While my colleague Tyler wrote that he would go with Eli Manning on Team Rice, I think the star will be Derek Carr. This event is made for guys like him. A young fresh face from a team like Oakland. A real gunslinger. Carr will toss it up to his boy Amari Cooper often enough, but Odell Beckham is the one everyone wants to see ball out. He obviously has a flair for the dramatic, and made a bunch of sweet grabs at last year’s contest. Play him with confidence if you’re willing to take on his salary.

Tyrod Taylor is extremely effecient and I don’t think enough people really appreciated how well he played this year. Better yet, the is the unquestioned leader in Buffalo. He provides very good value at a lower salary.

Adrian Peterson is getting long in the tooth, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaches give him a little more timeon the field than you’d expect, but Doug Martin will likely play the most snaps.  FB John Kuhn should get some good opportunities as well, everybody loves the guy.

Jarvis Landry is someone you want to look for in the end-zone with his strong hands, and Gary Barnidge made a ton of highlight-reel catches around the goal line this season.

Team Irvin’s wide receiver core is just outstanding. Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green and Allen Robinson are all big, fast, spectacular playmakers. Once again, while my colleague went with Russel Wilson as his stud QB, I’m going with Jamies Winston. I think this game leans toward the younger players, and the league wants to showcase the great young talent it has. Like Carr, Winston is an aggressive downfield thrower who will thrive with this set of tall WR’s. Wilson may be more effecient in his time, but I think Winston will have the most attempts.

Jones is my man here as I think he is the most explosive receiver in the league. With an All-Star cast around him, a few touchdowns may not be crazy. Hopkins is worth his price tag as well.

The talent at RB is stacked too. Captain Devonta Freeman got there by catching 73 passes (578 yards, 3 TDs) this year to go with his 1000 yards and 11 TDs on the ground.  His versatility could go a long way in the Pro-Bowl. Expect him to fill the scoresheet across all categories.

Todd Gurley is an animal. His running style leads to long runs if he has a slight crease, as his power lets him slip through the hands of would-be tacklers. I always feel confident playing Gurley because of his desire, no matter the importance.

Latavius Murray had his share of ups-and-downs in Oakland in 2015, but similar to Gurley can break long runs due to his powerful stride.

RB conclusion – I predict similar production from the trio, so choose one depending on salary needs to fit your team.

TEs Tyler Eifert and Delanie Walker are downfield threats who may be forgotten with such dangerous flankers accompanying them. Eifert could have mutiple TDs.

 

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Yesterday we previewed the NHL All-Star game as a whole. Today we will break down the rosters, including who the top performers and players to watch will be in this exciting new 3-on-3 tournament format.

Forget the dancing and the smiles. With so much room to skate and $1 Million up for grabs, don’t think for a second these players are going to take it easy. Each team has their strength’s and weaknesses, except maybe the heavily favorited Central division which just seems ridiculous on paper.

 

Atlantic: The strength of this team lies in it’s defense. Shootout challenge champ PK Subban and two-time and reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson must be at their dynamic-selves if team Atlantic hopes to have a chance. They probably have the weakest group of forwards (Pacific), so super-sniper Steven Stamkos will really need to be on the money if they, well… want the money! Their goaltenders are big, athletic veterans who are calm under pressure and can really move the puck. Ben Bishop and Roberto Luongo are arguably the best goalie pairing in the event (Metropolitan).

 

Metropolitan: Alex Ovechkin couldn’t make it, but he isn’t even the Capitals leading scorer. Evgeny Kuznetsov has himself a ridiculous pair of mitts, and a Central Team absent of Jonathan Toews may have lost their title of best group of forwards. Evgeni Malkin and John Tavares are two of the best one-on-one players and natural scorers in the league and I personally cannot wait to watch them skate. They are powerful and calm, a good contrast with the playmaking styles of Nick Backstrom, Claude Giroux and Kuznetsov. Their defenseman are good two-way players, but they can be beat and don’t exactly have the star power some of their competitors have. Brayden Holtby is the NHL’s best goalie and likely MVP at this point, while Cory Schneider is a model of consistency.

 

Central: Losing Toews hurts alot more than people think. He’s the ultimate leader and even in an All-Star game that’s important. 3-on-3 can get out-of-hand quick, so it’s important to have poised leaders. Their D has to move the puck quickly to the forwards on the breakout for them to be at their best. Expect alot of one-timers and drop passes back to the D upon entering the zone as Big Buff,(Dustin Byfuglien) and Hardest Shot champ (108.1 Mph) and hometown Predator Shea Weber are really something to watch when hammering that little piece of rubber. Obviously Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin could steal the whole show as the NHL’s most dynamic duo, but Patrick Kane is the NHL’s leading scorer and has incredible hands. He is made for open-ice shiny style hockey. But the player I’m most intrigued to watch is definitely Vladimir Tarasenko. He may just be one of the top three players in the entire NHL and his goal-scoring ability will surely be put on display today.

