- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade15 days ago
Troy Tulowitzki has always either been highly productive or hurt, so naturally, he’s been healthy this season and not hitting (although he's been dealing with a yet another leg injury of late, to be fair). But Tulow owns a 29:2 K:BB ratio, which is terrible for any hitter and is downright reprehensible for someone who plays half his games in Coors Field. Among fantasy shortstops who've played at least 25 games this season, he ranks No. 26 on a per-game basis. There's no where for his value to go but up, but Tulowitzki has been a major disappointment so far for different reasons than usual. His current 1.7 BB% is a career low, while his 24.2 K% and 11.5 SwStr% marks are career highs (the latter by a wide margin, with his career mark being 6.7%), and his defense has also graded as worse than ever. Let's hope he's just dealing with an injury that he'll soon recover from, because these signs are pretty discouraging for the soon to be 31-year-old who may very well be traded away from Coors Field in the near future.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade16 days ago
Players to Buy
Jason Kipnis, 2B, at TEX (Martinez), $4500: Lou raised the price of Kipnis, he’s been losing at the track. But with Kipnis on a ballistic 19-for-31 tear the last seven games (10 runs, one homer, five RBIs, three steals), you have to strongly consider paying up. The Nick Martinez hit-rate luck tour has to come to a stop eventually; last year lefties posted an .832 OPS against him.
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, vs. CLE (Carrasco), $3200: Something’s clicked for him during the current homestand (13-for-28, three homers), and he’ll enjoy the platoon split on Sunday. Maybe the Rangers didn't get rooked on this contract after all.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade17 days ago
Zack Greinke, SP, vs. Col (De La Rosa), $10100 at FanDuel: He’s the fourth most costly SP despite the Dodgers being by far the most favored team (-240) during Saturday’s slate. Despite decreased velocity, Greinke has been as good as ever, is at home and benefits from Los Angeles having the best offense in baseball by a mile (they lead MLB with 130 wRC+. Next highest is 115).
Joey Votto, 1B, vs. SF : (Vogelsong), $3900: He has a 1.017 OPS with seven homers and five steals over 84 at-bats versus right-handed pitchers this season, and he plays in a home park that’s increased home runs by 52 percent for LHB over the past three seasons, which is easily the most in MLB. $3900 seems like a bargain (there are six first basemen priced at least $400 higher).
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade18 days ago
Just in case you don't habitually check Pacific Coast League box scores, here's a quick look at the production of Fresno's 1-5 hitters in the team's 17-6 win on Wednesday:
J. Sclafani, 2B – 1-for-3, 4 R, 3 BB C. Correa, SS – 1-for-4, 3 R, double, 2 BB L.J. Hoes, LF – 1-for-2, 5 R, 3 RBIs, 3 BB D. Santana, RF – 2-for-3, 2 R, double, 3 RBIs, 3 BB J. Singleton, 1B – 4-for-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 10 RBIs
Yup, that's right: Jon Singleton delivered a 10-RBI performance, crushing his league-leading tenth and eleventh homers. As of this writing, Singleton is getting himself on-base at a .379 clip and slugging .612.
Here's a clip of his moonshot grand slam from Wednesday's action (misplayed by a dude who brought his glove to the game):
If you're a Fresno fan, you'd better get yourself to the park soon, before this run-scoring juggernaut is broken apart by call-ups to Houston, the parent club.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade18 days ago
The freshly-retooled Padres have plenty of guys who can knock the ball around the park and over the fence. You expect big things from Justin Upton and Matt Kemp. You liked Wil Myers as a late-round sleeper. You see the value of sneaky catcher Derek Norris.
The infield, that’s been a little dicier, with all sorts of moving parts. Today, we talk about Cory Spangenberg, middle infielder on the move. Start with his two homers from Thursday’s win, and then we’ll consider the bigger picture.
The 24-year-old lefty swinger has always been respected property; he was a first-round draft choice in 2011, and showed up on some rated prospect lists a year later. Spangenberg flashed respectable hitting ability in the minors (.296/.356/.405), along with 104 steals in 374 games. He didn’t embarrass himself in brief San Diego action last year, hitting .290 in 20 games (two homers, four steals).
