Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
Final Friday of the season, gamers. Let's make good choices. As always, we encourage you to check the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.
Kyle Schwarber, OF, at Mil (Pena), $14: Even during his September slump, he continued to draw walks and his outs were often loud. Schwarber has reached base six times over his last three games, and he's been crushing right-handed pitching pretty much all year (171 AB, .281/.395/.567, 14 HR, 30 BB). Terrific price, great hitter, favorable matchup. I'm in.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, at Ari (De La Rosa), $50: We have a few aces on the mound on Friday — Arrieta, Sale, Liriano, Syndergaard — and Keuchel is actually the least expensive. Clearly, the Astros have a lot on the line in this one, so you shouldn't be too concerned about an early exit for Keuchel.
You'll need a few $10-$12 bats if, like me, you're going to spend over half your budget on pitching...
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
If you're hoping for a classic defensive battle between AFC North rivals on Thursday night ... well, maybe you should just find an archived game from 2005. So far this season, the Ds in Pittsburgh and Baltimore have been something less than stellar. These teams rank No. 19 and 29 against the pass, allowing the tenth-most and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. If we get a 16-13 final score tonight, it will probably have more to do with offensive incompetence than with defensive dominance.
Still, if you feel compelled to make a small fantasy investment in this game, we have a pair of lightly owned options...
Maxx Williams, TE, Baltimore Ravens (7 percent owned, $10 in Yahoo daily)
Mike Vick, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (17 percent owned, $30 in Yahoo daily)
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago
Every week, we'll identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned team defense. Each of these fantasy assets will be available in a majority of Yahoo leagues.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders, 24 percent owned
Simply put, Oakland's second-year QB is playing the position awfully well, and he's working with a significantly upgraded receiving corps. Many of us have a desperate need for QB help right now — add Tom Brady's looming bye to the growing list of positional issues — so Carr should be viewed as a priority add for Week 4. He gets a gift of a matchup on Sunday, as Oakland travels to Chicago to face the winless/talentless/hopeless Bears. Don't be surprised if Carr produces another 300-yard, multi-touchdown game.
FAAB bid: $14
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills, 37 percent
FAAB bid: $22
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills, 23 percent
FAAB bid: $23 ($100 budget)
Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys, 16 percent
FAAB bid: $14
FAAB bid: $15
FAAB bid: $12
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago
We're searching for profit potential in the Friday slate, per the usual protocol. As always, we encourage you to review the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, at Cin (DeSclafani), $16: Murphy has been a multi-hit machine in recent days, plus he's enjoyed his limited experience facing DeSclafani (2-for-3, HR). Eleven of the 15 homers allowed by DeSclafani this season have been hit by left-handed batters.
Aaron Hicks, OF, at Det (Boyd), $10: Hicks has been a monster against southpaws this year, slashing .315/.382/.522 with six homers in 92 at-bats. Boyd isn't exactly a lights-out lefty (1.60 WHIP, 14 HR in 48.2 IP). At $10, I'm in.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, vs. LAD (Bolsinger), $18: Sure, I'll take a 37-homer bat for $18, playing in a park where he's hitting .285/.343/.592. LHBs are reaching base at a .361 clip against Bolsinger.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 days ago
To be clear, Matt Jones doesn't even come close to qualifying as a "flier," not by the definition we try to use around here (in the neighborhood of 35 percent owned, or less). He blew up in Week 2, rushing for 123 yards and two scores. He was thus added in over 395,000 Yahoo leagues on Wednesday. Jones was, at least in my mind, the obvious No. 1 priority pick-up this week, a plausible fantasy starter on Thursday night. We shouldn't need to talk you into starting a breakout back you just claimed off the wire. But if you need a pep talk, here goes...
When things go according to script for Washington, Jones will see plenty of work. He's available at a friendly price in Yahoo's daily game ($17) and facing a Giants defense that allowed the eighth most fantasy points to RBs last season. Don't be surprised if Jones sees 12-15 touches (or more), delivering another spike. If you added him this week, flex him.
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 12 days ago
"We didn't mean to auto-draft,” Justin C. Cliburn said. “But the Internet in Baghdad wasn't the most reliable."
It was August of 2006. Cliburn was a specialist stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, part of a security force (SECFOR) of Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery regiment. His squad’s role was to escort civilian training contractors to Iraqi police stations, Cliburn serving as a Humvee gunner. He also served, reluctantly and incongruously, as a first-year fantasy commissioner.
“That season the guy who was supposed to run our league was stationed down in Diwaniyah [at Camp Echo],” Cliburn recalled. “He had next-to-no internet access, so I took over.”
And still the league began with technical difficulties.
“Yeah, internet cut out right before our draft began,” said Kevin Pyle, a founding member of the OklahomIraqis League. “Every team was auto-picked. Not Yahoo’s fault. That was Iraq.”
“I really lucked out, though,” said Cliburn. “Got LaDainian Tomlinson at No. 3.”
[For more info on post-traumatic stress disorder, visit the National Center for PTSD]
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 17 days ago
Just so we're clear, no one is promising you a smorgasbord of fantasy treats on Thursday night, when Denver travels to Kansas City. We're dealing with a pair of talented defenses here, and the teams are playing on short rest. Alex Smith is on one side of this thing, and an alarmingly diminished version of Peyton Manning is on the other. Many issues, many questions.
If you're not looking to buy any additional fantasy shares in this tilt, we get it. Understood. But if you have a dire need for flex help — or let's say you've got less than $15 remaining in your daily budget — then give this guy a look...
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos (36 percent owned, $14 in Yahoo Daily Fantasy)
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 18 days ago
Uh-oh. If you chose to invest in elements of the Denver Broncos offense this season ... well, let's not assume it's going to look just like 2013. Sunday's win was distressingly lacking in offensive production. Peyton Manning has thrown just four TD passes and seven interceptions over his last six games, dating back to last December. His velocity appears to be gone, or at least greatly diminished, and his protection isn't what it's been.
So what should fantasy owners do? Well, for starters you can consider sitting him on Thursday, when Denver travels to KC. This is a serious defense, and Manning is no longer a matchup-proof QB. It's probably time to dial down the expectations for this offense as a whole. For now, think of Peyton as a platoon quarterback for fantasy purposes
Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 20 days ago
Every Sunday evening throughout the season, we'll bring you the three biggest takeaways from the NFL slate. There really wasn't much question about the most impressive individual performance from opening week...
It's worth noting that Mariota's greatest fantasy trait — his uncommon running ability — wasn't even on display against the Bucs. He rushed just twice for six yards. Back in his Oregon days, he never ran for fewer than 700 yards in any season.
2. The demise of James Jones may have been overstated. It's impressive enough that he caught four balls for 51 yards and two scores, but he could have easily finished with four spikes. An early touchdown was negated by penalty, plus Jones drew a PI flag at the goal line on a late bomb. His rapport with Aaron Rodgers is well-established. We probably aren't on the doorstep of another 14-TD season, but Jones pretty clearly should be universally owned.
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 23 days ago
No shortage of aces in action on Friday, gamers. Arrieta, Price, Keuchel, Archer, et al. Better find some low-cost bats in the bargain bin. We're not going to have a rain-free day, so we encourage you to monitor the MLB weather reports before finalizing lineups.
Billy Burns, OF, at Tex (Lewis), $13: Burns has strung together four straight multi-hit performances, and he's crossed the plate 17 times in his last 18 games. Lewis doesn't scare you off, right? He's allowed 18 runs (15 earned) over his last 15.2 innings. We just need the weather in Arlington to cooperate; storms are a possibility.
We've got a similar situation right here...