- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Coming off a Super Bowl season, Baltimore's offense was a cruel joke in 2013. The running game averaged just 3.1 yards per carry, ranking dead-last in the NFL. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce had a combined 366 carries, only three of which gained 20-plus yards. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw 22 interceptions, the highest total in the AFC, and he passed for a career-low 6.4 yards per attempt. He was also sacked 48 times, the second-highest total in the league.
It was ugly, almost always. The nicest thing we can say about the Ravens last season from a fantasy perspective is that kicker Justin Tucker had a really, really good year — or at least it was going well until he posted a zero in Week 16, when you needed him most.
- Andy Behrens at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
The Saves Index is a ranking of the top 50 relievers, based solely on their potential to earn saves from the present through the remainder of the season. In a case where two relievers have similar saves potential, the additional standard roto categories will be used to differentiate them.
View projected leaders for saves at FantasyPros
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
We begin with the undeniably good news regarding Justin Verlander: He earned a win against the A's on Wednesday (his first since May 30), working out of trouble at various points, striking out four and issuing no walks over six innings. In Verlander's last three starts, he's delivered 20 Ks while walking only two batters. Those are solid numbers, no question.
And still, I gotta say, owning Verlander would terrify me. He came out throwing 90-92 mph against Oakland, allowing a pair of first-inning home runs, giving up nine hits over his six frames. To his credit, he found a few extra ticks on the fastball in his final inning (95-96), but overall, his performance was something less than dominant.
Check the postgame comments from opposing catcher Derek Norris, who finished 2-for-4 on Wednesday:
"It’s definitely weird to see him pitching in the upper 80s and low 90s when you’re used to 97 at your hands," catcher Derek Norris said of Verlander’s velocity dip this year. "But MVP, Cy Youngs ... he’s still going to be tough."
Well, not always.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade7 days ago
The Cleveland Browns have not yet chosen a starting quarterback for 2014, nor a lead running back, and the team's top receiver is facing the likelihood of a full-season suspension. And still, somehow, it feels as if things are looking up for this franchise.
That fact says just as much about how far the Browns have fallen over the past decade than where the team is now headed. But honestly, it's tough not to like the talent and depth Cleveland managed to add during the offseason. We're not here to bury these guys, despite the low ranking.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade9 days ago
We're entering the fourth and possibly final year of the Jake Locker era in Tennessee, and, so far, you'd have to say the pre-draft scouting reports were prescient. Locker was always billed as an excellent athlete, a mobile quarterback with abundant arm strength. These things are clearly true. But the weaknesses he displayed as a collegiate QB remain part of his NFL profile.
Here's a review of Locker's major negatives from his Pro Football Weekly write-up, prior to the 2011 draft:
- Questionable football instincts and timing
- Inconsistent ball placement, accuracy
- Very average career completion percentage
- Too quick to tuck and run, and physical run style invites injuries
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade11 days ago
This is not a drill, you guys. Boston has called up prospect Mookie Betts. He's expected to start in right field on Sunday. YOU WANT THIS GUY. Make the move, before you read another word.
Got him? Great.
We've discussed Mookie a bit in recent days, so most of you are probably familiar with the 21-year-old's work. Betts has been scorching-hot all year, hitting .355/.443/.551 at Double-A Portland, then .322/.425/.444 for Triple-A Pawtucket. He's swiped 29 bags in 34 attempts across two levels, hitting eight homers and 21 doubles, scoring 70 runs and driving in 48.
The most impressive thing about Betts might just be his command of the strike zone. He's drawn 51 walks so far this season, striking out only 33 times. His career minor league on-base percentage is .408; he's had more walks than Ks at every stop.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade12 days ago
Geno Smith remains the presumptive favorite to start at quarterback for the Jets in 2014, despite the team's offseason addition of Michael Vick. Smith ran with the first-teamers during OTAs, and he's expected to dominate reps with the varsity offense when camp begins. There's little reason to believe, as of this writing, that a true position battle is taking place at quarterback in New York.
And this fact leads us to the first and most obvious problem facing the Jets: Geno was dreadful last season, even by rookie standards.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade14 days ago
No disrespect intended to Tim Lincecum, who of course pitched wonderfully in Wednesday's no-hit effortagainst the Padres. We'll get to him and his replacement-level mustache in a minute.
But right here at the top, we need to discuss this San Diego lineup...
Just look at that trash fire — those names, those averages. It's maybe not a fluke that Lincecum has no-hit the Padres two times over the past 12 months. San Diego entered the day slashing .216/.275/.340 as a team, ranked dead-last in baseball in all three categories. Naturally, the Pads are also last in runs scored, by a mile.
No, I'm not breaking any news here by reporting that San Diego is, in fact, a hitting-challenged group. You knew it. They knew it. Everyone knows it. It's a well known thing. As a public service to the fantasy community, let's review the Padres' upcoming pitching matchups, looking for streaming opportunities:Thu, Jul 107:10 PM PDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade15 days ago
We begin with a reminder: Two years ago, Jacksonville selected a punter in the third round of the NFL Draft, while Russell Wilson and Nick Foles were still available.
That's just, um ... well, weird.
No disrespect intended to Bryan Anger, a quality specialist — one of the better punters in the NFL. But it still seems insane that he was taken with the No. 70 overall pick, selected by a team that had zillions of other needs. At the time, this franchise was coming off a five-win season, heading for a two-win season. Blaine Gabbert had just delivered a funny-bad rookie campaign at quarterback for the Jaguars, full of moments like this.
( BWAHAHAHA . That play never gets old — like Eli's left-handed interception, or Orlovsky's self-safety.)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade19 days ago
For those who aren't familiar with the Juggernaut Index, this series is our annual ranking of NFL teams for fantasy purposes. Repeat: FOR FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we care primarily about yards and points. The Juggernaut Index is all about projected fantasy contributions — that's it, nothing else.
The Miami Dolphins did not provide us with a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 2013, nor a top-24 wide receiver, nor a top-36 running back. This year, no Miami skill player rates as a fantasy starter in the Yahoo preseason consensus ranks. It seems likely that in a great many 8-team leagues, no Dolphins will be selected on draft day.
On the basis of these facts, I can't reasonably rank this team anywhere but near the bottom of the Juggernaut Index. Apologies, 'Phins fans.