Andy Behrens

  • Daily Dime: Wacha, Panda and other Friday delights

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 hrs ago

    I'm back from vacation, thrown immediately into the DFS fire. We have some wetness in the Friday forecast, so buyers beware. Prepare to tweak lineups as needed.

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    Michael Wacha, P, vs. SD (Cashner), $8600 at FanDuel: OK, sure, Kershaw is the best available starter on Friday, even if he's facing a pretty fair opposing starter (Syndergaard). But Kershaw is also Friday's priciest option, massively more expensive than Wacha, a guy with a 1.10 WHIP. St. Louis hosts the Pads, and San Diego enters the day ranked next-to-last in the N.L. in on-base percentage (.295).

    Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. Hou (Straily), $2400: Straily is obviously a hittable right-hander and Sandoval is slashing .314/.366/.492 against RHPs this year. Panda's performance versus lefties has been atrocious, as most of you know, but he's a quality option in this spot.

  • Football, wartime, and an uncommonly important fantasy league

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 hrs ago

    "We didn't mean to auto-draft,” says Justin C. Cliburn. “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. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today!] 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],” recalls Cliburn. “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,” says Kevin Pyle, a founding member of the OklahomIraqis League. “Every team was auto-picked. Not Yahoo’s fault. That was Iraq.”

    “Unbelievable.”

    After a pause:

  • Daily Dime: Papi and Panda, back in our fantasy plans

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 18 days ago

    It's a loaded Monday schedule, which is nice, but we have a few meteorological complications. So please be prepared to tweak lineups as needed. Let's hunt for bargains...

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    David Ortiz, 1B, vs. Atl (Perez), $2500 at FanDuel: Ortiz, it seems, is finally getting himself right. He's 5-for-14 over his last four games with three homers, seven RBIs and four walks. On Monday, he'll face a young right-hander with a 1.44 WHIP. Left-handed batters are slashing .274/.333/.419 against Perez. All five extra-base hits allowed by Perez over his 33.1 innings have been to LHBs.

    Denard Span, OF, at TB (Ramirez), $3100: Span is 8-for-23 over his last five games with two walks, three steals and four runs scored. He's slashing a ridiculous .343/.384/.530 against RHPs this year, so Erasmo (4.96 ERA) shouldn't pose an impossible problem.

  • Daily Dime: Gordon, Plouffe, Span, plus various Bucs and Rays

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    We have a big a batch of aces in play on Friday — Kershaw, Bumgarner, Felix, et al — so it's unlikely many of you will be choosing pitchers from the discount rack. Thus, we focus on hitting bargains today. Let's get to it...

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    Dee Gordon, 2B, vs. Col (Kendrick), $3200 at FanDuel: OK, so Gordon is not exactly on fire at the plate — he's 1-for-13 in his last three — but he's still slashing .356/.381/.421 with 20 steals. On Friday, he'll face a right-hander with a 5.08 xFIP and tragically low strikeout rate (4.44 K/9). This is a multi-hit setup for Gordon. He should feast against Kendrick, and you can't argue with the price.

    Denard Span, OF, at Mil (Fiers), $3000: Span has delivered back-to-back three-hit performances, and Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers has been nothin' special (1.55 WHIP). Over the past week, Span has battled back spasms, but those issues appear to be gone. He's setting the table for Rendon and Harper, so his run-scoring potential is significant.

  • Daily Dime: Carlos Correa, Mitch Moreland, Trevor Bauer and other bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 23 days ago

    Oh, sure, you could start Matt Harvey on Wednesday. But where's the sport in that? Let's scroll deep. You'll want to keep an eye on weather in Chicago and Cleveland, though nothing yet seems too frightening.

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    Carlos Correa, SS, at CWS (Quintana), $2700 at FanDuel: So far, so good. Correa hit his first major league homer on Tuesday (a no-doubter) in a 2-for-4 performance against the White Sox. He swiped his first bag in the bigs, too. Correa has actually driven in every run the Astros have scored since his promotion. The kid is not overmatched, is what we're saying. Quintana is no pushover, but Correa was 12-for-36 against left-handed pitchers at Fresno with two doubles, three homers and four walks.

    Mitch Moreland, OF, at Oak (Hahn), $2800: Moreland is slashing .305/.367/.525 for the season and .370/.452/.630 in June. He's homered twice in his last four games, and Texas faces a non-terrifying right-hander on Wednesday. Such a friendly price on an underrated power bat.

