- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
With more options available for contests starting at 7:05 ET, I’m going to concentrate on Wednesday’s later batch of games.
My full lineup:
SP: Steven Wright $41
SP: Scott Kazmir $36
C: Brian McCann $16
1B: David Ortiz $24
2B: Starlin Castro $10
3B: Justin Turner $10
SS: Carlos Correa $19
OF: Carlos Beltran $16
OF: Brett Gardner $14
OF: Trayce Thompson $14
There are no real aces to choose during Wednesday’s later slate, so let’s go with Wright, who has a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP on the year, as he should continue to get strong run support with the Red Sox big favorites (-185)...Kazmir has been shaky this season, but he’s at home facing a Reds team that’s lost nine straight games and has the worst run differential (-94) in major league baseball.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade19 hrs 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.
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.
And remember the golden rule -- a player doesn't gain value because you like him, nor does he lose value because you don't like him.
Prices now, comments later tonight. I reserve the right to make changes in this list during the first 24 hours. Win the debate, win the rank.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade21 hrs ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Chris Sale ($60) - You can't complain about a $60 price tag when you are talking about a pitcher who has nine wins in nine starts, and a 0.99 ERA in his past seven outings. Just pull out the wallet and pay up.
SP: Nathan Karns ($40) - Karns is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his past five starts, including a home win against Oakland on May 2. And it doesn't hurt Karns that Oakland is without OF Josh Reddick (thumb), who hit a HR off Karns in an early April matchup.
C: Salvador Perez ($11) - Not a bad value for an All-Star catcher with a nine-game hitting streak coming off a five-hit game and facing Minnesota RHP Ervin Santana, who has allowed more success to right-handed hitters than lefties this season.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
Just about every Texas Rangers outfielder, past or present, is currently injured — everyone from Oddibe McDowell and Gary Ward to Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs. Nobody is healthy, it seems. Choo and Stubbs both hit the DL on Monday, dealing with hamstring and toe injuries, and we also learned that Josh Hamilton will undergo season-ending knee surgery
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 day ago
When does a bad start become a bad season? When does a great start become a great season?
We're a quarter of the way through the 2016 MLB dance. The pictue is coming more into focus now.
Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to help you sort through the maze. Among the topics discussed: struggling aces Matt Harvey, Sonny Gray and Dallas Keuchel; the spectacle of Giancarlo Stanton; two Upton brothers going in opposite directions; and the oddly-underowned Leonis Martin. Talk some baseball with us.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Be sure to check the game-time weather conditions before finalizing lineups. Let's make good Monday choices, people.
P Clayton Kershaw, LAD, $61 (vs. Cin) – Not sure if you'd heard, but Kershaw is skilled in the pitching arts. He's posted double-digit Ks in six straight games, which is ridiculous, and his season WHIP is 0.70 (also ridiculous).
P Ian Kennedy, KC, $42 (at Min) – Kennedy has posted quality ratios for the season, and he's coming off a 9-K, two-run effort against Boston. Surely he can deal with the Twins.
C Derek Norris, SD, $7 (Cueto) – When you start a $61 pitcher, you're probably going to punt a position elsewhere. Norris has had a miserable year, but he did deliver XBHs on Friday and Saturday. Any positive contribution would be welcome at this price.
1B Matt Adams, STL, $13 (Lackey) – Quietly useful in recent weeks, Adams is slashing .318/.375/.500 in May.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Daniel Murphy had an .862 OPS in August last year and followed that up with a .909 OPS in September. He then hit .328/.391/.724 with seven homers over 58 at bats against some of the best pitching in baseball during the postseason. He’s added six more homers in the early going this year, when he also leads major league baseball by a wide margin with a .387 batting average. He’s pulling the ball and hitting fly balls far more than previously in his career, and it’s pretty clear this is no small sample fluke. His 175 wRC+ ranks No. 4 in baseball. Murphy has been a top-15 fantasy hitter in 2016, and while a .387 BA is obviously unsustainable, he should be treated as a truly elite middle infielder moving forward.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade2 days ago
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- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Does the thought of drafting a QB early make you ill? Well in this edition of the Docs, Liz Loza and Brad Evans write prescriptions for late-round signal callers. Loza advises a heavy dose of Eli Manning. Meanwhile, Evans suggests the dual-threat talents of Marcus Mariota. Will the vet or the upstart overachieve in 2016? Read their case studies below and declare a winner in the comments section.
Evans unleashes in favor of Mariota:
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Odubel Herrera: After walking 28 times over 495 at bats last season, Herrera has 30 over 147 ABs so far in 2016. His .438 OBP ranks fourth best in all of baseball. Walk rates for batters typically stabilize around 120 plate appearances, and Herrera is up to 181 on the year, so this sure doesn’t look like a fluke. For someone who stole 34 bags as a 19-year-old in the minors (in fewer than 120 games), his modest 6-for-9 SB success rate has been disappointing, especially given how often he’s been on first base. But it’s hard for fantasy owners to complain too much, as he was a later round pick and is on pace to finish with a line of .327-96-15-50-23. Herrera was also a steal for the Phillies, as the Rule 5 pick has already accumulated 1.9 WAR this season.