Andy Behrens

  • Daily Dime: House of Cards

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 hrs ago

    Let's build responsible lineups today, you guys. Plenty of appealing pitching matchups on Friday's slate. We urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections, as always.

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    Matt Adams, 1B, at Mil (Garza), $3200 at FanDuel: Milwaukee starter Matt Garza enters this game with a WHIP of 1.80, an ERA of 5.40, and as many walks as strikeouts on the year (9). So this seems like a decent day to stack a few Cards. Adams has absolutely worn out Garza in prior meetings: 7-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBIs. At this price, he's among Friday's most appealing plays.

    Gerrit Cole, SP, at Ari (Collmenter), $8700: Cole is clearly pitching well (2-0, 1.00 WHIP), he's piling up strikeouts (10.6 K/9), and he's facing a not-so-intimidating lineup. The Bucs are a big favorite here (-140), and it's only Josh Collmenter. I'm in.

  • Closing Time: Chris Owings comes alive, Tony Watson earns save

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Arizona second baseman Chris Owings entered the season with sleeper appeal, but his opening week was basically a fantasy tragedy: 0-for-3, DNP, 0-for-4, 0-for-4, 0-for-3, 1-for-1.

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    With six games in the books for the Diamondbacks, Owings was hitting .067 with just one RBI, two runs scored, zero steals and six Ks. And then you dropped him in roto for DJ LeMahieu (or whoever), understandably.

    But Arizona stuck with Owings, and the team's patience has been recently rewarded. He's 8-for-21 at the plate over the past week with four RBIs, four runs, two steals and three extra-base hits. Owings tripled and homered against the Rangers on Wednesday, scoring twice and driving in a pair. The home run wasn't some cheap wall-scraper down the line, either. Highlight here.

    • We end with brutal injury news regarding Joe Nathan, who left a minor league rehab appearance after only 10 pitches on Wednesday...

  • Daily Dime: Moose, Mauer, Myers and other M's

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Another day, another MLB bargain hunt. Let's build a responsible lineup, together. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Mike Moustakas, 3B, vs. Min (Pelfrey), $3000 at FanDuel: As you may have already noticed, I never pass on an opportunity to abuse Big Pelf. Moose is off to a terrific start this season (.327/.413/.545, 3 HR), plus he's facing a sketchy right-hander against whom he's had success (3-for-6, HR, 4 RBIs, BB). I'm in.

    Joe Mauer, 1B, at KC (Guthrie), $2900: Same game, different LHB. Mauer hasn't exactly surged to begin the season, but he's coming off a 2-for-4 performance and he has a decent history against Guthrie (9-for-25, 3 HR, 6 BB, K). If you're buying one of Wednesday's pricier starting pitchers (as you probably should), then you're going to need to go cheap somewhere.

  • Daily Dime: Loading up on various Padres, Mets and Brewers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    We've got action at Coors Field on Tuesday, with a pitching matchup that shouldn't scare anyone away (Morrow vs. Matzek). You know what to do. Additionally, a few of MLB's worst starters are on the bump. Plenty of matchups to exploit today, gamers. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Wil Myers, OF, at Col (Matzek), $3700 at FanDuel: Myers is off to a respectable start this season, plus he's coming off a three-run, 2-for-6 performance on Monday. Colorado starter Tyler Matzek has allowed a .300/.369/.454 slash to RHBs over 22 career big league appearances, so multiple Padres are in play on Tuesday. Even this dude...

  • Daily Dime: Corey Kluber, Jed Lowrie and various Dodgers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Happy Kris Bryant Day, friends. Please enjoy it responsibly. Below, you'll find the usual daily recommendations. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Corey Kluber, SP, at Min (Pelfrey), $10,700 at FanDuel: Friday's slate features a few notable pitching mismatches, including Scherzer-vs.-O'Sullivan and Kershaw-vs.-Kendrick. Kluber is a bit cheaper than the other blue-chip options, and he's facing a guy with a 1.48 career WHIP.

    And while we're picking on Pelf...

    Brandon Moss, 1B, at Min (Pelfrey), $3500: Sure, he's off to a slow start this season, but the degree-of-difficulty will be dialed down against Pelfrey. Moss is 5-for-10 in his career against the giant righty, and the price is right.

