Saturday, March 28, 2015

An Inside View Into Winning Lineups For NBA Daily Fantasy Sports At DraftKings

By @RotoGuys

NBA $70K Sharpshooter [$70,000 Guaranteed] – Top Scoring Lineup

As the NBA playoffs approach and action heats up, DraftKings NBA daily fantasy sports continues to see fantastic growth and competition and we want to say congratulations to “jason5000” for winning this Friday’s Draft Kings $70,000 Guaranteed NBA Sharpshooter Tournament by scoring 354.25 daily fantasy sports points. As some teams prepare for a championship run, some battle for those last few playoff spots and others fade away until next years draft NBA daily fantasy sports is as exciting and intriguing as ever. As the NBA season winds down and we enjoy our last DFS matches of the 2014-15 NBA season there is still ample opportunity to study what it takes to create winning DraftKings NBA daily fantasy sports lineups and squeeze out those last few wins to end the season on a high note. Friday’s in the NBA are always a perfect research opportunity and we found ourselves taking in a 13 game slate making it yet again another high flying, action packed night in NBA daily fantasy sports. When trying to create NBA DraftKings daily fantasy sports lineups of the night there is always a variety of important angles we should be considering. Lets review some of the components that make up this weeks Friday night winning DraftKings NBA daily fantasy sports lineup and see what types of advantages and improvements we can add into our own NBA daily fantasy sports lineup building skills.

Position 1: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Point Guard:

Dennis Schroder – ATL (41.3%) 3 REB, 11 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO, 12 PTS, 1 DDbl (Points = 34.75)

Starting Hawks point Guard Jeff Teague (ankle) was ruled out for Friday’s game against the Miami Heat due to a “tender ankle giving way to a Dennis Schroder start. The whole year Schroder has been a high scoring fill in when he gets the chance and tonight was no different. The hawks are one of the best teams in the NBA and getting a very a good second string point guard starting and around the low $4000 price range is a solid play. Almost half the tournament had Dennis in their lineups so a lot of people were thinking about the same value when it came to this crowd favorite pick.

Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Play Great Second String Guards Starting On Good Teams

Position 2: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Shooting Guard:

Henry Walker – MIA (1.4%) 9 REB, 4 3PM, 5 AST, 4 STL, 3 TO, 12 PTS (Points = 39.25)

Henry Walker is starting for the Heat and at his price he is a pretty good risk on most nights. Playing 40 minutes last night it appears Walker is going to see plenty of court time down the stretch giving him great value and a strong play on many nights. The Heat have been dealing a lot with injuries this year so a new star always seems to be on the rise in Miami. Only 1.4% of the tournament competitors identified this play so it was a great contrarian pick as well.

Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Play Hot Starting Role Players Who See Lots of Minutes

Position 3: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Small Forward:

Josh Smith – HOU (18.2%) 9 REB, 3 3PM, 11 AST, 3 BLK, 6 TO, 16 PTS, 1 Ddbl (Points = 49.75)

With starting forward Donatas Motiejunas sitting out and Dwight Howard making a limited return to action still normal bench player and once NBA starting superstar Josh Smith found himself starting and playing 40 minutes. 1 Rebound short of a triple double it was an impressive game even by Smith’s standards but when given the court time he can perform at very high levels still. Houston and Minnesota are also both high scoring teams so this was a great chance to take a great player seeing a lot of minutes in a high paced game.

Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Play Superstar Bench Players Who Will Be Starting

Position 4: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Power Forward:

Nerlens Noel – PHI (3.6%) 14 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 4 TO, 30 PTS, 1 DDbl (Points = 54)

Playing on a slumping team Nerlens has emerged as a it of a surprise this year and is playing tremendously as of late. Noel has been performing amazing as of late and is averaging 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 3.0 blocks per game over his last five NBA contests. Down the stretch he’s certainly making a strong run at being one of the top-3 daily fantasy fantasy sports power forwards available on any given night and despite his high price tag he is still worth the pick on the right night.

DFS Lesson: Play Breakout Stars Who Are The Focus of Scoring On Bad Teams

Position 5: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Center:

Nikola Vucevic – ORL (14.1%) 14 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 20 PTS, 1 DDbl (Points = 42)

Mr. Consistency Nikola Vucevic is as predictable as it gets in NBA daily fantasy sports. Almost always putting up 35+ DFS point performances every night your are almost assured a strong outing from this pricey but almost guaranteed pick. Orlando plays their starters lots of minutes and Vucevic is one of those that often reaps the rewards of being on the court a lot with the same guys. Nikola is averaging 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game over the last five outings and is a top tier NBA center on a fast paced team that rarely be overlooked on any given night.

 Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Play Consistent Players

Position 6: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Flex Guard:

Lou Williams – TOR (9.2%) 1 REB, 3 3PM, 4 AST, 2 STL, 2 TO, 18 PTS (Points = 29.75)

Always a coin flip it looks like Lou Williams held his own tonight. A streaky scorer who can go off for big daily fantasy sports numbers does have a propensity to shoot while in. Williams is averaging 16.7 points over his last three games and as Kyle Lowry’s back keeps him out or limited in some games you never know when Lou’s next game will be. Certainly and interesting lower priced option to keep an eye on down the stretch.

Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Take Chances With Streaky Value Scorers

Position 7: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Flex Forward:

Trevor Ariza – HOU (14.6%) 5 REB, 4 3PM, 5 AST, 1 STL, 4 TO, 14 PTS (Points = 29.75)

Another great play as Donatas Motiejunas found his way off the court. Despite a brief illness Ariza has been starting and playing great within the Rockets fast paced offense. Racking up an impressive amount of steals lately Trevor is a very versatile player in the low $6000′s that is often worth the price. His value might reduce a bit if Dwight Howard starts playing a full load of minutes but Ariza 35+ minutes on most nights and can be a great source of daily fantasy sports due to his ability to contribute in all categories.

Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Play Versatile Players Who Receive Lots of Minutes

Position 8: DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Lineup Breakdown – Flex Position:

DeMarcus Cousins – SAC (13.1%) 20 REB, 2 AST, 3 BLK, 1 STL, 3 TO, 39 PTS 1 DDbl (Pt = 75)

DeMarcus Cousins has been on fire lately and has a pair of 30-point games in his last three outings and has three straight double-doubles. Cousins also has 44 double-doubles this NBA season which is second only to Pau Gasol. If Cousins is not in your lineup down the stretch you will most likely be regretting it on any given night. The kings are short options in all Categories and DeMarcus plays a vital role in the teams stat sheets. Leave Cousins out of your lineup at your own peril has been the recent trend.

Daily Fantasy Sports Lesson: Play Hot Superstar Players

Once again congratulations to “jason5000” for winning this Friday’s DraftKings $70,000 Guaranteed NBA Sharpshooter Tournament by scoring 354.25 daily fantasy sports points which is never an easy feat in a 26,000+ person tournament. Hats off toyour NBA daily fantasy sports lineup building skills on this night. The NBA playoffs are here and wow is it an exciting time to be DraftKings NBA daily fantasy sports. Do you play more or less NBA DFS during the playoffs? Did you watch any of the coverage on the recent Draft Kings NBA Championships in Las Vegas? What are you waiting for? Jump into some NBA DFS daily fantasy sports action today!

Friday, March 27, 2015


By @SheWent2_JaredZ


Spring training is in full swing,the smells of the ball park are in the air, and the grass is freshly cut. With each new season we have break out performers or “sleepers” as there known in the fantasy sports world, and we have busts, the guys who don’t quite live up to the hype. Today I’m going to give you part-time fantasy baseball gurus three of each to go into your drafts armed and ready to dominate.
First I will dive into the sleepers, the players that the novice fan might not know about. the first player on my list is Devon Travis, 2nd baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. The former FSU Seminoles stand out appears to be the front-runner for to win the second base job in Toronto, and he’s definitely a player to keep an eye on this season. He’s had a very impressive spring thus far going 14-for-38, plus he’s a career .323/.388/.487 hitter in the minors. He’s delivered back-to-back seasons with double-digit power/speed totals at lower levels, its hard not to like Travis’s profile as a hitter at a position somewhat devoid of great offensive players.
The second sleeper I’m going to delve into is Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts, before you tell me you have heard this story before and he was some what of a bust as a rookie, let me stop you there and say the most common mistake fantasy owners make in evaluating players is assuming now or never. Not every young player is Mike Trout,and are going to set the world on fire right away, sometimes it takes a few seasons to make the necessary adjustments to succeed at the major league level, like Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo. Sometimes it takes just one season for it to click, like Adam Jones. Bogaerts is still just 22 years old, and looks primed to step up this year and fulfill the lofty expectations he faced as a rookie last season. If his play at the end of last season is any indication of the production he puts up this season then he will be more valuable than most people think. He hit .320 with four home runs and an .824 OPS over his final 100 at-bats.
The final sleeper I’m profiling is Steven Souza,OF for the Tampa Bay Rays. In this years fantasy drafts if you’re snoozing on Souza, then you are in trouble. The 25-year-old power hitting outfielder is starting to make the Rays front office brass look smart for trading Will Myers as the season grows nearer. The Rays knew what they were doing when they traded Wil Myers essentially for Souza. They saw enough risk with Myers and enough reward with Souza that they were happy to make the swap, pick up a few extra players that could also be trade bait and save a few dollars in the long run. Souza hit .350 with 18 home runs and 26 steals in only 346 at-bats at Triple-A Syracuse last year, showing power, speed and on-base ability, whether or not that translates to the major league level in the AL east is still up in the air, but he’s definitely a name to keep in mind while drafting this season.
I think Busts are harder to diagnose preseason then sleepers, you really never know when a player can get a case of the yips like when Chuck Knoblauch couldn’t make the routine throws to first base any more, or when dominant reliever Daniel Bard imploded after being converted to a starting pitcher, but it can happen to just about anyone so drafters beware.Before i get into my busts for the 2015 season, let’s make sure we are clear,the definition of a fantasy baseball bust doesn’t always have to mean a total collapse for a player. It merely could mean that he won’t meet the production necessary to justify their draft position.
The first potential bust for the 2015 season I’m dissecting is OF Yoenis Cespedes, of the Detroit Tigers. Cespedes has put up solid power numbers in recent years, he has hit at least 22 homers and driven in at least 80 runs, including 100 last year, in all three of his MLB seasons. But his batting average has fluctuated, settling at just .260 last year. Another one of the big reasons i could see a potential bust for him is the overall health of the Tigers lineup and the protection he may or may not receive. One of the biggest reasons his Detroit arrival was initially  alluring to fantasy owners was hitting in the middle of a stacked lineup, that line up could fall short of its expectations due to health. If Miguel Cabrera (ankle) and/or Victor Martinez (knee) are at all sidelined, it be the demise of Cespedes fantasy value. The somewhat pitcher friendly Comerica Park won’t do his fly ball centered spray chart any favors, either.
Potential Bust number two is OF Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners, and it’s not quite what you would think off the bat, the detriment of hitting in Safeco field, most of his homers would’ve cleared those fences last year anyways. It’s just do you want to bank strongly on Cruz hitting 40, or even 30, home runs again? He’s innately a risk because of his injury history, do you think he can play his third full season in four years? I wouldn’t bank on him replicating last years numbers coming off his appeal, and he’s in a a much worse hitters park. Don’t over draft for him after he’s already had his career year.

