Monday, November 23, 2009

James Lofton: An Unheralded Hall of Famer

764 career receptions, 14,004 receiving yards and 75 career receiving touchdowns over a 16-year NFL career from 1978-1993.

Certainly Hall-of-Fame-worthy numbers, right? And James Lofton's 2003 induction certainly proved the above credentials make him worthy of induction into Canton.

Lofton was drafted #6 overall in the 1978 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers out of Stanford. During his third and fourth years in the league, 1980 and 1981, he topped 1,200 receiving yards and had 71 receptions each season. He would stay with the Packers through 1986, topping 1,000 yards each year from 1983-1985 and leading the league in yards per catch in 1983 and 1984. He also went to seven of his eight career Pro Bowls during his nine seasons in Green Bay.

Lofton played for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987 and 1988, but only had 69 receptions in those two seasons before joining the Buffalo Bills in 1989. He would play in three Super Bowls with Buffalo, and would make his eighth and final Pro Bowl in 1991 as he became the oldest player (at the time) to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He played for the Bills through 1992, then split 1993 (his final season) between the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.

Lofton was the first NFL receiver to top 14,000 yards for his career and also the first player to score a touchdown in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. He is a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1980's and the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.

After retirement, Lofton worked NFL games for Westwood One radio from 1999-2001 before becoming the San Diego Chargers' WR coach from 2002-2007 and then serving in the same capacity on the Oakland Raiders' coaching staff in 2008. He returned to Westwood One in 2009 and he teams with Dave Sims for Sunday night games.

When thinking about the NFL's all-time great wide receivers, Lofton's name probably doesn't come to mind immediately, which is probably because he spent the majority of his career playing in the obscurity of pre-Brett Favre Green Bay. But there he is, among the all-time leaders in many of the most important categories for wide receivers.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Allen Iverson-Retiring?

News came this week that Allen Iverson left the Memphis Grizzlies to deal with a family issue. A report suggested that, along with his displeasure with his playing situation, could lead him to retire. Memphis GM Chris Wallace has said he expects Iverson back, but no timeframe has been given for his return to the team.

A.I. has played just three games so far this season for the Grizzlies, averaging 12.3 points per game in 22 minutes a game. There have been some rumors that a higher profile team, like the New York Knicks or Cleveland Cavaliers, may be interested in acquiring Iverson but there seems to be little substance to those rumors.

If Iverson's career is indeed over, how will he be remembered?

There's his infamous "Practice? We're talkin' 'bout practice?" rant, which will live forever on YouTube and on any "All-Time Sports Meltdowns" countdown. Then there are his clashes with coaches, from Larry Brown in Philadelphia to George Karl in Denver.

But when judging Iverson's career, I feel it's best to look at his career stats up to this point.

Over his 14 NBA seasons, 2009-10 being his 14th season, Iverson has averaged 27.0 points per game (24,020 total points), averaged 6.2 assists per game and 2.2 steals per game. He has averaged over 3o points per game in a season four times, and has also led the league in steals per game three times.

Iverson has shot 42.5 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the free-throw line in his career, along with a 31.3 percent mark from three-point territory.

The 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year has won four scoring titles, one NBA MVP Award (2001) and has been an All-Star ten times.

Iverson's decline may have started last season, as he averaged just 17.5 points per game in 57 games with the Detroit Pistons. That was the first season of his career where he did not average at least 22 points per game.

In any case, Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers of his, or perhaps any era despite his lack of size (6'0").

Whenever his career ends, the question of Iverson's Hall of Fame worthiness will come up. In my estimation, "The Answer" to that question is yes.

UPDATE-11/16/09- Multiple reports say the Grizzlies have waived Iverson after the two sides agreed to terminate his contract ($3 milion for the 2009-10 season). If he clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday night. His NBA career could be over, but some rumors have suggested (even prior to his signing with Memphis) that he could play overseas.

