Hat Tricks

Cam Ward – 19 Saves
Roberto Luongo – 28 Saves

3-Point Club
Steven Stamkos – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Shane Doan – 2 Goals, 1 Assist

Double Lamp Lighters
Jeff Carter
Steven Stamkos
Shane Doan

 | Posted by | Categories: fantasy hockey, NHL | Tagged: , |


30 Point Club
Dirk Nowitzki
– 36 Points
Yao Ming - 30 Points

Glass Cleaners (12+ Rebounds)
Yao Ming
- 13 Boards
Emeka Okafor - 12 Boards
Amare Stoudemire - 12 Boards

March of Dimes (12+ Assists)
Jason Kidd
- 12 Dimes

Thieves & Swatters (5+ Steals or Blocks)

Double-Double Trouble
Yao Ming
- 30 Points, 13 Rebounds
Josh Howard - 28 Points, 11 Rebounds
Chris Paul - 20 Points, 10 Assists
Amare Stoudemire - 21 Points, 12 Rebounds

Messed Around and Got a Triple-Double

NFL Week 9 Fantasy Fill-ins

31 October 2008

Putting the final piece of your fantasy football puzzle together

Bye weeks are here.  I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in to your lineup if you are dealing with byes, an injury, or tough matchups.   Check back following the games to see the stat line of guys profiled.

David Garrard
- Cincinnati is decent in terms of yardage allowed ranking 8th with 191.1 ypg.  However, they are 30th with 13 TD passes allowed.  That fits David Garrard’s M.O. for the week.  I don’t expect a huge yardage day out of him, but I would expect multiple scores.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran one in as well.
Stat Line:  23 of 38 for 229 yards, INT, 6 carries for 23 yards

Kevin Faulk
- For some reason I think the Patriots will rely on their Old Reliable Kevin Faulk this week as they take on the rival Indianapolis Colts.  Faulk will pick up yards both on the ground and through the air. 
Stat Line: 10 carries for 60 yards, 5 catches for 38 yards 

Tim Hightower - It appears that Hightower’s role in the Offense will increase.  He is always a threat to score, and with additional carries, he could finally put up some respectable yardage.  He’s facing St. Louis, so a nice fantasy day could be in store for the big man.
Stat Line: 22 carries for 109 yards, TD

Greg Camarillo - Miami faces Denver this week, who is 28th in the league with 240 passing yards allowed per game.  Camarillo is averaging 4.5 receptions per game.  They will probably be playing from behind so I expect Camarillo to get his hands on 7 or 8 passes for about 70 yards.  He could even find his way into the endzone, which would make him that much sweeter.
Stat Line:  11 catches for 111 yards

Reggie Williams - After catching 10 TDs last year, Williams waited until Week 8 to catch his first one this year.  He was streaky last year catching three TDs in four weeks on two occasions and four straight games with a TD to finish the year.  He faces Cincinnati this week so it’s not unlikely that he catches one of Garrard’s aforementiond TD passes.
Stat Line:  2 catches for 12 yards.  Sorry.

Donald Lee - Think the Packers noticed that Dallas Clark scored two TDs vs. Tennessee on MNF?  I do.  He has just four catches to past two games.  My guess is Green Bay tries to get their big man going this week, especially if Ryan Grant struggle at the goal line.
Stat Line:  3 catches for 22 yards.  Sorry.   

Dan Carpenter
- The teams that allow the most FGs are either on bye (NO, SF, SD) or they are facing the top scoring kickers (Carney, Gostkowski, Akers).  I had to dig a little deeper, but I found Dan Carpenter who faces Denver.  The Broncos have allowed 16 FGs (23rd in league) and 59 points (21st).  Carpenter is 8 for 10 on FGs and 17 for 17 on PATs.
Stat Line:  4 FGs, 2 PATs 

- The Cardinals face St. Louis, who despite looking better in recent weeks, has allowed 24 Sacks (27th in the league).  That doesn’t bold well for them since Arizona is tied for 6th in the league with 19 Sacks.  They should be able to get Bulger to the ground, as well as force some turnovers.
Stat Line:  2 Sacks, 2 INTs, Fumble, TD

Check back after the games to see an updated stat line.

Friday Tidbits – 10/31/08

31 October 2008

Happy Halloween!

