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 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

With the NFL season kicking off in 4 weeks, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s NFC East. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.

 2016 NFC East Fantasy Football Season Preview

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins will finally move in as the teams’ starting QB without having to deal with any doubts and controversy. This position was long under question until RGIII’s departure and Cousins will definitely be playing for a new contract. By setting the all-time franchise passing yards mark last year, as well as other Redskins’ records, the young passer will try to secure and stabilize his place further in the organization.

DeSean Jackson will remain his main target and has become an even bigger star since arriving to the skins.

Josh Norman’s addition to this squad during the offseason will certainly help their defense as they were frankly struggling last year.

There are still some questions with their running game as well as the offensive line, but if Cousins can repeat what he did last season, the Redskins should have a problem solved that hurt them for decades.

 

Key Additions: TE Vernon Davis, CB Josh Norman, DE Kendall Reyes

Key Losses: Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, SS Dashon Goldson, CB Chris Culliver, DE Jason Hatcher (Retired)

 

Philadelphia Eagles

For the Eagles, the Chip Kelly experiment ended in flames and this year will most likely be a bumpy and hard road for them. With their defense being one of the worst in the league, they’re actually looking like the most stable unit in their team. Their future of this organization relies on youngster Carson Wentz to become a franchise quarterback.

If they can make steady play from their defense and make plays to put up points, they may be able to have a  .500 season.

 

Key Additions: WR Rueben Randle, LB Nigel Bradham, C Stefen Wisniewski, WR Chris Givens, QB Chase Daniels

Key Losses:  LB KiKo Alsonso, CB Byron Maxwell, RB DeMarco Murray, DE Cedric Thornton, CB E.J. Biggers

 

Dallas Cowboys

Last season was a nightmare for the Cowboys, as injuries destroyed everything the team had planned and ended the season before it ever really got started.

This time, the big move and risk was to draft Ezekiel Elliott as the 4th overall pick, an insanely high selection for a running back in this day and age.

The Cowboys are putting everything  into their offensive strength in order to get back  on the proper lane. In fact, this may be one of the toughest roads this organization has known in Jerry Jones’ era. With their star QB, Tony Romo being held back by injuries the last couple of seasons, this should be his last run with the Cowboys and he will need all the help from his receivers including Dez Bryant, who’ll try to put last season behind him.

Their defense lacks experience which could make it hard for them to gel as a unit.

 

Key Additions: RB Alfred Morris, DE Cedric Thornton, G Joe Looney

Key Losses: QB Matt Cassel, DE Greg Hardy, RB Robert Turbin 

 

New York Giants

The G-Men are looking to regain control in the East as they have revamped their defense and put some key pieces in on offense as well. Eli Manning is coming towards the end with the Giants so it’s win now or bust, so with new coach Be McAdoo it’s all about winning.

The Giants are healthy for the first time in a long time and that could spell trouble for the rest of the division. Olivier Vernon, Jenoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison bring much needed fire power along with rookies Eli Apple and Darian Thompson, they should be heavily revamped and ready to go.

Sterling Shepard could step in right away and fill the shoes of Victor Cruz who is yet to show traces of his former self.

 

Key Additions:  NT Damon Harrison, CB Janoris Jenkins, DE Olivier Vernon

Key Losses: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Rueben Randle, DE Robert Ayers, LB Jon Beason (Retired), LT Will Beatty, G Geoff Schwartz

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Top MLB Fantasy Baseball Performers

