Andy Behrens

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 22: The Minnesota Vikings

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 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 3 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!]

    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 4 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 5 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 7 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.

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

    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 9 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 19 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.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 29: The Baltimore Ravens

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 25 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!]

    Baltimore’s defense generated only 14 takeaways last year, ranking No. 30 in the NFL, so this group wasn’t a particularly useful fantasy entity. Entering 2016, the Ravens have to be viewed as a stream-only D. We’ll be drafting C.J. Mosely and Eric Weddle in IDP leagues, but neither should be among the first defensive players off the board.

    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 20.5 (25) Pass YPG – 266.9 (8) Rush YPG – 92.4 (26) Yards per play – 5.3 (21) Plays per game – 67.7 (5)

  • Closing Time: Lucas Giolito gets the call

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 25 days ago

    Because the Washington Nationals care deeply about your fantasy team’s pitching needs (and also because Stephen Strasubrg is dealing with a slight back/rib malfunction), the team is calling up elite pitching prospect Lucas Giolito for a Tuesday start against the Mets. As most of you already know, this is an actionable fantasy event.

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    Giolito, 21, is a gigantic right-hander (6-foot-6) with upper-90s heat, plus a big-breaking curve and excellent change. He’s posted a 3.17 ERA (3.22 FIP) at Double-A this season, striking out 72 batters in 71.0 innings. When he’s right, he’s almost untouchable. When he’s not-quite-right, he can walk as many batters as he whiffs. So he’s your standard-issue blue chip pitching prospect, basically.

  • Daily Dime: Trusting Trevor Bauer

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 26 days ago

    Trevor Bauer, dealing (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

    As always, you are advised to check the game-time MLB forecasts before finalizing lineups. Let’s review the Monday slate…

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    P Trevor Bauer, Cle, $34 (at Atl) – A curious price for a scorching-hot pitcher with a very low degree-of-difficulty matchup. Bauer has posted a 1.86 ERA in June with 38 Ks in 38.2 innings. He can handle the Braves, I’m fairly sure.

    P Jake Arrieta, CHC, $59 (at Cin) – Arrieta has lost the strike zone occasionally over his last two starts, hitting a mild rough patch. But the man has still struck out 40 batters over his last 30 frames.

    C Nick Hundley, Col, $16 (M. Estrada) – Hundley at home,

    at a modest price? I’m in. We’ve been over this Hundley-at-Coors territory before.

    OF Yoenis Cespedes, NYM, $14 (J. Ross) – Excellent hitter at a reasonable price. Cespedes has hit .333 this month with a .919 OPS.