- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 hrs ago
P Nathan Karns, Sea, $38 (at Oak) – Karns has struck out 24 batters in 22.1 innings so far this season, and he tossed seven scoreless frames in his last appearance. Oakland ranks dead-last in the A.L. in team OBP (.291), so there's no reason to fear the opposing lineup.
P Bartolo Colon, NYM, $35 (vs. Atl) – Colon hasn't given up more than three runs in any start this season, and he's facing the N.L.'s lowest-scoring lineup. At $35, he's a gift.
(Honorable mention at pitcher: Jose Berrios is a rookie with wicked stuff and he's facing the Houston Astros, a team that leads MLB in strikeouts. It's tough to bank on Minnesota getting a win in any matchup, but Berrios has a great shot at a significant K total.)
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
Jake Arrieta: He had a 0.75 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP after the All-Star break last season, but I worried about his innings increase and loss of FB velocity down the stretch, so I kept Arrieta out of my top-five fantasy starters entering 2016, which was obviously a huge mistake. He’s remained dominant to open the year and would easily be worthy of a first round pick if a draft were held today. There's clearly an argument he's the best pitcher in basbeall.
Kevin Gausman: He’s back in action healthy again, and while the A.L. East is hardly ideal, Gausman owns a 12.1 SwStr% through two starts, with a 23.98 K-BB% that would rank top-10 if he qualified. He’s currently owned in fewer than 40% of Yahoo leagues.
Jordan Zimmermann: He was someone I admit I was down on entering the year, moving from the National League to the A.L., but he’s allowed just one run over 26.0 innings so far in 2016. Zimmermann’s 16:7 K:BB ratio suggests he’s been “lucky,” but he’s still been highly valuable to fantasy owners. His 6.8 SwStr% is a career low, so I’d suggest selling high, but there’s no question Zimmermann has pitched well so far in 2016.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
The joy of newness is interwoven into the consciousness of all Americans. We love that new car smell, fresh pair of Jordans feel and refreshing swig off a just cracked beer.
It’s so good when it hits the lips.
When it comes to fantasy football, this psychology permeates into the typical owner’s mindset.
For many, high-profiled, much-hyped rookies are seducing, the sirens of the virtual game. They posted obscene numbers at the college level, were drafted into favorable "good fit" situations and are destined to produce. That’s what eternal optimists, admittedly me included, often believe.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
In a move that triggered more tears than the ending to “Field of Dreams,” the Tennessee Titans crushed DeMarco Murray supporter hopes by selecting Heisman winner Derrick Henry in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.
Thanks a million, Jon Robinson.
The move adds yet another maddening timeshare to a league overpopulated with them.
Henry is a see hole, smash hole type of rusher, a player who hearkens back to the days of Brandon Jacobs. Frankenstein-like on early downs, he uses his muscular frame to brutalize would-be tacklers. He's terrific in short-yardage, intimidating on the second level and possesses surprising wheels off the edge for a player of his size (six-foot-three, 247 pounds).
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
My full lineup:
SP: Corey Kluber $55
SP: Steven Matz $42
C: Matt Wieters $9
1B: Joey Votto $14
2B: Howie Kendrick $9
3B: Nolan Arenado $24
SS: Andrelton Simmons $9
OF: Justin Upton $13
OF: Carlos Beltran $11
OF: Billy Hamilton $13
Kluber has a 4.67 ERA but that’s come with a 29:5 K:BB ratio over 27.0 innings and a 1.07 WHIP. The Indians are the biggest favorites during Friday’s slate...Matz is similar to Kluber in that he has a poor ERA (5.40) to go along with a dominant K:BB ratio (18:4 over 15.0 innings). Let’s bet on the peripherals and skills here.
Wieters is off to a slow start, but the switch-hitter performs better against lefties and is dirt cheap...Votto hit .362/.535/.617 after the All-Star break last season and there are 23 first basemen with a higher price tag Friday...Arenado isn’t at home, but Chase Field is the next best thing, and he gets a lefty.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Thursday night in Los Angeles, Dee Gordon helped the Marlins beat the Dodgers. He had a hit and a double, scored a run, nudged his OPS up a couple of points.
Before the team could get back to the hotel, Gordon was on the suspended list. He’ll miss 80 games, without pay, for violating the league’s drug policy. According to MLB, Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing drugs. Gordon claims he took the substances unknowingly.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Ear-to-ear grins. Mom tears of joy. Goodell bear hugs. ... Round 1 of the NFL Draft was filled with the usual enthusiasm.
For fantasy purposes, though, the excitement level climbed to stratospheric heights for only a very select few as a pair of highly though of college stars including Corey Coleman (Cleveland) and Laquon Treadwell (Minnesota) landed in undesirable locales.
But enough about Thursday's biggest losers, here are the clear-cut fantasy winners from Day of the NFL Draft:
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade2 days ago
A full day of drafting is in the books, and Myles Jack isn't the only massively talented prospect still waiting to hear his name called.
Here are three potential impact skill players still available, likely to be drafted on Day 2:
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama – Henry earned pretty much every trophy available to him last year — the Heisman, Maxwell, Doak Walker, three CMAs, a Grammy, two local Emmys, etc. He was the centerpiece of a punishing Alabama run game, dominant in the biggest moments, and he was a freak at the combine. In the right team context, running behind an O-line that allows a clean first step, he'll be a beast as a pro.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Dalton Del Don and Brandon Funston open with some NFL draft talk, discussing ideal landing spots for Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry. We also talk about who should go first, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? The duo then transition into baseball, going over stars such as Joey Votto, Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez (among others) who are off to slow starts and what to do with them. Finally, we finish dissecting possible buy low candidates whom fantasy owners should be targeting in trades.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade3 days ago
My full lineup:
SP: Jake Arrieta ($57) - He's not cheap, but with 15 consecutive winning decisions and 24 consecutive quality starts, there's the highest of likelihoods that you'll get what you pay for.
SP: Tanner Roak ($39) - Coming off a career-best 15 K effort and hosting a Phillies team that has scored the fewest runs in MLB to this point.
C: Dioner Navarro ($7) - For $7, you can do alot worse than a backstop riding a five-game hitting streak that includes two home runs, a triple and a double.
1B: Ben Paulsen ($16) - At home (Coors - cha-ching!), facing Juan Nicasio, who has an ERA of 5.79 over his past three starts and a career ERA over 5 at Coors Field.