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.

  • High Fives: Working the Week 14 waiver wire

    Cameron Maybin is among our experts' top options because he offers help in multiple categories (Getty Images).
    Cameron Maybin is among our experts’ top options because he offers help in multiple categories (Getty Images).

    The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball ’16 season is pulling into the All-Star break. As the baseball community stretches its legs at this rest stop, Scott Pianowski, Dalton Del Don and Andy Behrens take a look at the movers and shakers on the waiver wire that should pique the interest of fantasy owners moving into the second half of the season. Let’s get to it …

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    Top 5 hitters owned in 50 percent of leagues or less to target right now
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    Andy Behrens
    Dalton Del Don
    1. Logan Forsythe, TB — What’s he doing under 50 percent? I’m disappointed in you, gamers. He’s proven it for a year and a half 1. Yangervis Solarte, SD – He’s been on a ridiculous tear, enjoying a power surge, and the position eligibility situation is terrific. 1. Cameron Maybin, Det – He’s batting .352 and has been a top player since returning from the DL

    2.
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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 26: The Miami Dolphins

    Miami has a new head coach and the same old quarterback. Can Tannehill make a leap? (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Miami has a new head coach and the same old quarterback. Can Tannehill make a leap? (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    When you see the raw numbers on Ryan Tannehill, his steady year-to-year statistical gains, you kinda/sorta want to believe…

    2013 – 3913 pass yards, 6.7 Y/A, 24 TDs, 17 INTs
    2014 – 4045 pass yards, 6.9 Y/A, 27 TDs, 12 INTs
    2015 – 4208 pass yards, 7.2 Y/A, 24 TDs, 12 INTs

    I mean, those are completely respectable totals right there. In fact, Tom Brady’s stats in his age 25-27 seasons

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 27: The Los Angeles Rams

    The Rams have relocated, bringing an elite running back, talented D and rookie passer to L.A. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)
    The Rams have relocated, bringing an elite running back, talented D and rookie passer to L.A. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    Congratulations, Los Angeles. You finally did it. You reclaimed your team, so you’re back in the game.

    Look now upon the new face of Rams football and despair …

    Jeff Fisher (Getty Images)
    Jeff Fisher (Getty Images)

    No, actually the on-field face of Rams football in the season ahead is Todd Gurley, a rare talent even in a league full of freakish athletes. Gurley’s combination of vision, power,

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  • Closing Time: Surprising Junior Guerra breakout continues

    Junior Guerra has been dealing, making him worthy of a possible add. (Harry How/Getty Images)
    Junior Guerra has been dealing, making him worthy of a possible add. (Harry How/Getty Images)

    If any of you saw the Junior Guerra age-31 breakout coming … well, wow. Take a victory lap. Impressive stuff.

    Guerra dominated the Nats on Monday, striking out seven and allowing just two hits and two walks over 7.2 scoreless innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.93. Highlights here. He’s sporting a 6-1 record for a 36-46 team, so you know he’s been dealing.

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    Over the past decade, Guerra’s pro baseball journey has taken him to Hawaii, Venezuela, Mexico, Italy, every possible level of minor league ball, and, finally, Milwaukee. So he’s well-traveled. He has a fastball-splitter-slider arsenal with mid-90s heat, and he’s delivered a swinging-strike rate of 11.1 percent. Guerra hasn’t allowed a run over his last 15.1 innings, plus he had that 11-K game against the Cubs earlier this season. At this point, I can find no reason not to

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  • Daily Dime: Seth Smith among Monday bargains

    Seth Smith has been raking lately and comes at a discount price (Getty Images).
    Seth Smith has been raking lately and comes at a discount price (Getty Images).

    Happy Fourth, you guys. Here’s hoping you have a safe, fun and profitable holiday. Maybe let Seth Smith handle the fireworks this year. (He’s on a crazy tear, if you hadn’t noticed.) The MLB schedule gets rolling at 11:05 AM ET on Monday, so lock in your lineups early. If you’re looking for recommended starters, here’s the best $200 lineup I can build…

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    P Carlos Martinez, STL, $45 (vs. Mil) – He’s allowed two runs in his last 28.1 innings. TWO.

