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Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad

Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad

May 6, 2020

Despite all five Chicago teams failing to qualify for postseason play for the first time since 2004,...

AL Central predictions: Sox rise, Tigers stay dormant

AL Central predictions: Sox rise, Tigers stay dormant

February 27, 2020

With Spring Training underway, it's time to predict which teams will emerge as viable contenders and...

BREAKING: White Sox miss out on Hamels, Wheeler

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

December 4, 2019

Two days ago, there was speculation that the Chicago White Sox were interested in adding two free agent starting pitchers.  On Wednesday, the White Sox watched their two primary targets sign elsewhere. The Sox had been tied to former New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler and former Chicago Cubs lefty Cole Hamels. Hamels,...

Chicago White Sox Breakdown: Catcher

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

Adopting the rubric that brought the Chicago Cubs their first World Series title in over 108 seasons, the Chicago White Sox siphoned off their most valuable assets for the sake of initiating a long-awaited rebuild. However, following two difficult seasons of prospect development, Chicago White Sox fans can finally see the li...

The Cubs will count on rookie Kris Bryant to continue pushing for a spot in the postseason

Sox Fighting To Stay Afloat, Cubs Cruising in Second Half

August 22, 2015

In baseball, August usually marks the dog days where there is little activity until September when the...

Recently retired Paul Konerko is 42nd all time in career home runs.

Saying Goodbye To An All-Time Great

October 7, 2014

Once in a great while a city gets an important player that plays for one of their teams. For the Chicago White Sox, that player has been P...

So you have finished your draft and probably think that you have assembled the best fantasy team ever and the championship is basically yours. Wrong! While the draft is the most important part of your fantasy football team, there are a number of things that you need to do in season to make sure that you continue to be the great team that you drafted. 
A big thing to watch out for is injuries. Serious injuries are happening more and more every year, so unless you are really lucky, someone valuable will probably get hurt on your team. Protect yourself and “handcuff” your stud running back by picking up his back up. It might seem pointless to have a guy on your team, who at the start of the season, may not see the ball a lot but it will pay off in case your number one back gets hurt.
Use the waiver wire effectively. The waiver wire has produced some big names such as Victor Cruz and Zac Stacy over the past couple of seasons. Be patient so that your spot in the waiver order gets moved to that number one position. Only use it on a big name or possibly an injury replacement. Waiting for the right time to strike is the key, so choose wisely on whom you use it.
If you have a question on whether or not someone is hurt, turning to the experts is not always the best advice. If you need to see the health of a player, check the team’s website or official Twitter account. On there they will show if a certain player did not practice or was limited in practice. This usually gives you a good idea on whether they will be ready to go by game time. 
All of these things will help you win the league but the most important thing to do is play the matchups. The best example I can display is to see what Aaron Rodgers did in last Thursday’s season opener against the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. Rodgers was a first or second round pick in most drafts. He has put up a lot of fantasy points for years. While he may finish the season as a top 5 quarterback, in week one he was far from it. Do not be afraid to sit your studs if they have a tough matchup. 
For example, you may have drafted the Chiefs defense. Last season, they created turnovers and returned many of them for touchdowns. They were a top three defense in fantasy last year. But in week two they have to go up against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos high-powered offense. The very same offense that broke all kinds of offensive records last season. Even though the Chiefs finished near the top in points for defense, they gave up 62 points in the two games versus Denver. But if you check the matchups, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not have the best defense in the world but they are playing a very weak Rams offense. They will be available to pick up and could end up being a top five defensive start in week two. 
They may be minor little moves but every last point helps and could be the deciding factor on whether you walk away with a win or a loss. 
If you want to win your league, the money and the bragging rights you have to put in the time and effort. You cannot just draft a team and coast the whole way. You have to be on the ball and make the right moves. Put in the work and you will be rewarded with that championship. And have a fun team name, don’t be that guy!

Rookie of the Year

September 9, 2014

  Though fan favorite and team captain Paul Konerko will be retiring at the end of this season,...

The Blocks are Stacking up Quick

The Blocks are Stacking up Quick

April 15, 2014

The so-called rebuilding has begun for the Chicago White Sox, but so far they have shown more than that....

Sox Win - Photo by Katie Kelly

Sox Open with a Winner

April 11, 2013

Opening day at the Cell was chilly with temperatures only in the 30s. The players, however, were much...

Suspense for Chicago in Postseason

Desiree Dylong, Copy Editor

October 3, 2012

For baseball fans, October means the postseason. The standings are pretty solid in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants already clinching their division. Both the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves have gained a playoff berth, but it’s still uncertain who will win the NL East. The team that doesn’t win may end up being the wild card. The race in the American League is a tighter one, with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles fighting to see who will win the AL East. In Texas, the Rangers are counting down their wins and losses against the Oakland A’s to see who will win the AL West. In the Central Division, the race is even tighter with the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers battling for first place and a playoff berth. The White Sox and Tigers are almost identical in wins and losses. This makes it even more unclear as to who will be the victor of the AL Central. Since winning the World Series in 2005, the White Sox have been in the postseason only once in 2008. During that year, the Minnesota Twins and the White Sox had to play a tie breaker game since their records were identical. The White Sox ended up winning the AL Central by beating the Twins 1-0. The Sox didn’t go too far in the 2008 postseason, losing in the first round to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Philadelphia Phillies went on to be the World Series champs that year. With Detroit and Chicago being so close in the standings this year, there is a strong chance that the White Sox will need to win another tie breaker if they want get to the postseason in October. If the White Sox make it to postseason this year season it will be under leadership of rookie manager Robin Ventura. This year, the Sox have had some standout games, the most prevalent being the  perfect game earlier this spring on April 21, pitched by Phillip Humber. The last time a White Sox player pitched a perfect game was Mark Buehrle on July 23, 2009. Humber’s perfect game this year stands out due to the rarity of perfect games in baseball. A perfect game happens when a pitcher faces twenty seven batters and none of them get on base. According to MLB.com, there have been only 23 pitchers in major league history to have pitched a perfect game. Captain Paul Konerko, outfielder Alex Rios, and designated hitter Adam Dunn have made strides for the Sox this year. Dunn ranks third in home runs in the American League, and Rios leads the White Sox with 173 hits this season. If the White Sox want to make it to post season, Konerko, Rios and Dunn will have to stay consistent. Since there is no wild card option for the A.L Central, the winner of the division will continue on to the postseason, while the other team will go home and wait for a chance next year.  With the race between the White Sox and the Tigers being so close, fans may not know who moves on until the final game of the season. It’s a race that White Sox fans will watch with anticipation and sweaty palms....

White Sox and Cubs Hope to Find Success in 2011 with Revamped Rosters

Jeff Dutton, staff writer

February 7, 2011

Baseball's spring training kicks off in a couple of weeks with pitchers and catchers set to report to camp in the middle of February. Both the White Sox and Cubs have pinned their hopes of bringing home a championship on revamped rosters. 2011 will see new faces both on the mound, and in the field for both ball clubs. Here he...

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