- Brad Evans at The Dagger14 hrs ago
ONE. BILLION. DOLLARS.
Let that soak in for a moment. Private planes, personal chefs, golden toilets, diamond-studded collars for your teacup yorkie, entire island nations in the Caribbean – they could all be yours.
That is, IF you pick an impeccable bracket.Heck, the odds are only one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.
For those non-Mathletes in attendance that's just barely over nine quintillion. Sure the likelihood of you getting mauled to death by a mountain lion, flattened by falling space junk or contracting the human version of mad cow disease is stronger, but as Lloyd Christmas mouthed so poetically in "Dumb and Dumber," "So you're saying I have a chance?!"
Enter the game. Fill out a bracket. And you most certainly will.
Lace up your Chucks, self-proclaimed bracket guru. There are limitless riches on the line.
TIP-INS – A FLIGHT FULL OF COMMON STRATEGIES
Below are five tips chock-full of pertinent info that could send you to a championship:
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade9 days ago
Yu Darvish, who punched out 277 strikeouts in a monster year last summer, Ks in the follow-up 249.5.
Andy – Huh? Too low. OVER. Yu is vicious. If anyone can strike out 300, it's this guy.
Brad – OVER. He's the Japanese/Iranian version of Roger Clemens, minus the controversy. He possess the most impressive repertoire and, possibly, endurance in the game today. Agree with Behrens, 300 Ks no pipe dream.
Scott – OVER. We're all recommending Trident, we're all Tangled Up in Yu. So long as Darvish doesn't get hurt (and there's no reason to predict that), he'll sail past this number. The adjustment to American baseball had a few speed bumps in 2012, but it was smooth sailing from the opening pitch last year.
Super Sophomore. Which second-year starter finishes with the better fantasy year: Michael Wacha or Danny Salazar?
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade12 days ago
Joe Mauer, who will retain catcher eligibility despite moving to first base full-time, overall draft position in 12-team mixed leagues 49.5. Also include your 5x5 projection.
Brandon – UNDER. I'm happy to be the bullish one in regards to Mauer. In '12, he was a top 50 fantasy hitter with a line of .319/10/85/81/8. Playing 1B full-time obviously gives him a significantly better chance to avoid injury this season and push career highs in plate appearances. Sure, he won't hit for much power, but you can take his .300 average to the bank, and he should once again push 80 RBIs and Runs. Plus, you still get to use him at catcher, a position where few reach 20 home runs (Mauer's lack of power won't hurt you here). It's also a spot where many of the rosterable backstops will be happy to finish even close to a .270 batting average (put Mauer down for a huge advantage here). I think he finishes very near to his '12 numbers.
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- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade16 days ago
Much discussed speedster Billy Hamilton, projected to bat leadoff for the Reds, stolen bases 79.5
Brad – OVER. Opinions on where Hamilton should be drafted vary greatly, but, if he can secure 475-plus at-bats and the lead-off gig, he could sail over 100 steals. And that's not the silly sauce talking. He's a once-a-generation base-stealer, akin to a Vince Coleman or Ricky Henderson. In Round 5 or Round 6 of a 12-team mixed draft, he's more than worth the risk.
Scott – UNDER, mostly because it's such a huge number. I'm not putting those expectations on any rookie, especially someone who's capable of hitting his way out of a job. During mock and magazine season, the price was reasonable on Hamilton. But now that the helium has taken over, I'm out of the mix.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade19 days ago
Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on a dozen middle infield over/unders entering the spring.
One of last summer's biggest breakout stars, Matt Carpenter, who set a blistering pace in runs last year leading the bigs with 126, plate touches in the follow-up 99.5
Brad – OVER. He's a high-contact hitter slated to bat leadoff in a favorable lineup. Only a catastrophic injury would prevent him from sailing over the 100-run mark yet again.
Scott – UNDER, since that's such a huge number. No other second baseman got past 92 runs last year, and it's a position filled with stars and name players. I'm thinking Carpenter scores around 90 runs in 2014, and I'm still bullish on his draft stock.
Andy – UNDER. Hitting triple-digits is no simple feat, you guys. It's hardly a responsible total to forecast for any player, outside the elite hitters. A single short-duration DL stint could put this out of reach.
