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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: BENAGALS COULD SPLIT CARRIES BETWEEN GIOVANI BERNARD AND JEREMY HILL

                                                    

One of the ongoing themes of this preseason has been the implementation by the Cincinnati Bengals of rookie power back Jeremy Hill to a team that already features the very promising Giovani Bernard in the backfield.  After a terrific third preseason game performance, reports coming out of Cincy indicate that the coaching staff is now considering a split timeshare between Hill and Bernard starting in Week 1.  While Bernard has the better speed and receiving ability, Hill figures to serve as the goal-line and power back.  In addition Hill also has shown he can catch the football as well which further complicates the issue. 

Analysis:  Ugh.  Everyone who invested heavily in Bernard are not going to like this.  There is no doubt Hill has been good and deserves a long look given his ability.  However in fantasy football terms, this is horrible news for Bernard in standard formats.  While Bernard's receiving ability will keep him as a very good RB 2 at the very least in PPR formats, the fact Hill could get the goal-line work and as much as 200 touches is a major problem for the speedster in standard leagues.  While it was looking like Bernard would be the breakout star among the running backs this season when camp started, he now currently has dropped to a RB 2 in all formats. 

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: JOSH GORDON SUSPENDED FOR ALL OF 2014

                                             

The sentence is in and it is a harsh one for Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon as he found out on Wednesday he would be suspended for the entire 2014 season due to a rash of violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.   There was some hope that Gordon would be able to escape with as little as an 8-game ban but the appeal held up the initial ruling by the league.

Analysis:  Everyone who took a late round shot on Gordon can now safely drop him.  It is a real bummer that Gordon won't be seen at all in 2014 as he was arguably the most dominant receiver in the game last season.  Unfortunately he just couldn't keep his nose clean just one season away from free agency.  Harsh lesson learned.  The end result is that Jordan Cameron will likely be heavily featured in the Browns passing attack.



 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: TRADE FOR TIM WRIGHT NOT INDICATIVE OF 'GRONK NOT PLAYING IN WEEK 1

                                            

ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the New England Patriots trade for tight end Tim Wright does not play any role in the availability of Rob Gronkowski for Week 1.  While the trade was the rare blockbuster during training camp, Schefter continues to report that Gronkowski remains on track to be ready for Week 1 and that Wright will serve the Aaron Hernandez role in the offense.

Analysis:  Gronk looks like he is ready to go which is terrific news for those who bought low on him in their drafts.  Meanwhile Wright instantly gains some significant fantasy football value as Hernandez was a huge weapon in the offense before his career hit the gutter due to his murder charge. 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: LAMAR MILLER TO START WEEK 1 FOR 'FINS

                                              

The Miami Dolphins will go with Lamar Miller and not Knowshon Moreno to start the team's Week 1 opener according to a team source.  This comes as head coach Joe Philbin said on Wednesday that Miller remains ahead of Moreno in the team's running back pecking order. 

Analysis:  Interesting.  Moreno really did not make a good first impression in Miami with his awful offseason shape and showing up to camp hurt.  Still Miller has not exactly lit the world on fire in his time in the saddle and Moreno is almost guaranteed to be on the field in all third-down plays.  Investing in either one as anything more than a bench RB 3 is a dicey proposition. 

 

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FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: JORGE SOLER OUTFIELDER CHICAGO CUBS

It is very rare that you get a crown jewel hitting prospect promoted this late in the summer but that exactly the situation that is at hand when the Chicago Cubs summoned their top outfield gem Jorge Soler late Tuesday night.  With the Cubs in clear rebuilding mode, now was the perfect time for the team to get a quick look at the 22-year-old hitting stud.  Soler's promotion absolutely is an actionable move for those fantasy baseball owners who have not already moved over to fantasy football and the tools the kid brings to the table are enticing indeed.
 
