Posts tagged Injuries

The Return Of The Injury Ninja….

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!

 

That sound of fear is hockey fans and fantasy hockey owners cringing in fear as the Injury Ninja has returned. As always, the tradition is to check out the latest injury report and break down a few injuries.

 

The Injury Ninja List

 

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Teemu Selanne 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh flu-like symptoms
Mathieu Perreault 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh upper body

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Chris Stewart 2014-03-07 doubtful for Friday’s game against Florida knee
Zemgus Girgensons 2014-03-07 doubtful for Friday’s game against Florida lower body

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Kevin Westgarth 2014-03-02 expected to miss at least one week concussion
David Jones 2014-03-04 out indefinitely shoulder
Jiri Hudler 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body
Dennis Wideman 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body
Matt Stajan 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against the NY Islanders personal

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Justin Faulk 2014-03-03 on injured reserve upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Marian Hossa 2014-03-02 expected to miss 2-3 weeks upper body

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Blake Comeau 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville sprained left knee
Nikita Nikitin 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville upper body
Ryan Murray 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville lower body

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Henrik Zetterberg 2014-02-24 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely back surgery
Pavel Datsyuk 2014-02-28 expected to miss three weeks right knee inflammation
Daniel Cleary 2014-02-28 will miss at least one week sprained knee
Darren Helm 2014-03-05 out indefinitely head

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Anton Belov 2014-03-02 on injured reserve and is expected to miss at least two weeks partially torn oblique
Viktor Fasth 2014-03-07 probable for Friday’s game against Los Angeles lower body

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Carey Price 2014-02-26 on injured reserve lower body
Josh Gorges 2014-03-06 out indefinitely broken hand

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
John Tavares 2014-02-24 on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season torn meniscus/MCL in left knee
Eric Boulton 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Calgary bruised hand

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Mats Zuccarello 2014-03-07 questionable for Friday’s game against Carolina broken left hand

OTTAWA

Player Date Status Description
Clarke MacArthur 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Winnipeg undisclosed

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Ray Emery 2014-03-07 will miss Saturday’s game against Toronto lower body

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Martin Hanzal 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington lower body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Radko Gudas 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Boston left leg

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Colton Orr 2014-03-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia undisclosed

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
Daniel Sedin 2014-03-03 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely strained left hamstring
Brad Richardson 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Calgary undisclosed

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Brooks Laich 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix strained groin
John Erskine 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix upper body
Dmitry Orlov 2014-03-07 undisclosed undisclosed
Mikhail Grabovski 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix sprained left ankle

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
James Wright 2014-03-02 on injured reserve sprained ankle
Mark Scheifele 2014-03-05 expected to miss 6-8 weeks MCL
Chris Thorburn 2014-03-07 questionable for Saturday’s game against Ottawa facial laceration

 

Anyone that is anyone knows that Olympic years produce a lot of visits from the injury ninja. It is just a fact. What is going to happen going forward? With over 100 injuries, I can project that there will be dozens of injuries throughout the rest of the month. The last few Olympics really have produced an uptick in injuries.

The latest big injury really is Carey Price. Montreal fans, including Michael Clifford, have to be in a bit of a panic. It was said hey it is not that bad, now it has morphed into a trip to the injured reserved and a few more games out. Allegedly he could be back by next week. Stay tuned! The bigger question will be is Price really 100%. Let’s be honest. No one really knows that!

Price will not be the last big injury this season. March has shown to be brutal already and we are only a week in. Stay tuned and brace for the impact in your fantasy hockey leagues. Good luck everyone and follow me @ChrisWasselTHW if you have any questions. Always bring it and thanks for reading!

 

 

Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings – January 8, 2014

Fantasy Basketball

With CP3 sidelined, Darren Collison instantly becomes a top fantasy option as the newly anointed floor general for the Clippers’ 6th-ranked offense.

It’s finally 2014, and for fantasy basketball owners that means you’re probably just about halfway through your league’s regular season.  If you’ve been lucky enough to get to this point without at least one player sustaining a significant injury, well then, I might consider putting my team on your medical plan.  In this day and age — as any disgruntled fantasy football owner can attest to — injuries have become more prevalent and more detrimental to one’s team than ever before.  Navigating the remainder of the season with that concept in mind will be a key factor in determining your fantasy basketball team’s outcome.

 

With stars falling left and right, a slew of players have either risen or dropped in my fantasy basketball player rankings — some more noticeably than others.  I touched on Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and Al Horford in last week’s column, but the biggest loss for any owner this week had to come with the news that Chris Paul, the Clippers’ star point guard and MVP candidate, would miss “up to six weeks” with a separated shoulder.  As with the aforementioned players, a lengthy timetable like that will force most owners to decide whether it’s worth it to hold on to certain players.  Paul is one player that is undroppable, especially since he should come back with enough time to help his owners in the fantasy basketball playoffs, but there are other players that may warrant different consideration.  Owners lucky enough to snatch up Darren Collison (who went from being unranked to No. 86) can rest just a little easier, but if you own any of the following players you might want to consider a trade before their values drop even further:

 

  • Nic Batum (avulsion fracture of the middle finger – was No. 19, now No. 24)
  • Nikola Vucevic (sprained ankle, concussion – was No. 29, now No. 36)
  • Deron Williams (third sprained ankle of the season – was No. 45, now No. 52)
  • Ryan Anderson (herniated disc in his back – was No. 49, now No. 65)

 

Collison, Kris Humphries, Amare Stoudemire, Brandan Wright, Andrei Kirilenko, Tony Snell and C.J. McCollum are new additions to this week’s fantasy basketball rankings.  The below rankings are based on stats through Monday’s games.
 

