Pittsburgh Pirates versus St Louis Cardinals

Sunday Night Baseball Picks 9-6-2015

MLB One Day League Fantasy Picks

Sunday Night Baseball features two playoff contenders from the NL Central division as the St Louis Cardinals will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. These clubs meet on September 6th from St Louis and MLB draft GMs can track the results of their rosters over ESPN TV.

As the teams enter play on Saturday the Pirates were sitting five games in the loss column back of the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race with just 29 games left to be played. The win by Pittsburgh in the opener of the series broke a four game losing streak as they were swept in the three game series at Milwaukee during the mid-week. The Pirates have gotten some good work from their pitching staff as the club sits second in all of baseball in Team ERA at 3.22 season to date.

The St Louis Cardinals have sat atop the NL Central for some time. They are 86-48 on the campaign. After dropping Game 1 to the Pirates on Friday they have lost two straight. The Cardinals‘ pitching has been tremendous. They are tops in Major League Baseball in Team ERA (2.72) and Quality Starts (92) this season. They sit in the top third of Major League Baseball in team batting average at .256 on the year.

Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen still leads the everyday players with a batting average of .304 with 20 homers and 85 RBIs. He has hit well in the month of September with a .333 batting average. McCutchen had a two hit game on Friday night.

Pittsburgh Pirates C; Francisco Cervelli is in a 2 for 17 slump that saw his batting average fall to .298 with six homers and 38 RBIs. He was rested Saturday and expected to be in the lineup for Sunday Night Baseball.

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang has a .287 batting average on the year with 13 homers and 51 RBIs. Kang has multiple hits in three of his past six games entering Saturday.

Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Sterling Marte had a three hit game on Friday which raised his batting average to .280 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B: Neil Walker has a batting average of .263 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs. Walker is batting .275 against St Louis pitching this year with two homers and six RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco is on a major hitting slump as he is just 1 for 25 through Friday night. His average has dropped to .258 with seven homers and 41 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates P: Gerrit Cole will start his 28th game of the year on Sunday. The 24 year old right hander is 15-8 with an ERA of 2.64 and WHIP of 1.13. He looks to rebound off a poor start on September 1st where he allowed five earned runs over four innings in defeat.

St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward leads the Cardinals with a .287 batting average with 11 homers and 50 RBIs. He is on fire the past seven days with a hitting average of .246 with four RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta is batting .308 for the month of September. On the year Peralta has 16 homers and 60 RBIs. He had a three hit day on Wednesday at home to Washington.

St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina is batting .277 with four homers and 59 RBIs. He has two multiple hit games over his past five games.

St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong is batting .417 in his past seven days. He has hits in seven straight and has a three hit game on Wednesday. Wong has five multiple hit games in his past ten games through Friday.

St Louis Cardinals P: John Lackey is 11-8 in his 27 starts with an ERA of 2.87 and WHIP of 1.20. Lackey worked on August 31st and held the Nationals to one earned run and four hits in six innings in a win at home.

MLB One Day League Fantasy Picks

P: John Lackey (Cardinals)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
3B: Jung Ho Kang (Pirates)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)

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NFL Live Draft News 9-5-2015

Seattle Signs Veteran Running Back

The Seattle Seahawks added depth to their running back position with a one year contract given to former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson.

Fred Jackson:

His numbers dipped during the 2014 campaign. He had 141 carries for 525 yards for just 3.7 yards per rush attempt. That was his worst yards per carry number in his career. Jackson had just two rushing touchdowns and fumbled the football five times. The question for Seattle is who will Jackson take carries away from.

Marshawn Lynch:

Following the Super Bowl winning year Lynch improved on his yards per carry average by a half yard over the 2013 campaign. The running back carried the ball 280 times for 1306 yards and a 4.7 yards per rush average. He had a career long 79 yard run plus his 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014 was a career high. Lynch is an underrated weapon in the passing game. Marshawn Lynch caught 37 balls last year for 367 yards and four touchdowns with 65 first down rushes. He average nearly 10 yards per reception and had 16 first down catches.

Robert Turbin:

He suffered a high ankle sprain and could miss the first five weeks of the season. The Seahawks are thinking of cutting the fourth year back out of Utah St. He had 74 carries last year and two touchdowns. He only averaged 4.2 yards per rush last year. It was an improvement over his 3.4 yards a carry in 2013. But with a healthy Fred Jackson available the Seahawks probably wouldn’t want to wait for Turbin to recover from his ankle sprain and just pencil in Jackson to backup Lynch.

Christine Michael:

The third year back from Texas A&M will try and beat out Fred Jackson for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch. In 2014 Michael had just 34 carries for 175 yards which amounted to a 5.1 yards per carry average. He had a 45 yard run that skewed the carry average a bit.

Jacksonville Announces Starting Running Back

T.J. Yeldon:

The rookie will get the start for the Jaguars in week one. His big issue in college was ball security as he fumbled the ball ten times.