The Phillies took Game 3 of the World Series and a 2-1 series lead.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit back-to-back HRs.  J.C. Romero pitched 1-1/3 scoreless Innings to earn the Win.  Eric Hinske replaced Cliff Floyd on  Tampa’s roster.  You knew Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard weren’t going to be held down forever.  They busted out in Game 4 to give the Phillies a 3-1 series lead.  Joe Blanton pitched well and hit a solo HR.  Kevin Youkilis and Aramis Ramirez won the Hank Aaron Award, which is determined by fans voting for the best offensive players in their leagues.  More proof that fans shouldn’t be allowed to vote on anything.  Game 5 was suspended on Monday because of the weather.  Game 5 was cancelled on Tuesday because of the weather.  Almost as bad as the weather has been the umpiring.  The Angels picked up options on Vladimir Guerrero and John Lackey.  The Phillies won the World Series finishing up the last 3-1/2 Innings on Wednesday night.  J.C. Romero got the Win.  Brad Lidge remained perfect in Save opportunites.  Cole Hamels won the MVP.  Milwaukee hired Ken Macha. Manny, Mark Teixeira, and Ben Sheets filed for Free Agency.  Kansas City got Mike Jacobs from Florida for Leo Nunez.  The White Sox didn’t pick up Griffey’s option.  Detroit didn’t pick up Edgar Renteria’s option.

Deuce McAllister and Will Smith tested positive for water pills.  Plaxico Burress was fined $45K by the league.  Santonio Holmes got busted for marijuana possession.  Kevin and Pat Williams used water pills too.  Jason Witten left with a broken rib.  Dallas actually won.  Brian Westbrook dominated in his return.  Seattle found someone worse than them on Sunday…San Francisco.  Mike Singletary wasn’t pleased.  No Winslow, no loss for Cleveland.  What’s with teams doing better without Hurricane Tight Ends?  Dick Jauron got a three-year extension.  Buffalo lost and NE won moving them into a tie for first.   The Rams are mad that the Pats didn’t have any penalties.  I can see where they are coming from.  New Orleans beat the Chargers as the teams put on an air show in London.  The Chief and Lions almost won.  Oakland got embarrased.  Tennessee took care of Indy on MNF to remain undefeated.  Larry Johnson was charged with assault for spitting on that woman.  Shaun Hill will start for San Fran after the bye.  The Chargers gave Defensive Coordinator Ted Cottrell the boot. Duante Culpepper worked out with Detroit.  I thought Matt Millen was gone, yet they are still have dumb ideas.  Vince Wilfork was fined for his hit on Jay Cutler.  Joe Jurevicius (staph infection following knee surgery) will miss the rest of the year.  John Kasay signed a four-year extension with Carolina.  Indy will be without CB Marlin Jackson (knee) for the rest of the season.  Bob Sanders and Addai should return this week though.  It wasn’t enough that Singletary blew up at the press conference, but word is he dropped his pants too.  You lost me there Mike.

The Bulls picked up options on Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah, and Thabo Sefolosha.  Portland picked up options for Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden.  What a good collection of young talent.  Golden State signed a two-year extension with Don Nelson.  The Knicks gave Patrick Ewing’s son the boot.  Toronto picked up Andrea Bargnani’s option.  Houston’s Aaron Brooks (ankle) will miss a couple of weeks.  The Celtics open their title defense with a victory over the Cavs.  Paul Pierce was the Big One just like in the playoffs.  Danny Ainge got an extension before the game.  Deron Williams missed Utah’s opener.  Greg Oden sprained his foot.  He didn’t even score a point.  He’ll miss 2-4 weeks.  Shades of Bill Walton?  Phoenix didn’t score 120 points, but they won for Terry Porter.  Mike D’Antoni won his debut with the Knicks.  They did score 120.  Larry Brown lost his debut with Charlotte.  The Lakers extended Andrew Bynum’s contract.  Jason Maxiel signed an extension with Detroit.

Florida D Bryan Allen is on the shelf following knee surgery.  The Flyers will be without Daniel Briere (abdominal) for a few weeks.  Marian Gaborik landed on the IR.    Detroit will be without Johan Frazen (knee) for a month.  Columbus put G Pascal Leclaire on the IR.  Alexander Ovechkin’s consecutive games streak ended at 203 as he went to Russia to be with his grandfather.  Vancouver’s Rick Rypien (sports hernia) will be out a while.  Ottawa re-signed Daniel Alfredsson.

Shutouts:  L.A.’s Jason LaBarbera vs. St. Louis, San Jose’s Brian Boucher vs. Tampa Bay, Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Edmonton and Vancouver, Philly’s Antero Niittymaki vs. Atlanta, Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff vs. Colorado, Carolina’s Cam Ward vs. St. Louis, and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. LA.  Hat Tricks:  Boston’s Milan Lucic vs. Atlanta and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne vs. Detroit.