Monday, November 9, 2009

How To Find My Work

Here are the various avenues where I can be found:

Twitter: @bradberreman24-I "re-tweet" things that interest me and also post some of my takes on sports stories

Facebook-Just search my name-"Brad Berreman"

Rotowire.com: I cover the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the site. Not all ACC news updates are mine, but I am one of the contributors to the site's coverage of the conference.

SportsBuff.com-I post fantasy football relevant NFL news updates (stats, injury news, player transactions, etc.), focusing on the NFC.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Seamheads.com: The Case For J.J. Hardy

This article is featured on Seamheads (http://www.seamheads.com/) and takes a look at SS J.J. Hardy of the Milwaukee Brewers.

I originally posted this on August 17, 2009, but I figured it was worth re-posting with today's news that the Minnesota Twins have acquired Hardy in exchange for OF Carlos Gomez.

http://seamheads.com/blog/2009/08/17/the-case-for-jj-hardy/#more-1548

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ESPN's 30 In 30: "Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?"

On Tuesday night, ESPN premiered the latest short film in their "30 In 30" series profiling prominent sports' stories during the network's 30 years of existence. This hour-long film was about the USFL, a spring time pro football league that lasted just three seasons from 1983-1985.

Many notable players that would later go on to the NFL got their start in pro football in the USFL, including Hall of Famers Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Reggie White and Gary Zimmerman. Three consecutive Heisman Trophy winners, 1982-Hershel Walker, 1983-Mike Rozier and 1984-Doug Flutie, signed their first pro contracts with the USFL. Other prominent players that played in the USFL include Brian Sipe, Doug Williams, Bobby Hebert, Anthony Carter, Nate Newton and Sam Mills. There were many others that played in the NFL prior to or after their stint in the USFL.

Other prominent names that were part of the USFL are current South Carolina and former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier, current ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso, former New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts' head coach Jim Mora, Sr., broadcaster Charlie Steiner, current UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel and former Kansas City Chiefs executive Carl Peterson, among others.

But the prominent personality that is largely blamed for the league's demise is Donald Trump. Trump bought a franchise in the USFL, the New York/New Jersey Generals, and was driven to move the league's schedule to the fall so they could compete with the NFL. Even in the mid-1980's, this was not a plan that seemed destined to work.

Trump sued the NFL essentially saying they had a monopoly, at least in part because they had tv deals with all three major networks. While he was right, and the court ultimately ruled in the USFL's favor, the damages awarded were not substantial-$3. To say nothing of the fact that the court proceedings started when the USFL should have been playing, which they obviously were not. Many USFL owners were struggling financially, and the league ultimately folded.

The USFL also brought some innovations that are being used currently in the NFL, like the two-point conversion and a challenge-driven instant replay system.

A "New USFL" is rumored to be coming in 2010, with many of the original franchise names. Check out the website, http://www.newusfl.com/.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Regular Season Final Result

In the fantasy baseball expert's league I'm in on Benchwarmer Baseball (http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net) we have now completed our 150-game regular season.

In the "Blogs Division" my team, the MVN.com Fantasy Outsiders, finished three games back in second place with a 86-64 record (.573 winning percentage). We played a head-to-head format, obviously.

I will return to this league in 2010, so look for updates on how I'm doing in it again next year.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Standings Update

In the fantasy baseball Expert's League I'm in on Benchwarmer Baseball (http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net) is nearing the end of it's season, as is real baseball.

Through 138 games of our 150 game season, I have a record of 79-59 and am in second place (three games out of first) in the "Blogs Division".

I will give another standing's update when the regular season is over.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fantasy Football Draft Results

I had a fantasy football draft last night, in a fairly competitive league that I won last year, and here's how I came out round-by-round.

