- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 hrs ago
You've got a limited daily budget; we've got bargains for your consideration. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections. We've got rain in the Midwest, gamers. Beware.
Andre Ethier, OF, at Mil (Garza), $2800 at FanDuel: Ethier, in case you hadn't noticed, is in a bit of a groove at the moment. He's 10-for-30 with two doubles and three homers over his last eight games, and injuries have created a path to playing time. No way you're worried about Matt Garza, right? Heck no. Garza enters Tuesday's start with brutal pitching ratios: 1.57 WHIP, 4.60 ERA, 1.46 K/BB. Ethier's career slash against RHPs is .304/.383/.507.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, at Mil (Garza), $3100: It's a tiny sample, sure, but Kendrick has absolutely mauled Garza to this point in his career (7-for-12, double, homer). Garza has yielded five home runs over his last 18.2 innings, and the Ks have been few and far between (5.8 K/9).
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
Fantasy football drafting in May? Heck ya! Are you itching to mock? Deep down you are. And we are too. With the NFL Draft in the books, we recently partook in a 12-team, .5 PPR, with a FLEX, exercise to whet your whistle. Awake from your pigskin coma, fanatics. The 2015 fantasy football season is officially underway. Let the "expert" derision begin.
Pick 1: Jamaal Charles, KC, RB1 – Thirty-three touchdowns the last two years, can score from anywhere on the field. He's been over 5.0 YPC his entire career, which is absurd. ( Scott Pianowski )
Pick 2: Adrian Peterson, Min, RB2 – After a year in purgatory, he'll be back to domination, running angry. I'd be shocked if he had a bad year. I know many receivers look good in the first round, but when you click on an early back, your EV spikes. I prefer RB-one (anchors away) to RB-zero. ( Pianow )
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade6 hrs ago
Dallas Keuchel might look like something out of ZZ Top, but he’s really a soft-rocker at heart – a lefty who’s average fastball doesn’t make it to 90. You’re not going to get gaudy strikeout numbers with Keuchel, either.
But don’t mistake him for an ordinary pitcher. Long-suffering Astros fans have their ace, and they don’t even seem to mind that he’s named Dallas.
Keuchel had to settle for a no-decision in Monday’s turn at Texas, though his final line would make any fantasy owner happy: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K (six in a row at one point). It was a season high in whiffs, but that’s not part of the Keuchel package. For the season he’s at 6.0 K/9, a below-average number in today’s game.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
This business of grading every NFL team's rookie class only hours after the draft — sorting out the winners and losers immediately , prior to any actual on-field winning and losing — is, of course, ridiculous. I'll concede that point right here at the top.
When Seattle was building the foundation of a two-time NFC championship roster, for example, many draft analysts were handing out Cs and Ds. Predictive analysis of any sort is tough in the NFL. Where the draft is concerned, it's absurd.
And still ... well, here we are.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Players to Buy
Dallas Keuchel, SP, vs. TEX (Detwiler), $8500: He’s just the No. 5 starting pitcher on the pricing board, but he’s the biggest Vegas favorite on the night (slipping past a road-starting Clayton Kershaw). That will work. Keuchel obviously is light on the strikeouts, but his efficiency allows him to work deep into games. And let’s give the guy credit for what he does exceptionally well – inducing ground-ball contact and weak contact. He’s on zero of my seasonal teams, which depresses the hell out of me. But I’ll have Keuchel dialed up for Monday DFS.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
What’s going on with Corey Kluber? Last year’s Cy Young winner has yet to win a game this season and is sporting a 4.24 ERA. He’s been especially bad of late, as he’s allowed 14 earned runs and 31 hits over his last three starts, spanning over just 17.1 innings. Some of this may be attributed to Yan Gomes getting injured, as Kluber owns a 2.58 ERA over 45 games with Gomes catching compared to a 4.66 ERA over the other 36 games when throwing to someone else. Kluber also has a poor defense defense working behind him to go along with a shaky bullpen. But his SwStr% (12.9) and GB/FB ratio (1.87) are both career highs, and his 18.2 K-BB% remains top-20 in MLB, so there’s plenty of reason to suggest his start to the 2015 season is flukier than him being the best pitcher in the AL last year. Go try to trade for Kluber if his owner thinks otherwise.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
In the fantasy football vernacular no word is misunderstood, misidentified or misused more than "sleeper."
Similar to the grossly miswritten "ironic" in the English language (Example: If a fan wearing a Josh Gordon jersey bumped into the Cleveland receiver at a 4/20 gathering, that isn't ironic.), the term is thrown around too loosely, often attached to players drafted as starters in 10-team leagues.
Generally speaking, self-described aficionados claim a "sleeper" references generic players unbeknownst to the general gaming community. Throw PLAYER X out during your draft and someone is bound to blurt out, “WHO THE HECK IS THAT GUY?!”
The above definition is fair. However, in an age where information is readily available at the touch of a screen, any fantasy player with the tiniest ounce of gumption can uncover pertinent player information spewed by scouts, coaches and insiders. In the classic sense, the controversial word no longer applies.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Players to Buy
Adam LaRoche, 1B, at MIN (Pelfrey), $2600: Generally I throw seasonal player trends into the trash, but LaRoche has an extended profile that tells us he won’t hit much in April. His career OPS is a mere 713 for the opening month, then it jumps to .801 in May (and, to be fair, .860 after the break). If you want a buy-low, LaRoche certainly fits the bill. And when you see Mike Pelfrey on the opposing mound, you want to load up on left handers.
(There is one pesky thing about the White Sox offense - you can’t stack Jose Abreu and LaRoche together in Fan Duel since they’re both first base qualifiers. Ah well, so it goes. It’s only a matter of time before he gets comfortable in his new city and role.)
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Entering the 2014 NFL season, workhorse running backs, similar to compact discs, flip phones, folding maps and, presumably sometime very soon, Burger King’s not-so-delectable Chicken Fries, were on the verge of extinction.
Clydesdales like Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy were rare breeds, 300-carry rushers who demanded a draft day premium from fantasy investors. Extreme volatility, after all, was the name of the game at RB, especially in an era of rotational backfields. To those who stubbornly clung to supposedly antiquated RB-RB methods last August, shelling out exorbitant sums for proven rushers was a necessary evil, no matter the risks attached (43.8 bust percentage of all projected RB1s/RB2s picked in fantasy drafts since 2009).
DeMarco Murray only substantiated that belief.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Jake Arrieta, SP, vs. Mil (Fiers), $9800 at FanDuel: He has a 2.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP during a dominant start to the year and faces a Brewers team that’s scored the fourth-fewest runs and has the second-worst road OPS in major league baseball. The Cubs are the biggest favorite on the board Saturday, as opposing SP Mike Fiers has struggled badly, having allowed 36 baserunners over 18.2 innings this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, vs. NYY (Eovaldi), $3200: His power numbers have disappointed early on in Boston, but the switch-hitter is batting .407 against RHP and .400 at home. Sandoval is also 10-for-14 with 10 RBI during his career against Nathan Eovaldi.