B1G Heads East

BG Maryland and Rutgers have become official members of the Big Ten.  This comes also with the announcement of the partnership between the Big Ten and Big East.  Both moves come at the right time to expand the footprint East.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 16: Lincecum Saw and No Hit

HG - Major League Baseball has hit the All-Star break and for fantasy owners, this marks right around two thirds mark of your league schedule.  Despite what could have been a lousy start for your team, if you are near the break even point you are still in contention for a playoff spot.  But what for most owners is a long week 16, playoff pushes need to begin in earnest now as baseball gets rolling again tomorrow.

If somehow Tim Lincecum is still available, and he is in some leagues, grab him ASAP.  The former Cy Young award winner is back on as he has been nearly unhittable since June 25 with an microscopic ERA of 0.29 and a WHIP of 0.63 covering 30 innings.  Does Tim Lincecum have to do anymore to be owned in all leagues?

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Bulls’ Consolation

BG The 2014 free agent class was as impressive as the 2010 class, and the Chicago Bulls tried to put themselves in a position to be players.  The Bulls went hard after Carmelo Anthony, but unlike 2010, they didn’t clean out part of the roster and left with nothing.

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LeBron Goes Home

BG For anyone that’s not a Cavs fan, there’s disappointment that the King didn’t pick there team.  However, it’s as close to a feel good story as you can.  Even being a fan of other teams, most can’t help but cheer for at least one championship in the desolate sports area known as Cleveland.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 11: Danks A Lot

HG - Welcome fantasy owners to the halfway flag as the regular season is turning the post to start the second half which begs the question, “Are you still in it?”  Unless your league is top heavy, most fantasy owners still have a chance to make the playoff and the key to that is the continual upgrading of your roster.

This week’s top pick up is the White Sox’s John Danks.  He has has over come a slow start to his 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery last year.  After making a mechanical change to his delivery, he has been very tough to score upon with an sub two ERA and WHIP under one.  While staff ace and teammate Chris Sale will always get top billing, Danks is now also a valuable fantasy starter.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 10: Homering In

HG - With the midway point of fantasy regular season approaching, injuries keep mounting while owners who are behind still have time to make a run.  But retooling your team means being aware of those hot players worth adding to help your teams’s turn around.

This goes hand in hand with the pick up of the week, the Cincinnati Red’s Homer Bailey who has overcome such a torrid start to his 2014 campaign.  After signing his big extension during the off season, it certainly looked like Bailey was trying to justify why they signed him for 6 years and 105 million.  Bailey has accomplished that and is back to a must own for all fantasy owners in all leagues.

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Back to the Pacer Drawing Board

BG With the Eastern Conference decided, it was very disappointing.  All season, in a dreadful East, it was going to be Pacers and Heat.  After a close seven game series last year everyone was ready for an even better and close series in which maybe, just maybe, the Heat may finally be knocked off their perch.  But that didn’t happen, not even close.

Probably never, there hasn’t been a team that finished in the final four of any league that was left as disappointing and with as many questions as the Indiana Pacers.  The bench was ‘deeper’, there is a budding ‘superstar’ in Paul George and plenty of trees down low for Indiana.  These were all the recipes for the supposed blueprint to knock off the Hollywood Miami Heat.  Instead, it almost seems like the Pacers have to go back to the drawing board.

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Hammons Big Return?

BG - Now that the dust has settled a bit the big news for the basketball team, stuck in a lot of bad, is the return of center A. J. Hammons.  A lone bright spot of good news in another awful season West Lafayette.  Some will say so what in a season that was marred by bad, so is his return even a good thing?

The Boilermakers have seen a lot of turnover the last two seasons with graduations and transfers.  Some of them were missed, but most will be a welcomed addition by subtraction.  Most notably, the loss of the Johnson brothers.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 9: Springing Forward

HG - June is just around the corner for fantasy owners as week number nine is on tap as most fantasy seasons are getting close to the half way point.  Injuries continue to mount as owners need reinforcements to keep their teams in playoff contention.

George Springer, who was called up in April, has rebounded from his early struggles in a big way.  He is hitting 400 in his last ten games with five long balls in his last four games to bump his total to 8 homers and 25 RBI.  Springer is hitting 325 with an on base of 404 and a slugging percent of 687 along with 19 runs scored.  He is this week’s top pick up of the week and a absolute must addition.

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Fantasy Baseball Week 8: Help-Phil Hughes

HG - As the month of June approaches, baseball is at the one third point of the year and so is fantasy baseball.  Injuries continue to mount all around the MLB making playing the waiver wire that more important.

The pick up of the week is Minnesota starter Phil Hughes, who left New York to rebuild his career.  After a horrid start to his season in April, May has been sweet music to the ears of the Twinkies’ righty.  He started May with an ERA of 6.43, but with the dominance he his put on display to the dismay of opposing batters, has dropped it to 3.15.  Hughes’ hot streak doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon.

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