 

Pacific: Being led by captain John Scott will inevitably hurt Team Pacific. Losing one player in an hour-long 3-on-3 game puts a ton more fatigue onto everybody ad really makes the team shorthanded. His inability to skate makes him a tremendous liability out there. I wouldn’t expect he plays close to the minutes his Pacific buddies do. Luckily this team is well balanced enough to compete albeit Scott‘s presence. Johnny Gaudreau, Taylor Hall, and Joe Pavelski are exceptionally quick in tight space, while Daniel Sedin provides that steady veteran presence that is necessary. His lofty passing could result in a ton of assists to a sniper like Corey Perry, as the two play at a slower pace than their three younger teammates. Jonathan Quick is a championship goalie, and John Gibson is young, but very athletic.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning 1/27/16 Preview

Toronto Maple Leafs (17-21-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (26-18-4) (7 pm EST)

The Lightning are well rested, having not played since suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of division and state rivals the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. That loss ended a seven-game win streak they had going, and the Maple Leafs themselves lost to the Panthers last night as well, 5-1.

With that loss and the approaching All-Star break, the Lightning want to finish strong and get two points tonight. The Maple Leafs are probably just thinking about the beach (and not in Tampa), so another blowout loss could be on the horizon.

Nikita Kucherov has been the DFS player of the week over the past seven days. His 11 points over the last eight games summarize that, and is the team’s leading scorer since the season began.

Defenceman Victor Hedman is on fire himself of late, scoring 10 points in his last eight games.

Steven Stamkos‘ name has been a target of the media for the last few years due to his impending free agency status, and even though they have begun contract negotiations Leaf fans can still dream of their hometown boy coming home. A matchup with your boyhood team often brings out the best in athletes so don’t be surprised if Stammer has himself a nice outing tonight.

Leo Komarov will be the only Maple Leaf around the rink this weekend as he is the club’s lone All-Star representative, so don’t be surprised if he’s the only Leaf to bring his A-game tonight…not that his A-game is to be feared. Komarov only has one goal in his last 15 games.

If you’re looking for a mid-range option who may pot a goal, Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri has a goal in two straight.

 

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Conference Championship Round Daily Fantasy Football Review

The Conference Championship round tasted bittersweet on multiple levels. As a fan of traditional Fantasy Football, Cam Newton’s 382 total yards and 4 touchdowns put the icing on his 2015 breakout cake, virtually guarantying SuperCam will be over drafted next season. I’ll be waiting on Quarterback once again next year, watching Cam, Russell Wilson and others being taken a round or two early, finding value in the later rounds.

The New England Patriots fan in me couldn’t help but notice the glaring weakness in both the running game and downfield passing game. James White did his best James White impression, looking good enough to contribute as a Daily Fantasy Football value player but requiring a big play or TD in order to help his team win in both an NFL and DFS matchup. White, who finished with a respectable 56 total yards and 5 receptions, allowed several downfield throws from Brady slip through his arms that may have changed the outcome for owners.

The NFL fan side of things couldn’t help but appreciate the drama of this season’s Peyton Manning journey coming to a head with a 2 touchdown, zero interception performance vs. his long time rival. Manning connected with the DFS value play of the day, Owen Daniels on both scores. Daniels presented owners with a cheap option at the TE position, enabling to spend up elsewhere.

As an avid DFS player and fan of sites like Fanpicks.com, Rob Gronkowski certainly returned value for me as the Chuck Norris of the NFL world hauled in 8 passes for 144 yards and a crucial touchdown late in the game. Gronk and Daily Fantasy Football fans have experienced a roller coaster relationship this season but he was without question the top Tight End going into the weekend and didn’t disappoint.

C.J. Anderson broke a 30 yard run in the second half which enabled him to slightly return value with his 90 total yards and 3 receptions. (Remember Ronnie Hillman?) Julian Edelman and Emmanuel Sanders both did just enough to not personally cost you your matchup but neither performed to the level DFS owners have come to expect. Edelman finished with 7 for 53 while Sanders hauled in 5 for 62.

The Greg Olsen and Cam stack has been a smart DFS play all year and this weekend it paid off yet again as Olsen came away with 6 receptions and 113 yards. The DFS tournament play of the week came in the form of, not former Arizona Cardinal Ted Ginn Jr. but of fellow wide out Corey Brown. Brown, aided by an 86 yarder, totaled 113 yards and a touchdown on 4 receptions.

Surprise Performances

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Palmer was absolutely dreadful on the day, reverting back to the player whom once upon a time was so easy to bet against. Palmer had the best season of his career in 2015 but for Arizona fans and DFS owners who placed faith in the quasi ginger, any positive memories we had disappeared like a fart in the wind as Palmer threw interception after interception, finishing with 4 in total.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Johnson was widely considered to be a safe play this weekend due to volume but more than delivered on that label, especially in PPR formats. Johnson finished with 9 receptions and a touchdown to go along with his 128 total yards as he finished a clear number one at the RB position this weekend. The Panthers defense was enough of a threat to consider fading Johnson in tournaments but that strategy failed, miserably, just like our next group.

The Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers

Terrible.

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New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos 1/24/16 Preview & Picks

  • At 3:05 pm, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots will face-off with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. 

Tom Brady is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Tom Brady is in the running for 2015 league MVP. Peyton Manning is starting for the second consecutive week after taking the job back from Brock Osweiler. My Point? The Patriots will go as far as Brady takes them. The Broncos will go as far as their defense takes them.

