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11.04.2019 06:51
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Only one starter is projected for a Game Score north of 60, but seven others are at 55 to 59, so there wont be a shortage of quality arms on the mound. On the other end, just one is below 45, so not many tomato cans to pick on offensively. There is a game at Coors Field, but two capable arms on the mound could mute the usual offensive explosion in Denver.PitchingEliteRemember when Max Scherzer had a home run problem? Through his first 16 starts, he had an uncharacteristic 3.52 ERA, thanks in large part to 20 homers allowed (1.7 HR/9). But hes allowed just five in the past 11 starts, and unsurprisingly, he has a 2.05 ERA as a result (0.6 HR/9). Oh yeah, he has also logged 10-plus strikeouts in three of his five August starts and in five of the 11 during this run of home run suppression. He also has 25 strikeouts in 21 innings against the Phillies this year.Johnny Cueto is one of 22 starters with at least 13 starts of a 60 or better Game Score this year. Five of the other guys also are pitching Tuesday. Scherzer (19, the most in MLB) is of course there, as well as?Cole Hamels (14), Drew Pomeranz, Kyle Hendricks?and J.A. Happ (13). Well get to the rest in a minute. Only one of Cuetos has come against the Diamondbacks, but he has logged at least seven innings in all three starts and has twice logged nine strikeouts against them. Hes not a premier strikeout pitcher every start out, but hes still one of the very best pitchers in baseball.SolidI just gave love to Hamels, Hendricks, Happ, and Pomeranz for their number of 60+ Game Score outings, but theyre not quite elite-level options start in and start out. Hamels 1.23 WHIP is hardly bad, but it doesnt completely jibe with his American League-best 2.67 ERA. His 84 percent left on base rate is a driving force behind his success, despite the WHIP. This isnt a Hamels is going to collapse sort of warning, just some insight into why hes not viewed as elite right now, in spite of the gaudy ERA. Hes still a great option.Hendricks leads all of baseball with his 2.19 ERA, and his 1.00 WHIP fully supports it, but both his LOB rate and BABIP are far and away career bests, at 81 percent and .247, respectively. He is no doubt contributing to both with the way he is pitching, but neither metric is stable at those levels on a start-to-start basis. Meanwhile, his 8.0 K/9 is solid but doesnt offer the protection of Scherzers 11.2 or even Pomeranzs 9.9 on days when youre BABIP is unlucky or you fail to strand a runner or two you normally would, so Hendricks winds up just short of elite.Its a total hypothetical, so I cant say for sure, but Happ going into Baltimore is probably the only reason I didnt slot him in the top section. He has had all the makings of an elite arm for large parts of this season, especially since July 1: 2.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 70 Ks and a 5.0 K:BB ratio in 55? innings.Pomeranz allowed five earned runs in two of his first starts with Boston, which of course sent the fans into a tizzy, especially since theyre convinced that 18-year old Anderson Espinoza will be the next Pedro in short order (they traded the top pitching prospect for Pomeranz). Those who jumped ship early have likely missed his August, during which he has allowed just eight earned runs (2.40 ERA) with 31 strikeouts in 30 innings. The Rays have been baseballs worst team against lefties since mid-June and Im not sure a second look (6 IP/2 ER/10 Ks on Aug. 25) at Pomeranz is what they want.Why isnt Masahiro Tanaka getting attention? Most of us were expecting him to succumb to Tommy John surgery at some point, but instead he is having a fantastic season. His strikeouts are down, which certainly takes some juice out of his fantasy production, but his 3.11 ERA and 1.07 WHIP are both top flight. In a year when homers have jumped across the league, hes toting a career-best 0.9 HR/9 rate.Thats only a bit better than the 1.2 league average, but if Id have told you that homers were going to skyrocket across the league, youd have gone running from Tanaka, who allowed a 1.2 HR/9 in 2014-15. He has a 2.82 ERA and 0.98 WHIP since the break, with 49 strikeouts and just six walks. The Royals are no longer the impossible-to-strikeout team of the past two years, either.Oh no! Zack Greinke has a 7.84 ERA in August, he must be the worst! Eight of the 18 earned runs he has allowed came in one disastrous outing against the Red Sox in Boston. He lasted just 1? innings and allowed as many homers as he had strikeouts (three). A wobbly last inning (to end with 6 IP/4 ER) against Atlanta, of all teams, is the only thing keeping him from quality starts in each of his other three August outings.Julio Teheran hasnt been great in two starts off the disabled listed, but even at his best, notching a win -- a key to DFS success -- remains elusive. Hes just 3-9 this year with the Braves, despite a strong rebound from his 2015 campaign. He has a 3.15 ERA and 1.03 WHIP but far too little to show for it. Facing another