Alex Cobb
The second half of the baseball season is underway, which means teams are actively looking to make trades to improve their chances of making the playoffs while other teams have given up their pursuit of making the playoffs and are trying to get rid of some contracts. With teams getting better thanks to the trades, expect to see some changes in betting lines for the baseball season.


If you are a fantasy baseball player, it is important to keep track of the trades happening in the league because acting slowly can seriously affect your team and your chances of winning your league.


Players You Need to Sign


Alex Cobb, Pitcher, Tampa Bay: For the season, Cobb is 8-6 with a 3.59 ERA, which is slightly lower than his career ERA of 3.19. Due to an injury that forced him to miss the 2015, Cobb has been limited by his coaches to avoid another major injury, but has definitely pitched well enough to earn a spot on a fantasy roster.


Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers, OF: 24-year-old Santana is having quite a season. He has a .293 batting average, 15 homeruns, and 50 RBI. Santana also has nine stolen bases, and is one of the reasons the Brewers have been playing well this year.


Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates, OF: Marte started the season in a slump, then was suspended for 80 games after violating MLB’s PED rule, which led to a few experts suggesting fantasy owners drop him. Now that he is eligible to return to the lineup on Tuesday, it can’t hurt to get him on your roster.


Mike Clevinger, Cleveland Indians, Pitcher: Clevinger averages 9.2 strikeouts per 9 innings, which is great for fantasy enthusiasts. However, he also has a lot of walks but should still be able give you consistent points on your fantasy team.


Players to Drop/Sit


Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners, OF: Haniger has a lot of power, which is why he was a popular fantasy player to draft. However, he is only hitting .252 for the season, which isn’t very good for your fantasy team. You don’t have to drop him but he should ride the bench unless he has a favorable pitching matchup.


Michael Pineda, Pitcher, New York Yankees: Pineda was having a good season before suffering a season ending injury. With the Yankees starter expected to undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, there is no point keeping him on your roster since he isn’t playing for the rest of the season and might not play next year either.



Joe Ross, Pitcher, Washington Nationals: Ross was already having a bad season and had a 5.01 ERA, which frustrated a lot of people that had him on their teams. However, the Nationals announced that Ross requires Tommy John surgery, which means he, like Pineda, will miss the rest of this season and might not return until 2019. Drop him as quickly as possible.


Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians, 2B: Kipnis was a high pick for a lot of fantasy owners because he is a two-time All-Star that has produced for fantasy owners in the past. However, Kipnis hasn’t been very good this year, and is currently hitting .232, which is a career low. At this point, there is no reason to keep him on your roster so you might as well drop him.

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Online gambling gained popularity in 1996 and has been growing in popularity ever since. Although online gambling trend is constantly increasing and there are number of online gambling sites out there, in some countries it still has not gained legal status. However, despite the legal or illegal status of gambling, it’s increasing and if you want to gamble online, then our list of the top three will help you get started.
Slots is a classical gambling game and has been popular for years and can be player at most gambling sites out there. In physical slots games players insert coins of different values in a machine and pull the handle, and the slots wheel is spun and once the wheel is stopped, the player gets different rewards according to the symbol that appears on the wheel. In online slots, players can play through different means through bitcoins or online currency that the website uses and use the online handle to spin and earn rewards. There are several types of slots games online, amongst which two of the most popular are Book of Ra Deluxe and Great Blue. Book of Ra Deluxe is an elegant Egyptian-themed slot game which includes video slots of 10 playlines from medium to high variance. There are 10 basic free spins available for a player and additional spins can be bought to increase chances of retrigger during the free spins. Winning amount in Book of Ra Deluxe ranges up to 500,000 USD against a maximum bet of 100 USD.
Great Blue is another type of slots game which is a bit different than regular slots but it’s a fun game in which a player is surrounded by creatures of sea such as whales, turtles, seahorses and more. Players could gain multipliers or free spins with the help of the shell symbol in Great blue. The game has high variance of video slots featuring up to 25 playlines and 33 free spins. The highest reward is 1,000,000 in multiple currencies against the maximum bet.
Blackjack is another popular gambling game which is played both online and offline. In traditional black jack player needs to use his cards to gain 21 through different chips. The online gambling version of blackjack follows the same rules. In online Blackjack you will take virtual chips; but you will need a basic understanding of the game to know when you should take a hit and when to be steady. The right move can help you win and help you gain more chips to keep you in the game. Multiple online casinos offer blackjack and or free blackjack games to test your luck. Free games are generally only played to earn rewards; whereas paid online blackjack games can help players earn money.
Roulette is not just popular in physical casinos but it’s equally popular in online gambling websites. In online Roulette, you will also have to learn how to play on the wheel, with 38 numbers. The European version only 37 numbers are used because unlike regular Roulette European roulette does not have the double zero. Roulette is the game of betting and it’s all about the sequencing of the numbers in Roulette. In physical Roulette the wheel spins in one direction and the ball spins in another direction. A good strategy to learn online roulette could be to play for free and then move to the actual betting. It is important to know the terms and condition of the gambling site you’re using before playing the game as some will lock down your bets first and then roll or vice versa.
Gambling is a flourishing business even in countries where it is considered illegal. Only in 2001, number of individuals participated in online gambling rose to 8 million and increased astonishingly. Estimates and statistics research department revealed the revenue of gambling business to a whopping number of $22 billion in 2008, which grew greatly to $46 billion in 2016 and expected to reach $57 billion by 2018.