While I don’t expect Julian Edelman or Brandon LaFell to beat those long, rangy Denver CBs over the top, Edelman has the potential to catch a ton of short, underneath passes. He’s definitely a WR1,  as Brady could easily target him 12+ times in such an important game. Something along the lines of 10 catches for 110 yards and a TD could be what you’re looking at in return of the high price tag. It would be a surprise to me if LaFell can muster up anything DFS relevant in his matchup against Harris Jr. (though battling an injury) and Talib.

Danny Amendola working the slot has a much better shot at putting up a big game than the Patriots official #2 wideout. Though he only caught two balls on three targets last week and has been limited in practice due to a knee injury all week, he provides the same kind of quick twitch inside ability as Edelman does, which is how you want to attack this stout defense.

Finally, the man you all want to hear about: Rob Grrrrronkowski. Gronk could have a MONSTER game here. With the ferocious pass-rushing ability that the Broncos possess, Bill Belichick will want to feature his star TE up the seam to take the pressure off Tom Brady. There is no better way to keep the linebackers at home than to force them to drop into coverage because the Gronk is just destroying you. Maybe he won’t have monster yardage, but I’m banking on two TDs on Sunday.

Steven Jackson definitely won’t be a DFS factor, so James White is the Pats back to own. His pass-caching ability on swings, screens and checkdowns will also be instrumental in slowing down Demarcus Ware, Von Miller and co. He should have his fair share of chances to make plays.

 

On the home team’s side, the Sheriff Peyton Manning will need to execute flawlessly to lead his Broncos to the Super Bowl contest. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will need to bust out some major YAC’s to spearhead this attack, while CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman churn out chunks on the ground.

Demaryius Thomas will face a big matchup with Patriots CB Logan Ryan. Ryan shut him down in Week 12, with three pass breakups and as Brock Osweiler went 1-of-8 for 36 yards when targeting Thomas. He is a big target and constant red-zone threat, but isn’t always the dominant factor you’re looking for.

Sanders most likely will be face-to-face with Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on Sunday. The very same Butler that he beat deep in November when he piled up 113 yards. His work in tight and quickness allow him to get separation against a tight Patriots D, and he works hard to run after the catch and eat up yardage.

CJ Anderson and Hillman are always a toss up, but Anderson had his best game of the year against New England with 113 yards of his own and two TDs. The run game can be inconsistent, but the Broncos need it to be on point on Sunday.

Advice: Brady, Gronkowski, Sanders, Edelman, and Anderson should be the top performers. Of course that comes with a hefty price tag, so discounts like James White could be the key to your DFS victory.

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MLK Day Special

NBA Preview, Picks & DFS Advice

On this very special day, the NBA has once again gone above and beyond to reflect the appreciation of a nation for a great man and staple of American history. The league has provided fans with a tremendous schedule, including the one battle that defines them all…Curry vs Lebron.  Below I will break down the matchups and hopefully, give you some good daily fantasy advice.

Brooklyn Nets (11-30) at Toronto Raptors (25-15) (7:30 pm)

After a full slate of afternoon games, this evening kicks off with the Raptors, winners of four straight hosting the lowly Brooklyn Nets.

This game is a matchup dream for Raptor All-Star hopefuls Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. A home game on a special day, versus a less than formidable opponent. The pair will make a lot of plays in this one, as the Nets defense isn’t nearly sturdy enough to contain this dynamic duo.

If you’re a streak rider, big man Jonas Valanciunas has been hot of late averaging over 25 DFS points in three of his last four games.

On the Brooklyn side, Brook Lopez is always an option. Albeit recent trade rumours, his tough inside game is often matchup proof as he works hard for his results inside the paint.

Advice: All three Raptors are good options (Lowry, DeRozan and Valanciunas), but I would avoid any Nets other than Lopez.

Golden State Warriors (37-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (28-10) (8 pm)

There may be no such thing as Monday Night Basketball, but this would be the inaugural event if there ever was one.

Two of the world’s best athletes will be on display tonight as Lebron James and his Cavaliers play host to the incredibly impressive Golden State Warriors. Led by Steph Curry, this Warriors squad has a ton of talent and plays with an equally impressive amount of conviction. Cleveland may be the favourite because they are at home, but Golden State has “championship” written all over them, so King James’ heroics alone may not be enough to earn the Cavs a victory tonight.

If Cleveland wants to win, Matthew Dellavedova will need to play like he did in the NBA Finals last season, as the Warriors seem to bring out the best in 25-year-old guard.

It won’t be an easy task, as Curry has all the lights on him and a chance to show the people who the world’s best player really is.

Advice: Play Curry and Lebron (even if it cripples your cap) as this super-showdown is sure to bring out the best of the best. Don’t be the one “saving money” and watching one or the other put up a historic stat line on this historic day. Dellavedova is a great bargain in exchange.

Houston Rockets (22-20) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-14) (10:30 pm)

Though big names such as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (probably) won’t be available for this one, there is still enough star power on both sides to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

James Harden, the league’s favorite beard, is expensive but could be very well worth it. He is a big leader for his team, and in a big matchup he must come through in the clutch. Dwight Howard has seen a revival of sorts and is a fantastic option in this one.

