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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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MLB Power Rankings - August 22nd

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MLB Power Rankings
August 22, 2013

The Atlanta Braves remain red hot and check in at #1 for the second straight week. Like the Braves, the Detroit Tigers maintain their position at #2. From there the rest of the top five gets shaken up a bit. The Pittsburgh Pirates move up one spot by virtue of a cold streak from the Boston Red Sox who drop down to #5. Sandwiched in between we have the LA Dodgers who are arguably the hottest team in baseball. Watch out for another climb for them next week following a big series at home against Boston.  The new York Yankees are this week's big climbers up four spots from 14 to 10 after taking an impressive series in Boston over the weekend. The week's big fallers are the Chicago Cubs down three spots to #27 after going just 2-8 over their last 10.

Where does your team rank this week?

1. Atlanta Braves (76-48, last week No. 1)
2. Detroit Tigers (73-51, last week No. 2)
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (72-51, last week No. 4)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (72-51, last week No. 5)
5. Boston Red Sox (73-53, last week No. 3)
6. Texas Rangers (71-53, last week No. 6)
7. St. Louis Cardinals (71-52, last week No. 7)
8. Tampa Bay Rays (70-52, last week No. 8)
9. Oakland A's (70-53, last week No. 9)
10. New York Yankees (64-59, last week No. 14)
11. Cincinnati Reds (70-54, last week No. 10)
12. Baltimore Orioles (67-56, last week No. 11)
13. Cleveland Indians (66-58, last week No. 12)
14. Kansas City Royals (64-59, last week No. 13)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (64-58, last week No. 15)
16. Washington Nationals (60-63, last week No. 16)
17. Colorado Rockies (58-67, last week No. 19)
18. Seattle Mariners (57-66, last week No. 18)
19. New York Mets (56-66, last week No. 17)
20. Toronto Blue Jays (57-67, last week No. 20)
21. San Diego Padres (56-68, last week No. 22)
22. Los Angeles Angels (55-68, last week No. 21)
23. San Francisco Giants (55-68, last week No. 26)
24. Minnesota Twins (54-68, last week No. 23)
25. Philadelphia Phillies (54-69, last week No. 25)
26. Milwaukee Brewers (54-70, last week No. 27)
27. Chicago Cubs (53-70, last week No. 24)
28. Chicago White Sox (49-74, last week No. 29)
29. Miami Marlins (47-75, last week No. 28)
30. Houston Astros (41-82, last week No. 30)

Monday, August 19, 2013

MLB Weekly Walk-Off

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MLB Weekly Walk-Off
By Wild on Sports MLB Analyst Kyle Kargel

Theres about a month left of baseball and the Dodgers almost have the right to say they have the best record in the MLB. This was a case that seemed impossible only a couple months ago. They have one of the best records over a 45 game span in MLB history. They have a 7.5 game lead on the second place Diamondbacks and show no signs of slowing down. The Pirates are letting the Cardinals and Reds back into the divisional picture after they lost seven of their past ten games. It doesn’t look like a meltdown like in years past, but definitely something to keep an eye on down the stretch. The last thing the Pirates want to get themselves involved in is a wildcard playoff game, after being on top of the division the whole second half of the season. The A-Rod saga continues as multiple players have shown their frustration to the MLB for giving him the chance to play. He knocked his second homerun Sunday night after being beaned in the back and it helped them gain a game on the Red Sox winning 9-6. The Tigers took three games in a crucial five game set with the Royals to maintain a seven game lead in the central.

Studs of the Past Week

1. Alfonso Soriano OF NYY- It’s been a blast from the past for the 37 year old in the past week. If you exclude Sunday he had five multi-hit games in a row, five homeruns and 18 RBIs. Many don’t remember, but Soriano had 32 homeruns last season. For Soriano this doesn’t seem like too big of a deal because he’s still seven behind that mark. With A-Rod and Curtis Granderson back in the lineup, it’s up to the three of them if the Yankees are going to push for the playoffs.

2. Addison Reed RP CWS- Time to show some love for the great players on terrible teams. This week Reed showed enough consistency to make the list capping it off with his 31st save on Sunday. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last nine innings pitched and already has two more saves than he had all of last year, even though the White Sox are a worse team. His last blown save was July 31 so he might blow one more before seasons end. Still a stud nonetheless.