The final bust I’m predicting for the upcoming season is 2B/SS Javier Baez, of the Chicago Cubs. Baez has drawn comparisons to Gary Sheffield thanks to his fast twitch hands and elite bat speed. His power could be huge from two positions that lack many impact bats near the lower tiers of fantasy baseball. But there’s always some good with the bad when it comes to young players , and that is Baez eye-popping 41.5% strikeout rate last year. How long will his leash be if he struggles for the first two months of the season?, and both Arismendy Alcantara and Addison Russell are both knocking on the door of the starting lineup. There’ll be a point when his potential justifies the risk, but don’t overdraft for a ceiling Baez might note be able to reach this year.

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We have a 13 game slate for NBA on March 27th, 2015. Like always, we provide you the tools and strategy for top-plays at each position and full DFS lineups, but don’t always follow the lineups verbatim because this game is partly luck.

Today’s Schedule:
Orlando (22-51)Detroit (27-44)DET -1.5196.57:00 PM
Philadelphia (18-54)L.A. Clippers (47-25)LAC -11.5203.07:00 PM
Washington (40-32)Charlotte (30-40)WAS -3.5TBD7:00 PM
Atlanta (54-17)Miami (33-38)TBDTBD7:30 PM
Brooklyn (30-40)Cleveland (47-26)CLE -8.5207.07:30 PM
New York (14-58)Boston (31-40)BOS -9.5194.07:30 PM
Toronto (42-30)L.A. Lakers (19-51)TOR -9.5TBD7:30 PM
New Orleans (37-34)Sacramento (26-45)NO -7205.58:00 PM
Houston (48-23)Minnesota (16-55)HOU -12.5TBD8:00 PM
Memphis (50-22)Golden State (58-13)GSW -3.5198.58:00 PM
San Antonio (45-26)Dallas (45-27)SA -8.5205.58:30 PM
Denver (27-45)Utah (31-40)DEN -2TBD9:00 PM
Phoenix (38-34)Portland (45-25)POR -1205.010:00 PM

  Suggested Plays for NBA 3/27/15:

Point Guards:
High-Priced Plays: Tyreke Evans, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard
Safe/Consistent Plays: Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Ray McCallum
Value Plays: Greivis Vasquez, Archie Goodwin, Zach LaVine
Injuries: Jrue Holiday, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved, Darren Collison, Patrick Beverley
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Shooting Guards:
High-Priced Plays: James Harden, Victor Oladipo, DeMar DeRozan
Safe/Consistent Plays: J.J. Redick, J.R. Smith, Danny Green
Value Plays: Eric Gordon, Avery Bradley
Injuries: Eric Bledsoe, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Martin, Wesley Matthews, Jamal Crawford, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Fournier
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Small Forwards:
High-Priced Plays: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Gordon Hayward
Safe/Consistent Plays: Robert Covington, Trevor Ariza, Andrew Wiggins
Value Plays: Joe Ingles, Wesley Johnson, P.J. Tucker, Rodney Hood