Denard Robinson:

The former Michigan product has been converted from quarterback to running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 135 carries for 582 yards and four touchdowns which amounted to 4.3 yards a carry. Jaguars would like to see more production in the passing game as Robinson had 23 receptions but averaged only 5.4 yards per reception.

Toby Gerhart:

Gerhart is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He needs to improve greatly this year as he rushed it 101 times for just 326 yards which amounted to a poor 3.2 yards per rush average.

Miami Rookie Running Back Diagnosed with Cracked Rib

Jay Ajayi:

Ajayi had a nice game in the final preseason game with 66 rushing yards on nine rushing attempts. He suffered a cracked rib and could be a candidate for IR.

Browns Running Back Situation

Isaiah Crowell:

Head coach Mike Pettine is leaning towards Crowell to get the start in Week 1. In his rookie campaign with the Browns Crowell had 607 rushing yards on 148 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran for 4.1 yards per carry last year.

Terrance West:

He enters his second season and will backup Crowell. West ran for 673 yards last year on 171 carries for 3.9 yards per carry. He had four touchdowns and 30 first down gains.

Browns Veteran Signee Could Have Trouble Making 53 Man Roster

Dwyane Bowe:

Bowe has been unimpressive in training camp. He has been listed as a starting wide receiver on the depth chart. Head coach Mike Pettine tried to diffuse rumors of a possible outright release of Bowe.

LeSean McCoy Update

LeSean McCoy:  There were media reports that McCoy would be ready for week one. He has been bothered by a hamstring injury in preseason. Later in the day he told the media to wait and see.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News
September 5th 2015

Yankees Even in the Loss Column with the Blue Jays after Friday Win

The New York Yankees built on an early 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 victory against Tampa Bay on Friday Night. The Yankees made the most of their four hits in the game and the starting pitching was good too. The Yankees power was on display with three homers in victory.

Luis Severino:

The New York young starter had a good outing and got some run support for his effort. Severino went 6 1/3rd innings and allowed just one earned run and seven hits. The run was scored on a home run by Evan Longoria. In his six starts Severino is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.04 and WHIP of 1.19. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his six starts. The 6 1/3rd innings Severino worked on Friday night was his longest stint as a Yankees.

Brian McCann:

The Yankees catcher had a home run in the win and walked twice. McCann has struggled for the month of September going 3 for 16.

Alex Rodriguez:

ARod had a home run and two RBIs in the victory. He had a poor month of August. Rodriguez is trying to break a slump and bounced back with a .286 batting average in his past seven days.

Gregory Bird:

The 22 year old first baseman is playing for injured Mark Teixeira. He slugged his fourth home run in 19 games with the Yankees on Friday night. Bird is hitting .318 over his past seven days.

Blue Jays Get Blown Out At Home- Sit Tied in Loss Column With Yanks

Toronto was the victim of big innings by Baltimore as the Orioles pushed across four runs in both the sixth and eighth inning. It was a rough night on the hill for Drew Hutchison and reliever Bo Schultz as the Orioles won by the score of 10-2.

Drew Hutchison:

The 25 year old had a bad start on Friday night as he surrendered six earned runs and nine hits pitching five innings. Hutchison allowed three homers to Orioles batters. This broke a winning streak of four games for Hutchison. Toronto had been 7-0 in his previous seven starts.

Bo Shultz:

In just 1/3rd of an inning Shultz was lit up for four earned runs with three hits and a walk.

Chris Colabello:

It was a 3 hit game for Colabello in a losing effort. He leads the everyday hitters with a .330 batting average with 13 homers and 49 RBIs.

Russell Martin:

The Blue Jays catcher had two hits on Friday and has multiple hits in two of his past three games. On the season Martin is batting .244 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.

Kevin Pillar:

The centerfielder of Toronto had two hits on Friday night. He has multiple hits in four of his past nine games. On the year Pillar is batting .264 with nine homers and 45 RBIs.

Josh Donaldson:

The former Oakland Athletics drew the 0 for 4 on Friday. Still he has been hot with a .458 batting average with ten RBIs over his past seven days. On the season Donaldson has 36 homers and 112 RBIs for this hot hitting Toronto Blue Jays team.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Toronto DH was cooled off on Friday night with a 0 for 3. Despite a poor night Encarnacion is still batting .421 over his past seven days with four homers and 12 RBIs. He has put up some impressive powers numbers in 2015 with 30 homers and 92 RBIs season to date.

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NFL Fantasy Draft Players for Week 1

Tom Brady Plays in Week 1—New England Patriots Fantasy Weapons

With Tom Brady facing a four game suspension some fantasy football GMs may have put their attention elsewhere when thinking about draft options for their one day leagues in week 1. Let’s get caught up on the New England Patriots targets in the passing game and producers in the running game.

Tom Brady:

Now entering his 16th season the 38 year quarterback is coming off a tremendous year in 2014 hitting on 64% of his throws for 4109 yards with 33 touchdowns and 9 picks. His passing attempts were down since way back in 2010 because New England improved their rushing attack in 2014. He has shown durability playing in all 16 regular season games the past six seasons since suffering a season ending knee injury in 2008. There is an important piece from last year’s team missing. Safety valve running back Shane Vereen left in free agency to the New York Giants. He was an integral part to the Patriots passing attack with his ability to catch and run to move the sticks.

