- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade14 hrs ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Jake Arrieta ($59) - The Cubs haven't lost in Arrieta's past 23 turns - pay the price, as the win is all but a guarantee.
SP: J.A. Happ ($39) - Happ has produced two straight quality starts, and has beat the Yankees in Quality Start fashion in each of his previous two meetings this season with his division rivals.
C: Stephen Vogt ($10) - Vogt has done most all his damage against right-handed pitching this season, and he'll face Minnesota RHP Tyler Duffey, who has allowed 11 runs in his past 12 IP.
1B: Joey Votto ($17) - The Canadian Club is finally starting to heat up, having launched two home runs in his past four games. Now he'll go to Colorado, where he'll face Rockies RHP Jon Gray, who owns a 7.47 ERA at Coors this season.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade16 hrs ago
Memorial Day has come and gone. We're a day from June. It's a critical time in fantasy baseball.
Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to help.
The Yahoo scribes have a different view of Byron Buxton's recall, comments on Matt Harvey, ideas for Adam Duvall. Other potential pickups discussed: CC Sabathia, Matt Shoemaker, Mike Napoli. The scribes also offer some brief sidebars, touching on NBA topics, the rules of soccer and hockey, and two recommended documentaries. Spend some of your Tuesday with us.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade17 hrs ago
After Monday's two-homer binge at Coors Field, Adam Duvall now ranks third in the N.L. in slugging percentage (.606), tenth in OPS (.911) and he's tied for fourth in long-balls (13). You would think a guy with those power credentials would be universally owned in fantasy leagues, but, well ... no. Not close. Duvall remains available in more than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues, despite his 40-homer, 90-RBI pace.
We've endorsed Duvall around here a time or two already, so we shouldn't need to take a deep dive into his professional history. We'll just remind you that the 27-year-old hit for power at every minor league stop, with a pair of 30-bomb seasons included. He's cleared the fence six times in his last eight games, which is insane, and he's playing every day for Cincinnati. He gets three more appearances at Coors this week, too.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Brandon Belt has been a much better real life player than fantasy asset this year (although he’s been much worse as a base runner and defensively than usual), as his wRC+ (145) ranks No. 26 in MLB, ahead of Bryce Harper. Belt currently sports a .412 OBP and has walked more than he’s struck out this season, but thanks in part to AT&T Park, he’s on pace to hit just 15 homers, and he’s barely been a top-200 fantasy player at a deep first base position. Belt will likely start producing more in runs/RBI/SBs moving forward, but few players have had a bigger discrepancy between their real life and fantasy value so far in 2016.
- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade1 day ago
This week's edition of Spin Doctors brings you another backfield battle. Fantasy forecasters Liz Loza and Brad Evans examine the merits of Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde. Loza gives the edge to the Falcon. While, Evans, is hot for Hyde. Which RB are you more likely to roster? Peruse their perspectives and then add your own thoughts in the comments section below.
Loza digs in on Devonta: You want to talk about underdogs? Freeman’s 2015 campaign defined the word. An undersized back left over from the previous regime, Freeman found the end zone more times (14) than any other back in the business. From a fantasy perspective, he was the best player at the position and averaged over 16 FPTS/game. Selected in the ninth round of fake football drafts last summer, Freeman was the virtual game’s biggest stunner a season ago.
So can a guy who is neither big nor fast do it again? I say, yes.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
We've got a full slate on a Monday, so let's make good choices, gamers. Be sure to check the game-time weather conditions before finalizing lineups.
P Nathan Karns, Sea, $40 (vs. SD) – As a team, the Padres rank next-to-last in MLB in team batting average (.227) and on-base percentage (.286). So the match-up really couldn't get much better. Karns has struck out a batter per inning on the season and he hasn't allowed more than three runs, earned or unearned, in any of his last six starts.
P Ian Kennedy, KC, $42 (vs. TB) – Kennedy has pitched well to this point, striking out 53 batters over 53.1 innings and posting a 1.16 WHIP. The Rays are obviously something less than a run-scoring juggernaut, ranking in the bottom-third of the A.L. in runs (198), AVG (.239) and OBP (.310).
C Chris Iannetta, Sea, $7 (Cashner) – If you're spending the minimum at catcher, you might as well buy the guy who gets to face Cashner.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Dalton Del Don
Clayton Kershaw $60 at NYM
Taijuan Walker $43 vs. MIN
Stephen Vogt $13 vs. DET (Peflrey)
Joey Votto $17 at MIL (Nelson)
Kelby Tomlinson $12 at COL (Rusin)
Eugenio Suarez $9 at MIL (Nelson)
Carlos Correa $14 at LAA (Tropeano)
Adam Jones $11 at CLE (Clevinger)
Yasiel Puig $9 at NYM (Colon)
Matt Holliday $8 at WAS (Strasburg)
Stephen Strasburg $59 vs. STL
Rich Hill $45 vs. DET
Buster Posey $19 at COL (Rusin)
Yonder Alonso $11 vs. DET (Pelfrey)
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Andy Behrens P Noah Syndergaard, NYM, $57 (vs. LAD) P Carlos Rodon, CWS, $39 (at KC) C Tyler Flowers, Atl, $8 (W. Chen) 1B Tyler White, Hou, $8 (J. Weaver) 2B Scooter Gennett, Mil, $11 (A. Simon) 3B Matt Duffy, SF, $14 (C. Rusin) SS Eduardo Nunez, Min, $10 (W. Miley) OF Mike Trout, LAA, $24 (D. Keuchel) OF Bryce Harper, Was, $18 (A. Wainwright) OF Gregor Blanco, SF, $10 (C. Rusin)
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade4 days ago
The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball '16 season is two months old. As we move steadily into the summer portion of the season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens take a look at the late-May movers and shakers that should pique the interest of fantasy owners. Let's get to it ....
3. Jonathan Schoop, Bal - Here's another way-too-available second baseman from the A.L. East, with plenty of power.
4.Rajai Davis, Cle - He's playing every day and running at every opportunity (11 SB). We know the speed is legit, too.
3. Kevin Gausman, Bal - Gausman hovering around 50 percent ownership still seems crazy, considering his stuff, his ratios and K-upside.
3. Mallex Smith, Atl - Get on board, people. He's hit well over the past month, and his speed is near the top of the charts. Swiped 57 bags in the minors last year.
3. Ryan Buchter, SD - He's a high-K reliever with great ratios (0.93 WHIP), working behind Fernando Rodney. Seems promising, no?
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade4 days ago
With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Friday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Felix Hernandez $51
SP: Robbie Ray $33
C: Stephen Vogt $11
1B: Paul Goldschmidt $21
2B: Joe Panik $18
3B: Josh Donaldson $15
SS: Carlos Correa $17
OF: Carlos Gonzalez $14
OF: Gregor Blanco $14
OF: Corey Dickerson $10
Hernandez’s velocity is way down, and his 9.2 K-BB% is easily a career low, as he’s no longer the ace he once was. Still, he owns a 1.55 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP at home this season, and Hernandez faces a Twins offense that’s scored the fewest runs in the American League. The Mariners (-220) are the biggest favorites on the board Friday...Ray has been fortunate to sport a 4.18 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP, but he has 52 strikeouts over 47.1 innings, and the Padres have scored the third fewest runs in MLB (and have recorded the third most strikeouts).