Beware! Justin Verlander, Aroldis Chapman Among AL Fantasy Busts

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Don’t get fooled by Houston Astros jerseys these tempting picks: Dee Gordon and Justin Verlander are among the early selections to avoid.

The definition of sleeper may have changed over the years, but bust means today what it did 10 and 20 years ago, and what it will 10 and 20 years in the future. There are two types of busts. Those that completely flop, and those that play well enough, but don’t come close to justifying their draft-day price tag. We’ll feature both types in our look at AL busts for the 2018 season.

Two notes before we get going. A player discount jerseys needs to be a high- or middle-round pick to bust. No one cares if your 14th-rounder falls flat on his face. Given that, we set an average draft position cutoff of 100 to qualify as a bust. Pick No. 100 comes in the ninth round of a 12-team league, eighth round of a 14-teamer, and seventh round of a 15-teamer. Second, given that the potential bust pool is much shallower than that of sleepers or breakouts, there will be fewer players in these columns than those ones.

Stolen bases are at a premium across the Justin Verlander jerseys league, with teams collectively running less often than ever before. Gordon has swiped 64, 58 and 60 bases in his last three healthy seasons, and is sure to push that mark again this year. He singlehandedly makes his fantasy teams a league-leader in steals.

And yet, his strength has made him significantly overvalued in fantasy leagues. Gordon will likely give you a plus-batting average as well, but he’s a drag on OBP and, as we’ve discussed before, everyone should be playing in OBP leagues. The run-scoring upside he had last year is gone. Seattle’s offense is nothing to sneeze at, but he won’t have a trio behind him that matches up to Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna. In OBP leagues, he’s a one-category player, a slightly better version of Billy Hamilton. You’re really going to take someone like that over Noah Syndergaard or Alex Bregman or Brian Dozier?

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NBA: LeBron James laughs off recruiting pitch from NFL’s Steelers

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NBA superstar LeBron James jerseys laughed off a recruiting pitch from the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers by saying: “I’m a tank top and shorts guy.”

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James laughed off attempts from Pittsburgh Steelers players to get him to swap the NBA for the NFL.

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back Le’Veon Bell have been lobbying for James to join Pittsburgh via social media since last month.

The 14-time All-Star is expected to test the Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys free-agent market this offseason, but a change of sports does not appear to be on the cards.

“No, I’m fine. I’m fine with my sport I’ve got,” James said when asked if there was interest.

“It’s pretty funny, though. I’ve seen some of the edits that they had of me in the Steelers uniform, but I like tank tops and shorts, I’m sorry.

“I’ve tried the shoulder pads, and it discount jerseys was fun while it lasted, but I’m a tank top and shorts guy.”

James played wide receiver for St Vincent-St Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and was even recruited by some Division I programs, including Notre Dame.

Still, his potential search for a new team will be limited to the NBA.

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Cut by Carolina Panthers, Jonathan Stewart tweets thanks ‘for an amazing 10 years!’

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Jonathan Stewart, the Carolina Panthers career rushing leader Carolina Panthers Jerseys released by the team this week, posted his thanks on social media on Friday to the Panthers organization and fans “for an amazing 10 years!”

“Grateful to God for the many blessings he’s given me and my family through the panther organization and the Charlotte community!” Stewart tweeted and posted on Instagram. “Thank you panther nation for all of the love over the years!

Thank you Carolina for an amazing 10 years! Grateful to God for the many blessings he’s given me and my family through the panther organization and the Charlotte community! Thank you panther nation for all of the love over the years!

Scores of fans told Stewart how much they cheap Jerseys admire him and how he’ll be missed.

“You always made time for your fans,” Tim Calkins tweeted. “We had the chance to meet you and you so gracious with your time. Great Panther, better man. God bless and we will miss you.”

You always made time for your fans. We had the chance to meet you and you so gracious with your time. Great Panther, better man.

