FOR THURSDAY - Five Stats to Know for Week 1

Could you keep up with all the coaching changes this offseason? If not, then catch up below

Quarterbacks with Week 1 Matchups for Streaming in Fantasy Football

Two Smiths, a career backup and a Heisman Trophy winner walk into a bar...

Tight End Streaming: Week 1 Edition

For those who bypassed tight ends early in fantasy drafts and made the conscious decision to stream the position, this weekly series is perfect for you.

Defensive Streaming: Week 1 Edition

If you follow numberFire, you're aware of the idea of streaming defenses. Check out my Week 1 offering for the streaming crowd.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 9/2/14

Jake Arrieta is home at Wrigley tonight, where he's been dominant this season.

Is James Harden Truly an Atrocious Defender?

Are we making too much of Harden's bad defense? The numbers say yes.

15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 1

The season starts in just two days, but before it does, make sure you're optimizing your fantasy lineup with the right players.

Receiver Roulette: Which Two Oakland Raiders Receivers Will Stand Out in 2014?

With Derek Carr now at the helm of the Raiders, which two receivers should he rely on the most?

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 22

After a four-game sweep of the A's, the Angels are on fire. But are they at the top of our rankings yet?

Is Ricky Rubio a Max Player?

According to a report by Darren Wolfson of ESPN, Rubio turned down a four-year, $43 million deal last week. His agent claims he will accept nothing less than a five-year max deal, but is Rubio really worth a max contract?

Why the Phillies' Combined No-Hitter Was Among the Best in MLB History

Where does the Phils' combined no-hitter rank among all the others?

Just How Bad Is the Chiefs’ Situation at Wide Receiver?

The Chiefs made it to the playoffs with little depth at wide receiver last season, but can they do the same this year?

3 Must-Own Rookie Running Backs With Massive Upside in Fantasy Football

Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard were all fantasy relevant as rookies last year. Will these three runners breakout like them?

Does Playing Time and Efficiency Change for a Player in the NBA After a Summer Competition?

Are players worse off after participating in an international, summer competition?

Do Thursday Games Negatively Impact Fantasy Football Performance?

Aaron Rodgers' performance on Thursday games and the matchup vs. the Seahawks defense may be cause for alarm in Week 1.

Run Support Winners and Losers Through August

With only one month left to play, let's take a look at which pitchers are most fortunate when it comes to team run support.

What Should You Do With Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker and Marvin Jones in Fantasy Football?

Week 1 of the fantasy football season is upon us, and there are already tough injury decisions to be made.

15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 1

The season starts in just two days, but before it does, make sure you're optimizing your fantasy lineup with the right players.

Will There Be Movement on the All-Time Leaderboards During the 2014-15 NBA Season?

A look at active players and their place among the all-time greats in several statistical categories. Who's poised to move up this season?

Burning Questions: Who Will Make the 2014 MLB Playoffs?

There are some close races in both the National and American Leagues. Who wins and who has to wait until next year?

Can Adam Dunn Help Save the A's?

Oakland's offense has been sagging since trading away Yoenis Cespedes. Can Dunn help right the ship?

Why We Should Stop Underrating Robin Lopez

Robin Lopez was a bigger part of the Blazers' success last year than people realize. We dive into the numbers.

Fantasy Football: Are We Forgetting About Mike Williams?

After an injury-plagued 2013 season, will Mike Williams rebound with the Buffalo Bills?

Don't Sleep on Ahmad Bradshaw

Is Larry Sanders a Bounce-Back Candidate Next Year?

Larry Sanders couldn't do anything right last year. But next season could be much better, especially with improved teammates.

10 MLB Starters Who Struggle in the First Inning

Starting an outing poorly can be tough to overcome. These 10 players are the worst in baseball when it comes to starting off on the right foot.

Should Matt Schaub or Derek Carr Start for the Raiders?

Carr dazzled in his final preseason game, and may have won the starting quarterback gig in Oakland.

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 8/29/14

There is a lot of value on the board from the Tigers and the Athletics tonight.

How Much Value Does a Fullback Provide to a Run Game?

The fullback is on the verge of extinction, but should it be?

Why Ender Inciarte Is a Rookie of the Year Contender

The Arizona center fielder has been a stabilizing force atop the Diamondbacks' lineup, and should be considered for NL Rookie of the Year.

5 Players Being Overdrafted According to Our Fantasy Football Rankings

Average draft position data is helpful, especially when you can exploit it properly.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/28/14

There's a lot of value tonight surrounding players who have quietly been red hot since the All-Star break.

Getting Nervous About Robert Griffin III in Fantasy Football? You Should Be.

The Redskins' offense has been struggling in the preseason, and fantasy owners should be worried about the team's quarterback.

Don't Overlook Delanie Walker in Fantasy Football This Year

Delanie Walker had an under-the-radar season, and appears to be undervalued in 2014.

Which MLB Playoff Contender Projects to Be the Toughest Postseason Test?

Clayton Kershaw is dominating on the mound, but are the Dodgers the favorites to win the World Series?

Analyzing the Historical Ebb and Flow of NBA Superstars

The NBA seems to be dominated by young stars. Is that different from how the NBA has been in the past or is this just part of the same old cycle?

Though the Red Sox Are Struggling, David Ortiz Just Keeps Rolling Along

The Boston designated hitter is having another typical outstanding season at the plate, despite his team's woes.

Is There Hope for Cleveland's Trevor Bauer?

The promising pitching prospect is starting to turn a corner and become the pitcher many thought he could to be.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 8/27/14

Both starting pitchers for Los Angeles-based teams should be great plays tonight.

What Happened to Ian Kinsler?

The Tigers are currently in a battle for the AL Central crown, and they need all hands on deck, including Kinsler.

Now That Josh Gordon Is Suspended, Is the Cleveland Offense a Fantasy Football Wasteland?

The long-awaited suspension of Josh Gordon has been handed down. How does it impact the Cleveland offense and your fantasy team?

7 Fantasy Football Defenses With Favorable Early-Season Matchups

Don't waste a pick in the eighth round on a defense. Instead, wait until the end and use these matchups to your advantage.

Defense Wins Championships, or Maybe Just an ALDS

The Kansas City Royals first-place surge in the AL Central is due to their defense. Can they keep it up?

Using Math to Change the Kevin Love Playoff Narrative

Kevin Love has been criticized for his lack of playoff appearances, but math says even history's greatest would've had the same problems in Minnesota.

Who Is Montee Ball's Handcuff?

Any running back attached to Peyton Manning is worthy of consideration in fantasy football. Who would be the next man up if Montee Ball fell to injury?

Cubs Call Up Prospect Jorge Soler: What Should We Expect?

The Cubs called up a huge prospect, and you should be excited about the likely next Cuban star to hit the big leagues.

Just How Bad Will the Cleveland Cavaliers Be at Protecting the Rim?

Let's take a look at the projected frontcourt for the Cavs, and a key area where they'll have to find ways to improve.

Why Russell Wilson Is Insanely Undervalued in Fantasy Football

Third-year quarterback Russell Wilson is your ticket to significant upside, all with a known floor.

Should You Start Your Fantasy Football Draft With Two Wide Receivers?

Can you afford to start your fantasy draft with two wide receivers, ignoring the running back position?

How to Win Your Two-Quarterback Fantasy Football League

There are a few different strategies when it comes to two-quarterback leagues, but which one works best for you?

3 Second-String Running Backs Who Deserve to Be on Your Fantasy Team

These guys may be second on the depth chart, but they just might take your fantasy team to the top.

4 Reasons to Still Trust Frank Gore in Fantasy Football

Frank Gore is consistently a top-notch rusher, but many fantasy owners are turned off by him this year. Here's why you should still draft him.

Is John Brown Set to Become T.Y. Hilton Version 2.0?

T.Y. Hilton found success as a rookie under Bruce Arians, but will John Brown be able to do the same?

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T.Y. Hilton proved to be a fantasy asset as a rookie, but will John Brown do the same?

Does Harry Douglas Have Any Fantasy Football Potential in 2014?

Douglas is firmly planted behind two star wide receivers, but can he find room for production of his own?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 8/26/14

Puig's price tag has dropped significantly due to his recent slump, but is he worth the risk even at the decreased cost?

Tim Wright to New England: Should You Add Him in Fantasy Football?

The Patriots traded guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for a fourth-round pick and Tim Wright. Is Wright ownable in fantasy now?

Is Aaron Dobson the Non-Edelman Receiver to Own From New England?

We all know Julian Edelman should be Tom Brady's favorite wide receiver target this year, but who's next in line?

How Are the Yankees Still in Playoff Contention?

Manager Joe Girardi is keeping the Yankees afloat with smoke and mirrors.

MLB Rookie of the Year Race Update: Week 22

With Jose Abreu holding down the top spot, the fight for number two in our rankings continues to be tightly contested.

Nolan Arenado: The Future Is Now

Nolan Arenado has been the best hitter since the All-Star break. Can it continue?

Why Stevan Ridley's Time as the Featured Back in New England Could Be Over

The Patriots' tailback frustrates his coaching staff with his fumbles. Could this be the year he loses his job altogether because of it?

Does James Starks Have Standalone Fantasy Football Value?

James Starks may be important as a handcuff to Eddie Lacy, but does he have standalone value for your fantasy football team?

Pirates Demote Gregory Polanco: What Does This Mean for Pittsburgh?

The Pittsburgh Pirates demoted rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indy. Is this a bad sign for the Pirates?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/25/14

The Marlins should provide outstanding value tonight against an Angels pitcher who is making his season debut.

Why Le'Veon Bell Can Overcome Losing Goal-Line Touches

There's a big scare about Le'Veon Bell's fantasy potential now that LeGarrette Blount might take over near the goal line. Is it warranted?

How to Win Playing Daily Fantasy Football, Part 2: Tournament Strategy

After looking at salary allocation last week, we'll dive head first into winning tournament strategies using DraftKings-specific data.

Become a Millionaire: SportsTradex Hosts Their Millionaire Maker Pick'Em Contest

Our friends at SportsTradex are hosting a million-dollar contest tomorrow. You won't want to miss out.

Fantasy Basketball Fallout: The Kevin Love Trade

Now that Kevin Love is officially in Cleveland, what type of impact is there from a fantasy basketball standpoint?

Who Is the Leading Candidate for American League MVP?

The battle for the American League's top player is between two AL West superstars and an AL Central upstart.

What Are the Rams' Options at Quarterback After Sam Bradford's Injury?

Another injury to Sam Bradford has set the Rams behind the eight ball. Is their best viable alternative already on their roster?

Despite His Reasonable Fantasy Football Cost, Riley Cooper Is Still Overvalued

Riley Cooper had a solid fantasy season in 2013, but there are plenty of reasons to believe he won't be as effective in 2014.

Is Jordan Matthews the Next Marques Colston?

Matthews' measurables line up nicely to Colston's entering the league. Could he succeed in his rookie campaign like the Saints' wideout did?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 8/22/14

Marlins players should have great value playing against a struggling pitcher at Coors Field tonight.

Making Sense of the Detroit Pistons' Revolving Frontcourt

How should new head coach Stan Van Gundy stagger his frontcourt minutes to optimize efficiency?

The Minnesota Twins' Young Talent Is Starting to Flash

Three players under the age of 25 have started to show their potential with the Twins, previewing what could be a superbly talented team in the future.

Why Davante Adams Could Have an Immediate Impact in 2014

Rookie receivers who produce significantly are very rare, but Adams could thrive in Green Bay's offense.

Why Marqise Lee Is a Fantasy Football Value

Marqise Lee is the most talented Jaguars receiver, and has a chance to lead the team in receptions and yardage.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/21/14

The Braves get a great matchup that could be loaded with value against a rookie left-hander.

Fantasy Football Mock Draft Recap: Who Needs Quarterbacks?

The numberFire staff held yet another draft, and once again, quarterbacks got zero love.

Is Larry Fitzgerald Already in the Twilight of His Career?

Larry Fitzgerald was a spectacular receiver early in his career. Has his light faded a decade later?

Using Analytics to Select Team USA

The debate about who makes Team USA for the FIBA World Cup has gone on long enough. We let math settle the score.

Could the Miami Dolphins Have a Third Fantasy-Relevant Wide Receiver?

Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are the clear top-two options in Miami, but is there a chance a third receiver emerges?

How Deep Are the Colts at Wide Receiver?

Hakeem Nicks joins the team after a roller coaster ride in New York. How good does he make the group of wideouts in Indy?

Don't Draft These 10 Guys

Draft these guys, and then push your computer out of the window of a moving train.

Are 20/20 Players a Thing of the Past?

The number of 20/20 players this season is projected to be a five-year low. Click to find out why.

Sorting Through the Detroit Lions' Tight End Situation

The Lions' tight end situation was sticky enough last year. Now you toss Eric Ebron in, and you've got a full-blown mess.

Who Should Be Matt Forte's Handcuff?

3 Running Back Battles to Watch as the Preseason Closes Out

With the season approaching, find out which running back battles are weighing heavily on future fantasy success.

Alex Gordon: Quietly Fueling the First-Place Royals

One of the better all-around outfielders has been one the main reasons behind the Royals resurgence

5 Players With Crazy Touchdown Potential in 2014

With fantasy football scoring skewed so heavily towards touchdowns, these five players can bring you home championships this year.

Outside of Keenan Allen, Is There a Chargers Receiver Worth Owning in Fantasy Football?

Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead dominate the San Diego passing game. Is there room for anyone else?

You Shouldn't Trust Maurice Jones-Drew in Fantasy Football This Year

Jones-Drew was once on top of the fantasy world. Times have changed, and you're better off without him this year.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 8/20/14

There's a lot of fantasy value to be had in what should be a high-scoring affair in Colorado tonight.

The 10 Best Single-Game Performances From the 2013-14 NBA Season

Using John Hollinger's Game Score, we take a look at the 10 best individual statistical performances from last season.

What's Up With Brandin Cooks' Average Draft Position?

Over the last month, Brandin Cooks' average draft position has risen by over two rounds. Why?

Should Michael Vick Start Over Geno Smith in New York?

As Week 1 approaches, it's becoming clear that the New York Jets will start Geno Smith at quarterback over Michael Vick. Is it the right decision?

Michael Crabtree Is Ready to Have a Big 2014 Season

Crabtree missed most of 2013, but you would be wise to consider drafting him this year in fantasy football.

Jason Vargas Is Hitting His Stride in Kansas City

Leaning on his changeup, which is one of the best in the Majors, Jason Vargas is having a career year for the Royals as Kansas City chases a playoff berth for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Debate: Should the Browns Have Named Brian Hoyer Their Week 1 Starter?

Two numberFire football writers argue whether Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel should be the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback.

Why Are People Down on Alfred Morris?

After putting up the second most rushing yards over the past two years combined, why are people so down on Alfred Morris entering 2014?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 8/19/14

John Lackey will be at home against the Reds tonight, and should be on your daily fantasy baseball radar.

Which Bullpen Duos Are Best at Finishing Games?

Close games are won and lost with the 1-2 punch out of the bullpen. Which teams have the best duos?

The 10 Best Quarterbacks for the 2014 Fantasy Football Season

After a ridiculous 2013 campaign, is Peyton Manning the top fantasy football quarterback option in 2014?

Blind Résumés: Using Math to Compare Fantasy Football Pass-Catchers

Let's take a look behind the numbers at just how similar some fantasy football receivers and tight ends are, and consider the value of each player.

Applying Basic Poker Principles to Your Fantasy Football Auction Drafts

Have an auction draft coming up? Make sure you remember these simple rules in order to dominate it.

8 Crazy NBA Streaks: Can They Be Broken?

Michael Jordan had a streak of seven triple-doubles in a row, and no player this past season had even two in a row. Are there any other crazy streaks that are nearly impossible to touch?

What Andre Williams' Emergence Means for the Giants' Backfield Situation

Andre Williams has become an upward-trending player due to stellar preseason play. Is the hype justified?

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 20

The Angels have passed the A's in the standings, but can they supplant them at the top of our power rankings?

Should You Stay Away From Kendall Wright in Fantasy Football This Year?

Even though he had the seventh-most receptions among wide receivers in 2013, Kendall Wright only scored two touchdowns. Should you stay away in 2014?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/18/14

Jordan Zimmermann should have a nice game tonight against the Diamondbacks. Who else should you start?

Blind Résumés: Using Our Data to Compare Fantasy Football Pass-Catchers

Let's take a look behind the numbers at just how similar some fantasy football receivers and tight ends are, and consider the value of each player.

Why the Ravens' Marlon Brown Will Have to Wait for His Potential Breakout Campaign

Marlon Brown had a strong debut in 2013 and seems to have all the physical tools, but he's not in the right situation to succeed yet.

When Is It Logical to Handcuff Running Backs?

Handcuffing is a familiar term to veteran fantasy owners. But when is it beneficial to actual put the theory into practice?

How to Win Playing Daily Fantasy Football, Part 1: Roster Construction and Spending

In the first of a three part series, we'll look at DraftKings-specific data to see if there's a proper way to allocate your lineup's budget.

Drafting WR-WR to start your draft could win your league

The evolution of passing, and the slow extinction of feature running backs in the NFL have transformed fantasy football, and it’s traditional norms.

Justin Hunter Is Your Cheaper Version of Cordarrelle Patterson

Not only is Justin Hunter cheaper in fantasy football, but his advanced metrics looked stronger than Cordarrelle Patterson's last season.

Old Guys in New Places: How Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, and Shawn Marion Will Impact Their New Teams

Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, and Shawn Marion are all 35 or older and changed teams this offseason. Can they still contribute at the same level?

Are Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Right for Each Other?

We take a look at the on/off-court data for both Durant and Westbrook to see if the Thunder really would be better off if they moved Westbrook.

Why Markieff Morris is One of the Best Breakout Candidates for Next Season

With Channing Frye off to Orlando, Markieff Morris looks set to start in Phoenix. If last year was any indication, a big year is on the way.

Weekly ADP Watch

How Does Charles Sims' Injury Impact Tampa Bay's Running Back Situation?

Charles Sims will be out for up to three months. How does that change the Bucs' running back depth chart?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 8/15/14

Despite his up-and-down nature, the algorithms like Madison Bumgarner tonight. Who else made the cut?

Should Pep Hamilton or Rob Chudzinski Run the Colts' Offense?

Which Luck is the better Luck: the gunslinger or the surgeon?

Staff Fantasy Football Draft Recap: Analysis of Our 14-Team PPR League

Some of the numberFire writers held a fantasy football draft, and the results were rather shocking.

Blind Résumés: Using Our Data to Compare Fantasy Football Running Backs

Let's take a look behind the numbers at just how similar some fantasy football running backs are, and consider the value of each player.

The Rare Emergence of Jordy Mercer: Is He Here to Stay?

Mercer has been one of baseball's best shortstops over the last three months, but is this level of production sustainable?

The Kansas City Royals' Offense Is Fueling Their Hot Streak

The Royals' pitching has been among the best in baseball all season, but an improved offense has helped fuel their ascent to first place in the AL Central.

How Will the Cincinnati Bengal Tight Ends Fare Under Hue Jackson?

Will the new Bengals offensive coordinator utilize Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham more often than his predecessor?

Darren McFadden Is a Solid Late-Round Fantasy Option

You finally don't have to spend an early-round selection on Darren McFadden, and this year he may be more valuable than he has before.

No One Can Cool Down Mike Fiers

Mike Fiers has been pitching well for Milwaukee, but can he keep it going?

8 Tight Ends With Good Early-Season Fantasy Football Matchups

If you decide to wait on your tight ends this year, check out this buffet of attractive options with good matchups to start the season.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/14/14

Strasburg's on the mound tonight, and with a slate of pitchers that's not very strong, he looks to be the top option.

Over 250 Football Articles You May Have Missed During the NFL Offseason

Before the season gets going, make sure you've read everything there is to read here at numberFire to get you ready.

Why Cam Newton Will (Again) Outperform Your Fantasy Football Expectations

Cam Newton has produced above his average draft position in each of his first three years. If his stock stays where it is, he should do it again this year.

Has Keenan Allen Already Hit His Ceiling?

After a huge rookie season, is it fair to expect more from Keenan Allen?

With Troy Tulowitzki Out for the Season, Who Will Win the NL MVP?

Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki will miss the rest of the season, meaning the National League MVP race is wide open.

The 10 Best Wide Receivers for the 2014 Fantasy Season

Spoiler alert: Calvin Johnson is our top receiver this year. But who else made the cut?

Defenses to Target in Your Fantasy Football Drafts Based on Early-Season Matchups

Steaming defenses can be key to gaining a fantasy edge. Which teams are valued base on schedule and numberFire metrics?

What's the answer for the Dodgers pen?

The Dodgers have World Series hopes, but they need to upgrade the back end of their bullpen for the playoffs.

Is Stephen Curry Really a Better Offensive Player Than LeBron James?

Stephen Curry is a great offensive player, but is he really better than the King himself?

3 Undervalued MLB Players Who Are Keeping Their Teams in the Playoff Hunt

Three players in Major League Baseball are providing a spark for their clubs, and it could be enough to push their teams into the playoffs.

7 Quarterbacks With Easy Early-Season Matchups

Which quarterbacks should produce right from the get go based on their early-season schedules?

Which Style of Passing Offense Is Most Effective?

Some teams like to consistently throw it deep, while others opt for shorter passes. Which one is most effective?

How Old Should Your Superstar Be to Win an NBA Title?

Michael Jordan didn't win his first title until he was 27. LeBron was the same age. Is there a prime superstar age?

Making Sense of the Cincinnati Bengals' Receivers After Marvin Jones' Injury

Marvin Jones broke his foot, so what are the implications for the Bengals and your fantasy team?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 8/13/14

The Nationals' Jordan Zimmerman and Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez are good bets to do damage for you today.

8 Overachieving and Underachieving Goal-Line Running Backs

Touchdowns are the lifeblood of fantasy football. Finding running backs who are efficient at the goal line can be a leg up on your competition.

The 5 Best Teams to Not Win the NBA Title

Title windows are short. Let's rank the five best teams that never made it through.

2014 AFC West Preview: Can Anyone Challenge the Broncos?

The Broncos are the number one team in numberFire's preseason power rankings, but how strong is their stranglehold on the division?

Using Our Power Rankings to Predict the 2014 NFL Playoffs

Who has the best chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season?

Houston's Chris Carter Is on a Terrific Tear

The Astro is on fire, with two more home runs Tuesday night. What should we expect moving forward?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 8/12/14

Jon Lester is on the mound tonight, and our numbers expect him to go deep into the game for his new squad.

6 Bold Predictions About the 2014 Fantasy Football Season

The football writers give bold predictions for the 2014 fantasy season. A few of them will shock you.

Why You Shouldn't Overthink Darren Sproles' Impact on LeSean McCoy's Fantasy Value

An upgrade at backup running back in Philly doesn't downgrade McCoy's fantasy value.

Will Torrey Smith Finally Have a Monster Year in 2014?

Torrey Smith has been a breakout candidate for quite some time now, but will this year finally be his?

MLB Rookie of the Year Race: Week 20

Jose Abreu is starting to pull away with this race and pull his way into another - the triple crown.

NFC East Preview: Will the Eagles Soar Again?

Will the Eagles be the first team to win the NFC East in back-to-back seasons since 2004?

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The 10 Best Running Backs for the 2014 Fantasy Football Season

Who are the best fantasy football options at running back this season?

Why Isn't Pedro Alvarez Producing in 2014?

The Pirates are in the hunt again, despite a lack of production from their top slugger Pedro Alvarez. What's going on with him?

How Good Was Brett Favre?

Brett Favre holds almost every passing record in NFL history. But is he truly one of the greatest quarterbacks ever?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/11/14

Felix Hernandez is on the mound tonight, and he's a must start according to our algorithms.

What's Going on With Justin Verlander?

Justin Verlander's 2014 season has been average, but that's not what you expect from a pitcher who was once the best in the game.

Comparing Clayton Kershaw to the Best Pitchers in Baseball

The Texas native is the best of the best on the mound this year. And it's not close.

Kershaw Continues to Cement his Dominance

Using Real Plus-Minus to Project Lineups for the Cleveland Cavaliers

With so much talent, the Cavs' lineup that projects as their best for next year will probably surprise you.

Are We Somehow Forgetting About Brandon Marshall's Football Brilliance?

Is the ultra-consistent Brandon Marshall being overlooked in fantasy circles?

Melky Cabrera Is Proving That 2012 Was No Fluke

The Toronto outfielder is putting his PED past behind him, and is once again an on-base machine.

5 Important Things to Remember When Making Your Keeper Selections

Sure, anyone can keep someone like Calvin Johnson, but is that the most effective keeper strategy?

Ranking the Big Threes of All 30 NBA Teams

Do the Cavaliers really have the best Big Three in the NBA, or does another team take the title?

Nationals Promote Breakout Prospect Michael Taylor: What Should We Expect?

One of the best Minor League performers this season is rewarded with his first Major League call-up. Is it a big deal?

A Case for Yan Gomes as the Best Catcher in Baseball

Gomes has emerged as one of the most productive catchers in baseball this season, but is it enough to consider him the best in game?

16 Things to Know About Offensive Coordinator Changes in 2014

How can the lesser-known offensive coordinators, like Tennessee's Jason Michael, impact their teams in 2014?

Blind Résumés: Using Math to Compare Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Let's take a look behind the numbers at just how similar some fantasy football quarterbacks are, and consider the value of each player.

Using Our Draft Kit to Win Your NFL.com Fantasy Football League

Which players should you target and avoid if you have a league on NFL.com?

Why the Thaddeus Young and Anthony Bennett Part of the Kevin Love Deal Will Work for the Wolves and Sixers

As part of the Kevin Love deal (or at least a followup to it), the Sixers will trade Thad Young to the Wolves for Anthony Bennett. What will it mean?

8 NBA Offseason Winners and Losers

In one of the craziest offseasons in recent memory, the Cleveland Cavaliers' signing of LeBron James makes them a clear winner. But who else won and lost?

2014 AFC East Preview: Can Anyone Beat New England?

It's no surprise that the Patriots rank as the best team in the AFC East, but can another team challenge them?

NBA Offseason Winners and Losers

In what has been one of the craziest NBA off-seasons in recent memory, there seems to be one clear winner this summer. Based on the recent news of the Kevin Love trade to Cleveland, here are the winner(s) and losers of the offseason based on a gain or los

Is the Tight End Really a Rookie Quarterback's Best Friend?

It's common knowledge that rookie quarterbacks are supposed to rely on their tight end more. But how true is this?

The 6 Best Quarterback Values in Fantasy Football

The quarterback position is deep this year in fantasy football, and the numberFire writers have their eyes on some later-round targets.

2014 NFC North Preview: Is It Green Bay's Division to Lose?

The Packers have done well in the NFC North with Aaron Rodgers under center. Will that continue into 2014?

The 6 Best Fantasy Football Quarterback Values of 2014

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 8/8/14

Stephen Strasburg is expensive, but worth it tonight. Who else made the cut?

What the Heck Is Going On With the Braves?

The Braves haven't won a game in over a week, with a lack of offense being the prime culprit.

Finding the Odds of a Quarterback Falling to You on Draft Day

Is there a perfect spot to draft your fantasy quarterback this season?

2014 AFC North Preview: Defensive Once Again

Can Baltimore or Pittsburgh return to dominance and challenge Cincinnati for the AFC North title?

10 Massively Underrated Running Backs

While loading up on running backs early in your fantasy draft is typically a good idea, don't forget about the backs in the middle rounds.

Why Tyler Eifert Can Be a Top-12 Fantasy Tight End in 2014

Tyler Eifert has the tools to break out, and his new offensive coordinator can make it happen.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 8/7/14

Adam Wainwright's price is dropping, and it's time to take advantage.

Bruce Arians’ Tight Ends: Should We Care About Them for Fantasy Football?

Bruce Arians has historically not been friendly to tight ends in fantasy, but there's a chance one of them is relevant this season.

Using Our Draft Kit to Win Your CBS Sports Fantasy Football League

If your league mates tend to follow the default rankings, you can gain an advantage over them on occasion. That could make a big-name player a surprising value in CBS leagues.

Kevin Love to Cleveland: The Rare NBA Trade That Works for Both Sides

Players with the talent level of Kevin Love don't get traded in their primes. But he did, and it makes sense for both teams.

The 10 Best Tight Ends for the 2014 Fantasy Football Season

No matter what you think about the tight end position in fantasy football, you ought to know which ones to target in your drafts this year.

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Is This Jared Cook's Year? (Spoiler: Probably Not)

Don't get too excited about perennial sleeper Jared Cook this year. Haven't you learned?

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Andre Holmes is an explosive vertical threat for the Oakland Raiders, who isn't even being drafted. Let's change that.

2014 NFC West Preview: Seattle's Not Going Away

The Seattle Seahawks crushed the Broncos and brought home the Lombardi Trophy last year. Can they do it again in 2014?

The 5 Best Bets in the Late Rounds of Your Fantasy Football Draft

Sometimes the late rounds of a draft can feel like you’re taking shots in the dark. It’s time to shed some light on five late-round players you should be targeting.

2014 AFC South Preview: The Worst Division in Football?

There may not be a division in football weaker from top to bottom than the AFC South. Find out why.

Why You Should Target Andre Holmes This Year in Fantasy Football

Andre Holmes is an explosive vertical threat for the Oakland Raiders who isn't even being drafted in fantasy. Let's change that.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 8/6/14

Jose Bautista is ready for a big Wednesday night. Who else looks good on tonight's slate?

How Do NBA Stretch Bigs Affect Team Defense?

Bigs that can stretch the floor are valuable on offense. But what do they do on defense?

2014 NFC South Preview: Will the Saints Keep Marching?

The New Orleans Saints seem like the best team in the NFC South. Can anyone take them down?

Should You Trust DeMarco Murray to Be Your Top Fantasy Running Back?

Is DeMarco Murray really worth your first-round selection, or should you go for a safer option?

Finding the Odds of a Wide Receiver Falling to You on Draft Day

A look at the pick probability distributions for wide receivers to help you make more sound decisions on draft day.

Should Teams Be Aiming to Get Jacob Turner?

Many MLB teams are likely to have interest in trading for Jacob Turner, designated for assignment Tuesday.

Fantasy Football Debate: Should You Draft Randall Cobb or Alshon Jeffery?

Randall Cobb and Alshon Jeffery are both top-tier wide receivers. Which one will be more helpful to your fantasy squad in 2014?