As far as Soler's minor league numbers are concerned, Double-A proved to be well below his hitting standards from the start of the season as he hit a ridiculous .415 with 6 home runs in only 79 at-bats.  Surely seeing that Soler needed an uptick in the quality of opposing pitching, the Cubs promoted him to Triple A where he hit a much lower .282 but slammed 8 home runs in only 127 at-bats.  If you do the extrapolating game, one can easily see that Soler has power that is burgeoning fast and his future as a 30 home run guy seems like it is only a matter of when and not if.  The K rate is a bit high as we see out of many young sluggers, with Soler falling between the 20-to-23 percent on the farm but he successfully counters that with walk rates that are also very good between 13-and-15 percent.  This is a power hitting prospect all the way as Soler has not shown much in the way of speed yet and comparisons to Yoenis Cespedes seem perfectly on point.  As we said earlier Soler is a guy you want to pick up and see where this goes as the future is bright.  The Cubs will give Soler every opportunity to claim an outfield job for next season and than it is sit back time and watch his development.  He will be a good one before you know it.
 
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

The receivers are up next as we update the 2014 fantasy football position rankings for the last time before the season begins.  Let's see where this group stands with the all-important third preseason game in the rearview mirror.

1.  Calvin Johnson:  As incredibly dominant as Johnson is, it wouldn't shock me if Demaryuis Thomas finished with better numbers.
2.  Demaryuis Thomas:  See above.
3.  Dez Bryant:  Have settled firmly on Bryant as the number 3 wideout ahead of A.J. Green as Scott Linehan as his OC should have him threaten the 100-catch mark for the first time in his career.
4.  A.J. Green:  Will still have tremendous numbers no matter if run-loving Hue Jackson is in town.
5.  Brandon Marshall:  Still the better bet to lead Bears in catchers despite emergence of Alshon Jeffery.  Touchdowns are another matter though.
6.  Julio Jones:  Looks completely healthy and ready to dominate.  As long as his body holds up which is always a shaky proposition.
7.  Jordy Nelson
8.  Antonio Brown:  Another 100 catches likely which is huge in PPR but lacks the TDs of some of the other top guys.
9.  Alshon Jeffery
10. Randall Cobb:  I see 90 catches from this slot dynamo.
11. Keenan Allen
12. Andre Johnson:  No matter who is at QB, this PPR monster will continue to rack up the catches and yards.  Not the scores though.
13. Victor Cruz
14. Roddy White:  Love the bounce back potential of a healthy White in a big time passing offense.  Still has gas left in the tank.
15. Vincent Jackson:  Never as high on Jackson as others are due to the fact his numbers tend to fluctuate from game-to-game and he lacks PPR upside.
16. Larry Fitzgerald
17. Pierre Garcon:  Don't pay for Garcon's 2013 career season.  Lots more mouths to feed in this offense for 2014.
18. Michael Crabtree
19. Julian Edelman:  Could lose 10 catches or so with a fully healthy Rob Gronkowski but Edelman is ready to hold down his place as the new Wes Welker in the New England Patriots offense.
20. Michael Floyd
21. Emmanuel Sanders:  With Wes Welker already having concussions problems, Sanders could turn out to be a monster PPR threat in the offense.
22. Kendall Wright:  Development of Justin Hunter has me more nervous about Wright than I did two weeks ago.  Should still at least be a good PPR help. 
23. Jeremy Maclin
24. Marques Colston:  Still like Colston a whole lot as talk of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
25. Reggie Wayne
26. Percy Harvin
27. Cordarelle Patterson
28. Mike Wallace
29. Wes Welker:  Not a misprint as Welker has already suffered another concussion and could be facing retirement soon.
30. Anquan Boldin
31. DeSean Jackson
32. Brandin Cooks
33. Golden Tate
34. T.Y. Hilton
35. Torrey Smith
36. Eric Decker
37. Terrance Williams
38. Mike Evans
39. Hakeem Nicks
40. Sammy Watkins
41. Cecil Shorts
42. Jordan Matthews
43. Riley Cooper
44. Dwayne Bowe
45. Andre Caldwell
46. Steve Smith
47. Reuben Randle
48. Danny Amendola
49. James Jones
50. DeAndre Hopkins
51. Greg Jennings
52. Tavon Austin
53. Kenny Stills
54. Markus Wheaton
55. Brian Hartline
56. Rod Streater
57. Harry Douglas
58. Mike Williams
59. Jarrett Boykin
60. Aaron Dobson

 

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Andrew McCutchen:  3/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .309.  To think I ever told you to draft Carlos Gonzalez over this guy.  Not my best work.

Pedro Alvarez:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .234.  Even the Pirates are fed up with the .230 average.  I have been since he first arrived.

