Team Management, Tips & Strategies

Visions of 20/20 now 15/15?

Yesterday our Fantasy Assembly team released the Composite Top 60 Dynasty/Keeper Rankings for Outfielders heading into the 2015 season.Something that’s quite evident from our rankings is a favoritism towards outfielders who offer a nice mix of power and speed potential. At the conclusion of the 2014 season there were five players who reached at least 20 home […]

Nobody likes a Quitter

At the end of last season I wrote an article about assessing your team after the season to see where things went wrong in an attempt to help you improve next year.  With the exception of the players mentioned, everything I said is still completely relevant so I suggest you give it a read.  Even if […]

The Pitfalls of “The Guys Who Got Me Here”

Far be it from me to denigrate a virtue as noble and special as loyalty. In fact, as it relates to the game of baseball and other sports played professionally, as fans, a number of us could probably stand to see more of it between players and clubs. Seemingly gone are the days when athletes […]

When in Doubt, Don’t Sub Out

We’ve all been there before when trying to set our starting lineup.  On one hand, we have a stud player pitted against a tough pitcher.  On the other hand, we have a more marginal starter seemingly blessed by the fantasy gods with an advantageous match-up.  Assuming we’ve only room for one of the two options, […]

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 […]

The Art of Trading

The fantasy baseball trading deadline is quickly approaching.  For those of you with an early deadline that has come and gone, you can bookmark this article for a later date.  For the rest of you, I’d like to take some time to discuss trading.  Over the years I’ve had some good offers come my way, […]

Two Starts: Too Many?

Something of which you learn to be mindful quickly when beginning to play fantasy baseball is how scheduling can impact how you set your lineup/rotation and even how you change the composition of your roster. As far as batters are concerned, for those slots in your lineup which are not fixed resting spots for your […]

Blown Saves and Bad Outings: The “Death and Taxes” of Fantasy Baseball Pitching

Those of us who watch sports are well-versed in the inevitability of injuries every year.  Football, in particular, is rife with minor to major ailments on a week to week basis with grown men running at full speed crashing into one another, such that teams must disclose injuries on a weekly basis in terms of […]

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 […]

Reassessing SP Value in Light of TJS Increase

Odds are if you have more than one fantasy baseball team, then you’ve already had a pitcher go down with Tommy John surgery this season. Heck, even position players like top prospect Miguel Sano have had it in 2014, so it’s getting really hard to avoid it. It’s bad enough that MLB teams have to […]

Team Bullpen

So your draft strategy was to load up on hitters and then concentrate on filling out your staff later with some stable arms along with some high upside young pitchers.  Unfortunately those arms you were counting on went earlier then you expected and the sleepers you thought would fall to the later rounds were snatched up right […]

A Review of “Winning Fantasy Baseball” by Larry Schechter

There aren’t a lot of books written about fantasy baseball. There are plenty of annuals that can help you prepare (Bill James Handbook, the Baseball Forecaster, Baseball Prospectus), but in terms of full-length books, they’re few and far between. The last one that I thoroughly enjoyed was Fantasyland, by Sam Walker. Now, nine-time champion Larry […]

Behavioral Strategy for Fantasy Baseball

This article probably should have been my first at Fantasy Assembly because it explains why I write about psychology as it relates to fantasy baseball.  A couple months tardy, but its importance still remains. I write about behavioral strategy and psychology as they relate to fantasy baseball to help us (humans) be more successful fantasy […]

Crafting your Fantasy Baseball Portfolio

We have probably all faced this dilemma at one point or another during our fantasy baseball playing days. A friend of yours sends you an email saying he has an opening in this great league and wanted to see if you were interested. You hardly take a look at the league settings before you decide […]

Fantasy Pitfall Triple Play

Buckle up everybody; we’re taking on three decision-making phenomena in one article today.  For those scoring at home, that’s 200% more phenomena than usual.  Might as well get yourself a seltzer and take a seat because what fallows is something to chew on. On tap today are (i) what you see is all there is […]

Fantasy Pitfalls: Narrow Decision Framing

Every time we make a trade, draft a player, or pick up a player on the wire, we do so to maximize our chances of winning in either the short or long term.  Despite all of our best intentions, we often fail to achieve our goal.  So why do we make bad trades and bad […]

The Rebuild Part Two: The Draft and In Season Management

Doing a total rebuild is one of the greatest achievements of fantasy baseball. If you’ve been successful in competitive leagues and are ready for a new challenge then taking on a new team and rebuilding is what you need to do in 2014. Can you turn nothing into something great? In the first part of […]

Fantasy Baseball 101

OK class, settle down and take your seat.  My name is Mr. Finch and I want to welcome you to Fantasy Baseball 101.  If you’re looking for Fantasy Baseball 102, you can register in the classroom at the end of the hall. If you’ve never played or only recently started playing fantasy baseball, you’ve come to the […]

The Rebuild Part One: Pre-Season

Fantasy baseball is a wonderful game! If you’re new at it, you can join any of thousands of free leagues with any type of format you like. As you start to dominate these leagues over time, you’ll find that you become attracted to larger leagues. Keeper leagues and dynasty leagues are your next step with […]

Projecting Prospects: What to make of makeup

One of the best parts about the offseason is evaluating new or available prospects for dynasty and keeper leagues.  We all probably follow similar processes; read the prospect lists from BA, BP, and Sickels, then project those players based on how they fit into our league rules.  Now we have websites that are doing some […]