May 17th 2016

With all the fuss and talk around the league following the legendary Texas vs Blue Jays brawl, Tuesday’s lineup seems pretty full with all 30 teams with the earliest game at 6:10 PM featuring the Ohio rivalry when Cincinnati Reds meet the Cleveland Indians. This should give you enough time to do your homework after checking out the Top MLB Fantasy Baseball Performers of the last games and dominate your lineup (click to join). The most interesting matchup will clearly be the one at 8:15PM featuring the currently red hot Boston Red Sox visiting the inconsistent Kansas City Royals. The Royals have had the best of Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11) his last 3 starts against them posting a 7.20 ERA against the Royals but Boston’s offense has been out of this world and lead the majors in batting average by far (.298), 20 pts ahead of 2nd place Colorado (.278).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Max Scherzer P WAS @NYM 91.5 51.7 36.6 34.4
Clayton Kershaw P LAD LAA 80.5 53.7 48.9 38.9
WeiYin Chen P MIA @PHI 52.5 25.7 27.2 22.5
Trayce Thompson OF LAD LAA 51 21.8 22 13.9
Jaime Garcia P STL COL 50 37.8 29.8 28.6
David Ortiz 1B BOS @KC 47.5 20.5 18.9 18.5
Noah Syndergaard P NYM WAS 40 27.5 32.5 30.7
JD Martinez OF DET MIN 39 23.5 17.4 12.7
Luis Valbuena 3B HOU @CWS 39 15.7 12.8 11.6
Desmond Jennings OF TB @TOR 38.5 12.8 10.7 5.1
Jake Lamb 3B ARI NYY 38.5 16.5 12.7 13.2
Danny Salazar P CLE CIN 37 34.2 37 27.1
Ian Kinsler 2B DET MIN 36 25.8 19.1 15.1
Matt Joyce OF PIT ATL 36 12 9 9.2
Adam Lind 1B SEA @BAL 36 13.5 9.7 8.3
Steve Pearce 1B TB @TOR 36 16.8 12.9 16.1
Marlon Byrd OF CLE CIN 35.5 16 12.5 6
Curt Casali C TB @TOR 35 12.5 8.4 12.2
Mookie Betts OF BOS @KC 34.5 19.3 20.5 15.9
Kyle Hendricks P CHC @MIL 34 30.5 25.9 23.6

 

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks

The Major League Baseball is getting  trimmed to eight games on Thurdsday. There will be four early evening game and four evening ones. The Chicago White Sox will look to extend their winning streak seven game in Baltimore. They trail the other Cubs by a single game in the league standings. Speaking of the other Chicago team, they will begin their matchup against the Brewers at two-o-clock and will send the virtually un-hittable Jake Arrieta to the mound. Things couldn’t look any better for manager Don Mattingly. His Miami Marlins will attempt to sweep the series against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. And all of this at Dodger Stadium. They’ll have to face the red hot Kenta Maeda though. Here is the top 20 Fantasy Baseball draft picks. Pick your fantasy baseball team right here.Fantasy baseball

It’s sure is surprising to see Tanner Roark on top of the list. Even more so above Jake Arrieta. Phillies Aaron Nola rounds out the top three pitchers. Dustin Pedroia has seen his stock raise with some stellar play. The second base position is one that usually keeps daily fantasy sports managers guessing. Not this time, since Pedroia is the only secon baseman entering the list. Other lone player leading their position, depending on the list, are Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz and Colorado’s third baseman slugger Nolan Arenado. Tigers outfielder JD Martinez collected a lot of fantasy points yesterday, but has yet to prove that he’s riding on a consistent hot streak. Some of the less expensive options that are driving a solid stretch picks are first baseman Mark Reynold and Freddie Freeman, with outfielders Khris Davis, Ryan Raburn and Joey Rickard. Rounding out the top 20 is the most inexpensive pick Alex Presley from the Milwaukee Brewers.

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NFL Draft Fantasy League

NFC West

One day, that is all that separate us from the 2016 NFL Draft, and it has yet to be determined who will go number one this year. There’s plenty of candidates, but there’s only one team with that significant pick. The Rams are in the midst of a major change. They will be relocating from St.Louis to Los Angeles starting next season. In fact, they will be making their return to the city of angels for the first time since 1994. This will increase their fanbase significantly. With a much higher population count, a wealthier metropolis and being the neighborhood of stardom, the Rams should do just fine there. They’ve already doubled in value from $1.5 billions to $2.9 billions, catapulting them in third place for the most expensive teams in the league. The number one pick, whoever that will turn out to be, will have an immediate popularity that will follow him in L.A. Does that mean that the other NFC West teams should be worried about this new franchise? What should they do? To maximize your selections for the NFL Draft Fantasy League contest, let’s find out what the NFC West teams needs are!

