With football season rapidly approaching, there are still plenty of exciting storylines across baseball. That includes the Nationals and Cardinals, who went a combined 11-2 last week as both make a push towards the playoffs. The Phillies have also pulled off some big wins, including getting a home run from Bryce Harper in route to a 5-2 defeat of the Red Sox last Wednesday. One team who isn’t even sniffing the playoffs is the Tigers, who had another losing week and remain the worst team in baseball.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DKSB users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from August 21-August 27.
1) Rory McIlroy
2) Washington Nationals (5-1 Straight Up)
3) St. Louis Cardinals (6-1 SU)
4) Hawaii (1-0 SU)
5) Bryce Harper to hit a Home Run & Phillies to Win (8/21)
6) New York Giants (1-0 SU)
7) Detroit Tigers (2-4 SU)
8) Yankees, Twins & Astros all to Win (8/27)
9) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 SU)
10) Phillies, Reds & Athletics all to win (8/26)
McIlroy Takes Home $15M by winning FedEx Cup
Whoever came away victorious at the FedEx Cup was going to walk away with a huge payday considering the $15 million prize for the winner. Rory McIlroy entered at +950 odds to win the tournament, potentially leaving a hefty sum for those who backed him, as well.
McIlroy started out at five under as the fifth seed, which put him five strokes behind the leader, Justin Thomas. McIlroy started off well by shooting a four-under in the first round and wound up being the only player to shoot under par for all four rounds. He eventually finished four shots ahead of second-place Xander Schauffele, giving him his second FedEx Cup title.
Byrd Helps Lead Hawaii Past Arizona
Having not faced each other since 2016, Hawaii hosted Arizona to open their season. The Warriors were listed at +300 to win and raced out to an early 14-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to two touchdown passes from Cole McDonald. McDonald went on to throw two more touchdowns, although he did throw four interceptions in the process.
One of the main beneficiaries of McDonald’s touchdown prowess was Cedric Byrd, who caught three scores. He added another touchdown reception from Chevan Cordeiro in the fourth quarter, which helped put the final nail in the coffin for Arizona.
Top AL Trio Pull off Profitable Victories
The Yankees, Astros and Twins all sit atop their respective divisions in the American League as we approach September. The Yankees and Astros have fairly sizeable leads while the Twins are in a battle with the Indians to win the AL Central.
Each team faced inferior opponents Tuesday, especially with the Yankees taking on the Mariners and Twins taking on the White Sox. The Astros had a tougher matchup against the Rays, but they had one of their aces in Justin Verlander on the mound. Taking all of that into consideration, the odds were placed at +380 for all three teams to emerge victorious. The Astros and Yankees left little doubt in their contests, winning by a combined score of 22-1. While the Twins played a closer contest, they hung on to an early lead thanks to a strong performance from Michael Pineda to generate the hefty payout.
Jones Shines As Giants Defeat Bengals
The writing is on the wall in terms of the quarterback position for the Giants. Eli Manning has helped them win two Super Bowls during his impressive career, but he’s struggled to be effective the last couple of seasons. After taking Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the only question now is if Manning will hold onto the starting job for the entire season.
Entering their third preseason game, the Giants were listed at +140 to defeat the Bengals. It was a close battle throughout with both teams tied at 10 heading into the fourth quarter. Jones had another impressive stat line, completing 9-of-11 passes for 141 yards. The Giants used a 68-yard punt return from Brittan Golden to put themselves up by eight points midway through the fourth quarter. The Bengals had a chance to tie things up after Jake Dolegala threw a touchdown pass with less than three minutes to go, but a failed two-point conversation gave the Giants a victory and a tidy sum to those wagered on them.
Roethlisberger Makes Preseason Debut in Steelers Win
With Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown no longer in the fold for the Steelers, they at least have plenty of stability at the quarterback position with Ben Roethlisberger once again set to lead the charge. While he didn’t appear in their first two preseason games, he did play in their third contest versus the Titans.
Entering with +106 odds to win, this game was never really in doubt for the Steelers. They jumped out to a 15-0 lead after the first quarter, which included a 17-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Titans ended up scoring just six points the entire game with most of their starters seeing little-to-no action.
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