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Weekend Recap

October 10, 2011 Leave a comment

This weekend we saw a lot of action in sport’s and I will try to get an overview on what happened this Columbus Day weekend.

Fantasy NFL

Standouts-

Victor Cruz- If it wasn’t for the miraculous one-handed tipped ball he caught for a long touchdown he wouldn’t have had such eye-popping numbers, but because of the catch he had a great fantasy day for owners who were brave enough to start him.

Benjarvus Green-Ellis- Who saw this day coming? Not many people would’ve predicted that Green-Ellis would rush for 136 yards and 2 TD’s especially when most thought Stevan Ridley would steal some looks from him.

Ben Roethlisberger- Seemingly playing on a bad right ankle, Ben still was able to throw for 5 TD’s against a good Titans defense, we knew Ben was great, but this performance was on another level.

Jimmy Graham-  This man is a match-up nightmare for defenses with his size and athleticism, reminds me of a lankier Tony Gonzalez.  He is probably the best tight end in the game right now, and many people don’t even know about him.

Duds-

Philip Rivers- Rivers continues to let down fantasy owners who most likely spent a high draft pick on him expecting high yardage games, and lots of TD’s.  Rivers has been nothing but mediocre, and he should have had better numbers than 250 pass yards, and a touchdown against the Broncos.

Josh Freeman- Probably the worst performance of his career, throwing for only 187 yards and 2 interceptions.  In my league he only put up a whopping 3 points, which is an awful day for many who thought he was going to be a top 10 QB by the end of the year.

Isaac Redman- Many thought he was slated to have a huge game with Rashard Mendenhall out against the Titans, but it was Jonathan Dwyer who took the spotlight from Redman who rushed for 107 yards, to Redman’s 49 yards.

Darren McFadden- Only 51 rushing yards against the Texans defense is a shocker to most McFadden owners, he looked like he could run all over any defense he goes against.

Larry Fitzgerald- In a ppr league Fitz had a 10 point game, which is alright but most would think he would be able to put up more against a Vikings defense, especially when they were getting blown out most of the game.

Dallas Clark- Clark was featured in my Sit Em this week, and proved me right.  He had only 1 catch for 7 yards, showing how much of a difference Peyton Manning makes on his favorite Tight End.

MLB

– My worst nightmare just keeps getting worse and worse every time I see the Brewers and Cards play.  Last night was no exception when I saw the Brewers just pile on the Home runs against the Cardinals and Jaime Garcia.  I would love the Brewers to get out of the Playoffs already so that the Cubs can focus on getting Prince Fielder for next year.  For now I’m going to have to live through another Wisconsin team going deep into the playoffs. Oh joy…

– The Rangers took game 1 against the Tigers in a boring rain delayed game, that most probably didn’t bother watching on Saturday night.  C.J. Wilson came back after the long rain delay then started getting rocked by the Tigers, then another rain delay ensued and Alexi Ogando came in a shut the door on the Tigers,  Going up 1-0, with Game 2 tonight in Arlington.

Blackhawks

– The Blackhawks split the season opening home and home against the Dallas stars Friday and Saturday night.  They lost Friday 2-1, Nick Leddy scored the only Hawks goal with only 13 seconds left in the 3rd period, they had there scoring chances on Friday but they couldn’t seem to find the back of the net.  Saturday with the return of Dave Bolland, the Hawks were played some inspired hockey in front of the United Center crowd.  Bolland (2), Toews, Brunette, and Sharp all scored in the 5-2 win against the Stars backup goalie Andrew Raycroft.  Their next scheduled game is Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets formally known as the Atlanta Thrashers.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Night Recap/ Friday night outlook

October 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Well thank god I’m not a gambler, because I said I couldn’t think of someone worse to put out there than Doug Fister for the Tigers, and what do you know he gets the W and moves the Tigers on to the ALCS against the Texas Rangers.  Detroit were led by back to back homeruns in the first inning by Don Kelly, and Delmon Young.  Young mostly known for his altercation with the umpire, where he threw his bat at him during a minor league game, is slowly becoming the Cody Ross of this year’s playoffs.  He tied a Tigers postseason series record with 3 homeruns in the ALDS.  He was pulled in the middle of the game because of a strained oblique in which he said he’ll try to be ready for Saturday if not they do have some depth in the outfield with Ryan Raburn, and Brennan Boesch.

Jim Leyland looked like a genius for not putting in Verlander, which I thought from the beginning they were gonna save him for the ALCS, that is very promising for the Tigers having Verlander most likely available for 3 games out of the 7 coming up.  Jose Valverde stayed perfect again for not blowing a save all year, playoffs or regular season, and I was kind of surprised he didn’t have a bigger celebration after striking out Alex Rodriguez to end the game.

NHL

The NHL season got underway with the Flyers topping the reigning Stanley Cup Champions Boston Bruins 2-1, Roberto Luongo didn’t help his cause in Vancouver by having a save percentage below .900 and letting up 3 goals, and eventually losing in a shootout 4-3.  Look for Corey Schneider to take over sometime during this season for the Canucks.

