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The Road to Riches Weekend of 19th-21st July

Posted on 19 Jul 2018 09:00 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Haydock, Lingfield, Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon. Over the jumps at Cartmel and Market Rasen.

- Rugby Union, Super Rugby Quarter finals

- Formula One, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Tennis, ATP Hall of Fame Championships in Rhode Island, ATP Croatia and Swedish Opens.

Golf, the Open Championship at Carnoustie.


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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Goodwood Festival (31st July - 4th August 2018) - by Neil Channing

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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Super Rugby Quarter final Hurricanes v Chiefs Friday 8.30am start

The quarter-finalists for the 2018 edition of Super Rugby have been confirmed following the completion of the round robin stages.

The eight teams are seeded with finishers 1-4 on the league table getting home quarter finals. The first quarter final takes place on Friday morning, 8.30am start between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs.

With the Crusaders winning the New Zealand conference and clinching the top seed these are the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in New Zealand and the top two wild card teams both with 11-5 win-loss records during the regular season.

The two teams met last weekend at the Chiefs, who won 28-24 having been 21-0 up at half time. That second half rally ensured home advantage is with the Hurricanes this weekend, finishing two points higher than the Chiefs after 16 games. Earlier this season the teams met in Wellington and that match was won 25-13 by the Hurricanes, a game with more riding on it than last weekend when line ups were changed, players were rested and both teams were at full pelt.

The winner here is likely to have the dubious honour of a trip to reigning champions the Crusaders in the semi-finals.

A close match is in prospect but of course home advantage is reversed which accounts for the point spread of -5 Hurricanes. That home advantage is likely to be crucial. The Hurricanes won all eight of their regular season matches at home

The Hurricanes, at one stage challenging the Crusaders to win the conference have had a disappointing end to the season winning one of their last five games but should have enough here in large part due to the flair and firepower of a back line sparked by halfback pairing TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett with regular try scorers Ben Lam and Ngani Laumape outside now backed up by Milner-Skudder at full-back

It’s going to be close though.

10 points Hurricanes to win by 1-12 points 15/8 Betfair Sportsbook 7/4 Skybet 13/8 Sportingbet


Packed House

IMPECT, formed by former Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Stefan Reinartz, created a new idea for football stats in 2016. Their idea is that after every successful offensive action, there should be fewer opponents between the ball and the goal. Those that were behind the ball and were no longer, were considered “packed”.

He quoted his basic idea as follows ““It’s ultimately about retaining possession whilst getting past the opponents. The opponent is our problem and to solve it, I want to get past the opponent with the ball”

According to IMPECT, players can be packed in various ways. Namely:

  1. Vertical passes
  2. Diagonal balls
  3. Dribbles

A pass would need to be received and controlled for it to be counted as successful. For dribbles, the opponents that he passed on his way to goal are now considered packed.

Add all the players that were packed by means of these three, and you have yourself the “packing rate”.

Packing rate is a statistic that measures how much you outplay your opponents in a single game.The more players you pack in a single game, the higher your packing rate. Therefore, the higher the packing rate, the more opponents you outplayed.

Coaches such as Domenico Tedesco, who finished second with Schalke last season in Germany, and new PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, both use it in their team and opponent analyses. It came to wider attention due to publicity in the World Cup. Eight of the teams making up the top nine in ‘net bypassed defenders’ for the World Cup group stages qualified for the last 16. 

Leaving aside draws only four world cup matches were won by the team who bypassed fewer defenders. In games with a result, the team who bypassed more defenders won 91% of the time.

If a player consistently holds his opponents to a lower packing rate than their average, then the statistic contends that that player is a good defender. Likewise, if a player always has high packing rates, that makes him a good offensive player. This can be used in team analysis as well to determine which plays, combinations, or strategies produce a higher packing rate.

England and more specifically the Premier League is a particular point of focus. Next season, IMPECT will be working with data from the Premier League and the Championship for the first time and, as a result, teams in England with co-founder Jens Hegeler playing for Bristol City. They currently work with 10 Bundesliga outfits, and Impect are in talks with two unnamed top six Premier League clubs.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 14th-15th July

Posted on 13 Jul 2018 09:46 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, The World Cup Final

Cricket, the 2nd ODI between England and India at Lords on Saturday

- Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Chester, Hamilton, Newmarket, Salisbury and York. Over the jumps at Newton Abbot

Tennis, the final weekend of Wimbledon.

