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Burns closed out another superb season on a PERFECT 5-0 RUN and he enters the new campaign with a BLISTERING 255-149 ($43,838) long-term record.

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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 26, 2021
Packers vs 49ers
UNDER 50½ -110 Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on GB/SF UNDER the total for the first half. The 49'ers check in off a 19-11 win over the Eagles. They're going to try and establish the run early. Their 33 rushing attempts per game is second in the entire NFL. Those frequent running plays will help keep the clock moving. The Packers bounced back from their Week 1 beating (they only scored three points for the entire game) to beat up on Detroit last game. The defense looked a bit shaky out of the gate but got going as the game progressed. That should provide some early positive momentum for the defense. Like their hosts, the Pack will want to try and establish the run early. Two of the three meetings since 2019 have seen 24 or fewer points scored by halftime. Look for this one to do the same. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 26, 2021
Mariners vs Angels
Angels
-127 at pinnacle
Lost
$127.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on LA. For all the hype he receives, Ohtani's pitching may actually be under-rated. In 12 home starts, he's 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA. Last time out, he gave up just two earned runs in eight complete innings, striking out 10 along the way. The Angels didn't give him any support in that one and lost 3-2. They should provide more runs this afternoon though. Gonzales has been taken deep in six straight starts. In four of those games, he gave up multiple home runs. Trying to lock up the MVP award, look for Ohtani to do his thing and for the Angels to finish on top. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 26, 2021
Blue Jays vs Twins
Blue Jays
-175 at linepros
Won
$100
Play Type: Free

After having lost three in a row, the Jays won a big one yesterday. They need to keep winning and they should have the edge again this afternoon. The Jays have won six straight with Manoah on the mound. They're 14-4 in his 18 starts overall. While Manoah has a 2.29 ERA his past three, Jax has a 6.58 ERA his past three. The Twins are 28-39 in day games. The Jays, on the other hand, are 39-18 in day games. Consider Toronto. 

Big Game Expert Ben Burns won ALL his BIGGEST plays in the preseason. His #1 preseason side was a WINNER. His #1 preseason total was a WINNER. His #1 "non-conference" play was a WINNER. EARLY Sunday afternoon, Ben UNLOADS on his #1 GAME OF THE SEASON, thus far, his #1 SEPTEMBER GAME OF THE MONTH. If you only make one play this month, you should really consider making it this one!

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 26, 2021
Braves vs Padres
Padres
-152 at SC Consensus
Lost
$152.0
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I'm playing on SAN DIEGO (action) Yes, the Braves have far more to play for. They're battling the Phillies to see who wins the NL East. San Diego isn't going to make it easy though. The Padres are still 45-35 at home and they're going to have an edge on the mound in this one. While the Padres have had a disappointing season, Musgrove has not. In 15 home starts, he's 6-4 with a solid 2.78 ERA and 1.076 WHIP. Chavez, on the other hand, has only made two starts. Normally a reliever, he's 0-1 with a 4.92 ERA to show for those two starts. He won't be around long. With Musgrove outlasting Chavez, the fact that both bullpens got used up yesterday becomes significant. With Musgrove outlasting Chavez, I say the Padres show some price. No sweep today.

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 26, 2021
Cardinals vs Jaguars
Jaguars
+8 -110 at SC Consensus
Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on JACKSONVILLE. The Cards have certainly gotten off to the better start. That's led to them laying a big number here. For an early road game, against a hungry Jags team, I believe it'll prove to be too much. In fact, I won't be surprised to see Jacksonville break through and finally win one. Keep in mind that the Cards only won by one last game (34-33) and that they are 0-5 ATS the past five times that they were off a game where they scored 30 or more points. With big division games (Rams and SF) on deck, it should be easy to look past lowly Jacksonville. The Jags, on the other hand, are desperate for a victory; their full attention will be on the task at hand. The last meeting between these teams was decided by a field goal, a 17-14 win for the Cards. Look for this one to also prove much closer than many will be expecting.