Friday night Previews

– The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars in their regular season opener, the Stars have a new coach in Glen Gulutzan, look for them to play with a passion tonight in Dallas.  I think Jonathan Toews will have his club ready for this one, and look to dominate the first two games of the season as the clubs also play each other in Chicago tomorrow night, in a home and home series.

–  The two NLDS game 5’s are tonight with the Cardinals vs Phillies, and Brewers vs. Diamondbacks.  I would love for both teams on the NL Central to lose tonight so I don’t have to hear all next year when the Cubs face either the Brewers, or Cardinals and they make it to the World Series.  I look for Roy Halladay to pitch the complete game tonight against the Cards, and look for Ian Kennedy to throw a gem tonight in Milwaukee, the young stud doesn’t lose two in a row quite often after going 21-4 this season.

– I will have my Start em and Sit em tonight posted later tonight for Week 5 of this NFL Season, and will have my predictions for all the games this weekend. 

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Barry Melrose FTW!

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Barry Melrose has once again picked the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup in the 2011-2012 season, we can recall he picked them to win it in the beginning of the year in the 2009-2010 season.  He also picked the Canucks and the Bruins to be in the finals last year, but had the Canucks winning.  So whatever Barry Melrose says basically goes!! LETS GO HAWKS!!

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Blackhawks Roster Set and Ready for the Regular Season

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Brandon Saad, Hawks 2011 2nd round draft pick

Just two days before the season is set to begin for the Blackhawks against the Dallas Stars, the final roster has been set with some surprising young guys making the roster.  Brandon Saad had an impressive preseason for the hawks, and has been raved about by coach Q.  He was the Hawks second round pick of the 2011 draft, and already finds himself on the first line with Jonathan Toews and  Patrick Sharp.  That’s pretty good knowing you have two superstars on the same line with you, being able to make the transition to the NHL easier. 

Patrick Kane is making the transition to Center, after having some couple good games in the dot, Kane looks like he’ll be centering for Brunette and Hossa. You can find Kane rushing the center of the ice most of the time during the game anyways, and he’s said to be good in the face-off circle, so it might not be as bad as many people seem.

Corey Crawford finally comes in this year knowing that he will be the top goaltender and not having to worry about his job, not only does this do good for himself, but also for the Hawks.  His confidence should be very high going into the season, after having one of the best years in the NHL for goaltenders in 2010.  Ray Emery made the cut to be Craw’s backup, a good signing by the Hawks I believe, I’m really not to worried about the bad preseason he had between the pipes.

The Hawks added more character and physicality with the signings of Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Sean O’Donnell and Steve Montador.  These signings will

do the Hawks greatly this season, having good guys in the locker room, and the physical aspect of it on the ice.  Troy Brouwer, John Scott, and Bryan Bickell were mostly the only three guys last year who took that part as enforcers, which didn’t do Brouwer any good.

The last thing I want to talk about is the great improvement the Hawks have at defense this year, the one aspect I am most excited about.  It looks like Keith and Seabrook will start the year on different pairings, like they usually have the last couple of years.  Seabs should be on a line with Hjalmarsson, and Keith with Leddy.  These are two solid top defensive lines, then you add Montador, O’Donnell, Lepisto, and Scott, Coach Q has 4 extra guys to tinker with for the final D pairing.  This depth is so good, that it reminds me of the Stanley Cup season, having so many role players and characters.

This Hawk team I think will surprise a lot of people in the Central Division this season, and hopefully they are more hungry for the Stanley cup than ever.

Fantasy Wrap up Weeks 1-4

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

This fantasy year so far has been an exciting one, yet interesting one as usual.  In a standard PPR league if you were to tell me that Darren Sproles and Fred Jackson were in the top 10 I would tell you your crazy, but that is the case right now.  Darren Sproles is off to an amazing start with the Saints and their high powered offense with 26 receptions and 224 yards thus far, along with 134 yards rushing.  I myself drafted Mark Ingram in the fourth round thinking he was going to be the primary and goal line back, but that thinking has backfired on me.

As for Quarterbacks, the top 2 are Brady and Rodgers, which we all saw coming, but Cam Newton being 3rd in most scoring leagues is quite the shocker.  Most people were doubters of Newton coming out of Auburn, but he has resurrected not only the Panthers future, but also Steve Smith’s career.  After having the likes of Jimmy Clausen, and Matt Moore throwing him the ball last year, Smith has already put up close to the numbers he had through all of last year in 4 games.  Who ever took a chance of Steve Smith is being rewarded for it right now in all leagues.

Calvin Johnson might be the best WR since Randy Moss in his prime, he looks unstoppable right now and is on pace to shatter Moss’s TD Reception record.  All Matt Stafford (who also is having a monster year) has to do is throw it up his way, and more than likely is going to come down with the ball.  The Lions themselves look dominant, as a Bears fan it is quite remarkable to see how far they have come the last 5 years.

Later in the week I’ll have my projections and starts and sits of the week, also the NHL season kicks off this week, and I’ll be going over some sleepers for the year, also going over the season preview.