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MLB 2014 - 100 games down

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We're 100 games into the MLB season - here's the update.

AL East
Baltimore - 86
Toronto - 83

AL Central
Detroit - 90
Cleveland - 82

AL West
Oakland - 96
LAA - 92
Seattle - 84

That would mean Angels/Mariners in the knockout game; A's with the top seed.

NL East
Washington - 90
Atlanta - 85

NL Central
Milwaukee - 87
St Louis - 87
Pittsburgh 84

NL West
LAD - 89
SFG - 88

That would mean Giants/NL Central runner up in the knockout game; Nats with the top seed.

Here are the best players at each position through 100 games with their WAR (B-Ref+Davenport)

AL
C SPerez KC 2.9
    DNorris Oak 2.6
1B MCabrera Det 3.45
      JAbreu CWS 3.25
2B RCano Sea 4.25
      JAltuve Hou 3.4
SS EAybar LAA 2.85
      ARamirez CWS 2.7
3B KSeager Sea 4.5
      JDonaldson Oak 4.45
LF MBrantley Cle 4.1
      AGordon KC 3.65
CF MTrout LAA 5.3 MVP
      JEllsbury NYY 3.25
RF JBautista Tor 3.6
     KKiermaier TB 2.2
DH VMartinez Det 2.9
       NCruz Balt 2.8
P  MTanaka NYY 4.3
    FHernandez Sea 4.3 CY

NL
C JLucroy Mil 4.05
    DMesoraco Cin 3.1
1B PGoldschmidt Ari 4.55
     ARizzo Chi 3.25
2B DGordon LAD 3.3
     CUtley Phi 3.05
SS TTulowitzki Col 5.5 MVP
      JPeralta StL 3.2
3B TFrazier Cin 3.5
      PSandoval SFG 3
LF SSmith SD 3.6
     JUpton Atl 2.45
CF AMcCutchen Pit 4.7
      CGomez Mil 3.45
RF GStanton Mia 4.9
     JHeyward Atl 3.8
SP CKershaw LAD 4.75
      AWainwright StL 6 CY










What To Do With Injured Running Backs In The Draft

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The following is a sponsored post, authored by Grant Helena.

What To Do With Injured Running Backs In The Draft

In fantasy football, injuries can really do a lot of damage to a team. Injured running backs are especially difficult to handle since they provide so much value. There is always reason to be hesitant, but here’s a look at a few top running backs worth the risk early on.

Doug Martin

After a stellar rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Martin had to suffer through a shoulder injury for most of 2013. It was unfortunate that he could not put up solid fantasy football numbers, but the good news is that running backs can recover from an injury like this rather quickly. It would have been much more devastating if something happened to his legs.

Martin is a young, talented running back who is going to get a lot of touches in Lovie Smith’s system. Some might be worried that Charlie Sims could steal some touches from him, but Tampa Bay will run the ball enough for both to have success.

Arian Foster

The Houston Texans were terrible last year, and it certainly did not help that Foster missed a significant amount of playing time. However, Houston will really need him to be a solid contributor since they have yet to address the quarterback situation. Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to be the starting quarterback, and he is not exactly a standout in fantasy football.

Backup Ben Tate is now with the Cleveland Browns, so Foster will get plenty of opportunities to have success. He might not be as good as he was in his prime, but he is still talented enough to take in the 1st round.

CJ Spiller

Unlike the previous two running backs, Spiller is not considered to be a potential 1st rounder. A big reason why is because he is going to be splitting time with Fred Jackson. However, Buffalo has big plans for their running back this upcoming year now that he is healthy.

Spiller has always been known as a guy who has big-play talent. The passing game is still a work in progress in Buffalo, so they will be running the ball. Start thinking about Spiller in the third round.



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