Scott Pianowski

  • Pitcher Shuffle Up: Where does Johnny Cueto go from here?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 hr ago

    Today we tackle the big one, the elusive one, the erratic one, those maddening starting pitchers…

    The idea is 5×5 value for rest of season. What’s happened to this point is merely an audition. I didn’t rank anyone on the DL, or anyone in the minors. Everyone seems to be more optimistic on injury returnees and hot prospects than I am.

    The prices are unscientific in nature, and players at the same price are considered even. I’m just looking for a way to show the pockets of value as I see them. I don’t look at old prices when I construct these — it’s all from scratch. I don’t even see the point of looking back there; live in the present, look to the future.

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    I welcome your respectful disagreement. Obviously you will feel passionate about what you don’t agree with, that’s why we have a game. The discussion can be deep and illuminating if you want it to be.

  • Closing Time: Wade Davis on market, Kelvin Herrera on wire

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    All things considered, Wade Davis and the Royals led a rather charmed life over the last few years. Davis shifted from a forgotten trade throw-in to a dominant closer, getting downballot Cy Young recognition the last two years. He led surprising charge to the World Series in 2014, and an eventual World Championship in 2015. He’s been as dominant as it gets in the ninth inning, a shutdown stopper, the answer to how you spell relief.

    Late July, 2016? It might be time for Davis to pack for Los Angeles — and get ready for the eighth inning. And it’s time for fantasy owners to get one more status check on Kelvin Herrera.

    This year’s Royals club probably isn’t going anywhere. Although it scraped by the Angels in Wednesday’s white-knuckle ride, KC currently is two games under .500. It’s reasonable to start looking ahead for next season.

    • Dylan Bundy first caught my eye with a seven-strikeout relief appearance against the Dodgers earlier this month, and he’s been interesting since the Orioles moved him to the rotation. Buddy offered five clean innings against Cleveland two starts back, and Wednesday’s turn against Colorado included a no-hit bid into the sixth frame.

  • Closing Time: Melvin Upton reports to Toronto, sans fantasy value

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Change has been the constant in Melvin Upton’s professional life. Team changes. Swing changes. Name changes. And as we approach the dog days of August, change is in the air again.

    Upton was shipped to the Blue Jays on Tuesday, in a curious giveaway trade. The Padres picked up Hansel Rodriguez, a largely-unknown 19-year-old pitching prospect in rookie ball. San Diego will also eat most of the remaining money on Upton’s contract, which runs through 2017.

    Upton’s given us a glorious comeback season for fantasy purposes, 16 homers and 20 steals through 93 games. The .255 average isn’t great, but he’s nonetheless graded out as the No. 26 outfielder in 5×5 value, playable in any format.

    But how much are the Jays going to use Upton? Michael Saunders, Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista are set in the outfield at the moment. And if Toronto clicks through the Upton splits, they’ll notice he’s a .903 OPS man against lefties but merely a .687 stick against right-handers.

  • Spin Doctors: Is Le'Veon Bell still worth an early pick?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Le’Veon Bell’s reported suspension took the fantasy football world by storm last week, and it presents a conundrum to fake-football owners going forward. Do we still ring the Bell in the early rounds? Two Yahooligans are here to talk it out, on opposite sides of the argument. Brad Evans takes the pro side, Scott Pianowski the con side.

    Noise to Open : No one should be shocked by Bell’s anticipated four-game hiatus. After all, the man logged studio sessions with Snoop this offseason. Secondhand defense? Despite the looming suspension, the rusher is sure to pack plenty of fantasy buzz for those willing to invest.

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    Why seek out problems with your big tickets?

  • Daily Dime: Corey Kluber, Miggy Cabrera, Trea Turner

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo DFS, check the lineups, run the weather, dominate.

    Dalton Del Don SP Corey Kluber, at Bal, $52 SP Jameson Taillon, vs. Phi, $36 C Welington Castillo, at Cin (Finnegan), $9 1B Miguel Cabrera, at CWS (Quintana), $14 2B Ben Zobrist, at Mil (Guerra), $12 3B Nolan Arenado, vs. Atl (Jenkins), $18 SS Trea Turner, vs. SD (Friedrich), $11 OF Carlos Gonzalez, vs. Atl (Jenkins), $22 OF Chris Heisey, vs. SD (Friedrich), $7 OF Carlos Beltran, vs. SF (Samardzija), $16

    Scott Pianowski SP Corey Kluber, at Bal, $52 SP Rick Porcello, vs. Min, $43 C Trevor Brown, at NYY (Eovaldi), $7 1B Miguel Cabrera, at CWS (Quintana), $14 2B Cesar Hernandez, at PIT (Taillon), $9 3B Nolan Arenado, vs. Atl (Jenkins), $18 SS Trea Turner, vs. SD (Friedrich), $11 OF Yoenis Cespedes, at MIA (Urena), $19 OF Odubel Herrera, at PIT (Taillon), $11 OF Carlos Beltran, vs. SF (Samardzija), $16

  • Closing Time: The case for Jose De Leon

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    Pitching prospects have been a mess in roto 2016, a horrible investment. Anyone who’s played the wait-and-pounce game is buried in the red.

