DiRTy Plays – Tuesday’s NBA Breakdown

March 10th, 2015

 

Tuesday’s NBA Fantasy Breakdown

Each week we are going to provide you with a breakdown of each position based on Fan Duel and DraftKings scoring parameters to show you who has been producing and who you should consider over the next week.  These rankings are solely based on point production for each of these sites.  Since the PG position has been the most productive we have limited our results to publish to any player averaging above 30 fantasy points per game over their last 5 games played.  The remaining positions will display rankings for players who have averaged over 25 fantasy points per game over their last 5 games.


Fan Duel Point Guards

Ranking Player Fan Duel PPG
1 R. Westbrook 71.85
2 C. Paul 49.96
3 R. Rubio 40.04
4 J. Wall 39.04
5 D. Lillard 39.02
6 M. Williams 37.56
7 S. Curry 36.4
8 T. Evans 35.46
9 G. Hill 33.7
10 R. Jackson 32.82
11 J. Lin 32.7
12 K. Lowry 32.2
13 T. Lawson 31.46
14 T. Parker 30.32
15 G. Dragic 30

No surprise here, Westbrook leads this group but can you believe that is this overwhelming.  It is one thing for us to write it but now you can physically see how much better he has been than everyone else.  This is why he is a must play until Durant comes back, I should say, if Durant comes back.  Other notable players are Rubio coming in just over 40 fantasy points per game and Tony Parker just cracking the 30 point list.  Parker is still cheap considering this valuable position on Fan Duel and you should consider him as he just went for 40+ in his previous contest.

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DraftKings Point Guards

Ranking Player DraftKings PPG
1 R. Westbrook 75.45
2 C. Paul 51.5
3 R. Rubio 41.6
4 J. Wall 41.1
5 D. Lillard 40.9
6 M. Williams 38.75
7 S. Curry 38.6
8 T. Evans 37.8
9 G. Hill 34.7
10 R. Jackson 34.65
11 J. Lin 33.7
12 K. Lowry 32.875
13 T. Lawson 32.45
14 G. Dragic 31.7
15 E. Bledsoe 31.25
16 I. Thomas 31.15
17 T. Parker 30.75

Not much difference in rankings here across both sites but again you can see Westbrook averaging an unthinkable 75.45 fantasy points per game.  As we have noted for you, if you score 300+ on DraftKings you will cash over 90% of the time.  When Westbrook is playing he gets you 25% of this number lately so you only need to average 32 points for the remaining 7 players.  Rubio comes in 3rd and for most he is an unknown in fantasy as the T-Wolves are terrible in terms of their record and most of their game don’t make it to national TV.  That’s why you need to follow us on Twitter @TheDirtCanon and we will provide you all the information you need during each nights games so you can be in the know without having to purchase the NBA League Pass.  One other key notable here is Reggie Jackson.  Since coming to Detroit he has put up huge numbers and is free to score the ball given there isn’t really a backup for him and he has two monsters down low that rebound the basketball.  He will have a huge night tonight against the Lakers.


Fan Duel Shooting Guards

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 J. Harden 52.45
2 V. Oladipo 41.26
3 D. Wade 39.56
4 D. DeRozan 37.26
5 M. Ellis 28.86
6 R. Stuckey 27.86
7 G. Henderson 27.76
8 G. Antetokounmpo 26.94
9 K. Martin 26.1
10 G. Neal 25.66
11 J. Redick 25.24
12 K. Thompson 25.24

“The Beard” tops our list of SG’s bud did you know that Oladipo has been jumping up this list over the past couple of weeks.  He has now averaged over 40 fantasy points per game over his last five and is becoming a Must Have on our daily NBA fantasy DiRTy Plays.  We will continue to highlight these players and key notables in the future.  Gary Neal has been strong and he still doesn’t crack the $4,500 marker on Fan Duel so if you need to save some cap space and still need to get a solid 25 spot look for Neal to be your guy down the stretch to the NBA Playoffs.

 

DraftKings Shooting Guards

Rankings Player DraftKings PPG
1 J. Harden 55.2
2 V. Oladipo 42.85
3 D. Wade 41.425
4 D. DeRozan 38.25
5 M. Ellis 29.9
6 R. Stuckey 28.8
7 G. Henderson 28.65
8 K. Martin 26.7
9 J. Redick 26.55
10 G. Neal 26.15
11 K. Thompson 26.15
12 J. Smith 25.65
13 T. Johnson 25.5
14 B. Beal 25.25
15 B. Knight 25.05

Dwayne Wade and DeMar DeRozan have been on a nice run over the last two weeks of play and should be considered on nights where there aren’t too many PG’s and PF’s that are high caliber players.  It’s tough to spend on SG’s when you must have an Anthony Davis in your lineup and a Westbrook as your PG.  That said, Wade has put up 40+ fantasy points in 3 consecutive games and with Whiteside having maturity problems, causing fights in every contest, DWade will put up numbers for your lineup and let us help you find the others you need to win.

