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      Only one elite arm and no game in Coors opens the field quite a bit. JK Scott Super Bowl Jersey . There are several upper-level arms worth going for if you dont jump on the one superstar. Offense looks like a pick-and-choose kind of day with limited stack options.PitchingEliteI think?Noah Syndergaard isnt quite his best self right now, but you can barely tell from the results. He has a 2.35 ERA in his past 10 starts and just a 1.00 ERA in the past four. The 58 game score in his latest outing is the lowest in these last four (82, 74 and 66) -- and that 66 came against the very same Nats he will face on Tuesday. Hes not going as deep into games and none of his four double-digit strikeout games has come in the second half, but hes still a trustworthy superstar on the mound.SolidDanny Duffy, Jose Quintana?and Drew Pomeranz are a trio of lefties whove been major assets at various points throughout the season and could easily lead your lineup on Tuesday. Theyre all at home, theyre all skilled, and theyre all drawing favorable matchups despite how it may look initially. Duffy gets the As, Quintana gets the Indians, and Pomeranz gets the Orioles.At first glance, it appears Duffy draws the best of the bunch, but while Oakland does sit 25th in wRC+ against lefties, its actually Bostons Pomeranz against the Os who is most favorable. Theyre 27th in wRC+ and one of just six teams with a sub-.700 OPS against lefties (.686). Cleveland is 20th and Quintana has three solid outings against them this year (62, 57 and 51 game scores). Most will instantly pass over Pomeranz in favor of Duffy or Quintana, so the Boston lefty is your best shot at getting someone whos on fewer rosters if thats something you strive for with your lineup. He has also quietly gotten on track with the Red Sox over his past seven starts: 2.76 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 42.3 innings.Ivan Nova has yet to log more than six strikeouts in any of his seven outings with Pittsburgh, but that hasnt kept him from averaging just over 20 points per start at DraftKings thanks to a 2.53 ERA and just two walks in those seven starts. He also has two complete games, averaging 31 points in them. He draws the Phillies, and while the game is in Philly (hes done his best work in PNC Park as a Pirate), their weak offense is enough to keep him firmly on the radar of usable arms. He could also spike some extra strikeouts as they sit sixth in the league against righties at 22.6 percent.I mentioned that Pomeranzs surge of late has been somewhat under the radar, but Marcus Stroman might be even more overlooked in his recent work. His 3.30 ERA over his past nine starts is hardly eye-popping, but 63 strikeouts and a 7.0 K-BB ratio in the 57.3 innings of work really stand out. Even at his best in previous years, he wasnt much of a strikeout guy, but hes run off four starts of at least eight strikeouts, including a career-high 13 in Houston on Aug 1. Houstons 23.9 percent strikeout rate is equal to Stromans Tuesday opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays. Oddly enough, his worst strikeout performance in his past seven starts came when he notched just three in Tampa Bay on Sept. 2. I expect more this time around.StreamersInitially we were led to believe the Dodgers would keep such a tight leash on Julio Urias innings that hed be out of the rotation by July, but the throngs of injuries suffered on the team changed the plan a bit. The fact that hes been really sharp hasnt hurt anything, either. The 19-year-old southpaw rejoined the rotation on Aug. 21 and has ripped off three straight gems: 66, 62 and 59 game scores with a 1.56 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 20 strikeouts and a 6.7 K-BB ratio in 17.3 innings. The real issue from a DFS standpoint is that he just doesnt go more than six innings. Thats where the innings cap flexes its muscle. Thats put the burden on his strikeouts and run prevention, but both have been up to the test. Id still prefer him as an SP2 as opposed to my only arm on FanDuel.Matt Boyd has been a big reason why the Tigers wont necessarily be in trouble without Jordan Zimmermann, who returned from the disabled list with a nightmare start and will be skipped this time around. Boyd, a 25-year-old lefty, returned to the majors on July 9 with a 6.44 ERA, but has since shaved it down to 3.89 thanks to a 2.56 ERA in 56.3 innings. He hasnt allowed more than 3 ER in any of 10 starts since