1st Round, #7 overall-Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
2nd Round, #18 overall-Steve Slaton, RB, Houston Texans
3rd Round, #31 overall-Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
4th Round, #42 overall-Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
5th Round, #55 overall-Chris Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals
6th Round, #66 overall-Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
7th Round, #79 overall-Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
8th Round, #90 overall-Leon Washington, RB, New York Jets
9th Round, #103 overall-Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans
10th Round, #114 overall-Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
11th Round, #127 overall-Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
12th Round, #138 overall-Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears
13th Round, #151 overall-Rob Bironas, K, Tennessee Titans
14th Round, #162 overall-Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants

I like my depth at RB and to a lesser extent I like my WR depth. Palmer's status is in doubt for Week 1 due to an ankle issue, but 10th round felt like a value if he is healthy. Jackson is dealing with a wrist issue, but is expected to be ready for Week 1 (I hope) and will start the first three games of the season in place of the suspended Marshawn Lynch.

All in all, I think I did ok. Chris Johnson in the first round is a boom-or-bust pick in my opinion.

Please post any feedback in the comments, I look forward to hearing how other people think I did.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Standings Update

I haven't done this for awhile, but I will give a standings' update for the fantasy baseball expert's league I'm in on Benchwarmer Baseball (http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net/)

We have completed 111 games of our head-to-head format 150-game season. I currently have a 64-47 record, good for second place (three games out of first) in the "Blogs" Division. That mark is also good enough to be part of a three-way tie for the fourth best record in the league.

Leading my team to success on the offensive side this season are San Diego Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill, Colorado Rockies OF Brad Hawpe, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman.

Leading my pitching staff is Derek Lowe of the Atlanta Braves, Brian Fuentes and John Lackey of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim along with Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies and Fernando Rodney of the Detroit Tigers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Check Out Pro Fantasy Sports.com!

I am now contributing NFL updates (with a fantasy football angle) to a website called Pro Fantasy Sports (http://www.profantasysports.com/). The site covers all sports, so do take a look at it.

Notes: My updates on Pro Fantasy Sports also appear on Sports Buff (http://www.sportsbuff.com)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Follow Me On Twitter!

Follow me on Twitter @bradberreman24. I try to update it often with sports-related stuff, mostly my "quick take" on newsworthy items.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Check Out Rotowire.com!

Please do check out Rotowire (http://www.rotowire.com) for fantasy sports and sports news updates. The site focuses on specific player updates from each of the four major sports, along with college football, college basketball, PGA golf, NASCAR, Tennis and Soccer. The site also offers articles and blogs pertinent to fantasy sports.

On a personal level, I will be contributing to Rotowire's college football coverage this season. I will be (and am, now that the season is approaching) contributing player updates for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). I will also be contributing to the fantasy college football coverage on the site, once again with a focus on the ACC.

Note: You can find a link to site here and under the category marked "Websites I Currently Contribute To".

Monday, July 13, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Look At The Career of Dan Plesac

This is my debut article for the baseball website Seamheads (http://www.seamheads.com), and takes a look at the career of former major league pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac.

http://seamheads.com/blog/2009/07/11/a-look-back-at-the-career-of-dan-plesac/

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: The Florida Marlins' Closer Situation

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the Florida Marlins' closer situation now that Matt Lindstrom has been placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained elbow and is not expected to return to action until August.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-florida-marlins-closer-situation.html

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: The Return of John Smoltz

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the potential fantasy value of Boston Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz. Smoltz is expected to make his 2009 debut this Thursday against the Washington Nationals after he had been recovering from shoulder surgery.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-the-return-of-john-smoltz.html

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the fantasy value of Pittsburgh Pirates' OF Andrew McCutchen, who has recently been called up from minors to replace Nate McLouth, who was recently traded to the Atlanta Braves.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseballl-pittsburgh-pirates-of-andrew-mccutchen.html

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: Minnesota Twins P Nick Blackburn

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com/ and takes a look at the fantasy value of Minnesota Twins' pitcher Nick Blackburn.

Tomorrow, look for the final installment in my series this week on MVN profiling some surprising pitchers so far in 2009. Tomorrow's subject is Livan Hernandez of the New York Mets.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-minnesota-twins-p-nick-blackburn.html

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: Detroit Tigers P Edwin Jackson

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the fantasy value of Detroit Tigers' pitcher Edwin Jackson.

