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NBA Today: Washington Wizards Playoff Bound

April 3, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Randy Wittman has guided the Washington Wizards to the playoffs.
After plenty of failure, Randy Wittman is finally ready for the playoffs.

Thanks to a 26-point serious bitch-slapping of the Boston Celtics Wednesday, the Washington Wizards have clinched a playoff spot for their first postseason berth since 2008.

Star PG John Wall had an easy night given the one-sided score, playing just 28 minutes. Yet he still recorded a double-double with two steals. Heading into the season, we identified Wall as a player that could lead you to Fantasy glory, and right on cue he’s come through with his finest campaign yet.

Not only has he finally stayed completely healthy, but his outside game has really matured. Unfortunately, that’s come at a cost as he’s not getting to the line as often. Wall’s modest block numbers have also dipped, but with a career high in both points and dimes, he’s finally emerged as an elite point guard. It took him until season No. 4, but the speedster is finally going to taste postseason play. Best of all, Wall doesn’t sound ready to let down now that they’ve achieved their goal (see video below).

Wall isn’t the only Wizard that’s long overdue for postseason play.

For Coach Randy Wittman, it’s been a long haul to finally guide a team to the playoffs. In two seasons with Cleveland, he finished a combined 40 games under .500. Six years later, he got another chance, taking over the T-Wolves halfway through the 2006-07 season and guiding them to 30 losses in 42 tries. After a 4-15 start the next season, Wittman was canned again.

He ascended to the head job in Washington with 49 games remaining in the 2011-12 season and proceeded to lose 31 times. Washington won just 29 games last season, but this season it sits at 39-36 through 75 games.

Sophomore two-guard Bradley Beal, who was considered for the RotoRob 2014 Fantasy Basketball Rookie of the Year award, had an incredibly efficient game Wednesday. In just 31 minutes, he canned 7-of-8 from the floor and went 4-for-4 from the line for 19 points with one steal. Beal is clearly out of whatever slump he was in last week, and he has also taken his game to a new level this season.

Seeing more PT, Beal has responded by becoming a bigger part of the offense, although we’d still like to see his shooting touch improve a bit. Like Wall, he has not gotten to the charity stripe as often, but it hasn’t hurt him scoring-wise too much as his success rate is up. Beal’s rebounding is pretty much identical, but his scoring has risen three points per content. There is still no doubt in our minds that this kid is a 20 PPG player waiting to happen.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what the difference has been for Washington this season.

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Odds on Who Will Win Next Season’s Super Bowl

April 2, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Now the early odds have been put out by bookmakers and there is at least some consolation for Seattle in that it has been installed as favourites to win it again. Some of the online bookies are offering just 6/1 on Seattle, and this no doubt means lots of American football betting fans will be rushing to place their Seahawks bets, but they are far from the only side in the running, if the odds are to be believed.
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San Diego Padres Fantasy Report: Carlos Quentin Hurt Again

April 1, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Beyond Quentin, the Padres have more than their share of injuries to start the season, which makes those dark horse predictions a bit tough to swallow. There’s no doubt that even with their modest US$89 million payroll, the Padres have a chance to flirt with .500 or perhaps even surprise with 85 or so wins this season, but should they fall into a hole early, it’s going to be too difficult to sneak up on anyone.
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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 65 Prospects, Part I

March 31, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
All told, Edwards racked up a whopping 155 strikeouts in 116 1/3 IP. Part of a suddenly exciting cadre of young Cubs’ talent getting ready to descend upon the majors, he needs to add weight if he’s going to have the durability to last as a starter, but we still like him a bit more than some prospect experts. We love that Edwards has a nice groundball rate, as that will stead him well as he moves up the ladder and is unable to blow the ball by more advanced hitters as often. Obviously, he can’t be fully judged until he fills out, but we will learn a lot more about this kid this year when he tackles Double-A. Still, so far he looks like a serious steal considering the Rangers nabbed the righty in the 48th round in 2011.
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The Wire Troll: Carl Soderberg is a Rising Star

March 30, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
As if the Bruins didn’t have enough talent, rookie Soderberg is coming into his own with a point per game over the last five, including two goals and two assists in his last two heading into Sunday. The Swede is not a kid, but with 15 goals and 30 assists through 66 games, he’s making a very nice adjustment in his first full NHL season. Note that three of Soderberg’s last five points have come on the power play as he’s been seeing more time with the man advantage.
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