Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Week 4 (4/23 - 4/29)

4/28 - The Washington Nationals have called up Bryce Harper to play in this weekends series with the Dodgers, as Ryan Zimmerman has finally landed on the 15-Day DL.  He has been added in over 50,000 Yahoo fantasy leagues!  Did you pick him up?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have also called up there top prospect, Mike Trout, after releasing Bobby Abreu.  Trout has been added in over 20,000 Yahoo leagues.  To be honest, I would rather own Trout at this point then Harper.


4/25 - The New York Yankees Michael Pineda will undergo surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the season, and possibly some of next season.  67% of owners on Yahoo might want to drop him and free up that DL spot on their rosters.

The San Francisco Giants have placed Aubrey Huff on the 15-Day DL with an anxiety disorder.  This is great news for Brandon Belt owners!


4/24 - The Washington Nationals are fearful that Ryan Zimmerman could miss more than week with a strained right shoulder.  No structural damage, so surgery should be avoided.

The New York Mets have placed Jason Bay on the 15-Day DL with a non-displaced rib fracture.  It was getting close to say farewell to Bay anyway so this is a blessing in disguise for fantasy owners.  Cody Ross (28% Yahoo), JD Martinez (66%), Alejandro De Aza (59%) and Jordan Schafer(53%) are you best bets in replacing Bay if they are still available in your leagues.  If not, let us know who is and who you are thinking about adding to your roster.  Mike Pelfrey could possibly require Tommy John's which would end his season.

The Atlanta Braves have sent Jair Jurrjens to the Minors.  On July 6 of last season, Jurrjens had won his 12th game of the season while losing just 3.  With a 12-3 record, Jurrjens had an incredible 1.87 ERA.  Since that start, Jurrjens is just 1-5 with 5 no decisions a 4.56 ERA and averaged just 5.2 innings/start.  He was shut down in September of last season with a bone bruise in his knee and did not make an appearance that month.  He has allowed 3 or more earned runs in 9 of those 11 starts.  He did that just twice in first 16 starts last season.

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Yankees
AL Central - Tigers
AL West - Rangers
NL East - Nationals
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Dodgers

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Pitching Probables
April 23
April 24
April 25
April 26
April 27
April 28
April 29

Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Predict the NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoffs begin Saturday April 28.


Sat April 28Time (EST)NetworkSun April 29Time (EST)Network
76ers@Bulls1:00pmTNTJazz@Spurs1:00pmESPN
Knicks@Heat3:30pmABCNuggets@Lakers3:30pmABC
Magic@Pacers7:00pmESPNCeltics@Hawks7:00pmTNT
Mavericks@Thunder9:30pmESPNClippers@Grizzlies9:30pmTNT

EAST
(1) Bulls vs (8) Philadelphia 76ers - Philly will have to play perfect basketball in order to beat the Bulls.  Even with an injured Derrick Rose, the Bulls are just a much better team.  Bulls in 6
Reader Predictions: 100% of the voters believed the Bulls will beat the 76ers.

(2) Heat vs (7) Knicks - The Knicks played the Heat well this season, minus the one game with Jeremy Lin.  There is no Linsanity this time around, and Carmelo Anthony is playing like the leagues best player at the moment.  I want to call the upset here but Heat in 7
Reader Predictions: 97% of the voters believe the Heat will beat the Knicks.

(3) Pacers vs (6) Magic - Had this matchup featured Dwight Howard, I would say Magic in 7.  This series could provide some boring basketball.  Indiana should be able to hold off the Magic and win in 6.
Reader Predictions: 63% of the voters believe the Pacers will beat the Magic.  However, since Dwight Howard was ruled out, not one vote was for the Magic.

(4) Celtics vs (5) Hawks - This series could go either way and Josh Smith vs Kevin Garnett should be a lot of fun to watch.  Neither team has a center so there will be a ton of awkward lineups during this 7 game series.  In the end, the team that has won it all will win again.  Celtics in 7
Reader Predictions: 63% of the voters believe the Celtics will beat the Hawks.

WEST
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Utah Jazz - Combined these two teams won over 50 games at their home courts.  You can expect a 7 game series here with no road wins.  Spurs in 7
 Reader Predictions:98% of the voters believe the Spurs will beat the Jazz.

(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (7) Dallas Mavericks - This could turn into a shooting clinic featuring Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki.  The speed and defense of the Thunder will be to much for the Mavericks to handle.  Thunder in 6
Reader Predictions: 98% of the voters believe the Thunder will beat the Mavericks

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs (6) Denver Nuggets - Should be fun to watch JaVale McGee guard Andrew Bynum.  Kobe and Co. will take it in 5.
Reader Predictions: 88% of the voters believe the Lakers will beat the Nuggets.

(4) Memphis Grizzlies vs (5) Los Angeles Clippers - This will be the most entertaining series in the West.  Both teams run the fast break so well, this series is bound to have tons of highlight plays.  Gotta go with CP3 and his leadership ability to take the Grizzlies in 7. 
Reader Predictions: 63% of the voters believe that the Clippers will beat the Grizzlies.  

