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The Eye test: Eyeing up the Angels

The Eye test: Eyeing up the Angels

In this series, I will give you my personal scouting report from watching lots of baseball during the week while trying to leverage my perspective as a former college ballplayer and lifelong baseball fan.  I will also do my best to fuse this visual examination with the underlying statistics that we all know and love […]

Fantasy Stock Watch: April Risers and Fallers

Fantasy Stock Watch: April Risers and Fallers

With a few weeks under the belt, it’s time to start looking at the hot and cold streaks of players in April. I’ll always remember Chris Shelton for getting off to a blazing start, only to fade hard as I kept holding on to him, hoping he would get back to being a positive value. […]

The Eye Test: Early Bats and Arms

The Eye Test: Early Bats and Arms

In this series, I will give you my personal scouting report from watching lots of baseball during the week while trying to leverage my perspective as a former college ballplayer and lifelong baseball fan.  I will also do my best to fuse this visual examination with the underlying statistics that we all know and love […]

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

As the fourth week of the 2017 MLB season approaches, pitchers are preparing to make their 4th or 5th start of the year. Yet, we are still dealing with small sample sizes that leave some uncertainty between what is a real, reliable trend, and what is a hot or cold streak that will even itself […]

The Closer Report: Week 3

The Closer Report: Week 3

We may just be a few weeks into the season, but the fluidity of bullpens is most certainly visible. Closer situations have begun to work themselves out, new closers have been introduced, and other roles in bullpens are beginning to solidify. In the seemingly endless chase, fantasy owners are always trying to keep up with, […]

Early Hot Streaks: Finding Stuff where Not Expected

Early Hot Streaks: Finding Stuff where Not Expected

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you.   It is truly amazing how much disorder one 9-year-old girl can accomplish in a 10 x 12 room. Perhaps even more stunning is how quickly the clutter can amass. You see, my daughters attention span would make a fruit fly seem […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week 4

Waiver Wire Report: Week 4

Welcome to week four of the waiver wire report. Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers. Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. For the […]

Pitch Count: Week 3 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 3 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Heading into Week 3, it is still too early to make definitive, performance-based decisions on pitchers.  In the case of those who have underperformed thus far, if you believed in a player during your pre-draft research and drafted him with confidence, have some faith in your process and give that pitcher another two or three […]

The Relief has Arrived

The Relief has Arrived

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. I can’t imagine having gone through life without a sibling. I have been fortunate enough to have both an older brother and sister. Some of the most enjoyable times in my life feature them in the center of it. In my earlier […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week 3

Waiver Wire Report: Week 3

Welcome to week three of the waiver wire report. Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers. Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. For the […]

Will Stolen Bases Be More Plentiful This Year?

Will Stolen Bases Be More Plentiful This Year?

We are only one week into the season, and already there are some surprising stolen base totals. Marcus Semien, who stole 10 bases in 2016, already had three. Chris Owings has increased his SB total each year, but his yearly best has been 21 – this week he’s notched four steals. Brett Gardner stole 40+ […]

The Eye Test: Week 1

The Eye Test: Week 1

No, I’m not an optometrist, but I am a baseball junkie and a stathead.  I love sabermetrics, statcast, and batted ball profiles as much as the next guy.  They’re really useful, but they don’t always tell the whole story. Just think of guys like Michael Pineda whose FIP suggests he should be more Yu Darvish […]

Pitch Count: Waiver Wire Streaming Options for Week 2

Pitch Count: Waiver Wire Streaming Options for Week 2

There are two important axioms in fantasy baseball to consider as we move into Week 2 of the season: Do not overreact to any performances so far, good or bad Pitching is a volatile commodity, and it’s never too early to add depth to your staff These two statements seemingly contradict each other, but the […]

Lineup Construction and Production

Lineup Construction and Production

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. In March of 2011, my NFBC partner and I were making our annual trip to St. Louis for another NFBC Draft weekend. Coming off a nice 2010 in which we finished among the top-75 overall, our confidence in taking that next step […]

The Closer Report: Week 1

The Closer Report: Week 1

It’s been a weird start for bullpens in 2017. While spring training answered some of the closer questions we had coming into the season, plenty still remain. As of April 7, we have three official “closer by committee”  situations with the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds. Although Cam Bedrosian and Raisel Iglesias […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week 2

Waiver Wire Report: Week 2

Welcome to week two of the waiver wire. Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers. Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. For the most […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week One

Waiver Wire Report: Week One

It is never too early to start looking at the waiver wire. The smart fantasy owners have already taken stock of what is available and are well aware of which late draft picks represent the weakest links on their squad. “But my team is perfect – All my late draft picks are full of upside, […]

Field of Streams: The Final Stream

Field of Streams: The Final Stream

Here we are folks. The end of days. Well, the end of regular season fantasy baseball days for about six months or so. Plus,  for me, it is the end of my Field of Streams days for the foreseeable future. That’s right folks, I’m retiring. I’m not saying this won’t be a Favre-esque retirement, but […]

Field of Streams: Week 26 Weekday Streamers

Field of Streams: Week 26 Weekday Streamers

Well, here we are – the fantasy season is winding down. Yes, folks this is the final weekday streamers of the season. I’ll pause while you get a hold of your emotions. I know I am struggling with this as well, but I’m gonna press on.  Everyone good?  Okay, let’s get down to it, then. […]

Field of Streams; Week 25 Weekend

Field of Streams; Week 25 Weekend

This is it! The final week of the season – at least for some of you. This weekends streaming options can either win you a championship, or give you that extra point needed to move into the championship round. Hopefully I can be some help to you in that department. Before we get to this […]