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Dolphins Q&A: Who could Dolphins target at receiver to complement Jaylen Waddle?



Dolphins Q&A: Who could Dolphins target at receiver to complement Jaylen Waddle?

Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers.

Q: Who do we bring in as the complementary receiver to Waddle next year and at what point does DVP earn the right to be here next year? — @GoldenBoy407305 on Twitter

A: First of all, let’s assume Will Fuller is as good as gone for the Miami Dolphins as we do this. We’re about to pass the halfway point of December and he still hasn’t played a game with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Fuller was signed to a one-year, $10.6 million contract, meaning he has gotten paid in surplus of $2 million per reception contributed in Miami thus far. We knew going in he would miss the opener because of a suspension. Then it was a personal matter that kept him away Week 2 against the Bills. He played a game, an overtime and another quarter before fracturing a finger that has kept him sidelined for more than two months.

The Dolphins envisioned Fuller being a deep threat to pair with rookie Jaylen Waddle working mostly underneath and DeVante Parker able to make contested catches, along with a tight end unit led by Mike Gesicki and the running backs.

Miami will have money to spend in free agency, but the team will also have to fill major needs, including fixing the offensive line with an established, veteran tackle and, ideally, bringing in a high-end running back.

The best free-agent receiver this coming offseason will be the Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams, but if he’s out of reach and we’re assuming the Dolphins are building with Tagovailoa (making a run at Aaron Rodgers could go a long way in a team landing Adams), let’s assume Miami’s looking further down the list. Let’s view this through the scope of finding that downfield threat to replace what Miami thought it was getting in Fuller.

Antonio Brown obviously comes with baggage, but he’ll be a free agent and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also have slot receiver Chris Godwin as a pending free agent. Godwin can expect a big payday. Brown is a Miami native but also 33. He also may need to have a veteran quarterback with him to not become a distraction.

Another Miami native that will be a free agent is the Colts’ T.Y. Hilton. If he wants to come back home and be that deep threat, that’s a possibility, but he’s also 32 and has missed time due to injury this year.

Emmanuel Sanders and DJ Chark Jr. possess those traits, as well. Sanders is even older at 34 and will be 35 in March. Taking him away from Josh Allen and the Bills could be a motivator. Chark has seen his production dip since his 2019 Pro Bowl season where he had 1,008 receiving yards and has missed significant time with an ankle injury this season, but he’s only 25 and is a piece in Jacksonville that predates coach Urban Meyer and his regime.

Waddle has the speed to develop himself as that downfield threat, but we’ve primarily seen him catch short passes to see if he can turn it up the field with his explosiveness.

DeVante Parker remains under contract, and although he often deals with an injury, I think his presence will be huge for the offense down the final stretch and push for a potential postseason spot.

Have a question?

Email David Furones, or tag @OmarKelly or @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

Previously answered:

What is with Jason Sanders’ misses?

What changes could come to receiving corps in offseason?

What offensive linemen should Dolphins target in free agency?

Why are Dolphins interceptions down from last year?

Can Tua still be a top-10 quarterback?

Was 2021 team destined for failure before Tua’s injury?

Does Austin Jackson’s move to left guard bring hope?

Did franchise botch Fitzpatrick, Tunsil, Tannehill trades?

Will O-line go through more changes?

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Wisconsin Assembly to vote to count infection as immunity



Wisconsin Assembly to vote to count infection as immunity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly were set to approve a bill Tuesday that would require employers to count a prior COVID-19 infection as an alternative to vaccination and testing.

Republican backers maintain natural immunity is at least as effective as being vaccinated. Similar bills passed in Florida and Arkansas last year.

A number of Wisconsin medical groups, including the Wisconsin Medical Society, oppose the measure, arguing vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19 and it’s not clear how long natural immunity lasts. Data from the state health department shows unvaccinated people are hospitalized at a rate nearly 11 times higher than fully vaccinated people.

No groups have registered in support the proposal.

The Assembly was set to vote on the bill Tuesday. Approval would send the measure to the Senate, but Democratic Gov. Tony Evers almost certainly will veto it.

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PHOTOS: Snow covers Denver, up to 5 inches expected



PHOTOS: Snow covers Denver, up to 5 inches expected

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver expects up to five inches of snow on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. The storm should taper off before 3 p.m. as the high only reaches 31 degrees. Winds could gust to 21 mph, and overnight lows will plummet to 12 degrees tonight.

Denver weather: Up to 5 inches of snow expected as storm wraps up by Tuesday afternoon

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MLS Picks and Predictions



MLS Picks and Predictions

The 2022 MLS season is nearly here, and just like the players on the pitch, we can’t wait to see what drama-filled MLS action is in store for this campaign.

MLS is the top American soccer league, with clubs residing all around the United States for fans to support. In this MLS picks selection, you’ll find our preseason MLS predictions and the best odds available for each of those picks.