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Fan Duel Small Forwards

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 L. James 45.66
2 K. Leonard 40.12
3 R. Gay 39.84
4 D. Green 39.54
5 K. Middleton 32.76
6 G. Hayward 32.48
7 A. Wiggins 30.2
8 N. Batum 29.46
9 T. Harris 28.88
10 D. Gallinari 28.14
11 P. Tucker 25.8
12 W. Chandler 25.14

King James tops this list with Durant out he will continue to do so.  It is important to note that quietly Leonard has put up some big numbers of late and the Spurs are fine tuning for their playoff run winning 5 straight.  Leonard has been a big part of that and will continue to do so.  PJ Tucker has been a Sleeper of late and now you can see why, this position doesn’t typically put up big numbers on your fantasy lineup unless you have James and Tucker has been less than $5,000 for most of February and March this year.

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DraftKings Small Forwards

Rankings Player DraftKings PPG
1 L. James 48.05
2 R. Gay 41.5
3 K. Leonard 40.8
4 K. Middleton 33.9
5 G. Hayward 33.75
6 A. Wiggins 30.9
7 N. Batum 30.8
8 T. Harris 29.65
9 G. Antetokounmpo 29.1
10 D. Gallinari 29
11 P. Tucker 27.35
12 W. Chandler 26.35
13 J. Green 25.6
14 D. Carroll 25.325
15 M. Kidd-Gilchrist 25.05

Rudy Gay and Chris Middleton have been strong producers on DraftKings for the SF position.  They are both producing 33+ points per game of late and affordable which has been the key to success for this position.  Don’t overspend here unless you go with King James and look for Sleepers on our daily DiRTy Plays so you can keep raking in the dollars.

Fan Duel Power Forwards

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 A. Davis 58.81
2 L. Aldridge 41.1
3 G. Monroe 39.88
4 P. Millsap 35.81
5 N. Noel 35.8
6 D. Favors 35.04
7 P. Gasol 34.78
8 S. Ibaka 33.32
9 T. Jones 31.92
10 N. Mirotic 31.84
11 K. Love 31.68
12 K. Faried 30.62
13 Z. Randolph 29.1
14 A. Bargnani 28.56
15 B. Bass 26.16
16 Josh Smith 26.1
17 E. Ilyasova 25.1

Anthony “The Brow” Davis is on a tear just like Westbrook almost averaging 60 fantasy points per game over his last 5.  The Pelicans and Thunder are going to give us all we can handle down the stretch as they both look to get into that 8th seed in the West.  That means that Davis will continue to be a Must Have and should be considered every night he plays.  Remember last week when Westbrook put up 82 and Davis put up 78.  They got you 160 fantasy points and produced over half of the points you needed to cash.


DraftKings Power Forwards

Rankings Player DraftKings PPG
1 A. Davis 60.425
2 L. Aldridge 42.2
3 G. Monroe 42.15
4 D. Green 40.5
5 N. Noel 37.8
6 P. Millsap 37.35
7 D. Favors 36.45
8 P. Gasol 36.3
9 S. Ibaka 34.3
10 N. Mirotic 33.4
11 T. Jones 32.95
12 K. Love 32.5
13 K. Faried 31.95
14 Z. Randolph 31.275
15 A. Bargnani 29.9
16 Josh Smith 27.65
17 B. Bass 27.5
18 D. West 26.1
19 E. Ilyasova 25.95
20 M. Morris 25.9
21 T. Young 25.25
22 D. Motiejunas 25.25

We can continue to praise Davis and tell you what you already know but instead why not look down the list and you will find some hidden gems of late.  Noel and Mirotic are scoring fantasy points at will and they do it in very different ways.  Noel is a very active player and will tend to get you steals and blocks that most don’t realize are the key elements when considering upside for your fantasy lineup.  When someone gets 2 steals and 2 blocks per game they are giving you an extra 8 points per night and you didn’t even know it.  Mirotic is logging some big minutes and has turned into the closer for the Bulls.  He scores most of his 18 points per game in the 4th quarter and he will continue to do so even when Gibson comes back because the Bulls need offense and he stretches the floor for Gasol to work inside with Noah at the high post.

