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#1 von riluowanying123 , 30.11.2018 16:11

Saturday brings us plenty of fantasy goodness. Not only are there multiple elite options at the top, but the middle tier is stacked with viable options in both cash games and tournaments. There are many ways you can go, so lets sift through and find the most likely path to success.PitchingAs usual, Max Scherzer tops the rankings with a home matchup against Philadelphia. Its a tremendous spot for baseballs strikeout leader, as the Phillies are one of the worst teams in baseball against right-handed pitching (81 wRC+) and are whiffing at a 24 percent clip in the second half. Scherzer, meanwhile, is particularly dominant at home (2.35 ERA) and has fanned double-digit batters each of the past two times hes faced the Phillies. Hell be pricey, but fade him at your own risk in cash games.While the Phillies are awful against righty pitching, they arent the worst. That designation goes to the Padres, who own an 80 wRC+ versus righties and have struck out at a whopping 27 percent clip since the All-Star break. The beneficiary of this prime matchup is Jon Gray. The Colorado righty has had his ups and downs this season, but hes consistently dominated the Padres, putting up a 2.25 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in three starts this season, including 30 Ks in 20 frames. Its rare that we see Gray in the elite tier, but this matchup warrants it.After stumbling to a 4.66 first-half ERA, Chris Archer has rebounded with a 3.03 ERA since the break, which includes a 2.79 ERA and 11.6 K/9 during his past nine starts. The Yankees have been playing well, winning 19 of their past 30 games, but this is still an offense thats below average against right-handed pitchers (92 wRC+) and has not performed any better since the break (92 wRC+). This isnt as favorable a spot as where Scherzer and Gray find themselves, but its still an appealing situation for the Tampa right-hander.SolidFelix Hernandez technically cracked elite status with a Game Score of 60, but Im knocking him down a tier. The right-hander owns a 4.62 second-half ERA and has gotten nicked for six runs in back-to-back outings. Hes no longer a big strikeout threat (7.6 K/9), and his 4.0 BB/9 rate is poor. Theres nothing here that says elite. A matchup against the As doesnt pose much of a threat, but there are better pitchers in better spots Saturday.Speaking of better pitchers in better spots, Rich Hill draws a road start against Miami. Since returning from his blister issue, the southpaw has twirled 12 shutout innings with 11 whiffs in two starts. For the season, his 10.3 K/9 ranks top-10 in baseball. Against a Marlins team thats below average against lefties and has tanked offensively since the All-Star break (85 wRC+), Hill figures to find plenty of success.Johnny Cueto hasnt been as sharp in the second half (3.90 ERA) as he was in the first (2.47 ERA), and he suffers a big park downgrade going from AT&T Park to Chase Field. Those are the negatives. The positives are that Cueto has allowed only one run in three of his past four starts, and he matches up very well with a Diamondbacks team that struggles against right-handed pitching (86 wRC+) and whiffs at a healthy 23 percent clip. Im more than comfortable using him in cash.Back-to-back rough outings against the Mariners (13 ER in 6 IP) his past two times out may have owners feeling some hesitancy with Cole Hamels. Prior to those beatings, however, he had gone eight straight outings without allowing more than three runs. The lefty is a good bet to bounce back against the Angels, though the matchup isnt exactly ideal. In addition to hitting lefties hard (106 wRC+), they also strike out less than any team in baseball (16 percent). Hamels isnt a bad play, but Im not going out of my way to roster him in this spot.John Lackey returned from his strained shoulder to throw five innings of one-hit ball against the Giants his last time out. This time he gets the Astros, which are below average against righties and are much more strikeout-friendly. Lackey carries a nice floor and also a nice ceiling thanks to his career-best 8.8 K/9 rate, making him a worthwhile target in multiple formats Saturday.Masahiro Tanaka is in an excellent spot, squaring off against Tampa Bay at home. The right-hander has allowed just four runs in his past four starts combined, and while hes whiffing just 7.5 batters per nine this season, he carries nice strikeout upside against a Rays team thats whiffing 24 percent of the time versus righties. Tanaka is viable in both cash games and tournaments.Julio Teheran, who gets a home tilt against the Mets, also has some cash-game appeal. The Mets may be making a strong run at a playoff spot, but they are below average against right-handed pitchers and strike out 22 percent of the time. Teheran offers a nice floor by whiffing eight batters per nine and holding a BB/9 under 2.0. Hes allowed more than three runs in a start just once in his past seven turns.Consistency has been an issue for Adam Wainwright this season, but a matchup against the Brewers, who strike out 26 percent of the time versus righties and sport an 88 wRC+, offers plenty of upside. In his two starts against Milwaukee this season, Wainwright allowed just one run in 14 innings of work with 12 Ks.StreamersEduardo Rodriguez finds himself in a tough spot, facing off against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. That said, this is also a high-upside spot, as the Jays are striking out 23 percent of the time since the break. Also consider that Rodriguez sports a 2.73 ERA in 52 second-half innings. Hes a free agent in 80 percent of leagues.Available in 73 percent of ESPN.com leagues, Jerad Eickhoff draws a road start against the Nationals. The right-hander isnt overpowering, but he has decent stuff and is in a fine spot against a Nats team thats been slightly below average against right-handed pitching this season.AvoidThere are too many options to take a long look at Collin McHugh. The right-hander has some nice peripherals (8.8 K/9, 2.5 BB/9), but a 5.50 second-half ERA and a matchup against the Cubs have me feeling gun-shy.HittingWhen James Shields is on the mound, I always want some exposure against him. The guy is a powder keg ready to blow. Hes already allowed 35 homers this year, putting him on pace to allow 41 this season. Both right- and left-handed hitters have hit him hard this season, making the Royals a compelling stack Saturday.Archie Bradley is the lowest-ranked pitcher of