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Player Profile #135: Gregory Polanco | OF | PIT

Gregory Polanco is an impressive prospect, all 6’4, 220 pounds of him. He’s demonstrated great peripherals stats, particularly his K and BB rates, at every level of the minors and has been delivering in all five fantasy categories at each stop since tearing up A-ball in 2012 (.325/.388/.522, 84 R, 16 HR, 85 RBI, 40 SB). Last year the hype surrounding Polanco reached its critical...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Season Review: Arizona Cardinals Touches, Targets and Team Summary

Be it related to football, or any topic of interest there are endless examples of cases that support old axioms and cases that disprove them… you just have to look hard enough. Opponents of the 3rd year wide receiver breakout need look no further than Michael Floyd‘s 2014 campaign to find supportive evidence for their claims. After a 66-1054 2013 season, Floyd regressed statistically...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Season Review: Tennessee Titans Touches, Targets and Team Summary

Throughout the month of January we’ll be rolling out a thorough review on touch, target and workload data from all 32 NFL teams in an effort to paint a complete picture of the 2014 fantasy football season and turn our attention to what things like (in the early part of the offseason) for 2015. Much will change, but understanding the relative workload distribution can go a long...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #136: Shin-Soo Choo | OF | TEX

Last year Shin-Soo Choo ranked 20th in our Top 200 Countdown. Coming off a season in which he scored 107 runs with 21 HR, 54 RBI, 20 SB, and a .285/.423/.461 slash line, there was no reason to expect him to falter. His K% and BB% that year were the best and second-best of his career, respectively, and he was going to Texas! Well, last year with Texas Choo scored half as many runs...
Via Baseball Professor
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Luminescent Lithuanian Shows Us A Glimmer

Awwwwww, yeah!  Yeah J-Val.  Gimme a little peek.  Gimme a little glimmer of hope! Oh man, was it a tale of two halves for the Raptors last night!  They were lobbin' shizz all over the place like they were the Globetrotters against the...  Who do they play again?  That they always beat?  Oh yeah, the Knicks, like they were the Globetrotters against the Knicks.  Kyle Lowry...
Via Razzball Basketball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #137: Charlie Blackmon | OF | COL

Skill is, of course, really important, but time and time again we’ve witnessed players with less skill, outperform more gifted players for no other reason than the context in which they are playing. It’s not necessarily luck that I’m referring to, but rather an acceptance that a sizable portion of a player’s fantasy goodness depends on their opportunity. Perhaps above all...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #138: Matt Adams | 1B | STL

What a weird year for Matt Adams and his fantasy owners. He wasn’t totally disappointing. He finished as the 19th-best 1B and 142nd overall according to ESPN’s Player Rater. That’s not far from what we predicted for Adams in 2014, but like most prognosticators we predicted more power and a lower average for Adams than what he had. It’s understandable when you consider...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #139: Brandon Belt | 1B | SF

Do you buy the potential or do you fear the park? That’s what will decide which side of the Brandon Belt fence you’re standing on, and it’s not an easy question to answer. Belt has been the subject of much debate around these pages. Adam Nodiff and Jake Devereaux, our two Profcast hosts, are Belt believers. George Fitopoulos and myself are not. Conversely, Adam and Jake dislike...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Howard Tears His Groin; Pick Up Petr Mrazek Everywhere

Jimmy Howard, G (2 SV, 1 GA, 3 SA, .667%) has the worst luck. Just hours after he was named to the 2015 All-Star Game in a rebound season he was caught out of position, slid back against the post to try and stop a wrap around chance and suffering a slight groin tear in the process. He didn’t stop the shot and allowed a goal, too. After an MRI revealed the slight tear the initial...
Via Razzball Hockey
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #140: Yordano Ventura | SP | KC

I can say without a doubt that there was no starting pitcher whose starts were more of an event for me during the 2014 season than those by the electric young rookie, Yordano Ventura. It’s not that Ventura exhibited pinpoint control like Johnny Cueto or possessed supreme breaking pitches like Corey Kluber — it was the power of his fastball. During Ventura’s rookie campaign...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Bagwell’s Case for the Hall of Fame

