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Fantasy Baseball Chicago White Sox Projection 2016
For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, FanPicks take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. The Chicago White Sox stayed busy this winter, acquiring several veteran to fill offseason needs. They’ve added last year’s home run derby winner Todd Frazier, 2007 National League MVP Jimmy Rollins and 2-time American League Triple leader Austin Jackson. While all those new players in the town of South Side Chicago are upgrading the team, it’s some of the returning players that will lead them to contention. Here is FanPicks Fantasy Baseball Chicago White Sox Projection 2016 :
Player to watch:
- SP Chris Sale
- 1B Jose Abreu
- OF Adam Eaton
Chris Sale, who will turn 27 years-old when the season starts, his bound to upgrade his statistics in 2016. He led the American League in strikeouts, last season. What’s even more impressive is that he won 8 of his first twelve decisions despite missing several week of spring training because of a foot injury. The moment he most shined last year was in June, striking out 75 in 44 innings of work. He finished the campaign losing once in his last five decision.
Abreu became the second player in MLB history to collect 30 homers and a 100 RBI’s in his first two season in the big leagues. The first one was a certain Albert Pujols. The Puerto Rcan should also see more fastball coming his way with the arrival of fellow slugger Todd Frazier, batting behind him in the lineup. Chicago is surely excited to see that combo in action.
The Sox leadoff hitter excelled during the latter part of the 2015 season, posting an on-base percentage of .418, hitting eight of his 14 home runs and driving in 38 runs after the All-Star game. He has set career highs in runs scored, with 98, and stolen bases, with 18, by the end of the year.
For a team that finished last in the American League for home runs swung last year (inside a hitter friendly park for that matter), there was a room for improvement in that department coming into the season. Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier should provide the help needed to support Jose Abreu at-bats. As for the pitching department, it looks solid with the trio of Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon.
Portland Trail Blazers vs San Antonio Spurs
Fantasy NBA Preview
Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs, en route to capture the league’s second-longest home winning streak will be hosting The Portland Trail Blazers at AT&T Center on Thursday night. This Fantasy NBA Preview is brought you by Fanpicks.com. Come sign up and PLAY some Fantasy Basketball at FanPicks to get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
San Antonio are on a 42 home game winning streak, 3 games shy of the NBA record prior to Golden State eclipsing the 90’s Bulls record. In fact, they’re clearly being overlooked this year due to the ridiculous records being pulled by the Warriors and the Spurs are having a wonderful season, one of the best in recent times. Not only they’re ranking first in points allowed with their solid defensive play, but are also on pace to have the best all time point differential in the NBA’s history. The whole team is playing extremely well including Kawhi Leonard who has really stepped us his already high level game but also LaMarcus Aldrige. Aldrige who led the Trail Blazers in scoring the last 5 seasons signed surprisingly to the Spurs in the summer and integrated his new team quite well.
The Trail Blazers, despite being a hot team the past 2 months are on an ugly stride right now, having dropped 5 of their last 7 games and in terrible fashion. Their defense is non-existent allowing over 109 pts in 6 of those 7 last games. Their offense is still solid led by Damian Lillard and ranking 8th in the league for points scored. With the playoff around the corner, they will need to really pace themselves and focus further defensively to secure their berth. The Spurs are far favourites in this contest.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Lineup
Fanpicks brings you another edition of our daily fantasy basketball lineup. March Madness may have all the attention at the moment, but these guys aren’t so bad themselves.
There are eight games on the NBA schedule tonight, and while none feature the Warriors or Thunder there are still some good matchups to pick your lineup from.
Damian Lillard and his Trail Blazers are in San Antonio to face the mighty Spurs. I expect Lillard to have a really big game. He always rises to the occasion against top teams, and often has a big performance after a down-game with fantasy points in the 20’s.
He will lead his Portland teammates into battle, as he will lead my pool of picks from the point tonight.
Let’s take a look at the rest of my daily fantasy basketball lineup.
Jeff Teague will man the other point spot. Teague’s been on a roll lately, and could easily be worth $7000+ for that kind of production. Sometimes he can be inconsistent (often due to the presence of Dennis Schroeder), but has been averaging a very impressive 30.5 fantasy points over his last 10 games.
The “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a fixture on my teams for the past two months. Luckily, he was much cheaper before and wasn’t far off these types of performances. I’m sticking with him at $10200. The man is a blue-collar worker with blue-chip talent.
Gary Harris drew the call as a last minute replacement for Bradley Beal, who was pulled from the lineup as warm up was breaking. Harris cane easily come through with 25 points and hopefully 35 (fantasy points).
Otto Porter has recorded 29, 26.7 and 34.9 fantasy points in his last three contests respectively. His playing time and increased, and his production followed.
As usual, aiming for the best value picks leaves me with some left over cash to do as you wish with when building your own rosters! Good luck to all!
Every year it seems March Madness is defined by the Cinderella squads. Every conversation around this time of year begins with “Hey, can you believe underdog X beat so n’ so…” And then you wonder why? How? How does a top seeded team fail to perform when so much is on the line.
Well, as usual, there is more than meets the eye here; specifically when considering the seeding.
Historically the number 5-seed vs 12-seed has the biggest upset ratio in tournament history. The #5 is 80-44 all time, just a 64.5 win percentage. They should be closer to 72.5%.
Greg Shaheen, former senior vice president of the NCAA and organizer of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship.was quoted as saying “The five-seed is where you lose natural geographic-area protection, because only the top-four line receives that protection,”
He then added “That’s also where you start to see some of the second and perhaps third teams from the bigger conferences as well as the emergence of some of the so-called ‘mid majors’ that can make their way north in the field”… “That could make the 5 vulnerable because they’re good, but don’t have the same protections that a three or a four-seed has. It’s the true middle of the field.”
Makes perfect sense. There’s a reason that during tournament style play you always hear word of teams possibly “preferring to lose” because their next opponent will be weaker that way. Knock-out tournies can be vicious to some teams in terms of scheduling and matchups. But all you can do is play your best and hope the basketball gods are watching over you.
One of the best examples of this would be back in 2012 when Temple was upset by South Florida. USF was the underdog because they finished fourth in the Big East.
This year, teams like Baylor and Purdue better watch out.
That’s the benefit of winning your division. That’s why divisions and rivalries exist. It’s why divisional games are automatic four-point games all season long. It’s the same in all major sports leagues when it comes to the playoffs.
It’s why we love competition.
Boy, aren’t we glad March Madness is back!?
Good luck to all participating teams and athletes on both the men and women’s sides.
DFS NBA: Late Night Lineup
With a few different tip-off times tonight, there were a few options for DFS NBA contests. You had your 7 pm early starts, your 7:30 pm expresses, 8 pm, 9 pm and late-night 10:30 pm pools.
There were some quality early starts, but the Warriors, Rockets, and Spurs headlined the night for me from a fantasy perspective so I went with a late-night contest.
The Knicks are in town to face Golden State, which obviously won’t go well for New York. Steph Curry should dominate early and stack up the stat line before getting pulled late as per usual.
Curry will lead my roster tonight, as when picking from only three games you cannot miss on that many points when it’s sitting right there.
Thankfully, we don’t care about the points in the standings so the Knicks can be an attractive team as well.
Carmelo Anthony has been a monster and even though Kristaps Porzingis has cooled off a bit, he’s still an above-average multi-category fantasy pick.
Sasha Vujacic will be getting the start tonight, so at $3600 I had to take the chance.
When you have Curry, James Harden, Carmelo and to an extent Dwight Howard you’re gonna need more than one discount player, and if he sinks you it wasn’t worth it. So the key to a successful night is of course nailing your big ticket items, but finding nice value among the cheaper options.
Toney Douglas ($4500) Douglas scored 42 fantasy points against the Warriors during his last game. That’s no joke. But the fact that he had 19.2, 31.4 and 22.7 fantasy points in his previous three games respectively is what gives me the confidence to play the Pelican tonight.