returning, and hes logged at least six innings in four of his last five, including a 6 IP/3 ER outing against Minnesota with seven strikeouts. He also went six scoreless with seven strikeouts against the Twins on July 18.At this point, we all know what it looks like when Trevor Bauer is on. He can twirl a gem against the stiffest competition, but were also very familiar with the downside of Bauer. His game scores since the start of August give you an idea of the kind of volatility youre investing in if you choose to start him: 8 (yes, 8), 67, 48, 75, 41, 65, 64 and 33.Dan Straily is buried on the game score list, but only because the overwhelming majority of todays ?starters notch at least a 50 projected score. The Angels ripped Straily for seven runs a couple starts ago, but beyond that hes been awesome since the break, allowing three or fewer runs in the rest of his 11 starts en route to 3.13 second-half ERA. Dont sleep on him, even though the numbers like Milwaukees offense.AvoidEven if Dylan Bundy hadnt allowed five earned runs in three of his last five starts, I still wouldnt be starting him at Boston.I want to trust Robbie Ray, I really do ... I just dont, though. Hes been a strikeout beast this year (11.3 K/9), but he still allows way too much hard contact to find consistent success. His 36 percent hard contact rate is fourth-highest in the league.HittingOnly one team gets scores north of seven for both righties and lefties: the aforementioned Brewers against Dan Straily. Theyre not a bad offense, but Im a little surprised by the numbers as hes allowed just two earned runs against the Brewers in 12.3 IP in two starts this year. As highlighted above, hes been mostly great lately, too. Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar are my only real considerations for this team. I just dont see it as a great stack opportunity despite the numbers.Lefties for Houston, Miami and Philadelphia are pumped up. Im ignoring the latter as I like Nova, and hes been a different pitcher with Pittsburgh. Houston gets homer-happy A.J. Griffin and his massive platoon split. Lefties have a 343-point OPS advantage against Griffin and 17 of his 24 homers allowed in just nine extra plate appearances. Unfortunately, the best Astros are right-handed, but Id look at some money-saving options, like Colby Rasmus and Jason Castro.Miami faces Matt Wisler, who has a 200-point career platoon split, but has it down to just 71 points this year. Hes opened September with back-to-back gems (75, 67 game scores), but thats after an 8.89 ERA in 26.3 August innings. The implosion potential is enough for me to look at Christian Yelich and Justin Bour, for sure, and maybe even Derek Dietrich as a money-saving option. Dietrich has just a .193/.287/.284 slash line in the second half after a .303/.396/.442 in the first half.Outside of Milwaukees 9, only two other teams draw even a 7 rating against righties for Tuesday, and theyre both in the same game: Colorado at Arizona. I already expressed my issues with Ray going for the D-backs, so Ive got Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu high on my list of considerations along with one of the favorite platoon players in DFS: Ryan Raburn. The venerable lefty-killer has an .824 OPS against them, 190 points better than his mark against righties.Jorge de la Rosa is starting on the other side. He has a career split of 144 points favoring righties, but hes been equal opportunity this year, allowing an OPS north of .800 against both righties and lefties. Of course, that wont offer much additional value to the Diamondbacks as their best lefty bat,?Jake Lamb,?struggles too much against southpaws to consider. But Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Jean Segura, Welington Castillo?and Yasmany Tomas are all high on the list. Maybe this is the one stack potential on the board, negating what I said in the intro. Even if I dont go all the way in, I will definitely have a couple D-backs in my lineup.Most likely to go yard: Welington Castillo --?Beef smashes lefties (.936 OPS). Seven of his 13 homers have come against lefties in just 113 PAs (compared to 286 against righties).Most likely to swipe a bag: Trea Turner?--?His 23 second-half stolen bases are second only?to Billy Hamilton (36), and we know Syndergaards issues with SBs. Corey Linsley Super Bowl Jersey . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Randall Cobb Super Bowl Jersey . Kyle Denbrook, a soccer player from Saint Marys University, took the CIS male athlete of the week honour. Stanley, a fourth-year business administration student from Charlottetown, scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Dalhousie on Friday and tallied again in a 1-0 win over Saint Marys on Sunday. http://www.packersonlineteamstore.com/raven-greene-jersey.html . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. With Kentucky losing at Rupp to UCLA, it means well have a new No. 1 team for the second consecutive week. ?Defending national champion Villanova are the fairly easy choice. Jay Wrights team is undefeated and has a resume win with a road victory in West Lafayette over a Top 25 team in Purdue.UCLA makes a move with the road win at UK, while the Cats -- who havent beaten a Top 25 team -- take a tumble. The biggest surprise of the early season is Scott Drew and Baylor, who remain undefeated with a win over Xavier in Waco. Baylors resume stacks up against anyone in the country.Xavier, Purdue and Virginia all fell from last week, URI, San Diego State and Oklahoma State are gone and have been replaced by Texas A&M, Cincinnati and West Virginia. The Mountaineers return to the Power Rankings after beating Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.Week 1 | Week 21. Villanova Wildcats Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 2?Josh Hart recorded the programs first triple-double in more than 30 years when he scored 16 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out 10 assists in a win over Saint Josephs. Harold Pressley had the last one back in 1986 against Providence.2. Kansas Jayhawks Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: 4?Landen Lucas returned from an oblique injury and had eight points and five boards in a win over Stanford in Lawrence. Bill Self got a combined 19 points and 15 boards from the big man trio of Lucas, Udoka Azubuike and Carlton Bragg Jr.3. Baylor Bears Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 7?Miami transfer Manu Lecomte has been exactly what Scott Drew needed. Lecomte wound up with 24 points and five assists in the win over Xavier. Baylors resume is as impressive as just about anyones thus far: Louisville, Xavier, Oregon, Michigan State and VCU all victims.4. UCLA Bruins Record: 9-0 Last weeks ranking: 10?Lonzo Ball was terrible in the first half against Kentucky, but finished with 14 points, seven assists and five boards. Aaron Holiday was huge in the first half as the Bruins snapped UKs 42-game winning streak at Rupp.5. Duke Blue Devils Record 8-1 Last weeks ranking: 5Luke Kennard went for 35 in a rout over Maine, but what mattered this past week for Duke was Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden finally came back. Tatum had 10 points and eight boards in 20 minutes against Maine and Bolden finished with seven points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.6. Gonzaga Bulldogs Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 6Przemek Karnowski, the 7-foot-1 senior center, had questions, his career was in doubt last season due to a back injury. He is healthy now and that gives the Zags a true post presence and also arguably the best passing big man in the country. He had 18 points in the win over Arizona.7. North Carolina Tar Heels Record: 8-1 Last weeks ranking: 3?The Tar Heels hadnt been tested in any of its previous seven games, but never led in Bloomington against Indiana. Sophomore guard Kenny Williams is finally starting to get adjusted and has made 13 of 26 3-pointers after making just 1-of-13 a year ago.8. Indiana Hoosiers Record: 6-1 Last weeks ranking: 11?OG Anunoby injured his ankle at the end of the win over North Carolina, but the Hoosiers didnt need him in easy wins over SIU-Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri State over the weekend.9. Kentucky Wildcats Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: 1?UK lost for just the fifth time at home in the John Calipari era and UCLA also snapped the Wildcats 42-game home winning streak by putting up 97 points at Rupp on Saturday.10. Creighton Bluejays Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 9?The Bluejays are the lone team in the country to shoot at least 50 percent from the field in every game. Greg McDermotts team is also deadly from beyond the arc, standing fourth in the country in 3-point percentage.11. Louisville Cardinals Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: 8?Matz Stockman played a total of 15 minutes in the first seven games and scored five points. Well, against Grand Canyon, the 7-footer