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.

  • Daily Dime: Aaron Sanchez, Joey Votto and more

    Aaron Sanchez has been a bankable ace, and he's in a good spot on Monday. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Aaron Sanchez has been a bankable ace, and he’s in a good spot on Monday. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Aaron Sanchez has limited opponents to two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts, dating back to June 1, and he gets a home matchup with the Pads on Monday. If you’re passing on the luxury pitching buys in daily, he’s a terrific (and well-priced) alternative.

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    I’ve also chosen to pick on Jake Peavy on Monday, notably by starting the scorching-hot Joey Votto. He’s hitting an insane .407/.560/.630 for the month, and he’s reached base multiple times in each of his last eight games. Ridiculous. I refuse to believe that Peavy will be the guy to stop Votto’s binge.

    Here's your winning lineup for Monday, July 25. You're welcome.
    Here’s your winning lineup for Monday, July 25. You’re welcome.
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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 22: The Minnesota Vikings

    Minnesota's season may have ended on a bad note, but the Norsemen offer a lot to like entering 2016. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
    Minnesota’s season may have ended on a bad note, but the Norsemen offer a lot to like entering 2016. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/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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    The same experts who told you to avoid Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson last season (he’s 30!) are, naturally, instructing you to avoid him again this year (he’s 31!) Never mind the fact that Peterson claimed his third career rushing title in 2015, or that he reached double-digit touchdowns for the eighth time, or that he averaged 4.54 yards per carry. Age is

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 23: The San Diego Chargers

    If Keenan Allen remains healthy and Melvin Gordon isn't awful and Gates is Gates, maybe the Bolts can surprise us. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
    If Keenan Allen remains healthy and Melvin Gordon isn’t awful and Gates is Gates, maybe the Bolts can surprise us. (Photo by Donald Miralle/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!]

    Over the past year, many things have gone wrong for the San Diego Chargers, in all phases. The team lost a dozen games last season, ranked next-to-last in the league in rushing, and the defense allowed 6.0 yards per play. And then the franchise nuked its relationship with Eric Weddle, one of the more accomplished players in team history. And the Bolts

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  • Closing Time: Reynaldo Lopez gets his shot

    Reynaldo Lopez debuts on Tuesday, and he's a prospect worth watching. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
    Reynaldo Lopez debuts on Tuesday, and he’s a prospect worth watching. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

    That’s right, the Washington Nationals have called up yet another flame-throwing right-hander from the high minors. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Reynaldo Lopez will make his MLB debut in a less-than-ideal match-up against the Dodgers. If the kid’s stuff transitions well, it’s possible he’ll get another home start over the weekend against the Padres.

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    Lopez has of course been excellent so far this season at Double and Triple-A, posting a 3.19 ERA with 109 strikeouts over 87.1 innings. He features a power curve and blazing fastball that reached triple-digits on the radar gun in the All-Star Futures Game. As with many pitching prospects, control is a concern; Lopez has issued 31 walks so far this season.

    For now, mixed league managers should merely watch with interest. I’ve added Lopez in N.L.-only and

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  • Daily Dime: Jose Fernandez, J.J. Hardy and a trip to Colorado

    Jose Fernandez is the headliner from Monday's MLB slate. (Getty Images)
    Jose Fernandez is the headliner from Monday’s MLB slate. (Getty Images)

    Jose Fernandez takes a 1.02 WHIP and an utterly ridiculous 12.9 K/9 into Monday’s matchup against the Phillies, a team that ranks dead-last in MLB in on-base percentage (.294) and next-to-last in runs scored (335). So yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and start him.

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    As you’ll see below, I’m also rolling out a few well-priced participants in Monday’s action at Coors Field, too. And I’m happy to roster the binging J.J. Hardy at just $9; he’s put together a 10-game hitting streak and he’s slashing .349/.368/.581 in July.

    Daily lineup, 7-18
    Daily lineup, 7-18
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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 24: The Chicago Bears

    The Bears are still in rebuild-mode entering 2016, but a few familiar faces remain. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
    The Bears are still in rebuild-mode entering 2016, but a few familiar faces remain. (Photo by David Banks/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!]

    The Chicago Bears are now entering the second season of a multi-year tear-down/rebuild under head coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace, and the team spent its offseason improving the guts of the starting roster — pass rush, interior linebackers and O-line. Fox and Pace inherited an alarmingly untalented 53-man squad, so this was never going to be a quick turnaround. Realistically, the

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 25: The Detroit Lions

    The Detroit Lions are coming off an odd year and attempting to replace an irreplaceable offensive weapon. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Detroit is coming off a Weird year, attempting to replace an irreplaceable offensive weapon. (Photo by Leon Halip/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!]

    Detroit’s offense was among the most lopsided in the NFL last year, ranking dead-last in rushing (83.4 YPG) and ninth in passing (263.3). Entering 2016, the Lions have not made a significant addition to their backfield, but they suffered a massive loss in the receiving corps with the retirement of Calvin Johnson, an all-time talent and the team’s offensive centerpiece over the

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  • Daily Dime: McCullers, Salazar, Stanton, various Cubs

    Lance McCullers struck out 10 in his last start, and he gets the A's on Saturday. (Getty Images)
    Lance McCullers struck out 10 in his last start, and he gets the A’s on Saturday. (Getty Images)

    Let’s see if we can’t make a tidy profit before the break, gamers. Here’s where I’m leaning for the late Saturday slate..

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    Too many Cubs? Possibly.
    Too many Cubs? Possibly.
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  • 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
    Scott Pianowski
    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.

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

    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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