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2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - Catcher

2013 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - Catcher

David FerrisCSNChicago.com contributor
We're looking ahead with these rankings - they're a sneak peak at 2013 values. Good luck down the stretch. 
1. Buster Posey, Giants2. Carlos Santana, IndiansNOTE: More aggressive approach might serve him well.3. Joe Mauer, Twins4. Yadier Molina, CardinalsNOTE: Deserves some MVP consideration. 5. Wilin Rosario, RockiesNOTE: He's pushed Hernandez out of the way. 6. Matt Wieters, OriolesNOTE: Hasn't turned into a superstar yet. 7. Brian McCann, BravesNOTE: No longer worthy of Tier 1 prices. 8. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies9. Salvador Perez, Royals10. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks11. Mike Napoli, RangersNOTE: Hard to rank after lost year. 12. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red SoxNOTE: Some platoon gaps but power must be respected. 13. Jesus Montero, MarinersNOTE: A long way to go, in the field and at the dish. 14. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers15. Yasmani Grandal, PadresNOTE: Hasn't looked lost in The Show. 16. Alex Avila, Tigers17. Ryan Doumit, Twins18. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox19. J.P. Arencibia, Blue JaysNOTE: Don't look back, prospects are gaining on you. 20. Josh Donaldson, AthleticsNOTE: In reality, a corner - make sure he keeps the catching tag. 21. Chris Iannetta, AngelsNOTE: A solid contributor, but will never be special. 22. A.J. Ellis, DodgersNOTE: A fun story but a modest upside. 23. Kurt Suzuki, Nationals24. Devin Mesoraco, RedsNOTE: Dusty Baker doesn't rush the rookies. 25. Geovany Soto, Rangers26. Ryan Hanigan, Reds27. Russell Martin, YankeesNOTE: All the mileage could be catching up to him. 28. Welington Castillo, Cubs29. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies30. Michael McKenry, PiratesNOTE: Pixie dust wore off down the stretch. 31. John Buck, Marlins32. Jesus Flores, Nationals33. Ryan Lavarnway, Red SoxNOTE: Might be a year away. 34. John Jaso, MarinersNOTE: Professional hitter, deserves a gig somewhere. 35. Taylor Teagarden, Orioles36. Josh Thole, Mets37. George Kottaras, Athletics38. Jose Molina, Rays39. Erik Kratz, Phillies40. Tyler Flowers, White Sox41. Jason Castro, Astros42. Rod Barajas, Pirates

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 8:45 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Corey Crawford vs. ... Oscar Dansk? 

The Golden Knights have seen both Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban go down with injuries, so they're scraping for goaltenders at this point.

On one end of the ice, you have one of the best netminders in the league and a two-time Stanley Cup champion in Crawford. On the other, you have a 23-year-old rookie in Dansk making his first official NHL start who will be backed up by a 24-year-old rookie in Maxime Lagace, who has never appeared in an NHL game.

In his first game action, Dansk stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief during Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis.

2. Fast start.

The Blackhawks are tied for second in both goals scored (13) and fewest goals allowed (four) in the first period, which has a large reason for their early season success.

The Golden Knights aren't the kind of team that gets out to a blazing start. They've allowed only five goals in the opening frame, but they've scored only five as well, which ranks among the bottom 10 teams in the league. 

3. Beware of James Neal.

The Golden Knights became the first team in NHL history to win six of their first seven games of their inaugural season. And they probably don't have half of those wins if it weren't for Neal, who scored the game-winning goal in each of their first three games.

He leads the club with six goals and eight points, and serves as the motor for a team that doesn't have much offensive talent. He's the go-to guy, and somebody you have to keep an eye on when he's on the ice.

 

Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

Here are Three Things to Watch in the Bulls' Tuesday night tilt against the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. LeBron James will be on your television

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is must-see TV. Now in his 15th NBA season, James has shown no signs of slowing down. Despite playing just one preseason game (against the Bulls), James has shown anything but rust in three games, averaging 25.0 points on 60 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in nearly 37 minutes. He's a threat every night to do something you've never seen on a basketball court, His Airness included. Justin Holiday and Paul Zipser will have their hands full against the game's best player.

2. Lauri Markkanen, Week 2

Small sample size alert! But through the season's first week Markkanen and Ben Simmons are the only rookies averaging a double-double (Dallas' Dennis Smith has played just one game, averaging 16 points and 10 assists). While the Bulls have struggled through two games, Markkanen's net rating is third best on the team and he leads the Bulls bigs in rebounds per game and rebound percentage. Markkanen has shown some versatility offensively, and his 7 free-throw attempts have been a nice surprise as well.

3. Don't forget: The Bulls swept the Cavaliers last year

OK, so expecting a victory Tuesday night in Cleveland isn't smart. The Bulls will be underdogs just like they were in each of the four games last season, all of which were Bulls winners. It was the first time in 52 division series that LeBron James had been swept, which is pretty remarkable considering the Bulls were the No. 8 seed and the Cavs coasted to a third straight NBA Finals. We're not over here predicting a win. But just remember: the Bulls have fared well against James in the regular season.