While Griffin and Jordan watch from afar, superstar Chris Paul will do the heavy lifting. Jamal Crawford is a name to watch for. The 35-year-0ld veteran should step-up in Jordan’s absence and get the job done for the Clippers. Another value pick from L.A. is Cole Aldrich who has had back-to-back monster DFS games.

Advice: This late night matchup should be a dandy, and Harden, Howard, Paul and Aldrich should be safe picks.

 

Posted in NBA

College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-29-2015

LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Texas Bowl will feature the Texas Tech Red Raiders to meet the LSU Tigers. College football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Tuesday December 29th to follow the results of their one day real money fantasy picks.

 

LSU has been a one dimensional team on the year and it costs the team when they stepped up in competition. The team is 9-3 and suffered three straight losses down the stretch to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. They picked up a 19-7 victory against Texas A&M to close out the regular season but the 19 points were the most they scored in their final four games of the regular season. The Tigers get the luck of the draw as they face one of the worst defenses in the bowls in the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders are 126th against the run and a layup for a much maligned LSU offense to look good.

 

Texas Tech is the top passing team from college football passing for 389 yards per game. They should have success in this game moving the football on the Tigers who rank 50th from college football in defending the pass.

 

College Football Daily Fantasy League Pick

 

The best player on the field in this game and the top NFL prospect is LSU running back Leonard Fournette. He has rushed for 1741 yards on the campaign with 18 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and should have a field day running on the bad Texas Tech defense. This game will be a showcase game for Fournette to get the Tigers fans fired up for the 2016 campaign as they get at least another year from their sophomore running back.

 

Play Leonard Fournette

 

LSU Tigers RB

 

Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes improved greatly from his freshman campaign. He completed 65% of his throws for 4283 yards with 32 touchdowns and 14 picks. He is also rewards fantasy football general managers with his running ability as he rushed for 484 yards and ten touchdowns on the campaign. Mahomes has passed for three touchdowns or greater in three of his past four games. The Red Raiders signal caller has also thrown for over 300 yards in seven of his past nine games.

 

Play Patrick Mahomes

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders QB

 

 

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Russell Athletic Bowl features the Baylor Bears against the North Carolina Tar Heels. DFS draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 5:30PM Eastern Time on Tuesday December 29th to track the scoring results of their college football fantasy daily picks.

 

The Baylor Bears had much higher aspirations than the Russell Athletic Bowl. This team has a single goal and that is to make the playoffs and it was another year of disappointment. Their offense has struggled as they have been hit with several injuries to their quarterback position that saw the team have to play a fourth stringer.

 

North Carolina had a very successful season at 11-2. They were tenth in the nation in scoring offense by averaging nearly 41 points per game. They are competing against the 76th ranked pass defensive team that gives up 232 yards per game.

 

College Football Daily Cash Fantasy League Pick

 

Big play wide receiver Mack Hollins led the Tar Heels with 28 catches for 711 yards with eight touchdowns. He faced off against several good defensive teams in the ACC but will find the pass coverage much softer in this spot. Hollins caught five balls for 165 yards against a defensively challenged Duke Blue Devils team and had three touchdown catches against Wake Forest.

 

Play Mack Hollins

 

North Carolina Tar Heels WR

 

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Fantasy Baseball ALDS Preview – Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays

The 1 Day Cash Draft ALDS baseball series starts on Thursday. Rivalries will be made and Fantasy Baseball managers will make a lot of cash. The competition begins with the Texas Rangers (88-74) and the Toronto Blue Jays (93-69). Both team won their respective division, but only Toronto clinched it a week earlier. The Blue Jays can count on a solid lineup of hitters. They are ranked first in the MLB home run total with 232, and 10 of them came against the Rangers. The Jays won the season series 4 out of the 6 games this year.

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
October 8 3:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

RHP Yovani Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA)*

Vs Blue Jays this season (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Away this season (5-5, 3.31 ERA)

LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA)*

Vs Rangers this season (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

At Home this season (4-1, 2.61 ERA)

 

October 9 12:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

 

LHP Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA)*

Away this season (3-1, 3.66 ERA)

 

RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA)*

At Home this season (2-0, 0.64 ERA)

 

October 11 8 PM ET

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

At Home this season (3-2, 5.12 ERA)

 

RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA)

Vs Rangers this season (0-1, 1.50 ERA)

Away this season (7-4, 3.29 ERA)

 

October 12 TBD

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

RHP Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-1, 7.20 ERA)

At Home this season (8-3, 5.07 ERA)

 

RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA)

Away this season (2-8, 4.83 ERA)

 

October 14 TBD

at Roger Centre

 

RHP Yovani Gallardo

 

LHP David Price

(*)Confirmed

Series Value Picks:

P Yovani Gallardo – Texas Rangers – Season: 13-11, 3.42 ERA, 121 SO

Gallardo is Toronto’s kryptonite. He has never lost a game against the Jays in three start. Two of them came this year, and he didn’t even allow a run to score in 13.2 innings of work. The Mexican will pitch in the first game of the series against David Price. Toronto’s ace is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 playoff games. Gallardo has the advantage in that matchup.

P Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: 4-0, 1.67 ERA, 18 SO

Stroman continued where he left off last year. He’s 4-0 with 1.67 ERA since coming back from a lengthy D.L. stint on September 12th. The young Phenom had two great start at Roger Centre this year. He has allowed 1 earned run in total in his home field. No wonder the Jays wants him to pitch the second game of the series in Toronto.

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers – Season:  .305 AVG, 78 Runs, 23 HR’s, 98 RBI’s

Fielder led his team in RBI’s (98) and batting average (.305) this year. In 6 games against the Jays over the season, he was hitting .320. The big man will enter the series with 39 post- season game under his belt, just trailing teammate Mike Napoli (47) and opponent Russell Martin (40) for the most in this series.

1B Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .277 AVG, 94 Runs, 39 HR’s, 111 RBI’s

Encarnacion was impressive in the 6 games against the Rangers this year. He has scored 4 runs, knocked 4 deep flies and brought in 11 RBI’s. In their last meeting, the 32 years-old had 5 RBI’s and 2 homers. Encarnacion is ready for the playoffs as he belted 4 homers in the last 5 games of the season.

3B Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers – Season: .287 AVG, 83 Runs, 18 HR’s, 83 RBI’s

Beltre is on fire right now. He has 13 RBI’s and is batting .500 in the last week of the season. The veteran was also solid in series at home against the Blue Jays, getting an average of .333 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s.

3B Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .297 AVG, 122 Runs, 41 HR’s, 123 RBI’s

Donaldson finished second in the league in runs batted in with 123, and first in run scored with 122. He was such an amazing player this year that he is the favorite to win the A.L. MVP award. His grit and determination will make him a definite fantasy pick in this series.

SS Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .280 AVG, 77 Runs, 17 HR’s, 70 RBI’s

Tulowitzki just came back from an injury that kept him out for most of September. It’s a perfect time for him to make his return because of the extra power he can bring to this team of heavy hitters. It was back in 2007 that he made it to the World Series, and 2009 was his last post-season game.

OF Shin Soo-Choo – Texas Rangers – Season: .276 AVG, 94 Runs, 22 HR’s, 82 RBI’s

Choo has bested is numbers from last year, gathering 22 home run, 82 RBI’s and a .276 batting average. At 33 years-old, he will finally get the chance to play in his first division series. The Korean blasted the ball over the fence during the NLWC back in 2013. That was his only post-season appearance.

OF Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .250 AVG, 108 Runs, 40 HR’s, 114 RBI’s

Bautista is the only one of the three headed monster (Donaldson, Encarnacion) to have yet played in October baseball playoff. The 34 years-old has reached 40 home runs and more than a 100 RBI’s for the first time since the 2011 season.

Series Prediction: Texas Rangers in 5

 

Posted in MLB

Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – October 1st 2015

MLB regular season is almost over and Daily Fantasy Baseball playoffs is starting to take shape. The Blue Jays are going back to the post-season after clinching the division for the first time since 1993, the year they won their second World Series. The way things are going for the Jays this year has been no shortage of incredible. The National League playoff picture is set. The Cardinals win over the Pirates last night gave them the division crown. So now the Cards, Dodgers and Mets all clinched their division while the Bucs will face Jake Arrieta and the Cubs for the Wild Card game.

A day after his A’s “big three” teammate (Barry Zito) made his possible final start, Tim Hudson is ready to make is last career start in the MLB. The active leader in wins will brush it out against Dodgers starter Brett Anderson in San Francisco. His incredible career holds being the 2000 season leader in wins and being a 2014 World Series champion. Can any rookie pitcher follow up in his footstep? Let’s find out in today’s Fantasy Baseball hot picks.

P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

Season: 5 W, 1 L, 3.14 ERA, 47 Ks, 19 BBs

The Twins are still chasing the final playoff spot for a four way race with the Angels, Astros, and Yankees. They turn to their sensational rookie to help them go there against Cleveland. Duffey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 starts. Back in August, he limited the Indians to 1 hit and no earned run during 6 innings of work. It’s his best performance of the season. A repeat could be in the books.

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .239 AVG, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, 43 Runs

Grandal saw his numbers drop in the last few month. He started the year at an incredible pace, hitting 12 homers in the first three month. He has had 4 since. The Cuban needs to hit like he did before if he hopes to keep his starting job in Los Angeles.

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

Season: .266 AVG, 10 HRs, 66 RBIs, 68 Runs, 2 SBs

Mauer knocked a home run in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Tribe. He’s hitting .357 with a homer and 3 RBIs against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. As the team star, he’ll need to make a difference when playoffs implications counts the most.

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .213 AVG, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 37 Runs, 1 SB

Utley has faced Tim Hudson the most during his career. It’s like they have a special bond together. Utley will want to get the most out of their final matchup.

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

Season: .245 AVG, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, 74 Runs, 2 SBs

Plouffe had a hit in every game in the current series against the Indians. He belted one over the fence  for 2 runs in the series opener. Now it’s time for the finale.

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .269 AVG, 2 HRs, 42 RBIs, 71 Runs, 14 SBs

Aybar is on a six game hitting streak. He has been doing his part as the leadoff hitter, getting on base. He is also hitting .327 against Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland. With heavy hitters like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols behind him, it is safe to bet he will score a lot.

