- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
In the fantasy football vernacular no word is misunderstood, misidentified or misused more than ‘sleeper.’
Similar to the grossly miswritten ‘ironic’ in the English language (Example: If a fan wearing a Josh Gordon jersey bumped into the Cleveland receiver at a 4/20 gathering, that isn't ironic.), the term is thrown around too loosely, often attached to players drafted as starters in 10-team leagues.
Generally speaking, self-described aficionados claim a ‘sleeper’ references generic players unbeknownst to the general gaming community. Throw PLAYER X out during your draft and someone is bound to blurt out, “WHO THE HELL IS THAT GUY?!”
The above definition is fair. However, in an age where information is readily available at the touch of a screen, any fantasy player with the tiniest ounce of gumption can uncover pertinent player information spewed by scouts, coaches and insiders. In the classic sense, the controversial word no longer applies.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
Players to Buy
Adam LaRoche, 1B, at MIN (Pelfrey), $2600: Generally I throw seasonal player trends into the trash, but LaRoche has an extended profile that tells us he won’t hit much in April. His career OPS is a mere 713 for the opening month, then it jumps to .801 in May (and, to be fair, .860 after the break). If you want a buy-low, LaRoche certainly fits the bill. And when you see Mike Pelfrey on the opposing mound, you want to load up on left handers.
(There is one pesky thing about the White Sox offense - you can’t stack Jose Abreu and LaRoche together in Fan Duel since they’re both first base qualifiers. Ah well, so it goes. It’s only a matter of time before he gets comfortable in his new city and role.)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Entering the 2014 NFL season, workhorse running backs, similar to compact discs, flip phones, folding maps and, presumably sometime very soon, Burger King’s not-so-delectable Chicken Fries, were on the verge of extinction.
Clydesdales like Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy were rare breeds, 300-carry rushers who demanded a draft day premium from fantasy investors. Extreme volatility, after all, was the name of the game at RB, especially in an era of rotational backfields. To those who stubbornly clung to supposedly antiquated RB-RB methods last August, shelling out exorbitant sums for proven rushers was a necessary evil, no matter the risks attached (43.8 bust percentage of all projected RB1s/RB2s picked in fantasy drafts since 2009).
DeMarco Murray only substantiated that belief.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Jake Arrieta, SP, vs. Mil (Fiers), $9800 at FanDuel: He has a 2.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP during a dominant start to the year and faces a Brewers team that’s scored the fourth-fewest runs and has the second-worst road OPS in major league baseball. The Cubs are the biggest favorite on the board Saturday, as opposing SP Mike Fiers has struggled badly, having allowed 36 baserunners over 18.2 innings this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. NYY (Eovaldi), $3200: His power numbers have disappointed early on in Boston, but the switch-hitter is batting .407 against RHP and .400 at home. Sandoval is also 10-for-14 with 10 RBI during his career against Nathan Eovaldi.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
It’s easy to see why fantasy players talk themselves into Jason Heyward. He carried a boatload of prospect buzz prior to making the majors at age 20. He posted some fantasy-useful seasons in Atlanta, especially 2012. He looks good in the uniform. He’s athletic and multi-talented, one of the best defensive players in the game (that’s why WAR loves him so much).
And when Heyward shifted teams last winter, it was the Cardinals making the call. If you made a short list of organizations you want to backline, St. Louis is on it. Heyward also was entering a contract year, if that angle means anything to you (it doesn’t always check out if you grade those things in bulk, but motivation obviously varies from player to player).
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Jon Lester, vs. Mil (Peralta), $8700 at FanDuel: It’s a tough day for starting pitching, as the two obvious choices (Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer) face each other in a game that’s essentially a pick ‘em. The second biggest favorite Friday features Tom Koehler, who has a 12:8 K:BB ratio over 22.0 innings. The Cubs are the biggest favorites, and despite the ugly ERA, Lester has a 24:5 K:BB ratio over 21.2 innings. Moreover, the Brewers have an MLB-low .488 OPS against LHP this year, which is 52 points lower than the next worst team. But to use Lester you’ll have to be ready to play the lineup guessing game, as the Cubs play in Friday’s lone early contest.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Here's my ten cents, worth less in Winnipeg.
The Big Name Fade
Stephen Strasburg, SP, at NYM (deGrom), $9200: At some point Strasburg is going to find his form and throw some monster strikeout game at somebody. But for the moment, he’s a little off his game, strikeouts down, walks up. The Mets put the ball in play, eighth in walk rate and fifth in strikeout avoidance. I’ll spend my blue chips elsewhere, ask Strasburg to give me a prove-it game first.
Players to Buy
Daniel Norris, SP, at CLE (House), $5800: It’s been an up-and-down go for Norris, though he was very sharp in his last turn, a tough-luck no-decision against Tampa (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K). The Indians offense isn’t doing much against southpaws: .213 average (that ranks 25th), .623 OPS (27th).
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade3 days ago
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- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Although I was well aware of Joc Pederson’s prospect file before this season, I didn’t go after him with any gusto in March. I was worried about the pretzel logic of his manager, Don Mattingly. Maybe the skipper would jerk Pederson in and out of the lineup. Maybe the manager would keep Pederson buried in the order.
Now we’re at the end of April, and I have zero Pederson shares. And that’s no fun.
Pederson was off to a snappy .296/.458/.556 start through his opening 20 games, though it all came at the bottom of the Los Angeles batting order. Peterson regularly slotted eighth for the Dodgers, and moved up to seventh on the days A.J. Ellis started. You know Mattingly and his veteran-loving ways.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Here's my ten cents, worth less in some municipalities.
Players to Buy
Adam Lind, 1B, at Cincinnati (Lorenzen), $3300 on Fan Duel: He’s made a career out of punishing right-handed pitching (.862 OPS), and here he takes dead aim against a 23-year-old pitcher making his Major League debut. Michael Lorenzen’s profile shows a lot of pitch-to-contact and spotty control (6.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9); rookie pitchers are guilty until proven innocent.