Even though it feels like there should be a break after The Masters, the grind of the PGA never stops. Sergio Garcia finally earned that elusive major win in a playoff with Justin Rose. It was a great tournament from start to finish despite Dustin Johnson’s absence. The tour heads to Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage this week.
Harbour Town Golf Links is a Pete Dye designed Par 71 that plays just over 7,000 yards. The description alone should lead you to a couple realizations as a PGA DFS player. A Par 71 course means that there will be 11 Par 4s instead of the usual 10. The yardage of Harbour Town puts this as one of the shorter courses on Tour. All of that adds up to the following key stats:
It’s the end of the opening week of baseball and it’s been lovely. Roto teams are busy projecting their finish on a weeks worth of stats, and head-to-head teams are flexing their muscles trying to win that first match-up.
If you find yourself behind headed into this weekend and need some help to squeak out a victory in a few pitching categories, we’ve got your back! Take a look at these match-ups happening over the weekend.
Here we are, just days away from the greatest day of the year, in my opinion. Opening day! Where every team starts back at square one, and dreams of October are still alive for each and every team. Opening day also serves as the official green flag for everyone’s fantasy leagues.
I will start with the caveat: Spring Training stats mean nothing. Less than nothing. I can’t tell you how many times someone has looked great in the spring and plays terribly once the season starts. We don’t base things off Spring Training numbers, but they can confirm suspicions we have about a player. They can also give you an idea of which way that player is trending based on the clubhouse talk given from their managers and GMs. So let’s take one more quick look at a few players who have been trending up or down since spring training started.
Over the course of the previous few seasons, there has been a growing trend of removing the kicker position from fantasy football leagues. Most feel that kicker scoring is either too random to predict (there is good data in the ethos to state otherwise) or should not have as big of an impact on fantasy as say a WR or RB. For those that believe the later, I agree, kickers should not determine outcomes of fantasy games or championships. Just because Justin Tucker goes 4/4 from 50+ on a Sunday in December, doesn’t mean that your team is entitled to win a league playoff game or the ultimate prize, a fantasy football championship.
We do have to remember that kickers are people too, not just on the field to be ridiculed when they miss a PAT or a tackle in the open field. They do belong in fantasy football, but I do believe they should have a slightly reduced role. The slack could be picked up by another aspect of special teams that is typically grouped in with defenses or an afterthought altogether, the return game.
In standard scoring settings (I’ll be using ESPN) all return TDs count for 6 points for an owner’s DST with no regard for the amount of return yardage that is associated with said return. Don’t get me wrong, there are leagues that do reward return yardage to deepen the pool of playable WRs and RBs, but this would be the grouping together of the “3rd phase” of the game into a cohesive scoring system. With a couple of small changes, the issue of kickers determining too much throughout a fantasy season can be addressed and properly grouped along naturally with the return game in what I’m calling Team Special Teams. Continue reading A New Way to Look at Special Teams Scoring→
It’s a dirty and thankless job, and catchers are often an afterthought in the minds of many fantasy owners. That’s because there’s really no fantasy baseball value that rewards baserunners thrown out, perfectly framed pitches, or “most hitting tendencies studied.” While no one can doubt their importance on the actual diamond, that importance is lost in translation when the position is viewed from a fantasy baseball perspective. Catchers typically generate less counting stat production than any other among the starting 9, and to put it bluntly, that can render them useless in the opinions of fantasy owners. It’s true that game-changing, seasonal outcome-affecting power catchers like Piazza and Pudge are a rare, if not altogether missing in fantasy baseball these days.
In this episode, Derrick and Stephen discuss the NFL combine and who’s stock is going up and down. They also discuss NFL news and notes along with the latest free agent signings. Check out this episode!
Monday night, NFL teams and prospects alike made their way home from Indianapolis as the doors closed to the 2017 NFL Combine. As the dust settles on Lucas Oil Stadium, several prospects will go home smiling, knowing that their performance has improved their draft stock, while others will go home worried that they just ruined their shot at being a day one or two pick in the draft.
As the tour makes its way to PGA National in Palm Beach, Florida. PGA National is a Par 70 course that plays just over 7,000 yards. There will be some rain on Wednesday which could soften the greens a bit. But, the wind in the forecast could make an already difficult course even more difficult. We’ll be looking for strokes gained: tee to green, Par 3 and Par 4 scoring, and good drive percentage as our predictors of success.
As a fantasy baseball player, I know how easy it can be to go online and find a list of the Top 10 or Top 20 guys at each position. Each of those lists rattles off the same roster of guys, sometimes in a different order, but the reality of fantasy baseball is that you have no chance of getting a Top 10 guy at each position. If by some chance you have a league like that, please let me know if there is an opening because it’s a league I think I can win.
With Spring Training underway, I want to give you my own list; a full lineup of guys in the American League who are primed for breakout seasons in 2017.