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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 […]

Rougned Odor’s fantasy conundrum

Rougned Odor’s fantasy conundrum

While it’s possible that Odor’s biggest hit of the season came on the basepaths against Jose Bautista, there’s no doubt his impact was felt by the league as a whole when the 22-year-old second baseman exploded for 33 bombs in his third full season, despite only hitting double digits twice in his entire professional career (this […]

Where Is The Pitching Legend Orel Hershiser Now?

Where Is The Pitching Legend Orel Hershiser Now?

It’s quite a feat to win a World Series. It’s even more prestigious if you are the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of that same 1988 World Series. That is quite an accomplishment for any pitcher. But the accolades didn’t stop there for Orel Hershiser. He racked up even more awards during his 18 year Major […]

Prospect Values: First Base

Prospect Values: First Base

So we are past the catcher position. I can exhale and move on to a more exciting position. I referenced it last week with catchers, but it tells a much different story with first baseman. My prospect success rate article from last season was very good for the first base prospects. First base prospects came in […]

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 […]

Three first basemen with big upside

Three first basemen with big upside

First base is one of the most frustrating positions in fantasy baseball – in an awkward sense. While it does sound counterintuitive that the most productive position brings so much struggle, it happens because you need your first basemen to be productive. It’s the position where you are expecting 30+ homers with big RBI chances, and […]

Prospect Positional Values: Catcher

Prospect Positional Values: Catcher

So many times top prospects fail, about 70 percent of the time according to the research I did last year. So we’re already playing with our backs against the wall here. There are so many things going against these players. Multiple levels of minor leagues before even getting the chance to produce in the majors. […]

Josh Coleman’s “unofficial” Hall of Fame ballot

Josh Coleman’s “unofficial” Hall of Fame ballot

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. I love Fantasy Baseball. I love the offseason prep work, the draft room strategy, the in-season grind, and the euphoria that comes with another title. These things fill my heart with happiness, and this outlet gives me the opportunity to share my […]

A Fantasy Spin on the Hot Stove

A Fantasy Spin on the Hot Stove

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. The Las Vegas Strip: grand hotels, neon lights, the bells and whistles of life changing winnings, the pain filled faces of a 24 HR dry spell, and of course the fanning of Adult Entertainment Vouchers every 25 feet. At the frequency of […]

What Have You Done for Me Lately

What Have You Done for Me Lately

In 1986, Janet Jackson asked the timeless question “What have you done for me lately?” That type of thinking is what stock market investors would call “recency bias” and can cause you to make some serious errors in judgement when valuing and acquiring players this Spring. The application to fantasy baseball is assuming that however […]

Prospect Values and Strategies

Prospect Values and Strategies

There are plenty of pieces written on the subject of values every offseason. You can draft player A in round two or you can get this guy in round 10 and all it costs you is a few homers and a few batting average points!”. Or just the opposite; avoid taking a player early when there […]

5 factors to consider when buying a youth baseball bat

5 factors to consider when buying a youth baseball bat

Choosing a bat for your son can be quite a challenge, especially if they are completely new to baseball. Buying the right bat requires not only an understanding of your son’s hitting ability, but also knowledge in some of the league’s rules. Additionally, baseball bats come in different weights, sizes and materials meet various set […]

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

After years of teasing us with his power potential, Grandal finally delivered in 2016. He hit 27 home runs, finishing second in power just behind Evan Gattis. Most of that damage came over the final three months where Grandal hit 20 home runs over 213 at bats. He still batted just .228, but you take […]

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. The year was 2008: Flo Rida and T-Pain were getting Low, Horton was Hearing a Who at the box office, and Victor Martinez was making me feel things I’d never felt before. In 08 I was still somewhat new to the fantasy […]

Week 17 Start or Sit

Week 17 Start or Sit

Week 17 is a lot different than every other week in the fantasy season, and a big part of why a lot of people are against playing a week 17 championship. A lot of teams have nothing to play for this week. Whether they have locked up a playoff spot or they have no chance […]

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 […]

Blue Jays’ pitching trio

Blue Jays’ pitching trio

Yeah, I guess I’ve been writing about the Jays a lot lately. But can you blame me? This team is just too dang interesting. Without a doubt, the Blue Jays’ offense is what gets the presses going. Even losing Edwin Encarnacion, and maybe even Jose Bautista (and his continued aging), this team still flat-out rakes. […]

A Fantasy Spin on the Hot Stove

A Fantasy Spin on the Hot Stove

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. Last installment I anticipated the Hot Stove to be placed on Simmer during the Holiday season. While the Hot Stove was certainly not boiling over, the hand full of transactions and the impact from a fantasy perspective put it on much more […]

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 […]

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

There’s a pretty defined career progression in the sport of baseball. You make your late teens through the lower minors or college ranks, spend a couple of years of your early twenties in double and triple A, and by age 23 or 24 you’re in the Show. You spend a couple of years getting acclimated […]