How to Play Fantasy Basketball

assaWith the start of the NBA season underway, NBA fans across the country are lining up to play fantasy basketball. The two most popular formats being used include season long fantasy leagues and daily NBA fantasy contests. Both formats are available online through popular sports sites like Yahoo.com, NBA.com, DraftKings.com and FanDuel.com among others. Each format requires a different approach, which provides a little something for players of all experience levels.

NBA Fantasy Leagues

For years now, fantasy sports leagues have been run for the benefit of managers who want to manage their own team through the rigors of an entire season. While most leagues are played for fun, some league commissioners will organize leagues with an entry fee and prize money being distributed at the end of the season.

The process starts with an organized draft. The most popular draft format is the standard “snake-draft” where a players’ draft position is determined by random draw. For returning keeper leagues, the draft positions might be determined by the manager’s placing in the prior season. Over the past few years,

5 Useful Items of Running Gear

asssRunning is a type of aerobic activity that most people can get involved with without needing expensive equipment or a gym membership. But, there are several pieces of running gear that can make the experience more enjoyable and productive. Here are five of the top pieces of gear to get you up and ready to run:

Headphone

Headphones are a popular accessory for runners and make it possible to continue to listen to favorite tunes while on-the-move. For extra safety and comfort, there are special wireless headphones that make it possible to hear environmental noises or hazards, such as traffic, while out on a morning run. But, for those that plan to exercise on a treadmill or trail run, there is the option to go with the sealed headphones that block out distractions.

Fitness tracker

For those runners that like wearable tech, the fitness tracker or heart rate monitor is a great solution to monitor the running and training. Most come with an easy to read display that can include features like calories burned, pace, distance, elevation and heart rate. In order for features like pace

7 Reasons To Climb Mt. Whitney In Winter

abb1 – The Challenge

Conquer the highest point in the lower 48 during the most difficult time of year. The two main trails are the Mountaineers route and the Whitney Trail. Both offer unique challenges this time of year. When you climb Whitney in winter, you are working for it using winter climbing techniques making the summit that much more special.

2 – The Photography

Capture amazing shots of the snow covered Sierras, especially during sunrise and sunset. The light of the Alpenglow as it strikes the mountains is breathtaking. The snow that covers the mountains adds amazing depth and contrast to your shots. Frozen lakes, and waterfalls add to the beauty of the area.

3 – Better Yourself

Hone your mountaineering skills with ice axe, snowshoe, and crampon use. Stop buying gear just to take cool photos with on snowy hills you can walk up in flip flops and board shorts. Take a course, or teach yourself, and get up on a real mountain that challenges you to use the tools you have. Using crampons and an ice axe is pretty much common sense

Fantasy Football Tips to Play Fantasy Football Like a Pro

The best way to learn any subject is to experience it firsthand. No amount of cheatsheets, checklists, buddy advice, or new ideas can replace the wisdom that comes with years of experience.

The good news is that it is possible to glean some knowledge from those that have been there before. Our science is built by standing on the shoulders of giants, and our games are the same way.

The following are tips every fantasy football pro learns through their experience.

1. Understand what type of league you are in.

The type of league is a factor in the value of a player. Brandin Cooks is a prime example; Cooks was a great pickup in dynasty leagues last year, but wasn’t more than a sleeper option in redraft leagues until this year. After gaining some experience, he’s projected as a potential stud.

2. Know your league’s roster rules.

Sure, it would have been great to have Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray, and LeSean McCoy as your first three picks, but if the starting lineup can only include two running backs, a lot of points will go to waste while another position suffers. A

3 Steps to Setting a Daily Fantasy Hockey Lineup

If you’re new to daily fantasy hockey, setting a lineup can be a daunting task. However, to give yourself a fair chance of a return on investment, all you need to do is apply a few simple tactics. The research can be time consuming, but usually pays off at the end of the night. Let’s get started.

