- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 hrs ago
With the '16 NFL Draft concluded, the Yahoo fantasy crew decided to gauge how the new rookie crop might be able to positively impact fantasy football this season.
Yahoos Scott Pianowski, Liz Loza, Dalton Del Don, Andy Behrens, Brad Evans and myself convened for a quick five-round, rookie-only mock draft, with the only requirement being to draft the players based on expected fantasy production for the upcoming season.
Here's how it played out:
(Note: Comments are provided by the Yahoo who picked the player)
1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB - No brainer top rookie choice. He checks all the featured back boxes, and he'll get the luxury of handling that role behind, arguably, the NFL's top offensive line. (Brandon Funston)
2. Josh Doctson, Was, WR - This is a vote in favor of Jay Gruden, pass designer. (Scott Pianowski)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 hrs ago
Fantasy football drafting in May? Heck ya! Are you itching to mock? Deep down you are. And we are too. With the NFL Draft in the books, we recently participated in a 12-team, .5 PPR, with a FLEX, exercise to whet your whistle. Wake up from your pigskin coma, fantasy freaks. The 2016 fantasy football season is officially underway. Let the "expert" derision begin.
Pick 1: Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB1 – When he's healthy he's a beast, averaging over 4.7 YPC and absorbing more than 83% of his passing targets in 2014 and 2015. ( Liz Loza 1 )
Pick 2: Odell Beckham, NYG, WR1 – Averaging over 15 YPR, OBJ was a top five fantasy WR in 2015. Another year of experience and the addition of Sterling Shepard should only help his numbers in 2016. ( Loza 2 )
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
With an NFL Draft in the books and MLB pushing into May, there's much to discuss.
Is Ezekiel Elliott an instant lottery pick in Dallas? What other rookie running backs do fantasy owners need to know? Will a rookie tight end be an exception to the usual development curve? What receivers improved and hurt their stock at the draft?
The second half of the show is all baseball, where we discuss and break down David Price, Brandon Drury and middle-infielder replacements for those who lost Dee Gordon.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade13 hrs ago
Yu Darvish made his first minor league rehab start of the season on Sunday, and it really could not have gone much better. Darvish threw 32 pitches, allowing no hits, no runs and one walk while striking out two. His fastball routinely hit 94, topping out at 97.
Ninety-seven , you guys. That works.
If you're wondering about his breaking stuff, just look at the finishing pitch in this video. Pure wickedness.
When asked what he was thinking prior to his appearance, Darvish had jokes:
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade21 hrs ago
We've been waiting for a Taijuan Walker breakout for some time, and it’s now officially happening. He has a 29:3 K:BB ratio over 30.0 innings this season, with a 1.80 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Four of his five starts have come at home, but his FIP is 2.05 (that’s fourth best in all of baseball), and his GB/FB ratio is 2.38. Walker throws hard (average fastball velocity is 94.1 mph), and there’s a lot to like about his profile. He produces a low Hard%, is just 23 years old and continues to get better. Meanwhile, teammate Felix Hernandez’s FB velocity (89.6 mph) is easily a career low, yet he currently sports a 1.38 ERA to go along with a 28:18 K:BB ratio. I really liked King Felix as a buy low guy entering the year, but I’d actually prefer Walker moving forward.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
P Nathan Karns, Sea, $38 (at Oak) – Karns has struck out 24 batters in 22.1 innings so far this season, and he tossed seven scoreless frames in his last appearance. Oakland ranks dead-last in the A.L. in team OBP (.291), so there's no reason to fear the opposing lineup.
P Bartolo Colon, NYM, $35 (vs. Atl) – Colon hasn't given up more than three runs in any start this season, and he's facing the N.L.'s lowest-scoring lineup. At $35, he's a gift.
(Honorable mention at pitcher: Jose Berrios is a rookie with wicked stuff and he's facing the Houston Astros, a team that leads MLB in strikeouts. It's tough to bank on Minnesota getting a win in any matchup, but Berrios has a great shot at a significant K total.)
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Jake Arrieta: He had a 0.75 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP after the All-Star break last season, but I worried about his innings increase and loss of FB velocity down the stretch, so I kept Arrieta out of my top-five fantasy starters entering 2016, which was obviously a huge mistake. He’s remained dominant to open the year and would easily be worthy of a first round pick if a draft were held today. There's clearly an argument he's the best pitcher in basbeall.
Kevin Gausman: He’s back in action healthy again, and while the A.L. East is hardly ideal, Gausman owns a 12.1 SwStr% through two starts, with a 23.98 K-BB% that would rank top-10 if he qualified. He’s currently owned in fewer than 40% of Yahoo leagues.
Jordan Zimmermann: He was someone I admit I was down on entering the year, moving from the National League to the A.L., but he’s allowed just one run over 26.0 innings so far in 2016. Zimmermann’s 16:7 K:BB ratio suggests he’s been “lucky,” but he’s still been highly valuable to fantasy owners. His 6.8 SwStr% is a career low, so I’d suggest selling high, but there’s no question Zimmermann has pitched well so far in 2016.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
The joy of newness is interwoven into the consciousness of all Americans. We love that new car smell, fresh pair of Jordans feel and refreshing swig off a just cracked beer.
It’s so good when it hits the lips.
When it comes to fantasy football, this psychology permeates into the typical owner’s mindset.
For many, high-profiled, much-hyped rookies are seducing, the sirens of the virtual game. They posted obscene numbers at the college level, were drafted into favorable "good fit" situations and are destined to produce. That’s what eternal optimists, admittedly me included, often believe.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade3 days 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 Arcade3 days 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.