Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 14 hrs ago
February is zipping along at a rapid rate. Soon, snow will be melting, temps will be rising, and our full fantasy attention will be on the diamond.
Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are mindful of this, with Yahoo Fantasy Baseball already open for business. With that in mind, it’s time to get you up to speed on the early market trends. In today’s podcast episode, we audit the AL East.
Is Gary Sanchez certified gold or fool’s gold after last year’s explosive breakout? What aging New York outfielder looks primed for a value season? Can Xander Bogaerts hang with the elite shortstops in the AL? Is Craig Kimbrel on the downside of his career? Are Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman worth their pretty ADPs? What values can we find in Baltimore and Tampa Bay?
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 17 hrs ago
Jimmie Johnson ended 2016 with his seventh title, but don’t expect big things from him at Daytona. (Getty)
The start of the NASCAR season is here, so we have some tips to help you set your Daytona 500 fantasy lineup.
Special to Yahoo Sports By Dan Beaver
1. Denny Hamlin: His Daytona 500 win last year capped off five consecutive results of sixth or better at Daytona. He was also among the strongest in this year’s Clash.
2. Joey Logano: He saw trouble brewing ahead of him in the Clash and had the maturity to back out of the conflict. That allowed him to sweep around the crash and win.
3. Kyle Busch: He swept the top five at Daytona last year. He almost certainly would have repeated at Talladega if he had not chosen to ride in the back and protect his playoff points.
4. Kevin Harvick: He and SHR make the move to Ford this year, which seems odd to fans given his long career with Chevrolet. It has provided some solid drafting partners among the Penske pair.
33. Landon Cassill: He has earned seven top-15s in his 227-race career. All but two of those came on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 18 hrs ago
The Giants blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of Game 4 against the eventual World Series champs Cubs in the NLDS last year and immediately addressed their bullpen struggles by signing Mark Malancon to a big deal during the offseason. Buster Posey remains the face of the franchise, but starting pitching (and the expected improvement of a revamped bullpen) and defense are the strengths of the team. The NL West is competitive, as the Dodgers are once again the favorites and both the Rockies and Diamondbacks look improved and ready to compete, but San Francisco enters 2017 with a good shot at securing a wild card spot yet again (Fangraphs projects them to win 88 games), even though this isn’t an “even” year.
Let’s take a look at some pressing questions heading into 2017…
Q: Just how good is Brandon Belt?
Q: What’s the situation in left field?
Q: How good is this rotation?
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
Victoria Beaver Special to Yahoo!
The “Bye-week Curse” sweeping the NHL greatly influenced this version of Winners and Losers. This newfound phenomenon of poor performances by teams returning from break was unexpected when the league implemented the rule. So far, 16 of 19 teams have lost their first game back from break—many in spectacular fashion. Five ended their bye on Saturday of week 18. That contributed to scorers struggling to find the back of the net, so any ray of sunshine seemed bright indeed.
Winger: Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets Last week’s stats: 4 games, 5 goals, 3 assists, 1 hat trick
Laine had a red hot week. On Valentine’s Day, he recorded his third hat trick of the season, which is the most of any player. He would not cool off with at least one point in each matchup since.
Center: Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets Last week stats: 4 games, 2 goals, 1 assist
Dubinsky sailed into Sunday night’s game against the Predators with points in three consecutive games. That streak was snapped by Nashville, but Dubinsky rewarded fantasy players with nine points so far in February.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
The Mets allowed an average of 3.81 runs per game in ’16, a mark that was bettered by just two clubs (Cubs and Nationals). Unfortunately, the Mets were also adept at limiting their own runs scored, finishing with the fifth-fewest runs in the league. The result was an 87-75 record that was good enough for a Wild Card berth, but a loss to the Giants in the one-game WC playoff quickly dashed the team’s postseason aspirations.
Of course, the ’16 season might have lasted a while longer if not for the failing health of the team’s vaunted pitching staff down the stretch – Jacob deGrom (elbow) and Steven Matz (shoulder/elbow), who combined for a 3.21 ERA, spent much of the second half of the season on the disabled list, with neither healthy enough to pitch the final month of the season. Both deGrom and Matz are expected to be full-go for training camp, as is another vaunted member of the rotation, Matt Harvey, who is coming back from mid-season surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which begs the first pressing question …
Q: What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and what does it mean for Matt Harvey?
Q: What’s the story down on the hot corner?
