Weekly Reports

We’ve got some grinders on our player teams, these top dogs keep one eye on the game and one eye on HypSports roster. We’ve invited a few to share with us through the season their weekly take on their sport of choice. Here are their unique views on which players to watch, who to buy and how to play.

HypSports – 5 HypSports Things to Look Forward to in 2018

HypSports had a big year in 2017 with new sports like the NHL and League of Legends, and big features like Season Showdown and Collections. But when we look ahead to 2018, we feel like the best is yet to come. Here are the top 5 things we are looking forward to in 2018:

Soccer: The biggest international HypSports news in 2018 is that we are adding soccer (European football) in January (gotta start strong, right?) Our HypSports players have been asking for it on social media and in the Players Group, and we’re listening. All the major European Leagues and Championships will be included, so get ready for next level competition.

CS:GO: Our second esport title will be added this year too. We are proud to lead the way to bridging the gap between esports and sports. Esports are sports, after all, and esport athletes are as competitive and fierce as traditional athletes. Plus, our players continue to break all preconceived notions about esports. We have an incredibly diverse group playing both sports and esports who transcend age, geography, and gender. Sports are sports and a sporting fans loves them all.

Social Modes: A lot of players ask for new ways to compete against their friends. We like the international community that we’ve built, and love that our players build rivalry with strangers. But we also understand that you’d like to directly challenge your friends. In 2018, we’re building new capabilities that will allow you to play both against and alongside your best friends and rivals. Smack talk away!

Expanded Community: We continue to expand our community and build new ways for them to meet one another and share ideas. 2018 means more of this, including more promo codes, contests, in-game challenges, and updated player packs. Plus, new opportunities to talk direct with the game makers and maybe even some of your favorite athletes.

New Seasons: In 2018, all of your favorite sports return: NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and League of Legends. For many new players, this will be their first full season of their favorite sports, while our returning players will start the new seasons with special rewards that reflect their last season’s performance.

NHL Nov. 29: Tonight’s Three Stars, Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

I have to be honest, I am a sucker for two things when it comes to hockey — great goal scoring and the original six teams. To the luck of all of us, we get to see both on the ice tonight as the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning takes on the Boston Bruins in the original six town of Boston. Here’s who I think will be tonight’s 3 stars for your HypSports lineup.

Third Star
Ondrej Palat, LW Tampa Bay
If you know anything about the Tampa Bay Lighting, it’s that they are one heck of a goal-scoring team. A lot of that is attributed to some of the quickest lines in the NHL. One player I would keep my eyes on tonight is Ondrej Palat. Coming off 2 goals in the last 3 games, Palat looks to be on the cusp to have a multi-goal game. Palat may be a gamble for some, but I think his style of skating and puck handling is a perfect matchup against the Bruins. He’s in my lineup!

Second Star
Torey Krug, D Boston
One thing original six teams are known for is stellar defenseman and Boston is no different. Since hitting the scene in 2011, Torey Krug has been a consistent D-man. This year has been no different. With 10 assists in just 18 games, Krug is a man you might want to beef up your HypSports points. Coming off a 2-assist game against Edmonton, look for Krug to keep the ball rolling in the points column. If you are in need of Defenseman, Krug is one of my picks in this matchup.

First Star
Nikita Kucherov, RW Tampa/David Pastrnak, RW Boston
The first star in this matchup is a complete toss-up this week. Kucherov has set the NHL on fire with his goal scoring this year, 17 goals in 23 games is no joke! Though he has cooled off in the last 3 games, Nikita can turn it on quick. In the other corner, you have David Pastrnak with 2 goals in his last 3 games. David is the man in Boston. I would look for him to light the lamp at least once. If you have either option here you are in great shape. Start either or, even better yet, both.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

NHL Nov. 22: Tonight’s 3 Stars, Montreal vs. Nashville

It’s that time of the week again, and Wednesday night NHL rivalry is in full swing. For this week, I want to take a look at tonight’s match-up of Montreal vs. Nashville. The Canadiens and Predators both have a lot going for them in terms of production, grit and skill. So who should you include tonight in your HypSports lineup for this tough matchup? Here are my thoughts, let me know if you agree.

Third Star Ryan Johansen, C Nashville
One of the most exciting things about watching the Nashville Predators – they play great team hockey. Although many teams have one or two standout stars, Nashville is a group of some of the best role players in the league. And near the top of any conversation is Ryan Johansen. Coming off of 2 goals and 3 assists in the last 3 games, Johansen is definitely pulling his weight. I’d look to see him gather a couple points in tonight’s matchup while seeing a lot of ice time. It is a safe bet to start Johansen tonight.

