- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
Kolten Wong is doing all he can to push his way into the fantasy conversation. Now we hope the Cardinals are paying attention as well.
Wong returned from his shoulder injury last weekend and he's been a smash since. He's on a 5-for-12 binge with three homers (one a walk-off job), two walks and a stolen base in that juncture. The frustrating thing for fantasy owners is that Wong's doing all this at the bottom of the lineup - he's batted seventh or eighth in every start this week. He was routinely hitting second for most of his time back in May.
Although Wong showed some pop in the minors (a .451 slugging percentage, 27 homers over a couple of seasons), his biggest fantasy appeal comes with batting average and stolen-base potential. He was a .305 hitter in the bush leagues (.367 OBP), and he swiped 20-of-21 bases in his 107 Triple-A games last year. He's 13-for-14 on steal attempts in the majors, over a modest 64 games. He knows what he's doing on the bases already, and he's still just 23.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Everyone knows Jimmy Graham is the cream of the tight end crop, the man, the No. 1 target, Top Jimmy. But things really get interesting when you get to the No. 2 spot on this year's tight end board. We polled four Yahoo scribes and actually came up with four answers, which is what we'll discuss today. Who's Sundance to Graham's Cassidy? Help us figure it out.
Del Don stumps for Thomas : I’ll acknowledge Julius Thomas has an injury history and that Rob Gronkowski likely has more upside, but he’s safely the No. 2 tight end on my board regardless. This a raw player who has just 15 career starts in the NFL (14 coming last year) after never playing football until his fifth year in college. Despite that, he hauled in 12 TD catches last season over just 14 games, and again, there’s room for plenty of growth as Thomas continues to improve his route running.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
But maybe the Reds will be just fine. Time to watch Billy Hamilton run through that door, and around the bases as well.
Hamilton was a standout in Cincinnati's doubleheader sweep Tuesday, collecting four hits, two steals and one knock-off strike (lucky as it might have been). He went 2-for-4 with four RBIs in Monday's win. He's turning into a fantasy overlord right before our eyes.
To be completely fair to Hamilton, he's turned out to be a much better real-life player than most expected. Back in March, the consensus said Hamilton would be a speed demon but a poor ballplayer in real life; someone much more valuable to fake baseball than the Reds.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
If you like to take chances with your pitching plays, Monday was your kind of night. All sorts of long shots came in on this slate, from the mound anyway.
There was Daisuke Matsuzaka spinning seven scoreless innings, Ian Kennedy laughing in the thin Colorado air. Scott Carroll was next to untouchable at Fenway, recording 20 outs against one hit. Kevin Correia was sharp for seven innings in Seattle. Chase Anderson was terrific, too.
This isn't to suggest the name brands didn't uphold their end of the bargain. My two favorite pitchers to watch, Adam Wainwright and Hisashi Iwakuma, combined for 14 bagels. James Shields got off the skids, mowing down the Rays with ease (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 10 K). Mike Leake keeps rolling along; he might be the most underrated pitcher around. Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels had the strong outings you'd expect. (Some of these guys got wins, some didn't. The balls roll funny for everybody, kid.)
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 days ago
You need a plan for the upcoming week, so let's take a look at the double-dipping pitchers for the period Monday-Sunday. As always, consider everything on this list tentative: sometimes pitchers get scratched, sometimes plans change, sometimes it rains.
