- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade9 hrs ago
I’m concentrating on Wednesday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Danny Salazar $52
SP: Jameson Taillon $31
C: Brian McCann $12
1B: Adrian Gonzalez $9
2B: Daniel Murphy $17
3B: Todd Frazier $11
SS: Tim Anderson $17
OF: Bryce Harper $17
OF: Brandon Moss $16
OF: Ryan Braun $18
Salazar has won each of his last five starts, when he’s posted a 2.53 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP with 32 strikeouts over 32.0 innings. He gets a Braves offense that’s scored the fewest runs in baseball this season…It’s a short slate Wednesday evening, so options are fairly limited. Taillon has been a bit shaky since joining Pittsburgh, but he remains a strong prospect, and his price is reasonable at just $31. The Pirates are up against a pitcher in Wade Miley making his first start while returning from the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade9 hrs ago
On this patriotic edition of the program (Listen to it here), Brandon Funston and Brad Evans square off on several topics. Our talkative tandem address headlines on Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and Julius Thomas. They also offered their most undervalued and overvalued picks, revealed what player will likely rocket up owner wishlists this preseason and answered your keeper questions.
Before you light that wick, lend an ear. Training camp is just around the corner.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade10 hrs ago
Not that long ago, Lonnie Chisenhall was a pretty big deal in the scouting community. Baseball America and Baseball Prospected both rated Chisenhall on their clipboards prior to the 2010 and 2011 seasons; Chisenhall’s top rank was the No. 25 position from BA back in 2011. Not a blue-chipper or a can’t-miss kid, but a name to take seriously.
Alas, Chisenhall’s career through six years has largely been a miss. But perhaps he’s turning into something in the midst of his age-27 campaign.
The Indians have been baseball’s best team in June, rattling off a 20-6 record and a plus-62 run differential. Chisenhall has been part of the fun, posting a .305/.348/.512 slash with three home runs. He was also useful in May, when he posted an .850 OPS.
If we focus on Chisenhall’s last 45 games, we see a batter who’s controlling the strike zone at a high level: 15 walks, 23 strikeouts. That reflects batting eye, bat control, pitch recognition, the whole thing. The Indians focus on Chisenhall against right-handed pitching (.831 OPS), but he’s improved against southpaws (.792 OPS) and is getting some starts in there, too.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Zack Greinke ($49) – The pitching strategy for Tuesday is pretty straight-forward: Two ace-quality arms facing the two worst offenses in MLB (Philly and Atlanta)
SP: Corey Kluber ($45) – (see above)
C: Yasmani Grandal ($9) – Grandal has homered three times in 10 career ABs vs. Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson – for a mere $9 bucks, I’ll play that history card
1B: Adrian Gonzalez ($9) – Going to stick with the Dodgers/history theme with Gonzo, who has a 1.380 OPS mark against Milwaukee RHP Chase Anderson in 13 career ABs
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
The idea is 5x5 value for rest of season. What's happened to this point is merely an audition. I didn't rank anyone on the DL, or anyone in the minors. Everyone seems to be more optimistic on injury returnees and hot prospects (hi, Buxton) than I am.
This week, we sort the fantasy outfielders.
The prices are unscientific in nature, and players at the same price are considered even. I'm just looking for a way to show the pockets of value as I see them. I don't look at old prices when I construct these -- it's all from scratch. I don't even see the point of looking back there; live in the present, look to the future.
I welcome your respectful disagreement. Obviously you will feel passionate about what you don't agree with, that's why we have a game. The discussion can be deep and illuminating if you want it to be.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Because the Washington Nationals care deeply about your fantasy team’s pitching needs (and also because Stephen Strasubrg is dealing with a slight back/rib malfunction), the team is calling up elite pitching prospect Lucas Giolito for a Tuesday start against the Mets. As most of you already know, this is an actionable fantasy event.
Giolito, 21, is a gigantic right-hander (6-foot-6) with upper-90s heat, plus a big-breaking curve and excellent change. He’s posted a 3.17 ERA (3.22 FIP) at Double-A this season, striking out 72 batters in 71.0 innings. When he’s right, he’s almost untouchable. When he’s not-quite-right, he can walk as many batters as he whiffs. So he’s your standard-issue blue chip pitching prospect, basically.LiveNY Mets0 - 4WashingtonFollow Game
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Volatility is the name of the game in bullpens. Ask St. Louis fans, they can relate.
Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to discuss the mess that is the Cardinals ninth inning. Can Trevor Rosenthal get his gig back, or is there a new sheriff under the arch? The guys also discuss Washington’s rotation, the future value of Steven Wright, Pittsburgh’s fork in the road, and some intriguing pickups.
And to start off with some international flavor, there's some Lionel Messi soccer talk at the jump. We put that over the crossbar, too.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Once a desirable fantasy locale, Philadelphia isn’t exactly a breeding ground for fantasy studs, at least according to most. In this edition of “The Stance,”Brad Evans and Brandon Funston, despite popular belief, exhibit some “brotherly love” over key Eagles commodities.
Before tackling our three burning questions, Andy Behrens also addressed the Eagles in a comprehensive fantasy team preview.
Many believe Jordan Matthews (46.4 ADP, WR26), deployed primarily in the slot, underperformed under Chip Kelly’s direction. Expected to see more action outside in Doug Pederson’s system, he could be on the precipice of a breakout. OVER or UNDER 999.5 receiving yards this season?
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Trevor Bauer, dealing (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)
As always, you are advised to check the game-time MLB forecasts before finalizing lineups. Let’s review the Monday slate…
P Trevor Bauer, Cle, $34 (at Atl) – A curious price for a scorching-hot pitcher with a very low degree-of-difficulty matchup. Bauer has posted a 1.86 ERA in June with 38 Ks in 38.2 innings. He can handle the Braves, I’m fairly sure.
P Jake Arrieta, CHC, $59 (at Cin) – Arrieta has lost the strike zone occasionally over his last two starts, hitting a mild rough patch. But the man has still struck out 40 batters over his last 30 frames.
C Nick Hundley, Col, $16 (M. Estrada) – Hundley at home,
at a modest price? I’m in. We’ve been over this Hundley-at-Coors territory before.