Andy Behrens

  • Fantasy Baseball Position Primer: Ranking the corner Infielders

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Many of you have been managing fantasy baseball teams for a decade or more, so you can remember a time when power stats were available everywhere , at all positions. Back in the day, we used to get 25 and 30-homer seasons from middle infielders who weren't even particularly skilled at hitting — like this guy and this guy.

    Power was unavoidable. Everyone cleared the fences.

    These days, however, power isn't so widely available.

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    We should also note that last year's minor league home run leaderboard was dominated by corner infielders, including third base prospects Kris Bryant (43) and Joey Gallo (42), as well as 20-year-old first baseman Matt Olson (37). Miguel Sano is on his way, too, following a year lost to injury. And Yasmany Tomas has been known to reach the seats.

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  • Fantasy Baseball Position Primer: Catcher

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    In leagues with standard Yahoo settings, there are basically two acceptable ways to address the position of catcher on draft day:

    1) Get Buster Posey in the early rounds, or...

    2) Wait it out and find a value — and when it seems like you've finally waited long enough, wait another round or two.

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    Seriously, with the exception of Buster, this position is really a minefield of uninteresting numbers and grossly inflated prices. Last season, Posey was the only catcher to finish among the top-50 overall fantasy assets in the year-end ranks (No. 42). In fact, over the past 15 years he's one of just four backstops to have delivered that sort of value. Here's the full list of the catchers who've achieved top-50 status in recent seasons:

    [Related: Dishing on Gattis, and other catchers]

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  • Pressing Questions: The Chicago Cubs

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    When the Chicago Cubs last appeared in the World Series, the team's pennant-winning roster included names like Dewey, Mack, Walter, Stan, Lon, Cy, Len, Lennie, Hank and Peanuts. The National League was composed of only eight teams. Baseball cards, discontinued during the war, generally featured painted images. Mordecai Brown was still alive, Bud Selig was 11 years old and Rob Manfred was not yet born.

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    Chicago lost the 1945 Series to the Newhouser and Greenberg-led Tigers, and so began one of the more remarkable periods of sustained non-achievement in the history of team sports. These past seven decades have been a little rough for the Cubs.

    Q: GIVE US BRYANT. NOW. MUST HAVE. URGENT.

    A: I mean, that's not even a question. Please respect the Q&A gimmick.

    Q: OK, fine. When will Kris Bryant arrive in the majors for keeps, and what will his early numbers look like?

    A: Better. Thank you.

    Q: How 'bout the rest of Chicago's silly collection of prospects? Who are the names to know?

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  • Priority Pickups: Spencer Hawes, suddenly fantasy relevant

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 26 days ago

    When last we saw Clippers big Blake Griffin, he was playing 36 minutes in a loss at Toronto, delivering a rich stat line (26-6-9-1-1). No obvious signs of trouble.

    But on Sunday morning, bad news broke:

    Clippers say All-Star Blake Griffin will undergo surgery in LA on Monday, Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection in his right elbow.

    Brutal. Just brutal.

    We don't yet have a clear recovery timetable for Blake — could be two weeks, could be six or more — so let's simply say he's out indefinitely. The Clips currently occupy the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, both Griffin and J.J. Redick (back) are sidelined, and the near-term schedule is a minefield: at OKC, at Dal, Hou, SA, Sac, Mem, at Hou, at Mem, at Chi. So things could certainly get rough for L.A. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Fantasy-wise, a familiar vet (and respected fashion maven) figures to gain value...

  • Priority Pickups: Langston Galloway, Marcus Smart and various Bucks

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    We're in the middle of a week in which every NBA team plays at least three games, which should make this a relatively low-stress time for fantasy owners. Perhaps you're not desperate for a pickup. Maybe you briefly freaked about Kevin Durant's dinged elbow, but, thankfully, that sounds like a non-issue.

    Still, many of you treat your league's free agent pool like an all-you-can-eat buffet, so for you we offer the following options...

    Langston Galloway, NYK, PG (9 percent owned)

    "He's got a very high ceiling," Derek Fisher has said. We'll see. We've established that Galloway can do stuff like this, which is cool. Let's hope he sticks.

    Marcus Smart, Bos, PG (39 percent)

    Ersan Ilyasova, Mil, SF/PF (44 percent owned)

    ...which puts him back on the fantasy radar as a modest contributor across multiple categories.