Step #1: Extrapolate potential offense

If you’re not familiar with NHL talent, you can rely on statistics to show you the way. Look for teams that give up a lot of goals and exploit them by starting one of their opponent’s lines/defensive units (step 2) that scores a lot of goals. You, however, must be careful not to rely on too small of a sample size as an indication of a poor defense or formidable offense. If a team has played under 10 games, it may be a fluke they’ve allowed 4 goals a game. Perhaps they’ve recently made a goaltender switch or have gotten an injured star back from injury. You can also utilize the previous season’s statistics. However, you must again be careful and be sure there were no major changes to the team’s roster during the

How to Play Fantasy Football for Beginners

If you are entering the world of fantasy football for the first time, you are sure to wonder why it took you so long to come around. Playing fantasy football, whether for fun or real money, is a great way to enjoy one of America’s favorite sports, professional football. As a beginner, you will most likely be playing with experienced managers that already know the nuances of the game. This quick guide is designed to show how to play fantasy football for beginners, and maybe level the playing field just a little.

Picking a League Format

When you sign onto a free or real money fantasy football site, you will be asked to register. If it’s a real money site, you will also be asked to make a deposit. Free sites typically are used for league play where you draft a team and play that team in a league format for an entire season. Real money sites focus on weekly competitions where you pay the contest fee and choose your team for that specific contest only based on salary cap limitations. Regardless of which format you choose, you must take the time to understand the rules

How to Reach the Next Level in Your Running

Reach the next level of your running potential by focusing on foot strike, cadence, terrain, speed work and finally brick sessions.

There are several essentials to work into your training regardless of the total volume you actually complete. Just as the source of the calories in your diet is as important to your health as eating the right amount of food, the type of run training you do is going to be linked to your run fitness just as much as the total volume you undertake.

The five key areas are as below.

Fist and foremost is the Foot Strike.

Unless you are up in the wildness or a desert island then you are likely to be a heel-striker. This means that each time your foot comes into contact with the ground you put on the brakes just slightly until your center of mass gets over and past the midfoot. At that point gravity starts helping you again with a vector of force that accelerates your forward momentum free of charge. If you are running fast, the slight deceleration that takes place when your heel hits the ground first is not going to be

Marathon Running and Vegan Diets For Beginners

Perhaps you’re considering going on a vegan diet, but can’t see how you’ll ever get there. Maybe you’ve dreamed about running a marathon, too, but abandoned it as impossible?

If so, just ponder the expression by William Arthur Ward:

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

Five short years ago, I had not begun a vegan diet, nor had I run more than an occasional 1-2 miles on the running machine (staring at the wall at the fitness club, it felt like a death sentence). Growing up, I had been a miserable athlete, skipping all PE classes from 9th grade onward to avoid humiliation.

Just as a plant-based diet often begins with small steps, such as avoiding meat one meal a day (or one day a week) or eliminating a single kind of meat from your diet, until you’ve actually begun running, it’s totally natural for you to believe you’re not capable of getting in shape to run a marathon.

Only after you have run around the block or survived 5 minutes on the dreaded running machine do you start to recognize

Don’t Give Up on Yourself – How to Rediscover Your Love of Running

You laid out the perfect plan to achieve your goals and everything was progressing according to your plan. You could see the physical improvements, and you were developing a mental toughness and mindset that nothing was going to get in your way. Until “it” happened…

“It” comes in many forms and when you least expect it – disguised as a family crisis, work demands, or a nasty case of plantar fasciitis. Clearly it’s not something you expected to encounter, but it derails progress toward your intended goal. Although it may be disappointing to backtrack to re-gain fitness, re-lose weight, or simply gut out a less-than-ideal situation to get through your intended race, there is comfort in knowing that: “I did it before, so I can do it again!” While that may not be the most comforting thought, sometimes it’s enough to get you through the moment (e.g. workout, training plan, or even the race) – and that’s all you need.

Let me share with you some experiences and see if you can place yourself any of these scenarios. I’d been putting off surgery for a nagging shoulder injury, but finally had it done in 2012 –

3 Important Tips For Climbing A High Altitude Mountain

Climbing a high altitude mountain is both tiring and tough, it is mentally and physically demanding and you must be well prepared for the hike if at all you are going all the way to the summit. When thinking of climbing a mountain, you most probably will be doing it in a team and you really do not want to be the whiner that drags everyone else down. Remember that anything can happen during the climb including elements such as bad weather changes, difficult terrains and avalanches. It helps to prepare well in advance and to ensure that you are physically and mentally ready for the challenge ahead.

Tip 1 Get in shape and prepare physically

You cannot wake up one morning and decide to go climb a mountain because you put your health at risk. High Altitude Mountains are really challenging and you must commit weeks of exercising and training before you finally start the climb to the pick. Create a workout schedule that puts your body to the test so it is able to withstand the varying terrains and conditions you might face when climbing the mountain. Try including high elevations, boulder fields and

Some Tips Before Climbing A Mountain Part II

Mountain climbing is definitely fun, right?

