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Cavaliers-Bulls Rematch Highlights NBA Opening Night

October 27, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Jimmy Butler is poised for greatness for the Chicago Bulls.
How will Jimmy Butler fare with a healthy Derrick Rose in the Bulls backcourt? (nba.com)

The 2015-16 NBA season kicks off on Tuesday with three games on tap, but the one that intrigues us the most has the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of last season’s Conference Semi-Finals, won in six games by the Cavs, on their way to representing the East in the NBA Finals.

According to the most recent odds at Sports.Betway.com, the Bulls (1.53) are favoured to exact a bit of revenge over the Cleveland (2.55) in this contest.

Let’s see how these teams match up in what could easily be a preview of this season’s Eastern Conference Final.

As mentioned, the Cavs wound up going to the Finals last year, but dropped the final three in losing in six games to the Warriors. As always, LeBron James will dictate the fortunes of this club, but there’s talk he may not see as much PT as usual — especially early on given the back woe that’s plagued him this preseason. He will suit up Tuesday, however.

LBJ is 30 now, so no longer a kid, and after seeing a career low 36.1 MPG last season, that figure may dip even lower this season. He remains one of the top Fantasy studs around, and the fact that he hoisted up more shots last season was great to see. Expect more of the same early on with PG Kyrie Irving (knee) sidelined. After all, we all know what Irving is capable of when healthy — even in the virtual world (see video below).

Meanwhile, Chicago’s stud PG is also dealing with injuries, as Derrick Rose — shockingly — can’t stay healthy. He’s expected to play Tuesday, but the fact that he says he’s still experiencing blurred vision in the wake of an orbital bone fracture is sobering.

Rose stayed somewhat healthier last season, playing in his most games (51) since 2010-11, and while he was more effective, his PT has been declining for several seasons. Chicago is a very different team when he’s in the lineup, and you can’t help but wonder how D-Rose’s presence will affect the continued development of star-in-the-making SG Jimmy Butler.

Cleveland was decimated by injuries in the playoffs and probably felt snakebitten as a result — especially after blowing its 2-1 lead in the Finals. You have to know that will be a motivating force all season for this team. The fact that somehow it feels like King James’ legacy won’t fully be complete under he brings a title to Cleveland only fuels that dynamic further.

Interestingly, the Bulls also blew a 2-1 lead in their conference semi-final, dropping the final three to bow out to Cleveland just as it appeared Chicago was ready to slay the beast.

The Cavs proved in that series that they didn’t necessarily live and die based on the performances of James and Irving. James only shot 39.9 per cent in the Chicago series, while Irving was also not at his best before getting hurt in the deciding game.

Other issues facing Cleveland early on this season will be how quickly Kevin Love returns to full effectiveness after his shoulder was hurt in the postseason. Centre Timofey Mozgov (knee) may also be somewhat limited early on as he underwent surgery in the offseason. Still, the fact that he’s been consistently flirting with double-doubles this preseason is a great sign.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you expect to happen in this game.

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The Wire Troll: Reto Berra Making His Case in the Mountains

October 25, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Slow start? Whatever. After his hat trick Saturday against the Senators, Boedker now has four goals in his last three games, so pounce on him while you can. His ice time is way up, and the production will follow.
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Giants Seeking Receiving Help

October 1, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
One thing is pretty clear based on the big-name players that were working out for the Giants on Tuesday — this is a team that is not particularly thrilled with its current set of pass catchers.
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2015 NFL Rest of Season Kicker Rankings

September 23, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This veteran kicker earned himself a long-term extension as the team’s franchise player this spring. Gostkowski was money last year, nailing 35-of-37 field goals and leading the NFL in scoring. We like Tucker more, but certainly would not quibble with you taking Gostkowski as the first kicker. Gostkowki now has three 35-field goal seasons and has shown range with 17 field goals of 50 yards or more in his career.
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2015 NFL Rest of Season Defense/Special Teams Rankings

September 18, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
It’s a fool’s errand to rank team defenses at this time of year, because there’s so much we just don’t know yet. But we’ll try anyways, because no one can ever accuse us of not being Fantasy fools!
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