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ACC Tournament Outlook

As Selection Sunday and the conference tournament around the corner, things are starting to shape up in the ACC, let's take a look at who's in for sure, who might get in, and who has had their March dreams crushed. Check out more at  Only College Sports Locks: Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, UNC, Pitt Virginia is sitting real pretty right now, they can lock up the ACC regular season title with one more win, either against Syracuse or Maryland. They could go up to a 2 seed but more realistically they will probably not win the ACC tournament and maybe not Syracuse on the first. I see them around a 4 seed. Syracuse had a two game skid but still has a legitimate chance at getting the #1 overall seed in the tournament if they win out. The ACC tournament won't be easy for anyone, especially the offensively slumping Syracuse, but they have the talent and clearly the defensive ability to win the ACC. I'll bet Duke can't wait until UNC comes in to Cameron Indoor. That

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Baseball's Best Lineup - NL East

The Braves lost Brian McCann .  The Marlins added Garrett Jones , Rafael Furcal , Casey McGehee  and Jarrod Saltalamacchia , but traded Logan Morison.  The Mets signed Curtis Granderson and Chris Young .  The Phillies added Marlon Byrd while the Nationals return with the same lineup. Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals 1. Jason Heyward - RF 1. Rafael Furcal - 2B 1. Eric Young Jr. - LF 1. Ben Revere - CF 1. Denard Span - CF 2. Justin Upton - LF 2. Christian Yelich - LF 2. Daniel Murphy - 2B 2. Jimmy Rollins - SS 2. Ryan Zimmerman - 3B 3. Freddie Freeman - 1B 3. Giancarlo Stanton - RF 3. David Wright - 3B 3. Chase Utley - 2B 3. Bryce Harper - LF 4. Evan Gattis - C 4. Garrett Jones - 1B 4. Curtis Granderson - CF 4. Ryan Howard - 1B 4. Jayson Werth - RF 5. Chris Johnson - 3B 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C 5. Ike Davis - 1B 5. Marlon Byrd - RF 5. Adam LaRoche - 1B 6. Andrelton Simmons - SS 6. Marcell Ozuna - C

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Baseball's Best Lineup - NL Central

The Reds will take advantage of Billy Hamilton 's speed at the top of their batting order but lost Shin-Soo Choo to the Rangers. The Brewers get Ryan Braun for 162 games (hopefully) but traded Norichika Aoki to the Royals. The Pirates and Cubs return with the same lineup while the Cardinals traded David Freese for Peter Bourjos and signed Jhonny Peralta. Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates St. Louis Cardinals 1. Starlin Castro - SS 1. Billy Hamilton - CF 1. Jean Segura - SS 1. Starling Marte - LF 1. Matt Carpenter - 3B 2. Luis Valbuena - 3B 2. Brandon Phillips - 2B 2. Scooter Gennett - 2B 2. Jordy Mercer - SS 2. Peter Bourjos - CF 3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B 3. Joey Votto - 1B 3. Ryan Braun - RF 3. Andrew McCutchen - CF 3. Matt Holliday - LF 4. Nate Schierholtz - RF 4. Jay Bruce - RF 4. Aramis Ramirez - 3B 4. Pedro Alvarez - 3B 4. Allen Craig - RF 5. Junior Lake - LF 5. Ryan Ludwick - LF 5. Jonathan Lucroy - C 5. Neil Walker

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Baseball's Best Lineup - NL West

The Diamondbacks added Mark Trumbo .  The Rockies signed Justin Morneau .  The Dodgers added another Cuban, this time at 2B in Alexander Guerrero.  The Padres get Everth Cabrera back and the Giants picked up Michael Morse. Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants 1. Gerardo Parra - CF 1. Corey Dickerson - CF 1. Yasiel Puig - RF 1. Everth Cabrera - SS 1. Angel Pagan - CF 2. Aaron Hill - 2B 2. Michael Cuddyer - RF 2. Carl Crawford - LF 2. Will Venable - CF 2. Marco Scutaro - 2B 3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B 3. Carlos Gonzalez - LF 3. Hanley Ramirez - SS 3. Chase Headley - 3B 3. Brandon Belt - 1B 4. Miguel Montero - C 4. Troy Tulowitzki - SS 4. Adrian Gonzalez - 1B 4. Carlos Quentin - LF 4. Buster Posey - C 5. Mark Trumbo - LF 5. Justin Morneau - 1B 5. Matt Kemp - CF 5. Yonder Alonso - 1B 5. Hunter Pence - RF 6. Martin Prado - 3B 6. Wilin Rosario - C 6. Juan Uribe - 3B 6. Jedd Gyorko - 2B 6. Pablo Sando

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Back to Basics: Draft Strategy 101 Part 3

