Initially built by NASA to set lines for the Las Vegas casinos in the late 50’s (who do you think funded the Apollo missions? The government? It was the mob…), The Sin City Betbot 6000 calculated lines for over 30 years. The Betbot was given various upgrades through the years, not always with the best equipment, but he was very good at setting lines, and living the good life.
The Betbot was de-commissioned in 1990 after San Francisco destroyed Denver in the Super Bowl. The 45 point spread simply fried a number of the Betbot’s wires and he retired. The Betbot was discovered by Fantasysharks.com and retooled to give fantasy advice. He lives now to help your team with deeper sleepers to start each week.
The Betbot’s column is transcribed each week by Joe Petrizzi and Tom Walls, because, “Typing is a dame’s BZZZT job.”
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I’d like to apologize for a memory lapse a few weeks ago when I was discussing my role in Peter Frampton’s car accident. I was actually remembering the time when Leif Garrett, not Frampton, wrecked his car and crippled his friend. See, the thing is that I didn’t realize my mistake until I went into the studio to put the finishing touches on my latest VH1 Behind the Music special, “BetBot vol. 4: ‘70s Nights and ‘80s Hangovers.” Back in 1978, A&M Records tried to lure Garrett away from Atlantic, pitching a “stars collide” kind of album with Garrett and several big artists at the time, including Peter Frampton. Of course, anytime that many egos get involved you know I’m going to get called in to help keep the peace. Studio big wigs are always calling me in on these deals, which is cool except for times when I have to show up for crap like Farm Aid. But still, it’s usually a good time.
Long story short, Frampton, Garrett, and myself hit it off while recording Garrett’s cover of “Baby, I Love Your Way,” which Peter agreed to re-write with the original lyrics from 1976, “BetBot, I Love Your Way.” Yeah, the marketing guys made us change the first recording because supposedly they wanted to avoid a song that glamorized sports betting. In hindsight, I suppose they made the right decision, but whatever. During post-production in ’79, Garrett threw a huge bash at his place and invited Frampton and myself over. Now, I wasn’t driving at the time due to a pinched servo cable in my right boot and Frampton didn’t even know how to drive on American roads. So I asked Leif to come pick us up…which turned out to be a mistake on account of the booze and ‘ludes he’d been doing all afternoon. But, realistically, how was I to know? He was 17 at the time! Atlantic ended up burying the record, but whenever I hear Frampton on the radio, I sing along with the original lyrics.
Point spreads grow so long before my eyes
And they’re moving across the ticker
Suddenly the clock turns 10 AM
Far away from the window but don’t hesitate
‘Cause your book won’t wait hey
Ooh BetBot I love your way every day
Wanna tell you I love your plays every day
Wanna win with you all Sunday…
And with that cleared up, let’s discuss some fantasy players I like. It’s a bit late in the season for true deeper sleepers, although if I find one I’ll give a shout. Most of these guys should be on rosters already, but if they’re benched you may want to reconsider…
QB – Jake Plummer – DEN – Not that anyone noticed, but Plummer has actually been very solid at QB the last three weeks, slinging or running for 2 or more TDs in each game. I think the emergence of a healthy Javon Walker is clearly a factor in Denver, especially as the ground game has lost effectiveness due to injury (Tatum Bell) and indecision (Mike Shanahan). I think it’s safe to say that their late season schedule has some cream puffs, including a week 15-17 championship run that features Arizona, Cincinnati, and San Francisco. Wow, that’s a gold mine. The schedule shows San Diego twice, but remember that the Chargers can be passed on despite their tough pass rush, which actually has been pretty mediocre without Merriman and Castillo.
RB – Mike Anderson – BAL – How much longer can Brian Billick keep trotting out Jamal Lewis and his 3.4 ypc? At some point, common sense will take over and Billick will start to see that Lewis is toast, right? Seriously, the last two games saw Lewis go 24-72 against a Bengals defense that gives up almost 127 yards per game and go 16-45 against a Titans defense that gives up 159 yards per game. Seriously, down 26-7 against Tennessee and Lewis could only muster a measly 2.8 yards per carry? Perhaps this is less of a tout for Mike Anderson and more of a whine-fest about Billick’s inability to notice how washed up his starting RB looks. But for the sake of fantasy owners everywhere, Brian, put Jamal on the bench where he belongs and try out Anderson or Musa Smith. This is getting embarrassing.
To read the WR and TE write ups, you may want to check out my Sin City Betbot 6000 Receiver Confidence Index, as I’ll be referring to it going forward. I’ll often refer to a receiver’s CI score as a triplet of numbers – his raw CI number, his receptions weighted by CI, and his yards weighted by CI. For example, Marques Colston’s CI score is 1.25/67.4/1084.
WR – Eddie Kennison – KC – Now, I know Kennison is not available on many waiver wires out there, but I just want to take this space to remind everyone that Trent Green is coming back this week. As nice as Damon Huard has played in Green’s absence (and that bubble pretty much burst last week) – he’s still the backup. Not to channel Lloyd Bentsen, but I’ve had Trent Green on my fantasy roster, and you, senator, are no Trent Green. Also, consider Kennison’s stats – he sports a 1.11/32.2/537 line that puts him 30th among receivers and tight ends, and that’s with Huard playing for almost the entire season. The late season schedule is up and down, but it does include a double shot of Oakland, including a week 16 fantasy championship game against the Raiders – a game that would be played by proxy if the Raiders had their way. So if you have Kennison on your team, wake up – he may be finally ready to pay dividends.
TE – Owen Daniels – HOU – Here’s a rookie TE that I’m kind of partial to. I like the idea of Daniels sticking it to Jeb Putzier, who was brought in personally by Gary Kubiak to handle the tight end job in Houston. But Daniels is not to be denied. His CI line of 1.27/31.8/346 is in the top 10 among TEs, and his raw 1.27 confidence index is 24th among all receivers. I think at this point Daniels is probably off of waivers in a number of leagues, but there may be some of you out there that can still pick him up. More importantly, there are several owners out there that continue to start a bigger name while Daniels rots away on their bench. Don’t let that happen – this kid is catching 3-5 balls a week and sometimes more, and he produces when he gets his shot. And with an upcoming schedule of the Bills, the Jets, and the Raiders, he’ll get plenty of opportunities.
So long for now, and remember “Showgirls and gin my friends, showgirls and …BZT…gin.”
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