Andy Behrens

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Andy Behrens is the editor of Roto Arcade, the Yahoo! Sports fantasy blog. Andy has been writing about fantasy sports for the past decade and playing them much longer. He's won his share of experts leagues and accuracy titles. He's also the author of three novels for young readers. He also consistently beats the Evans-Pianowski team in barroom shuffleboard, no matter who he's paired with.

  • Countdown to Carlos Correa and Jon Singleton is underway in Houston

    Just in case you don't habitually check Pacific Coast League box scores, here's a quick look at the production of Fresno's 1-5 hitters in the team's 17-6 win on Wednesday:

    J. Sclafani, 2B – 1-for-3, 4 R, 3 BB
    C. Correa, SS – 1-for-4, 3 R, double, 2 BB
    L.J. Hoes, LF – 1-for-2, 5 R, 3 RBIs, 3 BB
    D. Santana, RF – 2-for-3, 2 R, double, 3 RBIs, 3 BB
    J. Singleton, 1B – 4-for-6, 2 R, 2 HR, 10 RBIs

    Yup, that's right: Jon Singleton delivered a 10-RBI performance, crushing his league-leading tenth and eleventh homers. As of this writing, Singleton is getting himself on-base at a .379 clip and slugging .612.

    Here's a clip of his moonshot grand slam from Wednesday's action (misplayed by a dude who brought his glove to the game):

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    If you're a Fresno fan, you'd better get yourself to the park soon, before this run-scoring juggernaut is broken apart by call-ups to Houston, the parent club.

    The Astros actually signed Singleton to a five-year contract last year, with $10 million guaranteed, so there aren't

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  • Daily Dime: Cano, Span, Moose and more

    Another day, another opportunity to lose $22 while winning back $4.50 and somehow feeling good about the achievement. Sigh. Let's do this thing. As always, remember to scan the weather reports and double-check today's MLB lineups prior to game time.

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    Robinson Cano, 2B, vs. SD (Shields), $3400 at FanDuel: If batter-vs.-pitcher history is your thing, then you'll want to know that Cano is 34-for-84 lifetime against Shields, with nine doubles, two triples and four homers. Cano is also heating up at the plate just a bit, batting .316 so far this month, with a pair of three-hit games in his last six.

    Gio Gonzalez, P, at Ari (Hellickson), $9100: Gio is a heavy favorite on Wednesday, plus he's struck out eight or more batters in each of his last three outings (two of which resulted in wins). He's facing a guy who's allowed 12 runs (all earned) over his last 14.2 innings. This has to work, right?

    Marcus Semien, SS, vs. Bos

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  • Daily Dime: Beltre, McHugh, Syndergaard, Mookie and more

    Another day, another 10-pack of MLB bargains. As always, please be sure to check the weather reports and scan today's MLB lineups prior to game time.

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    Adrian Beltre, 3B, vs. KC (Volquez), $2900: Beltre struggled throughout April, and his slow start is clearly reflected in the current dirt-cheap price. So far in May, Adrian is slashing .313/.320/.542 and he's homered in back-to-back games. Volquez opened the season with a useful string of outings, but he's not exactly the sort of pitcher we avoid at all costs.

    Collin McHugh, P, vs. SF (Heston), $8800 at FanDuel: McHugh is off to a terrific start, and it's not as if he's been unusually lucky (.282 BABIP, 3.39 xFIP). He's simply keeping the ball on the ground, limiting the free passes, and he's getting a respectable number of punch-outs (33 in 39.0 IP). McHugh is at home on Tuesday, opposed by a pitcher who was hit hard in his last outing (5.0 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 3 BB).

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  • Daily Dime: Lawrie, Yasmani, Belt and other Friday bargains

    You guys, if things go well on Friday night, I stand to make tens if not dozens of dollars. So you know I'm not messin' around today. Let's make good choices, together. And as always, please be sure to check weather reports and scan today's MLB lineups prior to game time.

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    Brett Lawrie, 3B, at Sea (Walker), $2600 at FanDuel: This really seems like a curiously low price for a player on an 11-game hitting streak, facing a pitcher of dubious quality. Lawrie has five multi-hit games in his last six, so it's not as if his streak is simply some accident of luck.

    Wilson Ramos, C, vs. Atl (Stults), $2800: Here's another guy riding an 11-game hit streak, with five multi-hit games in his last seven. Ramos has raised his season average from .229 to .319 over the past two weeks. He hammers left-handed pitching, so Stults should be a friendly matchup.

