Before having a look at the UFC 256 betting picks we must know that it isn't often that the same fighter headlines successive UFC cards but that's the case at UFC 256. Deiveson Figueiredo, the UFC world flyweight champion, is the overwhelming -325 favorite in the UFC 256 odds against challenger Brandon Moreno in the main event of the Dec. 12 fight card from the UFC Apex. Figueiredo easily handled Alex Perez in his first title defense at UFC 255 on Nov. 21.
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NFL Weekend Picks: Week 15
Great Pick: Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Odds: Arizona -3.5
Recently flexed to the Sunday night spot, the Cardinals and Eagles do battle at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia. The Cardinals are one of the best teams in the NFL this season and with a victory on Sunday they will lock up their first division title since 2009. The Eagles are currently in the middle of a tight NFC East race with three teams currently tied for the top spot. The Eagles though are not nearly as deep or talented as the Cardinals. The Eagles have beaten a few quality opponents this season including the New England Patriots, but are one of the NFL’s most inconsistent teams. Over the past 4 games the Eagles defense has allowed 34.5 points per game and Cardinal rank second in points scored per game and first in total offensive yards.
Good Pick: Atlanta Falcons vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Odds: Jacksonville -3
After dropping a 50 point burger on the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars offense is starting to click on all levels. Averaging over 38 points per game over their last three, the Jags have a young but very talented offense and with how bad the Colts and Houston Texans played on the weekend, they have a legitimate shot at winning the division if they can win out. The Falcons continue to slide right out of the playoffs. After starting the season 6-1, the Falcons have lost 6 straight games and their offense has failed miserably over that stretch of games, leading the NFL in turnovers since week 8 and averaging only 14.3 points per game – after averaging 31.3 over their first seven games.
Game to Avoid: Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers
Odds: San Diego +2
Two teams knocked out of playoff contention meet up in San Diego, for what may be San Diego’s last home game, as they may relocate to Los Angeles over the offseason. The Chargers have been lambasted with injuries this season, resulting in their worst season since 2003, even if they win the remainder of their games. Outside of quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers have been all around a disappointment in 2015. Similar things can be said about the Dolphins, whose busy and expensive offseason has translated into a terrible season in 2015. With nothing on the line for both teams and San Diego’s terrible home field advantage, this game can realistically go any direction and should be avoided by bettors - but fans should watch to see the potential end of an era.
Fantasy Players of the Week:
Quarterback: Russell Wilson vs. Cleveland Browns – The hottest quarterback in the league the past months has been Russell Wilson, with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last 4 games. Wilson faces a Browns defense that has allowed over 30 points in 6 of their last 10 games. Wilson always has the added benefit of picking up extra yards with him legs – ranking second in QB rushing yardage with 456 or about 35 per game.
Running Back: James White vs. Tennessee Titans – With the New England Patriots losing LeGarrette Blount for the season, James White is primed to get plenty of extra touches in the running game. Already showing he is a very capable receiving back, White now has a chance to show off his skills in the run game. White only had one rush last week, but it resulted in a touchdown. New England can be tough to truly anticipate who is going to get the majority of the touches, but no matter what it seems White has a place in New England’s offense.
Wide Receiver: Amari Cooper vs. Green Bay Packers – Amari Cooper was shutout last week against Denver but is primed to bounce back in a big way. The rookie receiver responded in a big way last time he followed up a lackluster performance against the Broncos – going for 133 yards and a score. Cooper has gone through the ups and downs most rookies do, so he is do for an “up” type performance on Sunday.
Tight End: Julius Thomas vs. Atlanta Falcons – After starting the season injured and struggling to become a part of the offense upon his return, Thomas has been on fire as of late. Thomas has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and has at least 5 catches in 3 of 4 of those aforementioned games. The Jaguars offense is hot right now and Thomas has been one of the reasons why.
Defense: Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns – The Seahawks defense has settled down over the past two weeks allowing no offensive touchdowns over the past two games. The Browns offense has been cannon fodder to opposing defenses, allowing the third most sacks in the league and ranking nearly last in rushing yards.
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