Porzingis was sick earlier this week, so Derrick Williams could eat into those minutes again for New York. He’s scored 20+ fantasy points in four straight contests and could have plenty of opportunity late if it becomes a blowout.
DFS NHL Picks: Goalies
Here is a special edition of my DFS NHL Picks, a goaltenders only version. A few of them stuck out to me in the talent pool today, as we have some intriguing matchups on tap.
With Antti Raanta in for Henrik Lundqvist (vs ANA), and Scott Darling in for Corey Crawford the pot has been stirred. Not to mention the Flyers are hot, and the Hawks are not.
Luxury: Jake Allen ($9200)
The Blues were red-hot a minute ago, and head to Edmonton to face the youthful Oilers. St-Louis has slowed of late, but tonight is a perfect opportunity to right the ship. Their tight defensive game may be too much for Connor McDavid and co. to overcome, and with some pretty evenly matched teams and backup goalies in the paint tonight Allen leads this list.
Cam Talbot will be back in the crease tonight for the Oilers, after riding the pine on Monday. He let in four goals on 29 shots against the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Value: John Gibson ($8100)
At a quick glance, a game against the Rangers may not seem like a walk in the park. But upon closer inspection, it may be fantasy gold. The Ducks have won 12 of their last 15 games, and have only lost two in regulation in their last 10.
Most importantly perhaps, is the fact that Anaheim is 9-0-1 in their last 10 at home. While the Rangers are a very concerning 16-15-4 on the road. They’ve also lost two in a row and three of their last four.
Gibson is fresh and hungry to redeem himself after dropping his last two starts and plays behind a very deep Ducks lineup.
He is a great value at $8100, as even his opposing netminder tonight Antti Raanta is priced higher.
Discount Bin: Joni Ortio ($6500)
The Flames are tremendously better at home than on the road, and face a Jets team with nothing to play for. It’s Ortio’s sixth consecutive start, and of course Dustin Byfuglien always brings his lunch pail to work, and Mark Scheifele has been hot (6 points in last 5 games), but Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano should led Calgary to victory with a gritty effort in front of the home-crowd tonight.
NCAA Tournament Fantasy Preview:
East Region Preview
A day after the selection committee’s final decisions, one thing is sure is that the East region was more predictable than others. FanPicks is proud to bring you this preview of this NCAA Tournament fantasy preview of the East region’s top teams and players.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels may have a clear shot at a title run and Elite 8 berth. It won’t be an easy task but the way they’re playing, dropping only 1 game out of their last 7 and securing the ACC tournament championship once more, anything is possible. They could’ve obtained possibly the top overall seed the way they played. With 3 of the top basketball programs among the 16 teams fighting for a place in Houston, Kentucky, Notre Dame and the Tar Heels will be in a hell of a battle.
Top Players to watch:
- Brice Johnson :
Johnson is not only a well rounded played but surrounded by top-level talent on his squad, making him even more dangerous. He could possibility carry UNC to a 3rd title under Coach Roy Williams. The playmaker is projected to be drafted already in the 1st round of the NBA Draft in June. John averages 16.6 pts per game with 10.6 boards, with a steal and a block per game.
- Tyler Ulis :
Ulis, still considered the nation’s top point guard averaging 16.8 pts per game, 7.2 assists and a 1.4 steals. He will try to carry the Wildcats past the tough East region favoured by UNC. With Jamal Murray, their Final Four aspirations may be possible
- Jamal Murray :
Murray has scored over 20 pts in 12 of his last 13 games with the Kentucky Wildcats, making a deadly threat for opponents. He will most likely continue his form with Tyler Ulis calling the shots on their offense.
- Kris Dunn :
The junior out of Providence is one of the top prospects for June’s NBA draft and most explosive player in the region averaging 16 pts with 6.4 assists. If he keeps his turnovers down (3.5 turnover/game) look out for him.