Golf, on the USPGA the John Deere Classic and on the European Tour the Scottish Open.


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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Goodwood Festival (31st July - 4th August 2018) - by Neil Channing

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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The Open Championship, Carnoustie

The 2018 Open Championship next week returns to Carnoustie in Angus. Quoted as "The most challenging golf links in the world", Carnoustie has a fierce reputation. It has hosted seven Opens and four have been won over par though last time eleven years ago in benign conditions Harrington shot -7 to win.

A flat course much of Carnoustie's difficulty is based around its length (7402 yards, par 71 but only two par 5s), plenty of out of bounds and deep pot bunkers both in the fairway and around the greens.

Obviously writing this a week ahead of the event. The weather looks set fair with firm dry conditions.

Looking back on 2007 (I actually remember Van Der Velde and the Burn at Carnoustie in rough conditions in 1999 better) Carnoustie certainly favoured the longer hitters. The top 3 finishers of Harrington, Garcia and Romero were all in the top 12 for Driving Distance. The other intersting statistic is that the three players also ranked 1st (Harrington), 6th (Garcia) and 16th (Romero) for scrambling. On a course where the best players were missing 18-20 greens over the tournament, scrambling to make par was more important than a hot putter.

So let’s put driving distance and Scrambling on the criteria.

Generally in form players are those to follow in Opens.  It makes sense that those who are struggling with their games are unlikely to find form on a tough links course. 12 Champions from the last 18 events had won a tournament in the same season prior to winning.

So checking the stats and cross referencing for those popping up on driving distance, scrambling and recent form I found a player who ticked all three boxes. On the USPGA this year he is 14th in driving length, 4th in Scrambling, he’s won twice and in addition is 1stI  in sand saves.

This player began hitting my shortlists early in 2018 when he was consistently right near the top of the putting columns. However I was also consistently put off by the “timeform squiggle” factors which in this instance were health concerns ( two years suffering from vertigo and back problems) and family issues, his wife suffered a miscarriage and his Mum had cancer. These combined had been a major factor, understandably enough, in why he hadn’t won in 2017 and had slipped down the world rankings.

So I had better mention who I had in mind: Jason Day. Whilst my squiggles led to me crossing him off and this hadn’t cost me in majors by doing so he has begun to win again, this year in the Wells Fargo and the Farmers at Torrey Pines and sometimes was winning without his best game too.

The off the field stuff is in better shape, he said in a recent Golf Digest interview

“Everything feels balanced in my life. I’ve got no problems at home or distractions, I’m focussed on golf”

Back when Day was winning a lot and world number 1, he finished 4th in the 2015 Open at St Andrews, the one where this column backed Oosthuizen who was pipped in the play off by Zach Johnson. Carnoustie is narrower than St Andrews, and Day isn’t as straight as he is long but this is a player whose short to mid-short game is in a great shape, he’s back to number seven in the rankings and we are not taking the prices we would have to take three years ago when he won a major and was routinely going off near the head of the market.

We can back him at 33-1 here getting 7 places with Sportingbet and for those who can with Skybet 10 places at 28-1. Worth checking out the various offers around next week for the best combination of odds and extra places.

10 points each way Jason Day to win the Open

33-1 Sportingbet 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

28-1 SkyBet 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

25-1 Bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8


 

VARiance

Ten years ago cricket introduced DRS and the view was that it would benefit batsmen, previously dismissed incorrectly. In fact the reverse occurred, technology showed that umpires were mistaken in not awarding enough LBW decisions especially to spinners. Very quickly batsmen had to adapt techniques to avoid being given out if they played forward, where previously umpires had given them the benefit of the doubt.

Now of course as we reach the end of the World Cup, football is beginning a similar process because of VAR. The group stages saw 24 penalties in 48 games and an average of seven incident referrals per game. One of the notable features was VAR initially and then referees on their own punishing defenders for grappling attackers at set pieces, notably corners. Very quickly it became evident that the defender no longer has the benefit of the doubt.

Until defenders adapt the set piece delivery is going to assume greater importance, and of course this is an area in which England have excelled. By the by 44% of the 161 goals at this world cup have been from set-pieces.

Meanwhile more handballs are being given, as the traditional benefit of the doubt enjoyed by defenders is eroded by a variety of camera angles and communication between truck and referee.

