Steve Downie ( Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

We’re already wrapping up our fourth fantasy hockey week if you can believe it. Hopefully by this time, you’ve thrown together some wins and haven’t been bitten by the injury bug too much. Personally, I’m already dealing with Taylor Hall being placed on the IR who I had big hopes for this season. I picked up Filip Forsberg as his replacement, who’s already got 15 points and is a stellar +15. What’s best about him is that he has eligibility in C/LW/RW. Multiple-eligibility players like that become key in a long fantasy season when the injury bug hits. They bring some great production and flexibility to your roster.

If you’re looking for some injury replacements or are ready to drop someone who’s just not performing, here are some speculative adds:

Tanner Pearson – LW

I said in my last fantasy post that I’m not a big fan of Pearson, but he continues to prove me wrong. He already has 7 goals and ten points and was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October. What’s really fantastic is his +13, which indicates that he’s really been productive and not just fluky. He’s here to stay.

Brock Nelson – C

The #2 Center for the emerging Islanders team already has 14 points, 7 of which came on the powerplay. The team as a whole is benefiting from having legit threats on the blue line in Boychuk and Leddy, so Nelson is a good look if you’re hurting at center.

Steve Downie – LW/RW

A guy we love to hate, Downie is one of the more effective pests in the league and it’s carrying over into fantasy. He already has 54 PIM, with 7 points and LW/RW eligbility to boot. Your league most likely scores penalty minutes, and he’s one of the best players in the league in that category.

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NFL Week 10 2014 Betting Tips

November 9, 2014 at 10:15am in Featured, NFL, Opinion
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Week 8 in the NFL was not a pretty week, as I recorded a 1-3 record. I was desperately in need of having my own so called “Bye Week,” and so I obliged, (Week 9 I would have went 2-2). I am now sitting with a 15-14 overall record, and am now looking for a perfect week 10 after my bye. I will be picking three games rather than usual four, (less is more). Continue reading NFL Week 10 2014 Betting Tips »

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The Celtics lost Wednesday night to a Raptors team that was led by the double agent known as Evan Turner. Turner, who played only 12 minutes, had five turnovers and posted an unforgivable minus-10. Brad Stevens’s optimism surrounding the transformation of the swingman into a point guard certainly must be squashed after his abysmal performance last night. His court vision is obscured, his ego is bloated, his shot is broken and his talent is nonexistent. The Celtics should quit giving Turner valuable minutes and instead spend that time developing rookie James Young.

The Celtics played a great game last night despite their 26 turnovers and he-who-must-not-be-named’s “contributions” last night. The team shot over 50% and all the starters scored in double figures with sixth man Marcus Smart contributing 12 of his own, including three 3-pointers. Additionally, Rajon Rondo recorded the 20th triple-double of his career with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, and Jeff Green managed to string together four great games for the first time since forever. While the Celtics allowed 110 points and had 26 turnovers, this team looks nothing like last year’s. In the terrible Eastern Conference, I would not be totally surprised to see this squad sneak into the playoffs. Continue reading Celtics Lose to Evan Turner, Raptors »

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Redraft King: Week 10 2014 Advice

November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
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Why didn’t I pick Big Ben to repeat his six touchdown performance? How did I not see that coming? Oh right, no one saw that coming. However, I highlighted several other players who went off in week 9. I cashed in by using several of these players, hopefully you did too.

Week 9 Recap:

I cited Carson Palmer’s 20.9 fantasy points per game average—he scored 20.7 points. Andy Dalton’s 16.4 points probably didn’t win you any contests. And, Joe Flacco, desperately trying to keep up with the red-hot Steelers offense, scored 22.3 fantasy points of his own. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 10 2014 Advice »

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Will Cam Newton finally reward fantasy owners in Week 10? (AP)

Even though the season is hitting the stretch run in fantasy leagues, the byepocalypse is hitting teams hard with six teams on bye, including the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. This could mean an easy win over a tough opponent or your chance to get back into the playoff picture. Whether you are hoping to stay afloat or just clinging to that final playoff pot, Week 10 is the week to make a move in your league.

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Cam Newton (vs. Philadelphia): The Eagles secondary looks dreadful this season and the run defense is subpar at best. This could mean a huge week for Newton and his pass catchers in Week 10. Plus, the last time these two teams met in 2012, Super Cam ran for two scores and threw for another pair. Could this be the return for Newton and a struggling Panthers team? Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10 »

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Julian Edelman bounced back in a big way with a punt return and a reception touchdown. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

This was the game everyone had marked on their calendars. There’s the obvious Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry, but this was more than that. Sunday was a chance to show everyone how good the Patriots truly are, and they did not disappoint. While Tom Brady has put together an impressive five game stretch of 18 touchdowns with only one interception, it’s been the strong play of the defense that has been the difference. They forced two turnovers on Sunday while keeping the Broncos’ trips to the endzone to a minimum. After the chaos in Kansas City, the Patriots have gone on a five game tear that sits them atop the AFC after nine weeks.

- It’s been said time after time that this is one of the most impressive defensive units in the past decade for the Patriots. Even without mainstays such as Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones, they managed to keep Manning at bay. Yes Manning did throw for over 400 yards, but he struggled to finish drives. The first interception was good a disguise by Rob Ninkovich to drop to the outside only to come back and cover the inside for the pick. Brandon Browner’s interception came courtesy of a tipped pass off of Wes Welker, who was leveled on the play and didn’t return to the game. The defensive scheme was similar to what the Jets did a few weeks back. They rushed three or four while utilizing a lot of man coverage. They started the game in the nickel formation and used five to six defensive backs for the majority. Unlike years past, they have the talent in the secondary to cover man-to-man on a consistent basis. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Make a Statement in Dominant 43-21 Win Over Broncos »

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Andrew Hawkins is just one options fantasy players should consider in Week 9 (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

With six teams on bye, it is time to dive deep and take advantage of those teams missing plenty of players on bye weeks. Even if you are 2-6 or 1-7, this week could put you back into the playoff picture depending on how many squads you are fighting for that final playoff spot.

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Brian Hoyer (vs. Tampa Bay): The Buccaneers defense is ranked third to last in the NFL against the pass. Plus, the center for the Cleveland Browns is out for the foreseeable future which means the run game could get stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Expect at least 25 throws from Hoyer in this one. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 9 »

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