Injuries: Gordon Hayward, Danilo Gallinari, Nicolas Batum, Corey Brewer, Rodney Hood
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Power Forwards:
High-Priced Plays: Anthony Davis, Derrick Favors, LaMarcus Aldridge
Safe/Consistent Plays: Dirk Nowitzki, Nerlens Noel, Zach Randolph
Value Plays: Adreian Payne, Andrea Bargnani, Ryan Kelly
Injuries: Greg Monroe, Terrence Jones, Thad Young, Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, Ryan Anderson, Cody Zeller, Kris Humphries, Kevin Garnett

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High-Priced Plays: DeAndre Jordan, Nikola Vucevic, Rudy Gobert
Safe/Consistent Plays: Brook Lopez, Jonas Valanciunas, Marc Gasol
Value Plays: Alexis Ajinca, Tyler Zeller, Gorgui Dieng
Injuries: Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, Nikola Pekovic

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wildcats, Zags Heavy Favorites in March Madness Betting

To the surprise of nobody, the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats will hit the hardwood at the Sweet Sixteen as heavy 1/1 favorites to ultimately capture this year's national championship in March Madness betting at the online sportsbooks.

The Wildcats have won 36 straight SU this season since falling short of victory in last year's national championship game, when they dropped a 60-54 decision as 2.5-point favorites at sportsbooks through

Kentucky meets the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Sweet Sixteen, pegged as 13.5-point betting favorites in a matchup between two of the nation's best defensive squads.

The Wildcats have held opponents to 56 or fewer points per game in four of their last six outings, but failed to cover as double-digit betting favorites in each of their March Madness opening weekend contests, topping the Hampton Pirates by 23 points as 35-point favorites before recording a 64-51 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats while favored by 15.5 points.

The Mountaineers reach the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in the last three years, but are pegged as distant 100/1 longshots to emerge as national champions in college basketball futures betting at sportsbooks available through

WVU struggled down the stretch, entering the NCAA Tournament with just one SU win in their previous four outings. But the Mountaineers have been impressive at this year's Big Dance, topping a pesky Buffalo Bulls squad by a 68-62 score, covering as 4.5-point favorites before outclassing the Maryland Terrapins as slim 1.5-point favorites in a 69-59 beat down in the Round of 32.

Relishing their current role as David against the Goliath Wildcats, the Mountaineers know what to expect against Kentucky, whom they faced at the NCAA Tournament on two occasions in the past five years.

West Virginia punched their ticket to the Final Four with a 73-66 upset win over the Wildcats at the 2010 tourney, taking home the ATS win as four-point underdogs, but were handed an early exit the following year by Kentucky, who claimed a 71-63 win as 3.5-point favorites.

The UCLA Bruins will also have a mountain to climb this week when they take on the red-hot Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Sweet Sixteen as heavy 8.5-point underdogs in March Madness online betting.

The Bruins opened their regular season with a mediocre 8-7 SU record, but have won 14 of 20 since, silencing the doubters with a 60-59 upset of the SMU Mustangs in their March Madness opener, followed by a 92-75 demolition of the UAB Blazers in the Round of 32.

UCLA faces a Zags squad that has won 27 of their last 28 SU, with 22 of those victories coming by double-digits including an 87-74 rout of the Bruins earlier this season. But with the bar set high by oddsmakers at the online sportsbooks, Gonzaga has struggled to satisfy sports bettors, going 10-11-1 ATS in their last 22 outings.

In other Sweet Sixteen action, the Wichita State Shockers take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as narrow 1.5-point favorites, while the Wisconsin Badgers are favored by six over the North Carolina Tar Heels, and the Arizona Wildcats battle the Xavier Muscateers as heavy 10.5-point favorites.

The Louisville Cardinals look to continue their strong play in their first season in the ACC, when they meet the conference rival North Carolina State Wolfpack as 2.5-point favorites, while the Duke Blue Devils are favored by five over the underrated Utah Utes, and the surging Michigan State Spartans get the nod as two-point favorites over the Oklahoma Sooners.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Deflated Running Back Era

By Jordan Tozzi Owner of - Follow us: @LegionReport - @LegionReportMLB - @LegionReportNBA