the day, and left-handed batters have absolutely hammered him this season (.396 wOBA). With the Giants in town, Denard Span, Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt are all in play here.Ubaldo Jimenez has been pitching better of late, though he still has allowed a.405 wOBA to lefty swingers this year. Its a shame that the Tigers lineup is so right-handed, but switch-hitter Victor Martinez is definitely in play, as is any other lefty swinger who draws a start Saturday.Daniel Wright has made only four appearances (two starts) this season, spanning 13 innings, yet hes allowed at least three runs in every outing. That amounts to a 7.62 ERA. Itd be a good idea to get some exposure to Rangers hitters in this one, regardless of which side of the plate they hit from.The game is taking place in Petco Park and not Coors Field, but Im still targeting Rockies hitters against Christian Friedrich. The lefty owns a 5.48 ERA at Petco this year, including a 5.64 ERA since the All-Star break.Most likely to go yard: Kendrys MoralesYou know I have to pick against James Shields in this spot. Its not a matter of if hell allow a home run, but how many. Morales, who is on pace to hit 30 bombs for the first time since 2009, is my pick to click here.Most likely to swipe a bag: Mike TroutCole Hamels is one of the days better pitchers, but hes also one of the worst at preventing steals. His 21 steals allowed are fifth-most in the majors. Trout will look to take advantage. Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. Cheap New England Patriots Jerseys . 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The Cleveland Cavaliers know what it feels like to enter the season as Eastern Conference favorites.They begin this one with an entirely unfamiliar label -- defending champions.The rest of the East has spent the last six years unsuccessfully trying to unseat LeBron James from the throne. Whether he has been in Cleveland or Miami, James has led his team to the NBA Finals every year since 2011. But his crowning achievement came last season, when his Cavaliers captured the citys first pro sports championship in 52 years by defeating the record-breaking Golden State Warriors.Now the Cavaliers are wearing an even bigger target on their backs.Its the same mindset: Lets win a championship, James said. We just want to be able to put ourselves in position to do that. We have the ability, we have the personnel, but we have to work now. We cant expect for it to happen just like we didnt expect for it to happen last year. We put the time into it.The Boston Celtics finally found a star in Al Horford to team with a lunch pail group that has overachieved under coach Brad Stevens. The Toronto Raptors are back for more after falling to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals and Chicago and New York brought in aging stars in a desperate attempt to change the balance of power in the leagues weaker conference.James reply: Bring it on.We cant be entitled to anything weve got to go out and get it and work for it, he said. Were a team thats very driven and we look forward to all the challenges the season holds.A look at the East:---PLAYOFF BOUND1. Cleveland -- Championship hangover? No one expects that with the Cavs. There is one certainty in the NBA: LeBron will make it to the finals.2. Boston -- Horford and Stevens appear to be the perfect match.3. Toronto -- Keep doubting the Raptors. Kyle Lowry wants you to. Should be nip and tuck with the Celtics all season.4. Washington -- Heres where it starts to get dicey. Wiz are betting Scott Brooks will be able to push the buttons Randy Wittman couldnt.5. Atlanta -- The Hawks took a step back last season, then swapped Horford for Dwight Howard. Things could go either way in Hotlanta this season.6. Charlotte -- Mostly stood pat this summer after a surprising sixth-place finish last year. A healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sure could make a difference.7. Detroit -- Would have picked them higher, but Reggie Jacksons injury is a concern.8. Indiana -- Pacers swapped out the underrated George Hill for Jeff Teague, traded Frank Vogel for Nate McMillan and brought in Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson to funk things up.---IN THEE MIX9.dddddddddddd. Chicago -- Dwyane Wades homecoming is a great story. But the severe lack of shooting figures to hold the Bulls back.10. Miami -- With Wade and Chris Bosh gone, its rebuilding time. Dont expect Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra to be down long, though.11. New York -- Manhattan is all excited about the star power that Phil Jackson brought in. The reality is Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah have not been completely healthy for years.12. Milwaukee -- Khris Middletons injury is a killer that prompted scrambling for wing help. The Greek Freak at point guard, thought? That will be appointment viewing.---FACING LONG ODDS13. Orlando -- Vogel landed with the Magic and he has all kinds of defensive weapons at his disposal. That will be essential because scoring may be difficult to come by.14. Philadelphia -- You have to be kidding us with the Ben Simmons injury. Hey, at least Joel Embiid is healthy. Please keep it that way.15. Brooklyn -- Move over Philly, theres a new basement dweller in the East! Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson are well thought of, but its going to take time to get this thing turned around.---WHAT TO KNOWLEBRONS LEGACY: The last time James did not appear in the NBA Finals was 2010 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics. James Cavaliers were eliminated in the East semifinals by the Celtics, and he signed with the Heat that summer.WALL AND BEAL: Much has been made of the chemistry, or lack thereof, in Washingtons backcourt. If John Wall and Bradley Beal are on the same page, the Wizards are dangerous. If they cant find a way to harmonize, Washington could plummet down the standings.NEW FACES: Brooks in Washington, McMillan in Indiana, Vogel in Orlando, Atkinson in Brooklyn and Jeff Hornacek in New York start their first seasons as coaches after a summer of upheaval in the conference.SCHRODER TIME: The Hawks traded Teague to Indiana to open the door for Schroders slashing game. Hes been waiting for this chance, and his ability to run the team, play defense and knock down the occasional jumper will be critical to Atlantas chances.ROOKIE WATCH: Only three of the top nine picks in the draft went to teams in the East. 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