LeGarrette Blount:

The former Pittsburgh Steeler signed with New England late last season and returns. Blount rushed for 5.8 yards per carry or greater in three games of the five he played in the regular season for New England. He had a big game against Indianapolis in the playoffs with 148 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Brandon LaFell:

He is expected to start out wide for New England. In his first year with New England after four years in Carolina, LaFell had a career high 74 catches for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. The yardage and touchdowns were also a career best.

Julian Edelman:

The 29 year old caught 92 balls for New England for 972 yards and four touchdowns. His numbers were on pace to his 2013 season as he missed two games due to concussion. Because of his 5’ 10” size he won’t be targeted much in the red zone and goal line situations. The greater the space to work with the more effective Edelman is.

Danny Amendola:

Only averaged about three targets per game in 2014. He played in all 16 regular season games and caught 27 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown. His 7.4 yards per catch average was a career worst. Amendola saw action in the return game last year.

Rob Gronkowski:

He is a popular player for fantasy draft managers. He caught 82 balls for 1124 yards with 12 touchdowns. His 13.7 yards per reception is outstanding for the tight end position in 2014. With Gronkowski it’s always about his health. He has missed 15 regular season games the past three seasons.

St Louis Rams Offensive Showing This Preseason a Huge Disappointment

The St Louis Rams have sat in the bottom of the NFC West for years. They have added some respectability to their defense. The offense still seems like its light years away from developing into playoff material. So far the Nick Foles for Sam Bradford trade looks like a win for the Eagles. St Louis has been drafting targets for their quarterbacks but the performance hasn’t been there.

Nick Foles:

The team went winless in the preseason and failed to score more than 17 points in any one of those games. Foles in 2014 with the Philadelphia Eagles played in just eight games last year due to injury. His completion percentage was under 60% a year ago for the first time in his career.

Tavon Austin:

On the depth chart the 2013 number one draft pick is shown as a second stringer. Last year Austin had just 31 catches in 15 games for 242 yards and no touchdowns.

Kenny Britt:

He came over from Tennessee last year for St Louis and had a career high 48 receptions for 748 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 15.6 yards per catch.

Brian Quick:

A second round draft pick for the Rams in 2012, Quick showed some positive signs for the team in 2014 but was hit with a season ending shoulder injury and played in only seven games last year.

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Wisconsin Badgers versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Best Fantasy Picks 9-5-2015

The first Saturday of the 2015 college football season has an attractive contest as the Wisconsin Badgers will meet the Alabama Crimson Tide. Fantasy GMs can tune to ABC on Saturday night September 5th at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Alabama Crimson Tide finished at 12-2 and was defeated by eventual National Champion Ohio St in the playoff semifinal. This will be an inexperienced offense for Alabama as they drop 8 starters from that side of the ball in 2015. An impact wide receiver in Amari Cooper’s production must be replaced. Cooper caught 124 balls for over 1700 yards and 16 touchdowns. That is a ton of offense from one player. On the defensive side of the football the Crimson Tide drops just 4 starters from 2014. Head coach Nick Saban has not named a starting quarterback and probably will do so at game time. Many believe it will be Jake Coker.

Wisconsin Badgers were an 11-3 team in 2014. They suffered a humiliating 59-0 defeat to Ohio St in the Big Ten championship game. After that stinging defeat head coach Gary Anderson took the Oregon St job so Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Paul Chryst was hired. The Badgers bounced back by beating Auburn in the Outback Bowl 34-31. The Badgers were a bruising running team as the club ran for nearly 7 yards a carry in 2014. Their stud running back Melvin Gordon has left to the NFL. Gordon produced nearly 2600 yards on the ground with 29 touchdowns.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB: Jake Coker, Alec Morris, Cooper Batemen

Jake Coker: The only Crimson Tide quarterback in camp that has seen time in games. In 2014 Coker hit on 64% of his throws for 403 yards with four touchdowns and no picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB: Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Damion Harris

Derrick Henry: Led the Crimson Tide on the ground with 990 yards on 172 carries which averaged out to nearly 6 yards per carry. Henry had 11 touchdowns rushing in 2014. Henry had small contributions in the passing game with five catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 26 yards per reception.

Kenyan Drake: The running back saw limited work in 2014. He rushed for 112 yards on 22 carries for 5.1 yards per rush average. Drake had a 29 yard touchdown run and finished with four rushing touchdowns a year ago. Kenyan Drake had an 87 yard touchdown reception. He also had five catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the passing game.

Damion Harris: A highly touted freshman who got strong looks from the coaches in practice.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR: DeAndrew White

DeAndrew White: He had about a third of the receptions than Amari Cooper had in 2014. White caught 40 passes for 504 yards with four touchdowns. DeAndrew White had a 58 yard touchdown reception and finished in 2014 with 12.6 yards per catch average.

