Fantasy Hockey Preview Part 1

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Anaheim Ducks

The first season of the Ducks under Randy Carlyle’s orders was satisfactory, even though the Californian team ended up two wins short of competing in the Stanley Cup final. Guided by veterans Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler, but also by a young and very talented defensive brigade, they had 46 wins and conceded the lowest total of goals in the West, 200 (for an average of 2,43 goals allowed per game).

Arizona Coyotes

It’s the end of an era in the desert, with the departure – forced by senior management, some will say – of the longtime Coyotes captain Shane Doan. After 21 seasons and 1540 games, all with the organization that picked him up in 1995, number 19 will shine through his absence on October 7th.

Boston Bruins

The first trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak took charge of the team last season and there is no reason to think that the next campaign will be different. Now that he has a long-term contract in his pocket (six seasons and $ 40 million), Pastrnak can focus on what he does best since his arrival in the league, score some goals.

Buffalo Sabres

The future of the Sabres goes through Jack Eichel. If it was not already obvious since his first time skating with the team, let’s not forget that head coach Dan Bylsma was fired just 24 hours after newspapers in Buffalo reported last April that the talented center player could no longer play for him. He also just signed a lucrative 8 year contract on Tuesday.

Calgary Flames

At 45 years-old, the legendary Jaromir Jagr found a new home in Calgary. He’ll be shedding some of his expertise on the young offensive core of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkatchuk, who will all have to carry this team. In defense, the Flames got Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders. He’ll complete one of the most balanced top-4 with Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Brodie.

Carolina Hurricanes

Forward player Sebastian Aho had a more than respectable campaign with the ‘Canes. The second-round pick in 2015 collected 49 points, including 24 goals in 82 games. His role should be even more central this season offensively. On defense, Noah Hanifin continues to progress. At only 20 years-old, he took part in 81 games with his team, recording four goals and 25 assists.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Stanley Cup champions in 2010, 2013 and 2015 had just been eliminated for a second consecutive season in the first qualifying round, this time through a sweep, courtesy of the Nashville Predators. The team needed to get back to it’s old success, so they brought back Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad. Both were important elements in the Hawks Stanley Cup success.

Colorado Avalanche

Not much good can be said about last season for the Avalanche. In his first full season in the league, Mikko Rantanen was one of the only positive elements within the organization. The team’s first-round pick in 2015 reached the 20-goal plateau to conclude the season with 38 points. For his part, striker Nathan MacKinnon was limited to a 53-point crop in 82 games over the past season. A dark cloud is still hanging over the head of Matt Duchene, who has been part of trade rumors for too long.

Columbus Blue Jackets

After enjoying their first season of 100 points in the history of the organization, the Columbus Blue Jackets have taken the means to try and repeat the feat in a most competitive division through the NHL. They’ve acquired 2016 Calder trophy winner Artemi Panarin. The Russian was impressive in his first two campaigns in the league with totals of 77 and 74 points.

Dallas Stars

The Stars added their biggest asset behind the bench, with Ken Hitchcock taking the reigns of the team. He’ll lead one of the best offensive pair in the league with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. The addition of forwards Alexander Radulov and Martin Hanzal looks to be two promising inclusion to the team.

Detroit Red Wing

All good things has an end. The Red Wing saw their longest active playoffs appearance snap last season. A new era must now begin. Team captain Henrik Zetterberg is now 36 years old and can’t carry this team forever. More than ever, he will need the contribution from rising stars Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha.

Edmonton Oilers

What a reward the Oilers have offered to their supporters after a decade of miserable results! In their first appearance in the playoffs since 2006, they have come close to reaching the association final with a young, talented and uncompromising team. The team has settled two of its most pressing issues during the summer, by lending long and lucrative contracts to its two offensive super stars, Connor McDavid(8 years / $ 100 million) and Leon Draisaitl (8-year / 68 million). A new winger was found for McDavid by acquiring Ryan Strome of the New York Islanders against another forward player who did not meet expectations, Jordan Eberle.

Florida Panthers

Several new faces will make their entry to the Panthers squad. Many have little (or no) experience in the NHL, including Russians Evgeny Dadonov and Denis Malgin. Dadonov was a great star in the KHL, with the St. Petersburg SKA, and he’s expected to start the year by completing the first line with Aleskander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Los Angeles Kings

It was a rough year for the Kings last season. They saw goalie Jonathan Quick go down with injury early in the season and miss most of it. Los Angeles hopes that he can stay healthy this year. The lack of aggressive dynamism was particularly damaging for the Kings, who scored only 201 goals, 24 fewer than the previous year. Few changes were made to remedy this shortcoming, except for the return of Michael Cammalleri, who had started his professional career with the organization. Captain Anze Kopitar did not deliver the goods and must offer more in terms of points production. His 12 goals in 76 games are not worthy of the talent he has. The “Big Three” made up of defencemen Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez is always excellent, but the rest of the defensive brigade contains question marks and little experience in the NHL .

Minnesota Wilds

The Wilds success was not unrelated to the performance of goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk. The 31-year-old has signed a personal best 40 wins in 65 games last year. He also had a goals-against-average of 2.25 and an EFR of .923.

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MLB Wild Card Games

Twins vs Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have traditionally dominated the Minnesota Twins in the postseason and hope to continue that trend when the teams meet Tuesday night (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium. Want to be part of this wild card game, go to FanPicks and enter this contest!!!

New York defeated Minnesota in the AL Division Series in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010, claiming 12 of 14 contests in that span.  This encounter will be the first taste of October for the Yankees’ “Baby Bombers,” putting MVP candidate Aaron Judge – who led the AL in homers (52) and walks (127) – on a big stage in the Bronx that has played host to many legends.

The Twins authored one of the great turnarounds in baseball history by going from 59 victories in 2016 to 85 this year, but must overcome the pressure of past postseason failures, having lost 12 straight playoff games and 19 of their last 21 dating to the 2002 ALCS. Ervin Santana, who is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in six career starts at Yankee Stadium, gets the start for Minnesota opposite New York ace Luis Severino.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Twins RH Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98)

Minnesota Twins

Santana tied Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, the AL Cy Young Award favorite, for most shutouts (three) and complete games (five) in the AL in an All-Star campaign in which he posted the second-lowest ERA of his 13-year-career. The 34-year-old finished the regular season with three straight road starts, including a tough loss at Yankee Stadium on September 18 in which he allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Judge went deep in that one against Santana, who owns a 5.66 ERA in 20 career starts versus New York — his highest mark against an AL team.

New York Yankees

Severino finished his breakout regular season by going 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five September starts, during which he allowed 15 hits and struck out 38 in 30 dominant innings. The one outliner in that stretch was a three-inning, three-run outing against Minnesota on September 20, when the 23-year-old was pulled following a 46-pitch third inning. That was the only career meeting with the Twins for Severino, who was 8-5 with a 3.71 ERA at home this year.

Rockies vs Diamondbacks Preview

Two teams make their long-awaited return to the postseason when the Colorado Rockies visit the Arizona Diamondbacks for a battle of National League West rivals in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET on TBS). If you want to make your mark during mlb post-season action, enter this wild card game contest featured at FanPicks.com.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and had an 11-8 record this year against the Rockies, who make their first postseason appearance since 2009. Arizona went 52-29 at Chase Field this year and boast a powerful middle of the lineup as J.D. Martinez launched 29 homers in 62 games after being acquired from Detroit while Paul Goldschmidt knocked in 120 runs, but the first baseman finished the regular season by going 0-for-17.

Colorado had to battle its way into the playoffs, edging Milwaukee by one game for the final spot, but led the NL in runs (824) while featuring the NL batting champ Charlie Blackmon (.331), the major league runner up in RBIs Nolan Arenado (130) and a red-hot Carlos Gonzalez, who was 9-for-15 in his last four games with five extra-base hits. Arizona’s starting pitcher Zack Greinke has given up five home runs in 42 at-bats to Gonzalez in his career but is 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA at home in 2017, while the Rockies will go with fellow hard-throwing righty Jon Gray, who finished the season with four straight wins – one of them against the Diamondbacks.

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Rockies RH Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20)

Colorado Rockies

Gray became a key part of the rotation after the All-Star break while going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA over 15 starts, and allowed seven runs across 30 innings in his last five outings. The 25-year-old Oklahoma native also struck out 10 to win at Arizona on June 30 and is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA lifetime versus the Diamondbacks. Martinez is 2-for-6 with a pair of homers and David Peralta 6-for-13 with a triple against Gray, who has 112 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings in 2017.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Greinke reached 17 victories for the third time in four seasons, but struggled in his last home start against Miami on September 22 when he permitted eight runs over four innings. The 33-year-old Orlando native, who ended the regular season by limiting Kansas City to two runs over four innings Friday, is 9-5 lifetime against Colorado after going 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five outings this season. Mark Reynolds and Trevor Story have homered four times apiece against Greinke.