    P Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, $41 (vs. Atl) – Atlanta is still last in MLB in run-scoring (280), last in homers by a mile (43), and No. 28 in team OBP (.302). Eickhoff should roll.

    C Willson Contreras, CHC, $15 (C. Reed) – I gotta think a price correction is coming soon on Contreras, because he’s been ridiculous (.294/.390/.588). The Cubs have already seen Reed once, and they hammered him (4.0 IP 9 H, 7 ER).

    1B Adrian Gonzalez

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 28: The Tennessee Titans

    Get fired up for "exotic smashmouth" football, Titans fans. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Get fired up for “exotic smashmouth” football, Titans fans. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

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    Let’s begin with the good news: Marcus Mariota is legit, a franchise cornerstone at the game’s most important position. Mariota is smart and selfless, a dynamic dual-threat QB. If a team can get only one thing right, hopefully it’s the quarterback.

    Of course if a team literally gets only one thing right, then it probably isn’t very good. And that brings us to the Tennessee Titans, a squad that won just three

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 29: The Baltimore Ravens

    The key Ravens are all returning from injuries, attempting to shrug off a 5-win season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    The key Ravens are all returning from injuries, attempting to shrug off a 5-win season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Before tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee last November, Joe Flacco was on pace for the first 4000-yard season of his eight-year NFL career. It would be wrong to suggest, however, that Flacco was actually playing at a high level before the knee injury. He was averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt, he’d thrown nearly as many interceptions (12) as touchdown passes (14), and

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  • Closing Time: Lucas Giolito gets the call

    The Washington Nationals have called up Lucas Giolito, finally (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
    The Washington Nationals have called up Lucas Giolito, finally (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

    Because the Washington Nationals care deeply about your fantasy team’s pitching needs (and also because Stephen Strasubrg is dealing with a slight back/rib malfunction), the team is calling up elite pitching prospect Lucas Giolito for a Tuesday start against the Mets. As most of you already know, this is an actionable fantasy event.

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    Giolito, 21, is a gigantic right-hander (6-foot-6) with upper-90s heat, plus a big-breaking curve and excellent change. He’s posted a 3.17 ERA (3.22 FIP) at Double-A this season, striking out 72 batters in 71.0 innings. When he’s right, he’s almost untouchable. When he’s not-quite-right, he can walk as many batters as he whiffs. So he’s your standard-issue blue chip pitching prospect, basically.

    We won’t go so far as to guarantee a monster outing from Giolito on Tuesday, but

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  • Daily Dime: Trusting Trevor Bauer

    Trevor Bauer, dealing (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)
    Trevor Bauer, dealing (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

    As always, you are advised to check the game-time MLB forecasts before finalizing lineups. Let’s review the Monday slate…

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    P Trevor Bauer, Cle, $34 (at Atl) – A curious price for a scorching-hot pitcher with a very low degree-of-difficulty matchup. Bauer has posted a 1.86 ERA in June with 38 Ks in 38.2 innings. He can handle the Braves, I’m fairly sure.

    P Jake Arrieta, CHC, $59 (at Cin) – Arrieta has lost the strike zone occasionally over his last two starts, hitting a mild rough patch. But the man has still struck out 40 batters over his last 30 frames.

    C Nick Hundley, Col, $16 (M. Estrada) – Hundley at home,

    at a modest price? I’m in. We’ve been over this Hundley-at-Coors territory before.

    1B Tommy Joseph, Phi, $9 (R. Ray) – Joseph is relatively hot lately (6 for his last 19), he’s got plenty of pop (8 HR in 119 AB), and he’s facing a lefty with a 1.54 WHIP.

    2B Cesar Hernandez, Phi, $12

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 30: The Philadelphia Eagles

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise's likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we're focused on yards and points. As always, we're beginning with the league's least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    Philadelphia currently has three quarterbacks under contract for over $80 million, and the team's opening week starter is likely to be Sam Bradford. Kids, this is no way to operate your franchise in a salary cap league.

    The Eagles hemorrhaged talent at the offensive skill spots during the Chip Kelly years, leaving the team with an unimpressive collection of names atop the depth chart at various positions. Kelly, of course, was fired last December, prior to the season's end. Under new head coach Doug

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