Cardinals (1-3) vs 49ers (1-3)

The Arizona Cardinals are plagued by turnovers of late. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers (Enter contests). With veteran Carson Palmer ruled out due to concussion, Stanton will be left looking to conjure the magic that saw him pull a 5-3 mark out of his hat during a stint in 2014.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS

Stanton struggled mightily in taking over for the concussed Palmer on Sunday, completing just 4-of-11 passes in a 17-13 setback to Los Angeles and his two interceptions upped Arizona’s turnover total to nine during its two-game skid. Arizona has not scored in the first quarter this season and was blanked over the first 15 minutes of a contest in six straight dating to 2015.

David Johnson (64 carries, 300 yards, three TDs) leads the NFL with 510 yards from scrimmage and has recorded 100 or more total yards in all four contests this season and eight of his last nine games. Johnson amassed 124 from scrimmage (83 rushing, 41 receiving) versus the Rams, but the workload was decidedly different in last year’s season series with San Francisco (15 carries, 46 yards). The 24-year-old is spelled by Andre Ellington, as veteran Chris Johnson (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Tyvon Branch is also placed on injured reserves. Fellow safety Tyrann Mathieu will temporarily move to the slot while D.J. Swearinger plays in nickel packages. Cardinals LBs Chandler Jones and Markus Golden each have recorded a sack in all four contests this season.

ABOUT THE 49ERS

The 49ers had no such issue against the Rams with a 28-0 season-opening shellacking, but the defense of Chip Kelly’s club summarily has been shredded to the tune of 458.3 yards and 35.7 points per contest during its three-game losing streak. To add injury to insult, four-time NFL All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman sustained a torn left Achilles in Sunday’s 24-17 setback to Dallas and will miss the rest of the season.

San Francisco collected eight takeaways in its first three games to provide a helping hand for the NFL’s 28th-ranked offense, which scored a league-best 45 points off the turnovers after mustering an NFL-worst 25 for the entire 2015 season. The 49ers failed to force a turnover versus the Cowboys on Sunday and Blaine Gabbert’s fourth interception of the season ended his team’s bid for an upset. Carlos Hyde (73 carries, 299 yards, NFC-best five TDs) is averaging 4.9 yards per rush over his last two games, but got limited to just 51 yards in a 47-7 loss at Arizona on Sept. 27. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who had six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown last week, leads the team in catches (18) and receiving yards (202).

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Top Evening Picks

June 14th 2016

 Major League Baseball resumes with all 30 team in action this Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies in an early morning matchup, while the rest of the games will begin at 7PM ET tonight. There will be a clash at Fenway, as two of the top pitchers this season will face-off. O’s Chris Tillman will go for win number 9, but he’ll have to out-duel Boston’s ace David Price. Also, Brew’s Crew pitcher Matt Garza will make his return from injury for the first time this season in San Francisco . He will have a lot on his plate, as he go’s against the leagues third best ERA pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Here is the MLB fantasy baseball draft top picks (click to draft):

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Games FP Avg Last Four Games FP Average Last Ten Games FP Average
Madison Bumgarner P SF MIL 60.5 45.2 46.3 40.4
Adam Jones OF BAL @BOS 55 19 14.4 17
Chris Iannetta C SEA @TB 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
John Lackey P CHC @WAS 51 42 38.7 33.1
Drew Pomeranz P SD MIA 50.5 33.3 35.3 34.6
Chris Carter 1B MIL @SF 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL HOU 48 29 21.5 13.2
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS BAL 48 28.8 21.8 15.9
DaeHo Lee 1B SEA @TB 47.5 17.3 11.6 13.1
Robinson Cano 2B SEA @TB 47.5 22.5 14.3 13.5
Nelson Cruz 1B SEA @TB 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Justin Upton OF DET @CWS 46 21 14.2 10.3

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Notables

  • With Chicago Cubs Jorge Soler on the disabled list, rookie Albert Almora Jr. is likely to start in left field against Washington’s left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Known primarily for his defense, Almora has three hits in 10 at-bats since being called up earlier this month.
  • New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday after sitting out Sunday due to wrist soreness.
  • By the time Jacob deGrom starts Tuesday’s series opener with the Pirates, the Mets’ right-hander will have had a week off between outings.
  • Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
  • It’s possible that Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will return Tuesday against the Cards. He was out of the lineup for all three games of Houston’s series against Tampa Bay after spraining his left ankle last Thursday against Texas.
  • New York Yankees hurler Nathan Eovaldi is 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA over his last nine starts, the longest winning streak by a Yankees pitcher this season.
  • Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not expected in the lineup for a sixth straight game because of a strained left hamstring, though he will be available as a pinch-hitter.
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Fantasy Draft Baseball Top Picks

June 10th 2016

Full night of fantasy draft baseball (click to play) with all 30 MLB teams in action this Friday. It all starts at 7PM ET. Here are the top selections!