- Nigel Hayes:
The junior forward is hoping to add a third trip to the Final Four with the Badgers. An instrumental player for Wisconsin, his production can lead the Badgers very far in the tournament despite the loss of key players last year. He’s averaging 16.3 pts per game with almost 6 boards, 3 assists and 1 steal. Those numbers are unlikely going down.
- Yogi Ferrell
Ferrell is less spoken about, unlike Kris Dunn or Tyler Ulis when it comes down to the best PG in the nation. However, he led the Hoosiers to a regular season Big Ten title and nearly double doubled in the conference tournament final. He averages a huge 17 pts per game with 5.5 assists and a steal per game.
Team to watch out for:
The Michigan Wolverines have been finding ways to win, including their upset in the conference final to # 1 seed Indiana. If they get past Tulsa in the First Four matchup to face Notre Dame, they may cause the first upset of many in the tournament if their shooting beyond the arc remains the same.
First round upset possibilty:
There have been a lot of talks about Indiana possibly not getting past Chattanooga. This should be an interesting game with Chattanooga’s defense known to cause a lot of turnover and Indiana actually being one of the worst teams in terms of turnovers per game.
Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks
Another edition of our Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks is here. There were six games on the NHL schedule tonight, but the Islanders and Panthers had the only 7 pm start so let the puck drop there and we’re going to play with the remaining 5 games in the “express” pool.
Headlining the soiree is an 8 pm start between the LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. The two rival powerhouses will do battle in what could (hopefully) be a playoff preview.
Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty are the usual suspects on LA’s side, while the dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin are always fantasy candidates for Chicago.
Marian Hossa is now back in the lineup and playing with captain Jonathan Toews and Andrew Ladd on what could be a very productive line in a game with a playoff-like atmosphere.
St-Louis plays Calgary at 9 pm, and Johnny Gaudreau has been nothing short of phenomenal at home this season for the Flames this season. Calgary always plays tough against the Blues, so I expect Gaudreau to score multiple points.
Worth noting – Mikael Backlund has recently seen success next to Gaudreau on the top line since Hudler departed.
Let’s take a look at the rest of my lineup. As always I strive for value picks and have $500 leftover.
Jaden Schwartz is so often the choice for me at LW. His consistent production and price tag are a great fit for my lineups. He plays on a good team, with highly-skilled players, on the top-six and gets powerplay time. Oh yeah, and he’s really slick with the puck. Perhaps the premier playmaker on the St-Louis team.
But, teammate Robby Fabbri is on a 4 game point streak of his own (5 points), and has 7 in his last 6. He makes for a solid choice tonight and is cheaper than Schwartz.
More Hawks – Tervainen has been on a tear of late, and Christian Ehrhoff sees a ton of ice-time with the man advantage.
Connor McDavid has scored at over a point-per-game pace as a rookie, so not breaking the scoresheet two games in a row sounds like crazy talk.
Let’s see how this lineup does with such limited choices.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
While our daily fantasy basketball picks have been red-hot of late, there were many choices on the schedule tonight so the end result does have a wider margin for error.
We still like our team of course, specifically a few of our choices.
Let’s take a look at the entire lineup.
There were a ton of options at point guard this evening, but a few stood out to us.
Damian Lillard was definitely one, as he is set to face-off with Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder. He played his heart out against the Warriors, and will do so again against this Western Conference giant.
Ricky Rubio has a fantastic matchup with the Suns, as they are one of the 6 worst teams in the league over the past month at defending point guards. I’m hoping for at least 35 points from Rubio.
We think Gary Harris is a terrific value pick at $5200. Harris is one of several Nuggests attemtping to pick up the offensive slack Danilo Gallinari has left since he went down with injury, and Harris has done it quite well. He has been ridiculously consistent over the past 10 games, so another 25 fantasy points should be on the books.
At $4200 Harrison Barnes is the biggest value play. Sometimes the Golden State SF has a big game, and it would be great if that came tonight. The Pelicans provide a nice matchup of course as well. His inclusion fit more in terms of team need rather than targeting, but we’re still confident he can hit the 20 spot.
