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If you’re looking to spike your plus/minus at the cost of all other categories, consider Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth.

Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for widely available assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the re-draft format, and we’ll toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Then, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — in the short or long term — for one reason or another, and provide a list of players we now deem droppable in standard fantasy leagues.
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The thing is, when I was in high school and elementary school, I was the worst at orals, Luongo said. I couldn’t talk. If I had to memorize stuff and then say it as I wrote it, it never came out right.

The first player on the leaderboard available in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues is Sami Vatanen, who I highlighted in this week’s Forecaster as a potential major contributor now that he’s secured the power-play quarterback role for the New Jersey Devils. Vatanen is tied for 30th in the league with 19 assists since Jan. 1. Another player highlighted in Friday’s Forecaster, Ryan Spooner, sits 36th in the league with 18 assists in 2018. Ten of those have come in seven games with the New York Rangers.

Paired up with Samuel Girard at even strength, Nemeth’s plus-19 since Jan. 1 trails only William Karlsson (plus-23) and Malkin (plus-21). Of course, the rest of Nemeth’s fantasy profile is lacking, but in the right situation, you could plug him into your lineup for a boost in plus/minus. The better choice, if you’re not too late, would be Ryan Ellis. Still available (for some reason) in 23 percent of ESPN leagues, Ellis also has a plus-19 rating since Jan. Myles White Jersey 1. His also comes with six goals and 16 assists.

The Rockies didn’t spend all that money on their bullpen to become sellers, but right now, I have them fourth in the NL West, not far behind the Diamondbacks and Giants.

Nolan Arenado has one more year of arbitration eligibility, so I would think an extension with the Rockies is far more likely than him leaving Colorado at the deadline. After all, if you’re not doing everything you can to make that guy the face of your franchise, what is really the point of anything? But the return on an Arenado deal would be huge, so it’s something to keep in the back of your head.

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Nugent-Hopkins had two points in the win and stands to gain the most value here.

This is a tougher category to make gains in because you are fighting against more than five months of accumulated data that has built your average in the standings. However, if you absolutely must attempt to fight for minuscule gains, there are options. If you can completely sacrifice your plus/minus rating, then Alexander Edler could help in average ice time. The Vancouver Canucks defenseman sits 13th in the league for average ice time since Jan. 1, but be wary of his minus-16 rating in that span. A safer option for your plus/minus — but playing a fair bit less per game — is Marco Scandella of the Buffalo Sabres.
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All told, they’ve played fewer than 40 minutes together at 5-on-5 over the course of three seasons. However, McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins and Pontus Aberg looked like a pretty good line in a 4-1 defeat of the Minnesota Wild, so this may be a combination going forward for at least a little while.

I was 22 years old when I started,” he says. I didn’t know anything. People put stuff in front of me and I signed it, and then it came back and crucified me 10 years later. Now I spend hours looking through everything with a fine-tooth comb. It’s frustrating to spend so much time on it, because you feel unfulfilled, like you haven’t accomplished anything.”

Bosh, who turns 34 on March 24, says he trains regularly and still has plenty to offer an NBA team. His condition, he believes, should not hold him back.
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I’m going to give [playing] one more shot,” he says. That’s all it is — a shot.
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I’m at a space in my life where I see gifts I’ve been given, and if it ends, it’s been Authentic Chris Kelly Jersey a helluva ride. I did more than I’d ever think I’d do. The next [goal] was longevity, 25,000 points and 15,000 rebounds, but that’s not going to happen, added Bosh, who now has 17,189 points and 7,592 rebounds. I’ve accepted that.”

As for the long-term outlook, this could seriously affect how the Pelicans approach contract negotiations with Cousins this offseason.

It wasn’t the play that lost the game, but Dennis Smith Jr.’s fifth foul in the Mavericks’ 117-108 loss to the Trail Blazers on Saturday night was an encapsulation of his up-and-down rookie season.
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Smith stole the ball from Blazers guard Shabazz Napier with the Mavericks trailing by 11, chipping away at a 16-point halftime lead that they eventually cut to five. Smith’s fastbreak dunk, however, was waved off and called an offensive foul. With five fouls, Smith was forced to sit down, and by the time the Mavs were able to chip away again at the Blazers’ lead, it was too late.

Because you just can’t like say, Hey tell me about yourself. You know? You gotta feel the energy and go as the interview goes. If I’m not giving a lot of energy, you can’t pull it out of me. It has to be a natural environment. Your energy dictates my energy. Seeing it from the other side of interviews is dope. I think interviewing is my strong point. It’s fun. I like to do research on the guys before I interview them. You just can’t go in there dry interviewing someone.

