Fantasy sports: Early injuries strike, uphill climb begins

Jacoby Ellsbury

Baseball players would benefit from taking a gander at the Stanley Cup playoffs.

These hockey tough guys take pucks off their knees, punch each other in the head and slash each other with sticks. Then, they go back out there looking for more.

For a noncontact sport, baseball players end up hurt at a relatively high rate. And the start of this season has been no different.    

Speed to burn
Jacoby Ellsbury damaged his shoulder while trying to do what he does best — steal a bag. He’ll miss at least six weeks, leaving a gaping hole for owners in the speed category. Never fear, however. We can get by in the short-term with waiver guys like Gerardo Parra, Juan Pierre, Jordan Schafer and Dee Gordon.    

Mr. Wilson

Not paying for saves on draft day is the right play for a reason. Brian Wilson (elbow) is done for the year, meaning Santiago Casilla needs to be owned.   

Pop is missing   
Arizona’s outfield is banged up already. Chris Young is on the DL and Justin Upton could soon be joining him. Power is hard to come by cheaply, so we’ll have to take a beating in average to get it. But Lucas Duda and Cody Ross will keep packing a punch.  

Baseball waivers

Early-season pickups can pay huge dividends later on:

1. Zack Cozart, SS, CIN — The former second-round pick is entering his prime at age 26 and finally playing every day.

2. Nolan Reimold, OF, BAL — A post-hype kind of sleeper that is locked into the leadoff spot.

NFL News

Raider rock
In seven games with Carson Palmer last season, Darrius Heyward-Bey racked up 37 catches for
541 yards and three touchdowns. The bust label is gone and the arrow is pointing up. There’s a lot of midround value here.  



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.