Yesterday’s lineup ended up with 138.15 points. This ranked as 247/2,700. Pitching was the key as Lester had 42 points and Scherzer had 36. While no home runs were hit by any hitters, they were able to manufacture enough points to turn the lineup into a winner. Normally I expect to get more points out of my hitters but investing in pitching can hide poor hitting. Here is the link to yesterday’s lineup Draft Kings MLB June 1st
Before looking at today’s lineup we will flashback to the top performers from June 1st.
Pitchers: John Lester 42.35, Max Scherzer 35.8, Michael Fulmer 34.85,
Michael Fulmer was the best pitcher because of his value. Fulmer only cost $7,500. Whena lineup has a pitcher this cheap score this highly then the owner should expect big winnings with an expensive lineup.
Catcher: Wilson Ramos 26, Curt Casali 21
First Baseman: Wil Myers 30, Brandon Belt 24, David Ortiz 19
Wil Myers exploded with a home run and a double in the night game. He will be a cheap option tomorrow that is seeing the ball well. Myers has a hit in 5 of his last 6 games.
Second Baseman: Adam Rosales 23, Robinson Cano 18, Yangervis Solarte 15
Shortstop: Alexi Ramirez 39, Carlos Correa 15
Alexi Ramirez crushed the ball twice Wednesday night. Ramirez only has 3 home runs and all 3 come in the last 3 days.
Third Baseman: Todd Frazier 18, Jake Lamb 16
Outfield: Chris Young 37, Mookie Betts 32, Billy Hamilton 29, George Springer 21
Lineup for June 2nd
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner $12,900, Kyle Hendricks $8,900
Catcher: Wellington Castillo $3,200
First Baseman: Chris Davis $3,900
Second Baseman: Brian Dozier $3,700
Third Baseman: Yangervis Solarte $3,100
Shortstop: Carlos Correa $3,400
Outfield: Adam Jones $3,400, Andrew McCutchen $4,300, Hyun Soo Kim $3,200
The Kim selection makes sense here because he is cheap and hitting 2nd while Adam Jones is hitting 1st.
ALTERNATIVE LINEUP: (for FEATURED OR MULTIPLIER LEAGUES)
P Bumgerner, P Keuchel, C Norris, 1B Davis, 2B Dozier, 3B Perez, SS Correa, OF Starling Marte, OF McCutchen, OF Springer
Kcyoungguns will now present a daily fantasy sports lineup of the day using Draft Kings.
Today’s lineup selection consisted of high quality pitchers followed but inexpensive hitters that are placed high in their batting lineup.
Pitcher: Max Sherzer $13,200
Pitcher: “King” Felix Hernandez $11,000
Alternatives: John Lester $9,900 or Jacob DeGrom $9,900. (great valued alternatives for today)
Catcher: Josh Phegley $2,500
First Baseman: Justin Smoak $2,800 (Switch Hitter)
(More expensive option is Anthony Rizzo $4,400, Chris Davis $4,600 or Edwin Encarnacion $3,900)
Second Baseman: Brian Dozier $3,500
Third Baseman: Hector Perez $2,700 (cheap and hitting second in lineup)
Short Stop: Carlos Correa $3,600
Outfield: Raja Davis $3,300, Franklin Gutierrez $3,000 and Andrew McCutchen $4,400
ALTERNATIVE LINEUP: DeGrom, Lester, Phegley, Rizzo, Dozier, Hector Perez, Correa, Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, George Springer.
In 2012 kcyoungguns had Michael Rose Ivey write a review on what he thought about the Chiefs 2012 NFL draft. He is back with kcyoungguns.com to give take on how the Chiefs 2012 picks panned out. Here is the link for what he wrote in 2o12. reference. https://kcyoungguns.com/2015/05/04/rating-the-2012-chiefs-draft/
Dontari Poe DT Memphis Round 1
- Dontari Poe’s biggest negative coming out of college was that lack of production that did not match his incredible combine numbers. However, there has not been any knock on Poe since entering the NFL. Widely considered the best 3-4 Nose Tackle in the NFL, Poe has not only been dominant but consistently on the field. At 345-pounds, Poe led all defensive players in percentage of snaps played with 95% this past year. An incredible feat for a man his size who is double and sometimes triple teamed in the Chiefs 3-4 scheme. His production has definitely justified the Chiefs high selection of Poe, as he looks to be the anchor of this defense for years to come.
