ST. LOUIS – For almost 10 minutes in the second half, the player who had anchored Syracuse down low for the past 70 sat on the bench. Tyler Roberson wore his white long-sleeved warmup shirt in between assistants Adrian Autry and Mike Hopkins, a water bottle sitting between his legs as he watched Syracuse put away a game that he wasn’t a part of anymore.Right before he exited with 12:05 remaining in the second half, Roberson’s head collided with the floor after Tyler Lydon inadvertently mounted him when both contested a rebound. Roberson fell to his chest, turned over and winced while clutching his head.“Possibly, I mean I don’t know really,” Roberson said of why he sat for half of the second stanza, a smile spreading across his face. “…I’m good.”Even with the game well past decided in the waning minutes, Roberson re-entered with 2:45 on the clock and proceeded to finish a thunderous two-handed alley-oop. Less than a minute remained and his stat line was once again filled, the demands from Jim Boeheim for more consistency from the junior satisfied.His 12 points and nine rebounds in Sunday night’s 75-50 win against No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State (25-10, 13-5 Conference USA) that helped propel No. 10 seed Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 followed a 10-point, 18-rebound domination from two days prior. All of a sudden, the player thrown in the doghouse by Boeheim less than a month ago has emphatically emerged from it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When he plays like that, with that energy, we’re just a different team,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said.Roberson picked up where he left off to start Sunday’s game, hitting all three of his shots in the first half and grabbing eight rebounds. His boards came in a variety of ways – one tipping a ball to himself at the peak of a scrum, one chasing after a loose ball by himself, one mounting Middle Tennessee’s Aldonis Foote before holding onto the ball with one hand and untangling the other.His makes also came of varying flavors, a left-handed tip-in, a pump-fake-and-lay-in and a mid-range jumper. He showcased versatility on both ends while manning the paint for the majority of a 20-minute span for the third consecutive half.“He’s capable of doing this night in and night out,” Tyler Lydon said.Roberson even hit all four of his free throws, the ball gently spinning off the edge of his fingertips and through the hoop each time. He was the only player on the team to make all of his attempts from the charity stripe on a night when Syracuse shot an abysmal 59 percent from the line.Since the offseason, Roberson has emphasized expanding his perimeter game. Check. Boeheim wanted more consistency on the glass. Check. After a 1-for-8 performance from the foul line against St. John’s in Syracuse’s worst loss of the season, he had to improve. Check.Roberson’s entire arsenal is materializing at just the right time on just the right stage. He’s had all these tools at his disposal, but he’s finally putting them to use all at once.“These last two games, that’s what we need out of him,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “That’s what we know he can do pretty consistently.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2016 at 11:26 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman
So far the Premier county have only played challenge matches – two of which have been against non-intercounty opponents.Dublin will be their first opponents in the league in just over two weeks’ time.The Tipp boss says its will only be from that point on that he’ll begin to have clear idea of how strong his panel is.
Marco Gonzales, SP, Mariners. Gonzales did not shut down the Athletics offense in the opener, but he did pick up a quality start and a win by holding Oakland to three runs over six innings pitched. He only needed 69 pitches to get through the six innings and pick up four strikeouts. He is a solid pitcher, and this felt like the type of game we can expect more of from him, so his stock shouldn’t change much.Hunter Strickland, RP, Mariners. Strickland shut down the A’s offense in order in both games, picking up three Ks and two saves in the process. Strickland isn’t going to be a top closer this year by any means, but after these two outings I would be shocked if he continues to go at the 279 ADP mark that he had over the last week. Fantasy owners will always chase saves, and Strickland’s stock is going to rise with this strong showing.*ADPs are based on NFBC drafts. The MLB regular season is here! Well, sort of. However, fantasy baseball drafts are still taking place and perceived values will continue to change right up until opening day in the State. It’s important to pay attention to ADP trends and why rankings are fluctuating, be it because of injuries (Luis Severino) or particularly good/bad play.If your league already drafted, this piece can be used for trading and/or waiver wire purposes. Keeping up with the trends is crucial to fantasy success. So, whose values are changing and why? GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideFantasy Baseball Stock Watch: ADP risersMichael Conforto, OF, Mets. Conforto bashed his fourth spring training home run on Monday and the fantasy world is taking notice. Over the past week his ADP is inside the top 100 at 98, which is up five spots from his 103 mark in the previous week. To go along with the four home runs, Conforto has 10 RBIs, a stolen base, and is hitting at a .265 clip across 49 spring at-bats. He is coming off career-high totals in home runs (28), RBIs (82), runs scored (78), and stolen bases (3). All of which came despite a very sluggish April in which he hit .222 with just one home run as he was working his way back from his shoulder injury. If we just look at his post-break numbers, his stat line becomes very impressive, as he was able to hit .273 