Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fantasy Premier League Week 17

Greetings, everyone! Before I get into anything more, let me make an announcement: 

We Talk Fantasy Sports 2nd Half League!

It’s our official Fantasy EPL league, starting in Gameweek 20 (January 1st)! Here’s the entry code: 101853-723911. It’s head-to-head, I’m in it, and it concludes with playoffs between the top 4 teams.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way (and you’ve signed up for the league) let’s discuss week 17 of the Fantasy Premier League:


First of all, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, arguably favorite to win the Golden Glove for the league’s best goalkeeper, is listed as out…set to return on December 22nd…the day of their next game. While this policy is ambiguous and rather stupid (we don’t get points for anything other than playing, so tell us his status for next game, not today), I would suggest not picking him up, and making sure you have a solid backup if you already have him on your team. With Petr Cech as backup, Jose Mourinho isn't going to take risks with Courtois.

Courtois’ fellow Belgian, Vincent Kompany, is listed at 25% to return for Manchester City’s home fixture against Crystal Palace. He did good against Leicester, getting 8 points, but I would expect the central-defender to be rested until they face better opponents.

Boston Celtics Trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas Mavericks

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.  In return, Boston will receive Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 1st round pick and a future 2nd round pick. Rondo will now lead a Mavericks offense that features Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler.  Yikes.  That is one of the best starting 5 I remember in recent years.  The Mavericks are currently 19-8, yet sit in 3rd place in the Southwest Division behind the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets.  The Western Conference can be a cruel place!

There is never a way to know how a new PG will mesh with the mojo of a team, but Rondo is the type of PG who makes everyone around him better and will create easy shots for Dirk and Parsons, while killing the pick and roll lob to Chandler.  Will be interesting to see how he and  Ellis get along!

The clear winner in this whole situation is Marcus Smart who,  when he returns to the Celtics from injury, will become their starting PG.  The 6th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft has played in just 10 games for Boston this season.  

Wright will now have to share time with Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller.  He should be able to see the same 18.7 minutes per game he was getting in Dallas.  My guess would be Bass will see his minutes cut, if he is not traded at some point this season, with an expiring contract.

Sully and Jeff Green will have to continue to lead the Celtics offensively.  Sullinger had scored just 15 total points (19% from the field) in his last 4 games prior to the Celtics 109-92 victory over the Magic.  He made 7 of his 13 attempts to score 16 points.  He averaged 16/8/3 in November, which is what the Celtics need from him.  Green continues to have a career year, averaging 19.6 points per game, on 45% shooting.  He is scoring 22.6 points per game in December, and that is what he should expect himself to score moving forward, as this is his team now.  Green is sure to decline his $9 mil player option for next season and is playing for a big time contract.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tampa Bay Rays Trade Wil Myers to San Diego Padres

UPDATE: MLB Trade Rumors breaks down the complicated 3 team deal!

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to trade Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, and Burch Smith.  Myers was the centerpiece of the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals. Myers, who just turned 24 this month, has played in 88 and 87 games the past two seasons.  In 660 career MLB ABs, he owns a .258/.324/.400 slash.  Not that great.  In his debut season, Myers hit .293 with 23 doubles and 13 home runs, driving in 53 runs and scoring 50 runs, to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.  Myers hit just .222 last season, recovering from a broken wrist.

Tampa Bay traded Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for Kevin Jepsen

Padres Acquire Derek Norris 

Tampa will now feature Kevin Kiermaier in RF, taking over for Myers and Brandon Guyer will most likely man LF.  With Desmond Jennings leading off and hitting .244 with a .314 OBP, this is looking like a LONG season for the Rays!  James Loney led the team with a .290 average last season and Ben Zobrist (.272) was the only other hitter with a BA over .270!  Evan Longoria hit .253 but did drive in 91 runs and hit 22 home runs.

The Padres are making moves!  First they acquired Matt Kemp during the MLB Winter Meetings and now they add another piece to a lineup desperate for some life.  It is still far from dangerous, but you have to start somewhere!  However, unless San Diego plans on taking Will Venable and his .224 BA (.288 OBP) out of the lineup/leadoff spot, Seth Smith will be out of a job, and he led the team with 31 doubles last season and hit .266.  It also means Carlos Quentin and/or Cameron Maybin will likely be traded.

But probably the most important player in the Paders lineup next season will be Jedd Gyorko, who will have to continue hitting .260, like he did after the All-Star break last season vs .162 pre All-Star break!

No team can afford to have Dan Uggla Jr. in their lineup!

The Padres were top 10 in pitching statistics last season, but the offense was dead last in runs, average, on base and slugging!  A little offense will go a long way in San Diego.  They added Brandon Morrow to their pitching staff that features Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Jesse Hahn.

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