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Game FP Avg Last Four Game FP Avg Last Ten Game FP Avg
Jon Gray P COL SD 55.5 39 29.2 22.6
Chris Iannetta C SEA TEX 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
Chris Parmelee 1B NYY DET 53 17.7 10.6 6.8
Chris Carter 1B MIL NYM 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL @PT 48 29 21.5 13.2
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR BAL 48 19.8 14.7 15.3
Robinson Cano 2B SEA TEX 47.5 22.5 14.3 13.5
Nelson Cruz 1B SEA TEX 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Corey Dickerson OF TB HOU 45 15.7 11.2 9.1
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL SD 45 23.2 15.1 14.6
Lance McCullers P HOU @TB 44 39.8 30.9 20.8
Billy Hamilton OF CIN OAK 42 13.3 11.7 14
Jayson Werth OF WAS PHI 42 18.5 16.3 12.9
Carlos Beltran OF NYY DET 42 31.5 20 15
Wil Myers 1B SD @COL 42 25.5 27.1 18.7
Corey Kluber P CLE @LAA 41.5 36 33.7 33
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TB 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Mark Trumbo OF BAL @TOR 39 22.5 21.1 18.4
Jason Hammel P CHC @ATL 39 29.3 31 30
Desmond Jennings OF TB HOU 39 13 8.8 4.3

Fantasy Draft Baseball Notables

  • You can expect Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph to be back in the lineup. Ryan Howard started Tuesday and Wednesday, but Howard went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Wednesday against the Cubs. Joseph has supplanted Howard as the team’s primary first baseman, hitting .311 (19-for-61) with two doubles, five home runs and eight RBIs in 19 games.
  • Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday. He had missed the past 53 games with a right forearm fracture.
  • Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Astros, and he was set to be re-evaluated after leaving Wednesday’s game with a tight left hamstring.
  • San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who hasn’t played since Saturday in St. Louis due to nerve irritation in his right thumb, could be back behind the plate just in time for game 1 of the Dodgers/Giants 3 game series .
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Fantasy Football News

Colin Kaepernick starts training

Colin Kaepernick received the green light to start training Tuesday for the upcoming season (click to play). He participated for the first time  in drills on the field for the first time since his multiple surgery during offseason. The 28 years-old quarterback, now 28 years-old, joined his San Francisco 49ers  teammates during minicamp and participated in all of the training except for the team simulation exercises. Kaepernick has a long road to recovery ahead of him. He received surgery on his left shoulder, his knee and his right thumb since the beginning of the offseason. Reports indicate that number 7 will be eased in into more individual exercise as minicamp rolls along.   Blaine Gabbert took over the starting role during the last eight games of the 2015 season, while Kaepernick dealt with injuries. Gabbert is likely to stay on the first offensive practice squad. There is also no timetable for Kaepernick return to full health yet. This gives Gabbert a huge lead on the starting job going in next season.

49er QBs 2015 season comparison

Player Contract Completion Attempts Comp Pct Passing Yards Rushing Yards Total TD Intercepted Fumbles
Colin Kaepernick 6 YRS/114 Millions 144 244 59% 1615 256 7 5 5
Blaine Gabbert 2 YRS/4 Millions 178 282 63% 2031 185 11 7 4

The San Francisco 49ers finished last in the NFC West division, holding a record of 5 wins and 11 losses in 2015. They have fallen far from their 2012 success, when they’ve reach the Superbowl. They’ve hired former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to lead the team back to sucess.

Today’s 49ers minicamp also gave us a first look at first-round pick defensive end DeForest Buckner. His transition into the pro will look to be fruitful, as he is reuniteing with his former coach Chip Kelly.