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs across 256 at-bats. Conforto was my choice for “must-own” player in the Fantasy Alarm Bold Predictions, and even at his current increased price he is someone you will want to draft.Jack Flaherty, SP, Cardinals. Flaherty’s ADP has been on a pretty steady rise throughout the draft season, and it continued this week as it moved up another six spots to 53. Flaherty had a stellar rookie season last year, finishing with a 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts across 151 innings pitched. He was only 22 last year, but he already had the look of an ace in the making. His strong spring – 2.77 ERA and 19 strikeouts across 13 innings pitched – has done nothing but vault him further up draft boards as the season draws near. The Cardinals recently announced that he will pitch the second game of the season, and that also means that he will likely take the ball for their home opener on April 4. The Cardinals made improvements to their offense and to their bullpen this offseason, which should help the starters win more games and Flaherty could cross the 200-K mark, all of which make him a high upside grab in fantasy.Jorge Soler, OF, Royals. Soler had a massive jump in ADP this week up to 312, 47 spots higher that his 359 mark in the week prior. When looking at players this late in the draft it doesn’t take much for big ADP swings and Soler’s torrid spring – .310 batting average, four home runs, 14 RBIs, 10 runs – has seemingly done just that. Soler has long been thought of as a guy with big-time power potential, but he has never been able to put it together. Through five big league seasons his career-high home run total is only 12, but he has also failed to ever surpass 366 at-bats. The potential is still there, though, and if he can stay healthy he could finally be in for a bit of a breakout campaign. He is going to hit fourth or fifth in the Royals lineup and a 20-plus HR season is a possibility.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Fantasy Baseball Stock Watch: ADP fallersWilmer Flores, 1B/2B/3B, Diamondbacks. Flores (potential) owners are not fans of the Diamondbacks recent signing of Adam Jones, and it shows in his ADP dropping to 443, down 57 picks from his 386 mark in the week prior. Flores was a popular late-round pick, as he was slated to be the D-backs everyday second baseman and flashed some pop with the Mets in a limited role, but the recent addition of Jones puts a big damper on those aspirations. With Jones coming in, Ketel Marte will be spending less time in CF and more time at second base. Flores should still see a healthy amount of at-bats, but he is no longer a trendy fantasy pick.Luis Severino, SP, Yankees. Recent news came out that Sevy is out until at least May, and it has sent his draft stock into an even further downward spiral. This week he was being draft on average at pick 91, down 25 spots from his 66 mark in the week prior. Shoulder issues can be tricky, and there is good reason to worry about his injury in regards to your fantasy roster. Of course, leagues with DL spots make it a lot easier to sit on him and get strong production once he comes back, but in leagues without DL slots he is a tough sell right now. He is electric and the Yankees will win a lot of games, but that doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if he isn’t taking the mound. His ADP will likely continue to slide as the season approaches.Sean Newcomb, SP, Braves. Newcomb was a popular late-round pick in last year’s drafts after he posted a solid 9.7 K/9 across 100 innings as a rookie in 2017. He made good on that pick in the first half of last season as he was 8-5 with a 3.51 ERA and 97 strikeouts at the break. However, a weak second half in which he posted a 4.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP had his stock a bit lower heading into this year. Fast forward to spring training and Newcomb has been absolutely horrendous, sinking his ADP. This week his ADP was down to 264, a 32-pick drop from his 232 mark in the week prior. Newcomb has a history of control issues, so his 10 walks across 12 innings pitched in spring training are very uninspiring. He also only has seven strikeouts and has given up seven earned runs. Newcomb still has upside, but his stock is fairly taking a big hit.GET IT NOW: Fantasy Alarm Draft GuideFantasy Baseball Stock Watch: Players to watchWith our first two regular season games in the books, we have some action to discuss! No, two gamse should not change anyone’s stock/value, but if you have played fantasy long enough, you know it is going to anyways!Ramón Laureano, OF, A’s. Laureano had an abysmal first game of the season, finishing 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Strikeouts are a problem here, as he struck out 50 times across 156 at-bats as a rookie last season and already had 11 across 33 spring training at-bats before the opener. He was dropped to eighth in the order in Game 2, but he went 2-for-5 despite two more Ks.Tim Beckham, SS/3B, Mariners. Beckham had a really nice 2017, but he was a complete disappointment lastl year. However, it’s 2019 and Beckham is arguably the best player on the planet (kidding, of course). He had a monster first game as he finished 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs, two RBIs, and a walk. He turned in another two hits and a run in the second. I can bet you that you start seeing people pick this guy at the end of their drafts.Domingo Santana, OF, Mariners. Santana had a spot in this piece last week as a stock riser and went out and hit an opposite-field grand slam in his first game of the season. He then went 1-for-5 with an RBI and stolen base in the second game. You can expect his stock to continue to rise and it may get out of hand. I would not be surprised to see him start getting picked around 150 in drafts this week — and that might just be what it takes to get him if you want him.