- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade5 hrs ago
Hopefully we can all agree that the surest way to take the full measure of any human being is to see how they approach the quarterback position in fantasy drafts. QB drafting is a window to the soul, basically.
If you routinely snag quarterbacks in the first rounds of fantasy leagues, then you, sir or madam, have chosen the coward's path. That's the bottom line. At best, you're the sort of person who approaches drafts thoughtlessly. At worst, you suffer from some deeper, more profound failure of personal character.
Yes, of course it's fair.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade7 hrs ago
Here are ten recommended DFS plays for Tuesday evening, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.
The first thing we see on the Tuesday slate is a game at Coors Field with non-aces on the mound. It’s imperative to attack that matchup first.
Nelson Cruz, OF, at COL (Gray), $21: Okay, Jon Gray is a hot prospect and all that, I get it. But Coors Field is where so many of these young arms go to die. And with Cruz on a home-run bender (four in four days), how can you look away?
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade10 hrs ago
Buzz: Initially broken by Tania Ganguli, who walks the Texans beat for ESPN NFL Nation, Arian Foster suffered a severe groin injury in Houston's first practice with pads. The concern is the setback could require surgery which would shelve the superstar for weeks if not months. How predictable. Suffice it to say, the drama should be THICK on the season-debut of "Hard Knocks." If Foster does indeed miss 3-6 months, as some reliable sources have reported, it could spell game over for 2015. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!] Spin: Entering the heart of the fantasy draft season, the injury downside attached to Foster was precisely why many were apprehensive sinking a first-round pick into his services. Since breaking onto the scene in 2010, he's missed 13 games due to various lower-body ailments.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
Like most old jokes, there’s variability in the retelling. This is how it was explained to me, many years ago, by the estimable professor and renaissance man, Gerry O'Connor.
Graffiti at a restaurant in Cambridge:
Jesus is the answer
(Under that, in different writing) - What’s the question?
(Under that, in different writing) - Who was the third Alou?
Is Jesus Montero the answer? Heck, what’s the question?
We talk about post-hype sleepers often in this space, and make no mistake, that tag applies to Montero, Seattle’s wayward slugging prospect. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus tabbed Montero a Top 10 prospect for three straight years, from 2010-2012. When the Mariners and Yankees made a deal centered around Montero and Michael Pineda in January 2012, no one was sure which side did the right thing. Mostly, we were thrilled to see two gigantic talents moved in the same swap.
Montero was fully expected to be a monster, a batting superstar.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade16 hrs ago
As any person with a pulse can attest, relationships are complicated, bonds that tug at heartstrings and take us on emotional rollercoaster rides.
Sometimes they bloom into lifelong love affairs. Other times they extinguish almost as quickly as they began.
Fantasy gamers certainly understand their complexities.
Three years ago Doug Martin entered the league on a lightning bolt. The thunderous boom he levied on defenses soared him to incredible fantasy heights. His 251-yard, 4-TD annihilation of the Oakland Raiders in Week 8 had everyone hot for the Muscle Hamster. Smashing the Falcons for 160-total yards and a TD fantasy Super Bowl Week (16) only fanned the flames. Overall, he amassed 1,926 combined yards and scored 12 touchdowns, the sixth-greatest rookie campaign by a running back in NFL history.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Here are ten recommended DFS plays for Monday evening, and yes, Virginia, they collectively fit under the Yahoo Daily cap. Be sure to double-check on lineups and weather before you make your final commitments.
Corey Kluber, SP, at LAA (Richards), $48: After watching the Angels offense stumble around the last week (.194 average, 16 runs), I’ll take a stab with Kluber here. The Cleveland ace offers a very high floor - he’s gone seven innings or struck out seven men in eight consecutive turns.
- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Identifying value is always a worthwhile endeavor. Doing it at the running back position is essential. Whether looking to maximize an early pick or hoping to insure starters with sneaky bench selections, the following five players offer worth well beyond their current price tags.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos ADP (12-team Round): 2.7 (RB11)
When speaking to the press last Thursday, Broncos GM John Elway stated that Denver's offense would be "balanced" and that the run game would become QB Peyton Manning's "best friend." That means a whole lot of Anderson.
Built like a fireplug on wheels, Anderson can rumble downhill and break tackles better than that creepy zombie army on "Game of Thrones." When Denver's offense shifted to the run late in 2014, the power back averaged over 100 rushing yards per game and scored a total of nine touchdowns.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Jake Arrieta has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts, yielding three in his other. He’s been a top-10 fantasy starter this season in a year that’s featured a bunch of great pitching, and obviously his ADP was nowhere near that cost. He ranks in the top-10 among all starters in K-BB% (20.6) as well as top-15 in GB/FB ratio (1.98), which is a pretty good combo, especially since he’s also ranked No. 10 in the fewest Hard% allowed (23.8). When Arrieta left Baltimore in 2013, he had a 7.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP, but since the beginning of 2014, he’s posted a 2.57 ERA (which is the sixth-lowest in all of baseball) and a 1.00 WHIP (fourth-best). He’s developed into an elite starting pitcher, so make sure fantasy owners in your league treat him as such. Arrieta should be one of the first 10 pitchers off the board in 2016 drafts.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Fantasy Football draft strategy has evolved considerably over the years, and that’s especially true at the running back position.
In the old days, several owners would bunker down on draft day and load up on the early backs, not even looking to the side. Starting with two backs was fairly common – many viewed it as a mandate – and some flex owners would look to open with three straight running backs.
Football 2015 is a different animal. The NFL has morphed into a pass-happy league, and several teams now consider the running back position as platoon-oriented, a collection of specialists.
Most of my fantasy strategy comes from an agnostic tilt – I’ll take what the room gives me, so to speak – but that doesn’t mean I don’t consider draft blueprints and themes before the big day arrives. I’m just sure to compose plans in pencil, ready to erase and rewrite at all times.
Here are some of the backfield blueprints I’m thinking about on an early August afternoon.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Jaime Garcia, SP, vs COL (Flande), $45: Although he’s the biggest Vegas favorite on the Sunday card, Garcia is merely the No. 8 pitcher in Yahoo price. Some might be a little concerned about Garcia after a layoff, though he did turn in a quality start on July 28. His overall ratios are excellent (2.00/0.89), and everyone knows the Rockies aren’t as much fun on the road.
Noah Syndergaard, SP, vs. WAS (Zimmermann), $52: Sure, it’s a pay-up price, but the Baby Faced Ace known as Thor has ungodly powers at home (1.46 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, six walks, 51 strikeouts). That’s going to work. So long as you have John Kruk on mute, you'll have some fun on Sunday night.