Wisconsin Badgers QB: Joel Stave

Joel Stave: The incoming senior starter has had a maligned career with the Badgers. He was highly criticized by outgoing coach Gary Anderson who publicly expressed his disappointment in Stave’s play. Anderson felt Stave missed many big play opportunities in his time with the program. Last year Stave hit on 53% of his throws for 1350 yards with nine touchdowns and ten interceptions.

Wisconsin Badgers RB: Corey Clement, Taiwan Deal, Jordan Stevenson.

Corey Clement: Melvin Gordon got all the publicity as deserved in 2014. Running back Corey Clement produced very well in the Badgers backfield last year with 949 yards rushing on 147 carries with nine touchdowns. Clement broke for a 72 yard touchdown run last year and averaged 6.5 yards per carry on the ground.

The program has been high on incoming freshman contributors in the running back position with Taiwan Deal and Jordan Stevenson

Wisconsin Badgers WR: Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson: The wide out was the Badgers leading receiver by far in 2014. Erickson caught 55 balls for 772 yards and three touchdowns. His longest passing play went for 70 yards. Erickson averaged 14 yards per reception a season ago. There was not much rushing stats for Erickson with just three carries for one yard.

Fantasy College Football Daily League Picks

QB: Jake Coker (Alabama)

RB: Corey Clement (Wisconsin), Derrick Henry (Alabama)

WR: Alex Erickson (Wisconsin), DeAndrew White (Alabama)

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The Giants Slump Continues. Losing Streak is now 6 games after 11-3 loss to Rockies

After facing some tough pitching staffs in the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals one can understand the Giants offensive funk in some of their games in their recent streak. They traveled to Colorado after getting swept in three straight to the LA Dodgers and fell 11-3 to the Rockies. San Francisco got good starting pitching in the Dodgers series but Game 1 in Colorado was not. The Giants hitters on Thursday had just six hits all game.

Ryan Vogelsong:

The veteran right hander was tagged with the loss for San Francisco as he allowed seven earned runs in the loss and could go no longer than three innings in the game. Vogelsong is taxing the Giants bullpen. In his past three starts he lasted 3, 4 2/3rds and 3 1/3rd innings losing all three games.

Twins Three Game Win Streak Ends on Thursday

Minnesota dropped a 6-4 decision to the Chicago White Sox. The team has won three straight series and that includes wins against playoff contenders in the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching has been shaky the past three of four games for the Twins as they have surrendered five runs or greater. The Twins are just 1 ½ games in the standings behind the Texas Rangers for the final playoff spot in the American League.

Miguel Sano:

The 22 year old DH was given a day off with a hamstring issue. Sano, a rookie has impressed early as the Dominican Republic product has hit .294 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs. His slugging percentage is an impressive .617. The ironic part of his power numbers is that they were accumulated in just 52 games played. That’s less than a third of a season. That is a clip of over 45 homers and 126 RBIs in a full 162 game season.

Brian Dozier:

The 28 year old second basemen for the Twins have produced some very good power numbers for his positon. Dozier has 26 home runs and 68 RBIs on the year.

Kansas City Royals Magic Number Now 17 with 15-7 victory against Detroit.

The Kansas City Royals has now moved to 31 games over .500 after their win on Thursday against the Tigers. It is now two straight wins and five wins over their past seven games. It has been double digit run production for KC in their past two games against the Tigers.

Lorenzo Cain:

The Royals centerfielder ran his hit streak to 11 games after his consecutive two hit game in this series on Thursday. His batting average is now up to .315.

Eric Hosmer:

The KC first basemen have been blistering hot. He is coming off a three hit night on Thursday. He has multiple hits in three of his past five games. Hosmer’s batting average has risen up to .312.

Kendrys Morales:

The Royals DH was red hot in the Tigers series. He produced multiple hits in all three games. He had four hits with four RBIs on Thursday. Morales went 8 for 14 in the three game series. Kendrys Morales has eight RBIs over his past three games for a total of 98 for the regular season.

Dodger’s Bullpen Blows Huge Dodger Comeback

The LA Dodgers ruined a huge opportunity to take a 7 ½ game lead in the standings over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West with a 10-7 loss on Wednesday to the San Diego Padres. LA was down 4-0 early the rallied with two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Starter Mat Latos was hit with all four runs and had another short outing. With the Giants losing earlier in the night LA had a shot of extending their lead in the NL West race. Heading into Thursday the Dodger bullpen had an ERA over 5. LA used six relievers with four giving up at least one run.

Matt Latos

It was another bad outing for Dodger starter. He has given up four runs or greater in three of his past four starts. He has not pitched more than 4 2/3rd innings in his past four starts.

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College Fantasy Football – CFB – Preview 9-4-15

The 2015 college football season continues on Friday September 4th as the Washington Huskies will be meeting the Boise St Broncos. Fantasy GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 10:15PM Eastern Time to check out the scoring results of their one day league rosters.

