<![CDATA[Fantasy RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Fantasy Football Update 9/29/16: Week 4 Waiver Wire Picks]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/29/fantasy-football-update-9/29/16-week-4-waiver-wire-picks#comments Week 4 in the NFL will begin tonight, and that means it’s time to check out the fantasy football waiver wire for some last-minute adds. Let’s take a look at a few trending players out there and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers: With Antonio Gates out last week, Henry’s star rose quite a bit in the fantasy community. he bagged five receptions on five targets for 72 yards, but did have a crucial lost fumble late in the game. 

Henry looked pretty good in the starring role last week, and will…

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Week 4 in the NFL will begin tonight, and that means it’s time to check out the fantasy football waiver wire for some last-minute adds. Let’s take a look at a few trending players out there and see if anyone’s right for your team. 

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers: With Antonio Gates out last week, Henry’s star rose quite a bit in the fantasy community. he bagged five receptions on five targets for 72 yards, but did have a crucial lost fumble late in the game. 

Henry looked pretty good in the starring role last week, and will be on the radar again if Gates is out of commission. He’ll face the Saints on Sunday. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: We’ve talked about Crowder a few times this year, and he’s back on the trending list once again. In his last game, he came up with four receptions on seven targets, turning them into 78 yards and a touchdown. 

Crowder is off to a fantastic start this year, with 16 grabs on 25 targets for 175 yards and two touchdowns through three games. He gets a cupcake matchup this weekend against the Browns, too. 

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Let’s go WR one more time today and check out Beasley. He’s been super consistent this year so far, and is coming off seven receptions on seven targets for 73 yards in Week 3. 

That gives Beasley 20 grabs on 25 targets for 213 yards this year. Though he hasn’t found the end zone just yet, it’s only a matter of time. He should remain steady this weekend in San Francisco. 

CJ Spiller, RB, Seattle Seahawks: PPR owners in deeper league will want to kick the tires on Spiller. He’s been out of action all year but just yesterday signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks. 

Spiller comes into a nice situation in Seattle, as he’ll land right behind Christine Michael due to injury, and should factor in on passing downs. He’ll be in San Diego this weekend and might be worth a look as a streamer. 

Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions: Let’s stick with RB one more time as we finish up today, as Washington has vaulted into the trendier pickups this week. He’s got 16 attempts for 70 yards and a TD so far this year, but sources around the Lions are pegging him for an expanded role against Chicago this weekend. 

The Bears are just about in “phone-it-in” mode already, and Detroit won’t have a whole lot of trouble here. Look for a heavy dose of Washington as the Lions protect a lead. 

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:06:53 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=58026
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/29/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/29/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 29th, 2016.

Closing in on the final weekend of the 2016 MLB regular season, meaning we are running out of time to put up some winning lineups and running out of time to make some cash. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Marcus Stroman, TOR

Salary: $8,300

Analysis: Stroman has fallen on some hard luck as of late, as he hasn’t gotten himself a win since August 14th, going 0-4 in 7 starts over that span, even though he has only allowed 3 earned runs or less in 6 of those 7 starts. Stroman…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 29th, 2016.

Closing in on the final weekend of the 2016 MLB regular season, meaning we are running out of time to put up some winning lineups and running out of time to make some cash. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Marcus Stroman, TOR

Salary: $8,300

Analysis: Stroman has fallen on some hard luck as of late, as he hasn’t gotten himself a win since August 14th, going 0-4 in 7 starts over that span, even though he has only allowed 3 earned runs or less in 6 of those 7 starts. Stroman is 2-2 in 5 starts in his career against Baltimore, however Toronto is hot at the right time and I think on Thursday, Stroman will want to make amends for his last start against Baltimore where he got roughed up for 7 earned runs over 3.2 innings.

Pitcher #2: Alex Reyes, STL

Salary: $7,400

Analysis: Normally I wouldn’t be too eager to back a rookie in a high-leverage situation like the one Reyes finds himself in on Thursday. St. Louis finds themselves a game back of the second wild-card San Francisco Giants heading into action on Wednesday. Now Reyes has been absolutely outstanding for St. Louis, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.58 ERA over 40 innings pitched. St. Louis takes on Cincinnati in the final game of a four-game set on Thursday, and in Reyes’ only start against Cincinnati, he got a no-decision in a game that the Cards let slip away in the bottom of the 9th, throing 6 innings of 2-run, 6-hit baseball with 7 strikeouts. I think Reyes understands the severity of the situation and pitches himself to a solid position on Thursday.

Catcher: Yasmani Grandal, LAD

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Grandal was actually the last selection in today’s lineup, but there’s a lot to like about him with a pretty good price. Grandal’s Dodgers need to keep winning to maintain positioning heading into the playoffs and a date with the Padres and starting pitcher Christian Friedrich to close out the series might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Los Angeles. Why I zoned in on Grandal however, is because in 7 at-bats against Friedrich, Grandal has 5 hits, including a double and a home run to go along with 2 RBI. I personally have never been sold on Friedrich this season, so backing the Dodgers and Grandal is something that I’m all for.

1st Base: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Ok wait a second. I know Gonzalez hasn’t been crushing the ball like he has in years past, but this is a .282 hitter with almost 90 RBI against a sub-par Padres pitcher? Sign me up. Like I said with Grandal, I’ve never really been all too keen on Christian Friedrich whenever he pitches for San Diego, so backing Gonzalez seems like a smart play considering that Gonzalez is 5-for-12 with a home run and 2 RBI in his career against Friedrich. Like I said, the Dodgers need big boy performances from their key pieces, Gonzalez included, to keep pace even though they’ve already clinched.

