Scott White Feb 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm ET• 9 min read Get the latest insights @FantasyBaseballToday
There’s … a lot to bite off here.
Outfield, as you know, is actually three positions in one, with left field, center field and right field all merged together for ease of playability. It succeeds in that regard, but almost to the point of being too easy. A position usually takes on an identity, one that’s often tied to its distribution of talent or maybe some of the hiccups therein. But outfield is too vast to have any such quirks. It’s less a position than an expanse.
Everything you could possibly need from a hitter is here, but in larger quantities and spread throughout the entire draft. It’s where you’ll
Scott White Feb 28, 2020 at 8:11 pm ET• 6 min read Get the latest insights @FantasyBaseballToday
My, how times have changed. The position once regarded as the weakest has now become the most star-studded of all.
Shortstop may not quite measure up to third base in terms of pure depth — and in leagues deeper than, say, 15 teams, the drop-off can be rather startling when it comes — but it’s close. And of all the infield positions, it’s the one that pops up most in the first two rounds.
It offers hitters of every sort, from sluggers to speedsters to perennial MVP candidates to up-and-comers with the tools and pedigree to add to its already impressive bounty. It’s another one of those positions where —
Scott White Feb 28, 2020 at 8:09 pm ET• 5 min read Get the latest insights @FantasyBaseballToday
You may have heard that the 2020 draft pool is deep everywhere, with no position lacking in quality bats. Well, third base takes it to another level.
More third base
I’ve been ranking players for CBS Fantasy for more than a decade now, and I can’t recall a time I saw a position so deep — and not just in terms of players who could keep you afloat, but ones with impact potential. There are enough multi-eligible players here, spaced far enough apart in the draft, for you to form a lineup entirely of third basemen while still leaving enough on the board to meet the third base need of the 11
Scott White Feb 28, 2020 at 8:08 pm ET• 6 min read Get the latest insights @FantasyBaseballToday
If there’s a position that’s scarce heading into 2020, it’s … well, it’s catcher. But if there’s one that’s scarcity actually reverberates in Fantasy Baseball, it’s second base.
Why the distinction? Well, some of the second base-eligible players might be drafted to fill other positions. Some might even be drafted for the utility spot. Catcher is so its own world, with such a low baseline for competence, that the only players who matter there are the ones necessary for filling all the league’s catcher openings. And frankly, there are enough competent catchers to go around in a 12-team, one-catcher league.
More second base
Theoretically, there are enough second basemen, too — strain
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The Houston Rockets signed power forward Jeff Green for the remainder of the season, the team announced Friday.
Green joined the Rockets earlier this month on a 10-day contract and has played in four games for Houston, averaging 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes off the bench.
He became a free agent in late December when the Utah Jazz waived him from his one-year deal signed in July.
Green has career averages of 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while playing for nine franchises, including seven over the past five seasons.
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LOS ANGELES — Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people were killed, according to a newspaper report.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that was not related to the investigation of the crash. He said the photos showed the scene and victims’ remains.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the allegations. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Maria Lucero told The Associated Press on Friday that “the matter is being looked into.”
The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs — the union that represents rank-and-file deputies — did not immediately
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Let’s move into the weekend with 10 NBA things:
1. Jayson Tatum is here
When was the last time this happened — a player in the middle of the season making The Leap, everyone digesting the revelation together and knowing it is real and lasting? Perhaps Kawhi Leonard toward the start of 2016-17?
Tatum always had the pieces. Those pieces rarely coalesced on the same nights — until the past five-plus weeks, starting almost to the day Tatum made the All-Star team. My pet theory is that Tatum was pressing about All-Star, and making it helped him settle into a groove.
The level of craft in his game has exploded. The individual moves were there; this nasty, left-handed, in-and-out dribble is from the first week of the season:
He has learned to string those moves together in ways that get him into the paint with more
Feb 27, 2020
ESPN News Services
Joel Embiid does not have structural damage in his sprained left shoulder, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said Thursday, but the center will still be out for at least a week, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Embiid sat out Thursday night’s 115-106 win over the New York Knicks. The Sixers will now embark on a California road trip, starting with games in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Sunday and Lakers on Tuesday, before heading north to Sacramento on Thursday.
The Sixers, who improved their home record to 28-2 with the win over the Knicks, are just 9-21 on the road.
Brown was clearly relieved with the news that there was no structural damage for Embiid.
“The fact that there is no structural damage we all hear loudly,” Brown said. “Maybe it’s a simple as that in some ways.
Feb 27, 2020
Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks clinch the earliest NBA playoff berth in 15 seasons on Sunday. Meanwhile, LeBron James has the Los Angeles Lakers at the top of the Western Conference, but is that enough to stop Antetokounmpo from repeating as MVP?
Will Zion Williamson make an All-NBA team before Ja Morant? Who will win Defensive Player of the Year? Which coaching performance has stood out this season?
Our experts answer the big questions and make their bold predictions about the NBA awards races.
MORE: NBA predictions — MVP, Rookie of the Year and Finals matchups
1. What would LeBron or another contender have to do to catch Giannis for MVP?
Bobby Marks: Petition the league to change the MVP criteria to factor in the playoffs. Because, in all seriousness, even a late-season injury to Antetokounmpo would not shift this race.
By: Frank Urbina | February 26, 2020
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LEBRON VS. ZION, PART 1: Former No. 1 picks separated by 16 years, one from the 2003 draft and the other from 2019, faced off for the first time last night when the Pelicans matched up with the Lakers, and LeBron James and Zion Williamson both put on a show for us. Los Angeles took home the win 118-109, but what will be remembered most will be the showing from the two elite talents, the rookie and the vet.
James dropped a season-high 40 points on the evening, chipping in eight rebounds and six assists to boot. Someone should have told Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry that Jrue Holiday and Josh Hart might not have been the best options to defend
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