Scott Pianowski

  • Pressing Questions: The Detroit Tigers

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Although it’s been 31 years since Detroit’s last World Series title, the Woodward faithful hasn’t had much to complain about in recent years. The Tigers are taking aim at their fifth consecutive AL Central title. The glorious run has been fueled by a mix of potent offense (no one has scored more runs since the beginning of 2013) and reliable pitching (Top 10 team ERAs for three straight campaigns). Detroit generally assembles a strong lineup and a formidable starting staff and dares teams to match it over the six-month marathon. Most opponents fall short.

    To be fair, there are subtle areas where the Tigers routinely struggle. They’ve been one of the worst defensive teams in the majors for several years now, and the bullpen hasn’t been good for a while. Detroit fans become anxious whenever the opponent puts the bat on the ball, and there’s a collective Eight Mile shriek whenever the bullpen door opens. 

    Order up a hot and ready and let's try to figure it all out. 

    How do we price J.D. Martinez after that shocking monster year? 

  • Pressing Questions: The Boston Red Sox

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    In most seasons, Fenway Park is a safe place to chase offensive production. The park is tiny and a bonanza for scoring, and the Red Sox usually have a stable of capable hitters. 

    Alas, 2014 wasn't like most years for the Olde Towne Team. A collection of slumps, injuries and mediocre players combined to torpedo the Boston offense, and with that, any hope of a championship repeat died quickly. The Red Sox finished 18th in the majors in scoring last year, a notable drop from their normal perch. Boston posted a Top 4 scoring offense in six of the prior seven seasons. (And to be fair, it hasn't been all Fenway Park; only the Yankees scored more runs on the road from 2007-2013.)

    Let's load up some Ps and Qs and see where we get.

    Q: Does a change of location help Ramirez and Sandoval? 

    I can't see how it won't. Obviously American League life has advantages for most hitters (the DH, more cycling through the order), and the ballpark change in particular is a daisy for both players. 

    Q: Where else is the offense likely to be upgraded?  

    Q: What about the pitching staff? 

  • Six Pack: Is Zach Bogosian teasing us again?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Six pickups of varying availability levels, that's what we do here. Put some batteries in the cordless mouse or keyboard and let's get some new players for your roster.

    Zach Bogosian, D, Jets (15 percent): The development curve is often a deliberate one for blueliners, especially the taller guys at the position. Even with that caveat out of the way, the waiting has been painfully slow on Bogosian, who was the third overall pick of the 2008 draft. Wasn't he supposed to be an impact player by now? It hasn't worked out that way. (Look at the two defensive superstars he was selected between.)

    Nonetheless, Bogosian is still just 24, and he's been sizzling since he returned from his lower-body injury, ringing up three goals and two assists over his last six games. He's getting some trickle-down time on the power play, he's shooting the puck aggressively, and of course there's the pedigree to chase. I added a Bogie share in one of my pools; who's with me?

  • 2015 Shuffle Up: Antonio Brown, yellow jersey

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    With only seven months until draft season kicks in, we better get some rankings out to the people. In this edition, we'll tackle the wide receivers. (Don't tackle too hard, those zebras sure are trigger-happy.)

    I'll be shuffling all the major positions out the door, one at a time, just to give us something to talk about. I'm not in any way married to these 2015 ranks or opinions; surely I'll forget many (most) of them by the time pitchers and catchers report, if not sooner. But lists are fun, rankings are fun.

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    A few rules: players at the same price are considered even; the dollar values are merely comparison tools and are arrived at unscientifically; and I refuse to rank rookies before the NFL draft. We have to draw the line somewhere.

    Marinate on the wideout prices through the overnight. I'll add commentary Wednesday, and maybe move a few things around.

  • 2015 Shuffle Up: What to do with C.J. Anderson?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 23 days ago

    With only seven months until draft season kicks in, we better get some rankings out to the people. In this edition, we'll tackle the running backs. 

    I'll be shuffling all the major positions out the door, one at a time, just to give us something to talk about. I'm not in any way married to these 2015 ranks or opinions; surely I'll forget many (most) of them by the time pitchers and catchers report, if not sooner. But lists are fun, rankings are fun.

    [Join FanDuel's $2M Divisional Round fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 17,475 teams paid]

    A few rules: players at the same price are considered even; the dollar values are merely comparison tools and are arrived at unscientifically; and I refuse to rank rookies before the NFL draft. We have to draw the line somewhere.

    $34 Le’Veon Bell $32 DeMarco Murray $31 Jamaal Charles $30 Matt Forte $30 Eddie Lacy $29 Marshawn Lynch $27 Arian Foster $26 LeSean McCoy $25 C.J. Anderson

    But when the Ronnie Hillman injury piled on top of the Montee Ball injury, the Broncos had no choice. Anderson had to play. And man, did he go ballistic over the last two months.

  • 2015 Shuffle Up: Gronkowski runs alone

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 27 days ago

    With only seven months until draft season kicks in, we better get some rankings out to the people. In this edition, we'll tackle the tight ends. 

    I'll be shuffling all the major positions out the door this week, one at a time, just to give us something to talk about. I'm not in any way married to these 2015 ranks or opinions; surely I'll forget many (most) of them by the time pitchers and catchers report, if not sooner. But lists are fun, rankings are fun.

