Spring is officially here. March is on the way out. Real baseball is closing in. But we still have much prep to talk about. [Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball: Get in the game and join a league today]
We’re deep enough into the draft season, the month has some personality to it. Which players are we targeting and drafting? Which players are going to be the keys to our seasons?
Generally this will not be an All-Star type of list, though one common first-round player is on this year’s page. The later a player is drafted, the easier it is to keep running into him. • D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, Rockies: For as long as I’ve played 5×5 roto, I’ve considered runs scored and batting average
Johnny Cueto and Stephen Strasburg are going to be big-ticket items in most leagues this year. Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski are here to play the feud. Pianow Opens for Cueto: I personally chose this debate because I see these pitchers as commonly misunderstood.
There’s a feeling I get, when I look to the west. And we’re smack dab in the middle of Fantasy Baseball draft season, so let’s check out the late-starting clubs from the American League. [Fill out your NCAA tournament bracket here | Printable version]
As much as the Yahooligans love to defend the home turf in the annual Yahoo Friends & Family League, we’ve got our work cut out for ourselves this year. Rotoworld’s Ryan Boyer is the defending champ and on a nice run, and MLB.com juggernaut Fred Zinkie has been added to the 2017 field. Throw in the usual
The Indians might be the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of fantasy intrigue here. Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to break it all down, in podcast form.
The last four years have been a transitional phase for the Yankees, an effort to get younger and cheaper. Derek Jeter meandered into the cornfield after the 2014 season, and Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are finally out of the picture. New York has stayed competitive through this phase, winning
There’s a six-month, 162-game schedule to be played, and the Cardinals figure to have a say in things. The Redbirds have made 12 playoff appearances in the last 17 seasons, and last year’s near-miss (one game) was their first misstep in six years. The Cardinals have won at least 86 games in nine straight
Fantasy Baseball Draft Season is already here, and March is just a day away. You need baseball plays you can take to the table, and we’re here to help. Today’s assignment, the NL East.
Is Kevin Gausman too trendy for 2017? While some ballparks couldn’t hack it into a third decade — looking at you, Turner Field — Oriole Park at Camden Yards remains one of the jewels of the American League. Baltimore’s downtown park stands as a lovely place to grab a ballgame, enjoy a bite and a drink
February is zipping through at a rapid rate. Soon, snow will be melting, temps will be rising, and our full fantasy attention will be on the diamond.
The last 11 years have been a renaissance for Detroit baseball. The Tigers have five playoff appearances over that span, including two visits to the World Series. Alas, the Bengals were never able to quite get over the hump, never able to present owner Mike Illitch with a World Series trophy to go with
Evander Kane, LW, Sabres: He’s never been the most consistent of forwards, but Kane is firing the puck with regularly (65 shots over the last month, tops in the NHL) and continuing to collide into things (38 PIMs). The one looming question — does Buffalo view Kane as a long-term building block, or will
Is Carlos Gomez back in the circle of trust? All things considered, it’s been a tidy little run for the Texas Rangers. Although Houston is a little more trendy in the early betting pools (and Pecota projections) for 2017, the Rangers have an excellent chance to make the playoffs again.
Super Bowl 51 is in the books, and it was one for the ages. We gotta talk some football, man. Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here with your Monday leftovers, a full audit of all things Falcon and Patriot. We’ll talk stats, strategies, heroic plays and critical mistakes. They’ll also talk about
Seth Jones, D, Blue Jackets: You have to be patient with young defensemen, especially the bigger kids. Just because Jones was the fourth overall pick in 2013 doesn’t mean he was going to toy with the league right out of the box. Confidence manifests in other ways — Jones is on pace for new bests in
Despite having Mike Trout in tow for the last five full seasons, it hasn’t done the Angels much good. The Angels have just one playoff appearance in the Trout Era, a three-game wipeout to the Royals in 2014. Things were especially bleak last year, when the club fell to 74-88 despite Trout’s second
The Super Bowl matchup is set, and it’s a doozy. The Falcons ran the NFC, assembling one of the best offenses of all time. And the Patriots are a well-known bully in the AFC, going to the seventh Super Bowl of the Brady-Belichick era.
After a three-year run of playoff appearances, everything went wrong for the Pirates in 2016. A collection of slumps and injuries crashed their record to 78-83, a 20-win drop from the previous season. And if you made a fantasy investment, you felt the pain, too. Andrew McCutchen had the worst season,
Pavel Buchnevich, LW/RW, Rangers: The Blueshirts wanted to ease Buchnevich into action, returning from a back injury, but he’s been so consistent and productive, that plan went into the garbage. Buchnevich has a nifty 2-4-6 line since returning four games ago, settling in on the second line and getting
Meet the new Rockies, same as the old Rockies. Colorado remains the simplest franchise for a fantasy player. The Rockies are the National League’s highest-scoring team for the 2010s, and they also own the worst ERA in the majors over that period.
The NFC gave us points. The AFC gave us a grittier version of things. End result, we have a loaded Final Four in the NFL, and any potential Super Bowl matchup should be a blast.
• Victor Hedman, D, Lightning: Tall defensemen often need extra time to develop, so it wasn’t a surprise when Hedman’s career breakthrough didn’t happen until his fifth year. The goal spike is probably tied to a little puck luck — his highest shooting percentage — but Hedman is also on pace for an absurd