3. Yu Darvish SP Tex- Having two starts lasts week, Darvish was able to rack up more stats along the way moving his MLB lead in strikeouts to 214. He had 22 total last week and improved his record to 12-5. He’s pushing hard for the AL Cy Young even though Tigers’ Max Scherzer has a hold on it with his 18-1 record. Darvish hasn’t gone less than six innings pitched in a given start since the end of June. Expect that trend to continue through the end of the season.

Duds of the Past Week

1. Jose Reyes SS Tor- The Blue Jays experiment is almost turning out just as bad as the Marlins experiment last season for Reyes, although he never got injured as a Marlin. He’s only gotten a couple of hits in his last 22 at-bats lowering his average below the .300 mark. Although the Jays were playing the Red Sox and A’s that should be no excuse for Reyes who has proven in the past he can hit the best in the game.

2. Allen Craig OF/1B St
l- Hitting .310 this season, Craig is having an exceptional year, but the past week says otherwise. He only has one hit since Aug. 13, but the Cardinals have won each of their past two series so it’s gone somewhat unnoticed in the clubhouse. Craig should turn it around in no time, especially if they want to challenge for the division or at least maintain their wildcard spot.

3. Austin Jackson OF Det- If you’ve noticed, Miguel Cabrera has hit four homeruns in the past week. Jackson, The Tigers’ lead-off hitter, hasn’t been on base to score any of the runs Cabrera has hit in besides his homerun on Sunday. Jackson isn’t stealing nearly as many bases as he is capable of as he’s not even the leader in steals on the team as he only has six. As the leadoff hitter on the Tigers, Jackson should make it to the 100 run mark by seasons end.

Pick ups for the Next Week

1. Chia-Jen Lo RP Hou- After letting go of their closer Jose Veras, the Astros have turned their attention to Lo who earned his first career save earlier last week. He’s pitched 7.1 innings this season without allowing an earned run, and should be in line to close games the rest of the year. However many games that may be.

2. Travis d’Arnaud C NYM- Finally, one of my bust out players from the start of the year gets a call up. He’s only had four at bats this season, but the potential is through the roof for d’Arnaud. If you’re in a keeper league or in desperate need of a catcher for the rest of the season he may be exactly what you need. Once he hits his first homerun of the season, expect him to be picked up in leagues of all formats.

3. Chris Getz 2B KC- He’s not going to rack up monster stats, but Getz is good for a hit or two a game along with the possibility of a steal. With second baseman coming at a premium this season Getz would be a great fill in. He’s upped his average from .209 to .230 and can score runs being placed in the right spot in the lineup.

Top Matchups Next Week

Diamondbacks at Reds- These two are battling for the last wildcard spot in the NL. The Diamondbacks are falling fast, but if they can take two or even three at Cincinnati then then they will be right back in the thick of things.

Yankees at Rays- The Yankees made a statement over the past weekend be taking the series in Boston to stay alive in the Wildcard hunt. If they can do the same in Tampa Bay then the AL East is going to be a sprint to the finish with only September to go.

Red Sox at Dodgers- This is a potential World Series matchup, but it’s going to be tough for Red Sox hitters to keep up with the pitching of Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and closer Kenley Jansen. Expect the Dodgers to make a statement as they know this is the American League’s best coming to town.

3 Unranked Teams to Watch in 2013

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3 Unranked Teams to Watch This Year
By Wild on Sports Analyst Bryan Ridall

It seems that once the college football season starts every year, the SEC is the focus of all conversation moving toward the BCS National Championship Game. This year is no different, with five teams in the Top 10, all with title expectations. Like every year, however; there are sleeper teams, some not even ranked in the Top 25, that will not only play important roles in upsetting the contenders, but could also find themselves playing for a BCS Bowl, a much more prestigious designation. It seems like every year, pundits and media outlets slam the ACC and Big East for lack of competition, and lobby for those conferences to lose their automatic bids, but this year, both conferences could have a few teams that break into the Top 10, and provide us with Heisman candidates.