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Boston Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Projection 2016

FanPicks is getting ready for the upcoming 2016 MLB season with team’s preview and daily fantasy baseball contests. Set your timer for April 3rd opening day. With over a million dollars to win this MLB season at FanPicks, it’s time for you to register right now, right here! Time for the Boston Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Projection:

Boston Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Projection

Year after year, the Boston Red Sox are a team vying for the World Series and nothing else. So when the team falls at the bottom of their division for the past two years, things are bound to change. Things were made very clear when owner John Henry opened up his wallet to lure David Price. Price signed the most lucrative contract by a MLB pitcher ever. Can his arrival help the proud city of Boston get back to the top like they did three years ago, when they were crown 2013 World Series champion?

Players to watch:

  • David Price
  • David Ortiz
  • Mookie Betts

It will be interesting to see how Price can deal with the pressure of improving Boston’s rotation, especially after the fact that lefties are usually struggling at Fenway Park. But not him, he’s been solid throughout his career there with a 1.95 ERA in 11 starts, while holding Red Sox hitters to an .186/261/.289 slash line.

The 40 years-old Ortiz doesn’t act a day his age, he keeps on slugging the ball and leading the charge in Boston. He finished the 2015 season with 37 homers and 108 RBI’s. With the technology to keep more-aged players in good condition nowadays, it would not be surprising to see the same kind of numbers from him this season. “Big Papy” also announced that this would be his final season, so it’s no secret that he categorize as a sentimental fantasy pick.

Mookie Betts has shown signs of greatness in the latter part of the 2015 season. He had a batting average of .311 after the All-Star game, last year. The 23 years-old has the skill sets to become a franchise cornerstone in the Red Sox organization for years to come.

The Boston Red Sox have the commodity of turning their success around in a single season. Never expect a rebuilding year with them, they’re always a treat of taking home the big honors.

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Bucks vs Heat

FanPicks.com NBA Preview

 

 

The Milwaukee Bucks (18-25) make the trip down to South Florida to take on the Miami Heat (23-18) at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The Bucks will come into Tuesday’s contest with a full two days of rest. They secured a trio of victories last week against Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte, all teams with superior records. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe have stepped up their game for the Bucks as of late. The Greek Freak has four consecutive double-doubles and five straight contests with double-digit rebounds, Middleton has 20 points or more in six of his last seven games, and Monroe has posted five straight double-doubles, as well as double-digit scoring performances in nine out of the last 10 contests. Those 3 spearheaded the Bucks’ most recent win, a 105-92 victory over the Hornets on Saturday. Middleton paced the starters with 24 points, Monroe contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Antetokounmpo tallied 14 points and hauled in 11 boards.

 

The Heat are returning home, coming back from a miserable 2-4 road. Their injured list continues to pile up, as virtually every member of their roster is affected by some type of ailment. Miami’s 2 best point guards, Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih, are both on the shelf with calf and neck injuries, respectively. The pair are going to miss Tuesday’s tilt. Gerald Green is also dealing with injury. He will likely be questionable with knee tendinitis. Erik Spoelstra’s squad were blown out in their most recent outing, a forgettable 99-74 beating at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite suffering from a shoulder injury, Dwayne Wade led his team with 22 points, while Hassan Whiteside, also dealing with injury, had a second strong performance in a row. He put up 14 points and hauled in 10 boards.

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Rockets versus Jazz

 

The Houston Rockets (16-19) will play the Utah Jazz (15-17) at the Vivnt Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on Monday. Dominate your competitions with our free to use RotoPicker tool, create the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups for Fanpicks.com

Fantasy basketballThe Houston Rockets need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.1 points and 6.7 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.8 points and 11.7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.3 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have lost six of their last eight road games. Donatas Motiejunas is questionable with a back injury.

The Utah Jazz look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 96.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Alec Burks is averaging 14.3 points and 2.1 assists. Rodney Hood is dishing 2.6 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14 turnovers per game. The Utah Jazz have won five of their last six home games. Derrick Favors is questionable with a back injury.

The Rockets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Jazz are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

 

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