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona will have to be on the lookout for a high-pressure pass rusher. It would be time to look for younger option at defensive end rather than to bank on Frostee Rucker and Cory Redding for another few years. A young and talented middle linebacker with good size needs to be addressed as well. While Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu are already receiving much of the defensive backfield play time, adding an additional playmaker who’s formidable against the pass could definitely help the Cards.

Top 2 round picks: 29th selection.

Seattle Seahawks

Entering the draft, the Seahawks should covets playmaking secondary players. It would also be a possibility that they could look for some cornerback talents. Since moving Justin Britt to inside guard, Seattle needs to figure out who should helm the tackle spot opposite Russell Okung. The middle of the D-line looks empty since the loss of Brandon Mebane, and Bruce Irvin’s speed will also be missed off the edge of the second-tier. The Seahawks have made a tremendous job at building their defense through the draft, they are expected to do so again.

Top 2 round picks: 26th and 56th selections.

San Francisco 49ers

What to say about the saga that is Colin Kaepernick! New coach Chip Kelly as likely already set up a plan to grab a quarterback in the first-round. The offensive line woes will have to be attended to in the following rounds. The 49ers should also target some wide receivers to fit into Kelly’s offensive scheme. On the defensive side, linebackers would be needed.

Top 2 round picks: 7th and 37th selections.

Los Angeles Rams

Yet another draft where the Rams have to find a premium wide receiver, where they can build their passing game around. And even if they can find a true number one wide receiver, they will first need a quarterback. Finding some more cornerback and safety should help the team, especially with the departures of Rodney McLeod and Janoris Jenkins.

Top 2 round picks: 1st selection.

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NFC South

NFL Fantasy Draft Needs Preview

While the first wave of free agency is settling quietly, draft needs are clearer. Only a few days until the 2016 NFL Draft and the next 72 hours will be extremely busy strategically. With so many speculations going on in the league, FanPicks will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This NFL Fantasy Draft Needs preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.

Atlanta Falcons

With only 5 picks this draft, the Falcon’s priority should lie in getting more pass rush to pair up Vic Beasley off the edge. On top of that, their back end of their secondary could use a little help if their willing to get a safety. The question is however, how early in the draft would they make that movie? They need some kind of leader in defense to reminisce the last few years when they had some of the most talented linebacking corps in the league. They’ve been attempting to upgrade their offensive line aggressively but there’s still some room to improve in that sector.

Top 3 round picks: 17th and 50th, 81th selections.

Carolina Panthers

With Josh Norman gone and rescinding his franchise tag, this leaves a huge gap to fill at the cornerback position. Their GM is sure that their pass rush can make any cornerback look good, explaining his move on letting go Norman. They need to replace Charles Johnson in the long run at defensive end and will definitely try to get the best available player left at that position.

Top 3 round picks: 30th and 62nd, 93rd selections.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans has had trouble stopping passing teams and despite 3rd round CB P.J. Williams being on the injured reserve list, they should try to find more talent for that position. They’ve had a track record of stockpiling picks but this year for the first time since 1997, will be trading down. As they tried to rebuild their base, they went from 9 picks in 2015 to only 6 picks this year to work with. Not only they need to strengthen defensively, but a big guy that could blow some holes for Mark Ingram and guard Drew Brees could put them back as threats in the league.