Stewart became the franchise’s career Jonathan Stewart Jerseys rushing leader in 2017, finishing with 7,318 rushing yards. His 1,699 rushing attempts are also the most in franchise history, while his 58 touchdowns (51 rushing, seven receiving) are second in franchise history.

“Jonathan played the game the way you want,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “He brought an element of toughness as a runner that set the tempo for our team. He is a great pro, and I appreciate who he is as a young man and thank him for the contribution he made.”

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It’s rare, but the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron has a chance to do the Hart-Selke double this season

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Funny enough, it took Patrice Bergeron jerseys scoring a goal — not preventing one — for Dave Poulin to finally get recognized as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

A two-way centre with the Philadelphia Flyers, Poulin was placed in a shutdown role when he was chosen to represent Canada at the 1987 Rendez-vous series against the Soviet Union. His primary objective was to keep Igor Larionov off the scoresheet. So when Poulin not only accomplished that task but also redirected a Mario Lemieux shot for the winning goal in Game 1 of the two-game series in Quebec City, it became a much bigger deal.

“Brad Marsh said to me, ‘That goal could win you the Selke,’” remembered Poulin. “And I said why and he said, ‘Because you were there for defence but you also provided offence.’”

It is another way of saying that not all goals are created equal.

Which brings us to Patrice Bergeron, who once again is the front-runner to win his record fifth Frank J. Selke Trophy. The question is whether the Boston Bruins centre, who is having a career-best offensive year with 27 goals and 54 points in 54 games, could become just the second player to also win the MVP in the same year.

“He wins the Selke every year, but he should definitely be up for the Hart Trophy race every year,” teammate Brad Marchand said. “You see the guys he plays against every night and hear about how much they dislike (playing against) him, you realize how much he means to our team.”

Despite being on pace for 38 goals and 76 points, Bergeron is ranked at the bottom of the top 40 in scoring, well below Nikita Kucherov, Evgeni Malkin and the other top discount jerseys offensive players in the league. (Bergeron also missed five games because of injury, and the Bruins have played fewer games than 29 other teams, so he could still rise in the ranking.) But there’s a reason for that. While Bergeron certainly has the talent and the hockey IQ to challenge for the Art Ross Trophy, it would mean sacrificing defence for offence.

“If you want to be a high-end guy, you have to cheat a bit. Everybody does it,” said Marchand, who has 24 goals and 57 points in 46 games. “You look at the top guys in the league that score: they cheat. They definitely don’t play the defence that he plays. So if he wanted to go that way, he could definitely be up there.”

Indeed, Bergeron is ranked sixth in the league in shot-attempt differential and is 10th in plus-minus while logging close to 20 minutes against the other teams’ top lines. At the same time, it’s his offence that has lately carried the team to one of the best records in NHL. Since Jan. 1, Bergeron has scored 16 goals and 29 points in 22 games.

“Obviously you still want to be responsible all over the ice including our D-zone. It’s something I take a lot of pride in,” Bergeron said of scoring more this season. “But obviously being able to contribute offensively has been fun and something I want to do.”

The only Selke-Hart winner in the past 40 years was Sergei Fedorov in 1993-94, when he ranked second in points (120), third in goals (56) and first among forwards Boston Bruins jerseys with a plus-48 rating. Since then, the closest anyone has come to winning both awards was Pavel Datsyuk (32 goals and 97 points), who finished third in Hart Trophy voting in 2008-09, and Jonathan Toews (23 goals and 48 points in 47 games), who was fourth in the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

Bergeron also came close in 2013-14, when he finished fifth in Hart Trophy voting after scoring 30 goals (tied for 16th) and 62 points (tied for 36th). This year, he will likely shatter those numbers, thanks to an enhanced offensive role.

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Rob Gronkowski ‘ready to roll,’ cleared to play in Super Bowl LII

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Rob Gronkowski jerseys will not miss two Super Bowls in a row.

The Patriots tight end, who suffered a concussion in New England’s win in the AFC championship game against the Jaguars, was cleared from the concussion protocol on Thursday and will play in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.

Gronkowski, who missed last year’s Super Bowl because discount jerseys of back surgery, was listed as a full participant in practice on Thursday and said he knew “the whole time” that he would play on Sunday.

“The plan was to obviously get cleared,” Gronkowski said. “I knew it was going to happen, just eventually just when.”

Gronkowski said it was good to be back at practice, where he was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday. He said the Patriots were cautious about putting him back out there, which he said “helped out big time.”

Gronkowski didn’t want to discuss the hit he took against Jacksonville that caused the head injury.

“I’m not here to talk about that, about how shaky I was and everything,” Gronkowski said. “I mean, that will be for another time because I’ve got a big game coming up with the Super Bowl. But I mean, definitely, I did get a concussion for sure.”

When asked if it was a dirty hit, he replied, “It’s football. It is what it is. It’s a split second to make a decision. Running full speed, one way, I’m going the other way. It’s part of the game. It happens. You’ve just got to move on.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed his happiness in having his top target back.

“I just love my experience playing New England Patriots jerseys with him,” Brady said. “He’s got a spirit about him that’s really unmatched, that no one can really duplicate. It’s very authentic to who he is. When he’s out there playing for our team, he’s a great force. It’s great for all of us when he’s out there playing at his top level.”

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Denver Broncos Offseason: Re-sign Jamaal Charles

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Jamaal Charles Jerseys is a free agent in 2018, but the Denver Broncos should do all they can to re-sign him.

Charles lacked significant playing time and became inactive late in the season. The Broncos running back never achieved his incentive bonus of $100,000.

There are three significant reasons to re-signing him.

First, Charles was healthy. Charles went through the entire season unscathed and a clean bill of health. He has battled numerous knee injuries in the past, but this season showed good movement and no restrictions when given the opportunity.

Health is always the top concern for Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys a running back in his 30s. Charles passed that first big test with flying colors.

Second, it appeared Charles still showed his big play ability with the ball in his hands. Charles still owns the best yards per attempt of any running back in NFL history (5.4). Yes, that is higher than Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Gale Sayers.

Charles’ touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills is reminiscent of the player he was, and still is capable of being. Bill Musgrave’s offense for 2018 should include Charles as starter next year for the Broncos.

Lastly, players showed outspoken in Cheap Jerseys support of Jamaal Charles wanting out. In a detailed article by Ryan Koenigsberg of BSN Denver, there were numerous players who talked about Charles’ comments late in the year.

This alone says the rest of the Broncos players have the most utmost respect for Charles and in the locker room. If John Elway is listening, he should re-sign Charles.

Demaryius Thomas understands Charles’ frustration.

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Stephen Curry Won’t Participate in 2018 3-Point Shootout, Klay Thompson Will

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Golden State Warriors jerseys point guard Stephen Curry will not participate in the NBA’s three-point shootout at All-Star Weekend on Feb. 17, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

It marks the second straight season in which Curry has opted not to partake in the All-Star Saturday showcase.

However, Chris Haynes he’s not retired from the event and hinted that he could participate in the 2019 festivities back in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Even without Curry, the Warriors will have a representative in the three-point contest.

According to Slater, Klay Thompson—who was named an All-Star reserve on Tuesday—has accepted an invite to his fourth straight shootout.

Curry and Thompson both own a three-point discount jerseys shootout title. Curry won his in 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, while Thompson came out on top in 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Washington Wizards shooting guard and All-Star reserve Bradley Beal will also be included in this year’s field, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner. Beal rejected the same invitation a season ago after he was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star roster.

Phoenix Suns shooting Stephen Curry jerseys guard Devin Booker will head to Los Angeles to participate in the evening’s penultimate event as well.

Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon defeated Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving to capture last year’s three-point hardware.

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Australia want to match England’s ruthless style, says Steve Smith

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Australia captain Steve Smith Baltimore Ravens Jerseys wants his side to emulate England’s ruthless approach after losing the opening one-day international in Melbourne.