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Corey Dickerson
Tampa Bay Outfielder Corey Dickerson is rated as the 72nd outfielder at FantasyPros following a decent 2017 campaign. He could easily put up numbers that would exceed that 6th outfielder (12 team leagues) projection.
His primary benefit to fantasy baseball players last year was his power. Dickerson hit 24 home runs with 70 RBI in 148 games.
Dickerson’s batting average of .245 hurt fantasy owners and limited the number of runs he scored to 57. History suggests that he could rebound.
In 196 games in 2014 and 2015 combined Dickerson had 204 hits in 660 at bats for a .309 batting average. He scored 104 runs, hit 34 home runs, drove in 107 runs and stole eight bases. Extrapolated out to a 162-game schedule, he would have a .309-86-28-88-7 line. Dickerson did play home games at Coors Field during that stretch, but there is reason to believe he can tops those numbers.
Dickerson’s BABIP last yer was .285. It was .367 in 2015, .356 in 2014 and .307 as a rookie in 2013. If Dickerson’s luck can improve in 2017, his batting average will jump along with his counting numbers.
There is some speculation that he will hit leadoff against right-handed pitchers. After not stealing any bases last season, it’s a sign that he would given some green lights on the base paths this coming season.
Dickerson’s career average in the big leagues dropped to .279 after last year’s performance. He hit .321 in the minors (.365 at Triple-A) and .459 in college. A nice bounce back in that category along with solid power numbers and you could find yourself with a nice value pick for your outfield.

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When you finally make it to the top of your sport, be it football, baseball, basketball or any other professional sport, there is one thing that you simply cannot get away from and that is money. As a famed athlete you will see sponsorships deals, high wages and money being thrown at you from all angles as you progress through the sport. For most athletes, they spend the large majority of their time training or practicing the sport which has taken them to such dizzy heights and that leaves little time to splash the cash which they have in their pockets.


Once you have bought the house, the cars, the clothes and the jewelry, paid for a few vacations and picked up a rare pet or two, what is there left to spend money on? Why of course, making more of it by way of gambling, pro athletes have strict rules on gambling but many are able to find legal ways of staking their money in different places, some may even look for sport betting options in Canada or other countries where the rules differ slightly.


Today we’re going to take a look at 10 sports stars who loved nothing than more than spending their free time and their pocket money on the ancient art of gambling.


Paul Hornung


Ex-pro footballer Paul Hornung was a running back for the Green Bay Packers during the early 60s, he was a Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP in 1961 as well as being part of the team that won the very first Super Bowl back in 1967. Hornung loved nothing more than throwing his money at a good spread and unfortunately for him he was banned for the entire ’63 season for betting on football games. The running back claimed that he would stop gambling and after some friendly lobbying from a certain Vince Lombardi, he was reinstated for the ’64 season.


Kenny McKinley


Gifted young receiver Kenny McKinley was a hot prospect for the Denver Broncos who last year sadly took his own life. It was later revealed that the young footballer loved nothing more than hitting the casinos, specifically in Vegas and owed money to a number of Las Vegas casinos as well as to a teammate. The debts became too much and after a bout of depression the young footballer could find no other way out. The sad side to gambling.


Floyd Mayweather


The 49-0 boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is well known for his penchant for gambling, so much so that there are even some casinos in Vegas that won’t take his bets any more as a result of his infamous lucky winning streaks which sees him clean up on a regular basis. Floyd often posts his bets and his winnings on social media and some of the sums which he likes to gamble are staggering, equally, so are some of his winnings.


John Daly


US pro golfer John Daly was raking in the money during the 80s and 90s and with his iconic and colorful style of both playing and dressing, he became an instant hit on the circuit. John Daly has confessed that he simply loves gambling in all of its forms and was as surprised as most of us when it became clear that during a 12-year stint throughout the 90s and early 00s, Daly lost between $50-60 million. $5,000 slots and 36-hour blackjack marathons contributed to Daly’s losses but fortunately for the golfer, his income can more than support it and his winnings are pretty high too.



