- Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
The Yahoo Fantasy Football ’16 season is officially in the crosshairs. With NFL teams kicking off training camps this week, Brandon Funston, Liz Lozaand Scott Pianowski take a look at the players they’ll be watching most intently over the next month. Let’s get to it …
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Friday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Max Scherzer $58
SP: Rick Porcello $43
C: Evan Gattis $13
1B: Chris Carter $10
2B: Jurickson Profar $7
3B: Joey Gallo $9
SS: Alex Bregman $7
OF: Mookie Betts $25
OF: Bryce Harper $16
OF: Nomar Mazara $11
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
The Nationals are in a good spot as we get ready for the final third of the baseball season. They’re five games clear in the NL East, just about a sure playoff team.
But in the ninth inning, nothing is sure in Washington these days.
We mentioned Jonathan Papelbon’s slump earlier in the week, and the mess continued Thursday at San Francisco. Papelbon allowed two of three batters to reach in the ninth inning, protecting a three-run lead, and with that, Dusty Baker went to a quick hook. Lefty Oliver Perez faced a couple of batters (one reached, one retired), and then Shawn Kelley ended the game with a strikeout.
Baker wasn’t showing his bullpen blueprint after the game. “I don’t know,” Baker said, when asked about the closer usage. “You’re asking me some questions, and the game just ended. I don’t know at this point.”
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade10 hrs 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.
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.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade10 hrs ago
Rex Ryan’s theme song is “Hot in Herre.” But please Rex, don’t take off all your clothes. Pressure is mounting for the second-year Buffalo coach to lead a winner and challenge New England for a division crown. Though odds of the ‘Fightin’ Jim Kellys’ achieving that are rather long, they feature a handful of titillating fantasy players. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza circle the wagons and discuss key Bills.
According to the horse’s mouth, Sammy Watkins is nearing 100 percent after undergoing foot surgery earlier in the offseason. Because pedal-related setbacks can linger, should fantasy investors BUY or FLY on the wide receiver at his 29.1 (WR17) ADP?
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Jose Fernandez ($59) – He costs a pretty penny, but given his track record at home (9-1, 1.63 ERA) and the mostly coin-flip options among starters on Thursday’s slate, I think he’s worth the investment (hosting St. Louis)
SP: Johnny Cueto ($51) – Cueto, hosting the Nats, has also excelled in home tilts, producing a 2.43 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in nine home starts this season
C: Salvador Perez ($10) – Not an ideal matchup as he’ll face Texas LHP Cole Hamels, but Perez will have the righty vs. lefty advantage and the All-Star comes at a very palatable price
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Will Wade Davis soon be hugging on west-coast time? (AP) 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.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
In an on-again, off-again relationship reminiscent of Ross and Rachael from ‘Friends,’ Jets management and Ryan Fitzpatrick finally exchanged vows after a months-long impasse. Now with the Magic back and given the team’s proposed RBBC, a number of prominent fantasy names have lingering question marks. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Dalton Del Don touch on all things J-E-T-S!
Writers close to the organization reported in recent days Matt Forte’s workload will be curtailed this year, prompting concerns a timeshare system will be implemented. OVER/UNDER average touches per game for the former Bear 14.9?
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Wednesday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Yu Darvish $46
SP: Jason Hammel $43
C: Willson Contreras $11
1B: Chris Davis $14
2B: Ben Zobrist $11
3B: Manny Machado $15
SS: Addison Russell $16
OF: Ryan Braun $19
OF: Andrew McCutchen $15
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury $10
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Melvin Upton’s fantasy value, going going gone (AP) 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.