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MLB Baseball Fantasy Picks

June 8th 2016

The Cubs and Phillies start a full lineup of daily fantasy baseball and FanPicks (click to play) has your top MLB baseball fantasy picks. With all the commotion that happened yesterday in Baltimore, it doesn’t look like it disturbed O’s Mark Trumbo. He clubbed his 20th home run of the season, leading the league in the category.  The final matchup of the evening pits two high end pitchers against each other. San Francisco Bay host this duel between Red Sox David Price and Giants Madison Bumgarner. See who ranks higher.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Madison Bumgarner P SF BOS 60.5 45.2 46.3 40.4
Max Scherzer P WAS @CWS 55 40.7 50.6 37.7
John Lackey P CHC @PHI 51 42 38.7 33.1
Drew Pomeranz P SD ATL 50.5 33.3 35.3 34.6
Chris Carter 1B MIL OAK 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Nelson Cruz OF SEA CLE 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Justin Upton OF DET TOR 46 21 14.2 10.3
Noah Syndergaard P NYM @PIT 46 39.8 43.1 39.9
Billy Hamilton OF CIN STL 42 13.3 11.7 14
Archie Bradley P ARI TB 41.5 35.7 21.7 14
Eduardo Nunez SS MIN MIA 41.5 35.3 26.6 18.3
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TEX 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @CWS 39 12.8 16 14.5
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS @CWS 39 21 17.3 12.3
Brandon Moss 1B STL @CIN 39 20 11.5 8.7
Mark Trumbo OF BAL KC 39 22.5 21.1 18.4
Desmond Jennings OF TB @ARI 39 13 8.8 4.3
Chase Anderson P MIL OAK 37.5 25.2 27.6 19.3
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI TB 36 22.2 16.3 16.6
RA Dickey P TOR @DET 35.5 22.3 26.8 20.7

MLB Baseball Fantasy Picks Notables

  • Chicago Cubs Albert Almora could see his first Major League start on Wednesday. The former first-round pick grounded out in his first at-bat, pinch-hitting for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game. Almora was hitting .318 with 10 stolen bases in 54 games with Triple-A Iowa.
  • Detroit’s Justin Upton is slowly hitting his way out of a slump. He is riding a five-game hitting streak in which he is batting .400, with extra-base hits in his last three games.
  • Former Braves prospect Christian Bethancourt will likely serve as the Padres’ catcher in the series finale. Bethancourt has hit four homers in 64 at-bats and has been charged with three passed balls in 129 innings behind the plate.
  • In the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft, 36 spots separated Jameson Taillon and  Noah Syndergaard. The Pirates took Taillon No. 2 overall, and the Blue Jays drafted Syndergaard at No. 38 in the supplemental first round. Their paths have since diverged, but the former elite pitching prospects will clash Wednesday as the Pirates and Mets finish their series.
  • Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman, who doubled in his first at-bat and hit a game-ting homer on Tuesday, has now reached base safely in 16 of 17 games since joining the club on May 19. Grossman, who has slowly moved up in the batting order since then, batted second on Tuesday.
  • Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is making his fourth career start vs. Cleveland. He’s 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA against the Indians, having given up one earned run in 20 inning and striking out 20 batters.
  • Giants catcher Buster Posey is questionable for Wednesday’s game. He didn’t start Tuesday’s game with irritation in his right thumb.
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Fantasy Baseball Daily Top 20

May 20th 2016

There is no better time to celebrate Friday’s than to have fun and win at FanPicks (click to join). Time to set up your MLB fantasy baseball daily picks with the top 20 of the day. No early matchups, it all starts at 7:05PM ET with all 30 teams competing. Tonight’s main event will be happening in San Francisco, as the Giants aim to win their 9th straight game. But it all looks to come to an end against the Chicago Cubs, with reigning CY winner and undefeated (7-0, 1.29 ERA) Jake Arrieta taking the mound for the Cubbies. This could be the turning point in San Francisco’s season. Here is where Arrieta stands in today’s top 20 picks, and there is no surprise there!

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Jake Arrieta P CHC @SF 55.5 40.7 44.3 38.9
Gerrit Cole P PIT COL 51 33 33.4 26.1
Matt Carpenter 3B STL ARI 50.5 19.3 16.9 20.9
Carlos Santana 1B CLE @BOS 50.5 24.8 17.8 13
Aaron Nola P PHI ATL 49.5 39.3 40.4 28.9
Scott Kazmir P LAD @SD 45.5 34.7 27.6 16.7
Hector Santiago P LAA BAL 44 19.8 20.1 20.9
Mike Trout OF LAA BAL 43.5 26.2 21.6 16.6
Tyler Duffey P MIN TOR 43 37.3 26.7 21.3
Matt Wieters C BAL @LAA 39 14 13.6 8.4
Gregory Polanco OF PIT COL 38.5 23.5 20.4 15.5
Mike Wright P BAL @LAA 37 22.2 18.9 9
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @MIA 36 15.8 10.7 11.3
Trevor Story SS COL @PIT 35.5 13.2 12.5 11.5
Matt Wisler P ATL @PHI 33 30.2 26 24
Jason Castro C HOU TEX 33 14.5 14.5 12.8
Carlos Beltran OF NYY @OAK 32.5 12.7 14.7 15
Jeff Francoeur OF ATL @PHI 32.5 10.8 12.3 8.4