Jeff Allen OG Illinois Second round pick
- Jeff Allen has been a consistent piece in the revolving offensive line of the Chiefs. Allen has displayed his versatility since becoming a member of the Chiefs. Originally drafted as a OT, the third-year offensive linemen has played in 31 games (27 starts) at the left guard position. He did miss a lot of the season last year with a a torn bicep tendon but looks to be healthy and start at guard.
Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma Third round pick
- The Kansas City native has given a surprise amount for production in his three years with the Chiefs. He has done well in his limited starting action, but looks to take on a full starting role at left tackle. The belief in Stephenson’s ability to be a solid starter is evident in the Chiefs allowing former LT Branden Albert to walk away in free agency in 2014. This will be a big year for Stephenson as the job seems to be his to lose.
Devon Wylie WR Fresno State Round 4
- Devon Wylie never flourished with the Chiefs but was not really expected to make a big impact. With a lot of other needs at the time, many questioned this selection. However, Wylie did appear in six games his rookie year, catching 6 passes for 53 yards along with occasionally being used as a kickoff and punt returner. Wylie has been a league journey man and is currently a free agent.
De’Quan Menzie Alabama Round 5
- Menzie unfortunately never played for the Chiefs and is currently retired. Menzie is just another Alabama defensive player who may have been a product of a quality system under Nick Saban.
Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Round 6
- Gray was productive coming out of Texas A&M and was thought to be a quality addition to the roster as a sixth round pick. Unfortunately, Gray has been stuck at third string behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. There has been little opportunity for Gray thus far, but he provides quality depth behind Charles and Davis
Jerome Long DT San Diego State Round 7
- Like many other seventh round picks, Long has had a tough time sticking with a team. Long was cut by the Chiefs and then claimed off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently a free agent.
Junior Hemingway WR Michigan Round 7 Pick 31
- Junior Hemingway is quite a surprise and even a paradox in the NFL. As a second to last pick int the draft, Hemingway has seen action and even provided a little production at the WR spot. Hemingway has two touchdown receptions to go along with 233 yards on 25 receptions. Hemingway will be a backup again but he has proven to be reliable when counted upon.
Standout: Dontari Poe NT
- Poe could even be considered the biggest surprise in the draft. A lot of people who prefer film over combine stats had more negatives than positives to say about Poe’s game at Memphis. However since coming to Kansas City, Poe has been nothing but dominant and will continue to be a staple in the Chiefs defense.
Bust: Devon Wylie
- For a 4th round pick, you would expect a little bit more production from Wylie but in his defense he was drafted higher than his value.
Biggest Surprise: Junior Hemingway
- Not much expected from the seventh round pick, but Hemingway has been productive in his limited role with the Chiefs.
Michael Rose Ivey
The Chiefs did not make the AFC field for the playoffs last season, but that did not have general manager Scott Pioli trolling the draft waters for immediate help and contributors to his starting lineups. Instead, Pioli drafted like he’s had a solid contender for several seasons, selecting eight draft picks that almost to a man, are down the line players for the Chiefs. “One of the things we talk about is trying to get this team bigger, stronger, faster, tougher and we feel in the last two days we have certainly gotten bigger, stronger, faster, tougher,” Pioli said. “We’ve created quality depth and definitely created competition throughout the football team.” BEST PICK: Tackle Jeff Allen: A four-year starter at Illinois at left and right tackle, Allen may be switched to guard with the Chiefs and compete with veteran Ryan Lilja for the starting job at left guard. – The Sports Xchange
Dontari Poe DT Memphis Round 1 11th pick
Jeff Allen OT Illinois Second round pick 12
Moved to Guard. Expected to start
- Third-year offensive lineman has played in 31 games (27 starts) at left guard.
