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2 weeks agoBoston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk registered a pair of goals and added an assist as his team picked up a 5-4 home win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. In addition to potting the game-winning goal with 8:14 remaining in the contest, the 23-year-old contributed a plus-three rating, four shots on goal and one block in 20:34 of time on ice. After a slow start to the campaign, DeBrusk has really found his game as of late - tickling twine seven times over his past 15 games. Cemented in a dangerous top-six forward group in Boston, the Alberta native carries sneaky fantasy appeal with 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists), seven power-play points and 94 shots on goal in 40 games. Just 25% owned in Yahoo! leagues, DeBrusk serves as an intriguing fantasy option for as long as he keeps finding the back of the net.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 weeks agoThe New York Mets and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $9.7 million deal, according to a source. Thor made a career-high 32 starts (197 2/3 innings) for the Mets in 2019, but he posted a career-high 4.28 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 202 strikeouts. He also allowed a career-high 94 earned runs and 24 long balls, which obviously hurt his ERA. 2019 was the second straight year that he boasted a K/9 under 10.0 as well. If he can keep the ball out of the air more in 2020, he could easily bounce back given his swing-and-miss stuff, but health has also been an issue for Syndergaard in the past.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: SNY - Andy Martino
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2 weeks agoBoston Bruins forward David Pastrnak lit the lamp three times as his team defeated the visiting Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Thursday night. Pastrnak, the NHL's leading goal scorer with 35 markers, found the back of the net in each period and also posted a plus-two rating, five shots and two hits in 20:34 of ice time in the victory. The 23-year-old just keeps rolling along, managing to take his game to yet another level in 2019-2020. Currently on pace for 64 goals, the Czech native is proving to be one of the game's most prolific scorers - checking in with 65 points, 27 power-play points and 178 shots on goal through 45 games. He's a top offensive threat each night he suits up and will look to score for the fifth consecutive game versus the Islanders on Saturday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 weeks agoThe Milwaukee Brewers and catcher Omar Narvaez avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million deal. It was Narvaez's first season being eligible for arbitration. He'll essentially be replacing Yasmani Grandal as Milwaukee's backstop in 2020 after breaking out to the tune of a .278/.353/.460 slash line with 22 home runs, 63 runs and 55 RBI in 428 at-bats for the Mariners last season. Narvaez's previous high-water mark for homers in a season was nine, so it remains to be seen if he can stay on the lofty pace he set for himself in 2019. His new environment in Milwaukee is conducive to power, but he'll likely be overvalued in single-catcher formats at the weakest fantasy position.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Adam McCalvy
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2 weeks agoSeattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million deal, according to a source. It was the first year that he was eligible for arbitration. While Smith led the league with 46 swipes, he hit a putrid .227/.300/.335 with only six home runs and 37 RBI in 134 games in his first season in Seattle. He has 86 stolen bases the last two seasons, making him a valuable commodity for his speed, especially since fewer players are running wild in this day and age. However, Smith might once again be a single-category contributor in 2020.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Robert Murray
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2 weeks agoSeattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.01 million deal, according to a source. Some freak injuries caused Haniger to play in just 63 games for the M's in 2019, and he hit a disappointing .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI after batting .285/.366/.493 with a career-high 26 dingers and 93 RBI in 157 games in 2018. Haniger will need to do a better job of making consistent contact in order to bounce back if he's healthy in 2020, but there's still a lot to like about him. His fantasy price will obviously drop in 2020 because of his down year, but there's value potential here.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Robert Murray
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2 weeks agoOakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $13 million deal, according to a source. Semien finished third in the American League MVP voting in 2019 after hitting an impressive .285/.369/.522 with a career-high 33 home runs, 92 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 162 games for Oakland last season. He'll become a free agent after the 2020 season. Semien had never hit more than 27 homers in a single season, and that came back in 2016. He has some impressive power for a shortstop, but his pitcher-friendly home environment might make matching his career year in 2019 more difficult in his contract season.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Mark Feinsand
