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Josh Donaldson, 3B, vs. Det (Boyd), $25: He sports a .340/.416/.701 line against southpaws this season, as well as a 1.040 OPS at home. Donaldson is on pace to finish with 43 homers, 124 runs scored and 129 RBI. Matt Boyd has allowed nine earned runs over 11.0 innings on the road this season. Donaldson isn’t cheap, but he sure looks like the top play Friday.
Chase Anderson, SP, vs. Oak (Gray), $25: He has a decent enough 4.28 ERA on the year and a 3.2:1 K:BB ratio at home this season. Sonny Gray is obviously great, but the A’s have just a .699 OPS on the year, so Anderson is a nice bargain as the cheapest pitcher on the board.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, vs. KC (Volquez), $37: He has a 2.55 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP over 60.0 innings at home this season.
Prince Fielder, 1B, vs. Bal (Gausman), $16: He’s batting .352 against RHP this season with more walks (28) than strikeouts (26).
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If you missed my NFC preview, check it out here. Now onto my AFC piece, once again filled with fantasy predictions.
1. New England Patriots 11-5
2. Miami Dolphins 8-8
3. Buffalo Bills 7-9
4. New York Jets 7-9
Comments/Fantasy predictions: Despite Tom Brady missing games, LeGarrette Blount finishes as a top-25 fantasy back, and Rob Gronkowski proves worthy of being a top-five overall pick...Lamar Miller remains efficient yet continues to disappoint fantasy owners, as the coaching staff still doesn’t view him as a true workhorse (he wasn’t given 20 carries in a game last season)...Ryan Tannehill also lets down his owners, finishing outside the top-15 fantasy quarterbacks. Last year’s 27 TD passes will be tough to repeat unless he greatly improves his 6.9 YPA, and there was a lot of turnaround in the Dolphins’ receiving corps.
1. Baltimore Ravens 10-6
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Here's a look at my preview of the NFC this season, loaded with fantasy predictions. The AFC version will be out Wednesday.
1. Dallas Cowboys 10-6
2. Philadelphia Eagles 9-7 (Wild Card)
3. New York Giants 8-8
4. Washington Redskins 6-10
Comments/Fantasy predictions: Tony Romo led the NFL in YPA (8.5), completion percentage (69.9) and QBR (83.6) last season. He finished with two fewer TD throws (34) than his career high despite attempting 85 fewer passes. With the team’s RB situation in flux, expect a top-five fantasy QB performance. He’s clearly a legit MVP candidate...Joseph Randle got 6.7 YPC last season (when he had 10+ yards on 22% of his carries that led the NFL) and should get the first crack at inheriting one of the best roles in the NFL – running behind Dallas’ dominant offensive line, which helped DeMarco Murray total 2,261 yards. Randle is a risk but has top-10 upside...Terrance Williams reaches 1,000 receiving yards...The Cowboys have a real chance to win the Super Bowl this season.
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Dan Haren, SP, vs. Atl (Perez), $39: He has a 3.6:1 K:BB ratio on the year and is underpriced here as the starter for the team that’s by far the most favored team Saturday at -230. The Braves have scored the fewest runs in baseball this season, and Williams Perez has a 46:37 K:BB ratio over 74.2 innings.
Joe Ross, SP, vs. Mil (Yungmann), $39: He’s struggled of late but still owns an impressive 54:9 K:BB ratio on the year with a 1.08 WHIP. He also has a 13.4 SwStr%, which to put into perspective would rank No. 7 among all starters if he qualified. The Nationals are also the third-most favored team on the board in a game with an over/under of just seven.
Nick Hundley, C, vs. NYM (Niese), $14: He’s a catcher who’s played just one day in a row, facing a lefty and is hitting in Coors Field.
D.J. LaMahieu, 2B, vs. NYM (Niese), $16: He’s facing a southpaw in Coors Field and reasonably priced.
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Mark Buehrle, SP, at Phi (Morgan), $39: Things didn’t work out great for R.A. Dickey on Tuesday, but the Blue Jays are once again the biggest favorites of the day, and there are a dozen pitchers more expensive than Buehrle. He offers little strikeout upside but has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past 13 outings. Meanwhile, opposing pitcher Adam Morgan has a 26:14 K:BB ratio over 50.1 innings.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, vs. Min (Santana), $25: He has a 3.41 ERA at home this season and is the cheapest pitcher available Wednesday despite the Yankees being one of the more favored teams on the board. Eovaldi’s average fastball velocity (96.4 mph) is by far the highest among all starters, for what it’s worth.
Buster Posey, C, at Stl (Garcia), $18: He’s facing a tough pitcher, but Posey is easily the best catcher in baseball, and he’s just $3 more expensive than James McCann.
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R.A. Dickey, SP, at Phi (Nola), $25: He’s allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of his past 14 starts, recording four wins over his past five outings thanks to going deep into games and playing for a Blue Jays team that’s scored by far the most runs in baseball this season. Dickey is facing a Phillies offense that has scored the second-fewest runs in MLB but despite this, he’s the cheapest SP on the board Tuesday.
Francisco Liriano, SP, vs. Ari (Anderson), $50: He has 88 strikeouts over 69.2 innings at home this season, with a 1.13 WHIP. The Pirates are the most favored team Tuesday other than the Clayton Kershaw led Dodgers.
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For some reason, Jones saw just four targets inside the 10 (teammate Harry Douglas was given six), which ranked No. 36 among all wide receivers (behind Jermaine Kearse, Riley Cooper and Nate Washington, among others). So if Atlanta starts properly utilizing the 6-foot-3, 220-pound wide receiver in the red zone, a return to double-digit touchdowns should be in store (it’s not like they have a big RB to use at the goal line). And the NFC South should feature a bunch of shootouts. Jones is going to be an absolute monster in 2015. Go get him.
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Nelson Cruz, OF, at Bos (Owens), $21: He has a .385/.460/.743 line against lefties this season, with a 1.120 OPS on the road, including 25 homers over 224 at bats. Meanwhile, Henry Owens has totaled just 10.0 innings during his career (and has a 1.64 WHIP when facing RHB). Since the start of July, Cruz has a .324-30-16-38 line over 139 at bats, as he’s been the No. 3 fantasy player over that span. He should be in your lineup Sunday.
Shelby Miller, SP, vs. Ari (De La Rosa), $40: He still hasn’t recorded a victory since May 17 despite a 2.48 ERA, but this is a pretty good price for someone who’s proven to be so good with run prevention this season.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, at Atl (Miller), $7: The goal here is to play a catcher at the lowest price possible, whether it be Salty or any other backstop who’s in the starting lineup at $7.
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Carlos Gonzalez, OF, vs. SD (Cashner), $22: Since June 6, Gonzalez has a .305 batting average with 22 homers, 40 runs and 52 RBI. He’s been the No. 2 fantasy hitter over this 58-game span despite not recording one steal and being one of the bigger fantasy disappointments beforehand. CarGo has as many homers (13) over the past 22 games as he did over the season’s first 85 contests.
Brett Anderson, SP, vs. Cin (Holmberg), $33: He’s coming off a rough start but has been perfectly serviceable all season (3.43 ERA). Anderson is the fifth-cheapest pitcher Saturday despite the Dodgers being the most favored (-180) team on the entire slate.
Patrick Corbin, SP, at Atl (Foltynewicz), $43: He sports a 35:8 K:BB ratio over 35.1 innings since returning from injury, with an 11.1 SwStr% combined with a 1.63 GB/FB ratio. Corbin will be facing an Atlanta offense that’s recorded the third-lowest OPS (.641) in baseball this season.
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While Ricky Williams was a high pick (no pun intended) coming off a one-year suspension in his prime, Adrian Peterson is the most extreme case, as plenty argue he should be the No. 1 pick in 2015. He’s obviously our generation’s best talent at running back, and the argument is he should be fresh after sitting out essentially a full season that had nothing to do with an injury. Peterson had never failed to rush for double-digit touchdowns during his previous seven years in the league, averaging 5.0 YPC. He ran for 2,097 yards in 2012, and with Norv Turner now his OC, there’s a real chance he’s given the opportunity to have the most catches of his career. Moreover, Teddy Bridgewater is a breakout candidate, and the Vikings’ schedule looks favorable. But it’s mostly unprecedented for an RB taking a full year off at age 30. I don’t really know what to make of Peterson this season, but he’s going to cost a top-three pick, and while the upside makes sense, I doubt I’ll own him.