Andy Behrens

  • Closing Time: Aroldis Chapman dealt to the Cubs

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 hrs ago

    If you had any doubts as to whether the Chicago Cubs were all-in this season, the issue was resolved on Monday.

    Chicago dealt four players to the Yankees, including elite shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, in exchange for flame-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman, a free agent to be. The Cubs filled a glaring team need with the absolute best option available on the market, so the short-term impact of this deal is obvious and significant. Chicago is undeniably a better ball-club. Chapman will get the ninth moving forward, nudging Hector Rondon to a setup roll.

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 21: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 21.4 (20) Pass YPG – 240.8 (17) Rush YPG – 135.1 (5) Yards per play – 5.9 (3) Plays per game – 63.5 (21)

  • Daily Dime: Aaron Sanchez, Joey Votto and more

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Aaron Sanchez has limited opponents to two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts, dating back to June 1, and he gets a home matchup with the Pads on Monday. If you’re passing on the luxury pitching buys in daily, he’s a terrific (and well-priced) alternative.

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    I’ve also chosen to pick on Jake Peavy on Monday, notably by starting the scorching-hot Joey Votto. He’s hitting an insane .407/.560/.630 for the month, and he’s reached base multiple times in each of his last eight games. Ridiculous. I refuse to believe that Peavy will be the guy to stop Votto’s binge.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 22: The Minnesota Vikings

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    While it’s true that many running backs have broken down after turning 30, we’ve also seen a dozen individual 1000-yard rushing campaigns by players 31 and over since the 2000 season. Curtis Martin ran for 1697 yards at age 31. Tiki Barber ran for 1662. Thomas Jones went for 1402. Don’t even try to tell me Peterson can’t deliver 1300-plus yards at an age when Jones was still rolling.

    … so let’s hope it happens.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 23: The San Diego Chargers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    It would help Rivers’ cause in no small way to get a full season from fourth-year receiver Keenan Allen. At the halfway point in 2015, before Allen was sidelined by a lacerated kidney (reminder: football is full of terrors), he was on pace for a ridiculous 134 receptions and 1450 yards. He saw double-digit targets in five of his eight games and was a near-lock to finish with first-round value. Allen is now back to full strength and it’s clear he’s earned the trust of his quarterback…

  • Closing Time: Reynaldo Lopez gets his shot

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    That’s right, the Washington Nationals have called up yet another flame-throwing right-hander from the high minors. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Reynaldo Lopez will make his MLB debut in a less-than-ideal match-up against the Dodgers. If the kid’s stuff transitions well, it’s possible he’ll get another home start over the weekend against the Padres.

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    Lopez has of course been excellent so far this season at Double and Triple-A, posting a 3.19 ERA with 109 strikeouts over 87.1 innings. He features a power curve and blazing fastball that reached triple-digits on the radar gun in the All-Star Futures Game. As with many pitching prospects, control is a concern; Lopez has issued 31 walks so far this season.

  • Daily Dime: Jose Fernandez, J.J. Hardy and a trip to Colorado

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Jose Fernandez takes a 1.02 WHIP and an utterly ridiculous 12.9 K/9 into Monday’s matchup against the Phillies, a team that ranks dead-last in MLB in on-base percentage (.294) and next-to-last in runs scored (335). So yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and start him.

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    As you’ll see below, I’m also rolling out a few well-priced participants in Monday’s action at Coors Field, too. And I’m happy to roster the binging J.J. Hardy at just $9; he’s put together a 10-game hitting streak and he’s slashing .349/.368/.581 in July.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 24: The Chicago Bears

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    The Bears are still in rebuild-mode entering 2016, but a few familiar faces remain. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    Pretty sure the body language police won’t like this Jay Cutler pic. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Kevin White’s development is one of the key stories for the Bears in 2016. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

    IMPORTANT: Do not mess with any members of this team’s receiving corps, unless they were mentioned above. Do. Not. Do it. We shall speak no more of them.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 25: The Detroit Lions

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Running back Ameer Abdullah did not exactly shine in his first pro season, but he also wasn’t a complete bust (at least in reality. In fantasy he was wildly over-drafted). Abdullah finished with 597 rushing yards on 143 carries last year, gaining 4.2 per attempt, and he added 25 catches for 183 yards. These are respectable numbers — unless you took the kid in Round 5 of your hometown league.

  • Daily Dime: Seth Smith among Monday bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    Happy Fourth, you guys. Here’s hoping you have a safe, fun and profitable holiday. Maybe let Seth Smith handle the fireworks this year. (He’s on a crazy tear, if you hadn’t noticed.) The MLB schedule gets rolling at 11:05 AM ET on Monday, so lock in your lineups early. If you’re looking for recommended starters, here’s the best $200 lineup I can build…

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    P Carlos Martinez, STL, $45 (vs. Mil) – He’s allowed two runs in his last 28.1 innings. TWO.

    P Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, $41 (vs. Atl) – Atlanta is still last in MLB in run-scoring (280), last in homers by a mile (43), and No. 28 in team OBP (.302). Eickhoff should roll.

    1B Adrian Gonzalez, LAD, $9 (Y. Gallardo) – Gonzalez is hitting well over the past week (9-for-19, HR), and he’s seen plenty of Gallardo over the years. This price seems like a gift.