Head coach Chris Peterson enters his second year with the Huskies. The team was 8-6 a season ago and had a losing record against PAC 12 opponents. The Huskies will lack experience this year with just nine starters returning. Defensively the Huskies performed well by allowing just under 25 points a game.

Boise St had a successful 2014 campaign as the team finished the year with a 12-2 record. They defeated the Arizona Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl. Head coach Bryan Harsin has 17 starters back but must replace starting quarterback Grant Hedrick and star running back Jay Ajayi. The Broncos have the ability to run the table this year and get into the discussion for a playoff spot. After the Washington game the team travels to BYU. In week four there is a test at Virginia. Then what follows are eight games against the Mountain West conference which doesn’t appear to be very strong and has weakened when Utah and TCU left for major conferences.

Washington Huskies QB: Jake Browning, Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels

Unfortunately for Washington 2013 starting quarterback Cyler Miles was hit with a hip injury that has forced him to retire from football. Peterson says he will announce his starting QB on game day. Rumors among media members covering the team are speculating that freshman quarterback Jake Browning will get the start. Jeff Lindquist saw mop up work last year but hit just 10 of 30 throws for 162 yards with a touchdown. Lindquist did run some when he saw work with 63 rushing yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

Washington Huskies RB: Dwayne Washington, Lavon Coleman

Dwayne Washington was the Huskies leading rusher in 2014 with 697 yards on the ground on 132 carries. He scored nine rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.3 yards a carry. Washington had a 68 yard rushing touchdown last year. In the passing game, Washington caught 15 balls for 91 yards with his longest gain being 29 yards. Lavon Coleman in 2014 ran for 565 yards on 138 carries but only averaged 4.1 yards per attempt. Coleman wasn’t used much in passing routes with just nine receptions for 39 yards. His longest gain was 31 yards meaning he had eight catches for just 8 yards.

Washington Huskies WR: Jaydon Mickens, Joshua Perkins

Jaydon Mickens led the Huskies in 2014 with 60 catches for 617 yards. He had four touchdowns with a 54 yard touchdown reception. Joshua Perkins averaged 12.6 yards per catch last year and had three receiving touchdowns.

Boise St Broncos QB: Ryan Finley

Ryan Finley was the back up to 2014 starter Grant Hedrick last season. In limited time last year the signal caller hit on 12 of 27 passes for 161 yards with two touchdowns and one pick.

Boise St Broncos RB: Jeremy McNichols

Jay Ajayi and Grant Hedrick who have both left the program accounted for 502 of the 609 rushing attempts for the team last year. Jeremy McNichols a sophomore had 17 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown last year. McNichols contributed some in the passing game as the Boise St running back had 15 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Boise St Broncos WR: Shane Williams-Rhoades, Thomas Sperbeck, Chaz Anderson, Jake Roh

Thomas Sperbeck led the Broncos with 51 catches for 877 yards and three touchdowns. He made big plays in the passing game with 17.2 yards per catch average. Chaz Anderson was another big play option for the team last year with 21 receptions for 456 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson averaged 21.7 yards per catch in 2014. Shane Williams-Rhoades was a possession target catching 68 balls for 585 yards and seven touchdowns. Jake Roh grabbed 35 passes last year for 408 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Best Fantasy Picks

QB: Ryan Finley (Boise St)

RB: Jeremy McNichols (Boise St), Dwayne Washington (Washington)

WR: Thomas Sperbeck (Boise St), Chaz Anderson (Boise St)

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Daily Fantasy Football News – September 2nd and 3rd 2015

Well if you didn’t get tired enough to hear about the NFL’s “Deflategate”, here is some more news. New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, has had his 4 game suspension lifted by the U.S. District Court. The NFL can still bring this decision to appeal, but for now Brady will be available for week 1 of the season. This news brings up an exciting matchup between the Patriots and the Steelers for NFL kickoff.

Arizona Cardinals running back, Chris Johnson, went through his first full practice with the team on Tuesday. He is expected to play for the first time with his new team, on Thursday. The Cards will go head to head against the Broncos, for the last game of the preseason. Johnson has been sidelined due to a hamstring injurie he suffered two days before Arizona’s second preseason game. It will be his first and last chance for him to compete for the backup spot, against rookie David Johnson. With a strong game, Chris Johnson could see his fantasy value rise yet again.

The Buffalo Bills are worried about running back LeSean McCoy’s injury. He might be unavailable for the first game of the season, against the Indianapolis Colts. McCoy suffered a left hamstring injury during practice, two weeks ago. Bills Coach, Rex Ryan, said a few days later that he was “cautiously optimistic” that McCoy would be ready for the opener. Now, doubts as been cast about the severity of the injury. With veteran tailback Fred Jackson released from the team, earlier this week, it is unknown who is the backup for the team yet.

There will be several Atlanta Falcons player’s sitting out the preseason finale, against the Baltimore Ravens. Running back Devonta Freeman might be one of them. He’s healing a hamstring injury that occurred in preseason, and is expected to be ready for week 1 of the season. Freeman will battle teammate Tevin Coleman for carries, this year. Coleman is also recovering from a hamstring injury that happened in preseason. Health issues and the sharing of playing time hurts their fantasy appeal.