#1 Texas got by #6 Oklahoma State 28-24 behind Colt McCoy’s 391 yards and 2 TDs.  #3 Penn State won a defensive struggle with #9 Ohio State 13-6.  #4 Oklahoma pounded Kansas State 58-35.  The Sooners had 55 at halftime.  Josh Freeman had 478 passing yards for K-State.  #7 Georgia beat #13 LSU.  #8 Texas Tech destroyed #23 Kansas 63-21.  Graham Harrell had 386 passing yards and 5 TDs.  Jimmy Young had 226 receiving yards and 3 TDs as #14 TCU pounded Wyoming.  #15 Missouri blanked Colorado 58-0.  Didn’t Colorado use to be good?  Chase Daniel had 302 yards and 5 TDs.  Louisville upset #16 South Florida.  Rutgers whooped up on #17 Pitt behind Mike Teel’s 361 passing yards and 6 TDs.  Kenny Britt caught three of them.  Virginia upset #18 Georgia Tech.  Indiana upset #22 Northwestern.  Ty Willingham is out in Washington. North Texas had 15 players fail a drug test.  Big games this week:  #1 Texas vs. #7 Texas Tech, #6 Georgia vs. #8 Florida, #15 Florida State vs. 6-2 Georgia Tech, #17 Minnesota vs. 6-2 Northwestern, #24 Oregon vs. 5-2 Cal, and #25UConn vs. 5-2 West Virginia.  Thursday upsets continued with Cincinnati taking down #23 South Florida.

Cleveland State gave Coach Gary Waters a five-year extension.  Arizona lost recruits Abdul Gaddy, Solomon Hill and Mike Moser after Lute Olson stepped down.  Gaddy signed with Washington.  Word is Lute had a stroke recently.  Fred Glass will be Indiana’s new AD.  Nevada’s Brandon Fields had charges dropped in an alleged shoplifting scheme.  North Carolina is the preseason #1.  Tyler Hansbrough hurt his shin.

Carl Edwards won both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the NASCAR CARFAX Nationwide Series at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Cameron Beckman won the Frys.com Open.  John Cook won the  AT&T Championship.  Helen Alfredsson won the Grand China Air tournament.  Sergio Garcia won the Castello Masters.  Jamie Sadlowski’s  418 yard drive won him the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship and $250K.  Cameron Peck and Victoria Tanco were named the Rolex Junior Players of the Year.  Hunter Mahan beat Anthony Kim to win the Kiwi Challenge.  John Daly got bombed at Hooters and then was taken to detox.

Roger Federer beat David Nalbandian in the ATP Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel.  Andy Murray beat Andrey Golubev in the ATP Tour St. Petersburg Open.  Robin Soderling beat Julien Benneteau in the ATP Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon.  Elena Dementieva beat Caroline Wozniacki in the WTA FORTIS Championships.  Ana Ivanovic beat Vera Zvonareva in the WTA Generali Ladies Linz.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.  Be sure to check out my Links Page for some great sites.

Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

Clayton Kershaw was one of the more hyped young pitchers of 2008, though his numbers did not quite match the attention he received.  That is somewhat similar to a young pitcher who made his debut in 2007, then took the baseball world by storm last season in the Giants Tim Lincecum.  Let’s take a look at how their rookie seasons stack up before we get into the rest of the information:

Kershaw (’08): 5-5, 4.26 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 100 K in 107.2 IP
Lincecum (’07): 7-5, 4.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 150 K in 146.1 IP

Yes, Lincecum’s numbers were a bit better across the board, especially in the WHIP department.  It wasn’t that Lincecum had tremendously better control, because he was walking 4.00 batters per 9 innings in his rookie season, compared to Kershaw’s 4.35.  No, he was just less hittable, allowing opponents to hit .228 against him, compared to Kershaw’s .264.

That’s a big difference, but one that I would anticipate Kershaw, who hadn’t pitched above Double A prior to last season, to correct, at least partially, in ‘09.  It’s not like the number is terrible, not by any stretch, but there is plenty of room for improvement.  Had he had enough innings to qualify, he pretty much would have found him smack in the middle of the league, right in line with Barry Zito (.268), Dana Eveland (.266) and Jamie Moyer (.264).  Kershaw’s pure stuff is better than all of those pitchers, and I expect him to use it significantly better with a year under his belt.

The strikeouts are another number worth noting.  In his rookie year, Lincecum had a K/9 of 9.23 (a number he improved to 10.51 in his second season).  Kershaw was not quite at that level, but he did carry a very useful 8.36 K/9 in ‘08.  The number was better over the final 2 months of the season, when he had a K/9 of 9.00 (60 K’s over 60 innings).

