Jul 22

Second Half Free Agent Pitching Finds

By Bryan Shaffer
@bryanzane

Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America

Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America

I love finding value where everyone else sees garbage.

In the future you’re likely going to read my columns because you’ll find it helpful in winning your weekly head-to-head league. I look at tons of stats and identify the best available options of the pitchers in the free agent pool. My goal will be to find free agent pitchers who are scheduled to make 2 starts a week, are available in over 40% of most leagues (12 team head to head), and are in favorable matchups.

Because of the All Star break, things are a little goofy, so I’ve come up with 4 pitchers (2 starters and 2 relievers) that are available in many leagues that you should consider adding to your roster. Continue reading

Jul 21

Breaking down a 14 team draft (Part 5 of 5)

Welcome back to the final installment of my 14-team June draft, I am happy to see you all back ready for more fantasy football analysis! Picking fourteenth in this league was an absolute drag, especially because I ended up taking the last pick in both the first and last rounds of the draft. If you have been reading my previous articles (Parts I, II, III, IV) then you know my feelings on taking a defense in the earlier rounds. That feeling is echoed even more so with kickers, though I will not go into too much detail save for their interchangeability in most scenarios. I have broken down the sections of each round a bit, differently from previous articles, to try to save space. With that said, it is time to start digging into the nitty-gritty as I break down rounds twelve through fifteen!

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Jul 21

J.D. Martinez – Sell While He’s Hot?

 J.D. Martinez - Fantasy Baseball Sell High

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Well, we’ve made it.  We’re at the All-Star Break and that means most of us are ~60% of the way through our fantasy baseball seasons.  Hopefully everyone still has a shot at playoffs in their leagues… but sometimes you draft the likes of Harper/Fielder/Fernandez and are looking forward to 2015 at this point.  Either way, the All-Star Break is a great time to kick back and actually think about what’s happening with some of the hottest (and coldest!) players around the league.  If you’re especially devious and conniving, you’re probably wanting to find a player or two whose production is unsustainable so you can work your league like the stock market.  We’ll start the process for you today by pointing out a few of the hottest players prior to the All-Star Break: J.D. Martinez, Garrett Richards, Jesse Hahn, and Joe Smith… along with some of the reasons we suspect it’s a great time to sell them off while you can! Continue reading

Jul 21

First-Half Studs Not to Trust: I’m Looking at You, Victor Martinez

Go ahead and celebrate your great first half, Victor Martinez, because the last few months may not be so kind to you. (May 18, 2014 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America)

Go ahead and celebrate your great first half, Victor Martinez, because the last few months may not be so kind to you.
(May 18, 2014 – Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America)

With the season more than halfway complete, more and more fantasy teams in your league will likely stop paying attention. This gives the contending teams a huge advantage on the waiver wire with far less competition for important player acquisitions down the stretch.

At this point in the season, the best way to improve your team quickly and make a big jump in the standings is by ripping someone off in a trade. The most effective way to do that is by selling high and fooling your trade partner that the stud you’re about to trade to him will continue his high level of production. There are always a ton of sell-high candidates this can work with, but here are three players in particular that I think you would be wise to consider dealing.

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Jul 15

“Two For Tuesday”: Your Surprise Successes of the First Half

2014_MLB_All-Star_Game_LogoHappy All Star Break 2014, fantasy baseball fans! In honor of today’s annual gathering of the baseball’s best, I produced a list of 2014’s Surprise Successes of the first half. Think of these players as fantasy baseball’s All Stars who have played well beyond expectations.

Before you dive in, however, you must know the criteria. I listed 1 Surprise Success per standard rotisserie category (R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG, W, K, S, ERA, & WHIP). This allows proper spotlight to all facets of the game, similar to how the actual All Star Game requires a player from each team to spotlight all teams in the game. Secondly, I only picked from players who had an ADP (Average Draft Position) of 100+. While Trout, Cabrera, Hernandez, Wainwright and the like have been great players, this criteria allows for true “Surprise” Successes.

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Jul 15

Why Dez Bryant Will Be The Best Wide Receiver in 2014

AP Photo/Duane Burleson

AP Photo/Duane Burleson

With most fantasy football drafts right around the corner, it is officially time to focus on which players to target in 2014 drafts (Hint, hint. Dez Bryant). Running Backs tend to be taken early in round 1, but what do you do if you have a late pick in Round 1? The safe pick would be an elite wide receiver because they produce consistent statistics from year to year. Outside of Julio Jones, who was ruled out for the year after week 5, there was not an elite Wide Receiver that didn’t produce WR1 or WR2 numbers. On the other hand, Trent Richardson, CJ Spiller, Ray Rice, and Doug Martin, even before his injury, were all early round busts. This is because RBs are less predictable, are injured more frequently, and have a shorter prime than WRs. To avoid the next Ray Rice or Trent Richardson this year, choose an elite Wide Receiver like Dez Bryant late in Round 1.

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Jul 14

Breaking down a 14 team draft (Part 4 of 5)

Hello Fantasy fans and welcome back to part four of my five part 14-team draft. I am thrilled you can come back for another serving of Fantasy Football draft information! For those of you wanting to catch up; part 1 of my article can be found here, part 2 can be found here and part 3 can be found here. As always, I will break down the various picks throughout the article and help provide various key points and insight throughout the rounds. I also outline the various reaches, steals and observations which you can use to assist you in your drafts later in the season. These next few rounds is where team owners start digging deep, picking the sleepers, rookies and potential boom players that can propel their team into championship glory! Join me as we kick off round the article diving into pick one of round nine!

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