Later this week, look for similar profiles of Nick Blackburn of the Minnesota Twins (Thursday) and Livan Hernandez of the New York Mets (Friday), also featured on MVN.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-detroit-tigers-p-edwin-jackson.html

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: Cleveland Indians P Carl Pavano

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the fantasy value of Cleveland Indians' pitcher Carl Pavano.

All week long, in the four posts I will make on MVN, I will take a look at the fantasy value of a pitcher that has had a surprisingly good start to the season.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-cleveland-indians-p-carl-pavano.html

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: Saluting Sammy Sosa

In what seems like a recurring series of career retrospectives, this article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the major league career of Sammy Sosa. Sosa told ESPNDeportes.com this week that he will formally announce his formal retirement soon.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-saluting-slammin-sammy-sosa.html

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: A Salute To Tom Glavine

As promised, here's the link to my Tom Glavine article that is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look a Glavine's career, assuming it is over, from a fantasy baseball perspective.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/06/fantasy-baseball-a-salute-to-tom-glavine.html

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tom Glavine: Will He Pitch In 2009?

I just published this article on http://bleacherreport.com tonight, and I take a look at the prospects of former Atlanta Braves' pitcher Tom Glavine pitching in 2009. Glavine was released on Wednesday, and the 43-year old, 305 game winner's career could be over.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/192012-tom-glavine-will-he-pitch-in-2009?just_published=1

Look for an article I will be posting a link to tomorrow (Thursday) that will be featured on http://www.mvn.com that will take a look at Glavine's career from a fantasy baseball perspective.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bleacher Report: The NFC North In 2009

I just published this article on http://bleacherreport.com and I take a look at the rest of the NFC North and how the strength/weakness of those teams impacts the Minnesota Vikings' chances of repeating as division champs in 2009.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/185850-the-nfc-north-in-09-can-the-vikings-repeat-as-division-champs

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Standings Update

In the expert's fantasy baseball league I am participating in on Benchwarmer Baseball (http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net), we have completed three weeks of our head-to-head format.

Currently I am tied for the lead in the "Blogs Division" with a 12-6 record. I am also part of a five-way tie for the league's best record.

My MVN Fantasy Outsiders squad, named for the website I contribute to(http://www.mvn.com), is being led offensively by San Diego Padres' 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Toronto Blue Jays' 2B Aaron Hill and Washington Nationals' 3B Ryan Zimmerman with solid contributions from Minnesota Twins OF/DH Jason Kubel, Houston Astros' OF Carlos Leee and Kansas City Royals' OF Coco Crisp along with Colorado Rockies' OF Brad Hawpe.

My pitching staff is being led by Derek Lowe of the Atlanta Braves and Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds along with Kyle Davies of the Kansas City Royals (who was named the league's starting pitcher of the week for the first week of our season). Bartolo Colon of the Chicago White Sox and John Maine of the New York Mets round out my starting five and have been solid contributors.

My bullpen is led by Brian Fuentes of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, with notable contributions from Fernando Rodney of the Detroit Tigers and Kevin Gregg of the Chicago Cubs.

It will be interesting to see how this league works out, and how well my team is able to stay competitive. It is a different format than the most common forms of fantasy baseball, and the key is managing your team much like you would a real roster.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann on 15-Day DL

This article is featured today on http://ww.mvn.com and takes a look at the potential fantasy value of Atlanta Braves' catcher David Ross, who will replace Brian McCann as the Braves' starting catcher while McCann is on the 15-day DL with an eye infection.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/04/fantasy-baseball-atlanta-braves-c-brian-mccann-on-15-day-dl.html

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: New York Yankees P Chien-Ming Wang

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at New York Yankees' starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who has struggled early in the season, and some potential replacements for him on your fantasy team.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/04/fantasy-baseball-replacements-for-chien-ming-wang.html

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: Kansas City Royals 3B Mark Teahen

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and takes a look at the potential fantasy value of Kansas City Royals' 3B/OF Mark Teahen now that he is taking over at 3B for the injured Alex Gordon (hip surgery).