Miami Hurricans (Fl):

If Miami is going to be able to replicate the past successes of their previous powerhouse teams (1980s, 2000s), this seems like the best year to make it happen. Since Butch Davis left, Miami has been remembered for that fight with FIU and recent NCAA sanctions. However, Miami has two legitimate Heisman candidates this year, running back Duke Johnson and quaterback Stephen Morris. Together, they make the best 1-2 combination in college football, and yet will be battling each other for the right to be the ACC's and NCAA's best player. Johnson had a break-out campaign last year, in his first season, compiling over 950 rushing yards on only 140 carries (almost 7 yards a carry), and added another 800 yards on kick-off returns, the only person in college football to post those numbers. His 2,060 all-purpose yards last season was seventh-best in all of college football, and he added size to help make him more durable so that he can stay on the field, even if his work load increases. As great as Johnson will be this year, I think Stephen Morris is poised for even greater things, and could put himself into the upper echelon of this year's quarterback draft class with a solid season. Last year, Morris was handed the reins to the offense by coach Al Golden, and Morris made him look like a genius, throwing for 3,345 yards, 5th most in history, and also earned Miami a share of the Coastal Division title within the ACC. What's more impressive is that Morris's receivers were some of the worst in catching passes, ranking in the Top 10 in dropped passes. As if that wasn't good enough, Morris showed up to the Manning Passing Academy with some of the most well-known quarterbacks in college football, and put them all to shame. Morris has a pro-ready arm, play-making legs, and extremely high football IQ, but needs to answer questions about his consistency, which comes with playing time. Miami will have a strong offensive line this year, but their biggest problem will fall to their defense. Last year, Miami gave up the third-most first downs per game, which limited the amount of time Johnson and Morris were on the field. Miami has to play Virginia Tech and North Carolina, who will be looking to rebound after diappointing seasons last year. The rivalry games will be the most important for Miami, not only because of the meaning within each game, but what the college football world will perceive depending on the outcome. The Sept. 6th matchup with Florida is the most important game on the schedule because of the problems that Wil Muschamp can cause with his defenses. The Canes need to beat Florida State, especially after the transitioning they are going through, in order to be taken seriously, and in all likelyhood, in order for them to be able to play in the ACC Title Game. Miami will not have to play Clemson this year, removing the strongest ACC team from their schedule, and have a very manageable out of conference schedule other than Florida. Miami should find itself ontop of the Coastal Division, and playing for a spot in a BCS Bowl Game.

Kent State Golden Flashes:
I know some of you may have fallen out of your seats seeing a MAC team on this list, especially one that went through a coaching change and lost its senior quarterback. However, Kent State was a win against Northern Illinois away from being in a BCS bowl game, and this year, I eexpect them to not only win the MAC, but challenge for an at-large bid by being ranked in the Top-12. The loss of last year's starting quarterback, Spencer Keith, shouldn't be difficult to overcome, because Keith was average, at best, and the Golden Flashes ranked 114th in passing last year. Kent State will turn to JuCo transfer David Fisher to lead the team, who was a decent arm, but has the instincts to keep his eyes down field, allowing him to extend a broken play or use his legs to make plays. While there is turnover at the quarterback position, Kent State will return both of its 1300+ yard rushers, Trayion Durham and Dri Archer. Archer is a small, fast running back who averaged 9.0 yards per carry last year, while Durham is a big, bruising running back, who can wear defensive fronts down during the course of an entire game. Archer also led college football in "Highlight Yards per Carry," which factors in offensive line play and losses in yardage, with 11.5 yards per touch, which was better than Rams' 1st round pick Tavon Austin. Kent State's defense has been strong in the past few years, and return the most intriguing defensive player in college football, Roosevelt Nix. Nix has been a force of nature in his three years at Kent State, totalling 52 tackles for a loss from the defensive tackle positon; I should probably mention he is 5'11 and 245, the average size of linebackers. Defensive end Richard Gray continues to improve, and if the coaching staff pairs him on a side with Nix, it will be long days for the opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. Kent State has two huge holes to fill surrounded by plenty of questions, the offensive line, and more importantly, the head coach. Head coach Dennis Hazell was hired by Purdue after his success at Kent State, so the Golden Flashes hired Paul Haynes, a coach, who like Hazell, spent many years under former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Haynes is a defensive-minded coach, who preaches fundamentals and tries to use the athleticism of his players to create matchup problems. The offensive line is a whole different issue, because they lost two three-year starters, and a four year starter. In order for the running game to be as effective as it was in 2012, and for the team to be successful, the offensive line needs to hold up, especially early, to allow Fisher to get comfortable. The schedule is much tougher this year, with matchups against LSU and Penn State, back to back, and then a matchup with Northern Illinois two weeks later. For Kent State to do any damage, especially if they want to make it to a BCS bowl, they will need to go undefeated in the MAC, including a win over Northern Illinois, and a win in the MAC Title game, as well as put up a decent showing against Penn State and LSU.

