All 30 NHL teams now have a few games under their belt after the Olympic break, giving them a chance to get back into the swing of things and to build chemistry back. The next few weeks will be pivotal in the league, especially with teams that are fighting for playoff positioning. This week features some highly important battles of teams and players that will be looking to make noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Below the fold is a list of cannot miss NHL battles and the important fantasy players who will be taking a major part in the action. Continue reading
Moving onto our next installment of previewing 2014 Fantasy Baseball, here are our top ten first basemen for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball Season. Click here for our previous preview on our top 10 catchers for 2014.
1. Miguel Cabrera 1B/3B DET – The best hitter in baseball is finally moving back to a position that will suit him better. With Prince Fielder gone, it will be interesting to see if the two-time MVP’s stats fall a little bit this season. Our guess: he’ll be fine.
2013 Stats: .348 AVG, 44 HR, 137 RBI
2014 Projection: .335 AVG, 40 HR, 135 RBI
2. Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARZ – Ever since Goldschimdt has come up from the minor leagues in 2011, he has gotten better and better each season. His climb culminated last year as an NL MVP runner up season. The 26-year-old is entering the prime of his career and with Arizona acquiring Mark Trumbo to protect him in the lineup; you may see another career best season from the Diamondback.
2013 Stats: .302 AVG, 36 HR, 125 RBI
2014 Projection: .310 AVG, 35 HR, 130 RBI
3. Joey Votto 1B CIN - Votto had an off year last year, at least by his standards. If you are adding Votto to your fantasy squad, you’re doing so based on his ability to hit 20+ home runs and his penchant for having on-base percentage in the .430 range. This may be a little high to place him, but if you see him start to fall behind the Chris Davis/Edwin Encarnacion region, it could be a steal.
2013 Stats: .305 AVG, 24 HR, 73 RBI
2014 Projection: .315 AVG, 25 HR, 78 RBI
The 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter games have ended, which means it is time for the NHL and its teams to return from a two week hiatus and move into the stretch run of the season. There are various teams from each conference who are jockeying for playoff spots, making these final 25+ games for each team vital. Every point will be treated as gold. Players will be giving it their all, meaning possibly the most productive time of the season in terms of fantasy points. Some will be riding the momentum of playing for their home country, while others will be looking to redeem struggles had in Sochi. Below are a few head-to-head match-ups that will be the most intriguing in the next week. Continue reading