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Maclin Returns to the Eagles
WR Jeremy Maclin, coming off an ACL tear that caused him to miss all of 2013, has signed a prove-it deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for one year at $5.5 million. While this is great for the Philly offense as a whole, it doesn’t bode well for Maclin’s fantasy value in 2014. He will join a crowded receiving corp featuring DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper. Cooper will likely be the WR2, and the offense will still be centered around LeSean McCoy. Maclin will have some great games next year, but will likely struggle to provide consistent production.
Dennis Pitta Resigns With the Baltimore Ravens
TE Dennis Pitta signed a 5-year, $32 million dollar deal, putting an end to what could have been a long negotation. The absence of Pitta due to injury was one of the main reasons why the Ravens’ offense sputtered last year. Entering 2014 he’s got a ton of upside, as he’ll be QB Joe Flacco’s safety blanket. While he has the size of a TE, he plays the majority of his snaps in the slot. This creates matchup problems for smaller DBs who try to cover him. Look for Pitta to be one of the trendier sleeper TEs this offseason.
Break Out Candidate: Tyler Eifert
Tyler Eifert will become a dynamic weapon from the tight end position in his second season in Cincinnati. He has the athletic ability and size to dominate as a pass catcher. The Bengals could utilize him in the slot even with Jermaine Gresham lined up in the typical tight end position. The Bengals need an option to go opposite AJ Green and Eifert will be that guy. Eifert’s improved blocking ability should help be on the field for more snaps and have the chance to make more plays.
Value plays are a must in DFS. Here’s a few guys with low values on the up swing with values all under $5,400 on Draft Kings: Brian Roberts – $5,400 It can still be a Holiday with no Jrue! Over last 7 games 15PPG, 5APG, 2RPG, 1.5 SPG, & 2TPPG. Kent Bazemore – $3,200 2 games with new team. 16PPG, 2.5APG, 1.5RPG, 2SPG, & 1.5TPPG. In Mike D’s system expect numbers to climb. Kyle Singler – $4,100 Over last 7 games 12PPG, 4RPG, 1.5APG, 2SPG, while playing around 37 minutes a game. Thomas Robinson – $3,000 No Lamarcus means it’s Thomas time. February 23rd stat line. …
The State Of The Sixers
Don’t be scared by the big dump in Philadelphia, still tons of value which equal fantasy gold. Thaddeus ” The Beast” Young – $7,800 DK- Young has been a beast, averaging 60 fantasy points over last 2 games. Enough said! Tony Wroten – $4,700 DK- Tony very productive when he gets minutes. Over last 2 games he is averaging 20PPG, 3RPG, 3.5APG, & 1SPG. James Anderson – $4,100 DK- Over last 2 James averaging 11PPG, 2RPG, 3APG, & 1.5SPG. More minutes better numbers. Byron Mullens – $3,000 DK- Been riding pine in LA, conditioning inproves expect big things. In only 14 minutes on Feb …
As the regular season draws closer, Cruz seemed ready to bring down his asking price. Cruz could be a great fit in the middle of Baltimore’s lineup. If he pans out it could be one of the best lineups in the AL. Cruz is looking at the majority of his at-bats as the DH. Cruz could get an occasional start in the OF, whenever Markakis or David Lough need a day off. Source: Enrique Rojas on Twitter
There was some speculation that the Rockies “checked in” on Santana, on Monday. This speculation was due to the Rockies shutting down Chacin. However according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com “The hope is Chacin’s right shoulder-biceps issue is not serious enough for the Rockies to need to make a signing. The official said the club reached out to Santana early in the free-agency process, but it backed away and does not have renewed interest for several reasons.” So for now, the Rockies seemed content with their current pitching staff. Source: Thomas Harding MLB.com
After falling ill earlier in the week, van Persie was forced out of the lineup for the Netherlands’ International friendly against France. van Persie has since been passed as fit and will return to the lineup when Manchester United travels to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. With four goals in his last five matches, van Persie makes for a very strong play in a matchweek with limited options. source: @physioroom
Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal – Midfielder
The Gunners could be set for a boost after just losing midfielder Jack Wilshere with the return of Ramsey. Club manager Arsene Wegner stated in today’s press conference that “Ramsey is one week away, he should be back for next weekend.” Ramsey has been out since late December with a thigh injury, but contributed eight goals in 18 total appearances before his departure from the pitch. His return will be a nice boost to EPL fantasy lineups as well as Arsenal’s title hopes down the stretch. Source: @arsenal
Jack Wilshere, Arsenal – Midfielder
Arsenal was dealt a huge blow today when it was revealed that Wilshere has suffered a hairline fracture in his foot. The injury occurred when Wilshere suffered a hard knock while England hosted Denmark in an International friendly at Wembley. He initially said he felt fine, saying “It is a bit sore, just a bruise,” but he is now expected to miss six weeks. A definite setback for Arsenal, who has a win percentage of 59% when Wilshere features, and is still is fighting for a spot at the top of the table. Source: @physioroom/@optajoe
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 will debut March 9 on UFC Fight Pass. The show, which features Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) as opposing Head Coaches, recently wrapped up filming in Brazil. Sonnen and Silva will headline a UFC card on May 31 in a yet to be determined city in Brazil.
Bart Palaszewski, a former WEC and UFC fighter, has officially announced his retirement from MMA. One of only two fighters to beat current UFC Champion Anthony Pettis, Palaszewski (36-17) most recently fought at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, where he was submitted by Cole Miller. Soon after that loss, he was released from his UFC contract. He hadn’t fought since.