Second Star Brendan Gallagher, RW Montreal
Without being completely biased, I have to say that I love Brendan Gallagher. He is the new breed of hockey: small, quick, and gritty. Brendan’s style has found him success in the last 3 games, contributing 2 goals to the Montreal tally. Gallagher might have his work cut out for him while facing Nashville’s pretty awesome defense but, I’d look for Gallagher to have a big night. He is definitely worth a start.

First Star Pekka Rinne, G Nashville
This is a rather simple pick, Pekka Rinne is a primetime goalie that strives for big games. The decision for the first star would be a lot harder if Carey Price was suiting up but, Rinne definitely deserves the limelight. Coming off three games with over 90 saves combined, Rinne has declared his dominance in the league. With a save percentage of .921 and 2 wins in the last 3 games, Rinne is a no-brainer for your lineup.

The Unknown
Will Montreal goalie Carey Price be in net tonight? I’d love to hear what you think.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

Anaheim vs. Florida – Anaheim’s Three Stars

Anaheim’s Three Stars
Who to Watch: Anaheim Ducks
Tonight’s game; 11/19, 8pm EST

One great tradition in hockey is the end of the game three starts. It’s a nice end to the game, and as far as I can remember, this hockey tradition always brought a smile to my face. So I thought that leading into a game each week, I’d offer you my three stars on one particular team. I’ll try to hit as many teams as I can as they head into their games for the week, and we’ll see if I can’t get through them all by the end of the season. Let’s start in alphabetical order, with the best option picks for those Ducks of Anaheim.

C. Rickard Rakell

This year my pick for the first star on the Ducks is Rickard Rakell. Off to great year, Rakell is the stand out in Anaheim. In just 17 games, Rickard has already managed to put up 6 goals and 8 assists. When you people talking about putting in the word, someone like Rakell should come to mind. If you are looking for a Center this week that is just going to get better as the year goes on, I think the Swedish native is the way to go.

LW Andrew Cogliano

Every team has that one veteran that always seems to contribute; Anaheim is no different. Andrew Cogliano has always been on my radar as one of the grittiest players in the NHL. His grinder style of play is a dying art in the league. But Cogliano shows there is still room for the old school. Though not great in the goal department, Cogliano is fitting his role-player assignment perfectly with 8 assists and 11 points. Every team needs a gritty vet and if your HypSports lineup doesn’t have one, go with my second star!

G. Ryan Miller

Though his superstar status has subsided throughout the year, Ryan Miller has proven his worth in the National Hockey League. My third star for the Ducks has proven he still has some gas in the tank. 2-0-2 this season might not be the most impressive stat, but stay with me. Ryan Miller has a great GAA at 1.88. Now I know he isn’t John Gibson, but Miller is still a great alternative for both the Ducks and your HypSports team. Though he might be on the shelf with a recent injury, he will be back soon and will be in form. If you can get him on your roster, pick him up! You won’t regret it!

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

NFL: Three Wide Receivers for Your HypSports’ Roster

In the NFL, there are surprises each and every week, often up to the last week of the regular season. Injuries happen and big moves are made to revive teams with lackluster starts. For this week’s report, I have hand-picked three receivers you should look to add to your HypSports roster. Time to take advantage of the mid-season shakeups.

The Redskins
Sometimes other’s misfortunes can become an person’s opportunity. This is the case for Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Ryan Grant. If you haven’t had an eye on this guy, take a good look. With Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder, and Earl Thomas out, expect Grant to step up his game. He is sure to add some real points to what started as a lackluster 250-yard season. If you can grab him, now is the time to do it!

The Lions
My next pick is a guy that I think is undervalued in Detroit. His name is Marvin Jones. Write that down. This guy is only now starting to show his true value. Coming off a 128-yard game with Golden Tate still in the lineup, Jones’ game is looking up. Jones’ is a real prize,, in my opinion, now that Detroit is going away from RB Theo Riddick as a number two target. This means big things for the underrated Marvin Jones. If you are looking for a nice supplement sleeper to round out your HypSports team, Jones is an option.

