Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 21 hrs ago
The Super Bowl matchup is set, and it’s a doozy. The Falcons ran the NFC, assembling one of the best offenses of all time. And the Patriots are a well-known bully in the AFC, going to the seventh Super Bowl of the Brady-Belichick era.
Scott Pianowski and special guest Chris Liss of Rotowire are here to sort it all out: Championship Game takeaways; Super Bowl expectations; 2017 fantasy look-aheads. We’ll talk coaching strategy, next year’s running-back board, and how to price players like Jordy Nelson and Matt Ryan. We’ll also talk about Liss’s extended visit to Europe.
Give us 55 minutes, we’ll give you the world.
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
After a three-year run of playoff appearances, everything went wrong for the Pirates in 2016. A collection of slumps and injuries crashed their record to 78-83, a 20-win drop from the previous season. And if you made a fantasy investment, you felt the pain, too.
Andrew McCutchen had the worst season, by far, of his eight-year career. Francisco Liriano fell apart. Gerrit Cole broke down. One of the kid pitchers worked out (Jameson Taillon), one of them didn’t (Tyler Glasnow). The season was such a lost cause by the middle of the summer, the club punted — shipping closer Mark Melancon to Washington (he’s since moved on to San Francisco).
Nobody is expecting a major rebound from the Bucs in 2017 — they’re 50-1 to win the World Series, and merely the seventh choice on the NL Pennant board. The National League, and the NL Central in particular, clearly runs through Chicago now. The Pirates still have an enviable outfield — no matter what you make of McCutchen at this stage of his career — but their infield and pitching drag them down to the middle of the pack.
Ah, but that’s all real life stuff. We’re just here for the numbers. Get the Ps and Qs loaded up.
Pirates Projected Lineup
Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade 1 day ago
Victoria Beaver Special to Yahoo Sports
As week 15 starts and players get ready for the All-Star break, we review who was worth your money in fantasy hockey and who fell short of expectations.
Left/Right Winger: Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 2 goals, 3 assists
With the Wild looking down on the west from their high northern tower, fantasy owners scramble to claim any shooter they can get from the team. Left/right winger Niederreiter was the most active addition this weekend in many leagues.
In the past week, he scored two goals and three assists. Two goals came against Arizona in a tight 4-3 game, including the game winner. Both were scored on power-plays. Entering All-Star weekend, the Wild have interdivisional matchups with Dallas and St Louis. Niederreiter has a combined three goals and two assists against these teams.
Center: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Last week’s stats: 4 games, 4 goals, 1 hat trick, 4 assists
Defenseman: Brooks Orpik, Washington Capitals
Last week’s stats: 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, +5 rating, 2 shots on goal
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 days ago
Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 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 8 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.