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Pete Rose

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Pete Rose played Major League Baseball from 1963 until his retirement in 1969, Rose was a phenomenal baseball player who holds several MLB records including for hits and at-bats and he collected 3 series rings, an MVP and a Golden Gloves award. Following his retirement however it was discovered the Rose loved to gamble and after being found having bet on his own team, the Cincinnati Reds, Rose accepted a lifetime ban from baseball and was denied entry into the Hall of Fame.


Alex Rodriguez


One of the greatest baseball players of his generation, Alex Rodriguez gained notoriety for his impressive performances for the New York Yankees as short-stop and third baseman and is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. Rodriguez however, like many who have gone before him loved nothing more than gambling, specifically in high-stakes poker games and, to the dislike of the MLB, often illegal, high-stakes poker games.


Denny McClain


Denny McClain worked with Pete Rose on the 1969 How to Play Better Baseball and it would seem that the two had more than just the book in common. McClain loved to gamble on horse and he enjoyed it so much that he even invested in a bookmaking operation. Unfortunately, the other members of the operation were the Syrian mob and as the years progressed, the baseball player got into lots of difficulties with his new friends including being injured by the mob for them to win a bet.


Michael Jordan

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Even Air Jordan couldn’t contain himself when it came to the casino and he was regularly spotted in Atlantic City playing high-stakes. Rumors even circulated that Jordan’s first retirement in ’93 was about getting his addiction dealt with although they are unsupported claims.


Art Schlichter


A promising draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts, Art Schlichter’s career soon took a turn for the worst after he racked up huge debts through his love for gambling. By the end of 1985 the NFL player had debts of $700,000 and even got picked up by cops for his part in a multi-million dollar sports betting scheme, this guy loved money and gambling way more than football.


Lenny Dykstra


Lenny Dykstra formed a solid MLB career for the New York Mets and later the Phillies, he was a 3-time All Star and and a World Series champion but he will be remembered far more avidly for his love of gambling rather than his baseball ability. St one point, Dykstra was riding high in his career, pulling in millions, betting big and winning bigger, his luck ran out however and after finishing his career and going bankrupt, Dykstra ended up spending time living out of his own car, quite the fall from grace.


Who is your favorite gambling sports star, the winners? The losers? Or the ones who haven’t quite made it to the front pages yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Le’Veon Bell
Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Divisional Round.
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
3. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
4. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
5. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
6. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
7. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
8. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
9. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
10. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
11. Christine Michael, Green Bay Packers
12. James White, New England Patriots
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Next Man Up: Week 11

17 November 2016

Martellus Bennett
By Josh Williams
As week 11 arrives, many teams are making that final push for the fantasy playoffs which start in three weeks, in most leagues. With little time to make up ground, it is important now more than ever to be sure that you have the best possible lineup when the games kickoff this week. With that in mind, there are three key injuries/suspensions that could impact your lineup this week and beyond.


In Chicago, Alshon Jeffery has been suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The misery, and uncertainty continues for the Bears with the status of running back Jordan Howard in doubt. He says he’s fine and will play against the Giants on Sunday, but the team says he may have suffered an Achilles injury that could keep him out for more than one game. Finally, there is the seemingly oft-injured Rob Gronkowski. Whether it is a punctured lung or just a bruised lung, his status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is in doubt. If you have any of these players on your roster, here’s who you should be looking at to replace them.


Martellus Bennett lead the Patriots with seven catches for 102 yards in their loss to Seattle. Bennett has 38 receptions (third on the team), 504 yards (second) and leads the Patriots with four touchdown catches. He is also a bruising runner after the catch as the Seahawks Earl Thomas found out.


Jeremy Langford has only played in five games so far this year due to injury, but he made his return against Tampa Bay last week and stands to get the bulk of the rushing duties if Howard can’t go. While his yardage totals have been low, he did manage to find the end zone in each of the Bears first two games when he was the starter. Langford remains confident in his abilities and says he is a playmaker. For Howard owners, now would be a good time for him to show it. The Bears may be one of the worst teams in the league, but somebody still has to score some touchdowns.


Cameron Meredith is quite possibly the best wide receiver on waivers right now, he also happens to be Jeffery’s handcuff. After starting the year slowly, Meredith has caught 22 passes for 305 yards in the Bears last four games, including a 50-yard touchdown in their loss to the Bucs. That was his only catch in the game, but it was good for 11 points in a standard scoring format for ESPN Fantasy Football. While Eddie Royal and Zach Miller could also see an increase in targets with Jeffery out, if you’re looking for someone who can carry you for the next four games, Meredith is the safe choice.