Top 3 round picks: 12th and 47th, 78th selections.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucks need to focus on defense since they just drafted one single defensive player the past 2 years. They should look for an athletic young replacement for Gosder Cherilus, something we may see in the first 2 or 3 rounds. Robert Ayers’s arrival may help at defensive end, but Tampa Bay could use more competition in the CB and Safety positions. Look out for them to really go full out on D this draft.

Top 3 round picks: 9th and 39th, 74th selections.

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AFC South

NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs Preview

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and we’re less than a week away. This NFL Fantasy Football Draft Needs preview of all the AFC south teams is brought you by FanpPicks. FanPicks will be providing a special  draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016.

Houston Texans

The Texans kind of lacked last season in terms of Wide Receiver and speed offensively. They filled their void with the signings of QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller. Those additions will take off huge needs off the draft board for Houston. With Duane Brown coming back from a big enjury and their center spot still unsettled with the loss of Ben Jones, the Offensive line position will definitely is going to be looked over this draft.

Top 3 round picks: 23rd, 52nd, and 85th selections.

Indianapolis Colts

With franchise QB Andrew Luck missing 9 games last year and the Colts giving up 118 QB hits, an Offensive Line recruitment is critical and needs to be addressed quickly. With a few of their cornerbacks set to become free agents this offseason, they should look into recruiting in that position after taking care of the pass rush issue.

Top 3 round picks: 19th and 48th, 82nd selections.

Jacksonville Jaguars

With the addition of Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler’s return, the pass rush should be resolved for the Jaguars. But they definitely need to recruit more talent to be competitive in those secondary positions. They will definitely need to step up their running game as well and find the right fit to fill the interior.

Top 3 round picks: 5th and 38th, 69th selections.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are set when it come to their defensive line but may recruit further talent with so many talented defensive linemen in the draft. They will also need to focus on their offensive tackle to build their QB’s confidence and protect him as well as solidify their offensive strategy.

Top 3 round picks: 15th and 43rd, 45th selections.

 

 

 

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Fantasy Basketball Projections – April 22nd 2016

The NBA playoffs continues with a couple of Eastern conference Game three’s and one Western conference. All three better-seeded teams could take a 3-0 lead in the series tonight, but it’s back at home for the underdogs. The first matchup sets LeBron and the East number 1 Cavs against the Pistons at 7PM ET. Following at 8 PM will be the Hawks in Boston’s TD Garden Arena, while at 9:30 PM, the second best team in the West take on the Grizzlies. FanPicks has you prepared with Friday’s fantasy basketball projections, charting the top 20 best performers for all three games.Top 20 4-22-16

It’s no surprise that LeBron James takes number one in the top 20 fantasy picks. His level of consistency is tremendous, scoring over 30 FP is past 10 games. Along with LeBron, Kyrie Irving his the only other player in today’s lineup to score an average of over 30 FP during the playoffs. Kyle Korver suprisingly ranks number two with 25 FP, having had a huge Game 2 against Boston. His numbers don’t usually reflect that. He’s got a post-season average of 12.5 FP and a past four game average of 10.1 FP. His teammate, Al Horford, scored the same number fantasy points, and it’s clear that his status his much better than Korver’s. Reggie Jackson is the best fantasy draft player from Detroit, and he’s not even the most expensive. That goes to rebounding machine Andre Drummond. The Piston and Hawks share the most players listed in the top 20 with 5 each. The Hawks leading scorer, Paul Millsap, didn’t make the cut. Proves that the Hawks have a nice arsenal on their hands.  The Spurs and Grizzlies are lacking in that list, mostly due to the fact their Game 2 ended in a 94-68 win for San Antonio. Off the board, you could see guys like Celtics Isaiah Thomas, Spurs Kawhi Leonard and Grizzlies Matt Barnes provide more than they did last time around. It will also need to be seen if Kent Bazemore could make the Hawks starting five, as he is a game time decision. Thabo Sefolosha is the one who could take his spot if unavailable. The Swiss player has been increasingly good and could line-up as an amazing sleeper pick.

