For NFL fantasy enthusiasts: Chip Kelly has been under a lot of scrutiny for the moves he has made this off season. They decided not to offer Jeremy Maclin more money and he left for the Chiefs. This opens up a world of opportunities for Matthews to become the #1 receiver on the Eagles, and really put up a stellar season. He was overshadowed a bit by all of the other great rookie wide receivers last year, but in a lot of years, his stats would have been elite for rookie WR’s. The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford in the off-season to replace Nick Foles and Chip Kelly seems to think that he is an upgrade at the position. The Eagles did draft Nelson Agholar out of USC in the first round this year, but I think that actually helps Matthews as teams won’t be able to consistently double him. We all know Chip Kelly runs a very high tempo offense, so the more plays they are running, the more Matthews can get involved.
There are a lot of good pitchers going today, but Kluber stands out from the pack. He has the best matchup in my opinion, and has been great in his last 5 starts. In those starts, he has 40 IP 31 hits allowed, 3 walks, and 59 strikeouts. He is averaging 1.5 strikeouts per inning in those starts, and that’s with Kansas City and the Cardinals being a part of those stats. He has a little bit higher ERA than most of the other studs at 3.61, but that was due to a three start stretch in early May.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5 record and 1st in the AFC North) are coming off of a 2014 season where they lost to divisional rival the Baltimore Ravens during Wildcard weekend. During the 2014 season, the Steelers showed one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NFL. With Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown the Steelers showcased one of the best offensive trio’s in the entire NFL. The defense was middle of the road; ranking 18th in total defense, struggling at 27th against the pass, and one of the best against the run ranking 6th in the league. The Steelers used their first two draft picks to fortify the defensive side of the ball. Bringing in OLB Bud Dupree to help rush the passer and DB Senquez Golson to provide speed and depth to a depleted defensive backfield.
Chris Sale – This may be one of the easier picks that most people will have to make this year. Although he will be owned by just about everybody is cash games, I simply see no way that you can fade Chris Sale tonight against the Astros. He is now up to 79 K’s in 66 IP this year with at least 10 K’s in 4 out of his last 5 starts.
This is the fourth installment of a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015-2016 NBA season. Check out the latest feature on Otto Porter. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise.