Scott Feldman Astros
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Scott Feldman, Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals
Feldman is 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has held the Rangers, Yankees and Angels to one run in 20.2 innings. He was 1-0 against the Royals last year with a 2.25 ERA. Lifetime he’s 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA against them.
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Season Totals:  2-5, 77.1 IP, 66 Ks, 4.31 ERA (37 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (79 hits, 31 walks)
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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. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year Graham racked up an amazing 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. With Darren Sproles being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles, Graham will take on even more meaning for the potent Saints’ offense. Graham will likely negotiate a long-term deal before training camp.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk has 42 touchdowns in 50 career games, but he has managed to play just 18 games over the past two seasons. When he’s healthy he’s as good as anybody in the league. He’s coming off a knee injury that will likely limit his preseason involvement. There are healthy doses of risks and rewards associated with Gronk.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Orange Julius exploded on the scene with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games. With Eric Decker moving on to the New York Jets, Thomas figures to be more of a focal point in the offense. Having Peyton Manning’s confidence, particularly in the red zone, puts him a notch ahead of Vernon Davis in my book.
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4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis finished with 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in his most impressive season since 2009. Michael Crabtree, who was limited to five games because of an Achilles injury figures to eat into some of Davis’ production. Still, Davis has a combination of size and speed that is difficult to match. He’s too fast for most linebackers and too strong for most defensive backs.
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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten reached 850 receiving yards for the seventh straight season. He’s topped 750 yards for 10 straight years. Witten is as consistent as they come. He had his fewest receptions (73) since 2006, but he finished with eight touchdowns.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen finished with 816 yards, giving him an average of 829.5 yards over the past two seasons. Olsen caught six touchdowns, which was his sixth straight season with at least five scores. With a shortage of reliable options for Cam Newton in the passing game, Olsen should play a huge role for Carolina in 2014.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta appeared poised for a breakout season before a hip injury limited him to four game last year. Despite being sapped of his explosiveness, Pitta caught 20 passes for 169 yards and a score. In 2012 Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven scores. Don’t let the Owen Daniels’ signing scare you off. Pitta is primed to deliver.
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8. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron also emerged last year with 917 yards and seven touchdowns after catching 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in his first two seasons. No longer in Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner’s system, Cameron will likely regress. Still, he’s too good of a talent not to peg him in the top half of the fantasy tight end landscape.
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9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph (foot) was limited to eight games last year and subjected to five games with Christian Ponder at the helm. With Matt Cassel at quarterback and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner in the mix, look for much better things from Rudolph.
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10. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns last year as a rookie. All four of his touchdowns came in the second half of the season. Look for a step forward in Ertz’s second year, particularly with DeSean Jackson’s 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns up for grabs.
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Jeremy Guthrie Royals
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Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals @ Houston Astros
Guthrie is 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He’s a good bet to keep rolling against the Astros.
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Season Totals:  2-4, 72.2 IP, 59 Ks, 4.21 ERA (34 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (73 hits, 30 walks)
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Jadeveon Clowney Gamecocks
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In 2006 the Houston Texan shocked the world by selecting Mario Williams over the likes of Reggie Bush and Vince Young. Reggie Bush has had a nice career as did Williams. Vince Young was an amazing college quarterback, but his game just didn’t translate at the pro level.
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This year the Texans again have the first pick in the NFL Draft. They could choose quarterback Blake Bortles, offensive lineman Greg Robinson or the speedy Sammy Watkins. I think they would be best served going with defensive lineman in this draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina.
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Williams is 6’6″ and 292 pounds. Clowney is 6’5″ and 266 pounds. Clowney has impressive speed and athleticism. Williams has 76.5 sacks in eight season, including four double-digit sack seasons. Playing opposite of J.J. Watt could lead to even impressive numbers for Clowney.
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It would be different if a talent like Andrew Luck was available. Unfortunately for the Texans, Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater aren’t surefire prospects. This is a quarterback driven league. If you can’t have a top passer, go after the talent to try to slow the elite ones down. Having Watt and Clowney as bookends would be a great start.
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Robbie Erlin
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Robbie Erlin, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Erlin is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Last year Erlin was 2-0 at home with a 2.18 ERA and 1-3 on the road with a 7.06 ERA.
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Season Totals:  2-4, 67.2 IP, 56 Ks, 4.12 ERA (31 earned runs), 1.36 WHIP (64 hits, 28 walks)
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Eric Stults, San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
Stults faces the Rockies at home. Last year he was 6-4 at home with a 3.06 ERA. He was 2-0 against the Rockies with a 3.05 ERA, including 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA at PETCO.
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Season Totals:  2-4, 60.2 IP, 52 Ks, 4.30 ERA (29 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (59 hits, 25 walks)
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Fantasy football season is still a ways off. With the NFL Draft being pushed back, for some it feels like the wait for football season has been extended. Of course, after the draft it will seem like the offseason sped up. My feelings are still undecided on the change. Still, there is plenty of things to do while you wait.
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Play fantasy baseball. If you haven’t joined a league, perhaps you can find enough buddies to go in with you. Baseball is a LONG season so missing a few weeks could be nice for the casual fan. Alternatively, there are plenty of daily fantasy baseball leagues you can choose from.
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Get in on the action of the Kentucky Derby and other races. This is fun because you can do a little prep work to give you a better feel for the horses. There is great buildup and the fast pace of the race is intense. If you happen to win some coin, even better.
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Check out golf or NASCAR. If baseball isn’t your thing, there are fantasy leagues for golf and NASCAR. Heck, there are even fantasy fishing leagues. That or you could actually go fishing or golfing. There isn’t many more relaxing things than spending some time on a lake on a beautiful summer day.
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If you have kids you need not worry about making the time pass. They keep you busy with all of their activities. Plan a family vacation. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. We visited it last summer and I highly recommend it.
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Become a grill master. Summer is all about cooking over an open flame. Make your whole neighborhood jealous of the way you thrown down on the grill.
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Whatever you do, just don’t wish the summer away…even for football. Time goes fast enough. Plus, the winter was so brutal in a lot of the country. Let’s not wish for a return anytime soon.
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