It has also had a marked effect on player discipline, which is logical enough. Players know they can’t get away with the dark arts (though Colombia had a good go). In this World Cup there have been 4 red cards compared to 10 in 2014 and 17 in 2010. It could be argued that VAR is helping to clean up the game.

The use of VAR is in its early stages and all of its effects are not clear yet except that we know it is impacting optimal defensive strategies and while we don’t know where that will lead in full (might it mean traditional wingers come back into fashion, given the importance of crosses in an era where handballs and grappling are going to be routinely spotted?) it’s a reasonable supposition to say that it will affect the way the game is being played. It did so in other games, cricket mentioned above but rugby, basketball, the NFL are others were technology has influenced strategy and coaching. Who adapts quickest, from coaches to players might be a big determinant of success, and form a part of our betting considerations .


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The Road to Riches Week of 7th-8th July

Posted on 5 Jul 2018 20:52 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, The Quarter Finals of the World Cup. It’s Coming Home.

- Cricket, the 3rd T20I between England and India at Bristol on Sunday

- Racing, On the flat at Beverley, Carlisle, Chelmsford City, Haydock, Leicester, Nottingham and Sandown

Formula One, the British Grand Prix

Tennis, the middle weekend of Wimbledon.

Golf, on the USPGA the Greenbriar Classic and on the European Tour the Irish Open.


US Open Tennis (27th Aug - 9th Sep 2018) - by Nigel Seeley

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York Ebor Meeting (Wed 22nd Aug - Sat 25th Aug 2018) - by Neil Channing

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The Old Newton Cup at  Haydock by Neil Channing

 The Old Newton Cup will be all done and dusted long before the football so hopefully we can get the celebrations going early. There are 17-runners in this Haydock handicap but I've narrowed it down to eleven by concentrating on just the four-year olds as this age-group have done pretty well here in past years. I'm also going to knock out the three drawn one, three and four as those really low numbers are at a disadvantage over the history of the race. 
 
 Having got it down to eight it's still pretty hard to find the winner but what I do think is that staying 1m6f can only be a benefit and never having gone this trip is not a positive as they will go very fast here. I eliminated Society Red as a doubtful stayer but I couldn't get rid of any others. This left me with seven. I crossed off Koeman who seems well held. The favourite Atty Pease could easily win and his trainer could easily have him ready for this after a year off, but he seems pretty short to defy that long lay-off. I've already scratched him out though as he is drawn three.
 
 I'll go through the remiander one by one. I settled on just one bet but I guess I could do more tomorrow if i can get 1/4 1234...
 
 Sofia's Rock is going to try and win from the front and that might be a stiff ask here with so many other front-runners.
 
 Golden Wolf looks a real improver, the form looks solid and I love the jockey but this horse was 11/1 earlier today and now it's closer to 7/1. I think I'll pass.
 
 Teodoro improved a ot to win last time but this is a rise in class and I think it's a win or nowhere type that doesn't appeal to me each-way at a single-figure price.
 
 Wingingit definitely stays and was a bit unlucky last time and I'm really tempted. I might throw a small dart tomorrow.
 
 Crowned Eagle looks a bit short to me. He may contend for the lead and get swallowed up late.
 
Atkinson Grimshaw moved stables a couple of runs ago and now they seem to be trying different tactics. We know he can win over a mile and a half and the last run looked like a good warm-up for this. Really could swoop late off the fast pace and win.
 
 
 I'm having 10 Points each-way Atkinson Grimshaw at 11/1 1/4 1234 with Bet365, Corals and VC Bet.

Probably the best Club rugby Championship in the world.

Leinster, the defending champions, have been drawn against Wasps, Bath and Toulouse in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. The pool contains teams who have won 11 European titles between them.

Saracens, the winners for the two previous seasons have been handed a kinder draw with Glasgow Warriors, Lyon and Cardiff Blues the current Challenge Cup champions in Pool Three.

Newcastle face a difficult task on their return to Europe’s top competition with Toulon, the three-times winners, Vern Cotter’s Montpellier and Edinburgh in Pool Five.

In Pool Two Exeter and Gloucester, another English side making a return to the competition, have been paired together along with the Top 14 champions Castres and Munster.

In Pool Four Leicester have been drawn against last season’s runners-up Racing 92 for the third straight season with the Pro14 duo Ulster and Scarlets joining them.

