Anyone who has ever played…and I mean really participated…in a fantasy baseball league knows that streaming your pitchers is a crucial part of the game. In head-to-head leagues especially, that key Sunday Burch Smith stream (actually got a buddy of mine into the playoffs) can be the difference between a win and a loss. Streaming can work in traditional rotisserie as well, but it’s usually not as dire of a situation. I am going to write about streamers, but instead of just listing off a few good options that could help you this week, I’ve decided to do something different. I’m going to try to convince you to stream an entire rotation for the next two weeks. And that team is the Baltimore Orioles. Continue reading The Case for the Orioles Rotation
Typically the position that makes or breaks a fantasy football team is the running back. While there were disappointments and unsung heroes, standouts and busts from 2014, the 2015 running back crop is one of the deepest in the past few seasons. In 2014, you were deathly afraid if your team did not have 2 stud running backs from consensus top-20 lists, but in 2015 I believe there are quite a few backs that will have an impact for your fantasy team even if they are not drafted in the first 2 or 3 rounds. That being said, let’s get down to part 1 of my running back tiers for 2015. Continue reading 2015 Running Back Tiers: Part 1
We’re coming up on the two-month mark of the baseball season, and stats around the league are starting to gain more and more credence. It is still somewhat early, but I thought it was a good time to take a look at one of my favorite stats: line drive percentage (LD%). This stat is a great indicator of who’s making good contact and hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the bat. Line drives are the ideal batted ball; while power hitters may want to hit more fly balls, and speed guys will want to hit more grounders, everyone wants to drive the ball solidly. Of course, you can hit a line drive softly, too, which is why we’ll be using this stat in conjunction with hard hit percentage, BABIP, and other stats to provide a look at the full panoply of variables. Let’s look at some players with interesting line drive percentages: Continue reading Week 8: Exploring Line Drive Percentages
As the dog days of summer approach and your team gets set for the long haul, it is important to remain patient. Established guys who get off to slow starts deserve some time to pull themselves together. Streaky players who shot out of a cannon to begin the season are slowly coming back to earth. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of playing the waiting game. One area of your fantasy squad that should remain reactive, however, is relief pitching. If you hear a closer has been replaced, chances are there’s an expendable guy on your roster worth dropping for the newly announced closer. This article will explore three closer options, each less than 40% owned in the ESPN universe, who can help your team if you need saves. Brett Cecil, Shawn Tolleson and Brad Ziegler bring a myriad of skills to the table. What talents do each possess and what can we expect from them going forward? Let’s find out. Continue reading Fantasy Baseball 2015 Closer Cluster: What to Make of Cecil, Tolleson, Ziegler
We see a myriad of articles on players to sell high on. They usually tell us about players who are doing well now, but figure to hit a bit of a rough patch and come back down to earth. Either that, or they talk about players who still might have good seasons, but figure to regress a bit. But what about the guys who are playing well, that we should keep? Every single player off to a good start can’t possibly come to a crashing halt, can he? What about all the time, effort and decision-making we put in to finding a gem off the waiver wire or late in the draft? Aren’t any of those guys worth hanging on to? Yes. Yes they are! This week, I’m here to talk about the players you either got late in your draft, or plucked off the waiver wire. The players who will continue to perform for you all year. The one’s who if you trade, you almost certainly won’t get full value for. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to sell high on these guys; all you have to do is sit back and reap the rewards of your savviness in getting them. Continue reading Sell High? Not These Guys!
It’s all happened to us once or a hundred times in our illustrious fake baseball management careers. That guy you invested a top pick in suddenly clutches his hamstring during a routine grounder in the 7th, and now you’ve got a big problem on your hands. At this point in the season, the waiver wire is picked clean, and stubborn owners who know you’re desperate refuse to give you a discount on a trade.
So, what to do? Well, either you can crawl into the fetal position in the corner and wait for fantasy football, or you can pick yourself up and figure out how to save your dignity. I’m here to discuss the latter option. Today, I’ll try to give you some advice on what DL guys to hang on to, guys to pick up from the waiver wire, and unfortunately some guys to straight up move on from. So without further adieu, let’s play a round of Stash or Sell! Continue reading Stash or Sell: What to Do with DL Players
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A couple weeks ago I wrote about some good buy-low pitchers that would improve your rotation. This week we are on the opposite end of the spectrum…the sell-high candidates. There always seems to be a couple of guys who come out of nowhere and give everyone an interesting show to watch. The unfortunate thing about that is most of the time these shows don’t always last too long. So while some of these guys (Kris Bryant) will be good for years to come, some just don’t seem to have what it takes. Let’s take a look at some guys you should be selling right now. Continue reading 3 Players You Should Sell High on Right Now
Offense is really my favorite part of fantasy baseball. Pitching is great, but pitchers are so unreliable, they get hurt all the time, and it’s generally easier to throw (pun intended) together a makeshift pitching staff. Outfielders are usually the cream of the crop on offense, and that’s where you’ll find most of the true five-category contributors. Trout. Stanton. Marte. Gomez. McCutchen. Springer. Pederson. Puig (one day, hopefully). Yes, there are some powerful and exciting infielders, such as Cabrera, Goldschmidt and Bryant at the corners. But if I can find a middle infielder that hits for power and also steals bases? That’s when I get irrationally excited. I owned Ian Desmond the last two years in a keeper league, but traded him away in the off-season because his price was too much for me. But even with his struggles this year, he illustrates how helpful having a five-category guy in your MI can be. Usually I draft top-tier outfield talent and then try and scrape together my middle infield throughout the season. Here are three names that I’m watching very, very closely: Continue reading Week 7: Three Middle Infielders to Watch
After a less than stellar streamer performance last week, it’s time to get back to some player-focused analysis rather than match up-based. Let’s focus on the undoubtedly productive guys rather than the borderline roster-able ones. This week, we’ll check into a somewhat surprising start to the season by Dexter Fowler. Fowler, currently the #14 OF on the ESPN player rater, might be in for a big age-29 season. Why is he so awesome, what might hold him down, and what can we expect from him going forward? Let’s discuss.