1. Masahiro Tanaka (at CLE, at BAL): Wipeout splitter, good luck. 2. Johnny Cueto (CHC, PIT): A classic exception to rules. 3. Adam Wainwright (PIT, at MIL): Is this his Cy season? 4. Stephen Strasburg (BAL, at PHI): Road issues, but it's just Philly. 5. Julio Teheran (at NYM, at CHC): Evan Salfino believes now. 6. Doug Fister (BAL, at PHI): Why did Tigers give him away? 7. Hisashi Iwakuma (MIN, OAK): Might be a tiny buy-low window. 8. Madison Bumgarner (at OAK, ARI): Home/road splits likely fluke. 9. Cole Hamels (at MIL, WAS): Terrific year on lousy team. 10. Sonny Gray (SF, at SEA): That curve should be illegal. 11. Jered Weaver (TOR, at TEX): Arlington not as fearsome anymore. 12. Hyun-Jin Ryu (at DET, SD): Oddly, the road numbers are the stingy ones. 13. Jesse Chavez (SF, at SEA): Keeps his spot, Milone to Triple-A. 14. Jake Odorizzi (KC, TOR)
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Forget about the firecrackers and roman candles for a second. That racket you heard Friday night was the sound of the MLB trading season getting underway. Buckle up for an exciting month.
Two of the brightest men in baseball got together on a deal Friday, and it's a blockbuster. Theo Epstein's Cubs sent starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland, in exchange for buzzy shortstop prospect Addison Russell, first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily, and a player to be named later.
If Samardzija and Hammel had to move to the American League, Oakland is a friendly spot for fantasy purposes. While they'll miss the NL style of play (and all those hapless pitchers trying to bat), they'll get a much better overall context in Oakland. The Athletics are the top-scoring team in the majors (Chicago is 25th), and the A's also offer better relief pitching and defense (per the advanced metrics, anyway) than the Cubs did. I dare The Shark to start off 2-7 with his new team.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 days ago
Joey Votto is one of the most popular players in baseball today, and it's easy to see the reasons why. He's smart, and a frank interview. He's dealt with (and overcome) personal problems, in a very human way. He's Canadian. He's modern with his approach to the game.
Those are all good things. But fantasy baseball is a cruel, bottom-line business. And right now, Votto looks like just another guy, and someone struggling to contribute.
Votto missed four weeks with a quad injury back in the spring, and he hasn't been sharp since he returned 20 games ago. Here are the numbers: .267/.378/.360, zero homers, 14 walks, 14 strikeouts. He's still grinding out at-bats and getting on base at a good clip, but there's not much pop here. You watch him play and he looks like someone playing through an injury. Heck, just about every swing looks painful.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade9 days ago
Jesse Hahn's MLB stats don't need any window dressing. They leap off the page, and he leaps off your waiver wire. Through five starts, the rookie has posted a 1.95 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks over 27.2 innings.
But I'd like to know how anyone touched this guy at Double-A. Why wasn't he unhittable at that level?
Let's start with the most recent stuff: Hahn collected his fourth consecutive victory in Monday's 1-0 decision over Cincinnati. He wasn't that efficient with his pitch count and only lasted five innings, but we'll gladly take the result of that work: 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. The Padres made a couple of superb defensive plays behind Hahn (and behind the subsequent San Diego relievers), but Hahn also made plenty of his own luck with his ridiculous curveball. Here is your required video; watch it on a loop. Baby's got the bends.Thu, Jul 107:10 PM PDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade10 days ago
A tasty two-start pitcher is something to behold in the week-to-week roto format. Every fantasy baseball weekend, we'll do a look ahead and rank all the double-dipping options. Sugar cone sold separately.LiveNY Yankees0 - 0ClevelandFollow Game
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade12 days ago
The usual Shuffle Up rules apply. Today, we tackle the corners. Assume a 5x5 scoring format. What we care about is value forward; everything to this point is merely an audition.
Catchers were taken out of these ranks; they have their own spot.
Remember the golden rule - someone doesn't gain (or lose) 15-20 percent of bonus value simply because you own them.
$31 Miguel Cabrera $30 Paul Goldschmidt $29 Edwin Encarnacion $28 Jose Abreu $26 Victor Martinez $25 Adrian Beltre $21 Anthony Rizzo $21 Freddie Freeman $20 Todd Frazier $19 Brandon Moss $19 Kyle Seager $19 Josh Donaldson