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Scouting allows him to travel North America and stay connected to the sport he loves. I’ve learned how tight the hockey community is, he said. You see these people fighting against each other [on the ice], and it looks like they hate each other. But guys I got into battles with, they reached out. I can’t tell you how many phone calls and texts I got from [players] I had never met.

Prior to the injury, New Orleans was expected to hand Cousins a five-year, $175 million contract when he became a free agent this summer. There were already questions about giving Cousins that much money with his past issues, Martin Jones Youth jersey so this only makes the situation more complicated.

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NBA All-Star 2018: Paul George, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons among biggest snubs

Frontcourt: Paul George, Thunder. George has sacrificed on the offensive end, but is still averaging 20.8 points and making 42.9 percent of his 3s. He’s also played elite defense for the No. 4 defensive team in the league.

Wild card: Klay Thompson, Warriors. Thompson is shooting a bit less this year, but making a league-high 45.3 percent of his 3s, averaging a career-best 4.0 rebounds and still maintaining a 20.6 points per game average.

The Kings guard isn’t bothered by the possibility of being traded to the Cavaliers after rumors the teams are progressing in conversations on a deal began to swirl.

“I’m not mad or frustrated,” Hill said, via USA Today. “Either it happens or it doesn’t. I don’t follow Hoops Hype. I don’t follow Bleacher Report. I don’t watch ESPN.”

Hill was held out of the Kings’ win over the Magic on Tuesday as part of the team’s strategy to rest veterans, but is more concerned about what’s best for his team. He insisted that it’s important to “play to win” and “be a great teammate” above all else.

Since so many MLB teams rest star players and/or shut down injured players during the final month of the season, once their rosters expand from 25 players to a maximum of 40, it is wise to wrap up your fantasy league a little bit earlier.

The Bruins led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3 before Mantha scored his second goal in a four-minute span to make it a one-goal game with a little more than four minutes left in the second. It stayed that way until Frk was left alone in the slot, falling to his knees as he swatted the pass from Tyler Bertuzzi into the net with 10:14 remaining in regulation.

The Red Wings attacked first in the overtime but got a bad bounce off an official near the blue line to send the Bruins off on a rush. Marchand picked up a rebound off Krug’s shot, moved it to his backhand and scored the winner, triggering an avalanche of the free green hats given out in honor of Irish Heritage Night.giants_033

Aldon Smith released; warrant issued on allegations of assault

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The Oakland Raiders have released Aldon Smith after another Scott Niedermayer Jersey off-field incident involving the talented but troubled pass-rusher.
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The Raiders announced the move in a one-sentence statement Monday, two days after Smith’s alleged involvement in a domestic violence incident.

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Smith played nine games for Oakland in 2015, with seven starts, and had 3.5 sacks. But the NFL, in response to his numerous brushes with the law and violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, suspended Smith for a year on Nov. 17, 2015, and has yet to reinstate him.

Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio tweeted about the league rules that prevent teams from providing suspended players the structure they desperately need.

Cleveland has been looking for players who can help this season and beyond, and Nance and Clarkson fit that mold. Clarkson is signed to a four-year, $50 million contract and will not be a free agent until after 2020.

Nance is also signed through 2020, but it is to a much more team-friendly deal. He makes $1.47 million this season, $2.27 million in 2018-19 and $3.36 million in ’19-’20.

Thomas appeared in only 15 games for the Cavs after coming over from Boston in August in the Kyrie Irving deal.

Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us. This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future, Cavs general manager Koby Altman said Thursday.

Speaking at the NFL Combine on Wednesday, Elway said wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, both signed through 2019, are set to be retained for 2018.

The Broncos needed to keep them around for the next QB, and it would have been harder to get adequate replacement veterans at the same price.
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But there’s room for a veteran addition here. Bennie Fowler, not the ideal No. 3, is a restricted free agent. Cody Latimer, a second-round disappointment from 2014, is an unrestricted free agent. Jordan Taylor, who recently had hip surgery, is an exclusive rights free agent.

Yet the Rockets still are opportunistic, if a bit more selective, about their octane. Witness a leak-out in the fourth quarter by center Clint Capela, whom Paul hit directly in the hands with a pretty pass-ahead for a jam on the break to reestablish a 15-point lead. These were only two of 22 fast-break points for the Rockets, who gave up only six to the Clips on the other end.

We created a lot of opportunities with our defense, Harden said. Offensively, we can score. That’s not the problem. Defensively, when we’re able to communicate and move our bodies and help each other out, Julian Howsare Womens Jersey we’re on another level.

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If it’s not Melvin returning or Butler arriving, the Bears’ Kyle Fuller and the Redskins’ Bashaud Breeland have appeal because they’re younger with more upside. For inside, the Colts should consider the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman and the Raiders’ T.J. Carrie.

The bench press probably is the most relatable test for common football fans. It asks each prospect to bench 225 pounds to failure, meaning they’re looking to finish with as many reps as possible.

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Especially important for offensive and defensive linemen, the bench press can be a testament to endurance. Benching 225 pounds 15 or 20 times is expected for a lineman, but his getting into the 30s can be indicative of translatable strength that could lead to early contributions.

How each Super Bowl 2018 starter was rated as a high school recruit

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The Super Bowl is Doug Kotar Authentic Jersey the biggest game in football. But every player in the game had to start somewhere. And most were recruited out of high school and evaluated by scouts.
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With the help of the 247Sports Composite, we’ve got a time machine that tells us how almost every player in Super Bowl 52’s Eagles-Patriots game was rated coming out of high school. Not counting kickers and punters (who’ve rarely been rated), each team has a handful of starters who didn’t get ranked before college, either because they weren’t scouted well enough, developed late, or came through high school before the modern recruiting industry. Recruits have been ranked publicly only since the early 2000s.

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It has been a weird two-plus weeks for IT since joining the Lakers, and while they have dropped all three games in which he has appeared, the 117 points they are averaging is all we really care about. In his two full games (I’m not counting the early ejection against the Pelicans), Thomas has had the ball in his hands plenty, as he’s attempted 27 shots and handed out 11 assists while also committing 11 turnovers.

The 2017 season was tough for Pugh, as the 2013 first-rounder had to bounce around from left guard to right tackle again in New York’s often makeshift line. He also played only half of the season because of a back injury. His versatility to play multiple positions gives him nice rebound appeal away from the Giants.

The Mavericks notified the NBA about misconduct allegations against former team president Terdema Ussery and said they have hired outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into the claims.

Former Mavericks president and CEO Terdema Ussery has been accused of multiple acts of inappropriate behavior toward female employees during his 18 years with the team, according to the report. Employees say complaints were ignored by the head of human resources as well as superiors. Ussery, who was investigated by the team after similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.

Brandon Browner went in on the Patriots for benching Malcolm Butler for Super Bowl 52

Former New England cornerback Brandon Browner was fed up with the Patriots’ decision to play Malcolm Butler only on special teams.

Bill Belichick told Michele Tafoya on NBC’s broadcast, “I made the decisions that give us the best chance to win.” But Browner isn’t buying that. In fact, he dedicated multiple Instagram posts to vent his frustration.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA outlines specific dollar figures for the winning and losing teams in each playoff round. Game checks are the same size for both teams in the Divisional and Championship rounds, and they’re close in the Wild Card. The Super Bowl’s the only game with a really wide discrepancy and pay between the two teams. Here’s how playoff pay works under the CBA:

Just prior to the game, the Golden Knights were in fact involved in a three-team deal with Ottawa and Pittsburgh in which Vegas gave up American Hockey League prospect Tobias Lindberg. In turn, the Golden Knights will receive Penguins forward Ryan Reaves and a fourth-round pick from the Canucks. The deal also sent Senators center Derick Brassard to the Penguins, who sent defenseman Ian Cole, goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson and draft picks to the Senators.

While the trade deadline is Monday at Noon eastern, several of the Golden Knights said the team is too focused on their playoff push to worry about major moves affecting the roster.

Pelicans: Have won five straight overtime game and are 6-2 in overtime game this season. … Davis hit a 3-pointer, giving him a career-best 41 3s in a single season. … Walter Lemon Jr., signed to a 10-day contract on Wednesday, saw his first action in the second quarter.

Davis wasn’t the only one blocking shots for New Orleans. Emeka Okafor, now in his second 10-day contract after being out of the league for four-plus seasons, had five blocks to go with seven rebounds in a little less than 18 minutes.

“My role as of now is just to do all the little things, you know, play good defense, grab rebounds,” the 35-year-old Okafor said. “It feels great that we’re winning and I feel like I’m contributing in some form or fashion. … but I’m just falling back on my go-to of, when in doubt, play good defense and just rebound the basketball and run.”

The Spurs cleared Leonard medically to return a long time ago, but the forward just doesn’t feel comfortable or confident playing on that injured quadriceps. So the organization has put everything on Leonard, as far as when he feels like he can return. If he doesn’t decide to come back soon, I could see the Spurs deciding to just go ahead and shut down Leonard, because as Popovich said, the team has to “move on.”49ers_007