Jake Peavy Giants
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Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Peavy lost in his Giants’ debut, but pitched OK. I like his chances against the Mets.
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Season Totals: 36-38, 653 IP, 530 Ks, 3.87 ERA (281 earned runs), 1.30 WHIP (646 hits, 201 walks)
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LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest

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The 2014 fantasy football season is around the corner. Not only do you have to put in the prep work for your fantasy football draft, but you gotta come up with a cool team name. The 2014 Lester’s Legends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest gives you a chance to show off how clever you are. Not only will you have the bragging rights, but you have a chance to take home a prize. The winner will take home a $50 gift certificate. There will also be a bonus prize from JD Sports.
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All you need to win is a creative name and contact information to get your prize. You can reference football players, songs, movies, whatever. Just be original and keep it somewhat clean. Avoid the low hanging fruit (Aaron Hernandez, Josh Gordon, etc.) if you’re looking to win the prize.
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Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 17th. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
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Here are the 2013 finalists:
Blair Walsh Project 
Blurred Tynes 
Come Helu High Water
Harvin hip problems, I feel bad for you son
Luck B a Brady 2Nite 
I Find Urlacher Faith Disturbing 
I Pitta the Fool (2013 contest winner)
The Land Before Tynes 
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Here are the 2012 finalists:
50 Shades of Heyward Bey
Biggie Smalls is the Hillis
Helu… Is it me you’re looking for?
Here’s my number, so call me Brady
Percy Control
RG3P0  (2012 contest winner)
Sexy Andy knows it
Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
That’s a McCown Question Bro
Weeden’t Start The Fire

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Here are the 2011 finalists:
Avoid the Lloyd
Belichick yourself b4 you REX yourself (2011 contest winner)
Brady Back Ribs
Burrested Development
Flaccoroni N Cheese
It’s all about the ReX’s & tOe’s
Plaxidental Shooting
Shot through Gerhart, and You’re to Blame
The Hillis have Eyes
Throw Mamma from the Torain
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Here are the 2010 finalists:
A Kolb Day in Hell
Cooley than the Other Side of the Pillow

Corn on the Schaub

Dezzie Does Dallas
(2010 contest winner)
Henne Nut Cheerios

Ix-nay on the Heyward-Bey – Reid
Revis and Butthead

Schaub Shank Redemption

Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi

The Godfavre

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Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
Cassel Greyskull
ScoobyDrewBreesDoo!
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J.A. Happ Blue Jays
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J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays @ Houston Astros
Happ is 8-5 with a 4.58 ERA, but has a favorable matchup against the ‘Stros. He’s 1-0 in his past two outings with a 2.38 ERA. He’s 2-0 lifetime against Houston with a 2.53 ERA
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Season Totals: 36-37, 647.2 IP, 525 Ks, 3.85 ERA (277 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (637 hits, 199 walks)
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Terrance West OTAs
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The Cleveland Browns have an intriguing running back battle that features two newcomers. Ben Tate comes in as the early favorite to open the preseason as the lead back after coming over from Houston. Rookie Terrance West will challenge Tate for the starting job.
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Tate is coming off a season in which he ran for 771 yards and four touchdowns on 181 carries. He did catch 34 passes for an additional 140 yards. Tate  has averaged 140.3 carries for 664 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and 3.3 touchdowns in the last three seasons. He’s averaged 19.3 catches for 95.7 yards during that span.
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Meanwhile West shined at Towson rushing for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns, rivaling Barry Sanders’ brilliant 1988 season.
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The safe money is on Tate handling the lion’s share of the duties, but fantasy football strategies and winning strategies on sports betting don’t always thrive on playing it safe.
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Tate has an injury history that gives some cause for concern. He has missed 24 games in his four seasons in the league, though that number is skewed with Tate missing his entire rookie season. That said, even when he does play he’s usually injured. ESPN’s fantasy projection points out that “since 2010, he has hurt his ankle, quad, back, hip, groin, shoulder, head, toe, hamstring, foot, elbow and ribs. All in all, Tate has been on his team’s injury report 80 percent of the time over the past four seasons.” Tate is routinely listed on the injury report, which is unsettling to fantasy football players.