Who do you think will win the NBA Championship?
Reader Predictions:
Eastern Conf Finals -  67% believe the Heat win the East.  20% believe it will be the Bulls
Western Conf Finals - 80% believe the Thunder will win the West.  
NBA Finals - 39% believe the Thunder win the Title. 34% believe the Heat win the Title. 11% believe the Bulls win the Title

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Fantasy Basketball 2012 - Reviewing PG Rankings

Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Darren Collison and Kyle Lowry all failed to stay healthy this year and REALLY hurt a lot of fantasy owners.  But it allowed guys like Goran Dragic to finally get the minutes they deserve and prove they can lead their team on the court.  Again though, a verteran player in Tony Parker proved that you can never count out veteran players.

How Were Fan Pts Scored?


Players Stat CategoryValue
Points Scored (PTS)0.5
Offensive Rebounds (OREB)0.75
Defensive Rebounds (DREB)0.5
Assists (AST)0.75
Steals (ST)0.75
Blocked Shots (BLK)1
Turnovers (TO)-0.25


Prseason
Rank
End of Season
Rank
Player% OwnedGP*MPGPTSOREBDREBASTSTBLKTOFan Pts
21Russell Westbrook (OKC - PG) 99%6635:21155896205362112212391270.25
32Chris Paul (LAC - PG) 99%6036:2211894217154315241241205.75
63John Wall (Was - PG) 98%6636:0910764825253095572551162
94Brandon Jennings (Mil - PG) 94%6635:23126049177365104221461092.5
45Deron Williams (NJ - PG) INJ 93%5536:2111542316048167202191050.5
216Tony Parker (SA - PG) 94%6032:03109522149463575153995.25
87Steve Nash (Pho - PG) 98%6231:3677226160664388229962.75
158Ty Lawson (Den - PG) 95%6134:5199954173401826149957.5
59Rajon Rondo (Bos - PG) 97%5336:5263062195620953193950
1010Mike Conley (Mem - PG) 94%6235:037882213440413611125862.25
1411Jrue Holiday (Phi - PG) 93%6533:518795715529010318135838.75
2412Jeff Teague (Atl - PG,SG) 82%6633:068312113832110637134824
1213Kyrie Irving (Cle - PG) 79%5130:36944441472755420160805.25
N/A14Andre Miller (Den - PG,SG) 65%6627:2363953168441639177786
N/A15Goran Dragic (Hou - PG,SG) 80%6626:28775531153518510157782.5

Stats via Yahoo Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball 2012 - Reviewing SG Rankings

Missing from the top 15 SG list: Eric Gordon, Kevin Martin, Ray Allen, Stephen Jackson, Manu Ginobili....yeah it was that kind of season.  But Paul George, JET, Jordan Crawford and Jared Dudley all deserve the props they earned this season and finishing amongst the top of their position.

How Were Fan Pts Scored?


Players Stat CategoryValue
Points Scored (PTS)0.5
Offensive Rebounds (OREB)0.75
Defensive Rebounds (DREB)0.5
Assists (AST)0.75
Steals (ST)0.75
Blocked Shots (BLK)1
Turnovers (TO)-0.25


Preseason
Ranking
End of Season
Ranking
Player% OwnedGP*MPGPTSOREBDREBASTSTBLKTOFan Pts
21Kobe Bryant (LAL - SG) 98%5838:3016166624726469182041197.75
32Monta Ellis (Mil - PG,SG) 99%5836:331181201803468518177992.5
73Tyreke Evans (Sac - PG,SG,SF) 95%6334:141037642252838429171940.5
14Dwyane Wade (Mia - PG,SG) 98%4933:141082731642258263129938.75
45Joe Johnson (Atl - SG,SF) 98%6035:251129531682324813116882.25
136James Harden (OKC - SG,SF) 92%6231:221044302222296215137854.5
N/A7Paul George (Ind - SG,SF) 83%6629:357985631415810838117806.25
128DeMar DeRozan (Tor - SG,SF) 87%6335:031054401711284817123760.75
199Jason Terry (Dal - PG,SG) 90%6331:43950161332267311127757
810Wesley Matthews (Por - SG,SF) 90%6633:4290456168113961573731.5
3011Jordan Crawford (Was - PG,SG) 64%6427:2393844124190595141720.5
1612Arron Afflalo (Den - SG) 81%6233:4094340157149361385710.5
1413Marcus Thornton (Sac - SG,SF) 88%5134:529528410498711284708.75
N/A14Jared Dudley (Pho - SG,SF) 69%6531:0382395206112491972707.5
1515O.J. Mayo (Mem - SG) 64%6626:53833301801697123124701

Stats via Yahoo Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball 2012 - Reviewing SF Rankings

No one figured Gordon Hayward and/or Alonzo Gee would make this list before the season tipped off ..... right?  Hayward proved that NBA talent can come from a Mid Major school and you have to feel happy for a guy like Gee to finally get a chance to play and prove he is an NBA talent.  Once again, we failed to value veteran players as Shawn Marion and Tayshaun Prince finished in the 15, while we ranked them 23 and 24 respectively.

How Were Fan Pts Scored?

Players Stat CategoryValue
Points Scored (PTS)0.5
Offensive Rebounds (OREB)0.75
Defensive Rebounds (DREB)0.5
Assists (AST)0.75
Steals (ST)0.75
Blocked Shots (BLK)1
Turnovers (TO)-0.25


Preseason
Rank
End of Season
Rank
Player% OwnedGP*MPGPTSOREBDREBASTSTBLKTOFan Pts
21LeBron James (Mia - SF,PF) 99%6237:31:00168394398387115502131484.25
12Kevin Durant (OKC - SF) 99%6638:36:0018504048723188772481452.75
43Rudy Gay (Mem - SF,PF) 99%6537:17:00123213028714795551611053.25
34Carmelo Anthony (NY - SF,PF) 100%5534:04:0012458825620062241441001
95Paul Pierce (Bos - SG,SF) 99%6133:58:001181372802747026173999
76Andre Iguodala (Phi - SG,SF) 95%6235:39:007715632533910730115925.75
57Danny Granger (Ind - SF,PF) 97%6233:18:001159792281096240110893.5
88Gerald Wallace (NJ - SF,PF) 94%5835:47:00800872991648536111809.75
69Luol Deng (Chi - SF) 96%5439:27:0082877273157563696780
2310Shawn Marion (Dal - SF,PF) 73%6330:29:00670145320132673698764.5
1711Thaddeus Young (Phi - SF,PF) 74%6327:51:0080813718874644155731.5
N/A12Gordon Hayward (Uta - SG,SF) 68%6630:33:00782591712075341109729.5
1113Nicolas Batum (Por - SG,SF) 84%5930:23:008188119084576090708
2414Tayshaun Prince (Det - SF,PF) 52%6333:13:0079872209153273374707
N/A15Alonzo Gee (Cle - SG,SF) 32%6329:01:006651012211138317114654.25

Stats via Yahoo Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball 2012 - Reviewing C Rankings

Taking a look back at how we ranked the Centers coming into this shortened season, we CLEARLY under estimated DeMarcus Cousins' ability.  Ranked 20th in the preseason, mostly because of character issues and playing for a bad team, Cousins dominated the league this year, only taking a back seat to Superman himself, Dwight Howard.

How Were Fan Pts Scored?


Players Stat CategoryValue
Points Scored (PTS)0.5
Offensive Rebounds (OREB)0.75
Defensive Rebounds (DREB)0.5
Assists (AST)0.75
Steals (ST)0.75
Blocked Shots (BLK)1
Turnovers (TO)-0.25



Preseason
Rank
End of Season
Rank
Player% OwnedGP*MPGPTSOREBDREBASTSTBLKTOFan Pts
11Dwight Howard (Orl - C) INJ 84%5438:191113200585104811161751210
202DeMarcus Cousins (Sac - PF,C) 93%6430:28116026543810293751701176.5
33Al Jefferson (Uta - PF,C) 99%6133:58117013345213447101621132
24Andrew Bynum (LAL - C) 96%6035:15112319251785271161521126
85Marc Gasol (Mem - C) 96%6536:25952120459204621211211085.75
166Greg Monroe (Det - C) 98%6631:33101523939815283461611067.75
197Marcin Gortat (Pho - C) 96%6632:011017185474594899901041
98Roy Hibbert (Ind - C) 88%6529:4983421335910832128128957.25
139Joakim Noah (Chi - PF,C) 97%6430:21652242387160419292920.75
1710Tyson Chandler (NY - C) 92%6233:16699212400565689102856
1511JaVale McGee (Den - PF,C) 88%6125:07691163314313513287784.5
1212DeAndre Jordan (LAC - PF,C) 86%6627:12486202344173013574718.25
2313Samuel Dalembert (Hou - C) 60%6522:16490158298333711182655.5
1114Chris Kaman (NO - PF,C) 67%4729:15616892751012577129651.5
2215Marcus Camby (Hou - C) 61%5923:00287157373107508557636.25

Stats via Yahoo Fantasy Basketball

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Get To Know Him - Lance Lynn

The #1 pitcher in the MLB right now is a young 24 year old right hander who most people have never even heard of.  Lance Lynn made his MLB debut last season on June 2, earning a start against the San Francisco Giants.  Outside of one World Series appearance, it is the only time Lance Lynn has allowed more than 1 earned run in a game!  Lynn lost that first start, but came back strong against the Astros allowing just 1 run over 5 innings.  From June 9th on Lynn moved to the bullpen and lowered his ERA from 5.23 to 3.12, striking out 32 batters and walking just 8 in 24.1 innings.

Lynn has now moved back into the starting rotation, which is something he did 99 times in the minors.  Over that span of 99 games, Lynn won 32 starts while losing just 18.  He compiled 358 strikeouts and walked just 150 batters over 414 innings.  The only downside to Lynn's game is that he gives up the Long Ball. 

