From Vince Velasquez's ERA to Buster Posey's RBI output to Ian Happ's ownership percentage, we tackle some of fantasy's conundrums.
J.D. Martinez highlights this week’s look at recent fantasy risers and fallers. J.D. Martinez: Since returning from injury, he has five homers over 21 at-bats. Bradley Zimmer: He’s struck out in six of his first 10 at-bats, but Zimmer is a legit prospect who’s also slugged .600 over that span.
Zack Greinke looked done entering this year. Greinke has reinvented himself in an impressive way and has missed bats with decreased velo. Quick Hits: Cody Bellinger has struck out multiple times in each of his past five games, but he still has a 1.093 OPS on the year.
Despite it not being an even year, most projection systems had the Giants making the playoffs this season, albeit as a wild card behind the Dodgers. The Giants lost Will Smith to a torn UCL before the season and have since seen Madison Bumgarner go down with a shoulder injury thanks to a dirt-bike accident
Trevor Cahill: It’s been just five starts, and Cahill’s control remains something of an issue, but he has 37 strikeouts over 30.0 innings. Cahill is throwing his curveball at a far greater frequency than ever before with terrific results, and his 13.2 SwStr% would rank top-10 among starters (and among
Ryan Zimmerman was once thought of as a surefire future superstar, but injuries and later a lack of performance made him mostly an afterthought at draft tables entering 2017. Zimmerman remains an injury risk, but it sure helps batting in the middle of a lineup that’s scored nearly 30 more runs than
Dallas Keuchel highlights this week’s look at fantasy baseball risers and fallers. Dallas Keuchel: Early returns are encouraging after Keuchel was one of the most disappointing fantasy players in 2016, as he’s posted a 0.86 ERA and 0.62 WHIP over three starts. Keuchel’s Hard% is the second lowest in
If I had a do-over for 2017 drafts: I’d treat Max Scherzer as a top-five player, as he looks back to his normal self. Scherzer will no doubt be the common denominator of many winning fantasy teams this year…I’d also treat Wade Davis as a top-five closer, Raisel Iglesias as a top-15 closer, Jake Lamb
Matt Harvey leads this week’s look at fantasy risers and fallers. Matt Harvey: He impressed during his debut, allowing just three baserunners with a 4:0 K:BB ratio over 6.2 innings. Harvey was touched up for two solo homers to Matt Kemp, but it was a highly encouraging outing for someone making his
With the season finally underway, now's the time to pounce and be aggressive on the waiver wire. The Yahoo fantasy baseball crew is here to help identify the players to go after:
The biggest story from Sunday’s Opening Day was clearly Madison Bumgarner, who not only recorded an 11:0 K:BB ratio in one of the best hitter’s parks in baseball, but he became the first pitcher to ever homer twice on the first day of the season.
This week, Thursday’s Freak Show offers both fantasy and a modest helping of reality. Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don have gone on record with divisional picks and wild cards, as well as winners and finalists for MVP, Cy Young and various other achievements. [Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball: Get in
Bryce Harper is tied for the major league lead in homers this spring with six. He’s slugging .903 and has more walks (seven) than strikeouts (five). Everyone knows Harper is on a career trajectory to be a Hall of Famer given what he’s done at his age, but he’s also coming off a disappointing season in
Jose Bautista is 36 years old, but he’s one year removed from a season in which he went 108-40-114-8. To give reference it was 95.7 mph in 2015 (h/t Jeff Sullivan). Rogers Centre has increased home runs for right-handed batters by nine percent over the last three seasons, which is the second most in
The most I spent for someone was Corey Seager ($30). Seager is a legitimate threat to win the MVP award this season…I root for the Giants but keep loving Dodgers in fantasy drafts. Over the last three years, Justin Turner has a 138 wRC+, which ranks top-20 in MLB despite undergoing microfracture surgery
Buster Posey or Gary Sanchez, who do you got? DDD defends Sanchez: To be clear, I’m a huge Giants fan, and Buster Posey is easily one of my favorite players ever. Posey plays first base at times when lefties are facing the Giants, but Sanchez has the benefit of the DH when rest behind the plate is
If you’re interested in pinning down the draft day value of David Dahl, Brandon Belt, Robbie Ray and various other denizens of the N.L. West, then Thursday’s Freak Show podcast is our gift to you.
T.J. Warren, Pho, SF (4 games – 52% owned in Y! leagues) – With P.J. Tucker traded to Toronto, Warren is going to see a huge boost in his Usage Rate (he saw 37:59 minutes during his first game without Tucker, albeit the matchup went into overtime). The Suns get four games in Week 19, and Warren’s ownership
During Friday’s podcast, Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don talk all things hoops, highlighted by recent trades. The duo talk fantasy fallout regarding the Boogie Cousins to New Orleans deal as well as what it means to owners of Nerlens Noel now that he’s in Dallas. Is Willy Cauley-Stein a must add now?
The Giants blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of Game 4 against the eventual World Series champs Cubs in the NLDS last year and immediately addressed their bullpen struggles by signing Mark Malancon to a big deal during the offseason. Buster Posey remains the face of the franchise, but starting pitching
The Indians entered 2016 as a long shot to win it all, but they ultimately held a 3-1 lead in the World Series despite not having Michael Brantley, Carlos Carrasco or a healthy Danny Salazar. Cleveland added Edwin Encarnacion through free agency, and the return to health of Brantley, Yan Gomes, Carrasco