- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 hr ago
Don't you just hate when you're pretty sure you're about to become a thousandaire, but then the Tigers' bullpen blows David Price's win? Me too. But we'll get it back today. Check the weather here, you guys, and scan lineups over here. Let's do the do...
Mitch Moreland, OF, at NYY (Pineda), $2300 at FanDuel: Moreland homered on Thursday, and he has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats with two doubles and two bombs. He's slashing .312/.382/.506 for the year. Moreland is just a single short of the cycle in his career against Pineda, for what it's worth, having gone 3-for-6 with nothin' but extra-base hits. At this price, I'm happily on board.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade9 hrs ago
Sometimes the dots line up perfectly and you can sense a change is imminent. That appears to be the case with the Red Sox and their lousy right-field situation. Don’t be tripped up by the organizational quotes from recent days; teams have zero incentive to tell us the truth. The high-priced Boston offense is struggling, and the Red Sox may have reached the tipping point.
Rusney Castillo isn’t in Boston as we go to press, but it probably won't be long before the $72 million man gets a chance to show what he can do. And this is a fantasy story worth investing in.
The Red Sox offense has a bunch of problems at the moment; we don’t have the time to list all of them. But two of the biggest issues are a lack of offense from right field, and a lack of production against left-handed starters.Fri, May 227:10 PM EDTLA Angels at BostonPreview Game
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.
The Buzz: Most within the "expert" community continue to suggest waiting on a quarterback is the only way to approach the position. As a result, Andrew Luck, despite averaging 27.5 points per game last season in standard formats, an output that bested No. 2 Aaron Rodgers by a full two points per game, sports a consensus No. 21 overall rank according to Fantasy Pros. Hey, it's hard to teach old dogs new tricks. The groupthink perspective on QBs, however, is not only antiquated, it's downright incognizant. What a bunch of neckbeard haters.
Why Luck deserves to be in the No. 1 overall conversation:
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
On Sunday, Texas manager Jeff Banister decreed that no player in his team's bullpen had a defined role going forward. Which of course was another way of saying that no player who'd previously had a defined role was any good at pitching. Neftali Feliz had blown a save chance on Saturday, allowing three runs in a horrid inning of work that featured a double, homer, walk and wild pitch.
On Wednesday, when another save opportunity presented itself, Shawn Tolleson got the nod for the Rangers. He wasn't flawless, but he managed to successfully protect a one-run lead while facing the top of the Red Sox batting order — not exactly a low-stress save situation. Mookie Betts doubled off Tolleson, Dustin Pedroia ripped a loud out (nice play by Delino DeShields), and David Ortiz drew an intentional pass, but no runs were scored.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Clayton Kershaw, SP, at SF (Bumgarner), $11200 at FanDuel: He’s the most expensive player Thursday and faces a tough opposing pitcher in Madison Bumgarner. But Kershaw is still as good as it gets (2.52 GB/FB ratio, 24.5 K-BB%, 13.8 SwStr%), and this game’s O/U is six, with the vig -120 on the under.
Brad Miller, SS, at Bal (Tillman), $2900: He has five homers over 90 ABs against RHP, including three steals and a .289/.356/.567 line. Chris Tillman has yielded a .333 BAA to LHB, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards has increased home runs an American League-high 33 percent for left-handed batters over the past three seasons, so Miller seems like a no-brainer considering his price at such a shallow position.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 day ago
American League Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton (D. O'Day) Boston Red Sox – Koji Uehara (J. Tazawa, A. Ogando) Chicago White Sox – David Robertson (Z. Duke, J. Petricka) Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen (B. Shaw) Detroit Tigers – Joakim Soria (J. Chamberlain) Houston Astros – Luke Gregerson (C. Qualls, P. Neshek) Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland (W. Davis, K. Herrera) Los Angeles Angels – Huston Street (J. Smith) Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins (A. Thompson) New York Yankees – Andrew Miller (D. Betances) Oakland Athletics – Tyler Clippard (E. Scribner); Sean Doolittle injured (shoulder) Seattle Mariners – Fernando Rodney (D. Farquhar) Tampa Bay Rays – Brad Boxberger (J. McGee) Texas Rangers – Shawn Tolleson ( K. Kela, N. Feliz ) Toronto Blue Jays – Brett Cecil (R. Osuna)
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
The height of the preseason '15 fantasy baseball draft season was just two months ago. But, in our instant gratification roto world, it might as well have been two years ago. Our what-have-you-done-for-me-lately environment can cause perception of player values to change quickly. With that in mind, we asked the Yahoo crew to hit the reset button on the '15 season with a 12-round blog mock draft do-over. Take a look at the first six rounds - the second half of the draft will come out on Friday (and please note the roster restrictions in the draft grid at the bottom of the page) ...
Pick 1: Mike Trout, LAA, OF – Trout was the consensus top pick back in March, and he's delivered in all five categories thus far. ( Andy Behrens )
Pick 2: Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1/3 – Bryce Harper would have been the splash pick here, obviously. But I'm gonna go ahead and take the world's best hitter, thankyouverymuch. ( Behrens )
Pick 3: Bryce Harper, Was, OF – He's bound to regress some, but it's pretty impressive to lead the NL both in homers and walks. The huge season many have been expecting is finally upon us. ( Dalton Del Don )
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
There's only one early game on Wednesday, so we'll ignore it here. Good luck to anyone Kuecheling today. Before finalizing rosters, please remember check the weather and scan the lineups prior to game time. Let's begin the usual bargain hunt...
Tyson Ross, P, vs. CHC (Wada), $8900 at FanDuel: Ross enters this game with a 10.6 K/9, and the Cubs lead the majors in Ks (377). If Ross can just limit the walks (no sure thing), then he has a shot to post a significant point total here. The Pads are a healthy favorite here (-135).
David Ortiz, 1B, vs. Tex (Klein), $2200: In case you hadn't noticed, Papi has strung together three straight multi-hit efforts and he's homered in back-to-back games. He's facing an unthreatening right-hander on Wednesday, and the price is right.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Brad Ziegler has been the best reliever in the Arizona bullpen this year, and it’s not particularly close. The submariner has a 1.04 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a tiny .169 batting-average against. If you need a ground-ball, Ziggy plays guitar.
Does that make him a saves candidate? Not necessarily.
Ziegler pitched two scoreless innings, the 10th and 11th, in Monday’s extra-inning victory at Miami, which earned him the night off Tuesday. And with that, we have a new entry into the Arizona save chase. Enrique Burgos grabbed a Monday save in the 13th inning, then came back with a more conventional ninth-inning save Tuesday.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Let's look at the Tuesday slate.
Players to Buy
David Ortiz, 1B, vs. TEX (Gallardo), $2900 on Fan Duel: Think he missed the friendly confines of Fenway Park? Ortiz has a .333/.410/.490 slash in front of the Lansdowne Street vendors, but it drops to .171/.259/.342 on the road. Get that man some Dirty Water, not to mention a few hit-me fastballs from Yo Gabba Gabba.
And if you’re going to consider Pablo Sandoval, it’s when the Red Sox are facing a right-handed opponent. The third-sacker is crushing at Fenway (.849 OPS) and against northpaws (1.024) this year, but it’s a Sad Panda story against lefties (2-for-41, and under .200 last year). Tuesday is a Sandoval Night.