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2 weeks agoPittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.8 million deal, according to a source. It was Bell's final year of arbitration eligibility. The 27-year-old was a breakout star in 2019, slashing .277/.367/.569 with 37 home runs, 94 runs and 116 RBI in 527 at-bats. It was a huge improvement over the 12 home runs he hit in 148 games the previous season, and it was his first All-Star selection. We get a feeling it won't be the last for Bell, who has become a legitimate first base power threat worth considering in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Mark Feinsand
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2 weeks agoThe Chicago White Sox and closer Alex Colome avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $10.532 million deal, according to a source. Colome earned the hefty raise from $7 million last year by posting a 2.80 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 30 saves and 55 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched over 62 outings in his first season with the Pale Hose. The 31-year-old is expected to be the team's closer again in 2020, and his value is enhanced on a White Sox team that made a handful of notable upgrades to their lineup this winter. Colome could be overvalued heading into draft season, but he could also earn more save chances.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Jesse Sanchez
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2 weeks agoBaltimore Orioles relief pitcher Mychal Givens avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.225 million deal, according to a source. Givens had a rough 4.57 ERA but also recorded a career-high 11 saves for the last-place Orioles as the primary ninth-inning arm for Baltimore down the stretch. He has a nice 10.8 career K/9 as well, so Givens will have some low-level appeal for fantasy owners once again in 2020, as he's expected to open the year as their closer. However, on a rebuilding Orioles squad once again likely to be at the bottom of the standings, there may not be a ton of value in Givens in mixed leagues.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Mark Feinsand
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2 weeks agoLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million deal, according to a source. Heaney made just 18 starts for the Halos in 2019 due to injury and went 4-6 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings pitched. There is bounce-back potential for the 28-year-old left-hander if he can stay healthy all year, and his strikeout upside is evident with a K/9 10.0 or above in three of the last four seasons. Heaney could be a nice value pick in the middle rounds of drafts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com - Mark Feinsand
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2 weeks agoThe Arizona Diamondbacks and starting pitcher Robbie Ray avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $9.43 million deal. It's his final year of arbitration eligibility and he can become a free agent after the 2020 season. The 28-year-old lefty has been the subject of trade rumors dating back to last summer. He took a slight step back in 2019, posting a 4.34 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Ray finished seventh in the National League Cy Young voting in 2017 when he had a 2.89 ERA and 1.15 WHIP as an All-Star. He has nice strikeout upside, but an average of 4.7 walks per nine innings the last two years have hurt his numbers overall. Ray completed seven full innings only one time last season and averaged 17.58 pitches per inning, which was the fourth worst among 61 qualified pitchers.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale
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2 weeks agoChicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $18.6 million deal, according to a source familiar with the agreement. Bryant's name has surfaced in trade rumors this offseason after he hit .282 with 31 home runs and 77 RBI in 2019. He finished eighth in the National League with 108 runs scored and posted a .382 on-base percentage, 16th best in baseball. His numbers could've been slightly better, though, as he missed the final week of the season with a sprained right ankle. If Bryant wins his service-time grievance, this would be his final arbitration year and he could become a free agent after 2020. He was selected with the second overall pick in 2013 and won NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 and NL MVP in 2016. Chicago also agreed to a one-year, $1.575 million deal with outfielder Albert Almora Jr. to avoid arbitration on Friday.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com - Jeff Passan
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2 weeks agoBoston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a record-breaking, one-year, $27 million deal, according to a source. The amount breaks the record set by Nolan Arenado last year of $26 million. Boston also reached one-year deals with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ($11 million) and relievers Brandon Workman ($3.5 million) and Heath Hembree ($1.6125 million) on Friday. Betts will be a free agent after the 2020 season and hit .295 with 29 home runs and 80 RBI in 2019 while also leading the American League with 135 runs scored. A fifth-round selection in 2011, Betts has developed into one of the best all-around players in baseball and should be a top-three fantasy selection in upcoming drafts. He's led baseball in runs scored (163) and is second in extra-base hits (394) and fourth in hits (965) since making his major league debut in June of 2014.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com - Jeff Passan
