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The Super Bowl and Geno Smith
December 23, 2013 - Jay Bennett
It's nearly time for Monday Night Football — the expected last game in Candlestick Park history.
Although tonight is likely to be special for many, it's a key game for both the Arizona Cardinals and host San Francisco 49ers as the NFL regular season has quickly evaporated.
However, the interesting fun set to begin in a few hours revolves around Geno Smith.
The former West Virginia University signal-caller was owned at a rate of just 0.1 percent in Fanduel's big NFL Week 16 fantasy tournament. All Smith did on Sunday was lead the N.Y. Jets to victory, throw for two touchdowns and run for a score en route to an impressive 27-plus fantasy points.
Now, the reason I found this interesting is because one of the five dozen or so people who played Geno Smith just so happens to have the top score in the tournament going into MNF. What happens if he holds on? He gets a cash prize of six figures and the ultimate Super Bowl trip for six people!
Can you imagine leading a tournament knowing there is a chance you are going to get six Super Bowl tickets and a whole lot of cash? The only problem is the current leader — egold12 with 180.76 points — has nobody left playing.
On the other hand, one of the daily fantasy industries top players — Al_Smizzle — is lurking behind with 158.34 points and is in 10th place with Michael Crabtree left on his roster. Thus, if Crabtree grabs a touchdown, has like 135 yards or so receiving on say six catches the Super Bowl tickets are going to change hands from where they are currently resting right now.
It's hard to believe a person opted to pick out of all the available NFL quarterbacks — Geno Smith — and he could ride the ex-Mountaineer into the promised land with Super Bowl tickets.
Obviously, there are players still within striking distance who would need big games from the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and even kicker Matt Bryant — don't forget about what Justin Tucker did last week — to get into the mix, but it's possible.
It's also possible Al_Smizzle could win seven figures tonight at the DraftKings millionaire grand final.
I found it interesting and noteworthy when I recently received the following information from industry research firm IBISWorld. I think it points to where the times are going in terms of sports and fantasy.
"IBISWorld estimates the Fantasy Sports Services industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and it is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.6% to $1.8 billion over the five years through 2018. In 2013, an estimated 33.6 million Americans will take part in fantasy sports, including football, basketball, baseball and hockey. This number continues to grow each year as more Americans participate as a form of social interaction with friends and colleagues, which provides a deeper level of involvement with the sports they love."
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