Using Our Draft Kit to Win Your ESPN Fantasy Football League

As is the case with all site rankings, there are some guys who are underpriced and overpriced in ESPN's rankings versus our own. See who they are.

The 2014 MLB All-Clutch Team

The word clutch is used a lot to describe players, but who are really the most clutch players in baseball this year?

Using Our Draft Kit to Win Your Yahoo! Fantasy Football League

Yahoo leagues are a staple in fantasy football, and using our rankings can help identify guys to avoid and target in your draft.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 8/5/14

Anthony Rizzo at Coors field tonight? Yes, please.

The State of the Baltimore Backfield: Should We Expect Much From Ravens Running Backs?

After telling you that Ray Rice sucks, is there actually any value in another Ravens' runner?

Who Were Last Season's Defensive Surprises in the NBA?

A handful of notoriously bad defenders posted excellent defensive stats in the NBA last season.

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 18

The Angels just keep on winning. But could they knock the A's off the top of our rankings?

Why Jermaine Kearse is More Valuable to the Seahawks Than to Your Fantasy Team

There are some good football players who don't make for good fantasy football options. Jermaine Kearse is one of them.

Norv Turner and Adrian Peterson: A Match Made in PPR Heaven?

Norv Turner's arrival in Minnesota has all arrows pointing up for Adrian Peterson. Could he be the best back this year as a result?

Jayson Werth Is Earning Every Penny of His Contract

Jayson Werth is one of the highest-paid position players in baseball, and is playing like he deserves to be.

What Should We Expect From Javier Baez?

Baez, the Cubs first-round pick in the 2011 draft, makes his debut tonight in Colorado. What should we expect?

Brandan Wright: King of Advanced Analytics

Brandan Wright surprisingly shows up on a wide variety of advanced metric leaderboards from last season. What gives?

Nate Washington: A Potential Breakout Roadblock

Amidst all of the Justin Hunter hype, are we forgetting about Nate Washington?

Doug Martin Isn't Exactly a Safe Draft Day Choice

Doug Martin struggled last year before getting hurt, and entering 2014, he's not the safest draft pick in the world.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/4/14

Max Scherzer is the highest-priced pitcher tonight, but he's still worth a start.

Who Should Replace Paul George on Team USA?

Team USA has a big hole to fill with Paul George out. Who should they fill it with?

Andy Dalton Got Paid: Was It a Wise Investment for Cincinnati?

The Bengals have made Andy Dalton one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Was it the right decision?

Despite a Recent Hitting Slump, the Orioles Have Kept Pace With Solid Pitching and Defense

Chris Tillman has led the way for a Baltimore staff that has been leading the way in the second half.

Are NBA Centers Better When Playing With a Stretch Four?

Stretch fours make offenses as a whole more efficient, but how do they directly affect their fellow big men?

The Best Bad NFL Teams From 2013

Last year, our numbers pinpointed the Saints and Panthers as bounce-back teams. Who made the cut this season?

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Don't Forget About J.P. Arencibia

The trade deadline is over, and it's time to make your fantasy baseball moves through the waiver wire.

Josh Rutledge Is Ready for a Big Second Half

The Rockies' infielder, and Troy Tulowitzki replacement, should provide decent offense in the second half of 2014.

Why Tom Brady Isn't a Valuable Draft Pick in Fantasy Football This Year

Coming off of his worst fantasy season in years, Brady's being drafted lower than ever. But he still might not be a worthwhile selection.

Why the Rangers Should Have Traded Adrian Beltre

The trade deadline came and went, and Adrian Beltre stayed a Ranger. But as his age, why didn't Texas send him away?

Andre Ellington Is Worth the Hype

Andre Ellington is a divisive player, but he's absolutely worthy of his lofty draft-day price.

5 Things to Know About Your 2014 PPR Leagues

If you're a points per reception fantasy player, here are five things to keep in mind come draft day.

In Appreciation of Paul George's NBA Career-to-Date

The fallout of Paul George's brutal injury is for another day. Today, let's enjoy what he's accomplished so far.

10 Things to Know About This Year's First-Round Picks in Fantasy Football

Be prepared for your draft with these ten facts about the best players in fantasy football.

How to value Pierre Garcon in 2014

Can Pierre Garcon repeat his 2013 success? Or is he due for regression?

Is There a Good Basketball Reason for Team USA to Pick Mason Plumlee Over DeMarcus Cousins?

Rumor has it that Mason Plumlee is set to make Team USA over DeMarcus Cousins. How in the world does one justify such a thing?

Is There Any Hope for Brian Quick?

Brian Quick is entering his third season with the Rams. Will he finally live up to expectations?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 8/1/14

With two cheap pitchers in our lineup, we've got Miguel Cabrera and another former MVP ready to roll tonight.

The 5 Worst Teams for the Upcoming 2014 NFL Season

We've already covered the top-five teams entering the 2014 NFL season, so now it's time to look at the opposite side of the spectrum.

The 5 Best Teams for the Upcoming 2014 NFL Season

It's August, and that means football is almost back. Who are the preseason favorites to win it all? Here's our top five.

Run Support Winners and Losers Through July

Which pitchers have been lucky with run support this year, and which ones are wanting to be traded?

Ray Rice's Suspension Doesn't Matter Because He's Still Not Very Good

Most believed Ray Rice would be suspended for more than two games, but it really doesn't matter. He's still not a great fantasy target.

Is Zac Stacy a Safe Third-Round Fantasy Football Selection?

Zac Stacy has a good chance to have a healthy amount of carries in 2014, but can we really expect him to improve on his 2013 season?

Detroit Versus Oakland: The Battle for the Best Rotation in Baseball

numberFire's Jim Sannes and Jacob Adler debate which of the two teams as the superior rotation after yesterday's trade deadline moves.

Should the Cardinals Have Given Up Kelly and Craig for Lackey?

Lackey to the Cardinals will have farther reaching implications than most fans realize...

Don't Believe in the Christine Michael Hype This Year

Christine Michael is rising up fantasy football draft boards, but does it make any sense for this season?

The 6 Riskiest Players in Fantasy Football This Season

Fantasy football is all about taking risks. But are these six players worth the gamble?

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8 Players Who Are Severely Overvalued in Fantasy Football

The football writers got together to give their least-favorite value picks of the 2014 season. And yes, T.Y. Hilton made the list.

Is Pierre Garcon Valued Correctly in Fantasy Football?

With Jay Gruden coaching in Washington, can Pierre Garcon repeat his 2013 success, or is he due to regress?

How Pick Bias Is Affecting Projections for Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins

In order for Wiggins to be as good as Kevin Love, he'll have to be an all-time great and beat the odds.

Should Team USA or Spain Be the FIBA Favorites?

With Paul George and Kevin Durant no longer playing on Team USA, are the Gasol brothers and Spain now favorites?

The NBA is Overflowing With Young Point Guards, Perhaps Like We've Never Seen Before

The point guard position is as rich as it's ever been. Which young guys stand out?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 7/31/14

Cueto continues to light it up and will continue his ways tonight.

The A's Are All In: Should They Have Shipped Cespedes for Lester and Gomes?

While Oakland is hoping for short-term gain, Boston shows it plans to compete in 2015.

Can the Chicago Cubs Fix Felix Doubront?

Chicago has had a knack in recent years for turning middling starting pitchers into quality arms. Can they do the same with the struggling Doubront?

Finding the Odds of a Running Back Falling to You on Draft Day

Ever wondered what the odds were that a certain player will last to your next pick? We can help you out with that.

Will Rueben Randle Break Through in 2014?

With Hakeem Nicks gone and the starting wide receiver gig open, will Rueben Randle seize the opportunity and put his mark on the Giants' offense?

Vince Carter: From Superstar to Solid Role Player

Vince Carter may be getting up there in age, but he's still a viable option on the court.

Is Frank Gore Ready to Keep Going, or Is It Carlos Hyde's Time to Shine?

Will Frank Gore be able to carry to load at 31 years old, or is it already time for Carlos Hyde?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 7/30/14

Evan Gattis has hit well in the past few games and is a fairly cheap, under-the-radar starter tonight.

What Should the Red Sox Do With Jon Lester?

Should Boston send Lester to another team, or keep him for the long haul?

Zach Ertz Should Be on Your Fantasy Football Radar

In limited action last season, Zach Ertz put up historical numbers for a rookie tight end, priming him for a coming out party in 2014.

Dexter McCluster Is a Legitimate Breakout Candidate This Season

A versatile and exciting running back has a new home and no respect in fantasy drafts.

How Could Making Team USA Affect the Career Trajectory of DeMarcus Cousins?

Boogie Cousins is a talent on the rise. What's at stake for the big man as he vies for a position on Team USA?

Carlos Carrasco: Finding Success as a Reliever

The once top prospect never worked out as a starter, but he has moved to the bullpen and become an excellent reliever.

Ranking Last Season's Most Economically Efficient NBA Teams

Looking at how much each team paid in salary per win, you probably won't be surprised at the results.

Top 10 Fantasy Football Breakout Candidates

Looking for some sleepers? We've got you covered with our top 10 breakouts and sleepers for 2014.

Randall Cobb Should Be on Your Fantasy Football Team This Year

Randall Cobb is a model of efficiency at wide receiver, and he's ready for a huge season.

5 Late-Round Quarterbacks to Target on Draft Day

The strategy of drafting quarterbacks late is becoming more and more common, but which specific passers should you target on draft day?

Using Strand Rates to Help Manage Your Fantasy Baseball Rosters Down the Stretch

Strand rates can help tell us what's to come with a pitcher, and, in turn, aid in our fantasy baseball decisions.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 7/29/14

15 of Paul Goldschmidt's 18 home runs have come against righties this year. Tonight, he faces a righty.

Billy Burns Is Not Just Another Fast Guy

The recent Oakland Athletics' call-up can do a lot more than just steal bases.

What Point Guards Will Make the Team USA Roster?

A few big names are sitting out the summer, leaving Coach K with some tough roster calls.

Is There Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Value in Buffalo This Season?

With the addition of Sammy Watkins, some believe the Bills are ready to turn into more of a passing machine. Not so fast.

Why Is No One Taking Ryan Fitzpatrick in Fantasy Football Drafts?

Ryan Fitzpatrick was better than you think last year, and could be a nice late-round sleeper in deeper leagues.

Is Heath Hembree the Closer of the Future for the Red Sox?

Acquired in the Jake Peavy trade, does Hembree have what it takes to be the future closer of the Sox?

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What To Make Of The Panthers Backfield

8 Tight Ends Who Should Be Fantasy Football Draft Day Steals

There are plenty of tight ends to select late in your fantasy football drafts, but which one provides the most value?

Why Big Men Could Dominate the NBA's Next Decade

The NBA has something it hasn't had in a while - a couple young big men that project as future Hall of Famers.

Are There Any Legitimate Outfielders for Teams to Target Before Thursday's MLB Trade Deadline?

With the trade deadline set for Thursday, teams are looking for outfield bats. Here's how they compare.

MLB Rookie of the Year Race Update: Week 18

A pair of rookies have helped the Rays catapult back into the race, and they both rank within our top five.

The Minnesota Vikings Took the Right Kind of Gamble on Kyle Rudolph

It might seem like Kyle Rudolph was overpaid by the Vikings, but our numbers paint a different picture.

The 9 Most Important Players in Your PPR League

Point-per-reception leagues give value to plenty of players, so which guys should you target this season?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 7/28/14

Madison Bumgarner, against the Pirates tonight, is our top pick at pitcher tonight.

Travis Kelce Is the Late-Round Tight End You Need in Fantasy Football This Year

Travis Kelce's measurables stack up well among tight ends since 2000, and there's plenty of upside for him this year despite his injury concerns.

The Surprising Rise of Jacob deGrom: How Good Is He?

New York's rookie right-hander is creeping his way into the Rookie of the Year conversation.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Remember Emilio Bonifacio?

Emilio Bonifacio is back from the DL, and should be in store for a good week in fantasy baseball.

Why Denver's Quiet Acquisition of Arron Afflalo Was One of the Best Moves of the NBA Off-Season

Before the free agency frenzy even began, the Nuggets acquired a potential star in Arron Afflalo without much fanfare.

What Recent History Tells Us About Mid-Season Moves and Making the World Series

Do splash acquisitions at the trade deadline actually have a significant impact on October baseball?

All or Nothing: How the Baltimore Orioles Found Success

After 14 straight losing seasons, the O's used the home run to rebuild themselves.

How Important Is Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants?

Can Peavy help the Giants on the road to a third World Series under Bruce Bochy?

Don't Sleep on Roy Helu in Fantasy Football This Year

While Alfred Morris is the lead back in Washington, will Helu have value in a Jay Gruden offense?

Fantasy Football Debate: Should You Draft Jordan Cameron or Vernon Davis?

Vernon Davis and Jordan Cameron are both viable options at tight end, but which one will have a better season?

Al Horford Is the Atlanta Hawks' Biggest Off-Season Acquisition

The All-Star missed most of last season, but he'll push Atlanta back toward the top of the East in 2015.

Don't Overlook Martellus Bennett In Fantasy Football This Year

Martellus Bennett is being drafted in double-digit rounds, but with Jay Cutler last year, he flirted with top five tight end numbers.

How NBA Team Point Differentials Can Drastically Change the League's Landscape

If the Western Conference had been decided by point differential instead of records, how would it have looked like?

Brock Holt Can Do It All for the Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox' Brock Holt has exceeded expectations as arguably Boston's most valuable player this year. Can it continue?

The Joakim Soria Trade: A Win for Both Teams Involved

Why the Soria trade is a winning situation for both teams.

Kendrys Morales' Return to Seattle Was Necessary

Seattle designated hitters are hitting .196/.277/.293. They had no choice but to get the struggling slugger back.

Why Matthew Stafford Is Overrated in Fantasy Football

Matthew Stafford continues to be drafted as a top-five quarterback. But why?

Is Sam Bradford Worthwhile in Fantasy Football This Year?

Is Bradford as bad as the last four years suggest, or is he merely a product of a bad supporting cast?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 7/25/14

Neil Walker gets a nice bump tonight playing at Coors, but who else made our optimal lineup?

Who is the Raiders Running Back to Own this Year: Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-Drew?

The Raiders have two big names in the backfield this season, which one should you be targeting?

Who Should Be the Number One Running Back?

The numberFire football writers debate whether Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson or LeSean McCoy should be the top fantasy running back in 2014.

How the Ravens Should Handle Their Running Back Situation in 2014

With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of 2014 look for Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett to see plenty of attempts, and to shine unlike in previous seasons.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 7/24/14

Should you pay the price for Ryan Braun tonight?

Why Your Fantasy Football Running Back's Defense Matters

We often consider how a running back matches up with opposing defenses, but how can his own team's defense affect his play?

Will Steve Smith's Career Be Prolonged in Baltimore?

Smith is entering his age 35 year, and is now relegated to a second receiver role. What value does he have?

Which Point Guard Should Start for the Dallas Mavericks Next Year?

The Mavs have acquired Raymond Felton, re-upped Devin Harris, and are on the verge of signing Jameer Nelson. Who is their starter?

Is Jamaal Charles' New Contract Good for the Chiefs?

Charles is now locked up through his age-31 season. Did the Chiefs give too much?

Ryan Howard's Future Isn't Sunny in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Phillies may have finally reached the breaking point with Ryan Howard.

Lance Dunbar: The Next Under-the-Radar Scott Linehan Pass-Catching Running Back

Lance Dunbar caught his new OC's eye on tape. How will that translate to on-field performance?

Fantasy Football Roundtable: Who Should Be the Number One Receiver?

Should you draft Calvin Johnson first, or is there another receiver to take instead? Our football writers debate.

Is This the Year to Finally Trust Kenny Britt?

Kenny Britt has long been fantasy kryptonite. Will he finally put it all together for a strong 2014?

The Case For Trading David Price to a Division Rival

If the Rays decide to sell their ace, instead of avoiding an inter-division trade, they should strive to trade him to a division rival.

Why Anthony Davis and Omer Asik Make an Intriguing Duo

Omer Asik is going to team up with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Could they become the NBA’s next superior defensive tandem in the frontcourt?

Why Ben McAdoo Will Really Help the Struggling Giants Offense

Ben McAdoo's new offensive system should help the Giants immediately. Especially quarterback Eli Manning.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 7/23/14

Yu Darvish is facing the Yankees tonight, and is our top pitcher. Who else gets the nod?

Bradley Beal Is Ready to Make a Leap

With Washington's moves this off-season, the Wizards' shooting guard is primed to jump to stardom.

8 Wide Receivers Who Should Be Huge Fantasy Football Values on Draft Day

Finding value on draft day is no easy task, but we've got you covered with eight receivers to target.

Could Derek Jeter Last Longer in the League?

Should Jeter stick around a little longer, or is this the right time for him to retire?

10 Undervalued Running Backs With a Ton of Fantasy Football Potential

While loading up on running backs early in your fantasy draft is typically a good idea, don't forget about the backs in the middle rounds.

Will Terrance West Be the Cleveland Running Back to Own This Season?

West is battling for the starting running back position in Cleveland, which could be a great place for fantasy football production.

Making Sense of the Always Messy Carolina Panthers' Backfield

With Jonathan Stewart once again on the injury report, can another Panthers' running back become fantasy relevant?

Padres Finally Deal Headley, Receive Pennies on the Dollar They Once Had

Despite posting 7.2 WAR just two years ago, Chase Headley was dealt to the Yankees in return for two fringe players. What happened?

Is Aaron Dobson the Non-Edelman Patriots' Wide Receiver to Own in Fantasy?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 7/22/14

Adam Wainwright on the mound is an obvious play, but what about Jacob deGrom?

Just How Bad Is Evan Turner?

Evan Turner gets a lot of flak for not living up to the billing of being 2010's second overall pick. Does he deserve it?

6 Important Takeaways From the 2014 NBA Summer League

The summer league is kind of the preseason to the preseason, but we can still learn a few things about some young hoopsters.

Examining the Summer's 3-and-D Signings

Every team needs players who can both shoot and defend. Who cashed in this summer?

Fantasy Football Debate: Zac Stacy or Doug Martin?

Leo Howell and Joe Redemann debate which young back is the better fantasy option this season.

Why Vincent Jackson Is Better Than You Think

There's no hiding that Jackson has elite talent, but is his streakiness cause for the dreaded overrated label?

Can Tony Gonzalez Be Replaced in Atlanta?

With Tony Gonzalez now retired, is there anyone on the Falcons roster that can fill his shoes?

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 16

This week, we take a look at the teams at the bottom of the power rankings that may still play a role once the trade deadline rolls around.

Should the Giants Be Concerned About Matt Cain?

Matt Cain is on the DL with elbow inflammation. Does it signal a larger regression?

Proving That the NFC North Is Now Fantasy Football's Most Relevant Division

With the emergence of the Bears passing game, the NFC North looks to be the best fantasy division in football.

Should Your Team Trade for Troy Tulowitzki?

Odds are the All-Star shortstop isn't going anywhere, but teams should line up if he is.

Could Eddie Lacy Finish as the Top Fantasy Running Back in 2014?

Eddie Lacy had a fantastic rookie season, but can his production continue into his sophomore campaign?

What Can We Expect From Danny Salazar in the Second Half?

Danny Salazar makes his first start in the majors since May tonight, but can he return to last season's form?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 7/21/14

Chris Sale is our top pitcher tonight, but he's not the only one who could be in store for a big night.

Faking the Leap: Calming Expectations About Three NFL Breakout Candidates

These three players have shot up draft boards this summer despite a lack of proven production.

Can Kelvin Benjamin Be the Best Rookie Receiver in 2014?

Kelvin Benjamin won't be the first rookie receiver off the board in your drafts, but he might be the best pick of the bunch.

Why Ryan Tannehill Can Take the Next Step in 2014

Are the pieces in place for the Dolphins' young signal-caller to take a step forward this season?

Forget Calvin Johnson, This Is Demaryius Thomas' Season

Calvin Johnson's been penciled in as the number one receiver in fantasy for years, but Demaryius Thomas may be the one to target this year.

What Kind of Ceiling Does Giannis Antetokounmpo Have?

How good will Giannis become, and is there a fair NBA comparable for him?

Is Odrisamer Despaigne the Next Cuban Star?

Despaigne came within four outs of MLB's third no-hitter Sunday against the Mets.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: A Scooter Gennett Love Affair

Scooter Gennett continues to produce when the Brewers face righties, which means he could be in store for a big week.

Cliff Lee's Return: What Should We Expect?

Cliff Lee makes his big return today. What should we expect from him moving forward?

Is Marques Colston Ready to Bounce Back This Year?

Is Marques Colston Ready to Bounce Back This Year?

Marques Colston is coming off of a bit of a down year, can he return to form, or are his best years behind him?

Why Do the Warriors Love Klay Thompson So Much?

What's so special about the shooting guard that might be holding up Kevin Love talks?

Categorizing and Ranking the Best of What's Left in NBA Free Agency

Crafty veterans, useful role players, reclamation projects, and even potential future All-Stars; there's still plenty of intrigue left in free agency.

10 Things to Watch During NFL Training Camp

Cleveland's quarterback competition should garner plenty of media attention over the next few weeks, but there are plenty of other training camp storylines to monitor.

Are We Overlooking Reggie Bush in Fantasy Football?

Joique Bell has been a hot fantasy football commodity this off-season. Are we forgetting about his talented teammate?

Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener: Making Sense of the Indianapolis Tight Ends

Dwayne Allen's return to health is great for the Colts, but what does it mean for your fantasy team?

Is Scott Brooks the Right Coach for the Thunder?

A look at what Scott Brooks has done for the Thunder and whether he's the right man to win them a Championship.

What Exactly Should the Lakers Do With All Those Power Forwards?

The Lakers currently have more power forwards on their roster than every other position combined. What in the world are they doing with them?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 7/18/14

Ervin Santana has done well against the Phillies this year. Will that continue tonight?

Why Johnny Manziel Is a Fantasy Football Trap

Fantasy owners are already falling in love with Johnny Manziel's potential, but given history, he's more than likely going to disappoint.

Using FireFactor to Dominate Your Fantasy League: Tight End Edition

Jimmy Graham is on another level compared to the rest of the tight ends in the league, but how should you value the rest of the position?

5 Major League Baseball Bench Players Who Deserve More Credit

We love to pay attention to the regular starters, but don't forget about the players who come in when their teams need them most.

The Current Red Sox Youngsters Are Key to the Team's Long-Term Success

Barring a miracle, Boston isn't going to be playing October baseball, which turns the focus to 2015 and their struggling young players.

Will the Braves or the Nationals Win the NL East?

After the first half, the Braves and Nationals are tied for the lead in the National League East. What will happen in the second half?

Should the Cavs Include Andrew Wiggins in a Trade to Acquire Kevin Love?

The numberFire basketball writers tackle the topic on everyone's mind these days: Wiggins or Love?

How Good Can Ben Roethlisberger Be This Season?

Is Ben Roethlisberger capped, or can he be a top five fantasy quarterback in 2014?

How to Predict Defensive Production in Fantasy Football

What makes for a great fantasy football defense? It's more than just yards or points allowed.

Is Dennis Pitta Ready to Break Loose in Gary Kubiak's Offense?

Nothing is trendier in the NFL right now than having a top-flight tight end. Is Dennis Pitta ready to soar for the Ravens?

Fantasy Football Roundtable: Who Should Be the Number One Quarterback?

Peyton Manning was historic last season, Drew Brees is consistent and Aaron Rodgers has a high ceiling. Which one should be drafted first?

How Much Will the Pacers Miss Lance Stephenson?

Lance is on his way to Charlotte, but do the Pacers have the ability to replace him?

Will the Miami Heat Compete With Luol Deng?

The Heat have reshaped their team after the abrupt departure of Lebron James, but will it be enough to keep Miami in the hunt for the East?

How DeJuan Blair Helps Beef Up the Wizards Frontcourt

The Wizards are at it again - this time adding bulky big man DeJuan Blair to help improve Washington's frontcourt.

Is Matt Kemp Worth Trading For?

Matt Kemp's agent says he's open to a trade, but is he worth the risk?

Burning Questions: What's One Big Thing That Will Happen in the Second Half of the MLB Season?

With several tight divisional races, the numberFire baseball writers make their predictions of what will happen around the league.

Understanding Eli Manning: Is He Ready to Bounce Back?

At age 33, Eli Manning's production is dropping drastically. Was 2013 an anomaly or is the veteran quarterback legitimately in decline?

Should You Avoid T.Y. Hilton in Fantasy Football This Year?

T.Y. Hilton put up decent stats last year. Should we be wary of them at face value though?

Weekly ADP Watch: Is Johnny Manziel a Fantasy Football Value?

As we look at average draft position fluctuations this week, the controversial Johnny Manziel gets brought up.

Is It Linsane to Think That Jeremy Lin Was a Good Pickup for the Los Angeles Lakers?

The hype of Linsanity fizzled out long ago, but Jeremy Lin has quietly become an effective NBA player. How will he fit in L.A.?

After McCoy, Charles and Peterson, Matt Forte Is the Right Running Back Pick

If you miss out on the first three running backs in fantasy, Matt Forte is the back you should target.

3 Quarterbacks With High Ceilings to Consider in Fantasy Football Drafts

Everyone loves upside and potential, and these three quarterbacks offer those things in bunches.

How Are Soft-Tossing Closers Successful?

Koji Uehara is one of five current closers with an average fastball velocity under 90 MPH. How is he successful?

Will Andrew Luck Finally Become Elite in 2014?

Luck flashed greatness at times in 2013. Can he take the next step an be elite this year?

Matt Cassel is the Vikings' Present

Should Matt Cassel start this season, or is his career history?

The Future Is Bright for the Philadelphia 76ers

There's no question that the Sixers were awful last year. But after an active off-season, are they poised to turn it around?

Using FireFactor to Dominate Your Fantasy League: Wide Receiver Edition

More receivers are fantasy relevant than any other position. So just how big is the gap between the elite and the field?

Lance Stephenson is the Perfect Blend of Crazy, Talent, and Investment for the Charlotte Hornets

Lnace Stephenson is a very controversial player in the league. Did Charlotte do the right thing by signing him?

Is Stephen Strasburg Underrated or Overrated?

Once the most ballyhooed young pitcher in the game, Stephen Strasburg is rarely mentioned as one of the game's best starters.

It's Time to Start Paying Attention to Kevin Kiermaier

Rays' outfielder Kevin Kiermaier isn't a household name, but his numbers suggest he should be.

Can Andrew Luck Finally Become Elite in 2014?

Luck has been knocking on the door the last couple of years. Can he take that next step and become elite in 2014?

Which Big-Time Pitchers Could See a Decline After the All-Star Break?

Clayton Kershaw is one of the few pitchers who may be better in the second half of the season.

Kris Humphries to Washington: Silent Signing, Solid Pickup

Curb the reality show jokes for a second -- the Wizards land a great fit in Kris Humphries for an even better price.

Brian Hartline Is the Soup, Salad and Breadsticks of Fantasy Football

Brian Hartline isn't exciting or new, but he's consistent. And he's a bargain in fantasy leagues.

Did the Rockets Upgrade Their Roster With Trevor Ariza?

The Rockets lost a lot of pieces this off-season, but was Trevor Ariza a sneaky-good signing?

Pau Gasol Gave the Chicago Bulls a Better Team

He's not what they were hoping for, but Gasol was just what the Bulls needed.

4 NBA Rookies Who Will Immediately Help Their Teams

The top of this year's draft class was highly regarded, but who are the players a bit farther down ready to pitch in?

Using FireFactor to Dominate Your Fantasy League: Running Back Edition

Scorned owners who took first-round running backs last year might be willing to look elsewhere early in fantasy drafts, but how risky is it to rely on low-level backs?

Le'Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard: A Historical Perspective

Le'Veon Bell and Gio Bernard joined elite company following their rookie seasons. Can the past tell us something about their futures?

The MLB Rookie Mid-Season All-Star Team

Who are the top rookies at each position in Major League Baseball this year? nERD lets us know.

5 Hitters Ready to Bounce Back After the All-Star Break

With a poor performance to date, is Manny Machado on the verge of busting out of his early-season slump?

Michael Brantley: From Player to Be Named Later to All-Star Game Participant

Once a throw-in in the CC Sabathia trade, Michael Brantley has become an All-Star.

Using FireFactor to Dominate Your Fantasy League: Quarterback Edition

Each year, quarterbacks tend to rack up more fantasy points than all other positions, but understanding how to value their production goes a long way for a fantasy owner.

Do the Bulls Have Too Many Big Men?

Chicago will have five good big men this year, but not nearly enough minutes for all of them.

The 2014 MLB No-Star Team

With the All-Star Game upon us, let's take a look at some players who have been the opposite of All-Stars this year.

Tim Wright Is Poised to Prove Everyone Wrong Yet Again

From undrafted free agent to top rookie right end, is Tim Wright still not getting the respect he deserves?

Is Chris Bosh Ready to Be the Man in Miami?

With LeBron gone and Wade declining, Bosh looks to be the alpha dog in Miami going forward. Does he still have it in him?

5 Backup Running Backs to Watch in Fantasy Football This Year

Breakdown of five important backup runningbacks and their fantasy value

Why You Should Draft Running Backs From Teams With Efficient Passing Offenses

Fantasy football owners fall in love with running back volume, but there's much more to the fantasy running back equation.

Why Jon Lester is Quietly Having The Best Season Of His Career

Jon Lester is having his best season since 2010, despite Boston's poor performance this season.

Why Julius Thomas Isn't Worth a Premium Pick in Your Fantasy Football Draft

The Broncos' athletic tight end burst onto the scene last year, but the hype has gone too far.

What Carmelo Anthony's Return Means for the Knicks

The star has decided to return to New York on a massive deal. How big is it for the team?

The Clubhouse Cancer Effect

Do teams perform better following the departure of a disrupting player?

Have We Dropped the Ball on Chris Ivory This Summer?

Chris Ivory can't catch, but that doesn't mean you should drop him from your fantasy radar.

What Immediate Contributions Can We Expect From Midseason Top 50 Prospects?

What can contributions of former top 50 prospects tell us about the outlook for current top 50 prospects, such as Carlos Correa?

World Cup Final Preview: Can Lionel Messi and Argentina Beat the Soaring Germans?

On Sunday, Germany will meet Argentina at the Estádio Maracanã. Who will be crowned king for the next four years?

