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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 8

By on October 23, 2014 at 6:20pm
Should Jordan Reed be a must-start tight end? (Bruce Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports) Should Jordan Reed be a must-start tight end? (Bruce Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

With not many players on bye this week, there are plenty of match ups to take advantage of in Week 8. There isn’t much time to get back into the playoff race, so don’t tinker too much.

Start ‘Em

Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jacksonville): The Jaguars have a weak secondary and Tannehill should be able to throw the ball a ton against this team. Expect at least a couple touchdowns for the Dolphin. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 8 »

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Injury Fallout: Chara to miss 4-6 weeks

October 24, 2014 at 8:42am in Boston, Bruins, NHL
Zdeno Chara ( Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports)

The Bruins lost to the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night but it turns out they may have a lost a lot more than that. Zdeno Chara, the team’s captain and anchor on the blue line,  suffered a knee injury and did not return to the game. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, maybe more.

This is a huge blow to the team because in Chara they have their leader as well as the most important part of their defense.

“You see your captain go down, and probably your most important player go down. It’s definitely not a great sight to see,” B’s winger Milan Lucic said after the game. “He’s irreplaceable.”

The situation goes from bad to worse when it seems as though Chara may need surgery on top of that. For someone his size, at his age, this is not a good thing to hear. Chara has been a rock for the Bruins in his 9 seasons here, missing only 20 games during that span. Needless to say, his loss will be a very difficult one to replace.

Injury Fallout

So what options to the Bruins have in the wake of his injury? For starters, each of the members of the defense has to step up. This is especially true for Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg, who will be called on to log the most minutes on the team’s top pairing. Adam McQuaid will have to up his physical presence, and Torey Krug will have to be the B’s top weapon on the blue line.

Continue reading Injury Fallout: Chara to miss 4-6 weeks »

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2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips

October 23, 2014 at 6:19pm in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Top Story
Eagles vs Chargers: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Week 7 in the NFL was a rather lackluster week, as I recorded a 2-2 record last week. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had no trouble covering, but that was not the same story for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, as they both flamed out. I look to have a better showing in Week 8 in the NFL. My overall record for the year is currently 14-11.

Take the San Diego Chargers (+9) over the Denver Broncos.

I am not one to usually give advice about the Thursday Night game, but this is a different situation. Continue reading 2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips »

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photo courtesy of Bleacher Report

Greetings millionaires! The Redraft King hopes that you consider donating a portion of your winnings from week 7 to a charity of your choice. Because if you followed my advice last week you probably vanquished all of your fantasy enemies and are now doing the backstroke through mountains of gold coins. So it is with great cheer and self-admiration (with one exception) I review my week 7 advice.

Week 7 Recap:

My prediction that Colin Kapernick and the 49ers would be in a hole against the Broncos was correct, but he was woefully unable to dig his team out. Alex Smith’s 15.7 fantasy points was almost exactly in line with his average fantasy points per game so far this season (15.8).

Continue reading Redraft King: Week 8 2014 Advice »

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Jonathan Drouin (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Your first weekly matchup of fantasy hockey likely wrapped up over the weekend and hopefully you managed to get out of it with a win. If not, don’t sweat it. It’s a long season and there’s still plenty of hockey to be played. At this point, we don’t really put too much stock into hot starts or cold starts with the players in the league.

However, this doesn’t mean that we should ignore the players’ performances thus far, either. Every year, we see players get off to hot starts. Some cool down, whereas others just don’t let up all season and it’s the managers who snagged them early that reap the benefits.

Here’s a list of players worth taking a look at if you need some help on your roster. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

Add now:

TJ Brodie – D - Calgary

There’s a reason Brodie just signed a 5 year extension with his team. He’s been in the league for years, but is now starting to put up points at an elite level. He’s quickly surpassing Giordano and Wideman as the best offensive threat on Calgary’s blue-line. With 7 points already, 3 of them on the power play, go ahead and see if he’s still on your waiver wire. He should’t be.

Sami Vatanen – D - Anaheim

We all thought Cam Fowler would be the one to blossom into an offensive weapon, but Vatanen has taken on that role run with it. He had a fantastic Olympics last in 2012 and is becoming a star in southern California. He’s got 5 points already and will keep it up as long as he’s got weapons like Getzlaf and Perry in front of him. Continue reading Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Adds; Weekly Mailbag »

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San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.

For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:

  • Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
  • Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
  • Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
  • Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
  • Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.

So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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Cowboys vs Broncos: Week 7's prediction for the Super Bowl

After seven weeks, both conferences have new leaders. Multiple division leaders are starting to slip, while other teams are responding by making a move in the standings. Defending champion Seattle lost their second straight game, getting upset by special teams trickery in St Louis. The Jaguars finally got a win, leaving Oakland as the lone winless team. With plenty going on in late October, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 21: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 7 »

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