Tate  does have an edge over West given his NFL experience, but it doesn’t quite justify the draft positioning difference. Tate is currently ranked as the 25th running back by FantasyPros making him a borderline RB2. Meanwhile Terrance West is ranked 38th making him a borderline RB3. In many cases you may be able to have him as your RB4. Given the injury history, it is not inconceivable that West leapfrogs Tate, relegating him to change-of-pace/third down duties.
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They have a similar build as Tate is 5’10″ and 220 pounds and West is 5’10 and 225 pounds. It’s going to come down to durability. If you want to play it safe go with Tate. If you want to swing for the fences a little, go with West.
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See my fantasy football rankings here.
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Jeff Locke
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Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Locke is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings against Arizona.
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Season Totals: 36-37, 642 IP, 521 Ks, 3.87 ERA (276 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (627 hits, 193 walks)
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Danny Duffy
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Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins
Duffy is 5-10 despite a 2.47 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Since June 1st he’s 3-5 with a 1.86 ERA. He’s 1-0 against the Twins with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings. Lifetime he’s 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA against Minnesota in 25.1 innings.
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Season Totals: 35-37, 634.1 IP, 513 Ks, 3.92 ERA (276 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (622 hits, 193 walks)
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By Chris Dionne
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Hello Lester’s Legend Readers,
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I’m guest posting here again from http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com to discuss 6 hitters you can snag off the waiver wire today that could give you a big second half.  All these guys have ownership rates of less that 25% in Yahoo leagues.  This is not a ranking, the order is random.  As with my other posts here, see the link at the bottom for a bonus two pitchers on this list.  Look for the Waiver Wire hitters next week.
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Kevin Kiermaier – Kiermaier has come up very hot for the Rays this year.  He’s somehow still only owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues.  He is clearly not as good as he’s been playing.  As of this writing, he has 8 home runs on the year.  He is not a power hitter.  He had 15 total homeruns in 4 years of minor league play.   He is more of a slap/contact hitter.  What he does have in speed.  It may have not come through yet, but in 34 AAA games this year, he stole 11 bases.  Pick him up as a cheap source of speed for you down the line.  And if his hot streak continues, it’s a bonus.
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Stephen Drew - Yes, I’m recommending Steven Drew.  He had a horrible start when he first signed.  He looked rusty in his first moth of at bats.  But, he’s stepped it up since then, and has been hitting of late.  In the last week he’s hit 2 home runs and is hitting almost .300.  The Red Sox offense looks like it mat be heating up, and if Drew heats up at the same time, he could make a solid fantasy run in the next few weeks.
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Arismendy Alcantara – Alcantara has been hot since his call up.  He’s laying himself into regular playing time and now looks like he may be here to stay.  He has 2 homeruns , 4 steal, and a .255 average since his call up.  Yes, there’s some luck involved here, but plenty of skills.  In 89 AAA games this year he hit 10 home runs, stole 21 bases, and hit over .300.  Snag him now and ride as long as you can.  He can fill a tough to fill middle infield spot for you team in most leagues.
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CJ Cron – After a strange demotion to AAA a few days ago, Cron looks to be back up and should be the DH for the Angels going forward.  He’s never been a stud prospect, but has power.  He’s hit 9 homers in just under 60 games this year.   That’s a pace that actually looks close to sustainable.  He has the power to hit 10 homers the rest of the season.  He also hits in a really good Angels lineup.  He could rack up RBI in the second half.  Power is hard to find on the waiver wire, and Cron has hit.  He’s worth the gamble.
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Travis d’Arnaud– Travis is back and catching everyday (almost) for the Mets.  There are a few things to like about him.  He was a top prospect with a history of hitting in the minors.  He has been hot of late, with a OPS just under .800 in July so far.  And most interesting, he’s been hitting in the middle of the Mets lineup.  The Mets are not exactly a stud lineup, but batting in the middle of any lineup, you’ll fall into solid counting stats.  He could be a sneaky top 10 catchers the second half of the season.
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Javier Baez – This one is possibly a stretch as he’s not even in the league yet, but there’s big power potential here.  The Cubs recently DFA’d Darwin Barney, have Alcantara playing a lot of centerfield and Bonifacio playing a lot of second.  Bonifacio is likely to be traded before the deadline.  This will open up a second base spot for Baez.  He still has a lot of swing in miss in him, but a ton of power to go with it.  He has the potential to hit 10 homers in the last 2 months of the season.  How many middle infielders can do that for your team?
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For two more bonus hitters, visit my website at
http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com/p/8-waiver-wire-hitters-for-second-half.html
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If you’ve watched much baseball you’ve hear someone state that a player will be what he is “On the back of his baseball card”. But what does the back of the baseball card really say about a player?? What does it say about the player tomorrow? And, What what will that baseball card say at the end of the year?
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At Back of the Baseball Card I take a look at what the “back of the baseball card” really says about a player and how that can help your daily, yearly, and dynasty leagues.
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