Player Spotlight

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 […]

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Lucroy: Waive”ing” Goodbye To Top Tier Catcher Status?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Pleasure is rarely derived when drafting a catcher. If you pay the premium for a top-tier guy, you and everyone else in the room know the production provided will most likely not equal that of the price paid. If you go slumming […]

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

Brian McCann: Hidden Dynasty League Treasure

In the real world, the arrival of Gary Sanchez signifies a changing of the guard for the Yankees and an end to the Brian McCann era. In our fantasy world it means owners, especially those in dynasty leagues, will soon cast aside McCann in the belief that he will have little to no value to […]

The promising young JT Realmuto

The promising young JT Realmuto

The end of the 2015 season had many fantasy owners and prospect followers excited with a strong season. Although not quite an elite caliber bat noticed by a 88 wRC+, Realmuto showed decent contact (.259 average and 15.0% strikeout rate) and promising power potential (10 bombs and .147 isolated power). His projections by most had […]

Player Spotlight: Kyle Hendricks

Player Spotlight: Kyle Hendricks

With the fantasy baseball season effectively over, it’s time to let the Cubs fan in me shine even more than normal. I’m going to make a case for Kyle Hendricks earning the Cy Young this year. It’s a long shot, but at the least, I’m certain I could make the case for him being the […]

Second half pitching performances that should have you worried

Second half pitching performances that should have you worried

Pitching is extremely volatile. What can make a pitcher great in one season can so easily turn into a weakness in the next, and vice versa. Pitching is a complete thinking man’s job, a chess match between the man standing almost a foot off the ground bending his body in all sorts of destructive ways, […]

Second half surges – Pitcher

Second half surges – Pitcher

A couple of weeks ago I went over a few hitters who had started tearing the cover off the ball in the later months of the year, where there changes are more likely to go unnoticed. It’s players like this where sleeper picks are made, if we can properly evaluate that there are real improvements […]

What’s got Sonny Gray feeling so blue?

What’s got Sonny Gray feeling so blue?

The Athletics are perhaps the best team at taking underrated prospects and turning them into big time stars, even if only for a couple of years. Recent memory brings up Brandon Moss as one who had a nice peak followed by some ups and downs, Josh Donaldson’s transition into one of the game’s premier hitters, […]

Jedd Gyorko’s miracle cure

Jedd Gyorko’s miracle cure

Are you struggling from decreased performance after being highly touted as a prospect? Did your rookie season set expectations that were perhaps too high? Are you in need for a revitalized career despite being still just 27 years young? Well then, Jedd Gyorko has the solution to all of your problems! You see, Gyorko came […]

Is there still hope for Matt Moore?

Is there still hope for Matt Moore?

It wasn’t too long ago that Matt Moore was considered to be not only the best pitching prospect in baseball, but one that comes by once only every few years. His fastball sat in the mid to high 90s (hitting 100 in the Futures Game); he had a nasty changeup and curve, and had found precision […]

Bryce Harper: The Chosen One or Future Star?

Bryce Harper: The Chosen One or Future Star?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. By all accounts Gregg Jefferies had a fine MLB career. He was a two-time All-Star and finished his career with a .289 AVG spanning 14 years and 6 teams. Jefferies made his debut in 1987, appearing in 6 games as a 19 year-old […]

Nelson and the Cruzers

Nelson and the Cruzers

When Nelson Cruz got busted with a 50 game suspension for PED use, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he had passed his peak. He was a great story as a late bloomer with the Rangers, after failing to stick with the Brewers earlier on, but injuries and now drug use seemed like his […]

Ian Desmond and the 30 year old breakout

Ian Desmond and the 30 year old breakout

Ian Desmond has made a miraculous turn around in 2016 after two down seasons. Are his numbers for real, and can he continue his dominance in the second half?

Ace Analysis: Daniel Mengden

Ace Analysis: Daniel Mengden

The goal of the Ace Analysis Series is to analyze pitchers whose most recent performance has not met expectations and try to determine whether the results are due to skill change, or simply a run of good/bad luck. As always, I do take requests, so if there is a specific player you would like me […]

Nothing Is What’s Wrong With Jake Arrieta

Nothing Is What’s Wrong With Jake Arrieta

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. Fantasy owners can be a temperamental crowd; we smell roses when the production is good, yet “the sky is falling” when things are going bad. The 24/7 coverage and countless sources of information and opinions have only added fuel to this volatile fire. […]

So, about that Kris Bryant guy…

So, about that Kris Bryant guy…

I’ll be up front about this – I’ve been a pretty big Kris Bryant hater since his debut. No, I don’t think he’s ready to flame out and be out of the majors in a couple of seasons, but yes I have (well, had) a lot of concerns about his long-term success. I thought that his […]

Ace Analysis: Liriano and Shields

Ace Analysis: Liriano and Shields

The goal of the Ace Analysis Series is to analyze pitchers whose most recent performance has not met expectations and try to determine whether the results are due to skill change, or simply a run of good/bad luck. As always, I do take requests, so if there is a specific player you would like me […]

Roaring Resurgence: Justin Upton Has Returned

Roaring Resurgence: Justin Upton Has Returned

A good fantasy owner uses equal parts aggression and patience when managing their team. Sure, you have to be quick to open a roster spot when a top prospect is recalled or when picking up a trending player based on a recent hot streak. However, sometimes the best thing to do with a struggling player […]

Wil Myers and the return to the Promised Land

Wil Myers and the return to the Promised Land

When the Rays traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals in 2012, it was all made possible because of the elite power prospect coming back from Kansas City; Wil Myers. He crushed his way through his rookie campaign, winning the Rookie of the Year despite only playing in 88 games. He hit for […]

Ace Analysis: The Review

Ace Analysis: The Review

This week’s Ace Analysis is going to take a bit of a different approach. I will look back on all the pitchers that I have analyzed so far this season and grade each recommendation in terms of accuracy. Sometimes it is necessary to reflect on the past before moving forward. As we approach the halfway […]