Pepe has struggled to make an impact at Arsenal so far (Visionhaus)‘He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘People need to forget about the price tag.‘He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.‘It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French League or any other league, by the way. So he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.‘People like to highlight the player but if the team were playing a bit better, maybe he would be playing a bit better.‘At the minute, it’s not a Pepe thing, it’s an Arsenal thing. Hopefully he and the team can get better so we can get in the top four again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal spent £72 million on Nicolas Pepe this summer (AP Photo)Thierry Henry has defended Nicolas Pepe’s start at Arsenal and believes the winger has struggled due to the poor performances of Unai Emery’s side.Pepe joined in a £72 million deal from Lille in the summer but he has been unable to make an immediate impact with the Gunners.The Ivory Coast international has scored just once in 11 Premier League appearances so far but Henry is adamant that Arsenal’s failings under Emery have made it difficult for the winger to thrive this season.‘When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you,’ Henry told Yahoo Sport.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Thierry Henry explains why Nicolas Pepe is struggling at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 12:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link
While a healthy Gonzalez may not wow anyone, consider this: He has made 30 or more starts in eight of his last nine big league seasons and posted a FIP over 4.00 in that span just once. His ERA+ over that span is 117. That’s pretty, pretty good.The fact that more teams aren’t in on Gonzalez — let alone that he is still a free agent — is surprising, to say the least. If the Yankees want to plug the hole quickly and get some stability in their rotation, Gonzalez should be the guy.But, hey, I’m not the GM. “Luis Severi-oh-no!”That was the collective cry of Yankees fans Tuesday when news broke that Severino was broken — at least partially, with a bum rotator cuff, an injury that will keep him out for at least a month. A friendly reminder: Divisions aren’t won in March and April, but they can certainly be lost. Severino being out for a period of time, even for a week or two of the regular season, raises lots of questions and a fair bit of concern now and moving forward.FANTASY SOURCE: SP rankings for 2019 The Yankees’ No. 1 starter faltered in the second half last year, and after news of this injury, the Yankees and their fans are allowed to feel a bit uneasy about what’s to come with a hole in their rotation.What, then, should the Bombers do?Sign a guyAs of this publishing, there were more arms available on the market than there were people on Twitter mad at me for not ever having watched “Game of Thrones.” That may be slight hyperbole, but look at the names: Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, James Shields, Edwin Jackson.Sure, some options are more attractive than others, but we’re not talking about replacing a No. 1 for the duration of the season, just for a few weeks of the season — maybe.MORE: Keuchel not panicking about being unsignedThe fact Keuchel and Gonzalez are still free agents is pretty surprising. They may not be what they were three or four seasons ago, but both had decent seasons in 2018:Keuchel (Astros): 34 starts, 204 2/3 innings, 3.74 ERA (3.69 FIP), 2.65 K:BB ratioGonzalez (Nationals and Brewers combined): 27 starts, 171 innings, 4.21 ERA (4.16 FIP), 1.85 K:BB ratioGonzalez, in fact, turned his season around after arriving in Milwaukee, pitching to a 2.13 ERA and a sub-1.000 WHIP in five starts, so there may be something left in the tank after a rough go with Washington. Both pitchers left-handed (who couldn’t use more lefties?) and neither one has a foot in the grave — Keuchel is 31, Gonzalez 33. Even with the acquisition of James Paxton, the Bombers could use rotation more help, given CC Sabathia’s injury history and the team’s current lack of depth.The danger here is that neither one will be ready for the first week of the regular season — some very smart people suggest that they would likely need extra time in extended spring training to get right. Both represent a long-term solution to a (potentially) short-term problem, but the window is open now, so why not go for it?Trade for a guyPulling off a trade at this time of year would represent some good, spicy content, but it could be a possibility.Rumors persist that Madison Bumgarner is on the market, and with the Giants looking more like a rebuilding team, would it be worth it for Brian Cashman to make a call now? Bumgarner’s velocity has been up through the early part of the spring, so reports of his demise would seem to be greatly exaggerated.MORE: Yankees’ GM ‘closing the chapter’ on Harper, MachadoWhat about a guy like Zack Greinke, whom the Diamondbacks are more desperate to get rid of than a zit on prom night? Sure, a deal might take from the organization’s last bit of farm system depth, but what could it hurt? Trading for a known quantity at this point would probably be safer than signing a guy off the street. The likelihood of pulling off either type of move is pretty unrealistic right now, however.Try a guyThe Yanks have plenty of guys to try. Last year, they tried multiple guys, with varying degrees of success.Jonathan Loaisiga, the team’s top-ranked pitching prospect, and Domingo German both pitched relatively well when called upon. Loaisiga pitched to a 3.00 ERA across four starts before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for two months, then pitched out of the ‘pen with mixed results at the end of the season. German scuffled, but he also showed flashes of being a decent back-end starter. Chance Adams, long a talked-about prospect, might finally get a look, but frankly, if it hasn’t happened for him at the major league level yet, it probably won’t happen in 2019 as a rotation reinforcement.The Yankees can’t necessarily afford to turn the clock back to early 2000s Nickelodeon and play “Figure It Out” while they’re in a pennant race this summer, especially with the reigning, defending World Series champion Red Sox and the pesky Rays in the division. You can’t expect perfect health for the duration of the season, just like you can’t expect prospects to figure it out at the major league level for X amount of starts.VerdictIt’s not my money, but I’d spend it faster than a rapper in a jewelry shop.Winning a World Series is hard. A lot has to go right, and that starts with pitching. You can poke holes in the Yankees’ rotation for days, with health being concern numero uno.