Our final division preview is finally here, and we’ve saved the champs for last. You guys probably already realize the 2017 Chicago Cubs are the greatest collection of human talent ever assembled for a common purpose, but the fantasy community can’t afford to neglect the teams battling for second in
Had you been playing fantasy baseball in the 1970s — which of course you weren’t — it would never have been difficult to find stolen bases. Greg Luzinski, who was never not as big as a house, went 8-for-15 on stolen base attempts in 1978. It was the era of free steals, and it was glorious.
Let’s just say, hypothetically, that a major league starting pitcher had produced the following stats last season: 199.1 IP, 19 W, 236 K, 2.39 ERA, 0.97 WHIP.
For 108 years — a stretch of time that covers nearly the entire history of Major League Baseball — the Chicago Cubs and their fans experienced every possible variety of failure. The team lost with rosters that were dreadfully non-competitive, and they lost with 90-win squads featuring multiple Hall
After a noisy deadline, fantasy owners have some adding and dropping to do. It’s basically impossible to argue that Sacramento maximized its potential return on DeMarcus Cousins, one of the league’s elite bigs and best scorers. There is simply no way Hield won’t be featured by Sacramento over the final
Kevin Love has averaged 20 and 11 this season, earning all-star status and maintaining top-25 value for fantasy owners. Alas, he’ll be sidelined for at least six weeks following a knee scope, which means he’s a plausible drop in fantasy (depending on your format). In this week’s hoops pod, we discuss
Washington has won 90-plus games in three of the past five seasons and hasn’t finished below .500 since 2011. This team boasts the 2016 N.L. Cy Young winner (Max Scherzer), the 2015 MVP (Bryce Harper) and last season’s OPS leader (Daniel Murphy). The Nationals added a reliable lead-off hitter via trade
Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker — have suffered season-ending ACL tears. Injuries to Rudy Gay (Achilles) and Garrett Temple (hamstring) have opened up plenty of minutes for Barnes, and he’s been terrific over his last five games, averaging 11.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 threes per night
It’s Groundhog Day, you guys, which of course means we are trapped in an endless loop of Carmelo Anthony trade speculation. On today’s show, Andy and D.J. discuss the likelihood of various trade scenarios, and potential fantasy fallout.
Toronto has advanced to the ALCS in each of the past two years, producing a run-differential of +314 during that stretch. So that’s not too shabby. The Jays led the majors in run-scoring in 2015 and they allowed the fewest runs in the American League last year. Simply put, Toronto has been a damn fine
Perhaps you just lost Enes Kanter to the season’s most avoidable injury, or maybe you’re finally ready to move on from some other regrettable draft day decision. Under normal circumstances, all players discussed here will be available in a majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Whatever else you want to say about Chicago’s offseason, you certainly can’t call it boring. General manager Rick Hahn has already dealt two of his team’s most valuable assets, Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, and there’s every reason to believe that additional trades are in queue. In fact, the only way
Injuries have been the story of the week. Under normal circumstances, all players discussed here will be available in a majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues. This week, Bucks fans (and the fantasy community) received good news on Middleton’s recovery from hamstring surgery.
This week, injuries are the story in the NBA. Chris Paul is on the shelf for 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery, and Rudy Gay is almost certainly done for the year with a torn Achilles. Brutal news for each player and their teams — and, of course, for the fantasy community. On Thursday’s show, Andy Behrens
T.J. McConnell is dishing assists, draining game-winners, and helping the fantasy community. Under normal circumstances, all players discussed here will be available in a majority of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
It’s a very special fantasy hoops edition of the Freak Show, in which we discuss NBA trade possibilities, the return of Ben Simmons and — of course — the lifeless, withering husk of the New York Knicks. Because Phil Jackson’s squad isn’t receiving enough attention.
Minnesota Vikings’ Adam Thielen celebrates his touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers. Each week throughout the NFL season, we identify six players to target on fantasy waiver wires, plus a lightly owned D/ST. All are available in a majority of Yahoo leagues. If you happened to start Thielen
If you’re a fantasy owner with DeMarco Murray on your roster, Henry is the enemy. The rookie poached a pair of short touchdown runs in Sunday’s win at KC, finishing with nine carries for 58 yards. Henry has found the end-zone three times in his last three games, carrying the ball 29 times for 160 yards
Melvin Gordon suffered a first-quarter hip injury on Sunday at Carolina, which brought an abrupt end to his day after just three offensive touches. With Gordon sidelined against the Panthers, rookie Kenneth Farrow dominated the backfield work for San Diego, gaining 78 scrimmage yards on 22 touches (
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Steelers won 27-20. While Le’Veon Bell was carrying fantasy owners into the playoff semifinals, his quarterback was taking many of
If you’re a fantasy owner struggling to find a replacement for Rob Gronkowski in the money weeks … well, let’s be realistic. Gronk is an all-time player at a talent-scarce position, and we don’t generally find guys like that on the waiver wire. Green can’t perfectly replace Gronk’s expected contributions
Jordan Howard makes another house call against the Niners. San Francisco entered the week ranked dead-last in the NFL at defending the run, allowing a whopping 171.8 rushing yards per game. On Sunday, Jordan Howard took full advantage of the Niners’ hilariously inept defense, rushing for 117 yards
Kaepernick passed for 296 yards and three scores against the Dolphins on Sunday, plus he ran for a season-best 113 yards on 10 carries. Despite working with a mostly dreadful group of receivers, Kaepernick has averaged 277.5 passing yards per game in November. It’s tough to make the case that Kaepernick
Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both suffered injuries in Sunday’s loss at Seattle, which meant rookie Wendell Smallwood functioned as the featured runner for Philly in the second-half. Smallwood also carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards the prior week against Atlanta, so he was emerging as a relevant