The Ravens
Sometimes those old vets show signs of re-upping their careers, this looks to be the case with Baltimore’s Jeremy Maclin. Coming off a good week with 98 yards receiving, he raised eyebrows, mine especially. And it doesn’t hurt that he has Joe Flacco back in action behind center. This combo is something that we need to watch. A comfortable receiver and quarterback relationship is a dangerous one and that might be what we are going to start seeing for the Ravens. If you get the chance, grab Maclin.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

NHL Nov. 6-12: Hoffman, Kane and Chara

We are in the part of the NHL season where teams really start hitting their stride and staking their claims. One thing we’ve come to depend on is that in hockey there is always Good, Great and some Ugly too. Let’s take a look at three that, in my opinion as a huge fan, fit that description:

The Good
It’s tough to look at Ottawa’s lack of recent success and imagine them being in the “Good” column. But they’ve been getting steadily better in recent years and building on their strengths. A lot of that has to do with players like Mike Hoffman. Hoffman is proving to everyone he is a first-line caliber player and one of the best assist men in the league. This year is no different. Already with 4 goals and 9 assists in just 14 games, Hoffman is a great addition to any HypSports lineup. If you can get him in your roster, use him in your lineup. I don’t think he will disappoint you.

The Great
You can’t spell great without using the letters KANE, well I guess you can, but you know what I mean. This week’s great is none other than Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. You have heard his name a time or two (or three or four) recently and rightfully so since he has become one of the best goalscorers in the league. As winner of the Hart Trophy (MVP Award) last season, Kane is a beast among men. He’s already off to a great start this year with 5 goals, 9 assist, and 14 points, Kane is picking up where he left off last season, and it’s real fun to watch. If you have Patrick Kane on your roster, count yourself lucky and count me jealous – I’m saving up my HypCash for him.

The Ugly

This week’s ugly pains me even to mention, due to the fact that he was once one of the most dominant defensemen in the league and a personal favorite. Zdeno Chara has fallen off the map, and I think his days may be numbered in the NHL. With 1 goal and 4 assists in 13 games, he’s not posting points the way he once did, and that’s okay because he’s a defenseman and he should be judged on presence, not points. Unfortunately though, Chara has slipped even further south in the physical department. It is a bummer to see this happen, since he’s a veteran leader and strong captain, and when he retires, which I imagine will be soon, he leaves a strong legacy. But for now, there are better players to collect for your HypSports’ lineup.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

NFL Mid-Season: How’s Your Team?

This year has been beyond crazy in the NFL with injuries, key players under performing and some utility players having big games — and there is still half a season left. My HypSports team has been up and down all year due to those unpredictable injuries. This week I’d like to take talk not about players, but about teams and their overall performance. Here are a couple teams that are lighting it up and one that has few to zero players that will get you the HypSports fantasy points you need.

The Eagles are Making it Look Easy

The Eagles are playing on a different level right now. It would be a lie to say that this team’s success wasn’t a complete shocker to me. With the best record in the NFL at 7-1, the Eagle squad is looking fantastic. If you have any HypSports players from Philadelphia, keep them and put them in your lineup. Right now, the team looks like they are going to finish just as strong as they started. My only concern is week 12 and 15, weeks where they face tough competition in the Seahawks and Raiders. Circle those dates because that might be a hiccup for this monster of a team and their HypSports point-making ability. But otherwise, the Eagles will keep your HypSports team flying to the end of the year.

The Vikings are Steering the NFC North Ship.

The Vikings are no foreigners to regular season success in the NFC North. They are sitting pretty on top, and it looks like they will remain there. What does this mean for your HypSports team? If you have anyone on this defense, I’d make them starters! Their last eight games are with the division, and that’s a good thing for them as the NFC North is injury ridden. One player you can keep off your squad though, Sam Bradford. He just isn’t making the needed fantasy points to make him worth keeping.

The Bad News Browns

Some things don’t change in football year to year. My heart goes out to Browns fans, but the only consistency here is bad football. With a horrid 0-8 record the Browns can’t catch a break and neither can your HypSports team if you decide to start any Browns player. Whether it is the lack of football poise or the estate sale of quarterbacks, this team cannot figure it out. There have been some close matchups, but they were still losses and mostly to terrible teams. If you have any of these guys on your team, get rid of them, earn a bit of HypCash (or trade them in at Collections) and rebuild. If you are depending on a better second half of the season it just isn’t going to happen.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

NHL Oct 30-Nov 5: Who to Pick Up and Who to Drop Like Bad Candy

Halloween week has been about haunts, scares, and trick-or-treats. Just like Halloween, the NHL is full of solid treats and a few tricks that shouldn’t be lacing up each night. With that said, we return after a short absence with this week’s Good, Great, and Ugly.

The Good
For this week’s good player, we travel to San Jose. Joe Thorton has proven in his career that he is a shark with some bite. With multiple 20+ goal seasons, Thorton is a pretty consistent player. Even with talk of him being a headache in the dressing room, there is a reason he hasn’t been shipped out of San Jose. Already with six assists this season, it looks like this year will be another strong year for Joe. If you are looking for a good player that can earn you some points, Joe Thorton is a good selection.

