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Thursday, April 24, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday (25th)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Flu-like symptoms? Is that the newest pseudonym for post-concussion syndrome? I'm asking you, Jimmy Howard ... or don't you remember getting hit in the head last game?
  • Seven shots on net at the 14:39 mark of the third period. Do you think the Avs miss Tyson Barrie? Yikes.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday (24th)

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Maxim Lapierre pulled a Matt Cooke, except Patrick Sharp wasn't hurt. But is it really any different? And should he still have been in the game late in the second when he notched the tying goal? Discuss.
  • Paul Martin, postseason leading scorer. WTF? Seriously -- check the list.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Tuesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • I was about to ask if anyone had seen Rick Nash. Then he goes and gets two assists. And I'm left to ask, has anyone seen Rick Nash? #overrated
  • Kristers Gudlevskis pulled the short (and impossible) straw, yet he almost managed to steal Game 4. This kid has a bright future. Anders Lindback? Not so much.
Monday, April 21, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Monday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Antoine Roussel has the biggest coconuts I think I've seen in a while. He popped Ryan Getzlaf in the mask not once, but twice. Hard. That move is either going to inspire his team or make the Quackers very, very angry.
  • It's Miller time. And by that I mean time for a brain fart. He was great AFTER that stinker he let between his legs in the first period. Then again, I'm not surprised. I've come to expect this kind of mental hiccup from him. Sad, really.
Sunday, April 20, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Sunday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Who did the best impression of Bobby Orr -- P. K. Subban or Drew Doughty? My money goes to Pernell Karl. Man, I just love smooth-skating defenders who can take over the game.
  • Brendan Smith -- did you think before you tried to take on Zdeno Chara? I think you're going to hear Chara laughing in your dreams (and nightmares) for the rest of your life. And if you ever do forget, Reilly Smith will remind you every, single summer.
Saturday, April 19, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Saturday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Nathan MacKinnon's first playoff goal? Datsyukian. Wow. Then he backed the great Ryan Suter off the line before setting up the second. #schooled.
  • Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes was ugly. There's no other description. He's not a dirty player and he has no history of this. But he should still have known better. Phone hearing coming up.

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Lift and separate. Divide and conquer. Milan Lucic just has a way of saluting an opponent's manhood, doesn't he? And we think Maxim Lapierre, Matt Cooke and even his teammate Brad Marchand are dirty.
  • Pavel Datsyuk. "Datsyuked." I'm going to just leave it at that. Wow.
Friday, April 18, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Welcome to Broadway, Martin St. Louis -- you successfully elicited the patented stink eye and verbal abuse from Henrik Lundqvist after the errant tip of Andrew MacDonald's point shot. He's been doing it for years, only to apparently express some kind of remorse the next day. At some point, you have to think that wears guys a little thin.
  • Mike Brown and Raffi Torres -- what an antidote to the Kings so-called physical advantage. Still, there were 121 hits in that game. Yes, 121. No matter who wins in the West, they'll limp into the Cup final. Yikes.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Six-foot-six isn't tall if you're always on your knees. Stand up, Anders Lindback -- STAND UP! They already know about that glove hand of yours. Don't give them anything else!
Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mock-It-Yourself: The Cowboys

With over a month to go before the draft, I found a toy that should keep us plenty amused until the real thing comes along.
Monday, March 31, 2014

My NFBC Main Event Team

I drafted it in Vegas Saturday morning. It's a standard 15-team NFBC format with prizes for winning your league and a big ($125 K) overall prize.

Here are the results:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Rotowire/NFBC Online Championship Team

12 teams, 5x5 no-trade league. I wonder what the team that took 8 pitchers with his first 10 picks and cornered the market for speed will do for homers and RBI?
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Favorite Mid-Round Bargains With Stable ADP Trends

With the season going into full-swing as of Sunday night, this will be the last look at some of the recent and relevant ADP trends for those of you who still need to draft. Earlier in the week, we looked at some nice late-round bargains and then Friday we took a final look at how the top-50 overall were shaping up, so it’s only fitting that we wrap things up with a look at the middle. Your first six to eight picks usually set the tone for your draft while your last few are usually reserved for late-round fliers or potential sleeper picks. The middle, however, is the meat of your draft and can be the battleground where your season is won or lost.
Friday, March 28, 2014

A Last-Minute Look at ADP Trends in the Top 50

With the real Opening Day…er….I mean….Night…..coming on Sunday, any leagues that haven’t drafted yet are cramming them in over the next three days. So this figures to be a big weekend for many of us in the fantasy baseball community. If you’re still waiting to draft, then the ADP trends that we have been witnessing over the last month are going to be important for you. Earlier in the week I went over some late-round options you may want to consider, so today we’re going to focus on those first few rounds.
Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Favorite Bargains Based on ADP Trends

As spring training winds down, we’re in crunch time for drafts. With the exception of a few position battles that may or may not be even be decided until the season actually opens, you’ve probably got all the information you’re going to get. You know who’s doing what this spring and what the expectations are heading into the season. In addition to that, you’ve hopefully done a number of mock drafts and have studied the bulk of the ADP data and trends we’ve been discussing since January. It’s a lot to digest, but the payoff in the end is nothing short of spectacular. There’s really nothing better than bringing home a championship and really sticking it to your friends and colleagues.
Monday, March 24, 2014

My Portfolio

Here's my portfolio of players after completing seven of eight drafts:

The Unwanted: Top-10 ADP Fallers

Looking at ADP risers and fallers in the NFBC is a great way to look at some of the trends from your more hardcore fantasy players, but it doesn’t always prepare you for some of those more-casual leagues where reaches tend to be a lot greater. Hardcore fantasy players usually have the good sense to not overreact to spring numbers or rumors and/or news coming out of either Florida or Arizona. The ADP over at Mock Draft Central often gives us a better look at what the casual fantasy players are thinking – who they like, who they don’t and who is gaining or losing in popularity amongst the masses. Earlier in the night we were taking a look at the top-10 ADP risers at MDC over the last two weeks; the popular kids, if you will. Now we’re going to pay some mind to that “loser” over there in the corner; to those kids who are shunned by the popular kids and are cast aside. With the help of the ADP trend report, we are now going to look at the 10 biggest ADP fallers.
Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Popular Kids: Top-10 ADP Risers

Remember back in high school when your class elections were going down? People weren’t necessarily voting for the person whom they thought would do the best job. They were voting for the person they liked the most. It was a popularity contest, not a political election. Well, sometimes when assessing your fantasy baseball draft plan, you need to look at players much in the same way. Not that you’re selecting them based on their popularity, but adjusting your strategy based on it. The more popular they are the higher the auction bid and the higher some people may be willing to reach for them in snake drafts. With the help of the trend report on Mock Draft Central, a good gauge for player popularity amongst the masses, we’re going to check and see just who would have earned a place on the student council had they been in fantasy baseball high school right now.

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