Francisco Liriano:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.98.  Yeah he is doing it again.  After washing out in the first half, Liriano has been money since the summer began.  Which means he is going to reclaim some draft value for next season and have a 6.00 ERA by the end of next April.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/3 with his 33rd HR while hitting .299.  Stanton is pretty much on pace to finish with the hallowed 40 home run mark.  And unless he goes into a massive slump, hit .290.  Truth be told the latter number is what we all are pleasantly happy about.

Ryan Braun:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .282.  Well this is what we have now with Braun off the steroids.  He is now a .280 hitter with 20-23 home run pop and declining speed.  If Braun is not the poster boy for the powers of steroids than I don't know who is.

Aramis Ramirez:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .307.  The home run rate is now finally slipping at the age of 36 so no surprise but the bat speed is still solid which is why ARAM is hitting .307.  I feel however that this is the last season to own Ramirez as a starter.  Know when to fold 'em.

Kyle Lohse:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Same old story for Lohse who should go into the Hall of Fame as an "SP 5." 

Jake Peavy:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Perhaps no other pitcher in today's game has  had his value qualifies more based on his home locale. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Samardzjia needed this after two rough starts.  The Astros are no longer pushovers so he earned it.  Be that as it may, the move to the AL has not been a completely smooth one which is something to keep in mind for 2015.

Chris Carter:  1/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .227.  With Adam Dunn likely to retire, enter fantasy baseball's new "Dave Kingman King."

Josh Reddick:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .256.  Yeah all those home runs Reddick hit a few seasons ago seem to be moving permanently into the "outlier" file.

Nick Markakis:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .285.  Markakis is now that guy who you pick up off waivers or draft in one of the last few rounds where you stick him in the OF 3 slot and don't look back.

Chris Davis:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .190.  Chris Davis has been so abominable this season that he can't even take the "Dave Kingman King" title from Chris Carter.

Steve Pearce:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .289.  I don't know about you but I am riding this Steve Pearce Train all the way to the end of September. 

J.J. Hardy:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .282.  The baseball was sailing out of the park in such ridiculous fashion last night that even Hardy homered.

Jake Odorizzi:  8 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.23.  YES!!!!!  Keep getting hammered Odorizzi so I can steal you in the draft next spring.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.41.  Remind me next June to trade for Chris Tillman.

James Shields:  6 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 3.45.  Now is a perfect time to revisit the "James Shields Is A Bust For 2015" post I did a few weeks ago. 

Michael Pineda:  6.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.95.  Either Pineda is hiding the pine tar really well or he continues to be a terrific pitching value on the odd times he is healthy.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .280.  Yeah he is not going to reach 20 home runs but Ellsbury overall has been everything we thought he would be in his first Yankee season.  And here we are almost in September and he has not hit the DL. 

Anthony Rendon:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .276.  I think Rendon can hit 30 home runs with a .300 average as soon as next season.  Mark it down.  

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .290.  Yeah this is why I love Ramos so much.  Terrific potential but the body never goes along with the script. 

Jimmy Rollins:  1/4 with his 27th SB while hitting .240.  Those who have sworn off Rollins like I have would need to admit that the 16 home runs and 27 steals are shockingly great.  The man is not going away without a fight.

A.J. Burnett:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.30.  Not sure why the guy thought of retiring last winter but few pitchers are as dominant when everything is working right. 

Dustin Pedroia:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .280.  Pedroia's bat is showing better signs this summer but overall the guy has gone bust in a major way.  Not even sure where I will place him in the second baseman rankings next season but his days as even a third round pick are finished.

Mookie Betts:  1/3 with his second HR and fourth SB while hitting .258.  Well since we have seen the Red Sox trade away everything not nailed down, maybe Betts can get more than an at-bat or two he seemingly got the last time around.  Still like the potential here as the kid will have a firm slot on the 2015 sleeper roster.

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: WES WELKER (CONCUSSION) NOT THINKING ABOUT RETIRING

                                                 
 
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker, having suffered his thirds concussion in the last three to go with more from earlier in his career, has not even considered the thought of retirement according to team reports.  Welker suffered a concussion on a hard hit by Houston Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger last weekend and the team has not said publicly how much time he will miss with Week 1 quickly approaching.
 
Analysis:  Welker really should start thinking this through as he could become another statistic if he is not careful.  You can forget about Welker turning a profit this season as his days of 100 catches are history and his health is a constant issue.  I wouldn't touch the guy unless someone was giving him away. 
 
