Legalized Sports Gambling in the US – My Bet

Two weeks ago, I was in Minneapolis for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association conference, and a big topic on the agenda was the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the federal ban on sports betting. I listened as the panelists – one of which was ESPN gambling reporter David Purdum, another of which was RotoWire’s Peter Schoenke – explained how each state would have to come up with its own regulations and how those regulations might take shape.

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30 players, 30 teams, 30(ish) days – Reds

The Reds have a Billy Hamilton problem. They have many, many problems, actually, but this one is more of a conundrum than a problem. They have four outfielders and only three spots to play them, all with their own set of flaws. Hamilton’s flaw is not a minor one – he cannot hit. In fact, he’s gotten worse this year, hitting just .210/.297/.300 going into Thursday night’s game against the Brewers. But, he’s also the team’s only real center fielder, and is a plus-defender for the position to boot. Can the Reds afford to play him? Can they afford not to play him? How should we value him in our fantasy game?

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Players to Watch at the College World Series

With the MLB Draft complete, many high school and collegiate players are off to play professional baseball for the first time. However, there is one major amateur event still going on: the College World Series. Some of the top talent from this year’s draft will take part in the grand finale of the NCAA Tournament. Here are some names to look out for during this weekend’s event.

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30 players, 30 teams, 30 days – Nationals

 

For a team that has a lot of fantasy-worthy players, I’m missing out on a lot Nats. Bryce Harper didn’t make it on to any of my teams, though I wasn’t necessarily avoiding him. I’ve lamented the lack of Adam Eaton on my rosters earlier this season, when he was tearing up the Reds to begin the season. I actively avoided Daniel Murphy because of his knee injury and my fear that it would take longer to return than expected, and that he’d be compromised once he did return. But the player I want to discuss today is someone who I’m certain I gave no thought, let alone consideration, this year or even last, and that’s reliever Justin Miller.

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