    I’ve generally been sitting these out, but Friday morning I added a few shares of Jose De Leon. I’ve talked myself into this case.

    De Leon is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty who’s been toying with the PCL during his age-23 season. Check what he’s done over nine starts: 43.1 IP, 14 BB, 64 K, a 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP. He’s striking out 13.3 batters per nine innings, a silly ratio. The three main scouting clipboards all rated him a Top 30 prospect before the season.

    The Dodgers rotation is full of question marks, as you know. We have no idea if Clayton Kershaw will pitch again this year. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood are on the disabled list. Julio Urias won’t be allowed to pitch extensively during his age-19 season; he went four innings Thursday.

  • Closing Time: The mighty Tyler Naquin

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Tyler Naquin is five years into his professional baseball career, and it’s hard to say just who he is — and who he isn’t. But we can declare he’s one of the biggest surprises of the season, a shocker special. And the unexpected breakouts are the most fun of all.

    The Indians had high hopes when they snagged Naquin with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Naquin was a superstar at Texas A&M, the Big 12 Player of the Year. But Naquin’s minor-league seasoning progressed at a deliberate pace, and he never made it on any buzzy clipboard lists. Entering 2016, he had a career MiLB slash of .287/.359/.417 — perhaps an adequate table setter someday, but nothing special in the power department.

    Post-hype sleeper? Nah, this is more like a no-hype sleeper. I didn’t see Naquin get drafted in any of my pools this March, even after a snappy spring training.

    The opposing schedule is righty-friendly for the next couple of weeks — Cleveland only sees two southpaws over its next 11 games. Naquin is approved for add and play in all formats. The Mighty Quin is available to grab in 67 percent of Yahoo leagues.

  • Closing Time: Koji Uehara hurt, Will Harris scuffling

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel spin. If those lyrics were good enough for Paulie Walnuts, they’re good enough for us.

    Brad Ziegler was merely a depth acquisition for the Red Sox earlier this month — the idea wasn’t for him to close in Boston, even with Craig Kimbrel hurt. Koji Uehara seemed up to the task. Alas, Uehara strained his right pectoral muscle at the end of Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over the Giants, and given that he’s 41 to begin with, a disabled list stint appears likely (and now it’s official, he’s on the 15-day DL).

    Ziegler’s ownership tag dipped a bit after the trade back to the AL, so make sure he’s not floating around the wire. He doesn’t have the type of profile we generally look for in a closer — just 29 strikeouts in 41.1 innings, a 1.38 WHIP — but Ziggy can play the ninth. His handshakes are as good as anyone else’s, and he sure looks like the last man standing in The Hub at the moment. And at least the Red Sox are a winning club.

  • Shuffle Up: How good is Francisco Lindor?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Rest-of-season value is what we’re after. What’s happened to this point is merely an audition.

    Today, we rank all those eligible at middle infield (second base, shortstop).

    Assume a 5×5 scoring system. Players in the minors, suspended, or on the DL do not get ranked. I’ll add commentary later, and reserve the right to make some changes. Win the discussion, win the rank. Players at the same cost are considered even.

    If I’ve missed someone, let me know.

    If you have disagreement, I’m all ears — so long as you have a reason. Remember not to add or dock value from the players just because you like them, dislike them, roster them, etc.

    $31 Jose Altuve $27 Francisco Lindor $27 Manny Machado $26 Ian Desmond $26 Xander Bogaerts $23 Carlos Correa $23 Robinson Cano $20 Corey Seager $19 Trevor Story $19 Jason Kipnis $19 Ian Kinsler

    It’s common to hear about a pitching prospect who might be bored in the minors, fiddling around with pitches, lacking some focus. The narrative doesn’t seem to apply to hitters as often, but perhaps Francisco Lindor is an exception.

  • Daily Dime: David Price and Dallas Keuchel on Sunday

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 18 days ago


    Here’s a look at some Sunday DFS options. We’ll focus on the slate that begins at 2:10 pm ET.

    Before you commit to anything, be sure to double-check the lineups and the weather.

    P: David Price, vs. TB, $47 P: Dallas Keuchel, vs. HOU, $36 C: J.T. Realmuto, vs. CIN (Reed), $17 1B: Chris Davis, vs. LAA (Lincecum), $22 2B: Kolten Wong, at MIL (Guerra), $7 3B: Todd Frazier, vs. ATL (Foltynewicz), $11 SS: Eduardo Nunez, at Tex (Griffin), $17 OF: Giancarlo Stanton, vs. CIN (Reed), $19 OF: Ryan Rua, vs. MIN (Milone), $13 OF: Randal Grichuk, vs. MIL (Guerra), $10

    Keuchel’s a different pitcher at home, and Price gets to take dead aim against a Tampa team that’s stumbling right now. We needed some exposure to Lincecum; Davis has two-homer upside. Rua is one of the most underrated lefty crushers in the game right now.