- Jay Busbee at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Much of the United States is still shivering, but we're only days away from the start of baseball season. That means it's time RIGHT NOW to get your fantasy baseball drafts in order. Head on over to Yahoo Sports' Fantasy Baseballhome page, but BEFORE YOU DO ... listen to this podcast. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Why? Because we've got fantasy maestro Andy Behrens slingin' hot fantasy knowledge every way, that's why! We begin with a primer on how to approach fantasy baseball drafts and auctions (3:38 mark), including stats to seek on pitchers. We continue with how to spot the best hitters for your team (9:53 mark). Andy tells us all the fancy new aspects of the Yahoo Sports fantasy baseball experience, and you'll want to hear this part (23:48 mark). Finally, Andy discusses how fantasy baseball can survive and thrive in an era of fantasy football and one-day fantasy games (37:28 mark).
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
If fun were the only stat category in Fantasy Baseball, Yoenis Cespedes would be a lottery pick every season. The guy owns the Home Run Derby. The guy throws out baserunners from ridiculous platforms. The guy takes every swing like it’s his last.
The enjoyment index is off the charts. And it’s turned Cespedes into one of the sucker fantasy plays for 2015.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade3 days ago
It would not be entirely accurate to say that I entered this year's A.L.-only Tout Wars auction with a highly detailed and thoroughly vetted plan.
No, plan is definitely the wrong term.
Last year I had a well-rehearsed plan, executed it reasonably well, and then four of my players suffered season-ending injuries almost immediately. Mike Trout couldn't do it all by himself. My pitching staff was basically Yordano Ventura and five dudes who threw like Boof Bonser. That is to say, it was not a good pitching staff.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Bryce Harper: He’s a 22-year-old with a career 125 wRC+, which is why his ADP (31.9 in Yahoo leagues) remains high despite never reaching 60 RBI or surpassing 22 homers in any of his three seasons in the league. Harper also attempted just four steals in 100 games last season, as his base running took a major step down in general. He’s missed an average of 53 games over the past two years, which has barely discounted his price tag thanks to the past hype of him as baseball’s best prospect. Still, massive upside obviously remains and count me among those who’d be willing to take on the risk as early as round two. Matt Williams has said he might even bat Harper in the middle of the Nationals lineup this season, which is really thinking outside the box.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade4 days ago
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- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade5 days ago
While Cubs prospect Kris Bryant has been the toast of fantasy this spring, another touted young Cub, Javier Baez, has been a whiff factory, and has seen his batting average plummet deep below the Mendoza Line - total Baez HRs O/U 21.5?
Brandon – UNDER. Baez hit nine home runs in 52 games for the Cubs last season, and he's averaged 34.5 HRs in his past two seasons (at various pro levels), so it's easy to believe he'd go over this number with a full season in Chicago. But given his major contact issues, I think Baez is going to get a long Triple-A refresher course to start the season, with the Cubs turning to Arismendy Alcantara at 2B until Baez is deemed ready for a return to Chicago. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Scott – UNDER. So many holes in his swing, and all of a sudden the Cubs have a deep roster – and a team that thinks it can win now. There's a strong chance Baez will spend part of the year in Iowa.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
If you were under the impression that spring training existed entirely as a showcase for Kris Bryant's ridiculous power and for no other reason ... well, we get it. Bryant's dominance has certainly been the top story from the exhibition season. When a prospect slugs eight homers over just 29 plate appearances, hype is gonna happen. It's unavoidable.
However, Bryant actually isn't the only player making noise this spring — he's been the noisiest, sure, but he's not alone.
Today, our purpose is to discuss other players who've surged in March, several of whom have earned opening day roster spots. We're diving relatively deep here, just for the record, well beyond the early rounds in standard fantasy drafts. You shouldn't need us to tell you about Mike Trout's 1.459 spring OPS, or Brandon Belt's .333/.467/.722 slash. Those guys are well established. The players mentioned below have much, much more to prove.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade7 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.
Anthony Morrow: Over the last 10 days, Morrow has averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and a whopping 4.2 3pt while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. It’s a six-game span in which he’s been the No. 14 ranked fantasy player despite seeing just 27.7 mpg. Morrow is somehow owned in just 30 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, but he’s going to be a major part of a Thunder team that’s going to miss Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka down the stretch. Oklahoma City plays an NBA-high four games in Week 22 as well.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 days ago
On March 18, we rounded up the usual suspects and held the 11th annual Yahoo Friends & Family Draft. It's a meandering 350-pick mixed league, a highly-competitive industry throwdown. The Yahoo crew has won six of the titles; outsiders have stolen away four of them. Last year's standings are here.
Have a gander at the draft, then settle in for the usual Q and A (pick out a comfortable chair – it's long). Each pundits was asked a question about his team and a question about the league's perceived hits and misses. We welcome your comments (and predictions) in the comments; maybe this will be the year we have a 14-way tie for last.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade11 days ago
Closers are really a fantasy nuisance.
You're a fool if you draft them early — or if you draft too many of them — because we all know several new sources of saves will emerge during the season. Happens every year. Something like one-third of closing jobs will flip at some point.
But of course if you don't draft any closers — or if you limit yourself to just one — then you'll spend the next six months of your life targeting saves on the wire. And for most of us, that's not much fun. Nor is it entirely practical if you're a normal human, instead of a fantasy professional.