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Seth is the Senior Fantasy Basketball Writer for FantasyTrade411.com, as well as a top contributor in fantasy baseball and football.  He is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find his “expert” fantasy basketball rankings on FantasyPros.com.  If print is not your thing, let his angelic voice soothe you on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Although he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Seth is a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan.  Seth attended the University of Arizona — where he majored in “tardiness” — and now spends his time as a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

 

 

Boston Vs. Pittsburgh: The Injury Ripple Effect?

At this rate, the question has to be asked if he is next? (Crosby, C-PIT)

At this rate, the question has to be asked if he is next? (Crosby, C-PIT)

Dear god! Make them stop! This is more a simple editorial this week because literally let’s look at the two team’s injury reports first.

Injurious Abyss Injury Ninja Style

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Marc Savard 2013-09-07 on injured reserve and will miss the entire season post-concussion syndrome
Adam McQuaid 2013-12-01 on injured reserve lower body
Chris Kelly 2013-12-08 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely broken ankle
Daniel Paille 2013-12-09 out indefinitely concussion-like symptoms
Loui Eriksson 2013-12-09 on injured reserve concussion
Dougie Hamilton 2013-12-09 expected to miss 2-4 weeks lower body
Jarome Iginla 2013-12-16 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Calgary dislocated left ring finger
Shawn Thornton 2013-12-16 undisclosed undisclosed

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PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Tomas Vokoun 2013-09-26 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely blood clot in hip
Rob Scuderi 2013-10-27 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely ankle surgery
Beau Bennett 2013-11-23 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 2-3 months wrist surgery
Tanner Glass 2013-11-26 on injured reserve broken right hand
Paul Martin 2013-11-27 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely undisclosed
Andrew Ebbett 2013-12-04 on injured reserve broken ankle
Brooks Orpik 2013-12-08 on injured reserve head
Kris Letang 2013-12-14 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely upper body
Evgeni Malkin 2013-12-16 missed Monday’s game against Toronto lower body
James Neal 2013-12-16 undisclosed undisclosed
Deryk Engelland 2013-12-16 undisclosed undisclosed

 

Actually we will not include the Boston and Pittsburgh twitter fight, because it is childish and immaterial to your fantasy team. You may even be able to add players after tonight’s Pittsburgh-Toronto game so stay tuned to see what transpires. Injury after injury after injury seems to keep on coming as there are now over 140 NHL players on the injury list. If it seems like it shows no signs of getting better then you may be right.

 

Robert Bortuzzo may or may not get suspended tonight, another Penguin went down and yet Pittsburgh still won over Toronto 3-1. Keep in mind, both Boston and Pittsburgh are winning despite their injuries which you can do in a weak Eastern Conference. Even Tuukka Rask and it seems half the Boston media contracted the flu last week. This is just how crazy it has been with these two teams.

 

The scary thing is Boston plays tomorrow night and the focus will shift from Pittsburgh to Boston to see if the Bruins can manage to avoid the injury ninja. Right now, both teams have an extremely high team “InjureCon”. It is rare to go the team route but exceptions needed to be made. In the meantime, take a breath and maybe the fighting will stop but the injury trend may be one that worsens before it gets better.

 

Fantasy Hockey: When It Rains, Injures Pour?

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!

 

Hey we are back once again! December is here in what has been a nightmare of a season for fantasy owners. If you think the injuries have just been off the charts, then you are not too far off.

 

Let’s take a look at what new injuries are lingering around in the NHL.

 

Fantasy Hockey Injury Ninja

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Mathieu Perreault 2013-12-06 on injured reserve lower body

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Johnny Boychuk 2013-12-06 out indefinitely upper body
Adam McQuaid 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh lower body

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Alexander Sulzer 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Montreal undisclosed

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Sean Monahan 2013-11-28 on injured reserve fractured foot
Dennis Wideman 2013-11-28 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks broken hand
Brian McGrattan 2013-12-06 doubtful for Friday’s game against Phoenix lower body

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Mike Komisarek 2013-12-06 on injured reserve lower body
Brett Bellemore 2013-12-06 missed Friday’s game against San Jose concussion
Drayson Bowman 2013-12-06 missed Friday’s game against San Jose bruised ankle

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Michal Handzus 2013-12-06 probable for Friday’s game against Anaheim illness
Andrew Shaw 2013-12-06 will miss Friday’s game against Anaheim upper body

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Jan Hejda 2013-12-06 will miss Friday’s game against Calgary bruised knee

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Sergei Bobrovsky 2013-12-04 on injured reserve and will miss at least one month strained groin

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Trevor Daley 2013-12-06 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely sprained left ankle
Ryan Garbutt 2013-12-06 probable for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia bone bruise in foot/ankle

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Henrik Zetterberg 2013-12-02 will miss at least two weeks herniated disc
Pavel Datsyuk 2013-12-06 missed Friday but likely to play by Tuesday. concussion
Darren Helm 2013-12-06 missed Friday’s game against New Jersey shoulder

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Ilya Bryzgalov 2013-12-02 on injured reserve concussion-like symptoms
Boyd Gordon 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Calgary upper body

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Aleksander Barkov 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Detroit lower body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Mikael Granlund 2013-11-28 on injured reserve head

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Rene Bourque 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Buffalo lower body