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DFS NFL Draft

With the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s the time of year where we take a look at the weaknesses that could be fix with some new blood. We’ll take a look at what improvements could be made by each team during the draft. FanPick will be providing a special  draft contest  for you, starting on April 28th 2016.  Now let’s see what the NFC East teams want for the forthcoming  DFS NFL Draft.

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins has provided a nice boost at the QB position for the Redskins, finally solving the problem that had been lingering for a while. It’s not sure though that Cousins may be the long-term solution.  Washington will need to find the players to protect him for the time being, stuffing the offensive line with some young talents. A center could be an early round possibility for them. The front-end of their defense could need some fine-tuning as well.

Top 2 round picks: 21st and 53rd selections.

Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly has left his mark on the Eagles, unfortunately it’s been for the wrong reasons. It was a mess of a 2015 season after he took charge of the team’s entire football operations. They will need to rebuilt from the ground up, starting with the DFS NFL Draft. First and foremost, the team will need to find a wide-receiver. Philadelphia once possessed a remarkable O-line. Well now it’s in need of an upgrade at both guard, despite the addition of RG Brandon Brooks, and at tackle positions also.  But most of all, their biggest need is for a reliable tailback to pair up with fellow running mate Ryan Matthews. 

Top 2 round picks: 2nd selection.

New York Giants

The Giants addressed it’s primary offseason need at defensive end, resigning Jason Pierre-Paul and adding Olivier Vernon. Now they need to find their boss man at middle linebacker. Adding another reliable target to take the heat off Odell Beckham is not out of the equation. Landon Collins works one of the safety position, they could find another in this draft. A dual-threat safety who can handle himself in coverage would be preferable.

Top 2 round picks: 10th and 40th selections.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas could go for a bell cow type of player in the back-end of the attack. It could improve the rushing game, like the way it used to with DeMarco Murray. Tony Romo just keeps getting hurt, as-fact from his season-ending injury. A new heir to his long stand as Cowboys quarteback may be a higher priority now than it as ever been before. ”America’s team” has a solid offensive line, but his defensive one may be in need of an upgrade, especially at defensive tackle. 

Top 2 round picks: 4th and 34th selections. 

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Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch

There is a three NBA Playoffs Game 2 set for the evening. The Hornets are in Miami, the Cavs host the Pistons and the TrailBlazers  hope to win in L.A. against the Clippers. All home team have taken Game 1 of the series. It will be the last chance for those visiting clubs to take over the series lead at home for Game 3. So expect a lot of pressure from the underdogs tonight. We’ve listed the top 20 fantasy points producers from their previous game in FanPicks Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch.Fantasy Basketball

Cleveland’s big three got things done in the first game versus Detroit. Kyrie Irving was the biggest draw with a total of 36.5 fantasy points. LeBron James and Kevin Love came a close second and third with 36 and 35 fantasy points of their own. No other Cavs players were that significant in Game 1, leaving to wonder that they must just be relying on those three to provide the score day in and day out. There’s is no doubt that LeBron is the main man of the bunch, and could enjoy some huge fantasy production for at-least the first two rounds of playoffs. Love, for his part, should be providing regular rebounding defense in the double-digits. This leaves Irving with doubts on if his production level will stay in par with his teammates. He collected 31 points in the game, which contributed for most of his fantasy points production. The point guard came second in Cleveland’s scoring, behind poster boy LeBron James. So it would be doubtful that Irving could score more than King James on the regular, leaving him on the outside looking in. Other top 20 options at the guard position would be L.A.’s Chris Paul, Portland’s, Damon Lillard and Miami’s Dwayne Wade. Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum led the charge against the Heat, he should be a sleeper to provide the points again today.

Which player is going to stand out in tonights fantasy basketball matchups? Can Chris Paul top the list once again? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to enter in your DFS lineup at FanPicks .com. Don’t forget to keep a lookout for the fantasy basketball courtside watch posted daily.