2nd Base: Robinson Cano, SEA

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: While I’m not a fan of the price tag on Cano, I’ll buy in. In Seattle’s 3 game set with the Astros, Cano registered a whopping 71 points. Seattle now takes on Oakland for their final series of the regular season in the hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive. Cano and the M’s take on Oakland starting pitcher Kendall Graveman, and while Graveman has showed signs of improvement throughout this season, running into the Mariners with their eyes set on the playoffs may not go over too well. Especially when Cano has a 6-for-13 lifetime record against Graveman, with 4 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI, all while Graveman has yet to record a strikeout of Cano.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: When in doubt, take Josh Donaldson. Just kidding, but I’ll definitely be backing Donaldson at the hot corner on Thursday, in their crucial series against Baltimore and starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Now Donaldson may only be a .192 hitter against Jimenez in his career, however Toronto as a whole has looked great over the last couple of weeks as they’ve gone from 6 games under .500 in the month of September to looking like they are going to finish above .500 for the month and in a wild-card spot. Of Donaldson’s 5 hits, 3 have gone for extra bases (a double, triple and home run) and 6 RBI, not to mention he has hits in 6 of his last 7 heading into Wednesday, so I think there’s some strong potential for some scoring from JD on Thursday night.

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, TOR

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: Tulowitzki has 4 hits in his last 5 heading into action on Wednesday, and I like his chances to extend his recent success against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez on Thursday. Jimenez has had Tulo’s number in his career, holding Tulowitzki to 1-for-8 batting. However Toronto is red hot and is looking to secure a home wild-card game. Loko for Tulo and the Jays to further bolster their position and chase Jimenez early and often.

Outfielder #1: Nelson Cruz, SEA

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: While Cruz may not have logged 71 points like his counterpart Robinson Cano, Cruz logged 29 points as Seattle managed to take 2 of 3 from the Astros and now he gets to take on Oakland and starter Kendall Graveman to open the final series of the 2016 regular season. Cruz is 10-for-15 in his career against Graveman with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI. With how Seattle has been playing as of late, Graveman could be running into a buzzsaw and I’m not sure how else this could end besides a Mariners rout.

Outfielder #2: Michael Saunders, TOR

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: You probably don’t need to read my rambling of how little of a fan I am of Baltimore starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, so let me explain why I’m backing Saunders on Thursday. The Jays are red hot and Saunders has 9 hits in 19 at-bats against Jimenez in his career, with 5 extra base hits including 4 home runs and 9 RBI. I like Saunders chances than I do Jimenez as a whole, so I’ll back the former and hope that Toronto chases Jimenez early and registers some crooked numbers in the process.

Outfielder #3: Alex Gordon, KC

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: KC was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday, but I think the Royals have too much pride to just give up on the year. Even if they wanted to give up, the Twins are so bad that they can lose even if the Royals play at 50%. Gordon is coming off of a 32-point performance on Sunday against Detroit, and I’m thinking we get some sort of carry over performance on Thursday against Minnesota and starting pitcher Kyle Gibson. Gordon is a lifetime 9-for-25 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 4 RBI. Here’s to hoping the Royals finish with some pride so they have some motivation for next year.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $300

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:12:52 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57996
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/28/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/28/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 28th, 2016.

Halfway through the last week of the regular season, the wild-card races are tightening up and division winners are jockeying for position, so there’s plenty left to fight for. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Michael Fulmer, DET

Salary: $8,600

Analysis: There was not a whole lot for me to like about the pitching matchups on Wednesday, but I would like to think I found some potential with Fulmer. Believe it or not, I think Fulmer will win AL Rookie of the Year instead of…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 28th, 2016.

Halfway through the last week of the regular season, the wild-card races are tightening up and division winners are jockeying for position, so there’s plenty left to fight for. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Michael Fulmer, DET

Salary: $8,600

Analysis: There was not a whole lot for me to like about the pitching matchups on Wednesday, but I would like to think I found some potential with Fulmer. Believe it or not, I think Fulmer will win AL Rookie of the Year instead of Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Now I’m not saying what Sanchez has done is anything short of amazing. I’m just saying we have a full season sample size for Fulmer, and he has done more for his team who are still in the wild-card race which is more than we can say for the Yankees. Now Fulmer may have gotten rocked by these same Indians on September 16th, however Fulmer gets a chance at redemption as we head for October, when his team needs him the most. Even though Fulmer is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 3 starts against the Tribe, Detroit is 18-7 in Fulmer starts this year, and Detroit wouldn’t give him a start in a high-leverage situation like this if they didn’t think he could get it done.

Pitcher #2: Francisco Liriano, TOR

Salary: $8,400

Analysis: A good chunk of my lineup will consist of Toronto Blue Jays, considering their three-game set with Baltimore to close out their home season is the most important to date. Toronto could clinch a wild-card spot for sure with a sweep, or could fall out completely if Baltimore pulls out the brooms. What gives me confidence in Liriano is that he is coming off his best start as a Blue Jay, pitching 6 innings of 3-hit, shutout baseball en route to a 9-0 Toronto victory over the Yankees last Friday. In Liriano’s 4 appearances against AL East teams as a Jay, Liriano has not allowed more than 2 earned runs (now take that with a grain of salt, as two appearances were relief appearances).I think Liriano’s confidence will carry over to a must-win for the Jays on Wednesday.

Catcher: Brian McCann, NYY

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: New York may be out of the playoff picture officially, but a rivalry is still a rivalry, and the Red Sox and Yankees are in the midst of their final series of the 2016 season. I’m sure the Yankees would love nothing more than to play spoiler in affecting their division rival’s playoff positioning, which is where McCann comes into play. The Red Sox counter with Clay Buchholz on Wednesday, and while he may have had a couple decent starts as of late, I’m not sure he has figured everything out and has looked flat out awful at times this season. McCann is a lifetime 4-for-11 with 2 extra base hits and an RBI against Buchholz in his career, and if the Yankees give McCann the start behind the plate or at DH, we can expect something from him on Wednesday. At least I hope so.

