- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
James Shields, P, vs. NYM (Gee), $9300 at FanDuel: Shields vs. Gee seems like an unfair fight, which of course is the reason that San Diego is such a heavy favorite on Wednesday night (-150). In 11 starts so far this season, Shields has struck out seven or more batters nine times and he's reached double-digit Ks twice. He's also 6-0, if you're into winning. Five pitchers are priced higher than Shields on Monday, but I like his setup as much as anyone's.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
On the schedule, it was listed as an American League baseball game. On the field, it played out as the Joey Gallo Breakout Party.
Tap the kegs in Arlington, we’re going to be here for a while.
Gallo arrived to the majors with plenty of press clippings - all those homers, all those strikeouts. And it didn’t take him long to get the locals excited Tuesday. He picked up a curious two-run single in the first inning - helped by a bad hop and perhaps a friendly official scorer - but there was nothing cheap about his later production.
In the third inning, Gallo blasted his first career homer, a towering shot that did everything but clear the moon tower. In the fifth, he cranked a double, just missing a second homer.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Freddie Freeman, 1B, at Ari (Collmenter), $3200 at FanDuel: Freddie was a relatively easy call on Monday (3-for-5, HR), and he's back at the same price, facing an even sketchier right-handed starter. You probably won't be surprised to learn that Freeman is 8-for-15 in his career against Collmenter with two doubles, one bomb and three RBIs. Also, he's homered in three of his last four games, so you're catching him during a power surge.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
A few years ago, Andre Ethier was a pretty big deal. He made a couple of All-Star teams, won a Gold Glove, snagged an $85 million contract extension in 2012. It looked like he’d be part of the landscape in Los Angeles for seasons to come, blending in with Vin Scully and the palm trees.
The big contract turned into a line of demarcation for Ethier. He struggled through a second-half slump in 2012, and things got worse in the next two seasons. For much of 2014, he was a fourth outfielder, a part-time player, someone you could safely ignore in mixed leagues. A .249/.322/.370 slash doesn’t make much of a case for fantasy relevance. Into his age-33 season, no one was expecting much.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
We can say two things with absolute certainty about Texas third base prospect Joey Gallo. First of all, he strikes out at an insane rate — 179 Ks last season, 172 in 2013. So far this year, the 21-year-old has whiffed 49 times in 146 plate appearances for Double-A Frisco. Not great.
But let's get to the second thing you need to understand: Gallo's power is obscene. Almost unrivaled. We're talking serious, monstrous country power.
Like, this sort of thing happens in BP...
That InTouch sign? Gallo just hit it. pic.twitter.com/MS4bcCiZVR
Gallo has hit nine bombs so far this year while slashing .314/.425/.636. He cleared the fence 42 times across two minor league levels last year, and 40 times the prior season.
On Monday, we learned that Gallo will join the big league club for Tuesday's game with the White Sox, skipping Triple-A entirely. The Rangers have an immediate need, because Adrian Beltre is headed to the DL with a dislocated left thumb. Rough news for Beltre, but still exciting times for Texas fans.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Monday's pool offers plenty of well priced players, despite the light slate. Boston and Minnesota are postponed due to ugly weather, so avoid that mess. Please, as always, remember to check the pregame forecasts and scan MLB lineups as they're released. Let's get to it...
Andre Ethier, OF, at Col (Kendrick), $2600 at FanDuel: This one almost feels too obvious. Ethier is dirt-cheap, hitting at Coors Field and facing a sketchy right-hander. Kendrick has allowed four or more earned runs in seven of his ten starts this season. For what it's worth, Ethier has homered twice in his career off Kendrick.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days 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: A few weeks back, Miami upstart Ryan Tannehill became a very wealthy man as he inked a six-year, $96 million contract extension with $45 million guaranteed. To protect their investment the Dolphins stockpiled the cabinet this offseason adding Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron and Jay Ajayi. Off a breakthrough campaign in which he finished No. 10 in total fantasy points at QB, some anticipate the Dolphin's clicks to grow louder this fall.
Why snapping tendons for Tannehill is smart:
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Brandon Belt had zero homers in April but hit six in May, finishing the month with a .330/.393/.642 line, when he was one of the best players in baseball. Injuries ruined his breakout last season, but he sure looks ready to explode in 2015. He has the highest LD% (34.5) in all of baseball, and his 47.3 Hard Contact% is the second best, behind only Giancarlo Stanton (but Belt’s 10.9 Soft Contact% ranks as No. 10 lowest in MLB, whereas Stanton’s 17.4% is higher than Stephen Drew’s). Moreover, Belt plays in a park that’s suppressed home runs for left-handed batters by an MLB-high 34 percent over the past three seasons. He had 20 extra-base hits in May, and his 152 wRC+ is the sixth-highest among all hitters in baseball. He was well on his way to a breakout last year before a HBP (that required thumb surgery) was followed by a concussion that essentially ruined his season. Belt, who also did this last postseason should be able to add a handful of steals, so he can be treated as a top-10 type fantasy first baseman moving forward.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Here are your middle infield Shuffle Up prices. We're trying to figure how the players will perform from here on out. What's happened to this point is an audition, nothing past that.
Assume a 5x5 scoring system, as always. Players at the same prices are considered even.
When I do these lists, they're composed completely from scratch. I don't care where I ranked everyone in March. I'm certainly not one of those guys who assumes his preseason ranks were probably right, so why change anything? Figure out the new season before the other guy, gamers. Marcus Semien and Brandon Crawford were probably good pickups.
You're going to have some disagreements, and that's good. That's why we have a game and why it's fun. I look at someone else's list and I see things I don't understand, too. If you did a list, you'd encounter the same thing. That's how these things work.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Sunday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups
Madison Bumgarner, SP, vs. Atl (Teheran) $10000 at FanDuel: He’s priced high but as usual, I’m recommending the best-looking SP option of the day. Bumgarner is a good pitcher wherever he throws, but he has a 2.53 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP at home, where batters hold a .210 BAA. The Braves also have a .587 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, which is the second lowest in baseball, so it makes sense the Giants are the most favored team (-185) Sunday.
Jose Reyes, SS, at Min (Nolasco), $3300: He’s often drafted as a top fantasy player yet isn’t being treated as a top-five shortstop here, but he owns a .346/.382/.635 career line over 52 at bats against Ricky Nolasco.