    Brandon Belt, 1B, vs. Mia (Cosart), $2900: In case it wasn't already apparent,

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  • Closing Time: Preston Tucker gets the call

    When the minor league home run leader gets called up to the majors, it's an actionable fantasy event — perhaps not in all formats, but in many.

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    Houston Astros prospect Preston Tucker will join the big league club on Thursday for the start of a four-game series against the Angels, serving as a placeholder for concussed outfielder George Springer. Tucker's visit to the bigs may end up being little more than a cameo appearance, obviously, but it could be fun (and profitable) for however long it lasts.

    If you're not familiar with Tucker's work, here's a glimpse of his all-fields power...

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    The 24-year-old has hit 10 homers in 100 at-bats so far this season for Triple-A Fresno, driving in 32 runs and slashing .320/.378/.650. He's a left-handed hitter who's had no trouble whatsoever with southpaws to this point in his career; his OPS against lefties is 1.038 this season, and it was .858 at Triple-A in 2014. Tucker hit 24

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  • Daily Dime: Starting Gerrit Cole and stacking Yankees

    Tuesday was a bloodbath, you guys — at least for me. Between Strasburg's injury and weather in Colorado and Cashner's ordinariness ... well, it was a rough night. Let's see if we can't be better today. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections.

    Gerrit Cole, P, vs. Cin (Leake), $9200 at FanDuel: Cole has allowed just three earned runs and no homers over his last 25.2 innings. He basically always strikes out 6-8 batters, his WHIP is 0.98 and he's at home on Wednesday, facing a meh team. I'm on board.

    David DeJesus, OF, at Bos (Masterson), $2300: If you're a left-handed hitting human, then you've probably had some success facing Justin Masterson at some point in your life. LHBs are slashing .270/.353/.419 against him this year, and they hit an utterly ridiculous .320/.408/.502 against him last season. DeJesus, as it happens, is a left-handed hitting human. He's also gone 2-for-4 in each of his last two games..

    Victor

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  • Daily Dime: Cashner, Feldman, Burns and seven other bargains

    You've got a limited daily budget; we've got bargains for your consideration. As always, we urge you to view the weather reports and double-check lineups before finalizing your selections. We've got rain in the Midwest, gamers. Beware.

    Andre Ethier, OF, at Mil (Garza), $2800 at FanDuel: Ethier, in case you hadn't noticed, is in a bit of a groove at the moment. He's 10-for-30 with two doubles and three homers over his last eight games, and injuries have created a path to playing time. No way you're worried about Matt Garza, right? Heck no. Garza enters Tuesday's start with brutal pitching ratios: 1.57 WHIP, 4.60 ERA, 1.46 K/BB. Ethier's career slash against RHPs is .304/.383/.507.

    Howie Kendrick, 2B, at Mil (Garza), $3100: It's a tiny sample, sure, but Kendrick has absolutely mauled Garza to this point in his career (7-for-12, double, homer). Garza has yielded five home runs over his last 18.2 innings, and the Ks have been few and far between (5.8 K/9).

    Nick Hundley, C, vs. Ari

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  • Five up, five down: 2015 NFL Draft fantasy stock watch

    This business of grading every NFL team's rookie class only hours after the draft — sorting out the winners and losers immediately, prior to any actual on-field winning and losing — is, of course, ridiculous. I'll concede that point right here at the top.

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    When Seattle was building the foundation of a two-time NFC championship roster, for example, many draft analysts were handing out Cs and Ds. Predictive analysis of any sort is tough in the NFL. Where the draft is concerned, it's absurd.

    And still ... well, here we are.

    Our mission today is to identify NFL veterans who've made the biggest moves in terms of projected 2015 fantasy value, based on their team's draft decisions. (If you're looking for a list of rookies who landed in prime spots, click right here.) There's no hard science behind today's exercise, obviously, only guesswork. Mini-camps and OTAs are weeks away. Our preseason fantasy ranks will be shuffled and

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  • Closing Time: John Axford is back in your fantasy life

    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.

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    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.

    Things have gone unexpectedly well for Ax and the Rockies, however. He had a nearly flawless spring on the mound for Colorado, and he's tossed five scoreless frames so far in April, issuing two walks while fanning six. On Monday, Axford earned his third save of the season,

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  • Daily Dime: James Shields, Evan Longoria, various other vets

    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.

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    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.

    Andre Ethier, OF, vs. SF (Lincecum), $2600: Yasiel Puig has hit the DL due to ongoing hamstring issues, so Ethier now has a clear path to playing time. He's slashing .342/.435/.605 so far this year, and he has a nice enough history against Tim Lincecum (14-for-51, 3 doubles, 2 HRs, 5 BB).

    Chris

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