1st Base: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: I’m back on the Encarnacion train. He has a hit in 10 of his last 11 games heading into Tuesday as the Jays start their final 2016 regular season home series against the Baltimore Orioles and starter Chris Tillman. Now although Tillman has emerged as Baltimore’s ace this season, it’s no secret that he has had struggles against the Blue Jays in his career, with a 5-10 record and a 5.61 ERA. Tillman has also allowed Jays batters to hit .297 off of him in 293 combined at-bats against the current Toronto lineup, which surely hasn’t been helped by Encarnacion. Edwin has a .304 lifetime batting average against Tillman in 56 at-bats with 6 extra base hits, including 3 homers and 4 RBI. I expect Encarnacion to further cement his name in the AL MVP conversation with a monster game here.

2nd Base: Robinson Cano, SEA

Salary: $5,300

Analysis: Cano and the Mariners have an important date with the Astros on Wednesday afternoon, to finish off a crucial series for both teams playoff hopes. Houston sends Doug Fister to oppose the Mariners, and quite simply, Fister has looked awful in his last 6 starts, going 0-4 while allowing 25 earned runs over that span, covering 26 innings. Yikes, almost a run per inning. Fister had been consistent in his first 3 starts against Seattle, posting 3 earned runs in each of those starts, before getting shelled last Sunday for 7 runs. Now although Cano went 0-4 in that game, he does have 6 hits including 2 doubles and an RBI with only 2 strikeouts in 23 career at-bats against Fister, so I think Cano and the Mariners stick a fork in the Astros and Fister on Wednesday with a big outing.

3rd Base: Kyle Seager, SEA

Salary: $4,500

Analysis: Another Mariner, same prediction. I have zero faith in Houston starting pitcher Doug Fister considering how he has pitched over the last month or so. Going 0-4 in 6 starts won’t help you anywhere, especially when your next start is against a division rival who is ahead of you in the wild-card hunt and is hungry for a playoff spot. Seager is a lifetime 7-for-19 against Fister with 4 extra base hits including a home run and 3 RBI with only 1 strikeout. This could get messy early for Fister if he comes out sluggish, and Seager and the M’s will be quick to pounce all over it if he does.

Shortstop: Adeiny Hechavarria, NYM

Salary: $2,700

Analysis: If you couldn’t guess, Hechavarria was my last pick, but I think there’s a little bit of value here. Hechavarria went 1-for-2 in Lugo’s only matchup with the Marlins this season, one that saw the Mets came out on top. However, this Mets lineup is banged up badly and even though Lugo is 4-0 in his last 6 starts, the last 2 have been no-decisions and Lugo will be facing a Marlins team that will be playing with tons of emotion, wanting to finish strong for Jose Fernandez and his memory.

Outfielder #1: Jose Bautista, TOR

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: Just a forewarning, my whole outfield will be consisting of Blue Jays, so you can’t say I didn’t tell you ahead of time. First is Jose Bautista. We’ve established that Baltimore is sending Chris Tillman to the mound to oppose Toronto on Wednesday and I’m favorable of Bautista’s chances. Bautista is a lifetime 12-for-44 with 7 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 7 RBI in his career against Tillman. Bautista always seems to play with a chip on his shoulder against Baltimore, and I think it’ll pay some dividends for him here, as the Jays look to hold on to the possibility of a wild-card home game.

Outfielder #2: Michael Saunders, TOR

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: Great value on Saunders here, as he is another Toronto bat who has had success against Chris Tillman. Saunders has 5 hits in 19 career at-bats against Tillman, with 3 extra base hits including 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Saunders also has a hit in 4 of his last 5 heading into action on Tuesday.

Outfielder #3: Kevin Pillar, TOR

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: Pillar is an exceptional value, not only for his bat, but also with his speed on the base paths, he’s always a likely candidate for a stolen base or a couple of runs if he manages to get on base. With hits in 9 of his last 14 games, Pillar looks to remain consistent in the Jays push for a second consecutive playoff berth, and against Baltimore’s Chris Tillman, there’s a good chance Pillar will contribute. Pillar is a career 8-for-22 with 4 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 5 RBI against Tillman. Pretty good matchup numbers for a player who hasn’t necessarily always been known for his power.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $700

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:31:21 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57951
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Update 9/28/16: Week 4 Start / Sit Picks]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/28/fantasy-football-update-9/28/16-week-4-start-/-sit-picks#comments It’s Wednesday, and not only does that mean the NFL will be returning with Week 4 tomorrow, but it’s also time for our weekly Start-Sit list in the world of fantasy football. We’ve got the usual lineup ready for you today, so let’s check out some of the notable names you might be on the fence about this week. 

Start ‘Em: 

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns: Pryor was all over the place last week as the Browns tried their best to get him involved in the offense. He bagged eight receptions for 144 yards and also…

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It’s Wednesday, and not only does that mean the NFL will be returning with Week 4 tomorrow, but it’s also time for our weekly Start-Sit list in the world of fantasy football. We’ve got the usual lineup ready for you today, so let’s check out some of the notable names you might be on the fence about this week. 

Start ‘Em: 

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns: Pryor was all over the place last week as the Browns tried their best to get him involved in the offense. He bagged eight receptions for 144 yards and also served as an RB and QB. 

Pryor will remain the lynchpin of the Cleveland offense, at least for this week (the last before Josh Gordon returns) against Washington—who has been very nice to opposing WRs this year. 

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants: Darkwa burst onto the scene last week, when he rushed 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins. Prior to that, he’d only managed 0.2 fantasy points in two weeks. 