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Filip Forsberg 2013-11-30 on injured reserve upper body
Shea Weber 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington facial laceration/eye

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Carter 2013-12-01 on injured reserve lower body

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Vincent Lecavalier 2013-12-06 will miss Saturday’s game against Dallas back spasms

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Paul Martin 2013-11-27 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely undisclosed
Andrew Ebbett 2013-12-04 out indefinitely broken ankle
Evgeni Malkin 2013-12-06 will miss Saturday’s game against Boston lower body
Pascal Dupuis 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Boston undisclosed

SAN JOSE

Player Date Status Description
Raffi Torres 2013-09-23 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 3-5 months right knee surgery
Adam Burish 2013-10-15 on injured reserve lower body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Keith Aulie 2013-12-06 out indefinitely broken hand
Radko Gudas 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Winnipeg upper body
Victor Hedman 2013-12-06 out indefinitely lower body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Joffrey Lupul 2013-11-27 on injured reserve and is expected to miss two weeks strained groin
Colton Orr 2013-12-04 on injured reserve bruised elbow
Tyler Bozak 2013-12-04 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely strained oblique

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
Alexandre Burrows 2013-12-02 expected to miss one month broken jaw
Alexander Edler 2013-12-04 out indefinitely lower body

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Michal Neuvirth 2013-11-29 on injured reserve lower body
Brooks Laich 2013-12-04 questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville groin

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Michael Frolik 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay flu-like symptoms
Evander Kane 2013-12-06 questionable for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay lower body

 

All these injuries just seem to get in the way of fantasy teams to the point of utter craziness. What should scare owners is how many key players are going down to injury. Remember there is a little over two months until the start of the Winter Olympics (at least the hockey).

 

With 46 new injuries since Thanksgiving, the turkey no doubt went on some kind of injurious rampage. This week we have also seen referees try to injure teams and then some who you wonder if their eyes are injured.

 

There was THIS!

 

 

There were a bevy of angles and slow motion replays that showed Cory Schneider in the correct area to play the puck. Anyone who wants to #KillTheTrapezoid is well within their right. It was an awful rule to begin with, one that never should have seen the light of day. If you want to “injure” goalies a little more, let’s make more silly rules.

 

This is all in an effort to increase scoring. By the way, has anyone noticed the smaller equipment has had a slight effect in injuries this year. Goalie are lighter for the most part which sometimes leads to injury because of that higher range of motion.

 

Fantasy Hockey Parting Shot

 

Keep an eye on a few new injuries from tonight but this injury parting shot. The last time Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were injured at the same time was April of 2006. Think about that for a second. Let it sink in and remember next week we return with more InjureCon. This week we will do it via Twitter. Good luck fantasy hockey fans!

 

 

Going Into The Hurt Fantasy Hockey Locker!

He must feel like Goldberg some days.

Fantasy hockey fans, Jonathan Quick is anchored but out of your lineup for at least 4-6 more weeks.

This is the hardest part of fantasy hockey. When you get into those weeks where it just seems the focus is not there. It was a strange week with at least a little less in the volume of new injuries. Let’s get down to business on this “injury light” edition of the fantasy hockey injurecon.

Injury Report Fantasy Hockey Week 8

 

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Dennis Seidenberg 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against St. Louis lower body
Adam McQuaid 2013-11-20 doubtful for Thursday’s game against St. Louis strained right hip/groin

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Alexander Semin 2013-11-19 out indefinitely concussion
Ron Hainsey 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Detroit flu-like symptoms
Kevin Westgarth 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Detroit upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Nikolai Khabibulin 2013-11-17 on injured reserve lower body
Marian Hossa 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Winnipeg lower body
Bryan Bickell 2013-11-20 expected to miss Thursday’s game against Winnipeg lower body

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Matt Duchene 2013-11-18 will miss at least one week strained oblique

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Marian Gaborik 2013-11-15 on injured reserve sprained knee
Brandon Dubinsky 2013-11-20 will miss Wednesday’s game against Calgary bruised foot

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Alex Chiasson 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against the NY Rangers facial laceration

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Daniel Alfredsson 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Carolina tightness in groin
Danny DeKeyser 2013-11-20 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks separated left shoulder

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Philip Larsen 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Florida undisclosed

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Scott Gomez 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Edmonton strained groin

LOS ANGELES

Player Date Status Description
Jonathan Quick 2013-11-13 will miss at least 4-6 weeks + strained groin
Kyle Clifford 2013-11-13 on injured reserve upper body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Niklas Backstrom 2013-11-14 on injured reserve concussion

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Rene Bourque 2013-11-20 questionable for Friday’s game against Washington lower body

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Eric Nystrom 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Toronto upper body

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
Evgeni Nabokov 2013-11-18 on injured reserve and will miss at least one month strained groin
Thomas Vanek 2013-11-20 questionable for Friday’s game against Pittsburgh upper body

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Zbynek Michalek 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Colorado lower body
Lauri Korpikoski 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against Colorado upper body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Patrik Berglund 2013-11-20 will miss Thursday’s game against Boston upper body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Mark Barberio 2013-11-20 questionable for Thursday’s game against San Jose lower body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Mark Fraser 2013-11-20 doubtful for Thursday’s game against Nashville lower body

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Mike Green 2013-11-13 on injured reserve lower body

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Zach Bogosian 2013-11-16 out indefinitely strained groin

 

Big problems are looming on the horizon especially with the Jonathan Quick injury. Eventually Ben Scrivens will return to Earth at some point. Also at some point, Mike Smith of the Coyotes will see less shots otherwise he may end up on this list again.