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/04/fantasy-baseball-kansas-city-royals-3b-mark-teahen.html

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: Chicago Cubs' OF Milton Bradley-Right Groin Strain

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and examines the potential that Chicago Cubs' OF Milton Bradley, who left Sunday night's game with an apparent groin injury, could miss time and how that could impact his fantasy owners.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/04/fantasy-baseball-2009-chicago-cubs-of-milton-bradley-right-groin-strain.html

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com and examines the potential fantasy value of St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese, who will replace injured 3B Troy Glaus in the starting lineup for the Cardinals while Glaus recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/04/fantasy-baseball-st-louis-cardinals-3b-david-freese.html

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

This is the final edition of my series on http://www.mvn.com/ taking a look at potentially undervalued fantasy players on each major league team, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are featured.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim.html

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Final Roster

We recently got done with the last step of our draft in the expert's league I'm in on http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net.

Here is the final roster I have assembled and will open the season with:

Starting Position Players:

Coco Crisp, OF, Kansas City Royals
Carlos Lee, OF, Houston Astros
Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres
Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Khalil Greene, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
Chris Snyder, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
Nick Swisher, OF/1B, New York Yankees-will serve as my DH

Starting Rotation:

Derek Lowe, Atlanta Braves
John Lackey, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
John Maine, New York Mets
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Davies, Kansas City Royals
Sean Marshall, Chicago Cubs
J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies

Bullpen:

Brian Fuentes, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Manny Corpas, Colorado Rockies
Kevin Gregg, Chicago Cubs
Fernando Rodney, Detroit Tigers
Brandon League, Toronto Blue Jays

Bench/Taxi Squad/Minor League:

Gary Sheffield, OF/DH, Detroit Tigers
Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado Rockies
Jason Kubel, OF/DH, Minnesota Twins
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/OF, Florida Marlins
Josh Anderson, OF, Atlanta Braves
Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Saul Rivera, RP, Washington Nationals
Bartolo Colon, SP. Chicago White Sox
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays

Overall, I think I can compete in the league with this team. I am interested in hearing any feedback anyone has.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Tampa Bay Rays

In this Monday edition of my series featured on http://www.mvn.com, I'm taking a look at the 2008 American League champion Tampa Bay Rays as I examine some potentially undervalued fantasy players for this season.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-tampa-bay-rays.html

Friday, March 20, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Phase 2, Part 2

We recently went through another round of roster additions in the Expert's League I'm in on http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net/.

Here are the players I acquired during the latest round of additions:

John Maine, SP, New York Mets
Kyle Davies, SP, Kansas City Royals
Khalil Greene, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Nick Swisher, 1B/OF, New York Yankees
Fernando Rodney, RP, Detroit Tigers
J.A. Happ, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Manny Corpas, RP, Colorado Rockies
Saul Rivera, RP, Washington Nationals

Now, here's what my starting lineup looks like right now:

Starting Position Players/Batting Order
1. Coco Crisp, OF, KC Royals
2. Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres
4. Carlos Lee, OF, Houston Astros
5. Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies
6. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
7. Nick Swisher, 1B/OF, NY Yankees (will serve as my DH)
8. Chris Snyder, C, Arizona Diamondbacks
9. Khalil Greene, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

Pitching Staff:
Starters:
1. Derek Lowe, Atlanta Braves
2. John Lackey, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3. John Maine, New York Mets
4. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
5. Kyle Davies, KC Royals
6. Sean Marshall, Chicago Cubs (Spot Starter)
7. J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies (Spot Starter)
Bullpen
1. Brian Fuentes, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2. Manny Corpas, Colorado Rockies
3. Fernando Rodney, Detroit Tigers
4. Saul Rivera, Washington Nationals
5. Brandon League, Toronto Blue Jays
Bench
1. Josh Anderson, OF, Atlanta Braves
2. Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles

We are going to have one more round of roster additions next week. I'll post another update at that point, with my final roster and projected starting team.

