- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 hrs ago
OK, you know the drill: A pair of Yahoo fantasy experts are taking a shot with Saturday’s slate….
Andy Behrens P Madison Bumgarner, SF, $58 (vs. Phi) P Brandon Finnegan, Cin, $36 (vs. SD) C Welington Castillo, Ari, $14 (J. De La Rosa) 1B Carlos Santana, Cle, $18 (A. Sanchez) 2B Brandon Phillips, Cin, $9 (D. Pomeranz) 3B Eugenio Suarez, Cin, $11 (D. Pomeranz) SS Jed Lowrie, Oak, $8 (J. Chacin) OF Charlie Blackmon, Col, $23 (S. Miller) OF Yasiel Puig, LAD, $10 (J. Locke) OF Giancarlo Stanton, Mia, $10 (J. Lackey)
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
You can fix a sandwich. You can fix a television set. Maybe you can even fix a soccer match.
Can the Cardinals fix closer Trevor Rosenthal? That remains to be seen.
Rosenthal’s been a mess for most of the year, and the mess continued Friday at Seattle. Asked to protect a two-run lead in the ninth, he quickly blew up. Kyle Seager smoked a double. Dae-Ho Lee worked a walk. And then Adam Lind ended the proceedings, crushing a low fastball into the right-field seats, a no-doubter all the way.
Although Rosenthal is a reasonable 14-for-17 on save conversions this year, that doesn’t mean he’s pitching well. He’s carrying an ugly 5.63 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. His strikeout rate was ridiculous in April, but it’s fallen for two straight months. He’s walked 21 batters (none of them intentional) over 24 innings.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade22 hrs ago
The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise's likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we're focused on yards and points. As always, we're beginning with the league's least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.
Philadelphia currently has three quarterbacks under contract for over $80 million, and the team's opening week starter is likely to be Sam Bradford. Kids, this is no way to operate your franchise in a salary cap league.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball '16 season is nearing the halfway point of the season. As we cross over into the official summer starting line, the Yahoo pundits (Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don) take a look at the the movers and shakers on the waiver wire that should pique the interest of fantasy owners. Let's get to it ...
3. Cameron Maybin, Det - He's batting .339 with eight steals over 32 games since returning to action
4. Brandon Moss, Stl - He's hitting .273/.366/.697 against right-handers, making him a must use in DFS and daily transaction leagues against RHP
3. Danny Duffy, KC - He has a 23.1 K-BB% and is starting now (that would rank No. 6 overall among starters)
3. Chase Utley, LAD - Has a .371 OBP against right-handers and often hits leadoff for the Dodgers
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
My full lineup:
SP: Masahiro Tanaka $46
SP: Jake Peavy $32
C: Welington Castillo $14
1B: Paul Goldschmidt $27
2B: Joe Panik $12
3B: Todd Frazier $12
SS: Jean Segura $14
OF: Gregory Polanco $19
OF: Peter O’Brien $13
OF: Melvin Upton Jr. $11
Tanaka has a 2.91 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and an 11.0 SwStr% this year, and the Yankees are big favorites (-200)...The Giants are even bigger favorites (-210), which makes Jake Peavy at $32 quite a bargain. There are 17 more expensive pitchers than him Friday, and Peavy has a 2.65 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP this month after a rough start to the season.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Ten years into the Mark Reynolds experience, we should have a good idea of what he is — and what he is not. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fantasy story worth kicking around here.
Reynolds has seen more of the USA than Rand McNally. He’s cashed a check from seven teams over his career, and only two of those stops were more than one season. It’s the takeaway from Everybody Wants Some — here for a good time, not for a long time.
When it comes to Coors Field, everybody certainly wants some (you want some, too). Reynolds has been useful in his partial role this year, a .290/.357/.455 slash with seven homers in 224 at-bats. And things get especially interesting if you have the flexibility to take the center cut of his production, to use Reynolds at his best.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Buzz. After a disastrous rookie season, a campaign in which the “prized” RB averaged 3.5 yards per carry and failed to score a single TD, Melvin Gordon, motivated to snap the Wisconsin RB curse, reportedly looked healthy and spry in San Diego’s recent mini-camp. Off a microfracture procedure on his left knee, he eased concern about his durability and displayed burst reminiscent of his college days. Despite his downsides, those close to the team believe he’s primed for a breakthrough.
Why ‘Flash’ is the most undervalued RB in early drafts?
Underlying data . From the curb, Gordon has the look of a money pit – broken windows, missing shingles, undesirable YPC, zero TDs. Invest in his services, critics contend, and not even the Property Brothers could rescue him from demolition.
His ‘bones,’ though, are good.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don talk about the epic Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the depression it’s caused for the latter. They also discuss the two big trades recently made and the fantasy ramifications of movement by Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague and George Hill, with Dennis Schroder becoming the biggest beneficiary. The duo conclude by previewing Thursday night’s draft in an all hoops podcast.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade2 days ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Jon Lester ($54) - With a 2.06 ERA, five consecutive Wins and 0 ER allowed in his past two road starts (15 IP), Lester is easily the surest thing on the hill among a limited afternoon slate on Thursday
SP: Tim Lincecum ($37) - Let's see if Lincecum can work some magic yet again against Oakland, a team he beat in his '16 debut on June 18 with 6 IP of one-run ball - the A's have scored just 12 runs in their past six games
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
When the 2016 season opened, Trevor Bauer wasn’t even in the Cleveland starting rotation. Now it looks like he’s finally giving us a breakout season that we’ve been dreaming about for five years.
Bauer came to professional baseball with a ton of hype, the third pick in the 2011 amateur draft. Decorated kid from UCLA, made radar guns pop. The first year he qualified for the inner-circle prospect rankings, everyone had him in the Top 12.
When Bauer’s quick run through the minors was merely good, not outstanding, we made excuses for him. Maybe he’s bored. Maybe he’ll actually be better at the top level of competition. Bauer eventually debuted with the Diamondbacks in 2012, a mountain of expectations at age 21.