Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 1/29/14

  • January 29, 2014

The 2014 MLB Player Projection Project is still in progress, but it’s in the homestretch. Once they’re completed, I will start putting some of them in print here. Hopefully, this will be of some use to those of you who get involved in fantasy baseball. Rather than do what would be a very lengthy rundown of rankings at each position, the focus is going to be on finding value with potential breakout players as well as those I feel are destined to start sliding the other way. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to go with these opinions by the first of next week.

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2-0 on Tuesday with my personal plays. An unusual night in that I never came up with anything in the colleges, but got there with an NBA winner on the Pacers and a very rare puck line play on the ice that connected as the Blues blanked the Devils.

January is finishing with a flourish, and I feel good about my chances of fortifying that bottom line with what looks like a solid Wednesday agenda. Tonight as well as the last couple of January days are included with my February special. That’s $500 for the entire month, and includes all the plays in all the sports I play. You can use the “buy now” feature on this page (make sure to put in the right amount), or just email me for details at cokin@cox.net.

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A miss on the Tuesday comp with Iowa. I ended up staying off the game as far as personal selection goes, mostly because I really don’t like getting involved in injury games, and that’s on either side. By the way, if you want to know whether or not the free play is on the personal ticket, make sure to follow me on Twitter as I always post that info at some point well in advance of the start time. Here’s the Wednesday comp.

01/29 04:00 PM  CB   (727) LA SALLE (728) GEORGE WASHINGTON

Take: (728) GEORGE WASHINGTON -4.5

Same season revenge in play tonight on a handful of games, including the duel between La Salle and George Washington. The first meeting between these two went to La Salle, so the Colonials will be out to even the score tonight.

That initial battle was a little unusual in that La Salle led almost the entire game, but the decision was up for grabs for nearly the entire 40 minutes as well. The Explorers could never pull away from GW, but managed to maintain the lead throughout en route to the eventual 76-72 win.

The difference the first time around was the three-point shooting. The Explorers are not a a good team from long distance, but nailed nine in that game. George Washington, on the other hand, was very inaccurate on their bombs in that hookup. They aren’t a team that relies heavily on the three, but they’ve been pretty good for the most part when they go that route. That certainly was not the case in the first duel between these two entries.

If I’m feeling pretty good about some correction to the norm in the rematch, I like the current form even more. George Washington has gotten hot again, rolling to four straight wins. It’s not going nearly so well for La Salle. The Explorers were horrible in an ugly loss at St. Bonaventure, and now must rebound off a potentially demoralizing double OT loss to VCU over the weekend.

I am a fan of trying to make a case for the avenging team when it’s a rematch of a close first meeting. Add in the recent results and what I felt were a few abnormal numbers from the earlier contest, and it looks like an okay spot for the home team tonight. I’ll side with George Washington minus the points this time.