End of an Era

Consider the fact that at the NFL Draft’s inception in 1936, the storied Running Back position has carried an impressive streak. A Running Back has been drafted in 77 consecutive drafts until halted in 2013 and 2014.
Selected in the 1st Round of the 2012 NFL Draft – Trent Richardson, Doug Martin and David Wilson were highly touted in all aspects. According to an ESPN Report from 2012, Trent Richardson swept the Cleveland Browns off their feet at an Alabama Pro Day. Chris Low from ESPN writes, “You see, Richardson doesn’t know for sure how high he could go on some of the weight-room lifts at Alabama … the Alabama strength staff stopped him at 465 Lbs on the Bench Press. Richardson explains, ‘They didn’t want me straining anything, but I wonder what I could do for real.’ The same goes for Squats and the Power Clean. Richardson said he wasn’t allowed to go higher than 600 Lbs on Squats and ‘did that easy.’ He’s gone all the way up to 365 Lbs on the Power Clean, but added, ‘I was doing right around that in high school.’ He said his Vertical Jump is 36 Inches and he possesses just 6% Body Fat.”
We know the rest of the story regarding Richardson, however the question remains … Did the 2012 NFL Draft bust the idea of selecting a Running Back in Round 1?  Simply put, when Richardson, Martin and Wilson busted, the position’s value took a hit. That being said, dating back to 2008 the trend was beginning as “Round 1 Running Back Selections” didn’t yield the value they carried at the selected price.

Price and Value

Warren Buffett once wrote, “Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay and value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”
The “Oracle from Omaha” depicts an idea and strategy that translates accordingly. With the trend beginning in 2008, the NFL saw a run of Running Backs that were volatile, fragile and didn’t come with the value that the price tag showed. Between the years “2002­-2011″ 26 Running Backs were taken in the First Round, averaging out to nearly 3 every year. Names of these backs include Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, but for every success there were the guys like Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, Donald Brown, Jahvid Best, Chris “Beanie” Wells, amongst many others who never reached their immense potential.
Injuries have always been an aspect of the NFL. The League has guarded against it, however in the early days the game was highlighted for its violence, yet through injury or mileage … history tells us that Running Backs simply break down. According to Austin Lee of, “There’s a pretty clear downward trend as players march towards 3,000 career touches. Only 12 post-merger players have reached that milestone. Nine of them are in the Hall of Fame and two of them will eventually be enshrined in Canton (Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson). Relying on a player approaching the 3,000-touch mark is a risky proposition unless you think he is a future Hall of Famer.”

Recent Examples

In 2005, Shaun Alexander (Age 27) set the record for the most TDs in a single-season. At 31, Alexander was cut mid-season by the Washington Redskins after netting 11 Carries and 24 Yards on the season. LaDainian Tomlinson punched the +1,000 Yard Ticket for 8 consecutive seasons and broke Alexander’s TD Record in 2006. After the 2009 season, Tomlinson failed to reach the 1,000 Yard Mark for the first time in his career. San Diego quickly washed their hands of Tomlinson and the future Hall of Fame Running Back trekked toward New York, never producing the same. Tomlinson strongly eclipsed +300 Touches in 7 straight seasons with San Diego and ended his career with 3,176 Attempts. Alexander totaled only 2,187 Attempts in his career, yet the wheels fell off right at 30 Years Old. The same holds true for Tomlinson as he was between ages 30 and 31. Ultimately, two of the greatest running backs of the decade barely made it to age 30 in the league. 
Understanding the contrast, why would the Philadelphia Eagles sign an often injured Running Back – DeMarco Murray to a 5-Year Deal when he currently sits at Age 27? Why would the Indianapolis Colts sign veteran Running Back – Frank Gore to a 3-Year when he turns 31 Years Old in May? Gore has already amassed 2,444 Rushing Attempts. Is Indianapolis siding with the 3,000 Touch Theory over Age? It’s a question that we will know the answer to within the next 2-3 Years for both candidates.
RankName Career Attempts
1.Steven Jackson2,743
2.Frank Gore2,442
3.Adrian Peterson2,054
4.Marshawn Lynch2,033
5.Chris Johnson1,897
6.Maurice Jones Drew1,847
7.Matt Forte1,817
8.LeSean McCoy1,461

We are under the mindset that the NFL Draft is used for long term growth. If you hit on a Running Back, the exposure is a 6-8 Year span. We don’t feel that the NFL has translated to an over-arching theme, rather the history has been recognized and the future will dwell on opportunity and team needs. If a phenomenal talent at Running Back is available, it won’t be ignored. The NFL has turned up the volume and changed the game in the process to more of an aerial attack than that of a ground-pound strategy. It’s a different NFL and one that is here to stay!


26th Pick – Baltimore Ravens – Georgia RB – Todd Gurley
27th Pick – Dallas Cowboys ­- Wisconsin RB – Melvin Gordon
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Monday, March 16, 2015

A Look at the Top 5 MVP Candidates to This Point in the NBA Season

By Jason Fletcher

With the NBA entering it's final 6 weeks of the regular season, one of the hot topics is who should be the NBA's most valuable player. At different points in the year, the media has thrown many different names out as favorites and there will probably be another name or two to join the discussion by the end of the season. Here are my top 5:

1.James Harden Houston Rockets-I am not a Harden fan, especially after he intentionally kicked LeBron James between the legs last week, but when you look at his numbers and his team's record he has to be the favorite. He has played the majority of the year without the team's other superstar, Dwight Howard, and yet he has kept his team rolling right along as they sit in 4th in the Western Conference with a 41-20 record. He is 2nd in the NBA in scoring with 26.9 points a game while also adding 7 assists and 5.8 rebounds. Short of a huge slide down the stretch or an injury, I believe he ends up being the 2015 NBA MVP.