With the Giants backfield beat up (Shane Vereen is out for the year; Rashad Jennings is nursing a thumb injury) it could be time for Darkwa to step up this weekend. 

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos: We didn’t pay much attention to Siemian in his first two weeks, but after his 312-yard, four-TD performance against Cincinnati, he’s got our attention now. 

Siemian has a great matchup this weekend against the Buccaneers, and he could be due for some more big numbers in Week 4. 

Sit ‘Em: 

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Even though Murray has been good for touchdowns this year, owners have to wonder if his usage will continue to trend in the wrong direction. If things continue to play out, Murray will cede snaps to DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Not to mention the three of them have a rough gig against Baltimore this week. 

Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore is another guy who has been pretty good to owners, and has been reliable thanks to his large workload. That said, the’s facing his Achilles heel in the Jaguars this weekend. 

Last year (two games), the Jaguars held Gore to 113 yards and no scores on 33 carries. 

Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: Marshall got quite a bit of work in Week 3 despite his foot injury, but couldn’t do much with it (three catches; 27 yards). This week won’t be any different. 

Marshall and the Jets draw a tough matchup against the Seahawks, and Seattle will put their top corner on him all day. We’re not expecting much from Marshall, Decker or Forte this week. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:03:33 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57930
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/27/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/27/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 27th, 2016.

Our last Tuesday of the regular season brings us a full slate of 15 games throughout the evening, anything can happen in this last week so let’s take a shot with this lineup. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Julio Teheran, ATL

Salary: $9,500

Analysis: Normally I’d try to stay away from a pitcher on a team who isn’t even playing spoiler, but the price on Teheran is too good to pass up. Teheran is slated to start for the Braves on Tuesday against the Phillies, a matchup which…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 27th, 2016.

Our last Tuesday of the regular season brings us a full slate of 15 games throughout the evening, anything can happen in this last week so let’s take a shot with this lineup. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Julio Teheran, ATL

Salary: $9,500

Analysis: Normally I’d try to stay away from a pitcher on a team who isn’t even playing spoiler, but the price on Teheran is too good to pass up. Teheran is slated to start for the Braves on Tuesday against the Phillies, a matchup which I think favors Atlanta considering how they have been swinging the bat over the last week. Teheran is 7-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 13 career starts and against the current Phillies lineup, Teheran has held them to a combined .219 average over 169 at-bats with 32 strikeouts. Teheran has been way better than his record shows, as he has allowed 4 or more earned runs in only 6 of his 28 starts this year. Not to mention Teheran threw 6 innings of shutout ball against these same Phillies on September 4th, so I have confidence picking him here.

Pitcher #2: Aaron Sanchez, TOR

Salary: $8,300

Analysis: This is some great value for Sanchez, considering he is 3-0 in 4 starts against the O’s this season, and along with J.A. Happ, Sanchez has proved to be one of Toronto’s stoppers this year whenever they’re on a slide or need to keep momentum going. When Toronto takes on Baltimore in the series opener on Tuesday, I can back Sanchez with confidence. Not to mention that Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, two key pieces of the Baltimore lineup are a combined 4-for-30 against Sanchez.

Catcher: Gary Sanchez, NYY

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: The Yankees poor showing against the Blue Jays over the weekend could result in New York being eliminated from the place with a loss and a Baltimore victory on Monday, but that won’t stop the Yanks from seeing what they have for the future, as we have already seen with Gary Sanchez. He has 19 home runs and 38 RBI since being called up and even though he has cooled off big time, I’m willing to back Sanchez on Tuesday, as it has paid off whenever I do. The Price on Sanchez may be a bit higher than I would like, if the Yanks get swept and the O’s win, it won’t matter anymore, and New York will simply be playing for pride.

1st Base: Carlos Santana, CLE

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: With a win against the Tigers on Monday, Cleveland could clinch the division title, making Tuesday’s game more important for Detroit than it would Cleveland who would be fighting for position at that point. However that doesn’t change that Santana and the Indians take on Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander in a matchup with playoff implications on both sides, and if Santana gets to step into the batter’s box, I like his chances on Tuesday. Against Verlander in his career, Santana is 13-for-63 with 9 extra base hits including 7 home runs and 11 RBI. Calling a .206 average “hot” isn’t the norm, but it applies when more than half of your hits have left the yard.

2nd Base: Brian Dozier, MIN

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Ok hold the phone. You mean to tell me that I get a guy with 42 home runs, who is chasing the century RBI mark, against the least reliable pitcher in the Royals rotation, for under $5,000? Sign me up and quickly. Dozier has been the lone bright spot in a miserable Twins season, that has Minnesota sitting as the first, and probably only team with 100 losses this season. However when Dozier’s bat is on, he can give any team a chance to win on any given night. Now the Twins and Royals face off with the Royals playoff hopes hanging in the balance as KC sends Ian Kennedy to the mound on Tuesday. In his career against Kennedy, Dozier is 4-for-13 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. I think Dozier finally hits the 100 RBI mark on Tuesday.

3rd Base: Chase Headley, NYY

Salary: $2,400

Analysis: Alright, I get it. David Price has been on fire for Boston and the Yankees fate may be decided on Tuesday. But you’re going to give me Headley for $2,400?! I’ll take the value based on Headley’s history against Price alone. In his career against Price, Headley has 11 hits in 30 at-bats with 3 extra base hits and 3 RBI. There may be a reason Headley’s price is so low, but I’ll take my chances.

Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera, NYM

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: Game two of the emotional series between the Marlins and Mets takes place on Tuesday, as Miami sends Tom Koehler to oppose New York. I’m backing Cabrera here for two reasons. 1. Cabrera has gone 5-for-10 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in his career against Koehler. But reason #2 is how Cabrera has been crushing the ball as of late. From his walk-off home run against the Phillies on Thursday night in extra innings to open the series, to his grand slam to close out the series on Sunday. Cabrera is on fire, with 3 homers in his last 5 games, and a .337 batting average with six home runs and 15 RBI in 82 at-bats in the month of September. Look for the bat to keep firing as the Mets battle for the wild-card spots.