In his 4 starts this season, Lance Lynn has allowed just 4 earned runs, 1 in each start, over 27 innings which has lead to a 1.33 ERA.  The strange thing is that he has given up 3 home runs, obviously all solo jacks.  You have to assume that if he continues to give up the home runs, eventually they will happen with runners on.  But you have to love the fact that Lynn is just 77% owned in Yahoo leagues, because if you are reading this and he is not already on your roster....he should be! 


DATEOPPONENTRESULTIPHRERHRBBSOGBFBPitBFGScDec.ERA
25-Apr@ CHCW 5-186111271471103071W(4-0)1.33
20-Apr@ PITW 4-17411114108882368W(3-0)1.42
14-Aprvs CHCW 5-15.141102578882259W(2-0)1.50
8-Apr@ MILW 9-36.2211118581002273W(1-0)1.35
Stats from Lance Lynn ESPN Player Page

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ryan Zimmerman Watch:15-Day DL

The Washington Nationals are doubtful of a quick recovery for Ryan Zimmerman who has not played since April 20th. Zimmerman says he has an AC Joint sprain in his shoulder. If Zimmerman does land on the DL, Chase Headley is still just 73% owned in Yahoo leagues so there is a possibility he is available in your league. However, if he is already on another roster, Mike Aviles (69%) and Mike Moustakas (63%) are the next best options.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hunter Pence Watch: Back in Lineup

After diving for a ball in Sundays game, Hunter Pence sat out Monday's game with pain in his shoulder.  Today he is going for a precautionary MRI.  Fantasy owners and the Phillies are desperate for good news as Pence was drafted early (12th OF in ESPN Drafts, 13th in Yahoo) and the Phillies are already struggling offensively without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Top 15 Hitters and Pitchers less than 75% Owned

It might be early in the season, but there have plenty of trips to the DL already and many players have been disappointing.  If you are looking to fix your roster, take a look at these players first.  They are the top 15 hitters and pitchers that are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues.

How fantasy points are scored:
Hitters:
Singles - 1pt
Doubles - 2pts
Triples - 3pts
Homeruns - 2pts
RBI - 2pts
Runs Scored - 2pts
Walks - 1pt
Stolen Bases - 1pt
Pitchers:
Win - 10 pts
Innings Pitched - 2 pts
Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt)
Strike Outs - .5pt

Hitter% OwnedR1B2B3BHRRBISBBBFan PtsPitcher% OwnedIPWERKFan Pts
Chase Headley (SD - 3B) 66%1476041321598Bartolo Colón (Oak - SP) 54%27.1381986.17
Rafael Furcal (StL - SS) 60%91581083576Matt Harrison (Tex - SP) 61%21.2341375.83
Adam Dunn (CWS - 1B) 63%85603130974Lance Lynn (StL - SP) 69%19.0331773.5
J.D. Martínez (Hou - OF) 67%6113031401174Jason Vargas (Sea - SP) 18%25.1281972.17
Alejandro De Aza (CWS - OF) 57%14822372674Iván Nova (NYY - SP) 58%19.0382070
Jordan Schafer (Hou - OF) 50%1313002761073Iván Nova (NYY - SP) 58%19.0382070
Adam LaRoche (Was - 1B) 48%512302130967Jake Peavy (CWS - SP) 69%19.2262163.83
A.J. Pierzynski (CWS - C) 59%610114140366Jake Westbrook (StL - SP) 27%20.2231063.33
Nolan Reimold (Bal - OF) 68%98405101166Mike Minor (Atl - SP) 55%20.1271963.17
Matt Joyce (TB - OF) 65%11921470565Jason Hammel (Bal - SP) 12%19.0251862
Ian Desmond (Was - SS) 70%101440271364Brandon McCarthy (Oak - SP) 57%32.00121861
Cody Ross (Bos - OF) 17%97303100663Jonathan Niese (NYM - SP) 50%18.2261759.83
Kelly Johnson (Tor - 2B) 65%118103601161Kyle Drabek (Tor - SP) 29%18.0241559.5
José Altuve (Hou - 2B) 30%71242062660Chris Sale (CWS - SP) 63%18.0272159.5
Yunel Escobar (Tor - SS) 58%101520170560Jake Arrieta (Bal - SP) 19%24.21112158.83

Hitters: JD Martinez and Alejandro De Aza are the first outfielders on this list that I would look to add.  Jordan Schafer is still killing it but guys like him and Nolan Reimold just don't have the track record to back up their hot starts.  Matt Joyce is a tricky guy too because he had such a great first half last season before slumping after the All-Star break.

