Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, Rangers: The Blueshirts wanted to ease Buchnevich into action, returning from a back injury, but he’s been so consistent and productive, that plan went into the garbage. Buchnevich has a nifty 2-4-6 line since returning four games ago, settling in on the second line and getting a regular shift on the power play. The Rangers viewed him as something of a project when they selected Buchnevich in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he’s already showing a dividend at age 21.
Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, Wild: His ice time is actually down a spec this year, but that’s a tradeoff we’re willing to make when all of his key fantasy stats (goals, assists, shots) are up. A modest but not-unsustainable jump in shooting percentage is part of the story, but we also have to note a boost in power-play time. He’s also skating on the first Minnesota line, clicking nicely with Eric Staal. The dual-position eligibility is a selling feature; you still still make the add in about two-thirds of Yahoo leagues.
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
Fantasy fringe players of interest in Week 14 (Monday, January 23 through Sunday, January 29)
Tony Allen, Mem, G/F (4 games – 26% owned) – Only John Wall and Steph Curry have produced more value in the Steals category than Allen since the beginning of December, and Allen has also been a positive in Rebounds, FG% and Turnovers, while averaging a serviceable 10.7 points, in that span.
James Johnson, Mia, F (4 games – 59% owned in Y! leagues) – Johnson has been a busy man of late, averaging 14 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.9 treys, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks in his past 14 games, logging 30-plus minutes in each of the past four games. His across-the-board production has produced a top 75 roto value over the past month, making him a solid play for the Week 14 H-2-H slate.
Down and out: Players to avoid in Week 14
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 2 days ago
Injuries have been the story of the week. We’re here to help, offering a five-pack of pickups for the week ahead. Under normal circumstances, all players discussed here will be available in a majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Add ’em as needed.
Khris Middleton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks, 27%
This week, Bucks fans (and the fantasy community) received good news on Middleton’s recovery from hamstring surgery. He’s reportedly eyeing a return around the all-star break, which presumably means he’ll be operating near full capacity by March. Middleton has begun putting in work in practice. Last year, he averaged 18.2 points, 1.8 threes and 1.7 steals per game. The ascendance of Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo will of course impact his usage, but he’s still likely to remain a legit asset in his core categories. The upgrade from Tony Snell for Milwaukee is almost obscene. If you’re a head-to-head owner who can afford to look ahead to the money weeks, go get Middleton.
Next week’s schedule: It’s not about next week, guys. He’s a long-range investment.
Garrett Temple, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings, 18%
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 3 days ago
This week, injuries are the story in the NBA. Chris Paul is on the shelf for 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, and Rudy Gay is done for the year with a torn Achilles. Brutal news for each player and their teams — and, of course, for the fantasy community. On Thursday’s show, Andy Behrens and D.J. Trainor will help you sort through the replacement options.
Also on this week’s hoops pod, Andy and D.J. discuss their preferred All-Star starters, and they talk second-half expectations for Khris Middleton and Ben Simmons.
Trust the process, people. Listen right here.
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 4 days ago
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days ago
Meet the new Rockies, same as the old Rockies. Colorado remains the simplest franchise for a fantasy player. Load up on the hitters, run away from the pitchers.
The Rockies are the National League’s highest-scoring team for the 2010s, and they also own the worst ERA in the majors over that period. Colorado’s scoring offense has never been out of the Top 10 this decade, and the best ERA rank is a mediocre 20th. You know what you’re signing up for. Gravity always wins.
Pinball might be fun to watch, but it hasn’t been a winning frame for the team. Too often, the model goes tilt. The last winning season in Denver came in 2010; the last playoff appearance, 2009; the last playoff series win, 2007. And with another losing season expected, if not guaranteed, we have to be careful with some of the current offensive stars — Colorado might be an aggressive seller when the midseason trade market perks up.
You’ve got thin-air questions; let’s take our best stab at some answers.
Q: Can Jon Gray beat the Colorado death chamber and become the franchises’s second star pitcher?
Q: The Rockies gave Ian Desmond how much? To play where?
SP Jon Gray
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
The NFC gave us points. The AFC gave us a grittier version of things. End result, we have a loaded Final Four in the NFL, and any potential Super Bowl matchup will be a blast.
Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to break it all down, podcast style. We’ll discuss the four departed teams, preview the upcoming games, pick winners, sort through DFS prices. Do the Falcons have a receiver of interest if Julio Jones isn’t a full-go? Does Ty Montgomery finally have full Circle of Trust privileges? Which Patriots running back is the best play for Sunday? Can the Steelers turn two superstars into an upset in Foxboro? Can the Packers and Falcons live up to the hype of a 60-point over-under?
Give us 50 minutes, we’ll give you the world.
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
Victoria Beaver Special to Yahoo Sports
The world of fantasy hockey is a busy place, so we’ll review the best and worst performers each week to help you see what you might have missed and learn about emerging trends.
Left Wing: Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild Last week’s stats: 3 games, 2 goals, 1 assist
Jason Zucker is having a strong January, with five points in six games and 16 points in his last 19 games overall. He seems to be trying to prove something to the Wild considering after getting a short-term deal coming off a lackluster 2015-16 season. With the expansion draft around the corner, rumors have been circling that the left winger may soon return to his hometown of Las Vegas.
Zucker would prefer to stay with Minnesota and is putting up the points to earn that spot. He started the season on the fourth line with limited ice time and has worked his way up to a spot in the top six. He added a goal and an assist to his season total Saturday against the Stars.
Center: John Tavares, New York Islanders Last week’s stats: 3 games, 5 goals (1 hat-trick), 0 assists
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago
• Victor Hedman, D, Lightning: Tall defensemen often need extra time to develop, so it wasn’t a surprise when Hedman’s career breakthrough didn’t happen until his fifth year. That said, this is the first season — Hedman’s eighth — where he’s going to get serious Norris Trophy consideration. The goal spike is probably tied to a little puck luck — his highest shooting percentage — but Hedman is also on pace for an absurd 59 assists. Tampa Bay needs him more than ever, in a season where Steven Stamkos has played just 17 games.
• Nathan Beaulieu, D, Canadiens: We’ll ignore the 7-1 shellacking Beaulieu and the Habs took against Minnesota, and focus on the bigger picture. Beaulieu currently checks in as a Top 30 fantasy blueliner, combining a 2-14-16 line, a plus-13 rating, 25 PIMs and 61 shots. With steady power-play time, he has a reasonable chance to push to 30 or more points by the end of the year.
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 9 days ago
Fantasy fringe players of interest in Week 13 (Monday, January 16 through Sunday, January 22)
Malcolm Brogdon, Mil, G (4 games – 58% owned) – The former collegiate Cavalier is starting to find his groove with the Bucks, averaging 14.6 points, 6.8 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 treys over his past six games – he’s the No. 56 most valuable roto asset in the Yahoo game over the past two weeks.
T.J. McConnell, Phi, PG (4 games – 33% owned in Y! leagues) – For the dish-needy owner, consider McConnell, who has seized control of the Sixers’ starting point guard role, averaging 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and1.6 steals over his past five games.
Down and out: Players to avoid in Week 13
Detroit/Oklahoma City (2 games) – All Pistons and Thunder not named Westbrook (and maybe Drummond) need not apply