- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade6 hrs ago
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was persona non grata in spring fantasy drafts following a rough three-year stretch, but he's been much better than expected in '15, owning a 34-HR pace to go with a palattable .261 batting average. Can Howard maintain this renewed level of respectability - O/U final '15 batting average of .2499 and 25.5 HRs?
Brandon – OVER on both. Howard is actually a career .265 hitter, and only once in a full season has he hit below .250, so I think he has a reasonable chance to go over this mark (but not by much). As for the home runs, I think he finishes at least in the upper 20s range if he can log 600 plate appearances.
Scott – I hate to say UNDER because Howard's a fun guy to root for, especially when you consider how so much of the Internet ganged up on him in recent years. But high-strikeout, high-FB hitters tend to be the streakiest types of hitters, for good and for bad. It's a perfect time to see if you can lock in the profits. Someone in your league needs pop and might be ready to overpay.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
Picked the wrong day to fade Prince Fielder, I guess. Even my Donaldson-led lineups fell before him. Let's try to get it back today, together. As always, please remember to check the pregame weather reports and scan the MLB lineups as they're released. Now let's get to it...
Kolten Wong, 2B, vs. Ari (Collmenter), $3300 at FanDuel: Yup, going back to Wong again. He's slashing .331/.393/.500 against RHPs, and Wednesday's right-hander isn't exactly the best in the business.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, vs. Ari (Collmenter), $3300: Peralta is working on a mini-streak of three straight two-hit games, and he homered on Monday. He's slashing .308/.370/.506 for the year, hitting in the heart of the order. I'm going to the three-Cardinals formation on Wednesday, rolling with Wong, Holliday and Peralta ... because Collmenter.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade8 hrs ago
In many of the fantasy questions we face on a regular basis, it’s best to analyze and trust skills and not worry too much about roles
Alas, in the chase for saves, that rule gets flipped upside down. When it comes to the handshake hunt, often the role is what matters, the baton, the ownership of the ninth.
With that in mind, let’s head over to the Seattle bullpen.
Fernando Rodney was a hot mess in Tuesday’s ninth inning at Tampa Bay, allowing three runs and blowing his second save of the year. Rodney gave up three hits and plunked a batter. There was one intentional walk out of necessity. He didn’t strike anyone out, and his ERA rose to 6.98.
Ultimately the baseball gods smiled down on Rodney and his nifty, slanted cap - the Mariners won the game in the tenth inning, giving Rodney his second victory of the year. Journeyman lefty Joe Beimel came through as the last hand on deck (two strikeouts, 12 pitches), and Seattle went off to attack the spread.Thu, May 2810:10 PM EDTCleveland at SeattlePreview Game
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
OK, perhaps "can't-miss" is a bit strong. But it's snappier than "less-likely-to-miss-than-many-others." As always, please remember to check the pregame weather reports and scan MLB lineups as they're released. Now let's do this thing...
Jacob deGrom, P, vs. Phi (Williams), $9700 at FanDuel: I am not gonna get out-deGrom'd today, you guys. Oh, no. Jacob is a bit cheaper than Tuesday's blue-chip starters (Kershaw, Price, Bumgarner), plus he's facing doomed team and he's coming off a brilliant performance (8.0 IP, 1 H, 11 Ks). Earlier this year, deGrom fired 6.1 scoreless innings at the Phils.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
While you were chilling and grilling on the Memorial Day weekend, Alex Guerrero was doing what he usually does: clocking home runs for the Dodgers. And maybe it’s time his organization loved him back, a little bit.
Guerrero’s seventh homer of the season came in Sunday’s loss to San Diego (nice catch, Zapruder). He was back on the bench for Monday’s series opener with Atlanta, an ultimate victory that was in part sparked by Guerrero’s pinch-hit home run. This guy is a walking souvenir dispenser.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day 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: Buffalo RBs coach Anthony Lynn, supporting Rex Ryan's "we'll run it 50 times" declaration from earlier this spring, told the Buffalo News he wants LeSean McCoy to lead the league in carries. Over the past two seasons, the three-time Pro Bowl selection set the NFL carries pace toting the rock an exhaustive 626 times for former employer Philadelphia. Based on his situation, many believe he's a strong candidate to extend the streak.
Reasons why a January plunge in Lake Erie is more appealing than owning McCoy:
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days 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 Arcade2 days 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 Arcade3 days 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 Arcade4 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.
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.