Joe Kelly
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Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Kelly is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA. He had one six-run disaster, but he has allowed one or fewer run in his other four starts. Kelly is 3-2 lifetime against the Cubs with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He has a 2.90 career ERA at Busch Stadium.
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Season Totals: 34-36, 601.2 IP, 489 Ks, 3.93 ERA (263 earned runs), 1.30 WHIP (593 hits, 187 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.
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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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Aaron Harang Braves
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Aaron Harang, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins
Harang is 9-6 with a 3.36 ERA. He’s 4-0 in his past five starts with a 2.12 ERA.
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Season Totals: 34-35, 595.2 IP, 482 Ks, 3.93 ERA (260 earned runs), 1.30 WHIP (587 hits, 185 walks)
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By Chris Dionne
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I’m guest posting here again from http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com to discuss 6 starting pitchers 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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Brandon McCarthy – I’m a big fan of Brandon McCarthy this year.  His secondary numbers point to a much better pitcher than his stats show.   His FIP is way less than his ERA.  He has a great groundball rate and has given up what looks like, an unlucky amount of home runs.  He’s a better pitcher than his ERA shows.  He just moved to a tough stadium to play in, but he was in one before as well.  If his numbers regress positively as they should, he could be a 3.50 ERA for the Yankees, with a handful or more wins.  Run and grab him now.
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Wade Miley – Wade Miley is having a better season than you think he is.  His ERA sits at 4.18 and he’s striking out close out a batter per inning, while pitching for a bad team in a bad ballpark.  Admittedly not exciting numbers, but there’s some bad luck in there.  His XFIP on the year sits a 3.31 as he’s been unlucky with his balls in play and home run percentage.  He has the possibility of posting a 3.50 era and close to a strikeout per nine in the second half.  That’s a great pickup of waivers for the second half.
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Rubby De La Rosa – This is my biggest reach on the list.  The Red Sox seem determined to get this guy in the rotation, and after some deadline deals, I think they will have a spot for him.  He has decent numbers on the year in limited action.  I’m not basing this on number though, this is about stuff.  De La Rosa has great stuff.  He continues to have issues with walks, and his strikeout rate has yet to be what it should be, but the stuff is there.  He may not be an instant pickup now, but keep an eye on him.  He could put together a stud second half seemingly out of the blue.
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Jake Odorizzi – Odorizzi was on the back end of most prospect list coming into the season.  He had a rough start when he was called up, but has been hot of late.  His ERA is a hair over 4 and his FIP is about half a run lower.  5 of his last 7 starts have been quality starts, and the two that weren’t were only for his 5.1 and 5.2 innings pitched.  He also has a crazy good strikeout rate this year, over 10 per nine innings.  This is higher than his minor league stats, so it’s likely to come down, but he should be able to maintain a 7-8 strikeouts per 9.  He’s a sneaky bet for value in the second half.
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Matt Shoemaker – Shoemaker has a 4.38 ERA on the year and is 7-2 in just over 63 innings since his call up.  That’s a decent back end pitcher.  His secondary numbers point to a better pitcher than that.  His FIP sits at 3.78 on the year due to some bad luck on his balls in play.    If he can pitch to his FIP in the second half, combined with his almost a strikeout per nine and you have a great waiver pickup.
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Drew Hutchison – I’ve gone back and forth on recommending Hutchison this year.  I like the strikeout potential he has, but I’m always weary of young guys blowing up.  As a waiver grab, he’s worth the risk.  He has the potential for a strikeout per inning in the second half.  He also plays on Toronto, so he should be a good bet for wins.  He will have a blow up or two in the second half, and he may be a guy that I sit against the top offences.  But he has the ability to be a 9k per 9, 3.80, 6-8 win guy in the second half.
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For two more bonus hitters, visit my website at
http://www.backofthebaseballcard.com/p/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.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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Trevor Bauer Indians
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Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
Bauer is 4-4 with a 3.89 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. He’s 2-0 in July with a 2.84 ERA.
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Season Totals: 34-35, 590.2 IP, 477 Ks, 3.89 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (580 hits, 183 walks)
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Yusmeiro Petit
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Yusmeiro Petit, San Francisco Giants @ Philadelphia Phillies
Petit is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Since June he has a 2.00 ERA.
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Season Totals: 34-35, 590.2 IP, 477 Ks, 3.89 ERA (255 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (580 hits, 183 walks)
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Toby Gerhart Jags
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart is going from one of the best backup running backs in the leagues to a starter. Does he have what it takes to be a fantasy football starter?
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It is hard to fully trust a running back that has averaged just 69 carries per season, but he has delivered when given the chance. Now that he’s the lead back, expect him to be a player recommended by the BetOnIt.org on a near weekly basis.
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Last year Gerhart had one game with double-digit carries. He responded with 89 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.9 yards per carry). In three games in which he had at least seven carries Gerhart ran for 247 yards on just 30 carries. That’s a whopping 8.2 ypc.
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In 2012 Gerhart never received double-digit carries. He never really got in a groove as Adrian Peterson was busy chasing the NFL rushing record.
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In 2011 Gerhart had five games with double-digit carries. In those five games he ran for 401 yards on 83 carries (4.8 ypc and 80.2 yards per game).
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In his rookie season (2010) Gerhart had three double-digit carry games. He combined for 207 yards on 50 carries (4.1 ypc). Clearly he gets better as he gets more carries. In nine games with double-digit carries Toby  has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg).
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Gerhart has also averaged 19.3 receptions per season in his four-year NFL career. He served as the Vikings’ third-down back. With his hands, he will likely stay on the field on plenty of third downs. Serving as a three-down back will help his cause.
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Gerhart has just five rushing touchdowns in his career, but that has more to do with Peterson than anything else. Toby is 6’0″ and 231 pounds. He should have no problem bulling his way into the end zone.
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Gerhart should have little problem getting the lion’s share of the work for the Jags. Jordan Todman is his backup and will serve more as a change-of-pace back than anything else. There isn’t much after that.
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Feel free to draft Gerhart as your RB2. You can play it safe and get a quality RB3, but you should really do that no matter who your RB2 is.
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