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Fantasy baseball OF ranks

Fantasy baseball OF ranks

The following players qualify at outfielder in standard Yahoo! leagues. Rankings are based on a 5x5 scoring system (batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases).

1. Ryan Braun, Brewers
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
3. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
4. Mike Trout, Angels
NOTE: The AL's best player over last month.
5. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
6. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
7. Curtis Granderson, Yankees
8. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
NOTE: Doubtful we'll see the bags this year.
9. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
10. Nelson Cruz, Rangers
11. Adam Jones, Orioles
12. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
13. Melky Cabrera, Giants
NOTE: Line-drive spike and contact rate back him up.
14. Mark Trumbo, Angels
15. Hunter Pence, Phillies
16. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
17. Bryce Harper, Nationals
18. Allen Craig, Cardinals
NOTE: A superstar waiting to happen, just needs to be healthy.
19. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
20. Jay Bruce, Reds
NOTE: Heavy slumps come with strikeouts and fly balls.
21. Andre Ethier, Dodgers
22. Corey Hart, Brewers
23. Josh Reddick, Athletics
24. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
NOTE: Is the thumb still bothering him?
25. Michael Bourn, Braves
NOTE: Power came out of nowhere.
26. Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
27. Shane Victorino, Phillies
28. B.J. Upton, Rays
NOTE: Playing for his next big contract.
29. Jason Heyward, Braves
30. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
31. Nick Swisher, Yankees
32. Ben Zobrist, Rays
NOTE: Signs of life in last week.
33. Martin Prado, Braves
34. Angel Pagan, Giants
35. Dexter Fowler, Rockies
NOTE: Unreal at home, struggles at sea level.
36. Josh Willingham, Twins
37. Desmond Jennings, Rays
38. Alejandro De Aza, White Sox
39. Alex Rios, White Sox
40. Carlos Quentin, Padres
NOTE: Already showing up in trade talks.
41. Dayan Viciedo, White Sox
NOTE: Hacks first, asks questions later.
42. Colby Rasmus, Blue Jays
43. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
44. Austin Jackson, TigersNOTE: Mostly, they miss his sublime defense.
45. Matt Joyce, Rays
46. Cameron Maybin, Padres
NOTE: An excellent buy-low candidate.
47. Howie Kendrick, Angels
48. Kendrys Morales, Angels
49. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
NOTE: On power binge, should get moved to contender.
50. Lucas Duda, Mets
51. Alex Gordon, Royals
52. Jeff Francoeur, Royals
53. Michael Morse, Nationals
54. Jason Kubel, Diamondbacks
55. Rajai Davis, Blue Jays
NOTE: He'll run whenever possible.
56. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
NOTE: Hoping for July return.
57. Drew Stubbs, Reds
58. Torii Hunter, Angels
59. Emilio Bonifacio, Marlins
60. Bryan LaHair, Cubs
61. Trevor Plouffe, Twins
NOTE: Average risk, but power seems legit.
62. Michael Brantley, Indians
63. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
64. Mitch Moreland, Rangers
65. Brennan Boesch, Tigers
NOTE: Back in No. 2 slot, swinging well.
66. Carl Crawford, Red Sox
67. Michael Saunders, Mariners
68. Seth Smith, Athletics
NOTE: Needed on a corner with others nicked.
69. Carlos Lee, Astros
70. Logan Morrison, Marlins
71. Ben Revere, Twins
NOTE: A three-category man, but no pop.
72. Gregor Blanco, Giants
73. Ty Wigginton, Phillies
74. David Murphy, Rangers
NOTE: Have some fun in Arlington.
75. Lance Berkman, Cardinals
76. Raul Ibanez, Yankees
77. Coco Crisp, Athletics
78. Yonder Alonso, Padres
NOTE: Line-drive machine, no power.
79. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mets
80. Norichika Aoki, Brewers
81. Alex Presley, Pirates
NOTE: Category juice in the leadoff spot.
82. Scott Hairston, Mets
83. Ryan Ludwick, Reds
84. Jon Jay, Cardinals
NOTE: Badly needed back in center.
85. Luke Scott, Rays
86. Jordan Schafer, Astros
87. Delmon Young, Tigers
88. Jose Tabata, Pirates
89. Denard Span, Twins
90. Vernon Wells, Angels
91. Juan Pierre, Phillies
92. Nyjer Morgan, Brewers
93. Jason Bay, Mets
NOTE: Should they just let Hairston take over?
94. Brett Gardner, Yankees
95. Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks
96. Andy Dirks, Tigers
97. Daniel Nava, Red Sox
98. Tony Campana, Cubs
NOTE: Speed demon, not much else here.
99. Jerry Hairston Jr., Dodgers
100. Bobby Abreu, Dodgers