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Fan Duel Centers

Rankings Player Fan Duel PPG
1 A. Jefferson 43.62
2 D. Cousins 42.7
3 D. Jordan 38.46
4 A. Horford 37.36
5 H. Whiteside 36.96
6 M. Gasol 36.86
7 A. Drummond 36.62
8 R. Gobert 33.94
9 J. Noah 33.72
10 N. Vucevic 33.29
11 M. Gortat 33.26
12 E. Kanter 28.35
13 B. Lopez 26.88

A slight surprise for those of you who don’t get to watch the Hornets play often but Al Jefferson has been putting up some huge numbers of late and comes in at #1 with 43.62 fantasy points per game over the last 5 games.  Whiteside is creeping up the list quickly and his salary shows it but when you grab 20+ rebounds in consecutive games that will do it.  His problem is his attitude and if he doesn’t get it turned around quickly his limited funds will be sent off to charity and he will sit the bench with the Heat most likely not making the playoffs this year.


DraftKings Centers

Rankings Player DKPPG
1 D. Cousins 44.975
2 A. Jefferson 44.55
3 D. Jordan 40.25
4 A. Horford 38.8
5 H. Whiteside 38.625
6 M. Gasol 38.35
7 A. Drummond 38.2
8 R. Gobert 36
9 J. Noah 35.45
10 N. Vucevic 35.125
11 M. Gortat 34.55
12 E. Kanter 29.475
13 B. Lopez 28.05

I could sit here and tell you all about Cousins and Jordan and their ability to rebound and score inside, how Cousins has increased his assists to 4+ per game and Jordan recording 10 straight 15+ rebounds in a game but instead let’s talk about Gobert.  He has been a huge element to the Jazz since the trade deadline and Kanter was shipped to OKC.  Gobert shares in his Windex capabilities, averaging 16 rebounds per game over the last 5.  Once he establishes a 15 foot jump shot he might be unstoppable.   It’s also nice that he has 3+ blocks in a game 3 out of his last 5 contests.  That 6 points you can’t always count on, unless you have Gobert.

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Monday’s Recap

In a night of only a few games there was a huge night put in by “The Brow”.  He posted an amazing 66 points last night on Fan Duel and a 70 spot on DraftKingsWe advised you yesterday that he would be the highest point scorer by far and he certainly was.  For more information on today’s games be sure you check out the DiRTy Plays – Week of March 9th to get all the Must Haves and Sleepers for today’s best players with their projections.  We have also put up some lineups to consider for tonight’s games.  You can click here to be taken directly to this information.

Fan Duel Earnings:

  • Started with $100deposit on January 16th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 9th, 2015 are $2,199.50.
  • Profit for the week of March 9th is a total of $32.

How We Did

(4700 of 86206) Scored 297.7 – $1 Entry and won $3

(69 of 551) Scored 250 – $25 Entry and won $60

(50 of 909) Scored 297.5 – $5 Entry and won $25

***Entered with a total of $55 and won $87 for our profit of $32***

DraftKings Earnings:

  • Started with a $50deposit on February 15th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 9th, 2015 are $480.40
  • Profit for the week of March 9th is a total of $16.25

How We Did:

(416 of 14100) Scored 288 – $0.25 Entry and won $1.25

(186 of 12206) Scored 293 – $4 Entry and won $20

***Entered with a total of $5 and won $21.25 for a profit of $16.25***

 Games to Play Tonight

Just click on the one of the links above and you will be directed to these contests and you can start making a profit.

 

DiRTy Work

Strike 1

watch the classic here

 

Like a Bugs Bunny cartoon the Yankees had an intra-squad game yesterday with a pitching machine named “iron mike“.  So who would you rather be – the Phillies who lost to a Div.II college team or the Yankees, with the bulk of your payroll going 0-10 against a pitching machine.  For A-Rod it looks like another obstacle for him to show he deserves a roster spot, but it wasn’t just him; Mark Texeira, Didi Gregorius, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Garrett Jones – all them hit-less – against a pitching machine.  I get it.  Hitting is timing and pitching’s job is to disrupt it, and a machine fails to properly give you the arm motion for essential timing – but 0’fer?  One time rookie of the year Chris Young was actually struck out by “iron mike“!  Pitiful is the state of the modern-hitter nowadays – a complete lack of fundamental discipline against a straight-pitching machine – from a professional?  I demand an investigation!

It tells us we can stop making Terminator movies because it appears Skynet has already won.

SkyNet becomes self-aware on August 29th

***as a side note, besides posting daily NBA dirty plays – we are working to solve the enigma that is the march tournament bracket – so considerable time may be spent and may further appear that we are just drinking beer down in the bunker; but we are actually conducting tournament research for you – so send a letter to our significant others who call it something else…***

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March 3rd 2015 – posted

 

 

‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ – the ‘Must-Haves‘, the ‘Sleepers‘ and those that might find themselves on the trainers table for your FanDuel NBA-delights each night.  We will post these DiRTy plays, everyday by 1p MST – so check back in the afternoon.  ‘Click’ the picture for the days’ DiRTy plays.