 

2014 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED TIGHT END RANKINGS

With Rob Gronkowski looking like he is going to be ready for Week 1, let's take a look at how the tight end rankings look with the season on tap.

1.  Jimmy Graham:  Already looks in mid-season form with some big exhibition performances.
2.  Julius Thomas:  As long as the ankle holds up, Thomas is set to even better his already excellent stats from last season.
3.  Rob Gronkowski:  We all know on talent along Gronk could be the number 1 guy among all tight ends.  There is the rub though as Gronkowski always has health concerns hovering over him constantly but at least he looks like he will be available for Week 1 which is significant. 
4.  Jordan Cameron:  Cameron is ready to be the main threat in a very thin collection of Cleveland Brown receivers.  The fact he did his bets work with Brian Hoyer who gets the Week 1 start is a bonus.
5.  Jason Witten:  Old reliable.
6.  Vernon Davis:  The 49ers offense looks horrible and relying on the extreme TD output Davis had in 2013 is always a very volatile stat to depend on.  Not in the league of the guys listed above him when it comes to catches.
7.  Jordan Reed:  Here is me predicting Reed stays healthy and has a huge breakout campaign.
8. Kyle Rudolph:  We all know Norv Turner loves throwing to the tight end.  Set for a career season. 
9.  Greg Olsen
10. Dennis Pitta
11. Zach Ertz:  Could make the jump this season that Jordan Cameron did a year ago.  Looking like a major red zone weapon and safety net for Nick Foles.
12. Charles Clay
13. Antonio Gates
14. Travis Kelce
15. Martellus Bennett
16. Jace Amaro
17. Heath Miller:  Always there in a pinch when needed.  Still a very good player.
18. Ladarius Green
19. Eric Ebron
20. Coby Fleener:  Could get squeezed some with Dwayne Allen back.
21. Tyler Eifert
22. Garrett Graham
23. Delanie Walker

 

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FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: STEVAN RIDLEY COULD BE CUT BY PATRIOTS

                                           
 
ESPN Boston is reporting that there is some talk out of New England regarding the thought of possibly cutting RB Stevan Ridley loose due to his awful ball-security issues and lack of trust from head coach Bill Belichick.  Ridley played very limited snaps in the team's third preseason game when most starter's go into the third quarter which further lends credence to the speculation.  With rookie James White and veterans Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen around, Ridley may not be missed as much as some think.
 
Analysis:  Wow.  Ridley would last not even a day before someone picks him up but his 1,200-plus yard 2012 campaign is quickly becoming a distant memory under a hail of fumbles.  Bolden would likely move into the starting lineup and not White who has struggled this preseason if this does come down the way ESPN is reporting.  Belichick of course could just be playing some mind games here but those who bought into a bounce back campaign out of Ridley are not liking what they are hearing.
 
 

FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: MATT CASSEL BEATS OUT TEDDY BRIDGEWATER FOR STRATING QB JOB

                                                

Matt Casssel and not rookie Teddy Bridgewater will start for the Minnesota Vikings under center for Week 1 after a training camp battle that slanted toward the veteran's direction.  Both Casssel and Bridgewater played very well in the preseason, with the Louisville rookie sporting a 4/0 TD/INT ratio.  However it was widely assumed Bridgewater needed to drastically outplay Cassel to earn the job which was not the case as the former New England Patriot and Kansas City Chiefs veteran logged 367 yards and two scores with 1 INT in his preseason outings.

Analysis:  Norv Turner as the OC makes any QB at least mildly interesting but we have seen the Cassel Show before and it is not overly impressive.  While the Vikes can win a few games with Cassel, this has all the makings of a classic "keep the seat warm" situation before Bridgewater gets in there. 

 

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Alexei Ramirez:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .285.  As the season has gone on, Ramirez' average has sunk to where it should be after being well above .300 for awhile.  Another prime example of how guys in the prime almost always end up where they should be in the average department.  Still the uptick in power and the holding steady steals have made Ramirez a very good value play this season. 
 
Conor Gillespie:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .303.  Gillespie has found himself onto more than a few rosters post-All Star Break as he has hit nicely.  The power is light though which is not what you want from the third base spot.  Works best as a day off fill-in or injury replacement.
 
