Andy Behrens

  • Daily Dime: Cashner, Feldman, Burns and seven other bargains

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 hrs ago

    You've got a limited daily budget; we've got bargains for your consideration. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections. We've got rain in the Midwest, gamers. Beware.

    Andre Ethier, OF, at Mil (Garza), $2800 at FanDuel: Ethier, in case you hadn't noticed, is in a bit of a groove at the moment. He's 10-for-30 with two doubles and three homers over his last eight games, and injuries have created a path to playing time. No way you're worried about Matt Garza, right? Heck no. Garza enters Tuesday's start with brutal pitching ratios: 1.57 WHIP, 4.60 ERA, 1.46 K/BB. Ethier's career slash against RHPs is .304/.383/.507.

    Howie Kendrick, 2B, at Mil (Garza), $3100: It's a tiny sample, sure, but Kendrick has absolutely mauled Garza to this point in his career (7-for-12, double, homer). Garza has yielded five home runs over his last 18.2 innings, and the Ks have been few and far between (5.8 K/9).

  • Five up, five down: 2015 NFL Draft fantasy stock watch

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    This business of grading every NFL team's rookie class only hours after the draft — sorting out the winners and losers immediately , prior to any actual on-field winning and losing — is, of course, ridiculous. I'll concede that point right here at the top.

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    When Seattle was building the foundation of a two-time NFC championship roster, for example, many draft analysts were handing out Cs and Ds. Predictive analysis of any sort is tough in the NFL. Where the draft is concerned, it's absurd.

    And still ... well, here we are.

    But if you're interested in knee-jerk fantasy spin, here are ten players who gained or lost value over the weekend, while their teams were acquiring talent...

    Stock Up

    RB Darren McFadden, Dallas

    Wow, did I ever want David Cobb or Tevin Coleman to land in Big D. Shame.

    QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami

    TE Josh Hill, New Orleans

    QB Sam Bradford, Philadelphia

    QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore

    Stock Down

    RB Tre Mason, St. Louis

    RB Denard Robinson, Jacksonville

    WR Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis

  • Closing Time: John Axford is back in your fantasy life

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    In the not-too-distant past, John Axford was an upper-tier fantasy reliever, complete with the stellar K-rate and glittering fantasy ratios. He saved 46 games in 2011, striking out 86 batters in 73.2 innings, delivering an ERA of 1.95. Axford had closing-quality velocity (95-plus) and closing-quality facial hair — the complete package, basically.

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    But in the more recent past, Axford has been a carnival ride of wildness, homers and blown saves. Too many fly-balls cleared the fence, too many pitches missed the zone. Axford signed a one-year deal with Colorado in the offseason, which at the time seemed like a terrifying combination of pitcher and park.

    Before we exit the bullpens, we have one additional closer-related bullet for you...

    • Toronto appears to have flipped closers again, understandably:

    Gibbons said that if there was a save situation tonight it would have gone to Cecil. #BlueJays

  • Daily Dime: James Shields, Evan Longoria, various other vets

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    You've got a limited daily budget; we've got bargains for your consideration. Please read on. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections.

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    James Shields, SP, vs. Hou (McHugh), $8100 at FanDuel: I'm using both starting pitchers from this game in various lineups, but I have a few more shares of Shields. He's $400 cheaper than McHugh, for one thing, plus he's at home in a friendly park, facing a lineup that leads the majors in Ks (157). Shields has pitched reasonably well in each of his four starts this season (1.12 WHIP), including a date at Coors Field last week.

  • Daily Dime: House of Cards

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    Let's build responsible lineups today, you guys. Plenty of appealing pitching matchups on Friday's slate. We urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections, as always.

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    Matt Adams, 1B, at Mil (Garza), $3200 at FanDuel: Milwaukee starter Matt Garza enters this game with a WHIP of 1.80, an ERA of 5.40, and as many walks as strikeouts on the year (9). So this seems like a decent day to stack a few Cards. Adams has absolutely worn out Garza in prior meetings: 7-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBIs. At this price, he's among Friday's most appealing plays.

    Gerrit Cole, SP, at Ari (Collmenter), $8700: Cole is clearly pitching well (2-0, 1.00 WHIP), he's piling up strikeouts (10.6 K/9), and he's facing a not-so-intimidating lineup. The Bucs are a big favorite here (-140), and it's only Josh Collmenter. I'm in.

