Andy Behrens

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  • Report: Rays calling up prospect Blake Snell for weekend start

    Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Snell was a breakout star in the minors last year, rising from Single-A to Triple-A over the course of the season, dominating hitters at each stop. He finished with absurd numbers across three levels: 15-4, 1.41 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 163 Ks in 134.0 IP. Just silly.

    Entering 2016, Snell ranked among the elite prospects in the game on pretty much everyone's board. The left-hander has opened his season like an ace at Durham this year, striking out 21 batters in 14.1 innings, allowing seven walks and four runs. He's great, is what we're saying — and he'll reportedly be pitching in the big leagues tomorrow.

    I've had Snell stashed in a monster dynasty league for the past eight or nine months, plus I drafted him in two other mixers this year. So THIS IS A GOOD DAY. Hooray, Rays. 

    Of course there's a clear possibility that Snell will be immediately

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  • Yup, that's right: Yahoo's fantasy crew is stepping out. We will be LIVE  on location at Ditka's Chicago during the first two nights of the NFL Draft, April 28-29. Drop in. Mingle. Make a friend. 

    Come for the fantasy advice, stay for the pot roast nachos (or vice versa). 

    Yahoo fantasy experts Brad Evans, Liz Loza and Andy Behrens will answer all of your NFL questions on Thursday and Friday of draft week, in an event that will live stream on Facebook. (Brad is always willing to tackle your non-NFL questions, too, regardless of subject.) We'll bring you a pair of 30-minute pre-draft shows from 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET on Thursday and 6:30 to 7 p.m. ET on Friday, plus news and analysis throughout the opening rounds.

    Join us, Chicago-area gamers. All are welcome, but space is limited. First come, first served. 

    And if you can't make it to the event, you are encouraged to visit the Yahoo Fantasy Facebook page or the Yahoo Sports page to catch our coverage. 

    We can't promise dead-on perfect

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  • Closing Time: Jake Lamb powers up

    Arizona trailed by a run with two outs in the ninth on Monday night, no one on base, Jake Lamb at the plate and down to his final strike against Giants closer Santiago Casilla. A tight spot, to be sure.

    And then Casilla served up a cookie, a pitch that Jake didn't miss.

    Lamb's game-tying homer set the stage for additional heroics in the eleventh, when he drove in Jean Segura with a crisp double to center. Not a bad night for Lamb, all things considered. He finished 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits and two enormous RBIs, raising his season slash to .292/.364/.521.

    It may feel as if Lamb has been around forever, but he's still just 25 years old. He was a career .321/.408/.552 hitter in the minors, so it's not crazy to expect improvement here. Lamb fills a premium roster spot, he was batting second on Monday and he's unattached in over 90 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues at the moment.

    Consider the add, if you have a need.

    Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ got the win on Patriots' Day in

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  • Daily Dime: Thor, Rizzo, Tomas and various Reds

    It's Patriots' Day, gamers, which means marathoning and early baseball in Boston. Plan accordingly. Also, be sure to watch the weather and stay on top of MLB lineups.

    P Noah Syndergaard, NYM, $54 – OK, this should not require any explanation. Syndergaard has been obscene in his first two starts (13.0 IP, ER, 2 BB, 21 Ks).

    P Tanner Roark, Was, $35 – Just chasing a win here, with Roark facing 3-win Miami. He was effective in his last start, tossing seven shutout innings against the Braves.

    C Tony Wolters, Col, $10 – Here's hoping Wolters starts on Monday. He's off to a nice start in limited action this season (5-for-14, 3 SB), and he's a left-handed bat facing Dan Straily. Colorado's usual catcher, Nick Hundley, was just placed on the 7-day concussion DL.

    1B Anthony Rizzo, CHC, $18 – Rizzo has enjoyed plenty of success against Cardinals starter Mike Leake (10-for-30, 2 HR, 3 BB), as have most batters who've faced the righty so far this season (1.84 WHIP).

    2B Ryan Goins, Tor, $12

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  • Farm Report: Trea Turner building call-up case

    Washington's Trea Turner is widely considered one of the game's more intriguing prospects, as most of you know. Turner, 22, made a cameo appearance for the Nationals late last season (9-for-40, HR, 2 SB) following an outstanding year in the high minors (.322/.370/.458, 8 HR, 29 SB). He opened his 2016 campaign at Triple-A Syracuse, where he's basically been a hitting machine: 8-for-19, 6 BB, 4 Ks. He's reached base at least twice in every game this season, with a 4-for-4 performance included.

    Meanwhile, the Nats are starting Danny Espinosa at shortstop. His next hit will be his first since April 6. Espinosa is 0-for-16 over his last six games, batting .130/.276/.174 so far this season. Not good. The Nats are winning, of course, so perhaps the organization finds it easier to overlook Espinosa's non-hitting.

    It seems pretty clear that Turner will be Washington's everyday shortstop before long — it's not as if Espinosa's history suggests a surge is forthcoming. Turner is owned in 16

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  • Closing Time: Nola still dealing, Hazelbaker won't stop hitting

    Aaron Nola has not earned a win in either of his two starts for the Phillies this season, but the 22-year-old is piling up Ks — nine in seven innings on Monday, eight in a no-decision against the Reds last week. Nola's next walk will be his first of 2016. He gets late movement on the fastball and his curve looks like a put-away pitch. It's tough not to be impressed. Watch Monday's highlights here.

    We have to expect Nola to remain win-challenged all year — he's tied to the Philadelphia bullpen, after all — but that certainly doesn't mean he can't help the fantasy community. He was an early first-rounder out of LSU just two years ago, the National Pitcher of the Year in 2014, and he delivered solid numbers in the high minors last season (1.05 WHIP, 5.11 K/BB) before finishing with the Phils.

    I've got zero shares of Nola in my fantasy portfolio, and that's becoming a significant regret. He's still available in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues, so plenty of you can still invest. This will serve

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  • Daily Dime: Jon Lester, Bryce Harper, various other Cubs and Nats

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather. Let's set a winning lineup...

    Jon Lester, P, $48 – Scanning the Monday schedule, Lester might just be the pitcher most likely to earn a win. He's facing Cincinnati in the Cubs' home opener, and he was excellent in his first start at Arizona: 7.0 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 4 Ks. Yes, please.

    Aaron Nola, P, $41 – OK, sure, Nola's bullpen terrifies us all, but his Monday opponent should not (San Diego, Cashner). Nola was tremendous in last week's start at Cincinnati: 7.0 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 8 Ks.

    David Ross, C, $7 – Punting the position with Lester's caddie, basically. Any member of the Cubs lineup has a chance to score. Ross has crossed the plate twice in his two games.

    Hanley Ramirez, 1B, $13 – Hanley was a multi-hit machine to open the season, and he's had no trouble with O's starter Yovani Gallardo over the years (4-for-13, an almost meaningless sample).

    Daniel Murphy (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Daniel Murphy (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Daniel Murphy, 2B, $15 – Murphy

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  • Early arrival: Nomar Mazara, Mallex Smith get the call

    This is not a drill, you guys. Repeat: NOT A DRILL. 

    On Sunday, the Texas Rangers promoted blue-chip prospect Nomar Mazara, 20, from Triple-A Round Rock as a replacement for injured outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (DL, calf, 4-6 weeks). Mazara had opened the season in style, going 6-for-12 with a homer in his first three games.  He's always been young for his level, yet the numbers have been plenty impressive. He slashed .296/.366/.443 in the high minors last season with 42 extra-base hits, including 14 home runs.

    If you're looking for an upside multi-category flier in a fantasy league of any size, go get Mazara. No worries about playing time here...

    He's owned in just 13 percent of Yahoo leagues as of this writing, but you can expect that percentage to increase quite a bit over the next 24 hours. This is an actionable fantasy event. Mazara isn't a base-stealer, but he can hit for

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  • Closing Time: Tyler White keeps raking; Kyle Schwarber injured

    Mega-prospect A.J. Reed is almost certainly the future at first base in Houston, as most of you know. But the guy currently holding down the job is fairly impressive, too.

    Tyler White feasted on Thursday afternoon in a loss to New York, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, launching a first inning homer off Nathan Eovaldi. With three games in the books, the 25-year-old is 6-for-9 with a pair of extra-base hits.

    White doesn't possess Reed's power, but he did slash .325/.442/.496 at Double-A and Triple-A last year, and his career minor league OBP is .422. He can hit a little. White had a monster spring, too. He's only owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues right now, so he's available to most of you. If your league uses on-base percentage (as it probably should), he's clearly a pickup of interest. It's not difficult to see a path to fantasy relevance for White, even when Reed and Evan Gattis are in the mix for the Astros. I'm buying.

    Kyle Schwarber suffered an injury to his left leg on

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  • Closing Time: Span, Santana, Cesar and Story shine on opening day

    For the uninitiated, Closing Time is our short-and-sweet daily review of actionable fantasy news items — key word, actionable. As in, you can act on the info we discuss around here. This is not a place where we'll ever spend much time on Clayton Kershaw, no matter how severely he embarrasses the Padres. CT is focused strictly on under-owned fantasy commodities.

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    Thousands of you are still attempting to manage around the loss of A.J. Pollock (elbow surgery on Tuesday), perhaps feeling as if your fantasy baseball seasons were lost before they began. For your benefit, let's begin the season's first Closing Time of 2016 with a sweep of widely available outfielders who made noise on opening day. We begin with a veteran lead-off hitter who feasted against Milwaukee's mostly horrendous pitching staff:

    Denard Span, SF, 53 percent owned – Span went 2-for-4 with a homer, five RBIs and two runs-scored in the Giants' win

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