Some notable names made their way to free agency this week, when both Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blount were given their walking papers. Both have found new homes since (Tate in Minnesota, Blount in New England). Do they still have any value in fantasy football leagues? How do they affect the value of their new teammates? We explore below.
The latest entry in the Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, hits stores tomorrow. But it won’t be alone. Nintendo is also rolling out a series of toys based on some of its most iconic characters that you can bring directly into the Smash Bros. mayhem.
Called amiibo, the figures are highly detailed and work like the ones made for the Skylanders and Disney Infinity series. There will be 12 amiibo available as of Friday, including Mario, Link, Samus, Kirby, Yoshi, Peach, and Pikachu. Six more — like Zelda, Luigi, and Diddy Kong — will be in stores in December, followed by another 11 in February. That’s them at the top of the page. For a closer look, check out this short announcement video:
Here’s how amiibo works: You load up Smash Bros., and once it starts you place your amiibo on your Wii U gamepad. Using the NFC (near field communication) reader built into it, your character is brought into the game and you can customize it, level it up, and then use it in battles.
But what separates amiibo from other toys-to-games characters is that you can use them in more than one game. When they become available on Friday, amiibo figures will work with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors. And according to Bill Trinen, Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America, more amiibo-friendly games are on the way: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario Party 10, and Yoshi's Woolly World are just a few.
On Tuesday, Trinen spoke with SI Kids about amiibo, how they work with Smash Bros., and what exactly “amiibo” means.”
This week’s waiver wire isn’t filled with established veterans, and it likely won't be a battle for Josh Gordon, who is already owned in most leagues, but it does have plenty of young players who are finally getting their shot.
Will this week's most popular acquisitions be stars? That’s doubtful. But replacing struggling duds and short-term injuries may make the difference between making the playoffs and quietly seething in the season's final weeks. The last two teams take their byes this week — Panthers and Steelers — and then the league returns to a full slate.
Each week, we’ll share 8-12 players we think are worth a look in standard fantasy football leagues based on performance and upcoming matchups. Each of these players listed are owned in fewer than 30 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
Since they are barely owned in more than 30 percent of CBS leagues, you won’t see these rising players on this list: Drew Stanton, Josh McCown, Jonas Gray, Isaiah Crowell, Bryce Brown, Davante Adams, Kenny Stills, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Coby Fleener, Cairo Santos, Blair Walsh and Packers defense.
Luke Dempsey is a major soccer fan! He grew up in England with a family full of soccer enthusiasts and moved to America 15 years ago. Although his surroundings have changed, his passion for soccer and writing certainly hasn’t! Now, Luke has written a soccer reference book called Club Soccer 101: The Essential Guide to the Stars, Stats, and Stories of 101 of the Greatest Teams in the World. All 464 pages of Club Soccer 101 are bursting with all of the soccer information that you will ever need to know! The book is really funny and fun to read. That’s because all of the little details about the games are described so well that you feel like you were there to witness the action live.
Before you kick off reading this amazing book, read my interview with Luke Dempsey below!
One second and one shot. That's all it took for Damian Lillard. With the Portland Trail Blazers down by two points in the final second of a decisive Game 6 against the Houston Rockets last May, the sophomore guard nailed a series-clinching three. The Moda Center erupted in jubilation, and streamers fell from the rafters. The pivotal shot advanced the Blazers – a squad that missed the postseason in the previous two seasons – to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2000. It also solidified Lillard's reputation as one of the most clutch shooters in the NBA.
But that wasn't Lillard's only game-winner during the 2013–14 season. The 6′ 3″ All-Star, who averaged 20.7 points per game last year, also put away the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Phoenix Suns with last-minute buckets. Lillard gets it done with a variety of shots: a scoop layup after a sharp drive to the hole, a spinning fadeaway jumper in the lane, and a 26-foot, in-your-face trey if you give him a enough room [as former Cavs forward Alonzo Gee did last December]. Recently, Lillard spoke to SI KIDS about those game-winners and how he performs under pressure.
Entering Week 11, favorites against the spread were over .500 after going 10-3 the previous week. The swing back in favor of the underdogs came this week, and we didn’t have to wait too long for one of the biggest upsets of the season.
The Rams unpredictably shut down the Broncos, holding them to seven points and 397 yards in a 22-7 win. Peyton Manning threw for 389 yards, but he needed 54 pass attempts to get there. He had one touchdown against two interceptions, scoring just 16.46 points in standard-scoring leagues, his worst fantasy performance this year. The Rams pressured Manning into his interceptions, and sacked him twice, keeping him uncomfortable in the pocket. Manning, of course, will be fine. The story may not be the same for a few of his weapons.
Matt Nadel is one of MLB.com's youngest blogger. But he doesn't just contribute to the MLB website. Matt has also written an A-Z introduction to baseball history, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers, published by Summer Game Books. It's currently an eBook and will soon be out in paperback. Matt is donating all of the proceeds from the sale of the book to four baseball charities: The Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Hall of Fame Museum, the ALS Association, and the Turn 2 Foundation.
When he learned about Matt, we thought we should have one of our own baseball-obsessed Kid Reporters, Max Ferregur, chat with Matt about being a kid journalist and learn some tricks of the trade.