In September Kershaw actually showed us a glimpse of just how good he could be.  In 6 appearances (5 starts), he went 3-0 with an impressive 3.45 ERA.

You would expect it to take young pitchers a little bit of time to adjust to facing major league hitters.  Tim Lincecum got beat up badly early on (7.71 ERA in June), but suddenly put things together in July of ‘07, going 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 5 starts.  Yes, he wasn’t quite as good in August and September, but overall his post All-Star Break ERA was at 3.39, compared to 4.63 prior to it.  It simply takes pitchers some time, so the fact that you saw Kershaw make improvements is a great sign.

The final number to look at is the number of HR’s that Kershaw gave up, nearly 1 per 9 innings.  Like his batting average against, it’s not an awful number, but it certainly isn’t a pretty one either.  In contrast, Lincecum’s HR/9 was 0.74 during his rookie campaign, which he reduced to 0.44 last season.  I don’t expect Kershaw to enjoy the same type of drop-off, but seeing that he did not allow a HR at Double A prior to his recall (61.1 innings), does give me some hope.

So, with all of that said, exactly what do I project Kershaw to do in ‘09:

194.2 IP, 14 W, 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 191 K (8.85 K/9), 75 BB (3.48 BB/9)

I don’t see innings being an issue for him, as he threw a total of 169 innings this season.  As we saw with Lincecum in 2008, I feel like Kershaw is going to improve dramatically in his first full season at the major league level.  Don’t get me wrong, Kershaw is not going to put up a season similar to what Lincecum did, but with a strong line-up behind him, he should emerge as a solid #3 pitcher in all formats.

To me, he’s certainly a pitcher to target in the middle rounds of your draft this season, as he has the potential to exceed any expectations, even the very positive ones that I provided for you here.  He could be one of the elite, and I’d certainly recommend rolling the dice on him.

For more great fantasy info, check out Rotoprofessor.com.


Hat Tricks
Teemu Selanne


3-Point Club
Matt Stajan
 - 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Ryan Getzlaf - 5 Assists
Andy Greene - 3 Assists

Double Lamp Lighters
Teemu Selanne
Matt Stajan
Pavel Datsyuk
Henrik Zetterberg


30 Point Club
Danny Granger
- 33 Points
Tim Duncan - 32 Points
Tony Parker - 32 Points

Glass Cleaners (12+ Rebounds)
Samuel Dalembert
  – 17 Boards
Tyson Chandler - 16 Boards
Dwight Howard – 15 Boards
Troy Murphy - 15 Boards
Darrell Arthur - 15 Boards
Carlos Boozer – 14 Boards
Spencer Hawes - 14 Boards
Elton Brand - 13 Boards
Shaq - 13 Boards
Luis Scola - 13 Boards
Andris Biedrins -12 Boards
Charlie Villanueava - 12 Boards

March of Dimes (12+ Assists)
Steve Nash - 13 Dimes

Thieves & Swatters (5+ Steals or Blocks)
Dwight Howard
- 5 Blocks, 5 Steals
Spencer Hawes - 6 Blocks
Josh Smith -5 Blocks

Double-Double Trouble
Chris Bosh
- 27 points, 11 Rebounds
Elton Brand - 14 Points, 13 Rebounds
Dwight Howard - 22 Points, 15 Rebounds
Josh Smith - 17 Points, 10 Rebounds
Shawn Marion - 14 Points, 11 Rebounds
Udonis Haslem - 23 Points, 10 Rebounds
David Lee - 16 Points, 11 Rebounds
Troy Murphy - 13 Points, 15 Rebounds
Spencer Hawes - 12 Points, 14 Rebounds
Jason Thompson - 18 Points, 10 Rebounds
Al Jefferson - 21 Points, 10 Rebounds
Steve Nash - 13 Points, 13 Assists
Shaq - 15 Points, 13 Rebounds
Charlie Villanueava - 20 Points, 12 Rebounds
Marc Gasol - 12 Points, 12 Rebounds
Darrell Arthur - 11 Points, 15 Rebounds
Luis Scola - 12 Points, 13 Rebounds
Yao Ming - 21 Points, 10 Rebounds
Carlos Boozer -25 points, 14 Rebounds
Mehmet Okur -  13 Points, 10 Rebounds
Chris Paul - 21 Points, 11 Assists
Tyson Chandler - 13 Points, 16 Rebounds 
Andris Biedrins -14 Points, 12 Rebounds

Messed Around and Got a Triple-Double

 | Posted by | Categories: Fantasy Basketball, NBA | Tagged: , |

Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties