Dalton Del Don

  • A National League season preview with fantasy predictions

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 3 hrs ago

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    NL EAST

    1. Washington Nationals

    2. New York Mets

    3. Miami Marlins

    4. Atlanta Braves

    5. Philadelphia Phillies

    Comments/Predictions: Max Scherzer is a top-10 fantasy player, winning the NL Cy Young, while Stephen Strasburg records five more victories than ever before in his career and is a top-15 fantasy player...Bryce Harper finally lives up to the hype and is a unanimous top-five pick in 2016 drafts, while Ryan Zimmerman is more valuable than teammates Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond...Drew Storen leads MLB in saves.

    Despite an innings limit, Matt Harvey is a top-five starter and is taken in the first round in many 2016 drafts...David Wright reaches 25 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time since 2010, while Jacob deGrom finishes as a top-20 starter, ahead of James Shields...Bobby Parnell has the most saves in the Mets’ bullpen.

    NL Central

    1. St. Louis Cardinals

    2. Chicago Cubs (wild card)

    3. Pittsburgh Pirates (wild card)

    4. Milwaukee Brewers

    5. Cincinnati Reds

    NL West

    2. San Diego Padres

  • An American League season preview with fantasy predictions

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    AL East

    1. Boston Red Sox

    2. Toronto Blue Jays

    3. New York Yankees

    4. Tampa Bay Rays

    5. Baltimore Orioles

    Comments/Predictions: The Red Sox lead MLB in runs scored, while Hanley Ramirez finishes as a top-15 player...Mookie Betts finishes as a top-three fantasy second baseman (where he’s eligible in Yahoo leagues), while Dustin Pedroia is also top-five...Coming off a down year, Xander Bogaerts rewards fantasy owners who gamble on him, as he’s a top-10 shortstop...Neither Koji Uehara nor Edward Mujica lead the Red Sox in saves...Despite opening the year in the minors, Rusney Castillo wins Rookie of the Year.

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    AL Central

    1. Cleveland Indians

    2. Chicago White Sox (wild card)

    3. Detroit Tigers

    4. Kansas City Royals

    5. Minnesota Twins

    AL West

    1. Seattle Mariners

    2. Los Angeles Angels (wild card)

    3. Oakland Athletics

    4. Houston Astros

  • Fantasy baseball high-risk/high-reward players: Bryce Harper, Hanley Ramirez and others

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Bryce Harper: He’s a 22-year-old with a career 125 wRC+, which is why his ADP (31.9 in Yahoo leagues) remains high despite never reaching 60 RBI or surpassing 22 homers in any of his three seasons in the league. Harper also attempted just four steals in 100 games last season, as his base running took a major step down in general. He’s missed an average of 53 games over the past two years, which has barely discounted his price tag thanks to the past hype of him as baseball’s best prospect. Still, massive upside obviously remains and count me among those who’d be willing to take on the risk as early as round two. Matt Williams has said he might even bat Harper in the middle of the Nationals lineup this season, which is really thinking outside the box.

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  • The Fantasy Five: Start Anthony Morrow and be skeptical of the Spurs and a future star

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.

    Anthony Morrow: Over the last 10 days, Morrow has averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and a whopping 4.2 3pt while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. It’s a six-game span in which he’s been the No. 14 ranked fantasy player despite seeing just 27.7 mpg. Morrow is somehow owned in just 30 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, but he’s going to be a major part of a Thunder team that’s going to miss Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka down the stretch. Oklahoma City plays an NBA-high four games in Week 22 as well.

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    Here’s Derrick Williams throwing it down

    Here’s John Wall with a sick 360 move

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Enes Kanter is rising while Andrew Wiggins is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

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    Enes Kanter: Over the last five games, he’s averaged 19.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 0.8 steals while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line, a span in which he’s been a top-50 fantasy player. The near seven-foot Kanter continues to disappoint as a shot blocker, but he’s flourished since joining Oklahoma City and should only put up bigger numbers with Serge Ibaka undergoing knee surgery. Even when Kevin Durant returns, Kanter is going to be a major part of the Thunder’s offense, and he’s still available in more than 25 percent of Yahoo leagues. Steven Adams also gets a fantasy boost with the Ibaka injury, as he’s now starting and has gotten 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg over the past two contests.

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    Brandan Wright: He had 18 points and 11 boards in 37-plus minutes of playing time during Sunday’s win over the Knicks. If Alex Len’s ankle injury proves serious, Wright would be a must add. He’s been the No. 16 ranked fantasy player on a per-36 minute basis this season.

  • The Fantasy Five: Start Jusuf Nurkic and a look ahead for the playoffs

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.

    Jusuf Nurkic: He returned to action Saturday after missing more than two weeks with an ankle injury, and while he saw less than 10 minutes while coming off the bench, Nurkic is a big part of the future of a Denver team devoid of talent. He’s averaged 8.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks over 22 starts despite seeing just 22:56 mpg this season. Over the last three months, Nurkic has been the No. 27 fantasy player on a per-36 minute basis (when he got 1.8 spg and 2.5 bpg), so he could be a monster down the stretch if given a chance, which isn’t out of the question considering new Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt recently said he’s going to “unleash him.” Nurkic is owned in just 21 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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  • Case for taking Clayton Kershaw with second overall pick in fantasy drafts

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    You don’t need me to tell you Clayton Kershaw is good at pitching, but I will argue he should be the obvious No. 2 pick in fantasy drafts this year. After finishing with a 1.77 mark last season, Kershaw became the first pitcher to ever lead the majors in ERA in four straight seasons. He also became the first hurler to win 21 games in just 27 starts since 1880. Kershaw allowed more than three runs in one start last year, a season in which he gave up a total of three unearned runs despite the Dodgers ranking in the bottom five in errors.

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    But I’m not here to denigrate McCutchen, who’s clearly a star worthy of a top pick (although I’d personally gamble on Miguel Cabrera ahead of him). I’m here to implore you to take Kershaw No. 2. In fact, I say there’s a better argument for him to go first than third.  

  • NBA Stock Watch: Russell Westbrook is balling while Deron Williams is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

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    Russell Westbrook: There are a few things to cover here, as Westbrook is currently on a tear few have ever matched. Since Kevin Durant went down aggravating his foot injury, Westbrook has averaged 34.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 11.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 3pt over eight games. As insane as that stat line is, the fact three players (Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard) have been more valuable in 9-cat leagues over that span might be even crazier. This is of course thanks to RWB shooting 43.5 percent from the field and committing a whopping 5.1 tpg, as sometimes a (unheard of) 38.1 Usage Rate (that’s only increased with KD sidelined) has its downside. But still, he’s obviously been the most valuable player of late in 8-cat leagues, and there’s been no player more fun to own than Westbrook recently in any format. Can he win the MVP while already missing 15 games?

    Here’s Otto Porter playing some of the worst defense you’ll ever see

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  • NBA Stock Watch: Nerlens Noel is rising while Kyle Lowry is falling

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

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    Nerlens Noel: Since the All-Star break, he’s averaged 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.7 blocks over six games, a span in which he’s been the No. 8 ranked fantasy player despite hitting zero three-pointers and shooting 42.3 percent from the floor. Noel is 20 years old and a rookie coming off missing an entire year while recovering from a major injury, so it’s impressive he’s been a top-10 fantasy player over the past month despite seeing a modest 31.5 mpg while playing for a Philadelphia team that has by far the worst Offensive Efficiency in the NBA (the 76ers come in at 92.0. The next lowest is Charlotte at 97.8). Noel is going to be drafted in the top 2-3 rounds next year.

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    This Alexey Shved shot (pass attempt?) might be the worst I’ve ever seen

    Here’s “Jiggly Boy” returning to Kevin Garnett’s approval

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  • The Fantasy Five: Start Avery Bradley, bench Tony Parker

    Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.

    Avery Bradley: He’s been the No. 5 ranked fantasy player since the All-Star break, when Bradley has averaged 20.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 3pt and an NBA high 3.2 steals over five games. Bradley has been a top-25 player over the past month (the Rajon Rondo trade helped, and his Usage Rate will only rise now with Jared Sullinger out for the year). Boston has the fourth-highest PACE in the NBA and plays four games in Week 19, all against teams that rank in the bottom-10 in Defensive Efficiency (Cle, Uta, N.O., Orl), making Bradley, who’s still available in more than 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, a legitimate start this week.

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