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Reliever | Top 300You’re going to be making a lot of decisions like that with your outfielders. The big power-speed guys will go within the first five or six picks of the draft — and then there are a host of big-time sluggers who will go throughout the next couple rounds — but as soon as guys like Starling Marte and Austin Meadows are nearing the top of your queue, you know you have some decisions to make in regards to balancing out your roster. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverLike the corner infield spots, you’ll always be able to find solid homer upside with outfield, even deep into your draft. Finding the guy who who would hit 37 HRs instead of 25 over a full season is what often separates the top tier from the middling teams, and unfortunately, it’s not easy to do. Luck is certainly involved to some degree, but finding guys with clear(ish) paths to playing time and decent peripheral stats goes a long way. It’s also worth taking some chances at this position with your final starter/bench spots because there will always be worthwhile pickups available throughout the year. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsAs always, the players listed below are ranked as if they’re only eligible at OF. Players eligible at multiple positions may be ranked higher in our overall rankings. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamWe’ll be updating our OF rankings as needed, so check back for the latest player movement. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball OF RankingsRankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categories Few preseason fantasy baseball tasks are more difficult than putting together OF rankings. Starting pitcher and closer rankings are also tough, but at least we know they’re an exercise in futility even as we’re compiling them. Outfield is different because it feels like a code we can crack (even though we can’t). There are so many players, from all-around studs to one-category sleepers, spread throughout the various tiers, that outfield is really a position that needs its own cheat sheet heading into 2020 drafts. Once you get past the top 20 or so OFs, how you’re building your specific team is really more important than how the players are ranked below. We might think Kyle Schwarber’s overall impact will be slightly higher than Ramon Laureano’s, but if you need some steals and a higher average, Laureano probably makes more sense for you. Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)* = not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the seasonMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorRankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1Ronald Acuna Jr.Braves2Christian YelichBrewers3Mike TroutAngels4Mookie BettsDodgers5Cody BellingerDodgers1B6Juan SotoNationals7J.D. MartinezRed Sox8George SpringerAstros9Yordan AlvarezAstros10Bryce HarperPhillies11Aaron JudgeYankees12Giancarlo StantonYankees13Starling MarteD-backs14Eloy JimenezWhite Sox15Charlie BlackmonRockies16Austin MeadowsRays17Kris BryantCubs3B18Nicholas CastellanosReds19Jorge SolerRoyals20Jonathan Villar*Marlins2B, SS21Ketel MarteD-backs2B, SS22Franmil ReyesIndians23Kyle SchwarberCubs24Joey GalloRangers25Whit MerrifieldRoyals2B26Oscar MercadoIndians27Victor RoblesNationals28Andrew BenintendiRed Sox29Ramon LaureanoA’s30Luis RobertWhite Sox31Aristides AquinoReds32Tommy PhamPadres33Marcell OzunaBraves34Michael ConfortoMets35Willie CalhounRangers36Justin UptonAngels37Kyle TuckerAstros38Eddie RosarioTwins39Michael BrantleyAstros40Byron BuxtonTwins41Mallex SmithMariners42Cavan BiggioBlue Jays2B43Scott KingeryPhillies2B, 3B, SS44Danny SantanaRangers1B, 2B, 3B, SS45Max KeplerTwins46Andrew McCutchenPhillies47David DahlRockies48Avisail GarciaBrewers49Jeff McNeilMets2B, 3B50Ian HappCubs2B, 3B51Tommy EdmanCardinals2B, 3B52Nick SenzelReds53Bryan ReynoldsPirates54Brandon LoweRays1B, 2B55Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Blue Jays2B56Wil MyersPadres1B57Lorenzo CainBrewers58Adam EatonNationals59Brian AndersonMarlins3B60Randal GrichukBlue Jays61Hunter RenfroeRays62Kole CalhounD-backs63J.D. DavisMets3B64Joc PedersonDodgers1B65Jarrod DysonPirates66Alex VerdugoRed Sox67Gregory PolancoPirates68Shin-Soo ChooRangers69David PeraltaD-backs70Mark CanhaA’s1B71Ryan BraunBrewers1B*72Hunter DozierRoyals1B, 3B73Brett GardnerYankees74Trent GrishamPadres75Harrison BaderCardinals76Austin RileyBraves3B*77Jurickson ProfarPadres2B78Jackie Bradley Jr.Red Sox79A.J. PollockDodgers80Jesse WinkerReds81Austin HaysOrioles82Teoscar HernandezBlue Jays83Kevin KiermaierRays84Domingo SantanaIndians85Nomar MazaraWhite Sox86Eric ThamesNationals1B87Dominic SmithMets1B88Yoenis CespedesMets89Tyler O’NeillCardinals90Jo AdellAngels91Yoshi TsutsugoRays3B92Jay BrucePhillies1B93Raimel TapiaRockies94Mike YastrzemskiGiants95Garrett CooperMarlins1B96Anthony SantanderOrioles97Brandon NimmoMets98Stephen PiscottyA’s99Corey DickersonMarlins100Jake FraleyMariners101Jake BauersIndians1B102Josh NaylorPadres103Jordan LuplowIndians104Ender InciarteBraves105Jose MartinezRays