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Will Tim Lincecum pitch in the MLB again?

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The former two-time CY Young award winner Tim Lincecum is still unsigned. Lincecum is a four-time All-Star as well, made his MLB comeback last year with the Los Angeles Angels. Many thought Lincecum would retire after an injury in 2015 with the San Francisco Giants.

Although Lincecum struggled in 2016 with the Angels. Going 2-6 9.16 ERA in 9 starts with the team. The Angels granted Lincecum free agency after he was unable to find his groove on the team. Lincecum allowed 11 homers in just 38.1 innings pitched.

Lincecum has not finished a season with an ERA under 4 since 2011. It is safe to say that Lincecum is not the same pitcher that he once was with the Giants. After multiple injuries it looks like Lincecum has lost his touch.

After what happened in 2016 I do not see Lincecum starting in the MLB again. I do see Lincecum pitching in the MLB again though as he is only 32-years-old. I could see Lincecum comeback as a relief pitcher or even a possible closer.

Less innings and less stress on his arm which could help Lincecum. He has struggled as a starter since the injuries and I believe those days are over for him. I do believe he can be a successful relief pitcher in the MLB.

Must get Austin Rivers now!

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers needs to be on your fantasy team. Chris Paul is likely to miss 6-8 weeks and Rivers minutes are going to heavily grow. 

Rivers has been averaging 11 points a game, but expect that to increase now. More minutes means that Rivers will likely get more shooting opportunities. Rivers scored 16 off OKC then dropped 15 points on the Lakers.

Without Chris Paul the Clippers are going to have to lean on Rivers for more scoring. Plugging Rivers into your starting lineup is a smart decision right now. You need to add Rivers to your team now before it is too late.

Why Kelly Olynyk is a steal pickup

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The Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk is a must have in all fantasy basketball leagues. Olynyk has been on a tear lately and head coach Brad Stevens has hinted at a promotion to the starting lineup.

 The fourth year center is putting up solid numbers lately and should be heavily considered in fantasy leagues. Olynyk is averaging 8.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season. Those stats do not jump off the table at you, but that's exactly why you need Olynyk.

Olynyk put up 26 points and 8 rebounds on the Atlanta Hawks. Then scored 15 points and 9 rebounds in just 26 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets. Olynyk is heating up, but if you just look at this season averages you will be mislead. Even if Olynyk does not become a starter he has enough fantasy value worth picking him up.