Hey, pickers! I was late posting last week, so this week I’m overcompensating. Of course, anytime I post midweek, I end up changing my picks. So check back for updates. IT was another banner week for The Geek. I hit 11 correct picks, making double-digits all three weeks. Plus, with the Cowboys rally, I went a perfect 5 for 5 in my Super Contest picks. And I’m making up for a bad 2013 by giving rock solid locks so far.
I’m REALLY late with this week’s post, obviously. It’s been one of those weeks. And I’m already off to an 0-1 start by having too much faith in an awful Bucs team. Last week was another strong one: 10-6, overall. 3-2 in the Super Contest and hit my lock of the week.
I apologize for the late changes, but things like Adrian Peterson and Alshon Jeffrey being declared out or highly questionable make a big difference. Below are my revised (and final) pick for Week 2.
Not a bad debut. 10-6 to open the festivities. 4 out of 5 in my Super Contest picks. And 1-0 in my locks. Dawgs went 11-5 last week and I’m riding that trend again this week. I’m taking the points in 10 games this week. We’ll see if there’s a correction. It feels strange to go against 0-1 teams like the Patriots and Saints, but this it’s not 2013 anymore and the NFL is always a’changin’.
Yadier Molina is healthy and ready to start right in time for your fantasy playoffs… Molina was dropped in a lot of leagues, as it was thought by many that his season was over, so he is a definite add if you can get him… Other good free agent grabs include Hector Santiuago, Jorge Soler, Luis Valbuena, Yusmeiro Petit, Mookie Betts, Jordan Schaeffer, and Miguel Gonzalez… Football is back and Pickin’ Winners is always a nice read because the Fantasy Geek comes out of hiding to school ya on betting football…
Here we go. Time for another season of picks against the spread. The purpose of this column is to give you a second opinion on your pick ‘em pool selections and wagers. I have had winning seasons every year so far. And I don’t plan on stopping now. As usual, I’ll also give my top 5 picks, as well as my single lock of the week. NOTE: Last-minute waffle…Seattle over Green Bay!
If you have time to read this, you have time to go to the waiver wire and grab Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker. He has proven himself to be a relevant, competent starting pitcher, yet I see hom sitting on so many fantasy league free agent lists. he is worth having if you have a hole to fill, or in place o f someone who is just filling a hole with, probably, way worse stats… Other potential free agent candidates of note include P Carlos Carrasco, 1b Kennys Vargas, U Steve Pearce, OF Oswaldo Aria and P Jake Peavy… It would be horrible if Brett Gardner had a serious ankle injury, as he is such a competent, dependable stat man… Ryan Braun‘s scare was just a scare. He is good to go… If you do not own Red Sox minor league P Matt Barnes in keeper leagues, go look at his page… Even if it is for a day or rest, it makes me shudder whenever Bryce Harper is out of the Nats’ starting lineup…
If you are riding the waiver wire to find plugs for your roster holes, here are some popular guys to grab if they are still out there: Tommy Medica, Danny Santana, Javier Baez, Dustin Ackley, Josh Reddick, Kyle Kendricks, Chris Carter and Shelby Miller… Corey Kluber has pitched well recently, and today was no exception… Michael Brantley is having a career season. Those enjoying it most probably drafted him late, or took him off the waiver wire… Pedro Alvarez should soon have dual eligibility, as the Pirates move him to first base… I would love Max Scherzer a lot more if the Tigers had a stable closer in place… Hanley Ramirez is hurt again. It should actually only be reported if and when he is healthy…
Sorry that I have not been around. My computers do not mesh well with the new WordPress format and there does NOT seem to be a tech in God’s green earth qualified to fix the problem, but alas, I have managed to borrow a computer long enough to say hello and spew a few things at you that you probably already know. Yet, my ego allows me to believe that there are a few of you left out there that will find these tidbits interesting and useful, so here it goes… Here are some players that are definitely worth a look on the waiver wire; Danny Salazar, Chris Johnson, Brandon McCarthy, Neftali Feliz, Chase Headley, Austin Jackson, Josh Rutledge, and David Phelps. I would also consider Odrisamer Despaigne, if for nothing else but the name value… Sorry to see Michael Wacha lose his season to injury. His potential, as stated before, is unlimited… AJ Pierzynski is actually a catcher to consider if you lost Yadier Molina. He could easily thrive in St. Louis… Pitching in San Francisco could do for Jake Peavy what it has done for Tim Hudson… If you picked up Brett Gardner on waivers or drafted him late this season, good move!!!
We’ve dropped into the abyss that is the All-Star Break. Four days without baseball games (that count). It’s a good time to reflect on the first half and pay some compliments to the overachievers. There has been no shortage of players that have returned incredible value on their draft positions…if they were even drafted. Here is The Fantasy Geek’s All-Value All-Star Team. One player at each position who has been the most pleasant surprise.
Happy Fourth of July. Good day for bbq, beer and baseball I suppose. Everybody else is out playing, so now is a good time to run to the waiver wire and beat everyone to these dudes: Mookie Betts, Steve Pearce, Mike Zunino, Jesse Hahn, Santiago Casilla, Jake McGee, CJ Cron and Mike Leake… Yangervis Solarte, needless to say, is no longer a hot commodity… Jair Jurrjens is on his way back to the MLB with the Rockies. He may be worth a look… Khris Davis was a good sleper prediction after all, I suppose… There is no good news for Angel Pagan owners as he is out at least til the break…