from Norway logged 15 minutes and scored a career-high 10 points.12. Xavier Musketeers Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: 5?The Musketeers cant have J.P. Macura go 2-for-16 from the field, especially when Chris Mack doessnt have Myles Davis on the court. Adrian Amos Super Bowl Jersey. Davis remains suspended, and Xavier lost in Waco to a Baylor team that has been as good as just about anyone early this season.13. Saint Marys Gaels Record: 6-0 Last weeks ranking: 12?Junior forward Calvin Hermanson, who went to Lake Oswego High in Oregon -- the same school that produced Kevin Love -- scored 25 points and was 7-of-9 from 3-point territory in a win at Stanford. The Gaels should give Gonzaga a run for the WCC title.14. Florida Gators Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: 17?The Gators have played seven of their first nine games at neutral sites while the OConnell Center is being renovated. The building will be done for Dec. 21. Up next, though, is Duke at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.15. South Carolina Gamecocks Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 16?The Gamecocks beat Vermont with Sindarius Thornwell, but were without their leading scorer and rebounder in a win over FIU on Sunday. Thornwell has been suspended indefinitely for violation of athletic department rules.16. Butler Bulldogs Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 18?Kelan Martin has been terrific and freshman Kamar Baldwin has been a pleasant surprise, but it has been the improved play of Tyler Lewis that has been the difference. Hes shooting 64 percent from the field, as opposed to 39 percent last season. Hes also averaging nearly double the number of assists from a season ago.17. Wisconsin Badgers Record: 7-2 Last weeks ranking: 19?This week was the Nigel Hayes show. First, he helped carve up the Syracuse 2-3 zone and finished one point from a triple-double. Then he had 28 points in a 90-70 win over Oklahoma. Through the first six games Hayes took 31 3s. The past three games, he has taken just two -- and made them both.18. West Virginia Mountaineers Record: 6-1 Last weeks ranking: NR?It was a brief one-week absence for Bob Huggins after the loss to Temple. The Mountaineers forced 40 turnovers in a rout over Manhattan and then beat Virginia in Charlottesville.19. Virginia Cavaliers Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: 14 ?The Cavs came back from a huge deficit to beat Ohio State at home, but then lost to West Virginia in Charlottesville. Virginia is now 104-21 under Tony Bennett at John Paul Jones Arena, but the last week it has been clear that the Cavs are not a top-10 team.20. USC Trojans Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 21?The Trojans lost Bennie Boatwright for the next six weeks with a knee injury. Freshman Nick Rakocevic replaced Boatwright in the starting lineup, but played just 10 minutes in the win over BYU. The Trojans played small the majority of the game.21. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Record: 8-0 Last weeks ranking: 23?If Mike Breys team has a lead late, dont put them at the line. The five starters are 113-of-128 from the free-throw line. Notre Dame ranks second in the nation in free throw shooting.22. Purdue Boilermakers Record: 6-2 Last weeks ranking: 13?The Boilermakers arent going to beat too many teams with Vince Edwards getting just one point -- and thats what happened in a 71-64 loss at Louisville. One thing the Boilermakers keep doing, though, is making 3s. They have made 62 over the past five games.23. Texas A&M Aggies Record: 4-2 Last weeks ranking: NR?The Aggies have lost to a pair of ranked teams against USC and UCLA. Billy Kennedy boasts one of the best frontcourts in the country with Tyler Davis, Robert Williams, Tonny Trocha-Morelos and D.J. Hogg. The concern is point guard play.24. Cincinnati Bearcats Record: 7-1 Last weeks ranking: NR?Mick Cronins club lost to Rhode Island in Connecticut, but more than made up for it with a rare road win at Iowa State. The Cyclones had won 37 straight at Hilton Coliseum against nonconference teams.25. Iowa State Cyclones Record: 5-2 Last weeks ranking: 22?The Cyclones put up just 54 points in an overtime loss to Cincinnati, the lowest total for Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum since 2009. The loss also snapped a 37-game nonconference winning streak.Dropped out:?Rhode Island, San Diego State, Oklahoma State ' ' '

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