  • Closing Time: Chris Owings comes alive, Tony Watson earns save

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    Arizona second baseman Chris Owings entered the season with sleeper appeal, but his opening week was basically a fantasy tragedy: 0-for-3, DNP, 0-for-4, 0-for-4, 0-for-3, 1-for-1.

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    With six games in the books for the Diamondbacks, Owings was hitting .067 with just one RBI, two runs scored, zero steals and six Ks. And then you dropped him in roto for DJ LeMahieu (or whoever), understandably.

    But Arizona stuck with Owings, and the team's patience has been recently rewarded. He's 8-for-21 at the plate over the past week with four RBIs, four runs, two steals and three extra-base hits. Owings tripled and homered against the Rangers on Wednesday, scoring twice and driving in a pair. The home run wasn't some cheap wall-scraper down the line, either. Highlight here.

    • We end with brutal injury news regarding Joe Nathan, who left a minor league rehab appearance after only 10 pitches on Wednesday...

  • Daily Dime: Moose, Mauer, Myers and other M's

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Another day, another MLB bargain hunt. Let's build a responsible lineup, together. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Mike Moustakas, 3B, vs. Min (Pelfrey), $3000 at FanDuel: As you may have already noticed, I never pass on an opportunity to abuse Big Pelf. Moose is off to a terrific start this season (.327/.413/.545, 3 HR), plus he's facing a sketchy right-hander against whom he's had success (3-for-6, HR, 4 RBIs, BB). I'm in.

    Joe Mauer, 1B, at KC (Guthrie), $2900: Same game, different LHB. Mauer hasn't exactly surged to begin the season, but he's coming off a 2-for-4 performance and he has a decent history against Guthrie (9-for-25, 3 HR, 6 BB, K). If you're buying one of Wednesday's pricier starting pitchers (as you probably should), then you're going to need to go cheap somewhere.

  • Daily Dime: Loading up on various Padres, Mets and Brewers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    We've got action at Coors Field on Tuesday, with a pitching matchup that shouldn't scare anyone away (Morrow vs. Matzek). You know what to do. Additionally, a few of MLB's worst starters are on the bump. Plenty of matchups to exploit today, gamers. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Wil Myers, OF, at Col (Matzek), $3700 at FanDuel: Myers is off to a respectable start this season, plus he's coming off a three-run, 2-for-6 performance on Monday. Colorado starter Tyler Matzek has allowed a .300/.369/.454 slash to RHBs over 22 career big league appearances, so multiple Padres are in play on Tuesday. Even this dude...

  • Daily Dime: Corey Kluber, Jed Lowrie and various Dodgers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Happy Kris Bryant Day, friends. Please enjoy it responsibly. Below, you'll find the usual daily recommendations. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections.

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    Corey Kluber, SP, at Min (Pelfrey), $10,700 at FanDuel: Friday's slate features a few notable pitching mismatches, including Scherzer-vs.-O'Sullivan and Kershaw-vs.-Kendrick. Kluber is a bit cheaper than the other blue-chip options, and he's facing a guy with a 1.48 career WHIP.

    And while we're picking on Pelf...

    Brandon Moss, 1B, at Min (Pelfrey), $3500: Sure, he's off to a slow start this season, but the degree-of-difficulty will be dialed down against Pelfrey. Moss is 5-for-10 in his career against the giant righty, and the price is right.

  • Daily Dime: Adam Lind, come on down

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    Below, you'll find today's ten-pack of solid options. As always, please make sure to hit the weather reports and check the lineups before finalizing your selections.

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    Adam Lind, 1B, vs. STL (Lackey), $3700 at FanDuel: Lind has gone 15-for-28 in his career against Lackey, with six doubles, six RBIs and only two Ks. That's ownership, friends. Start him with confidence. With glee. With gusto. With verve.

    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, at Tor (Sanchez), $3000: Jays starter Aaron Sanchez was something less than dominant in his first start this season (please note the 2.70 WHIP), so he shouldn't scare you away from any Rays. Cabrera bats third for Tampa Bay, he plays a premium position and Thursday's schedule is light.