason, and the likes of Andrew McCutchenJean Segura, and now David Robertson surely brought in some veteran moxie for this young squad. With the money they had to spend, the Phillies faithful are expecting some October baseball.

Pittsburgh PiratesIf the Mets don’t step up and shock the world, perhaps the young Pirates can. The outfield is exciting, the infield is fun, and the pitching is solid and likely only getting better if Mitch Keller can become the star most envision.

San Diego PadresCompete. The Padres have plenty of young, shiny pieces in place to be the 2018 Atlanta Braves. Let’s see it.

San Francisco GiantsWell, it’s an odd year, so we know there will be no magic by the bay. Maybe it is time to dangle Madison Bumgarner out there at the All Star break when the Giants are out of contention.

Seattle MarinersMake the playoffs. With all the facelifts this roster has had over the past few seasons in a “win-now” mode, wouldn’t it be great to see them make the Wild Card when they aren’t trying.

St. Louis CardinalsTake back the NL Central. This was Cardinals Country not long ago, and they’ve made some nice moves this offseason. I seem to remember them being pretty good when they had one of the best players at first base some time ago.

Tampa Bay RaysGet a new stadium. And this isn’t on these guys. What the Rays did last year was a fun story, now get them somewhere people will come actually watch.

Texas RangersDon’t be terrible. That’s quite the pitching staff, huh? When you bring in Globe Life Park’s park factors, there could be a lot of homers hit in Arlington in 2019.

Toronto Blue JaysMake Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. the Opening Day third baseman. Or DH. Or first baseman. Just get the guy on the field ASAP.

Washington NationalsWhat every Nationals fan wants. Bryce Harper or not, this team needs to win a playoff series, especially in an ever-improving NL East.

NFL playoffs: Here are the 26 Division II football players in the postseason

(From NCAA.com, please see the full article HERE.)

The 2019 NFL playoffs kick off on Saturday, Jan. 5 when the Houston Texans battle the Indianapolis Colts in the first Wild Card game of the postseason. Five former DII football players will hit the field for that game.

In fact, all eight teams playing on Wild Card weekend will feature former Division II football players. The numbers are up from last season when 22 former DII ballers were spread out across 11 teams in the NFL playoffs. One year later, 26 players from 10 different rosters* enter the postseason. Only the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints are not represented on their active rosters by any former DII football players.

MORE: An incredibly early look at the 2019 preseason top 10

Here are some interesting numbers from the 2019 NFL playoffs:

2 — Players from Grand Valley State and California (Pa) in the postseason, the only two schools with multiple players in the playoffs.

3 — DII players returning to the playoffs from last season. Ethan Westbrooks returns for the Rams while both Tyreek Hill and Ron Parker return for the Chiefs. Morgan Fox (Colorado State-Pueblo) played for the Rams last season but is currently on injured reserve.

 5 —  Former DII players on the Baltimore Ravens roster, more than any other team in the NFL playoffs. The Los Angeles Rams are right behind with four.

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9 — Defensive backs, including safeties, from DII schools in the NFL playoffs, the most from any position. Wide receivers were the second most represented with five.

11 — DII players on NFC rosters, up one from last season.

15 — DII players on AFC rosters, up three from last year.

MORE: 11 record-breaking numbers from the 2018 DII football championsip

NAME POSITION SCHOOL
Baltimore Ravens
John Brown WR Pittsburg State
Brandon Carr CB Grand Valley State
Matthew Judon LB Grand Valley State
Zach Sieler DT Ferris State
Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern
Chicago Bears
Eric Kush OG California (Pa)
Adam Shaheen TE Ashland
Dallas Cowboys
C.J. Goodwin CB California (Pa)
Jeff Heath S Saginaw Valley State
Chris Jones P Carson-Newman
Houston Texans
Tyrell Adams LB West Georgia
Vyncint Smith WR Limestone
Indianapolis Colts
Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
Kenny Moore II CB Valdosta State
Grover Stewart DT Albany State
Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill WR West Alabama
Ron Parker DB Newberry
Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler RB Western State
Jeff Richards CB Emporia State
Tyrell Williams WR Western Oregon
Los Angeles Rams
Marqui Christian S MSU Texas
Matt Longacre LB Northwest Missouri
Ethan Westbrooks DE West Texas A&M
Greg Zuerlein K Missouri Western
Philadelphia Eagles
Tre Sullivan S Shepherd
Seattle Seahawks
David Moore WR East Central

* — Active rosters per NFL.com team sites only. Practice squad, future contracts, and injured reserve players are not included.

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