There were 30 new injuries which was down a hair from those high 30′s to low 40′s the past few weeks. Lastly, there were my favorite Injurecons Of The Week.

InjureCon Blues?

Zach Bogosian –D — WPG – Dear god, can this guy stay healthy? That answer is no as he is week to week once again with another malady. InjureCon up to 9.

Mike Green — D — WSH – He is skating which means he is on his way back but how long will it be before Green is injured once again? InjureCon rises to a 9.

Jonathan Quick — G — LAK – Quick will be out at least another 4-6 more weeks with a Grade 2 maybe 3 groin strain. Keep an eye on this as it could be longer yet. InjureCon up to 7.

John Tavares — F — NYI – Tavares was lucky enough to only bump into the sensitive area of an official the other night. That could have been painful and awkward at the same time. However, he is fine but the Islanders are not. InjureCon up to 5.5.

Josh Harding — G — MIN – Maybe the injury is getting close at hand with Harding again as he was yanked the other night then gave up three goals despite the win last night. Something tells me the time may be near. InjureCon steamrolls upward to an 8.

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That is it for now. See you next week. If you have any fantasy hockey questions at all, just step up and ask them @ChrisWasselTHW.

The Seventh Sign Of Injuries: NHL Injury Report

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja! Here come the injuries!

It is hard to believe but we are at Week 7 already hockey fans.

Latest NHL Injuries

 

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Getzlaf 2013-11-12 will miss Tuesday’s game against Florida upper body
Jonas Hiller 2013-11-12 expected to be available for Tuesday’s game against Florida illness

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Adam McQuaid 2013-11-12 doubtful for Thursday’s game against Columbus strained right hip/groin

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Curtis Glencross 2013-11-06 out indefinitely sprained MCL

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Kevin Westgarth 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Colorado upper body
Tim Gleason 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Colorado upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Michal Rozsival 2013-11-11 probable for Thursday’s game against Phoenix facial

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Wilson 2013-11-08 out indefinitely back

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Nick Foligno 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Washington personal

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Ray Whitney 2013-11-10 on injured reserve lower body

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Stephen Weiss 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg strained groin

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Luke Gazdic 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Dallas bruised shoulder

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Scott Gomez 2013-11-12 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Anaheim strained groin

LOS ANGELES

Player Date Status Description
Jarret Stoll 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Buffalo upper body
Kyle Clifford 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Buffalo upper body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Keith Ballard 2013-11-06 on injured reserve upper body
Clayton Stoner 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Toronto leg

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Travis Moen 2013-11-11 will miss at least one week facial fracture

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Mike Fisher 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders lower body
Gabriel Bourque 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders personal

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Stephen Gionta 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against the NY Rangers sore foot/ankle

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
Thomas Vanek 2013-11-12 missed Tuesday’s game against Nashville upper body

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Taylor Pyatt 2013-11-08 on injured reserve concussion

OTTAWA

Player Date Status Description
Chris Phillips 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia undisclosed

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Steve Downie 2013-11-12 was activated from injured reserve for Tuesday’s game against Ottawa concussion
Michael Raffl 2013-11-12 expected to miss Tuesday’s game against Ottawa flu-like symptoms

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Derek Morris 2013-11-10 on injured reserve lower body
Radim Vrbata 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis lower body
Martin Hanzal 2013-11-12 questionable for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis undisclosed

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Paul Martin 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia undisclosed
Tanner Glass 2013-11-12 probable for Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia lower body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Jordan Leopold 2013-11-08 on injured reserve and will miss at least two months hand surgery
Brenden Morrow 2013-11-12 probable for Tuesday’s game against Phoenix upper body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Keith Aulie 2013-11-12 on injured reserve upper body
Steven Stamkos 2013-11-12 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely right tibia surgery
Sami Salo 2013-11-12 will miss Tuesday’s game against Montreal lower body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Colton Orr 2013-11-11 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Minnesota undisclosed

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
David Booth 2013-11-12 probable for Thursday’s game against San Jose lower body

 

In the last week, we have seen 39 new injuries but out of those, three were personal and several are suspected to have the flu or illness. Obviously the Steven Stamkos injury is very significant but people need to realize there are just so many maladies in the fantasy world that plugs have to be filled in so many places it seems. The more you keep an eye on the whole picture, the better off you will be.

Injury Additions?

Jonathan Quick — G — Los Angeles:  Quick left late in OT against Buffalo with a rather apparent groin injury. Consider him day to day for now.

Anton Volchenkov — D — New Jersey:  Volchenkov went down early against the New York Rangers with what is believed to be a lower body injury

Craig Anderson — G — Ottawa:  One has to wonder if he is 100% after giving up five goals to the Flyers of all teams. I am definitely not a doctor but a few of those goals he did not look all right.

There were a lot of near misses tonight as well so keep this in mind because in the NHL, you never know.

Enter The InjureCon?

Tim Thomas — G — Florida:  Thomas is a walking injury waiting to happen at the age of 39. That lower body just does not move the way it wants to sometimes. InjureCon: 8.5.

Jason Spezza — C — Ottawa – There is something that could be wrong but it just seems something is a bit off with Spezza lately. We’ll keep an eye on it. InjureCon: 6.

Ryan McDonagh — D — NY Rangers – McDonagh took a few more hits than he is usually accustomed to and while there is no specific injury….it just seems like an injury is more possible now. InjureCon: 5.5

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Good luck everyone this week and by all means follow me on Twitter @ChrisWasselTHW for all things fantasy hockey.