If the handcuffs to the injured/suspended players aren’t the way you want to go, here’s a list of potential options from other teams.

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Todd Gurley
As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the NFC West.
Five Stars
Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals
Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angele Rams
David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks Defense
Four Stars
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals Defense
Three Stars
Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Phil Dawson, K, San Francisco 49ers
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams Defense
Two Stars
Kenny Britt, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers Defense
One Star
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Bruce Ellington, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Darren Fells, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Lance Kendricks, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Quinton Patton, WR, San Francisco 49ers
C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Brian Quick, WR, Los Angeles Rams
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Jhoulys Chacin
Jhoulys Chacin, Los Angeles Angels vs. Minnesota Twins
Chacin is 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA, but is 1-1 at home with a 3.79 ERA. He’s a solid bet to continue his home success against the Twins.
Season Totals: 60 Starts, 22-18, 362 IP, 271 Ks, 3.73 ERA (150 Earned Runs), 1.23 WHIP (343 hits, 101 walks)

Fantasy sports began around 1980 inside a New York restaurant, where a group of people created the Rotisserie League Baseball. In the game, participants drafted real players from the major league and followed them throughout the season, earning points based on the performance of those players on the field.


With the advent of the internet, fantasy sports became a nationwide sensation. Although fantasy football has more participants than fantasy baseball these days, both fantasy versions of these sports offer a life-changing cash prizes that are up for grabs practically every day of the year.


In this article we take a look at some of the biggest fantasy sports prizes won in the US.



Online fantasy sports leagues are growing at a rapid pace in the US and abroad.

Minnesota man wins $300,000 in online daily fantasy football content


Jake Sanders, a 38-year-old sports fan had only been playing online daily fantasy football for a year when he cashed out a six-figure win. His skills, and a good dose of luck, helped him select just the right players to create a fantasy squad that brought him the goods. Sanders, who describes himself as a ‘normal guy’ was overjoyed to learn of the windfall and share it with his family who run a business in south Minneapolis.


Pig farmer brings in the bacon with double $100,000 prize win


Lindy Hinkelman is the only two-time champion of the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. During the day he manages his pig farm in Greencreek (ID), stopping in between taking care of his stock to check on his fantasy baseball lineup. Hinkelman has won two of the last three titles of the US most popular fantasy contest, netting himself over $200,000. He believes running a pig farm has made him very good at crunching numbers and making good analyses when drafting players to his fantasy teams.


Hinkelman hit the nail on its head when he spoke about how important skill is in improving the odds of winning at online fantasy sports and online sports betting. Both games give players the opportunity to put to good use their knowledge of their favourite game, whether football, baseball or other sports events that are available for wagering. Online sportsbooks offer new players fantastic welcome bonuses and weekly promotions such as free bets and extra cash that give multiple chances to extend your bankroll and win more money betting on sports online.


“I turned $10 into $1 million”


Perhaps the quote above, by Tspiedo, an online fantasy football icon, best describes the enormous potential of fantasy sports as money-making endeavour. Tspiedo won the 2013 FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship after a nail-biting finish that saw him clinch first-place among the 48 finalists after a late touchdown by Montee Ball, running back for the Denver Broncos. The $1 million cash prize was a record-breaking amount which the lucky winner won in his first week!


Boston brothers score $1 million fantasy football win over weekend


David and Rob Gomes, two brothers from Boston and Patriots fans, won a cool million in a one-week fantasy football leagues in November 2014. The unbelievable stroke of luck came out of the blue after they stumbled upon the perfect lineup for their team. Patriot’s running back Jonas Gray was instrumental in helping them win the prize. Not ones to settle for just one win, the Gomes brothers claimed they will reinvest their winnings and plan a trip to watch the Super Bowl.




Big paydays are becoming the order of the day in online fantasy sports and sports bettings in general. Both types of games are expected to experience phenomenal growth over the next years as more professional sports league endorse them. Players enjoy these games for their excitement and the possibility of scoring big thanks to a combination of skilful choices, good intuition and luck.


Fantasy sports are legal in over 40 US states and their prominence in the sports betting scene is set to become bigger as they start offering bigger payouts and wider selection of leagues to participate in.


Fantasy sports has ballooned into an industry that rakes in $3.6 billion annual, with the increasingly popular daily-play games attracting casual gamers who wouldn’t participate in the usual season-long formats. The same trend can be seen worldwide, as fantasy leagues are slowly gaining a foothold in many European and other markets outside the US.

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