Pitchers: I liked Bartolo Colon a lot more last season when he had the Yankees offense support him, but he is proving to be a valuable fantasy pitcher.  Ivan Nova is suprisingly owned in just 58% of Yahoo leagues.  This guy does nothing but rack up Wins.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Week 3 (4/16 - 4/22)

4/22 -
  • Marlon Byrd was traded to the Red Sox for Michael Bowden.  Byrd should jump right into the Sox lineup. The Cubs then placed Ryan Dempters on the 15-Day DL(quad) and recalled Tony Campana.
  • The Phillies placed Cliff Lee on the 15-Day DL (oblique)
  • The Diamondbacks placed Dan Hudson on the 15-Day DL (shoulder)
  • The Blue Jays placed Sergio Santos on the 15-Day DL (shoulder)
  • AJ Burnett made his Pirates debut.  7 innings 7 strikeouts 2 walks, 0 runs and the W

4/19 - New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been placed on the 15-Day DL with a strained right shoulder. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman should be joining him soon as he has aggrevated his calf again. Matt Carpenter will take over the everyday first base duties for the Cardinals is now a must own. He has produced more than most of your starting first basemen/third basemen, driving in 11 runs and he has just 24 AB!

4/18 - The Diamondbacks have called up 1st round draft pick AJ Pollock.  The kid has wheels and hit 41 doubles while stealing 36 bases last year in the minors.  He is getting the nod in center field today due to recent injuires to Chris Young and Justin Upton.  Not much long term value but could help you the rest of this week/however long Young/Upton are out.

Another week into Fantasy Baseball and more players have hit the disabled list.  Jacoby Ellsbury will miss at
least the next two months, while Brian Wilson is done for the season.  Let us know how you plan on replacing these guys and we will tell you if we have better ideas!

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Orioles/Yankees/Blue Jays
AL Central - White Sox
AL West - Rangers
NL East - Nationals
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Dodgers

Daily Starting Lineups
Daily Baseball Data
MLB Depth Charts
Baseball Monster

Pitching Probables
April 16
April 17
April 18
April 19
April 20
April 21
April 22

Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Adrian Beltre Watch: Strained Hamstring Day to Day

Adrian Beltre left the first game of today's double header with Tigers after straining his hamstring.  He was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored before leaving the game.  Alberto Gonzalez came in to pinch run and has played 3b since.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Vision: Getting the Most Attention This Week

There are many reasons to date as to why these particular players have been added so frequently in the past week. We had injuries, unexpected performances, position flexibility, and multi category enhancements.


PLAYER
% CHANGE
JORDAN SCHAFER
41
LANCE LYNN
32
SANTIAGO CASILLA
31
JD MARTINEZ
29
BARRY ZITO
29
DANNY DUFFY
28
KYLE DRABEK
28
OMAR INFANTE
27
ADAM LAROCHE
25
FERNANDO RODNEY
25


Fantasy Baseball Vision breaks down each player here

$250 MLB Baseball Freeroll Tournament Friday April 20th @ 7pm EST

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Justin Upton Watch: Pinch Ran Wednesday

Justin Upton was used as a pinch runner in last nights game, but Scott Miller of CBS has tweeted that Upton has been placed on the DL.  Updates to come!

So #Dbacks lose Upton and Young to DL while #SFGiants lose closer Wilson for year. Gonna be long, hard-fought summer in NL West. Scott Miller (@scottmcbs) April 18, 2012



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chris Young Watch: 15-Day DL

With news of a ligament tear, you have to wonder if 15 days is long enough. Make sure you have a solid backup plan in case this takes longer then anticipated!


What a Relief!

There are only so many closer in the Majors.  Each team has their designated one, sometimes two guys who get the call in the 9th.  But fantasy baseball requries more than just closers.  There are tons of guys in each teams bullpen that take the mound each night in the middle innings.  How do you decifer which one belongs on your fantasy team?  Here is a quick list of relievers off to a great start:

Guidelines met:
  • Has not lost a game
  • Host not blown a save
  • Has not allowed a HR
  • Has more strikeouts than walks
  • Boosts an ERA below 3.50
  • Has a WHIP of 1 or lower

*Sorted Alphabetically
NameTeamG GS W L SV BS HLD IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP BAA
Alex BurnettMIN50000006.15000140.000.950.227
Alexi OgandoTEX60001046.14110071.420.630.182
Aroldis ChapmanCIN50200018.030000150.000.380.111
Brandon LeagueSEA60004006.04000140.000.830.182
Brayan VillarrealDET30000011.11000010.000.750.250
Brett MyersHOU20002002.01000130.001.000.143
Clay HensleySF40000013.11000260.000.900.083
Cory WadeNYY50000007.262201112.350.910.214
Duane BelowDET20200002.21000030.000.380.111
Evan CrawfordTOR10000001.01000010.001.000.250
Everett TeafordKC10000004.01000230.000.750.077
Fautino De Los SantosOAK20000002.02000020.001.000.250
Fernando RodneyTB60104004.10000130.000.230.000
Frank FranciscoNYM40003004.03100070.000.750.188
Franklin MoralesBOS40000024.23000040.000.640.188
Huston StreetSD40001004.01000050.000.250.083
J.C. RomeroSTL40000012.02000030.001.000.250
Jon RauchNYM60100026.21000130.000.300.048
Jordan WaldenLAA20000002.00000030.000.000.000
Josh SpenceSD30000002.21000020.000.380.111
LaTroy HawkinsLAA40000004.02100240.001.000.133
Luis PérezTOR40100006.12000340.000.790.105
Mark LoweTEX20000002.02000030.001.000.250
Matt GuerrierLAD60000036.03110241.500.830.158
Matt ThorntonCWS70100036.15000040.000.790.208
Mike AdamsTEX70001057.07110031.291.000.259
Nick HagadoneCLE10000001.10000120.000.750.000
Octavio DotelDET40100004.03000160.001.000.200
Randy ChoateMIA50000013.00000030.000.000.000
Rhiner CruzHOU40100005.14000060.000.750.222
Robbie RossTEX30200003.22000140.000.820.167
Scott FeldmanTEX10000001.01000000.001.000.250
Steve CishekMIA80100037.12000260.000.550.091
Tim ByrdakNYM40000023.00000150.000.330.000
Tom WilhelmsenSEA70100029.051102101.000.780.156
Tony WatsonPIT50000005.02110021.800.400.118

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jacoby Ellsbury Watch: 15-Day DL (No Immediate Surgery)

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who suffered a subluxation of his right (non-throwing shoulder) last Friday, had his MRI exams read by noted California orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum and will not need immediate surgery, manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday.  -ESPN
Good news is that surgery is not neccessary at the moment.  Bad news is that he is still on a 4-8 week timetable.

Just How Important is April Baseball?

The Magic Johnson owned Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a 9-1 start.  But how excited should the fans be?  Just 3 of the last 11 World Series have featured the team with the best record in April.  The positive of that is twice that team won the Series ('04, '05).  The average record of the World Series teams has been a mediocre 15-11, so for those teams who are hovering around the .500 mark for now, be patient as your team has the best odds of making the World Series!


SeasonWS Teams
(Winners on Top)
April Records
2011St. Louis Cardinals16-12The Indians (19-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1 2011.
Texas Rangers16-12
2010San Francisco Giants14-9The Rays (17-7) were the best team in baseabll as of May 1, 2010
Texas Rangers12-12
2009New York Yankees13-10The Cardinals (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies11-10
2008Philadelphia Phillies16-13The Diamondbacks (20-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2008
Tampa Bay Rays16-12
2007Boston Red Sox16-9The Brewers (17-9) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2007
Colorado Rockies11-16
2006St. Louis Cardinals17-9The White Sox (18-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2006
Detroit Tigers17-9
2005Chicago White Sox18-7The White Sox (18-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2006
Houston Astros10-13
2004Boston Red Sox15-8The Red Sox (15-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2004
St. Louis Cardinals12-12
2003Florida Marlins15-15The Yankees (22-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2003
New York Yankees22-6
2002Anaheim Angels12-14The Red Sox (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2002
San Francisco Giants 16-11
2001Arizona Diamondbacks 14-12The Mariners (20-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2001
New York Yankees 15-12
2000New York Yankees 16-8The Braves (19-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2000
New York Mets 16-11

In 2005, the Astros were just 10-16 on May 1, making them the worst April team to make the WS in the last 11 seasons.  The only other teams with a losing April record to make the WS were the 2007 Colorado Rockies 11-16, and the 2002 Anaheim Angels 12-14.  The Angels went on to win the World Series.

The 2010 Texas Rangers, and 2004 St. Louis Cardinals were both .500 at the end of April.  They both lost the World Series.

So which month is the most important month?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Daily Debate: Peyton Manning vs Eli Manning

Welcome to the second installment of The King of Sports Blog's Daily Debate! For the next two weeks I will be posting a blog post every morning and expect all of you to weigh in on Twitter (@brad_wolff), FaceBook (The King of Sports Blog Fan Page), or comment below which player you believe is better. Unlike today's debate, the two players may have played in different generations or I will be comparing one player in their prime against a current player.
To tweet your vote, put a period (.) and then put @brad_wolff, space, T2, along with your reason. Today is T2, tomorrow is T3, and so on.
On FaceBook, comment below my post with your answer and reason.

Daily Debate: Peyton Manning .vs. Eli Manning

Top 15 Hitters and Pitchers less than 75% Owned

It might be early in the season, but there have plenty of trips to the DL already and many players have been disappointing.  If you are looking to fix your roster, take a look at these players first.  They are the top 15 hitters and pitchers that are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues.

How fantasy points are scored:
Hitters:
Singles - 1pt
Doubles - 2pts
Triples - 3pts
Homeruns - 2pts
RBI - 2pts
Runs Scored - 2pts
Walks - 1pt
Stolen Bases - 1pt
Pitchers:
Win - 10 pts
Innings Pitched - 2 pts
Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt)
Strike Outs - .5pt

