Scott Pianowski

  • Running Back Shuffle Up: Peterson and Lynch share the yellow jersey

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 38 mins ago

    The Shuffle Up series welcomes the 2015 NFL season. Here's an extended look at the running back position.

    We've given you extended commentarty, but for this version, it's in a spreadsheet. Peruse, copy, make it your own, shift the names around.  

    Next week, I'll have the wide receivers. Enjoy your shuffle, shufflers. 

  • Closing Time: Francisco Lindor, better than advertised

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    I’m trying to figure out what Francisco Lindor has to do to get everyone’s attention in the fantasy world. Paint a masterpiece? Save a baby from a burning building? Take the Cavaliers to a World Championship? Spend Labor Day with The Keatons? 

    The 21-year-old shortstop was a Top 10 staple on everyone’s prospect list before the season, though to be fair, Lindor’s defense was the main element driving the story. But that isn’t to suggest he can’t be a factor with the bat. A .284/.350/.402 line at Triple-A, with a couple of homers and nine steals (albeit on 16 attempts) paved the way for Lindor to join the Indians in the middle of June. 

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    A steep learning curve held Lindor back for his first three weeks (.503 OPS), but the Tribe stuck with him, thrilled with his defense and content to let him find his way on offense. Lindor kept the No. 2 spot in the order all through his opening slump, a testament to the patience of skipper Terry Francona. 

  • Daily Dime: The unstoppable Michael Brantley

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    Here are ten recommended Yahoo DFS plays for Wednesday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.

    Shelby Miller, SP, vs. COL (Flande), $44: The idea is to go with an affordable ace, keep money left over for hitting. Miller checks in as a strong -144 favorite, and the Rockies generally don’t hit much away from home (29th in weighted on-base average). Miller has a 2.01 ERA in his 12 home starts this year.

    Jeff Locke, SP, at MIA (Narveson), $33: The attack-Miami theme didn’t work Tuesday, but we’re still talking about an offense that’s 28th in the majors in runs. Like Miller, Locke checks in as a -144 favorite. There’s a lot more volatility on this side, but I’m just hoping for a six-inning start, a lead, and hopefully a victory. And I'm excited about the eight bats I'm assembling. 

  • Daily Dime: If you can't beat the Mets, meet the Mets

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    Here are ten recommended Yahoo DFS plays for Tuesday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.

    Nathan Karns, SP, vs. MIN (Santana), $43: I’m going to look to save a few bucks as I complete the mound spots, aiming for a meatier hitting component. But I’m not forgetting about the almighty win points; Karns is a -145 favorite in this spot. Karns gets the check mark in consistency (11 useful starts over his last 13), while Ervin Santana has given away 26 earned runs (and seven homers) over his last seven assignments. The Minnesota offense has also been dreadful on the road (21st in scoring). 

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Freak Show podcast

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    In Monday's podcast bursting with fruit flavor, Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski start off with the seismic Jordy Nelson news. What's the new price for Davante Adams? How are the other Packers affected? 

    Buzzy situations are covered in several other cities; we do extensive audits in Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Big names (Le'Veon Bell, Cam Newton) and smaller names (remember the Titans), we work both sidelines. And we close with a Jeremy Maclin throwdown, always a fan favorite. 

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    Give it a listen, make it a habit. 

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  • Daily Dime: Zimmermann and Wacha, plus lots of Diamondbacks

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Some DFS players will build around Clayton Kershaw for Sunday, and that’s perfectly reasonable if you feel you can find the bats. I’m going to center around a couple of secondary aces, and then look to build with first- and second-tier offense. Be sure to check the lineups and weather before you make final decisions. 

    It would be nice to have some Mets and Rockies at Coors Field, but we don't have their lineups available yet. Feel free to substitute that game into your offense, liberally, as you can. 

    Michael Wacha, SP, at SD (Rea), $51: The Padres offense has been frisky over the last few days, but it’s still a good spot for your right-handed starter (San Diego is 25th in weighted on-base average for that split). Petco Park helps a pitcher in two ways –  obviously it will corral a few mistakes, but it also encourages the moundsman to pound the zone and pitch aggressively. 

  • Closing Time: Marcell Ozuna's redemption song

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    It’s been a pesky week for outfielders. Hunter Pence hit the DL, Aaron Hicks did too. Yasiel Puig is dinged up. Joc Pederson, mercifully, might be hitting the bench (what took you so long to drop him?).  

    So you might be looking for outfield answers. And perhaps Marcell Ozuna, finally, is part of the solution. 

    You remember Ozuna, the big, slugging Miami outfielder who was reasonably good to us last year: .269-72-23-85-3. That’s solid production for an age-24 season. He finished the 2015 draft campaign around ADP 107 in Yahoo leagues, a building block for the middle of your offense. 

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    Alas, Ozuna’s production fell through the floor in the first half of the year. He had a modest .249/.301/.337 slash line through 79 games when the Marlins finally cut the cord, sending the slumping outfielder down to Triple-A. Ozuna certainly isn’t the biggest reason why Miami flopped this year, but he belongs on the list of notable disappointments. 

  • Closing Time: Is Byron Buxton ready this time?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    The post-hype sleeper is dead. Long live the next post-hype sleeper. 

    We’ve been having a roto party with Aaron Hicks, Minnesota’s snappy outfielder, but the story came to a halt Wednesday in The Bronx. Hicks suffered a left-hamstring injury in the sixth inning of Minnesota’s loss to the Yankees, and he was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list. Rotoheads will feel a sting on this one, as Hicks has been a Top 24 outfielder over the last month (.277-18-5-16-2), ultimately settling in as the team’s leadoff man. 

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    Maybe it’s a stretch to call Byron Buxton a true post-hype case – he’s still considered the top hitting prospect in all of baseball. In other words, these are the present-hype days. Alas, Buxton didn’t do much with the Twins during an earlier cup of coffee (.189 average, 15 strikeouts in 11 games), but perhaps the 21-year-old is ready to make an impact now. 

  • Closing Time: Rockies back to The Ax

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    John Axford has a 6.14 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 6.1 August innings. It might not sound like much, but it's been good enough for a promotion. 

    The likable Canadian is headed back to Colorado's closer role. 

    Manager Walt Weiss made it official Tuesday afternoon, saying Axford "looks like himself" again. Must be the facial hair. Axford has been clean in his last two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. 

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    The immediate schedule isn't particularly friendly, as the Rockies are at home all week. The scuffling, desperate Nationals kick off a series Tuesday – perhaps playing for Matt Williams's managerial post - – and then the first-place Mets visit on the weekend. If Axford is called on to protect a lead, he won't have gravity on his side. 

  • Daily Dime: Kazmir, Rea, a few big-name outfielders

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    Here are ten recommended DFS plays for Monday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.

    Scott Kazmir, SP, vs. TB (Ramirez), $45: Although the Rays offense gets an upgrade against southpaws (and we're playing one notable Tampa hitter, below), this is still the type of matchup you feel comfortable exploiting, and paying up for. Kazmir is a -159 favorite Monday and not at a prohibitive price.  

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    Yan Gomez, C, at BOS (Barnes), $11: As mediocre as the season has been, at least Gomes has stepped forward somewhat in the second half (.784 OPS). He's not facing one of the AL's aces in this draw, and Fenway Park's been handing out crooked numbers this month.