We don’t usually invest heavily in the center position, but Hassan Whiteside looked like money tonight. The Miami big-man has now reeled off 12 straight games with at least 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Thanks to all for reading and good luck!
DFS NBA Results
Since we offer you an array of fantasy options through our daily lineups or value pick articles, we decided to start showing you how those picks were doing with our DFS NBA results. If you didn’t follow and read us regularly before, maybe this will give you a little incentive.
In yesterday’s pre-game article I mentioned how I was banking on Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton to produce at least 35 fantasy points. Well, they did that…and more. Much more in the case of the Greek Freak, who doubled that scoring 71.2 fantasy points in their game against Brooklyn. Middleton put up 43.5 fantasy points on his own as well.
I’ll take that, thank you.
Of course as anyone who has played daily fantasy sports before knows, none of that matters if you have even just one player who completely whiffs on his performance. Luckily, the worst production on my squad was from a big money earner whose “terrible” game would’ve buried me had he originally been a lower-priced, less talented player.
So at least when Monta Ellis lets you down, it’s to the tune of 19.6 fantasy points.
Jeff Teague also left me wanting more. 21.9 fantasy points isn’t what you expect from your near $7000 PG. The Hawks rolled all over the Pacers so the opportunities were there, but Teague couldn’t break through for fantasy owners.
Aside from the Bucks bros, Carmelo Anthony anchored this team. 47.4 fps is a nice number, especially when it’s the second highest on your team. Usually a good sign.
Brandon Bass ($4000); my biggest value pick going in, came through in the clutch with 20.5 fantasy points. Thankfully, he out performed his usual self and somewhat made up for the slow day Ellis had.
Myles Turner ($4900) was a value pick as well, and he definitely earned his “salary”. Turner came up with 30 fantasy points when the hopeful expectation was closer to 25. His day probably kept me in the money as just one more foul ball could’ve been the end of me.
All in all, everybody pulled their weight at the very least and some more than made up for where others lacked. And that’s a winning daily fantasy recipe.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Golden State Warriors
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Stephen Curry’s record breaking Golden State Warriors will be hoping to push their home game winning streak Monday night when hosting the struggling New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Come sign up and play some Fantasy Basketball at FanPicks to get free chance to win $1 Million dollars!
The Warriors are coming back from a tough game this weekend at home against the Phoenix Suns. If it wasn’t for Stephen Curry’s 15 pts in the last quarter, their home game winning streak would’ve stopped at 47. The league MVP drained 15 of his game high 35 pts in the final minutes of the contest, despite entering the final quarter with a 9 point deficit. His “Splash brother” Klay Thompson added 20 pts, 6 boards, 3 assists and a steal . Their big man Draymond Green had a solid game as well adding 19 pts, 4 boards and 6 assists, 2 steals and a block. The real standout during this game was Mareese Speights who nearly posted a double double in 18 minutes of play with 25 pts, 9 boards, 2 steals and a block. The Warriors are 30-0 at home and are huge favorites to make it 31-0, having won the past 2 games against the Pelicans this year. They have not lost since their upset lost in L.A to the Lakers last Sunday.
Despite their near perfect season, they haven’t clinched the Western Conference standing just 3.5 games ahead of the solid and experienced San Antonio Spurs.
New Orleans is in a complete struggle having only won one game out of their last 8. They’re unfortunately terrible on the road, having only won 7 games and lost 26. They will only be counting on their big man Anthony Davis to outperform everyone and capitalize on the Warriors’ rare mistakes. The Pelicans are in deep trouble, as their playoff contentions are fading going into this game trailing 8th seed Dallas Mavericks by 8.5 games with 17 games left.
NCAA March Madness Fantasy Preview:
Midwest Region Preview
A day after the finalization of this year’s long awaited March Madness Bracket, the 68 teams have been announced and FanPicks is proud to bring you a little insight information in this NCAA March Madness fantasy preview of the Midwest region’s top teams and players.