bottom-feeder such as the Padres is as good an opportunity as any for that fourth win -- if youve been looking for a spot to use Teheran, this is it.StreamersThe story of James Paxtons season has been improved mechanics that have yielded more velocity and fewer walks. Hits were an issue, though. Through his first nine starts, he allowed 12.1 hits per nine innings, so despite some flashes of excellence, he still had just a 4.56 ERA. The .391 BABIP in that time certainly points to some bad luck, but he also allowed a lot of hard contact, so this wasnt just happening to him.Hed found some control but needed more command. In short, control is throwing strikes, while command is throwing quality strikes. Things are improving, though. After allowing 7+ hits in seven of those first nine starts, he has done so just once in his past five starts, en route to a 2.16 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 33? IP. He has a .258 BABIP and his soft-contact rate (as calculated by Fangraphs) is up from 9 percent to 17 percent.Jake Odorizzi is at best a contrarian play on Tuesday and its all because he has to face the Red Sox. Yes, he just dropped a 7 IP/1 ER gem against them his last time out, but now hes going to Fenway, and it just seems too risky to bet on him taming that beastly offense in back-to-back starts. Hell certainly have low usage rates, and he has a very talented arm, so hes a good B-lineup, against-the-grain pick.Despite the volatility and outright unpredictability of the win, its probably the biggest reason that Jerad Eickhoff is down here and had serious consideration for the Avoid category (which is actually blank today, with no one Im flat-out running from that you might normally consider). As mentioned earlier, his Phillies draw Scherzer, which puts substantial burden on Eickhoff, if he wants to continue his streak of wins, currently at three. The pitcher win is an incredibly stupid stat when you really think about it, but its important for our game and, as such, quality pitchers on poor teams are often passed over.HittingCan you remember the last time there was a game at Coors and neither team drew better than a 5 overall? Rich Hill and Tyler Anderson are two quality lefties who could certainly mitigate the effects of Denvers thin air, but I was still surprised to see such low offensive numbers. The Dodgers have been one of the worst teams against lefties all year, especially over the past three months, when only the Rays have been worse. The Rockies dont look as bad from a raw number standpoint, such as OPS, but when you adjust it to the ballpark, as in wRC+, they sit just 25th in the league. I cant say Id be willing to use either Hill or Anderson in DFS, but maybe Im not full-on Coors stacking here.The Cardinals earn the only 10 ranking of the day with a date against Wily Peralta, he of the 5.87 ERA through 89 innings this year. His futility isnt the only reason for the high ranking, though. The Cards have the top offense in the National League by both OPS and the aforementioned wRC+, trailing only the Red Sox and Orioles.They are missing one of their big standouts against righties --?Aledmys Diaz (.937 OPS) -- but they still have Matt Carpenter (.995), Brandon Moss (.975) and Jedd Gyorko (.881) ready to punish Peralta. Jeremy Hazelbaker was an early-season story before getting sent out in mid-June, but he has returned with a .935 OPS in 61 PA since his recall. He could be a good budget option to offset a high-priced arm or someone at Coors.The Reds, Tigers, and Braves project well against Jered Weaver, Anthony Ranaudo?and Edwin Jackson, three guys who all have ERAs north of 5.00 and WHIPs over 1.50. All three are righties, but dont think you can only use lefties against them. Righties have OPS totals better than .900 against Weaver and Ranaudo, while theyre approaching that mark against Jackson (.887). All options are in play against the trio.Joey Votto headlines the Reds attack, but you might like Billy Hamilton?too, who has finally added some hitting to go with his insane stolen base totals. Not ready to pony up for Miguel Cabrera? Look at Ian Kinsler or the Martinezes -- Victor and J.D. -- for the Tigers. Ryan Schimpf is hardly a headlining name like those others, but hes playing like them lately. He has a 1.010 OPS against righties in 192 plate appearances, with 14 of his 16 total homers. Alex Dickerson is another new power bat making some noise for the Padres. Seven of his eight homers are against righties, en route to an .806 OPS.Twins righties draw the second-best rating of any unit for Tuesday, behind only the 10 for Cardinals lefties. Noted home run yielder?Josh Tomlin is finally paying the price for the long balls in August with a 10.80 ERA and just one start of at least five innings. His 3.43 ERA never matched the 1.9 HR/9 he had through his first 19 starts, so any sort of BABIP trouble was going to be exponentially worse for him than it would for most starters. Going from .262 BABIP through those first 19 to .349 in August has sunk him.He has always had a reverse platoon split, which is why righties get the better rating and