Kevin Jebens

Fantasy Stock Watch: April Risers and Fallers

Fantasy Stock Watch: April Risers and Fallers

With a few weeks under the belt, it’s time to start looking at the hot and cold streaks of players in April. I’ll always remember Chris Shelton for getting off to a blazing start, only to fade hard as I kept holding on to him, hoping he would get back to being a positive value. […]

Will Stolen Bases Be More Plentiful This Year?

Will Stolen Bases Be More Plentiful This Year?

We are only one week into the season, and already there are some surprising stolen base totals. Marcus Semien, who stole 10 bases in 2016, already had three. Chris Owings has increased his SB total each year, but his yearly best has been 21 – this week he’s notched four steals. Brett Gardner stole 40+ […]

A Recap of Our Readers Roto League

A Recap of Our Readers Roto League

This year we put together several reader leagues to allow our fans to play against us. I participated in the CBS 5×5 league, with 10 teams. Frankly, it’s the shallowest league I’ve played in for at least a few years. Even though a 12-team league doesn’t seem that much larger, it is still enough to […]

Don’t Knock the Old Timers

Don’t Knock the Old Timers

A lot of fantasy managers focus on keeper leagues, and all those talented players under 30 are hot commodities. Who doesn’t like to have their top keepers locked up for five or more years, assuming no majors injuries? I’d certainly drool over a portfolio that includes Correa, Harper, Rizzo, and Syndergaard. That’s a “set it […]

Underrated Gems: Justin Turner, Yasmany Tomas

Underrated Gems: Justin Turner, Yasmany Tomas

As sites like NFBC have more and more drafts, the average draft position starts to build a nice picture of where you may be able to find good value. One thing to look for is not just the ADP, but also the highest and lowest picks. Where there is a general consensus on a player, […]

Trading Keepers for Picks — Is It Worth It?

Trading Keepers for Picks — Is It Worth It?

I am in a 15-team 5×5 league, with 4 keepers. Every year before the deadline, some teams try to trade their #5 keepers to other teams for picks. Then, after keepers are processed, a few will still try to make trades by giving up a keeper for multiple picks. I found myself entrenched in this […]

Carlos Correa Is Your Top SS Pick

Carlos Correa Is Your Top SS Pick

Finally we’ve established a great golden age for shortstop. There are five names that could go in the first two or three rounds of the draft, and that’s excluding Manny Machado and Jonathan Villar (primarily third basemen). With a top tier so rich in potential, who do you pick as first off the board? I […]

The Enigma That Is Javier Baez

The Enigma That Is Javier Baez

Yes, I’m a Cubs fan. Let’s just that out of the way now. However, until 2016, the Cubs weren’t very good at winning things, so bear in mind that my view often comes with a high degree of pessimism when it comes to my team’s players. I didn’t hold out hope for Starlin Castro long […]

After 2016 HR Surge, BA is Important for 1B

After 2016 HR Surge, BA is Important for 1B

Everyone talks about the boon in home runs from 2016. There was an unprecedented level of homers, and fantasy owners are happy to have more 25-HR hitters to choose from as they draft their rosters. When it comes to first base, we always expect power from the position. In the few years before 2016, it […]

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

For numerous years, there’s only been one name on the top of catcher rankings — and even just one name in the top-tier. Buster Posey has been a godsend to teams who draft him, and his elite production can’t be matched on a year in, year out basis. His worst batting average in the last […]

Can Buxton, Soler Overcome Bumpy 2016?

Can Buxton, Soler Overcome Bumpy 2016?

There are a lot of young, talented outfielders for fantasy purposes, and two of the bigger names among prospects were also big disappointments in 2016: Byron Buxton and Jorge Soler. Buxton reached the top of prospects lists for the last few seasons, and he finally got his shot to play full-time when he won the […]

Early 2017 ADP Risk and Reward Players

Early 2017 ADP Risk and Reward Players

It’s almost January, and that means we’re inching closer to the start of spring training. There aren’t real drafts out there just yet, but mock draft sites are gearing up, and I thought I’d look at early ADP data for 2017. Every year, there are breakout candidates due to a strong finish. Some of these […]

What Happened to the Corner Infielders?

What Happened to the Corner Infielders?

For ages, fantasy baseball has relied on a key offensive foundation of heavy-hitting first basemen, and most years there was a strong group of third basemen as well. The corner infielders have anchored power and elite production for ages. For a long time in my casual friends league, where there are two DH slots, many […]

Don’t Get a Headache Projecting Saves, Closers

Don’t Get a Headache Projecting Saves, Closers

Here at Fantasy Assembly, we’ve been in dynasty mode for two months, looking at rankings and analysis that focuses on the next five years. Keeper leagues will eat this up, and there’s a lot of important information to dissect for hitters and starting pitchers. However, when it comes to relievers, the best advice I can […]

It’s Time to Drop Strasburg’s Value

It’s Time to Drop Strasburg’s Value

In the last two years, I’ve taken an unpopular stance on Giancarlo Stanton: Do not pay full value (or make him your #1 keeper), because despite the potential elite talent, he can’t stay healthy and is never worth the cost. After writing this piece in April, 2016 proved me right yet again with an injury. […]

2016 SP Collapses: Liriano, Garcia

2016 SP Collapses: Liriano, Garcia

It’s never fun when you pick a pitcher who has been reliable for years and he has an awful season. A big injury is one thing, but what about the players who simply don’t resemble their former selves? Is it bad luck? Regression from a career peak? Two starters that fantasy managers relied on in […]

Stolen Bases Harder to Find in the OF

Stolen Bases Harder to Find in the OF

Everyone remembers the glory days of super-speedy, light-hitting outfielders who could net you 30+ stolen bases. However, as sabermetrics permeates not only the front office but the manager’s playbook, a lot of teams are running less often. Also, some of the speedsters from the glory days 5-10 years ago are aging and so aren’t running […]

Risky OF Plays: Long Injuries and Breakouts

Risky OF Plays: Long Injuries and Breakouts

When you’re looking to the next baseball season, one of the first things you want to do is identify potential sleepers. Where can you get positive value from a player whose draft cost will be lower than what you project as his final value? The strategy is all well and good, but two categories of […]

SS Keeper Stock Watch: Tulo, Reyes, Diaz, Peraza

SS Keeper Stock Watch: Tulo, Reyes, Diaz, Peraza

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. There seem to be many positions with a strong youth core, and shortstop isn’t any […]

3B Keeper Stock Watch: Seager, Rendon, Healy, Frazier

3B Keeper Stock Watch: Seager, Rendon, Healy, Frazier

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. We’re entering a golden age for third base, with many youngsters and Donaldson firmly entrenching […]