Outfielder #1: Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY

Salary: $2.200

Analysis: Again! I get Price has killed it as of late, but to give a guy with as much success against Price as Ellsbury has had, this low of a price tag is something I’m all over. In his career against Price, Ellsbury is 25-for-73 with 9 extra base hits including a home run and 6 RBI. If the Yankees still have some motivation on Tuesday, I like Ellsbury to contribute here.

Outfielder #2: Yoenis Cespedes, NYM

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Again, the Mets and Marlins have a heavy series to play this week, with the recent passing of Jose Fernandez. However the show must go on, heavy heart or not. Cespedes is another New York Met who has had success against Miami starting pitcher Tom Koehler. In his career against Koehler, Cespedes has 6 hits in 17 at-bats with 2 RBI. A flurry of thoughts behind this pick come into play. The Mets need this win in a big way, Cespedes will want to play out the string for his fallen friend and my lack of faith in Koehler, all add up to going with Cespedes here.

Outfielder #3: Mike Trout, LAA

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: Again, I’d normally stay away from games where neither side has anything to play for. But when you find a couple value picks and have some money to play with, splurge a little and take a player who has a chance to do well on any given night, which is why I chose Trout. The Angels play the A’s and starter Daniel Mengden on Tuesday, and to put it quite simply, Mengden hasn’t looked like a major leaguer at all this season. Now Mengden has yet to face the Angels, and when a team has yet to face a pitcher there’s potential for the pitcher to have success most nights. However not when you’re a pitcher with a 2-8 record and an ERA north of 5 who has allowed 2 runs or less in only 2 of your 10 appearances this season. Not to mention going against a team that has one of the best players in baseball on the other side, in my last pick, Mike Trout.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $200

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:43:29 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57807
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Update 9/27/16: Week 4 Sleeper Picks]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/27/fantasy-football-update-9/27/16-week-4-sleeper-picks#comments It’s Tuesday, and the NFL’s Week 3 games are officially in the books. That means it’s time for us owners to hit the fantasy football waiver wire to get ready for the upcoming matchups. Here’s a look at some of the trending adds and sleeper plays out there as we head into Week 4. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: It’s pretty cut-and-dried at this point: Howard is a must-add in just about every fantasy format right now. With Jeremy Langford ailing (and not really effective anyway) and Ka’Deem Carey banged up as well, Howard is ready to burst into a…

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It’s Tuesday, and the NFL’s Week 3 games are officially in the books. That means it’s time for us owners to hit the fantasy football waiver wire to get ready for the upcoming matchups. Here’s a look at some of the trending adds and sleeper plays out there as we head into Week 4. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: It’s pretty cut-and-dried at this point: Howard is a must-add in just about every fantasy format right now. With Jeremy Langford ailing (and not really effective anyway) and Ka’Deem Carey banged up as well, Howard is ready to burst into a big role in Chicago. 

Howard has shown more with limited touches than Langford or Carey have all season. Get that waiver claim in now before the Detroit game. 

Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants: Let’s stick with RB for a moment and check out Darkwa, who is earning some looks as a sleeper add this week. He’s coming off 10 carries for 53 yards and a TD in Week 3, and the Giants are supposedly going to use a “committee” to replace Shane Vereen (torn triceps). 

Darkwa will likely vault into the first- and second-down back role here, at least until Rashad Jennings comes back. He’ll be facing some rough defenses over the next month or so, though. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: Crowder is one of the more enticing WR options on the waiver wire right now, and for good reason. Over his last two weeks, he’s got 117 yards, two touchdowns and 10 catches on 15 targets. 

Crowder is a nice add in PPR formats right now, and is making a case for himself in other areas as well. He’ll get a solid matchup this weekend against the woeful Browns. 

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos: We haven’t paid much attention to Siemian this year, and until last week that was forgivable. In Cincinnati, however, he exploded for 312 yards and four touchdowns, bumping up his fantasy ownership—which was only around five percent. 

Siemian gets another favorable matchup this weekend against the Buccaneers, and he’s perfect for those fantasy owners who have been streaming QBs in the absence of Tom Brady. 

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears:  Let’s finish up with Miller at the TE spot today. He’s coming off a great Week 3, during which he posted eight grabs on nine targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns. 

Miller is shaping up as a reliable safety valve for Chicago’s backup quarterback, so we could see him get quite a bit of action in the PPR game. That said, he’ll still need to find the end zone to make himself worth your while. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:24:27 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57804
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Update 9/26/16: Week 4 Waiver Wire Picks]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/26/fantasy-football-update-9/26/16-week-4-waiver-wire-picks#comments It’s time for our weekly overreaction Monday in the fantasy football world, as owners everywhere flock to the waiver wire to snag the hot new commodities. Let’s check out a few of the noteworthy and trending players right now and see if anyone’s worth adding to your team. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Howard has been stewing for the past couple of weeks, and he officially came out on Sunday with nine carries for 45 yards against the Cowboys. 

Howard also showed off his skills as a pass-catcher, grabbing four for 47 yards on…

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It’s time for our weekly overreaction Monday in the fantasy football world, as owners everywhere flock to the waiver wire to snag the hot new commodities. Let’s check out a few of the noteworthy and trending players right now and see if anyone’s worth adding to your team. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Howard has been stewing for the past couple of weeks, and he officially came out on Sunday with nine carries for 45 yards against the Cowboys. 

Howard also showed off his skills as a pass-catcher, grabbing four for 47 yards on six targets. Howard was already ousting Jeremy Langford before the latter went down (ankle), and now he’s all the more attractive heading into the Lions game. 

