Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 17 hrs ago
Meet the new Rockies, same as the old Rockies. Colorado remains the simplest city 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?
D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day 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 1 day 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 4 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 4 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
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 4 days ago
Because even the best fantasy rosters can use a little help on occasion, we’re 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 as needed.
T.J. McConnell, PG, Philadelphia 76ers, 32% owned
Can you use, say, 8.7 assists per game? Good, because that’s McConnell’s per-36 average so far this season. He’s ascended to the starting role in Philly, and it looks like he has no intention of returning to understudy minutes. Over his last five games, he’s played at least 34 minutes every night with no fewer than six assists. He’s also strung together four straight multi-steal games. And of course you already know about the game-winner against New York. He might be nothing more than a two-category specialist, but finding assists on the wire is no simple thing.
Next week’s schedule: at MIL, vs. TOR, vs. POR, at ATL
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks, 25%
Caris LeVert, SG, Brooklyn Nets, 6%
Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 5 days ago
It’s a very special fantasy hoops edition of the Freak Show, in which we discuss NBA trade possibilities, the return of Ben Simmons and — of course — the lifeless, withering husk of the New York Knicks. Because Phil Jackson’s squad isn’t receiving enough attention.
In the second half of Thursday’s show, we review the most added and dropped players in Yahoo fantasy leagues, searching for opportunities. If you’re looking for thoughts on T.J. McConnell, Buddy Hield, Al-Farouq Aminu, and/or various Bulls, we’ve got you covered. Please join Andy Behrens and RotoWire NBA expert D.J. Trainor for a sweep of the week’s top fantasy hoops stories.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 days ago
We’re not too far from pitchers and catchers reporting, and Fantasy Baseball Draft Season will be here before you know it. With that in mind, we’re going to bounce around the next couple of months, trying to give you some fantasy advice on a team-by-team basis. Mind your Ps and Qs, gamers; it’s time for another season of Pressing Questions.
Although the Red Sox were quickly bounced form the 2016 playoffs, then lost David Ortiz to retirement, expectations are sky high for the new season. Boston is currently the favorite to win the AL Pennant, per the betting pools, and only the World Champion Cubs have lower World Series odds. The blockbuster trade for Chris Sale generated a deafening buzz in The Hub, and the Red Sox roster doesn’t have many obvious weaknesses. And if something appears leaky in season, GM Dave Dombrowski is sure to be aggressive, looking for a fix. This is a team built to win now and, in a sense, desperate to win now.
Q: What is Andrew Benintendi ready to do?
Q: Where did this Sandy Leon spike come from?
Q: Will the real Jackie Bradley Jr. please stand up?
Sandy Leon, C
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago
If you like home teams and big favorites, the Wild Card round was perfection. If you prefer competitive and compelling football, not so much.
Every NFL Monday is about looking back and looking ahead, and that’s what Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to do. We start with a look at the four departed teams — the Raiders, Lions, Dolphins, and Giants — with an eye towards their fantasy future.
Is Amari Cooper ever going to be the preferred red-zone option in Oakland? Where does Matthew Stafford go from here, in Year 2 of the post-Calvin era? Is the Jay Ajayi breakout season something we can trust going forward? Is Eli Manning still a reliable fantasy commodity? Heck, is Eli a Hall of Famer?
Give us about an hour, we’ll get you ready to go.
Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade 11 days ago
Isaiah Thomas: Over the last two weeks, he’s averaged 32.0 ppg, 7.0 apg and 4.0 3pt while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 95.7 from the line, when he’s been the No. 1 overall fantasy player. Thomas is recently coming off a game in which he scored 52 points while committing just two turnovers (he scored 29 points in the fourth quarter), and he’s 38-for-38 at the line over his last four contests. He’s going to win a lot of fantasy owners titles this year.
Nikola Jokic: He got off to a rough start, but over the last two weeks, Jokic has averaged 18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 5.7 apg and 0.9 spg while shooting 61.9 percent from the field, when he’s been the No. 21 ranked player. During that timeframe, he’s actually been the No. 8 ranked player on a per-36 minute basis, as Jokic is suddenly living up to expectations after a slow start.
Kent Bazemore: He had a dud Thursday and has been a bust this season after breaking out last year, but his Usage Rate is about to see a huge boost with Kyle Korver traded to Cleveland, and Paul Millsap is on the block as well. Bazemore was a top-75 player last season.