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Texas Rangers

In this Friday edition of my series taking a look at potentially undervalued players on each major league team, the Texas Rangers are featured. Be sure to check out http://mvn.com/fantasy for all your pre-season fantasy baseball needs.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-texas-rangers.html

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Philadelphia Phillies

In today's edition of my series featured on http://www.mvn.com that takes a look at some potentially undervalued fantasy players on each major league team, the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies are featured.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-philadelphia-phillies.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The St. Louis Cardinals

In this St. Patrick's Day edition of my series, featured on http://www.mvn.com, that is taking a look at some potentially undervalued fantasy players on each major league team, the St. Louis Cardinals are on the docket.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-st-louis-cardinals.html

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Chicago Cubs

In this Monday edition of my series featured on http://www.mvn.com that is taking a look at some potentially undervalued fantasy players on each major league team, the Chicago Cubs are today's team.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-chicago-cubs.html

Friday, March 13, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League-Phase Two

In the expert's league I am in on http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net, here are the players I added to my roster in Phase Two of the draft:

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres
Brian Fuentes, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies
Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
Chris Snyder, C, Arizona Diamondbacks

I was able to fill my previously empty 2B and C spots with Hill and Snyder respectively, and I think they both could be very productive. Fuentes fills a spot I had targeted for this phase of the draft, a good closer, at what could be a bargain rate. Gonzalez is a very good hitter who should be very productive despite the fact his home park is the most pitcher-friendly park in all of baseball. On the flip side, Hawpe calls the hitter-friendly Coors Field home, and also should capably fill out a starting outfield spot. In the next phase I need to get a SS for sure, but I think my team is taking shape fairly nicely to this point.

I welcome any comments you may have

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Chicago White Sox

In this Friday edition of my series, featured on http://www.mvn.com, that is taking a look at some undervalued fantasy options on each major league team, the Chicago White Sox are today's featured team.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-chicago-white-sox.html

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The New York Yankees

This is today's installment of my series, featured on http://www.mvn.com, that is taking a look at some undervalued fantasy options on each major league team. Today's featured team is the New York Yankees.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-new-york-yankees.html

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Experts League

I am in a fantasy baseball expert's league on http://www.benchwarmerbaseball.net/ and we have gone through Phase One of the draft. It is a list-style draft with a salary cap, meaning we all submit list of players in each phase and our entire rosters have to fit within a salary cap (each player is assigned a salary).

Anyway, through the first phase, here's who I ended up with:

Derek Lowe, SP, Atlanta Braves
John Lackey, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
Carlos Lee, OF, Houston Astros
Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Coco Crisp, OF, Kansas City Royals
Sean Marshall, RP, Chicago Cubs
Brandon League, RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Anderson, OF, Atlanta Braves
Felix Pie, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Overall, I think my top 3 starting pitchers (Lowe, Lackey and Cueto) are solid, but I need a good closer during the next phase for sure. I was happy to get Lee and Zimmerman, they could be a couple of undervalued cornerstones I can build around. Marshall could be the Cubs' number five starter, and has some upside potential. Anderson and Pie are young OFs that could see a lot of playing time this season.

Our lists for Phase 2 are due at the end of the week, and I'll keep updating things at each phase until I have a full roster.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Arizona Diamondbacks

Here is today's installment of my series, featured on http://www.mvn.com, that profiles some players whose fantasy value is likely to be overlooked on draft day on a team-by-team basis. Today's team is the Arizona Diamondbacks.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-arizona-diamondbacks.html

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Milwaukee Brewers

This is today's edition of my series, featured on http://www.mvn.com, that takes a look at the potentially undervalued players, at least from a fantasy perspective, on a team-by-team basis. Today's team is the Milwaukee Brewers.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/03/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-milwaukee-brewers.html

