Is Kevin Gausman too trendy for 2017? While some ballparks couldn’t hack it into a third decade — looking at you, Turner Field — Oriole Park at Camden Yards remains one of the jewels of the American League. Baltimore’s downtown park stands as a lovely place to grab a ballgame, enjoy a bite and a drink
February is zipping through at a rapid rate. Soon, snow will be melting, temps will be rising, and our full fantasy attention will be on the diamond.
The last 11 years have been a renaissance for Detroit baseball. The Tigers have five playoff appearances over that span, including two visits to the World Series. Alas, the Bengals were never able to quite get over the hump, never able to present owner Mike Illitch with a World Series trophy to go with
Evander Kane, LW, Sabres: He’s never been the most consistent of forwards, but Kane is firing the puck with regularly (65 shots over the last month, tops in the NHL) and continuing to collide into things (38 PIMs). The one looming question — does Buffalo view Kane as a long-term building block, or will
Is Carlos Gomez back in the circle of trust? All things considered, it’s been a tidy little run for the Texas Rangers. Although Houston is a little more trendy in the early betting pools (and Pecota projections) for 2017, the Rangers have an excellent chance to make the playoffs again.
Super Bowl 51 is in the books, and it was one for the ages. We gotta talk some football, man. Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here with your Monday leftovers, a full audit of all things Falcon and Patriot. We’ll talk stats, strategies, heroic plays and critical mistakes. They’ll also talk about
Seth Jones, D, Blue Jackets: You have to be patient with young defensemen, especially the bigger kids. Just because Jones was the fourth overall pick in 2013 doesn’t mean he was going to toy with the league right out of the box. Confidence manifests in other ways — Jones is on pace for new bests in
Despite having Mike Trout in tow for the last five full seasons, it hasn’t done the Angels much good. The Angels have just one playoff appearance in the Trout Era, a three-game wipeout to the Royals in 2014. Things were especially bleak last year, when the club fell to 74-88 despite Trout’s second
The Super Bowl matchup is set, and it’s a doozy. The Falcons ran the NFC, assembling one of the best offenses of all time. And the Patriots are a well-known bully in the AFC, going to the seventh Super Bowl of the Brady-Belichick era.
After a three-year run of playoff appearances, everything went wrong for the Pirates in 2016. A collection of slumps and injuries crashed their record to 78-83, a 20-win drop from the previous season. And if you made a fantasy investment, you felt the pain, too. Andrew McCutchen had the worst season,
Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, Rangers: The Blueshirts wanted to ease Buchnevich into action, returning from a back injury, but he’s been so consistent and productive, that plan went into the garbage. Buchnevich has a nifty 2-4-6 line since returning four games ago, settling in on the second line and getting
Meet the new Rockies, same as the old Rockies. Colorado remains the simplest franchise for a fantasy player. The Rockies are the National League’s highest-scoring team for the 2010s, and they also own the worst ERA in the majors over that period.
The NFC gave us points. The AFC gave us a grittier version of things. End result, we have a loaded Final Four in the NFL, and any potential Super Bowl matchup should be a blast.
• Victor Hedman, D, Lightning: Tall defensemen often need extra time to develop, so it wasn’t a surprise when Hedman’s career breakthrough didn’t happen until his fifth year. The goal spike is probably tied to a little puck luck — his highest shooting percentage — but Hedman is also on pace for an absurd
Although the Red Sox were quickly bounced form the 2016 playoffs, then lost David Ortiz to retirement, expectations are sky high for the new season. Boston is currently the favorite to win the AL Pennant, per the betting pools, and only the World Champion Cubs have lower World Series odds. The blockbuster
If you like home teams and big favorites, the Wild Card round was perfection. If you prefer competitive and compelling football, not so much.
• Nick Foligno, LW/RW, Blue Jackets: Columbus apparently is never going to lose again (the winning streak stands at 16), so we generally crank out at least one Jacket in our look around the league. Foligno has plenty to promote. The current setting is nifty, too, a spot on the Columbus first line,
To the disbelief of Moras everywhere, the NFL playoffs are here. And the fantasy doesn’t end at this time of year; there’s still stuff to play for.
Doug Martin received a four-game suspension this week and Charles Sims was put on injured reserve. Rodgers is an interesting DFS punch at $17, in line for plenty of work against a Carolina defense that’s minus ILB Luke Kuechly.
For most fantasy players, 2016 is in the books. Maybe you’re covered in confetti, savoring a championship run, printing hats and DVDs. Maybe you’re covered in regret, cursing a failed sleeper pick here, or an ill-fated start-sit call there.
Start with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, a good place as any to start. Rodgers kick-started his season — and Green Bay’s — around Week 7, and he’s been letter-perfect for several games. The Vikings know all about that, as Rodgers threw a brilliant 347 yards and four touchdowns at them Saturday, in a
No pressure, amigos. If you pick wrong, you lose. Here’s your injury and status check-in. • Although the Cowboys wrapped up the NFC’s No. 1 seed after the Giants lost at Philadelphia on Thursday, I would be flabbergasted if Dallas made any major adjustments to personnel and usage for Monday’s game against
It’s the end of the rainbow, Week 16, Championship Week. It’s a matter of trust. Can we use Bilal Powell and Robby Anderson despite the Jets being a 16-point underdog? Will Tyreek Hill, Taylor Gabriel and Tyler Lockett keep scoring on limited opportunity? Are we all in on Ty Montgomery? Did Davante Adams
• Frank Gore went for 115 total yards at Minnesota, sparking the Colts to a 34-6 blowout. T.Y. Hilton was capped at 45 yards receiving, while Phillip Dorsett and Erik Swoope scored touchdowns. Adrian Peterson (6-22 rushing, 1-1 receiving, one fumble lost) was a complete pothole, hitting the bench early