The idea behind position scarcity is simple: the elite performers at thin positions get a boost in value because the gap between them and the rest of the guys at their position is larger than that of deeper positions like 1B, 2B, and OF.  Essentially, you are trying to get a leg up on your league-mates by being elite where they are not, and assuming you can still be strong enough elsewhere because of the depth of those other positions.  It is this idea that has kept guys like Robinson Cano and Troy Tulowitzki in the middle of the first round for so long when their numbers alone/injury history may not have always warranted it. But should we really be looking to fill these thin positions with elite performers early?  Are these guys even good values where they are currently ranked?  How much weight should we actually give position scarcity when formulating our draft strategy? Well, in short, no, not really, and not much.  Generally I believe position scarcity is overrated. We’re

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Baseball's Best Lineup - AL West

There is a new sheriff in Texas and he goes by the name of Prince Fielder .  The Rangers also added Alex Rios at the end of last season AND picked up Shin-Soo Choo this offseason.  Robinson Cano signed for the 3rd largest contract ever and the Seattle Mariners also added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison .  The Los Angeles Angels added David Freese and Raul Ibanez while the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics will roll with lineups similar to the ones that finished last season. Houston Astros Los Angeles Angels Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers 1. Dexter Fowler - CF 1. Erick Aybar - SS 1. Coco Crisp - CF 1. Dustin Ackley - LF 1. Shin-Soo Choo - LF 2. Jose Altuve - 2B 2. Mike Trout - CF 2. Josh Donaldson - 3B 2. Kyle Seager - 3B 2. Elvis Andrus - SS 3. Jason Castro - C 3. Albert Pujols - 1B 3. Jed Lowrie - SS 3. Robinson Cano - 2B 3. Prince Fielder - 1B 4. Chris Carter - 1B 4. Josh Hamilton - LF 4. Yoenis Cespedes - LF 4. Corey Hart - RF 4. Adri

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Baseball's Best Lineup - AL East

The reigning World Series Champs will take the field on opening day sans Jacoby Ellsbury , who jumped ship to the New York Yankees.  Big Papi and Dustin Pedroia will have plenty of opportunities to prove he made a mistake.  Also wearing Pinstripes this season will be Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Brian Roberts  The Baltimore Orioles added Nelson Cruz to their already powerful lineup, while the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays return with similar lineups to last seasons opening day. Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays 1. Nick Markakis - RF 1. Shane Victorino - RF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury - CF 1. David DeJesus - LF 1. Jose Reyes - SS 2. Ryan Flaherty - 3B 2. Daniel Nava - LF 2. Derek Jeter - SS 2. Ben Zobrist - 2B 2. Jose Bautista - RF 3. Chris Davis - 1B 3. Dustin Pedroia - 2B 3. Carlos Beltran - RF 3. Evan Longoria - 3B 3. Edwin Encarnacion - 1B 4. Adam Jones - CF 4. David Ortiz - DH 4. Mark Teixeira - 1B 4. Wil

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Baseball's Best Lineup - AL Central

The biggest offseason move came when the Detroit Tigers sent Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler .  This moved Miguel Cabrera back to 1B and opened up a spot for Nick Castellanos at 3B.  The Kansas City Royals also made a big move, trading for Norichika Aoki to be their leadoff hitter.  The Twins will have a battle at the catcher position for the 1st time in what feels like forever now that Joe Mauer is playing 1B full time and Justin Morneau is in the National League.  Expect Josmil Pinto to end the season with more ABs than Kurt Suzuki .  The White Sox feature a younger lineup adding Adam Eaton , Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson . Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Detroit Tigers Kansas City Royals Minnesota Twins 1. Adam Eaton - CF 1. Michael Bourn - CF 1. Ian Kinsler - 2B 1. Norichika Aoki - RF 1. Alex Presley - CF 2. Alejandro De Aza - LF 2. Nick Swisher - 1B 2. Torii Hunter - RF 2. Omar Infante - 2B 2. Brian Dozier - 2B 3. Jose Dariel Abreu - 1B

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The Blogosphere Picks Teddy Bridgewater

The Blogosphere Picks Teddy Bridgewater

Bbrophy1 made his We Talk Fantasy Sports debut yesterday, with a post on the Houston Texans and the 1st overall draft pick .  Well I decided to take it one step further and look at what hundreds of others are thinking the Texans should do with that pick.  So I found 3 mock draft databases (thanks to Only College Sports ), Walter Football , Eat Drink and Sleep Football and DC Pro Sports Report , took their 100 latest mocks, and counted each pick for Jadeveon Clowney , Johnny Manziel , Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater . Blake Bortles topped both Walter Football and DC Sports Report, but 40 #1 picks for Teddy Bridgewater on EDS puts him #1 overall with 87 mock drafts taking him with the top pick.  Johnny Football received the least amount of votes overall with just 63. Out of a possible 300, one of these four guys was the #1 overall draft pick in all but 5 mock drafts.  Draft Maven gave that spot to Derek Carr and was the only site on Walter Football to go away from th

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What Should the Houston Texans Do?

