- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade11 hrs ago
American League Baltimore Orioles – Zach Britton (D. O'Day, T. Hunter) Boston Red Sox – Edward Mujica (J. Tazawa); Koji Uehara injured (hamstring) Chicago White Sox – David Robertson (Z. Duke, J. Petricka) Cleveland Indians – Cody Allen (B. Shaw) Detroit Tigers – Joe Nathan (J. Soria, B. Rondon) Houston Astros – Luke Gregerson (C. Qualls, P. Neshek) Kansas City Royals – Greg Holland (W. Davis, K. Herrera) Los Angeles Angels – Huston Street (J. Smith) Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins (C. Fien) New York Yankees – Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller (D. Carpenter) Oakland Athletics – Tyler Clippard (F. Abad); Sean Doolittle injured (shoulder) Seattle Mariners – Fernando Rodney (D. Farquhar, Y. Medina) Tampa Bay Rays – Brad Boxberger (G. Balfour, E. Frieri); Jake McGee injured (elbow) Texas Rangers – Neftali Feliz (T. Scheppers, R. Mendez) Toronto Blue Jays – Brett Cecil (A. Loup, M. Castro)
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade18 hrs ago
1. Boston Red Sox
2. Toronto Blue Jays
3. New York Yankees
4. Tampa Bay Rays
5. Baltimore Orioles
Comments/Predictions: The Red Sox lead MLB in runs scored, while Hanley Ramirez finishes as a top-15 player...Mookie Betts finishes as a top-three fantasy second baseman (where he’s eligible in Yahoo leagues), while Dustin Pedroia is also top-five...Coming off a down year, Xander Bogaerts rewards fantasy owners who gamble on him, as he’s a top-10 shortstop...Neither Koji Uehara nor Edward Mujica lead the Red Sox in saves...Despite opening the year in the minors, Rusney Castillo wins Rookie of the Year.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade23 hrs ago
On Monday, we discussed the common-thread hitters who occupy my 2015 fake baseball teams, for better or for worse. For Tuesday, we discuss the recurring pitchers. You’re invited to share your Wallet Players in the comments.
-- Aroldis Chapman: The more you respect the competition level of your league, the more I think you should devote some March resources to acquiring saves. Sure, if it’s the land of the blind, you can shift into “don’t pay for saves” mode. Heck, almost any strategy will win that sort of league. But if your opponents know what they’re doing, I suggest trying to get a bank of saves on draft day or auction day.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade1 day ago
Realistically, you will not become a zillionaire by playing daily fantasy baseball. Sorry to smack you with cold truth right here at the top, but there it is. Advertising efforts from various DFS sites may have convinced you that such games offer a clear and easy path to extreme, life-changing wealth, but, um ... no, probably not happening.
In fact, a comprehensive review of the Forbes 400 list will reveal that zero of our richest citizens acquired their fortunes via daily fantasy games.
However, this fact doesn't mean you can't still profit by dabbling in DFS. Daily games are really an excellent complement to the standard fantasy portfolio. If you regret not drafting any shares of, say, Taijuan Walker or Nolan Arenado or whoever else, you can always find opportunities for single-serving ownership in daily.
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade1 day ago
I thought I’d be jostling for room on the Michael Brantley bandwagon this year, fighting for a comfortable spot. But it's more like a ghost town, all sorts of room available.
No one missed Brantley’s wonderful breakout 2014 season, which pushed him into the MVP discussion. He finished the year as the No. 3 batter in Yahoo fantasy leagues, off a .327-94-20-97-23 campaign. You name it, Brantley improved at it. He walked more, struck out less, spiked his power rate, improved his outstanding line-drive clip. He handled righties and lefties, no problem. And he came to play just about every night, missing a mere six games.
- Jay Busbee at Roto Arcade5 days ago
Much of the United States is still shivering, but we're only days away from the start of baseball season. That means it's time RIGHT NOW to get your fantasy baseball drafts in order. Head on over to Yahoo Sports' Fantasy Baseballhome page, but BEFORE YOU DO ... listen to this podcast. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Why? Because we've got fantasy maestro Andy Behrens slingin' hot fantasy knowledge every way, that's why! We begin with a primer on how to approach fantasy baseball drafts and auctions (3:38 mark), including stats to seek on pitchers. We continue with how to spot the best hitters for your team (9:53 mark). Andy tells us all the fancy new aspects of the Yahoo Sports fantasy baseball experience, and you'll want to hear this part (23:48 mark). Finally, Andy discusses how fantasy baseball can survive and thrive in an era of fantasy football and one-day fantasy games (37:28 mark).
- Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade5 days ago
If fun were the only stat category in Fantasy Baseball, Yoenis Cespedes would be a lottery pick every season. The guy owns the Home Run Derby. The guy throws out baserunners from ridiculous platforms. The guy takes every swing like it’s his last.
The enjoyment index is off the charts. And it’s turned Cespedes into one of the sucker fantasy plays for 2015.
- Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade6 days ago
It would not be entirely accurate to say that I entered this year's A.L.-only Tout Wars auction with a highly detailed and thoroughly vetted plan.
No, plan is definitely the wrong term.
Last year I had a well-rehearsed plan, executed it reasonably well, and then four of my players suffered season-ending injuries almost immediately. Mike Trout couldn't do it all by himself. My pitching staff was basically Yordano Ventura and five dudes who threw like Boof Bonser. That is to say, it was not a good pitching staff.
- Dalton Del Don at Roto Arcade6 days ago
Bryce Harper: He’s a 22-year-old with a career 125 wRC+, which is why his ADP (31.9 in Yahoo leagues) remains high despite never reaching 60 RBI or surpassing 22 homers in any of his three seasons in the league. Harper also attempted just four steals in 100 games last season, as his base running took a major step down in general. He’s missed an average of 53 games over the past two years, which has barely discounted his price tag thanks to the past hype of him as baseball’s best prospect. Still, massive upside obviously remains and count me among those who’d be willing to take on the risk as early as round two. Matt Williams has said he might even bat Harper in the middle of the Nationals lineup this season, which is really thinking outside the box.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Roto Arcade7 days ago
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