When you and your relatives and friends are looking for an outdoor adventure that can be attended and participated in by many, if not by everyone you are eyeing to be part of the team, you end up most of the time choosing mountain climbing.

Well, we can never blame you for that since we also know how exciting this particular activity is. However, before you start preparing your climbing necessities and putting on your climbing gears and hiking shoes, take time to know some additional tips first that will help you out throughout your journey.

In our previous article, we talked about six practical tips, while in this piece we are going to tackle about seven additional pieces of advice for your great trekking adventure. So keep on reading to know about these things.

1. Plan. Plan. Plan… especially if it will be your first time! Nothing can ever beat good planning. You need to plan out strategies on how to make your adventure worth remembering.

2. Aim for a more challenging climb next time. Since you already have an experience of going to the summit

Some Tips Before Climbing A Mountain Part I

Mountain climbing is an activity that is definitely considered exciting and fun.

While it is viewed as something exhilarating, one must never discount the fact that it is dangerous outdoor activity as well. With that said, everyone who is set to climb a mountain must be aware of important tips before starting your trek.

In this article, you will learn about practical advices on mountain climbing. So keep on reading to be educated and ready before you set foot on the summit of your country’s highest peak (or just another mountain for beginners).

Here are some of the tips that we have gathered:

1. Read a lot. Before you decide to go on trekking, make sure that you have already done your homework. Yes, you need to read a number of materials that will help you prepare for your dream adventure. By doing some research, you will be equipped with knowledge on the skills required for mountain climbing and mental preparation techniques, among others. By the way, there are also videos you can search for over the internet that talk about it.

2. Know your mental strength. Why is this important? More than

How To Buy The Best Soccer Cleats For Kids

Children who are passionate about soccer should be given the chance to learn and hone skills and this means ensuring they have what they need. Soccer cleats are fortunately designed for kids too, and you can help your little star enjoy what he does most and remain safe at the same time. Kid soccer cleats are very stylish but there are of course factors that should guide you to the best.

Measure the small feet

Taking foot measurements, especially from a professional, can go a long way in ensuring that the child gets the best pair possible. Considering that feet can vary in size, the measurements should be taken for both feet and should be done when the child is standing and bearing the full body weight on the feet. The pair that you select should be one that fits the larger foot comfortably. Kid cleats should however not be larger than a thumb’s width beyond the big toe because they can affect playing and running ability. Remember sports socks too when choosing the cleats so you get it right with the thickness.

Choose synthetic fabrics for shoe uppers

Young soccer players are suited

How To Be An Excellent Football Player

Playing football seems like an easy task. But if you try it, you will find it somewhat difficult. Similar to any kind of sports, you have to learn specific skills. Also, you must know some of its whereabouts so you can enjoy playing it.

If you want to excel in this sporting activity, you have to practice. Also, you have to focus much of your time and effort so you can be a better football player. It would be a smart idea for you to learn only from the experts. This way, you are sure that you are getting the right knowledge and information.

Football Playing Tips

Boost your cardio – An excellent cardiovascular workout is running 3 miles per day. This will help you at your peak fitness. It would be wise also for you to run uphill as much as you possibly can.

Increase your speed – Stand on a barrel or on a safe object with the same height. After that, land on both feet in a squatting position and stand up straight as fast as you possibly can. Ensure you are well stretched and warded up prior to performing such

How To Keep Your Soccer Cleats In Top Shape

Soccer cleats may not have the ability to make you a better player, but they definitely bring out the best in you because you are able to make use of your skills appropriately. There are so many cleats available in the market today and you should make the right choice in terms of fit, comfort, materials and even the features to enjoy a rewarding session in the field. But it is one thing to buy the perfect pair and quite another if you do not take care of your soccer boots. Keeping your cleats in top shape enhances durability and quality and it is not that hard to keep them in top shape.

1. Avoid the myth of hot water technique to loosen the soccer boots because it ruins the shoe even though it does loosen and expand them to give you a good fit. Instead, choosing other better breaking in techniques such as jogging in them during warm ups or prior to the game. The more activities you engage while wearing the boots, the more they loosen and the better the fit when you finally go to play.

2. If you want to soften

Tips on Finding Best Football Sites

Football has been thriving in popularity since its inception, especially over the last few decades. It has become one of the most exciting and favorite games all over the world. Majority of the countries play football.

It clearly means there are lots of football fans throughout the globe. They have their favorite teams and players not only in their own country but in other countries as well. For example, elite clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus etc have their fans all over the globe. Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Rooney and other heavyweights have their fans in every football-loving and football-playing country.

Football Websites – What They Do?

This worldwide interest in the game and the players has been fertilizing the popularity of football sites. Watching the games and reading the sites have become favorite pastimes for many avid football fan lovers. With quick accessibility of internet, more and more of people from different demographics are now crowding at the popular websites dishing out updated information.

Football websites give the latest news about match results, incisive analysis of games, transfer reports, rumors, sponsorships and many more. However,

10 Most Dangerous Fish to Eat

The area of the East Coast of Florida where I live is currently being polluted by a vile blue/green algae that is killing the local fish and stinking to high heaven. It has the consistency of guacamole and is caused by runoff contaminants flowing from Lake Okeechobee. This algae is not only getting the fish sick, but also the people exposed to it. This is a reoccurring problem seems to happen every year that south Florida gets above average rainfall levels. Whatever the cause is, it is certainly not good for our fishery, our health and may result in millions of tourism dollars that will be lost if the problem is not resolved soon.

This pollution problem got me to thinking about the various fish that may live through the pollution in their environment and pass those pollutants onto us fish loving, seafood eating enthusiasts.

Some time on the internet allowed me to come up with some of the most toxic fish that are swimming in our local area. The main contaminant in the fish mentioned below is mercury. Mercury is very poisonous to humans and accumulates in predatory fish as they prey upon other contaminated

3 Best Lures to Catch a Snook

It is this fisherman’s opinion that the 3 best lures to catch a snook are:

1. Imitation mullet
2. Weed less spoons
3. Spinner baits

The imitation mullet lure is by far the best lure for catching a snook. The other lures mentioned are very distant second and third choices. Mullet lures come in many sizes and shapes but the most effected seem to be the top water versions. This type of lure is typically fished with a walk the dog type of retrieve in shallow waters less than 5 feet deep.

There are many mullet imitations that are suspending type lures. This lure will sink a few feet down in the water column and an erratic, twitching type of retrieve usually works best with this type of lure. This type of lure can be casted right into a mullet school to resemble a wounded fish.

There is a third type of mullet lure that snook love. This lure is the soft plastic type of lure. This lure resembles a mullet and can be fished in all parts of the water column. When more depth is needed this type of lure can be weighted

Top 3 Tips to Catch a Dolphin

The first step when trying to find your target species is to figure out what clues to look for. The top 3 clues to look for when targeting a dolphin are;

• Birds
• Floating debris/weed lines
• Color change

Finding flocks of hovering birds should be a mahi fisherman’s first priority. A good pair of binoculars is a must when searching the horizon for birds that prey on bait fish. The reason a fisherman should seek out birds is because both dolphins and sea birds are seeking out the same prey items. It’s a pretty safe bet that if there are prey items for the birds then the predatory fish like dolphins will be near as well.

A bird has a distinct advantage over fishermen because they can get to a much higher elevation than a fisherman on a boat. A very high tuna tower might top out at thirty feet or so. A frigate bird may hover one hundred feet or more above the water when in search of prey. This makes it much easier for them to find bait fish than you could.

The types of birds that you can see

Tips for Successful Recreational Fishing

Venturing outdoors to a lake or stream for recreational fishing promises an enjoyable time filled with good memories. People of all ages can enjoy this sport. Ensure everyone’s safety by observing the following guidelines, as equipment and tackle used can be dangerous when not used correctly.

Tackle

Recreational fishing involves the use of equipment known as “tackle.” Tackle includes a rod and reel, bobbers, hooks, bait, and tools. Some implements such as the hooks are very sharp because they are designed to penetrate the fish to catch them on the line. Therefore, take extreme caution while handling tackle to prevent injury. Although there are many types of bobbers available, the plain red ones work well for novice fishers. These brightly colored bobbers will rest on the surface of the water until a fish comes along to jerk on the line. The rod and reel used by each angler should fit his or her individual size. Children should use rods that are small enough for them to hold and manipulate in their hands independently. It’s also best to use short rods that are less than five feet in length for small kids to ensure that they can