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2 weeks agoPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown (hamstring) will undergo surgery on his hamstring next Tuesday, according to sources. The veteran quarterback played the second half of the wild-card loss against the Seahawks on a torn hamstring. Ouch. It's a testament that he stayed in the game in place of a concussed Carson Wentz to complete 18 of 24 passes for 174 yards. He somehow attempted five runs for 23 yards on his bum leg. After stints with the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears, Buccaneers, Browns, Jets and Eagles, McCown is likely to hang up his cleats this offseason after throwing for 17,731 yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions in his career.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com - Tim McManus
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2 weeks agoDallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones reiterated that quarterback Dak Prescott is "our quarterback of the future." Jones also said that the team was "real, real, real close" to signing Prescott to a long-term extension before the 2019 season. Despite a disappointing finish and missing the playoffs, Prescott had a career-high 4,902 yards while throwing for 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on a 65.1 completion percentage. There's a chance that Dallas uses the franchise tag on Prescott, but in the end he should remain with the organization in at least 2020 and likely well beyond. He finished as the No. 3 scoring fantasy QB behind Lamar Jackson and Jameis Winston this year and will be a strong QB1 selection in 2020 drafts if he remains in Dallas.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Jon Machota
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2 weeks agoMinnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) is expected to wear protective padding around his stitched-up ankle in the Divisional game against the 49ers on Saturday, according to a source. Thielen is questionable to play, but all signs point to him being active in this big game. He had seven catches for 100-plus yards in the wild-card round, but Thielen has been injured for most of the season and will be facing off against a very strong Niners pass defense. There's also the chance that Thielen's stitches open up during the game on Saturday, which could cause him to miss some game action. He's shaping up as an extremely risky DFS option relative to his price.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler
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2 weeks agoKansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that tight end Travis Kelce's (knee) injury is "more of a bruise than anything." Kelce was limited in practices this week but should be fine to play in the Divisional Round against the Texans on Sunday. The stud tight end had just four grabs for 58 yards in the meeting with Houston on Oct. 13, but he was the highest scoring fantasy tight end in PPR leagues in 2019 and is justifiably the highest-priced tight end in DFS this weekend. Don't let his modest stat line in these team's previous meeting dissuade you from rolling with him in tournaments this weekend.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Kansas City Star - Herbie Teope
Week 20:  vs. TEN
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $---
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2 weeks agoHouston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said that wide receiver Will Fuller (groin) is a game-time decision for the Divisional game against the Chiefs on Sunday. Fuller missed the wild-card win over the Bills and hasn't played since Dec. 21. Getting him back would be great news for Houston's entire offense, as the Texans just haven't been as explosive without their field-stretcher. Fuller had a modest five catches for 44 yards in the Oct. 13 meeting with Kansas City, but he can take the top off defenses with the best of them. The Chiefs are also a little more vulnerable without safety Juan Thornhill. Still, Fuller will once again be a boom-or-bust DFS commodity if he's active. If he's out again, it'll mean Kenny Stills and/or Keke Coutee and Deandre Carter in three-wide sets alongside DeAndre Hopkins.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com - Sarah Barshop
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers has certainly kicked against the Packers multiple times in the past, but he's never done it on the frozen tundra. Heading to Lambeau Field for the first time, Myers is riding a streak of not missing a non-blocked kick in over a month. In a game where the Packers are favored by little more than a field goal, Myers may find the weight of the season on his shoulders. He'll need to be on point because Seattle's offense has struggled without their usual running game recently, and every point will matter in a matchup that has regularly gone down to the wire. If the Seahawks are going to win in Wisconsin for the first time in 20 years, they'll need everyone, Myers included. He could be in for the game of his life.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: NFL
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2 weeks agoSan Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk has some deep sleeper appeal against the Minnesota Vikings in a thin DFS slate. Juszczyk’s first and second priorities are to pave the road for the Niners dominant running game, but he’s occasionally factored into the passing attack. While his floor is an absolute zero, Juszczyk has three games with over 45 receiving yards and six contests with at least three opportunities. With backup runners Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida averaging less than five touches over the past four games, the block-first back has an almost equal opportunity to vulture chances from starter Raheem Mostert. Juszczyk isn’t for the faint-hearted, but could be a difference maker in fantasy if he surprisingly factors into the Divisional Round game plan.--Andrew Le - RotoBallerSource: RotoBaller
Week 20:  vs. GB
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $---