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .299 AVG, 41 HRs, 89 RBIs, 101 Runs, 11 SBs

Trout was 3-for-3 yesterday, while smashing his 41st homer of the season. Despite this, the Angels lost against the Athletics. A win today for the halos would increase their chances of making it to October. They will need a repeat from their star outfielder who is batting .345 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .243 AVG, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

Hunter has an average of .429 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs against Cleveland’s starter Trevor Bauer. He will build off the success he had yesterday during the first game of a doubleheader, where he hit a base clearing double for 3 RBIs.

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .225 AVG, 26 HRs, 86 RBIs, 71 Runs, 9 SBs

Bruce had 7 homers in the month of September. It’s the most he had in a single month all year.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 30th 2015

What a day to play daily fantasy baseball. There are three doubleheaders happening today, because of the rain canceling games last night. First off, the Cards will not only have one but two opportunities to clinch the National League Central crown against the Bucs. St. Louis could win their 3rd straight title for the 2nd time in history. Two pitchers inching closer to the 20 win mark will go at it in the first game. I’m talking about Michael Wacha and Gerrit Cole, who both came out as big surprises this year. Also in the program today is the game between the A’s and Halo’s. Barry Zito, who will be pitching for the A’s on a three game rest, will perhaps play his final game in the Major League Baseball. He had an illustrious career, winning the Cy-Young award back in 2002 and being a World Series champion in 2012. Like Zito was back in the 2000s, let see who the hot picks for today DFS contest are.

P Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

Season: 17 W, 6 L, 3.15 ERA, 149 Ks, 54 BBs

Wacha was intended to pitch yesterday, but the rain happened and now the game has been pushed to today. He could become the first pitcher in the majors, under the age of 25 to win 18 games since Joe Magrane in 1989. The Cardinals will try to clinch top spot in the division and be done with it as early as possible, so a lot of run support should be expected coming in the first game to support the youngster.

C Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians

Season:  .229 AVG, 12 HRs, 44 RBIs, 37 Runs

Gomes and the Tribes will be part of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The catcher had success against both of today’s opposing starters, Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey. He totaled 3 home runs and 6 RBIs with an average of .417 in 17 at-bats between the two pitchers.

1B Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

Season: .312 AVG, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 17 Runs

Morneau has been of fire during the month of September with 2 triples, 3 RBIs and a .351 average. So to close it out, he will face Arizona’s pitcher Chase Anderson. The Canadian has had success against Anderson, hitting .400 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs.

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

Season: .282 AVG, 20 HRs, 76 RBIs, 79 Runs, 2 SBs

Cano is on a 12 game hitting streak. He has a total of 4 homer run in that stretch. That includes a two-run dinger that he knocked yesterday. He will look to extend this streak against underwhelming Scott Kazmir.

3B Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

Season: .281 AVG, 21 HRs, 77 RBIs, 70 Runs, 1 SB

Moustakas is having his best season yet. He came out clutch for the Royals during last Thursday matchup with the Mariners, going 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBIs to allow his team to clinch the American League Central division. “Moose” is batting a career .314 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs against pitcher Jose Quintana.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .324 AVG, 7 HRs, 81 RBIs, 81 Runs, 10 SBs

Bogaerts and the Red Sox have been on a roll in the past week. Boston has won 5 in a row and Bogaerts has been hitting .364 with 4 runs and 2 RBIs in that span. The Red Sox will try to spoil the New York’s chance to win their 10,000 regular season victory once again in Yankee Stadium.

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

Season: .334 AVG, 41 HRs, 96 RBIs, 117 Runs, 6 SBs

The Washington National have failed to reach expectations this season. Only Bryce Harper has been able to keep this team strong. But one player can only do so much in a team sport. The perennial MVP showed pitcher William Perez how good he is in their only confrontation, smashing one over the fence for 3 runs. Let see what Harper can do with multiple at-bats against the Venezuelan.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .242 AVG, 22 HRs, 77 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

The 40 years-old Hunter has elevated his power numbers, but it comes at the expense of his average. He has never played a full season batting under .250, until this year. His home run total has greatly increased though, and it’s the first time since 2011 that he has more than 20. “Spiderman” will have the chance to play in two games today for the Twins, or at least one.

OF Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .299 AVG, 14 HRs, 51 RBIs, 53 Runs, 2 SBs

Ethier had a triple and 2 RBI’s in the division clinching win against the Giants yesterday. His batting average started to rise again after the all-star break, and now he is almost back at the .300 ceiling. Ethier will have no problem today against Mike Leake. He has 2 homers and 6 RBIs with a.389 average when facing Leake.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

C Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians

1B Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

3B Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 29th 2015

There are sparks flying everywhere in the MLB, as we inch closer to post-season’s daily fantasy sports contests. Tension is in the air in California. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are vying for the N.L. west top spot. They will play their 2nd game of a 4 games series. Giants are sending their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound, but the Dodgers respond with their own all-star, Clayton Kershaw. A win for the Dodgers allows them to clinch a playoff entry. Also on the bracket is the N.L. central division matchup between St-Louis and Pittsburgh. The Cards will try to claim the title for the third straight year with a win over the Pirates today. Can you feel the heat, because these are the fantasy hot picks:

P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Season: 18 W, 8 L, 2.88 ERA, 228 Ks, 38 BBs

Bumgarner won against Kershaw twice this season. After losing his last two starts, he’ll look for redemption and the chance to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. The lefty will also pitch at home where he holds a 1.80 ERA. A crowd cheering for him is all the motivation he’s going to need to win.