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns: We’ve been predicting Pryor to have a big game for the past couple of weeks, and he proved us right in Week 3. He logged 14 targets, eight catches and 144 yards in the air and 21 yards on four carries on the ground. 

Pryor has a couple more weeks of increased activity ahead—that is until Josh Gordon returns in Week 5—so use him while you can. 

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph flirted with double-digits in Week 2, and finally got there against the Panthers on Sunday. He bagged seven catches on 10 targets for 70 yards and a TD. 

There’s not much to get excited about out there at TE, but Rudolph is the lone exception. He’s got 26 targets through three games, and is a big part of what Minnesota is doing offensively. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins: Let’s move back over to WR and look at Crowder, who had a nice Week 3 as well. He bagged four catches on seven targets for 78 yards and a TD, his second straight week with a score. 

Crowder now has 25 targets, 16 receptions, 175 yards and two scores through just three games. He’s turning into a must-have guy in PPR leagues and will be a big part of the Redskins’ offense moving forward. 

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: With the Eagles an improbable 3-0 heading into their early bye this week, now’s a good time to grab and stash Wentz in fantasy. 

In Week 3, Wentz put up a 23-of-31 line for 301 yards and two touchdowns, which gives him five pass TD for the year. It was a statement game against a good Pittsburgh team, and will get plenty of owners’ eyes looking Wentz’s way. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:05:19 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57621
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/26/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/26/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 26th, 2016.

We embark on our final week of the season, and there are still some tense races going on, not to mention there will be a couple of teams who have an opportunity to punch their ticket to the postseason on Monday. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Collin McHugh, HOU

Salary: $8,100

Analysis: McHugh is another one of those guys that probably deserves my trust once in a while, it’s just whenever I’ve backed him in the past it’s bit me in the butt, now it’s gotten to the point…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 26th, 2016.

We embark on our final week of the season, and there are still some tense races going on, not to mention there will be a couple of teams who have an opportunity to punch their ticket to the postseason on Monday. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Collin McHugh, HOU

Salary: $8,100

Analysis: McHugh is another one of those guys that probably deserves my trust once in a while, it’s just whenever I’ve backed him in the past it’s bit me in the butt, now it’s gotten to the point where I fade him and he performs well so I figured I’ll give him another shot. Now granted the Mariners are red-hot right now, and in the thick of the wild-card race and the Astros barely avoided a sweep at the hands of the Angels., however both teams are still in the playoff hunt. The Astros send McHugh to the mound to kick off a three-game set against the Mariners. In his career against the Mariners, McHugh is 9-3 with a 3.96 ERA in 12 starts, including 7 innings of 2-hit ball in his last start against these game Mariners on September 16th. Against the current Mariners lineup, McHugh has held them to a combined .202 batting average over 188 at-bats with 50 strikeouts. Add in the fact that McHugh is 5-0 in his last 7 starts since mid-August, and I feel confident backing him here.

Pitcher #2: J.A. Happ, TOR

Salary: $10,100

Analysis: The Jays have owned the Yankees this series and for much of this year. The Blue Jays are 8-1 against the Yankees in Toronto this season, including 2-0 in Happ’s starts against the Yankees at Rogers Centre, and 4-0 in Happ’s starts against the Yanks overall this season. Happ is also 6-2 in 13 career starts vs. New York, so I am pretty comfortable backing him here, as Toronto should get plenty of run support for Happ against Yankees starter Luis Severino, who has been awful for a good chunk of this season.

Catcher: Stephen Vogt, OAK

Salary: $3,300

Analysis: The Athletics and Los Angeles Angels are just playing out the string, and playing for bragging rights at this point, and Monday should be an entertaining affair as both offenses have caught fire as of late. Vogt and the A’s take on Angels starter Jered Weaver on Monday, and in his career against Weaver, Vogt is 10-for-33 with 4 extra base hits including 2 homers and 4 RBI while striking out only 3 times. Look for some value with Vogt as a sneaky option behind the plate.

1st Base: Miguel Cabrera, DET

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: Ok hold on. I know I’ve said that Cabrera isn’t his old AL MVP self of years past, but to get him under $4,000 is a steal, even if it is against Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber. But the funny thing is, Cabrera has had good numbers against Kluber in his career, going 21-of-45 with 7 extra base hits including 5 home runs and 10 RBI. Cleveland is jockeying for playoff position and is trying to clinch the AL Central with a win, but Detroit is trying to fight a more important fight in trying to avoid missing the playoffs altogether, which is why I’ll back Cabrera and the Tigers here.

2nd Base: Jose Altuve, HOU

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: If McHugh is going to get the win for us on Monday, he’ll need some run support, which is why I’m backing Altuve here. I’m guessing Altuve is due, mainly because he hasn’t registered double-digit fantasy points in 8 of his last 9 games heading into action Sunday. However against Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, Altuve is 15-for-35 with 7 extra base hits including a home run and 7 RBI while only striking out twice. Iwakuma has a sub-.500 record and a .318 batting average against the current Astros lineup, so I feel somewhat safe thinking the Astros could push a few runs across on Monday.

3rd Base: Adrian Beltre, TEX

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: This is a risky pick, as Texas has clinched the AL West, but is still jockeying for playoff position as they are tied for the best record in the American League heading into Monday’s action. If Texas decides to put out a lot of their regular starters, I like Beltre to have a good night. The Rangers start an interleague series with the Milwaukee Brewers and starter Matt Garza on Monday. In his career against Garza, Beltre has 11 hits in 26 at-bats, including 4 for extra bases, 3 of which ended up being home runs and 9 RBI with only 2 strikeouts against Garza. This all really boils down to how badly the Rangers want home field throughout the playoffs, and if they want it, I think they’ll start Beltre and give us a good night at third base.

