Determining when a player's perceived value is higher than his actual value is one of the keys to winning fantasy leagues. Right now, owners should take advantage of these overrated players and sell high to bolster lineups for the playoffs. Some are seemingly elite talents who are about to take a step back, while others are more modest talents who cannot be trusted in starting lineups.
But one thing's for sure — all will underperform in the second half of the season.
The 2014 MLB season officially came to an end last night when the league and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced the year's Most Valuable Players. And there was no real surprise: Los Angeles Angels phenom Mike Trout was the unanimous choice as American League MVP, and in the National League Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw picked up the National League MVP to go with the Cy Young Award he nabbed a day earlier.
Next summer, the U.S. women’s national soccer team will take the international stage to compete for a World Cup title. And to ensure that the team has its greatest chance of winning in Canada, all-time goal scorer Abby Wambach is already preparing her head for play.
Wambach, known for her timely headers and dominant aerial game, will be wearing a Triax SIM-P (Smart Impact Monitor) headband during her training leading up to competition. The headband has a sensor that counts and scores each head impact while a player is on the field, providing immediate information to minimize the potential risk of concussions.
The Triax technology is the first of its kind to earn hit-count certification by the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the concussion crisis. The Triax devices are a new advancement in hopes of supporting long-term player health and safety, complete with training and educational initiatives.
“For me, information is gold” Wambach says. “The more information I have the better I can play and the more prepared I can be, especially for the World Cup next summer.”
When 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America cast their votes at the end of the regular season, they made two decisions for the Cy Young Awards – one was obvious and the other a little more obscure.
On Wednesday night, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians were officially named the best pitchers in the bigs.
It’s been a tough start of the season for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. He fractured his hand late last month, which required surgery. He’ll be sidelined for a few more weeks at least. But there’s a bright spot in the all-star’s fall. On Saturday, Westbrook stops by Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger in a memorable role as a… 14-year-old basketball player?
You’ll have to watch the show to find out what that’s all about. But earlier this week, SI Kids learned a little more when we talked with Westbrook about his role, what it was like filming the episode, and the Nick Shows he watched as a kid.
Check out the Q&A below, but first, watch this exclusive clip from the episode:
Good luck trying to catch Devin Hester. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and return specialist leaves a trail of defenders flat on their faces, breaks tackles, and leaps over linebackers on his way to the end zone. That instinct for making people miss is how Hester — widely considered the best kick returner ever — became the first player in the NFL to score a touchdown on the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl, in 2007.
Seven years later, Hester is still making history. In September, he broke the NFL mark for most career return touchdowns (20). It's fitting that Hester — who in breaking the record surpassed his childhood idol, Hall of Famer Deion (Prime Time) Sanders — now plays for the Falcons, a team with the catchphrase "Rise Up." It's in his nature to do just that.
"I've had some victories and faced adversity," says Hester, who is 31 years old. "But no matter what, you have to keep working to reach your goals."
Hindsight is a beautiful thing. It allows us to see everything so clearly, making everything we should have done in the past seem obvious. It works in all facets of reality, and it is equally as effective in the fantasy world. If only we knew that Calvin Johnson would suffer an ankle injury or that DeMarco Murray would launch an assault on the record books, we could have adjusted our draft boards accordingly. Alas, we will always have to rely on foresight when filling our fantasy rosters.
At the same time, hindsight does not give us a window into everything we need to know. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future performance, even within the same season. The history of fantasy is littered with players who lit up scoreboards in the first half of the year, only to fall off dramatically in the second half. It takes a combination of hindsight and foresight to accurately predict what will happen the rest of the season once we are midstream.
With that, allow me to present the SI.com First Round Redraft. The following is meant to reflect what the first round would be if you were starting a league from scratch right now. What players have done to this point of the season is important, but equally as important is what they will do for the rest of the year. The goal is to combine hindsight and foresight into an all-seeing eye that grants us the sort of fantasy omniscience heretofore only dreamed of by the most brazen of fantasy owners.