Andy Behrens

  • Go big or go home: Eight bold fantasy predictions for 2015

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Because you probably wouldn't click on a feature called, "Eight mild predictions for 2015," let's go big and bold — teetering on the edge of recklessness. Don't even try to reconcile these predictions with the current version of my preseason fantasy ranks. Can't be done. We aren't discussing what's most likely to happen, but things that can plausibly happen.

    Each year the NFL is reshaped by injuries and rule changes and suspensions and freak weather events and fluky bounces and ... well, you know how it goes. It's a constantly changing league. Not a simple landscape to assess in mid-summer.

    Yet still we try. Here are eight bold-ish predictions for the year ahead...

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    1. Ben Roethlisberger is going to finish as the season's top overall fantasy scorer.

    2. Jimmy Graham will rank outside the top-5 tight ends.

    3. Andre Johnson reaches double-digit touchdowns, finally.

  • Daily Dime: Carlos Martinez, J-Up, Dee Gordon and a day late on Duda

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    OK, we're into the Thursday bargain hunt. As always, we caution you to review the weather reports and check MLB lineups before committing to your players. Let's do this thing...

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    Carlos Martinez, P, vs. Col (Rusin), $55: Martinez may not seem like a complete steal at this price, but it's an opportunity to add an ace-like arm with a friendly match-up, without paying the Scherzer/Sale premium. He's held opponents to one earned run or less in 10 of his last 12 starts, which is just silly. Martinez is striking out a batter per inning, too. Go get a win, kid.

    Lucas Duda, 1B, vs. SD (Cashner), $15: Not sure if you've heard, but he's kinda/sorta hot at the plate. Three homers on Wednesday, a 9,000-foot homer on Tuesday, two on Saturday ... he's hot, Duda. He's also cheap, for a guy on a tear.

  • Daily Dime: Hanley, Syndergaard, Cesar, Holliday and more

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    So that was a fairly eventful MLB Monday, complete with trades, walk-offs and save-blowing. Let's dive into the Tuesday slate, looking for bargains. Key word: Bargains . You'll find a few well-priced daily plays below; we aren't suggesting that you actually start the entire list. As always, we advise you to check the weather reports and verify the MLB lineups before committing to players. Now let's do this thing...

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    Hanley Ramirez, OF, vs. CWS (Samardzija), $16: Hanley has been a carnival ride at the plate and hilarious in the field this year — a joy to watch, if you don't care about outcomes. He has a nice-if-limited history against Samardzija (8-for-19), as do other Red Sox hitters, including this guy...

  • Daily Dime: Charlie Blackmon and a collection of Saturday bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    OK, let's roll those Lance Lynn profits into Saturday's slate of games. Per the usual protocol, we're looking for the days smartest buys and filthiest bargains. As always, we advise you to check the weather reports before committing to players. Let's invest...

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    Charlie Blackmon, OF, at SD (Ross), $20: No, Blackmon isn't available in the price range that we usually explore here in the Daily Dime. But it's worth mentioning the fact that Padres starter Tyson Ross has allowed the highest stolen base total in MLB to this point in the season (25), and Blackmon happens to have swiped 24 bags (third in the N.L.). Charlie is also ludicrously hot at the plate right now, with eight multi-hit games in his last nine (17-for-41). He's basically treating the majors like 12-inch beer league softball. Play him and profit.

    And while we're looking at pricier brand-name players...

  • Daily Dime: Jose Fernandez, Sonny Gray and an abundance of Billys

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    And we're back. Everyone refreshed? Great. Yahoo's daily game has a full slate of contests , so let's sweep lineups, looking for bargain buys.

    Jose Fernandez, P, at Phi (Morgan), $32: After two starts, Fernandez appears to be the same dominant right-hander we'd grown to trust, pre-TJ surgery. He's given us 13.0 innings, allowing just three runs and no walks while striking out 15 batters. Fernandez's fastball is averaging 95.4 mph, so velocity isn't a worry. I can see no reason not to trust him in this spot, against MLB's only sub-.400 team.

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    Also worth noting, while we're talking Pirates: Andrew McCutchen has absolutely owned Fiers, going 6-for-16 with four homers, one walk and nine RBIs. At $19, he's a little too pricey to list among Friday's bargains, but that doesn't mean he can't help.

  • Daily Dime: Pollock, Hundley, Panda and other Sunday delights

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    Be mindful of ballpark weather today, because we have some ugly splotches on the radar. Below you'll find a 10-pack of bargain DFS buys for Sunday's games. Please use responsibly.

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    Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. NYY (Eovaldi), $14: Panda's ownership of Eovaldi has been firmly established (12-for-17, HR, 10 RBIs). He hasn't been terrific this season, obviously, but right-handed pitching hasn't been the problem. He's slashing .301/.350/.466 against RHPs, but a disastrous .177/.198/.190 vs. lefties.

    A.J. Pollock, OF, at NYM (Niese), $12: Pollock has been a five-category machine all season, he reached base twice on Saturday, and he hasn't had much trouble with Niese in the past (4-for-6, double, RBI). Don't ask me to explain this price. Just point, click and enjoy.

  • Daily Dime: Mauer, Jaso and other Friday bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    If you haven't yet taken daily fantasy baseball for a test-drive, we encourage you to visit the Yahoo lobby and get yourself in the game — maybe with a free contest, maybe for $1. One-day games are the perfect complement to your season-long leagues.

    Below, you'll find a 10-pack of bargain plays for the Friday slate. None of the position players listed here will cost you more than $15, none of the pitchers are $45. You shouldn't need an expert to tell you that Madison Bumgarner ($57) seems like a strong play against the Phillies, or that Bryce Harper ($23) should have quality at-bats against Chris Tillman. Here, we hunt for the sort of low-cost value plays that allow you to squeeze Bumgarner or Haper or Trout or Pujols or whoever into your lineup. Got it? Great. Let's do this thing...

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    At this price, with the encouraging note, I'm sold.

  • Yahoo's daily fantasy game is open, and we have five tips to help you win

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 23 days ago

    You didn't seriously expect Yahoo Sports to ignore the daily fantasy boom, did you?

    No, of course you didn't. There's a reason we're the unrivaled leader in fantasy gaming:

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    We innovate. [Sign up now for Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Baseball!]

    Yahoo may not have invented traditional season-long fantasy gaming, but we got it right. The plan for daily fantasy is exactly the same. Our hope is to become your preferred home for DFS across the four major sports. Beginning today — right now , this minute — you can sign up for daily baseball at Yahoo and use your considerable fantasy skills to profit in a variety of one-day contests.

    1. Know your scoring settings

    AGAIN: KNOW YOUR RULES, KNOW YOUR SETTINGS

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    2. Vegas is your friend

  • Daily Dime: It's a good day for Dodgers, Phils

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 25 days ago

    We have a few small weather concerns on Monday — Kansas City certainly looks like a problem — but nothing we can't manage around. As always, be sure to double-check lineups before it's too late. Now let's get to the usual bargain hunt...

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    Joc Pederson, OF, vs. Phi (O'Sullivan), $3300 at FanDuel: Left-handed hitters have slashed .369/.424/.730 against O'Sullivan so far this season (41-for-111, 20 XBH), which is, of course, ridiculous. Seems like a good day to stack a few Dodgers LHBs, doesn't it? I'm rolling out 2-3 in pretty much all lineups.

    Yasmani Grandal, C, vs. Phi (O'Sullivan), $3200: Please see the Pederson blurb for details. Also note that Grandal has three multi-hit games in his last four starts.

  • Daily Dime: Wacha, Panda and other Friday delights

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 28 days 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.