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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 29: The Baltimore Ravens

    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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    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 3 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 3 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.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 30: The Philadelphia Eagles

    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.

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

    Philadelphia currently has three quarterbacks under contract for over $80 million, and the team's opening week starter is likely to be Sam Bradford. Kids, this is no way to operate your franchise in a salary cap league.

    Doug Pederson reiterates that Sam Bradford will be his starting QB, barring injury, for Game 1 in September.

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    2015 Offensive Stats & Ranks Points per game – 23.6 (13) Pass YPG – 255.4 (12) Rush YPG – 108.9 (14) Yards per play – 5.3 (23) Plays per game – 68.9 (2)

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 31: The San Francisco 49ers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 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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    The Niners roster is absurdly short on talent, a potentially toxic mix of reclamation projects and bad ideas. There's really nothing on this team that should interest you for fantasy purposes, with the possible exception of Carlos Hyde — and if you owned Hyde at any point in the past two seasons, then you probably aren't interested in him, either.

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  • Closing Time: Ketel Marte, Jonathan Schoop, Rajai Davis and other adds

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Ketel Marte was an obvious play in daily contests on Monday, as were all other Mariners. Big Pelf was on the hill for Detroit, and no special expertise is required when you see a dude with a 1.7-something WHIP listed among the day's scheduled starters. Picking on Pelfrey is a fairly obvious strategy.

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    Not surprisingly, Marte went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles on Monday, scoring two of Seattle's seven runs and driving in another. He's now batting .275 for the season with eight steals in 53 games. Marte was understandably mass-dropped back in May when he was dealing with a thumb injury, but he's back on the fantasy radar, owned in just 22 percent of Yahoo leagues. The 22-year-old shortstop was a reliable 20-steal player in the minors, and he isn't going to be a batting average liability. He's approved for use wherever you need a speed boost.

    And while we're adding middle infielders...

  • Daily Dime: MadBum, Altuve, picking on Pelfrey on Monday

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    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 Madison Bumgarner, SF, $59 (at Pit) – Strasburg and Kershaw oppose each other on Monday, which is a blast in real-life but a small inconvenience when choosing an ace in daily. Bumagerner has a much friendlier draw, facing Jeff Locke and his 5.92 ERA. MadBum hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 11 starts.

    P Doug Fister, Hou, $38 (vs. LAA) – Fister hasn't dropped a game since April (6-0), and he's lowered his era by over two runs over the past two months. He's a solid favorite here, facing Jhoulys Chacin (5.00 ERA).

    1B Hanley Ramirez, Bos, $13 (M. Gonzalez) – Gonzalez was rocked in his last start (7 ER in 3.1 IP) and he's carrying a 1.53 WHIP for the year. Hanley is 3-for-7 in his career against the right-hander with a pair of homers.

  • Juggernaut Index, No. 32: The Cleveland Browns

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 13 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!]

    We can't yet say who will get the starting nod at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the season opener, but we absolutely know — firmly and without doubt, as deeply as it is possible to know anything in the NFL — that this team's starting QB will be pretty bad. For that reason, as well as the general lack of draft-worthy skill players on Cleveland's roster, this team was an easy choice for dead-last in the 2016 Juggernaut Index.

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  • Willson Contreras gets the call to Chicago

    Andy Behrens at Andy Behrens for Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    Nope, this is not a drill. REPEAT: NOT A DRILL. According to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs are promoting catching prospect Willson Contreras from Triple-A. He’s worth stashing in fantasy formats of any shape and size, unless you already happen to have a non-terrible backstop on your roster.

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    Contreras has been scorching-hot all season at Iowa, slashing .350/.439/.591 with nine homers, 28 extra-base hits, 40 runs scored and 43 RBIs. He’s bringing a 20-game hitting streak with him to the big leagues, too. Contreras raked at Double-A Tennessee last season, hitting .333/.413/.478 over 126 games, so we know the bat is legit.

    How often will he actually play for the Cubs, while vets Miguel Montero and David Ross are both healthy? Yeah, OK, that’s a very good question.

  • Daily Dime: Cheap arms, pricey Tigers in Monday lineups

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    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 Wei-Yin Chen, Mia, $37 (at SD) – We have only one true upper-tier ace in action on Monday (Scherzer), and that guy is dealing with a terrifying matchup (Cubs). So I'm simply chasing wins, picking on light-hitting rosters. San Diego currently ranks No. 29 in baseball in on-base percentage (.292).

    P R.A. Dickey, Tor, $35 (vs. Phi) – Again, I'm win-chasing. The Phillies rank last in MLB in team OBP (.286) and next-to-last in runs (198), so it's not as if Dickey is facing a powerhouse. He's allowed only two runs over his last two starts, and hasn't really delivered an ugly line since April.