Wyshynski’s fantasy playoff jumps and dumps for Round 1

Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner and Ian Cole also scored for Columbus.

Behind a run of eight wins in 11 games overall and a season-high six straight at home — including a just-completed four-game homestand — the Blue Jackets moved past idle New Jersey into the first wild-card position in the Eastern Conference. Columbus also edged within two points of third-place Philadelphia, its next opponent, in the Metropolitan Division.

The bottom line on Arrieta is he remains a good pitcher and, hey, at least he signed a contract, so those who have already invested in him or plan to can at least accrue some statistics. There was becoming at least a modest concern that he might not. Arrieta is obviously not too old to supply several productive seasons like 2017, but he will need to somewhat stem the tide of the clear and present skills erosion. He still finished up as fantasy’s No. 24 starting pitcher on the Player Rater, one decent outing from top-20 status. Arrieta is still a good pitcher. Just try to avoid making the mistake of calling him a potentially great one.

Sean Allen breaks down fantasy hockey matchup data heading into the week of Mar. 12-18 and provides a handful of players who can aid your fantasy stretch run, whether you play in shallow or deep leagues.

With the fantasy playoffs set to kick off, Victoria Matiash looks at the crease situation for every NHL team and how fantasy managers should treat their goalies in the closing weeks of the season.

Irving underwent surgery for a fractured kneecap after suffering the injury in the 2015 NBA Finals.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious, but we want Kyrie healthy and fresh,” Ainge told the “Toucher and Rich” program. “And he carries a heavy burden, the offensive load that he carries, so we’re OK with him missing some games. We feel like we have a deep roster, and we need him to be healthy and fresh.”

Irving was uncertain when asked if he might eventually need more work on the knee.

“I don’t know. I hope not,” Irving said. “I’ve been down that road before. I’ve had a fractured kneecap already. So I think taking games like this, being smart about it probably will put me in a better position not to be out for a long period of time. That’s the last thing I want to do.”

Wow, the fantasy hockey playoffs have arrived. Where has the time gone? It seems Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys just like yesterday that we were all complaining about the inconstant officiating standards Cheap Dream Team Jerseys and wondering if the Vegas Golden Knights were for real. Wait, sorry, that was last week.