Mets Projected Lineup
Brad Evans at Roto Arcade 4 days ago
Slaying the sportsbook is a monstrous task. Some days bettors take up residence in a penthouse suite. Other times, they curl up in the nearest ditch, shirtless. In an attempt to avoid complete destitution, I will post my picks, whether profitable or penniless, through the NCAA tourney. Check out this weekend’s selections below:
Kansas (23-3) at Baylor (24-4)
Thirteen. That’s the number of consecutive conference titles Kansas, almost unbelievably, is gunning for. Think about it. The last time Bill Self’s club failed to finish atop the Big 12, in 2001, freshman Josh Jackson, then barely four-years old, was rocking the rim on his Little Tikes hoop. Pure dominance.
Scott Drew’s kids are the last major obstacle for KU. Secure a victory and a No. 1 seed, along with another conference trophy, is a foregone conclusion. The Jayhawks took Round 1 73-68 earlier this month. In the rematch, however, Baylor’s size and three-point strikes from Manu Lecomte prevail.
Fearless Forecast: Baylor (-2) 75 Kansas 70
Virginia (18-7) at North Carolina (22-5)
What’s higher: John Wick kills or Virginia losses? The answer is obvious, but the gap is tightening.
Maryland (22-4) at Wisconsin (21-5)
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 4 days ago
Kevin Love has averaged 20 and 11 this season, earning all-star status and maintaining top-25 value for fantasy owners. Alas, he’ll be sidelined for at least six weeks following a knee scope, which means he’s a plausible drop in fantasy (depending on your format). In this week’s hoops pod, we discuss the fallout in Cleveland.
We also talked Serge Ibaka, Isaiah Thomas, Draymond Green, various Plumlees, Bobby Portis, Tyreke Evans and more in a special Friday edition of the Yahoo Fantasy Freak Show.
Give it a listen, people. And please enjoy NBA all-star weekend responsibly.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days ago
The last 11 years have been a renaissance for Detroit baseball. The Tigers have five playoff appearances over that span, including two visits to the World Series. Alas, the Bengals were never able to quite get over the hump, never able to present owner Mike Illitch with a World Series trophy to go with his Stanley Cup collection.
With Illitch’s passing on Feb. 10, it marked the end of an era in the Motor City. Say what you want about Illitch’s ability to get partial public funding to use for his sporting enterprises, but he was never shy about reinvesting in his product. Justin Verlander signed a seven-year, $180 million extension before the 2013 season. The Prince Fielder deal was a $214 million ticket over nine years. Miguel Cabrera is on the books for $28-to-$32 million over the next nine years. Illitch was worth a lot of dough, and he put that dough back into his baseball team. No one can ever say he wasn’t committed to winning.
Q: Who’s the best value on this offense?
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
Washington has won 90-plus games in three of the past five seasons and hasn’t finished below .500 since 2011. This team boasts the 2016 N.L. Cy Young winner (Max Scherzer), the 2015 MVP (Bryce Harper) and last season’s OPS leader (Daniel Murphy). The Nationals added a reliable lead-off hitter via trade in the offseason (Adam Eaton), a move that allows them to shift phenom Trea Turner back to his natural position. So it’s safe to say that there are many reasons for Nats fans to be giddy this spring.
But we should note that this team, for all its obvious strengths, is not without deficiencies. The bottom of the lineup is shaky, the back end of the rotation is nothin’ to brag about, and, as of this writing, we have no idea who will handle the ninth inning. From a fantasy perspective, however, the Nats are plenty appealing. Several Washington players are going to be selected in the opening minutes of your draft. Let’s review…
Michael Salfino at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
Special to Yahoo Sports
Let’s take a look around the American League at the player on each team who most interests me relative to FantasyPros ADP (at the time of this writing). Next week, we’ll do the same with the National League. And in keeping with the spirit of my By The Numbers work, we’re going to ground our opinions on whether to draft the player at this price in data beyond the obvious fantasy categories. Hopefully, the cited stats will prove to be at least as predictive.
Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland A’s (ADP: 178): In his last 14 starts (out of 24 total): 84.2 IP, 75 Ks, 17 BBs, 2.44 ERA, .102 isolated slugging (slugging average minus batting averaged). I don’t like arbitrary time frames. But I think it’s OK to use samples like this with rookies when you can reasonably argue that there may have been an early adjustment period that masked skills.