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Redraft King: Week 4 Redraft Advice

September 25, 2014 at 9:00am in Fantasy, Featured, Opinion
Jordy Nelson

In the interest of full disclosure, before we dive to week 4 advice, let’s review where I was right and where I was wrong in week 3. If you missed it, here was my week 3 advice column.

Week 3 Recap:

Tom Brady turned out to be a terrible call, the Pats offense continues to struggle this season. Josh McCown was a laughable prediction—it’s probably for the best that he hurt his thumb before he had a chance to throw anymore interceptions, or perpetrate anymore fumbles. And my only decent call at QB from last week was EJ Manuel who scored 15 points by ESPN standard scoring.

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Will the Red Sox closer carousel bring Koji Uehara back again next year, or will the Red Sox have to turn to someone else (again)? (ESPN.com)

157 down, 5 to go.

That’s all that’s left on this misery of a Red Sox season, thankfully. But the Rajon Rondo trade rumors are nothing more than just that — rumors — and the Patriots don’t play every day (perhaps fortunately, considering Week 3′s ugly win), so I’m trying to justify reasons to keep sports in my everyday life.

So to answer the question, “Why watch the Red Sox?”, I’ve turned to Rusney Castillo’s first stint in the majors, Clay Buchholz’s momentum going into 2015, and David Ortiz’s record-setting season. One more reason (which I’ll probably ignore) is the Red Sox closer carousel, and what it may mean for the 2015 return of deposed closer Koji Uehara.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? The Closer Carousel and the Return (?) of the Koji »

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Vince Wilfork, Sealver Siliga

When the Patriots face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, they will face one of the most potent rush offenses in the NFL. In a Monday night game on the road it will be important for the Patriots to set the physical tone on both sides of the ball. Despite the Chiefs being 1-2, they have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL and the New England defense will need to contain the Kansas City running game to keep the Chiefs out of rhythm and off balance.

The Chiefs have All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles at the top of the depth chart, but he was sidelined last week with a high ankle sprain and may miss this Monday’s game as well. What did the Chiefs do in Charles absence last week? They rushed for 174 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. They also averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Continue reading Patriots Run Defense Will Face One of the Season’s Biggest Tests in Week Four »

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Ryan Spooner preseason goal  (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today)

The Bruins lost their first preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens in the Bell Centre last night 3-2, with goals from Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner. The B’s put forth a lineup mixed with veterans as well as rookies and played well, losing only after the Canadiens snuck in a goal with less than a minute left.

We won’t put too much stake into this game, but it is good to see Fraser and Spooner get on the board. These are obviously guys that we’re high on coming into this season to grab an NHL roster spot and them scoring is a good indication that they really want to make this team.

Malcom Subban and Niklas Svedberg split time between the pipes and did pretty well all things considered. Subban stopped 9 of 10 in the first period and Svedberg stopped 16 of 18 over the next two periods. Subban still will most likely be in Providence this season, but it’s good to see him doing well. He’s going to be a #1 NHL goalie in a few more years.

Continue reading Bruins Lose Preseason Opener and Other Thoughts »

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Brock Holt

Back in 2012, the Red Sox sent a package of prospects over to the Pittsburgh Pirates for projected closer of the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan. Brock Holt was a mere throw-in, and Joel Hanrahan revealed himself as a bust, which cleared a path for Koji Uehara to dominate as the Red Sox closer.  Holt played 23 games last year season with the Red Sox where he primarily filled in for Middlebrooks at third base. He batted .203 and failed to secure a roster spot for himself on the Red Sox 25-man roster.

Before the 2014 season began, there once again was no roster spot for Brock Holt. Yet again, we thought at the time that the Red Sox were going to defend their title a little bit more formidably.  After a month and a half of disappointment and injuries, Holt found himself thrust into the starting lineup. Initially covering for Middlebrooks at third, by mid-June, Holt was thrown into the outfield, where he excelled, despite being an infielder by trade. Since then, Holt has played every single position on the baseball diamond this season besides pitcher and catcher. Continue reading Brock Holt: Utility Man or Key Future Starter? »

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2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Defense

September 23, 2014 at 8:34am in Bruins, NHL, Uncategorized
Hamilton and Chara (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Any good coach will tell you that “defense wins championships” and that certainly strikes true in today’s NHL. All of the recent Stanley Cup winners have had very strong defensive cores and count on their guys to chip in in all three zones for their team to succeed. The Bruins under GM Peter Chiarelli have put themselves in a very good position with the crew they’ve acquired and will look for that to translate to postseason success.

Under veteran captain Zdeno Chara‘s leadership, the B’s defense has been among the league’s leader for the past several seasons. We’ve seen some old faces go and new faces come in, but the system of defense first has been forthright with tremendous success.

It’s no secret that Chara is getting up there in age, and his years of being a Norris trophy finalist are likely behind him. He may take a step back this year, but he is still a very good defenseman. For his size, range, and shot power alone he will be a powerful presence in all three zones. Continue reading 2014-2015 Bruins Preview: Defense »

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Julian Edelman has been one of the few bright spots on the Patriots' struggling offense. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

As Al Davis said “Just win baby.” The only positive out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders is that the Patriots improved their record to 2-1. Thankfully the defense played well enough and made the big play when they needed it. Tom Brady and the rest of the offense continued to look out of sync and devoid any identity. In a “glass half full” sense you could argue the offense struggled early last season and ended up in the AFC Championship game. However, this season has not seen the injury issues that last season endured, and the roster this season has more talent and experience at the wide receiver position. Growing pains happen every year but when the starting quarterback is often revered as one of, if not, the greatest of all time, you’d hope they can get a more consistent result earlier than they have been the past couple seasons.

- Everyone expected there would be questions with the offensive line. Coming into the season they had a new offensive line coach for the first time in decades. They traded the anchor of the line, Logan Mankins, in the preseason. Against Miami, they were rotating guys on and off the field constantly. The past two weeks they have used the same starting five left to right of Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Dan Connolly, Jordan Devey, and Sebastian Vollmer. At one point the rookie Bryan Stork subbed in to play center moving Connolly to guard and Devey to the bench. No one had a game they’ll want to remember, but they’ll need to remember because this is a weakness that many teams can exploit on a weekly basis. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 3: Offense Struggles, Patriots Top Raiders 16-9 »

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