The Carolina Panthers have resigned quarterback Derek Anderson to a 2 year’s contract on Wednesday. He has been part of the team since 2011, but hasn’t started a game in his first three years. Last season, he made his first two starts in replacement of an injured Cam Newton. Anderson has won both games. He finished the campaign with 65 completions for 701 yards and 5 touchdowns. The 32 years-old had no interception all-season. Head Coach Ron Rivera said that “Derek adds stability to the quarterback position as the backup”. Anderson is definitely one of the better backups in the league.

San Diego Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers, said that they will work with a running back by committee system, this year. It was slated that rookie running back, Melvin Gordon, would be full time carrier of the team, but his underwhelming performance in preseason has the Chargers think otherwise. This news gives the option to use backup Danny Woodhead as a deeper fantasy pick for your DFS leagues.

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Daily Fantasy Football News – 09-03-2015

The Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy Injury

LeSean McCoy: The Bills running back had a hamstring problem this preseason and the fear is he may miss week one of the regular season. He had a major injury during the 2012 season when a concussion forced him to miss four games. The injury occurred in practice on August 18th. This came on the heels of Buffalo releasing veteran running back Fred Jackson. With not much depth in the wide receiver position the Bills were counting on their running game entering the 2015 campaign.

Tyrod Taylor: The Bills mobile quarterback was announced recently as the teams starter in week one.

Fred Jackson. He is no longer an option for Bills as following his release he is getting a physical with the Seattle Seahawks.

Boobie Dixon: The backup to McCoy has been nursing a calf injury. He has been listed as probable for the final preseason game on Thursday. Dixon is listed on the Bills depth chart as the backup to McCoy. He was a workhorse in his time with the Mississippi St Bulldogs. In his four years with the San Francisco 49ers he had very limited carries behind Frank Gore. What kept Dixon in the NFL were his abilities in special teams. He was outstanding in the punt and kickoff teams with an outstanding ability to fight blockers and the speed to reach the returner very quickly. In his one season in Buffalo in 2014 Dixon rushed for 432 yards on 105 carries and two touchdowns. That averaged out to 4.1 yards a carry. He hasn’t provided much production in the passing game during his career.

Karlos Williams: Another Bills option at running back is nursing an undisclosed injury. He is questionable for Thursday’s game. He is a rookie fifth rounder out of Florida St.

Bryce Brown: The fourth year back out of Kansas St was a seventh round pick of Philadelphia in 2012. He played in seven games for Buffalo in 2014 and ran 36 times for 126 yards with a poor 3.5 yards per carry average. He is a career 4.4 yards per carry runner with one productive year in 2012 with the Eagles.

Washington Redskins Veteran Wide Receiver Supports Kirk Cousins

Now that Washington has announced that Kirk Cousins will start in week one let’s take a close look at the fantasy value for his top passing targets.

Pierre Garcon: The sixth year wide receiver gave his full support for Kirk Cousins in his comments to the media on Wednesday. Garcon called Cousins a natural born leader. The talented wide out saw his production drop considerably in 2014 as he had just 68 receptions for 752 yards with five touchdowns. That was a drop of 37 receptions, 594 yards and two touchdowns from his numbers during the 2013 campaign. His 113 receptions and 1346 passing yards in 2013 was a career best.

DeSean Jackson: Pairing outside opposite of Garcon is eight year wide out DeSean Jackson. In his first season with Washington in 2014 Jackson saw his numbers decline considerably from his 2013 numbers he put up with Philadelphia. He caught 56 balls in 2014 for 1169 yards and six touchdowns. His receptions were down by 26 the yardage down by 263 yards and he had three fewer touchdowns than in 2013. But the biggest drop from 2013 was the number of first down catches. In 2013 Jackson had 60 first down plays to just 35 a season ago.

Andre Roberts: The six year veteran spent most of his year with Arizona as a third and fourth option. He is about the same in Washington. Last year with the Redskins he caught 36 balls for 453 yards and two touchdowns. The receptions and yardage were down a bit from his 2013 numbers in Arizona.

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Cubs Slide–Loss on Wednesday is their 6th in 8 Games. Starters Taxing Bullpen

The Cubs rallied to tie the Reds with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Then in the top of the ninth the Cubs surrendered three runs to Cincinnati to fall 7-4. Things were looking great for Chicago’s playoff chances. After a bad west coast trip and some shoddy play at home Chicago has fallen to 76-57 with 30 games left and has a six game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the final playoff spot. Good thing for Chicago that the Dodgers have played well in their series with San Francisco or the Cubs lead would be shorter. The Chicago pitching has to raise some concern. They have allowed 24 runs in three games to the Reds. They get an off day on Thursday then welcome Arizona into town on Friday.

Jason Hammel: The Cubs starter on Wednesday had another short stint on the mound. In five innings he allowed four earned runs and seven hits as he escaped with a no decision. Last Friday night in LA Hammel worked just five innings in a loss. He had trouble with his command walking three.