Last season’s competition was notable for the domination of the Irish provinces, which had it roots in the decision to centrally contract the national squad players and quickly develop academy systems a few years ago. The result, particularly in the season after a Lions tour was that the core Irish players were able to play significantly less rugby than particularly their French and English counterparts but the fruits of that academy system is now reaching first team and national level via the likes of Stockdale and Larmour.

This season of course there is no Lins tour to come back from, so players are likely o enter the competition more rested than they were. English sides though are still hamstrung by the fractious relationship between Premiership Rugby clubs and the RFU, the absence of central contracts and consequent demands on players

The French sides might be a fruitful place to look from a betting perspective this year. In reaching the final Racing92 cast of the shackles of a rather mundane Top 14 style and played vibrant attacking rugby. Last month the French side won the U20 World Cup in brilliant style and the national side showed a lot of flair in the All Blacks series. It might be a bit early to back them as a trend, but changes are afoot in French rugby, and the influx of new talent might accelerate the process by which all six Champions Cup sides are a tough “out” for the other sides, which hasn’t always been the case.

This season Newcastle’s St James’ Park hosts the final for the first time.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 30th June - 1st July

Posted on 29 Jun 2018 08:40 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, The first matches in the Last 16 of the World Cup.

- Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Ayr, Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket and Redcar over the jumps at Perth.

Formula One, the Austrian Grand Prix

Tennis, the ATP Antalya Cup in Turkey.

Golf, on the USPGA the National on the European Tour the French Open.


Starting Monday: Wimbledon 2018 (2nd-15th July)

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The 2018 Vitality T20 Blast

The UK Domestic T20 cricket tournament begins next Wednesday, with four teams progressing from each of the North and South Groups onto quarter finals and then finals day at Edgbaston now in mid-September.

As ever this is a competitive heat. The importance of the competition to county coffers means most invest in “name” overseas pros and in a typical English summer variance in weather and individual results is high

The head of the market is as follows:

Notts 6/1

Surrey 7/1

Hampshire 8/1

Sussex 10/1

Yorkshire 10/1

Birmingham 10/1

I have increasingly been of the opinion that what separates T20 sides in what are quite short competitions is the quality of bowling attacks. This was evident in the 2018 IPL for example when Sunrisers Hyderabad won a number of games with the best bowling attack in the competition that their batting performance gave them no right to win, and it is from that angle that I wanted to attack an ante-post selection for this competition

Sussed have recruited the prodigious teenage Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan for this year. Since his T20 debut he has taken more wickets than anyone (165). Of the bowlers to have taken 50+ wickets in that time no one has a lower economy rate than him (5.97) & only ten bowlers have a lower strike rate than him (15.6). In the 2018 IPL for Sunrisers he took 21 wickets at 21 and a sub 20 ball strike rate. He has now taken 38 IPL wickets in two years. It’s his first appearance in this competition, and with quality lower than the IPL, he should make hay.

Sussex’s attack also features the very quick Jofra Archer who is currently qualifying for England and too 15 IPL wickets in 10 matches this year having been picked up after being one of the stars of the Big Bash League for Hobart. Add in the T20 specialist Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan too and Sussex look to have one of the best attacks going.

Meanwhile one of the best T20 blasters Luke Wright is captain at the top of the order and in the middle order Laurie Evans is one of the best young T20 batsmen. With the attack they have got, the top six just need to keep Sussex in games. In coach Jason Gillespie they have one of the game’s most innovative thinkers too.

Normally I like to look at disregarded outsiders for the T20 Blast, looking for value to offset the variance of the format and competition but this year I am taking the 10-1 Coral still offer about Sussex while it lasts.

10 points Sussex to win the 2018 Vitality T20 Blast 10/1 Coral 9/1 SkyBet


Top of the Pops

England are the number one ranked ODI side in world cricket, fresh off a 5-0 series victory over an admittedly weakened Australia side, and this is a year out from a home World Cup next summer.

This of course is a far cry from England’s ignominious performance at the last World Cup, where a group stage exit led to major changes in coaching and team selection, followed by strategy.

So what are England doing differently now compared to then?

England’s batsmen played 46% attacking strokes at that World Cup, and that figure was still under 50% in the recent ODI series but England are regarded as much more aggressive now and the difference has come in the execution. When attacking at the World Cup, England missed or edged the ball 20% of the time, with a batting average of 28. In this victorious ODI series, England only edged or missed 12% of the time and averaged 37.6 when doing so. Of course it helps that ODIs are often played on feather-bed pitches and the use of two white balls in an innings now undoubtedly assists so format changes have allied with a more successful attacking approach.