Hiiter% OwnedR1B2B3BHRRBISBBBFan PtsPitcher% OwnedIPWERKFan Pts
Adam LaRoche (Was - 1B) 42%310202120654Bartolo Colón (Oak - SP) 16%19.1281457.67
Edwin Encarnación (Tor - 1B,3B) 71%7440392254Matt Harrison (Tex - SP) 47%1421750.5
J.D. Martínez (Hou - OF) 60%57303100453Jake Westbrook (StL - SP) 9%1421449
Omar Infante (Mia - 2B) 62%9431460152Jonathon Niese (NYM - SP) 39%12.2231248.33
Chase Headley (SD - 3B) 34%63202811151Kyle Drabek (Tor - SP) 12%12.2221048.33
Kelly Johnson (Tor - 2B) 68%9610360650R.A. Dickey (NYM - SP) 27%13231048
Ian Desmond (Was - SS) 67%71330141246Iván Nova (NYY - SP) 52%13261547.5
Shelley Duncan (Cle - 1B,OF) 2%7510260845Kyle Lohse (StL - SP) 68%13.122547.17
Matt Carpenter (StL - 1B,3B) 2%44221100145Derek Lowe (Cle - SP) 5%13.223345.83
Jordan Schafer (Hou - OF) 42%8700125943Jason Vargas (Sea - SP) 10%18.1171245.67
Chris Iannetta (LAA - C) 21%6330270342Barry Zito (SF - SP) 30%1612844
Zack Cozart (Cin - SS) 53%8822120242Edwin Jackson (Was - SP) 56%14141541.5
Cody Ross (Bos - OF) 10%5320280542Rick Porcello (Det - SP) 19%14.213840.33
Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B) 73%6201371341Trevor Cahill (Ari - SP) 60%13.1121140.17
Alejandro De Aza (CWS - OF) 51%7312241240Jake Arrieta (Bal - SP) 18%13.214937.83

Hitters: Add JD Martinez!  He is an absolute beast and will be amongt the top outfielders this season!  Stay away from Duncan and Schafer.  There are too many outfielders to rely on those guys.  Matt Carpenter is also a guy I would avoid.  He has 30 double power, but he is just filling in for Lance Berkman who is due back any day now. 

Pitchers: Westbrook, Lohse and Porcello are good for innings and a low ERA, but do not expect strikeouts from them.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Daily Debate: Kevin Durant .vs. LeBron James (in 2012)

Welcome to the first installment of The King of Sports Blog's Daily Debate! For the next two weeks I will be posting a blog post every morning and expect all of you to weigh in on Twitter (@brad_wolff), Facebook (The King of Sports Blog Fan Page), or comment below which player you believe is better. Unlike today's debate, the two players may have played in different generations or I will be comparing one player in their prime against a current player.
To tweet your vote, put a period (.) and then put @brad_wolff, space, T1, along with your reason. Today is the first topic so it is T1, the next day will be T2, and so on.
On Facebook, comment below my post with your answer and reason.


Daily Debate: Kevin Durant .vs. LeBron James (in 2012)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Week 2 (4/9 - 4/15)

With the first week of fantasy baseball officially over, unless you play on ESPN, many owners feel like the Diamondbacks, Mets, Rays and Tigers who swept their opponents, while others feel like the Braves, Giants, Red Sox, Twins and Yankees who were all swept this weekend.  Which side are you on?

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Orioles/Rays
AL Central - Tigers
AL West - Mariners
NL East - Mets
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Diamondbacks

Michael Morse is out until at least June.  To the 94% of Yahoo owners who own him....DROP HIM.

Johnny Damon is back in baseball!  The Cleveland Indians have signed Damon who hit 16 HRs last season and drove in 73 runs while stealing 19 bases.  Damon will have fantasy value regardless of where he hits in the Indians lineup.  If he replaces Shelly Duncan in the Indians lineup, he will be slotted into the 7 hole, but I doubt the Indians want Johnny Damon batting 7.  I can see Cleveland slotting Damon in the 2 hole, moving Asdrubal Cabrera to the 3 spot, and Shin-Soo Choo to the 6/7 spot.  Updates to come.

David Wright has a fractured finger.  Not official yet, but expect Wright to join the 15-Day DL club.  Bad news for David Wright owners as this could take up to 6 week to recover from!  Wednesday will bring more results and news so stay posted!

Doug Fister is the first important fantasy player to join the 15-Day DL club (not including those from preseason)
  • He has been diagnosed with a left costochondral strain.  The average person has never heard of this before.  But luckily for us, I happen to be dating a physical therapist who broke it down for us.  Dana says that Costo means rib and Chondro means cartilage so the cartilage around the ribs is inflamed.  She claims this is a tricky injury and Fister could be out more than a month!  If you need to replace Fister, don't do so without telling us your options!

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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Numbers Never Die: Is Fantasy Baseball Fun?

Now that baseball season has completed a couple of weeks I figured I would do another fantasy sport opinion blog. In a past blog I commented on my experience in the land of fantasy basketball. If I may add, I am in the finals in my head to head league this week thanks to some key acquisitions off the waiver wire. This blog takes a look at fantasy baseball. Behind football, baseball is the second most popular fantasy sport played. It gives numbers crunchers games from morning till night, seven days a week. For hardcore fans the summer months of baseball are heaven, but what about casual fans? Is the day-to-day pressure and commitment too much?

Join the discussion over at Numbers Never Die

Advanced Fantasy Baseball: Ten Reasons to Stay Patient with Your Fantasy Team

Patience. Slow starts are depressing for fantasy owners but panic ruins fantasy seasons. Often we come out of our drafts excited about our teams. We got this sleeper for that much and won't he be great! Then after three games and 11 at-bats we are ready to cut him to add that career back-up middle infielder. If you drafted a guy I think he deserves at least a full week of at-bats before you cut him.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Week 1 (3/28 - 4/8)

Welcome back Fantasy Baseballers.  This year the season opens up in Japan with the Oakland Athletics playing host to the Seattle Mariners.  There will be just two games played, Wednesday at 6:10am EST and Thursday at 5:10am EST.  After a 6 day hiatus, the new look Miami Marlins will have the first pitch thrown on American soil in their brand new ballpark while hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for just a one game series on Wednesday night, 7:05pm EST.

With recent injuries to the closers of the Reds, Red Sox, Rays and Royals, we asked our friends at MLBDepthCharts which teams fill in closer had the most value...their answer?
@mlbdepthcharts - "Whoever closes for the Red Sox"
Do you agree?  Mark Melancon saved 20 of 25 games for the woeful Astros last year and had just a 2.74 ERA.  In 74 innings pitched he struck out 66 batters.  Does that get the job done in the AL East?  Will he split saves with Alfredo Aceves? Alfredo Aceves has been named the closer for the Red Sox!  Aceves struck out just 80 batters in 114 innings last season but has a 1.08 WHIP in over 200 innings pitched in his short career.

The Reds Sean Marshall will get the nod in Cincinatti with Ryan Madsen done for the season.  He pitched in 75 innings for the Cubbies and had an excellent 2.22 ERA striking out 79 batters.  In the NL Central, Marshall to me has better value.


Video of Ubaldo Jimenez hitting Troy Tulowitzki can be seen here.  For some reason this video was nowhere to be found last night.  Even the great @Buster_ESPN said last night:
"It'll be really interesting to see how MLB handles possible Jimenez suspension, given that there's no video"
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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Set your Fantasy Baseball roster before tonight's first pitch!

With the real opening night happening in just a few hours, we thought it would be a good idea to double check your rosters and make sure you are all set for the fantasy baseball season to begin! Below is a list of the top 25 hitters and pitchers that are less than 75% owned in Yahoo leagues. These are the most popular players, still likely available in your league. Let us know who you are considering and we will tell you whether or not it's the right move!

Batter% OwnedPitcher%Owned
Peter Bourjos (LAA - OF) 74%Clay Buchholz (Bos - SP) 74%
Torii Hunter (LAA - OF) 73%Jair Jurrjens (Atl - SP) 73%
Lucas Duda (NYM - 1B,OF) 72%Ryan Dempster (ChC - SP) 73%
Geovany Soto (ChC - C) 71%Justin Masterson (Cle - SP) 72%
Ryan Roberts (Ari - 2B,3B) 71%Francisco Liriano (Min - SP) 71%
Mike Moustakas (KC - 3B) 71%Kenley Jansen (LAD - RP) 71%
Adam Dunn (CWS - 1B) 69%Sean Marshall (Cin - RP) 71%
Yunel Escobar (Tor - SS) 68%Grant Balfour (Oak - RP) 69%
Brennan Boesch (Det - OF) 68%Colby Lewis (Tex - SP) 69%
Carlos Lee (Hou - 1B,OF) 67%Frank Francisco (NYM - RP) 68%
Edwin Encarnacion (Tor - 1B,3B) 66%Brandon McCarthy (Oak - SP) 66%
Josh Willingham (Min - OF) 64%Wandy Rodriguez (Hou - SP) 66%
Matt Joyce (TB - OF) 62%Jhoulys Chacin (Col - SP) 64%
Justin Morneau (Min - 1B) 62%Vance Worley (Phi - SP) 62%
Kelly Johnson (Tor - 2B) 62%Ted Lilly (LAD - SP) 61%
Delmon Young (Det - OF) 61%Matt Capps (Min - RP) 60%
Dexter Fowler (Col - OF) 61%Chris Sale (CWS - RP) 58%
Russell Martin (NYY - C) 61%Trevor Cahill (Ari - SP) 57%
Gaby Sanchez (Mia - 1B) 61%Bud Norris (Hou - SP) 57%
Ian Desmond (Was - SS) 60%Matt Thornton (CWS - RP) 57%
Alfonso Soriano (ChC - OF) 59%Jonny Venters (Atl - RP) 56%
Danny Espinosa (Was - 2B) 59%Francisco Cordero (Tor - RP) 55%
Austin Jackson (Det - OF) 59%Jonathan Broxton (KC - RP) 54%
Wilson Ramos (Was - C) 58%Jim Johnson (Bal - RP) 53%
Daniel Murphy (NYM - 1B,2B,3B) 57%Edinson Volquez (SD - SP) 53%

Hitters we like on this list:
Lucas Duda, Mike Moustakas, Brennan Boesch, Josh Willingham, Russell Martin, Gaby Sanchez, Daniel Murphy

Pitchers we like on this list:
Justin Masterson, Sean Marshall, Brandon McCarthy, Ted Lilly, Chris Sale, Bud Norris, Jonny Venters, Edinson Volquez

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