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime loss to Lightning: Missed opportunities and one too many penalties

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime loss to Lightning: Missed opportunities and one too many penalties

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night:
 
1. One too many penalties.

The Blackhawks flirted with danger in the first period when they handed the Lightning three straight continuous power plays, a four-minute double minor high-sticking penalty from John Hayden and a Jonathan Toews hooking call that resulted in a 5-on-3 opportunity for Tampa Bay for 43 seconds. 

The penalty kill unit that ranked fourth in the league entering the matchup, however, killed off all three of those penalties against the NHL's top-ranked power play, and did so in commanding fashion.

The Blackhawks went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in regulation, but couldn't stop the sixth one — a questionable slashing call on Nick Schmaltz —  in overtime when Brayden Point buried the winner on a 4-on-3 opportunity.

It was also interesting that Jon Cooper elected to go with four forwards (Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Point and Steven Stamkos) and zero defensemen during that man advantage, putting all of his offensive weapons out on the ice. It's something more teams should do in that situation.

2. Patrick Kane gets going.

After scoring just one goal in his previous 10 games, Kane found the back of the net twice in the opening frame against Tampa Bay and stayed hot against a team he historically plays well against. And he nearly netted a hat trick in overtime but couldn't cash in on a breakaway opportunity.

Kane has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 14 career regular-season games against the Lightning, and extended his point streak to five games. He has three goals and four assists over that stretch.

We wrote about how important it is for the Blackhawks' superstars to get going again with the offensive contributions mainly coming from role players as of late, and Kane getting into a groove is a perfect step in that direction.

3. How about that goaltending battle?

Corey Crawford and Andrei Vasilevskiy showed us exactly why they belong in the Vezina Trophy discussion, and as of this moment, it's hard not to include both of them as finalists. They put on a goaltending clinic, seemingly topping the other as the game went on.

The two teams combined for 71 scoring chances, and Crawford and Vasilevskiy came up big when their teams need them the most.

Crawford finished with 35 saves on 38 shots (.921 save percentage) in the loss while Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 (.935 save percentage), and improved to 15-2-1 on the season. 

4. Missed opportunities.

You couldn't have asked for a better start for the Blackhawks. They scored the first goal 3:49 into the game and the second on the power play at 15:54, killed off three penalties, including a 5-on-3, had 24 shot attempts (13 on goal) compared to the Lightning's 16 attempts (11 on goal) and led in even-strength scoring chances 9-6.

It was a different story the rest of the way.

The Blackhawks took their foot off the gas pedal a bit and let the Lightning back in the game by getting away from what they do best, and that's control the puck. Obviously, you expected the league's best offense to push back and it's certainly not an easy task to keep them off the scoresheet all together. 

But the Blackhawks had their chances to stay in front or retake the lead and just couldn't bury them. Tampa Bay had 50 shot attempts from the second period on while the Blackhawks had only 32, and finished with 44 scoring chances compared to Chicago's 27.

5. Richard Panik in the doghouse?

Joel Quenneville didn't go to his line blender in this one, but he did shorten some leashes. Panik, most notably, had a season-low 12:28 of ice time in the loss and had 15 shifts, which was second-fewest only to Ryan Hartman (13) on the team.

Panik had a prime chance to break a 2-2 tie in the third period but was denied by Vasilevskiy, who made a remarkable left-pad save. Instead, Panik extended his goal drought to 12 games and didn't get a shift in overtime.

He's certainly better and will get his scoring chances when playing on the top line with Toews and Brandon Saad, but the missed opportunities are magnified in tight losses. It doesn't look like a move down in the lineup is coming given the success of Alex DeBrincat, who gives the Blackhawks an offensive weapon on the third line, but perhaps it should be considered.

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.