- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade53 mins ago
This week's edition of Spin Doctors brings you another backfield battle. Fantasy forecasters Liz Loza and Brad Evans examine the merits of Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde. Loza gives the edge to the Falcon. While, Evans, is hot for Hyde. Which RB are you more likely to roster? Peruse their perspectives and then add your own thoughts in the comments section below.
Loza digs in on Devonta: You want to talk about underdogs? Freeman’s 2015 campaign defined the word. An undersized back left over from the previous regime, Freeman found the end zone more times (14) than any other back in the business. From a fantasy perspective, he was the best player at the position and averaged over 16 FPTS/game. Selected in the ninth round of fake football drafts last summer, Freeman was the virtual game’s biggest stunner a season ago.
So can a guy who is neither big nor fast do it again? I say, yes.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 hr ago
We've got a full slate on a Monday, so let's make good choices, gamers. Be sure to check the game-time weather conditions before finalizing lineups.
P Nathan Karns, Sea, $40 (vs. SD) – As a team, the Padres rank next-to-last in MLB in team batting average (.227) and on-base percentage (.286). So the match-up really couldn't get much better. Karns has struck out a batter per inning on the season and he hasn't allowed more than three runs, earned or unearned, in any of his last six starts.
P Ian Kennedy, KC, $42 (vs. TB) – Kennedy has pitched well to this point, striking out 53 batters over 53.1 innings and posting a 1.16 WHIP. The Rays are obviously something less than a run-scoring juggernaut, ranking in the bottom-third of the A.L. in runs (198), AVG (.239) and OBP (.310).
C Chris Iannetta, Sea, $7 (Cashner) – If you're spending the minimum at catcher, you might as well buy the guy who gets to face Cashner.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade21 hrs ago
Dalton Del Don
Clayton Kershaw $60 at NYM
Taijuan Walker $43 vs. MIN
Stephen Vogt $13 vs. DET (Peflrey)
Joey Votto $17 at MIL (Nelson)
Kelby Tomlinson $12 at COL (Rusin)
Eugenio Suarez $9 at MIL (Nelson)
Carlos Correa $14 at LAA (Tropeano)
Adam Jones $11 at CLE (Clevinger)
Yasiel Puig $9 at NYM (Colon)
Matt Holliday $8 at WAS (Strasburg)
Stephen Strasburg $59 vs. STL
Rich Hill $45 vs. DET
Buster Posey $19 at COL (Rusin)
Yonder Alonso $11 vs. DET (Pelfrey)
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Andy Behrens P Noah Syndergaard, NYM, $57 (vs. LAD) P Carlos Rodon, CWS, $39 (at KC) C Tyler Flowers, Atl, $8 (W. Chen) 1B Tyler White, Hou, $8 (J. Weaver) 2B Scooter Gennett, Mil, $11 (A. Simon) 3B Matt Duffy, SF, $14 (C. Rusin) SS Eduardo Nunez, Min, $10 (W. Miley) OF Mike Trout, LAA, $24 (D. Keuchel) OF Bryce Harper, Was, $18 (A. Wainwright) OF Gregor Blanco, SF, $10 (C. Rusin)
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade2 days ago
The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball '16 season is two months old. As we move steadily into the summer portion of the season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens take a look at the late-May movers and shakers that should pique the interest of fantasy owners. Let's get to it ....
3. Jonathan Schoop, Bal - Here's another way-too-available second baseman from the A.L. East, with plenty of power.
4.Rajai Davis, Cle - He's playing every day and running at every opportunity (11 SB). We know the speed is legit, too.
3. Kevin Gausman, Bal - Gausman hovering around 50 percent ownership still seems crazy, considering his stuff, his ratios and K-upside.
3. Mallex Smith, Atl - Get on board, people. He's hit well over the past month, and his speed is near the top of the charts. Swiped 57 bags in the minors last year.
3. Ryan Buchter, SD - He's a high-K reliever with great ratios (0.93 WHIP), working behind Fernando Rodney. Seems promising, no?
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Friday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Felix Hernandez $51
SP: Robbie Ray $33
C: Stephen Vogt $11
1B: Paul Goldschmidt $21
2B: Joe Panik $18
3B: Josh Donaldson $15
SS: Carlos Correa $17
OF: Carlos Gonzalez $14
OF: Gregor Blanco $14
OF: Corey Dickerson $10
Hernandez’s velocity is way down, and his 9.2 K-BB% is easily a career low, as he’s no longer the ace he once was. Still, he owns a 1.55 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP at home this season, and Hernandez faces a Twins offense that’s scored the fewest runs in the American League. The Mariners (-220) are the biggest favorites on the board Friday...Ray has been fortunate to sport a 4.18 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP, but he has 52 strikeouts over 47.1 innings, and the Padres have scored the third fewest runs in MLB (and have recorded the third most strikeouts).
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
The Rockies are typically a mixed bag on the road, and that’s been the case this year. Colorado has a .257/.304/.411 slash away from Coors Field, for an OPS that slots 20th in the majors. Those numbers were boosted Thursday, when the Rockies did to Clay Buchholz what most teams do — take batting practice.
Ah, but now the thin air of Colorado beckons. The weather is warmer. This is about to get fun.
Twenty of the next 32 Colorado games will be in the friendly confines, starting with a three-game set with San Francisco. Matt Cain goes for the Giants on Friday — I still don’t trust him, even with recent form — but then the Rockies have to face the San Francisco treats, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto.
Nonetheless, we don’t despair — a four-game set with Cincinnati comes next week. That’s likely to be a bonanza. The Reds trot out Jon Moscot, Dan Straily, John Lamb and Alfredo Simon for the four-game series, and they’re backed by the worst bullpen (by far) in the majors.
- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade3 days ago
The NFL regular season kicks off in less than 15 weeks. Between now and then, fans of the virtual game will closely watch quarterback competitions, mull muddy backfields, and ruminate over rehab related timetables. To honor this summer-long quest for clarity, each week I’ll be highlighting one of fantasy’s most pressing questions. First up… the Bears backfield.
Per the Chicago Tribune, John Fox recently intimated that he’d likely use a “hot hand” approach at running back. An RBBC enthusiast since the early 2000’s, Fox’s comments aren’t particularly shocking, but they do bring into question the values of Jeremy Langford and Jordan Howard.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Steven Matz: Since getting blown up in his first start of the year, Matz has a 1.35 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP with a 42:6 K:BB ratio over 40.0 innings, winning all six of his starts. His 21.1 K-BB% ranks top-10 among all starters in MLB, and among those ahead of him, only Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Nola have a higher GB/FB ratio than Matz’s 2.07. His average fastball velocity (93.4 mph) is the highest among all left-handed starters in baseball, and Matz is one of only three SPs to have four scoreless starts of at least six innings this year (Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw are the others). Health remains a legit concern with Matz, but performance wise, there’s little reason he won’t finish as a top-10 fantasy SP.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 days ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Joe Ross ($41) - It's a light slate for Thursday, and it shows in the list of available starting options. Ross looks like the top option on the hill as he has posted a rock solid 2.70 ERA this season, despite having lost his past four decisions. His last win, however, was a 6 IP, 1ER effort against a St. Louis squad that he'll oppose on Thursday.
SP: Danny Duffy ($32) - The hope here is that Duffy, making his third start of the season after opening the year in relief, will be able to log the five innings needed to earn a win - he's likely to be on a pitch count in the 75-80 range. If he can exit with a lead in hand, he'll have the AL's top bullpen (2.49 ERA) to help him keep the victory in tact.