Last week Sachin Tendulkar implied that the regulation change had taken the imbalance between bat and ball too far and said “Having two new balls in one day cricket is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven’t seen reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time”

There is also undoubtedly a resilience to England’s tail-order these days, and it is combined with an ability to counter-attack. The side is now packed with all-rounders, with virtually no tail. At the World Cup, England’s last five batsmen averaged 23, scoring at 7.9 runs per over. In the 5-0 victory over Australia this rose to an average of 39 and a scoring rate of 9.8rpo.

It is a mark of how far England have come that Adil Rashid was dropped for the opening match of the 2017 Champions Trophy in July but is now the leading ODI wicket-taker since the last World Cup, and has been both a pivotal figure in the revival of the white-ball team. Wrist-spin is typically a high-risk option. At the World Cup, England’s spinners had an economy of 5.2rpo, and took a wicket every 54 deliveries. This series, the economy has lifted to 5.5rpo, but they now take a wicket every 39 deliveries.

On top of this success for the spinners, England have found something with the white-ball they’ve lacked in the Test arena, raw pace. Across their six matches at the 2015 World Cup, England’s seam bowlers sent down 188 deliveries over 140kph, a figure that has increased by nearly 50% across each series since.

Aside from the technical issues there is a new strategic flexibility to England’s ODI team, which is allowing them to win matches in different circumstances. Between the last two World Cups, in 2011 and 2015, England won 49% of games they played. Coincidentally, they also won 49% of matches when they lost the toss.

However, since the dismal World Cup campaign in 2015, England win 66% of matches they play, a significant upswing which can be partly attributed to them now winning 71% of matches when they lose the toss. That is the largest winning percentage for toss-losing teams in the world, since the last World Cup, and this adaptability is key.

 


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 23rd to 24th June

Posted on 22 Jun 2018 09:49 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, The Group Stage of the World Cup continues.

Rugby Union, Summer tour matches include third tests between South Africa v Wales, Australia v Ireland and New Zealand v France.

Cricket, the fifth ODI between Australia and England in Manchester

- Racing, On the flat at Ascot, Ayr, Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket and Redcar over the jumps at Perth.

- Formula One, the French Grand Prix

Tennis, the grass court season, ATP events at Queens and Halle.

Golf, on the USPGA the Travelers Championship at TPC Highlands and on the European Tour the BMW International in Germany.


Wimbledon 2018 (2nd-15th July)

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Cricket: England v Australia 5th ODI Manchester Sunday 24th June

England mounted their second-highest successful run-chase to secure a six-wicket victory over Australia in the fourth one-day international in Durham to take a 4-0 lead in the series with only this match at Manchester to come.

With a year to go until the World Cup in England next summer the series has highlighted England’s positions as favourites for that competition at home as the top ranked ODI side.

In terms of 300+ totals since England’s nadir at the 2015 World Cup the tale is instructive:

England 31

India 16

South Africa 15

Australia 15

New Zealand

And for 350+ totals over the same period

England 11 (400+ thrice)

South Africa 8 (400+ once)

India 4

Australia 4

Having lost this one day series Australia are becoming better equipped to win the war which will be the Ashes series next summer. Not always does the better pace attack win the Ashes in England as is invariably the case in Australia. In a side shorn of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins through injury they have unveiled Billy Stanlake who impressed before injury in the IPL and have another fine prospect in Jhye Richardson, who touches 90 mph and is only 21.

So Australia’s pace bowling, if raw, is still sharp: It is their batting which smacks of an “A” team. This is not solely due to the bans on David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia have lost 14 and won two of their last 16 internationals spread over the last two calendar years, suggesting their ODI batting has been more affected than their Test batting by the growth of T20.

Since the last World Cup Australia average 26.17 against wrist-spin in ODIs. They lose a wicket every 30 balls, that's only the 10th best in the world.

England's spinners have now taken 18 wickets in this series, the most for England in a home ODI series since 1999. Ali has taken 8-166 at a strike rate of 19, Rashid 11-225 at a strike rate of 19

With the series won we can expect some team changes for this match but that shouldn’t affect the places of the two spinners. Ali is one of the many all-rounders that make England such a formidable batting proposition in the format and Rashid is the top wicket taker in the series.