The NFL off-season can be just as exciting as the regular season, particularly if you're a fan of a bad team.  The off-season represents hope.  Some teams need to find a general manager and/or head coach to start the rebuilding process.  Others are looking for the right offensive or defensive coordinator to fix one side of the ball.  Other teams look to a key free agent to fill a glaring hole.  The NFL draft is the time of the off-season where every team is participating against each other to execute the right draft strategy, to fill the remaining holes and build your team into a perpetual winner. The only logical place to begin discussions regarding the NFL draft is with the #1 pick.  After all, the worst team in the NFL is on the clock as soon as the off-season begins.  In 2014, that "honor" belongs to the Houston Texans.  The first topic of discussion around the worst teams in the league and simultaneously at the top of the draft, is the quarterback position.   Matt

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Best Starting Pitching Staff - NL East

The National League East features two of the best teams in the National League in the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.  It also features a ton of young talented pitchers on all 5 teams as well as big names like Stephen Strasburg and Cliff Lee . The Braves let Tim Hudson sign with the San Francisco Giants and will feature a youth movement.  The Mets will be without Matt Harvey and added Bartolo Colon .   Roy Halladay retired forcing the Phillies to sign A.J. Burnett .  The Marlins have Jose Fernandez and the Nationals added Doug Fister this offseason. Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals Mike Minor Jose Fernandez Bartolo Colon Cliff Lee Stephen Strasburg Kris Medlen Jacob Turner Jon Niese A.J. Burnett Gio Gonzalez Julio Teheran Nathan Eovaldi Dillon Gee Kyle Kendrick Jordan Zimmermann Brandon Beachy Henderson Alvarez Zack Wheeler Miguel Gonzalez Doug Fister Alex Wood Tom Koehler Jenrry Mejia Roberto Hernandez Ross

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Best Starting Pitching Staff - NL Central

The National League Central is as tough a division there is in the MLB.  The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the best organizations in the sport for a while now while the Pittsburgh Pirates are turning their franchise around. The Brewers added Matt Garza in the offseason, the Cardinals continue to roll out arms from the farm system, the Cubbies have done a decent job picking up scraps from the free agent yard, the Reds have had consistency in their rotation, and the Pirates couldn't afford to bring back A.J. Burnett but added Edinson Volquez . Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Samardzija Johnny Cueto Yovani Gallardo Francisco Liriano Adam Wainwright Edwin Jackson Mat Latos Matt Garza Gerrit Cole Shelby Miller Travis Wood Homer Bailey Kyle Lohse Wandy Rodriguez Michael Wacha Jason Hammel Mike Leake Marco Estrada Charlie Morton Lance Lynn James McDonald Tony Cingrani Wily Peralta Edinson Volquez Joe Kelly

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Best Starting Pitching Staff - NL West

The National League West has been rotating division winners for the past decade, except for the Colorado Rockies.  We all know it is about the health of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez that will lead them to the postseason via a division title. The DBacks traded Tyler Skaggs for a bat and added Bronson Arroyo .  The Rockies acquired Brett Anderson .  The Dodgers picked up Dan Haren .  The Padres added Josh Johnson but will be without Cory Luebke .  The Giants have finally shed Barry Zito from their roster and added Tim Hudson . Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Patrick Corbin Jorge De La Rosa Clayton Kershaw Ian Kennedy Matt Cain Brandon McCarthy Jhoulys Chacin Zack Greinke Andrew Cashner Madison Bumgarner Wade Miley Brett Anderson Hyun-Jin Ryu Josh Johnson Tim Lincecum Trevor Cahill Tyler Chatwood Dan Haren Tyson Ross Tim Hudson Bronson Arroyo Franklin Morales Paul Maholm Eric Stults Ryan Vogelsong

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Yahoo Fantasy Baseball ADP Mock Draft

Understanding when to draft certain positions is the key to a great fantasy baseball draft.  This mock draft is based on Yahoo ADP, creates a 10 team league and requires each team draft the following roster: (1) Catcher (1) First Base (1) Second Base (1) Third Base (1) Shortstop (3) Outfielders (3) Pitchers (1) Closer When a team was up to selected and it would have created an invalid roster, players were skipped until the next needed position was available. Round1 Round2 Round3 Round4 Round5 Round6 Mike Trout Adam Jones Adam Wainwright Jose Fernandez Jose Reyes Cole Hamels Miguel Cabrera Hanley Ramirez Carlos Gomez Jason Kipnis Jean Segura Starling Marte Paul Goldschmidt Adrian Beltre Felix Hernandez Dustin Pedroia Chris Sale Allen Craig Andrew McCutchen Yu Darvish Yasiel Puig Justin Verlander David Price Matt Carpenter Clayton Kershaw Joey Votto Giancarlo Stanton Cliff Lee Shin-Soo Choo Ryan Zimmerman Carlos Gonzalez Prince Fielder Step

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