 


 

Strike 2

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The Texas Longhorns basketball team kept their bubbly-hopes alive by beating #14 Baylor in overtime.  However, the true storyline is the 7 ejections.  Texas’ Isaiah Taylor and Baylor’s Royce O’neale both go for a loose ball with 1:57 left in OT with Texas nursing a 3pt lead, when O’neale elbowed Taylor.  Benches clear and after the Texas victory both teams glared at each other before leaving the court.  No suspensions are being handed out to the ejected, so that’s Texas justice in full effect and hopefully our bloodlust will be satiated if they meet again in the conference tournament.

Foul ball

In related news…two professional basketball players got a little chesty last night, after Hassan Whiteside dunked on Alex Len.  Neither enjoying how the other felt about it and instead of cooler-heads, we were treated to an upcoming match on WWE Raw instead – both were ejected.

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Foul Tip

Word has come down that Andre Johnson is done in Houston.  You might remember him from 7 pro bowls, over 13k yards and 64 TD’s.   He also appeared in a few instructional quarterback videos the past few years, having fill-in grocery clerks throw him the ball.  Andre is 34 and has been in the league for 12 seasons, so his value is dropping and the tank is getting dry.  However the Texans showed their hand by saying they will cut him if they can not trade him – so there went their leverage.  This moves DeAndre Hopkins into the #1 WR on the team and look for ‘Dre to resurge for next year with the right team.  Top candidates for ‘Dre’s services could be Oakland, KC, or Carolina.


 

Strike 3

Steve Spurrier Finally Joins Twitter, Messes Up On First Tweet

@SC_HBC

 

The Ol’Head Ball Coach –The HBC – the man with such spoken-word-hits as…

  1. On the Vols missing out on the Sugar Bowl during his Florida years: “You can’t spell Citrus without U-T.”
  2. On Peyton Manning: “I know why Peyton came back for his senior year. He wanted to be a three-time star of the Citrus Bowl.”
  3. On playing the Dawgs early: “I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.”
  4. On Georgia recruiting: “Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”
  5. On scandal in Tallahassee: “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? Free Shoes University.”
  6. On a fire at the football dorm that destroyed 20 books: “But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”
  7. On the Gamecocks’ matchup at Tennessee“Will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium. … I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”
  8. On his age: “The Pope is 77 years old and he’s in charge of a billion people. All I have to do is put 11 on the field.”
  9. On the state of the South Carolina program(widely attributed, but probably not an original): “We aren’t LSU and we aren’t Alabama. But we sure ain’t Clemson.”

Has finally joined Twitter – I wonder how did training go, showing him how many characters to use and what a hashtag meant – considering his first tweet did not go as well…

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See South Carolina’s official handle is @UofSC, not the profilactic program near palm springs – so he deleted it and retweeted his first tweet again with the correction – now we just wait for the perverbial visor throw.


 

March 3rd, 1875

This day in history:

In Montreal Quebec after weeks of training, the public debut of indoor ice hockey was on display, on March 3rd 1875.  Prior to the move indoors, ice hockey was a casual outdoor game, with no set dimensions for the ice and no rules regarding the number of players per side.  However, Montreal resident, James Creighton limited the numbers to 9 each side because of the snugness of the Victoria skating rink.

 

 

 

3rd Stone from the Sun

You just got lesson number 1, Don’t think….

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It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.

A. Bartlett Giamatti

The cruelty of February has been on display.  In one week we lost a ‘Dean’, and a ‘Shark’, sprinkled in between some other strange things afoot.  Word is Boston has put out an A.P.B. on a precocious princess who doesn’t understand “when”.  The sports-media continuously acts like a co-dependent spouse in an abusive relationship – still trying to make up for getting picked last, only to wait for another sip of jock-strap tea.

Do we really need hand-writing analysis of A-(f)Rod’s apologetic letter, is there an outcry for more articles of how he spends his day and the troubles of being A-(f)Rod?  I’m pretty sure we get who he is and every athlete like him – like in any relationship, we want trust.

If given the chance to increase your earning potential tenfold, are you sure you would avoid a magic-pill that promised you wealth and fame – with the only downside being what people think of you on twitter/FirstTake as you do whatever, whenever, however you want?

Not one of the millions of wrestling fans complain about HGH/PED’s/Steroids et al – No one cries out in disgust when an actor does it playing an action hero. Remember when you saw Rocky IV, and after seeing Rocky run in the billowy snow, lifting wagons full of boulders and people, chopping wood etc – remember how big you thought Rocky was, how ripped – there is no way he looks like that cross-country-skiing – and whats worse is he was twice that size in the last Expendables movie – and Stallone is 69 – So why is A-(f)Rod always singled out as a bad guy for whatever it was he did, (#TheTruthIsOutThere).  Besides we were told by Nike: “Chicks dig the long ball“, so what were we gonna expect?