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images If I may indulge in the Hall of Fame again this offseason, we find that the Hall of Fame is ground zero in the debate between numbers and conventional wisdom. In the many debates I had online, none was more intense than the debate over my hometown hero Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell may not be ground zero himself in this debate, but he’s pretty darn...
Via The Fantasy Fix
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Season Review: Houston Texans Touches, Targets and Team Summary

Andre Johnson played 15 games for Houston this year after holding out during training camp, but the changing of the guard took place nevertheless. Sophomore teammate DeAndre Hopkins played 82 more snaps and produced (more than) 150 more yards than the veteran. Johnson still led the team in targets and catches, mind you, with an 141/85 line besting Hopkins’ 120/76 totals, but the...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #141: Alcides Escobar | SS | KC

It’s back-to-back-to-back Royals in our Top 200 Countdown! Coming in at 141 is Royals’ shortstop Alcides Escobar whose career, in terms of both raw stats and fan sentiment, I’ll sum up in one chart: Who the heck is Escobar! In 2012 we all began looking at Escobar as a potential draft day target in almost all fantasy formats. (And if you weren’t, you should have been.)...
Via Baseball Professor
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Left Side! Strong Side! Whiteside!

Who doesn't remember Remember the Titans?  "If you have to remind people what the joke in the title is from, it sucks JB!"  Thanks ghost of Grey!  I'll work on improving the rest of the week if you can sneak in and Hollow Man me a mustache ride. Hard to believe Remember the Titans is so old.  Who woulda thought Will Patton's annoying ass daughter would be getting torn apart...
Via Razzball Basketball
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Divisional Weekend Round-Up: The Calvin Johnson Rule Strikes Again

Welp, what the refs giveth, the refs take away. Something like that. And so it goes for the Cowboys, who saw their season come to end, not with a Romonobyl, but with a whimper. After a "questionable" call in last week's wild card game against the Lions, which the NFL spent the entire week trying to triage, the brutal karma of it all reared it's head in the ugliest way possible: The...
Via Razzball Football
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Julius Thomas Finishes Strong While Broncos Come Up Short

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas looked poised to have another big day versus the Colts after the first drive, but had just an average fantasy day overall.Fantasy Spin:Thomas made a 32-yard catch on the opening offensive drive for Denver that brought the Broncos down to the two-yard line. On the next play, Peyton Manning targeted Thomas again in the end zone, and defensive holding...
Via Fantasy Football Champs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Demaryius Scores But Drops A Few Passes In Playoff Loss

Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas had a decent fantasy day with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.Fantasy Spin:Thomas caught the touchdown on the first offensive possession of the game, so he did little after that. Thomas also had two drops on screen passes in the second quarter, which owners say too often from him this season. There are a lot of question marks heading into...
Via Fantasy Football Champs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Anderson Shines In Broncos Playoff Loss

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson carried the Denver offense at times on Sunday, but it wasn't enough.Fantasy Spin:Anderson gained 91 yards on 19 carries and had 29 more yards in the passing game. Anderson displayed great individual effort when he picked up a huge first down on the last play of the third quarter. On the play, the Colts had Anderson wrapped up for a five-yard loss...
Via Fantasy Football Champs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Dez Bryant Catch Ruled Incomplete Because Of Bogus Rule

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had a near career defining catch against the Packers in the NFC Division round.Fantasy Spin:On fourth-and-two at the Packers 32-yard line, Tony Romo threw deep to his favorite receiver and Bryant jumped over Sam Shields to make a magnificent catch. Upon further review, the officials reviewed the call and rule Bryant did not maintain control of the...
Via Fantasy Football Champs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos - Divisional Round

The Colts have been known to find themselves in big holes early in games but with the help of Andrew Luck they usually find a way to get back into it. Indianapolis heads into Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos high powered offense. Back in week 1 the Colts found themselves down 24-0 in the first half but ended up losing by just 7, as they scored two late 4th quarter...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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