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The Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, August 22, 2017       Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)   3 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   4 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   5 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   6 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   7 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB3   8 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   9 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   10 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB6   12 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB7   13 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   14 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   15 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB9   Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)   16 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   17 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   18 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB10   19 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   20 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR10   21 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   22 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB11   23 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR12   24 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR13   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR14   Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)   26 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11   27 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB12   28 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR15   29 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR16   30 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR17   31 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR18   32 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR19   33 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB13   34 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB14   35 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB15   36 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB16   37 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB17   38 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB18   39 ) Travis Kelce (KC) TE2   40 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR20   41 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR21   42 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB19   Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)   43 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   44 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   45 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB20   46 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB21   47 ) Eric Decker (TEN) WR22   48 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE3   49 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR23   50 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR24   51 ) Allen Robinson (JAX) WR25   52 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   53 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR26   54 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   55 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB23   56 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB24   57 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR27   58 ) Danny Woodhead (BAL) RB25   59 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR28   60 ) Sammy Watkins (LAC) WR29   61 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB26   62 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB27   63 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   64 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB ($10 - $15   65 ) Kelvin Banjamin (CAR) WR30   66 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR31   67 ) Rob Kelley (WAS) RB28   68 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB29   69 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR32   70 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG) WR33   71 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR34   72 ) DeVante Parker(MIA) WR35   73 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI) RB30   74 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB31   75 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB32   76 ) Zach Ertz (PHI) TE7   77 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE8   78 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   79 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL) WR36   80 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR37   81 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR38   82 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR39   83 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   84 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   85 ) Delanie Walker (TEN) TE10   Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s   86 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB33   87 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB34   88 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR40   89 ) Terrance West (BAL) RB35   90 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA) RB36   91 ) James White (NE) RB37   92 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC) WR41   93 ) Randall Cobb (GB) WR42   94 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR43   95 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB38   96 ) Jonathan Stewart (CR) RB39   97 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB40   98 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB5   99 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB6   100 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB7   101 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB8   102 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB9   103 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB10   104 ) Cam Newton (CAR) QB11   105 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB12   106 ) Russell Wilson (SEA) QB13   107 ) Duke Johnson (CLE) RB41   108 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB42   109 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB14   110 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF) QB15   111 ) Jack Doyle (IND) TE10   112 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE11   Tier 7 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets   113 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB43   114 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB44   115 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB45   116 ) Robby Anderson (NYJ) WR44   117 ) Zay Jones (BUF) WR45   118 ) John Brown (ARI) WR46   119 ) Jamaal Charles (DEN) RB46   120 ) Eric Ebron (DET) TE13   121 ) D'Onta Foreman (HOU) RB47   122 ) Taylor Gabriel (ATL) WR47   123 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB) RB48   124 ) Darren Sproles (PHI) RB49   125 ) Marvin Jones (DET) WR48   126 ) Ted Ginn Jr (NO) WR49   127 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR50   128 ) Kenny Golladay (DET) WR51   129 ) Jonathan Williams (BUF) RB50   130 ) Alvin Kamara (NO) RB51   131 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB52   Tier 8 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider   132 ) Josh Docston (WAS) WR52   133 ) Corey Coleman (CLE) WR53   134 ) Adam Thielen (MIN) WR54   135 ) Marlon Mack (IND) RB53   136 ) Julius Thomas (MIA) TE14   137 ) Austin Hooper (ATL) TE15   138 ) Jared Cook (OAK) TE16   139 ) OJ Howard (TB) TE17   140 ) Eli Manning (NYG) QB16   141 ) Andy Dalton (CIN) QB17   142 ) Matthew Stafford (DET) QB18   143 ) Carson Palmer (ARI) QB19   144 ) Matt Forte (NYJ) RB54   145 ) Branden Oliver (LAC) RB55   146 ) Kenny Britt (CLE) WR57   147 ) Cordarelle Patterson (OAK) WR58   148 ) Rex Burkhead (NE) RB56   149 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI) RB57   150 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI) WR59  

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds Week 15; Home Run Derby Picks Edition

Hello everybody and welcome back to another week of Waiver Wire Adds. This week is the All Star Break and as such, there isn’t as much going on for daily add/drops as there would be during a normal week. I am going to throw a few names at you here (without going into the usual detail) so that I can present you with a draft order for the Home Run Derby participants. If you’ve never done a HR Derby draft, the basic premise is that you do a snake draft for HR Derby participants (usually 4 people works best for this) and everybody throws in a few bucks. You can either pay out the person who had the winner of the derby or pay out the person who had the most total HR on his drafted team (there are 8 HR Derby hitters so everybody should have 2 hitters per team if you’re doing a 4 person draft).

