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Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher rankings

Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher rankings

1. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
NOTE: It's good to be king.
2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
4. David Price, Rays
5. R.A. Dickey, Mets
NOTE: Second half just fine, thanks.
6. Cole Hamels, Phillies
7. Matt Cain, Giants
8. Johnny Cueto, Reds
NOTE: Most misunderstood ace in baseball.
9. Jered Weaver, Angels
10. Gio Gonzalez, Nationals
11. Chris Sale, White Sox
NOTE: Slider is just about unhittable.
12. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
NOTE: Back up to ace level.
13. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
14. Jake Peavy, White Sox
NOTE: Comeback story out of nowhere.
15. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
16. Mat Latos, Reds
17. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
NOTE: Top 5 if shutdown weren't looming.
18. Roy Halladay, Phillies
19. Matt Moore, Rays
20. CC Sabathia, Yankees
21. A.J. Burnett, Pirates
22. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
23. Zack Greinke, Angels
24. Cliff Lee, Phillies
NOTE: He's made some of that bad luck.
25. Ryan Vogelsong, Giants
NOTE: Don't sweat two bad starts, he's fine.
26. James Shields, Rays
27. Tim Hudson, Braves
28. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
NOTE: Big surprise, he beat the park.
29. Wade Miley, Diamondbacks
NOTE: The NL frontrunner for ROY.
30. Kris Medlen, Braves
31. Paul Maholm, Braves
32. Jon Niese, Mets
33. Chris Capuano, Dodgers
NOTE: Tiring in the dog days of August.
34. Max Scherzer, Tigers
35. Jeff Samardzija, Cubs
36. Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
37. Jaime Garcia, Cardinals
NOTE: Was dominant in first start back.
38. Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
39. Edwin Jackson, Nationals
NOTE: Most underrated arm on a deep staff.
40. Doug Fister, Tigers
41. Jon Lester, Red Sox
42. Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
43. Josh Johnson, Marlins
44. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
45. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
46. Mike Fiers, Brewers
NOTE: Regression starting to catch up.
47. Lance Lynn, Cardinals
48. Matt Harvey, Mets
49. Carlos Villanueva, Blue Jays
50. Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
NOTE: Misused in bullpen, super in rotation.
51. Derek Holland, Rangers
52. James McDonald, Pirates
NOTE: It was fun while it lasted.
53. Tommy Hanson, Braves
54. C.J. Wilson, Angels
NOTE: Hasn't won a game since June.
55. Yu Darvish, Rangers
56. Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks
57. Tim Lincecum, Giants
NOTE: Shows flashes, but you can't trust him.
58. Ben Sheets, Braves
59. Joe Blanton, Dodgers
60. Jake Westbrook, Cardinals
61. Brandon McCarthy, Athletics
62. Jason Vargas, Mariners
63. Dan Haren, Angels
NOTE: How much does the back still hurt?
64. Wandy Rodriguez, Pirates
65. Homer Bailey, Reds
66. Ryan Dempster, Rangers
NOTE: A shame he didn't go to Atlanta.
67. Trevor Cahill, Diamondbacks
68. Francisco Liriano, White Sox
69. Dan Straily, Athletics
NOTE: Coming back soon with the Colon suspension.
70. Clayton Richard, Padres
71. Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles
72. Justin Masterson, Indians
73. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
NOTE: Desperately needs a change of scenery.
74. Erik Bedard, Pirates
75. Vance Worley, Phillies
76. Mike Minor, Braves
77. Jeremy Guthrie, Royals
NOTE: A solid pitcher outside of Colorado.
78. Jeff Karstens, Pirates
79. Phil Hughes, Yankees
80. Matt Harrison, Rangers
81. Mark Buehrle, Marlins
82. Zach McAllister, Indians
83. Marco Estrada, Brewers
84. Scott Diamond, Twins
NOTE: Good command but pitches to contact.
85. Mike Leake, Reds
86. Bronson Arroyo, Reds
87. Jarrod Parker, Athletics
88. Anibal Sanchez, Tigers
NOTE: Another NL arm who collapsed in the AL.
89. Tommy Milone, Athletics
NOTE: A home-park story, hit hard on the road.
90. Jeff Niemann, Rays
91. Gavin Floyd, White Sox
92. Lucas Harrell, Astros
NOTE: Solid year amidst the wreckage.
93. Ross Detwiler, Nationals
94. Bud Norris, Astros
95. Alex Cobb, Rays
96. Jose Quintana, White Sox
97. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
NOTE: One of many crashes in Toronto this year.
98. Joe Saunders, Diamondbacks
NOTE: They'd like to deal him.
99. Edinson Volquez, Padres
NOTE: Big park doesn't hide all the warts.
100. Henderson Alvarez, Blue Jays
101. Aaron Harang, Dodgers
102. Luke Hochevar, Royals
NOTE: Occasional tease, but look at the ERA.
103. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins
104. Freddy Garcia, Yankees
105. Ervin Santana, Angels
106. Franklin Morales, Red Sox
107. Felix Doubront, Red Sox
108. Scott Feldman, Rangers
109. Nathan Eovaldi, Marlins
NOTE: Scribble him down for 2013 sleeper list.
110. Kyle Kendrick, Phillies
111. Rick Porcello, Tigers
NOTE: Will he ever take the next step forward?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What happens in Vegas....

It's almost here.

After a lengthy break between the conference finals and the Stanley Cup Finals, the Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights are set to meet on Monday for Game 1.

Who will hoist Lord Stanley's Cup?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir give their keys to the series and their predictions for the Stanley Cup Final. Plus, JJ speaks with several member from the local media to get their insights and predictions.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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