Top Prospect face-off. Who finishes with more fantasy value come year's end: Xander Bogaerts, Brad Miller or Jurickson Profar.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade23 days ago
Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on a dozen corner infield over/unders entering the spring.
Post-hype sleeper to the third power, Chris Davis, finally slugged his way into the hearts of fantasy owners, reaching the cheap seats 53 times over 584 at-bats in 2013. Total dingers in the follow-up 39.5
Dalton – UNDER. I expect him to come very close and am in no way calling Davis a bust in 2014, but only two players hit more than 37 home runs last season. Moreover, Davis hit "just" 16 dingers over 241 at-bats after the All-Star break. It's tough to bank another 40 bombs.
Scott – Has to be UNDER. The first-half barrage was a blast last year, but otherwise he profiles to a guy with 30-something homers, a ton of strikeouts, and a handful of batting risk. I won't take him in the first round.
Andy – UNDER, but not because I dislike Davis. In fact, I think he should probably be a mid-first rounder. He'll likely give us ~35 homers in a healthy season. But it's crazy — in this era — to forecast a 40-homer line for anyone.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Dentist visits, tortoise rides, figure skating, drinking NA beer – on the scale of general excitement that’s the company the Padres keep. Though surprisingly active this offseason, the wheelings and dealings GM Josh Byrnes inked were hardly worthy enough for the TV crawl, or almost any-sized mixed league. Joaquin Benoit, Seth Smith, Alex Dickerson, Ben Paullus, Devin Jones, Patrick Schuster, Ryan Jackson, Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn were all acquired. Only the signing of Josh Johnson registered a blip on owner radars. Woo friggin’ hoo.
With an estimated payroll expected to hover around $80 million and only fair talent chopping wood on the farm, odds are long the Padres, in a division that should be commanded by heavy spenders Los Angeles and San Francisco, will seriously compete for a division crown or a wild card spot. Live down to expectations and their playoff futility will extend to eight years.
However, the Friars aren’t completely devoid of fantasy talent. Many may be reserved for deep mixed and only-leagues, but a couple names could leave an indelible mark in shallow formats. Entering spring training, here are the organization’s most pressing questions:
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 mth ago
Though many of you are still buried under the white stuff, spring training, believe it or not, is just around the corner. To get you caught up on what happened this winter and preview the upcoming season, the Roto Arcade team will break down a team each day leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting. Our ceremonial first pitch, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
For the Desert Snakes, 2013 ended the same way it began, at .500. Though blessed with a MVP-caliber season from Paul Goldschmidt, a dysfunctional bullpen, inconsistency in the leadoff spot, injuries and limited pop outside of the first baseman turned the NL West contender into a pretender, a lukewarm result that left GM Kevin Towers very unsatisfied.Sun, Mar 16Milwaukee5 - 6ArizonaGame Recap
- Brad Evans at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute2 mths ago
So your season didn't go as planned. Tortured by Ray Rice's constant ineptitude and battered by injuries, your franchise bombed, finishing just 2-11. Since you earned the No. 1 overall pick, it's time to start strategizing a worst-to-first comeback. What assets should you weigh with the top pick next year? Here are three viable candidates:
LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB – The NFL rushing title winner was nothing short of spectacular in 2013. A perfect fit in Chip Kelly's run-often system, he accumulated over 2,000 combined yards, registered double-digit touchdowns and averaged over 5.1 yards per carry. With a full season of Nick Foles under center, he could be even better. In the prime of his career, he's a more than deserving option.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 mths ago
It was a long, difficult journey. Your sorrowful squad, "Rice, Rice Baby," finished a miserable 3-10, good for dead last in your hometown league. Due to your pitiful performance, you became the subject of constant ridicule, tongue-lashed repeatedly by your 'friends.' Don't wallow in misery. Now is the time to plot next year's revenge.
On this week's forward-thinking show, Brad Evans and Brandon Funston will preview position-by-position the 2014 fantasy football season. What free agents could make noise in new places? Who should you avoid? Who is deserving of the No. 1 overall pick? What rookies are destined to impact virtual clubs next fall? We'll have the answers to those questions and, of course, attend to your Week 17 needs.
Here's how YOU can join the circus:
Roll out of bed. Percolate some brew. And lend an ear. The season-finale of 'Fantasy Football Live' is about to take the air: