- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade13 hrs ago
In a move that triggered more tears than the ending to “Field of Dreams,” the Tennessee Titans crushed DeMarco Murray supporter hopes by selecting Heisman winner Derrick Henry in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.
Thanks a million, Jon Robinson.
The move adds yet another maddening timeshare to a league overpopulated with them.
Henry is a see hole, smash hole type of rusher, a player who hearkens back to the days of Brandon Jacobs. Frankenstein-like on early downs, he uses his muscular frame to brutalize would-be tacklers. He's terrific in short-yardage, intimidating on the second level and possesses surprising wheels off the edge for a player of his size (six-foot-three, 247 pounds).
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade22 hrs ago
My full lineup:
SP: Corey Kluber $55
SP: Steven Matz $42
C: Matt Wieters $9
1B: Joey Votto $14
2B: Howie Kendrick $9
3B: Nolan Arenado $24
SS: Andrelton Simmons $9
OF: Justin Upton $13
OF: Carlos Beltran $11
OF: Billy Hamilton $13
Kluber has a 4.67 ERA but that’s come with a 29:5 K:BB ratio over 27.0 innings and a 1.07 WHIP. The Indians are the biggest favorites during Friday’s slate...Matz is similar to Kluber in that he has a poor ERA (5.40) to go along with a dominant K:BB ratio (18:4 over 15.0 innings). Let’s bet on the peripherals and skills here.
Wieters is off to a slow start, but the switch-hitter performs better against lefties and is dirt cheap...Votto hit .362/.535/.617 after the All-Star break last season and there are 23 first basemen with a higher price tag Friday...Arenado isn’t at home, but Chase Field is the next best thing, and he gets a lefty.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
Thursday night in Los Angeles, Dee Gordon helped the Marlins beat the Dodgers. He had a hit and a double, scored a run, nudged his OPS up a couple of points.
Before the team could get back to the hotel, Gordon was on the suspended list. He’ll miss 80 games, without pay, for violating the league’s drug policy. According to MLB, Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing drugs. Gordon claims he took the substances unknowingly.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Ear-to-ear grins. Mom tears of joy. Goodell bear hugs. ... Round 1 of the NFL Draft was filled with the usual enthusiasm.
For fantasy purposes, though, the excitement level climbed to stratospheric heights for only a very select few as a pair of highly though of college stars including Corey Coleman (Cleveland) and Laquon Treadwell (Minnesota) landed in undesirable locales.
But enough about Thursday's biggest losers, here are the clear-cut fantasy winners from Day of the NFL Draft:
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
A full day of drafting is in the books, and Myles Jack isn't the only massively talented prospect still waiting to hear his name called.
Here are three potential impact skill players still available, likely to be drafted on Day 2:
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama – Henry earned pretty much every trophy available to him last year — the Heisman, Maxwell, Doak Walker, three CMAs, a Grammy, two local Emmys, etc. He was the centerpiece of a punishing Alabama run game, dominant in the biggest moments, and he was a freak at the combine. In the right team context, running behind an O-line that allows a clean first step, he'll be a beast as a pro.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Dalton Del Don and Brandon Funston open with some NFL draft talk, discussing ideal landing spots for Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry. We also talk about who should go first, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? The duo then transition into baseball, going over stars such as Joey Votto, Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez (among others) who are off to slow starts and what to do with them. Finally, we finish dissecting possible buy low candidates whom fantasy owners should be targeting in trades.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
My full lineup:
SP: Jake Arrieta ($57) - He's not cheap, but with 15 consecutive winning decisions and 24 consecutive quality starts, there's the highest of likelihoods that you'll get what you pay for.
SP: Tanner Roak ($39) - Coming off a career-best 15 K effort and hosting a Phillies team that has scored the fewest runs in MLB to this point.
C: Dioner Navarro ($7) - For $7, you can do alot worse than a backstop riding a five-game hitting streak that includes two home runs, a triple and a double.
1B: Ben Paulsen ($16) - At home (Coors - cha-ching!), facing Juan Nicasio, who has an ERA of 5.79 over his past three starts and a career ERA over 5 at Coors Field.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
There’s nothing particularly exciting about Joe Smith, veteran relief pitcher. He has an ordinary name, ordinary stuff, a somewhat forgettable role as a set-up man. But the Angels know he’s the stand-in closer for when Huston Street needs a maintenance break, something we come to expect at least once a season.
And now we’re at that period of the time, the temporary changing of the guard.
Street is dealing with an oblique injury and will go on the disabled list at some point before the weekend. This comes with the territory when you draft Street — he’s averaged 55 innings per season since 2009, and has never gone past 62.1 innings in that period. He’s not the king of durability. This isn’t a six-month cruise.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
My full lineup:
SP: Scott Kazmir $37
SP: Matt Moore $36
C: Nick Hundley $12
1B: Mark Reynolds $14
2B: Howie Kendrick $9
3B: Nolan Arenado $24
SS: Troy Tulowitzki $16
OF: Mike Trout $20
OF: Jose Bautista $23
OF: Brandon Barnes $9
Kazmir hasn’t pitched well this season, but he’s reasonably priced for a team highly favored to win Wednesday...It’s unclear if Moore can keep it up, but he’s been dominant so far, sporting an 11.6 SwStr% that ranks top-20 among all starters in baseball. Moore’s K-BB% of 20.4 is also top-20 in major league baseball.
I’m stacking Rockies at Coors Field against lefty Jon Niese. Arenado is the no-brainer, while Hundley, Reynolds and Barnes are going the cheap route. There’s hardly a guarantee Barnes is in Colorado’s lineup, so have alternatives ready...Kendrick is off to an ugly start, but he’s a career .291 hitter who’s at home facing a southpaw. There are 24 second basemen more expensive.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Eight days ago, I spent a day on the Alex Wood bandwagon. I was in for a night, ready to dial him up with confidence.
That’s what the Atlanta Braves on the schedule will do to you.
As it turns out, Atlanta kicked Wood around that Tuesday evening — scoring an easy 8-1 victory. That’s the last highlight we’ve seen for the Braves.
How bad is the 2016 club down in Hot 'Lanta? How much time do you have? The 4-16 record is easily the worst in baseball. Atlanta is 1-12 at home, winning only that game I mentioned above. The pitching has been a mess, posting a 4.85 ERA (fifth-worst in the majors).
And then there’s the offense, which goes past bad — this could be a historic disaster. The Braves rank dead last in scoring, slugging percentage and weighted on-base average. They’re near the bottom in several other categories. And they’ve hit just three home runs, an absurd total through 20 games.