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

Season:  .248 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 Runs, 2 SBs

The L.A. Angels are in the middle of a battle with the Houston Astros for top spot in the A.L. west. They need contribution from all their players. Perez has been doing his part, hitting .444 in his last 8 games.

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

Season: .284 AVG, 20 HRs, 86 RBIs, 70 Runs

The Brewers will introduce minor league pitcher of the year Jorge Lopez to the MLB. Given that he’s the future hope of a struggling Milwaukee team, the squad will need to step up their game. Adam Lind is having a pretty good season. The 32 years-old also has Tyson Ross number. He’s batting a career .833 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s in 6 at-bats against the righty.

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

Season: .287 AVG, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 29 Runs

He has shown that you don’t need to be in a bad team to perform well. The Venezuelan had a game winning homer on Sunday against the Nats. It came the inning after an altercation in the Washington dugout between Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. Blanco knows how to take up on opportunities when they presents themselves.

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .257 AVG, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs, 49 Runs, 1 SB

Freese had back-to back dingers over the weekend. It shows that from top to bottom of the Angels lineup, everybody is contributing for the playoff push. The 2011 World Series MVP knows how to win when it matter.

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

Season: .249 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 54 Runs, 17 SBs

He was not in the lineup for Sunday’s matchup against the Yankees. This gave him a two day rest before his team meets up with the Royals in a three game home stand. He will face Johnny Cueto today, and that is no problem for him. The Cuban is averaging .750 with 1 home run in 8 at-bats against Cueto.

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

Season: .275 AVG, 18 HRs, 63 RBIs, 53 Runs

The Yankees are facing their eternal rivals Red Sox. The Yankees lost the first one. They will need to rebound so that they can get closer to a post-season entry. If all goes well today, Beltran should have plenty of fantasy points at cleanup.

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

Season: .290 AVG, 17 HRs, 56 RBIs, 90 Runs, 41 SBs

The man with the beard just closed out a terrific series against the Dodgers. He had 4 hits including a triple and a home run, while scoring one run or more in every game. Now, it’s time for him to show what he can do against the Diamondbacks.

OF A. J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .317 AVG, 19 HRs, 75 RBIs, 106 Runs, 37 SBs

Pollock is having a tremendous season for the D-Backs. He will have no problem elevating those numbers today, as he faces off against Colorado’s Christian Bergman. He has 4 hits in 7 at-bats against him.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

OF A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamonbacks

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Fantasy Baseball Best Pick of the Evening – September 21th 2015

We’re less than two weeks away from closing out the Fantasy Baseball regular season. Come learn how to play fantasy baseball before it’s too late. There is 10 games to be played Monday evening. The most interesting matchup today is the one between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jay. They begin a crucial 3 game series for the top spot in the A.L. East. Blue Jays ace, David Price (16-5), will start with Yankees Adam Warren (6-6) opposing him. Now let’s take a look at some hot fantasy picks:

P Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs

 Season: 8 W, 6L, 3.73 ERA, 159 Ks, 39 BBs

The Chicago Cubs have been on a tear lately. They are in a battle against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the wild card spot in the National League. The Cubbies begin a three-game stand at Wrigley against the Brew Crew. Jason Hammel (8-6) will be on the mound for Chicago. He has struggled in his last outing allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings. After the game, he made it clear that he blew it and had to be better. Now is the chance to prove it. He’s undefeated in 10 games against Milwaukee, with 7 decision wins and a 2.13 ERA. His opponent Wily Peralta (5-9) as failed to reproduce the numbers that made him successful last year. Against a team that has no more playoff aspiration, this should be a cake walk for Hammel.

C Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

Season:  .283 AVG, 12 HRs, 41 RBIs, 30 Runs

D’Arnaud has been ripping it up in the month of September, hitting for .327. He will face starter Shelby Miller, the National League leader in losses. Besides that, Miller hasn’t won since May 18th. This is good for D’Arnaud.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .315 AVG, 28 HRs, 100 RBIs, 91 Runs, 21 SBs

With the D-Backs eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, players will want to take out their frustration on the field. One of those players is Paul Goldschmidt who his batting .538 in 13 at-bats against opposing pitcher Brett Anderson. Goldy has 2 homers and 5 RBI’s this season alone, when facing the Dodgers hurler.

2B Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .293 AVG, 12 HRs, 65 RBIs, 66 Runs, 21 SBs

Phillips is on a roll as of late hitting .338 and getting 13 RBIs in the month of September. He has been able to get 2 hits in each season off Jaime Garcia the past five years. This year, Phillips has none in 4 at-bats against the lefty. It’s his last chance to get some before season end.

3B Chase Headley – New York Yankees

Season: .264 AVG, 11 HRs, 61 RBIs, 72 Runs

This is a big one between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. The fantasy score will come from an unlikely hero. That hero will be Chase Headley. He has success this season against David Price with a batting average of .600.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .322 AVG, 6 HRs, 73 RBIs, 74 Runs, 13 SBs

Who knew Bogaerts was going to soar this year. The last shortstop to have had that much talent with the bat for the Red Sox was Nomar Garciaparra. The 22 years-old his way to be the next Garciaparra. He’s currently on a nine game hitting streak and is the second best in the American League with an average of .322.