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Fantasy Baseball Daily Picks

It’s back to a full lineup of big league games. That means your chances to win a million dollars increases today. Grab your baseball cap, cause its time to look at those big fantasy baseball picks that could be money in you pockets. It all started early afternoon with a Midwestern matchup between the Brewers and the Twins. The 28 remaining teams will start battling it out at 6PM. All eyes will be on the the Philly phenom, Vince Velasquez. In two starts this season, the 23 years-old has yet to have given up a run and holds a 2-0 record. Last week, he became the seventh pitcher in league history to record 16 strikeouts and no walk in a game against the Padres. Today, he will attempt to extend his amazing shutout streak versus the New York Mets. Can he do it? Will he make my fantasy baseball daily picks? Let’s found out.

Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher : Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians

Carrasco was dominant last time out at Tampa Bay, permitting one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over eight innings. The 29-year-old Venezuela native would like to turn things around at home where he was 5-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 2015, despite a breakout season (14 wins overall).

Catcher : Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Detroit Tigers

Salty has performed admirably since McCann hit the DL with an sprained ankle. He is tied for the team lead in home runs (four) and has a team-high 11 RBI so far this season.

First Baseman : Lucas Duda – New York Mets

New York 1B Lucas Duda has driven in two runs in each of the last two games after totaling one RBI over his previous nine outings.

Second Baseman : Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians

All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis leads the Cleveland offense with four multihit games in his last seven outings.

Third Baseman : Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

Kansas City 3B Mike Moustakas homered in four of his last eight games.

Shortstop : Asdrubal Cabrera – New York Mets

Cabrera is 10-for-22 during a six-game hitting streak.

Outfielder : Kevin Pillar – Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar is 6-for-7 in two games since being dropped from the leadoff spot in the order.

Outfielder : Brett Gardner – New York Yankees

New York LF Brett Gardner is 7-for-12 with one homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in his last three games.

Outfielder : Nick Markakis – Atlanta Braves

Atlanta RF Nick Markakis is 5-for-12 in three games hitting from the leadoff spot with three runs scored and four RBIs.

 

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MLB Value Picks

It’s transition day with new series lined up for tonight’s MLB action. Among them will be a divisional matchup between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Chicago’s John Lackey will attempt to join teammate Jake Arrieta with a third win third season. The task won’t be without it’s difficulties, as he faces a team that has scored 85 run up until now and ranks first in the entire league. It will also be interesting to see if Nats slugger Bryce Harper can extend his career best streak of four games with a homer to five. He will be going up against Miami’s Jose Fernandez who has been struggling, holding a 5.06 ERA in two starts. There is 7 games on tap this evening, so things might not get optimal, but there is always some diamonds in the rough to select from. So lets see who are the likely candidates for MLB value picks.Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard’s two starts against the Phillies last year were highlighted by a 7 1/3-inning scoreless performance on May 27. Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard each homered off of him in 2015, but Odubel Herrera went 0-for-6 and Cesar Hernandez was a 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Syndergaard has begun 2016 by suppressing Kansas City and Miami to a combined one run in 13 innings with 21 strikeouts and two walked batters.

Catcher: Tony Wolters – Colorado Rockies

Tony Walters is an inexpensive option to start for tonight matchup against the Reds.

First Baseman: Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who hit home run number 562 this past Sunday, is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the all-time list. Pujols’ 585 doubles is also one shy of sharing the 18th all-time rank with Rafael Palmeiro.

Second Baseman: Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals

Washington’s Daniel Murphy has made contact with 14 of the 30 at-bats he had during his nine-game hitting streak and holds 107 hits in 101 career games versus Miami.

Third Baseman: Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox

Chicago 2B Brett Lawrie is riding a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-28) after going 2-for-4 on Sunday.

Shortstop: Cristhian Adames – Colorado Rockies

The Dominican will start in place of Trevor Story. It’s his opportunity to take some shine from his teammate for low price.

Outfielder: David Peralta  – Arizona D-Backs

David Peralta should be well rested in the series opener against divisional rival San Francisco.

Outfielder: Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun blasted out in his 23rd career multi-homer game on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Outfielder: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

The Marlins have to be careful with Harper, who has a .325 career batting average with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage against them.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Playoffs – Indiana Pacers versus Toronto Raptors Game 2

NBA fantasy basketball playoffs are in full swing and FanPicks has every up-to-date news and daily picks all the way to the finals, so join here to participate in the biggest contest in sports. The first of three games tonight pits the Pacers against the Raptors. Indiana will look to take a 2-0 lead on the road versus Toronto in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at Air Canada Centre.Fantasy Basketball

The Pacers hope to follow on their impressive 100-90 Game 1 victory with another one before the series heads to Indiana. Paul George provided a game-high 33 points (12-22 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding six assists, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 38 minutes. Monta Ellis also contributed with 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. The Pacers were 11 for 21 in three-point attempts on Saturday, after going just 16 of 55 in their last two regular season games with the Raptors. The Pacers broke a five-game losing streak at Air Canada Centre on Saturday, where they had not won since March 1, 2013.

The Raptors will try to rebound from Saturday’s Game 1 defeat and will need to find a way to stop Paul George in the process.  A factor that should be key in the Raptor’s success will be the play of the star guard duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan scored 14 points (5-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. Lowry added 11 (3-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-9 FT), seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and a block in 41 minutes. Jonas Valanciunas set a club record with 15 rebounds in the first half of Saturday’s game. The Raptors finished off the regular-season with a 32-9 record at home.

Top Fantasy Picks

G DeMar DeRozan (TOR)

G Kyle Lowry (TOR)

F Paul George (IND)

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MLB Cash Draft Daily Fantasy Picks

It will be hard to match up with what Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez did yesterday. But the stack is high with big names on the mound today, with the likes of Zack Greinke, Edinson Volquez and Dallas Keuchel. And we can’t let this confrontation between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner go by unnoticed. The hype of this rivalry comes down to this two and who will take down the other. It’s a full slate of Major League Baseball games and we’ve got you covered with our list of MLB Cash Draft  fantasy picks.

Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher : Zack Greinke – Arizona DiamondBacks

Struggling Arizona ace Zack Greinke would appear to have an excellent chance to get untrod with the Diamondbacks visiting San Diego to start a three-game series versus the light-hitting Padres. The newly-signed 206 million dollar man opened the season losing back-to-back starts for the first time since August 2014. Despite that, he is 6-1 with a sterling 1.56 ERA in 12 career starts against San Diego. Greike and the D-Backs look primed to sweep the series.

Catcher: Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants

Buster Posey came back from a foot injury on Thursday and went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Rockies, but reports says that his foot is getting better.  He should be set to catch for a second straight day and motivated, when the Giants open up their rivalry series with the Dodgers.

First Baseman : Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

Chicago’s Jose Abreu is batting .354 with five homers, 18 RBIs, 17 hits and seven walks in 13 career match-ups against the Rays.

Second Baseman : Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano is a lifetime .311 hitter in 407 games at the new Yankee Stadium.

Third Baseman : Manny Machadao – Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore’s Manny Machado collected a hit in all nine games he played this season.

Shortstop : Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians

Jose Ramirez has produced plenty of fair-ball drives in three of the five games he has played in this season.

Update : Out of the starting lineup.

Outfielder : Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

Bautista slugged away 21 home runs in 56 career games at Fenway Park.

Outfielder : Nomar Mazara – Texas Rangers

Texas rookie Nomar Mazara recorded two hits in the series opener to improve to 8-for-20 (.400) with three RBIs and three runs scored during the five contests he played this season.

Outfielder : Jeremy Hazelbaker – St. Louis Cardinals

Jeremy Hazelbaker is another fantasy pick rookie outfielder, but with the Cards, who is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

 

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