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Surprisingly, Virginia got the # 1 seed in the region despite losing against UNC in the ACC final. This is the 2nd time in its last 3 seasons that the Cavaliers get the top seed. However, it’s Michigan State that everyone had in mind to take the # 1 seed after the Big Ten dominance and win against Purdue.
Utah will rely on their 7 foot giant center Jakob Poeltl, a potential NBA prospect averaging a whopping 17.6 pts per game with 9 boards and almost 2 blocks per game. He will be one of the players to watch in that division. Gonzaga’s front court will be feared as well by Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis.
Top Players to watch:
- Denzel Valentine:
Easily one of the favourites to win the national player of the year award, Valentine almost had a triple double in the final against Purdue and will most likely play solid in the tournament. No surprise here, he’s the most feared player in the division
- Jakob Poeltl
The Center will play his lights out in order to hope having his name called out in the NBA draft in June. Look out for him to play at his maximum potential and Utah facing up against Michigan State in the Regionals.
- Georges Niang
Niang, a problem to guard for every teams and this will surely continue. He’s second in scoring just behind Buddy Hield averaging 19.8 pts per game.
- Malcom Brogdon
The ACC player of the year and Defensive player of the year can change a game and will be a force for the top seed Cavaliers.
- A.J. English
Not someone that we hear a lot about but he actually ranks in the top 10 nationwide in scoring with 22.4 pts per game for Iona. He will show people his talent and hopefully his team follows his lead.
- A.J. Hammons
Compared in many ways to the future hall of famer Tim Duncan, his dominance in the front court as well as his emotionless demeanour won’t go unnoticed.
Team to watch out for:
Purdue surely hasn’t digested its loss against the Big Ten Champions Spartans. Only 2 bad possessions made the difference in that game and the Boilermakers are actually considered to be contenders for the national title. Statistically speaking, most national champions hover around ranking in the late top 20s with a few exceptions. Purdie actually ranks 21st nationwide in Offense and 18th in Defense. With questionably the best front court in the country with A.J. Hammons leading the charge, Isaac Haas the 7 foot coming off the bench and Caleb Swanigan, their depth can keep them in any game while overpowering their opponents.
First round upset possibilty:
In any tournament, there’s a surprise and it usually comes from a team perfectly matching up against another. In this first round case, Iona matches up perfectly against Iowa St. If they shoot well beyond the arc and Hammons does his usual scoring job, they are an magnificent threat for the Cyclones.
New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Lakers
Basketball Fantasy preview
The New York Knicks will travel to the city of angels where they will face the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center. FanPicks is proud to bring you this basketball fantasy preview of this game. Come play in our one of a kind and exciting March Madness Regional Millions contest as well as 3 other contests for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, the only ones in the industry at Fanpicks.com and with over 5 million dollars in giveaways and prizes the next 3 weeks.
L.A is somewhat in a good momentum having only lost once in their last 3 games. They will come into this game with more energy and confidence considering their extremely tough season and second last record in the league. Their big man Jordan Clarkson will be back in the lineup which will help his promising rookie teammate D’Angelo Russell, who’s been a standout this year and sheds bright lights on the Lakers’ future. Kobe will be playing his last game against the Knicks, a team he knows real well and had some career highlight reel notably scoring 61 points against them in 2009. He will try to avoid Camelo Anthony’s Knicks to sweep their season series after his great performance against the Cavaliers despite their loss on Thursday.
New York is currently going through rough times like their Western opponents tonight. They;ve only won 7 games out of their last 25. Unfortunately for them, the situation keeps on worsening as the losses are becoming uglier. Their offense is nonexistent and ranks 25th in the league after ranking in the middle all season until lately. With the recruitment of Tony Wroten earlier this week, they will get an offensive boost off the bench but in questionable health.
This should be a tight game with both teams struggling and playing inconsistent basketball down the stretch. game between two struggling teams, as the Knicks are a projected two-point favorite.