Monday, March 2, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Cincinnati Reds

This article is today's edition of my series featured on http://www.mvn.com that is taking a look at the potential fantasy value of players on unheralded teams. Today's team is the Cincinnati Reds.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-cincinnati-reds.html

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Houston Astros

This is today's installment of my series that takes a look at the potential fantasy value of players on unheralded teams. Today's team is the Houston Astros.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-houston-astros.html

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fantasy Baseball: The Colorado Rockies

This piece is featured today on http://www.mvn.com. and is another in my series taking a look at the potential fantasy value of players on unheralded teams. Today's team is the Colorado Rockies.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-colorado-rockies.html

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Old School Love For Sterling Sharpe

This another "Old School Love" featured yesterday on http://www.theloveofsports.com. This piece features former Green Bay Packers WR and current NFL Network analyst Sterling Sharpe.

http://theloveofsports.com/2009/02/17/the-other-sharpe-brother/comment-page-1/#comment-213

Old School Love For Bill Musselman

This is an "Old School Love" piece featured on http://www.theloveofsports.com today. This one takes a look back at the wide ranging coaching career of Bill Musselman, who was the first head coach in the history of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

http://theloveofsports.com/2009/02/18/the-great-bill-musselman/

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Oakland A's

This is today's installment in my series featured on http://www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy that takes a look at the potential fantasy value of players on unheralded teams. Today's team in focus is the Oakland Athletics.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-oakland-as.html

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Florida Marlins

This article is featured today on http://www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy and is part of my series profiling players on unheralded teams and taking a look at their potential fantasy value. Under the microscope today if the Florida Marlins.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-florida-marlins.html

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Baltimore Orioles

This article is the latest in my series, featured on http://www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy, that takes a look at players on "under the radar" teams and examining their potential fantasy value. Today's team is the Baltimore Orioles.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-baltimore-orioles.html

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The San Francisco Giants

This article is the latest in my series featured on http://www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy examining players on "below the radar" teams and what their fantasy value might look like for 2009. Today's featured team is the San Francisco Giants.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-san-francisco-giants.html

Friday, February 6, 2009

Old School Love For Carney Lansford

This is my most recent "Old School Love" piece, as featured on http://www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former Oakland A's (most notably) third baseman Carney Lansford.

http://theloveofsports.com/2009/02/06/old-school-love-for-carney-lansford/

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Kansas City Royals

This piece is the latest in what I plan to make a continuing series leading up to fantasy baseball draft time, focusing on potentially undervalued players from teams that have traditionally been bad. This article focuses on the Kansas City Royals.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/02/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-kansas-city-royals.html

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Old School Love For Rocky Bleier

This is the last in my Super Bowl-related "Old School Love" pieces featured on www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former Pittsburgh Steelers' RB and Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/rocky_bleier/

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: The Yankees Re-sign Andy Pettitte

This article was featured on www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy a couple days ago, and examines pitcher Andy Pettitte's potential fantasy baseball value now that he has re-signed with the New York Yankees.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/fantasy-baseball-2009-the-yankees-re-sign-andy-pettitte.html

Old School Love For John Riggins

This is another in my Super Bowl-related "Old School Love" articles featured on www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former Washington Redskins (and New York Jets) RB John Riggins.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/john_riggins/

Fantasy Baseball 2009: Arizona signs P Jon Garland

This article was featured today on www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy and examines the fantasy baseball impact of the Arizona Diamondbacks' signing of free agent pitcher Jon Garland.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/fantasy-baseball-2009-arizona-signs-p-jon-garland.html

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Old School Love For Marcus Allen

Here's another one in my series of Super Bowl-related "Old School Love" pieces featured on www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former NFL RB Marcus Allen, a former Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/marcus_allen/

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Draft Stock.com

I am now contributing to another website. This one is called Draft Stock.com (http://www.draftstock.com/) and the site focuses on coverage of the NFL Draft with prospect rankings, news, etc. Please feel free to click on the link to right of this page under the heading "Websites I Currently Contribute To".

