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Monday, September 17, 2018

THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS IS A-CHANGING

Right off the bat I want to say that I am not going anywhere.  Far from it in fact.  However what I can say today is that The Fantasy Sports Boss will be changing and for what I think is for the better.  The first thing that will be different going forward is that the website will be no more or at least only used for special occasions.  The amount of work that needs to be put in daily on the site since its inception 9 years ago has become quite the chore and the cost to do everything involved has also developed into a burden as well.  While the site was the original ground zero debut of The Fantasy Sports Boss, you all have probably noticed my increase in the use of Twitter at @RotoBoss over the last year.  With my Twitter following growing quickly in that span, I felt this avenue was so much more efficient and a better resource to get the latest fantasy baseball and fantasy football news items and analysis out to you in the quickest manner.  It also allows me to connect directly to the audience as well as many of you exchange with me on a daily basis.  That has lessened the need for the website and in fact makes it kind of pointless in the sense features placed on there are just long-hand versions of what I am saying on Twitter.  So with that said, The Fantasy Sports Boss website will go into hibernation and maybe extinction while I ramp up my presence on Twitter and it will also allow me to delve into posting more Podcasts as well which I think is a plus.  In addition, some other things that WON'T change:

-My annual Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Football, and NFL Draft Guides will still be produced and made better than ever every season.  They will be sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and also through my personal bookstore online.

-When fantasy baseball season comes around, the daily WRAPUP will live on.  Each morning I will post a link with the daily wrapup which was the feature that first put us on the map.  So don't worry my fantasy baseball friends.  It is not going anywhere.

-My access to you.  Follow me on Twitter @RotoBoss and you are just a click away from me answering any question you have.

So while we are changing a bit, I think it is for the better and so yours truly is not leaving you by any means.  It will just be a different forum but as they say, sometimes change is good.  I do want to thank all of you for putting this site on the map and making us the success we have turned out to be.  We couldn't have done it without you.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: DANNY AMENDOLA EXITS WITH UPPER BODY INJURY

Miami Dolphins wideout Danny Amendola was forced out of the team's Sunday game versus the New York Jets after suffering an apparent upper body injury.  Amendola took a hellacious shot to the chest after hauling in a second quarter pass and was in immediate pain while staying down writhing on the ground.  He was tended to by trainers and then exited the field.

Analysis:  Amendola is no stranger to injury and this looked to be a big hit.  Maybe Amendola got the wind knocked out of him but stay tuned for an update.

UPDATE:  Amendola was taken to the tent on the sidelines to possibly be evaluated for a concussion. 


2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES RB JAY AJAYI HEADS TO LOCKER ROOM WITH LEG INJURY

Coming off a big Week 1 performance, Philadelphia Eagles starting RB Jay Ajayi was forced out of the team's game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an apparent leg/knee injury.  Ajayi went out after taking a six-yard loss on an early carry and then was in clear pain as he quickly went to the locker room.  

Analysis:  This did not look good at all so already we have to wonder if Ajayi is seriously hurt.  Remember he has a bone-on-bone condition on one of his knees so it could be related.  Either way, Corey Clement now looks like a big potential add this week.  


2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 2 ISSUES: OPEN SEASON ON TITANS OFFENSE

Wow things are already looking downright putrid for the Tennessee Titans offense as they are down not one, not two, but now THREE offensive tackles for Sunday's game versus the ferocious pass rush of the Houston Texans and with tight end Delanie Walker done for the year and QB Marcus Mariota unable to adequately grip the football, this could get downright ugly.  Last night it was backup Titans tackle Dennis Kelly who ended up in the hospital with some sort of virus which follows the loss to starters Jack Conklin (knee) and Taylor Lewan (concussion) that has forced the team to turn to the practice squad to fill the ranks along the starting line.  With Jadeveon Clowney, J.J. Watt, and company licking their chops, those who own the Texans defense have as good a matchup as possible.  Just look away Tennessee fans as it will be comical out there. 






2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL LINEUP WATCH: AARON RODGERS (KNEE) TO START SUNDAY

                                                                

Despite missing almost the entire week of practice, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will START Sunday versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Analysis:  This is a matchup that doesn't make you feel good if you are a Rodgers owner like yours truly is.  The Vikings defense is very capable of knocking Rodgers out early and making this knee situation even worse and also the running part of his game figures to be non-existent as well which is another negative.  I picked up Case Keenum this past week off waivers and am tempted to start him versus the woeful Raiders as a hedge but will likely play this out in my mind until 1:00.  Way too many things can go wrong here.  

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: PRIME CHANCE FOR TEVIN COLEMAN TO PUSH DEVONTA FREEMAN ASIDE

It has become increasingly clear over the last season or so that Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman might have reached a tipping point with his all-out hard-charging running style given the fact that he is now slated to miss the next 2-3 games with a knee injury.  Already having a history of concussions that go back to his college days, Freeman will miss games for the second season in a row due to knee trouble.  Still just 26, Freeman was knocked a bit coming out of college due to an upright running style that makes him a big target to hit by defenders and perhaps now we are seeing the physical fallout.  What this means now is that backup Tevin Coleman has a prime chance to shine and show what he could do for an extended run and this carries with it some terrific upside given the fact he has the ability to start for most teams in the NFL.  Coleman is a very good combination of speed and pass-catching ability and he should be graded as a strong RB 2 for the time that Freeman is out.  Also like in New Orleans with Alvin Kamara playing over the suspended Mark Ingram, Coleman has the chance to steal the gig if he can light things up.  Since Coleman is fresh with not a lot of wear on his tires, we like his chances to at least be an impact player for the next few weeks while Freeman is out. 


Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL POSTSCRIPT: CLAY BUCHHOLZ SP ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Count longtime veteran starter Clay Buchholz as another member of the pitching "reinvention" club as the 2014-17 punching bag turned in what can only be described as a surprisingly very good 98.1 innings with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.  Things didn't start off so hot in 2018 for Buchholz however as he was forced to accept a minor league deal with Kansas City as a last resort effort to hang around in the majors and even that failed as he got his release on May 1st after the rebuilding Royals decided they had no use for him.  It was when Buchholz signed a minor league pact with the Arizona Diamondbacks soon after his Royals release that the statistical planets aligned for the righty as he shockingly pitched to a splendid 2.01 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and a .217 BAA.  Buchholz pitched so well and so in control (2.01 BB/9) that is hard to even believe this was the same pitcher who almost nobody wanted to even look at prior to the start of the 2018 season.  Having previously lost his strikeout ability (pathetic K/9 rates under 7.00 in three of his previous four MLB campaigns), Buchholz made it a point to rely more on his offspeed stuff and pitch to contact at a higher rate than ever before with Arizona.  Things obviously worked out for the better as Buchholz actually became a big mid-season add in fantasy baseball leagues given his string of dominant outings during the summer before the fun ended in mid-September due to a strained elbow.  Now it does need to be noted that Buchholz' .255 BABIP was well into the lucky range but even his FIP (3.40) and XIP (4.00) ERA's were very good to decent enough respectively.  We worry more about Buchholz' very small margin for error going forward due to the fact his average fastball velocity sank to a career-worst 90.7 last season despite all his positive results.  Thus, it is imperative Buchholz continue down his pitching-to-contact path and that old home run troubles don't resurface.  Finally, considering his age (35 this August) and increased propensity for getting injured, Buchholz should only be graded as an SP 5 for fantasy baseball purposes in 2019.  While it was a fun story last season, we suggest you not go out of your way hoping for an encore.
2019 PROJECTION:  9-7 3.97 ERA 1.22 WHIP 143 K