It’s because it’s baseball.  Baseball is what we are, Football is what we have become.  Baseball is a church.  It’s playing catch with your Dad, warm sunny days and hot dogs, cold beer, green grass, brown dirt and a snow white baseball with as many stitches as beads in a rosary (108) – and every Spring, every team has a chance – including the Rockies (at least until July when they fold like carnies after the Fair).

It’s the history and the records – we know what “56” means – we know the two people who have over 4,000 hits – we know the top 3 career HR hitters – even if we feel cheated that they cheated – is it not what we would do already every day, in some way?  In the Future, we will have someone who has an artificial eye, then what – create ‘special’ leagues for those who replaced a lost body-part with a robotic component and scream they have an advantage?  The guy lost an eye for cryin-out-loud!

I don’t know, I love the game and I am a realist, or maybe I’m still in recovery and still disappointed I did not have a magic-pill to get me that elusive 8th gold medal of debauchery – not even sure I qualified, the rules keeps changing – but soon there will be baseball, and birds will sing, and we’ll worry less, we’ll dress a little more comfortable and everything will be in harmony – until July, when we all start thinking about football again because the Rockies are choking like a fat-kid chipmunking saltines and peanut butter .  Anywhoooo…..

It’s a golden era for California baseball and you’d have to go back to New York in the ’50’s to find a time and place comparable to what’s going on in the land of waves, sand and palm trees.  In the 46yrs of baseball in SoCal, the last time the Angels, Dodgers, and Padres all finished above .500 was 2007.  So with the additions the Padres made this off-season you’d expect them to improve their win total from 77 wins last year.  Does James Shields give them 8 more wins? Is 85 wins the magic number for a wild card berth?  The Padres have only won 90 games 4x’s in their history – the same amount of times they have made the playoffs – 3 of those in the wild card era, (last one 2006).

So what that means is, the National League West is a lot more difficult for the teams that play in the Mountain Time Zone.  You expect the Dodgers and the Giants to compete for the division, but you could also expect the Padres to contend for one of the wild cards.  And here is where we get a little nuts – The Dodgers have NEVER made the playoffs 3yrs in a row and have failed to win 90+ games 3yrs in a row since ’76-’77-’78, and the only time the Padres AND the Dodgers won 90+ games was in 1996.  Granted there is another Wild Card now, so…..

That places the Rockies in a weird spot, so stay with me…Crazy is a term of Art and insanity is a term of Law – The Marquis De Sade did a lot of crazy stuff, but wasn’t insane until he was jailed – remembering that will save you a lot of headaches – and saying the Rockies have a chance is just crazy.

If we assume on “paper” that the Dodgers and the Nationals are the two best teams in the National League and could be the two best teams in all of baseball – we will assign them each with 91 wins – based on lots of different formulas.  Aside from those two teams no one else really stands out – based on those same formulas run, we’ll list the Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Pirates with 83-86 wins.  Leaving the Padres, Marlins, Mets, Reds and Rockies around 76-81 wins.

So from there we make the leap that two playoff spots will be occupied by the Dodgers and the Nat’s, leaving 9 teams vying for 3 spots.  Now, it’s a bigger leap of faith to think the Rockies can go from 66 wins to 86, but the ’13 Orioles were a 78 win team before they won 96 and the AL East in 2014.

All of this gets flushed down the hypothetical toilet, if the Rox cannot stay off the training table.  There is no way we use 15 different starting pitchers again is there? Tulo+CarGo have to be all done with shortened seasons, right? Maybe Latroy Hawkins goes out in style – maybe Rex Brothers remembers how to pitch – maybe Jordan Lyles was for real until a freak injury – maybe DJ Lemahieu unloads a LSU-days stat-line to go with his gold glove D…

The point is they have a lot of guys that are decent ballplayers and all it takes is a few things to go there way.  The Rockies were better than their 66 wins last year, and if all pistons were firing, they might have been more like a 77 win team – this year, with a few breaks they could get to 86 (only 9 more wins above expectations).

Know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? It’s 25 hits. 25 hits in 500 at bats is 50 points, okay? There’s 6 months in a season, that’s about 25 weeks. That means if you get just one extra flare a week – just one – a gorp… you get a groundball, you get a groundball with eyes… you get a dying quail, just one more dying quail a week… and you’re in Yankee Stadium.
— Crash Davis

The Dodgers and the Padres have history going against them and the Padres defense is not very good.  So why not us?! The Rockies have the best infield in baseball, when healthy, and the last time we saw a great defense, average starters, strong bullpen and a healthy Tulo was ’07/’09.