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MLS Betting Picks & Predictions From Expert Handicappers

Our expert MLS handicappers provide MLS betting picks throughout the season in Major League Soccer. These picks can be anything from single-match winner wagers to more complex bets that last the duration of the season.

How Do We Generate Our MLS Expert Picks

Our MLS expert picks come from our team of expert handicappers who devote themselves to bringing you the best possible predictions from this league. They break down each roster, each team’s statistics, each team’s schedule, and more to bring you the most value-added MLS picks.

What’s The MLS Consensus?

The MLS consensus is the amount of action on both sides of a game in Major League Soccer. MLS isn’t as big of a betting market as the NFL or other top soccer leagues, which means the consensus may not carry as much weight as it might in a league with more bets on either side of a game.

Moneyline MLS Picks

Moneyline betting in MLS involves predicting the outcome of each match during the season. You can bet on either team to win each match or for the match to end in a draw. Because it is the simplest form of sports betting, there tends to be the most action in this market.

Best MLS Picks For The Regular Season

Eastern Conference

The Eastern Conference in MLS during the 2022 season should be highly competitive, as the conference features the defending champions, a team expected to make a meteoric rise, and several other contenders. The favorite to win the East this season is the New England Revolution, who finished at the top of the East standings a season ago.

New England enters this year at around +650

to win the MLS Cup in 2022 after they fell in the conference semifinal round last year to eventual champions New York City FC. The Revs were the only team in the East to score 60 or more goals last season, resulting in plenty of MLS betting picks being dedicated to their overs. This year, if they can avoid faltering defensively, they should be able to ride that attack to title contention.

New York City FC is the Eastern Conference team with the second-best odds to win MLS Cup this coming season. NYCFC is listed at +850

to claim a second straight title, following their surprising playoff run from the eighth seed in the East to the championship. NYCFC will need more consistency to repeat, but that should be well within the realm of possibility.

For those looking for a team with longer odds to come out of the East and win the title, Toronto FC may be the way to go. TFC had a terrible 2021 campaign, finishing ahead of only FC Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference. They’ve made a notable signing this offseason, though, that could change their fortunes immediately in 2022.

Lorenzo Insigne was that signing, as he’s joining Toronto FC in a move from Italian side Napoli before the 2022 campaign. Insigne matched the legendary Diego Maradona in career goals scored at Napoli, which speaks to the quality of the player joining the Canadian side. At better than +1600 odds

to win MLS Cup, Toronto FC could see success with Insigne as they did with fellow Italian Sebastian Giovinco.

Western Conference

In the Western Conference, Seattle Sounders are the favorites to make a run to the top of the MLS mountain. They’re at around +600 odds

to win the title in 2022, as they’ll look to avenge a disappointing postseason from last year. Last season, the Sounders fell in penalties to an impressive Real Salt Lake squad, and the Sounders will be expected to do better this time around.

Los Angeles FC is another Western Conference team expected to do big things this coming season in MLS. LAFC is on the shortlist of favorites to win this year’s championship, coming into the year at around +700 odds.

Despite finishing in ninth place in the West standings last season, even behind local rivals LA Galaxy, a major return for LAFC should see them back on the right track.

Carlos Vela missed over half of LAFC’s games last season, with a hamstring injury primarily responsible for his time off the pitch. When healthy, Vela is likely to be one of the contenders to lead the league in goals scored. If he can recapture his pre-injury form, LAFC goes from a mid-table team in the Western Conference to one of the legitimate contenders to win the title.

Last year’s MLS Cup runner-up finds themselves as a relative longshot to win this year’s title as they hope to bounce back from their agonizing defeat in the final against NYCFC. The Portland Timbers enter this season at +2200 odds to win the title, which ranks sixth among Western Conference teams alone. For the Timbers, the goal for this season will be to prove that last year’s run to the final was no fluke.

In the playoffs last year, the Timbers’ defense stepped up in a big way, allowing just two goals in four playoff matches. They allowed over 50 regular-season goals, though, leading many to believe they’ll regress this season. Portland could be a good value selection if their defense continues to trend in the right direction.

Most Valuable Player (MVP)

In terms of candidates to win the MVP of MLS, Valentín Castellanos has to be at the top of the list heading into 2022. Castellanos led MLS in scoring last season with 19 goals scored, helping to lead NYCFC to their first MLS Cup title. If they’re to remain a legitimate threat to win the league again this season, Castellanos will have a lot to do with it, hence his MVP candidacy.

The top scorers of both Los Angeles teams are also worth keeping an eye on when looking for MLS MVP candidates. A healthy Carlos Vela is likely to score more than the five goals he mustered in an injury-hampered 2021 campaign. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez of the LA Galaxy is also capable of finishing this season as the top player in the competition, as he’s proven he can score goals anywhere in the world.

