Even with Johnson's recent saves momentum, the plan laid out recently in pencil by Baltimore was to stretch out the right-hander so he can join the rotation. His three-plus pitches and grounder tendency make this a smart direction, especially given how we've seen the suddenly questionable futures of B-more's fly-ball-friendly young arms manifested into disappointing seasons.
Nick would don New York Yankees gear, and I'd have to brandish Philadelphia Phillies fashion. Not only is this bet going down to the wire in our fight, but so is the league championship.
Though Scott's biggest preseason damage came against a sandlot-level Carolina Panthers D, his approval of the offense's quick-read philosophy should be a cue that he needs to touch the ball more this year; Marvin Lewis already admitted as much this offseason.
Pickers in Individual Defensive Player leagues that mix O and D often feel like getting the "best" commodities on the other side of the ball takes precedence over building depth at your traditional fantasy football positions.
Feel free to let other drafters keep thinking that while you take advantage of draft flow and a likely overflow of offensive values.
By most accounts I've seen, Thome is modest. His recognition, sadly, has followed suit (covered in an on-point op-ed here), even as he displayed one of the most thumping left-handed swings during one of baseball's prime offensive eras.
Hue Jackson's regime should, hopefully, be a meritocracy. Moore's early flashes of talent - his torching of Stanford Routt and this nifty grab-and-go this past weekend - are putting the 22-year-old near the top of this shaky launching ladder.
Evans should benefit from Joe Flacco's arm, which is a touch better than Ryan Fitzpatrick's; this makes me want to take a chance on Evans as a low-end No. 4 WR in standard scoring and a 5 in PPRs.
Even those with dulled senses know that Collie was a beast when active. In the first six weeks of 2010, Manning looked Collie's way often, as noted in the table. And in those six weeks, tight end Dallas Clark was healthy. You can't use his injury as an excuse for Collie's success.
As I'm becoming more disenchanted with Ryan Mathews' demeanor, DeAngelo Williams' time share and the possibility of Peyton Hillis losing workhorse status, Greene looks all the more alluring as a potential RB1 fantasy commodity.
We didn't have a chance to see what he could do once that offense opened up because he was swapped to Seattle, whose offensive line couldn't block me. Lynch arrived in the Emerald City too late to receive productive assistance from acclaimed O-line guru Alex Gibbs. Seattle instead endured inconsistency along the front all season, thanks to injuries and Gibbs' abrupt preseason retirement that prevented Seattle from productively installing a zone-blocking - or any other - scheme.
It's like you're dating a hottie who flirts with your friend, but you ignore it because ... well, look at her. Then one day ... she's breaking up with you via text and you all of a sudden have an itchy sensation. If you sense trouble, you'd want to get out before that happens, right?
He gets Raul Ibanez and Mike Moustakas. I take Erick Aybar and ... Juan Miranda. Before you say anything, I took on Miranda's carcass just to make the deal work and used him as a free roster spot to address other needs.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder won't K many. But his walk rate is at a career best, and he can at least be competent in the whiff department at times.
Washington has to decide on where Wang will pitch once his 30-day rehab period ends July 27. However, he looks to be headed to the Nats' rotation by the end of July - his first MLB action in more than two years. He'd help gobble the innings that are expected to be left behind by Jordan Zimmermann, who's expected to be capped at about 160.
There hasn't been as much to root for with The Captain over the last one and a half seasons. Mostly, it has been hoping he doesn't GIDP with two on and one out.
Funny, though, how we often bury history in exchange for "What have you done for me lately?" Then, all of a sudden, you look up and "Oh, right, he's two hits away from 3,000." Wow.