Old School Love For Andre Rison

This is the latest in my Super Bowl-related "Old School Love" series featured on www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former NFL WR Andre Rison.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/andre_rison/

Friday, January 23, 2009

Old School Love For Phil Simms

This is another in my series of "Old School Love" articles that feature players who were prominent in the Super Bowl. This one features Super Bowl XXI MVP and former New York Giants QB Phil Simms.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/phil_simms/

Website Review: Paper Sports.com

Fantasy sports is a multi-billion dollar annual business. Almost any major sports outlet (ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, etc.) has their hand in that pot.

Papersports.com is a new website that takes fantasy sports a slightly different direction. This is my review of the site, in some of what I think are the most important categories

1. Ease of Registration: A+
It is easy to register on the site, all you need is an email address and then you create a user name and a password. Those things are standard, but many of the bigger sites offer newsletters that you have to opt out of receiving if you don't want your inbox somewhat flooded on a weekly basis. Paper Sports has none of that email clutter.

2. Payment Options-B+
Papersports.com offers not only credit card options to fund your account, which is also standard, but if you have a PayPal account you can fund your account with that as well. I don't know of another site that offers PayPal as an option for payment.

3. Variety Of Games Available To Play-A
Fantasy college football is growing, and Papersports offers it. That could be a tremendous competitive advantage, as CBS Sports.com is the only site I am aware of that offers fantasy college football. MLB, NFL and NBA are also available on the site.

4. Customizable And Unique Options-A
Paper Sports allows the user to create tournaments with multiple team number options, where you can choose the buy-in amount, who to invite to participate, etc. Users can also join open tournaments. Users can also customize the duration of a tournament, to include making a tournament as short as one-day for baseball and basketball.

5. Odds Of Winning-B+
The site allows you to know how many people you are competing against and how much money you can win. Therefore, your odds of winning go up as opposed to the national contests the bigger sites offer.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: Saluting Jeff Kent

This article is featured today on www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy and salutes former (he is expected to announce his retirement later today) major league 2B Jeff Kent.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/fantasy-baseball-a-salute-to-jeff-kent.html

Old School Love For William "The Refrigerator" Perry

This is another in my series of Super Bowl-related "Old School Love" pieces featured on www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former Chicago Bears DT William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/william_the_refridgerator_perry/

Fantasy Baseball: Tampa Bay OF B.J. Upton-Injury Impact

This article was featured on www.mvn.com/outsider/fantasy recently and breaks down the news that Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton is likely to miss the first week of the season due to his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. As the title suggests, I examine the potential impact of the injury on Upton's fantasy value.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/fantasy-baseball-tampa-bay-of-bj-upton-injury-impact.html

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Old School Love For Marshall Faulk

Here's another Old School Love featured on www.theloveofsports.com. This one features former Colts and Rams RB Marshall Faulk.
Keep looking for my continuining series of Super Bowl related Old School Love pieces as the big game approaches on February 1.

http://theloveofsports.com/index.php/site/comments/marshall_faulk/

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fantasy Baseball 2009: Chicago Cubs sign OF Milton Bradley

This article was featured recently on www.mvn.com/fantasy, and I examine the Chicago Cubs' signing of OF/DH Milton Bradley.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/fantasy-baseball-2009-chicago-cubs-signe-of-milton-bradley.html

Fantasy Baseball 2009: Oakland A's Bring Back Jason Giambi

This article was featured on www.mvn.com/fantasy recently, and examines the Oakland A's signing of 1B/DH Jason Giambi. Giambi originally came up in the major leagues with Oakland.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/post-1.html

MVN.com Fantasy Baseball: Milwaukee signs P Trevor Hoffman

This article was featured on www.mvn.com/fantasy today, and examines the signing of former San Diego Padres' closer and all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman by the Milwaukee Brewers.

http://mvn.com/outsider/2009/01/fantasy-baseball-2009-trevor-hoffman-signs-with-the-brewers.html

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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