Team and League Strategies & Setting

Fantasy Baseball Resolutions for 2016

Fantasy Baseball Resolutions for 2016

Greetings and a happy 2016 to you all. To those of you who achieved success this past year: Congratulations. But now is the time to forget about your hard-won victories (and agonizing defeats) and prepare for success in the coming year. I’ve given some thought about 2015 and where I’d like to improve, and I […]

Second Base Depth and MI Draft Strategy

Second Base Depth and MI Draft Strategy

Gather around, children. I remember back in my day, when we had the solid, amazing offensive shortstops to fill a fantasy roster. At the top you always had the 4 R’s — Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, and Jimmy Rollins — plus Tulowitzki and some guy named Jeter. Second base had Cano, and there […]

Can You Get By Without a Franchise 1B?

Can You Get By Without a Franchise 1B?

Most of us fantasy managers are used to having a reliable, power-hitting first baseman on our dynasty teams. In fact, I try to go as young as possible while still getting a proven player. Not surprisingly, my top targets in recent years have been Anthony Rizzo, Jose Abreu, and Paul Goldschmidt. However, you can’t always […]

Imprisoned by the Ranks

Imprisoned by the Ranks

What I’m about to tell you is probably not going to make any sense, but I am going to say it anyways. You may not appreciate it; you may not even like it, and it might not even make any logical sense. That doesn’t change the fact that it may be true. Selling low and […]

Predicting Value: Wheeling and Dealing

Predicting Value: Wheeling and Dealing

Opening day has finally arrived and baseball season is underway! Now that you have your team ready to go it’s time to actively try to find any edge you can over the rest of your league. But how? Well, I thought I would try a somewhat unique approach to how you may be managing your […]

Why SPs are more valuable in Points Leagues

Why SPs are more valuable in Points Leagues

Over the last two weeks, my articles have focused on taking advantage of default rank lists. Most default rank lists are constructed and fantasy advice dispensed with 5×5 roto scoring in mind. The thing is, the average points league plays far different from a category league. Perhaps the biggest difference between points and category formats […]

How to Beat the Default Ranks- Points Leagues

How to Beat the Default Ranks- Points Leagues

Last week, I wrote an article about the importance of default rank lists and how you can use knowledge of your league’s rankings to gain an advantage. To see last week’s analysis which is focused on category based leagues, click here. This week, the focus will be on points leagues. Since most sites use 5×5 […]

The day you learned you were drafting all wrong

The day you learned you were drafting all wrong

Everyone is talking about how the MLB has shifted so much more toward pitching friendly over the past ten years and how much depth there is in pitching when compared to a few years ago. It only adds to the fuel the common school of thought that pitching should be considered in your draft after […]

How to Beat the Default Rankings

How to Beat the Default Rankings

Most experienced owners enter the draft room with their own personal player ranks. Whether or not owners take the time to construct a formal list, everybody makes judgement calls throughout the draft that deviate from the default rank list provided by the host site. It is important, however, to have a good understanding of where […]

How much do middle men RP help?

How much do middle men RP help?

Every year, I can find debates about whether middle relievers have any value. You’d think with all the numbers and advanced stats we use these days, this argument could be put to rest, however, it still exists. I’m here to tell you that top middle relievers who don’t net many saves are far more valuable […]

Fantasy New Year’s Resolutions

In the spirit of making resolutions that people don’t usually keep beyond six weeks anyway, I thought I’d post my goals for the next year. These range from draft strategies to players to general fantasy. (1) I will not give away too much MLB talent in order to acquire Cubs prospects. This one is turning […]

Commissioner’s Corner: Spring Cleaning

Commissioner’s Corner: Spring Cleaning

Fantasy Football is officially over so it’s fantasy baseball time. Owners will begin compiling their rankings, planning draft strategies and gleaning over the winter transactions. Those in keeper leagues will start mulling over their options for 2015 and narrowing down their potential keepers. Dynasty league owners will be working on keepers as well as attempting […]

Scoring Changes: On Base Percentage over Batting Average

Back in the day when fantasy baseball was in its infancy, the standard 5×5 categories many leagues still use today seemed like a good thing.  Well times they are a changing.  Stats have evolved over the years, especially with the introduction and advanced use of sabermetrics throughout our real and fake teams.  So if things have […]

A Few Thoughts About K/9

K/9 is a statistic that has become very important to fantasy owners when evaluating pitchers.  As more and more category leagues either use innings limits or simply substitute K/9 for Ks, a pitcher’s overall strikeout total seems almost irrelevant without the context of how many innings it took for said pitcher to accumulate those Ks. […]

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, […]