cord. ... RHP Jesse Hahn (strained right shoulder) threw 75 pitches in a rehab start and could start for the As on Sunday, a day after he is eligible to come off the DL. from xf's blog

When a player thrives statistically on a bad team, I tend to call that the Shareef Abdur-Rahim effect. This isnt a slight to Abdur-Rahim, as he put up an enduring stretch of strong numbers between stints with Vancouver and Atlanta, but rather an acknowledgment of the statistical benefits of playing heavy minutes with steady opportunities on a subpar roster. Maybe a modern hyphenated player as an example is in order, as we saw Michael Carter-Williams post impressive numbers for the Philadelphia 76ers early in his career.This season, the Brooklyn Nets Trevor Booker might be the best candidate for this brand of increased opportunity. Into his seventh season, Booker is quietly enjoying a breakout season. The Nets have been surprisingly competitive, but still field a roster that proves thin at several depth charts, namely power forward. Booker is playing a career-high 26.5 minutes per game and subsequently enjoying rewarding opportunities. The Clemson product has averaged 15.4 rebounding chances per game -- defined as being within 3.5 feet of an available rebound -- the most on the team and 26th in the league. As a result, Booker is averaging 8.5 boards, a 60 percent leap over his career clip, while the most impressive element is his elite steal rate, as hes eighth in the league in larceny so far this season.Even as we can expect some regression in the steals department, some team trends support Bookers overall rise as a fantasy asset. The Nets are just barely behind the Phoenix Suns for the top spot in pace this season, with 104.5 possessions per 48 minutes. Such an up-tempo scheme positions the Nets with a respectable offensive rating of 102.4 points per 100 possessions, thus Bookers steady share of minutes and rebounding opportunities appears sustainably rewarding. The best current stat for Bookers fantasy brand is the fact hes still available in nearly half of all ESPN leagues. While he doesnt deliver a ton of points, such helpful rebounding and steal rates indicates the market isnt appreciating the opportunity Booker is enjoying this season.Access the downloadable forecaster chart PDF hereMatchup ratings are based on a scale from 1 (poor matchup) to 10 (excellent matchup). These are calculated using a formula that evaluates the teams year-to-date and past-10-games statistics, their opponents numbers in those categories and their performance in home/road games depending on where the game is to be played. The column to the left lists the teams total number of games scheduled, as well as home games, and lists the overall rating from 1-10 for that teams weekly schedule.Ratings roundupThe Warriors net two games against the up-tempo Lakers, who are running a familiar scheme under Luke Walton, while the Pacers are also top 10 in pace and the Timberwolves are 28th in defensive rating. Such strong matchups with added possessions earns Golden State one of two perfect ratings for the upcoming slate. The Thunder similarly face a friendly week ahead, matching with the Wolves and Kings -- 29th in defensive rating -- supports a perfect rating.As for challenging setups, the Jazz and Bulls are both saddled with two-game schedules, limiting any appeal in their respective rosters for streaming in weekly formats. The Knicks, meanwhile, face the Hornets solid defense in two of three games, as Charlotte has the fourth-best defensive rating in the league.The other brotherThe Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea suffered a calf injury that could sideline him for more than a month. While hes no Steph, the rise of the Mavericks Seth Curry is an interesting narrative to track as hell assume a leap in minutes and usage in the wake of Bareas injury. Barea, after all, was enjoying a career-best 33.1 minutes and 13.7 shots per game, sizable leaps of his previous bests. Barea currently ranks 10th in the league in drives and 10th in frontcourt touches per game, so we find a sizable workload available for Curry, who is available in nearly 90 percent of ESPN leagues.Target the NetsHaving already discussed Bookers ascension and the Nets position as second in pace in the league, we should also detail how favorable a matchup Brooklyn proves for opponents. The Nets have some loose defensive metrics, as Brooklyn has ceded the most second-chance points per game, the most points off turnovers and the eighth most points per game on the fast break. For both streaming in weekly formats and identifying solid DFS matchups, the Nets are an ideal target.Inviting from deepThe Wizards backcourt has struggled over the past few seasons in defending deep shots, so streaming shooters against them proves appealing. When seeking a shooting specialist to stream to boost 3-point production in weekly competition, it could help to target the teams struggling to close out on the perimeter effectively. Listed below youll find the five teams surrendering the highest shooting percentage from beyond the arc this season.Generous on the glassJust as we can target weak perimeter defenses for shooting specialists, we can also attack the boards by identifying teams struggling to secure rebounds. Listed by the lowest rebounding percentages in the league -- as in the Blazers are securing a league-low 45.3 percent of available rebounds -- we can survey the most attractive streaming matchups when seeking frontcourt help. [url=]Terry McLaurin Womens Jersey[/url] . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. 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Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish had a demonstrative show of emotion, pumping his fist and letting out a shout after ending the seventh inning with another strikeout and two runners on base.A day after his 30th birthday, the Texas Rangers right-hander finally ended his long personal losing streak to the AL West-rival Oakland Athletics -- a team that until Wednesday night he had beaten only in his first start against them more than four years ago in his eighth major league game.Darvish struck out nine and walked only one as the Rangers won 6-2. He was 0-8 in his previous 10 starts against the only MLB opponent with more than three wins against him.Its a different lineup. But like me, I change, too, Darvish said through his interpreter. I feel just fortunate that I got a win.All-Star center fielder Ian Desmond and recently acquired Jonathan Lucroy each had three RBI as the AL-best Rangers completed a three-game series sweep.Darvish (4-3) bounced off the mound after striking out Coco Crisp to end the seventh.Hes a very tough out. He doesnt strike out. He battles, Darvish said. Mentally, I wanted on top of it and make sure I could strike him out.Crisp struck out three times after homering on the second pitch of the game. Jake Smolinski went deep leading off the fifth for the only other Oakland run.The whole body of work for the night was special, manager Jeff Banister said. To have Darvish utilize the slider ... the front to back, up to down with the fastball, and he was able to regulate the velocity of the fastball tonight from 91 to 97.Darvish came back for the eighth, but was pulled after Danny Valencias leadoff double.The only win for Darvish against the As was on May 16, 2012, early in his MLB career after the previous seven seasons in Japan. He had a no-decision against them three weeks ago in a season when he didnt make his first start for the Rangers until May 28 after missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery.We want him to be healthy, because anytime hes healthy, we know what he can do, said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had three hits and scored twice.Lucroys homer in the fourth was his seventh in 15 games since beingg traded to Texas from Milwaukee on Aug.dddddddddddd 1, and his career-high 20th overall for the season. He was behind the plate catching Darvish.He was definitely fired up. Hes usually pretty reserved emotionally, Lucroy said. Look, it was a big game. You want to finish it off. You want to finish off the sweep there, obviously, against a division rival.Desmond had a two-run single in the fifth for a 3-2 lead against rookie lefty Sean Manaea (4-8), who is 1-4 in nine starts since the end of June. He gave up four runs and struck out five without a walk in six innings.It just wasnt there today I guess. It just wasnt there. Just make better pitches, Manaea said. Its pretty frustrating but theres nothing I can do about it now. I just have to move on.SHORT HOPSThe Rangers scored three times in the seventh, on an RBI single by Desmond before Lucroys two-run double. ... Darvish is 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his six starts at home this season. ... The As lost their fifth straight game, and are a season-high 17 games under .500 (52-69). ... Desmond had his most RBI since four against Toronto on May 15, when he had the go-ahead homer the half-inning before teammate Rougned Odor punched Jose Bautista.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: INF Tyler Ladendorf was put on the 15-day DL with a sprained left wrist. He is the 26th Oakland player to go on the DL this season, a franchise record. ... RHP Jesse Hahn (strained right shoulder) threw 75 pitches in a rehab start and could start for the As on Sunday, a day after he is eligible to come off the DL.Rangers: RHP Lucas Harrell went on the 15-day DL a day after facing only 12 batters and leaving his start after two innings because of a right groin strain. ... LHP Derek Holland is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on Sunday, but Martin Perez is listed as the Rangers probable starter at Tampa Bay that day.UP NEXTThe Athletics and Rangers have the day off Thursday, the first for both since Aug. 1. Oakland opens a three-game series Friday at the Chicago White Sox, and Texas plays at Tampa Bay. 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