Brian McCann:  1/1 with his 15th HR while hitting .235.  If going to the Yankees is not going to prop up McCann's sagging since 2010 batting average, than nothing will.  Start to move McCann well down the catcher rankings to the bottom portion of the top ten.
 
Chris Sale:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.03.  The life of an ace pitching for a miserable team as Sale didn't get the hurt due to a bullpen explosion of the highest order. 
 
Billy Butler:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .277.  Butler's power finally showed up after a three-month vacation but at the 15-20 rate and not the 29 outlier of all outliers from a few seasons ago.  Still Butler has fallen to the point he is now barely draftable.
 
Andrew McCutchen:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .305.  McCutchen's owners are lucky they got him back as quickly as they did.  No slippage to speak of this season which is all you can ask for our of your first round pick.
 
Starling Marte:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .276.  Marte was always miscast as a leadoff guy and being in the AL would be better for him.  However now that he was moved out of the pressure of being in the leadoff slot, Marte has done his best work.  Sometimes it is that simple. 
 
Mike Fiers:  7 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.54.  Someone should be fired in the Milwaukee front office for not having the guy in the rotation from the start.  What Fiers is doing right now is ridiculous and is the stuff of second half legend so great is his dominance.  His delivery has always been funky enough to fool hitters despite not having top end speed on his heater.  One of the best difference-makers of the second half bar none.
 
Chris Archer:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.09.  Archer has been money in the bank for the second half of the season just like he did a year earlier.  That is the type of split you want as original owners like myself cut him loose in May and than someone else picks him up from August on and takes their league.
 
Trevor Bauer:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.18.  I know we have said it a million times already but maybe the light bulb has finally gone on.  The K potential is immense here and if in fact Bauer has figured something out, the sky is the limit in fantasy baseball parlance.  Very interested to see how he finishes things out.
 
Evan Gattis:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .276.  If you can get 20 home runs from your catcher than you did great.  Anything else from than on is a bonus.
 
Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .279.  Frazier is putting the finishing touches on a truly monstrous breakout season.  Top five all the way at third base next year and a late second round pick draft grade is also possible.
 
Ian Desmond:  2/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .247.  Clearly a step back with the average but Desmond has filled up the power/speed stats all season so not too much quibbling.  The most overlooked excellent part of his game however is the ultimate durability he brings among an injur-plagued group.
 
Bryce Harper:  2/5 with his seventh HR while hitting .265.  One has to wonder where Harper will be drafted next season after two disappointing years in a row.  The holes in the swing continue to get pounded by opposing pitchers but Harper remains incredibly young and capable of a massive bustout at a moment's notice.  Unfortunately the name value still vastly outstrips the production which is always a lose-lose proposition in fantasy baseball.
 
Steven Pearce:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .287.  Pearce is on another one of those power runs so get him back in the lineup if he has been on your bench.
 
Tsyioshi Wada:  6.1 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.56.  Took a no-hitter into the seventh as Wada is yet another Chicago Cub starter who has been money.  It actually is quite amazing if you go back and look at the collective staff ERA's and WHIP's from the Cubbies.  Wada has a nice combination of control and K potential which is all you can ask bare minimum.  Pick him up.
 
Victor Martinez:  3/6 with his 25th HR while hitting .328.  Victor Martinez is hitting .328 with 25 home runs.  Another let it sink it moment. 
 
Rajai Davis:  2/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .280.  Damn I dropped him yesterday after the doubleheader tease since he played in only one of the two games.  For a guy known for his wheels, Davis has always been able to pop some odd home runs.
 
Justin Masterson:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 7.43.  NL or AL it doesn't matter.  This guy is pure garbage.
 
Lucas Duda:  3/5 with 2 home runs (26 for season) while hitting .260.  This is not Billy Butler outlier power surge going on here as the massive Duda is extremely powerful and made to be a slugging first baseman.  While the average will always leave something to be desired, Duda is now fully on board as a top ten fantasy baseball first baseman which is something no one could have foreseen in April.
 
Travis D'Arnaud:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .228.  Hitting almost .280 since his demotion with power.   The first half was so rough that D'Arnaud will still come at a discounted price in 2015 where he will fit right in with my post-hype sleeper plan.
 
Bartolo Colon:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.82.  Why the Angels have not already completed a trade for the guy is a massive mystery.
 
Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .308.  I really can't wait until Arenado is on my roster in the third base slot next season.  Count on it.