I may have drafted Matt Moore in one league too many this season… Sad to see All Star shortstops such as Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter dwindling away via old age and injuries… Jake Peavy is pitching some amazing hard luck ball… Andrelton Simmons is starting to hit the ball well after a quiet start… This is going to be another good year to own Matt Carpenter… Jesse Chavez and Garret Richards are the big names to pluck off the waiver wire right now… Aroldis Chapman is slowly but surely pitching his way back to health in rehab…
WAIVER WATCH: These are hot players flying off the free agent list and are worth a flier. Blackmon, Charlie RF COL, Morse, Michael LF SF, Chavez, Jesse RP OAK, Solarte, Yangervis LF NYY, Colabello, Chris 1B MIN, Plouffe, Trevor 3B MIN, Richards, Garrett RP LAA, Kelley, Shawn RP NYY
INJURY WATCH: These players should be monitored before your league deadlines on Monday. Jayson Werth, Koji Uehara… short list CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Big fantasy baseball disappointment in that Josh Hamilton will be sidelined six weeks with a thumb fracture. He was playing like the player of old this season… If Mike Minor is available in your league, now is the time to pick him up. He is doing his minor league rehab and doing it well as we speak… Tyson Ross has been a big disappointment to open the season… It’s amazing how Jake Peavy just refuses to fade into the sunset… And Tim Hudson is another oldie but goodie. He seems to enjoy being back in the Bay Area… If Matt Moore is visiting James Andrews, it can’t be good…
If you are fishing on the waiver wire, here are some names to look at: Ftancisco Rodriguez, Justin Smoak, Matt Lindstrom, Sergio Santos, Jose Valverde, Erasmo Ramirez, Emilio Bonifacio and Grady Sizemore… Khris Davis has been a dud so far, but don’t drop him quite yet… Justin Morneau is looking like a candidate to be had in deep fantasy leagues… I wish the Mets would use Lucas Duda more. He is a talent that deserves to be out there all the duda day… Beware of Bryce Harper. Healthy or not, he could break down at any given time…
Next week, we transition to fantasy baseball prep with Hustle Points very Sunday… Unless you play in averages leagues, Dwayne Wade will simply not do for your playoffs, as he stil is not playinng back-to-back nights… Those of you looking for replacements to plug into your fantasy basketball lineup for any given reason should note these guys right now: Jordan Hill, Ramon Sessions, Henry Sims, Gorgui Dieng, Tiago Splitter, Jarret Jack, Samuel Dalembert and Nick Young, among others… In fanasy baseball, Alex Rios seems to be the biggest bargain in fantasy drafts, falling below the Average Draft Position for no apparent reason. Michael Wacha seems to be the most popular sleeper pitcher around, followed by Sonny Gray… And finally, a piece of advice. If you are not a patient person with lots of time to to spare, and you just can’t get java aps to work on your phone, do NOT play in leagues with slow drafts. It will make your head hurt. I have never been so tied down to the house in my life or carried around so many scraps of draft note paper when I had to leave. Just sayin’.
WAIVER WIRE WATCH: Take the time to grab these guys if still available, as they are flying off the wire… Gorgui Dieng, Jarett Jack, Kris Humphries, Drew Gooden, Dion Waiters, Shaun Livingston, Kyle O’ Qinn, Ray Allen, Mo Williams…
INJURY WATCH: Check the status on these players before using them for the week ahead… Andre IguLodola, Luol Deng, Eric Gordon, La Marcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Kyle Korver, JJ Hickson, Nikola Petkovic, Russell Westbrook, Nene… click here for more
Word has it that with his performance this spring, Grady Sizemore may serve as a comeback sleeper this season. If he doesn’t get hurt, he could be a late round bargain pick… The Mets are shopping Ike Davis, who could be quite the hitter in a hitter-friendly ballpark… Can’t blame Carmelo Anthony for not wanting to stay in New York… Randy Foye has to be one of the bigger surprises in fantasy basketball, yet is available in so many leagues… When I watch the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets play, I am thinking when did the NBA start a senior league?
No Hustle Points this week due to technical difficulties… sorry… stay tuned
Why would the Denver Nuggets let a perfectly good double-double dude in JJ Hickson come off their bench and play lesser minutes? I still like Mike Dunleavy as an add in deeper leagues, despite a few recently quiet games… Matt Barnes seems to be the top added player in leagues for two straight weeks… OKC should trade Reggie Jackson to a team that can utilize him properly in exchange for a player that can find his niche in their offense… The Minnesota Twins are high on Glen Perkins as their closer and he may see a spike in draft average position early on, as he looks flawless this spring… Here’s a surprise- Jarrod Parker is hurt- again… Masahiro Tanaka could be just the pitcher to take New York by storm for the Yankees. Start spreading the news- uhhh, about his wicked fastball… I love the potential for Evan Gattis this season…
There are reports floating around that the New York Knicks are courting Phil Jackson to be their new coach. All one can do is imagine how that would change the dynamics of that team. They are built for fast break basketball and going with Jackson would most certainly turn the team into a triangle offense team. A lot of the current players on that team would lose fantasy value, as they just can not play that kind of game. I can certainly see Carmelo Anthony and a handful of role players adjusting. While it may keep Tyson Chandler healthier and allow the old vets to run less, that is as far as it goes. That team will need to be rebuilt. Maybe it is time for the Lakers to consider trading Kobe Bryant to that team to sink them further into the ground. Though Kobe is well-versed at the triangle, we know how much Kobe and Phil love each other’s company…