Fantasy Baseball Daily Notables

  • Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been one of the team’s bright spots, and the Mariners will be careful with him in the middle of the lineup. Earlier this week, Bruce became the all-time home run leader at Great American Ball Park with 128, overtaking Adam Dunn.
  • Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado has been a nemesis for the Nationals over the years, hitting. 312 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs.
  • Since joining the Texas Rangers in 2011, Adrian Beltre is hitting .348 with 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .609 slugging percentage in 69 games against the Houston Astros.
  • New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia returns from the disabled list tonight. He will make his 30th career start against the A’s in which the hurler has collected an 9-11 all-time record against Oakland with a 4.71 career ERA. The Bay Area native has struggled at the Coliseum, going 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA. With a victory though, Sabathia would become the 17th pitcher in Yankees history to reach 100 wins.
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MLB Fantasy Baseball Top 18 (Evening Games)

May 19th 2016

FanPicks has all 9 Thursday MLB fantasy baseball evening contest for you. It all start at 7:05PM ET with the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It will go down in California, as the Giants looks to sweep series and win their 8th straight game tonight in San Diego. Jeff Samardzija (5-2, 2.88 ERA) will take the mound for San Francisco and will attempt to follow-up on Johnny Cueto’s solid performance the day before. Another series coming to close tonight is the Freeway Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels. The halo’s have taken two out of the three games (one away and one at home). The finale pits Ross Stripling (1-2, 4.26 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (1-2 4.81) against eachother. Dodgers Stripling earn his first victory of the season in his last outing against the Cardinals, while the Angels Chacin will make his second start with the team since being acquired in a trade from the Braves a week ago. Find out who’s are today’s top Major League Baseball fantasy picks at FanPicks (click to join).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Games FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Rajai Davis OF CLE @CIN 57 38.8 23.2 12
Chris Sale P CWS HOU 52.5 47.5 49.6 33.8
James Shields P SD SF 51.5 36.2 29.8 24.1
Jay Bruce OF CIN CLE 51 23 20.9 15.4
Tyler White 1B HOU @CWS 47.5 21.5 12.7 8.6
Mallex Smith OF ATL @PIT 47.5 17.5 14.6 9.7
Jonathan Gray P COL @STL 43 40 27.9 15.3
Michael Foltynewicz P ATL @PIT 40 27.5 19.9 12.8
Mike Trout OF LAA LAD 36 18.7 18.3 13.2
Ervin Santana P MIN TOR 34.5 17.8 21.7 20.6
Jayson Werth OF WAS @NYM 34.5 15.2 9.6 9.4
Jeff Samardzija P SF @SD 33.5 42 38.5 27.9
Khris Davis OF OAK NYY 33 35.7 21.2 17
Stephen Strasburg P WAS @NYM 33 36 37.9 36.3
Jason Castro C HOU @CWS 33 14.5 14.5 12.8
Tyler Flowers C ATL @PIT 30 12.3 8.5 5
Francisco Lindor SS CLE @CIN 30 22.7 15.8 11.7

MLB Fantasy Baseball Notables

  • Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Sterling Marte is set to return to the lineup Thursday against the Braves. Prospect Alex Hanson will return to the minors to make room.
  • New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes clubbed his 13th homer during Wednesday’s game and now has 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in his last 28 games.
  • Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki enters the game with 999 career hits. He is 3-for-7 lifetime against Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez could be available this Thursday. He suffered a back injury on Monday and hasn’t played since. Manager Dave Roberts said that Gonzalez could play designated hitter. At the very least, the first baseman will be available for pinch-hit duties.
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Thanks to Cam Newton and Von Miller’s dominance, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be competing in San Francisco for the title of Super Bowl 50 Champion.

The NFL’s best offensive and the NFL’s most dominant defensive player (save your arguments for JJ Watt) propelled their respective teams to victory a couple of Sundays ago..and that’s an amazing thing.

That may seem obvious, as Cam Newton and Von Miller had historic days…but it’s truly amazing because the of the context of the entire situation. The league’s best players, obviously the best players on their star-studded teams played the best they have maybe ever, in the biggest games of their lives. Everything about the situation is at the pinnacle of sports. And in this day and age…it’s a beautiful thing to witness.

Finances, politics, ownership, coaching, injuries and off-field issues all seem to get in the way of just playing ball at your best, every opportunity you have. So to watch two young, hungry, passionate athletes like Cam Newton and Von Miller ball out…was awesome.

I enjoyed every minute of it and that is why I am looking more forward to this Super Bowl than I have in recent memory.

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