For the promised pickups I have a few names to either grab now or keep your eye on. I would suggest picking up Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals if you are need of infield help. DeJong qualifies at 2B, 3B, and SS in Yahoo leagues and is only 17% owned. He has hit .306 with 8 home runs in limited time this season and he can help you out, especially as a middle infielder. Beyond DeJong, it’s time to think about how MLB trades will affect rosters. Most importantly, there are going to be some current closers traded which means some setup men are going to become closers in their stead. You should be looking at Tommy Kahnle, Joakim Soria, Alex Wilson and Drew Storen in that order as players who have a good chance to ascend to the closer role when, and if, the current closers on their teams get traded. Otherwise, relax and enjoy the All Star Game festivities.

Home Run Derby Picks

1a. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton won the Home Run Derby last year and has extra motivation to keep it going this year as it is in Miami in front of the hometown crowd. Stanton is a monster of a man and has such raw power that he has to be considered a favorite going into the contest. I labeled him as 1a because there is another competitor who might just be his equal or better in the power department, but I give Stanton the nod because of his experience and hometown.

1b. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is a big man with big power. He is the hands down MVP of the league right now and has been scorching the ball all season with ridiculous home run numbers and distances. As I said above, you could very well make the case that Judge belongs as the #1 guy (and I think many will draft him that way) but because this is his first derby, sometimes guys get overly excited and don’t have a huge performance until their second derby. Judge has such raw power that I don’t expect him to flame out but I can’t put him over Stanton based on his lack of experience.

3. Miguel Sano

I have Miguel Sano as a distant 3 behind the other boppers. Sano is a capable hitter and all through the minors he was known to have 40 homer potential. He has shown through his first few seasons that he is very able to hit long bombs and I think he’s an overlooked hitter going into the derby. Sometimes a guy like this surprises everybody and makes his name at the contest and I’m betting that Sano does so this year.

4. Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger is another youngster who has been showing off great power this season. In general I tend to lean more towards guys who hit long bombs for this event because it does take more natural power to hit the slower pitches out of the park, but Bellinger has a sweet swing that allows him to go yard even when he doesn’t get the best contact on the ball so I think his bat will play well for this event.

5. Gary Sanchez

Logan Morrison is a douche bag. If you missed it, he was talking shit about how he should be in the derby this year and that Gary Sanchez doesn’t belong there. His basis was that he has more home runs than Sanchez this year so he should be there instead. Here’s the thing, Morrison has been a scrub for essentially his entire career, prior to this year. For perspective, Morrison hit a combined 48 home runs over his previous 4 years before this year which amounts to 12 per year on average. While Sanchez only has 13 home runs this year (which is admittedly less than Morrison), he hit 20 home runs over his first 200 at bats as a rookie last year. So Sanchez has 33 home runs in roughly 400 at bats as a major league (which is not even a full season) and Morrison had 48 over 4 full seasons. Sanchez was also injured for about 3 weeks earlier in the season so it’s reasonable to expect his home run total would have been higher. Bottom line, Sanchez is a solid power hitter and has proven that in his limited career while it takes a known scrub like Morrison longer than a few months to prove he doesn’t suck.

6. Justin Bour

Justin Bour is going to be very overlooked by just about everybody because he’s in Stanton’s shadow in Miami and he’s a lesser known name. I like Bour here because again we have a home town guy and because he’s a pretty big guy with surprising power. Mostly, I like Bour as option 6 because I really just don’t like the other two options that are left.

7. Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas is the kind of hitter who generally just doesn’t do much in the home run derby. He’s a mostly line drive type of home run hitter who is not abnormally large like some of the other contestants. On occasion a player like this will get on a run (see Bobby Abreu’s home run derby run in 2005) but usually they are just the fillers for the real boppers that everybody wants to watch like Stanton and Judge.

8. Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon is one of the best players in the NL this year. He was expected to be good and he’s exceeded the expectations of most. However, as a home run derby participant, I expect Blackmon to be the worst. He’s a great gamer and hits timely home runs in the actual games that count but he just isn’t the right type of hitter for a contest of this nature. Much like Moustakas, he doesn’t have the proper build and skill set to excel in this competition.

That’ll do it for this week my friends. Enjoy the Home Run Derby and take a nice rest from competitive fantasy baseball. We’ll get back to fast and furious pickups in a week! As always, don’t be afraid to share some of your favorite derby moments in the comments below!

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