- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
On Thursday’s #YFreakShow, Liz Loza sits in for Brad Evans and calls Brandon Funston a “pet name”…must listen. Liz and Funston try to stop the Ammer Abdullah love fest, could TJ Yeldon be someone you need on your fantasy depth chart? Plus, Liz and Brandon’s Deep Sleepers, questions from Twitter and Funston cuts out early for National Draft Day in Sin City.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
I’m trying to figure out what Francisco Lindor has to do to get everyone’s attention in the fantasy world. Paint a masterpiece? Save a baby from a burning building? Take the Cavaliers to a World Championship? Spend Labor Day with The Keatons?
The 21-year-old shortstop was a Top 10 staple on everyone’s prospect list before the season, though to be fair, Lindor’s defense was the main element driving the story. But that isn’t to suggest he can’t be a factor with the bat. A .284/.350/.402 line at Triple-A, with a couple of homers and nine steals (albeit on 16 attempts) paved the way for Lindor to join the Indians in the middle of June.
A steep learning curve held Lindor back for his first three weeks (.503 OPS), but the Tribe stuck with him, thrilled with his defense and content to let him find his way on offense. Lindor kept the No. 2 spot in the order all through his opening slump, a testament to the patience of skipper Terry Francona.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade14 hrs ago
Heads-up: If you like football and giant piles of money, here's a contest that allows you to enjoy both. Give it a try. But if your only focus is baseball, we've got you covered there, too. Here's a fresh batch of daily plays...
Marlon Byrd, OF, vs. CHC (Haren), $9: Byrd has dominated Haren historically, going 14-for-33 with five doubles, one triple and three homers. At a near-minimum price, you can't pass on him here.
Carlos Rodon, P, vs. Sea (Nuno), $42: In case you hadn't noticed, Rodon has really been a beast lately, allowing just three earned runs over his last three starts (22.0 IP) while striking out 24. I'm happy to roll with him here, facing an opponent that ranks next-to-last in the A.L. in team OBP (.305). Fear Cruz, but not the rest.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Kickoff is just over two weeks away, which means it’s time to open ! Building on the newly launched , we’re now allowing entries for the first week of football season, starting things off with a $1 Million Kickoff contest.
For just a $10 entry fee, daily fantasy players have an opportunity to win up to $100,000 for first place. In addition, we’re launching deposit bonuses with a new maximum deposit of $2,000. We'll match your first deposit 100 percent and if you're a full season fantasy player, we've got an even better offer -- we'll match your first deposit 200 percent! All deposit bonuses release over time. For details and rules please, .
If you’re new to Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy, it’s everything you love about our full season fantasy leagues, but condensed to week-long contests, for cash. Instead of drafting players, you fill out a roster with our simplified salary cap and enter either big guaranteed contests or challenge your friends in a private one.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Here are ten recommended Yahoo DFS plays for Wednesday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.
Shelby Miller, SP, vs. COL (Flande), $44: The idea is to go with an affordable ace, keep money left over for hitting. Miller checks in as a strong -144 favorite, and the Rockies generally don’t hit much away from home (29th in weighted on-base average). Miller has a 2.01 ERA in his 12 home starts this year.
Jeff Locke, SP, at MIA (Narveson), $33: The attack-Miami theme didn’t work Tuesday, but we’re still talking about an offense that’s 28th in the majors in runs. Like Miller, Locke checks in as a -144 favorite. There’s a lot more volatility on this side, but I’m just hoping for a six-inning start, a lead, and hopefully a victory. And I'm excited about the eight bats I'm assembling.
- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been outlining various value plays for fantasy owners, examining ADP data and projecting whether or not a player could potentially out-produce his current price. Red flags such as a checkered injury history or a turnover in personnel often drive a player’s price down. Buying at this discounted rate in hopes of a renewed surge in production can help fantasy owners stack their rosters and win their leagues. Here is a bounce back candidate at each position to consider heading into the 2015 season.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers ADP via FFCalculator (12-team Round): 12.08 (QB19)
This time last year, hopes were high for San Fran’s bicep kissing QB. He had closed out 2013 with QB1 fantasy numbers and was the eighth highest-rated signal caller, according to Pro Football Focus. The franchise was aglow with optimism and fans were prematurely toasting in their yuppified new stadium.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
If you missed my NFC preview, check it out here. Now onto my AFC piece, once again filled with fantasy predictions.
1. New England Patriots 11-5
2. Miami Dolphins 8-8
3. Buffalo Bills 7-9
4. New York Jets 7-9
Comments/Fantasy predictions: Despite Tom Brady missing games, LeGarrette Blount finishes as a top-25 fantasy back, and Rob Gronkowski proves worthy of being a top-five overall pick...Lamar Miller remains efficient yet continues to disappoint fantasy owners, as the coaching staff still doesn’t view him as a true workhorse (he wasn’t given 20 carries in a game last season)...Ryan Tannehill also lets down his owners, finishing outside the top-15 fantasy quarterbacks. Last year’s 27 TD passes will be tough to repeat unless he greatly improves his 6.9 YPA, and there was a lot of turnaround in the Dolphins’ receiving corps.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Here are ten recommended Yahoo DFS plays for Tuesday, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.
Nathan Karns, SP, vs. MIN (Santana), $43: I’m going to look to save a few bucks as I complete the mound spots, aiming for a meatier hitting component. But I’m not forgetting about the almighty win points; Karns is a -145 favorite in this spot. Karns gets the check mark in consistency (11 useful starts over his last 13), while Ervin Santana has given away 26 earned runs (and seven homers) over his last seven assignments. The Minnesota offense has also been dreadful on the road (21st in scoring).
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
There's a large contingent of football fans that staunchly believe preseason games are completely inconsequential. To these naysayers, they're nothing more than an evaluation phase for head coaches looking to comprise the best 53-man roster possible. However, most fanatics would vehemently disagree. Exhibition action gives owners the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into potential sleepers and busts. In an attempt to decipher the meaningful from the meaningless, here are the top-five Lames from Preseason Week 2.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Here's a look at my preview of the NFC this season, loaded with fantasy predictions. The AFC version will be out Wednesday.
1. Dallas Cowboys 10-6
2. Philadelphia Eagles 9-7 (Wild Card)
3. New York Giants 8-8
4. Washington Redskins 6-10
Comments/Fantasy predictions: Tony Romo led the NFL in YPA (8.5), completion percentage (69.9) and QBR (83.6) last season. He finished with two fewer TD throws (34) than his career high despite attempting 85 fewer passes. With the team’s RB situation in flux, expect a top-five fantasy QB performance. He’s clearly a legit MVP candidate...Joseph Randle got 6.7 YPC last season (when he had 10+ yards on 22% of his carries that led the NFL) and should get the first crack at inheriting one of the best roles in the NFL – running behind Dallas’ dominant offensive line, which helped DeMarco Murray total 2,261 yards. Randle is a risk but has top-10 upside...Terrance Williams reaches 1,000 receiving yards...The Cowboys have a real chance to win the Super Bowl this season.