Dan Haren: The veteran taxed the Cubs bullpen on Tuesday pitching just five innings before getting yanked out of the game and he received a no decision for his efforts.

Kyle Hendricks: There was no off day for Chicago following the conclusion of their west coast trip on Sunday night baseball. So they returned to work on Monday with Kyle Hendricks taking the hill for the Cubs. This began the trend of starters taxing the bullpen. Hendricks lasted just five innings allowing three earned runs and walking three. Cincinnati then went on to push across ten runs on the Chicago bullpen.

The Bronx Bombers Put up Double Digits for the 3rd Time in 6 Games.

It was another run outburst for the New York Yankees as they pushed across 13 runs in their victory on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Back on August 30th the Yankees scored 20 runs on the Braves. Two days earlier on the Braves, New York had scored 15 runs. They get an off day on Thursday before hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Stephen Drew: After a huge two RBI double which was key to the win on Tuesday, Drew had a three hit and three RBI game on Wednesday. He hit his 17th homer of the year.

Alex Rodriguez: The DH was mired in a huge slump in August. On Wednesday ARod contributed with a hit and two RBIs.

Carlos Beltran: The veteran right fielder added a home run and two RBIs in the victory.

Didi Gregorius: The Yankees shortstop has shown great improvement at the plate in recent months. His batting average is up to .272 after two hits with a solo home run on Wednesday.

Gregory Bird: The first baseman now has his average up to .254 with a two hit game and two RBIs in the victory. Bird had his third homer of the season.

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College Fantasy Football – CFB – Opening Night Preview 9-3-15

The college football season for 2015 is set to begin and a nice matchup is scheduled as the South Carolina Gamecocks will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on a Thursday night. This game is set for September 3rd on a neutral field in Charlotte North Carolina at 6PM Eastern Time and college football draft managers can tune to ESPN to track the results of their scoring rosters.

South Carolina is looking to improve on a 7-6 record a season ago. It is not common to find the Gamecocks without double digit wins in a season. They do return 14 starters from their 2014 team and must get better on the defensive side of the football. The Gamecocks gave up 30 points per game last year. Run defense was very poor as the Gamecocks allowed 212 rushing a game. This will be a team with inexperience in the passing game as only one of their top five targets are back.

North Carolina Tar Heels is a team filled with offensive weapons with experience. Their entire offensive line is back from last year. They finished 6-6 in the regular season but finished under .500 for the entire season with a loss in their bowl game. The Tar Heels put up 33 points per game. Starting quarterback Marquise Williams is a threat with his arm and legs. Defensively it was a poor year for North Carolina as the team surrendered 39 points per game. They hired former Auburn Tigers head coach Gene Chizik as the defensive coordinator.

South Carolina Gamecocks QB: Connor Mitch

Mitch saw limited work for the Gamecocks last year. Dylan Thompson a senior last year took the majority of the snaps. Mitch went 2 for 6 for 19 yards in just mop up work.

South Carolina Gamecocks RB: Brandon Wilds and David Williams

The Gamecocks leading rusher last year was Mike Davis who had 199 carries for 982 yards. Davis has left the school. Wilds had 106 carries in 2014 and ran for 570 yards. That averaged to nearly 5 ½ yards per carry. Wilds had four touchdowns. He is rushing against a bad North Carolina defense. The running back had a 70 yard touchdown run last year. Wilds had 18 receptions out of the backfield for 143 yards with a 30 yard touchdown reception. David Williams saw some time last year with 256 yards on 45 carries. He averaged 5.7 yards per run and had two rushing touchdowns.

South Carolina Gamecocks WR: Pharoh Cooper

The Gamecocks receiving corps is very inexperienced. Cooper returns for the team in 2015 and led South Carolina with 69 catches for 1136 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged a very good 16.5 yards per catch average. His longest touchdown reception went for 85 yards. He also rushed for 200 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

North Carolina Tar Heels QB: Marquise Williams

The talented quarterback returns for North Carolina. He had a great 2014 campaign completing 63% of his throws for 3068 yards with 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He is a run threat as Williams rushed for 788 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had a 52 yard touchdown last year.

North Carolina Tar Heels RB: T.J. Logan, Romar Morris and Elijah Hood

Logan led the running backs last year with 582 rushing yards for nearly five yards per carry average with three touchdowns. Out of the backfield Logan caught 26 passes for 144 yards. Morris had 65 carries last year for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Hood also had four rushing touchdowns last year as he ran for 259 yards on 67 rushing attempts.