Enter The New Injuries At The InjureCon

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja!  Be wary of fakes as Week 6 is now upon us.

Hey, the injuries are still mounting.  These are the latest injuries from Week 5 for you beleaguered fantasy owners out there.

The New Injury Batch

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Saku Koivu 2013-10-27 on injured reserve head
Teemu Selanne 2013-10-30 on injured reserve oral surgery
Sami Vatanen 2013-11-04 questionable for Monday’s game against the NY Rangers upper body

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
Johnny Boychuk 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Dallas upper body

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Tim Gleason 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia upper body
Kevin Westgarth 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia upper body

CHICAGO

Player Date Status Description
Brad Mills 2013-11-04 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Winnipeg lower body

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Jamie McGinn 2013-11-03 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Nashville bruised knee
Alex Tanguay 2013-11-04 expected to miss two weeks sprained knee

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Brendan Smith 2013-11-03 on injured reserve separated shoulder
Johan Franzen 2013-11-04 questionable for Monday’s game against Winnipeg illness

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Tyler Pitlick 2013-10-27 on injured reserve sprained left knee
David Perron 2013-10-28 on injured reserve strained neck
Devan Dubnyk 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Florida sprained ankle
Justin Schultz 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Florida strained groin/rib cage
Richard Bachman 2013-11-03 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Florida strained groin

LOS ANGELES

Player Date Status Description
Jeff Carter 2013-11-01 on injured reserve lower body
Jarret Stoll 2013-11-03 questionable for Thursday’s game against Buffalo upper body

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Charlie Coyle 2013-11-04 doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Calgary sprained knee

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Travis Moen 2013-10-27 on injured reserve facial fracture

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Mike Fisher 2013-11-03 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Colorado lower body
Matt Hendricks 2013-11-03 questionable for Wednesday’s game against Colorado upper body

NEW JERSEY

Player Date Status Description
Travis Zajac 2013-11-04 questionable for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia sprained right ankle
Anton Volchenkov 2013-11-04 questionable for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia lower body
Patrik Elias 2013-11-04 questionable for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia illness
Jon Merrill 2013-11-04 doubtful for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia facial laceration

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Dominic Moore 2013-10-30 will miss at least 1-2 weeks strained oblique

OTTAWA

Player Date Status Description
Erik Condra 2013-11-02 will miss at least one week sprained muscle in right leg
Craig Anderson 2013-11-04 will miss Tuesday’s game against Columbus head/neck

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
Steve Downie 2013-11-02 on injured reserve concussion
Vincent Lecavalier 2013-11-04 probable for Tuesday’s game against Carolina facial contusion

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Jeff Halpern 2013-10-27 on injured reserve upper body
David Schlemko 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against Vancouver lower body

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Rob Scuderi 2013-10-27 out indefinitely ankle surgery
Chuck Kobasew 2013-10-29 expected to miss 3-4 weeks lower body

ST. LOUIS

Player Date Status Description
Magnus Paajarvi 2013-10-27 on injured reserve upper body
Brenden Morrow 2013-11-04 will miss Tuesday’s game against Montreal upper body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Dave Bolland 2013-11-03 out indefinitely left ankle surgery

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
John Erskine 2013-10-27 on injured reserve upper body
Alex Ovechkin 2013-11-03 probable for Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders upper body
Jay Beagle 2013-11-03 questionable for Tuesday’s game against the NY Islanders illness

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Paul Postma 2013-10-27 on injured reserve blood clot in leg
Mark Stuart 2013-11-01 on injured reserve hip
Evander Kane 2013-11-04 doubtful for Monday’s game against Detroit lower body

That is not a misprint ladies and gentlemen. There were a whopping 44 new injuries in Week 5 fantasy hockey fans. That is up from 37 in Week 4. The fact that Alex Ovechkin was still on the injury report is a bit concerning but he should be back on Tuesday. Evander Kane has to be a new concern for Winnipeg Jets fans and fantasy fans alike who have to just be reeling at this point.

Dave Bolland may be out anywhere from 3-6 months after a severe leg laceration that required immediate surgery. It is a very unfortunate blow but not a severe one for Toronto. This just adjusts some fantasy roles so owners should be aware.

The final concern for me is Patrik Elias, who has missed another two games with an illness/upper body ailment. This is believed to be nagging but not serious which is also rather vague as far as terminology. Elias really should be only started in deeper leagues as his “InjureCon” number is rising quickly. Check back Thursday to see if Elias actually does play.

Speaking Of The InjureCon:

Martin Brodeur (G — NJD) –You have to be very concerned with a 3-7-4 team with a horrendous early schedule and a yo-yo rotation for goalies. Add in that he is 41 years old and you have the makings of an injury happening almost at any time. His number is an 8.

Jonathan Quick (G — LAK) – The Kings have to be a bit worried that Quick has not looked quite right all year for a second campaign in a row. There are times where he looks like the Stanley Cup winner and then it just fades away all too quickly. Granted, the Pacific is a tough division but I still wonder about a nagging injury. Quick’s number is a 6.

Jonas Hiller (G — ANA) — His number drops simply because of the depth in the Anaheim organization. That helps immensely. However, Hiller does have a tendency to get hurt unfortunately and you just never know. His InjureCon is a 6.5.

Antti Niemi (G — SJ) — Could he play 75 games this year? If he does I will eat a page of newspaper. Niemi is the type of goalie who does regress a bit as the season goes on and his chances of injuries do increase. That does not mean he is not a very good goalie. He is! That injury number is a 6.5.