So the Rockies could be due, it’s possible – it worked for the Royals – or maybe I’ve caught a bad case of Spring Fever again.  I am NOT insane, Opening Day is 49 days from now!!! (first pitch in 40 days).

“This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” Think about that for a while.
— Nuke Laloosh


***Update – Tonight’s NBA Fanduel Ideas – by ‘The Man in the Iron Mask***

Here is the breakdown:

 Must Haves:

  1. (PG) John Wall – Playing against Cleveland tonight who has given up 44.3 points per game in Fan Duel scoring over their last 5 contests.  Combine that with an All-Star hangover for the Cavs and John Wall is averaging 42 Fan Duel Points per game for the season, look for yet another consistent performance.  Our prediction analyzer shows Wall will score 22 points to go with 12 assists tonight.
  2. (SG) Kevin Martin – Playing against Phoenix who has given up 40.3 points per game in Fan Duel scoring over the past 5 contests combined with their latest effort to tank the back half of the season this should play out for a huge outing for Martin.  Add to it, Rubio is back in the mix and Young was traded at the deadline; someone has to score – so look for Martin to get you at least 35 Fan Duel Points tonight.  Prediction analyzer shows Martin scoring 29 with a couple of assists and one steal.
  3. (SF) Kris Middleton – Milwaukee plays one of the worst teams in the league over the past 15 games in the Denver Nuggets.  Add to it, the Nuggets really don’t want to win and are giving up an average of 37.4 points per game in Fan Duel Scoring – Middleton is a lock.  Our prediction analyzer shows Middleton scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.  If he can throw in a steal and a block you might squeak out a 40 point performance for the $6,600 you will spend on your lineup, which happens to be the team average spend.
  4. (PF) Paul Millsap – Let’s just say, Toronto is giving up 45.2 points per game in Fan Duel Scoring and Millsap averages 33.9 for the season.  This is a marquee matchup so look for Atlanta to prove it is a power house and Millsap will lead the charge tonight.  Prediction analyzer shows Millsap scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists.  You should get a 40 spot for this spot on your lineup.
  5. (C) DeMarcus Cousins – He is second in Fan Duel scoring for the season at 45.5 so does it really matter who he plays against? He is a lock, every single night – if you can make his overwhelming $11,000 fan duel salary work then you know you are going to get a 50 spot.

 Sleepers

  1. (PG) Deron Williams – Really???!!!  Yes really, he is playing the Lakers tonight who are giving up 43.6 over their last 5 contests and 44.4 for the season in Fan Duel scoring.  You combine that with the fact that Jack is hurt – look for a descent game for the price of $5,300 and you should squeeze out 34 Fan Duel Points tonight.  Prediction Analyzer says 15 points, 11 assists and 3 rebounds in 30 minutes of play tonight.
  2. (SG) Wayne Ellington – Yes, I know a Laker on your lineup does not sound promising, but look at the bright side – Ellington has averaged 15 points per game over his last 5 and Brooklyn is giving up 40.0 Fan Duel points per game.  Ellington is a cost of $5,100 so the cost benefit to get his 25 Fan Duel points for the night is basically a guarantee.  Prediction analyzer says Ellington will score 18 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds tonight in 26 minutes of action.
  3. (SF) DeMarre Carroll – $5,400 salary for one of those players on the Hawks that most people have no idea who he is.  That said, he is averaging over 20 points per game in Fan Duel scoring and Toronto is giving up 38.0 points per game over their last 5 contests.  Prediction analyzer shows Carroll scoring 15 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds.  Should be a lock for at least 25 points on your Fan Duel Lineup.
  4. (PF) Nene Hilario – Coming in with a Fan Duel salary of $5,300 here is yet another below average cost player with an optimal lineup.  Toronto is giving up 45.2 points per game in Fan Duel scoring over their last 5 games and Nene simply gets rebounds and scores points.  Prediction analyzer shows Nene with 18 points and 13 rebounds.  He should boast at least a 30 spot on your Fan Duel lineup tonight.
  5. (C) Tyson Chandler – Coming off a decent performance last night, Chandler posted yet another double double.  He should cross that barrier again tonight with our prediction analyzer showing him at 14 points and 16 rebounds.  His cost of $6,500 on Fan Duel should prove to be worth the 35 Fan Duel points he will post tonight playing against the Howard-less Rockets. 

