- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade15 hrs ago
The waiting is the hardest part. The waiting is just about over.
Your 2015 present has finally arrived. Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is set to open Friday.
In addition to all the established features that you know and love, here are some game enhancements to sink your teeth into:
• New draft client with better research tools, including player notes and projected standings. (Everyone loves being graded, even if they want to complain about it later.)
• League chat that allows you to message your league mates across all devices. (Talk trash on your tablet. Sound smack on your smartphone. Build your fantasy brand 24-7)
• Condensed games on video allowing users to scout players for adds, drops and trades through 8-10 minute videos of every game from the previous day. Exclusive to Yahoo Fantasy Baseball through our partnership with MLB.com. (Admit it, there’s a scout inside you, fighting to get out. Game tape is your friend. Bring a clipboard everywhere you go.)
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Although it’s been 31 years since Detroit’s last World Series title, the Woodward faithful hasn’t had much to complain about in recent years. The Tigers are taking aim at their fifth consecutive AL Central title. The glorious run has been fueled by a mix of potent offense (no one has scored more runs since the beginning of 2013) and reliable pitching (Top 10 team ERAs for three straight campaigns). Detroit generally assembles a strong lineup and a formidable starting staff and dares teams to match it over the six-month marathon. Most opponents fall short.
To be fair, there are subtle areas where the Tigers routinely struggle. They’ve been one of the worst defensive teams in the majors for several years now, and the bullpen hasn’t been good for a while. Detroit fans become anxious whenever the opponent puts the bat on the ball, and there’s a collective Eight Mile shriek whenever the bullpen door opens.
Order up a hot and ready and let's try to figure it all out.
How do we price J.D. Martinez after that shocking monster year?
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
D.J. Augustin: With Brandon Jennings out for the season with an Achilles injury, Augustin becomes Detroit’s new starting point guard. Over four starts this season, he’s averaged 18.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.3 3pt while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 90.0 from the line. Three of those four starts came when Josh Smith was still on the team, while the other was Sunday’s huge performance (35 points, eight assists, 12-20 FG with five threes). Those numbers are obviously unsustainable, but Detroit has played far better since Smith’s departure, and Basketball Monster projects Augustin to be a top-100 player over the rest of the year. He’s currently owned in just 54 percent of Yahoo leagues, which should rapidly increase.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 days ago
In most seasons, Fenway Park is a safe place to chase offensive production. The park is tiny and a bonanza for scoring, and the Red Sox usually have a stable of capable hitters.
Alas, 2014 wasn't like most years for the Olde Towne Team. A collection of slumps, injuries and mediocre players combined to torpedo the Boston offense, and with that, any hope of a championship repeat died quickly. The Red Sox finished 18th in the majors in scoring last year, a notable drop from their normal perch. Boston posted a Top 4 scoring offense in six of the prior seven seasons. (And to be fair, it hasn't been all Fenway Park; only the Yankees scored more runs on the road from 2007-2013.)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade8 days ago
We're in the middle of a week in which every NBA team plays at least three games, which should make this a relatively low-stress time for fantasy owners. Perhaps you're not desperate for a pickup. Maybe you briefly freaked about Kevin Durant's dinged elbow, but, thankfully, that sounds like a non-issue.
Still, many of you treat your league's free agent pool like an all-you-can-eat buffet, so for you we offer the following options...
Langston Galloway, NYK, PG (9 percent owned)
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade9 days ago
Six pickups of varying availability levels, that's what we do here. Put some batteries in the cordless mouse or keyboard and let's get some new players for your roster.
Zach Bogosian, D, Jets (15 percent): The development curve is often a deliberate one for blueliners, especially the taller guys at the position. Even with that caveat out of the way, the waiting has been painfully slow on Bogosian, who was the third overall pick of the 2008 draft. Wasn't he supposed to be an impact player by now? It hasn't worked out that way. (Look at the two defensive superstars he was selected between.)
Nonetheless, Bogosian is still just 24, and he's been sizzling since he returned from his lower-body injury, ringing up three goals and two assists over his last six games. He's getting some trickle-down time on the power play, he's shooting the puck aggressively, and of course there's the pedigree to chase. I added a Bogie share in one of my pools; who's with me?
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade10 days ago
DeAndre Jordan: Over the past month, Jordan has shot a hideous 34.8 percent from the free throw line. The only player to hurt fantasy owners in the category more over that span is Andre Drummond, yet despite this, Jordan has been a top-50 player during this stretch. That’s because he’s been so good on the glass, grabbing 13.9 rpg while swatting 2.3 bpg over this span. He leads the NBA in rpg (13.4), FG% (71.5) and ranks second in bpg (2.3). He also has 20+ more dunks than any other player in the league. If you’re punting free throw percentage, Jordan has been the third most valuable fantasy player so far this season.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade12 days ago
This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules.
A quick reminder: Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means a full day of basketball that starts at 11:00 am PST, so get your lineups set early.
Hassan Whiteside: Over the last six games, he’s averaged 12.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. He’s averaged 2.1 bpg while playing just 15:44 mpg so far this season, so while now starting and looking at much more playing time, it’s safe to project Whiteside to be among the league leaders in blocks from here on out. It’s a joke he’s owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, as he should be started in 100 percent of them right now.
P.J. Tucker: He’s scored double digits in just three of the past eight games, but Tucker has quietly been a top-75 player over the past two months. Moreover, the Suns play four games in Week 13, all at home and include a matchup with a Lakers team that ranks No. 27 in Defensive Efficiency. Tucker is owned in just 27 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade16 days ago
With the fantasy gridiron game now on the backburner for at least a few months, the Yahoo fantasy crew decided it was a good time to take a preliminary stroll around the diamond in advance of the official opening of Fantasy Baseball '15. This particular drill consisted of six Yahoos tasked with drafting for two separate teams (to simulate a 12-team draft), with each team comprising a roster of 12 players - C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, SP, SP, SP, RP. Here's a round-by-round account of how our abbreviated mock exercise played out:
SCOTT PIANOWSKI 1 - Mike Trout, LAA, OF: Even if he doesn't feel like running too much, he offers the mix of upside and floor that you demand from this slot.
SCOTT PIANOWSKI 2 - Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1B: We'll see where his health is at in the spring. Nonetheless, he was hobbling in September but still mashing. He's had 11 straight dominant years. That means something.
BRANDON FUNSTON 1 - Clayton Kershaw, LAD, SP: Through age 26 season, he's picked up three Cy Young awards and has logged six straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 (under 2.00 in each of past two) and five straight with 200-plus Ks.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade17 days ago
Andrew Wiggins: The No. 1 overall pick wasn’t even a top-200 fantasy player over the first two months of the year but has turned it on of late, averaging 21.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the line over the last seven games, a span in which he was the No. 17 ranked fantasy player while becoming just the third teenager in NBA history to score 20 points in six straight contests. Minnesota has the sixth-highest PACE in the league, and Wiggins has clearly turned it around after a rough start to his NBA career.