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: MadBum, Altuve, picking on Pelfrey on Monday

    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 Madison Bumgarner, SF, $59 (at Pit) – Strasburg and Kershaw oppose each other on Monday, which is a blast in real-life but a small inconvenience when choosing an ace in daily. Bumagerner has a much friendlier draw, facing Jeff Locke and his 5.92 ERA. MadBum hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 11 starts.

    P Doug Fister, Hou, $38 (vs. LAA) – Fister hasn't dropped a game since April (6-0), and he's lowered his era by over two runs over the past two months. He's a solid favorite here, facing Jhoulys Chacin (5.00 ERA).

    C Miguel Montero, CHC, $9 (J. Garcia) – Garcia has been something less than unbeatable lately, allowing 17 ER over his last 25.1 innings. Montero is 3-for-4 against Garcia in his career with a homer and one walk — and still, I wouldn't mind seeing Willson Contreras ($7) in this spot.

    1B

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 32: The Cleveland Browns

    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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    We can't yet say who will get the starting nod at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the season opener, but we absolutely know — firmly and without doubt, as deeply as it is possible to know anything in the NFL — that this team's starting QB will be pretty bad. For that reason, as well as the general lack of draft-worthy skill players on Cleveland's roster, this team was an easy choice for dead-last in the 2016 Juggernaut Index.

    But before we discuss the various things that are wrong/regrettable

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  • Willson Contreras gets the call to Chicago

    Nope, this is not a drill. REPEAT: NOT A DRILL. According to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs are promoting catching prospect Willson Contreras from Triple-A. He’s worth stashing in fantasy formats of any shape and size, unless you already happen to have a non-terrible backstop on your roster.

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    Contreras has been scorching-hot all season at Iowa, slashing .350/.439/.591 with nine homers, 28 extra-base hits, 40 runs scored and 43 RBIs. He’s bringing a 20-game hitting streak with him to the big leagues, too. Contreras raked at Double-A Tennessee last season, hitting .333/.413/.478 over 126 games, so we know the bat is legit.

    How often will he actually play for the Cubs, while vets Miguel Montero and David Ross are both healthy? Yeah, OK, that’s a very good question.

    Contreras arrives as a part-timer, but he’s almost certainly the best hitter among Chicago’s trio of catchers. Montero is batting .210 for the season and just .185 in June.

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  • Daily Dime: Cheap arms, pricey Tigers in Monday lineups

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    P Wei-Yin Chen, Mia, $37 (at SD) – We have only one true upper-tier ace in action on Monday (Scherzer), and that guy is dealing with a terrifying matchup (Cubs). So I'm simply chasing wins, picking on light-hitting rosters. San Diego currently ranks No. 29 in baseball in on-base percentage (.292).

    P R.A. Dickey, Tor, $35 (vs. Phi) – Again, I'm win-chasing. The Phillies rank last in MLB in team OBP (.286) and next-to-last in runs (198), so it's not as if Dickey is facing a powerhouse. He's allowed only two runs over his last two starts, and hasn't really delivered an ugly line since April.

    C Jonathan Lucroy, Mil, $17 (M. Cain) – When you spend only $72 on your pitching, you can afford a luxury catcher. Lucroy is slashing .303/.362/.512 on the season and he's facing a guy with a 1.43 WHIP.

    1B Miguel Cabrera, Det, $20

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  • Free speed: White Sox promote prospect Tim Anderson

    If you're a fantasy owner in need of speed, the Chicago White Sox are here to help.

    The team called up shortstop prospect Tim Anderson to the big leagues on Friday, and we can assume he wasn't promoted merely to sit and watch. Chicago also DFA'd veteran Jimmy Rollins, clearing a path for the 22-year-old Anderson.

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    Over 55 games at Triple-A Charlotte this season, Anderson has slashed .304/.325/.409 with 16 extra-base hits, 11 steals and 39 runs scored. He was almost unstoppable in the month of May, hitting .349/.387/.488. Anderson has 19 multi-hit games in his last 30, which seems absurd. Last year, the kid led the Double-A Southern League in hits (160), runs (79) and steals (49), plus he ranked third in batting average (.312) and triples (12). The speed is definitely real. Anderson has hit .300 or better in each of the past three seasons, too, so he isn't likely to be a liability in AVG for fantasy purposes.

    We should

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  • Pirates to call up top prospect Jameson Taillon

    HUGE news out of Pittsburgh, you guys: Jameson Taillon got the call. The right-hander has been promoted to the big leagues. He'll make his long-awaited MLB debut on Wednesday, in a degree-of-difficulty matchup with Noah Syndergaard and the Mets. 

    If for some reason Taillon remains un-owned in your league, go get him — now. Do it. Make the add. This is, without question, an actionable fantasy event. 

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    We've been writing about Taillon for much of the year, because his numbers have been obscene. Over ten minor league starts for Triple-A Indianapolis, Taillon has posted a 2.04 ERA and 0.81 WHIP, striking out 61 batters in 61.2 innings while issuing just six walks. He hasn't allowed more than three runs, earned or unearned, in any start. 

    You want him, is what we're saying. Taillon has a chance to be great, immediately. The Bucs have been starting Jon Niese and Jeff Locke all year, so it's not as if the team can't find a spot

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  • Closing Time: Houston forms a bullpen committee

    On Monday afternoon, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced the formation of a bullpen committee — no great surprise, as Luke Gregerson has blown five of his last 11 save chances.

    On Monday evening, two members of Houston's newly formed committee surrendered late-inning runs in a 6-5 loss at Arlington. Michael Feliz gave up a pair of singles and a sac fly in the seventh, allowing Nomar Mazara to score the game-tying run. In the ninth inning ... well, to be fair, Ken Giles deserved better.

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    Giles coaxed a one-out grounder from Adrian Beltre that should have resulted in an inning-ending double-play, but Carlos Correa bobbled the transfer. Beltre was safe at first. Rougned Odor followed with a walk-off double to the wall in left, on a kinda/sorta catchable ball that Colby Rasmus couldn't locate.

    So the Astros fell to 0-7 on the season against the division-leading Rangers, and Giles took a hard-luck loss. Again, let's

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  • Daily Dime: Springer, Upton and Odor, plus a collection of Cubs

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    P Jon Lester, CHC, $51 (at Phi) – This game gives up the day's most lopsided pitching match-up (Lester is facing Adam Morgan) and lineup match-up. It's the cleanest path to a win, by far. Lester's last start, you might recall, was a dominant complete-game performance in which he struck out 10 Dodgers, walking none and allowing just four hits. 

    P Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, $45 (vs. LAA) – Tanaka is facing a recently dominant Matt Shoemaker, a small worry. But the Angels lineup is just so loaded with outs. So, so tempting to pick on that team.

    C Yasmani Grandal, LAD, $7 (Chatwood) – One of the better hitters you'll find at a minimum price. Grandal is coming off a good day (2-for-4, HR) and drawing plenty of walks.

    1B Anthony Rizzo,

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  • Closing Time: Adam Duvall continues to clear fences

    After Monday's two-homer binge at Coors Field, Adam Duvall now ranks third in the N.L. in slugging percentage (.606), tenth in OPS (.911) and he's tied for fourth in long-balls (13). You would think a guy with those power credentials would be universally owned in fantasy leagues, but, well ... no. Not close. Duvall remains available in more than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues, despite his 40-homer, 90-RBI pace.

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    We've endorsed Duvall around here a time or two already, so we shouldn't need to take a deep dive into his professional history. We'll just remind you that the 27-year-old hit for power at every minor league stop, with a pair of 30-bomb seasons included. He's cleared the fence six times in his last eight games, which is insane, and he's playing every day for Cincinnati. He gets three more appearances at Coors this week, too.

    If Duvall had opened his season with the sort of surge he's enjoyed lately, of course, then

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  • Daily Dime: Nathan Karns, Kris Bryant and $63 worth of outfielders

    We've got a full slate on a Monday, so let's make good choices, gamers. Be sure to check the game-time weather conditions before finalizing lineups.

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    P Nathan Karns, Sea, $40 (vs. SD) – As a team, the Padres rank next-to-last in MLB in team batting average (.227) and on-base percentage (.286). So the match-up really couldn't get much better. Karns has struck out a batter per inning on the season and he hasn't allowed more than three runs, earned or unearned, in any of his last six starts.

    P Ian Kennedy, KC, $42 (vs. TB) – Kennedy has pitched well to this point, striking out 53 batters over 53.1 innings and posting a 1.16 WHIP. The Rays are obviously something less than a run-scoring juggernaut, ranking in the bottom-third of the A.L. in runs (198), AVG (.239) and OBP (.310).

    C Chris Iannetta, Sea, $7 (Cashner) – If you're spending the minimum at catcher, you might as well buy the guy who gets to face Cashner.

    1B Chris Johnson, Mia, $7

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