Likely Training Table Casualties

  1. (PF) Anthony Davis – Game Time Decision and what can you say, if he plays, you should have him on at least one lineup.  He will get you at least 45 points in Fan Duel and is worth the $11,000 salary.
  2. (PG) Jared Bayless – Game Time Decision with a hamstring issue.  Keep in mind the Bucks just traded for Michael Carter Williams but he is also hurt and unknown if he will play, keep an eye out for this one.  Bayless is only $4,100 in terms of his Fan Duel salary for tonight and the Bucks are playing the Nuggets who are giving up a league lead 44.7 points per game in Fan Duel scoring to the point guard position.
  3. (SG) Dwayne Wade – Bosh is out, Wade hasn’t played in how many games? Look for him to have a big night in preparation for Dragic to join the team tomorrow.
  4. (SF) Tobias Harris – Listed as questionable, Harris was tearing it up before his knee issue came back again.  Prior to the break he was averaging 39 Fan Duel points per game and has an optimal opponent in New Orleans tonight giving up the 3rd most Fan Duel points per game to the small forward position.  Keep an eye on this one as he would be a must have in our list if the injury bug wasn’t hanging out there.
  5. (C) – Nothing to note here other than the fact that there are really only about 6 players that you want to choose from on this list each and every day.  Take Cousins or Chandler tonight and you should be in good shape.

Loose Sediments

…your move Mr. Johnson

Get it?

So the PGA Tour suspends Dustin Johnson for cocaine use and he maintains that he does not have a problem, but will admit to excessive drinking.  Dustin has not played since last July when he left the tour for “personal reasons” – he received a six-month suspension for failing MULTIPLE drug tests.  Dustin who is engaged to the Great-One’s daughter Paulina Gretzkywho has her own issues up to this point – and both are expecting their first child in the coming weeks.  He says that he dealt with his problems by drinking and partying to cope with the hard-core-golf-lifestyle.  Golf is hard and maybe he has or is trying to grow up from being the guy who slept with other tour player’s wives, and wants to put the gangsta-lifestyle behind him – winning something may speak louder than his spoken reformation.


So the people at Grapey Gaming Network put together a TECMO Bowl simulation of Superbowl XLIX that has the Patriots defeating the Seahawks.  If nostalgia and gambling take you back to the glory days, then watch how it all unfolds here.


With 76 days remaining until MY holiday, I thought we could talk about over-priced handbags:

Alex Rodriguez: 3rd/DH, New York Yankees

With a base salary of $21,000,000 for 2015 and someone already hired to play his position, A(f)Rod is a very expensive DH that cannot hit anymore.  His previous-antics aside, he alone will be worth the price of admission this year as his trava-sham-ockery-comedy-a-palooza unfolds all year – spring training can not get here fast enough – I hear the 3:10 to Tampa a’blowin…

Josh Hamilton: OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

In 2010, Josh was 33yrs old, led the majors with .359 BA, a WAR of 8.7 and won the AL MVP.  Then went to Anaheim…sorry Los Angeles…to do his best impression of a power lifter cycling off.  He finished 2014 with a .250 BA, 144 hits and 21 HR’s.  Offensively he has been a lead weight in a wet paper bag, but let’s not feel bad for him; because the $23,000,000 in base salary he’ll make this year, can quiet a lot of the cacophonous barbs.

Ryan Howard: 1B Philadelphia Phillies

Since 2004, Ryan Howard has played in 1,331 games, has 1,303 hits, 334 home runs and 1,058 RBI.  He is currently 35yrs old and has a base salary of $25,000,000 for 2015 and for that we got a .265 BA last year.  In fact, Ryan has not hit .300 since 2006, of which is the year he won the NL MVP.

C.J. Wilson: SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Somehow he gets endorsements or maybe Head and Shoulders is the new Chunky Soup curse, because this 34yr old pitcher has not been worth the $18,000,000 he’ll make this year.  He threw the fewest innings of his career as a starter last year and has been nothing short of average.  That means he probably will be traded to Colorado to become the ace of the staff.  Here’s CJ’s stats from last year that are making the Rockies use a bib when thinking of trade scenarios: 4.51 ERA, 175.2 innings pitched, 169 hits, 85 walks (most in AL) and a 1.45 WHIP.


Knicks Killer talks about Carmelo

So Reggie has something to say about whether or not Carmelo should shut it down or not; prior to January 15th Carmelo has not played since December 31st or a span of 6 games.  Here is what Reggie told the New York Post:

I don’t know what the doctors have told him…but they have nothing to play for this year.  If you are just playing to play in London and the All-Star Game then I would say shut it down.  To me, that’s selfish.  I know the All-Star Game is in New York this year and you are the face of that, but to me that’s very selfish.  The team is tanking, and to have a guy just to represent your organization, I have a problem with that.  You have to take care of yourself and your body long-term.  Shut it down now, rehab and get ready for next year.

