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The smell of football is in the air. Here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 1 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 
Peyton Manning shattered NFL records last year en route to turning in the finest fantasy football season ever. He threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. Last year he threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. Manning threw for 462 yards and seven touchdowns last year in the season opener.
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2.  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees threw for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns last year. He’ll begin his quest for a fourth straight year with 5,000 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. He averaged 317.5 yards against them last year and has averaged 318.8 yards in his past 12 meetings against them.
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3.  Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice and the Falcons will try to put 2013 behind him in what should be a shootout with the Saints. Ryan has averaged 4,279 yards 28.8 touchdowns over the past four seasons. Matty Ice averaged 298 against the Saints last year and 284 yards with 16 touchdowns in 11 career meetings with them.
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4.  Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns last year, bringing his three-year average to 4,885 yards and 30 touchdowns per season. The addition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron should make Stafford even more dangerous. Look for Stafford to get off to a fast start against the New York Giants.
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5.  Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Equipped with the best wide receiver duo in the league (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), one of the best pass-catching running backs (Matt Forte) and a solid tight end (Martellus Bennett), Cutler is poised to deliver big numbers in 2014. He’ll get started against the Buffalo Bills.
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6.  Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck threw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 377 yards and four touchdowns with his feet. He threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos last year, with another 29 yards and a score on the ground.
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7.  Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions last year. Chip Kelly’s offense could be even more impressive in his second year. While the Eagles will miss DeSean Jackson, look for Jeremy Maclin, Darren Sproles and Zach Ertz to pick up the slack.
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8.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers was limited to nine games last year, but he finished with 2,536 yards and 17 touchdown passes. He remains an elite option, but has a tough opening draw against the Seattle Seahawks.
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9. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick gets Michael Crabtree back, which should help his development as a passer, especially when paired with Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson. Kaepernick faces the Dallas Cowboys. They Boys allowed 286.8 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game through the air.
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10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady doesn’t have quality outside weapons, but he should still be quite productive against the Miami Dolphins throwing to Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman.
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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 pitchers you can snag off the waiver wire today that could give you nice value down the stretch. All these guys have low ownership rates and are more than likely available in your league. 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.
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Michael Fiers – There is no pitcher hotter than Fiers. Since he was called back up he has pitched three games, 35 innings, allowed only 7 runs, and earned a victory in every start. He has struck out 41 in those 35 innings. The strikeouts look legit as he’s recorded 11 strikeouts per nine innings in AAA this year. He should be an immediate pickup if he’s out there on your waivers.
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Michael Pineda – Pineda started the season pitching well, then hit the DL until about 2 weeks ago. I’ve never been a huge fan of his, but he’s put up good numbers in a very short sample this season. He has a 2.05 ERA on the year with a 2.51 FIP. Snag him and give him a shot while he’s pitching well. He’s been forgotten in a lot of leagues.
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Vidal Nuno – Nuno has really pitched well since his trade to the Diamondbacks. In 61 innings he’s pitched to a 3.23 ERA and a decent strikeout rate around 7 per 9 innings. He’s winless in those starts, but those are playable ratios in mixed leagues. He’s barely owned in Yahoo leagues.
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Carlos Carrasco – Carrasco just switched back to the starter role only three starts ago. He’s done very well so far. In three starts so far he’s given up only two run in 24.2 innings. Scouts have always liked his stuff, but it’s never quite translated. I don’t know that it is now, but these three starts are a good sign. He’s worth a shot this late in the season to ride the hot streak.
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Jake Peavy – The switch to San Francisco has been kind to Peavy. His ERA with the Giants has dropped over a run since his trade. Strangely, his strikeout rate has dropped. If the strikeout rate starts to rise, and I’d guess it will, that new 3.50-ish ERA on a team than can get him wins, is very startable in your league.
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Matt Shoemaker – I’ve been on the Shoemaker bandwagon for a while. He’s quietly put up a solid season. His ERA on the year is 3.33 with a FIP in the same neighborhood.. He’s picked it up of late, pitching to a 1.57 ERA in August and coming of a near no-hitter against the Red Sox his last time out. He pitches for the Angels and will be in line for wins down the stretch.
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For two more bonus pitchers, visit my website at http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com/p/8-waiver-wire-pitchers-for-your-playoff.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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Shane Greene
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Shane Greene, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Greene is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA, a 1.278 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 55.1 innings. He has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings in his past three starts.
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Season Totals: 45-49, 802.1 IP, 700 Ks, 3.84 ERA (342 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (786 hits, 246 walks)
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Kevin Gausman
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Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins
Gausman is 7-6 with a 3.84 ERA. In his past seven starts he’s 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA. Since June 1st he’s 7-5 with a 3.46 ERA.
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Season Totals: 44-49, 796.1 IP, 673 Ks, 3.83 ERA (339 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (779 hits, 243 walks)
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Dillon Gee, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Gee is 5-6 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He’s 3-3 at home with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He’s 0-1 against the Phillies with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. His career marks at Citi Field are 17-18 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
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Season Totals: 44-48, 790.2 IP, 668 Ks, 3.82 ERA (336 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (772 hits, 240 walks)
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2014 NFL Picks – Week 1

29 August 2014


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Last year we were 160-95-1 (.627) during the regular season. We were 24-10 (.706) in our non-repeat team lock picks. Now we’re back for a eighth year of NFL prognostication.
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2013:  160-95-1 (.627) and 24-10 (.706)
2012: 170-85-1 (.666) and 29-5 (.853)
2011: 176-80 (.688) and 28-6 (.824)
2010: 159-97 (.621) and 23-9 (.719)
2009: 177-79 (.691) & 31-3 (.912)
2008: 159-96-1 (.623) & 25-8-1 (.750)
2007: 154-98 (.611) & 12-5 (.706)
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Week 1 Locks:
Lock to Win:  San Francisco 49ers
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Oakland Raiders
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Week 1 Picks:
SEA over GB
NO over ATL
CHI over BUF
KC over TENN
MINN over STL
NE over MIA
NYJ over OAK (Loser Lock)
PHI over JAX
PITT over CLE
BAL over CINCY
HOU over WASH
SF over DAL (Winner Lock)
CAR over TB
DEN over INDY
DET over NYG
ARI over SD
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Aaron Harang Braves
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Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins
Harang is 10-8 with a 3.60 ERA. In his past 12 starts he’s 5-2 with a  3.35 ERA. He’s 4-4 at home with a 3.51 ERA.
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Season Totals: 43-48, 783.2 IP, 662 Ks, 3.85 ERA (335 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (768 hits, 239 walks)
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