Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
It's a stars-and-scrubs sort of day, at least for me. I've got Dallas Keuchel (vs. Sea) and Chris Archer (at Bal) starting on Monday at a whopping total cost of $108. Thus, we'll need to find a few near-minimum bats. Let's do this thing...
Justin Bour, 1B, at Atl (Foltynewicz), $13: Bour has homered in back-to-back games, his 13th and 14th of the season, and he's facing a pitcher who's been tortured by left-handed batters. Foltynewicz has allowed a .950 OPS to LHBs so far this season in the majors, and they crushed him in the minors, too. It may seem a little weird/wrong to use a muli-Marlin formation, but I'm rolling with two Miami LHBs on Monday. Bour is one, this guy is the other...
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
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Marlon Byrd, OF, vs. CHC (Haren), $9: Byrd has dominated Haren historically, going 14-for-33 with five doubles, one triple and three homers. At a near-minimum price, you can't pass on him here.
Carlos Rodon, P, vs. Sea (Nuno), $42: In case you hadn't noticed, Rodon has really been a beast lately, allowing just three earned runs over his last three starts (22.0 IP) while striking out 24. I'm happy to roll with him here, facing an opponent that ranks next-to-last in the A.L. in team OBP (.305). Fear Cruz, but not the rest.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago
If you're looking for predictive analysis that relies on small samples, you've come to the right place. As always, we urge you to check the weather before you leave the house.
David Wright, 3B, at Phi (Morgan), $12: Oh, hey, look who's back, batting cleanup...
8/24 @Mets lineup at PHI Lagares CF Murphy 1B Cespedes CF Wright 3B Flores 2B d’Arnaud C Cuddyer RF Tejada SS deGrom P
Wright hasn't actually played in forever, true. But that's the reason he's only $12. He's a lefty-mauler facing a less-than-stellar LHP, so that works. For his career, Wright has hit a ridiculous .341/.434/.574 against southpaws. I'm in at this price.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 13 days ago
We have 11 games to choose from on Thursday, with a collection of sketchy pitchers on the mound. Let's find some friendly matchups. As always, check the weather before you leave the house.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, vs. Tex (Perez), $13: Castellanos is 8-for-21 over his last five games and he's coming off a two-homer performance at Wrigley on Thursday. He'll face a left-handed starter on Thursday, and that's been a nice pairing all season — his OPS against lefties is .981 for the year (.628 vs. RHPs).
Welington Castillo, C, at Cin (Lamb), $16: After sitting on Wednesday, Castillo should be good to go against Lamb. For his career, Beef has slashed .297/.369/.486 against LHPs (.238/.305/.393 vs. RHPs), so the matchup clearly works. Stacking D-backs seems like a decent play on Thursday.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 19 days ago
We have a full Friday slate, featuring a handful of aces — Scherzer, Price, Kluber, Keuchel. Let's make good choices, people. As always, please review the weather reports and check MLB lineups before committing to lineups.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, vs. LAA (Weaver), $15: Morales has been a monster thus far in August (.356/.420/.556), as most of you know. He also has a history of mauling Jered Weaver: 8-for-12, HR, 2 BB, 0 Ks. I'm willing to guarantee a minimum of three total bases and one RBI. Book it.
Corey Kluber, P, at Min (May), $57: Kluber-vs.-May feels like Friday's most unfair matchup, yet Corey is not the day's most expensive pitcher. You might recall that Kluber had a pretty fair outing against Minnesota in his most recent turn.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 20 days ago
Prince Fielder, 1B, at Min (Santana), $17: Prince is rolling right now, with seven hits over his last four games, and he's pretty much owned Santana in the past: 6-for-16, 3 HR. He's not the only Texas hitter with a respectable track record against success against Ervin, just for the record. If Mike Napoli sneaks into the lineup (7-for-16, 3 doubles, 3 HR), please consider him.
Mark Buehrle, P, vs. Oak (Gray), $25: Buehrle is available at a minimum price, his team never loses, and he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May . Sign me up. Pair him with one of Thursday's luxury starters and you'll still have a huge budget available for bats.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 23 days ago
Only seven games on the Monday schedule, you guys, so the player pool isn't quite as rich as usual. Let's get to work. As always, please review the weather reports and check MLB lineups before committing to players.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, vs. Phi (Harang), $19: Well, duh. Goldschmidt at less than $20 is a gift. Don't waste it. You probably won't be surprised to learn that Goldschmidt has crushed Harang in prior meetings: 6-for-15, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 BB. He's also coming off a 3-for-4, two-double performance on Sunday, emerging from a mini-slump. No reason to avoid him here.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 26 days ago
OK, let's roll those Michael Wacha profits into the Friday slate. We have a crazy number of aces and near-aces on the hill — Kershaw, Fernandez, Hamels, Lester, Cole, deGrom, et al. — so you won't lack for pitching options. As always, we caution you to review the weather reports and check MLB lineups before committing to names.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, vs. SF (Vogelsong), $19: At this price level, perhaps Rizzo isn't really a bargain in the strictest sense. But he's on an absurd tear over his last eight games, slashing .517/.545/1.138 with five home runs, three doubles, 12 RBIs and one steal. Vogelsong hardly seems like the guy who's going to bring an end to Rizzo's binge; these two have faced each other five times, and Rizzo has come away with three extra-base hits, including two homers.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 27 days ago
Kolten Wong, 2B, at Cin (Lorenzen), $15: St. Louis is facing Cincinnati starter Michael Lorenzen, a less-than-overpowering right-hander (1.58 WHIP). Lorenzen has been absolutely mauled by left-handed batters thus far. For details, I'll yield the floor to our friends at Inside Edge (@InsideEdgeScout on Twitter):
OH, YOU DON'T SAY?
Jason Heyward, OF, at Cin (Lorenzen), $17: Here's another Lorenzen nugget:
So yeah, you might want to make a small investment in Cards LHBs on Thursday.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, at Cin (Lorenzen), $17: One final blurb via Inside Edge:
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 29 days ago
Hopefully we can all agree that the surest way to take the full measure of any human being is to see how they approach the quarterback position in fantasy drafts. QB drafting is a window to the soul, basically.
If you routinely snag quarterbacks in the first rounds of fantasy leagues, then you, sir or madam, have chosen the coward's path. That's the bottom line. At best, you're the sort of person who approaches drafts thoughtlessly. At worst, you suffer from some deeper, more profound failure of personal character.
Yes, of course it's fair.
Just look at a few of the quarterbacks available outside the top-60 picks in Yahoo leagues these days:
Tom Brady, 60.7 ADP Matt Ryan, 65.5 Eli Manning, 80.8 Matthew Stafford, 88.8 Ryan Tannehill, 93.1 Phillip Rivers, 103.4