Jason Roy’s record-breaking 180 and Joe Root’s unbeaten 91 guided the tourists to a five-wicket win after they racked up 308 for five.

Smith, who had led the Aussies to a 4-0 series discount jerseys
win in the Ashes, said: “England’s got to be up there as one of the best teams in the world in one-day cricket.

“It just looks like the way they play is for everyone to go hard and Joe Root is sort of the rock in the middle. That works for them and it’s something that we might have to think about as well.

“Having guys who are going really hard and having someone, it might be me, who just bats normally and then you see how you go.

“When you do that, you’re going to have Steve Smith jerseys days where you get bowled out for not many. But you back your players to come off maybe more often than not and get those big totals. That’s what the English players are doing at the moment. They’re playing with such freedom.”

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Bruins notebook: Tuukka Rask takes blame in loss to Penguins

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In stark contrast Tuukka Rask Jerseys to his predecessor, Tuukka Rask has never hesitated to give himself a good thrashing for poor play. He was in good form last night after the B’s 6-5 overtime loss to the Penguins, though not all of his word choices are printable here.

“I was horse (bleep) all day and all night,” said Rask. “I felt like (bleep). I didn’t see the puck, wasn’t sharp. So, weak goals.

“It was just one of those nights where you’re not feeling as sharp as usual. Against a team like this, which is going to create some scoring chances, that’s probably not ideal.”

Rask didn’t think his team looked past Pittsburgh to its mini-vacation, which starts today.

“You don’t want to get ahead of yourself,” he said. “You’ve got to battle through one game and try to get the win. I just wasn’t my sharpest.

“They’re always dangerous when they’ve got discount jerseys the offense going. They’ve got so much firepower up front. They can score goals. . . . pretty entertaining game.”

After he was hauled down on a break-in by Pittsburgh defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, Bruins forward Brad Marchand had a chance to win the game on a penalty shot with 1:01 left in the third. Marchand skated in on backup goalie Matt Murray, who replaced Pittsburgh starter Tristan Jarry late in the second period, tried a forehand feint/backhand to the 5-hole. Marchand thought “for sure” it was going to work.
“When I pulled it to my backhand it kind of got stuck in the snow a little bit,” Marchand said. “There was room there. I just missed it.” . . .

With 30 seconds left in the first, Patrice Boston Bruins Jerseys Bergeron went down hard after blocking a Kris Letang slapshot with his right knee. Bergeron was barely able to get off the ice, and it had to be a relief for many that he returned after the intermission and finished the game.

“Obviously you don’t want to see a guy hobble off,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “He was able to finish the game, so clearly he’s going to come out of it OK. But anytime you see one of your high-end players go down it’s always worrisome. But it turn out OK.”

Said Bergeron: “It was more than it hit the nerve on the leg. It was a little hard to put weight on it, especially early in the second. It got better as the game went on.”

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Bruce Arians: Larry Fitzgerald’s future depends on new coach

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Former Arizona Cardinals Jerseys coach Bruce Arians believes his successor will impact wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s decision to continue playing or to retire.

“I think it all depends who’s the head coach, who’s the calling the plays,” Arians said Tuesday morning during an interview on Golic and Wingo.

Arians announced his retirement Monday discount jerseys
morning while giving an emotional speech. Now the spotlight turns to Fitzgerald, who, although he signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season in November, has yet to commit to playing next season. Last year, it took him a month after the Cardinals’ season ended to decide.

But Arians added that the Cardinals’ next Larry Fitzgerald Jerseys coach will have to treat Fitzgerald carefully to maximize his production. Fitzgerald had 109 catches in 2017, tying the franchise record he set two years ago. It was his third straight 100-catch/1,000-yard season. He also became the oldest player in NFL history to reach those marks.

“He can still play if the right person’s there and knows how to get him to the game on Sunday,” Arians said. “Don’t overwork him in the spring and training camp, because he can still play at a very high level.”

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