How an Injury Helped Germany's World Cup Run

Joachim Löw's changes after Shkodran Mustafi's injury could be why Germany is playing in the World Cup Final.

Shonn Greene Deserves the Lead Running Back Role in Tennessee

Greene has quietly been one of the most consistent runners in the league since 2009, and he deserves to start for the Titans.

Why Eric Hosmer Struggled in the First Half of the Season

Which Eric Hosmer will we see after the All-Star break is over?

It's Time for the Kansas City Royals to Clean House

It's Dayton Moore's ninth year as Royals GM. What more does he have to do to warrant being fired?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 7/11/14

Friday's DraftKings lineup features a lot of big hitters thanks to some valuable, cost-effective pitchers.

3 Valuable Wide Receivers Playing in Below Average Passing Offenses

While some offenses appear to be train wrecks on paper, they can end up being gold mines in fantasy football.

Did the Clippers, Spurs, Heat, or Magic Win the Stretch Big Sweepstakes?

Spencer Hawes, Boris Diaw, Josh McRoberts, and Channing Frye all signed new deals. Which team got the best value?

Why You Should Consider Fading Adrian Peterson in 2014

AD2K is a total freak in the most positive sense. But even freaks eventually age.

Injuries Galore: It's Back to the Drawing Board for a Handful of MLB Contenders

It was a pretty awful day for some contenders around Major League Baseball on Thursday.

Marcin Gortat Is Worth the Price for the Washington Wizards

The Wizards paid big bucks for Gortat, but he's more than deserving of the raise.

Zach Randolph's Staying in Memphis, and the Grizzlies Keep Grinding

In the midst of the free agency frenzy, Zach Randolph has agreed to stick around in Memphis for another three years. It's a hugely quiet signing.

Were Any Performances From the 2013 NFL Season Truly Historic?

Were there any truly unprecedented moments or teams in the NFL last season?

Is Marvin Jones a Wide Receiver Value Pick This Year?

Marvin Jones' nose for the end zone in 2013 made him valuable. Is he slated for an encore in 2014?

Is Victor Cruz Ready for a Bounce-Back Year?

Victor Cruz didn't have many reasons to dance last year, but there are reasons to believe he'll find his groove again.

Chandler Parsons Is a Win for the Dallas Mavericks

Chandler Parsons in Dallas could mean a top four Western Conference finish for the Mavericks next season.

The Best Landing Spots for Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson might be on his way out of Houston, so where is he the best fit?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 7/10/14

There's never been a surer bet than Clayton Kershaw against the Padres.

Burning Questions: Who Are the 2014 AL Midseason Award Winners?

Our midseason Cy Young pick is unanimous, but what about the other picks?

Why the Rays May Not Trade David Price

The AL East isn't strong, and the Rays could decide to hang onto their prized starter and stay in the fight.

5 Running Backs Who Could Be Your Best Friend in PPR Leagues This Year

Many running backs catch passes out of the backfield. But which ones have the potential to catch the most balls in 2014?

The 5 Safest Players in Fantasy Football This Season

Safety isn't always a good thing in fantasy football, but these five players are as reliable as you'll find.

Is There a Jaguars Receiver Worth Owning in Fantasy Football?

All eyes will be on Cecil Shorts and two second-round rookies, but another Jaguars receiver might be able to deliver the goods in 2014.

LeBron James to Cleveland: What Happens Now?

The wait is over and LeBron is officially back on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Was it the right call?

Does the Two-Tight End Set Provide an Offensive Boost?

An extra tight end seems to take pressure off the other receivers, but what does it do for an offense and quarterback?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 7/9/14

Jason Hammel will make his first start for the A's tonight. Should you start him in daily fantasy baseball?

Burning Questions: Who Are the 2014 NL Midseason Award Winners?

We know about the dominance of Kershaw, but a few of our writers argued that Wainwright was more deserving for the NL Cy Young.

Why the American League Should Fear the Angels

The Angels are the reason the A's made their blockbuster deal with Chicago. Seriously.

Is There an Oakland Running Back to Own in Fantasy Football?

Even if the Raiders don't win many games, does that mean we should ignore them for fantasy purposes?

Why the Hiring of Scott Linehan Could Be a Great Move for the Cowboys

The Cowboys have more problems on defense than offense, but Linehan could create an offensive juggernaut in Dallas.

Will the Real C.J. Spiller Please Stand Up?

Spiller is an explosive back in a run-heavy scheme, but is he worth the risk?

Has Antonio Gates Become a Fantasy Football Sleeper?

Gates certainly isn't the elite tight end we once knew, but has the hate gone too far?

Weekly ADP Watch: Is Terrance Williams Worth His Current Cost?

Terrance Williams is being selected in the seventh round of mock drafts. Is that logical?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 7/8/14

A lot of folks may go with Tanaka tonight, but Sonny Gray could be the better bet.

What's Going On With the Orlando Magic?

The team is sending mixed signals with their offseason moves. Is something brewing in the Magic Kingdom?

With the Changes in Houston, What Should We Expect From DeAndre Hopkins?

Does a new coach and a new quarterback mean a new lease on life for Hopkins?

Casey McGehee's 2014 Season Has Been Strange and Wonderful

After spending a year in Japan, Miami's Casey McGehee is having an amazing comeback season.

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 14

With the Jeff Samardzija trade, the A's have only tightened their stranglehold on the top spot in the standings.

How Does the Two-Tight End Set Affect Tight End Value?

Gronk and Hernandez were arguably the most lethal receiving duo in the league from 2010-2012. Is this an effect of their scheme?

Chris Sale Deserves Your American League Final All-Star Vote

Chris Sale is the best candidate for the AL Final Vote, and it's not particularly close.

Corey Kluber Deserves Your Vote in the American League Final All-Star Vote

One of the best pitchers in the MLB wasn't voted into the All-Star Game, but through the Final Vote, you can change that.

4 Running Backs with Big Opportunities to Exceed Expectations

Opportunity is important for running backs, and these four players are flying under the radar despite good situations.

Understanding Wide Receiver Bust Rates in Fantasy Football

Is it advantageous to get a wide receiver early in your fantasy draft, or can you stockpile the position with your middle-round picks?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 7/7/14

Adam Wainwright's on the mound and is our number one pitcher, but what about Jake Odorizzi?

Why Peyton Manning Isn't Our Top Fantasy Football Quarterback in 2014

Manning might seem like the obvious number one passer, but history has plenty of warning signs for us.

The Final Four Is Set: Which Teams Will Advance to the World Cup Final?

Undermanned Brazil faces slick Germany, while Lionel Messi leads Argentina against the Dutch. Who will win?

Why Indiana's Offer to Lance Stephenson Wasn't Too Low

The swingman reportedly turned down a contract offer, but is it going to get any better?

Why Did Dwayne Bowe Disappear in 2013?

For most of 2013, Dwayne Bowe was not an integral part of the Kansas City offense. Can he bounce back in 2014?

Who Should You Vote for in the National League Final All-Star Vote?

The five candidates seem to be in a deadlock, so who should get your vote for the All-Star game?

MLB All-Star Snubs: Ian Kinsler Tops the List

Every year, deserving players are left off the MLB All-Star rosters. Let's take a look at this year's top snubs.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: C.J. Cron Still Isn't Seeing Enough Love

After we picked Cron as a sleeper last week, he finds himself back on the list for this one.

The Samardzija Trade Is the Latest Example of the Cubs Rebuilding More Effectively than the Astros

By signing Jason Hammel in the offseason, the Cubs ensured they had pieces to sell at the trade deadline.

What Should the Pistons Do with Their Big Trio of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith?

The experiment of playing Drummond, Monroe, and Smith together was a flop. What should the Pistons do going forward?

Is Danny Amendola Worth the Risk?

Injuries and a perceived production ceiling make Amendola a dicey draft selection.

Samardzija and Hammel to the A's: How the West Was Won

With the addition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, something crazy would need to happen to keep the A's from winning the American League pennant.

The Rolling Success of Bartolo Colon

After a dismal first eight starts, Colon's subsequent eight starts have been nothing short of fantastic.

Welcome Back, Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana had a surprising cold start to 2014, but he looked red-hot in June. Is there an underlying cause?

Why Do the Kings Hate Isaiah Thomas?

IT2 has proven to the Kings every single year that he deserves to be the starting point guard, but they keep trying to replace him. What gives?

Why Colin Kaepernick's Current Cost is Too High in Fantasy Football

Despite a numberFire quarterback ranking of 15th, Kaepernick's average draft position is that of the 10th-ranked quarterback right now.

Which Quarterbacks Have the Highest Ceiling to Become Elite This Year?

We know there are three QBs who will be elite in 2014. Who will join them?

Why It's Tough to Get Excited about Mark Ingram

After winning the Heisman at Alabama, Mark Ingram has been underwhelming with the Saints. With Darren Sproles gone, can this be his breakout year?

Kyle Lowry Is Worth Every Dollar of His New Deal with the Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry became one of the first high-demand free agents to ink a deal this year when he signed with the Raps, and it was the right deal for both sides.

Eric Bledsoe Is a Lurking Giant

Eric Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, and teams should be interested.

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Thursday 7/3/14

With one cheap pitcher in the lineup, we've got a roster full of studs tonight.

Brazil vs. Colombia: Perennial Favorites Tangle with the New Kids on the Block

While Americans celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, there's a huge soccer game going on. What should we expect?

Is Jonathan Stewart Ready to Bounce Back in a Big Way?

Formerly a top fantasy running back, Jonathan Stewart is finally healthy for the first time in two years. Can he return to top form?

Whatever Trevor Ariza Makes, He Should Thank John Wall

Trevor Ariza will probably be overpaid this summer, and he definitely has his All-Star point guard to thank for it.

Jose Abreu: Greatest Rookie Power Hitter Ever?

Jose Abreu is on pace to break the single-season rookie home record. Is he the greatest rookie power hitter ever?

What Can We Expect from July 2nd International Prospects?

Teams seek high upside players like the Cardinals' Alexander Reyes in the international signing period.

What is Gordon Hayward Worth?

The swingman appears to be on the verge of signing a max offer sheet. Is that a smart move?

How Absurd Was Jose Altuve's Month of June?

Altuve had multiple hits in half of Houston's 24 games in June and only struck out four times.

What Should We Expect From Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter in 2014?

Are the Titans ready to take the next step with their young wide receivers?

Understanding Running Back Bust Rates in Fantasy Football

Everyone knows the running back position is volatile from year to year, but math still dictates a need for early-round running back choices.

The 6 Riskiest Players in Fantasy Football This Season

Fantasy football is all about taking risks. But are these six players worth the gamble?

Why Is Roddy White so Undervalued in Fantasy Football?

Is the fantasy football community sleeping on the ultra-consistent Roddy White?

Belgium Wins, but It's Not All Bad for the USMNT

The USMNT's monumental effort falls short against a World Cup dark horse.

Are the Seattle Mariners For Real?

It's time to sit up and take notice of the Mariners in the AL West. They're legitimate.

5 Things You Should Know about Our 2014 Fantasy Football Projections

It's time to start thinking about fantasy football. Here are five things you should know before you start planning your draft strategy.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 7/1/14

After a monstrous month of June, Andrew McCutchen will look to continue his hot play into July.

Is Jordy Nelson an Elite Receiver?

Jordy Nelson has always been an underrated asset, but is he a top-five wide receiver?

Starling Marte and BABIP: What Is It Good For?

Marte is hitting just .259 this season, yet has one of the best BABIP in baseball. What gives?

3 Keys for the USA vs. Belgium

It's two hours away from kickoff. Can USA pull the upset?

Is EJ Manuel Already Doomed?

Manuel's rookie year was forgettable, and if history is any indicator, his future prospects look bleak.

What the Miami Heat Players Really Should Be Paid

What if owners gave players their salaries after the season, and cut checks based on their production by the numbers? Let's find out.

Is This the End for Wes Welker?

Welker has been among the top slot receivers in the NFL for years, but is his productivity going to decline again in 2014?

MLB Rookie of the Year Race Update: Week 14

For the first time since the beginning of May, there's a new name at the top of our list.

Run Support Winners and Losers Through June

With the season near its midway point, pitchers have a really good idea of how much their offense is able to help them.

The Leaked Astros Trade Proposals Look Like My Fantasy Baseball Trade Ideas

10 months of internal Houston trade discussions were leaked to the media on Monday. And they weren't pretty.

Jason Witten: A Staple of Consistency at Tight End

As successful of a career Jason Witten's had, can he keep it up as he gets further past his prime?

Devin Mesoraco: Big Red Hitting Machine?

Devin Mesoraco has quickly turned himself into a top-three fantasy catcher. Can it last?

How Will Hue Jackson Impact the Cincinnati Bengals Offense?

Jay Gruden took the head coaching job in Washington, allow Hue Jackson to take over as offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. Can he help the offense?

How Well Are Baseball's Best Relievers Being Used?

Are managers getting the most out of their key relievers?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 6/30/14

Nelson Cruz has cooled off of late, but he could be in store for a big game tonight.

Fantasy Football: Who Should Go First Overall?

Shady is a monster, but is he on top of the mountain?

Jason Kidd to Milwaukee: Did the Bucks Get it Right?

After a whirlwind saga, what exactly have the Bucks gotten in Coach Kidd?

Is a Breakout Coming for Khiry Robinson in 2014?

The Saints backfield appears to be in transition. Is Khiry Robinson the one who benefits most?

Retroactively Grading Traded 2014 NBA Draft Picks

There were 10 draft picks in the first round that changed hands due to a prior trade. Let's grade them.

Meet Belgium, the USMNT's Tall Tuesday Order

With the group stage done, the USMNT will see even tougher competition. It starts Tuesday with Belgium.

How the Dodgers Caught the Giants in the National League West

Three weeks ago, the Dodgers were 9.5 games back. Today, they're tied atop the NL West.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Don't Ignore C.J. Cron

C.J. Cron has been making an impact since his May 4th debut, and should be in line for a big week.

Chandler Parsons: Free Agency's Best Consolation Prize

While every team in the league is chasing LeBron and Carmelo, Chandler Parsons is quietly the next best small forward on the market.

What Can We Learn From the Cardinals' Success Drafting and Developing Pitchers?

Are there any secrets to St. Louis' success with pitchers that we can learn?

Is Carson Palmer a Fantasy Football Sleeper?

With weapons all around him and an improved offensive line, could Carson Palmer be a great value for fantasy owners in 2014?

Cordarrelle Patterson: Fantasy Football's Most Overrated Player

Patterson's big-play ability is enticing, but his draft position is far too costly in 2014.

Brandon Boykin & The Eagles D: title coming soon

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 6/27/14

Madison Bumgarner should have no trouble dealing with the Reds tonight. What about the rest of our DraftKings lineup?

Did Michael Vick Really Revolutionize the Quarterback Position?

Michael Vick has been polarizing on - and off - the field, but was he the prototype for the quarterback position as we know it today?

6 Players Whose Names Should Have Been Called on NBA Draft Night

Plenty of players didn't hear their names called on draft day, but these six players may have been snubbed.

Why Garrett Graham is the Perfect Tight End for the New Houston Texans Offense

The Houston Texans are shifting their identity on offense under a new head coach, and Graham is a perfect fit.

6 Takeaways from the World Cup's Group Stage

Now that the knockout round is upon us, let's take a look at a few observations from the group stage games.

Which Team Has the Best Rotation in the National League?

The National League is stacked with silly-good starting rotations. But which team has the best one?

Who Is Elfrid Payton, and Does He Fit Well with the Orlando Magic?

Does the UL-Lafayette point guard have what it takes to bring the Magic back to relevancy?

Dante Exum Brings Much Needed Versatility to Salt Lake City

From Down Under to the Great Basin, Dante's Inferno just got Jazzy.

Noah Vonleh: Did the Hornets Just Draft the Next Chris Bosh?

Vonleh fell to the Hornets at the ninth pick, and he is perfect for their team.

The Houston Rockets Find the Perfect Piece in Nick Johnson

Did the Rockets take advantage of this high flyer who was flying under the radar?

Does Marcus Smart Fit in Boston?

It was a short but troubled college career for Marcus Smart. What can he bring to Boston?

Can Julius Randle Be the Next Great Laker?

There was a time when Julius Randle's name was floated around as a potential number-one pick, but the lowered expectations may benefit the below-the-rim stud.

Was Joel Embiid the Right Choice for Philadelphia?

Despite some troubling injuries, the Sixers were willing to go for the draft's best prospect.

All Offense, No Defense: Nik Stauskas to the Sacramento Kings

The Kings selected the former Wolverine with their first pick. Was it the right choice?

The Milwaukee Bucks Land Their Man in Jabari Parker

The former Dukie will help prop up a pathetic offense, but can he play on the defensive end?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 6/26/14

When Wainwright is on the mound, it's tough to bet against him.

How Aaron Gordon Will Add Some Magic to Orlando's Defense

Aaron Gordon, the Orlando Magic's first pick, has all the tools to be one of the NBA's elite defenders.

Will Andrew Wiggins Live Up to the Hype in Cleveland?

The Andrew Wiggins hype train has been chugging along for years. Now that it's arrived in Cleveland, what's in store for him and the Cavs?

3 Young Starting Pitchers Making Big Major League Impacts

Jesse Hahn is shining above the rest of the new crop of rookies arms.

Did the Houston Rockets Just Get One Step Closer to Courting LeBron or Carmelo?

The Rockets sent Omer Asik to the Pelicans for a first-round pick. Was it a move to get one of the league's best?

The 2014 NBA Draft: Profiling the Top Centers

The weakest position in this draft class could still provide some valuable pieces for NBA frontcourts.

The 2014 NBA Draft: Profiling the Top Power Forwards

What order will the power trio of Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, and Noah Vonleh get picked, and how does the rest of this position shape out?

NBA Draft Questions: Does Height Matter for Point Guards?

Have taller point guards had more success recently in the NBA than shorter point guards?

Why the Knicks and Mavericks Both Won the Tyson Chandler Deal

The NBA's offseason started with a bang, as the Knicks and Mavericks completed a mutually beneficial trade.

Why Jermichael Finley's Risk May Be Worth the Reward

Jermichael Finley nearly ended his career last year, but his metrics are great. He could help a team in need of a tight end this year.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 6/25/14

Without many strong pitching options tonight, is Garrett Richards the guy to target?

For Fred Jackson, Age Doesn't Matter

The Buffalo Bills will want to run the ball a lot this season, and look for Fred Jackson to be a major part of that, despite his seemingly advanced age.

Forget LeBron, Where Will Carmelo Anthony Land?

With everyone talking about LeBron's big decision, we can't forget about Carmelo Anthony's. Where will he end up?

Milwaukee, It's Time to Move on from Marco Estrada

Marco Estrada is having a disastrous season. It's time to replace him in the Brewers' rotation.

The Two Sides of Luis Suarez

There's no doubt that Luis Suarez is one of the best soccer players in the world, but his on-the-field antics need to stop.

NBA Draft Questions: Which Combine Measurables Are Useful?

The NBA Combine provided us with a flood of stats and information. Let's sort through it all to find significant and insignificant trends.

You Should Think Twice before Drafting San Francisco 49ers in Fantasy Football

There's no denying that the San Francisco 49ers are a great football team. But that doesn't always translate directly to fantasy football.

Lamar Miller Is Slowly Getting Hyped, but It's for Good Reason

The speedy Miller has been plagued by crowded backfields in his first two years, but will he be able to shine in what appears to be the cloudiest one yet?

The 2014 NBA Draft: Profiling the Top Small Forwards

The most talented position in this draft class, who follows the top two players in Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins?

Stevan Ridley Needs to Be on Your Fantasy Football Radar

Following a sub-par 2013 season, Stevan Ridley is flying below the fantasy radar. Will he provide value for fantasy owners this season?

How Long Will Fantasy Baseball Owners Continue to Undervalue Jake Arrieta?

Statistically, Jake Arrieta has been the best hurler in the Cubs rotation this year. But can he keep up his ace-like pace?

Can Toby Gerhart Carry the Load for Jacksonville?

The Jacksonville Jaguars are gambling on running back Toby Gerhart to be their workhorse this year. Will it be a risky bet or did they do their due diligence?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 6/24/14

Though his cost is high, tonight isn't the night to fade Miguel Cabrera.

What LeBron's Opt Out Means for Wade and Bosh

Now that LeBron has opted out, the other two members of the Big Three have big decisions of their own to make in the coming days.

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 12

The Cardinals have a staff ERA of 2.59 in June. Where does that land them in this week's power rankings?

Who Does Bill James Think Will Win the College World Series?

Tyler Beede and the Commodores will certainly play hard tonight as they try to close out UVA, but will they play smart too?

5 Seniors Who Can Make an Instant NBA Impact

The talk of the NBA Draft is consistently about the young freshman, but what about the college veterans?

The Biggest Reasons Behind Joe Mauer's Struggles

Joe Mauer hasn't been himself in 2014. What's at the root of his struggles, and can he turn it around?

Is It the End of the Road for Steven Jackson as a Featured Running Back?

Steven Jackson has been a reliable, productive back for quite a few years. But he doesn't have that much left in the tank.

If Health Is on His Side, Jay Cutler Is Going to Be a Top 5 Fantasy Football Quarterback

Jay Cutler takes a lot of heat, but is his perception clouding an honest judgment about his potential in 2014?

Picking the Ideal Home Run Derby Lineup

Even though fans can vote for the Home Run Derby this year, the ballot doesn't include some of the games' best.

NBA Draft Questions: Can Players Truly Improve Their Shooting?

Do the numbers show a significant increase in shooting from college to the NBA?

Why Thursday's NBA Draft Will Greatly Affect Next Tuesday's Free Agency

In the NBA, the draft and free agency are within a couple days of each other. How will it affect offseason moves and draft picks?

Can Italy Avoid Being the Third Powerhouse Not to Escape the Group Stage?

With their backs against the wall, the “Azzurri” must get a result against Uruguay

Can Markus Wheaton Effectively Replace Emmanuel Sanders in Pittsburgh?

It is time for second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton to emerge in the Steel City. Is he up to the task?

3 International Prospects to Know after Dario Saric's New Contract

Dario Saric, a likely lottery pick, just agreed to a three-year contract to play in Turkey. Which international prospects benefit from the breaking news?

The Odds May Favor the USMNT, but Work Still Needs to Be Done

After a devastating goal by Portugal to force a tie, the United States will look to get at least a point against Germany this week. Can they?

Foot Injury Aside, Joel Embiid Isn't the Right Pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Embiid's foot injury is unfortunate, but it may have allowed Cleveland to avoid a big mistake.

Will Arian Foster Bounce Back as an Elite Three-Down Back?

After battling injury in his 2013 campaign, is Arian Foster ready to bounce back for the Texans in 2014?

Will Matty Ice Return in 2014?

Despite consistency and regular season success, Matty Ice still has to fight the doubters. Can he win the fight in 2014?

Does Pass Protection Prowess Help Running Backs in the Receiving Game?

Giovani Bernard was a top-five blocking running back in 2013. Did this help him gain more value in the receiving game?

The Luckiest and Unluckiest Baseball Seasons Over the Last 5 Years

Which hitters and batters have seen the most and least luck over the last half decade?

Grilli Out, Melancon In: What's next for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Now that Jason Grilli has been demoted from the closer role in Pittsburgh, can Mark Melancon pick things up in the closer role?

Why Terrance Williams is Primed for a Breakout Campaign in 2014

Williams had an impressive rookie season, but his second year is shaping up to be even better.

Dante Exum: The 2014 NBA Draft's International Man of Mystery

The top college prospects have been getting analyzed for months, but there's a kid from Down Under who has been laying low all the while.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 6/23/14

Edwin Encarnacion continues his tear, but is he too costly to play in daily fantasy baseball tonight?

What If the Timberwolves Don't Actually Trade Kevin Love?

It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Kevin Love is leaving Minnesota. But is that the right move for the Timberwolves?

Can Stephen Hill Finally Live up to Expectations in 2014?

Stephen Hill was historically bad in 2013. But does that mean we should give up on such a physical freak?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 6/20/14

David Price crushed the Astros earlier this season, and we think he will again tonight.

What Should We Make of Tavon Austin's Rookie Season?

Tavon Austin had an underwhelming rookie season, is that something that will continue?

Do the Philadelphia Eagles Have a Clear-Cut Number One Wide Receiver?

With DeSean Jackson no longer in the fold, do the Eagles have a true number one wide receiver on the team in 2014? Will they even need one?

How Does LeGarrette Blount Fit in Pittsburgh?

LeGarrette Blount was extremely effective for New England last season. Now in Pittsburgh, will he make a dent in Le'Veon Bell's workload?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 6/19/14

Jordan Zimmermann has a solid matchup tonight against his division rival Braves.

Alshon Jeffery Is Good, but Is He Fantasy Football Elite?

Jeffery emerged last season as an elite NFL receiver, but just how much is his potential limited by playing alongside another stud receiver?

What's Next for Spain Soccer?

It’s the end of an era for arguably history’s greatest team.

Louis Van Gaal Has the Dutch Flying in the World Cup

The Netherlands are soaring in the World Cup, but how far can they go?

He's No Gregg Popovich, but Erik Spoelstra Deserves More Love

Erik Spoelstra has been a great coach, yet he doesn't get the respect he deserves.

Was Clayton Kershaw's No-Hitter the Greatest Game Ever Pitched?

Kershaw's masterful performance was one for the ages last night, but where does it rank all time?

Why the Knicks Should Want Patty Mills

Fresh off of winning a ring, a look at what Patty Mills can bring to a Knicks squad that might be interested in his services.

Is Second-Year Wideout Kenny Stills Ready for a Breakout Season?

Thanks to a few key departures this offseason, the table is set for Kenny Stills to shine in the Saints' offense.

What Will Jay Gruden's Effect Be on Alfred Morris?

Morris is a notorious volume rusher. Gruden is a passing-focused coach. Can they mesh?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 6/18/14

Aramis Ramirez should have no trouble tonight given his play against lefties this year.

Julio Jones Says He's the Best Receiver in the NFL. Does He Have a Case?

Julio Jones thinks he's the best receiver in the NFL. Is he right? Let's look at the numbers.

Why Manu Ginobili Deserves Even More Recognition

Manu Ginobili has had an incredible career, and it may be even better than you think.

Can the USMNT Handle Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal?

After a huge win against Ghana, is the United States ready to take on Portugal?

Is Percy Harvin Overrated in Fantasy Football?

Percy Harvin has always struggled to stay on the field, but do his advanced metrics make up for his lack of playing time?

Decision Time Again: What Jersey Will LeBron James Be Wearing Next Year?

Strap in for another long NBA off-season - LeBron's decision will be a hot topic yet again.

How Corey Kluber Emerged as One of the Best Pitchers in Baseball

Corey Kluber was once an unknown pitcher in the Padres farm system. Not anymore.

Why Rob Gronkowski Is the Best Tight End in the NFL

Jimmy Graham might officially become a wide receiver soon, but even if he remains a tight end, he's not the best at his position.

Can England Get Back on Track in the World Cup?

England's chances of advancing out of the Group Stage sat at almost 85% prior to the tournament. After a loss in the opening game, that's dropped significantly. Can they turn things around?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 6/17/14

Is Darvish worth his high salary tonight despite his dominance?

Why Doug Baldwin Is Insanely Undervalued in Fantasy Football

With Golden Tate gone to Detroit, is Doug Baldwin worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts this season?

LeBron James' 2014 Heat Teammates Were the Worst He's Had in the NBA Finals

The 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers lacked the talent to back up LeBron James and got demolished. But they weren't as bad in the Finals as the 2014 Miami Heat.

Can Andrew Heaney Help the Marlins Make a Playoff Push?

The Marlins called up Andrew Heaney on Monday. Will he be the difference in the Marlins making the playoffs?

MLB Rookie of the Year Race Update: Week 12

With a couple of fresh faces entering the fold this week, can Masahiro Tanaka maintain his strangle-hold on the top spot?

Ladarius Green's Breakout Is Coming, But We May Have to Wait for It

Green possesses all the skills to be one of the league's next elite tight ends, but a crowded Chargers depth chart may deter the breakout this year.

The NBA's 5 Most Important Unrestricted Free Agents This Summer

There are some important names hitting free agency on July 1st. How could they shake up the NBA landscape?

Why the Kansas City Royals Are on Fire

The Kansas City Royals have won eight straight heading into Tuesday. Here's why they've gotten so hot.

Fred Jackson- More years to come?

Respect the Role Players: How the Spurs Truly Won the 2014 NBA Finals

The Spurs wouldn't have won, or even gotten to, the Finals this year without the help of a huge supporting cast

Fly like an Eagle: USA's Updated World Cup Odds after Victory over Ghana

One down, two to go. What's next for USA?

A Look at Tony Gwynn's Numbers: Rest in Peace, Mr. Padre

Tony Gwynn passed away today, but his career will be forever remembered.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 6/16/14

Will Julio Teheran dominate the Phillies again tonight?

Is Jarrett Boykin a Worthwhile Fantasy Football Target?

He isn't a long-term keeper, but Jarrett Boykin might be worth a pick in fantasy drafts because of the excellent opportunity he has as a Green Bay receiver.

Jake Locker Has More Fantasy Football Potential than You Think

The Titans quarterback hasn't done much throughout his career, but he could be an interesting fantasy option in 2014.

LeBron James Should Have Been the 2014 NBA Finals MVP

It won't be a popular opinion, but the numbers suggest that LeBron James was the most valuable player in the NBA Playoffs and Finals.

How Italy's Victory over England Dramatically Shifted Their World Cup Odds

A classic performance against England this past weekend has sparked the surprisingly underrated Italy.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Scooter Gennett Gets His Platoon Advantage

Scooter Gennett will face a lot of right-handed pitching this week, and fantasy owners should take notice.

Philip Rivers Deserves More Love

Philip Rivers' numbers put him in the second tier of quarterbacks. Why don't people acknowledge his skills?

No, Vincent Jackson Isn't Better than Demaryius Thomas

The NFL Network's Top 100 Players ranks Vincent Jackson at 44, while Demaryius Thomas comes in at 49. Does this make any sense?

Which All-Stars Should You Vote for in the National League?

Yasiel Puig adds talent and flair to the National League lineup

The 2014 NBA Draft: Profiling the Top Shooting Guards

A deep class with exceptional versatility, the 2014 shooting guard draft class possesses a number of different styles to choose from.

