Draft Strategies

Trading Keepers for Picks — Is It Worth It?

Trading Keepers for Picks — Is It Worth It?

I am in a 15-team 5×5 league, with 4 keepers. Every year before the deadline, some teams try to trade their #5 keepers to other teams for picks. Then, after keepers are processed, a few will still try to make trades by giving up a keeper for multiple picks. I found myself entrenched in this […]

Draft Day Advice

Draft Day Advice

It’s officially draft season here at Fantasy Assembly, and I can’t wait until I’m on the clock.  In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the methods that I use to prepare for fantasy baseball drafts.  These are some ways to differentiate yourself from the owners that just print out a set of rankings […]

Prospect Values and Strategies

Prospect Values and Strategies

There are plenty of pieces written on the subject of values every offseason. You can draft player A in round two or you can get this guy in round 10 and all it costs you is a few homers and a few batting average points!”. Or just the opposite; avoid taking a player early when there […]

Using BsR to forecast run and SB totals in 2017

Using BsR to forecast run and SB totals in 2017

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Last Sunday Maine-Endwell Little League, from Binghamton, NY, ended a four-year drought for the U.S. at the Little League World Series. Ryan Harlost grabbed the spotlight after a complete game gem combined with scoring the game-winning run. Make no mistake; Ryan Harlost’s exploits […]

Perfect Draft Without The Results

Perfect Draft Without The Results

Do fantasy owners prepare a little too much for their draft? Is a little imperfection better than having a perfect draft? It might be time to rethink how we approach things in the future.

Gambling on Prospects: What are you really investing in?

Gambling on Prospects: What are you really investing in?

Have you ever wondered what you are really investing in when you pay top dollar for that shiny new top-20 prospect? The next Pedro Martinez? How about Roy Halladay or Vernon Wells? Or will that top prospect turn out to be Drew Henson or Delmon Young? Obviously no two prospects are the same, and just […]

In 2016, a Pair of Aces is a Winning Hand

In 2016, a Pair of Aces is a Winning Hand

For the longest time fantasy baseball conventional wisdom declared that waiting on starting pitching was the way to go, but that conventional wisdom has been turned around, and now drafting starting pitching early is all the rage. In most competitive drafts almost all the elite starters are gone by the end of round four. Last […]

Why Goldschmidt is #1 over Trout, Harper

Why Goldschmidt is #1 over Trout, Harper

I love Mike Trout. I like Bryce Harper quite a bit too. They’re both young outfielders with power, a good batting average, and the ability to contribute in SB as well. Classic five category guys. Yep, nothing wrong with these two fantasy studs. So why am I ranking Paul Goldschmidt as the #1 dynasty option […]

Late Draft RP Diving

Late Draft RP Diving

I’m going to share with you one of my favorite draft strategies – drafting quality relief pitching late. The idea is to grab high-end set up pitchers who will help your ratios while waiting for the inevitable closer carousal to land in their place. I’m much more concerned with grabbing the best arms than looking at their closer competition. […]

Speedy OF: More Valuable Than Ever

Speedy OF: More Valuable Than Ever

It wasn’t too long ago that fantasy managers had several speedsters to choose from, particularly in the outfield.  That time is over for now. There are many potential causes — SB leaders from other positions, trying to avoid leg injuries, teams running less as an overall strategy — the fact is that the stolen base […]

The Second Base Plan: Out with the Old

The Second Base Plan: Out with the Old

This past March the writers here got together and had our first draft for the Fantasy Assembly Friends and Family League. Don’t worry, I am not going to give you some sort of big recap; I have heard quite a few times that “No one cares about your draft” and it’s October for crying out […]

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 […]

The First Base Plan: Two Is Better Than One

The First Base Plan: Two Is Better Than One

There is nothing better than playoff baseball, am I right? So much excitement, so much drama, so many hot takes on bat flipping and interpretations of rules. Well, I enjoy the excitement and the drama. I don’t love the hot takes, but there are so many of them that one can’t help but join in. […]

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 […]

The Catcher Plan: Stand Pat

The Catcher Plan: Stand Pat

Pat Gillick, the current president of the Philadelphia Phillies, has had a storied and successful career as a baseball executive. The Blue Jays won championships in 1992 and 1993 while he was their general manager. He went on to have successful stints with the Orioles and Mariners as well before landing with the Phillies in […]

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 […]

What Types of Players Are Overvalued?

What Types of Players Are Overvalued?

Last week I had a lot of fun writing about traits that might tell us which players might be real sleepers in drafts today. I’m telling you, the fantasy community has gotten smarter and smarter over time. To be a sleeper, the player has to have a couple of minuses against him and who ever […]

Draft Day Specials

Draft Day Specials

We are less than 2 weeks away from the start of the season. I have participated in three drafts so far along with a number of mock drafts; both expert and for fun. While most players went where I anticipated, a number of players are being taken later than I thought and could be a […]

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 […]