- Has also started one postseason contest at left guard.
Donald Stephenson OT from Oklahoma Round 3 pick 11
Projected starting right tackle
- Third-year offensive lineman appeared in all 16 games with seven starts in both of his first two seasons with the Chiefs.
Devon Wylie WR Fresno State Round 4 Pick 12
He played in only six regular-season games, catching 6 passes for 53 yards. Wylie also was used occasionally as a kickoff and punt returner. However, Wylie was released on September 1, 2013, prior to the 2013 regular season. Bounces around the NFL until being waived by the 49ers
De’Quan Menzie Alabama Round 5 Pick 11
Never played for the Chiefs and was cut in May 2013. He has retired from the NFL.
Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Round 6 Pick 12
Third string behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. Recorded one touchdown in 24 career carries.
Jerome Long DT San Diego State Round 7 Pick 11
Claimed off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Is not in the NFL.
Junior Hemingway WR Michigan Round 7 Pick 31
Hemingway is currently on the roster but is only a backup but nothing else way expected from the 31st pick in the seventh round. Hemingway has two touchdown receptions to go along with 233 yards on 25 receptions.
In Friday nights Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 1, between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning there was a controversial call that led to the game winner in double overtime for the Lightning. With 18:06 left in double overtime, Lightning center, Brian Boyle, carried the puck into the offensive zone, as he entered the zone replays showed that his teammate Valterri Filppula was slightly offsides, but there was no call made. Twelve seconds later, Nikita Kucherov scored the game winner and just like that Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Semifinal was over. Although the game was over, the talk over the controversial call was not. In his post game interview, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was very frustrated over the none call made by the line judge, and blamed the officials for the loss.
This has gotten me thinking about the idea of expanded instant replay, and a coach’s challenge in the NHL. As of right now the only replays in the NHL are on goal calls and all replay requests come from Toronto, where replay officials are sitting reviewing every goal. Areas where I see replay could be expanded and a coach’s challenge could be implemented are on plays like delay of game, icing, and offsides. All of the replays would be done in Toronto just as before.
Delay of Game
Although almost all penalties are judgement calls, delay of game is one that is very black and white. The rule states that if a player clears the puck from his own defensive zone and it exits the ice over the tall glass, this does not include the benches, without deflecting off of anything else, it is a two minute penalty for delay of game. This call has been missed before in NHL games, although it is rarely missed. Often times it is hard to see if the puck has deflecting off of an opponent’s stick. This would be an easy call to review and could prevent a player from getting a penalty he does not deserve.
Before the 2013-2014 NHL season, the league changed its rule from a touch icing system to a hybrid icing system to prevent injuries near the boards while trying to touch up the puck. Under the new rule, which ever player wins a race to the face off dots closest to the puck determines icing. If a player on the team that cleared the puck wins the race to the dots, play continues and no icing is called. If a player on the opposing team wins the race to the dots, icing is called and a face off is taken down at the other end of the ice, with the team that iced the puck unable to make any line changes. Under the coach’s challenge I would like to see implemented if icing is called, and the coach on the team that iced the puck believed that his player won the race to the dot he could call for a challenge. This would be a quick challenge to see which player won the race. If the call is reversed, my idea would be for the team that won the challenge to get a face off in the offensive zone since that is where they would have had the puck had icing not been called.
In the NHL, the puck has to enter the offensive zone before any other player enters the zone. If a player is in the offensive zone before the puck it results in offsides. One way, that a challenge could be implemented on offsides is at the next whistle if the play ends up in a goal as it did in Game 1 between the Canadiens and Lightning, the defending team that just allowed the goal could challenge. If the referee sees in the replay that they were offsides, they would call off the goal and have a neutral zone face off just as if offsides was called in the first place.
I would like to see the NHL give this expanded replay and coach’s challenge a trail run in the future during preseason games to see how it works. In the past few years we have seen the MLB start with just home run reviews and then expand it to safe and out calls on coach’s challenges, soccer has also implemented goal line technology, the NBA has reviews in the last two minutes of games on out of bounds calls, and the NFL has had coach’s challenges for over 15 years now. So again I would like to see the NHL give the coach’s challenge a try, give each coach one challenge per game during the preseason next year and see how it works out. None of these challenges should take longer than a minute or two, so it wont hurt the rhythm of an NHL Game.
