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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

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Predict the NBA Playoffs

Predict the NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoffs begin Saturday April 28. Sat April 28 Time (EST) Network Sun April 29 Time (EST) Network 76ers @ Bulls 1:00pm TNT Jazz @ Spurs 1:00pm ESPN Knicks @ Heat 3:30pm ABC Nuggets @ Lakers 3:30pm ABC Magic @ Pacers 7:00pm ESPN Celtics @ Hawks 7:00pm TNT Mavericks @ Thunder 9:30pm ESPN Clippers @ Grizzlies 9:30pm TNT 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 th

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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 Category Value 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 % Owned GP* MPG PTS OREB DREB AST ST BLK TO Fan Pts 2 1 Russell Westbrook (OKC - PG) 99% 66 35:21 1558 96 205 362 112 21 239 1270.25 3 2 Chris Paul (LAC - PG) 99% 60 36:22 1189 42 171 543 152 4 124 1205.75 6 3 John Wall (Was - PG) 98% 66 36:09 1076 48 252 530 95 57 255 1162 9 4 Brandon Jennings (Mil - PG) 94% 66 35:23 1260 49 177 365 104 22 146 1092.

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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 Category Value 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 % Owned GP* MPG PTS OREB DREB AST ST BLK TO Fan Pts 2 1 Kobe Bryant (LAL - SG) 98% 58 38:30 1616 66 247 264 69 18 204 1197.75 3 2 Monta Ellis (Mil - PG,SG) 99% 58 36:33 1181 20 180 346 85 18 177 992.5 7 3 Tyreke Evans (Sac - PG,SG,SF) 95% 63 34:14 1037 64 225 283 84 29 171 940.5 1 4 Dwyane Wade (Mia - PG,SG) 98% 49 33:14 1082 73 164 225 82 63 129 938.75 4 5 Joe Johnson (Atl - SG,SF) 98% 60 35:25 1129 53 168 232 48 13 1

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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 Category Value 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 % Owned GP* MPG PTS OREB DREB AST ST BLK TO Fan Pts 2 1 LeBron James (Mia - SF,PF) 99% 62 37:31:00 1683 94 398 387 115 50 213 1484.25 1 2 Kevin Durant (OKC - SF) 99% 66 38:36:00 1850 40 487 231 88 77 248 1452.75 4 3 Rudy Gay (Mem - SF,PF) 99% 65 37:17:00 1232 130 287 147 95 55 161 1053

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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 Category Value 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 % Owned GP* MPG PTS OREB DREB AST ST BLK TO Fan Pts 1 1 Dwight Howard (Orl - C) INJ 84% 54 38:19 1113 200 585 104 81 116 175 1210 20 2 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac - PF,C) 93% 64 30:28 1160 265 438 102 93 75 170 1176.5 3 3 Al Jefferson (Uta - PF,C) 99% 61 33:58 1170 133 452 134 47 101 62 1132 2 4 Andrew Bynum (LAL - C) 96% 60 35:15 1123 192 517 85 27 116 152 1126 8 5 Marc Gasol (Mem -

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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, ove

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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.

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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.

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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 % Owned R 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB Fan Pts Pitcher % Owned IP W ER K Fan Pts Chase Headley (SD - 3B) 66% 14 7 6 0 4 13 2 15 98 Bartolo Colón (Oak - SP) 54% 27.1 3 8 19 86.17 Rafael Furcal (StL - SS) 60% 9 15 8 1 0 8 3 5 76 Matt Harrison (Tex - SP) 61% 21.2 3 4 13 75.83 Adam Dunn (CWS - 1B) 63% 8 5 6 0 3 13 0 9 74 Lance Lynn (StL - SP) 69% 19.0 3 3 17 73.5 J.D. Martínez (Hou - OF) 67% 6 11 3 0 3 14 0 11 74 Ja

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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 ha

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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. Rangers' Beltre leaves with injured hamstring: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Saturday's game in Detro... es.pn/IeYkca — espnmlb (@espnmlb) April 21, 2012

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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

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

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

We have partnered with DailyJoust.com to give our users an opportunity to compete in Daily Fantasy games this baseball season and they have a $250 MLB Baseball Freeroll Tournament Friday April 20th starting at 7pm EST. Here are the details: Create your team with a 1 million dollar salary cap: C, 1B/DH, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, SP. It's **FREE to enter and there are $250 in prizes up for grabs Follow these 2 steps to play now: CLICK HERE  to register at DailyJoust and make your selections for the contest. Watch the live scoring on DailyJoust to see how your team stacks up against the competition. Good luck! **Must have less than 1 MLB win on Dailyjoust to compete in contest

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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

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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! Dbacks OF Chris Young has a ligament tear and a deep bruise in the shoulder. No one would give any indication of how long he might be out. — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 18, 2012

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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 Name Team G GS W L SV BS HLD IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP BAA Alex Burnett MIN 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 5 0 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.95 0.227 Alexi Ogando TEX 6 0 0 0 1 0 4 6.1 4 1 1 0 0 7 1.42 0.63 0.182 Aroldis Chapman CIN 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 8.0 3 0 0 0 0 15 0.00 0.38 0.111 Brandon League SEA 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 6.0 4 0 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.83 0.182 Brayan Villarreal DET 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.75 0.250 Brett My

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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.

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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! Season WS Teams (Winners on Top) April Records 2011 St. Louis Cardinals 16-12 The Indians (19-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1 2011. Texas Rangers 16-12 2010 San Francisco Giants 14-9 The Rays (17-7) were the best team in baseabll as of May 1, 2010 Texas Rangers 12-12 2009 New York Yankees 13-10 The Cardinals (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2009 Philadelphia Phillies 11-10 2008 Philadelphia Phillies 16-13 The Diamondbacks (20-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1,

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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

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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 % Owned R 1B 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB Fan Pts Pitcher % Owned IP W ER K Fan Pts Adam LaRoche (Was - 1B) 42% 3 10 2 0 2 12 0 6 54 Bartolo Colón (Oak - SP) 16% 19.1 2 8 14 57.67 Edwin Encarnación (Tor - 1B,3B) 71% 7 4 4 0 3 9 2 2 54 Matt Harrison (Tex - SP) 47% 14 2 1 7 50.5 J.D. Martínez (Hou - OF) 60% 5 7 3 0 3 10 0 4 53 Jake Westbrook (StL - SP) 9% 14 2 1 4 49 Omar Infante (Mia - 2B) 62% 9 4 3 1 4 6 0 1 52 Jon

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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 20 12)

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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 Asdru

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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

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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. Original Story

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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!  

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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 % Owned Pitcher %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) 6

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