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Will the Phillies Have to Wait for 2019 to Compete?


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The National Pastime is just getting underway and the Phillies are looking to compete for a playoff spot. They have spent over $200 million in the offseason and have a lot of hope placed in their youth. However, longtime Baseball Executive Pat Gillick seems to think we are ahead of ourselves and 2019 will be the year. Are you siding with Pat? Could 2019 be the year of Bryce Harper in a Phillies uniform?

Fantasy Baseball drafts are going on as we speak and not everyone is looking at the closer position. When drafting a closer, what are the specifics you adhere to in order to get your guy? Who is the top closer in the game today? Who is your favorite from years past?

Ah, a day in the life of the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Coming into this offseason, the biggest opponent of the Philadelphia Eagles was the cap. However, Howie and company showed the power to overcome the confines of a financial squeeze and come out ahead. Are the Eagles a better team now as constructed?

The NFL offseason has become must see TV. With the new stress put on the trading market and constant release and resigning period always sparking up interest, organizational moves always seems to be plentiful. Kirk Cousins getting a guaranteed deal, Talib/Peters forming a dominant CB tandem we haven’t seen in years, McKinnon becoming Mr. Shanahan’s new toy and the Arizona Cardinals signing two underwhelming arms to throw the ball to Fitz. What move was most surprising to you?

Can anyone say they have been disappointed in the NCAA Tournament so far? This year has been as unpredictable as ever and has busted more brackets earlier than I can remember. From UMBC’s improbable slaughtering of #1 Virginia to Nevada’s ridiculous comeback win against #2 Cincinnati, what have been your favorite moments so far?

 

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings a set of unique views and opinions each week to focus on all the top sports stories making it to the top of the headlines. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says the NFL should have guaranteed contracts as John (@PGHJohn36) says they could leave too much dead money in the later years to become successful. From Fantasy draft positioning to our favorite MLB closers of all- time, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23 & @theheatratio) for questions or some nice fantasy debates.

My show The Heat Ratio can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download on the site and via iTunes), Tuesdays 8 P.M. on Phillyinfluencer.com (PiLive) and via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

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Is Playoff Baseball a Possibility for the Phillies?


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On the way to being competitive, we all knew it would only be a matter of time before the Phillies opened up their wallets. But did they open it up on the right guy at the right time? Does Jake Arrieta make them an instant contender in the National League?

In a move to show they are ready to compete for a second title, the Eagles pulled off a stunner. With the addition of Michael Bennett, are they better than last year? Does bringing in another CB in Worley signal another move on the horizon?

Tiger Woods showed the poise of a Champion once again as he sunk a 44 foot putt on the way to a 2nd place finish. Is he back? Is there another athlete who is as powerful in society as Tiger? Is he the favorite to win the Masters?

With the recent trades of Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor, is Cleveland now a Fantasy safe haven? With the trio of Taylor, Gordon, and Landry teams will finally have to respect the offense. Will the Browns finally play meaningful football this year?

March Madness is here and the brackets are ready to be busted. How many pools do you play? With all the famous memoires of the NCAA Tourney, what do you remember best? What teams, players and coaches signify your upbringing?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings a set of unique views and opinions each week to focus on all the top sports stories making it to the top of the headlines. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says teams and players should have no excuse for not playing well together in week 1 as John (@PGHJohn36) says they need some time to form a cohesive unit. From the Fantasy Firebox updates to the famous NCAA players of the 90’s, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23 & @theheatratio) for questions or some nice fantasy debates.

My show The Heat Ratio can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download on the site and via iTunes), Tuesdays 8 P.M. on Phillyinfluencer.com (PiLive) and via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

Who is Your Favorite Fantasy Player of all Time?


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With the constant Cap troubles of a Super Bowl winning team, how will the Eagles survive? Howie Roseman has worked his magic once before, but this offseason will need a little more work. It seems inevitable that Torrey Smith will be on the inside looking in. If so, is Mack Hollins ready to step up?