The Great
Time to show the protectors of the net some love. This week’s great is none other than Washington Capital goalie, Braden Holtby. Holtby has won at least 41 games each season for the last three seasons. Along with a great GAA (Goals Against Average), Holtby also leads the league in wins since 2013. Braden is a solid goalkeeper and a great addition to your HypSports lineup.

The Ugly
This week’s ugly comes from Broad Street itself. Philadelphia winger Matt Read is having a rough start. With three seasons of less than 12 goals, the RW seems to be heading towards the door and away from his career. In this young 2017 season, Read only has one point in any stat column. For your HypSports lineup, there are better wingers to start.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: beardeddicereviews

NFL Week 7: The Heart of the Defense

In today’s game, you can’t talk football without giving rightful props to the linebackers of the league. The brutes are the timekeepers on the defensive end of the ball. If you’re looking to win football games, you better believe you need a good core backing up the defensive line. This too is the case when talking about your HypSports lineup. Here are three linebackers that would be great additions to your weekly lineup.

Packing in the Points

Being a Bears fan it pains me to give props to anything out of Green Bay, but you cannot deny their talent. At the helm of the Packer’s D is Clay Matthews. This guy is a pure beast and would earn you serious points if obtained in your roster. In this season, Clay already has racked up 20 combined tackles and 14 of his own. Along with that, he was named Green Bay’s all-time leader in tackles early this season. With a banged-up secondary in Green Bay, look for Matthews to have an even bigger role in the Defense.

NaVorro is Awesome, No Matter Who He Plays For

It is not every day that you see a player that makes you go, “holy cow!” NaVorro Bowman is that type of player. Coming off a terrible knee injury that ended his season early last year, Bowman looks in rare form again. With 38 combined tackles and 22 of his own, Bowman is an Offense’s nightmare. The only catch with Bowman is that he is a free agent as of today. This is not an issue to me, give it a week and he will be dominating the NFL again. My advice is to take a week off from Bowman and when he signs anywhere add him back to your lineup, Bowman won’t let you down!

Bigger in Texas

This year has been interesting for the Texans with J.J. Watt going down to injury. You would be naive to think a loss like that wouldn’t harm your defense. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel and his name is Benardrick McKinney. He’s already off to an amazing start with 39 combined tackles, 24 total tackles, and 2 sacks. There is a lot of slack to be picked up in Houston, and I think McKinney is the man to do it. Add him to your line up, and you will be surprised and get consistent points.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: @beardeddicereviews

NFL Week 6: Collections Week. Players to Recycle or Sell

I was beyond pumped to see the addition of Collections to the HypSports app. This addition finally addresses my issue of getting more from my unwanted players. By this point, your roster can be rather bulky, and your best option was to sell the players back for a few HypCoins. Now, you also have the option to trade those players through Collections, giving you access to trade them in for future player packs and star players. Here are a few players I think you should sacrifice to the Collection feature or outright sell.

Sorry, There is a New Kid in Town

Without sounding too much like a fanboy, I was jumping for joy when Mitch Trubisky got announced the starter this past week for the Bears. But, what does that mean for Mike Glennon? The big contract signer has now lost his spot, therefore, if you have some depth in your QB position, there is no time like the present to throw him in the collection bin. With only 833 yards passing and more interceptions thrown than TDs, it is a safe bet to say you won’t see him taking snaps under center on Sunday’s anymore. Just get rid of him, he’ll be riding your bench if you don’t.

Another Giant Down

The injury bug keeps on stinging this year and now is making its way up to marquee players. It has been announced that Odell Beckham will likely be placed on the IR. The No. 1 receiver is ruled out with a broken ankle. I know there might be hope here, but I will be the voice of reason for you, let him go! Odell is a perfect candidate to add to your selling or collection pile, simply due to the fact we’re unlikely to see him again this year.

This Raider is a Lost Cause
When he entered the league, I had high expectations for Cordelle Patterson. Even though he had a couple of okay games during his time in Minnesota, it is easy to say he is a bit of a letdown then, and this is still the case with the Raiders. In this young season, Patterson has managed to only grab 9 catches for 48 yards. Unfortunately, I think that is the best you will see from him this year. If you can afford to get rid of him, do so. You have a better shot at getting a point getter through an earned or purchased pro pack.

I love the addition of Collections; now that we have multiple options for the players that aren’t in our events, it makes sense to clean house. I can’t wait to rummage through my roster and cut the fat. How is your HypSports season going? Let me know on social media! Who are you going to sacrifice to the new Collection feature or sell back to the HypSports machine? Let me know.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
You can reach out to Mike at:
Twitter: @BeardedDReviews
Instagram: @beardeddicereviews