2014 Fantasy Baseball 2nd Half Stars – Hitters

2014 Fantasy Baseball 2nd Half Stars – Hitters

When the All-Star game was played last week only 41 batters ran across the freshly chalked foul lines. For those who didn’t get an invite, some were at home spending time with their families. Some spent time with their buddies tossing a few back. Some relaxed. And some were working on their game in hopes to stay in the show and not find themselves in their affiliates farm system.

The latter won’t be the case for any of the following players but you can expect them to improve their games or continue playing at an improved level as if they were. Some have battled injuries and others have battled themselves, but for the most part, you should expect these players to have a second half that would deem themselves worthy of a second half All-Star team … if that were a thing.

Fantasy baseball pitchers who will finish the 2014 season strong

Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B

The former MVP is one of the few to remain in Boston after the dust has settled, and for good reason. He’s the epitome of consistency given his career average of .300, 529 total RBI and 700 total runs. And in a league with few great second baseman, he’s a good guy to have on your squad at this point in the season.
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2014 Fantasy Baseball 2nd Half Stars – Pitchers

2014 Fantasy Baseball 2nd Half Stars – Pitchers

It is always nice as a fantasy owner when your player(s) make the All-Star game because they put up great numbers in the first half of the season. The only thing better might be owning players who step it up in the second half as you make a run at a championship.

The players listed below missed out on an All-Star selection for whatever reason, but they all figure to be second-half standouts.

Fantasy baseball pitchers who will finish the 2014 season strong

Gio Gonzalez, Wsh SP

Don’t let the shaky start against the Brewers last Sunday make you think otherwise because Gonzalez will be a very good fantasy option going forward. It was an up-and-down first half for the southpaw hurler as he went 6-5 with a 3.56 earned run average. Gonzalez was sidelined for just over a month with shoulder inflammation and had struggled mightily before landing on the disabled list.
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Fantasy Football Championship Belt Giveaway

Fantasy Football Championship Belt Giveaway

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On August 10, 2014 one winner will be randomly selected.

Winner will receive a black and gold Fantasy Football Championship Belt – the same belt as the one featured in our Fantasy Couch Store.

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Fantasy Baseball – Masahiro Tanaka Replacements

Fantasy Baseball – Masahiro Tanaka Replacements

Masahiro Tanaka has been a flat-out beast this year. The Japanese import is tied for first in wins (12) and Complete Games (3). He is also seventh in strikeouts (135) and eighth in earned run average (2.51), sixth in WHIP (1.01) and tenth in innings pitched (129.1). Oh and those are Major League Baseball rankings, not American League rankings.
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The Samardzija Deal and Trade Talks

The Samardzija Deal and Trade Talks

Jeff Samardzija traded to Oakland Athletics

As we should expect around this time of year, a laundry list of names are being tossed around the rumor mill with few deals actually coming to fruition. Many names have been brought up, but only few will actually become anything other than a rumor.

One of the names at the top of the list was former Cubbies pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was recently dealt to the Athletics alongside Jason Hammel for shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. The move is indicative of how each season is going for both teams as one partner looks to the future while the other makes a move for the now–a theme you should expect from future trades prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.
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Fantasy Baseball Player Profile – Raisel Iglesias

Fantasy Baseball Player Profile – Raisel Iglesias

Raisel Iglesias – Another Cuban Prospect gets Big League Contract

More so now than ever, Cuba’s top baseball prospects are defecting the island and having a huge impact on Major League Baseball. Many of these prospects spend little to no time in the minors before they’re called up and perform like All-Stars Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Aroldis Chapman. The latest prospect on the verge of joining this list is the Cincinnati Reds’ Raisel Iglesias, who recently signed a seven-year, $30 million contract.
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2014 Fantasy Baseball Prospects – Mookie Betts

2014 Fantasy Baseball Prospects – Mookie Betts

Prospect Mookie Betts to debut on the Red Sox

Many thought that Mookie Betts wouldn’t get called up until September, but the Red Sox made the move to purchase his contact from Triple-A on Saturday. The 21-year-old is a natural middle infielder who can also play in the outfield, which is where he will likely get the most action in Boston. Betts was hitting .345 with eight homeruns, 48 runs batted in and 29 stolen bases between Double and Triple-A this season.
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2014 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Hitters

2014 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Hitters

Those fantasy owners who added Detroit’s J.D. Martinez were able to get a solid outfielder that should deliver a productive season the rest of the way. The former Houston Astros product fell off the map last year after being close to an everyday player the two years prior.

Martinez was ultimately released in March of this year before Detroit picked him up where he started the season in the minor leagues. Since being called up to the Tigers in late-April, Martinez has slowly earned himself regular playing time and has been swinging a hot bat as of late.

The 26-year-old is currently hitting over .300 with eight homeruns and 29 RBIs. Martinez is hitting in the middle of a great lineup that features Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and another hot-hitting Martinez, who goes by Victor.

If you missed out on Martinez, consider adding a few other guys instead.
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NBA Mock Draft 2014

NBA Mock Draft 2014

2014 NBA Mock Draft – First Round Picks

The 2014 NBA Draft has been hyped as one of the most talented drafts since the much-heralded 2003 draft which featured such one-named stars as LeBron, Carmelo, Wade and Bosh. Now that the draft is finally here, it is safe to say that it has lost a little luster over the past season. Andrew Wiggins, the once can’t-miss prospect out of Canada must answer questions about his lack of a killer instinct. Jabari Parker, the highly-touted Chicago phenom once tabbed as the best high school player since LeBron, must now prove that his first round exit in the NCAA tournament was a fluke.

Last but not least is Joel Embiid, the most tantalizing big man prospect since Hakeem Olajuwon, must now prove that he is not the second-coming of Greg Oden and overcome foot and back injuries which have caused his draft stock to slide over the past couple days. That being said, I still expect this draft to produce a lot of impact NBA players who should have long careers given the right situations. Without further ado, here is my official FantasyCouch NBA Mock Draft 2014.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Andrew Wiggins, SF Kansas

Cleveland Cavaliers team logoThere have been reports that Cav’s GM David Griffin prefers to take Jabari Parker here as he is the most NBA ready player in the draft and fills an immediate position of need. However, it has been widely reported that Parker does not want to be drafted by Cleveland and may have tanked his private workout with the Cavs in large part because he prefers to be drafted by Milwaukee (closer to his hometown Chicago). If this is indeed the case, I expect the Cavs front office to select Wiggins who has stated his eagerness to be drafted by Cleveland and be paired with two of his close friends from Canada, last year’s number one overall pick Anthony Bennett and former top pick Tristan Thompson.
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