The England bowler market for this match interesting given the performance of England’s spinners and Australia’s weakness against wrist spnners in particular and Manchester too is often a dry track.

Prices for the pair are Rashid 3/1 and Ali 5/1. Rashid is the more reliable proposition.

10 points Adil Rashid Top England bowler 5th ODI 3/1 Bet365 and Betfred


Arms Race

In less than 100 days the 2018 NFL season will be with us and teams are currently in mini-camps preparing for the month long training camps in August.

Whilst beginning to look at ante-post markets as they form its clear how much the recruitment of young quarterbacks is changing the competitive landscape amongst NFL teams, a process which is cyclical, and how the ever rising salary cap has allowed some franchises to really load up on talent.

The main beneficiaries of the salary cap rises are those teams in the fortunate position of having a potentially top quarterback on a cheap rookie deal, as this is the quickest way to be able to build a winning team.

The salary cap has been rising by nearly $10m each year since 2013, but rookie quarterbacks have remained cheap since the 2011 CBA changed the rookie pay scale. Sam Bradford, the last quarterback on the old pay scale, received a $78m deal with $50m guaranteed in 2010, while last year’s top quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, signed a four-year, fully-guaranteed $29m deal.

Three of the past six Super Bowls were won by teams who had quarterbacks on their rookie contracts. When you have a good quarterback under a rookie contract, you can stack so much talent that your chances for competing will basically never be higher than before that young quarterback signs his second contract.

Take the Seahawks who never paid a single player more than 8% of the salary cap from 2012 to 2015, while Russell Wilson was on his rookie deal. Wilson is one of the best passers in the game, and he could lead another team to the Super Bowl even at his current salary ($23.7m against the cap), but it certainly hampers Seattle’s ability to build a talented roster around him when he’s accounting for 16% of the cap like he is this year. No team whose top two players account for more than 20% of the cap has won the Super Bowl. One of the reasons the Patriots have been able to stay at the top for so long is that Brady has played at a discount.

This off-season you see teams attempting to maximise their windows to win while they have cheap quarterbacks. The Eagles’ cap is very well-managed. Last year no player accounted for more than 6% of the salary cap. With Carson Wentz playing like an MVP while still on his rookie deal, they used that extra money to either extend or sign veterans. The 2016 preseason trade of Sam Bradford to the Vikings left huge space under the the cap which was also used to beef up the roster with veterans.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Rams are building an “all-star” team by trading for players, and they’re able to do so because of Jared Goff’s 199th-ranked salary-cap hit among all NFL players. (Wentz is 209th.) This is a “win now” situation because once Aaron Donald and then Goff need to be paid, they won’t have the financial flexibility elsewhere to have roster depth.

The Chicago Bears have also cottoned on to this strategy. They recruited Allen Robinson (perhaps the top wide receiver available in free agency), Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton and drafted skill position players to complement Trubisky. There’s no guarantee all of these moves will work or that Trubisky is the quarterback to make them work, yet but there is no downside to bringing Robinson in, as Trubisky won’t count more than $10m against the cap until 2021 at the earliest. If Trubisky can play, then the Bears have begun to maximise their window. The Chiefs are another example. With 2017 first-rounder Patrick Mahomes about to take over for the traded Alex Smith, they added Sammy Watkins at a massive $48mn price tag.

The Jets have decided to spread the risk, spending $20m-$30m on three quarterbacks drafting Darnold to compete alongside the already-signed Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. It’s essentially the same as paying an already-established quarterback, but you’ve tripled your chances of finding  production in a given year. However, there’s a structural problem: There are simply not enough practice reps to go around. It’s the same issue the Eagles faced with backup Nick Foles, until they got to the playoffs and earned a bye week in which they effectively ran an intense mini-camp to get their back up up to speed.

As ever there are exceptions. The Dallas Cowboys are entering the third year under Dak Prescott who counts a paltry $470,000 against the cap for the next two seasons. They cannot enter the NFL arms race for roster building because for another year they still have Tony Romo’s salary hit on the books (past salary cap mismanagement meant they constantly extended Romo’s deal in his peak years to be able to roster build pushing money later into his contract, only to be left holding the bill when he retired early). Next year is their sole year to go for it, with Romo's money clear and before Dak and Zeke need to be paid at the end of their rookie deals.. 


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