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Conor McGregor has been a two-division UFC champion for less than one week -- but as usual, fans are already focused on his next fight. Alejandro Villanueva Jersey .Exactly whom McGregor will fight is unclear. He now holds belts at featherweight and lightweight. Following UFC 205 last weekend, McGregor (21-3) said he would take time off for the birth of his first child in early 2017. He also anticipates a meeting with UFCs new ownership.The leading candidates to welcome back McGregor include interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz, plus welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.How tough are these individual matchups for the sports biggest star? Here are the projected betting lines for each, provided by Nick Kalikas of MMAOddsBreaker.com.Featherweight championship: Conor McGregor -205, Jose Aldo +165Kalikas: The weight cut would be brutal for McGregor at this point, now that he has bulked up for fights at 155 and 170 pounds. But if he can make the cut, it would be a rematch of a fight he finished in 13 seconds [at UFC 194 last December]. McGregors timing and counterpunching took Aldo out, ending his 10-year unbeaten streak. Aldo has all the tools, but dont underestimate the mind games McGregor played on him. McGregor closed as a +100 even money bet against Aldo in their first fight. Hell open significantly higher this time.Lightweight championship: McGregor -250, Nate Diaz +190Kalikas: McGregor was overzealous when they met in March [at UFC 196]. He head-hunted and gassed himself out. He fought with a far more measured approach in the rematch [at UFC 202 in August], working Diaz with low kicks, body shots and dropping him multiple times in the first two rounds. In both matchups, McGregor was obviously the better striker, as long as his conditioning held up. In order for Diaz to win, hed have to rely on weathering the storm again and McGregors cardio fading. Diazs big advantage is on the ground, but his attempts to get the fight there were unsuccessful in the rematch. Theres no question McGregor should be the favorite in a trilogy bout.Lightweight championship: McGregor -115, Khabib Nurmagomedov -115Kalikas: This fight would be McGregors ultimate test. Nurmagomedov is one of the best wrestlers in the UFC and would have a clear advantage on the ground. Unlike Diaz, Nurmagomedov has a very strong ability to put opponents on their back. McGregor would have to either limit his approach offensively, fearing the takedown, or go all out in an attempt to take Nurmagomedov out with strikes as quickly as possible before the takedowns come. McGregors use of range has helped his takedown defense and if he can stay upright, he should be in a great position. But if Nurmagomedov has success with his takedowns, it could be a long night for the Irishman. As a pick-em, the sports books should attract a large amount of two-way action due to both fighters having serious die-hard fan bases.Welterweight championship: McGregor +125, Tyron Woodley -155Kalikas: McGregors previous experience at welterweight was against a large lightweight in Diaz. This time, McGregor would be facing a true welterweight, someone who walks around about 20 to 30 pounds heavier than him. This fight would be similar to the Nurmagomedov matchup, considering Woodley is a very powerful wrestler who can take him down and do serious damage on the canvas. Unlike Nurmagomedov, Woodley also has insane power with his right hand, and McGregor has never been hit by someone who can pack a punch like Woodley. That being said, McGregor should hold a significant technical striking edge and would have a clear path to victory if the fight stayed standing. Wholesale Steelers Jerseys . 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The San Francisco Giants lefty takes the hill at home in one of the top pitching venues in the game to face one of the weakest offenses that also whiffs a bunch against southpaws. Bumgarner is clearly the top cash anchor for DFS cash action and can be used in tournaments because of the added strikeout potential. The only catch is this is an afternoon affair and thus will be available only in limited DFS contests.Another early game features a pair of elite arms, as the Washington Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the Progressive Field hill to oppose Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians. Strasburg is the better pitcher, but Carrasco has home-field advantage and will face a softer lineup. Truth be told, if youre playing the early slate and plan on paying for pitching, Bumgarner is the clear call. Neither the Nationals nor the Tribe offer added strikeout potential, so using either starter is strictly a contrarian player, supported by game theory as opposed to the numbers.No, that isnt a typo. Brandon McCarthy?lands in the elite tier. Granted, he is facing the Tampa Bay Rays?at Dodger Stadium, and the visitors strikeout-prone, weak offense is further lessened by being devoid of the designate hitter. But McCarthy has pitched quite well since his return from Tommy John surgery. In an admittedly small sample of 22 1/3 innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers righty boasts a hefty 10.5 K/9 with a sharp 2.8 BB/9. This comes on the heels of a shortened 2015 campaign with nearly identical numbers. Both samples are small, but theyre all we have for the past two seasons in terms of data, so the projected Game Score algorithm sees McCarthy favorably. That said, the ranking could have been overridden, but the decision was made to let it ride. Thats the good news.Unfortunately, as one might intuit, Lady Luck must be one of McCarthys many Twitter followers, as he has been buoyed by a low hit rate, a low home run per fly ball rate and a swinging strike rate that suggests a drop in his 10.5 K/9 is impending. However, against a team that fans 24 percent of the time versus righties, McCarthy should be able to mute regression for at least one more day.Theres one elite option left, and while Gerrit Cole will work in the evening slate, his matchup against the Seattle Mariners?at PNC Park isnt especially DFS-friendly. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander will be making his third start after coming off the disabled list against a squad with one of the top road weighted on-base averages (wOBA) against righties in the league. In addition, the visitors whiff at a league average pace that wont help Coles pedestrian 7.7 K/9.SolidAdam Conley opens the solid tier, as the Miami Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies in one of the days two 12:10 p.m. ET starts. The southpaw carries a slightly above average 8.3 K/9 to the Marlins Stadium hill to challenge a squad fanning at a 25 percent pace against southpaws. Conley sets up nicely for all forms of DFS play.Lets head back under the lights for the slates latest start, a still early 8:15 p.m. ET.?Matt Shoemaker takes the ball for the Los Angeles Angels?at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. The Halos righty has been nails at home, with gopheritis plaguing him a bit on the road. However, the Royals are well below average with respect to homers at home, so Shoemaker profiles as one of the best cash options on the truncated, nine-game evening slate.If youre looking for a pitcher in seasonal leagues with the potential to be a difference-maker down the stretch, Lance McCullers should be on your short list. Hell need to improve his control, as evidenced by a 5.4 BB/9 that includes allowing four free passes in three straight outings, but if he can get that under control, hell rack up a bevy of punchouts without worrying about an innings cap, considering he has tossed only 70 1/3 frames so far. The opposing New York Yankees fan at a below average clip versus righties, but with a 11.5 K/9, even if he doesnt strike out as many as normal, McCullers is DFS-worthy.Another GPP option, albeit a riskier one, can be found in the visitors side at Camden Yards, as Jon Gray takes the pill for the Colorado Rockies?to?challenge a potent but strikeout-prone Baltimore Orioles lineup. The Rockies righty has whiffed eight in four of his past five outings.Jason Hammel will deservedly see a lot of exposure on Wednesday, when the bragging rights for the Windy City heads north to Wrigley Field.. Coty Sensabaugh Jersey. On paper, Hammel is best-suited for cash play, as the crosstown Chicago White Sox tote a below-average offense and Hammel isnt especially dominant. However, if you add the win potential with the Cubs facing call-up Anthony Ranaudo, Hammel is viable for tournament action.Lets close the solid tier with a head nod to Mike Foltynewicz for his date with the Minnesota Twins?at Target Field. The Atlanta Braves righty has had a roller-coaster season but has a good chance for a solid outing against a below-average lineup with above-average swing-and-miss potential.StreamersBefore we get to Archie Bradley and his paltry 10 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, something to keep in mind this week is that his opposition, the Milwaukee Brewers, is rumored to have Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy on the block, which means an already punchless offense could lose even more sock at a moments notice. Bradley is in play as a streamer regardless, especially if youre in search of punchouts. Speaking of which, the Brewers 26 percent whiff clip puts Bradley in the picture for DFS tournaments.Danny Duffys 66 percent ownership is well above the cutoff to be featured in this section, but I wanted to point out that his normal, solid rating takes a bit of a hit because hes facing the Los Angeles Angels, a squad that doesnt whiff much and has greatly improved its production versus southpaws lately. That said, if you own Duffy, dont hesitate to use him. This is more to point out that the Halos are hitting better than they were earlier in the campaign.Jimmy Nelsons walk and strikeout rates arent anything to write home about, but hes doing a nice job keeping the ball in the yard, especially considering that he works about half the time at Miller Park. If this were later in the week, perhaps the message would be different, but in the name of being aggressive early, Nelsons a go for his home date with the Arizona Diamondbacks.Although not spectacular, Tyler Duffeys 7.1 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 should portend better than a 5.51 ERA. With the Minnesota Twins hosting the Atlanta Braves, expect a much better outcome for the righty.This is a great slate to find spot starters, as just about everyone else is in play, be it for a win, strikeouts or ratio support. If you have a question about any of the options pertaining to your league, please fire away in the comments or via Twitter to @ToddZola.AvoidWednesday is a rare docket, with nary a hurler falling in the automatic sit range by recording a Game Score of 45 or less. However, there is a trio of starters who are quite risky.Logan Verrett has been a decent placeholder for the New York Mets, but he doesnt miss bats and usually is lifted fairly early. The St. Louis Cardinals use a keep the line moving attack that thrives on the likes of Verrett, as they put the ball in play a lot.Luis Perdomo isnt the same gas can as he was when he entered the San Diego Padres rotation. However, he also hasnt faced the likes of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.Finally, Anthony Ranaudo has the unenviable task of facing the Chicago Cubs?at Wrigley Field, as the Chicago White Sox need a starter while Chris Sale is in time-out.HittingNot so coincidentally, the best hitting spots parallel the risky pitchers, beginning with the Toronto Blue Jays.?Jose Bautista?is back to take on Luis Perdomo. It remains to be seen how the Jays work in new acquisition Melvin Upton Jr., though Joey Bats,?Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki?should play regularly and are all threats to take Perdomo deep. Michael Saunders will play versus all righties, so add him to the list. The names to monitor on a nightly basis, other than Upton Jr., are Justin Smoak, Kevin Pillar and?Ezequiel Carrera, who are all in line to lose some playing time.The Chicago Cubs should have no issue tallying points against Anthony Ranaudo. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras provide the thump up top. The disappointing Jason Heyward is only a GPP option at this point, as even with the platoon edge, hes sporting a lowly 0.625 OPS. Other GPP plays include Javier Baez and Addison Russell.Stacking St. Louis Cardinals against Logan Verrett can work if you include a couple of their home run threats, namely Stephen Piscotty, Aledmys Diaz, Matt Adams and the white-hot Jedd Gyorko. Greg Garcia?and?Kolten Wong are decent speculative picks if youre going all-in with the Redbirds.Most likely to hit a homer: The ball should be flying out of Wrigley Field, so lets go with Jason Heyward. Just kidding, but Anthony Rizzo is no joke.Most likely to steal a base: A common theme of this space is to pick on Jimmy Nelsons inability to control the running game. This time, the green light goes to Michael Bourn. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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