Ben Simmons is having a historic season, but still is caught up in controversy. Has anyone ever shared Rookie of the Year honors? Could someone really challenge Ben for the award? Furthermore, can the Sixers compete as constructed for the Eastern Conference Title?

The NFL combine is underway and Saquon Barkley has been turning heads. What will the Browns do at #1? If the Eagles were in possession of the #1 and #4 picks in 2016 like the Browns have in 2018 and Barkley was available, would you have picked him over Carson Wentz first?

When did you start playing Fantasy sports? Over the years, Fantasy Football and Baseball have become synonymous with the everyday sports fan. Who was you favorite player to pick over the years? What were some of the historic seasons put together for both sports?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings a set of unique views and opinions each week to focus on all the top sports stories making it to the top of the headlines. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says Carlos Correa is the #1 SS in Fantasy while John (@PGHJohn36) Trea Turner should be drafted first. From Fantasy Baseball updates to NFL draft scenarios, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23 & @theheatratio) for questions or some nice fantasy debates.

My show The Heat Ratio can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download on the site and via iTunes), Tuesdays 8 P.M. on Phillyinfluencer.com (PiLive) and via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

Can the Phillies live up to their Power Potential?


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The Phillies are in Spring Training and are filled with youth. What can we expect from them as far as wins? They have alot of players with big potential. Will their power be as advertised?

With the Eagles strapped against the cap, it is going to take a lot of maneuvering to get the team where it needs to be. The Linebacker position is a big need with the uncertainty of Jordan Hicks, which makes Nigel Bradham a priority. Do you resign him?

Tiger Woods at 42 still has the chance to be the best player in the world. After a weekend of flashes, will he be competing for a Top spot in Augusta? Is he back to true form?

The top QBs and their salaries are eye popping statistics. Kirk Cousins is looking at the biggest contract in NFL history. What do you do if you’re a team who needs an arm? Do you take the risk?

We have our 1st Fantasy Baseball mock draft and the results are puzzling. Mookie Betts goes at 3 while Paul Goldschmidt drops to 8. The Pitcher run starts at the top of second. Is that the right spot to target an arm? John also gives us some sleepers to keep an eye on as the draft gets deeper.

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings a set of unique views and opinions each week to focus on all the top sports stories from the news. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says the Eagles are the bread winners now in PA while John (@PGHJohn36) says to live it up for now as it will change. From Maikel Franco’s party problems to a Tiger Woods transformation, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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As always you can stop by my Facebook page (FantasySportsAddiction) or tweet me (@TCutillo23 & @theheatratio) for questions or some nice fantasy debates. My show The Heat Ratio can be heard weekly at Wildfire Radio Sports Wednesdays 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. LIVE (also available for download on the site and via iTunes), Tuesdays 8 P.M. on Phillyinfluencer.com (PiLive) and via the internet stream live at WengRadio every Monday at 4:00 P.M. EST for a weekend sports wrap.

 

Fantasy Football Hangover? Here’s Your Cure


Got a Fantasy Football Hangover?  Here’s Why Fantasy Baseball Could Be Your Cure…

It’s time to turn the final page on the 2017 NFL season. The Philadelphia Eagles were triumphant and every other team fell short.  The season had no lack of stories:

  • The Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers never lived up to expectations due to injuries of star players David Johnson and Aaron Rodgers
  • The Minnesota Vikings led by Case Keenum made it to the NFC Championship, and the Jacksonville Jaguars rode their opportunistic defense to the AFC Championship.
  • Rookies Kareem Hunt, Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, and Joe Mixon all showed up for their fantasy teams.

That all made for a great fantasy football season and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018 MLB!

So it’s finally baseball season. For much of the country, we start to see the warmer weather, shorts come out of the attic or closet, we get more daylight, and there are baseball games on just about every day for 6 months. Personally, my transition to fantasy baseball is easy. Every year on the Monday after the Superbowl, we pick the fantasy baseball draft order in one of my longstanding leagues.  Then instantly, the excitement of draft day, cheat sheets, and sleepers/busts consume me.