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs is back on the field, and his presence makes a huge difference for a Seahawks Defense that is about to be tested in the harshest conditions. Seattle will stroll into Lambeau and face off against a future Hall of Famer in sub-freezing temperatures, and their defense will have to be ready for a difficult matchup. Diggs is one of the critical pieces on the back end, but he'll also need the defensive line to put up another strong performance like they did last week. Seattle will need everything to go right to pull out a win, but for fantasy purposes, they're a risky pick when facing the likes of Aaron Rodgers.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: NFL
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister has been a surprise contributor this season, but he's probably going to spend more time as a blocker than receiver this weekend. Green Bay has been above average against opposing tight ends all season, but they've really stepped it up recently and have been the harshest defense in the entire league versus opposing TEs over the last month. Hollister has struggled to break out against defenses after his surprise coming out party, and with the Packers' struggles against the run game, Hollister will probably play a much bigger role making holes than running into space. Unfortunately, blocking doesn't give many fantasy points.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: NFL
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore was instrumental in Seattle's win in Philly last week, but he'll likely fall out of the regular rotation now that Malik Turner and Jaron Brown are back. Moore split time equally with the other two, racking up 17 catches during the regular season while Brown caught 16 and Turner caught 15. Without a clear favorite, all three ending up bringing nearly no fantasy value to the table. All three are capable of snagging a touchdown here or there, especially since head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson have no qualms about digging deep on the depth chart around the end zone, but each is just a roll of the dice.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: NFL
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett has been Russell Wilson's go-to receiver all year, and fantasy owners should expect that to play a big role on Sunday. With icy conditions expected, Wilson will likely want to pepper the inside of the field with the ball on a regular basis to allow D.K. Metcalf to get open for deep shots. Lockett will be the dependable hands that he'll likely use for that work. Lockett has been targeted four or more times in 13 of his healthy 15 games this season, and he'll need to play a major role is Seattle's going to overcome the heavy favorite on the road.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: NFL
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf was the star of the show last week when he hung 160 yards on the Philadelphia Eagles in his first playoff game. Now, he'll head into the teeth of the monster when he faces a much stingier Greenread more...
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2 weeks agoDetroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown Jr. recorded 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, two blocks and one triple in a 115-112 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brown had a full stat line for the second straight game, though he was better offensively in this game. Brown has been a solid fantasy player. He's played great defense and has been a sneaky source of assists and rebounds. He'll look to build on this performance Saturday against the Bulls, who he scored just four points against in their previous meeting.--Tim Capurso - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   1/22 vs. SAC
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $3,900
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2 weeks agoBaltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle finished the regular season with 31 receptions for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Even with tight end Mark Andrews sitting out of Week 17 against the Steelers, Boyle only caught 1-of-2 targets for six yards. Boyle is too difficult to trust as a solid play this week with Andrews returning to the starting lineup.--Matt Kim - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 weeks agoNo huge surprises here, as Tiger Woods announced that he would begin 2020 by playing the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines at the end of January. Woods has won eight times at Torrey over the course of his career, including the legendary 2008 U.S. Open. The 44-year-old also confirmed that he would be in the field for the Genesis Invitational in February. We can expect a rather limited schedule for Woods this year, but he'll be a viable DFS option on the weeks he does tee it up. --Joe Nicely - RotoBallerSource: PGA Tour
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2 weeks agoSeattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has given the people what they want so far, racking up touchdowns in both games since he returned to the team. Fantasy owners should consider him to be credible threat to continue the streak on Sunday as he faces a Green Bay franchise that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Between the cold, the defense's weakness against the run and strength against the pass, and the big game nature, it's a situation custom-built for Lynch. While he'll still share carries with Travis Homer, expect Lynch to get the call in those short-yardage situations that need a bruiser. He came back just for this. He'll revel in it.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: NFL

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