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That does it for this week. See you next week with more injuries and mayhem. Do not give up fantasy hockey fans. You can follow me @ChrisWasselTHW and thanks for reading.

Fantasy Hockey InjureCon: Some New Numbers

James Neal causing fantasy hockey pain. (File Photo / Getty Images)

James Neal causing fantasy hockey pain. (File Photo / Getty Images)

Hey welcome to the InjureCon. Already it has been a busy season on the injury front as daily and season long fantasy hockey players alike are grumbling. We always peruse Twitter along with a few other sites just to be sure on the bumps, bites, and bruises.

So what does the injury report look like this week? Here is the latest from Scott Cullen of TSNFrom every week on out, it will be just new or more fantasy relevant injuries.

INJURY REPORT

ANAHEIM

Player Date Status Description
Luca Sbisa 2013-09-28 on injured reserve sprained left ankle
Jakob Silfverberg 2013-09-28 on injured reserve undisclosed
Emerson Etem 2013-10-01 on injured reserve lower body
Sheldon Souray 2013-10-01 on injured reserve and will miss at least 2-3 months right wrist surgery
Peter Holland 2013-10-03 questionable for Saturday’s game against Minnesota lower body

BOSTON

Player Date Status Description
 
Carl Soderberg 2013-10-01 on injured reserve swollen ankle

BUFFALO

Player Date Status Description
Marcus Foligno 2013-09-26 on injured reserve strained shoulder
Nikita Zadorov 2013-10-01 on injured reserve lacerated finger
Corey Tropp 2013-10-01 on injured reserve and will miss at least 4-6 weeks jaw surgery
Ville Leino 2013-10-03 out indefinitely fractured rib

CALGARY

Player Date Status Description
Mike Cammalleri 2013-09-26 on injured reserve bruised hand
Matt Stajan 2013-10-04 expected to be placed on injured leg contusion

CAROLINA

Player Date Status Description
Tuomo Ruutu 2013-09-21 on injured reserve lower body
Tim Gleason 2013-09-30 out indefinitely concussion
Joni Pitkanen 2013-10-01 on injured reserve and will miss the entire season left heel surgery

COLORADO

Player Date Status Description
Ryan Wilson 2013-09-29 on injured reserve undisclosed
Gabriel Landeskog 2013-10-04 questionable for Friday’s game against Nashville leg

COLUMBUS

Player Date Status Description
Nathan Horton 2013-09-07 expected to miss 3-4 months left shoulder surgery
Cody Bass 2013-09-26 expected to miss 4-6 weeks broken thumb
Fedor Tyutin 2013-10-04 missed Friday’s game against Calgary lower body
Curtis McElhinney 2013-10-04 questionable for Friday’s game against Calgary lower body
Jared Boll 2013-10-04 missed Friday’s game against Calgary upper body

DALLAS

Player Date Status Description
Scott Glennie 2013-09-30 on injured reserve and is expected to miss at least one month knee
Aaron Rome 2013-09-30 on injured reserve hip surgery
Rich Peverley 2013-10-03 expected to be activated from injured reserve for Saturday’s game against Washington irregular heartbeat

DETROIT

Player Date Status Description
Patrick Eaves 2013-09-20 on injured reserve sprained left MCL/ankle
Darren Helm 2013-09-26 on injured reserve partially torn disc in lower back
Jordin Tootoo 2013-09-28 on injured reserve bruised shoulder
Jonas Gustavsson 2013-09-30 on injured reserve strained groin

EDMONTON

Player Date Status Description
Sam Gagner 2013-09-22 on injured reserve and will miss 6-8 weeks broken jaw
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 2013-09-25 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely left shoulder surgery
Steve MacIntyre 2013-09-28 on injured reserve knee
Corey Potter 2013-09-30 on injured reserve strained back
Denis Grebeshkov 2013-10-02 expected to miss Saturday’s game against Vancouver strained groin

FLORIDA

Player Date Status Description
Steve Pinizzotto 2013-09-25 on injured reserve hip
Ed Jovanovski 2013-09-25 on injured reserve hip surgery
Nick Bjugstad 2013-09-25 on injured reserve concussion
Sean Bergenheim 2013-10-02 on injured reserve hip/abdominal surgery

MINNESOTA

Player Date Status Description
Mike Rupp 2013-10-01 on injured reserve left knee surgery

MONTREAL

Player Date Status Description
Alexei Emelin 2013-09-07 out indefinitely right knee surgery
Davis Drewiske 2013-09-19 on injured reserve and will miss at least one month sprained shoulder
Douglas Murray 2013-09-30 on injured reserve and will miss 4-6 weeks upper body
George Parros 2013-10-02 out indefinitely concussion
Max Pacioretty 2013-10-02 probable for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia upper body

NASHVILLE

Player Date Status Description
Viktor Stalberg 2013-09-25 on injured reserve and will miss 3-4 weeks sprained right shoulder
Filip Forsberg 2013-10-04 questionable for Friday’s game against Colorado lower body

NY ISLANDERS

Player Date Status Description
Cal Clutterbuck 2013-09-28 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks lacerated leg

NY RANGERS

Player Date Status Description
Carl Hagelin 2013-10-01 on injured reserve left shoulder surgery
Ryan Callahan 2013-10-02 on injured reserve could be back next week. left shoulder surgery

PHILADELPHIA

Player Date Status Description
 
Marc-Andre Bourdon 2013-10-01 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely post-concussion syndrome