The Most and Least Cost-Effective Secondaries in 2013

The Chiefs cut Brandon Flowers, saving them $7.5 million, but is the secondary a good place to try to save money?

Handicapping the NBA Finals MVP Race

With San Antonio on the brink of a championship, we take a look at who could take home the hardware.

The Most and Least Cost-Effective Front Sevens of 2013

Denver took the best front seven all the way to the bank in 2013. Literally.

Why the USMNT's Opening World Cup Game Will Be More Exciting than You Think

The U.S. men's national soccer team will face Ghana on Monday. What should we expect?

Musical Chairs with the San Antonio Spurs: LeBron James Can't Guard Everyone

Short of cloning LeBron James, the Heat might just be overmatched against this Spurs rotating offense.

San Antonio's Dominance in the Paint Has Been the Difference in the NBA Finals

San Antonio's commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals shows just as much about the Spurs' effectiveness as it does Miami's.

What Type of Role Will Chris Johnson Have in 2014?

Although Chris Johnson is not a very metric-friendly running back, the Jets added him in the offseason. How big of a role will he play in 2014?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 6/13/14

Anytime Clayton Kershaw is on the mound, you know he's in play in daily fantasy baseball. What do our algorithms say?

The Most and Least Cost-Effective Running Games in 2013

The Packers did a lot with a little on the ground last year, but not all NFL teams followed suit.

Why Jeff Samardzija is Worth a King's Ransom

Jeff Samardzija's change in approach has turned him into a legitimate ace. And teams better recognize it.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 6/12/14

Chris Sale has a tough pitching matchup tonight, but our algorithms think he's in for a good game.

Will Clay Buchholz Rebound When He Returns?

Clay Buchholz is off to one of the worst starts to his career. Can he clean it up once he gets off the DL?

Will the New-Look Miami Dolphins Offense Save Mike Wallace's Career?

Wallace set career lows in 2013 after signing a big-money deal in Miami. Can a new offensive system help him bounce back?

Germany's World Cup: If You're Not First, Your'e Last

Germany has a rich soccer history. Will it continue in this year's World Cup?

Do Rushing Quarterbacks Help Running Back Success?

The read-option was a revelation in 2012, but does the rushing quarterback sustain running back success?

13 Things Non-Soccer Fans Need to Know About the World Cup

Soccer can be confusing at times for non-fans of the sport, so too help, here are 13 things to know before you start watching today.

The 3 Biggest Opening Weekend World Cup Games

The World Cup starts today, and there are three games that could bring some serious drama.

World Cup Hope: Why This Could Be France's Year

France has only managed one win in three major tournaments since the 2006 World Cup Final. Is this finally their year?

Rashard Lewis: The Miami Heat's Secret Weapon in the NBA Finals

The Heat have needed a player outside the Big Three to get hot over the last two years in order to win the title. Is Rashard Lewis that player in 2014?

Zack Wheeler's Inconsistent 2014 Performance: Can He Be a Stud?

After an inconsistent start to 2014, what does Zack Wheeler have in store for the remainder of the season?

Why the Cubs Are Better than Their Record Shows

The Chicago Cubs have the second-worst record in baseball, but their numbers suggest otherwise.

Kawhi Leonard: The Spur of Tomorrow Arrives a Little Early

The torch in San Antonio will be passed to Kawhi Leonard eventually, but in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he may have taken it earlier than expected.

How Danny Green Helped the Spurs Win a Pivotal Game 3

Kawhi Leonard's career game receives all the praise, and deservingly so. But Danny Green warrants praise as well.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 6/11/14

Masahiro Tanaka is the best pitcher going tonight, but is he the best daily fantasy value?

The Miami Heat Have a Point Guard Problem

Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are holding the Heat back. What can Miami do to improve at the position?

Can Jordan Reed Become an Elite Tight End?

Jordan Reed has enormous 2014 potential, and could compete with top tight ends. That is, if he can stay healthy.

Which All-Stars Should You Vote for in the American League?

Yep, thats Twins' second baseman Brian Dozier, who is currently the best second baseman in the American League.

The 5 Biggest Group Stage World Cup Games

The World Cup is just a day away, and our algorithms show five very intriguing group stage games.

The 7 NBA Franchises Without an NBA Finals Appearance: Is There Any Hope?

These seven organizations haven't made it to the biggest level yet. How close are they?

Who Will Win the Golden Boot in the World Cup?

Which World Cup player will be the top individual goal scorer this year?

Pierre Garcon:

A Look at Quarterback ACL Tears: Will RGIII Bounce Back?

Robert Griffin III struggled last season following surgery for a torn ACL. Will he be able to regain his rookie form?

Why the Houston Astros Won the 2014 MLB Draft

The Astros' 2014 draft class is just a continuation of an upward trend for the franchise.

LeBron James Knows His Strengths, and That's Big for the Heat

LeBron's jumper was big in Game 2, but what must he do tonight to repeat his monster performance?

Ranking the World Cup Groups Through Advanced Analytics

Using our nERD statistic, which group is easiest in this year's World Cup, and which one looks to be toughest?

What Winning Game 3 Means for Both Miami and San Antonio

History is not kind to Game 3 losers in the NBA Playoffs. What do our algorithms say about it?

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 10

The Washington Nationals may not be getting enough love nationally, but they'll get some here as they move into the top five of our power rankings.

What Should We Expect from Kendrys Morales and the Twins?

Twins fans and fantasy owners hope that Kendrys Morales and Jason Kubel aren't Twins.

Manu's Resurgence: Why the Spurs Need Ginobili in the NBA Finals

Manu Ginobili has always been a difference-maker, but his impact has been magnified in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

Why Jimmy Graham Should Be Paid like a Wide Receiver

Although Jimmy Graham is considered a tight end by the Saints, he wants to be paid like a wide receiver. Does his production match his opinion?

LeBron James is Just Warming Up

Do the Spurs have any chance of stopping the best player of this generation?

A Look Back: How Tim Duncan Set the Career Playoff Double-Double Record

Tim Duncan is now tied with the most double-doubles in NBA history. How did the 17-year veteran do it?

Lonnie Chisenhall: Finally Living up to His Potential

Lonnie Chisenhall went bonkers last night, and he's showing signs that he's finally here to stay.

Is Derek Fisher the Right Man for the New York Knicks?

The former guard was a fearless leader on the court, but will he bring the same mentality as head coach of the Knicks?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 6/9/14

The Braves are at Coors tonight facing a pitcher making his Major League debut. Which ones should you start?

Gregory Polanco is Coming, and the Pittsburgh Pirates Are Ready

Gregory Polanco will be making his Major League debut tonight, and his arrival means only good things for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 6/10/14

Given Justin Verlander's struggles, Jose Abreu isn't a bad play at all tonight.

The Most and Least Cost-Effective Quarterbacks of 2013

Nick Foles had a spectacular 2013 campaign, and it was even better when you factor in the money he made.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Brazil of the Balkans?

How far can Bosnia-Herzegovina go in this year's World Cup?

Is Domonic Brown Breaking out of His Funk?

Domonic Brown has had a horrible 2014, but there are signs he may finally be snapping out of it.

Chris Bosh's Range: One of the Miami Heat's Deadliest Weapons

Chris Bosh is becoming one of the best long-range shooting big men in the game. It's about time we all took notice.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: An Answer at Shortstop

If you need a shortstop for the week, there may be an answer for shallower leagues.

5 Stats to Know about Major League Baseball College Draftees

You know Nick Howard is good, but one of his statistics is unbelievably drool-worthy.

Adrien Robinson: Fantasy Football Person of Interest or the Best Smelling Garbage Man?

Adrien Robinson has claimed the top spot on the Giants' tight end depth chart. Should fantasy owners care?

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3 Keys to Success for the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals

It's only been one game, but the back-to-back defending champs have the odds stacked against them. Does it matter?

Run Support Winners and Losers Through May

The list for pitcher who are getting and lacking support has completely changed since last month.

Jermichael Finley

What to Expect from the Top College Pitchers in the MLB Draft

Phillies' draftee Aaron Nola is among an impressive group of college arms filled with upside and promise.

The Spurs' Fourth Quarter: The Real Story We Should Remember from Game 1 of the NBA Finals

While everyone was talking about the malfunctioning AC and #CRAMPGATE, the Spurs went and had one of the best quarters in history.

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 6/6/14

Are Dodger hitters worthwhile tonight against Colorado's Eddie Butler?

It's Not Time to Fade Marshawn Lynch

During OTAs, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has done nothing but praise Christine Michael. Does this signal the end of Marshawn Lynch's backfield dominance?

Are Collegiate MLB Draft Prospects Better than High School Ones?

Nearly half of the first-round picks in Thursday's MLB Draft were high schoolers. Are they worth the risk?

Can the Cowboys Survive without Sean Lee?

Sean Lee will likely miss the 2014 season with a torn ACL, leaving the Cowboys without their standout linebacker.

The 2014 NBA Draft: Profiling the Top Point Guards

Although there's no elite talent, the 2014 point guard class still has several intriguing prospects

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 6/5/14

Against Bronson Arroyo, Troy Tulowitzki is a must play tonight.

Which Wide Receiver Duo Was Best in 2013?

The Bears and Broncos boasted duos that were a cut above the rest in 2013. But which one was best?

Is LeBron James Ready to be a Legend of the Game?

How important is this NBA Finals victory for LeBron James?

5 of the Best Bad Stats in Major League Baseball

Ben Revere and Billy Butler have something in common, and it's not what you think it is.

5 Collegiate Hitters to Watch in the MLB Draft

With the 2014 MLB Draft starting Thursday, here are five hitters whose stats you'll want to know.

Why the Spurs' Depth Was the Difference in Game 1

The focus of the NBA Finals will be on the superstars, but San Antonio's bench really made the difference in Game 1.

Colin Kaepernick's New Deal: The 49ers Got It Right

While many people will criticize the monstrous deal, the dollar value that the 49ers settled on with Colin Kaepernick makes sense.

Are Both Joique Bell and Reggie Bush Fantasy Football Values?

The Detroit Lions need to balance out their offense to improve in 2014. That means finding the right mix of their two talented backs.

Making Sense of the San Diego Backfield: Donald Brown's Impact

Can you really trust Ryan Mathews to be the bell cow of the San Diego backfield in 2014?

Boris Diaw: The Key to the Spurs' Success in the NBA Finals

The versatile big man is able to make his impact felt in a variety of ways, and he could be a big reason the Spurs win another title.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 6/4/14

Josh Donaldson has a great matchup tonight, but is he too expensive to use?

Ray Allen in the Clutch: Can He Work His Magic Again This Year?

What parts of Ray Allen's game makes him so good when his team needs him most?

Will Lionel Messi Finally Deliver in the World Cup?

Lionel Messi has consistently underperformed on the world stage, but will that change in Brazil?

Using Math to Evaluate Kevin Love Trade Scenarios

How high of a first round pick would it take to match Kevin Love's value?

Are the Colorado Rockies Off Their Rocky Mountain High?

The Colorado Rockies have fallen below .500 after their monster start. Can they rebound?

Win Odds vs. Vegas Lines: Finding World Cup Diamonds in the Rough

The numberFire algorithms have pulled out favorites to win the World Cup, but where are there differences with Vegas?

MLB Teams with the Best and Worst First-Round Track Records

Using sabermetrics, three teams have done a great job with their first-round picks over the years, while three teams certainly have not.

Now That He's Back, What Can We Expect from Ryan Zimmerman?

Ryan Zimmerman returned to the Nationals' lineup yesterday. What can we expect from him?

Can Matt Adams Maintain Fantasy Baseball Relevancy When He Returns from the DL?

Matt Adams lost his power stroke somewhere in his new approach to beating the defensive shift. Will he find it before it's too late?

The Ultimate NBA Finals Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat Part Deux

In a repeat of last year's NBA Finals matchup, which team has the edge and the best chance of adding to their legacy?

Less May Be More for Doug Martin in Lovie Smith's Offense

The word in Tampa Bay is that Doug Martin won't be contending for the rushing title this year, but his situation is surprisingly fantasy friendly.

What Should the Cubs Do with Their First-Round Draft Pick?

The Cubs will have plenty of options with the fourth overall pick. Who would be the smartest selection?

How Sustainable Are Big Plays from Receivers Year after Year?

Turning receptions into big gains and touchdowns is a great way to make the highlight reels, but just how sustainable are the results?

Why Dez Bryant Deserves to Get Paid

Entering the final year of his rookie-contract, Dez Bryant wants to cash-in like other elite-level receivers. Has he truly earned it?

What Tom Brady's Age Says About His Potential

What do other quarterbacks in the late stages of their career suggest about Brady's future?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 6/3/14

Is Paul Goldschmidt worth his cost tonight against the Rockies?

MLB Rookie of the Year Race Update: Week 10

Four rookies have nERD's higher than 2.00, and a new contender throws his name into contention.

Why Geno Smith's 2013 Season Shows Almost No Promise

Geno Smith struggled in 2013, but let's not simply assume things will only get better.

The Case for Cameroon in the World Cup

The odds aren't in Cameroon's favor, but is it possible that Volker Finke's squad can make it out of Group A?

Don't Sleep on Heath Miller in Fantasy Football This Year

Coming off a fantastic 2012 season, Heath Miller played much of 2013 injured. Is he about to rebound in 2014?

Colombia: Deserved World Cup Darlings

After a painful 16-year absence, Los Cafeteros return with another “golden generation.

After Years of Misfortune, the Charlotte Hornets' Luck Is Changing

The Bobcats, now Hornets, have been perhaps the unluckiest team in the NBA over the last decade. But that's changing.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 6/2/14

Hanley Ramirez has been on fire, and he has a pretty favorable pitching matchup tonight. Should you start him?

Will 2014 Be Torrey Smith's Big Year?

Torrey Smith has potential to be a number one receiver. Can the new offense help get him to the next level?

How the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are Mirror Images

The Spurs and Heat match up perfectly with one another, both on and off the court.

One-Man Band: How Far Can Christiano Ronaldo Take Portugal?

He’s the best player in the world, but will the great Ronaldo be enough to save Portugal?

Is Trent Richardson a Post-Hype Sleeper?

Marshawn Lynch went from being a mediocre runner to one of the best in the NFL. Can T-Rich do the same?

Is Good Blocking an Indicator of Receiving Value for Tight Ends?

If a tight end can block well, should we assume he'll be on the field more often to get targets?

Why Are the Tampa Bay Rays so Bad?

They were many - if not most - experts' pick to win the AL East. Why are they now really bad?

Turning Things Around: Here Come the Washington Nationals

After a disappointing 2013, the Washington Nationals have caught fire and are the World Series contenders we thought they would be.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: A Solution to First Base Woes

If you need some help at first base, Lucas Duda could be the answer.

Can Anyone Catch the Surging Blue Jays in the AL East?

Even the Orioles' Cruz control pace can't keep up with Encarnacion and the red-hot Blue Jays

Alex Avila: Ready to Rebound

Alex Avila is on a quest to put up some of the best numbers of his career.

Are the Packers Just Better Than Other Teams at Drafting?

Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has a reputation for draft day wizardry; does it hold up?

Where Does Bryce Brown Fit in Buffalo?

Already sporting a two-pronged rushing attack, the Bills added Bryce Brown to the mix. Can he make an immediate impact?

Overlooked and Undervalued: Three Starting Pitchers Who Deserve Your Attention

If you need starting pitching, here are three overlooked guys who can help your fantasy team.

Analyzing Scott Brooks' Unbalanced Lineup Decisions

OKC's coach has a few flaws, but are they really that bad?

The Impact of Daryl Washington's Suspension: The Arizona Cardinals Won't Be the Same

One of the best defenses in 2013 loses one of its best players for all of 2014. What can we expect from the Cardinals without their best linebacker?

Does Scott Brooks Have One More Adjustment Left to Force a Game 7?

Scott Brooks and Gregg Popovich have adjusted back and forth in the Western Conference Finals to great success. Can Brooks pull off one more win?

Will the Third Time Be the Charm for Ivory Coast in the World Cup?

In his final World Cup, can Didier Drogba make it out of the group stage?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/30/14

Our numbers like the pair of hard-hitting Angels tonight. Who else made the cut?

Can Ka'Deem Carey Make a Big Rookie Impact for the Bears?

We all know by now that Marc Trestman is a wizard. Will his magic work on rookie Ka'Deem Carey?

Sabermetrics Explained: ERA Estimators

These statistics tell us that Chris Young's true skill set does not support his tidy 3.27 ERA

5 Hitters Bound to Regress Based on Expected BABIP

Several high-profile players are posting unsustainably-high batted-ball stats this year. Who's knocking on regression's door?

Why Croatia Will Shock Everyone in the World Cup

Croatia has just a 0.17% chance of winning the World Cup, but there's reason to believe they can shock the world.

Why Nick Foles Isn't a Sure Thing for the Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles set the football world on fire last season, but will he be able to compete with 2013?

Is Alex Smith Really Worth Jay Cutler Money?

Alex Smith thinks his new contract should be comparable to Jay Cutler's. Should it?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/29/14

Jaime Garcia not only is a fairly cheap option tonight, but we have him projected as the best pitching option.

Is Julio Teheran Truly the Atlanta Braves' Ace?

With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the year, Julio Teheran has emerged as the Atlanta Braves ace. But will that last?

Don't Ignore St. Louis Rams Receivers in 2014

There are no names on this receiver depth chart, but can the likes of Chris Givens and Tavon Austin make good in 2014?

The Raging Red Devils: Can Belgium Live Up to the Hype in the World Cup?

Despite no real history of any major World Cup success, Belgium remains a trendy pick to make some noise in 2014.

LeBron James is Clutch, and It's Stupid to Think Otherwise

LeBron passed to Chris Bosh during the dying seconds of a Game 5 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, but that doesn't change the fact that he's clutch.

Under Pressure: Can Brazil Live up to Their Lofty Expectations?

How will the Brazilian national team cope with the pressure to win on their home stage?

Antonio Brown's Ascension to Elite Status: What Will His 2014 Season Look Like?

Has Antonio Brown proved his worth to be ranked among the NFL's elite wide receivers?

Which NBA Lottery Draft Class Was the Best?

What will the 2014 NBA lottery class have to accomplish to be considered among the best ever?

Back to the Basics for Game 5: Can the San Antonio Spurs Turn It Around?

Did Popovich give up in Game 4 or just evaluate the possible matchups he could exploit with his bench?

Why Michael Floyd Could Be Ready for a Huge Year

Continued efficient development out of Michael Floyd could make him the league's next star wideout.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 5/28/14

Despite his high price tag, Clayton Kershaw is a good play tonight according to our algorithms. Who else should you play?

Russell Westbrook Haters Must Also Hate Statistics

The narrative of the Thunder being better without Westbrook took a hard hit after his historic night in Game 4 performance.

5 Hitters Bound to Improve Moving Forward Based on Expected BABIP

Same players have ridiculous discrepancies between their batting average on balls in play and line-drive percentages, and they could be due for a serious increase in production.

How Rare Was Ben Revere's Home Run Drought?

There were once three certainties in life; death, taxes and home run-less Ben Revere. Now, it's just death and taxes.

Should Norris Cole Be Starting for the Heat Instead of Mario Chalmers?

Cole has outplayed Chalmers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Is it time to hand him the keys?

No, Andre Ellington Won't Get 400 Touches for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014

The Cardinals have good reasons to like Andre Ellington, but that doesn't mean they're going to give him 400 touches this season.

Is Paul George Right? Do the Heat Get Preferential Treatment From Officials?

Paul George suggested the Heat got some

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 5/27/14

Among all the aces tonight, is Max Scherzer the one to start?

It's Time for the Cincinnati Bengals and BenJarvus Green-Ellis to Part Ways

A decline in efficiency, an emerging talent, and a 2014 second-round draft pick have all made BenJarvus Green-Ellis's future with the Bengals a tenuous situation.

MLB Buy or Sell: Is Dallas Keuchel Here to Stay?

The Astros' left-hander has gone from obscurity to dominance this season. Will it continue?

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 8

Josh Beckett's no-hitter gave the Dodgers a jolt, but did it help them in this week's numberFire Power Rankings?

4 Surprisingly Productive Left Fielders: Will They Continue Their Pace?

Michael Brantley is one of several surprise left fielders filling up the stat sheet this season. The question is, will the production continue?

How Will Montee Ball Fare as a Feature Back for the Denver Broncos?

The Broncos are turning over the backfield to Ball, but is he ready to replace Moreno?

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Jason Castro Could Come Up Big

Jason Castro's numbers have been solid enough at catcher this year, but this week could be an especially good one for the Astro.

How Serge Ibaka Led the Thunder Resurrgence in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals

After being thoroughly outplayed in Games 1 and 2, the Thunder looked like contenders again in Game 3 with Serge Ibaka leading the way.

MLB Buy or Sell: Garrett Richards' Hot Start

Garrett Richards has been dominant this season, but can we expect it to continue?

Will Minnesota Vikings Receivers Be Relevant in 2014?

With new quarterbacks, new coordinators, and new hope, can Minnesota produce real receiving threats?

Can Cody Latimer Replace Eric Decker?

With Eric Decker signing with the NY Jets in the off-season, who will step up to replace him in Denver?

The Most Intriguing Players on the 2014 Houston Astros

The Astros aren't a good baseball team, but that doesn't mean the players are all bad.

What is the Solution at Tight End for the Green Bay Packers?

A bunch of unknowns

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/23/14

Felix Hernandez has struggled against the Astros this year. Should you go with him tonight despite this?

Why the Tony Romo Narrative Is Complete Garbage

Everyone hates Tony Romo, but as you'll see, the hate has nothing to do with how he performs on a football field.

Has Phil Hughes Actually Turned His Performance Around?

Hughes has a 1.08 ERA over his last five starts. Is this version of Hughes here to stay?

Is Dwyane Wade Ready to Dominate?

After a restful season, can D-Wade help carry the Heat to another NBA Championship?

England's Fresh Faces Will See Them Through Group D

You know Rooney and “Captain Fantastic”, but it may very well be some new English faces who decide how far the Three Lions go.

Why a New Supporting Cast Means Some Players Should Move Up and Down Draft Boards

The Indiana Pacers' Worst-Case Scenario in Game 3 and Beyond

The series is tied at 1-1 and could swing either way. If they lose, how they do it might be the key to their future.

Is This Wayne Rooney's Last World Cup Chance?

Wayne Rooney has zero goals in eight World Cup games. Is Brazil his last chance?

What Does Luis Suarez's Injury Mean for the World Cup?

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is easily one of the best players in the world, but may end up not playing in this year's World Cup.

Burning Questions: What Is the Most Ridiculous Stat from This MLB Season?

The numberFire baseball writers give their favorite stats from this season, including the illustration of Johnny Cueto's dominance.

Goodbye, Landon: Will USA Make It Out Of Group G?

Did the United States make the right choice in leaving Landon Donovan off the 23-man roster?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/22/14

Zack Greinke is the top priced pitcher tonight, but does that mean he shouldn't be used in daily fantasy?

Is Mike Moustakas a Lost Cause?

After a struggling start and demotion, is there any hope left for the Royals third baseman?

Is LeSean McCoy the Best Running Back in Football?

What do the advanced metrics say about Shady's bold claim?

How Can the Ravens Fix Their Running Back Woes?

Both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce struggled last season. Can either turn it around, or is newcomer Lorenzo Taliaferro the answer in Gary Kubiak's offense?

How Edwin Encarnacion Is Hitting so Many Home Runs in May

How good is Edwin Encarnacion's insane month of May compared to the greatest power months of all time?

Derek Norris: More Than a One-Trick Pony

Derek Norris has shed the platoon tag, and shown himself to be an everyday catcher.

Don't Count on Early Success from the 2014 Rookie Tight Ends

There were a few tight ends taken in the 2014 NFL Draft who seem to have some promise. But don't bank on any early success for these rookies.

Can Oklahoma City Win the Point Guard Battle against the Spurs in Game 3?

Tony Parker is dominating the point guard battle thus far. Can Westbrook and Jackson turn the tables?

Frank Gore in 2014: The End We've Been Expecting for Years

Despite Frank Gore's statistical totals, he has been declining for the last three years.

How Danny Green is Becoming His Generation's Robert Horry or Derek Fisher

Horry and Fisher contributed to a combined 12 championships as three-point specialists. Is Danny Green becoming their modern-day equivalent?

Is Le'Veon Bell a True Feature Back?

Some have questioned Bell's completeness as a running back. Can he be the Steelers go-to runner for years to come?

The Value of the Incompletion: Lessons Learned from High-Volume Wide Receivers in 2013

Incomplete passes suck, but not every incomplete pass impacts the game the same way.

A Deep Look at Adam Wainwright's Ridiculous Start

The runner-up for last season's NL Cy Young award has upped his game once again this season

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 5/21/14

Yasiel Puig had five home runs over his last 40 at-bats. Will his hot streak continue tonight on national television?

Good Things Come In Threes: Play TriplePlay

DailyMVP Introduces Fantasy Baseball Game: TriplePlay

How Many Number One Picks Does It Take to Get to the Center of an NBA Playoff Race?

The Cavs have a miserable drafting history. Will this year be the pick that gets them into the playoffs?

On the Hot Seat: Will Trevor Rosenthal's Regression Cost Him His Job?

The hard throwing righty has been far from dominant in 2014. Will he be removed from the closer's role?

How the Miami Heat Swung the Odds Back in Their Favor in Game 2

On the verge of going down 0-2 for the first time in the Big Three era, LeBron and Wade put the Heat on their backs and owned the fourth quarter.

Why Chris Andersen Needs to Start for the Heat

Chris Andersen has been great in the playoffs, and the Heat could benefit from playing him even more.

Why the Spurs' Frontcourt Makes Them the Title Favorite

The Spurs' size and experience up front has been huge for them all playoffs and should be a difference maker moving forward.

Buy or Sell: Is Jesse Chavez For Real?

Chavez seems to have found a role after being a journeyman for most of his career.

Why the Red Sox Had to Re-Sign Stephen Drew

Having Will Middlebrooks land on the DL might have been a good thing for the Boston Red Sox.

Andrew Luck: The Smartest Rushing Quarterback in the NFL

Everyone's aware that Andrew Luck has the passing skills to be the next elite quarterback. But one thing that may not be as well known is his unbelievable ability on the ground.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 5/20/14

In just his second big league start tonight, is Anthony DeSclafani worth the potential daily fantasy risk?

Chris Bosh's Struggles Against the Pacers: Can Miami Win Without Him?

Can Miami win despite poor performances from one of the Big Three members?

Who's Going to Replace Darren Sproles in New Orleans?

The new Philadelphia Eagle, Sproles, experienced a decline in production last season, but will the Saints be able to replace him?

Should Starling Marte Stay Away From the Leadoff Spot in the Pirates' Lineup?

Since a change of scenery in the Pirates batting order, Starling Marte has been crushing the ball. With the addition of a young superstar to the Pirates lineup next month, what's in store for the remainder of Marte's season?

MLB Rookie of the Year Race Update: Week 8

Does Jose Abreu's injury open the door for a new name at the top?

Is There More to Mike Olt than Just Home Runs?

Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is hitting lots of home runs, but really, he's not doing much else.

Where Will Kevin Love Land?

Rumors are swirling about a possible Kevin Love trade, but where might the All-Star best fit?

MLB National League Quarterly Awards: Can Johnny Cueto Continue His Dominance?

Johnny Cueto earns the quarterly NL Cy Young Award, but don't expect him to win the full-season one.

Is It 2012 All Over Again for San Antonio and Oklahoma City?

How worried are the Spurs now that Serge Ibaka is back?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 5/19/14

Stephen Strasburg is the best pitching play tonight, especially against a Reds lineup missing Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.

Did the Cleveland Browns Make a Mistake by Passing on Wide Receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft?

The Browns added veteran wide receivers this offseason, but will that help cover their massive need at the position?

Regression Report: Bronson Arroyo is Dealing

Bronson Arroyo has looked like an ace over his last four outings. Can it continue?

The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery: Team Odds and Likely Scenarios

A top three pick this year will change a franchise. What is your team's odds of scoring one of those?

Can the Thunder Survive Serge Ibaka's Season-Ending Injury?

For the second straight year, the Thunder will be without a key player for the rest of the playoffs. Can they overcome it this time?

Burning Questions: What Change Would You Make in Major League Baseball If You Had Unlimited Power?

Could elite closers such as Glen Perkins be used more effectively?

Is Tom Brady Officially on the Decline?

Brady will be 37 years old before kickoff this year. Has he finally reached the downswing of his career?

Could Jerick McKinnon Be the Heir Apparent at Running Back for the Vikings?

McKinnon could provide an extra spark in the backfield to compliment an aging Adrian Peterson.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Can Seth Smith Keep His Hot Bat Going?

Seth Smith is batting .452 over the last two weeks. Will his streak continue into this one?

Why Andrew Luck's Year 2 Improvement Was Even Better Than You Thought

Andrew Luck has attempted nearly 1,300 drop backs in his first two seasons, but is the volume helpful or hurtful for young quarterbacks?

How David West Has Quietly Been the Most Important Indiana Pacer

The Pacers have generated plenty of headlines this year, but not nearly enough of them have been about the solid play of David West.

It's Time to Start Searching for Answers, Clipper Nation

After being ousted by the Thunder, can the Clippers find the answer to their playoff woes?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/16/14

Is it smart to go with cheap pitching given tonight's slate?

Why Was Greg Little Released? Because He's Not Very Good at Professional Football.

Greg Little could be the worst wide receiver seeing significant volume in the entire NFL.

Don't Worry, Washington: The Future Is Bright for the Wizards

Losing to the Pacers is tough, but the Wizards could be primed for a playoff run again next year.

Miami-Indiana Series Preview: We Meet Again

It's like deja vu all over again, except with more headbands!

A Spurs Lineup That Could Spell Trouble for the Thunder

One Spurs lineup has been the most effective of any five-man combination in the NBA this postseason. Are the Thunder ready for it?

The Curious Case of Kyrie Irving: What's Next for the Cleveland Cavaliers' Star?

In three years with Cleveland, Irving has earned two All-Star appearances, but his future as a Cav, and as a point guard, is still uncertain.

MLB Quarterly Awards: Is Jose Abreu a Lock for AL Rookie of the Year?

Jose Abreu is crushing the ball to start the year. Is the AL Rookie of the Year his to lose?

Breaking Down the Milwaukee Brewers' Recent Slump

The Milwaukee Brewers started the season on fire with an 18-6 record, but have since gone 7-9. What's happened to the Brew Crew?