Shortstop: Alexei Ramirez, TB

Salary: $2,600

Analysis: Another series in which both teams are just playing out the string involves the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox in the series opener on Monday. The White Sox send James Shields to the mound, who just wants 2016 to end and to put it in the back of his mind. Shields is 5-18 with a 5.98 ERA this season, and even though he is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against his former team, I think the Rays will do some serious damage, which is where Ramirez comes into play. Ramirez has found himself as an everyday player in the Rays rotation, even though he is mired in a 0-fer slump over his last 4 games. However I look for that to change Monday against Shields, who is a human torch, getting lit up with regularity. In his career against Shields, Ramirez is 23-of-58 with 4 extra base hits, including 2 home runs and 6 RBI with only 5 strikeouts over the 58 at-bats. Ramirez will be an interesting option if he gets the start, and the high upside and high potential makes this value pick one worth a look at.

Outfielder #1: Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the tragic passing of Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez. 24 is way too young to lose any life, and it makes it even harder when you had the positive impact on and off the field that Fernandez did. However the cruel truth is that life goes on and a new day dawns, which is the scenario that the Marlins face on Monday as they open a series with the Mets. New York sends Bartolo Colon to the mound to oppose the Fish in what is sure to be an emotional series opener. In his career against Colon, Stanton is 5-for-13 with 3 extra base hits, including 2 home runs and 5 RBI, while Colon has managed to only strike Stanton out once. I think Miami plays this one for their fallen teammate, which is why I am backing Stanton and Miami on Monday.

Outfielder #2: Ichiro Suzuki, MIA

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: Ichiro is another Marlin who has had to have had a rough 24 hours after the passing of Jose Fernandez, however we still have a game to play on Monday and we get another matchup of the ageless wonders in Colon and Suzuki. In his career against Colon, Suzuki has 26 hits in 101 at-bats including 6 extra base hits, 3 home runs and 8 RBI while only striking out 6 times in those 101 at-bats. Again, I think Miami rallies around each other to play Monday’s game for Fernandez, and I can only assume it’s what he would’ve wanted.

Outfielder #3: Jose Bautista, TOR

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: The reason I’m backing Bautista is the same reason I picked Happ earlier. The Jays have owned this series against New York, including Bautista who has had 59 points over the first 3 games, along with a duplicate 23-points performance on Sunday. Now Bautista gets Luis Severino on Monday, who has been awful this season, going 0-8 with an ERA north of 8 as a starter. Bautista may be only 1-for-7 against Severino, but Severino is not the pitcher I’d want to rely on in a high-leverage situation like this one, which is why I’ll back Bautista here.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $200

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:48:23 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57561
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet For 9/25/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/25/daily-fantasy-baseball-cheat-sheet-for#comments Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 25th, 2016.

Hard to believe it’s almost the end of the season, but Sunday is our last day before we embark on the last day of the season so let’s try to make today’s lineup a good one. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Colby Lewis, TEX

Salary: $7,300

Analysis: This is a bit of an iffy pick, mainly because Texas has already clinched their division and Oakland was out a while back. However the Rangers are still playing for playoff positioning, and I think Lewis wants redemption after dropping…

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Here is my daily Fantasy Baseball lineup for September 25th, 2016.

Hard to believe it’s almost the end of the season, but Sunday is our last day before we embark on the last day of the season so let’s try to make today’s lineup a good one. Here's my lineup for today.

Pitcher #1: Colby Lewis, TEX

Salary: $7,300

Analysis: This is a bit of an iffy pick, mainly because Texas has already clinched their division and Oakland was out a while back. However the Rangers are still playing for playoff positioning, and I think Lewis wants redemption after dropping his last start against these same Oakland Athletics. Even after his previous start against the A’s last Sunday, Lewis is still holding the current Oakland lineup to a .143 batting average over 84 at-bats. I like Texas’ chances to get Lewis some run support and lock down the A’s, as Lewis is still competing for the 3rd slot in the Texas postseason starting rotation.

Pitcher #2: Josh Tomlin, CLE

Salary: $5,700

Analysis: Backing Tomlin always makes me a little bit queasy. I mean this is a guy who was in the Cy Young conversation early, and was 11-3 in mid-July, however going 1-5 in your last 9 starts won’t help your cause in any sport, especially as a starting pitcher. However Tomlin’s Indians could clinch the division on Sunday with a win and a Tigers loss against the Royals, which is why I chose Tomlin. Tomlin is 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 8 career starts against the White Sox, and he’s holding the current White Sox lineup to a combined .198 batting average with 24 strikeouts in 116 Chicago at-bats. If we get the same Tomlin from his last start against Kansas City, I like Cleveland’s chances on Sunday.

Catcher: Buster Posey, SF

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: It’s no secret that the Giants are in freefall right now, but a series against the Padres, who waved the white flag weeks ago, might be what San Fran needs, even though San Diego has played well against the Giants this season. Starting for the Padres is Clayton Richard, who has a 3-3 record with a 2.98 ERA this season. However one Giant that has had success against Richard in his brief career, is Buster Posey. Posey is 8-for-20 with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 5 RBI while yet to be struck out by Richard. If San Fran is going to keep up in the playoff race, they need big performances down the stretch, especially from guys like Posey.

1st Base: Anthony Rizzo, CHIC

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: Rizzo wasn’t the most expensive option on the board, so whenever that happens, I usually jump on it which is exactly what I did here. Rizzo and the Cubs have everything locked up heading into the final week of the season, all they are chasing is the elusive 100-win season, which would be the Cubs’ first since 1935. They have 8 opportunities to get 2 wins, including Sunday night against St. Louis and starter Carlos Martinez. Now even though I love Martinez as a pitcher, there are certain guys who just have your number, and for Martinez, Rizzo is one of those guys. Rizzo is a lifetime 7-for-23 with 5 extra base hits including 3 home runs and 7 RBI in his career against Martinez, and with the laser focus the Cubs are exhibiting as of late, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rizzo added to those state en route to win #99.