makes Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier the most appealing options on the team. I wouldnt sleep on lefty Max Kepler, though. Id be more interested in Joe Mauer if he wasnt stuck at first. Tomlin certainly helps anyones power, but there are just too many great options at first.Oakland only draws a four rating, and McHugh has a solid 54 projected Game Score, but I might look to the As for some off-the-beaten-path picks. They wont get much attention on a full slate, but Khris Davis, Danny Valencia, Stephen Vogt?and Ryon Healy are all intriguing against the Astros righty.Most likely to go yard: Mark TrumboIll admit it, I didnt buy into Trumbo earlier this year, because weve seen fast starts out of him in the past only to watch a seemingly inevitable June swoon that carried over throughout the rest of the summer. He might need to connect against a reliever, with just a .642 OPS against lefties, but dont get it twisted, as his .252 ISO says the pop is still there against southpaws.Most likely to swipe a bag: Billy HamiltonCmon, lets not complicate things here. It says most likely here, not cool, under-the-radar pick that you can impress your friends with, so yes, Im taking the MLB leaders in homers (Trumbo above) and steals this week. As I mentioned earlier, Hamilton is actually hitting more of late too. 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The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. When the Eagles were 3-0, the schedule called for a bye. They havent won since.Into Philadelphia on Sunday come the Minnesota Vikings, the NFLs only unbeaten team. They are coming off a bye.I think its 0-0 now, and we start a new season, says Mike Zimmer , coach of the 5-0 Vikings. You just forget about what has happened in the past, and we start moving on. So, now its, for us, I think its an 11-game season, and well see where were at then.Where they are at now is the Linc, and the Eagles have looked weak in dropping to 3-2. They were particularly unsightly last week at Washington.But they are 2-0 at home. Among their biggest challenges is slowing down a guy named Sam Bradford, who until just before the regular season was their starting quarterback. Then he was dealt to Minnesota, where he has been superb.I think its been a win-win, honestly, Eagles coach Doug Pederson says. In our case, our first-round (and) second overall pick (Carson Wentz) getting a chance to play this early; getting his feet wet, learning, putting us in a great spot. ... Hes played a lot of football. Hes getting better every week.And from their standpoint, they got a good quarterback. He went to a playoff-caliber football team with a tremendous defense.The action began Thursday night with Aaron Rodgers throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bays 26-10 home victory over Chicago.Rodgers was 39 of 56, setting a franchise record for completions in a game. The Packers are 4-2.The Bears (1-6) lost quarterback Brian Hoyer to a broken left arm in the second quarter. With Jay Cutler already out with a right thumb injury, Chicago turned to third-stringer Matt Barkley.Off this week are Dallas (5-1 ) and Carolina (1-5).----Seattle (4-1) at Arizona (3-3)A Seahawks victory gives them solid control of the NFC West. Their offense has been hit or miss with a revamped offensive line and trying to find a running game -- where are you, Beast Mode? The defense has been primed, ranking first overall.The Cardinals have lost all three home games against Seattle under Bruce Arians, outscored 105-34.It doesnt matter if its on the road or at home, weve got to beat them, Arians says. If were going to win the division, weve got to beat them.----New England (5-1) at Pittsburgh (4-2)Boy, did this matchup have some spice. Then Ben Roethlisberger damaged his knee, and suddenly this takes on the look of another Patriots romp -- particularly if the Steel Curtain that was ripped apart by Miami doesnt mend itself quickly.A lot of people came in a lot more focused, says Steelers running back LeVeon Bell, who will need to step up with Roethlisberger sidelined. Not to say we werent focused last week, but I think losing the game the way we did, in the fashion that we did, kind of opened peoples eyes and let them know that you can get beat on any given week, no matter the team youre playing.----Houston (4-2) at Denver (4-2), Monday nightBrock Osweiler took the money and passed, heading from the Broncos to the Texans for $72 million. He returns to the Mile High City, where he shouldnt expect a kind reception from the fans.Nor from the Broncos, who are in a nasty mood after dropping two straight. They still have a defense that can be dominant, and the Texans have been among the most inconsistent teams in the league, despite their record.With J.J. Watt gone for the season, Houston is getting solid work from 2014 top overall pick DE Jadeveon Clowney, whos tied for the NFL lead with eight tackles for loss.