4 Winners: New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams
New York Jets
What to do you do when you have a dominating defensive line? The Jets draft what some consider the best defensive player in the draft in DT Leonard Williams. The Jets are building one of the best defensive units because of their strong D-line. Williams brings exceptional power and athleticism. He should end his career with several Pro Bowl selections and should follow in the same footsteps as Kevin Williams or teammate Sheldon Richardson. The Jets were also able to add weapons for quarterback Geno Smith when Ohio State wide out Devin Smith came off the board. Smith’s ability to track the deep ball while it is in the air is outstanding. He has a 4.4 forty time so he will be able to take the top off the defense. The addition of Smith can help relieve the pressure on Eric Decker. The Jets have to hope Decker’s production can increase and meet the monetary value on his contract. As long as the Jets are able to keep quarterback Bryce Petty on the bench for the near future, he will be able to develop and be a success for being drafted in the fourth round.
The Bengals saw a crucial need for lineman and were able to address this with two athletic tackles. First is tackle Cedric Oghuehi from Texas A&M who was selected 21st overall. Fellow tackle Jake Fisher will be able to use his exceptional quickness to keep faster edge rushers from hurrying Andy Dalton. Speaking of Andy Dalton, he now has the protect and he has the offensive pieces to finally break out. If he can’t this season, Dalton will prove he is unable to lead a team deep in the playoffs. My favorite pick for the Bengals was Paul Dawson. This headache of a player causes the brain to hurt of his opponents with crushing hits and his coaches for constantly showing up late for meeting or busses. The last name to remember is Jermaine Gresham’s replacement at tight end. TE Tyler Kroft has drawn comparisons to Travis Kelce because of the way he attacks the ball in the air.
General manager Ryan Pace fell in love with Kevin White because of his size and speed. White is great at high pointing the ball which makes him a valuable option in the red zone across from Alshon Jeffery. While he lacks the polish that Amari Cooper has, White has exceptional speed that he showed while running a 4.35 forty at the combine. The Bears were also able to solidify a strong defensive tackle in the second round by selecting NT Eddie Goldman. This was a massive need for the Bears because they have not been able to stop the run up the middle. A common concern surrounding the Bears is the need for a replacement for Matt Forte. When the Bears selected Jeremy Langford from Indiana they knew they solidified a backup running back for 2015. Langford is similar to Forte with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
St. Louis Rams
While I may be one of the few with the Rams as major winners in the draft I stand strongly by this opinion. The Rams were able to walk away from the draft with a smile because they selected their number one prospect in running back Todd Gurley. The Georgia back gives the Rams something Jeff Fisher has been searching for since he arrived in 2012. He is elusive and powerful with every step he takes. The only problem is he can only step with one foot right now because he tore his ACL on November 15th. The stat that stands out most when looking over Gurley’s numbers from Georgia is that he averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Having Gurley as the featured back helps newly acquired Nick Foles by allowing the offense to be run heavy while Foles becomes comfortable with the offense. Furthermore, to ensure the running game will be dominant, Fisher found himself a major mauler in offensive tackle Rob Havenstein from Wisconsin. Havenstein stands in at 6’7″ 320 pounds. Although the main reason I love the pick is because he can dominate in the running game, he also posses the leadership the offensive line will need because they have such little game experience. The Rams addressed the offensive line with 4 selections out of 9. Jeff Fisher took a gamble by selecting quarterback Sean Mannion with the 89th pick overall. The signal caller from Oregon State wowed scouts during the workouts before the draft. Several scouts said he threw better than Marcus Mariota when they made their way through Oregon. While I am not in any way saying Mannion is better than Mariota but he has gained confidence late in his career. He will have time to develop behind Foles. The Rams must rely on their coaching to help ensure the offensive line can create a pocket for Foles on a consistent basis.
