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Mortal Kombat: Freeman VS Votto

Welcome to another installment of Mortal Kombat, where we take two evenly matched players and have them square off against each other to find out who the better man is.  This week we feature two potential first round draft picks, one a fierce veteran and the other a fiery youngster coming into his own.  If […]

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Fantasy Baseball 101

OK class, settle down and take your seat.  My name is Mr. Finch and I want to welcome you to Fantasy Baseball 101.  If you’re looking for Fantasy Baseball 102, you can register in the classroom at the end of the hall. If you’ve never played or only recently started playing fantasy baseball, you’ve come to the […]

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Is Evan Gattis Fantasy Relevant?

Evan Gattis burst onto the scene in 2013 a virtual unknown to fantasy players and Braves fans alike.  He hit 12 home runs in close to 140 at bats the first two months and had fantasy owners clamoring that Atlanta should trade McCann.  Who was this kid, where did he come from, and could he […]

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Breaking down the Diamondbacks White Sox trade

Arizona is at it again.  Less than a week ago the D’Backs pulled off a traded acquiring Mark Trumbo, parting ways with Tyler Skaggs & Adam Eaton in a 3 way deal.  Today Arizona traded off another young piece of their minor league system.  Matt Davidson will be joining Adam Eaton in Chicago while Addison Reed will […]

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Top 204 for 2014

I was going to stop after my 2014 positional rankings were complete, but I decided why not do one more list just to finish of the year with a bang.  A few of the players values have changed due to recent signings and one or two due to a change of heart so if you […]

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Building a Fantasy Ace

Being a middle relief pitcher is a thankless job.  You pitch maybe 2 to 3 days a week for an inning or two and if you do your job well enough, nobody will ever remember your name.  Give up a costly hit or blow a lead for your team and people will remember your name […]

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Closers: Top 24 for 2014

We wrap up the top 24  series today with closers, Ohh the position we all love to hate.  Nobody likes to spend a high draft pick on a closer.  The really good ones will cost you that third baseman or starting pitcher you may covet, the stable ones could cost you the outfielder or second baseman […]

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A New Found Respect

I have been playing fantasy baseball for 19 years now.  For research I started out buying fantasy magazines, usually USA Today or some other random publication.  I’d scour endlessly over the page reading the articles, studying the depth charts of each team, reviewing the rookies that could potentially come up, and staring for hours at […]

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Scoring Changes: Quality Starts over Wins

When you look at the basic 5×5 scoring categories, you’ll notice that almost each category is set to measure an individual’s performance over a number of at bats or innings in a game.  If your player gets a hit it counts towards his batting average, if his teammate drives him in your players scores a […]

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Fielder for Kinsler – Fantasy Impact

The trade was announced on Wednesday evening that the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a trade with the Texas Rangers, exchanging first baseman Prince Fielder for second baseman Ian Kinsler.  While full details of the trade have yet to be announced, let’s take a look at the principle people in the trade and the others […]

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Starting Pitchers: Top 74 (and more) for 2014

There are all different draft strategies when it comes to starting pitchers.  Some people draft a few big guns in the first five rounds and then a few more in the next 5 rounds to give them a dominant staff.  Others may draft one early and then get one every 3-4 rounds to give them […]

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Mortal Kombat: McCutchen VS Gonzalez

Welcome to another installment of Mortal Kombat, where we take two evenly matched players and have them square off against each other to find out who the better man is.  This week we feature two evenly matched 5 tool outfielders with impressive resumes.  If this was 2012 the answer would have been Carlos Gonzalez without […]

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Outfielders: Top 74 for 2014

Building a winning fantasy team is like building a good hearty sandwich.  First and Third base would be the bread.  You don’t want some cheap white wonder bread if you’re going to make a good sandwich, you want something with taste, something filling and something that’s not going to fall apart on you.  Second base […]

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Shortstop: Top 24 for 2014

Unlike other positions, there are very few Sure Things in the world of shortstops.  From top to bottom the position is full of potential and pitfalls, upside players you can flip a coin on, Injury risks that can make or break your draft and average players that could either sink or swim. 

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Third Base: Top 24 for 2014

Third base if full of talent, but outside of the top 10 that talent is full of question marks.  You have power hitters with less than desirable batting averages, young or unestablished players with little to no major league track record, injury risks and post hype sleepers. 

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Mortal Kombat: Pedroia vs Kipnis

I think we can all agree that Robinson Cano is the top rated second baseman in the league.  The big question is, who ranks second?  Some believe the consummate veteran Dustin Pedroia deserves the spot while others say it belongs to the youthful upstart Jason Kipnis.  We can bicker back and forth on this issue, but in […]

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Second Base: Top 24 for 2014

Second base is made up of a diverse group.  You’ve got some home run hitters, some speed guys, some with a little of each, and some with not much of either.  There’s something for everyone here, but the big stud players are limited so if you want one of them you’re going to have to […]

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First Base: Top 24 for 2014

While first base may be rich and plentiful, it is not as deep in elite talent as some might think.  Don’t get me wrong, the guys listed below the top 10 are still good players to have on your roster, but it’s those in the top 10 that could be the difference makers. 

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Catchers: Top 24 for 2014

The fantasy baseball season has just concluded, but it’s never too late (or should I say too early) to start thinking about next season.  Most fantasy advocates have moved onto football, but their loss is your gain.  Over the next few months I will be covering the top players at each position in order to help […]

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Fantasy Baseball is Over. Now What?

The 2013 fantasy baseball season ends this Sunday.  Right now some teams are celebrating their upcoming championship win as the opposing manager licks their wounds from an agonizing defeat.  If you won your league, Congratulations are in order for a well-played season.  But if you were one of those teams that were lucky enough to […]