North Carolina Tar Heels WR: Quinshad Davis, Bug Howard, Mack Hollins and Ryan Switzer

Switzer small in stature led the club with 61 receptions for 757 yards and four touchdowns. He had a 75 yard touchdown reception. Mack Hollins was a big play receiver with 35 catches for 613 yards which averaged 17.5 yards per catch. Hollins led the receiving crew with eight touchdowns. Davis was the possession type playmaker for North Carolina with 41 catches for 470 yards with six touchdowns. He averaged just 11.5 yards per receptions. Bug Howard chipped in with 42 receptions for 455 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Marquise Williams (North Carolina)

RB: T.J Logan (North Carolina), Brandon Wilds (South Carolina)

WR: Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina), Ryan Switzer (North Carolina)

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Daily Fantasy Football News – 09-03-2015

New Yorks Jets Tight End, Jace Amaro, will be out for the season. He will be having surgery on his shoulder. The injury happened the first week of pre-season, but it was initially deemed to be minor. He was slated to backup Jeff Cumberland at the start of the season, but had a lot of buzz to become number 1 eventually. Kellen Davis will now fill his spot on the roster.

The Detroit Lions have activated running back, Joique Bell, off the physically unable to perform list. He takes the number 1 spot back from Ameer Abdullah atop the Lions depth charts. Last year, Bell rushed for a career-best 860 yards and a team-best 7 touchdowns. He took over the team’s primary tailback position over Reggie Bush, who is now with San Francisco. Bell looks like he will bring consistent numbers for the first half of the season.

The New England Patriots have acquired kick returner Jalen Saunders from the New Orleans Saints. Since being drafted in fourth round of 2014 draft, Saunders has switched teams 4 times. It’s likely related to a serious car accident that took him out part of last year’s pre-season. At 5-foot-8, he will try to bring a spark to New England.

Giants wide receiver, Victor Ortiz, still hopes to play against the Cowboys, on week 1. He’s nursing a calf strain that occurred in mid-august. Cruz has already missed most of last year due to a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. The New Jersey native is a dicey choice, until he proves that he’s fully recovered and has had a few games under his belt. For now, fellow receiver Ruben Rueben Randle seems like the safer choice for consistent numbers.

Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas will have surgery to repair his injured finger, on Wednesday. This will put him out of action for the next three games. He received a second opinion from doctors on Tuesday. Thomas signed a 46 million $US with Jacksonville, this offseason. He should be back for their home opener against the Carolina Panthers. Without his services, the Jaguars will turn to wide receiver Allen Robinson for more targets, while Marcedes Lewis will replace him in the starting lineup.

Cheesehead’s will be happy to hear that Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb will suit up for the first week of NFL action. He remains a top fantasy option among wide receivers in 2014, despite not being at 100%. With their other number 1 receiver out for the season because of a torn ACL, Cobb will be primed to best his career highs in both yardage and reception.

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Fantasy Baseball – MLB Statistical Anomalies: 32 Runs and the Home Team

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Over the past week of MLB action, we saw a couple extremely rare events that had a significant effect on the Fantasy World. The first of those was the 15-0 home team sweep on Tuesday, meaning that out of all 15 games, the home team won every single one.

ESPN and STATS quoted the odds of this event as 1 in 32,768 or .003% but I would argue that stat is a little low. This probability assumes there is an equal likelihood of the home team winning as away team winning (assuming the teams are equal) but has not been the case of the past 5 seasons. Over this time period the home team has won 53.7 percent of games while the away team won the other 46.3 percent. This puts the odds of the home team winning in all 15 games at .009%.

How does this affect your MLB Daily Fantasy Contest? Well the first significant influence is winning pitcher. If your pitcher gets the win that comes with a nice 7.5 point bonus on Fanpicks, and it is likely a winning pitcher will end the game with more favorable game stats anyways. It is always better to have a pitcher on the winning team. Although you shouldn’t expect a night like this again anytime soon, keep in mind the advantage that home team pitchers hold over away team pitchers. This applies to hitters as well. If the home team wins that means they scored more runs than the away team, which equates to a larger pool of fantasy points for your hitters to draw from.

The second statistical anomaly over the past week was the Red Sox beating the mariners in a huge run total of 22-10. In the modern era (since 1900) only 18 times has a team scored more than 24 runs in a game. Assuming a gamma distribution with an average runs scored of 4.1 runs per team, there is only .02% chance of a team scoring 22 or more runs in a single game, meaning it occurs only once in every 2500 games. However, that tells you this event occurs on average twice per season, so the numbers tell you we should see another game like this one.

Needless to say, in terms of One-Day Fantasy MLB tournaments, you don’t want to have the opposing pitcher on a day like this. King Felix was pitching for the Mariners on Saturday and racked up stats of 2.1 innings pitched, 12 hits, and 10 earned runs. All in all, when he left the game in the third inning, he had -16.5 fantasy points under Fanpicks scoring.

On the other side of the plate, Red Sox hitters had a great day. Jackie Bradley Jr. was the biggest performer of the night with 5 hits, 2 of them homers and 2 of them doubles. He made it all the way around the bases on each of those hits and brought in 7 runs, accounting for over half of the huge run total. This brought his final total to 81 fantasy points!!

These are the types of games that produce millionaire lineups. If you picked a Boston stack on Saturday (and avoided Felix Hernandez) and entered it in the right MLB Cash Draft, then you are a very rich man right now. Keep in mind that the numbers say a game like this can happen again, so be ready. A stack doesn’t always pay off but if you are going to win a high stakes tournament, then the stack is usually your best bet.

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