This was clearly a must for the Chiefs on the second day of the draft. Andy Reid saw glaring holes on the offensive line and at wideout. With the 49th pick the Chiefs selected offensive tackle Mitch Morse from Missouri. Morse stands at a tall 6’5″ 305 pounds. He can play several positions across the line. He has the ability to play center, guard, or tackle. All three positions are spots of need for the Chiefs. Morse is a smart, savvy, nasty blocker who projects best inside due to his short arms. He stood out at LT, RT and center vs. the SEC. The Chiefs will ask Morse to move to guard in hopes he can be ready to start in 2015.
Morse relied on timing, instincts and angles to get guys blocked as a tackle at the college level but does lack the arm length and functional athleticism to play tackle in the pros. If he moves inside to guard, his toughness will serve him well. Morse is not a mauler type of blocker because he does not have the strength. He is not a power player and must prove that he can sustain his block and positioning to be an effective run blocker. Teams were heating up on Morse the closer it got to draft day and some see him as one of the top transitional center prospects in the draft because of his intelligence.
OVERALL Grade: B
Reasoning… Again, filled a major need but I was hoping they would fill their need at receiver here once Jaelen Strong began to slip. Teams must have been scared off more than I realized about Strong’s wrist injury and how he handled it.
When the third round started the I was hoping to see Jaelen Strong or Tyler Lockett available for the Chiefs but both were selected before the Chiefs selected. When these two wide receivers were off the board, John Dorsey saw an opportunity to trade up to 76 to select Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley. The trade sent the Chiefs 80th pick and their 6th round pick to the Minnesota Vikings. In 2014 Conley had 36 receptions for 657 yards and 8 touchdowns.
A question that needs to be answered with Conley is if he is a sprinter or a football player. Corners have great success playing bump and cover defense against Conley because he struggles to get off the line cleanly. During the combine Conley was able to boost his stock with a great 40 yard dash, bench press, and board jump.While he struggles to get off the line, he dominates with a cushion off the line, and cornerbacks will demand help over the top when facing him in man coverage. He has long arms (33 ¾”) and uses his hands to get the ball out of the air. Unlike some receivers in this class, he is able to catch the ball consistently with his hands instead of letting it reach his body.
In the end I really wanted the Chiefs to go in a different direction to fill their need at receiver. I would have preferred Sammy Coates from Auburn or my favorite sleeper receiver Justin Hardy from Eastern Carolina.
OVERALL GRADE: C-
The selection of a wideout was the correct pick just not the right player in my opinion. Only time will tell with Conley but the Chiefs need someone to step in day one and I feel Coates and Hardy could have done that.
The Chiefs had a second pick in the third round when they selected cornerback Steven Nelson from Oregon State with the 98th pick. Nelson was a second team All-Pac 12 performer in 2015. The Chiefs want to stock pile their secondary this year because of how the NFL is being played. With the game moving closer and closer to a passing league, the Chiefs have focused on getting players that can get to the quarterback and corners that can create turnovers. I am very disappointed that the Chiefs did not fill their need at MLB with Paul Dawson. The TCU standout was selected by the Bengals the pick after the Chiefs. Kansas City needs a linebacker to play along with Derrick Johnson in the middle.
The Chiefs loved Nelson’s style of play because of the same reasons Andy Reid loved Marcus Peters. Both cornerbacks play with a competitive and confident edge. When on the field, Nelson views himself as the best player on every snap. It appears that Nelson is essentially a poor man’s Marcus Peters. Along with the same mentality, both players use their hands too much with receivers that draws too many penalties. Nelson does not have a second gear that is needed to cover faster receivers in the NFL. Also, at 5’10” offensive coordinators will target Nelson in the end zone with taller receivers.
OVERALL GRADE: B-
It is hard to hit a home run in the later rounds but the Chiefs were still able to fill a need with another young corner that can cover exceptionally in man coverage. I would have given the Chiefs an A if they selected linebacker Phil Dawson or wideout Justin Hardy. Remember these two players as great late round selection for their teams.