  • Daily Dime: Adam Lind, come on down

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Below, you'll find today's ten-pack of solid options. As always, please make sure to hit the weather reports and check the lineups before finalizing your selections.

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    Adam Lind, 1B, vs. STL (Lackey), $3700 at FanDuel: Lind has gone 15-for-28 in his career against Lackey, with six doubles, six RBIs and only two Ks. That's ownership, friends. Start him with confidence. With glee. With gusto. With verve.

    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, at Tor (Sanchez), $3000: Jays starter Aaron Sanchez was something less than dominant in his first start this season (please note the 2.70 WHIP), so he shouldn't scare you away from any Rays. Cabrera bats third for Tampa Bay, he plays a premium position and Thursday's schedule is light.

  • Closing Time: Steven Souza surging for Rays

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    When the Rays acquired Steven Souza back in December, in that complicated three-team, zillion-player deal with the Padres and Nationals, the 25-year-old outfielder immediately became a buzzy fantasy sleeper. He was coming off a tremendous season at Triple-A (.350/.432/.590), and he'd landed in a spot that offered guaranteed playing time.

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    And then the spring stats rolled in. Souza slashed just .130/.203/.259 over 58 spring plate appearances, striking out 17 times and delivering only three extra-base hits. Not great. He was relatively quiet in the first week of the real season, too, going 2-for-16 over Tampa Bay's first six games.

    But a trip to the Rogers Centre in Toronto seems to have fixed Souza's issues, whatever they were. He's 6-for-13 in the series, he's homered in back-to-back games — check the moonshot from Tuesday — and he's lifted his season slash to a respectable .276/.382/.517.

  • Daily Dime: Bryce Harper, Shane Greene, various O's and Mets

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    Below, you'll find ten strong plays for the Tuesday slate. Be sure to give the Jays, Fish, O's and M's plenty of attention, if you're stacking. Also, as always, please check the weather reports and hawk the lineups before finalizing your selections. Now let's do the do...

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    Bryce Harper, OF, at Bos (Masterson), $4100 at FanDuel: Justin Masterson's history of struggles against left-handed hitters is of course well-known and thoroughly documented. LHBs have slashed .287/.366/.426 against him in his career, and .320/.408/.502 last season. So yeah, I'm betting on Bryce today.

    Steve Pearce, 1B, vs. NYY (Sabathia), $3900: Did I mention that Sabathia averaged 88.4 mph on his fastball in his first start? Well, he did. Pearce can do bad things to 88 mph fastballs, I'm thinking.

  • Farm Report: Enjoy Kris Bryant while you can, Des Moines

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    Kris Bryant was the top amateur player in baseball in 2013, then he won the Arizona Fall League MVP the same year. He was the consensus minor league player of the year in 2014, and he was, without question, the most dominant hitter in the Cactus League this spring.

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    Thus, no one should be surprised to see him doing stuff like this at Triple-A...

    That's an opposite-field missile right there.

    Bryant homered in back-to-back games over the weekend for the Iowa Cubs, driving in six runs along the way. We're five games into the season, and he's 8-for-21 with three extra-base hits and one steal (and two errors at third base). The service-time hurdle will be cleared on Friday, so there's a chance we'll see Bryant at Wrigley by the weekend.

    If that happens ... well, we assume you know what to do. Prepare to activate.

    And while we're talking about baseball's elite prospects...

  • Daily Dime: Stacking Cubs at Coors, trusting Taijuan Walker on the road

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    By now you should all know the Daily Dime drill. We examine daily prices for ten players, looking for bargains and busts. Let's get to work...

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    Eight to play

    Dexter Fowler, OF, at Col (Matzek), $3100 at FanDuel: Fowler is a career .299/.391/.433 hitter against left-handed pitching, and Rockies starter Tyler Matzek shouldn't scare anyone away. Matzek has been dominant against LHBs, but righty hitters have hammered him (.306/.374/.474 in 386 PAs). I'm using a multi-Cub formation in multiple lineups on Friday, featuring Fowler and Jorge Soler ($3700).

    Taijuan Walker, SP, at Oak (Pomeranz), $7400: After a brilliant spring (27.0 IP, 2 ER, 26 Ks), Walker takes his first turn of the regular season in a friendly road park. The A's have hit well enough to open the year, but they don't field the game's most intimidating lineup. Walker is just the ninth-most expensive pitcher on Friday's slate, but he's a serious talent.

    A pair to fear