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.
Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell quieted concerns about his offseason groin surgery and training camp holdout with his biggest game of the season during a victory over Baltimore last week.
The All-Pro’s follow-up performance could be even better.
The Colts’ defense is the worst in the NFL, permitting 34 points per game. Indianapolis is yielding an average of 396.2 yards. Only the New England Patriots allow more yards.
San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde has battled through a hip injury to have a solid year with 321 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries. Look for Hyde to carry the load again versus the Colts, especially with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin possibly out with a concussion.
T.Y. Hilton’s production as Indianapolis’ top receiver is a bit off without Luck throwing him the ball. Hilton has 17 receptions for 289 yards and a touchdown after recording 25 catches for 336 yards and two scores through four games last season.
Colts tight end Jack Doyle (17 catches, 163 yards) is questionable to play, as he is in the concussion protocol. He was on pace to eclipse his career high of 59 catches set last season.
San Francisco’s top receiver is Pierre Garcon, who has 20 catches for 283 yards.
This game could come down to field goals, and two of the best kickers in the game will be showcased.
Robbie Gould of the 49ers is 11 of 11 this season, and the Colts boast Adam Vinatieri, who is 5 of 6 and is comfortable kicking at home in Lucas Oil Stadium.
My projections had the Dolphins going 5-1 in the AFC East, which seems unrealistic. But with QB Tiers voters seeing little difference between Jay Cutler and injured 2016 starter Ryan Tannehill, an 8-8 finish seems within reach for a team that overachieved by going 10-6 last season. Jay Cutler has an 0-2 career record against Brady, in case you were curious.
At wide receiver, I’m looking to hoard targets (passes thrown intended for a given receiver). I want to stack up as many projectable targets as I can from my three starters. Volume is key at wideout, just like running back, but you’ll find that many of your opponents will pick players who might only see four or five passes come their way in a game. This is a key mistake.
T1. Aaron Rodgers, QB | Green Bay Packers: If Green Bay’s offense can get out of the gate hot and avoid the troubles it had in the first half of the 2016 season, its mustachioed, tape-recorder-carrying, superstar signal-caller could run away with awards such as this. We’ll find out tomorrow, but I’m guessing he did all right in our preseason MVP poll, too.
T1. Le’Veon Bell, RB | Pittsburgh Steelers: Fresh off his holdout, Bell generates absolutely no skepticism from our panel. Perhaps that’s because his mere availability for Week 1 is close to unprecedented. This will be Bell’s fifth season in the NFL but only the second in which he is neither injured nor suspended to start the season. The one season he played all 16 games was 2014, when he rushed for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 85 passes for another 845 yards and three touchdowns. To imagine a full Bell season is to imagine, basically, all of the yards. The only weird thing is that Arizona’s David Johnson, another all-purpose yardage monster, didn’t crack our top three.