- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade15 hrs ago
My full lineup:
SP: Gerrit Cole $42
SP: Yu Darvish $45
C: Willson Contreras $12
1B: David Ortiz $21
2B: Gordon Beckham $13
3B: Travis Shaw $12
SS: Xander Bogaerts $16
OF: Jackie Bradley Jr. $14
OF: Jay Bruce $14
OF: Jeff Francoeur $11
It’s not clear how close to 100 percent Cole is right now making just his second start after a lengthy stay on the DL with an arm injury (and his velocity was down during his return last week), but he’s at home and facing a Phillies offense that’s scored the second-fewest runs in MLB this season…Darvish is another pitcher starting for just the second time after a recent DL stint, but he fanned nine batters over 4.1 innings during his return to action last week, faces a struggling Kansas City offense and owns a 12.5 SwStr% this season.
- Liz Loza at Roto Arcade15 hrs ago
News broke Friday morning that Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell is reportedly facing a four-game suspension due to a missed drug test. Assuming the suspension stands, Bell would be absent for a quarter of the season. As a result, he’s dropped outside of the top-five players at the position in our consensus rankings. Going first overall in many fantasy drafts, Bell is now likely to fall to the second round.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade16 hrs ago
The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.
Next 10: Jarvis Landry, Mia, WR; Dion Lewis, NE, RB; Melvin Gordon, SD, RB; DeMarco Murray, Ten, RB; Jordan Matthews, Phi, WR; Larry Fitzgerald, Ari, WR; Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB; Matt Jones, Was, RB; Jeremy Hill, Cin, RB; John Brown, Ari, WR
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade17 hrs ago
Can Jose De Leon make the rookie pitcher pain go away? (Getty) Pitching prospects have been a mess in roto 2016, a horrible investment. Anyone who’s played the wait-and-pounce game is buried in the red.
I’ve generally been sitting these out, but Friday morning I added a few shares of Jose De Leon. I’ve talked myself into this case.
De Leon is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty who’s been toying with the PCL during his age-23 season. Check what he’s done over nine starts: 43.1 IP, 14 BB, 64 K, a 2.49 ERA, 1.02 WHIP. He’s striking out 13.3 batters per nine innings, a silly ratio. The three main scouting clipboards all rated him a Top 30 prospect before the season.
The Dodgers rotation is full of question marks, as you know. We have no idea if Clayton Kershaw will pitch again this year. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood are on the disabled list. Julio Urias won’t be allowed to pitch extensively during his age-19 season; he went four innings Thursday.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade17 hrs ago
Last season, the Packers were the meat in the grinder. Staring with Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury in the Preseason and punctuated with wretched efforts from Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, once fantasy fruitful Green Bay spoiled. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza detail just how big the bounce backs will be by the Bay.
Thanks to Jordy’s absence, Lacy’s drop off and the embarrassment that was Adams, Aaron Rodgers suffered his worst fantasy season as a starter finishing QB14 in points per game. Is the following statement BELIEVE or MAKE BELIEVE: Mr. Munn immediately regains his 2014 mojo, totals at least 40 combined scores and finishes atop the QB ranks.
- Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade1 day ago
My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):
SP: Steven Wright ($45) – He’s earned a victory in eight of his past 10 outings, has an ERA under 3 and he’s facing a non-threatening Minnesota offense that he shut the door on in a June 10 meeting (7.1 IP, 0 ER)
SP: Adam Wainwright ($43) – After a horrible start to the season, he’s looking more like the pitcher we know and love (0.39 ERA in three July starts)
C: Yadier Molina ($7) – Has a hit in six straight games (including two home runs) and owns a solid 4-for-12 (.333) lifetime mark against San Diego RHP Andrew Cashner
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Center field is now Tyler’s Turf (AP) Tyler Naquin is five years into his professional baseball career, and it’s hard to say just who he is — and who he isn’t. But we can declare he’s one of the biggest surprises of the season, a shocker special. And the unexpected breakouts are the most fun of all.
The Indians had high hopes when they snagged Naquin with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Naquin was a superstar at Texas A&M, the Big 12 Player of the Year. But Naquin’s minor-league seasoning progressed at a deliberate pace, and he never made it on any buzzy clipboard lists. Entering 2016, he had a career MiLB slash of .287/.359/.417 — perhaps an adequate table setter someday, but nothing special in the power department.
Post-hype sleeper? Nah, this is more like a no-hype sleeper. I didn’t see Naquin get drafted in any of my pools this March, even after a snappy spring training.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
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.
- Brad Evans at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Brrrrrrrr! As witnessed in last year’s playoffs against Seattle, Minneapolis is a place where beers freeze, faces numb and serious shrinkage occurs. However, moving into cozier digs this season, the Vikings hope to Christen their new stadium with ample wins. In this edition of ‘The Stance,’ Brad Evans and Liz Loza pick through the ice in an attempt to uncover fantasy value outside Adrian Peterson.
At 31 and with 2,619 career touches on his resume, Adrian Peterson isn’t exactly a lightly driven luxury vehicle. Though he still routinely clocking 4.45-4.52 40-yard times, on a scale of 1-10 with one being catching gentle passes from Drew Brees and 10 being acting as Vince Wilfork’s Slip ‘n Slide, how afraid are you of investing a Round 1 pick in Peterson?
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade2 days ago
Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel spin. If those lyrics were good enough for Paulie Walnuts, they’re good enough for us.
Brad Ziegler was merely a depth acquisition for the Red Sox earlier this month — the idea wasn’t for him to close in Boston, even with Craig Kimbrel hurt. Koji Uehara seemed up to the task. Alas, Uehara strained his right pectoral muscle at the end of Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over the Giants, and given that he’s 41 to begin with, a disabled list stint appears likely (and now it’s official, he’s on the 15-day DL).
Ziegler’s ownership tag dipped a bit after the trade back to the AL, so make sure he’s not floating around the wire. He doesn’t have the type of profile we generally look for in a closer — just 29 strikeouts in 41.1 innings, a 1.38 WHIP — but Ziggy can play the ninth. His handshakes are as good as anyone else’s, and he sure looks like the last man standing in The Hub at the moment. And at least the Red Sox are a winning club.