Some of us know the real reason why Carmelo is in New York, why he demanded a trade from Denver and why LaLa is out tastin’ like honey nut cheerios…The man loves his twinks.


Blast from the past

The Browns must be desperate.  Mike Martz?!  The arrogant play-caller – that believes he is a west-coast-system-guy that prefers to run the ball more than Bill Walsh – must have a screw loose as anyone who remembers this joker, remembers his QB’s getting killed with 7-step drops and never running the ball as effectively as he could have – must be were Andy Reid learned it.  Remember Mike in 2003 when you had the ball on the Panther 15yd-line in the divisional playoffs?  You had 42 seconds left, down by 3 and chose to run out the clock and settle for a field goal, only to lose in OT.

How about your wonder years in Detroit as their Play caller – granted you had Jon Kitna, but why are you having him drop back so much when he clearly could not read defenses.  How about 2008 when you never made it the whole year and were fired by Mike Singletary, after he replaced fired head-coach Mike Nolan, because you wanted J.T. O’sullivan to throw the ball more – get used to your past 49ers fan as it becomes your future once again.  The best was in Chicago when Martz lasted only two years and got Jay Cutler constantly killed, leading Cutler to say after the Minnesota game: “Tell him I said fuQ him!”  Martz has been out of the league since 2012 and I doubt this old dog knows any new tricks, but then again it is Cleveland.


Chock Full O’DiRT

1.  When we’re young…

So Mayweather says he has a date all picked out and is FINALLY ready to fight Pacquiao.  We’ve had negotiations, denied negotiations, accusations and overall excuses.  We have the 5 division champ lining up the 8 division champ and as Pacquiao says the fight is more than about money, it’s about legacy.  Should we care anymore?  It could be nothing more than a little dancing around the ring waiting for the bell to ring just to setup another fight.  Mayweather is an inch and a half taller and is rated by Ring Magazine as no.1 and Manny as no.3.  Surely this will be big enough and a lot of money is to be made and from the standpoint of age we arent getting any younger, nor are we gonna see the fight we should have.  Pacquiao says he will do his best to make it a good fight, but we all know Floyd’s style and his penchant of inducing us to sleep.  Gone are the days of real fights or the appointment fights of Mike Tyson.  Wouldn’t we rather see a Victoria Secret pillow fight instead?

2. A-Rod we Trust

You gotta love the Yankees – either they are increasingly delusional as the ship goes down like a whore on dollar day – or is it marketing genius to stir this drama-rita to remain relevant with the only prima-donna left at the ball.  It is going to be a crazy couple of months to watch it all unfold like a storyline ripped from the Young and the Restless; as outlined by Buster Olney here.

3. Pot-Roast Kingdom

Maybe Terrance Knighton has been on that treadmill too long for Bridgestone, guaranteeing a SuperBowl victory.  Bravado is one thing and what else is he going to say – he should believe it – it should be the goal – however when you say stuff like that out loud, you invite the kind of attention that maybe you aren’t quite ready for.  Pepperidge Farm remembers the last SuperBowl and the playoff loss to the Ravens and the playoff history of your quarterback – and so should you.  The Broncos are 0-5 when they wear orange in the big game – but it does take a team to win or lose and lately the team has struggled regardless of Peyton’s playoff record.  So best of luck and maybe this new found desire to run the football will finally teach Peyton what it takes to win and equal his brother.  It’s not to late, you can either be like Elway and let someone else be the focal point; or end up like Marino and always keep it on you.

4. Viva La Sabres

The NHL has a policy of voting for the ASG, allowing 10 votes per device, per day.  That loophole has exposed the mania for a favorite son to be the leading vote getter.  It is not the loyal fans of Pittsburgh voting for Sydney Crosby.  It is not the loyalty of Chicago fans voting for Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews, (both the 2nd and 3rd leading vote-getters).  Toews and Kane are each being doubled up by the player who is ranked 51st at his position.  Surpassed by a center who has 9 goals, 17 points and is a +4.  A second year player taking the league by storm, a household name?  I introduce you to the Latvian Rocket – Zemgus Girgensons.  The center for the Fightin’ Buffalo Sabres is averaging 1pt every 2 games and has more than half the population of Latvia in votes, at 1.1 million (as of Tuesday).  If it’s ok for the NHL, (for more than 80% of the votes coming from Latvia to create a market to get a guy who equates to Derek Carr in the NFL, to be in the ASG,) then who are we to complain.  I’m sure all the Buffalonians are having fun with it and why not?  How often will Zemgus get to say he’s better than every center in NHL, when it comes to being a fan favorite.  I would love to see a picture of all those Sabres’ jersey’s in Latvia.