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
We’re down to the money weeks, the semifinal round in most Fantasy Leagues. Let’s take a good look at the injury report. • So, Adrian Peterson (knee) is going to play against Indianapolis. He was ineffective for a game and a half, hasn’t dressed since Week 2. The Vikings have the worst run-blocking unit
• Victor Hedman, Lightning: Often it takes taller defensemen extra time to grow into their skills, and that might be the case with Hedman. Hedman is logging the most ice time of his career, accepting a more physical role, and scoring more on the power play. Forget Buffalo ’66, this year you want to
It’s the fantasy semifinals, amigos. Who are you going to dance with, the big-name brands from August, or the intriguing nobodies who suddenly have fantasy juice?
There are many factors you consider with your fantasy decisions, and your championship decisions, week by week. Talent. System. Recent form. Opponent. Sometimes opponent history applies, if it’s recent enough. Just make sure you don’t overlook health. And make sure you don’t fall for one of the all-time
It’s been hard to find fault with Le’Veon Bell this season. Bell picked a lovely time to have the best fantasy game of the 2016 season. Pittsburgh’s 27-20 victory in snowy Buffalo was all about Bell (meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger was throwing up another road-game stinker).
Is Julio Jones in the circle of trust for Week 14? • Julio Jones is dealing with turf toe and didn’t practice all week. It sounds like Jones will try to play through the malady, but surely won’t be 100 percent.
Justin Schultz, D, Penguins: Not that long ago, Schultz was a pretty big deal. Since then, Schultz has been more hit and miss. Eventually he was moved off the power play, and last year he finished up with the Penguins.
Dombrowski, Boston’s general manager, blew up the Winter Meetings with three notable moves Tuesday, with the Sale move the signature play. The cost was significant: Chicago picked up two glittering farmhands in 2B Yoan Moncada, perhaps the best prospect in baseball, and RHP Michael Kopech. Outfielder
Every NFL week is weird in its own way, but Week 13 was weird with a side of snow. So at least we have that going for us, which is nice.
Drew Brees at the Superdome, you won’t find a surer thing in our fake numbers game. Although Brees garbage-timed his way into 326 yards passing in Sunday’s 28-13 loss to Detroit, it was one of his worst fantasy games in memory. Brees failed to record a home touchdown pass for the first time in 60 games
Will Sammy Watkins be smiling on Sunday? • Sammy Watkins (foot) admits he isn’t 100 percent, but he might try to play at Oakland anyway. Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin won’t play, and Marquise Goodwin has a sore wrist.
Chad Johnson, G, Flames: He’s been hidden for a while, backing up stars and then buried under the Buffalo avalanche last year (though he somehow posted decent stats). Connor McDavid, C, Oilers: Is there finally a cure for Edmonton Disease? McDavid hasn’t wilted under the pressure of the C, jumping