Scott Pianowski

  • Homer History: When Reggie Jackson cemented himself as Mr. October

    Scott Pianowski at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    “Oh, what a blow! What a way to top it off! Forget about who the most valuable player is in the World Series! How this man has responded to pressure! Oh, what a beam on his face -- how can you blame him? He’s answered the whole world! . . . What a colossal blow!"

    -- ABC's Howell Cosell, describing Reggie Jackson's third home run in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series

    I’ve seen this home run about 1000 times (say 700 on tape, 300 in my head) and it just occurs to me now: Howard Cosell and Reggie Jackson probably peaked at the same time, on this majestic World Series-wrapping homer. Cosell is running amok, overshadowing his boothmates like an oversized dump truck.

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    Otherwise, baseball in 1977 pretty much belonged to Reggie Jackson, though it took a whole for him to get there. Ebb and flow, timing and space, arrogance and insecurity, hot print and sound bytes. And then he seals it all with a 475-foot jack, a freshly-minted nickname, and the biggest city in the world eating out of his hand.

  • Goal! Yahoo launches Premier League DFS on Saturday

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    You wanted DFS Premier League soccer, and now you’ve got it. Yahoo is excited to launch its game this weekend, starting with the Saturday EPL slate. Feel free to start building your lineups inside the game ASAP. 

    Here’s some of the stuff you need to know. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Soccer contest now ]

    If you want to jump-start your weekend with the full eight-match Saturday slate, including the early Leicester City at Manchester City showdown, select the 7:45 AM EST card. If you want to sleep in a bit, go with the 10 AM EST card, which includes the other seven games.

    Like any true soccer experience, you’ll be selecting your Best XI. Here’s how your 11-man roster breaks down (it’s a 3-4-2-1-1):

    - Three Defenders

    - Four Midfielders

    - Two Forwards

    - One Utility (F/M/D)

    - One Goalkeeper

    Knowledge of the scoring system is critical, of course, especially in a dynamic DFS game like soccer. Here’s how it breaks down:

    For Defenders

    For Goalkeepers

  • Monday Fantasy Freak Show: Manning, Megatron, Mets and more

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    There’s something for everyone in Monday’s Yahoo Fantasy Freak Show.

    We start off with some NFL: Super Bowl predictions, Peyton Manning’s career status, Calvin Johnson’s retirement rumors, Eddie Lacy’s battle of the bulge. Then we swing down to Nashville for some NHL All-Star Game chat; we give you some hot stove talk with Fantasy Baseball (yes, Yahoo’s game is now open); and we close up shop with Senior Bowl scouting notes (and some theory talk about NFL fantasy 2016).

    Liz Loza and Scott Pianowski are here to help. It’s an hour well spent. Do the download. 

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  • NHL Stock Watch: A Shark Sandwich with Joe Thornton

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago


    Joe Thornton, C, Sharks: San Jose has earned a point in 10 straight games, a blistering 8-0-2 run, and it’s Jumbo Joe leading the way over that span (2-12-14). He’s been the NHL’s top assist man for January, and only two players (one of them linemate Joe Pavelski) have a better monthly rating than Thornton’s plus-10. Perhaps this is the year San Jose gets over its playoff demons? 

    Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avalanche: While January has been his lowest scoring month to date, it hasn’t been for a lack of opportunities — MacKinnon has a league-leading 56 shots this month. He’s on pace to set career bests for goals, shots and ice time, quickly making us forget about last year’s messy sophomore slump. MacKinnon looks like someone who will win a scoring title someday. 

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  • Fade Into You: Why I remain a Yoenis Cespedes fantasy skeptic

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    I was one of the biggest Yoenis Cespedes skeptics lastyear, perhaps the biggest of all. And it wasn’t a fun time to be swimming against the tide.

    Cespedes’s fourth MLB season was far and away his best, a career year. He set new personal bests in a slew of categories — home runs, RBIs, runs scored, OPS. His batting average was just a point below his rookie-year mark. And it’s hard to forget how Cespedes crushed the National League after his deadline deal to the Mets — a .287/.337/.604 slash, with 17 homers in 57 games.

    So what’s the play in 2016? I don’t know about you, but I’m doubling down (maybe it's tripling down). I’m fading again. I’m pretty sure I won’t have a single Cespedes shares on my 10-15 Fantasy Baseball teams this year.