----Washington (4-2) at Detroit (3-3)Washington goes for its fifth straight win and has not opened a season with three consecutive road victories since 1999. But the Lions have won three straight against the Redskins.To beat the Redskins, Detroit might need a quick start: Washingtons defense has not given up a TD after halftime during the winning streak.It might come as a surprise that when Lions QB Matthew Stafford makes his 100th career start, he will top the NFL list in completions, yards passing and 350-yard passing games among NFL players in their first 100.----Buffalo (4-2) at Miami (2-4)After the Dolphins pulled off a stunner in beating Pittsburgh, South Floridians tended to shrug. A win over the hot Bills, who have taken four in a row, might get folks down there a bit excited.The matchup, though, doesnt favor Miami. Yes, Buffalos top-ranked running game might be without LeSean McCoy (hamstring), but the Dolphins rank ahead of only San Francisco defending the rush.dddddddddddd Theres no truth to the rumor Thurman Thomas will line up in the backfield for the Bills.----San Diego (2-4) at Atlanta (4-2)After winning at Denver and perhaps getting robbed on a late non-penalty call in Seattle, the Falcons have proven they are for real. They also are 8-1 against San Diego and rank first in total offense.The Chargers have lost an incredible 10 fumbles so far, and thats a recipe for failure. They also have struggled in the late portions of games.----New York Giants (3-3) vs. Los Angeles (3-3) at LondonAnother morning game across the pond, with the Rams having gone to Detroit last week, then directly to London. Meanwhile, the Giants were breaking a three-game slide at home.The NFL is trying a first by playing at Twickenham, a polo ground. New York took part in another first, beating Miami in its previous trip to London in 2007 -- the first regular-season game outside North America.While the Giants could be without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who comes off a hip pointer, the Rams need to get last years Offensive Rookie of the Year, running back Todd Gurley, back to that form.----New Orleans (2-3) at Kansas City (3-2)Though they hardly play, 10 times in all, this is one of the NFLs better series. All of the games have been decided by 10 points or fewer.Drew Brees needs one more 300-yard aerial show to reach 100, but getting it against the ball-hawking Chiefs who lead the AFC in takeaways (12) and interceptions (9) wont be easy. Watch for the matchup between Saints receiver Brandin Cooks, averaging 17.1 yards per catch, and 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year Marcus Peters, who has a league-best five picks and 13 overall in 21 career regular-season games. Peters is tied for the NFL lead with 35 passes defended.----Oakland (4-2) at Jacksonville (2-3)Welcome back, Jack.Raiders coach Jack Del Rio spent nine seasons in Jacksonville, leading the franchise to three winning seasons (2004, 2005, 2007) and two playoff appearances. The Raiders havent won in Florida since beating Tampa Bay in 2008 and are 0-2 at EverBank Field. But they have won all three road games this season.The Jaguars seek a third consecutive victory in their only home game in a seven-week stretch. They did host Indianapolis in London, though.----Baltimore (3-3) at New York Jets (1-5)Talk about punishing a team. The Ravens lost a last-minute decision at the Meadowlands to the Giants last week. Guess where they are on Sunday. Makes it tough to forget that defeat.Then again, the Jets are among the leagues most disappointing teams and their offense has become more invisible than Baltimores, which is saying something. Hard to believe Geno Smith replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB is the answer.----Indianapolis (2-4) at Tennessee (3-3)The Colts lead the lopsided series 29-14, have won nine straight and 14 of the past 15 meetings. Now they must figure out how to protect Andrew Luck (NFL-high 23 sacks) and stop so many games from being shootouts. Indy has scored the most points of any AFC South team and allowed the most in the division.A third successive victory for Tennessee, which hasnt happened since early in 2011, stamps it as a legitimate contender in the division. Indy has the 30th-ranked defense and the Titans can really run the ball.----Cleveland (0-6) at Cincinnati (2-4)Remember when this was the Battle of Ohio? Now its more like a pillow fight.And only one team is carrying any ammo. The Bengals have won the past three in this series by scores of 30-0, 31-10 and 37-3.One player to watch after the whistle blows is Cincinnati LB Vontaze Burfict. He was fined $75,000 for stepping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount after Blount scored a TD last Sunday. Burfict was suspended for the opening three games this season for egregious hits.----Tampa Bay (2-3) at San Francisco (1-5)The Bucs come off a bye having lost veteran WR Vincent Jackson to injury and uncertain if star running back Doug Martin is ready to return after a setback. But Jacquizz Rodgers set career highs with 30 carries for 101 yards in Tampas last game vs. Carolina.San Francisco has lost five straight and has not dropped six in a row since 2008.---AP NFL website: and ' ' '

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