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 26, 2021
Packers vs 49ers
49ers
-3½ +100 at pinnacle
Lost
$100.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SF. I won with the Packers on Monday night. That was against the Lions though. Now, they play on a short week against a much tougher team. I expect them to struggle. The Packers were obviously better than they showed against the Saints in Week 1. However, that 38-3 beating did expose some weaknesses, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Now, they'll take on a stingy SF team, one which is already 2-0 and one which is fired up for its home opener. Last week, the 49ers held the Eagles to only 11 points. The favorite is 4-1 ATS the past five times that these teams faced each other, the home team winning each of the past four meeetings. The past two here at SF, games in 2019 and 2020, saw the 49'ers win by scores of 37-20 and 37-8. I expect another win and cover on Sunday night. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 26, 2021
Falcons vs Giants
Giants
-3 -100 at pinnacle
Lost
$100.0
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I'm playing on the NY GIANTS. Both these teams are 0-2. History tells us that 0-2 teams rarely make the playoffs. From 1990 to 2019, only 12% of 0-2 teams made the playoffs. Last season, 0-2 teams were 0-fer-11, in terms of making the playoffs. These teams were both among them. This year, with the addition of a 17th game and an expanded bracket, it's possible that an 0-2 team (or teams) will make it. That said, the Falcons know it probably won't be them. They played better than the final score indicated last week but still made mistakes and lost by 23 points. Their -49 point differential is the worst in the entire league. Knowing that the three teams ahead of them in the division are already a combined 5-1 figures to be disheartening. Playing in the NFC East, where every team already has a loss, the Giants have considerably more hope. Remember, Washington won the division with a 7-9 record last season. That extra optimism should serve them well here. Importantly, I believe that they match up very well against the Falcons. The Giants are averaging six yards per play, the Falcons are averaging 4.7 ypp. Note that Atlanta corner A.J. Terrell left the last game with a concussion, which is a big blow to the secondary. Homefield also works in New York's favor. Additionally, I like the fact that the Giants have had a couple of extra day's worth of rest and preparation time, due to playing on Thursday last week. With the Falcons just 4-13 ATS the past 17 times that they played a game with a line ranging from -3 to +3, I'm laying the short number with the home team. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 26, 2021
Ravens vs Lions
UNDER 50 -109 Won
$100
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I'm playing on Baltimore/Detroit UNDER the total. When choosing an 'under,' I typically want teams which are going to run the ball regularly. After all, that helps keep the clock moving. In this game, I expect a heavy dose of the run from both teams. Averaging 37.5 rushing attempts per game, the Ravens run the ball the most in the NFL, so far this season. Indeed, the Ravens are averaging 220 yards per game on the ground and the #2 team is averaging 162. The Ravens' defensive stats are a bit misleading due to the fact that they just got into a shootout against the Chiefs and an OT game against the Raiders. Needless to say, the Lions' offense isn't as dangerous as the Chiefs offense, or the Raiders offense. While Goff and co. admittedly started pretty well against Green Bay, they quickly came back to earth in the second half. The Lions would finish with 17 points for the game. Scoring figures to be tough for them again. That said, they're going to want to establish the run themselves, to try and keep Jackson on the sidelines. All things considered, this number is generously high. Look for the clock to keep moving and for the final score to prove lower than many will be expecting. 

SERVICE BIO

Age: 45

Background

In "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell asks the question: "What makes high achievers different?" Gladwell suggests that those at the top of their field have a number of similarities - that their upbringing (culture, family, what generation they came from, experiences) had much to do with their success.

As a professional sports handicapper, Ben Burns is widely recognized as being "at the top of his field." A look at Ben's upbringing shows that he fits Gladwell's model to a tee.

Exposed to the world of point spreads early and often as a child, Burns reached adulthood as the Internet was first beginning to explode, just as the first offshore sportsbooks were springing up. By that time he'd already spent thousands of hours learning and studying stats.

From an early age it became apparent to family and friends that Ben wasn't a "typical" fan. At age 11, he was mentioned in a major newspaper (Toronto Star) for correctly predicting a high profile trade before the Major League Baseball trading deadline. (Winner of the contest got tickets to the All Star game.)

Ben's father and uncles were always involved in a weekly NFL (ATS) pool. Some of Ben's earliest memories included that pool and his fascination with it. As soon as he was allowed to play, Ben demonstrated an uncanny ability to surprise the adults. Around this time, one of his uncles moved his casino business to the Caribbean. This was the environment which he came from.