Can Paul George Bring It Home for the Pacers in Game 6?

PG has been great for Indy in the playoffs, but they need him to show up every night

Which Rookie Quarterbacks Will Shine In 2014?

Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater were all first-round picks this year, but will they have an immediate impact?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/15/14

After the Cleveland Indians hitting display last night, is it time for Round 2 tonight?

Where is DeAndre Jordan in the Clippers-Thunder Series?

DeAndre Jordan is playing below his averages, and the Clippers need more from him if they want to win their series against the Thunder.

Drew Gooden: From 10-Day Contract to Constructive Device in the Wizards' Playoff Run

Veteran Drew Gooden went from a 10-day contract to helping keep the Wizards alive against the Pacers.

How Good Can Sammy Watkins Be with the Buffalo Bills?

The Bills made some major moves at the receiver position this offseason, adding Mike Williams and Sammy Watkins to their WR corps and ditching Stevie Johnson. But did they make the right moves?

Looking at Stan Van Gundy's Coaching History to Project the 2014-2015 Detroit Pistons

Will Stan Van Gundy's coaching history help with this complicated Pistons roster?

Should Andre Johnson Stay in Houston?

Johnson doesn't want another rebuilding project. Is asking for a trade the way to get a ring?

What's the Key to Brian Dozier's Breakout?

Brian Dozier sits eighth in the league in home runs. But how?

MLB Buy or Sell: Alexei Ramirez's Hot Start

Veteran infielder Alexei Ramirez has experienced a renaissance of sorts in 2014. Will it continue?

Should Rueben Randle Be a Concern for the Giants?

The Giants front office has noted that Rueben Randle hasn't progressed the way they'd like. Is there legitimate concern?

4 Rookie Running Backs with Immediate Opportunities for Success

Just because rookie running backs had to wait to be drafted doesn't mean they won't impact the NFL this season.

Does Rookie of the Year actually Spell Hall of Fame in Major League Baseball?

Mike Trout's Rookie Season wasn't an isolated event. Is this the exception or the rule?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 5/14/14

Johnny Cueto has a good matchup tonight at home. Is he the right play though?

Josh Beckett and Dan Haren: Old Faces Becoming New Dodgers' Aces?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten a boost in their rotation from two former aces. How likely is their strong contribution to continue?

How 43 Seconds Drastically Changed the Clippers' Odds of Advancing to the Western Conference Finals

The Thunder had a 1% probability of winning with 43 seconds left, and then the craziness ensued.

Burning Questions: What Have You Learned During the First Quarter of the MLB Season?

The numberFire MLB writers talk through some of the things they've learned so far this year, including Dee Gordon and his ability to play baseball.

MLB Buy or Sell: Kevin Gausman's Immediate Impact

The highly touted right-hander is back in Baltimore tonight. What can we expect?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 5/13/14

Is Kevin Durant a must play despite having eight turnovers in OKC's Game 4 loss?

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 6

The A's are still holding down the top spot, but they've got a new team in hot pursuit.

How Small-Ball Lineups Have Played a Key Role in the Thunder-Clippers Series

The Clippers and Thunder made many adjustments in Games 3 and 4, helping to secure victories.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 5/13/14

After teammate Tyler Lyons failed miserably last night, the Cards look like they have another good pitching option today.

MLB on the Hot Seat: Should the Yankees Bench Derek Jeter?

Derek Jeter hasn't provided much value for the Yankees on offense, defense or on the basepaths. Should manager Joe Girardi take him out of the lineup?

How Would a Josh Gordon Suspension Affect the Browns?

Josh Gordon is facing a possible year-long suspension which could derail the Browns season.

The King's Ridiculous Night: How LeBron James Scored 49 Points

A look at the anatomy of LBJ's career playoff high and where it fits in NBA history.

Hey, Fantasy Football Owners: Don't Forget About Devonta Freeman

The Atlanta Falcons selected Devonta Freeman in the fourth round of the NFL Draft last week, and he may be able to make a rookie year impact.

Analyzing the San Diego Padres' Trading Through the Years: Part 1

Did the Padres get enough for Adrian Gonzalez?

What's Steve Johnson's Value on the San Francisco Depth Chart?

After being a Buffalo Bill his entire career, Steve Johnson is moving west. Does the 49ers' new receiver fit their current scheme and roster?

Should Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel Start at Quarterback for the Cleveland Browns?

The Browns' owner recently claimed that Brian Hoyer is the starter in Cleveland, and that newcomer Johnny Manziel must earn the job. Is it a smart move?

How Does Jordan Matthews Fit With the Philadelphia Eagles' Offense?

The Eagles had one of the best offenses in the league last season, but lost two key targets in the passing game. Can Jordan Matthews pick up the slack?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 5/12/14

While a lot of people go with Felix Hernandez tonight, there may be other, more cost-effective pitching options to target.

How Will Jace Amaro Impact the New York Jets?

Jace Amaro's big frame provided him with something the Jets didn't have last year - production.

Regression Report: Marlon Byrd's Streak of Fortune

Marlon Byrd is hitting .390 over the last couple of weeks. There's a reason for that though.

How the Clippers' Comeback Drastically Increased Their Odds of Advancing

By the numbers, the Clippers' victory yesterday meant the difference between a second-round exit and a shot at the Western Conference Finals.

Weekly Fantasy Sleepers: Brandon Moss Is in for a Big Week

Though Moss is well known and owned in nearly every league, he could outperform his usual bat with favorable matchups this week.

Analyzing the San Diego Padres' Trading Through the Years: Part 2

Outfielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Yasmani Grandal are 2 of the 18 players on the Padres' 40-man roster that were acquired via trade.

What Went Wrong with the Portland Trail Blazers?

A season of highs and lows in Rip City is bottoming out against the San Antonio Spurs. What happened?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/9/14

Is Jenrry Mejia a risk or a value play tonight based on his price on DraftKings?

3 Heat Lineups That the Nets Can't Handle

The Heat are using the Nets' own strategy against them this series. Find out how.

Seriously Though, Is Roy Hibbert Back?

Roy Hibbert looked tremendous in Game Two, can he keep the momentum going?

It's Time to Stop Complaining about the Carolina Panthers' Wide Receivers

Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. are all gone, but let's not overstate the change at wide receiver in Charlotte.

Bishop Sankey: A Titanic Opportunity in Tennessee

Most film scouts have dismissed Bishop Sankey, but the numbers say that's a mistake.

4 Questions Left Unanswered after Round 1 of the NFL Draft

Are the Texans willing to take Derek Carr off the board with the first pick of Day 2?

What Happens to the Pacers on the Road?

Indiana will need to shake their road woes against Washington

HaHa Clinton-Dix: An Impact Player Needed for the Green Bay Packers

The Packers needed an impact player with the NFC North getting tougher every year, and they got one in Clinton-Dix.

Eric Ebron Adds a Needed Wrinkle to the Detroit Offense

Eric Ebron joins the pass-heavy Detroit Lions and provides them with a secondary option to Calvin Johnson.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/8/14

Do you go with the Heat stars tonight, or look at add value with some of the older Spurs players?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/8/14

Is tonight the night that you stack Texas Ranger bats?

How the Nets Can Beat the Heat

The Heat are clearly the superior team, but is it possible for the Nets to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals?

The Best Fantasy Football Landing Spots for This Year's NFL Draft Prospects

Which jersey will suit these players' career success the best?

Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Fantasy Football's Next Elite Tight End?

Austin Seferian-Jenkins profiles as a dominant fantasy tight end.

Mike Evans Completes a Scary Wide Receiver Duo in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay now has two huge receivers in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Are the other pieces there for this to be an elite passing attack?

The Vikings Got it Right with Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota's selection of Teddy Bridgewater is a true win-win scenario.

Jacksonville Shakes up the Draft by Taking Blake Bortles: Was it Smart?

How much will Blake Bortles grow and thrive with the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Was Jadeveon Clowney the Right Choice for the Houston Texans?

We've been waiting a whole year for him to be drafted. Now what?

Will the Pacers Be Able to Stop John Wall and Bradley Beal?

The Wizards' backcourt dominated Game 1. Will the Pacers adjust, or will this trend continue?

Someone Needs to Be the Third Scorer for the Oklahoma City Thunder

It can't just be Durant and Westbrook for the Thunder, so who answers the call?

Khalil Mack to the Raiders: Oakland Finally Gets It Right

In Khalil Mack, the Raiders are getting a statistical demon.

Why Brandin Cooks May Make the New Orleans Saints' Offense Unstoppable

Brandin Cooks put up stupid good numbers at Oregon State. Can he do it in New Orleans, too?

It's Time to Buy Jay Bruce

Bruce will miss 3-4 weeks with knee surgery, but could mash when he returns.

Chris Paul vs. Russell Westbrook: A Clash of Styles

A look at the Thunder-Clippers series, and how the prevailing style of point guard play will likely determine who wins it.

How Wesley Matthews Might Be the Deciding Factor in the Spurs-Blazers Matchup

There are plenty of players to watch in the series, but none may be more important than Wesley Matthews.

Sammy Watkins: The Next Elite Wide Receiver?

Can Sammy Watkins join the ranks of the NFL’s elite wide receivers?

6 NFL Draft Day Headlines to Watch

As if you didn't already have enough to think about ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, here are a few more storylines that will spark interest and debate.

How Joe Johnson Can Make Himself Worth the Money

Is it possible that the Nets' highly paid star can justify his salary?

MLB Rookie of the Year Update: Week 6

Jose Abreu has jumped to the top of our list after a monster last two weeks.

Does Oklahoma City Have an Advantage against Blake Griffin?

Serge Ibaka is one of the rare players who can contain Blake Griffin.

How Important is Kawhi Leonard to the San Antonio Spurs?

Kawhi Leonard does everything on the court from scoring clutch baskets to defending top opponents - all while rarely cracking a smile.

Can Johnny Manziel Survive the NFL?

Manziel could make a team rejoice for picking him or break the heart of fans

Can Damian Lillard Be Contained?

Damian Lillard has been lights out in the playoffs, but can the Spurs end his time in the spotlight?

What LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan Mean to the Spurs-Blazers Series

Can either defense contain two of the best power forwards in the game?

8 Ways the NFL Draft Could Drastically Change the Fantasy Football Landscape

Will Josh Gordon get a dependable quarterback? And if so, how does that change things?

Johnny Manziel: Superstar or Bust?

More than any other skill player in this year's draft, Johnny Manziel is a shining star. But does he have the raw tools to make it in the NFL?

Kevin Garnett: The Kid No More

Kevin Garnett's NBA journey has been spectacular, but his age is catching up to him. Fast.

Second-Unit Standouts: How the Bench Can Impact the Heat-Nets Series

The Nets and Heat have plenty of star power, but the benches could help decide the series.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 5/5/14

Is Russell Westbrook easily the best play in daily fantasy to start off the second round?

How a Clash of Stout Defenders Can Determine the Wizards-Pacers Series

The battle between Paul George and Trevor Ariza could shape the Wizards-Pacers series.

8 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 6

Chris Young is getting older, but he's still worth owning in fantasy baseball. Who else made the list?

What Roy Hibbert Needs to Bring to the Eastern Conference Semifinals

What are the keys to Hibbert's success against the Wizards?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 5/5/14

Is Shin-Soo Choo an obvious play tonight? Check and see what the numbers have to say.

Should You Buy or Sell Jose Abreu?

Jose Abreu's start has been one for the ages, but can he keep it up?

2014 NFL Draft Day Needs: AFC and NFC West

How can the Chargers follow up their impressive 2013 draft class? Giving Keenan Allen some help is only one of the ways.

Can the Thunder Slow Down DeAndre Jordan?

A look at Jordan's dominance in round one and why his matchup with the Thunder centers could be the difference in this series.

Regression Report: Can Dee Gordon Keep Up His Stolen Base Pace?

Dee Gordon's stealing bases at an incredibly high rate, but the numbers say that this could slow down soon.

Are the Miami Marlins Real Contenders?

The Marlins are over .500 a month into the season. Can they stay there for the full 162 games?

Did the Giants Need to Select Odell Beckham Jr.?

How does Beckham Jr. fit in New York?

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Eovaldi Gets Two Starts

Nathan Eovaldi gets two starts this week against bad offenses. But he's not the only sleeper to watch out for.

Showdown in San Antonio: Will the Mavs Pull the Upset?

Can the Spurs finally dispatch their pesky rivals, or will Dallas finish the major upset?

Can the Raptors Beat the More Experienced and Expensive Nets?

Will the Raptors be able to overcome their youth and smaller price tag or will the Nets close the Canadian border for these Playoffs?

Who Will be the Goat if the Thunder Don't Advance?

If the Thunder go from title hopefuls to first-round failures this evening, who will get the blame for things going sour?

Will the Hawks Make History Against the Pacers?

Game 7 between the Hawks and Pacers has historic ramifications. Who will come out on top?

Will the Warriors Upset the Clippers?

Can the hot shooting Warriors, a six seed, beat Blake Griffin and the Clippers?

Down But Not Out: How the Grizzlies Can Advance

Both Zach Randolph and Nick Calathes are suspended and Mike Conley is hurt, but can the Grizzlies still land the knockout blow?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/2/14

Do you go with LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard, or stack with a lot of middle-of-the-road values like Manu Ginobili?

Tonight's NBA Elimination Games: Who Survives to Play Another Day?

With the Nets, Mavs, and Rockets all on the brink of elimination tonight, we take a look at who has the best chance of seeing Game 7.

Mike D'Antoni: A Tale of Two Great Expectations

After failed attempts for marquee teams, what's next for D'Antoni in today's NBA coaching climate?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/2/14

Felix Hernandez will face the team striking out most in Major League Baseball tonight. Is there any chance you don't play him?

Early Career Quarterback Numbers: Is Ryan Tannehill in Trouble?

Is it possible that we already know whether or not Ryan Tannehill will be a success?

5 Surprise Players From the First Round of the NBA Playoffs

Draymond Green has averaged over 3.5 more points and rebounds per game during the postseason. But he's not the only surprise.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/1/14

With limited choices in the playoffs, the Thunder stars are always top options. Who else should your lineup include?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 5/1/14

Homer Bailey hasn't been incredibly strong to start the year, but that could easily change tonight.

Run Support Winners and Losers Through April

Though it's still early, pitchers are finding out whether or not their offense is gong to bail them out this year.

Elite Quarterback Dominance: A Chart That May Blow Your Mind

Just how good has the trio of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady been since the turn of the century?

2014 NFL Draft Day Needs: AFC and NFC South

Do the Texans need to pick a quarterback with their first overall selection? Let's see what the analytics say.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/30/14

Is Dwight Howard as good of a pick tonight as LaMarcus Aldridge?

Have the Miami Heat Flipped the Switch?

After cruising through the regular season, are the Heat ready to crank it up?

Analyzing Prince Fielder's Slow Start: Can He Rebound?

Why has Prince struggled thus far with his new Texas Rangers team? Analytics can help solve the answer.

NBA Road Warriors: What Happened to Having a Home-Court Advantage?

Close matchups, overtime thrillers, and, most importantly, gutsy road wins. Whatever happened to home-court advantage in the playoffs?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/30/14

Weather is going to play a big role once again in tonight's DFS baseball slate.

How the Nets' Last Regular Season Game Altered the NBA Playoffs

The Brooklyn Nets tanked their last game, and the Washington Wizards are reaping the benefits.

Which Quarterback in This Year's NFL Draft Is Statistically Superior?

As the draft approaches, we go inside the numbers of this draft class' top five signal-callers to see if any separate themselves from the pack.

Why the Bulls Were the Best First-Round Foe for the Wizards

Overcoming a scrappy Bulls team helps the Wizards' chances of making their first deep playoff push since '79.

A Look at James Harden's Playoff Problems

It's becoming increasingly difficult to fear the beard in the playoffs. But why?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/29/14

It's harder to find value plays during the playoffs, but our algorithms picked out a few to play in tonight's slate.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/29/14

Jose Fernandez is on the mound for the Marlins, which means he's going to be a hot daily fantasy play.

Distractions Aside, the Clippers Need to Play Better Defense

The situation with Donald Sterling off the court can't get in the way of the Clippers' defensive abilities tonight.

What's Wrong with the Pittsburgh Pirates?

After making the playoffs a season ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 10-16. Are they bound to bounce back?

A Goodbye to the Charlotte Bobcats

As they transition from Bobcat blue to Hornet teal, here's to the past decade of Charlotte basketball.

MLB Power Rankings Update: Week 4

Despite a slew of preseason injuries, the Atlanta Braves are still (somehow) in the top five of our power rankings.

Can the Mets Win 90 Games?

The Mets are on pace to match general manager Sandy Alderson's challenge of 90 wins. Can they keep things going?

9 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5

B.J. Upton now has glasses. Should we look at him through a new lens?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/28/14

Is it smart to go with Miami's stars in tonight's contests?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/28/14

Madison Bumgarner gets a bad Padres offense, but is he the most valuable play of the day?

Regression Report: Pujols’ Bat Heats Up

Albert Pujols has been money over the last couple of weeks. Is it possible that the old Pujols is back?

How Much Trouble Are the Spurs In?

Our metrics believe Dallas will beat San Antonio in their first-round series. Can the Spurs change that with a victory tonight?

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Alex Wood Is on the Rise

Alex Wood gets two favorable starts this week, but four other players should be on your radar, too.

Daily Fantasy Primer: Optimal Lineup Best Practices

Why the Grizzlies Can't Win Without Tony Allen

Thanks to his defense, Tony Allen may be the most important player in the Thunder vs. Grizzlies series.

Who Has Control of the Raptors-Nets Series?

In a pivotal Game 3, which team can make the necessary adjustments and come out on top?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/25/14

Should you fade LaMarcus Aldridge tonight in daily fantasy basketball?

Should the Pacers Bench Roy Hibbert for Good?

Roy Hibbert's been struggling, and it could be time for the Pacers to sit him down.

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/25/14

Ready for tonight's slate of MLB games? Check out our DraftKings optimal lineup before you submit the wrong players.

Are You Better than an Average Fantasy Baseball Player? Prove It Tonight.

Learn how to make money by just being above average at fantasy baseball.

Can the Bulls Recover and Win Their First-Round Series?

Down 2-0 against the Wizards, the Bulls have a tough hill to climb. Can they do it?

6 Things to Know About the 2014 NFL Schedule

Perhaps you didn't hear, but the NFL hates the St. Louis Rams.

The Most Consistent Players in Fantasy Football Over the Last Two Years

Brandon Marshall's consistency has been unmatched at wide receiver. Who else makes the list?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/24/14

With the Thunder and Grizzlies locked at 1-1, Russ is a must on this three-game playoff slate.

Finding the Right Lineup Combinations for the Oklahoma City Thunder

What five should Scott Brooks keep on the court to beat Memphis?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/24/14 (Early Slate)

Lance Lynn gets a miserable Mets lineup today.

Burning Questions: Which MLB Player Has Been the Biggest Surprise?

Chris Colabello leads the A.L. in RBI's. Just like we all thought.

How the Twins' Offense Has Turned Itself Around

Even without Joe Mauer's usual production, the team ranks third in runs per game. But how?

Can the Grizzlies Beat the Thunder?

Defense wins in the playoffs, but can Memphis' skills stop talent as good as Kevin Durant?

Andrew Bogut's Injury: Can the Warriors Survive?

How does Bogut's injury impact the Dubs-Clips series?

NBA Playoff Newcomers: How Have They Performed?

Plenty of newcomers are in this year's NBA playoffs. Are the studly ones matching or exceeding expectations?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/23/14

Will Carlos Beltran continue to beat up on the Sox?

How Good Have Masahiro Tanaka's First Four Starts Been?

Tanaka has been filthy so far, but can he sustain it?

NBA Quarterly Report: Fourth Quarter Award Winners

At the buzzer, who did the numberFire hoops writers select for the major NBA awards?

Why the Hawks Are Better than We Expected

How injuries have skewed our perception of the Hawks.

2014 NFL Draft Day Needs: AFC and NFC North

Using numberFire's metrics to evaluate the needs of every team in the AFC and NFC North.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/22/14

Is tonight the night Miggy breaks out of his slump?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/22/14

Is Paul George the best daily play tonight?

5 NFL Teams in Need of a Passing Rebound

Eli Manning had his worst season since 2007 last year.

How Can the Rockets Stop LaMarcus Aldridge?

Is Asik the answer in Houston?

numberFire MLB Rookie of the Year Race: Week 4

Sources: Masahiro Tanaka is not a human being.

Do Late-Round Running Backs Provide More Value?

Despite going undrafted, Arian Foster has still made a major impact in the league.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Time to Snag Peralta?

Nick Slegel highlights five under-the-radar guys primed for big performances this week.

10 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds For Week 4

Can Ian Kennedy be this year's top pickup?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/21/14

Felix Hernandez has a golden matchup tonight.

NBA FanDuel Playoff Helper: 4/21/14 and 4/22/14

Is Kevin Durant worthwhile given his price?

Regression Report: Time to Deal Harang?

Aaron Harang's 0.70 ERA is cool and all, but it should be a lot higher.

10 Things I Learned From Opening Weekend of the NBA Playoffs

Paul Pierce was a carnivorous dinosaur.

NBA Playoffs Preview: Clippers vs. Warriors

Who will prevail in this 3 vs. 6 seed showdown?

NBA Playoffs Preview: Heat vs. Bobcats

The Heat's journey for a third trophy starts now.

NBA Playoffs Preview: Bulls vs. Wizards

Which team is better fit to win the 4-5 matchup?

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/18/14

Sonny Gray is one of the top pitching options tonight.

Fantasy Feud's $5,000 Friday Night Baseball Contest: The Optimal Lineup

Take a look at our free optimal lineup for Fantasy Feud's $5,000 Friday Night Contest.

NBA Playoffs Preview: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

Is there even a chance for Memphis to win this series?

NBA Playoffs Preview: Raptors vs. Nets

Who prevails in the 3-6 matchup in the East?

NBA Playoffs Preview: Spurs vs. Mavericks

Is this Tim Duncan's last shot at a title?

NBA Playoffs Preview: Pacers vs. Hawks

Can the Hawks pull off the upset?

5 Reasons to Stop Any Chris Johnson Excitement

Let's stop getting excited about Chris Johnson in a Jets uniform.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/17/14

Matt Holliday is a decent option tonight against the Nationals.

Things Happening in Baseball: Votto Finds His Power

Joey Votto has a home run in four of his last six games.

NBA Playoffs Preview: Rockets vs. Trail Blazers

Who will win the 4-5 series out West?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/16/14

Will Joakim get it done in the Bulls big matchup against the Bobcats?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/16/14

Will Ortiz get his first RBI in a week tonight?

A Reason to Watch Every NBA Regular Season Finale

A closer look at tonight's massive 15-game NBA Slate.

The 10 Worst Passing Franchises Over the Last Decade

The Raiders are on this list, of course, but they're not the worst team through the air over the last decade.

A Look at This Year's Top NBA Rookies

Who has been the best rookie this season?

Analyzing Mark Trumbo's Powerful Start

Mark Trumbo started the season with six home runs in 16 games.

Breaking Down the Eastern Conference Playoff Seeding Scenarios

Here are all the ways things could unfold over the last two days of the season.

numberFire MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

The Brewers are off to a hot start, but where do they rank on numberFire's Power Rankings?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/15/14

Is Marcus Thornton bound to go off with so many Nets sitting tonight?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/15/14

Strasburg is the easy pitching play tonight.

10 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds For Week 3

An injury to David Robertson has made Shawn Kelley fantasy relevant.

The Most Impressive Under-the-Radar NFL Seasons From 2013

Kellen Clemens had a very underrated 2013 campaign filling in for Sam Bradford.

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Is Dioner Navarro a Must Start?

Dioner Navarro is set to have a big Week 3.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/14/14

Keeping an eye on the latest news will be key at this point in the NBA season

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/14/14

Are the Rangers stack-worthy tonight?

Regression Report: Utley in MVP Form

How well will Chase Utley perform from here on out?

Breaking Down the Western Conference Playoff Seeding Scenarios

Here's how all the crazy tiebreakers will work themselves out.

Burning Questions: Which Early-Season Start Do You Believe in Most?

Are the Brewers for real?

4 NBA Teams Making Franchise History

There are four teams having arguably their best statistical season in franchise history.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/11/14

Kevin Love should be the hot play tonight.

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/11/14

Will Chris Davis get his first homer tonight?

How Good Can Jose Fernandez Be?

Fernandez had the third-highest ERA+ of any 20 year old in MLB history in 2013.

Goldschmidt Versus Lincecum: Is There a More Hitter-Friendly Matchup?

Have recent MVP winners seen as much success against one pitcher?

Don't Forget About Dirk

In his 15th season, Dirk Nowitzki still stacks up with the NBA's elite

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/10/14

The numbers like David Hale tonight.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/10/14

Curry is gunning his way to the top.

Things Happening in Baseball: Goldy Owns Lincecum

Paul Goldschmidt now has seven career home runs against Tim Lincecum.

2014 NFL Draft Day Needs: AFC and NFC East

Using numberFire's metrics to evaluate the needs of every team in the AFC and NFC East.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/9/14

With the Pacers starting five out, there is a lot of low priced value tonight.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/9/14

A Ryan Braun encore tonight?

Why Chris Johnson Isn't Even Average

The numbers don't lie: Chris Johnson is incredibly overrated.

The Numbers Behind Small Ball in the NBA

Is small ball changing the future of the NBA?

Beat the numberFire Experts: A Free Fantasy Feud Contest

Think you can beat JJ Zachariason and Nik Bonaddio in a fantasy baseball contest? Prove it!

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/8/14

The stars are aligned for a huge game for Jordan Hill tonight.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/8/14

Daniel Murphy has crushed Aaron Harang in the past. Will he do it again tonight?

Compiling the Greatest MLB Team of All Time

Pedro Martinez is on the squad. Who joins else joins him?

Oakland Raiders Free Agent Signings: The Reggie Way

Can Matt Schaub lead his new team to the playoffs or is he on the decline?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/7/14

Michael Wacha dominated the Reds last week. He'll face them again today.

numberFire MLB Rookie of the Year Race: Week 1

Xander Bogaerts has impressed thus far for the Red Sox, but does he top our list?

Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Is Brad Miller Undervalued?

Nick Slegel takes a look at five under-the-radar guys to keep an eye on for Week 2

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 23

Some quick adds for those of you still battling it out in fantasy hoops...

10 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds For Week 2

Can the A's Scott Kazmir sustain this level of performance over an entire season?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/4/14

Reggie Jackson is a value play tonight in NBA DFS.

College Basketball National Championship Preview: The New Fab Five?

Can Kentucky's young squad beat UConn's suffocating backcourt?

Previewing the 2014 Final Four Matchups: Can UConn Beat the Odds?

Shabazz Napier has been on fire all tournament long.

Can the Rockets Make it to the NBA Finals?

It starts and ends with defense.

DraftKings Daily MLB Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/4/14

Michael Cuddyer continues to be a value play in daily fantasy.

NBA Playoff Odds Update: Will the Knicks Sneak In?

The Knicks are trailing the Hawks by two games for the East's final spot. Can they get in?

Gauging the Ideal First-Round Playoff Matchup for the Washington Wizards

If the Wizards want to make noise in the playoffs, who's their ideal first-round opponent?

The Road To the Final Four: Which Team Had the Toughest Path?

Which Final Four team has been tested most in the NCAA Tournament?

Things Happening in Baseball: Cingrani and Wacha Dominate

Tony Cingrani was sensational in his first start of the season.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/3/14

It's a two-game slate, and one of the games involves Kevin Durant. You know what to do.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/3/14

Anibal Sanchez looks to get the sweep against the Royals today. Is he a strong play in DFS?

Friday Night Fantasy Baseball Contest on Fantasy Feud

Andrew McCutchen is a value on Fantasy Feud tonight.

Is There NFL Hope for College Receivers with Bad Hands?

Will Kelvin Benjamin become great, or fall on his face? It's all in his hands.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/2/14

Big Al is eating tonight.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/2/14

You can never go wrong with Mike Trout.

Will DeSean Jackson Be a Top Fantasy Receiver in Washington?

D-Jax is headed to play with RGIII and the Redskins. Will he be able to keep up his 2013 pace?

What's Wrong With the Pacers?

Can the Pacers win with a bad offense?

St. Louis Cardinals: Recharged with Youth

Matt Carpenter looks to top his MVP-caliber 2013 campaign.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/1/14

Carlos Gonzalez has a nice matchup tonight against the Marlins.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/1/14

This is no April Fools joke, Terrence Jones should be in your lineups.

10 Things I Learned From 2014's Opening Day

Grady Sizemore got off to a great start in his first game since 2011.

Knowshon to Miami: How Has the Fantasy Football Landscape Changed?

Knowshon Moreno is a better running back than you may think.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/31/14

Kevin Love has all the signs of being tonight's top play.

numberFire MLB Power Rankings: Opening Day

The Red Sox are the defending champs, but they aren't leading our power rankings heading into the season.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Opening Day 2014

Is Jose Fernandez ready to go big in his second big league season?

This Year's Final Four Teams: How Did They Do It?

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison is clutch.

Burning Questions: Who Will Win the Major MLB Awards This Season?

Apart from Mike Trout as AL MVP, rampant disagreement is present in this edition of Burning Questions.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 22

A schedule breakdown and the best adds for what could very well be your fantasy finals...

3 NBA Stories Worth Watching During March Madness

While everyone is busy following the college game, the playoff, MVP, and draft lottery stories in the NBA are getting plenty interesting.

How Should the Celtics Build for a Successful Future?

Is there a way for the Celtics to return to their championship ways?

DraftKings Daily NBA Fantasy Helper: Friday 3/28/14

With 12 games on the slate, it's a huge night in the NBA. And we have an optimal lineup to help you navigate through all the fantasy players on DraftKings.

numberFire’s 2014 Pitcher Rankings: Consistency is King

Madison Bumgarner may be the most underrated pitcher in fantasy, according to our metrics.

Atlanta Braves 2014 Season Preview: Boom or Bust?

Can Heyward and the Upton brothers carry the Braves to another division title?

Terrible People Talking About Ray Rice

Domestic abuse? LOL! Jokes and jokes and jokes and jokes.

Previewing Friday's Sweet 16 Games: An In-State Showdown

Who has the advantage in the battle of bitter, in-state rivals in the Midwest region?