  • Priority Pickups: Into the smoldering ruins of New York's roster...

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    On Monday, the Knicks, Thunder and Cavs managed to complete a three-team trade in which no player involved gained fantasy value. In a way, that's really a remarkable achievement. So kudos to those franchises. If you're still having trouble wrapping your head around the fact that J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters were both flipped in the same deal ... well, yeah. It all seems wonderfully insane.

    In New York, a whole pile of (regrettable) minutes and (probably bad) field goal attempts are suddenly up for grabs, so let's review a few widely available options...

    SG Tim Hardaway Jr., NYK (28 percent owned)

    Yeah, this add might feel awful. It's not for everyone. Hardaway has been shooting poorly in recent weeks, and shooting frequently. That's generally a terrible combination. But I can't believe this sub-40-percent terror will continue indefinitely; he was better than this as a rookie (42.8 percent). He won't lack for opportunities in the near-term, with Smith and Shump shipped and Carmelo Anthony headed for a seemingly inevitable shutdown...

  • Priority Pickups: Gobert or go home

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    Someday, Zach Randolph, DeMar DeRozan and Ricky Rubio will return from injury, and there will no longer be any need for me to max out my weekly pick-ups. But that day has not yet arrived, so...

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    PG/SG Jarrett Jack, Bkn (38 percent owned)

    Deron Williams has been kinda/sorta injured and mired in a deep malaise, plus he's on the trade block. Meanwhile, Jack has been starting for the Nets, and he's been terrific over his last four games (three of which were Brooklyn wins). Details here...

    The minutes obviously won't hold steady at 35-plus, but we shouldn't expect a total collapse, either. Again, a Williams deal would be a big win. For now, Jack offers the usual PG stats, and you'll note he has a four-game week ahead. Do what needs doing.

    SG/SF Jared Dudley, Mil (12 percent owned)

    SF/PF Nikola Mirotic, Chc (23 percent owned)

    C Alex Len, Phx (23 percent owned)

    C Rudy Gobert, Uta (32 percent owned)

  • Exit Interview, RB: DeMarco and Le'Veon make the leap, rookies were curiously quiet

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    The running back position was a minefield of injuries, suspensions and disappointments in 2014. So, basically, it was a typical year. If you were one of the Zero RB zealots back in August, let's hope you drafted Jeremy Hill late and snagged C.J. Anderson off the wire. Otherwise, you were probably pummeled by Le'Veon, DeMarco or Marshawn at some point, just like the rest of us .

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    More Exit Interviews: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends

    OK, expert, which running back is set to make the greatest value-leap from this year to next? That is, who's going to be the Mark Ingram of 2015?

  • Priority Pickups: Hardaway Jr., D-Mo, Middleton and more

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    Perhaps you, like me, now find yourself staring at a lineup mess like this ...

    ... and you're just hoping to limit the damage in the weeks ahead, waiting out injuries that have no timetables. If that's the case, then you're surely using all available weekly transactions, churning roster spots, working feverishly to prevent the 3-6 loss.

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    For those of you with multiple broken roster pieces, here are five dudes I've added in a league or three over the past few days:

    SF/PF Donatas Montiejunas, HOU (32 percent owned) - In the month of December, D-Mo has been giving us the following stat line: 17.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 55.6 FG%, 0.9 3PM. Can you use numbers like that? Well, I can. Montiejunas has been playing 30-plus minutes per night, starting and mostly thriving in the absence of Terrence Jones (leg/nerve). Houston plays three games next week, then the team has four straight four-gamers.

  • These Week 15 fantasy duds could be fantasy studs in championship week

    Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 2 mths ago

    Look, dud performances are gonna happen, even with the game's best players. You can't write off a proven fantasy asset just because he's coming off a quiet week. Here are three guys who struggled in the fantasy semis, poised to turn it around in title week...

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    Matthew Stafford – The last time Stafford faced the Bears defense, he passed for eleven zillion 390 yards and a pair of scores. The December version of Chicago's D is far less engaged than the group he already torched. Start Stafford with confidence.

    Tre Mason – If you somehow squeaked into the championship matchup with Mason in your fantasy backfield, you cannot sit him now — not against a Giants defense that ranks 30th against the run. Let's remember that Mason had respectable weeks against a few of the league's best run Ds, including the Seahawks, Broncos and Niners.

    And if you need a flex play for trophy week...

    Then Fred Jackson