2.LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers-LeBron really hurt his MVP chances early in the season when the team was struggling and he looked disinterested and pouty. The Cavaliers started the season 19-20 and rumors started to circulate about head coach David Blatt being fired and LeBron and Kevin Love opting out of their contracts at the end of year. Since that point, Cleveland has gone 20-5 and look like legitimate title contenders. LeBron has been the biggest driving force behind this surge and looks like like he has been reborn. He has been driving to the basket repeatedly. If he doesn't score then he draws fouls. He has been finding his teammates wide-open for threes. Anything the team needs he has been giving it to them. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that he finally realized that he needed to be the guy every single night, but also because I believe he really wants to be the MVP. In the end, I don't think he can quite get there because of that stretch early in the season.

3.Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder-What a recent stretch Russ has put up. He has 4 straight triple-doubles and is obviously playing like the MVP right now. If he keeps this type of play up for the last 6 weeks then he will be accepting the award at the end of the year. I just don't think it's possible that he can sustain this type of production. At some point, Kevin Durant will return from his foot injury and when Durant is on the floor, Westbrook isn't even the MVP on his own team. Westbrook does currently lead the NBA with 27 points per game as well as 8.2 assists and 7 rebounds. Those are remarkable numbers, but when Durant comes back they will go down.

4.Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors-Curry was the early season favourite. He is currently averaging 23.8 points per game along with 7.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds. The Warriors do have the best record in the Western Conference and Curry is the leader and point guard. He is also a deadly shooter as well as a ridiculous facilitator. The biggest thing standing in his way of the MVP is he doesn't quite have the numbers of the top 3 candidates. His team is more of a balanced squad and he doesn't have to be relied upon to put up 30 points a night. Still, he has to be in the discussion for being the best player on the best team.

5.Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans-Mark my words, Anthony Davis will one day be the best player in the NBA. His skill set is unlike any other player. He can shoot from anywhere, he can handle, he can rebound, he can pass, and he can defend. The sky is the limit for him. Right now though, the players around him just aren't good enough to make this team a threat. If the Pelicans were say 3rd or 4th in the conference instead of 9th, then his name would be a little higher on this list. He is averaging 24 points a game to go with 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He may not be the front-runner this year, but his time is coming.

Fantasy Baseball Strategy Top 10 Players

By Jason Fletcher

I am a huge fantasy sports fan for anyone that doesn't know. Fantasy football is my 1st love, but fantasy baseball is a close 2nd. A lot of people don't like fantasy baseball because it is pretty time consuming having to check your lineup everyday to see who's pitching, if there are any injuries, and if anybody is off that day. Personally, I like that aspect of the game. It lets you be both the general manager and manager of your team on an everyday basis. You get the general manager part by being able to draft your team at the beginning of the season and make free agent pickups and trades throughout the year. The managerial part is being able to set your lineup every day and bench guys who are struggling and start guys who are hot. The key to the whole game, in my opinion, is to draft a solid nucleus that you can rely on for the core of your production, then surround them with a couple waiver wire pickups who come out of nowhere sometime throughout the year. It's a little more in depth than fantasy football where there may be 1 or 2 real solid guys on the waiver wire every week who happen to get an expanded opportunity that could really help your team. In baseball, guys go through hot and cold streaks constantly throughout and the year and the key is to play them when they are hot and sit them when they get cold. It's a whole lot easier said than done you have to keep up on each player's stats daily until you see a pattern one way or the other.

When drafting, a lot of guys like to fill each individual position first then start drafting depth. I like to draft studs and find a position for them later. If you draft 3 outfielders in the 1st 3 rounds because that's who you have ranked as your top available players when your turn to draft comes around then that's what you should do. Best Player Available (BPA) is the best way to draft I've found throughout my 13 years of playing fantasy baseball. You also want to try to keep balance between pitchers and positions players. I would say draft an ace in one of the top 3 rounds then try to pull the trigger on a pitcher once in every 2 to 3 picks. In order to win your league, you can't afford to have any categories where your team is really bad. So try to find a balance between power and average on offense, then draft a couple guys late that are strictly for stolen bases. On the pitching side, get 3-4 solid starting pitchers, 3-4 average closers, and then take a chance on a couple sleepers or young guys getting their chance this year. If you follow these tips, there is no reason you can't have a successful fantasy baseball season.

My Top 10 Players for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball Season

1.OF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-If you have the 1st overall pick, there is no way you can pass on Trout. He is the most well-rounded player in all of baseball and gives you a little bit of everything. He gives you power, stolen bases, and he hits for average. There is no player like him so if you pass you will be shooting yourself in the foot before the season even starts.

