It seemed like the NBA playoffs would never get here. Maybe that’s because we were forced to watch so much subpar basketball played by teams that had no interest in winning. Glad to see the tankers on the sidelines so we can watch some real hoops! This column will feature round 1 NBA playoff picks. I know, I know. It’s a little late and there’s already been a game played in each of the matchups. But it’s been mostly chalk so far, with only the 5 seeds beating the 4 seeds thus far. Get details about the NBA lines for the playoffs.
Stolen bases are tough to draft. Many times, by taking a speedster in the middle rounds, you get the stolen bases…but little else. Some the leading base swipers barely crack 3 home runs and 40 RBI. That’s why it’s tough to stomach spending a mid-round pick or significant dollar amount on these one- or two-dimensional players.
Baseball season is right around the corner, and those who play fantasy baseball are analyzing as many players as possible. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out, but certain players are going to have opportunities to succeed. Here are three low-risk, high-reward players to target in 2015.
Everyone seems to be high on the young pitching staff for the New York Mets. In order for them to live up to their potential, the starting catcher will need to play well in fantasy baseball. He is already a very good defensive catcher, but is bat has been a little bit inconsistent. People should be optimistic about his 2nd half of the season in 2014, as he was able to up his average to .265 while hitting 7 home runs. With not a lot of depth at catcher, he is one guy with potential to exceed expectations quite a bit.
It is pretty amazing what one season can do to a player and his perception in fantasy baseball. Last year, Bogaerts was the hot prospect being drafted way too early. This year, everyone already seems to be writing him off, despite the fact that he is all of 22 years of age. Boston seems content to move him to shortstop full time, and he was much more comfortable at the plate once they stopped moving him around. With a better offense around him in Boston, he could have the season in 2015 everyone expected in 2014.
On paper, the Toronto Blue Jays have one of the most intimidating offenses in the game. They feel like they are going to be contenders in the American League East, but the pitching staff will need to hold up enough to make that a reality. Drew Hutchison is just one youngster who should be able to pitch much better in 2015. He strikes out almost a batter an inning, and he has the kind of stuff that could make him pretty dominant. His location is still improving, but he’s a pitcher with plenty of potential.
As a frustrated fantasy owner, I am finding it hard to wrap my head around the entire Kobe Bryant situation. He seems to be unavailable to play in back-to-back games, as the management of a sinking Laker ship has deemed it necessary to sit the star guard out to preserve his physical abilities. Yet they now seem to be resting him in non-consecutive night scenarios now. This makes the stat sheet filling stud a dud, as one can put him in their weekly lineup and on any given night be rewarded with a great big zero across the board. At least when the Heat did this this with Dwayne Wade last season, as long as he was relatively healthy, he only missed the second night of back-to-back games, and fantasy players knew what they could count on. I mean, where the courtesy to the popular pastime of fantasy basketball here? It is relatively safe to assume this trend will continue until the aimless Lake Show chooses to shut down KB24 for the season, and then he, himself, will choose to call it a career… not the way to go out, while on my barely contending team…
Whoever managed to pick up Draymond Green during the David Lee injury fiasco, good for you… Green is a player who will fill stat sheets for the great unwashed for many seasons to come. He has the ability to pass the ball with great success on nights his shooting might slightly be off, hence, the dimes. With Lee in the latter years of his career, he is most likely to stay a key reserve or move on in a trade. he is not to be discarded yet, as there is so much frailty in the Warriors’ frontcourt that he could be a starting center at some point.
It was looking like a possible 4-for-4 last week. Then the Colts threw a wrench in those plans. They may not be done. It ended up a 3-or-4 week, but I missed my lock of the Broncos. Now, we head to the Conference Championships. These spreads are tough, with both lines hovering around a touchdown.
Back for Week 2 of the NFL postseasons. No real surprises in the Wild Card Round, but a picked-up flag made things interesting. Though the perfect postseason is already down the drain, it was still a nice slate for The Geek. I went 3-1, only dropping the Cowboys-Lions tilt. I also hit my lock of the Colts -3.5. Things get tougher as we head into the Divisional round. There are no Ryan Lindleys to pick on!
That’ll do it for the regular season. It was a strange (as usual) Week 17. I finished the regular season with a thud, going 6-10 to bring my season record to a very pedestrian 128-126. But, hey, it’s still over .500. Not far enough over,. however, if you want to make money. My Super Contest five (2-3 in Week 17) ended 50-35…not too shabby. That’s a 59% clip. Not good enough to win, but I’ll have to check to see if that would’ve landed me in the money. It was a truly fantastic season for my locks, as I hit the Jets in the final week to go 13-4. All of that quickly shrinks in the rearview mirror now. It’s time to focus on the playoffs!
Down to the final week. Hopefully, you’re in contention for the overall points lead, but if not, you can at least go out on a winning note. I’m 6 points back in my Pick ‘Em pool, so I’m going for a 15-out-of-16 week to come out of nowhere to take the title.
The slump is over. I thought like a sharp and the results came. Sometimes it’s tough to back bad teams, but as they say, the spread is the great equalizer. Last week, I went a season-best 11-5. It was a 4-1 week in the Super Contest. And my lock of the Bills not only covered, but won outright.
This is as bad as it’s ever been. a 6-10 week to drop me under .500 for the season. But it’s no time to wallow in defeat. It’s time to rally and get beck over the threshold. There may not be enough weeks left to get to the top of the standings. But weekly prizes are still in play.