Peter Waterman

Playing for keep(er)s

The fantasy baseball season is winding down. Perhaps your league has 1 or 2 more head-to-head weeks before the playoffs start. Maybe you still have a shot to make the postseason. Maybe, like me, you would need a lot of help to get into the playoffs.  For those of you in standard leagues, the trade […]

Courting the King: Dealing for Felix Hernandez

Could this finally be the year? The year that I hoist the championship trophy in my 14 team keeper league.  I have been on an incredible roller coaster ride since joining the league.  I have dealt away my fair share of talented players in search of ways to rebuild my roster.  Having finished 2013 in second […]

Joey Gallo: Will the power translate to Arlington

22 – 40 – 37 (so far) These are the home run totals that Rangers prospect Joey Gallo has amassed over the past 3 seasons in the minors, from Rookie Ball to AA Frisco.  Those are more home runs than previous Rangers prospects have produced in their time in the minors.  Hank Blalock hit a total […]

Deadline Day: Dynasty Rebuild Targets

When evaluating trades in dynasty leagues, it is impossible to consider them in a vacuum. Perspective must always be taken into account, be it a winning or losing team, league size, minor league roster size, scoring system, roster construction or ultimate championship window. For example, a team built to maintain a sustained challenge at the […]

Kyle Gibson: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde

In 1886, Robert Lewis Stephenson released The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The story, a classic most of us probably read in high school or at least read the cliffs notes for, tells the tail of Dr. Henry Jekyll and his evil counterpart, Edward Hyde. The phrase has become so popular that […]

Savvy Add: Kole Calhoun

Calhoun has recently seen his ownership rise rapidly in fantasy formats.  On ESPN he is now owned in more than 89% of leagues with a recent rise of more than 17%.  He is also owned in 87% of CBS leagues, starting in about 80% of leagues.  Yahoo leagues are still behind with his availability at […]

The first 100: Gregory Polanco

Coming into the 2014 season, Gregory Polanco was rated as the top hitting prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and the #10 MLB prospect by Baseball America.  As for fantasy, he most likely started the year on the free agent wire in your yearly league, but an owner may have taken a late round flier on him.  […]

Mookie to the rescue, don’t Bett(s) on it

The Red Sox called up top prospect Mookie Betts on Saturday, marking the exact midpoint of the 2014 with a move that many fans (and fantasy owners) might think will lead to great success in Boston.  As a born and bred die-hard Red Sox fan I have come to grips with my disappointment in the team.  Yes, […]

Wheeler Dealer: The Gambler

I have always loved The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. For those of you too young to know the song I am talking about, take a listen.  It’s ok, I will wait. Lyrical genius I say.  A lost art of storytelling through song not heard on mainstream radio these days.  Anyway, now that you have taken […]

A tribute to Tony Gwynn

I had a piece planned on fantasy baseball, but when I heard of the passing of Tony Gwynn, I decided I would put that piece aside for another day and try to put into words what sort of player Tony Gwynn was.  There will be tributes penned by sports writers who are much more eloquent […]

On Second Thought: Pedroia versus Altuve

Given all the talk recently about the rise of Jose Altuve and the decline of Dustin Pedroia, I decided to take a quick look back at the fantasy assembly preseason second base rankings, and was somewhat surprised with what I saw. No surprise, Robinson Cano was consensus #1, though I think we all hedged our […]

DeepLess in Seattle

When Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners this past offseason, plenty of debate began as to what his production would look like in 2014. Safeco Field is no Yankee Stadium; in 2013, Yankee Stadium ranked 9th in Park Factors for HR where Safeco came in at 21st.  While the AL East is certainly considered […]

June Blooms

The calendar indicates that spring is coming, and with that, smart owners are looking to find deals that will help them compete for a championship. There are plenty of players who are still under-performing and serve as ideal trade targets with June on its way. First, let’s take a look at some interesting June numbers. […]

Prospect Alert: David Dahl

Let’s take a look some statistics from Class A from some of the top OF prospects of the past 5 years.   At-bats Hits HR RBI Runs SB AVE OBP OPS Player A 312 113 6 39 76 45 .362 .454 .979 Player B 270 92 8 55 68 32 .341 .431 .990 Player C […]

Streaming Hitters

In fantasy baseball, owners often take some heat from fellow owners when they elect to “stream” pitchers.  Streaming is the act of essentially adding and dropping an entire rotation on a daily or weekly basis to maximize the number of starts and innings your pitching staff can amass.  The theory behind this is that the […]

Wheeler Dealer: April Showers bring May deals

The MLB season is a mere 3 weeks old, so who should you be buying and selling? It took one owner in my 14-team keeper league a scant 2 days before he was selling his team for the future.  Now, as is typical in most leagues, no deal has actually been struck.  While this owner […]

Business of Baseball: Miggy’s New Deal

April 15: Tax Day! Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers agreed to the richest contract in Major League Baseball history just prior to Opening Day of 2014 (OK, MLB had their Opening Day in Australia, but the majority of the league was wrapping up Spring Training).  The deal set off a firestorm in the Twittersphere, […]

Nate Jones: Is his pain in the butt simply a short-term pain for owners?

White Sox closer Nate Jones was recently placed on the 15-day DL with a strained glute.  This appears to be a reaggrevation of an injury he suffered early in spring training, and one that may have been flared up after his 8 spring training appearances.  This DL trip followed a disastrous start to the 2014 […]

Does Bryce Harper play too hard: the risks of owning a reckless player

Heading into 2014 drafts, Bryce Harper was one of the more polarizing players in fantasy baseball.  Many rankings had him coming off the board in the first round.  CouchManagers had him as the 13th overall pick and the 5th OF off the board.  Other “experts” were saying he would not finish in the top 10 for […]

Crafting your Fantasy Baseball Portfolio: The Assets

Your drafts are done and the 2014 MLB season is in full swing with every team having had their Opening Day.  If you are like me then you were busy in the preseason trying to juggle multiple drafts and preparing to play in leagues of all flavors.  I am a big fan of playing multiple […]