  • Closing Time: Lance McCullers, useful in defeat

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 24 days ago

    It isn't often that we select a losing pitcher as our headliner around here, but Houston's Lance McCullers continues to demand attention. He's also grossly under-owned ... and we relegated him to a lower blurb last week after his 11-K gem against the Orioles, so it feels like we owe him top-billing.

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    McCullers couldn't quite match Chris Sale pitch-for-pitch on Monday night, but there's no shame in that. He tossed 7.0 impressive innings against the White Sox, allowing only four hits and no walks while striking out seven. If you haven't yet had a chance to watch the 21-year-old McCullers work, check the tape. His fastball touched 97 on Monday, and his breaking stuff was pure evil. His Ks routinely end with 2-3 putouts, because the late-diving curve is both unhittable and uncatchable.

  • Daily Dime: Carlos Gonzalez, Shelby Miller, Cards at Coors

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 25 days ago

    We have the usual light Monday schedule, plus a few meteorological situations to monitor (Pittsburgh and Cincinnati). Please check the pregame weather forecasts and, as always, scan today's MLB lineups to confirm that your players play.

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    Kolten Wong, 2B, at Col (Hale), $3600 at FanDuel: No need for a deep dive into the numbers here. Wong is facing a sketchy right-hander, hitting in the friendliest possible environment, slashing .308/.359/.464 for the year. He's an obvious buy at this price. Don't screw it up.

    Carlos Gonzalez, OF, vs. STL (Lackey), $3700: In case you hadn't noticed, Carlos has come alive. He homered in back-to-back games over the weekend and he's 9-for-20 over his last five games. He's a good bet against the right-handed Lackey in this one.

  • Fantasy alert: Houston calls up top prospect Carlos Correa

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 25 days ago

    Hours after Jonathan Villar went 0-for-3 in a loss to the Blue Jays, committing an odd defensive miscue along the way, the Houston Astros decided to call up 20-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, one of baseball's elite prospects.

    As most of you already know, Correa has been an absolute monster in the high minors this season. He's slashed .335/.407/.600 across two levels with 10 homers, 18 steals and 129 total bases. The kid will join the Astros in Chicago on Monday, making his major league debut against Chris Sale, a match-up that presents the highest possible degree of difficulty. So that's fun.

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    (OK, perhaps not against Sale. But soon after.)

    If you need a five-category forecast for Correa's rest-of-season production, here's my best guess: 52 R, 11 HR, 48 RBIs, 13 SB, .270 AVG. That should play in most fantasy leagues. Feel free to file your own projection in comments.

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  • Daily Dime: Dustin Pedroia, Adam Jones, Brandon Belt and seven other good ideas

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 28 days ago

    We have meteorological complications to deal with on Friday, gamers. Beware. Check the pregame weather forecasts — stay dry, Denver — and remember to scan today's MLB lineups as they're released.

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    Dustin Pedroia, 2B, vs. NYM (Kazmir), $3200 at FanDuel: He's hitting like vintage Pedroia so far this season, slashing .303/.365/.454 with eight homers and nine doubles. On Thursday, he homered, walked and scored a pair of runs in a 2-for-4 performance against the Twins. Pedroia has a history of dominance against Scott Kazmir, for what it's worth: 19-for-40, five doubles, triple, two HRs, 10 walks.

    Brandon Belt, 1B, at Phi (Williams), $3600: Belt has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games, and he's hit four home runs during that stretch. He's slashing .306/.379/.535 for the season with 24 extra-base hits. He's also facing Jerome Williams on Friday, a right-hander with a 1.59 WHIP.

  • Closing Time: Mark Trumbo heads to Safeco

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 29 days ago

    The Seattle Mariners are currently five games below .500, next-to-last in the American League West, and they were carved up by Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday. Seattle ranks No. 28 in baseball in run-scoring, No. 29 in team average and No. 28 in on-base percentage. Five players from Wednesday's lineup are batting .245 or less at the moment, including the leadoff and No. 3 hitters.

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    Thus, it's not much of a surprise to see the M's visit the trade market, looking to add a bat. When a franchise believes it has the necessary pieces to contend, an aggressive early-season deal is always the right play.

    However, when a team's essential problem is that pretty much every hitter in the lineup is an out-machine, it seems strange to target yet another out-machine.

    So if you invested in Trumbo for fantasy purposes this year ... well, sorry. He didn't land in an ideal spot. There's really no way we can spin this move as beneficial to his fantasy outlook.