Daily Fantasy Baseball is Back: FantasyFeud’s Opening Day Optimal Lineup

Ready for daily fantasy baseball season? Head on over to FantasyFeud to get started!

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 3/27/14

Dwight Howard will look to dominate the 76ers tonight.

10 Things to Know About This Year’s Sweet 16

Are the Louisville Cardinals historically good?

Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 Games: Which Cinderella Survives?

We know at least one double-digit seed will be moving on to the Elite Eight.

The Most Impressive Teams Going into the Sweet 16

Has UCLA been the most impressive team so far?

2014 MLB Player Prop Bets: Finding Value Through Projections

Finding value in season-long player prop bets.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 3/26/14

Gorgui Dieng's price is on the rise, but is he still a good play?

numberFire’s 2014 Catcher Rankings: Is Mauer Still the Best Option?

Despite playing first base, Joe Mauer still has catcher eligibility this season.

Ranking the Most Likely Sweet 16 Upsets

Can Tennessee continue their run as an 11 seed in the tournament?

6 Players to Watch in the Sweet 16

Superstars and wildcards to watch during the Sweet 16.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 3/25/14

Is Carmelo a must play tonight?

numberFire’s 2014 Outfield Rankings: Trout Leads the Way

Mike Trout is, again, the best outfield in fantasy. Who's second?

Mark Sanchez to Philadelphia: The Right Choice?

Could Mark Sanchez have been a *gasp* starter if he had signed somewhere else?

Boston Red Sox Season Preview: Will They Repeat?

Big Papi is ready for another big season in Beantown.

Baltimore Orioles Season Preview: Contenders or Pretenders?

Will the Orioles be able to compete in the AL East?

Why Wichita State's Loss Was Historic

Our numbers were big on the Kentucky win this past weekend, but why?

The 2014 NCAA Tournament: Defense Wins Championships

A look at the role of good defense in setting the Sweet 16 field.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/24/14

It's a star-studded night in the NBA.

This Year’s Cinderella Teams: How Did They Do It?

How is Dayton in the Sweet 16?

Will Hakeem Nicks Work in Indianapolis?

Hakeem Nicks hasn't scored a touchdown since December 9th, 2012.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 21

Some streaming options for those of you still battling in the fantasy playoffs...

Burning Questions: Who Will Make the Playoffs and Win the World Series?

Only one of the writers thinks the defending champs even make it back to the World Series

Previewing Sunday's Most Intriguing Round of 32 Games

Will Wichita State have problems against Kentucky?

Why We Always Pick a 12-Seed Over a 5-Seed

Is there a mathematical reason for us always choosing the 12 seed?

Just How Good is the Red Sox Minor League System?

Garin Cecchini is one of many prospects ready to make the jump to the big leagues for the Red Sox over the next three seasons.

Previewing Saturday's Most Intriguing Round of 32 Games

Can Shabazz Napier push UConn into the Sweet 16?

DraftKings Daily NBA Fantasy Helper: Friday 3/21/14

Joakim Noah will look to continue his dominance tonight against the Pacers.

4 Things to Watch During Day 2 of March Madness

Can Mercer upset Duke? Will Bryce Cotton steal the show? Should Kansas be rooting for Stanford?

Chicago White Sox Season Preview: Stuck in 2005

What did Chris Sale do to deserve being a part of this team?

4 Things to Watch During Day 1 of March Madness

Can Harvard upset Cincinnati? Will Pitt close out a game? Is Tyler Haws going to go nuts?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 3/20/14

Kevin Love looks to have another big game tonight.

The 5 Best Offenses and Defenses in the NCAA Tournament

Will offense or defense dominate this year's tournament?

Burning Questions: Which Pitchers Will Bust in 2014?

We know Zack Greinke can handle himself in a brawl - but can he sustain his sub-3.00 ERA from last year?

5 Teams Soaring into the NCAA Tournament

Don't sleep on the Baylor Bears this year.

The Fastest and Slowest Teams in This Year's NCAA Tournament

Tyler Haws' BYU Cougars are the fastest team in this year's tournament.

Breaking Down the NCAA Tournament's 8/9 Games

Is Pitt a lock to win in their first game?

Water Cooler Talk: 80 Quick Facts About This Year’s Big Dance

Not sure who Melvin Ejim is? That's no problem.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 3/19/14

How will the Brow follow up his ridiculous performance from Monday night?

5 Teams Limping into the NCAA Tournament

We all know Syracuse struggled down the stretch, but are there other teams limping into the tournament?

Can Arizona Win the National Championship?

A closer look at the team that's ranked top in nERD for most of the 2013-2014 season.

Analyzing Emmanuel Sanders' Impact on the Broncos

Will Emmanuel Sanders have the same impact on the Broncos passing game as Eric Decker?

First Four Game Preview: NC State Takes On Xavier

It's the T.J. Warren and Semaj Christon show tonight, ladies and gentlemen.

A New Way to Enjoy the Big Dance: Pick the Players, Not the Teams

Want another way to enjoy the Big Dance? Check out FantasyFeud's March Madness Survivor Contests.

Revisiting College Basketball Mid-Majors You Need to Take Seriously

A closer look at four teams from mid-major conferences that could make deep runs in this year's NCAA Tournament.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 3/18/14

With Aldridge out, Nicolas Batum is a must play.

Breaking Down the Optimal Bracket: It's Time to Win Your Office Pool

Will Joel Embiid's injury give Kansas an early tournament exit?

4 Small Conference Stars to Watch in the NCAA Tournament's First Round

An introduction to some small conference stars looking to make a name on the national stage.

5 Potential Big Upsets in the NCAA Tournament

What do the numbers say about low-seed upsets in this year's Big Dance?

Bracket Busters: Five Under-Seeded Teams in the NCAA Tournament

How did Louisville get a four seed?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/17/14

Noah's Ark: Hop on and avoid the storm.

Which Conference is Best Represented in the NCAA Tournament?

Was Coach K right? Is the ACC underrated?

The 5 Worst At-Large Teams in This Year's Big Dance

Xavier's Semaj Christon is a monster, but is his team the worst at-large bid this year?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 20

Some streaming options for the first week of the fantasy hoops playoffs.

Could Iowa Be This Year's Cinderella Team?

A deeper look at a double-digit seed who could make a deep run in the Tournament.

5 Players Capable of Taking Over the NCAA Tournament

Is there a Stephen Curry in this year's NCAA Tournament?

Which NCAA Tournament Region is Toughest?

Is the Midwest this year's best region?

Analyzing the First Four Teams Out of the NCAA Tournament

Should Green Bay have made the Big Dance?

March Madness: Ranking the Most Likely 12/5 Upsets

Which 12/5 upsets do the numbers like?

Ranking the Number One Seed Paths in the NCAA Tournament

Which number-one seed has the toughest region?

Bracket Killers: Four Over-Seeded Teams in the NCAA Tournament

The Saint Louis Billikens are overrated once again.

The 4 Best Teams Left Out of the Big Dance

Who were the top teams in terms of nERD that are on the outside looking in?

March Madness: Four Majors That Are Sleeping Giants

Russ Smith and Louisville: A Sleeping Giant?

The San Antonio Spurs: Perennial Contenders

How are the Spurs always so good?

Toronto Blue Jays Season Preview: A Redeem Team?

With a loaded offense, the Jays need resurgent seasons from R.A. Dickey and the rotation to compete for the playoffs.

Can Ben Tate Be a Top Fantasy Running Back in Cleveland?

We'll finally see if Ben Tate is a legitimate NFL starting running back.

Can Phoenix Make the Playoffs With Eric Bledsoe Back?

Phoenix has surprised everyone with their winning ways, but can they keep it going and make the playoffs?

DraftKings Daily NBA Fantasy Helper: Friday 3/14/14

Tim Duncan's price makes him a solid DraftKings play tonight.

The Fantasy Football Impact Through the First Three Days of Free Agency

Brandon Pettigrew is staying in Detroit.

The Best College Basketball Teams Without 20 Wins

Florida State could still make the NCAA Tournament despite winning just 19 games so far this year.

numberFire's 2014 Third Base Rankings: A Top-Heavy Position

Miguel Cabrera is our top fantasy pick this season.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 3/13/14

Is Dwight the best play tonight?

Eric Decker to the Jets: The Horrific Fantasy Football Implications

Eric Decker is going from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith. Is he still fantasy relevant?

Bracket Help: Most Overrated Teams

Need some bracket help? Let's find you some teams to avoid.

The Fantasy Football Impact From Day 1 of Free Agency

Donald Brown is now a Sand Diego Charger. Wait, what?

3 Seniors to Watch in the First Round of Conference Tournament Play

Isaiah Sykes is looking to take Central Florida deep in their conference tournament.

Will Golden Tate Work in Detroit?

After signing Tate, the Lions finally have a legit No. 2 wide receiver to help Megatron.

Why the Buccaneers Shouldn't Have Signed Josh McCown

Josh McCown was sensational in 2013, but why ignore everything else he's done during his career?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 3/12/14

With Rondo out tonight, is it Pressey Time?

How the Bulls Are Staying Competitive

Joakim Noah knows how to win: by playing sound defense.

NBA Quarterly Report: Third Quarter Team Awards

A bunch of made-up awards for different NBA teams given out at an admittedly arbitrary point in the season...

Why Rashad Jennings Makes Sense for the Giants

Will Jennings get a shot to start for the Giants? For fantasy purposes, let's hope so.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 3/11/14

Brandon Jennings? Yep, Brandon Jennings.

numberFire’s 2014 Shortstop Rankings: Is Tulo Worth the Risk?

With injury concerns, do numberFire algorithms like Troy Tulowitzki as the top fantasy shortstop this year?

5 Teams in Need of Good Conference Tournament Performances

Which bubble teams can solidify their tourney resume this week?

New York Giants 2013 Team Review: Going the Wrong Way

What happened to the Giants in 2013?

Seattle Seahawks 2013 Team Review: The Start of a Dynasty?

The NFL team reviews wrap up with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/10/14

Big Al looks to bounce back against the Nuggets interior

Burning Questions: What Is Your Favorite Baseball Statistic?

Our baseball writers choose their favorite metric they like to work with.

Greg Jennings: The Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver to Own

Cordarrelle Patterson is at the top of everyone's draft list, but don't forget about Greg Jennings.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 19

With most fantasy trade deadlines already done, here are some streaming options for your playoff push.

numberFire Bracketology: 3/8/14

It's the final weekend before conference tournaments. What does the current bracket look like?

DraftKings Daily NBA Fantasy Helper: Friday 3/7/14

The Nuggets and Lakers provide a ton of value in what should be one of the highest scoring games of the year.

Oakland Athletics Season Preview: Will They Win the AL West Once Again?

Josh Donaldson's production may determine whether or not the A's can win their third straight A.L. West championship.

St. Louis Rams 2013 Team Review: Inconsistent Season, Interesting Future

An up and down 2013 season leaves Rams fans (much like their quarterback) with an unclear view of their future

The 5 Most Underrated College Basketball Teams

Marcus Smart has his team rolling after losing seven straight.

Washington Nationals Season Preview: The Youth Movement

Bryce Harper and the Nats hope to bounce back after a disappointing 2013.

Analyzing This Year's NBA Buyout Players

A look at how this year's NBA buyout players will fit with their new teams.

Jim Harbaugh's Amazing San Francisco Impact

Jim Harbaugh is an odd man, but he's a heck of a football coach.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 3/6/14

Heavy offensive outputs are in tonight's forecast.

3 Important Saturday Bubble Games to Watch

A preview of three must-win games for Saturday.

Why a 43-Yard Extra Point Makes Little Mathematical Sense

The NFL's competition committee is thinking about changing extra point rules.

Is Trevor Ariza the Washington Wizards' MVP?

While John Wall and Bradley Beal receive all the media attention, it's Trevor Ariza who serves as the glue in Washington.

numberFire’s 2014 Second Base Rankings: Is Cano Still the Best?

Robinson Cano is no longer a Yankee. Is he still the best second baseman?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 3/5/14

Kevin Love is very expensive tonight, but is he worth it?

Can Eric Decker Be a Team's Top Receiver?

Will Eric Decker be able to produce without Peyton Manning?

5 College Basketball Mid-Majors You Need to Take Seriously

Is this the year a mid-major wins the Big Dance?

Arizona Diamondbacks Season Preview: The Wild, Wild West

Can the Snakes bite the Dodgers in the NL West?

New Orleans Saints 2013 Team Review: An Uncertain Future

Marques Colston is likely past his prime. Who will step up for the Saints in years to come?

numberFire’s 2014 First Base Rankings: Will the Old Pujols Return?

Albert Pujols has said to be 100 percent healthy and ready to go.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 3/4/14

Start saving for a new Kia with Blake Griffin on Tuesday night

Will Age Get in Anquan Boldin’s Way?

Anquan Boldin will be 34 years old in October. Does that matter?

Minnesota Vikings 2013 Team Review: Cassel to the Rescue?

Matt Cassel isn't good, but he also isn't Christian Ponder. So at least he has that going for him.

Pittsburgh Pirates Season Preview: Raise the Jolly Roger

Can the Pirates continue to compete in 2014?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/3/14

Tonight's eight-game docket is as varied as can be, but Gordon Hayward is primed for a solid night.

Burning Questions: Which Hitters Will Be Busts This Year?

Was Yadier Molina's MVP-caliber 2013 an aberration?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 18

With the fantasy basketball trade deadline looming, who should you be looking to acquire for the homestretch?

What to Expect From Brian McCann in 2014

Brian McCann has more than 85 million reasons to be happy in New York.

Is It Worthwhile to Take a Quarterback in the First Round?

With the high rate of first-round busts, should teams roll the dice and on taking a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft?

Green Bay Packers 2013 Team Review: A Roller Coaster Ride

Randall Cobb was a high (and low) point during the Packers roller coaster ride

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 2/28/14

DeMarcus Cousin's one game suspension helps create massive value in a matchup between the Kings and Lakers.

Indianapolis Colts 2013 Team Review: On the Rise

When being really good isn't quite good enough.

numberFire Bracketology: 2/28/14

Is Louisville for real despite their lack of signature wins?

DailyMVP: A New Day in Fantasy Sports

DailyMVP Introduces Fantasy Basketball Game: FASTBREAK

The Philadelphia 76ers: A February to Forget

A look at the 76ers struggles this season, their awful month of February and why they can turn things around quickly.

The 5 Most Overrated College Basketball Teams

Syracuse has lost two of three, but they're still not the most overrated team in the country.

Houston Texans 2013 Team Review: How Did This Happen?

Is there a more fitting image for the Texans 2013 season?

Cleveland Cavaliers: The Good, Bad, and Mostly Ugly

Do the Cavs have enough to sneak into the playoffs this year?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 2/27/14

Behind all the bright stars lurk hidden gems.

Does Michael Vick Deserve a Starting Gig?

While Michael Vick is fun to watch, his numbers aren't nearly as entertaining.

Cincinnati Reds Season Preview: So Long, Dusty

With Dusty Baker out of the picture, are the Reds ready to take the next step?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 2/26/14

Can Harden follow up on his dominant performance last night with another?

Who Should Be the Leadoff Hitter for the Detroit Tigers?

Brad Ausmus' most important decision comes at the top of the order.

Wizards Encounter Late-Season Hurdle With Loss of Nene

What do the Wizards lose along with Nene's injury, and how do they patch the holes?

Miami Marlins Season Preview: Oh, Offense, Where Art Thou?

Jose Fernandez is a beautiful ball of awesomeness on the mound. But can he hit leadoff, too? Please?

Can Wide Receiver Height Impact Fantasy Football?

I love me some Antonio Brown, but maybe not as much in fantasy football anymore.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 2/25/2014

Can the Timberwolves stop the dynamic Suns' back-court combo of Dragic and Green?

Houston Astros Season Preview: Deep in the Tank

Are the Astros going to ever turn things around?

What a Strong 40-Yard Dash Means for Elite Wide Receivers

Do you need an elite 40 time to have an elite NFL season?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 2/24/14

Rajon Rondo's will hope to celebrate his belated birthday tonight against the Jazz.

San Diego Chargers 2013 Team Review: Back in the Hunt

Philip Rivers had an MVP-like 2013. Was there more to love from San Diego's season?

Burning Questions: Which Pitchers are Likely to Breakout This Season?

Danny Salazar is primed for a big season in the Indians' rotation this year

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 17

The NBA trade deadline and the impact it had on the fantasy basketball landscape...

Remembering Blockbuster NBA Deals From Previous Trade Deadlines

A look back at the biggest trade deadline moves from the past decade.

numberFire Bracketology: 2/22/14

Did Syracuse's loss to Boston College change their tournament fate?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 2/21/14

The Mavericks, Celtics and Knicks are among the teams with solid matchups tonight.

The Aftermath: How North Carolina Beat Duke

The numbers behind the Tar Heels' big win.

The NFL’s 5 Worst Rushing Units of 2013

The Giants struggled to run the ball in 2013, but they weren't the worst at doing it.

Tampa Bay Rays Season Preview: AL East Favorites?

Where do Chris Archer and the Rays rank among the contenders in the AL East?

Way Too Early Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6 Results and Analysis

Wes Welker finally left the board in Round 6, along with other aging wideouts.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 2/20/14

Is there enough value on a three-game night to roster both LeBron and Durant?

Fantasy Running Back Value, Part Five: Market Value

The running back series concludes with a look at market value.

Way Too Early Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5 Results and Analysis

With so many running backs off the board, did team owners shift their focus to other positions?

NBA Trade Talk: Northwest Division

How will the Northwest Division factor into the trade deadline?

Way Too Early Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4 Results and Analysis

C.J. Spiller finally leaves the board in Round 4.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 2/19/14

Will Dwight dominate in his return to L.A. tonight?

NBA Trade Talk: Southwest Division

How will the Southwest Division factor into the trade deadline?

Is Derek Jeter the Best Offensive Shortstop Ever?

Is Captain Clutch even better than Rey Ordonez?

NBA Trade Talk: Atlantic Division

How will the Atlantic Divsion factor into the trade deadline?

NBA Trade Talk: Pacific Division

How will the Pacific Division factor into the trade deadline?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 2/18/14

Are Blake Griffin and Tim Duncan poised for a high-scoring battle?

Way Too Early Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3 Results and Analysis

Aaron Rodgers was selected in Round 3, but to an unlikely team.

Milwaukee Brewers Season Preview: Will They Brew Up a Winning Campaign?

Last season was bad for Milwaukee. Will 2014 be any better?

NBA Trade Talk: Central Division

A look into the potential moves involving the Central Division

Kansas City Royals Season Preview: A Promising Team

KC may finally have the firepower and arms to take the AL Central crown.

The End of the Larry Sanders Show

What's going on with Larry Sanders?

NBA Trade Talk: Southeast Division

How will the Southeast Division factor into the trade deadline?

Way Too Early Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2 Results and Analysis

Remember Julio Jones? He'll be back in 2014.

Why the Utah Jazz Have a Bright Future

The Jazz are on the rise, despite poor play this season.

Burning Questions: Which MLB Teams Will Surprise and Disappoint in 2014?

Will the Pirates surprise or disappoint this year?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 16

Upgrading some streaming options to rest-of-season adds and identifying a few second-half breakout candidates...

Should the Timberwolves Trade Kevin Love?

Kevin Love has been great, but should Minnesota trade him before it's too late?

numberFire Bracketology: 2/15/14

Tyler Ennis kept Syracuse undefeated with a prayer this past week.

The NBA's Super Sophomores

A look at this season's lesser-known sophomore studs

Anthony Bennett: Broken or Ready to Break Out?

Should we all just take it a little easier on Anthony Bennett?

Baltimore Ravens 2013 Team Review: Charm City or Nickel Town?

There was less charming and more harming done in Baltimore in 2013.

A.J. Burnett to Philadelphia: Does the Move Make Sense?

Will A.J. Burnett continue his surge in Philadelphia?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 2/13/14

K.D. Will Light Hollywood Up.

The Anatomy of a First-Round Quarterback Bust

Can a quarterback's college statistics predict whether he will become the next Mark Sanchez?

Can the Clippers Win the NBA Title?

A look at why this Clippers team is built to contend for a championship.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2013 Team Review: Completely Dysfunctional

Darrelle Revis was one of the few bright spots of the Bucs in 2013.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 2/12/14

There are lots of potential fantasy points in the Blazers and Clippers matchup tonight.

Whatever Happened to the Point Guard of Tomorrow?

An in-depth look at Ricky Rubio's recent renaissance

Way Too Early Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1 Results and Analysis

Did Peyton Manning get selected in the first round?

Cleveland Indians Season Preview: Are They Ready to Win the Division?

Can the Indians dethrone the Tigers in the AL Central?

Denver Broncos 2013 Team Review: Stuck at a Crossroads

When should John Elway wave goodbye to Manning and start building for the future?

Why Darren Sproles' Production Dipped in 2013

Darren Sproles wasn't the same type of fantasy running back in 2013. Why?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 2/11/14

Will Gordon Hayward continue his dominance over the Lakers?

Detroit Tigers Season Preview: New Look, Same Results

Miguel Cabrera looks to help the Tigers four-peat as AL Central champs in 2014.

The 5 Worst Quarterbacks of 2013

How bad was Geno Smith this year? Very bad.

What's Next for the Detroit Pistons?

Can the Pistons deal with coaching adversity and sneak into the playoffs?

Tennessee Titans 2013 Team Review: Average Once Again

Chris Johnson has more than likely played his final snap with the Titans

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 2/10/14

Steph Curry is primed for a huge night.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 15

The Lakers are a mess, which streaming moves are best, and in which poor shooting PGs you should invest...

Burning Questions: What Has Been the Best Move of the MLB Offseason?

Losing Prince Fielder will mean fewer home runs in Detroit, but we think it was still a great move for the Tigers.

Statistical Showdown: The 2007 Patriots or the 2013 Broncos?

Randy Moss contributed a lot to the Patriots 2007, but did they perform better than the 2013 Broncos?

Nobody Loves Al Jefferson or the Bobcats: Should They?

Big Al has been the definition of BIG this year for the 'Cats, so why doesn't anybody care?

Minnesota Twins Season Preview: Waiting for Buxton

While Byron Buxton may be destine for greatness, the 2014 Twins are not.

numberFire Bracketology: 2/9/14

What will happen to Arizona without Brandon Ashley?

John Wall's Emergence: A Look at the Numbers

How does Wall match up against the rest of the point guards in the league?

Is Josh Gordon Better Than Calvin Johnson?

Josh Gordon's really, really good.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 2/7/14

Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are among the best value plays against a banged-up Lakers squad.

Why the 2013 Season Was Different For Tight Ends

Did Rob Gronkowski's absence make the tight end position, as a whole, less effective?

New York Jets 2013 Team Review: A Surprising Campaign

How were the Jets able to go 8-8 this year?

Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Team Review: In Alex We Trust?

Was Alex Smith considered good or bad for the Chiefs this year?

Are Seattle’s Wide Receivers Really Just Appetizers?

Doug Baldwin really didn't like Cris Carter's appetizer remarks.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 2/6/14

With only two games tonight, who's worth the money?

San Francisco 49ers 2013 Team Review: High Expectations

Kaepernick did all he could to try to get back to the big game this year.

A Review of the 2013 Fantasy Football Season: Tight Ends

This picture of Jared Cook is from his Week 1 matchup against Arizona. It was the only time he mattered in fantasy football.

Does Matt Cassel Deserve Another Starting Quarterback Gig?

Matt Cassel's had an up-and-down NFL career, but does he deserve one more shot as a starter in the league?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 2/5/14

Prepare for the King to Reign on L.A.'s parade.

How the Memphis Grizzlies Turned Things Around

Looking at Memphis' run back to relevance

Why Tim Duncan Shouldn't Be So Underappreciated

Duncan and the Spurs deserve more love.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 2/4/14

How many players in tonight's Timberwolves vs. Lakers game should you play tonight?

Is Russell Wilson the Greatest Young Quarterback Ever?

Russell Wilson is even better than you think.

Do You Have to be Elite Defensively to Win an NBA Title?

In the playoffs, is a suffocating defense more important than a prolific offense?

Do Highly Penalized Teams Benefit in the Playoffs?

Seattle won the Super Bowl despite having the highest penalty rate in the NFL.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 2/3/14

See which bargains and bounce-back candidates the algorithms like in the NBA tonight.

Breaking Down the NBA Draft, Part 3: Teams 10-1

Which NBA team has drafted best since the turn of the century?

6 Things I Learned From Super Bowl XLVIII

If you're into prop bets, it was orange Gatorade.

Does Winning the Rookie of the Year in Baseball Lead to an Elite Career?

What can past winners such as 2003 NL Rookie of the Year Dontrelle Willis tell us about recent winners?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 14

The Bogut of old, Paul George has gone cold, and some hot streaks that should be sold...

3 Super Bowl XLVIII Sleepers

Everybody knows Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, but there are plenty lesser-known players who will impact the big game.

Super Bowl XLVIII Prop Bets: The Everyone Else Edition

Will Marshawn Lynch hit 91 rushing yards this weekend?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 1/31/14

KD and Dirk are among those looking to stay hot tonight.

Super Bowl XLVIII Prop Bets: Peyton Manning Edition

Will Peyton Manning have a giant red mark on his forehead this weekend? Yes.

NBA Snub-Stars: DeMarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson

The All-Star case for DeMarcus Cousins and Lance Stephenson.

NBA Snub-Stars: Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic

Why Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic deserved to be named All-Stars this year

Super Bowl XLVIII Prop Bets: Russell Wilson Edition

Will Russell Wilson throw for over 209.5 yards?

8 Starting Pitchers Hoping to Avoid Sophomore Slumps

Jose Fernandez leads the group of the impressive young arms returning for their second season.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 1/30/14

Is Blake Being Set up for Failure?

The Best MLB Teams According to Bill James' Commandments

Billy Beane ain't no dummy. He practices what he preaches.

Ranking Current Quarterbacks Without a Super Bowl Appearance

Philip Rivers has never played on Super Bowl Sunday. Is he the best passer in today's NFL that hasn't been there?

Buffalo Bills 2013 Team Review: A Team in Transition

Was there any good to Buffalo's 2013 campaign?

DraftKings Daily NBA Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 1/29/14

With a depleted Spurs roster, can Duncan fill the void?

Why Kevin Durant is the NBA's MVP

It's been LeBron's world for some time now, but Kevin Durant is putting the whole world on notice: He's got next.

Super Bowl XLVIII Preview: Do the Numbers Favor Peyton's Broncos?

Will Peyton Manning get it done in his third Super Bowl appearance?

The Norv Narrative: Offensive Coordinator Impact in Fantasy Football

Norv Facts: His middle name is Eugene, he was born in North Carolina, his main hobby is losing playoff games he should win.

Will Carmelo Anthony Ever Win an NBA Title?

A look at Carmelo Anthony's chances of ever winning an NBA title.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 1/28/14

Is it conceivable to fade Steph Curry tonight?

Carolina Panthers 2013 Team Review: Legitimate Contenders

The Panthers were bounced from the 2013 playoffs, but don't count them out in seasons to come.

Why the Broncos Need a Healthy Knowshon Moreno for the Super Bowl

Moreno was one of the most effective running backs in the NFL this year.

Was Gary Kubiak the Right Hire for Baltimore?

Remember Steve Slaton? Yeah, that was all Kubiak.

Can the Knicks Be Fixed This Year?

One man can't do it alone.

9 Amazing Facts About Tony Gonzalez’s Career

From every football fan ever: Thanks, Tony.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 1/27/14

Is there enough value on this six-game night to roster Kevin Durant? See what our algorithms have to say

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 13

There were some offensive explosions in the NBA this week. What's the fantasy fallout?

Will Tanaka's Game Translate to Major League Baseball?

Anyone else anxious to hear what his new vaguely offensive nickname is going to be?

Draftkings Daily NBA Fantasy Helper: Friday 1/24/14

There's great value from two former MVPs tonight.

How Important is Percy Harvin to Super Bowl XLVIII?

Percy Harvin played 39 snaps this year. Now he's starting in the Super Bowl.

6 Things to Know About This Weekend’s Pro Bowl

Alex Smith is a Pro Bowl quarterback. Let that sink in for a second.

Dreaming of a Division-less, Conference-less NBA Playoffs

In this hypothetical fantasy world, fans would be treated to amazing basketball at every second.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Team Review: A Tale of Two Halves

Who were the 2013 Steelers? The 2-6 team from the first half of the season, or the team that finished 6-2 over their final eight games?

Washington Redskins 2013 Team Review: A Three-Ring Circus

Which was a bigger wreck, the team's PR or its play on the field?

Why Mike Pettine is an Underrated Hire for Cleveland

Mike Pettine has a great defensive background.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 1/23/14

LBJ should be able to light it up tonight.

Dallas Cowboys 2013 Team Review: Another Year of Mediocrity

The offense has enough pieces, but is there enough cap room to bolster the defense?

5 Overshadowed NBA Stars Needing More Spotlight

A highlight of five undervalued players in small media markets.

NBA Quarterly Report: First Half Western Conference nERD-Stars

(Part II of II) What if we used advanced metrics to determine the NBA All-Star teams? Here are the Western Conference results...

Determining Andrew Cashner's 2014 Fantasy Value

Andrew Cashner is a prime regression candidate for 2014

How Important Are Quarterbacks?

If the playoffs are the goal, how valuable are quarterbacks in achieving that goal?

Fantasy Running Back Value, Part Four: Predictability

LeSean McCoy's been one of the most consistent running backs over the last two seasons, despite his injuries in 2012.

Why Quarterback Wins Are Irrelevant

Does Tom Brady deserve so much credit?

Masahiro Tanaka is Headed To The Bronx

Tanaka provides a lift to a rotation in need

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 1/22/14

Our algorithms love the Rockets vs Kings match-up and Boogie will be at the center of it.

NBA Quarterly Report: First Half Eastern Conference nERD-Stars

(Part I of II) What if we used advanced metrics to determine the NBA All-Star teams? In part one, we take a look at the Eastern Conference results...

New England Patriots 2013 Team Review: Failure or Miracle?

Despite Super Bowl aspirations, did the 2013 Patriots actually overachieve?

Will the Eastern and Western Conference Disparity Affect the NBA Finals?

What does history say about games played versus who wins The Finals?

5 Overlooked NBA All-Stars

Last year the NBA world erupted when Golden State point guard Steph Curry didn't make the All-Star game. There are a few names this year that can find themselves in the same position as Curry last year.