Top Scoring Player

In the race for the top scorer in MLS during the 2022 season, newcomer Lorenzo Insigne is an excellent option to back. Insigne has a couple of things working for him, as he has been a scoring machine internationally, and his team doesn’t have a lot of other scoring options. As long as he gives MLS his all, Insigne should take advantage of a steep downgrade in the quality of competition going from Serie A to MLS.

Ola Kamara of D.C. United shouldn’t be overlooked in the MLS scoring race, either. Castellanos of NYCFC, Vela of LAFC, and Chicharito of the Galaxy are also worthy candidates. Kamara was tied for the league lead in goals with Castellanos last season and D.C. United should be competitive enough to where Kamara should get his fair share of looks at goal.

Best Striker

One of the best picks as the top striker in MLS, Chicharito’s ability to rifle shots into the back of the net should make him the frontrunner here. Beyond his laser-like speed and precision on the attack, he’s also popular enough in the United States and abroad that he’s likely to get even more credit than he deserves at times for the Galaxy.

Another top striker candidate for the 2022 MLS season is Raúl Ruidíaz of the Seattle Sounders. Ruidíaz finished in a tie with Chicharito for third in MLS in goals scored during the 2021 season. If the Sounders are going to come back from last season’s playoff indignity, Ruidíaz must be a considerable part of the equation and will deserve plenty of praise.

Best Midfielder

Midfielders can fill many roles in MLS, and the best midfielder can mean very different things to two different fans and award voters alike. The top candidate to be the league’s best midfielder in 2022, though, is Carles Gil of the New England Revolution. Gil led MLS in assists last season and should be high up on that list again this season for a Revs team that’ll contend for the Eastern Conference crown.

Maxi Moralez of NYCFC will also likely be considered one of the best midfielders in MLS in 2022. Moralez doesn’t do much scoring for the defending MLS Cup winners, but he did crack double digits in assists last season. He also provides a veteran leadership that clearly paid off last season for NYCFC, as the 34-year-old has shown he can help his team get through choppy waters during the season.

Best Defender

Walker Zimmerman has to be the top player on the list of candidates to be considered the best defender in MLS coming into the season. Zimmerman has been named the league’s defender of the year award recipient in back-to-back seasons, serving as one of the lone bright spots for a Cincinnati team that finished as the worst team in the league a year ago. That stat alone speaks volumes about his quality of play.

Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson is another candidate for consideration as the best defender in MLS this season. Though he scored the match-winner in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final for the United States against Mexico, Robinson isn’t known for scoring at the club level. Fortunately, his defending has been at a level where he’s not needed to score goals during MLS play.

Top Goalkeeper

After his heroic work saving penalty after penalty in the MLS Cup Final shootout, NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson is a strong candidate to be the league’s best keeper this season. He kept nine clean sheets during the 2021 campaign, but his real value appears to be what he can bring in the playoffs. Having the potential to get the saves necessary to win single-elimination matches in shootouts means more than stopping shots in the regular season, and Johnson checks both boxes.

Carlos Miguel Coronel is another candidate to be the best goalkeeper in MLS in 2022. Coronel led MLS in clean sheets last season with 13, which was impressive given his New York Red Bulls weren’t all that good this past season. If he can help keep his team in games, the Red Bulls could turn it around and get back near the top of the East.

Coach Of The Year

The Coach of the Year in MLS often comes down to the performance of each club rather than the work the coach has done behind the scenes. For that reason, the coaches of some of the favorites to win this year’s MLS Cup are worth considering for the Coach of the Year in Major League Soccer.

Brian Schmetzer of Seattle Sounders, Bruce Arena of New England Revolution, and Ronny Deila of NYCFC will be among the top candidates for this award throughout the 2022 campaign. Of course, their teams will need to win regularly to avoid dropping out of contention, but that’s not anticipated to be a major concern.

MLS Playoff Betting Tips

As it pertains to which teams will make the MLS Cup Playoffs, it’s important to remember half of the league qualifies for the tournament. When determining which teams will get there this year, it’s wise to go with a combination of clubs who’ve got playoff pedigree, along with those that recently made it with a roster similar to how they’re currently constructed, and up-and-comers who improved during the offseason.

In terms of teams who could make a run to the MLS Cup Final, it’s hard to pick against the new-look Toronto FC out of the East and Los Angeles FC out of the West. Both teams have game-changing talents upfront that’ll make the game easier on their midfielders. If those teams were to play, it’d be too close to call, other than to expect a high-scoring matchup.

Of course, the teams expected to get to the MLS Cup could change from week to week throughout the season. Factors like injuries, dips in form, and incoming transfers could very well change which teams are most likely to meet in the showpiece event of the MLS season.


As more teams and players make up the MLS landscape, with expansion running rampant throughout the league, our MLS experts are here to help you make the best picks with the best odds available. In addition, you can always check out some of the best Colorado sportsbook listed below:

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