Planning Makes Perfect: Fantasy Clicks
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It's still a little early to start making playoff plans, but if you have a team in the mix, you might be wise to read up on the six players who could almost single-handedly guide a team to a fantasy title. The Hazean has broken down which fantasy studs have the most comfortable (read: easy) final three games. Of course, knowing who to get and getting that player are different stories.
Could the NHL be in the middle of an offensive renaissance? Sort of, according to (http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/otf/comments/back_to_the_90s/) Dirk Hoager, who writes the Forecheker column at Kukla's Korner. While scoring isn't breaking any records, shot attempts are flying at a steady increase over the past few seasons. Eventually, some of those pucks have to find the red light, right?
Setting a lineup in fantasy baseball isn't as simple as maximizing games played. At least, it shouldn't be. So says the experts at The Hardball Times as they detail some of the more important statistical nuances in the game, particularly whether hits come via fly balls or line drives. It seems those numbers not only are important for hitters, but pitchers, too.
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Football Outsiders found an interesting blog by the Baltimore Sun's Bill Ordine arguing that rookie Ray Rice can be the Ravens' version of the Eagles' multifaceted Brian Westbrook. That's a bit much to swallow after eight games, but if Rice turns out to be a poor man's Westbrook with better health, we suspect Ravens coaches and fans alike wouldn't be too disappointed.
It happens every season; some player no one drafts emerges out of nowhere to become a valuable fantasy contributor. Who might become the star of the early waiver-wire period this season? How about DeMarcus Nelson? Who, you ask? The Golden State Warriors' starting point guard, that's who. Why? We'll let Matt Satten at Dropping Dimes explain.
Though last week's Giants win in Pittsburgh suggests the tables may be turning, Big Ben Roethlisberger still should have been the Giants' pick in the 2004 draft instead of Eli Manning, argues Cold Hard Football Facts. No matter how many ways the numbers argue for Big Ben, we can't imagine any Giants fan would give back last February's Super Bowl win to prove the point.
Librarians may not have the jazziest reputations, but if you're looking for answers there are few people better. Like the Fantasy Football Librarian, who offers daily links to the best advice found on the Web, from waiver wire pickups to sleepers and start 'em/sit'ems. All that knowledge and you don't even need a library card.
At long last, SI.com has a fantasy football game, complete with all of the drafts, waiver wires, stats and analysis you need. Take the grand tour here and sign up a league. Heck, sign up two leagues if you want. We'll be waiting.