The caption underneath Ben's high-school graduation photo references Ben's love for betting on football. That's because he was famous throughout his school for annually winning the local football contest, along with the $1700 per year which was awarded to the champ.

Coming of age right as the first sports books were coming online, Ben was fortunate to enjoy some success with his some of his early online sports betting endeavors. He did so well that the first shop he ever played at ended up refusing to take his hockey bets.

Also, in the very early days of the Internet, Ben won an NBA playoff contest, put on by a company which was called NSS.net. The contest victory awarded him a trip for two to Las Vegas, $1000 cash, a limo at his disposal, free shows, hotel and live sports odds for a year. Not a bad prize for a kid in his early 20s. However, the bigger prize was that Ben was exposed to the world of "professional sports handicapping." Inspired by his personal success and encouraged by his peers, Ben first made his picks available to the public in 1998.

Achievements in Handicapping/Sports

Top Ranked NFL Handicapper

From the years of 1998-2007, Ben's selections were independently documented at one of the Internet's earliest and most respected sports monitors, Big Guy Sports. During that time, Ben earned literally dozens of documented Top 3 finishes in football, basketball, baseball AND hockey, including numerous #1 titles. Competing against a field of 150 of the biggest names in the industry, he ranked as the #1 NFL handicapper in the existence of that sports monitor, in their All-Time rankings.  No competing handicapping service ever came close to matching his NFL record. In fact, Ben also ranked as the #1 combined NFL/NCAA football handicapper.

10 Straight Super Bowl Winners

A big part of the reason for Ben's #1 NFL titles was his annual success in the playoffs. He fared particularly well with his Super Bowl selections. In fact, from 1999-2007, he released 10 Super Bowl picks (3 Sides, 7 totals) and went a perfect 10-0. (All selections independently documented.) In the middle of that 10-0 streak, in the 2002-2003 season, Ben won with both the Bucs and the "over" the year that they beat the Raiders. That win was particularly sweet as he predicted that Tampa would win the Super Bowl in a number of national magazines, prior to the season even starting.

Fantasy Legend

Ben got pretty seriously into the DFS world in 2014 and 2015. Recently, he was featured as "The High Roller" in the 2015 documentary, "Living the Fantasy." A regular fixture at Fan Duel and Draft Kings live championship events, Burns has taken down 6-figure scores in football, basketball AND baseball. While many of the other prominent DFS players come from a poker background, two decades as a sports handicapper provide a unique perspective.

Biggest Win of 2016

The year has just begun but Ben has already enjoyed some notable wins. His "Bowl Game of the Year," which happened to be a total (WVU/ASU "over") saw the teams combine for 85 points and 1196 total yards, all of them in regulation. Closing out the campaign with wins on Clemson AND the "over" in the championship game was also rewarding.  

Systems Used For Handicapping

Bruce Lee noted: "Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style of system." Lee was known to talk about being shapeless, formless (like water) and ready to adapt to any situation. Likewise, Burns doesn't rely on any one particular methodology. Rather, he combines fundamental, technical and situational techniques, making use of any and all data, which he deems relevant to the situation.

Ben does tend to pay particular attention to the 'situational' side of things. Among numerous other factors, this includes trying to determine when (and why) a team will be extra motivated ("pumped up") to play its best and also when a team may be ripe for a "letdown." Burns has a contrarian nature and this trait is often revealed in his selections.  

Betting Philosophy

Ever adapting, Burns is just as likely to take points as he is to lay them. Over the years, he's played more "unders" than "overs" but that doesn't mean that he won't pull the trigger on an "over" when the time is right to do so. While many handicappers shy away from playing MLB/NHL favorites on the money-line, Ben has proven that one can be highly successful by doing so. For him, it’s all about value. If he can get a team at -130 that he likes and that believes should be -160, than that's a play.

 

Rating and Titles of Plays

Ben uses a scale of 5-10 to show his level of confidence with each play. Plays may include "titles" in order to give users a better idea of what to expect. Some of those titles include:

Personal Favorite - Strongest favorite (or pick'em game) in that sport for the day.

Best Bet - Strongest underdog (or pick'em game) in that sport for the day, occasionally can be a total.

Blue Chip Total - Strongest rated total in that sport/category for the day.

Main Event - Big play which is featured on national television.

Game Of The Week/Month/Year - Top rated side or total for that particular week/month/year.