    1. You generally don’t invest after a career year

  • Shuffle Up, Defense: Blues Before and After

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    And now it's time to Shuffle Up into the hockey season. The dollar values are unscientific; they're used as a manner to compare the players. Anyone listed at the same price is considered even.

    We'll look at the forwards and goaltenders in subsequent editions. 

    $31 Erik Karlsson $27 Brent Burns $27 Kris Letang $23 P.K. Subban $22 John Klingberg $22 Oliver Ekman-Larsson $21 Justin Faulk $20 Dustin Byfuglien $20 Roman Josi $20 Shea Weber $19 Drew Doughty $19 Duncan Keith $18 Kevin Shattenkirk $17 Tyson Barrie $16 Mark Giordano $16 Victor Hedman $15 Ryan Suter $15 Rasmus Ristolainen $14 Shayne Gostisbehere $13 John Carlson $13 Brent Seabrook $13 Keith Yandle $13 Jake Muzzin $13 Marc-Edouard Vlasic $12 Zdeno Chara $11 Alex Pietrangelo

    When it comes to high-end picks, just showing up has some value. When good players make it through the balance of a season, you’re probably going to get most of your draft-day cost recouped, if not turn a profit. With that in mind, the St. Louis blue line hasn’t been a major failure. Nonetheless, to be fair, it has been a noted disappointment. 

  • Monday Fantasy Freak Show: Cam Newton storms into the Super Bowl

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    Let's hear it for that Broncos defense. Let's hear it for Cam Newton. And let's hear it for Philly Brown and Owen Daniels, too. 

    On Monday's highly collectible Freak Show podcast, Liz Loza and Scott Pianowski give you an hour-long football fix. We'll break down what happened in the Championship Games, talk about the future for the Patriots and Cardinals, and give an advance look to Super Bowl 50. Get out your clipboards and notepads, let's try to figure it all out. 

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  • NHL Stock Watch: Patric Hornqvist finds the range

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    STOCK UP  

    Patric Hornqvist, RW, Penguins: You know you'll get a boatload of shots with Hornqvist, but they don't always lead to a bushel of points. Alas, the scoring has come easily over the last six games (2-7-9), as he's making sweet music on a line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. And yes, Hornqvist has 23 shots over that segment, along with three points on the power play. Ride the wave. 

    Sam Bennett, C/LW, Flames: Calgary's flashy first line is hard to look past, but the Bennett is making things exciting on the second trio. The fourth overall pick from the 2014 draft is on an eight-goal binge over his last five games, piling up 17 shots over that period. You love the dual-position eligibility, and anyone with this high a pedigree has to be chased when the lamp gets hot. 


  • NHL Stock Watch: Give em hell, Connor Hellebuyck

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 22 days ago


    Connor Hellebuyck, G, Jets: Although Hellebuyck wasn’t considered a major prospect when he finished his schoolboy career in Michigan — merely a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft — his star quickly rose through a year of junior hockey and two unreal seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (38-12-1 record, 1.60 goals-against average, .946 save percentage). Those are silly stats, numbers that look like a mispunch on the keyboard. It looked like Winnipeg at least had a long-term prospect on its hands, depending on what U.S. College hockey results mean to you.

    On second thought, speed up that timetable. The future is now.

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  • Monday Fantasy Freak Show: Wild-card wrap, divisional preview

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 27 days ago

    You want star power and buzzy matchups, you got it this coming weekend. 

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    Carolina and Seattle meet Sunday in what could be the Game of the Year. Will Doug Baldwin's touchdown tour continue? Will Cam Newton's Superman act keep the Legion of Boom at bay? Wither Marshawn Lynch?

    The Steelers rolled up the Broncos three weeks ago; what happens in the rematch? Does Green Bay have a shot at Arizona, not long after Week 16's blowout loss? Did a bye week cure what ails the Patriots? Did we learn anything about the Chiefs in their ridiculously-easy 30-0 win at Houston? 

    We're also going to look back on this program, discuss the dearly departed. We open the show with post-mortems on the Vikings (hiya, Adrian Peterson), Bengals (leaving, Hue Jackson?), Redskins (are you real, Kirk Cousins?) and Texans (are you through, Brian Hoyer?). The Divisional Round preview is on the second half of the episode.