- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade1 hr ago
American League Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton (D. O'Day) Boston Red Sox – Koji Uehara (E. Mujica, J. Tazawa) Chicago White Sox – David Robertson (Z. Duke, Z. Putnam) Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen (B. Shaw) Detroit Tigers – Joakim Soria (J. Chamberlain); Joe Nathan injured, out for season (elbow) Houston Astros – Luke Gregerson (C. Qualls, P. Neshek) Kansas City Royals – Wade Davis (K. Herrera); Greg Holland injured (pectoral) Los Angeles Angels – Huston Street (J. Smith) Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins (C. Fien) New York Yankees – Andrew Miller (D. Betances) Oakland Athletics – Tyler Clippard (D. Otero); Sean Doolittle injured (shoulder) Seattle Mariners – Fernando Rodney (D. Farquhar, Y. Medina) Tampa Bay Rays – Brad Boxberger (K. Jepsen); Jake McGee injured (elbow) Texas Rangers – Neftali Feliz (K. Kela, R. Mendez) Toronto Blue Jays – Brett Cecil (M. Castro, R. Osuna)
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 hr ago
In the not-too-distant past, John Axford was an upper-tier fantasy reliever, complete with the stellar K-rate and glittering fantasy ratios. He saved 46 games in 2011, striking out 86 batters in 73.2 innings, delivering an ERA of 1.95. Axford had closing-quality velocity (95-plus) and closing-quality facial hair — the complete package, basically.
But in the more recent past, Axford has been a carnival ride of wildness, homers and blown saves. Too many fly-balls cleared the fence, too many pitches missed the zone. Axford signed a one-year deal with Colorado in the offseason, which at the time seemed like a terrifying combination of pitcher and park.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
You've got a limited daily budget; we've got bargains for your consideration. Please read on. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections.
James Shields, SP, vs. Hou (McHugh), $8100 at FanDuel: I'm using both starting pitchers from this game in various lineups, but I have a few more shares of Shields. He's $400 cheaper than McHugh, for one thing, plus he's at home in a friendly park, facing a lineup that leads the majors in Ks (157). Shields has pitched reasonably well in each of his four starts this season (1.12 WHIP), including a date at Coors Field last week.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Monday's profile: Indiana running back Tevin Coleman.
College Highlights: The consensus All-American and Doak Walker finalist made tsunami-sized waves his junior year with the Hoosiers. He averaged 169.7 rushing yards per game – a mark higher than 70 of 125 FBS teams – en route to a school record 2,036 rushing yards, the third back in Big Ten history to cross the 2,000-yard threshold. He was the fourth-fastest player in D-1 history to reach the milestone, achieving it on 264 attempts. His absurd 7.54 yards per carry was the fifth-best mark last year. Incredibly, his average TD distance (15 scores) was 40.3 yards.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade1 day ago
It sure looks like Chris Archer has taken the leap this season and is going to make his fantasy owners very happy. Of course his 0.84 ERA is going to regress, but there’s a lot of underlying stats to get excited about. He has a 37:6 K:BB ratio while allowing just 18 hits over 32.1 innings. His 25.8 BB-K% ranks top five among all starters, and among the top 10 in that stat, only Felix Hernandez has a higher GB/FB ratio than Archer’s 2.33. Archer’s 13.8 SwStr% is also top five in MLB. Limiting walks, getting a ton of swings and misses and inducing a bunch of groundballs is a pretty good recipe for success.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
As we head into Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don offer their top-5 takes on those players bucking for employment in fantasy leagues. Each week, we'll take a trip around the diamond to uncover the best help that your FAAB dollars can buy. Let's get to it ...
3. Jimmy Paredes - This year's Steve Pearce? This has Wiggy written all over it
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Drew Pomeranz, SP, vs. Hou (Wojciechowski), $5900 at FanDuel: He has a middling 4.26 ERA over the first three starts of the year, but that’s accompanied by a 17:2 K:BB ratio in 17.0 innings to go along with a 1.06 WHIP. There aren’t many obvious aces to use Sunday, and despite Oakland being the biggest favorites (-160) on the board, there are 24 pricier pitchers than Pomeranz, so he’ll allow you to load up on hitting.
Mark Trumbo, 1B, vs. Pit (Liriano), $2800: He’s slugging .833 against lefties this year and will be hitting in a park that’s increased run scoring by 10 percent over the past three seasons, which is second only to Coors Field over that span.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade3 days ago
Adam Wainwright, SP, at Mil (Peralta), $9600 at FanDuel: His strikeouts are down, and it’s best to use pitchers in home starts, but Wainwright remains highly effective and gets a Brewers team that’s an MLB-worst 3-14 and missing Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy from their lineup. The Cardinals are -160 favorites, and Milwaukee has the lowest team OPS (.587) in all of baseball. Opposing starter Wily Peralta is off to a dreadful start (eight strikeouts over 19.0 innings) thanks in part to a noticeable drop in velocity.
Justin Maxwell, OF, at Col (De La Rosa), $2600: His recent play has forced himself into the Giants’ everyday lineup, and Saturday he gets a lefty in Coors Field.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, at Bal (Chen), $3000: He’s hitting atop one of the best lineups in baseball and has slashed .364/.462/1.000 against southpaws this season, yet Pedroia is a reasonable price, with nine other second basemen more expensive.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Let's build responsible lineups today, you guys. Plenty of appealing pitching matchups on Friday's slate. We urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing selections, as always.
Matt Adams, 1B, at Mil (Garza), $3200 at FanDuel: Milwaukee starter Matt Garza enters this game with a WHIP of 1.80, an ERA of 5.40, and as many walks as strikeouts on the year (9). So this seems like a decent day to stack a few Cards. Adams has absolutely worn out Garza in prior meetings: 7-for-12, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBIs. At this price, he's among Friday's most appealing plays.
Gerrit Cole, SP, at Ari (Collmenter), $8700: Cole is clearly pitching well (2-0, 1.00 WHIP), he's piling up strikeouts (10.6 K/9), and he's facing a not-so-intimidating lineup. The Bucs are a big favorite here (-140), and it's only Josh Collmenter. I'm in.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade4 days ago
Poked, prodded, pricked -- pro prospects have been thoroughly examined by franchises leading up to this month's NFL Draft. However, fantasy owners are just now dissecting their Year 1 potential. Over the next several weeks, we'll attempt to channel our inner Mayock determining whether Rookie X will be fantasy flame or lame material this fall. Wednesday's profile: Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker.
College Highlights: Only played in seven games last fall due to a foot injury, but racked a dynamite 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns over his final six contests (142.5 yards per game). His 33 career scores, in 43 games, tied a school record. He logged 10 100-yard games over his four seasons with the Cardinals. A big play receiver, he finished collegiate play with 17.8 yards per catch.