Many people out there only play fantasy football, and are hesitant to get into the baseball realm. If you like fantasy football, you should try your luck at fantasy baseball.  This article is meant to go over some basics of the sport and hopefully give newcomers a base knowledge on what to expect.

First, let’s do a quick comparison of Fantasy Football vs Fantasy Baseball, in terms of the types of leagues that are offered, and which is best for you.

Type of League:

  • Football (Head to Head, Points): Most fantasy football leagues are head to head, points leagues and run in a very similar fashion.  You have a draft, fill you’re your roster spots with starters and bench players, and ultimately accumulate points based off of the stats that your team delivers.  In baseball, you have a choice of H2H or Roto.
  • Baseball (Head to Head, Points): This is similar to football.  Know your leagues rules and point values because every scoring system is different.  Do you lose points when your hitter strikes out?  Are stolen bases 2 points?  Do you get points if your hitter draws a walk?  In the Head 2 Head setup, you play a different team each week, the team with more points gets a win, and the team with the best records make the playoffs.  Fairly simple…
  • Baseball (Season Rotisserie): In a rotisserie league, you earn points based on how you perform in each category.  Most “Roto” leagues are 5×5, but this can be customized to any number of categories.  In a typical 5×5 league, the categories are:
    • Hitting (5 cats): Runs, RBIs, HRs, Stolen Bases, and Batting Average
    • Pitching (5 cats): Wins, Saves, Strikeouts, ERA (Earned Run Average), and WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)
    • If there are 10 teams, the team with best statistics over the whole season gets 10 points for that category, 2nd best gets 9 points, etc. The last place in the category will get 1 point.  If a team was tops in all 10 categories, they would have 100 points.  If a team was last in all categories, they would have 10 points.  Every other team falls somewhere in the middle.
  • Pros/Cons:
    • Head to Head Points leagues are most similar to fantasy football, as they have weekly matchups, and you either end the week with a win or loss. This does allow for more luck involved in the outcome.
    • A typical rotisserie league is cumulative over the entire season, which removes some of the week to week luck you may encounter in Head to Head. However, it is also much easier to fall out of contention half way through the baseball season.  Rotisserie leagues typically require a little more strategy than a points league.
    • There are also some leagues that are Head to Head Rotisserie.  This means that the weekly scoring is based on your performance in each category vs your opponent.  If you have more home runs than your opponent, you win that category.  Whoever wins the most categories gets a win for that week.

Time Investment:

Before you join a league, make sure that you understand how often you can change your lineup and how frequently waivers run. When I first started fantasy baseball, I was turned off by the fact of daily transactions.  Unless you are active every single day for 6 months, I would recommend a league with weekly transactions and lineup moves.  You can set your lineup once per week and just enjoy the games.

Drafting, Prospects, and Call Ups:

In the NFL, there are no minor leagues. When you do a fantasy draft, there are 32 NFL teams with starting spots and it’s a pretty finite universe.  When it comes to baseball, you need to know your prospects and when they are expected to contribute.  The player pool in baseball is much larger and provides plenty of players with potential.  That will also impact where you will draft “the next Bryce Harper”.  If you use a high draft pick on a player that doesn’t make the major league roster out of spring training, you may have to wait for a May/June call up.  It’s a balance of risk/reward and baseball has many more moving parts than football. Whether fantasy football or baseball, one thing is consistent with drafting: “You can’t win your league in the first round, but you can certainly lose it!”  I’m a firm believer in this.  You absolutely have to take some chances when drafting, but most of my chances will be after the 6th round or so.  And I will avoid injury prone players the same way because I need my core players on the field.

Make sure to come back and visit The Fantasy Sports Addiction website for position rankings, cheat sheets, and information to help you win your draft and your league.  Good luck to everyone this year!