Yesterday, Major League Baseball began its awards season by handing out a bunch of Golden Gloves. Those are your winners, up there at the top of this post. But here’s the list in case some of those faces don’t look familiar:
This week for the first time all season, fantasy owners will be forced to juggle six teams coming off of byes and six teams going on byes. That makes for another active waiver wire, as owners pick up players with great matchups to replace their stars resting on bye weeks. In Week 9, owners of players such as Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, Jordy Nelson and Julio Jones, may have smartly started one-week mercenaries with good matchups like Brian Hoyer, Denard Robinson and Jarvis Landry.
Unfortunately, many of the good fantasy matchups this week (whoever plays the Jaguars, Raiders and Jets) consist of teams loaded with fantasy stars. So finding an unowned gem in those matchups might prove difficult.
With that said, there are a ton of quarterbacks available this week for those looking to replace Andrew Luck, Tom Brady or Philip Rivers. The three owners of those players will be battling for the fantasy services of Mark Sanchez, Kyle Orton or Derek Carr. More importantly, owners of Arian Foster (groin) will have to cross their fingers in hopes Alfred Blue is passed over by owners needing players for Week 10, since Houston is on a bye this week.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had a playoffs for the ages this season. He entered the postseason 18-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 219 strikeouts — by far his best season in the majors. But after shutting down the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game, Bumgarner was lights out. We was 4-1 over the course of the playoffs, was the MVP of the National League Championship Series, and posted an absurd World Series stat line: 2-0, 0.43 ERA, 17 Ks, 1 walk. Of course, he was the MVP of the Series, too.
Earlier this season, Kid Reporter Max Ferregur caught up with Bumgarner at All-Star Media Day in Minnesota. In light of Bumgarner’s star-making turn this postseason, we thought we’d share the complete interview. Enjoy!
The new documentary Little Ballers follows a New York team as it competes at the AAU National Championships. Along the way we meet the talented fifth graders on the squad and hear pros like the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler of the Mavericks talk about their days playing AAU ball.
Little Ballers will premiere on the NickSports Block on Nicktoons during the All-Star Break. But for our November NBA Preview issue, SI KIDS spoke with Chandler about the movie and his AAU experience.
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III starred immediately upon entering the NFL, but the third quarterback taken in the 2012 draft, Ryan Tannehill, has come into his own this season. All his talents were on display in the Dolphins’ 37-0 drubbing of the Chargers on Sunday.
In a season dominated by Peyton Manning's destruction of the NFL's touchdown record book, you might have missed the season Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is putting together. Last week, he threw for 522 yards and six TDs in a wild game against the Indianapolis Colts. It was his single-best day as an NFL QB.
So what does he do for an encore? How about more of the same? Yesterday, Big Ben threw for 340 yards and six more TDs against the Baltimore Ravens. And in throwing six touchdowns on Sunday Roethlisberger became the first QB in NFL history to throw six touchdowns in back-to-back games. The only people who have come closer were Oakland's Tom Flores in 1963 and Tom Brady in 2007, both of whom threw 11 TDs in a two-game span.
Last week, Drew Brees threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns. He was not the top-scoring quarterback in standard-scoring leagues.
Kyle Orton racked up 238 yards and four touchdowns. He may have been the highest-scoring quarterback who went to Purdue, but he was not the highest scoring quarterback overall.
Andrew Luck cracked 400 yards and threw for three scores. There have been seasons, even recent ones, where that would have been the best quarterback performance of the year. 2014 is not one of those seasons.
Tom Brady carved up the Bears, amassing 354 yards and five touchdowns. Surely that had to be the highest-scoring fantasy game from a quarterback, right? Wrong.
The honor belonged to Ben Roethlisberger, who bested Luck and the Colts by throwing for a career-high 522 yards and six touchdowns. Week 9 of the 2014 season marked the first time that four quarterbacks – Roethlisberger and Luck, along with Aaron Rodgers and Nick Foles – threw for 400 yards in the same week. It was also the greatest explosion of fantasy points to date this year.
What brand of fireworks are in store for fantasy owners this week? Find out in our stat projections for Week 9.