Draft Strategies

Should I Pay for Saves?

Should I Pay for Saves?

Bob Wickman was the first closer I ever drafted. Coming off a strong 2001 season, it seemed like he was going to provide good value compared to some higher priced relievers. For my sixth round pick, I got 20 saves, an era over 4 and an injury; never mind Wickman’s injury, I’m referring to the […]

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 […]

Format Specific Pitching Targets

Format Specific Pitching Targets

The time is now! Draft season is upon us! The draft is easily the most important single event for your quest to dominate your fantasy league. While a good draft does not necessarily guarantee success, a bad one can doom you to a year of mediocrity. What can you do between now and your fateful […]

Why I Finally Waited on SP

Why I Finally Waited on SP

Every year, it’s the same story. I manage to build top-tier SP rotations on most of my leagues. I think it’s because (A) I often pick SP earlier than my league mates, (B) I seem to be really good at analyzing safe SP and upcoming SP (and let’s admit it, I get a bit lucky), […]

Wait on Starting Pitching…After You Draft an Ace.

Wait on Starting Pitching…After You Draft an Ace.

Starting pitching is the topic fantasy baseball players love to discuss most. It certainly is the topic we have the strongest opinions on, and the most wide-ranging as well. I’ve seen some experts argue for choosing Clayton Kershaw second overall. Most others will state that they refuse to take a starter before the tenth round […]

Outfield: The Best Position to Wait and Gamble

Outfield: The Best Position to Wait and Gamble

We all know that first base is a safe position for fantasy managers: we can always find a slugger who can hit 20+ HR and/or provide a high BA. In the past the other infield positions have varied in their depth, but generally there are a few elite names and then a lot of safe […]

Draft a Stud Outfielder Early and Often

Draft a Stud Outfielder Early and Often

Outfielders! Finally! When I started writing for the assembly last month, my first column was on second basemen, a position with questionable options at the top and a combination of declining veterans, unproven young players, and general mediocrities. Last week, I wrote about shortstops, a position with questionable options at the top and a combination […]

Where Did the Great Shortstops Go?

When I started playing fantasy baseball in earnest, there were four shortstops that were head and shoulders over the pack. On top you had Alex Rodriguez, the best player in the world. You had Derek Jeter, the franchise player on the best team in baseball. You had Nomar Garciaparra, enigmatic and injury-prone, but when healthy […]

2015 Draft Plans: SS Position

2015 Draft Plans: SS Position

Ever since my last article went to press, I have been agonizing over who to feature in my love/hate piece for the shortstop position. After much deliberation, I realized that there really is not a single player that excites me on either side of the spectrum. Instead of forcing the issue with players I am […]

Lessons Learned: Second Base

Lessons Learned: Second Base

Fantasy baseball players have their minds on the future. We pore over projection systems. We want the stud prospect. We read all year-long about next week’s two start pitchers. There are never any articles about last week’s two-start pitchers. When it comes to player performance our focus on the future should be commended. After all, […]

Devil’s Advocate: Catchers

Devil’s Advocate: Catchers

I’m sure you have read this somewhere along the way; don’t waste an early draft pick on a catcher. It is a sentiment shared by many people in the fantasy community, including yours truly. In theory this is true, there are a number of worthy catchers that can be had in the mid to late […]

My Catchers in 2014: A Look Back

My Catchers in 2014: A Look Back

The Fantasy Assembly crew has covered all the bases (or maybe just home plate) with catching options from 2014 to 2015. It’s certainly a volatile group of players regarding their value, almost as bad as closers and saves. Will your catcher be one of the lucky few to net 500 AB? Do you need two […]

DRAFTING YOUR ROTATION

DRAFTING YOUR ROTATION

2015 is upon us and, with the New Year, of course, comes New Year’s resolutions. The talented Kevin Jebens (affectionately called “KJ”, by, well, no one at Fantasy Assembly) has already given us his 2015 fantasy resolutions, so I am not going to steal his thunder and write about mine….per se. What I will do is […]

Tiers for the Modern Drafter

Tiers for the Modern Drafter

Everyone likes the tiers. I get it. What I do not get is why anyone would ever tier someone like Ben Revere with Marcell Ozuna. Sure, both are outfielders but the similarity ends there. Would you tier your favorite pizza joints with your go-to sushi spots? I mean, it’s all food, right? Yeah, me neither. I […]

Waiting Game: Every Position Compared

Waiting Game: Every Position Compared

If you’ve been reading my Waiting Game series (check the bottom of the page for links to each position), you’ve seen me break down the difference between the tiers at every position, particularly the top-5 compared to the rest of the field. Now, it’s time to put it all together and compare the differences of […]

Waiting Game: Comparing Reliever Tiers

Waiting Game: Comparing Reliever Tiers

Method This series goes position by position, comparing the average production you get out of the top 5 ranked (or top 10 for OF and SP), the next group of players, and so on. We’re looking for where the value of players starts to drop, so that you can see how long you can wait […]

Waiting Game: Comparing Starting Pitching Tiers

Waiting Game: Comparing Starting Pitching Tiers

Method This series goes position by position, comparing the average production you get out of the top 5 ranked (or top 10 for OF and SP), the next group of players, and so on. We’re looking for where the value of players starts to drop, so that you can see how long you can wait […]

Pocket Aces?

Pocket Aces?

It’s really cool how Major League Baseball has done this whole retro late-70’s throw back thing the past couple seasons. Hitters are really doing a bang up job of imitating hitters from the pre-steroids era. Seriously though, if these hitters get any better at mimicking what hitting was like in the late-70’s they may not […]

Visions of 20/20 now 15/15?

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 […]

Waiting Game: Comparing Outfield Tiers

Waiting Game: Comparing Outfield Tiers

Method This series goes position by position, comparing the average production you get out of the top 5 ranked (or top 10 for OF and SP), the next group of players, and so on. We’re looking for where the value of players starts to drop, so that you can see how long you can wait […]