2.OF Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates-McCutchen is Trout-lite. He has all the same tools that Trout has, but he does not quite get the RBI chances that Trout gets because of the DH being in the American League. He also doesn't quite have as power as Trout. Yet again though, he can do anything on a baseball field just not to the level of Trout. His ability to steal bases gives him the slight edge over #4 on this list.

3.SP Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers-He is the best pitcher in baseball by a mile. If you'd rather go pitching first, there could be an argument made for drafting him over McCutchen. There's no weakness in his game. He checks every box. He gets wins and strikeouts with miniscule ERA and WHIP. Short of an injury, you can bank on him being a top 3 SP at season's end.

4.OF Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins-There is a little more upside to drafting Stanton this year than in years past. He is surrounded by a better lineup and he has Dee Gordon hitting lead-off which should give him many more opportunities for RBI's. He is going to hit 40-50 bombs and bat around .290-.300. The only thing that he doesn't do is steal bases.

5.1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks-Goldschmidt got derailed by injury last year, but he still showed the same ability to rake as in years past. Like Stanton, he hits for pop and for average. He also plays in a very hitter-friendly ballpark in Chase Field. He should hit 30-35 homers with over 100 RBI's and an above .300 batting average. He doesn't steal very many bases and 1st base is such a deep position for power numbers some may not want to draft him this high. I say that's a mistake.

6.1B Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers-He is coming off of off-season foot surgery which will hopefully clear up all the injury problems he had last season. There were games where he could barely run and yet he never lost that sweet swing of his. If there were no injury concerns, he would be higher on this list, but he is getting older and you don't know if last year was a fluke or a sign of his body breaking down. I probably wouldn't draft him here, but you can't ignore his numbers and talent.

7.OF Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers-Gomez has been kind of a late bloomer, but boy has he finally put it all together. He is lightning fast and also has pop with the ability to hit .300. You just can't ignore guys that cover all your bases. That's what makes him a 1st round pick. Hopefully, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke bats Gomez in the 3 spot every single day, that will help his RBI chances.

8.1B Jose Dariel Abreu Chicago White Sox-Wow, what a rookie year Abreu had for the White Sox. He blasted 36 homers, had 107 RBI's, and hit .317 on the year. He is a polished hitter and he should only get better with a whole Major League Baseball season behind him. Last year, he was a late round flier and this year he should be a 1st rounder. Again, the only negative for him is how deep 1st base is. You can get better value later, but he certainly has more upside than most of those guys.

9.OF Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles-The face of the franchise has a little more responsibility on his shoulders this season with the loss of Nick Markakis, but there are still plenty of talented hitters around him. The Orioles still have Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis is coming back from suspension, and Matt Wieters is coming back from surgery. That should be more than enough pieces to force pitchers to pitch to Jones. He has turned himself into one of the best hitters in baseball and he too can hit for power and average. The Orioles score a lot of runs so it would be nice to grab the best hitter on a great offense.

10.OF Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays-Here is another late bloomer who just seemed to figure it all out when he got traded from the Pirates to the Blue Jays. All of a sudden, he discovered his power stroke and still has the ability to hit .280-.290 every year. Toronto also should have a much improved lineup with possibly the best 3,4,5 combination in baseball with Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and newly acquired Josh Donaldson. They also have one of the best lead-off hitters in the league in Jose Reyes. This offense should score lots of runs and Bautista will be a main cog in that lineup.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What Every Sports Guy Should Have in His Closet

Whether you’re a baseball guy or a football guy, it’s always nice to have different sports apparel in your closet. Why? If you go out with the guys or are invited to a NFL game for example, it’s good to have a variety of apparel to wear to different sports’ events when you’re in a pinch. What’s more, wearing men’s athletic wear can become your everyday staple. Who cares if your significant other isn’t fond of your favorite baseball pants? These sports basics will come in handy whether you’re watching the game or headed out for some fun. They’re basic staples that are comfy, durable, and perfect for your sports outings.

Baseball Jerseys

Whether you’re a fan of baseball or not, baseball jerseys are perfect to wear to a son’s baseball game, a fun outing with your family, or if you’re headed to your favorite baseball team’s game! Personalize your Indians or Boston Red Sox jersey and these baseball jerseys will become your favorite go-to top. There’s also the option of personalized baseball jerseys which make great gifts or fun jerseys for you to wear whenever you want.

Performance Apparel

Apparel that shows off your favorite team is great to wear, and so is performance apparel. You can never go wrong with this type of apparel, especially if you workout regularly or are a part of a team. Plus, if you’re starting your own team or your child is joining a team there’s a team catalog on Majestic Athletic so you can create the jerseys and athletic wear that you desire to wear. Designing your own jerseys will make your team stand out and help you enjoy the game even more!

