- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade9 hrs ago
Michael Wacha, SP, vs. Col (Kendrick), $46: He’s struggled of late but owns a 2.86 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP at home this season The Cardinals are among the most favored teams Friday, as high as -210 at some places, but there are seven pitchers priced higher than Wacha, so he seems like a value play.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade10 hrs ago
With the fantasy football draft season here, you'll want to be prepared when you're on the clock. Brad Evans has three tips to help you build a winning team.
[Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!] The early part of the draft is about limiting your risk, so target players with a high floor and not a high ceiling. Quarterback could come into play earlier than normal with Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers in position for monster seasons.
Don't be afraid to take a rookie, especially with a deep class of talented running backs. If other people in your league hesitate to scoop up young talent, take advantage of that when you have the chance.
Finally, there are several veteran players with something to offer who are being overlooked. That type of value later in drafts should help you fill out your roster.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
Because you probably wouldn't click on a feature called, "Eight mild predictions for 2015," let's go big and bold — teetering on the edge of recklessness. Don't even try to reconcile these predictions with the current version of my preseason fantasy ranks. Can't be done. We aren't discussing what's most likely to happen, but things that can plausibly happen.
Each year the NFL is reshaped by injuries and rule changes and suspensions and freak weather events and fluky bounces and ... well, you know how it goes. It's a constantly changing league. Not a simple landscape to assess in mid-summer.
Yet still we try. Here are eight bold-ish predictions for the year ahead...
1. Ben Roethlisberger is going to finish as the season's top overall fantasy scorer.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade21 hrs ago
American League Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton (D. O'Day) Boston Red Sox – (J. Tazawa, A. Ogando) Chicago White Sox – David Robertson (J. Petricka) Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen (B. Shaw) Detroit Tigers – Joakim Soria (B. Rondon) Houston Astros – Luke Gregerson (C. Qualls) Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland (W. Davis) Los Angeles Angels – Huston Street (J. Smith) Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins (B. Boyer) New York Yankees – Dellin Betances (J. Wilson); Andrew Miller Oakland Athletics – Edward Mujica, (E. O'Flaherty) Seattle Mariners – Carson Smith (F. Rodney, M. Lowe) Tampa Bay Rays – Brad Boxberger (K. Jepsen. J. McGee) Texas Rangers – Shawn Tolleson ( K. Kela ) Toronto Blue Jays – Roberto Osuna (S. Delabar)Fri, Jul 317:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at BostonPreview Game
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade22 hrs ago
We're bringing back five tips from last year to help you prepare for drafts in the coming weeks.
I'm not going to list off the common and inane "mistakes to avoid" that are regularly trumpeted in this kind of piece; let's try to be better than that. Everyone knows not to draft off last year's stats. Everyone knows not to rely on a magazine cheat sheet that was created several months ago. Everyone knows not to show up at the draft reeking of Old Milwaukee. Everyone knows to monitor the waiver wire like a hawk.
No new tale to tell there.
Here are five mistakes I see even smart fantasy owners make, the second-level of leakage. Consider them, make of them what you will. Add your own ideas in the comments.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade22 hrs ago
As fantasy analysts, our job is to survey the fantasy football landscape with level-headed reason and logic. But sometimes we can't help but get a little starry-eyed at the prospects of certain players, letting our man-crushes push our heads into the clouds. With that in mind, we asked the members of the Yahoo crew to explain their positions on players that they've moved out ahead of the preseason ranking consensus - or as we're calling it, players we love more than you. I'll get things started with a couple NFC South objects of my desire:
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
The Minnesota Twins, for all their fine play this year, are not an attention-grabbing franchise on the national landscape. Perhaps that’s why Aaron Hicks is still kicking around free-agent wires despite a strong rally this summer.
Although Hicks is just 25, he’s already had his share of ups and downs during his pro career. He was the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft, and was ranked favorably in prospect circles for the ensuing four years. But the star quickly faded when Hicks flopped with the Twins in 2013 and 2014. Over what’s essentially a full-season sample, he posted a putrid .201/.293/.313 slash, along with nine homers and 13 steals, in those two campaigns.Fri, Jul 318:10 PM EDTSeattle at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Carlos Martinez, P, vs. Col (Rusin), $55: Martinez may not seem like a complete steal at this price, but it's an opportunity to add an ace-like arm with a friendly match-up, without paying the Scherzer/Sale premium. He's held opponents to one earned run or less in 10 of his last 12 starts, which is just silly. Martinez is striking out a batter per inning, too. Go get a win, kid.
Lucas Duda, 1B, vs. SD (Cashner), $15: Not sure if you've heard, but he's kinda/sorta hot at the plate. Three homers on Wednesday, a 9,000-foot homer on Tuesday, two on Saturday ... he's hot, Duda. He's also cheap, for a guy on a tear.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Unless you’re in a league full of imbeciles who annually donate entry fees, fantasy sadness is an all too familiar feeling.
Every year a handful of high-profiled players tabbed for enormous statistical gains wind up delivering endless heartache and pain. Whether due to injury or ineptitude, seeing one’s roster cornerstone flop is soul crushing and often season-defining. Those who draft smartly can, and usually do, weather the storm. Others, however, become the tackling dummies of their league, a harsh punishment.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Catcher is the most physically-demanding position on the sandlot, and maybe that explains why the position has been such a fantasy mess this year.
Consider all the big names disappointing us. Carlos Santana hasn’t returned what we expected. Yadier Molina’s power might be gone for good. Yan Gomes got hurt, hasn’t hit since. Devin Mesoraco also got hurt, and basically punted the year. Wilin Rosario isn’t in the mix in Colorado. Matt Wieters has been so-so since his injury return.
With all that in mind, we savor the players who have panned out, and the surprises that emerged from nowhere. Russell Martin is no hoser in the YYZ. Yasmani Grandal is an OBP machine in L.A. Francisco Cervelli is here to help your batting average. Buster Posey remains one of the most bankable and reliable players around.
And very quietly in South Florida, rookie J.T. Realmuto is making his mark with the Marlins.