    [Join FanDuel's $1.75M Wild Card fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid]

    A few rules: players at the same price are considered even; the dollar values are merely comparison tools and are arrived at unscientifically; and I refuse to rank rookies before the NFL draft. We have to draw the line somewhere.

    Rob Gronkowski $33 Jimmy Graham $28 Julius Thomas $27 Greg Olsen $23 Travis Kelce $22

    Martellus Bennett $20 Dwayne Allen $19 Jordan Cameron $17 Zach Ertz $17 Delanie Walker $17 Jordan Reed $16 Antonio Gates $16 Charles Clay $14

    Eric Ebron $6 Ladarius Green $6 Luke Willson $6 Heath Miller $5 Tyler Eifert $4 Vernon Davis $4 Tim Wright $4

  • 2015 Shuffle Up: Pick your Manning

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 28 days ago

    With only seven months until draft season kicks in, we better get some rankings out to the people.

    I'll be shuffling all the major positions out the door this week, one at a time, just to give us something to talk about. I'm not in any way married to these 2015 ranks or opinions; surely I'll forget many (most) of them by the time pitchers and catchers report, if not sooner. But lists are fun, rankings are fun.

    A few rules: players at the same price are considered even; the dollar values are merely comparison tools and are arrived at unscientifically; and I refuse to rank rookies before the NFL draft. We have to draw the line somewhere.

    [Join FanDuel's $1.75M Wild Card fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid]

    Have a safe holiday and we'll talk soon, Yahooligans. 

    $31 Andrew Luck $30 Aaron Rodgers $27 Drew Brees $25 Peyton Manning $25 Matt Ryan $25 Russell Wilson $24 Tom Brady $23 Ben Roethlisberger

    $22 Cam Newton $21 Tony Romo $21 Eli Manning $20 Philip Rivers $20 Matthew Stafford $18 Ryan Tannehill

    $4 Derek Carr $4 Ryan Mallett $3 Brian Hoyer $2 Geno Smith $1 Johnny Manziel $1 Mike Glennon

  • Yahoo Friends & Family Playoff Draft

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    What does a restless fantasy scribe do when the NFL season ends? Well, among other things, he assembles his flatliner roto friends and does a playoff draft.

    That's what the Yahoo Fantasy Five (plus honorary member Chris Liss) did on Monday. The playoffs make for a tidy six-team league, since 12 teams go to post and all positions will be drained by the end of the proceedings. 

    [Join FanDuel's $1.75M Wild Card fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid]

    Consider our specs, and then dive into the results, if you care to.

    - Rosters: 2 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE, 4 Flex (limited to RB/WR/TE), 2 PK, 2 DEF

    - No weekly lineups, no pickups, no further moves: everyone counts when they're on the field. 

    - Scoring: Mostly standard, though TD passes are 4.5 points, receptions are .75 points, and defenses get a mild gain for incomplete passes against and third-down stops.  

    Some general strategy considerations and other points of interest:

    Here's how the draft went down, pick by pick: 

     

    Breezy round-by-round analysis? Sure, I can provide that.  

    Here's what the final rosters look like: 

  • New York, New York: Eric Decker and Odell Beckham Jr. go ballistic in Week 17

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Normally we go Booms and Busts in this space, a story of highs and lows from the day. But with it being Week 17 and the holiday season, you're only going to get the Booms today, the happy stories. You're free to kick rocks at your frustrating Week 17 busts; please do that in the comments. Have a safe and happy New Year, Roto Arcadians. 

    Eric Decker was one of my target players in August, an affordable wide receiver I regularly scooped up in the middle rounds.

    Four months later, thanks for the validation, big guy.

    The Jets took to the air for their season-ending 37-24 victory at Miami on Sunday, with Decker and quarterback Geno Smith leading the way. Decker posted a monster 10-catch, 221-yard afternoon (on just 11 targets), and Smith was letter-perfect most of the day (20-for-25, 358 yards, three scores, maximum QB rating). The duo hooked up on a 75-yard touchdown in the third period, and made several downfield connections. No dinking and dunking on South Beach.

    As always, fantasy owners know the story. It's the ebulient dance of the recently eliminated. Nothing is as bittersweet as a bushel of fantasy points that arrive too late to help us.

  • Throwing Darts: Dialing up Le'Veon Bell and friends

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Final darts of the season, throwers. Let's try to make them count.

    This week's order will be the Colts -7, Panthers +4, Ravens -10, Broncos -14 and Steelers -3.5, using the numbers from Yahoo Pro Football Pickem, as we always do.

    I know we're guessing on Colts level of urgency, but I expect them to want to wash out the bad taste from the Dallas blowout. The Titans rarely get in anyone's way.

    [Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 17 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid]

    In the ugly NFC South, I want to take the points whenever possible. Jonathan Stewart's rebirth gives the Panthers a nifty, balanced offense. I trust Carolina's defense more than I do Atlanta's.

    Expect John Harbaugh to have his team ready after last week's nightmare. The Browns are still cleaning up the cups from the Manziel party. You can't make this line high enough for me.

    Last Week: 3-2

    Season: 39-40-1

    2013: 34-49

    2012: 50-33

    2011: 41-39 

    2010: 49-34