It’s November – the time when the turkeys are carved, frost descends on the grass, and just about every NBA team at least thinks it has a shot at the title.
Some, however, have a better shot than others. Such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came oh-so-close to taking the crown last year even with two of its fabled “Big Three” injured.
But both of those stars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, as well as the incomparable LeBron James, return along with the usual suspects to lead Cleveland on what they hope will be another Eastern Conference title.
There’s one game left in Week 10, but for all intents and purposes, we have just three weeks left in the standard fantasy regular season. With that in mind, this will be the last Droppables column of the season. We’ll focus on the playoff push, as well as preparations for owners already heading to the postseason, with our Sunday night columns for the rest of the season. Before we get to that point, however, there will still be moves to make on the waiver wire this week. That means there are also players on the other side of those eventual transactions. And if this is going to be the final Droppables column of the season, why not start it with a bang?
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning entered Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs two yards shy of Brett Favre’s record of 71,838 passing yards. And on a 4-yard toss to running back Ronnie Hillman, Manning became the new all-time leader.
But that was just about the only highlight in a dismal game for the 39-year-old quarterback.
The San Jose Sharks fell to the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 on Saturday night at the SAP Center, ending their three-game home winning streak to start the season. San Jose had a laid-back start, and Ducks goalie Anton Khudobin settled in quickly to stop all 31 Sharks shots.
A season after reaching the Western Conference Finals, the Ducks have started slow – their shots have not going in the net. But they arrived in San Jose hungry.
“They came to play, and we knew it would be a physical, hard, checking game out there,” said Sharks defenseman Marc-Édouard Vlasic.
The MLB awards hits just keep coming — in this case, literally. Last night, Major League Baseball and Louisville Slugger announced the winners of the 2015 Silver Slugger honors.
The silver bats are voted on by MLB managers and coaches and awarded to players who excel offensively at their position.
There are lots of familiar names in this lineup. But there are also eight first-time recipients: Xander Bogaerts, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, J.D. Martinez, Kendrys Morales, Dee Gordon, Brandon Crawford, and Bryce Harper.
Here's the complete winners list, along with their stat lines, followed by a highlight reel showing these big bats in action:
Nine weeks into the season, it’s clear that we’re not dealing with the same old Bengals. Those willing also-rans who have made the playoffs four straight years, only to bow out meekly in their first game are no more. This year’s Bengals are explosive and balanced on offense, highlighted by quarterback Andy Dalton’s star turn. Another key player on the offense, however, has also turned into one of the best at his position. It’s that player that we examine further in this week’s Fact or Fiction.
Fans and analysts alike set high expectations for the 2015 Seattle Seahawks. Coming off back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and having retained most of their core players, the Hawks seemed destined to soar atop the NFC once again. Eight games into the season, Seattle is 4–4, tied with the Rams in second place in the NFC West. Why? Let’s take a look.
Fourth Quarter Struggles
The most glaring problem the Seahawks have had is closing out games in the final quarter. In Weeks 5 and 6, playing Cincinnati and Carolina, Seattle gave up leads of 17 and nine points respectively.
The Hawks also barely squeezed out a fourth-quarter win in Week 8 over Dallas in a game they were on the verge of losing. Seattle has been outscored 58–33 in the final period of games this year, something coaches must address for the team to be able to contend in the NFC.