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade18 days ago
Clayton Kershaw, SP, vs. Col (Butler), $11000 at FanDuel: As usual, I’m recommending my favorite SP option of the day, regardless of price, before digging for some hitting bargains. Kershaw’s current ERA (4.26) and WHIP (1.26) are both his highest since his rookie campaign way back in 2008. But his average FB velocity (93.6 mph) is his highest since 2009, and both his GB/FB ratio (2.44) and SwStr% (14.2) are career highs, the latter ranking No. 2 in MLB this season. Start Kershaw with confidence.
Kyle Blanks, OF, vs. Cle (Chen), $2700: He’s cheap, in a hitter’s park and owns a 1.333 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season. Bruce Chen has been getting destroyed versus RHB, so this matchup looks worth taking advantage of.
Albert Pujols, 1B, at Bal (Chen), $2900: It’s possible Pujols is done, but this is a hitter with a career 1.021 OPS versus southpaws over nearly 2,000 at bats. There are 18 first basemen priced higher Friday.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade19 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 Pickle: Off a history-making campaign in which he compiled 91 receptions (on 129 targets), 1,305 yards and 12 TDs in only a dozen games (17.2 fantasy points per game, WR1), the single greatest output by a rookie wide receiver ever, Odell Beckham Jr. has surprisingly become a divisive subject. If positioned in the back half of round one, should you invest in the Giants wideout? Is he worth the approximate $30-$35 price tag in auction formats?
Reasons why you should sell the farm for Beckham:
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade19 days ago
Players to Buy
Yankees Stack, at TB (Ramirez): For the last three years, Erasmo Ramirez has been Spanish for “hit me" (5.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) The best New York lefties aren’t giveaway prices, but I won’t quibble for anyone who wants to pay up for surging Jacoby Ellsbury, underrated Brett Gardner or comebacking Mark Teixeira (Ellsbury and Teixeira have homers off Ramirez, in just one meeting, if that matters to you). Catcher Brian McCann remains reasonably priced at $3100, and there's a case for Carlos Beltran at $2800.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade19 days ago
Addison Reed was something less than lights-out as Arizona's closer last season, blowing six save chances and finishing with a 4.25 ERA. He dealt with shoulder issues this spring, then struggled in the month of April, tossing only one clean inning in seven appearances.
On Wednesday, when asked to protect a one-run lead against the Washington Nationals, Reed was pummeled. Here's how it went down:
-Groundout -Single -Single -Walk -444-foot no-doubt home run
Seriously, Reed placed a 1-0 pitch on a tee for Michael Taylor, and the Nats outfielder absolutely destroyed the ball, launching it far over the center-field wall. Taylor had entered the game in the seventh as a replacement for the ejected Bryce Harper, and he made the most of the unexpected playing time.
"It felt like a terrible pitch," Reed later said. "He did what he was supposed to do with it."
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade20 days ago
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was selected, on average, outisde the top 30 in preseason drafts. A month-and-a-half into the season, Harper's production rates among the very best in fantasy. Is it time to cement the roto value of this immensely talented youth inside Round 1 - O/U pick 7.5 overall if you were drafting a team today?
Brandon – Well, let's see ... I'm taking Trout, Goldschmidt, Stanton, Nellie Cruz and Miggy ahead of him, for sure. After that, I put Harper in a group with Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Altuve, Adam Jones, Justin Upton and Han-Ram (maybe I'd consider Carlos Gomez, Tulo, McCutchen and A-Gon in that mix, as well). It's a close call, but I'd probably take an Abreu and/or Han-Ram ahead of him, possibly even Donaldson. Harper's definitely in my updated top 10, but I think he goes just OVER for me here. Scott – UNDER. I'm buying in. He's commanding the zone better than ever, being selectively aggressive and punishing the pitches he likes. It was high comedy to see him ranked below Andrew McCutchen on so many sites last week.