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

Season: .274 AVG, 11 HRs, 73 RBIs, 66 Runs, 3 SBs

It will be the Melky way tonight at Comerica Park. Cabrera has had past success against the 39 years-old Randy Wolf, batting .571 since 2010. They haven’t faced off since 2012, but the aging Wolf is in the decline and Cabrera will make him pay for it.

OF Carl Crawford – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .265 AVG, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs, 9 SBs

He is not the all-star as he once was, but he is hitting .298 and has stolen 9 bases since the beginning of August. Back in 2013, he has faced Jhoulys Chacin 6 time, and has collected 5 hits against him. You can say that Crawford will have Chacin’s number Monday night.

OF Scott Van Slyke – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .248 AVG, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 19 Runs, 3 SBs

Adrian’s Gonzalez is questionable for Monday’s matchup between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers. This could allow Scott Van Slyke to play his second game in a row. He knocked a solo-home run last night. The son of former MLB player Andy Van Slyke is no slouch against Jhoulys Chacin, hitting .600 against him in the past 2 years.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

P Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs

C Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamonbacks

2B Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds

3B Chase Headley – New York Yankees

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

OF Carl Crawford – Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Scott Van Slyke –Los Angeles Dodgers

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Daily Fantasy Best Picks of the Day – September 16th 2015

These are the players that are coming in hot for tonight’s MLB game lineup. All 30 teams are in action. Big story tonight: Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, will be gunning for the 20th win of the season. Will he do it against the NL Wild Card leading Pittsburgh Pirates? Don’t forget to check out last night DFS top 5 performers at the bottom. Now let’s take a look at tonight’s hot picks:

C Miguel Montero(CHC) – 3,800 $

Season: .244 AVG, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 31 R

He’s coming off a 2 hits night in the first game of the series against the Pirates. With a batting average of .556 against A.J. Burnett, look for him to continue hitting with success.

1B Eric Hosmer(KC) – 4,200 $

Season: .302 AVG, 14 HR, 82 RBI, 87 R

He took Danny Salazar deep twice and has a total of 5 RBIs in 6 encounters this year. Enough said.

2B Jose Altuve(HOU) – 6,200 $

Season: .313 AVG, 12 HR, 59 RBI, 70 R

Altuve is one of the best second baseman in MLB. He’s slugging .667 in 13 at-bats against Martin Perez.   The little guy will put on a clinic out there.

3B Matt Carpenter(STL) – 4,800 $

Season: .257 AVG, 21 HR, 73 RBI, 84 R

He’s slugging .700 against Wily Peralta. Its 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 30 at-bats. He’ll likely add another strong game against Peralta in his resume.

SS Starlin Castro(CHC) – 2,500 $

Season: .255 AVG, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 46 R

Castro is on a 3 game hitting streak. He’s also batting .471 against A.J. Burnett. Put those two things together and he is destined for a great game.

OF Andrew McCutchen(PIT) – 5,200 $

Season: .301 AVG, 22 HR, 93 RBI, 86 R

The 2013 NL MVP has a stolen base in each game of the double-header yesterday. He’s always a multi-tool threat facing anyone, even the league leading pitcher in win Jake Arrieta. In fact, McCutchen is averaging .444 against Arrieta.

OF Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) – 3,900 $

Season: .251 AVG, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 57 R

He’s been hitless in his last five game. It’s time for him to get swigging, and there’s no better pitcher to do it against than Chris Archer. He’s batting .667 (14-for-21) against him.

OF Jeff Francoeur(PHI) – 3,600 $

Season: .267 AVG, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 32 R

Francoeur his hitting .500 (4-for-8) against Gio Gonzalez since 2013. He comes as a surprise pick from the lowly Philadelphia Phillies.

P Bartolo Colon(NYM) – 10,400 $

Season: Record(14-11), 4.13 ERA, 129 K, 22 BB

He has picked up 3 straight wins, and hasn’t lost since august 9. The 42 year-old is resurging from the unknown once again this year.

P Ervin Santana(MIN) – 9,900 $

Season: Record(5-4), 4.73 ERA, 62 K, 26 BB

He has collected 3 wins in his last 3 games. The righty has is best stretch of the season. So I’m taking the veteran over Detroit’s rookie Daniel Norris.

DFS Top Performers September 15th 2015

Stephen Strasburg threw a gem against the Phillies, last night. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 14 for the performance of the night.

Last night DFS Top 5 Performers in MLB:

P Stephen Strasburg-WAS (8 IPs, 1 Hit, 14 Ks, 1 BB = 52.5 FP)

P Jon Lester- CHC (CG 9 IPs, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 9 Ks, 2 BBs = 46 FP)

 OF Bryce Harper-WAS (4 RBIs, 1 BB, 2Rs, 1 1B, 2HRs = 40 FP)

P Carlos Martinez-STL (8 IPs, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 9 Ks, 2 BBs = 34.5 FP)

OF Jason Heyward-STL (2 RBIs, 1BB, 2Rs, 2 2Bs, 1HR, 1SB = 34 FP)

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