- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade6 hrs ago
Players to Buy
Brett Anderson, SP, vs. ATL (Perez), $6700: Although the Braves offense hasn’t been quite the wasteland I expected, it still ranks an ordinary 19th in runs scored. And things really collapse when the opposing starter is left-handed: the Braves rank 28th in OPS against the southpaws.
While our L.A. lefty is no sure thing to work deep into the game, he did record 19 outs in his last turn. Anderson has also fanned 15 (against just four walks) in his last two appearances. The push over the cliff is the Vegas line: the Dodgers are the biggest favorite of the day, minus-190.
Ian Desmond, SS, at CHI (Wada), $3100: His horrendous defense really doesn’t bother us, so long as he doesn’t get booted from the lineup, and his bat has perked up nicely of late (.344/.400/.625 over eight games). Desmond has been hitting second for a week now, part of a Washington offense that’s come alive. Runs are expected at Wrigley on Monday.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade17 hrs ago
Carlos Carrasco has an ugly 4.74 ERA, and I don’t want to point to his .351 BABIP as an automatic mark due for regression, because Cleveland’s defense is bad. However, getting Yan Gomes back should be a big help, and everything else here screams a pitcher who looks like a dominant ace (his 22.3 K-BB% ranks seventh best in baseball, while his 12.3 SwStr% is also top-10). Carrasco had a 1.72 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 78.2 innings after the All-Star break last year, and his peripherals look even better in 2015 despite him having to deal with taking a line drive off his head early on. Carrasco could easily be a top-five fantasy starter from here on out, so try to buy him low in your fantasy league.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
I'm not going to give you superstars to play; you can talk yourself into Mike Trout and Anthony Rizzo. You don't need any expert help there, right? You know they're pretty good, don't you?
Players to Buy
Mike Napoli, 1B, vs. LAA (Santiago), $2700: For a while, it was a nightmare. Lately, it’s a dream. Napoli is on a 7-for-18 binge over his last five games, with four homers, and he’s a career .276/.389/.521 man against lefties. A lot of pundits scoff at the theory of a hot hand, but there are Stanford Academics who present the other side. You decide what you want to do; in the meantime, give me Napoli at this giveaway price. Xander Bogaerts ($2300) also looks like a reasonable play, especially in the No. 5 slot.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Here are your outfielder Shuffle Up prices. We're trying to figure how the players will perform from here on out. What's happened to this point is an audition, nothing past that.
Assume a 5x5 scoring system, as always. Players at the same prices are considered even. I reserve the right to tweak the list on the weekend. And I'll add commentary at some point this weekend.
When I do these lists, they're composed completely from scratch. I don't care where I ranked everyone in March. I'm not one of those rankers who moves a handful of guys and calls it a day.
You're going to have some disagreements, and that's good. That's why we have a game and why it's fun. I look at someone else's list and I see things I don't understand, too. If you did a list, you'd encounter the same thing. That's how these things work.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Michael Bolsinger, SP, vs. SD (Kennedy), $6400 at FanDuel: Normally I’m all about recommending the best starting pitching option, who’s usually the most expensive. And I have no problem if you go with Corey Kluber (et al) but realize Bolsinger pitches for a team that’s tied for the third most favored Saturday, yet there are 23 pitchers pricier. It’s safe to say Bolsinger’s 1.04 ERA is probably (and by probably I mean certainly) going to rise, but he’s inducing a bunch of ground balls with an elite offense backing him up and is so cheap you can load up on hitters.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 days ago
The height of the preseason '15 fantasy baseball draft season was just two months ago. But, in our instant gratification roto world, it might as well have been two years ago. The what-have-you-done-for-me-lately environment can cause perception of player values to change quickly. With that in mind, we asked the Yahoo crew to hit the reset button on the '15 season with a 12-round blog mock draft do-over. You can take a look at Rounds 1-6 here . Below is the pick-by-pick analysis for the second half of the draft (and please note the roster restrictions in the draft grid at the bottom of the page) ...
Pick 73: Carlos Santana, Cle, C/1/3 – Seems like he's dodged a bullet, injury-wise. We know he's good for 25-or-so homers, with better counting stats than most C-eligible players. ( Andy Behrens )
Pick 74: Kole Calhoun, LAA, OF – Can't argue with the lineup spot (clean-up), and he can assist in all categories. ( Behrens )
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Don't you just hate when you're pretty sure you're about to become a thousandaire, but then the Tigers' bullpen blows David Price's win? Me too. But we'll get it back today. Check the weather here, you guys, and scan lineups over here. Let's do the do...
Mitch Moreland, OF, at NYY (Pineda), $2300 at FanDuel: Moreland homered on Thursday, and he has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats with two doubles and two bombs. He's slashing .312/.382/.506 for the year. Moreland is just a single short of the cycle in his career against Pineda, for what it's worth, having gone 3-for-6 with nothin' but extra-base hits. At this price, I'm happily on board.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Sometimes the dots line up perfectly and you can sense a change is imminent. That appears to be the case with the Red Sox and their lousy right-field situation. Don’t be tripped up by the organizational quotes from recent days; teams have zero incentive to tell us the truth. The high-priced Boston offense is struggling, and the Red Sox may have reached the tipping point.
Rusney Castillo isn’t in Boston as we go to press, but it probably won't be long before the $72 million man gets a chance to show what he can do. And this is a fantasy story worth investing in.
The Red Sox offense has a bunch of problems at the moment; we don’t have the time to list all of them. But two of the biggest issues are a lack of offense from right field, and a lack of production against left-handed starters.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
As the summer heats up, Yahoo's resident Noisemaker will offer his hot takes on specific players, trends and strategies much discussed in Fantasyland. Naturally, whatever he forecasts, the opposite is bound to occur. Feel free to offer your two cents in the comments section below.
The Buzz: Most within the "expert" community continue to suggest waiting on a quarterback is the only way to approach the position. As a result, Andrew Luck, despite averaging 27.5 points per game last season in standard formats, an output that bested No. 2 Aaron Rodgers by a full two points per game, sports a consensus No. 21 overall rank according to Fantasy Pros. Hey, it's hard to teach old dogs new tricks. The groupthink perspective on QBs, however, is not only antiquated, it's downright incognizant. What a bunch of neckbeard haters.
Why Luck deserves to be in the No. 1 overall conversation:
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 days ago
On Sunday, Texas manager Jeff Banister decreed that no player in his team's bullpen had a defined role going forward. Which of course was another way of saying that no player who'd previously had a defined role was any good at pitching. Neftali Feliz had blown a save chance on Saturday, allowing three runs in a horrid inning of work that featured a double, homer, walk and wild pitch.
On Wednesday, when another save opportunity presented itself, Shawn Tolleson got the nod for the Rangers. He wasn't flawless, but he managed to successfully protect a one-run lead while facing the top of the Red Sox batting order — not exactly a low-stress save situation. Mookie Betts doubled off Tolleson, Dustin Pedroia ripped a loud out (nice play by Delino DeShields), and David Ortiz drew an intentional pass, but no runs were scored.