Corner Infield

First Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

First Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

1B Keeper Stock Watch: Freeman, AGon, Belt

1B Keeper Stock Watch: Freeman, AGon, Belt

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. Freddie Freeman – I admit it: I’ve not liked Freeman, at least based on his […]

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

It would be pretty incredible to predict Brad Miller would hit 30 homers even halfway into this year. I mean, the guy was brought up as a middle infielder where his bat was projected to be slightly above average to plus. Forecasting major league average power up the middle is nice to have, which is what […]

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Look at Evan Longoria

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Look at Evan Longoria

Third base is a position that is exciting to talk about because of the names at the top of the positional rankings. Machado! Bryant! Arenado! Donaldson! Tremendous numbers from all of them. There will be much discussion on who should be taken first out of those guys, which will resemble a debate about the best […]

Anyone Kung Fu Fighting?

Anyone Kung Fu Fighting?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable to you. When the biggest off-season news for a player is losing 20-25 lbs, it’s a given the prior season was a disappointment. A batting average of .245 with 10 HR, 43 Runs, and 47 RBI in 126 games qualifies as one for a player […]

Not So Odd Fits at 3B: Turner and Duffy

Not So Odd Fits at 3B: Turner and Duffy

We’ve entered a new age of baseball offense. The days of .300/.400/.500 hitters being relatively common are gone. We still have the power output, with several hitters capable of 25+ and even 30+ HR. OBP is still a skill that you either have or don’t, and it’s hard to really learn and improve that discipline. […]

Is Kris Bryant due for a sophomore slump?

Is Kris Bryant due for a sophomore slump?

Pretty much everything in North Chicago is going well (baseball related, anyway). Coming off a trip to the NLCS, the Cubs retain their entire core, made up of almost all rookies and early 20-somethings.  They maintain one of the best manager/front office combos in the league, and they even managed to add talent through free […]

Player spotlight: Maikel Franco

Player spotlight: Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco was one of the few bright spots for the Phillies in 2015. After being called up in May he posted a solid 280/343/497 with 14 home runs, 50 RBI and 45 runs, finishing the season as the 32 ranked third baseman on the ESPN player rater. What should we expect from him in […]

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 […]

Adrian Gonzalez: Picture of Consistency

Adrian Gonzalez: Picture of Consistency

When you think fantasy first baseman, you generally think stud power hitter, right? You want your 30-40 home run potential; guys like Rizzo, Goldschmidt, Abreu, Encarnacion, etc. The thing is, I think not a lot of people lump Adrian Gonzalez in with the “stud” first baseman anymore. Adrian is maybe in the Joey Votto first […]

Potential Bouncebacks at First Base

When we think of first basemen, we think of power: Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu, and Miguel Cabrera. Even in a an era of offensive decline, .300/30/100 is our gold standard.  And even as we move down the positional rankings a bit, we expect players like Adrian Gonzalez and Albert Pujols to come close to it. […]

Who is the real Brandon Belt?

Who is the real Brandon Belt?

  If you’ve been following the Giants at all (and how can you not with their even year magic/madness), you’ve probably come to think of Brandon Belt’s performance closer to enigmatic than consistent. He has bounced up and down value wise, posting wRC+ marks of 119, 140, 117, 135 since 2012. In short, for those […]

Primer For 1B Slumming

Primer For 1B Slumming

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable for you. Yes, the time seems to be crawling along. The calendar isn’t lying; it’s the middle of January and you’re still 2.5 months away from meaningful baseball games. While this can take a toll on one’s heart and soul, an optimist views this period […]

The Return of Joey Votto

The Return of Joey Votto

Coming into 2015, fantasy managers had to be worried about Joey Votto as a top first baseman. In the previous three seasons, he had missed large chunks of time twice (2012, 2014), and his healthy year was a slight letdown compared to his breakout seasons of 2010-11. Entering 2015, we wanted to know: Could he […]

Player spotlight: Freddie Freeman

Player spotlight: Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman has been drafted as a top 10 1B since 2013, and was drafted at #11 in 2012. Has his production warranted a top 10 draft position, and will it continue to do so in 2016? We’ll examine his performance and his team to determine if you should draft him where he’s being ranked. […]

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 […]

Older hitters with Extra risk

Older hitters with Extra risk

It’s often that we see a player just drop off suddenly, but it’s no less surprising as a spectator, and no less heartbreaking as a fan. Andruw Jones is perhaps the poster child for this, going from consistent 6.0+ fWAR seasons to barely replacement level, right after he turned 30. But drop offs are expected, […]

Veteran or Youth? Position by Position

Veteran or Youth? Position by Position

We here at Fantasy Assembly are in the process of compiling our top-200 for dynasty leagues (due out next week). That’s a daunting task, for sure. I’ve never been a fan of big lists like this, simply because after a few draft rounds, anything goes, and what player you may prefer is entirely dependent on […]

Manny Machado’s growth into his potential

Manny Machado’s growth into his potential

Taken third in the 2010 draft, expectations and comparisons for Manny Machado were lofty right off the bat. As a shortstop from south Florida, he was reminiscent of another hot young prospect from the same position, in the same area – Alex Rodriguez. Machado showed elite defense and a strong bat, both of which contributed […]

The Third Base Plan: Don’t Always Trust Your Intuition

The Third Base Plan: Don’t Always Trust Your Intuition

All of us here at Fantasy Assembly want to offer up articles that have universal appeal week in and week out. But when we are talking about third base in dynasty leagues, I can’t blame a quarter or so of you to glance at this week’s headlines and basically zone out until we tackle shortstops […]