Utah State Aggies:
Last year, Utah State shocked the college football world by going 11-2, but there is a good amount of transition going on for the Aggies this year. They will be transfering from the WAC to the Mountain West, a conference that has Boise State, Air Force, UNLV, Nevada, and Fresno State, all of which have had strong football programs. They also lost head coach Gary Anderson to Wisconson, but will be replacing him with Offensive Coordinator Matt Wells, so there will still be familiarity within the program. The rest of the news for Utah State is all positive, and coming off an 11-2 season and a conference championship. Utah State returns 17 starters including dual-threat quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who set single season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,372), total offense (3992), and completion percentage (.676). Keeton will have his entire offensive line back from last year, including center Tyler Larsen, who was a pre-season 1st team all-conference selection. Last year, the Aggies had one of the best The Aggies are also returning three All-WAC linebackers; Jake Doughty, Zach Vigil, and Kyler Fackrell, so their defense should be as dominant as last year. The most important player to return for Utah State this year might be kicker Nick Diaz. Both games that USU lost last year were by three points or less, once to Wisconsin (16-14) and the other to BYU (6-3). In both games, kicker Josh Thompson had missed kicks in the fourth quarter that would have given the Aggies the wins. Diaz took over halfway through the season and was much more efficient than Thompson, granted Diaz never found himself in any pressure situations. The biggest challenge for Utah State will be their schedule, and will be thrown into the fire right away when they open the season against in-state rival Utah. The Aggies will have to play Air Force, USC, New Mexico, and UNLV away from Romney Stadium, and also have tough home games against Boise State and BYU. For Utah State to do any damage, they will need to defeat the PAC-12 teams on the schedule, and fight their way into the MWC Championship Game, which will be easier said than done. However, if Utah State can finish with another 11-2 record and win a Mountain West championship, its possible that they could find themselves fighting for an at-large bid for a BCS Bowl Game.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2013 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

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2013 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

With the pre-season under way it is time for Fantasy Footballers everywhere to have their 2013 Drafts. Here at Wild on Sports we've got you covered breaking down the top 20 players at each position as well as a couple of sleepers to help you win your league this season!
On the agenda today: Tight End.  With the position losing one of its top performers in Aaron Hernandez and possibly another pending the injury status of Rob Gronkowski the truly elite are few and far between. The good news however, is the middle tier of TE's is a deep as ever giving fantasy owners numerous options in the later rounds in drafts.

Rank Player Team Age Bye
1 Jimmy Graham NO 26 7
2 Rob Gronkowski NE 24 10
3 Jason Witten DAL 31 11
4 Tony Gonzalez ATL 37 6
5 Vernon Davis SF 29 9
6 Kyle Rudolph MIN 23 5
7 Greg Olsen CAR 28 4
8 Owen Daniels HOU 30 8
9 Antonio Gates SD 33 8
10 Brandon Pettigrew DET 28 9
11 Martellus Bennett CHI 26 8
12 Brandon Myers NYG 28 9
13 Jermichael Finley GB 26 4
14 Jermaine Gresham CIN 24 12
15 Jared Cook STL 26 11
16 Dustin Keller MIA 28 6
17 Brent Celek PHI 28 12
18 Fred Davis WAS 27 5
19 Dwayne Allen IND 23 8
20 Coby Fleener IND 24 8

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