I set eight lineups in a rush last night, and I got what was coming to me: a single $12.50 cash on a $60 investment. That brings my bankroll down to $1,408.61. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the players or pitchers I used – I had Clayton Kershaw in three, Raisel Iglesias in two and Aaron Nola in one – it was my impatience to put together anything that fit. The problem – if you can call it that – was I had to head out to Heather’s aunt’s house in Malibu, and I didn’t get there until 3:20 PT (45 minutes before lineup lock) and occasionally had to speak to everyone (including my three-and-a-half year old, Sasha, who was earnestly showing me her artwork as though it were the seminal masterpiece of our era) while I was finalizing my choices. There are worse reasons to screw up your lineups, so I’m not especially upset about it.
Today is the day. The day you wait for all year. I’ve done the mocks. The industry drafts. But nothing is quite like your favorite home league draft. Nothing is like Draft Day.
Jeff Stotts, RotoWire’s injury expert, wrote a piece last week about the plethora of hamstring injuries that we’ve seen during training camp this year. Players like Emmanuel Sanders and Dez Bryant have dealt with them recently, while Odell Beckham was plagued by an issue there last season. Nevertheless, as the preseason rolls along it appears all the hamstring issues will be cleared up by Week 1, though some players could be falling on their respective depth charts with each day they miss.
Tight ends are up next as we track risers and fallers during the pre-season. Running backs and wide receivers were covered over the past week. Most of the big names have remained consistent in their ADP’s, but there is some major movement after the top-6 or so. Obviously, injuries are a huge factor here, so are owners mining sleepers who can make the jump to TE1 territory.
Below is a list of all tight ends drafted among the top-240 players in NFFC drafts since exhibition games began.
Another four $5 Rally lineups failed to cash Thursday, dropping my bankroll down to $1456.11. Here are the lineups for tonight:
|Pos||$25 GS||$||$5 Rally||$||$5 Rally||$||$5 Rally||$|
|Pos||$5 Rally||$||$5 Rally||$||$5 Rally||$||$5 Rally||$|
I set eight lineups total, one $25 Grand Slam and seven $5 Rallys. I’m not thrilled with these – I was rushed to get them done before the deadline, so I have bits and pieces of what I wanted to do, but didn’t think them out well enough. For example, I have a Mariners stack against John Danks, but it’s only in one place and attached to Max Scherzer who was probably my third or fourth favorite choice among pitchers.
All told, I used four pitchers: Clayton Kershaw (3), Scherzer (2), Raisel Iglesias (2) and Aaron Nola. Other heavily used players include: Troy Tulowitzki (4), Mike Trout (4), Yan Gomes (3), Chase Utley (3), Anthony Rendon (3), Giovanny Urshela (3), Andre Ethier (3), Brandon Moss (3) and Carl Crawford (3).
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– The Steelers may have lost some more firepower to start the season. After ranking second in the league in yards in 2014, Pittsburgh was already set to be without running back Le’Veon Bell for the first two games of 2015 as he serves a suspension. Now, the team may be without second-year receiver Martavis Bryant for its first four games as he faces a suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy.