Feb 25, 2012 by Dan Wheelock
Chances are pretty good that the first overall pick in your fantasy league will be a first baseman. The best one-baggers consistently put up huge stats and rarely get hurt. The top-six in our rankings have very high floors, which is what you want from an early pick. Your first couple of picks probably aren’t going to out-play their draft position but you want to avoid investing in a big bust early in your draft. Play it safe and take a first baseman early.
Here are the Fantasy Sports Kings composite first base rankings as well as sleepers, a bust and a prospect pick for 2012.
Feb 25, 2012 by Jim DEletto
The Daytona 500 is the one race where it is really a crap shoot for who to pick. Each driver has a shot to win the race and each driver has an even greater chance of getting caught up in a wreck that isn’t their fault.
Yahoo Fantasy Racing’s advice is to use drivers who you may not use during the season. There is no need to waste a quality start—in which you only get nine starts for the year—in a race where the driver is at the mercy of the big wreck. In saying that, there are some drivers who you should use at restrictor plate tracks because they are their specialty.
Feb 23, 2012 by Dan Wheelock
Catcher has always been one of the weakest positions in fantasy baseball. It used to be that after the top 2 or 3 guys were taken, everyone else was pretty much the same. There has been a little more depth recently, but in the years to come this could be a very deep position. Devin Mesoraco, Travis d’Arnaud, Ryan Lavarnway, Yasmani Grandal and Wilin Rosario will soon join Buster Posey, Carlos Santana, Matt Wieters, and J.P. Arencibia as a very talented, young group of catchers.
Each of the last three seasons a top fantasy catcher has gone down with a significant knee injury. In 2010 it was Carlos Santana, Buster Posey was last year and this season (thankfully for fantasy owners it was before the season), Victor Martinez. Hopefully this doesn’t become an annual thing. But if you play in a standard mixer and your catcher goes down, there will be a few decent options out there on the waiver wire.
Here are the Fantasy Sports Kings composite catcher rankings as well as a sleeper, bust and prospect pick for 2012.
Feb 22, 2012 by Jim DEletto
When it is the time of year for the Daytona 500, you can’t do much else but think about all of the moments this race produced for the sport. There are many moments to choose from. In fact it is very hard to come up with this list because there are so many defining moments.
This list is complied of many NASCAR legends that include Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt. These are moments that have given NASCAR the popularity it has today and defined the sport as a mainstay in this country.
The Daytona 500 is a race that has defined legends and created others. We will now count down the moments that have shaped the legends and NASCAR itself, as we know it today.
Feb 20, 2012 by Jim DEletto
It seems as of late it has been pretty easy to become a media sensation. There have been two media phenomena in the past year. One is shelved for the time being, while one is currently exploding. Now hold on to your seats because there will soon be a third media phenomenon to drive their way right into the news and sweep the nation.
Tim Tebow was the first icon that took the sports world by storm over this past year. This University of Florida quarterback was already well known due to his success in his college playing days by winning two National Championships and a Heisman Trophy.
Feb 19, 2012 by Dan Wheelock
Over the last couple of weeks I have written about some sleepers and prospects from each division. The last one on the list is the AL East, the powerhouse division that is home to some of the best baseball, the biggest payroll and the most media attention.
As it turns out, it is hard to have sleeper status in the AL East. Guys like Desmond Jennings and Brett Lawrie, who would probably be under the radar in most other divisions, are being drafted as if they’re proven veterans. Also, top prospects like Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances just don’t have the minor league numbers to back up the hype they’re receiving.
So I’m going to do something a little different in this preview. Instead of trying to convince myself (and you) that guys like Nolan Reimold and Eduardo Nunez are good sleepers this year, I’m going to highlight a few young players that may or may not be worth their current draft position.
Feb 17, 2012 by Jim DEletto
With the most consolidated preseason of any sport, NASCAR only has one preseason race, the Bud Shootout, and it never disappoints. The race takes place at the same track as the prestigious Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway. With some of the closest racing you will see all year, the Shootout is any ones race.
It is the first time we get to see our favorite drivers on the track since the final race in Homestead in mid November. There have been many changes in the 2012 offseason including drivers, crew chiefs, teams and even engines. We may even get to see the first maternity driver suit, I wonder what Joey Lagano will have to say about that?
This is a preview of the 2012 NASCAR season—finally it is time to go racing!
Feb 16, 2012 by Dan Wheelock
Auction drafts are becoming more and more popular in fantasy baseball. It is by far my favorite way to draft. In an auction draft the possibilities are endless. All teams start with a $260 budget and have a chance to buy any player they would like as long as they are willing to pay enough to get him. You aren’t restricted to only having two or three superstars; you can have five or six if you’re willing to pay for them.
There is so much more strategy involved and you are rewarded more for knowing your stuff than you are in a conventional snake draft. An auction draft room is a very hectic place to be, however. It will chew up and spit out any unprepared participants with no mercy. You will have to be engaged for the whole three or four hours it takes to complete your draft. It’s not like a snake draft where you have 5 minutes in between picks. The draft will take its toll on you mentally and emotionally, but it won’t be as bad if you’re ready for what is to come.
Feb 15, 2012 by Jim DEletto
The Daytona 500 has had its share of exciting finishes. The drivers involved in these finishes range from the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen, such as Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and David Pearson, to drivers that were unknown prior to the race.
The Daytona 500 is truly a race that creates and defines legends.
It is amazing that in the 53-year history of the race, we have 10 finishes that rank among the top finishes the sport has ever seen at any track. Restrictor plates have played a part in a lot of these and is the main reason these finishes are so exciting, since they keep the cars so close together. These exciting finishes span seven different decades of the race.
With the recent excitement of the finishes in the Daytona 500, we can only imagine what could happen in just a few days when we have the 54th running of the Great American Race.
Feb 13, 2012 by Dan Wheelock
The Detroit Tigers ran away with the AL Central in 2011 and they appear ready to do so again in 2012. They recently signed after losing Victor Martinez for the year due to a knee injury.
No one else in the division had a winning record a year ago and that might again be the case this season. I am intrigued by the Royals, however. They are loaded with talented young hitters but their pitching prospects may be a couple years away from making an impact.