The Pelicans’ starting backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Holiday has been regularly outproducing value, and the team seems to be finding a balance with the duo’s production as the counter to the interior dominance of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
In 2016, Ohtani hit .322 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs in 104 games. He also was 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA.
The Angels could ease Ohtani’s transition to the majors by resting him on the days before and after he pitches, as he did in Japan. Los Angeles also has thought about trying a six-man starting rotation, which would allow Ohtani to have ample arm rest after pitching roughly once a week in Japan.
The Angels have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, but Ohtani’s arrival is only the latest in a series of big moves for Eppler, who is determined to build a World Series contender during the remaining three years on Trout’s contract.
Following his three-year stint in the KHL, Sobotka is on pace to easily hit double digits in goals for the first time in his NHL career. While that stat isn’t likely to wow many fantasy managers, Sobotka’s steady gig in St. Louis’ top six (currently skating with Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny) and his 18 points through 31 games merit attention in deeper leagues. The 30-year-old veteran also brings a bit extra to the fantasy table by averaging 0.84 penalty minutes and 1.48 hits per game.
The Steelers, meanwhile, have NFL rushing leader Le’Veon Bell to go against one of the league’s worst run defenses (giving up a league-high 4.9 yards per carry). They have Ben Roethlisberger and a dangerous receiving corps led by Antonio Brown. They have the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense and third-ranked pass defense. They surely like the matchup of their pass-rushers against the Patriots’ offensive line.