Some of the best fantasy footballers you didn't want to draft.

Looking at some of the most underrated fantasy footballers of 2013

3 Reasons Why Denver Will Win The Super Bowl

Can Peyton solve the Seattle defense?

3 Reasons Why Seattle Will Win The Super Bowl

After losing to the Steelers in 2005, is it time for the Seahawks to finally get that ring?

Why the Rams Should Get Rid of Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford's had four mediocre NFL seasons.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 1/21/14

The stars will be out tonight, but don't forget to look for Damian Lillard.

Should the Reds Sign Grady Sizemore?

Grady Sizemore is making his return to the big leagues.

The 10 Most Overrated Fantasy Football Players From the 2013 Season

Which players were good in fantasy football, but not very efficient when it was all said and done?

A Review of the 2013 Fantasy Football Season: Wide Receivers

Where did our algorithms place Danny Amendola at the beginning of the season?

7 Things I Learned From the Conference Championships

You don't mess with Richard Sherman.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 1/20/14

Thad looks to get back on track on this day full of NBA action.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 12

Finally having a lull in massive injury news, here are some buy, sell, and add options you can use...

Could Mike Zimmer Lead the Minnesota Vikings to the Playoffs?

The Bengals had one of the best defenses in the league in 2013. The Vikings... not so much.

Detroit Lions 2013 Team Review: A Tale of Two Halves

Throwing side arm while off balance? Total frat move.

How to Pitch in the Major Leagues Without a 90 MPH Fastball

19 qualified pitchers did it last season. How?

San Francisco vs. Seattle NFC Championship Preview: Road Warriors

Marshawn Lynch will play a key role in this weekend's NFC Championship matchup.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 1/17/14

On a huge NBA Friday, an abundance of mid-range plays and bargains can help the stars align

Is Drew Brees Underrated?

There are more quarterbacks out there besides Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Sophomore Slump? Not for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis making huge improvements in his second season.

Your WR’s QB goes down with an injury… What does that mean for your fantasy team?

Greg Jennings after giving Matt Cassel one of his world famous piggy back rides (he puts the team on his back though)

Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 Team Review: A Work in Progress

The Jacksonville Jaguars took steps in the right direction in 2013, but not enough to contend any time soon.

Daily Fantasy Football Championship Round Optimized Lineups

Julian Edelman will look to tear apart the Broncos secondary on Sunday.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 1/16/14

With a nice pool of mid-rangers, don't forget to reach for the stars.

Fantasy Basketball Injury Report

Rojon Rondo is eyeing his season debut today.

Did the Heat, Celtics or Warriors Win the Crawford Deal?

Jordan Crawford is going to Golden State.

How the Brooklyn Nets Have Turned Things Around

Shaun Livingston hopes to start another winning streak with today's game in London.

Chicago Bears 2013 Team Review: Great Offense, Offensive Defense

Is Alshon Jeffery a future Hall of Famer? There is a first time for everything.

Why Jim Caldwell Won't Work in Detroit

Can Jim Caldwell be the head coach Detroit needs, or just the one it deserves?

Does a Quarterback's Rookie Season Predict His Future?

Matt Ryan is the best rookie quarterback we've seen since 2000.

Miami Dolphins 2013 Team Review: Is There a Bright Future?

Charles Clay broke out this season, but Miami's run game needs work on both sides of the ball.

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for the Championship Round

Can Peyton and Knowshon get it done against New England?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 1/15/14

D-Wade as numberFire's best value play tonight.

New England vs. Denver AFC Championship Preview: Here We Go Again

Peyton Manning will try to best Tom Brady this weekend.

How Blake Griffin Has Elevated His Play

The Clippers PF is often the subject of debate, but has he upped his game?

Revisiting the Year of the Elite Pass-Catching Running Back

Pierre Thomas made a living catching the football this year.

Cincinnati Bengals 2013 Team Review: Almost There

What went right and what went wrong for the 2013 AFC North Champions.

Tanking in the NBA: Mistakes in Trading First-Round Picks

Giving up first-round picks rarely works out.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 1/14/14

Will Kyrie Irving and the dysfunctional Cavs prove to be tonight's top plays?

Whisenhunt to Tennessee: Did the Titans Do the Right Thing?

Ken Whisenhunt is now the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

A Review of the 2013 Fantasy Football Season: Running Backs

You all hated Ryan Mathews entering the season. We didn't.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 1/13/14

Chandler Parsons eyes a return to action tonight

8 Things to Know About the NFL’s Final Four

We know these teams are good, but are there certain things about them that aren't so obvious?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 11

Some players you should bail on, some fliers you could take on, kind words about the Dragon, and Rudy Gay proving me wrong...

Fantasy Running Back Value, Part Three: Replaceability

The running back value series continues with a look at replaceability.

Should Marshawn Lynch Have Scored?

Could the drama have been avoided in Seattle yesterday?

Cleveland Browns 2013 Review: Josh Gordon Breaks Out

Josh Gordon was great this year for Cleveland, but what about the rest of the squad?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 1/10/13

Tonight's big schedule means plenty of value and studs, but don't forget about the great mid-range options like Afflalo.

Indianapolis vs. New England Divisional Round Preview: A New Rivalry?

Is Donald Brown key for the Colts this weekend?

San Diego vs. Denver Divisional Round Preview: Shootout at Mile High

In the third matchup this season, who has the edge?

Overrated Overperformers of 2013

Box Scores, Fantasy Points, and the Lies They Tell.

Why the Warriors are True Title Contenders

A few reasons why the Golden State Warriors can win a championship this season.

First Overall: Trout or Cabrera?

Should you draft Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout?

Jay Gruden to Washington: The Redskins Lose Again

Jay Gruden is the new head coach for the Washington Redskins.

Daily Fantasy Football Divisional Round Optimized Lineups

Will Demaryius Thomas live up to his cost this week?

Fantasy Basketball: The Punting Game, Version 5

The guide to valuing your players more effectively.

San Francisco vs. Carolina Preview: A Knockdown, Drag-Out Brawl

Can Cam Newton and the Panthers strike fast, or will Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers outlast?

Atlanta Falcons 2013 Team Review: Truly Offensive Defense

The offense kept humming along for the Falcons, but the other side of the ball needs some work.

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for the Divisional Round

Knowshon Moreno should see more volume on Sunday than he had towards the end of the regular season.

Was Anquan Boldin the Most Underrated Receiver This Season?

Anquan Boldin is awesome, regardless of your fandom.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 1/8/14

Do not fear the beard tonight.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 1/9/14

Lack of quantity does not mean lack of quality. The stars, and a few surprises, will shine bright tonight.

Quarterback Streaming Recap: The All-Stream Team

The top quarterback streamers throughout the 2013 season.

New Orleans vs. Seattle Divisional Round Preview: Deja Vu?

Have we seen this movie before?

A Review of the 2013 Fantasy Football Season: Quarterbacks

How accurate were numberFire's preseason quarterback rankings?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 1/7/14

With an over/under of 217.5, look for DeMarcus Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge to put up huge games.

Deng It, Cavs: Breaking Down Last Night's Trade

numberFire writers Bryan Mears and Russell Peddle discuss the Luol Deng trade.

What Mike Zimmer Means to the Cincinnati Bengals

Mike Zimmer deserves a head coaching gig.

Arizona Cardinals 2013 Team Review: Free Andre Ellington

The Cardinals had a top ten defense in 2013, but what happened to their offense?

2014 MLB Regression Candidates

Was Yasiel Puig's rookie season lucky? The numbers say yes.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 1/6/14

A surprising amount of value, like Paul Pierce, exists in tonight's three-game schedule.

The Most Efficient Low-Volume NFL Players of 2013

Kenny Stills was one of the most underrated rookies this season.

Updated Super Bowl Odds: San Diego Stays Alive

Is there any chance the Chargers actually win the Super Bowl?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 10

Paul Millsap is ready to spread his wings and soar, while more injuries are giving some waiver wire guys extended time on the floor...

2014 MLB Rebound Candidates

Could Paul Konerko be headed for a rebound in 2014?

Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Team Review: Soaring Above Expectations

Rebuilding or Contending? This year, it was hard to tell.

A Raptor Resurgence: Why Canada's Team Belongs on the Map

A look at the Toronto Raptors and their post-Rudy Gay ascent to relevance

How Bad Did The Chiefs Blow It?

Oh, Ziggy Alex Smith: Will You Ever Win?

Fantasy Running Back Value, Part Two: Supply and Demand

Why is Matt Asiata part of this running back series?

Strengths and Weakness of Wild-Card Weekend, Part Two

Where do Sunday's wild-card teams excel and struggle on the field?

Oakland Raiders 2013 Team Review: Just Win Baby

Rod Streater was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders in 2013.

Why the Minnesota Vikings Should Trade Adrian Peterson

The heart says stay, stay, stay, but the stats say go, go, go.

Wild-Card Weekend Preview: Will Cincinnati Finally Get a Playoff Win?

The last time the Bengals won a playoff game, Andy Dalton was three years old.

Strengths and Weakness of Wild-Card Weekend, Part One

Where do Saturday's wild-card teams excel and struggle on the field?

A Statistical Look at Peyton Manning's Historic Season

Peyton Manning broke every record he could in 2013, and has some incredible numbers to show for it.

Daily Fantasy Football Wild-Card Round Optimized Lineups

Can Anquan Boldin repeat his Week 1 performance against the Pack?

Why the Gasol-for-Bynum Swap Makes Sense

The proposed trade offers insight into the current state of affairs in the NBA.

Is Jay Cutler Worth His New Contract?

Jay Cutler will be a Bear for a long time. Did Chicago make the right move?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 1/1/14

Ring in the New Year right with DFS victories tonight!

MVP Watch: The Final Results

Some races were closer than others, but we finally have our winners.

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Wild-Card Weekend

It's playoff time, but that doesn't mean daily fantasy football has to end.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 12/31/13

Stephen Curry looks to continue his tear against the Magic.

Fantasy Running Back Value, Part One: The Current Misconception

Le'Veon Bell's fantasy season was much better than his numbers show.

Texas Alumni Tip-Off in Rematch of Northwest Division Battle

Will the Aldridge and Lillard be to much for KD to handle without Westbrook?

San Diego's Gutsy Fake Punt: Was it Smart?

The Chargers made the playoffs, but if not for a courageous call, things may be different.

Are the Right Teams in the NFL Playoffs?

Did the 12 teams who made the playoffs deserve to get in?

Black Monday: Which Coaches Deserved to Keep Their Jobs?

Should Rob Chudzinski have gotten fired?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 9

Young Thunder will shine, Hawks bigs should be on the fantasy pine, and it might be "Sideshow" Andy time...

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 12/30/13

Christmas might be over, but Blake Griffin is still delivering the goods

The Top-10 Fantasy Football Moments of 2013

Peyton Manning gave us the gift of "Are you kidding me?" this season.

Forget Aaron Rodgers, It’s Jordy Nelson Time

Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers reunite this weekend. Hooray!

Stacy's Got It Goin' On: Analyzing Zac Stacy's Value

Is Zac Stacy the best, or most valuable, rookie running back of 2013?

Formulating a Sports Argument: Larry Fitzgerald’s 2012 Campaign

Larry Fitzgerald's 2012 campaign is nothing like Josh Gordon's 2013.

Start or Sit: Week 17

Eric Decker looks to continue his hot streak in the final regular season week.

Daily Fantasy Football Week 17 Optimized Lineups

We've been riding LeSean McCoy all year long. Why stop in Week 17?

Fantasy Football: The Konami Code Aftermath in 2013

How rushing quarterbacks impacted standard scoring in 2013

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 17

Matt Forte's looking to close out the regular season on a high note this weekend.

Sneaky Waiver Wire Adds for Week 17

Knile Davis is an important guy in fantasy football this week.

Ray Rice's 2013 Season: Is He Done For?

Is Ray Rice's nightmarish year just an anomaly?

Deck the Halls with Basketballs: Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-Le-Bron

Don we now our Christmas-exlusive sleeved apparel...

Can Andy Dalton Handle Big-Game Pressure?

Andy Dalton against bad defenses is like Peyton Manning. Against good ones? Geno Smith.

Dallas Makes Four Smart Fourth Down Decisions

Though Jason Garrett is on the hot seat, he proved to make smart choices against the Redskins on Sunday.

Week 16 Recap: Adieu

I chose Reggie for this picture so you could shoot spit-wads at him for wrecking your playoff game.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 8

Some quick holiday transactions to save you from Kobe and BroLo sadness.

Why Greed Among Players is Good for Competitive Balance

Despite receiving a more lucrative offer from the Diamondbacks, Carlos Beltran signed with the Yankees

Four Week 16 Storylines: Rodgers Ruled Out

Matt Flynn will get the start against the Steelers on Sunday.

A Look at Eli Manning's Historically Bad Season

Remember when Eli vs. Peyton was a real discussion people had?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 12/20/13

Get your Motor City bigs running, head out on the highway...

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 15: Doug Ballin'

Doug Baldwin has quietly been the Seahawks go-to receiver.

It's Not Romo's Fault

It's easy to pick on Tony Romo's late game antics, but in doing so, you ignore his incredible statistics.

Fred Jackson: The Ageless Wonder

Fred Jackson, at 32 years old, is still one of the most effective backs in the NFL.

Tight End Streaming: Christmas Edition

'Twas just days before Christmas, when all though this joint we looked for tight ends with the most Net Expected Points...

The Paradox of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Part Two

Despite his tremendous mustache, critics believe that Jack Morris's playing ability is below Hall of Fame standards

NBA Championship Watch: Week 8

With the dominant play of LBJ and Paul George, has KD become underrated this year?

Start or Sit: Week 16

Delanie Walker can help you win a fantasy football championship.

MVP Watch: A Star on the Rise

How good would DeMarco Murray be if he wasn't held back by Jason Garrett?

The Paradox of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Part One

Barry Bonds, arguably the greatest hitter to ever live, has been denied admission to the Hall of Fame due to the character clause.

Daily Fantasy Football Week 16 Optimized Lineups

Colin Kaepernick will face the worst pass defense in the NFL this weekend.

Was the Grant Balfour Signing as Good as Advertised?

The Orioles snagged Grant Balfour. Was it smart?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 15

DeMarco Murray continues to be underused and underrated this season.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 12/18/13

The advice is simple tonight: Play LaMarcus.

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 16

Can Pierre Garcon get it done again this week?

Rip City Rolling: Can the Blazers Stay on Top?

At 22-4, the Blazers currently have the best record in the NBA. Is it sustainable?

The Suns Surprisingly Show Up: Are They For Real?

Can the Suns keep up their pace?

The Value of the NBA Draft

How great teams like the Spurs have capitalized on their late draft picks to sustain their run.

How Impressive Has Keenan Allen’s Rookie Season Been?

Is Keenan Allen one of the best rookie receivers we've ever seen?

Is Baltimore's Defense Better in 2013?

After winning the Super Bowl and losing countless starters, is this year's Baltimore defense better than 2012's?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 12/17/13

It's a Bobcats kind of night.

Defending the Cassel: Examining Matt Cassel's Resurgence

Matt Cassel has emerged as Minnesota's best quarterback option for the future

15 Transactions for Week 16

Jordan Todman will be a top waiver wire priority this week.

Jamaal Charles and a Fantasy Playoff Performance for the Ages

Where does his 215-yard, five-touchdown performance rank in fantasy history?

Divergent Offseasons: White Sox and Diamondbacks

Matt Davidson is the latest addition to the White Sox' young and exciting position player core

No, Tom Brady Isn't the NFL's MVP

Tom Brady's certainly turning his season around, but he's still not close to an MVP.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 12/16/13

Value is golden, and Joakim Noah presents the best value at center tonight

Philbin Goes For It and Wins

Was Joe Philbin's choice to go for it against the Patriots on Sunday the right one?

Week 15 Recap: Paper Cuts

This is photographic evidence that Jerrel Jernigan is, in fact, a real thing.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 7

Bench players emerging, trade rumors swirling, and Spurs you should be selling.

Mets Wisely Sign Aging, Overweight Pitcher With PED History

Why the Bartolo Colon signing is very reasonable for the Mets.

Four Week 15 Storylines: Jay Cutler Returns

Jay Cutler returns as Bears' starter against the Browns this weekend.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 14: A.J.Green, Road Warrior?

A.J.Green is far more productive in his road whites.

Fantasy Football Playoffs: Boom or Bust

With the fantasy playoffs here, who are some of the guys that can break or break your squad?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 12/13/13

Even with a 13-game slate, our algorithms say that Russ is a must across the industry.

The Progression of Cam Newton

With all the tools necessary to succeed as an NFL passer, is Cam Newton putting them all together?

MVP Watch: Gordon Going to Town

Peyton looks great, but others deserve some love as well

FanDuel Trends: Week 15

Welcome to popularity, Mr. Edelman.

Two Doses in One Week: Crawford vs. New York

Crawford looks to keep hot streak alive against inferior opponents.

Thursday Night Football: A Real Quarterback Battle

Can Peyton Manning keep things going on a short week?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 12/12/13

With only four teams active tonight, which players present the best value?

Cincinnati's Playoff Hunt: Why the Number Two Seed Matters

The Bengals are squarely in the playoff discussion, but can they be Super Bowl contenders?

Jacksonville's Offense: The Feel-Good Story of the Year

How the Jaguars warmed the hearts of a nation by fighting their way out of the NFL's basement.

Start or Sit: Week 15

Is it finally Chris Ogbonnaya's time in Cleveland?

NBA Quarterly Report: First Quarter Honors and Dishonors

Is LeBron still the league MVP? Who's the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year? Can Paul George win every award?

Daily Fantasy Football Week 15 Optimized Lineups

With Gronkowski's injury, Jimmy Graham is now fantasy football's best tight end, and it's not close.

Deep Sleepers for the 2013 Fantasy Football Playoffs

Can guys like Cordarrelle Patterson and Da'Rick Rogers win your league's championship?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 14

Did Washington make the right move in benching RGIII for Kirk Cousins?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 12/11/13

Is Isaiah Thomas the best value in fantasy right now?

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 15

Is it time to play Pierre Garcon?

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 15

What does geography have to do with Ryan Tannehill?

Breaking Down the NBA Draft, Part 2: Teams 20-11

Where does Dwayne Wade's Heat rank among the NBA's best drafting teams?

The Most Inconsistent Fantasy Quarterbacks of 2013

Andy Dalton's been a week-to-week mess in fantasy football this season.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 12/10/13

At his high cost, is Russell Westbrook worth playing tonight on daily fantasy sites?

15 Transactions for Week 15

Should Jay Cutler be a top priority at quarterback this week?

Why Did the Mariners Break the Bank for Cano?

The Mariners are in win-now mode and signing Robinson Cano was only the first step

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 12/9/13

Monta's Inferno: Ellis will thrive against the depleted Kings

Should Seattle Have Let San Francisco Score?

The Seahawks faced an interesting situation towards the end of their game on Sunday.

Week 14 Recap: Snow

LeSean McCoy was a snow angel on Sunday. While not as good as a snow bunny or the Abominable Snow Man, it will have to do.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 6

Kobe returns, Gay gets traded, everyone gets injured...what are you going to do about it?

Five Week 14 Storylines: NFC South Showdown

Can Cam Newton get it done in the Superdome?

Rob Gronkowski's Season-Ending Injury: What Now, Fantasy Owners?

With Gronk gone for the year, who should his owners pick up in fantasy football?

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 13: The Surging Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd has the second-most receiving yards in the NFL over the past three weeks.

NFL Coaches on the Hot Seat: Who Should Fear for Their Jobs?

Gary Kubiak already lost his job, and these coaches might be next.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 12/6/13

The Warriors-Rockets game tonight should be a barnburner, so load up!

FanDuel Trends: Week 14

Why is Matt Prater the main picture for this week's article?

Fantasy Basketball: The Punting Game, Version 4

The guide to valuing your players more effectively.

MVP Watch: A Boldin Statement

Hold on tight for an exciting finish in the running back and receiver categories.

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Watch: What Do the Numbers Say?

Who has been the most impressive first-year offensive player in 2013?

Thursday Night Football: Another Low-Scoring Contest?

Will Maurice Jones-Drew have a successful night against Houston?

Reviewing MLB National Transaction Day, Part Two: Signings

Jarrod Saltalamacchia takes his talents and facial hair to Miami

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 12/5/13

On a three-game NBA night, there are plenty of stars ready to shine in some key rivalry matchups.

NBA Championship Watch: Week 6

Just how good is Pistons big man, Andre Drummond?

Start or Sit: Week 14

Is Roddy White back to his old self?

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 14 Optimized Lineups

Is Joe Flacco a late-season fantasy stud?

Where Have You Gone, Steve Smith?

What happened to Steve Smith's 2013 season?

Reviewing MLB National Transaction Day, Part One: Trades

Former Padres' reliever Luke Gregerson was one of many players dealt

The Impact of Jacoby Ellsbury's New York Signing

Were the Yankees smart in signing the center fielder?

National Transaction Day Part One: Trades

The Importance of Questioning Conventional Wisdom in Fantasy Football

Is it optimal to always

The Battle of the NBA's Atlantic Division

Which team has the best chance of coming out on top of the worst division in professional sports and why should you care?

Philadelphia's leading man

Has the performance from Foles proven that he is god-like?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 13

Ben Roethlisberger has been incredibly efficient since the Steelers bye week.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 12/4/13

How will Timmy follow up his historic 23-point, 21-rebound night from Monday?

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 14

Should we be excited about Vincent Jackson's potential this weekend?

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 14

Can Ryan Fitzpatrick be trusted in the fantasy football playoffs?

Le'Veon Bell's Steel City Impact

Bell is one of 10 players in the NFL averaging over 90 yards from scrimmage per game.

Why Were the Orioles Forced to Trade Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks?

Explaining the reasoning for the trade and the flaw in the system that made it necessary.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 12/3/13

In a night filled with injuries and high-scoring matchups, there are plenty of value plays.

Stop the Insanity: Russell Wilson Is Not the NFL’s MVP

Russell Wilson's team has only lost once, but that doesn't mean he should be the NFL's MVP.

Why Did the Tigers Trade Doug Fister for Three Guys You've Never Heard Of?

Doug Fister takes his talents to an already loaded Washington rotation

15 Transactions for Week 14

Michael Crabtree could end up being a huge fantasy playoff asset.

The NBA's Best and Worst Five-Man Lineups

What units are tearing up the NBA so far?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 12/2/13

Does constant blowout potential render Tim Duncan unplayable?

Are the Bears Better With Josh McCown?

Josh McCown is playing at a high level for the Bears. Will this impact Jay Cutler's future?

Overtime Field Goals: Closer is Better

Robbie Gould's missed field goal could've gone a different direction with a little analytics.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 5

12 assists to help your fantasy team going into the NBA's sixth week.

Week 13 Recap: Jive Turkey

Jordy Nelson didn't exactly spend his Thanksgiving stuffing box scores. What a turkey.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 13 Optimized Lineups

Adrian Peterson has the best matchup possible this weekend against the Bears. Does he make our lineups?

Four Week 13 Storylines: Division Rivals Seek Revenge

Knowshon Moreno's injury could make a big impact against the Chiefs this week.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 12: Josh Gordon is Elite

Josh Gordon is a stud.

FanDuel Trends: Week 13

Josh McCown is being used more than any other FanDuel quarterback this week.

MVP Watch: Brees is Heating Up

Position races are heating up with five weeks left in the season.

Daily Fantasy Football: Thanksgiving Day Optimized Lineups

Jason Witten is easily the best tight end playing on Thursday. Is he the best tight end value for daily fantasy football?

NFL Thanksgiving Day Preview

Can Ben Roethlisberger lead the Steelers past the Ravens?

Tight End Streaming: Thanksgiving Edition

Let's look to the tight end stream for players we can be thankful for.

Does Donald Brown Have Legitimate Fantasy Value?

Despite the acquisition of Trent Richardson, Donald Brown has been the Colts back to own in recent weeks. Is he an asset going forward?

Start or Sit: Week 13

I'm thankful for Charles Clay's matchup against the Jets.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 11/27/13

Who will you be thankful for tonight in your DFS leagues?

Why the Lions Need a More Balanced Attack

The Lions are on a two-game losing streak after starting 6-3. What's the reason?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 12

There's no reason Joe Flacco should be making the money he's making.

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 13

It's Thanksgiving week, so we're giving you a Thanksgiving lineup.

The Packers Without Rodgers: How Much Do They Need Him?

What happens when you have to replace a top NFL quarterback?

Can the Bulls Rise Without Rose?

A look at the fallout from Derrick Rose's latest injury.

Should the Jets Bench Geno Smith?

You and I have a much better Passing NEP total than Geno Smith this year.

NBA Championship Watch: Week 5

Who is having a championship caliber season?

How the Houston Texans Sold Out and Fell Out of Contention

Just like your favorite underground rock group, the Texans got away from what worked.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 11/26/13

With only four games tonight, balance is the key.

15 Transactions for Week 13

You should have added Justin Hunter last week.

Breaking Down the Draft, Part 1: Who are the Best Drafters in the NBA?

Which NBA drafts worst in the league?

10 of the NBA's Most Telling Statistics

With stats and advanced analytics becoming so vital in the NBA, here are 10 that you should know one month into the season.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 11/25/13

If there's ever a time to gamble on J.R. Smith, then that time is now.

Is Alex Smith Less Than a Game Manager?

Alex Smith seems like a good fit for Kansas City, but is he still playing like a below average quarterback?

Who's Better: Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?

What do the numbers say about the Manning vs. Brady battle?

A Costly Overtime Mistake for the Packers

Mike McCarthy may look back and wish he had gone for it from two yards out in overtime.

Week 12 Recap: Vacation Pictures

Roddy White is making his owners feel like they are flipped upside down.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 4

12 assists to help your fantasy team going into the NBA's fifth week.

November NBA Rookie of the Year Watch

Which NBA rookies have made an impact in November?

Would it be Wacko to Play Joe Flacco?

Is Joe Flacco a disappointment? I have 120.6 million reasons that say he is.

The Rise of The Donald: Donald Brown's 2013 Outlook

Despite the acquisition of Trent Richardson, Donald Brown has been the Colts back to own in recent weeks. Is he an asset going forward?

Four Week 12 Storylines: Manning vs. Brady

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will face off for the 14th time in their careers on Sunday night.

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 11/22/13

Is Stephen Curry a must play tonight?

Seven Blockbuster MLB Trades That Should Happen

Could trading Mike Trout benefit the Angels?

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 11: Upper Decker

Eric Decker has WR1 potential.

FanDuel Trends: Week 12

Are the masses catching on to Coby Fleener's great matchup this weekend?

Tigers Trade Overpaid Player for Valuable Player

Why the Tigers won the Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler trade

Fantasy Outlook for Ogbonnaya going forward.

How the

The One-Hit Wonder Arizona Cardinals Are Bound for a Letdown

Are the Cardinals a legitimate contender?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 11/21/13

With only two games tonight, is Blake Griffin a solid play?

Thursday Night Football: Is Atlanta's Defense Historically Bad?

The Falcons were one game away from the Super Bowl last season. Just 10 months later, they're one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Fantasy Basketball: The Punting Game, Version 3

The guide to valuing your players more effectively.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 12 Optimized Lineups

Drew Brees against the league's worst defense? Yes please.

MVP Watch: Philly's Making Moves

Mile High City versus the City of Brotherly Love

The Raineymaker: Bobby Rainey's 2013 Outlook

Is Bobby Rainey a fantasy asset?

Tight End Streaming: Week 12 Edition

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Tight end streaming works forever.

Is Antonio Brown an Elite WR1?

In a career year, should Antonio Brown be mentioned in the same tier as Megatron and A.J. Green?

Start or Sit: Week 12

I love when you stare at me, I'm just so fresh, so clean (so fresh and so clean clean)

San Diego: Do They Still Have a Charge?

Is the Chargers offense declining?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 11/20/13

In a night with lots of games, there are plenty of values to be had.

Six Facts to Know Through Week 11

Ray Rice was good on Sunday, but was it just a product of his matchup?

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 12

Who are the best high-upside streamers to get you into the playoffs?

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 12

Alfred Morris has been underrated this season. Did he find his way into our DraftKings daily lineup?

Enter the McGloin: Is Oakland's New Quarterback Worth the Add?

Is Matt McGloin a worthwhile waiver add?

NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 11/19/13

John Wall isn't efficient, but he could help you win money tonight.

The Picked-Up Flag: Playoff Odds if the Patriots Had Won

Would the playoff picture be different if the Pats had won?

NBA Championship Watch: Week 4

Who is setting up their team to win a championship?

Six Trade Deadline Tips: Hearing 'No' is a Good Thing

The importance of negotiation in achieving trade success.

15 Transactions for Week 12

Nate Burleson should be added in most league formats.

Strategery: How To Pick The Best Waiver-Wire WRs

Mohamed Sanu is going to be a sneaky fantasy wideout from here on out.

Why Didn't Jim Schwartz Kick the Field Goal?

There was an odd play call towards the end of the Lions vs. Steelers game, and it shifted the outcome of the game dramatically.

Week 11 Recap: DONUT

Former Newark Nightstick (not really), Bobby Rainey

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 3

12 assists to help your fantasy team going into the NBA's fourth week.

Fantasy Football Week 12: Must Have Waiver Wire Pickups

Bobby Rainey, Donald Brown, and Michael Crabtree headline our Week 12 fantasy football waiver adds.

Five Week 11 Sleepers to Watch Out For

Nick Slegel takes a look at five under-the-radar sleepers for Week 11.

Omer Asik: To Trade or Not to Trade?

With trade rumors swirling around the Rockets' center, what are some possible destinations?

Schiano's Last Stand

You're stuck on a sinking ship. Who should you trust to get you to safety?

Four Week 11 Storylines: An AFC West Showdown

The Chiefs and Broncos highlight a great set of Week 11 matchups.

How Valuable is Jordan Cameron?

Is Jordan Cameron still locked-in as a top-five tight end in fantasy?

Five Running Backs to Stash for Your Playoff Run

With Bye Weeks wrapping up, it's time to reassess your bench and make sure you're providing yourself the best chances to succeed.

Ladarius Green: A Rare Tight End Lottery Ticket

Ladarius Green is a worthy bench stash for the fantasy playoffs.

Football 401: Breaking down the AFC North

Will the Bengals run away with the division, or can someone else catch them?

Will Victor Cruz Start Dancing Again?

Victor Cruz has had a quiet last five weeks. What's wrong?

FanDuel Trends: Week 11

Antonio Brown has been a cost-effective monster all season long.

Tight End Streaming: Week 11 Edition

The tight end stream is still as bountiful as Thanksgiving dinner.

Thursday Night Football: Is it Trent Richardson's Night?

Trent Richardson's been awful since joining the Colts. Is this the night he turns things around?

Better Than Advertised: The Most Underrated Defenses in the NFL This Season

Just like Rush Hour 2, these defenses don't quite get the respect they deserve.

Fantasy Basketball: The Punting Game, Version 2

The guide on how to more effectively value your players.

Start or Sit: Week 11

Can Ray Rice be trusted against the Bears?

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 11 Optimized Lineups

LeSean McCoy is unstoppable.

Top 5 Week 11 Busts: Sit 'Em Down

Tom Brady or Andy Dalton? Cecil Shorts or Eric Decker? Maurice Jones-Drew or Andre Brown?
We break down the Week 11 Busts you have to sit on your bench.

What to Expect From RGIII From Here on Out

RGIII's throwing 13 more times per game this season compared to last.

The Mysterious Mark Ingram

After a career high 145 rushing yards two weeks ago, Mark Ingram turned in another underwhelming performance. Should his breakout game against Dallas be viewed as anything more than a fluke?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 10

Andre Johnson is seeing fewer targets per game with Case Keenum at quarterback.

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 11

This week's streaming stable offers both upside and safety.

Streaming the Season: Defense Wins Championships

Which defense should we target from here on out?

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 11

Is Reggie Bush a good play against the Steelers?

The Case for Keenum

Keenum's prolificness and promising schedule could help quarterback-depleted fantasy owners down the stretch.

MVP Watch: The Broncos are Taking Over

After another week of football, the Broncos still dominate the MVP race.

Improving the Way You Think About Your Fantasy Football Team

Not pictured: The bags under Rodgers eyes. Seriously, this guy always looks like he hasn't slept in a week.

Hangin' with Mr. Riley Cooper

Could Riley Cooper be the best racist in NFL history?

Streaming the Season: Which Quarterbacks Should You Roster?

Is Case Keenum the answer to your quarterback problems? Partially.

How To Make an NBA Championship

Who has a realistic chance of winning it all?

Forgot About Dre: What's Next for Andre Brown?

Andre Brown came back strong in Week 10 after being sidelined with a leg injury.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 10: Nick Foles and His Tons of Swag

Is Nick Foles a legitimate QB1 from here on out?

Going for Two: When is it Acceptable?

The Chargers were down by nine with 11 minutes to go on Sunday. Should they have gone for two?

Percy Harvin: It's Go Time

Can Percy Harvin go from the PUP to the MVP for your fantasy team?

15 Transactions for Week 11

Though he's a backup quarterback, don't sleep on Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Rushing Effectiveness: The Cause of 2013's Quarterback Depth?

44.3% of Christian Ponder's fantasy total this season has come from his legs.

How Philly Put Away the Pack

Chief Analyst Keith Goldner analyzes an Eagles' drive that helped Philadelphia win on Sunday.

Week 10 Recap: Pumpkin Head

You know you've done something special when an award is named in your honor.

Fantasy Football Week 11: Must Have Waiver Wire Pickups

Where do Andre Brown, Mark Ingram, Rishard Matthews, and Tavon Austin rank on our must-have waiver wire pickups?

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 2

12 assists to help your fantasy team going into the NBA's third week.

The Curious Case of the Philadelphia 76'ers

Should we adjust our expectations the rest of the way for the shocking 4-3 76'ers?

Finding the Cause of Offensive Success

Which offensive statistics have the highest correlation to scoring runs?

Week 10 Sleepers to Watch Out For

Nick Slegel takes a look at some deep sleepers in fantasy for Week 10

Asset Management: Understanding Your Fantasy Football Team's Value

To maximize your chances of winning, it's important to understand what creates the value for your team. Comprehending your team's assets is the first step in this process.

The Slow Start Starting Five

The who, why, and what to expect from the NBA's slow starters

Doug Baldwin Deserves Your Respect

Doug Baldwin has more short-term fantasy value than you might think.

Six Week 10 Storylines: We Finally Have Meaningful Games

Rob Ryan has his defense ready for Tony Romo on Sunday.

FanDuel Trends: Week 10

Philip Rivers is the top quarterback option on FanDuel for the second straight week.

The Indianapolis Colts in the Post-Wayne Era

Can the Colts still be successful through the air without Reggie Wayne?

Thursday Night Football: Do the Vikings Have a Chance?

What will Adrian Peterson do on Thursday Night Football?

Why You Need to Take the Carolina Panthers Seriously

The Panthers might not seem like contenders, but a look at the numbers reveals a balanced, efficient team ready to make some noise in the NFC.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 10 Optimized Lineups

Russell Wilson should feast against the Falcons this week.

Start or Sit: Week 10

Keenan Allen could go bonkers on Sunday against the Broncos.

Tight End Streaming: Week 10 Edition

As the homestretch approaches, tight end streaming can find big value in little places.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 9: Cooper Trooper

Is Riley Cooper's recent success a mirage?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 9

Marc Trestman is the quarterback whisperer.

Fantasy Basketball: The Punting Game

Can punting cats optimize your fantasy lineup?

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 10

LeSean McCoy continues to be a steady fantasy play this season.

The Struggling Steelers: Is it Big Ben's Fault?

How much of Pittsburgh's problems are due to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger?

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 10

With quarterback play at a historical high, there are more than enough streaming options for Week 10

Eddie Lacy's Fantasy Value: It's Hammer Time

Is it coincidence that Eddie Lacy was born in the same year that MC Hammer had one of his biggest hits?

15 Transactions for Week 10

Welcome back, Andre.

Aaron Rodgers' Injury: What To Do If You Own Him

Need a fantasy QB replacement for Aaron Rodgers? His injury won't stop you with any of these guys.

Going Greene: Why You Should Give Shonn a Shot

Shonn Greene has a chance to be an effective running back from a fantasy perspective the rest of the year.

What Nick Foles' Performance Taught Us About Fantasy Football

Nick Foles threw more touchdowns on Sunday than Terrelle Pryor has all season long.

The Best and Worst of the NBA's First Week

What do the stats say about our first week of games?

Why Derek Jeter's New Contract Is The Worst In Baseball

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Why Blair Walsh's Missed PAT Was Huge for Dallas

Chief Analyst Keith Goldner mathematically shows why being down six is sometimes better than being down three.

Week 9 Recap: Millgraphapork

Oh, to be Tom Brady's hand...

Fantasy Football Week 10: Must Have Waiver-Wire Pickups

Nick Foles, Case Keenum, and Aaron Dobson all make our list of Week 10 waiver pickups.

A Dozen Dimes: Volume 1

12 assists to help your fantasy team going into the NBA's second week.

Five Bold MLB Offseason Predictions

Will Robinson Cano receive a record-breaking contract this winter?

MVP Watch: Peyton Manning Leads the Charge

There is more to football statistics than a yards per reception average.

Five Week 9 Sleepers to Watch Out For

Nick Slegel takes a look at five under-the-radar fantasy studs for Week 9.

Matchups for Week 9: Analyzing Opposing Defenses

Is Stevan Ridley going take advantage of a good matchup? Will Vincent Jackson flop against Seattle?

What Happened to Darren Sproles and Marques Colston?

Darren Sproles fantasy numbers are down this year, but there's still some hope.

FanDuel Trends: Week 9

Your mom is using Eddie Lacy on FanDuel this week.

Five Week 9 Storylines: Why the NFL is the Best

Jeff Fisher will face his old team this weekend.

Thursday Night Football: Andy Dalton Looks to Continue His Hot Streak

Can Andy Dalton shred the Dolphins secondary, too?

The Aftermath: 14 Games in One Night

I sifted through fantasy implications of all 14 games last night so that you don't have to.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 9 Optimized Lineups

Dez Bryant should go bananas against the Vikings this week.

Start or Sit: Week 9

Chris Johnson, despite people thinking he has a great upcoming schedule, is still bench-worthy.

Fantasy Football Week 9: Top 6 Must Sits

Ben Roethlisberger: Deep thinker, turnover specialist

Tight End Streaming: Halloween Edition

Boo!

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 9

With fantasy football's top-two quarterbacks on bye and plenty more struggling, who are the best streaming options for Week 9?

Six Facts to Know Through Week 8

Vincent Jackson gets a lot of footballs thrown his way.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 8: #FreeEllington

Andre Ellington has been outstanding, but his lack of touches is holding him back.

Stat Reactions: Who Stole the NBA's Opening Night?

With all the stars out last night, which performance was most impressive?

DraftKings Fantasy Football Helper for Week 9

Steve Smith could be in store for a big game on Sunday.

Josh McCown or Josh McClown?

You can't tell in this picture, but Josh McCown is a dead ringer for Ivan Drago. Seriously. Google image search it.

Next Man Up: NBA Injury Replacements

If you drafted an injured star, should you be playing his real-life backup?

Fantasy Basketball 2013: Sleepers and Busts

Who is in a prime situation for a career year? Who should be avoided?

10 Facts About Calvin Johnson’s 329-Yard Performance

Is Calvin Johnson a human being?

15 Transactions for Week 9

Kendall Wright shouldn't be on your waiver wire.

Fantasy Football Week 9: Must Have Waiver-Wire Pickups

Is Marvin Jones worth the pick up?

Digging Into the Numbers: Why Hasn't Tom Brady Produced?

The last time Tom Brady was this bad, Aaron Dobson was in middle school.

NBA Preview, Part 2: Which Team Has the Best Backcourt?

Is it one of the young duos or the old veterans?

Green Bay's Third Quarter Brilliance

Chief Analyst Keith Goldner dives into the many good decisions made by the Packers in the third quarter of last night's game.

Week 8 Recap: Treat/Trick/Apple

The selection of Andy Dalton for this week's title photo has nothing to do with his hair being orange like a pumpkin.

Five Week 8 Sleepers to Watch Out For

Nick Slegel takes a look at five sleepers to keep on eye on in Week 8.

World Seres Odds Update: Sox Still Favored

Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals look to gain an edge at home

Matchups for Week 8: Analyzing the Opposing Defense

Which players have favorable, deceiving, or damaging matchups and how will they preform?

FanDuel Trends: Week 8

How popular is Eric Decker this week on FanDuel?

Six Week 8 Storylines: Bye Weeks Galore

It's time to panic, fantasy football owners. There are a lot of teams taking a break over the next three weeks.

NBA Preview: Who Boasts the NBA's Best Frontcourt?

After all the offseason moves, which team has the best frontcourt duo?

Thursday Night Football: Is There Any Hope For the Bucs?

Mike Glennon will face an uphill battle tonight against Carolina.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 8 Optimized Lineups

There's no reason to shy away from Jamaal Charles at this point.

Start or Sit: Week 8

Can Larry Fitzgerald turn things around against the Falcons this week?

Mr.BoomBostick: Maybe Fantastic?

With Jermichael Finley's unfortunate injury, will another Packer tight end emerge for fantasy owners?

Tony Romo, the Perry Como of Fantasy

Almost as handsome as Como. Almost.

Worst Fantasy Starts For Week 8

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Another Law Firm That Will Totally Screw You

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 7: Le'Veon Answers the Bell

Le'Veon Bell has sneaky RB1 potential.

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Helper for Week 8

Only Jamaal Charles has been a better fantasy running back than Knowshon Moreno over the last three weeks.

Six Facts to Know Through Week 7

Jake Locker may be the most underrated quarterback in football.

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 8

Six bye weeks, major injuries, and horrific play. Who's left to stream at quarterback?

Tight End Streaming: Week 8 Edition

With six teams on bye and several tight ends out or banged up, it's time for you stop complaining and start streaming.

Introducing the Kawhi Leonard Era

Just how underrated is Kawhi Leonard?

What the Numbers Say About Josh Freeman’s Debut With the Vikings

What's worse than watching an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians? Watching an episode of Josh Freeman on Monday Night Football.

Fantasy Basketball: Familiar Faces, New Places

The fantasy basketball impact of all the movement this past summer.

Teach Me How to (Replace) Dougie

What is the impact of Doug Martin's injury and how can you replace him in your lineup?

15 Transactions for Week 8

Carson Palmer is a nice quarterback streamer this week. And no, you don't need glasses. You read that correctly.

Why The Red Sox Will Win The World Series

Can NLCS MVP Michael Wacha lead the Cardinals to a World Series Championship?

World Series Preview and Odds

Can NLCS MVP Michael Wacha lead the Cardinals to a World Series Championship?

World Series Preview and Odds

Can NLCS MVP Michael Wacha continue his postseason dominance?

Is This Matthew Stafford's Best Season?

Matthew Stafford is a huge bro, but that's not stopping him from posting top-notch NFL numbers.

Reeding Between the Lines

Is Jordan Reed a legitimate fantasy tight end?

Week 7 Recap: Haiku

I am going to give you a topic: Harry Douglas is neither hairy nor doug-less. Discuss.

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 8

Jordan Reed: Coming To An End Zone Near You

Should the Jets Have Punted?

numberFire Chief Analyst Keith Goldner looks at Rex Ryan's Week 7 decision-making.

Gronkowski Set to Reclaim the Tight End Throne

Gronk returns with sky high expectations of production

Zac Attack?

Is Zac Stacy worthy of dethroning Zack Morris as the new Zac Attack?

Five Week 7 Sleepers to Watch Out For

Nick Slegel takes a look at five sleepers to keep your eyes on in Week 7.

Tight End Streaming: Week 7 Edition

Jimmy Graham had zero points in Week 6. Joseph Fauria had 21. 'Nuff said.

CJ *insert nickname here* K

If dreadlocks were a scoring category in fantasy, Chris Johnson would be still be a Top-10 running back.

Five Week 7 Storylines: Jim Irsay Should Stop Tweeting

Hey, Jim - use a spell checker.

Lamar Miller, Hakeem Nicks, David Wilson and White Castle

The fantasy seasons of Lamar Miller, Hakeem Nicks, and David Wilson have been like the messy aftermath of indulging in White Castle.

The Pack Without Cobb: Can They Still be Effective?

Can Aaron Rodgers overcome a rash of injuries to his wide receivers?

Reeding Between the Lines

Championship match-ups

Thursday Night Football: A Defensive Struggle?

Will Carson Palmer actually throw more touchdowns than interceptions tonight? Probably not.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 7 Optimized Lineups

Matt Forte should be able to take advantage of his matchup against the Redskins this weekend.

Start or Sit: Week 7

Is Anquan Boldin bench-worthy in Week 7?

Worst Fantasy Starts For Week 7

Never send to know for him the bell tolls, Sam; it tolls in Week 7 for thee.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 6: The Unreliable Marques Colston

Marques Colston is playing well, but a lack of targets is hurting his fantasy value.

Six Facts to Know Entering Week 7

Joe Flacco faces his rival Steelers this week. Can he improve his success rate?

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Helper for Week 7

Is AP's cost worth the start on DraftKings this week? You bet.

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 7

Is your quarterback a bust, hurt, or on a bye? These are the best streaming options for Week 7.

Preparing for the Week 8-10 Bye Weeks

Half of the NFL is on bye during this three week period. Are you prepared?

Keenan Allen is All That

Keenan Allen has legitimate top-20 upside as the Chargers new go-to receiver.

15 Transactions for Week 7

Keenan Allen's smiling because he's a fantasy football monster.

Party of Four: Can This Last in Denver?

Great stats from four of the best receivers in fantasy right now, but are they worth starting when the fantasy football playoffs start?

Two Wide Receivers, Two Very Different Starts

Antonio Brown is on pace for 131 receptions this year.

The Three Wise Men: In a League of Their Own

Brady, Brees, and Manning continue to lead the way.

MLB LCS Odds Update: Drama in Boston, Cardinals in Control

The Red Sox celebrate their walk-off victory last night.

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 7

Andre Ellington or Zac Stacy? It's like Sophie's Choice!

How Marvin Lewis and the Bengals Almost Lost to the Bills

numberFire Chief Analyst, Keith Goldner, looks at a key play that nearly cost the Bengals the game on Sunday.

Justin Blackmon: Fantasy Savior

Justin Blackmon is the Jaguars lone bright spot, but will his dominance continue?

Week 6 Recap: Vacation

No biggie - Justin Blackmon just had 14 receptions for 190 yards against Denver.

Red Sox vs. Tigers ALCS Preview and Odds

Will Justin Verlander and the Tigers win back to back American League pennants?

Five Week 6 Sleepers to Watch Out For

Nick Slegel takes a look at five sleepers to keep on eye on for Week 6

Stashing Running Backs: Is Roy Helu Worthwhile?

Does Roy Helu deserve a spot on fantasy rosters?

Should We Be Worried About Brady?

Will Brady Bounce Back?

Six Week 6 Storylines: Will Peyton Manning Play 60 Minutes?

Raise your hand if you're expecting Peyton Manning to play the entire game against Jacksonville. Anyone?

Does the Eagles Offense Need Michael Vick?

Is it possible the Eagles offense is more efficient under Nick Foles?

Thursday Night Football: Can Brandon Jacobs Carry the Load?

Brandon Jacobs just found out that his top comparable is Wes Ours.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 6 Optimized Lineups

Cam Newton versus the Minnesota secondary? Yes please.

Start or Sit: Week 6

Torrey Smith is on pace for over 1,770 receiving yards this season. Seriously.

6 Players You Can't Start In Week 6

Terrelle Pryor was good for the tattoo artists in the Columbus Area. But is he good for your fantasy team in Week 6?

Tight End Streaming: Week 6 Edition

Five of the top-12 Week 5 tight ends were streamers. Expect more of the same in Week 6.

NEP Studs and Duds Through Week 5: Couldn't Ask for Moore

Denarius Moore stands out in numberFire's advanced metrics.

Six Facts You Have To Know For Week 6

Let's talk about Greg Olsen more - he's a pretty good football player.

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Helper for Week 6

Is Gronk ready for some daily fantasy football?

Pierre Thomas, Lord of Expected Points

If I Had the Ability to Photoshop a Crown and Scepter on Thomas, I Would

Waiver Wire Quarterback: Week 6

Is your quarterback a bust, hurt, or on a bye? These are the best streaming options for Week 6.

MLB Series Odds Update: A's, Red Sox, Pirates, and Cardinals One Win Away From Joining Dodgers in the LCS

Jose Lobaton's walk off home run allowed the Rays to stay alive

2013: The Year of the Elite Pass-Catching Running Back?

Is Danny Woodhead a PPR superstar?

15 Transactions for Week 6

Matt Schaub isn't completely worthless in fantasy football just yet.

Cincinnati's Scoring Drive: How They Beat the Odds

The Bengals scoring drive was key to their victory on Sunday.

Josh is a Free Man: What’s Next in Minnesota?

The Vikings have signed Josh Freeman. Was it a smart move?

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 6

Alshon Jeffery is on fire. Can't say I didn't warn you.

Week 5 Recap: Limericks

The Only Thing More Epic Than Peyton Manning's Play is His Forehead

Is it Time to Give Up on Dalton?

It seems as though Andy Dalton has run out of excuses and it's time for the Bengals to move on.

2013 Sabermetric Awards

Matt Harvey is one of a few names that may surprise you

MLB Series Odds Update: Detroit, Boston in the Driver's Seat

Can John Lackey keep it going at Fenway?

Hoyer Out, Weeden In: What it Means for the Browns Offense

Will Brandon Weeden hurt the production of Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon?

Six Week 5 Storylines: Can the Lions Finally Win in Wisconsin?

Calvin Johnson is key in the Lions versus Packers game this weekend.

Should You Trade Peyton Manning?

Peyton Manning is putting up insane fantasy numbers, but should you trade him away or trade for him?

Thursday Night Football: A Wide Range of Outcomes

Can Brian Hoyer continue to win for the Browns?

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 5 Optimized Lineups

Is Marshawn Lynch about to go Beast Mode on the Colts?

Start or Sit: Week 5

Can Eddie Lacy be trusted in Week 5?

Tight End Streaming: Week 5 Edition

Big dogs have big days, but the stream keeps on flowing.

Make it a High Pryority

From this point forward, you can't say you weren't given Pryor notice.

6 Players You Can't Start In Week 5

Will Luck be on your side this week? We don't think so.

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Football Helper for Week 5

Will Calvin Johnson feast on the Packers secondary again this week?

Six Numbers Through Week 4: Peyton Manning is Ridiculously Good

Peyton Manning sure can throw a football, huh?

A Lesser of Two Evils: Cassel vs. Ponder

While Christian Ponder nursed a rib injury, Matt Cassel went to London and nabbed a victory. Should he continue to quarterback the Vikes?

Getting Offensive: Why the Lions are 3-1

The Lions are off to a 3-1 start and the offense is rolling, but what changed and who benefits?

15 Transactions for Week 5

Are you sick of Roddy White yet?

The Good, The Bad and The Loads of Ugly: The 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers

Can it get any worse for Big Ben and the Steelers?

What Should You Do With MJD?

Will Maurice Jones-Drew continue to be a bust?

The Tight End Surge: It’s Not Just About Volume

Jimmy Graham is on pace for 309 standard fantasy points this season.

Week 4 Recap: Loyalty

Trent Richardson Had a So-So Game in Week 4. Is He Still a Top-10 Running Back?

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 5

Jay Cutler and the Bears are riding high on the Midway, but is he right for your fantasy team?

How Chip Kelly May Have Lost Points for the Eagles on Sunday

Chip Kelly's offense is fun to watch, but the Eagles coach held them back a bit against the Broncos.

Examining the Most Recent Members of the 50 Home Run Club

How Chris Davis's emergence compares to Jose Bautista's 2010 breakout

The Rams Offense After Four Games: What's Wrong?

Austin Pettis leads Rams wide receivers in fantasy points. Wait, what?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 9/27/13

Lance Lynn can close out the division for the Cards tonight.

Five Week 4 Storylines: Can the Backup Quarterbacks Compete?

Is Matt Flynn capable of putting up relevant fantasy quarterback numbers this weekend?

Attacking the Eagles: The Secret to (Fantasy) Happiness

Taking a look at the first three weeks of the NFL season, there's a clear trend as to who will produce against the Eagles.

Fantasy Football, Breaking Bad Style: Part 2

For the second and last time, I have paired the acclaimed TV show with fantasy football.

Thursday Night Football: Can the 49ers Offense Turn Things Around?

Can Colin Kaepernick get back on track tonight against the Rams?

Start or Sit: Week 4

Tony Romo against the San Diego secondary? Yes please.

The Messy New England Patriots Running Back Situation

Is Stevan Ridley still the lead dog in the Patriots backfield?

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 4 Optimized Lineups

Is Maurice Jones-Drew ready to take advantage of his soft matchup in Week 4?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 9/25/13

Robinson Cano has been on fire since the break.

The Impact of Josh Freeman's Benching

Mike Glennon is the next man up for the Bucs at quarterback. How will it impact the offense?

Seven Numbers Through Week 3: Garbage Time Galore

Shh. Cecil Shorts doesn't want you to know that he's barely done anything in the first half of games this year.

Tight End Streaming: Week 4 Edition

With our first bye week upon us, it's time for even more owners to sail the tight end stream.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 9/24/13

Yu Darvish is a must play tonight against the Astros.

15 Transactions for Week 4

Brandon Bolden may be the best add off your waiver wire this week.

Retrospective Analysis: Red Sox Fire Sale

How and why the megadeal that sent Carl Crawford to Los Angeles was a win-win.

Retrospective Analysis: Red Sox Fire Sale

How sending Carl Crawford and three others to the Dodgers helped both teams

How the Red Sox Fire Sale to the Dodgers Last Summer Helped Both Teams

Carl Crawford has been more productive since moving west

Should Green Bay Have Kicked the Field Goal?

Johnathan Franklin's late-game fumble was costly, but was it the right coaching decision?

Should You Buy C.J. Spiller?

C.J. Spiller is off to a slow start. Is it time to try to snag him off another owner before his cost goes up?

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 4

The Jets win! But which one of the Jets - if any - is right for your fantasy team?

Week 3 Recap: Trends

Josh Gordon: The Greatest Player in Sporting History

6 Must Starts For Week 3

Joique Bell for me, Joique Bell for you; I'll have some Joique, you have some too.

Six Week 3 Storylines: Can We Trust Tom Brady?

Is Tom Brady a good starting fantasy quarterback this weekend?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 9/20/13

Mat Latos has been phenomenal against the Pirates over his career. Can it continue tonight in the Steel City?

Thursday Night Football: Andy Reid Seeks Revenge

Andy Reid's back in Philadelphia. Fortunately for him, the weather isn't snowball-friendly.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 3 Optimized Lineups

Calvin Johnson's the man to start this week against the Redskins.

Start or Sit: Week 3

Can Frank Gore be trusted this week against the Colts?

Can Philip Rivers Keep Up This Pace?

Through two weeks, Philip Rivers is a top-5 fantasy quarterback.

Tight End Streaming, Week 3 Edition

If you don't have Jimmy Graham locked into your starting lineup, it might be time for you to sail the tight end stream.

Trent Richardson to the Colts: Wait, What?

Is Trent Richardson a better fantasy asset now that he's in Indianapolis?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 9/18/13

Can Alex Wood get back on track tonight against the Nats?

Seven Numbers to Note Through Week 2

It's not too late to jump on the Matt Schaub bandwagon!

The Choice Is Yours: Jason Snelling or Jacquizz Rodgers?

What the great questions of hip hop can teach us about the Atlanta running backs.

Should You Take Eddie Royal Home Tonight?

Eddie Money Sings Better Than Eddie Royal Catches

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 9/17/13

Can Yusmeiro Petit go the distance against the Mets?

Should Tommy John Be in the Hall of Fame?

Should he be remembered for more than the surgical procedure?

15 Transactions for Week 3

It's time to say goodbye to Ben Roethlisberger.

David Wilson and the Giants' Play Calling: Now What?

Is it time to bench David Wilson?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 9/16/13

A.J. Burnett will try to keep the Pirates on top of the NL Central tonight against the Padres.

Why Greg Schiano Should Have Gone for It

Keith Goldner, numberFire's Chief Analyst, looks at Bucs head coach Greg Schiano's crucial choice against the Saints yesterday.

Week 2 Recap: Disappointment

Despite a porcupine growing out of his neck, Richard Sherman had plenty to celebrate Sunday night.

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 3

DeAndre Hopkins was great in Week 2; does he have what it takes to make your team?

6 Must Starts For Week 2

Does Michael Vick have enough upside to crack your starting lineup?

Seven Week 2 Storylines: It’s Time to Bounce Back

Lamar Miller rushed for three more yards than you and me last Sunday.

A Look At Three Breakout Tight Ends

Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas and Jared Cook all had massive Week 1 performances. Can they keep it up?

Harper, Trout, Machado or Puig?

Is Bryce Harper the best of these young phenoms?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 9/13/13

Luckily for you, Jon Niese is at home tonight.

Thursday Night Football: Can the Jets Cover?

Stevan Ridley - not just Tom Brady - will be key in tonight's matchup.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 9/12/13

Zach Greinke looks to keep up his dominance against the Giants on Thursday.

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 2 Optimized Lineups

Are the new-look Eagles daily fantasy football gold?

Start or Sit: Week 2

Is the Bears offense ready to break free?

2013 Expectations for the Jaguars Passing Attack

With Henne taking over, what can we expect in Jacksonville?

What Can We Expect from Anquan and DeSean?

Boldin would have been a beast in Tecmo Bowl.

Stills and Randle: Why Both These Wideouts Could Breakout This Year

If Week 1 is any indication, Kenny Stills and Rueben Randle are both primed for breakout seasons.

Seven Week 1 Numbers: How is Blaine Gabbert a Starting Quarterback?

More Chad Henne, please.

Tight End Streaming, Week 2 Edition

Tight end streaming was a big Week 1 success. Now is the time to find maximum value at tight end for Week 2.

15 Transactions for Week 2

LeSean McCoy broke ankles and databases last night.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 9/10/13

Shelby Miller has the Brewers' number this year.

Sean Payton's Fourth-Down Decisions Could Have Been Costly

numberFire Chief Analyst, Keith Golder, looks at crucial fourth down decisions made by Sean Payton on Sunday

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 9/9/13

Let's reap the benefits of Taijuan Walker's matchup tonight.

Seven Week 1 Duds: Now What?

Thanks for nothing, David.

Week 1 Recap: Check Your Head

I think it's safe to assume Ridley fumbled on this play.

E.J. Manuel: Beware of the Hype

A look at E.J. Manuel's fantasy value as a rookie starting quarterback

6 Must Starts For Week 1

Will Run-DMC rock it like that into the end zone, or is he better off walking this way to your bench?

Julius Thomas: Is He Legitimate or This Year's Kevin Ogletree?

Was Julius Thomas's breakout Week 1 performance a fluke or a sign of things to come?

Are you suffering from Post-Traumatic Peyton Manning Stress Disorder?

Are you tired, sad, numb, angry, depressed, lethargic, or afraid of the color orange? If so, you may be suffering from PTPMSD.

Top 6 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups for Week 2

Terrelle Pryor is giving home to weary Raiders fans, but is he right for your fantasy team?

Four Must Follow Storylines In Week 1

Seriously, who is Tom Brady throwing to this week?

Moving Forward: Four Things to Know About Denver's Offense This Year

After Thursday night's game, I'm questioning whether or not Peyton Manning is a robot.

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 9/6/13

Jose Fernandez is the likely N.L. rookie of the year, and one of the five best pitchers in baseball this year. So yeah, he's good enough for our optimized lineup.

21.3% Of You Are 100% Wrong

Only Jay Cutler Can Rival Philip River's Sideline Pouty Face

Is Percy Harvin Worth a Roster Stash?

Percy Harvin may be back by Week 7. Is it good roster strategy to stash him?

Daily Fantasy Football: Week 1 Optimized Lineups

Terrelle Pryor is a steal in daily fantasy football this week.

Terrelle Pryor, Tim Tebow and Running Quarterback History

Is standard scoring broken for rushing quarterbacks?

MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 9/5/13

Sonny Gray has made an immediate impact in Oakland and quickly become a staple of our optimized lineups.

Geno's Myth

Is Geno Smith a fantasy nonentity or a poor man's Russell Wilson?