NFL Gear

Have some fun and build up your NFL collection. Browse your favorite styles and own tee-shirts, jerseys, pants, and other accessories that show off your favorite teams. When you’re going on vacation or headed to a NFL game there’s no better time to wear your accessories and clothing then now! A hoodie sweater is also another staple clothing item that’s good to have, especially if you’re planning to hit the road. Wear your sports apparel with pride!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Draft Steals To Target In Fantasy Baseball

Finding the right amount of underappreciated talent is the name of the game in any fantasy baseball draft. That is why it is always important to do research in the month of March to see who could really take off in general. For one reason or another, here are 5 guys flying under the radar right now.

AJ Pollock

In general, the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the most overlooked teams in baseball right now. They have some pretty nice talent, especially if they are able to stay healthy. Many people forget that Pollock was hitting .316 before he went down with an injury about halfway through 2014. He was also a guy well on his way to hitting 15 home runs and stealing double-digit bags. Not bad value for a guy who barely cracks the top 200 in average draft position in fantasy baseball right now.

Brandon Belt

For years, San Francisco has been hoping Belt would be one of their most consistent hitters. Now that he is 26 years old, he might be finally settling into a pretty defined role. He was only able to play 61 games last year, but he will be healthier and ready to go in 2015. Since he is being drafted so late, he is worth a late-round flyer.

James Paxton

If Seattle is going to emerge out of a loaded American League West, they will need more than just their stars to play at a high level. Paxton is a young and promising left-hander who showed quite a bit of talent at the beginning of his MLB career in 2014. With spacious Safeco Field to work with, he could be set for a solid season.

Jedd Gyorko

The San Diego Padres went through so many changes over the winter, but someone who could really benefit was already on the squad. Gyorko emerged as a pretty solid infielder in 2013, but he fell off the map in 2014. With a better roster around him, one of the best power hitters at 2nd base could get back on track. He is barely getting drafted in some leagues, so he is a very low risk, high reward option.

Drew Pomeranz

Even though he has bounced around a little bit early in his career, Pomeranz still has a lot of promise. The left-handed pitcher will be asked to do quite a bit for the Oakland Athletics in 2015. He is moving over from the Colorado Rockies, so that right there should help his fantasy baseball numbers. If he can continue to strike out 10 batters per 9 innings, his ERA and other numbers should be fine.

MLB Hitters Under The Radar

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The 2015 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner as we all get prepared for the upcoming fantasy season. This includes everyone looking to cash in during week one of the season on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings.
That being said the real test early on is to figure out which hitters you are going to use to start the season along with which ones you might avoid. We will also want to take a look at which teams are playing in certain ballparks to open the season. This could be a deciding factor especially if you find a stadium such as Coors Field and a matchup you like.
That being said this gives us a chance to take a look around Major League Baseball for a list of hitters to watch during spring training and consider using the first week of the season. Here is our complete list of hitters to use week one of the 2015 Major League Season on your fantasy rosters.

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles:
chris Davis
The Orioles power hitting first baseman has been approved by Major League Baseball to use a supplement similar to Adderall. This is great news for the Orioles as well as fantasy owners as we just saw Davis crush over 50 home runs two seasons ago. Davis has already gotten started in spring training hitting his first long ball. Just don’t forget he will miss the first game of the season due to his final game of his suspension.
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays:
Jose Bautista
Bautista is just one a few Blue Jays we like the first week of the season simply based on his matchup against the New York Yankees in their stadium. Last season, the Yankees stadium finished ranked number one according to ESPN Park Factors in the homerun category ahead of Coors Field. Others to consider include Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Edwin Encarnacion.
Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks:
Mark Trumbo
We’re looking for Trumbo to bounce back after a injury filled 2014 season. That being said the Diamondbacks open up the season at home against the San Francisco Giants. Last season Chase Field yielded the second highest rating among runs scored in Major League Baseball.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies:
Troy Tulowitzki
While we would have loved this matchup a little more if this series was at Coors Field but it still looks to be promising to start the season. For his career Tulowitzki is a .345 career hitter in 23 games at Miller Park including six doubles, five homeruns and 14 runs batted in.
Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles:
Matt Wieters
It is uncertain that Wieters will be ready to go opening day but considering the red hot start last season we like our chances to open the season. The Orioles also open the season at Camden Yards a stadium known for being a hitter’s ballpark.
Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres:
Matt Kemp
While we wouldn’t recommend him opening game against Clayton Kershaw we do like his matchups in game two and three while he looks to get revenge on the team that traded him to the San Diego Padres this off-season.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds:
Joey Votto
Votto along with Jay Bruce for the Reds and Andrew McCutchen are all good starting points in their first series of the season. Great American Ball Park finished fourth behind Yankee Stadium, Coors Field and Rogers Centre in the home run department.