- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade9 hrs ago
We have a few small weather concerns on Monday — Kansas City certainly looks like a problem — but nothing we can't manage around. As always, be sure to double-check lineups before it's too late. Now let's get to the usual bargain hunt...
Joc Pederson, OF, vs. Phi (O'Sullivan), $3300 at FanDuel: Left-handed hitters have slashed .369/.424/.730 against O'Sullivan so far this season (41-for-111, 20 XBH), which is, of course, ridiculous. Seems like a good day to stack a few Dodgers LHBs, doesn't it? I'm rolling out 2-3 in pretty much all lineups.LivePhiladelphia6 - 7LA DodgersFollow Game
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade14 hrs ago
Welcome to the research season.
Soon some 50 million fantasy maniacs will thumb through volumes of scouting reports, stats and trends to put themselves in a position to CRUSH the competition. Questions, some rhetorical and some not, will be bandied about in an attempt to separate the loved from the loathed. Can C.J. Anderson thrive in Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme? Is Tevin Coleman, battling Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith for the Falcons’ starting gig, worth the dice roll in the middle rounds? Was Martavis Bryant’s spectacular rookie stretch a mirage? Is it possible for Geno Smith to not royally suck?
However, of all the characteristics weighed, none is more divisive than date-of-birth.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
I mostly stayed away from Zack Greinke in my drafts before the season, worried about him having to receive a “lubricating injection” in his elbow in February. But that’s clearly been to my detriment, as his consecutive scoreless innings streak is now up to 27.2, a span in which he’s posted a 0.65 WHIP. He’s also allowed one run or fewer in 10 of his last 12 starts, yielding more than three in just one of 17 outings this season. Greinke’s LOB% (88.9) is the highest in MLB, so he’s clearly been lucky with runners on base, but no pitcher with a 1.58 ERA won’t have some statistical category that isn’t fortunate compared to league average. And while that will regress, Greinke has otherwise been unlucky with a modest seven wins while pitching so well for a Dodgers team with a 114 wRC+ that ranks second in all of baseball. He sports an 11.0 SwStr% and has been the No. 11 fantasy player over the past two weeks. Greinke has been one of the biggest fantasy steals so far this season.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
J.D. Martinez, OF, vs. TOR (Estrada), $4300: He’s had a pretty good 22-game run, wouldn’t you say? It adds up to a .360/.396/.849 slash line, with 13 homers and 32 RBIs. Martinez’s best output this year has come at home (.983 OPS) and against right-handed pitching (.572 slugging percentage). Take some hacks in The D. Marco Estrada generally keeps the ball in the air, too.
Gerardo Parra, OF, at CIN (Leake), $3000: Life is better with a little Rico Suave in your life. Parra carries a zesty .824 OPS against righties this year, and over the last month he’s a .356/.500/.525 man, with four homers and five steals. How is this cat owned in just 19 percent of Yahoo seasonal leagues? Did you lose your password? Start clicking, clickers.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Carlos Martinez, SP, vs. SD (Despaigne), $10000 at FanDuel: His control could still use some improvement, but Martinez has a 25.9 K% combined with a 2.20 GB/FB ratio this season. He also sports a 10.4 SwStr%, so he’s become an elite pitcher, thanks mostly to his newfound ability to get left handers out. The Cardinals are one of the most favored teams Saturday (-185), while the Padres’ .668 OPS against RHP has been the fifth worst in all of baseball this season.
Joey Votto, 1B, vs. Mil (Nelson), $3400: He has nine homers over 127 at bats with a .406 OBP and a .504 SLG at home this year. In fact, he has more walks (31) than strikeouts (30) at GAB. Jimmy Nelson has allowed a .308 BAA with a 1.76 WHIP when facing LHB.
Robinson Cano, 2B, at Oak (Graveman), $2700: He’s 7-for-14 with two doubles and a homer over his past three games, so I’m going to continue to go with someone with such a strong track record at such a cheap price.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
I'm back from vacation, thrown immediately into the DFS fire. We have some wetness in the Friday forecast, so buyers beware. Prepare to tweak lineups as needed.
Michael Wacha, P, vs. SD (Cashner), $8600 at FanDuel: OK, sure, Kershaw is the best available starter on Friday, even if he's facing a pretty fair opposing starter (Syndergaard). But Kershaw is also Friday's priciest option, massively more expensive than Wacha, a guy with a 1.10 WHIP. St. Louis hosts the Pads, and San Diego enters the day ranked next-to-last in the N.L. in on-base percentage (.295).
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. Hou (Straily), $2400: Straily is obviously a hittable right-hander and Sandoval is slashing .314/.366/.492 against RHPs this year. Panda's performance versus lefties has been atrocious, as most of you know, but he's a quality option in this spot.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
For all the time a young player spends working out, practicing and honing his craft, there’s no substitute for experience. It still stands as the best teacher, the concept of learning on the job, making mistakes, adjusting the approach, growing into the gig.
With that in mind, we present to you the case of Kyle Gibson, third-year pitcher with the Twins. Maybe things are starting to clear up for him.
Although Gibson was the 22nd pick in his draft class six years ago, his first trip around the majors was a rocky one. He posted a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts two years back, and modestly improved (4.47 ERA) in a full season last year. He wasn’t on anyone’s mixed-league radar entering 2015.Tue, Jul 77:10 PM EDTMiami at BostonPreview Game
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
"We didn't mean to auto-draft,” says Justin C. Cliburn. “But the internet in Baghdad wasn't the most reliable."
It was August of 2006. Cliburn was a specialist stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, part of a security force (SECFOR) of Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen from the 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery regiment. His squad’s role was to escort civilian training contractors to Iraqi police stations, Cliburn serving as a Humvee gunner. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today!] He also served, reluctantly and incongruously, as a first-year fantasy commissioner.
“That season the guy who was supposed to run our league was stationed down in Diwaniyah [at Camp Echo],” recalls Cliburn. “He had next-to-no internet access, so I took over.”
And still the league began with technical difficulties.
“Yeah, internet cut out right before our draft began,” says Kevin Pyle, a founding member of the OklahomIraqis League. “Every team was auto-picked. Not Yahoo’s fault. That was Iraq.”
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Name brands tend to die hard in fantasy leagues, which is why Ian Kinsler still holds a 95-percent Yahoo tag and a lofty ranking on many industry boards. But I know he’s available in one of my eight Yahoo leagues.
And he’s there because I dropped him . And heck, I was just kicking the tires (sorry, we kick a lot of tires here) after someone else dropped him a few weeks back.
Kinsler turned 33 in the middle of June, and second base sure seems like a position where it gets late early. All the attrition, all those pivots. Kinsler’s 2014 Detroit debut had plenty of category juice and was driven by full-season volume, but let’s also acknowledge he’s just a .270/.314/.397 hitter since joining the Tigers. The bat doesn’t look so special anymore. He's walking more this year, but the average and power are depressed. So are fantasy owners.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing rookie over/unders for the upcoming season.
In a recent full-point, 12-team industry draft, Joseph Randle was plucked in Round 3 (No. 32 overall). Equally mind-blowing, according to Fantasy Football Calculator his draft stock has spiked a full five rounds since late May (40.4 ADP, RB20), leaving potential investors wondering if there is enough 'meat on the bone.' With that in mind, Randle finishes among fantasy RBs this fall 24.5.