PHOENIX

Player Date Status Description
Rostislav Klesla 2013-09-23 on injured reserve concussion
 

PITTSBURGH

Player Date Status Description
Tomas Vokoun 2013-09-26 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely blood clot in hip
Kris Letang 2013-09-30 on injured reserve lower body
Matt D`Agostini 2013-10-02 on injured reserve lower body
James Neal 2013-10-04 expected to miss Saturday’s game against Buffalo lower body

SAN JOSE

Player Date Status Description
Raffi Torres 2013-09-23 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 3-5 months right knee surgery
Marty Havlat 2013-10-03 out indefinitely groin surgery
Brad Stuart 2013-10-04 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix lower body
Adam Burish 2013-10-04 questionable for Saturday’s game against Phoenix lower body

TAMPA BAY

Player Date Status Description
Mattias Ohlund 2013-10-02 on injured reserve and is expected to miss the entire season left knee surgery
Brian Lee 2013-10-02 on injured reserve and is out indefinitely knee surgery
Sami Salo 2013-10-04 questionable for Saturday’s game against Chicago upper body

TORONTO

Player Date Status Description
Frazer McLaren 2013-09-30 on injured reserve broken pinky finger
Mark Fraser 2013-10-03 on injured reserve knee
 

VANCOUVER

Player Date Status Description
Jordan Schroeder 2013-09-26 on injured reserve and is expected to miss three weeks broken left foot/ankle
 

WASHINGTON

Player Date Status Description
Jack Hillen 2013-10-04 expected to be placed on injured reserve and miss at least two months lower body

WINNIPEG

Player Date Status Description
Grant Clitsome 2013-09-30 on injured reserve undisclosed

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All I know is this is going to be one crazy season full of twists and injurious turns. Let’s quickly get into some potential InjureCon numbers.

The INJURECON:

Since we were right on James Neal and Kris Letang, there were ones we whiffed on. That is the nature of the beast. Let’s quickly delve into a few numbers then get back to the hockey.

Pierre Marc-Bouchard (NYI) – 9 – Bouchard has a well documented injury history. Sometimes you just have to think a fresh start helps but in the more physical Metropolitan Division, it may be a matter of when and not what if.

Jaromir Jagr (NJD) — 8.5 – Jagr just almost seems destined for an injury which should not surprise anyone. Age is also a factor along with a groin history. This is another pretty sure one. Even times of rest will be suspected.

Mike Green (WSH) — 8.5 – Green’s number has been downgraded because it just appears, for now, that he will stay healthy for the foreseeable future. Then again one never knows.

Ryan Callahan (NYR) — 7 – Callahan will be returning early next week with a shoulder injury. He is probably coming back a bit soon but expect the Rangers to not hold him back much.

Dustin Penner (ANA) — 9.5 – Maybe this one is more for a laugh but his mental state has driven Ducks and fantasy fans insane. When will he play? When will he get in shape? There are too many questions but he is ripe for a boo-boo.

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That’s it for now. See you next week. 

The Ninja Returns: Fantasy Hockey InjureCon?

Oh damn! He's back...the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom...the Injury Ninja!

Oh damn! He’s back…the fantasy hockey purveyor of doom…the Injury Ninja! Yes…you are screwed!

I can hear this now. What the hell did you do? While fantasy sports gets so fascinated with “fancy stats”, some of us went out and embarked on a different path. A special thanks to Jo Innes for all of her injury work. There are a lot of people who get us the information that makes this possible.  All of the fans and media aid in all of this one way or the other and that is greatly appreciated.

What is InjureCon?

Simply it is a way to gauge potential injury. This is not an exact science. It would be rather scary if we were to be able to predict when a player would miss time. However, there are times when one can almost see it coming. Think back to when Rick DiPietro fought Brent Johnson. Yes, that was a case where injury almost seemed predestined. Certain players are almost made of glass, aren’t they? There are three main ways to break this down.

  • There are the glass house injury prone.
  • The players who simply have bad timing or luck.
  • Those that no one sees coming.

Keep in mind that these blend into one another occasionally. Okay, maybe that is more than every so often. That is why we attempted to come up with a when for injuries. How frustrating is it when a player from your fantasy team goes down suddenly? What goes through the owner’s mind (other than a ton of expletives)? The answer is panic for most. They try to find waiver wire options or trade partners. That often results in lopsided trade proposals and worse.

Again, what if there was at least a gauge to aid in the process? This is where we come in. Data becomes so valuable and again we comb the outer reaches for. At a first glance, this appears impossible but do not worry, the InjureCon will be a valuable tool. It is more integral during this Olympic year.

Here is the part where we need your help. It is very easy too. You give us the players and we will give you their InjureCon. As a reminder, this is a ten point scale. The higher the number, the more likely the injury. We will occasionally go more in depth on certain players and teams.

The Goal……

It is to give the fan an avenue to use in fantasy as far as figuring strategy and ultimately winning. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisWasselTHW. The fantasy hockey world is again about to be taken in another direction.

Fantasy Baseball: Daily Notes for Monday, June 10th

Daniel Murphy is already only one home run shy of his 2012 total

Daniel Murphy is already only one home run shy of his 2012 total

Welcome to our Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes! Just like last year, I’ll be combing over box scores and scouring local beat writers’ reports each morning to help ensure  you have all the information you need in order to make the right decisions for your fantasy baseball lineup. So make sure you check back at this very spot for Hot/Cold Streaks, Injury News, Closer Updates, Daily Stats, and more so that you can stay one step ahead of the rest of your league!
 
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5 Good Nights, 5 Bad Nights

It’s a fact of life that every baseball player goes through hot and cold streaks. It’s important not to let those streaks influence a player’s fantasy baseball value too much, but it is important to be aware of how a player is doing within a short period of time (a seven-day sorter is always a good tool to use). A player’s short-term numbers can be the difference between winning and losing in daily games, and it can also make a huge difference in year-long leagues. For instance, if you can keep finding the second basemen on hot streaks and dropping them for another streaking second basemen once they get cold, you can piece together a very useful middle infielder-by-committee for your roto team. So before we get to today’s games, let’s take a spin through last night’s box scores to identify who had a good night and who had a bad night on Sunday, June 9th.
 
5 Good Nights

  • Dan Uggla: 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia: 2-4,  2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Daniel Murphy: 2-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, 1 steal
  • Jordan Zimmerman: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks, W
  • Luis Mendoza: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 Ks

 

Honorable Mention: Matt Carpenter, Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond, Freddie Freeman, Matt Holliday, Adam Lind, David Ortiz, Don Kelly, Cody Ransom, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Adam LaRoche, Dexter Fowler, Marco Scutaro, Brett Gardner, Jon Jay, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, A.J. Griffin, Felix Hernandez, Lucas Harrell, Hector Santiago, Jonathon Niese, Chad Gaudin, Bronson Arroyo, David Phelps, Mike Minor, Jose Alvarez, Jeff Locke,
 
5 Bad Nights

  • Luke Gregerson: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K
  • Matt Moore: 5.0 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, BB, 6 Ks
  • Bobby Parnell: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 Ks
  • Josh Hamilton: 0-5
  • Mark Teixeira: 0-5

 

Dishonorable Mention: Justin Morneau, Ryan Doumit, Clete Thomas, Chris Davis, Allen Craig, Jurickson Profar, Koji Uehara, Joe Blanton, Scott Diamond, Tyler Skaggs, Justin Grimm, Lance Lynn, Jonathan Pettibone, Clayton Richard, Josh Johnson, Justin Masterson
 
Daily Grab Bag

Check back here for daily updates on injuries, closer battles, player news, and anything else that might affect your fantasy baseball team.
 

  • Jim Henderson was activated from the DL, but it looks like he may not close for a week or so as the Brewers are trying to get Francisco Rodriguez his 300th career save.
  •  Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) will not be activated from the DL today as originally expected, but he should rejoin the Marlins mid-week.
  • Pablo Sandoval is awaiting MRI results on his strained foot and it looks like a trip to the disabled list may very well be in his future.
  • Alexi Ogando has been placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
  • Clay Buchholz left Saturday’s start with tightness in his neck and while he’s expected to make his next start, I’ve also heard rumblings that he may hit the DL.
  • After hitting .161 for the first two months or the season, Ike Davis was sent down to the minors yesterday and is droppable in all but the very deepest of leagues.

 

3 Up, 3 Down, and Throwing Darts

Starting and sitting the right pitchers on a day-to-day basis is often the lynchpin of winning any fantasy baseball league – roto, head-to-head, daily, and otherwise. In order to give you some help picking your pitchers for today, I’ve gone through all of the stats that I could (pitchers’ career numbers vs. certain hitters and lineups, home/road splits, lefty/righty splits, etc) and have made nine recommendations. I’m not going to proclaim that I’ll get these 100% correct all season, but anyone that does should be sitting on an island that they own in the Pacific – not writing fantasy baseball articles. The goal here is to play the odds the entire season and slowly build your “win” percentage closer to 100% than to 50%.
 
Here are today’s recommendations with, 3 Up (three pitchers you shouldn’t think of sitting), 3 Down (three pitchers with some warning flags for today), and Throwing Darts (three pitchers that I’ll be taking a flier on):
 
3 Up

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Houston Astros

Clayton Kershaw vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Jered Weaver at Baltimore Orioles
 
3 Down

Scott Kazmir at Texas Rangers

Wade Miley at Los Angeles Dodgers

Jeremy Guthrie vs. Detroit Tigers
 
Throwing Darts

John Lackey at Tampa Bay Rays

Dylan Axelrod vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Ricky Nolasco vs. Milwaukee Brewers
 
Swings and Misses

A hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher don’t always tell the whole story, but it can be informative if used correctly. I’m of the opinion that some information is better than none, and while there are other pieces to the puzzle of setting your daily lineup (splits, weather, etc.), I think a hitter’s career numbers against a pitcher can be very indicative of future success or failure. Some guys just own certain pitchers, and vice versa. As such, I’ve gone through today’s matchups and picked the best (and worst) matchups I could find. Anything less than 10-12 career at-bats is a relatively small sample-size (so take those with a grain of salt), but sometimes that’s all that is available.
 
Swings

  • Paul Konerko is 4-for-11 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, R.A. Dickey.
  • Josh  Hamilton is 4-for-12 with three home runs in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
  • Colby Rasmus is 4-for-6 with two home runs in his career against today’s starter, Dylan Axelrod.

 

Misses
  • Mark Trumbo is 1-for-9 in his career against today’s starter, Freddy Garcia.
  • Matt Wieters is 2-for-13 in his career against today’s starter, Jered Weaver.
  • Paul Goldschmidt is 2-for-17 in his career against today’s starter, Clayton Kershaw.

 

If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or have a suggestion on a feature you’d like to see covered in these daily reports, please contact me @FantasyTrade411 or email me at FantasyTrade411@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to respond.