2nd Base: Dustin Pedroia, BOS

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: This is an awesome price for Pedroia, considering how Boston has been rolling as of late. The Red Sox finish their series with the Rays on Sunday, and Tampa sends Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face off against Boston. Pedroia is 9-for-24 in his career against Odorizzi, with 3 extra base hits including a home run and 2 RBI. Odorizzi has fallen off a bit since his hot start post all-star break, which gives me enough confidence to back Pedroia and the Red Sox, who can taste the AL East crown.

3rd Base: Josh Donaldson, TOR

Salary: $4,700

Analysis: This pick almost seems crazy considering Donaldson has yet to record a hit in 15 at-bats against New York starter Michael Pineda, however Pineda is 0-1 in his last 8 starts. 8 starts! I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes 9 on Sunday, as the Yankees have yet to score in the first two games against Toronto, and to win, you need some run support, and I’m not sure Pineda gets it. On the other side I think Donaldson snaps out of his personal slump against Pineda on Sunday.

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, BOS

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Bogaerts is another member of the Red Sox who has had success against Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi, to the tune of 8 hits in 23 career at-bats, with 5 extra base hits and 3 RBI. Again, the Red Sox are so close to clinching the division, and the bats have been hot all season, so why not back them here against a pitcher in Odorizzi who has cooled off big time.

Outfielder #1: Rajai Davis, CLE

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Alright, so Davis may only have 1 hit in his last 7 games, but there’s a great opportunity for him to turn it around on Sunday as the Indians face off against the White Sox and starter Carlos Rodon. Davis has had his fair share of success against Rodon, going 6-for-12 with 2 extra base hits while yet to strike out against Rodon in his career. The Indians could officially lock up the division with a win on Sunday, so they’ll need all hands on deck, Davis included.

Outfielder #2: Justin Upton, DET

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Upton is back on one of his little streaks, and this is an awesome price on a Tiger who has 2 20-point games in his last 3 games heading into Saturday’s action. What makes it an even more awesome price, is Upton’s numbers against Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Upton is a lifetime 11-for-26 with 6 extra base hits, including a home run and 7 RBI against Volquez. If Detroit wants to hold on to one of the two wild-card spots, they need to win games like these, games against a starter like Volquez, who has allowed 4 runs in 4 of his last 5 starts.

Outfielder #3: Mike Trout, LAA

Salary: $5,500

Analysis: This is a product of having $6,000 to play with as your make your last pick. Trout has posted double-digit fantasy points in 7 of his last 8 and looks to improve on that total in Sunday’s series finale against the Astros. Now although Trout has no history against Houston starter Joe Musgrove, the Angels have owned the Astros in this series and have been playing well the last couple of weeks. Trout is still in the AL MVP conversation on a team that is 17 games under .500, flat out ridiculous right? But that’s just how good he is, which is why I’m going to back him on Sunday.

Salary Remaining (out of $50,000 budget): $500

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:55:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57483
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football Update 9/24/16: Week 3 Key Matchups]]> http://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2016/09/24/fantasy-football-update-9/24/16-week-3-key-matchups#comments With Week 3 in the NFL getting going again tomorrow, now’s a good time to head to the waiver wire in the world of fantasy football. Let’s check out a few trending adds and matchup plays for the weekend games and see which guys might make good pickups. 

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: Let’s kick things off in South Beach and check out Ajayi. He’s a trendy add right now, thanks to lead RB Arian Foster’s injury. Even better, he’s facing an incompetent Cleveland defense tomorrow. 

Ajayi was a hot add heading into the season, but hasn’t…

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With Week 3 in the NFL getting going again tomorrow, now’s a good time to head to the waiver wire in the world of fantasy football. Let’s check out a few trending adds and matchup plays for the weekend games and see which guys might make good pickups. 

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: Let’s kick things off in South Beach and check out Ajayi. He’s a trendy add right now, thanks to lead RB Arian Foster’s injury. Even better, he’s facing an incompetent Cleveland defense tomorrow. 

Ajayi was a hot add heading into the season, but hasn’t seen much use so far. He’ll get a chance to show his stuff tomorrow, and may get some extra reps heading forward if he does well. 

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Howard burst onto the scene in Week 2, bagging three carries for 22 yards in a loss against the Eagles. He’s coming out of a good week of practice and will likely start taking up some reps from Bears No. 1 RB Jeremy Langford. 

Howard is more of a grab-and-stash at the moment, but deeper leaguers can consider starting him. He gets a mid-range matchup against the Cowboys this weekend. 

Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Once a must-have fantasy play, Sproles is now owned in just under 40 percent of the leagues out there. He’s coming off 12 carries for 40 yards last week, but could see that number increase tomorrow. 

Sproles’ ability to catch passes out of the backfield will serve him well in Week 3, as he goes up against a stout Pittsburgh run defense. PPR owners in deeper leagues may give him a spin. 

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph was once a must-own as well, but is now out there in over 65 percent of fantasy leagues. He’s coming off three catches on eight targets for 31 yards and a TD in Week 2. 

Rudolph will go against a fairly tough Panthers defense this week, but Carolina has been relatively permissive to opposing tight ends so far. 

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Let’s go back to that Dolphins-Browns matchup this week, as just about anyone from Miami is good to start at the moment. Tannehill is coming off a pretty good game against New England, throwing for 387 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. 

Tannehill works as a lower-end QB start this week, thanks to Cleveland’s permissive pass defense. We could see some big numbers (finally) from Tannehill. 

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:56:04 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57447