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MLB trends and Players to watch - 4/21/14

MLB trends and Players to Watch

I have never been one to worry about fitting in. I could care less what is hot or not in fashion, pop-culture, music, or what people are watching on television. I like what I like, if other people like it is irrelevant to me. When it comes to what is a popular trend I have no clue, and I could care less about the latest fad. But when I was thinking about trends and fads, I realized that I do actually pay attention to them, in fantasy sports. You are not going to do well in a fantasy league if you ignore hot-starters. You are also not going to do well if you pick up a player who is a fad - someone who is hot but likely to fade rather than a guy who can keep up his trend and be a productive player all season. More...

2014 NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview

2014 NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview

San Antonio vs. Dallas

What you need to know: Just as it seems to happen every year, the Spurs quietly enter the playoffs with the NBA's best record at 62-20. Likely coach of the year Gregg Popovich has again gotten San Antonio to the top seed behind stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and a supporting cast led by Kawhi Leonard. Trying to slow down the Spurs will be longtime rival Dallas, who ended up with the 8th seed as a result of their season ending loss to the Grizzlies. As has been the case with nearly every Mavs team in the Nowitski era, the team is a top 10 offense, but also a top third defensive team. The key to a Dallas upset however is likely to be rebounding where they rank 26th in the league as opposed to the Spurs 12th ranking on the glass. More...

2014 NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

MLB trends and Players to Watch

Indiana vs Atlanta

What you need to know: The 1 vs. 8 matchup is perhaps the biggest mismatch of any first round playoff series. Atlanta snuck into the playoffs with a sub .500 record and has a disastrous Eastern conference to thank. Indiana on the other hand seems to be back on track after last week's win over Oklahoma City. The Pacers ended the year as the number two team in terms of points allowed a game and will need Paul George and Roy Hibbert to be themselves to guarantee a series win. The Hawks were able to split the season series 2-2 which should also give them confidence. More...

MLB players off to a slow start to begin the season


Slow starts.  There might be nothing more frustrating to a fantasy owner than a player who gets off to a slow start.  You spend tens of hours researching a player, decided he is the guy you want to draft and when to draft him, only to have "your" player not hit for the first two weeks of the season.  No doubt it is frustrating, but it is also an opportunity.  In a season-long fantasy league, it is a chance to perhaps buy a good player from a frustrated owner at a discount.   In daily leagues, slow starts mean that potentially good players see their salaries plummet.  This week I present to you a list of players off to slow starts who you should consider in your daily fantasy league or going after in your yearly fantasy leagues. More...

NBA players to look at for the home stretch (4/7/14)

NBA players to look at for the home stretch (4/7/1)

The end is near. While the end is always near in daily fantasy leagues, we have little more than a week remaining in "regular" fantasy leagues. I think this is actually the most enjoyable time for fantasy basketball. Why? Because you get to do things that you would never consider. For example, if you are in a position where you cannot gain or lose ground in rebounds or points and need steals, you drop Zach Randolph for Michael Carter-Williams or Corey Brewer. You can get away with seemingly insane moves now because there is no tomorrow. If you have a chance to win, you do whatever is within the rules to win. If a player is not on your undroppable list then you can drop him. You add a "bad" player if he provides a stat that can actually help you. Call it the kitchen sink approach, you throw everything you can at you opponents.  More...

NBA players to watch as we head towards the playoffs

NBA Players to Watch as we head towards the postse

 

This might be the most frustrating time of year to play fantasy basketball. When you are fighting for a title, teams start resting their star players "just" to save them for the actual NBA playoffs. Late scratches are annoying and can cost us money; worse still, there is nothing we can do about them, they are totally beyond our control. All we can do is take steps to mitigate the potential damage a late scratch can do. Avoid older players on playoff bound teams if they have a late game. Yes, you will miss some good games, but that is better than completely missing out on the chance to win a contest. I would also avoid players who miss the morning shoot around unless I have a report that they will play. Keep up on the latest news and realize that a seemingly minor injury, might mean a missed game for a player on a team headed for the playoffs.More...

Down with the Outs: MLB Spring Training Injury Report 2014

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Matt Kemp: After two seasons that saw him combine for just 179 games, the last thing Kemp owners wanted to hear is that he will start the season the disabled list. However, the good news is that most feel that Kemp when on the DL just as a precaution and the hope is he will be ready for the team's US opener on March 30th. By all accounts, Kemp's ankle is as close to 100% as it has been in a while and it's expected he should be again able to play over 150 games this season. If he can play in that many games, Kemp's talent should be able to shine through and let him push for another 30 homer and 30 stolen base campaign. If Kemp does miss any time, there is no single player whose playing time would skyrocket, but Mike Baxter was used for 5 at bats in Australia. More...

What we've learned so far in the 2013-14 NCAA tournament

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Madness is an appropriate name

Much like every season, the first weekend of the tournament never seems to disappoint. There were six overtime games, a four point play as time expired, and four of the most storied programs in all of college basketball went down before the sweet 16. Along with that there were teams like North Dakota State who won their first NCAA tournament game in their history and Wichita State who saw their perfect 35-0 start marred by a third round loss to Kentucky. Individuals also stole the show as Bryce Cotton (36 points), Adreain Payne (41 points) and Shabazz Napier (24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists) all made the national audience applaud their efforts. As we move into the Sweet 16 things should only get better. More...

We're going Streakin! NBA players on a hot streak - 3/24/14

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No one ever said playing the streaks was easy. It is even tougher when we are trying to catch lesser owned/cheaper players while they are hot. There is a reason, after all, that a player is barely owned or has a low price in a salary cap league to begin with. Still, you will be hard pressed to win in a daily league without finding a cheap player or two; in a H2H league you are going to need to stream players and you are not always going to have the option of picking up a "known" player. There are no "sure things" among this week's Streakers, yet they are still players you at least need to consider when you set your line ups this week.

As a reminder, I am trying to highlight lesser owned/cheaper players. I also try to avoid the obvious names -- Gorgui Dieng I am looking at you. Stats as of 3/22. More...

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