Chris Colabello
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Chris Colabello enters the day hitting a robust .347 and an American League leading 22 RBI. His value may never be higher so be sure to entertain all offers that come your way. Don’t just give Colabello away, but if the right offer comes along, take it.
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Every year there seems to be a player or two that comes from nowhere to shine. I just don’t know that Colabello is the guy.
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In 55 games last year for the Minnesota Twins Colabello hit .194 with a .631 OPS. His 22 RBIs through 19 games are already more than the 17 he had in 55 games last year. With a six, a four and a pair of three RBI games, a little bit of luck is playing a role in Colabello’s early success. Take away those four games and he has six RBI in his other 15 games.
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Speaking of luck, Colabello is enjoying a .460 BABIP. That is not a sustainable number, particularly for a guy that has yet to steal a base in 74 big league games.
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Colabello is 30. It wasn’t until 2012 that he migrated to the minor leagues after spending seven seasons in the Independent Can-Am League. Colabello hit .284 for Double-A New Britain in 2012 and .352 for Triple-A Rochester last year.
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Will the other shoe eventually drop? There is a good chance that once his luck dries up and that BABIP goes south that Colabello will be in for a regression. If you can move him while he’s at maximum value, I say go for it.
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Megatron
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With the 2014 NFL Draft finally approaching, here’s an early look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron has averaged 1,712.3 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With his size, speed, hands and route running ability Johnson simply is the best receiver out there.
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2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has averaged 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons shagging balls from Peyton Manning. With Eric Decker moving on the the New York Jets, Thomas should be an even more vital option in the passing game.
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3. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Gordon exploded on the scene to lead the NFL with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He was the first receiver ever the record consecutive 200-yard games. A.J. Green may be a safer pick because he has a more stable quarterback situation, but Gordon has more upside.
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4. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez has averaged 1,307.5 yard and 12.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He has the talent to be as good as any receiver in the league. In fact, the top five choices are pretty interchangeable.
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5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has averaged 1,277.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns the past two years and 1,388 yards and 11 scores over the past two seasons. Green has bulked up a bit to improve his physicality. Entering his fourth season, look for Green to continue to be one of the elite fantasy options at wide receiver.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones was averaging 116 yards per game before a foot injury derailed his 2013 season. He averaged 1,078.5 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two seasons. Be sure to monitor his recovery. If there aren’t any setbacks, Jones should be a solid WR1 option once again.
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7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall finished with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. He took a step back from the 118 catches for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns thanks to the emergence of Alshon Jeffrey. Nine of his touchdowns were thrown by Jay Cutler as they continue to have a great rapport. That trend should continue.
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8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery had 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He did a lot of his dame with Josh McCown, but Cutler is more than capable of getting him the ball.
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9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson rebounded with 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers playing in just nine games. Look for Jordy to light it up with a healthy Rodgers.
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10. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has averaged 1,304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns the past two seasons with the Bucs. Josh McCown made good use of big receivers Marshall and Jeffery last year. V-Jax should be a force once again.
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11.  Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon was banged up in 2012. Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself last year ,but Garcon finished with 113 catches for 1,346 yards. With both of them healthy and DeSean Jackson on board to take away some of the defensive attention, Garcon should have another strong season.
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12. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Allen had an impressive rookie season with 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. In his final 13 games he averaged 78.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Year two should be even more impressive.
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13. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson has averaged 1,502.5 yards the past two seasons despite questionable quarterback play. He did manage just nine touchdowns combined over the two years. Will the quarterback play be an issue again? If it is, will it catch up with Johnson. Those are the questions that keeps him just outside of WR1 territory.
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14. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown had an impressive 2013 showing with 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. He should continue to see a heavy volume of looks from Ben Roethlisberger.
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15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz had another down year in respect to his 954 receiving yards. He did manage to score 10 touchdowns. Fitz still has plenty left in the tank. He’s probably a little riskier that the other top 15, but he has a track record of greatness.
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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
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Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays
Nolasco is off to a rough start at 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA. He’s been particularly brutal on the road at 0-2 with a 8.62 ERA. I’m banking on the law of averages here. Nolasco is better than he’s been. If you’re in a close ERA battle, don’t take the leap with me.
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Season Totals:  6-6, 120 IP, 92 Ks, 3.98ERA (53 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (120 hits, 45 walks)
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Here’s another look at some players that are off to fast starts that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers
Davis is hitting .288 with 10 runs. His real value comes from his seven stolen bases.
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Conor Gillaspie, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Gillaspie is hitting .302 with eight runs and 12 RBI. He’s a decent fill-in for your corner infield slot.
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Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
Escobar is hitting .305 with eight runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases. He has SB potential for your middle infield slot.
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Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Texas Rangers
Kouzmanoff is filling in admirably for Adrian Beltre. He’s hitting .370 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI.
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Russell Martin, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
Martin is hitting .269 with nine runs, two HRs and 11 RBI. He can be a decent backup catcher for fantasy owners.
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David Murphy, OF, Cleveland Indians
Murphy has slowed a little, but he’s hitting .291 with 15 RBI.
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Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers
You’ll have to live with Reynolds’ .214 batting average, but with five HRs he can add some pop to your lineup.
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Wade Miley
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Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs
Miley is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA. He’s pitching on the road where 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA vs. 1-2 at home with a 6.35 ERA. Last year he had a 3.09 road ERA against a 4.15 home mark.
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Season Totals:  5-6, 113 IP, 88 Ks, 4.14 ERA (52 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (116 hits, 45 walks)
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Jason Hammel
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Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Hammel is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has 16 Ks in 20.2 innings. He has two of the Cubs five wins. The D’back also have just five wins.
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Season Totals:  4-6, 107 IP, 86 Ks, 4.21 ERA (50 earned runs), 1.44 WHIP (110 hits, 44 walks)
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Zach McAllister
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Zach McAllister, Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals
McAllister is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has thrown 7.2 scoreless innings at home. He’s 4-3 lifetime in April with a 2.83 ERA.
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Season Totals:  3-6, 101 IP, 80 Ks, 4.37 ERA (49 earned runs), 1.46 WHIP (106 hits, 41 walks)
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