Ron Vackar

Saves Speculation

Saves Speculation

is Chasing saves is a dangerous game. It’s fantasy baseball’s version of playing the lottery. A few owners in your league may even roster a closer before they’ve selected a first baseman. Most owners will have selected their first closer before their first catcher. Fantasy team owners will drain their FAAB budget and utilize premium […]

Draft This, Not That: Starting Pitchers

Draft This, Not That: Starting Pitchers

The deeper the league the more desire I have to lock up a pair of top-tier starting pitchers. The reason for this is because pitching is deep. If that didn’t make sense to you at all it’s because you’ve been brainwashed by all the people who tell you to pass on the aces because pitching […]

Draft This, Not That: Outfielders

Draft This, Not That: Outfielders

Every draft round presents a host of outfielders to tempt you with. If you get a little carried away you could easily take four outfielders among the first five or six offensive players you take in a given draft. From my early drafts so far, the outfield group really seems to thin out after around pick […]

Draft This, Not That: Shortstops

Draft This, Not That: Shortstops

The shortstop position began a major youth movement in 2015 with the arrival of instant superstar, Carlos Correa, followed by Francisco Lindor who looks like he could be Derek Jeter-lite, and then finally Corey Seager came on the scene late in the season. If you want Correa, Lindor, or Corey Seager to be a part […]

Draft This, Not That: Third Basemen

Draft This, Not That: Third Basemen

This is going to go a little different from the first few installments of Draft This, Not That for 2016. You’ll see what I mean as you make your way through this write-up. Third base presents itself as a position with a stacked top-tier followed by a deep middle tier. If you miss out on […]

Draft This, Not That: Second Basemen

Draft This, Not That: Second Basemen

Question marks start popping up near the top of the second baseman tiers. Outside of Jose Altuve and Dee Gordon, you have depleted power from Cano, expected batting average issues with Brian Dozier, injury issues with Anthony Rendon, and inconsistency from Jason Kipnis. Last year the hot name soaring up draft boards was Kolten Wong. […]

Draft This, Not That: First Basemen

Draft This, Not That: First Basemen

You want a basher from your first base position. A molly whopping masher! By my count, you have six shots to get one: Goldy, Rizzo, Miggy, EE, Crush Davis, and Abreu. That’s it! Votto and Freeman play in garbage lineups. Fielder doesn’t provide the same thump he used to. Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez are showing […]

Draft This, Not That: Catchers

Draft This, Not That: Catchers

We start off this year’s “Draft This – Not That” series with fantasy baseball’s set it and forget it position. The more literal you take that opening line the more likely you are to be content with a 7th place finish in your league. Read enough fantasy advice and you will not be the guy […]

Carlos Rodon: Fantasy Doppelgänger

Carlos Rodon: Fantasy Doppelgänger

This will be the third and final installment of the Doppelganger Series from me heading into the 2016 season. Already featured were Corey Seager and Byron Buxton. For this installment we are heading to the bump to try and peg who the soon to be 23 year old Carlos Rodon could be doppelgänger to. Finding […]

Byron Buxton: Fantasy Doppelgänger

Byron Buxton: Fantasy Doppelgänger

During his ascent through the Twins’ system, the dreamers compared Byron Buxton to Mike Trout. Like a double rainbow, each with a pot of gold at the end, these dreamers were telling us that we were about to see two once in a lifetime talents take the diamond by storm simultaneously. Byron Buxton is built […]

Corey Seager: Fantasy Doppelgänger

Corey Seager: Fantasy Doppelgänger

What we have here is a 6’4”, 210 pound, sweet swinging lefty hitting shortstop who will be just 22 years old come April, 2016. Corey Seager should not be confused with older brother Kyle Seager. Or should he? For now we rank Corey Seager as a shortstop, but over the long haul he might profile […]

Draft This: Not That – A Look Back

Draft This: Not That – A Look Back

We have completed one-third of the MLB season; now seems like a decent time to check in on the stock of my Draft This, Not That write ups that began in January. Sometimes highlighting players in that type of write-up is more about not believing in a particular player projected to go early in drafts, and other […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Your Mind is Playing Tricks on You Edition

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Your Mind is Playing Tricks on You Edition

This is a good point in the season to give your roster a once over and see who stands out as someone who might be more of a good Real baseball player than a good Fantasy baseball player. There is a huge difference. Derek Jeter was the poster-child for such a thing late in his […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Struggling Top 100 ADP Hitters Edition

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Struggling Top 100 ADP Hitters Edition

Your patience is no longer needed. The time has come to evaluate your roster and the opposing rosters in your league. It is time to target players with less than desirable slash lines who have solid underlying indicators. It is time to cut bait on players clinging to name value who look like they have […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – DFS Splits Edition

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – DFS Splits Edition

Daily Fantasy Sports players, this Ball Street edition is for you. Everyone is going to stack their rosters with stars, but more often than not it’s the value plays that separate the sharks from the minnows. We have five weeks behind us and nearly one-fifth of the season complete. It’s a bit easier to trust […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Exposing Weak Hitting Teams Edition

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Exposing Weak Hitting Teams Edition

With a month in the books now there has been enough data compiled to consider targeting certain teams for pitching match-ups. I will dive into that some in this week’s edition of Ball Street along with some individual risers and fallers. Let’s get to it… Stock Rising: Jake Marisnick – Marisnick is one of many […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Devon Travis for ROY Edition

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Devon Travis for ROY Edition

The Head Fantasy Assemblyman, Jim Finch has bestowed upon me the responsibility of taking over Ball Street. Here we will take a gander at the stock of various players across the MLB landscape. This edition is headed by the early front-runner for American League Rookie of the Year as well as a couple former first […]

One Man’s Trash: Kris Bryant Suggestion Edition

As alluded to in the first installment on One Man’s Trash, this is a heartless pursuit of the extra 2% it takes to push you over the edge and avoid the tag of “Second place is the first loser”. It is still far too early to panic, but never too early to uncover an early […]

Slumpbusters: Premature Panic Edition

Week one is in the books. Time to panic; Anthony Rizzo is a Mendoza Line flirter. He’s going to crash and burn to become 2015’s version of Chris Davis. Okay, let’s not get carried away, April 14th is a little early to worry. That said, this is Slumpbusters and my job is to dig through the trash […]

One Man’s Trash: Breaking Camp Edition

One Man’s Trash will be an every other week staple at Fantasy Assembly throughout the regular season. The treasures to be uncovered will come from opportunity that arises for given hitters who fly mostly under the radar. One Man’s Trash is a heartless pursuit in that we care not that opportunity might come from another […]