Draft Prep

A 12 pack of Over/Under: Top 75 Edition

A 12 pack of Over/Under: Top 75 Edition

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. In the not so distant past I spent my Fall/Winter Saturday’s with a line sheet in one hand and a phone in the other. My time from Noon until the WAC kickoff was dedicated to finding that one game Vegas had simply […]

Undervalued Players – NL East Edition

Undervalued Players – NL East Edition

The fantasy baseball draft season is the most exciting time of the year.  It is when we get to prove we are the smartest person in the room with the best research and best strategy to identify and select “upside targets” and “my guys.” In other words, be the best at drafting the players that […]

Underrated Gems: Justin Turner, Yasmany Tomas

Underrated Gems: Justin Turner, Yasmany Tomas

As sites like NFBC have more and more drafts, the average draft position starts to build a nice picture of where you may be able to find good value. One thing to look for is not just the ADP, but also the highest and lowest picks. Where there is a general consensus on a player, […]

Catcher Tiers

Catcher Tiers

Catcher is the least flashy and productive of the offensive positions. ADP reports suggest a few eager owners will likely reach and spend a fourth to sixth round to secure one of the top two players. The fantasy pundits will tell you to wait and find value later in your draft or auction. Whatever your […]

The Baseball Show Episode 35: Hitters part 11

The Baseball Show Episode 35: Hitters part 11

Trades, Prospects, Breakouts and Busts: join us each week as we talk about baseball from a fantasy angle – but not exclusively. This is the Baseball Show Episode 35 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Jose Peraza, Devon Travis and Tim Anderson. Episode 23 featuring Charlie Blackmon, Andrew McCutchen and […]

Prospect Values: The top-100

Prospect Values: The top-100

In this last installment of the prospect values I am going to change things up slightly. This time, instead of going good value/bad value, I am staying positive and only talking about the good from my top-100. And when I say good, I primarily mean the guys I have ranked higher than most that I […]

The Baseball Show Episode 34: Pitchers part 11

The Baseball Show Episode 34: Pitchers part 11

Trades, Prospects, Breakouts and Busts: join us each week as we talk about baseball from a fantasy angle – but not exclusively. This is the Baseball Show Episode 34 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Michael Pineda, Matt Harvey and J.A. Happ as pitchers to target in 2017. Episode 22 […]

Relief Pitchers/Closers to Target/Avoid

Relief Pitchers/Closers to Target/Avoid

There’s always value to be had at every position.  Below is my take on the relievers I want vs. the relievers I don’t.  As always, I’m not saying I would pass on the no players if they slip, and I’m not saying to overpay for the yes guys either.  These are just the relievers/closers that […]

2017 Relief Pitcher Rankings: Top 40

2017 Relief Pitcher Rankings: Top 40

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings, we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late-round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, Josh […]

The underrated Ken Giles

The underrated Ken Giles

When talking about relief pitching, closers are first (and rightly) going to dominate discussion – guys that come in and lock down the ninth inning. But lately, there has been a shift in the thought process, thanks in part to the Indians’ success in the playoffs with manager Terry Francona’s bullpen usage, towards the bullpen […]

Closing Concerns

Closing Concerns

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. Around 15 years ago one of my best friends left the area to pursue a career in the telecommunications field. For a man who had a bit of a wild streak; life on the road with a nice paycheck to boot had […]

Underrated First Baseman: Vargas and Moreland

Underrated First Baseman: Vargas and Moreland

First base is a top-heavy position with studs like Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo, Paul Goldschmidt, and Miguel Cabrera atop all sets of rankings. However, it does thin pretty quickly after the elites are gone, so owners who miss out will be hunting for value. Here are two players to consider taking ahead of their current […]

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 […]

Prospect Values: Pitchers

Prospect Values: Pitchers

It has been almost 14 years since Baseball Prospectus declared there is no such thing as a pitching prospect. Over time people have caught on. The top pitching prospect in all of baseball was lost in the past couple weeks to Tommy John Surgery and is now looking at nearly a year and a half before […]

The Baseball Show Episode 32: Hitters part 10

The Baseball Show Episode 32: Hitters part 10

Trades, Prospects, Breakouts and Busts: join us each week as we talk about baseball from a fantasy angle – but not exclusively. This is the Baseball Show Episode 32 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss David Dahl, Byron Buxton and Gregory Polanco. Episode 17 featuring Matt Carpenter, Gary Sanchez and […]

Relief Pitcher Tiers

Relief Pitcher Tiers

You can’t win your fantasy league with a strong bullpen alone, but you can absolutely lose it with an awful one. Getting this position wrong means watching your ERA and WHIP race skyward, one blown save at a time. Saves are vitally important to winning your 5×5 fantasy leagues. The following relief pitcher tiers are all […]

The Baseball Show Episode 31: Pitchers part 10

The Baseball Show Episode 31: Pitchers part 10

Trades, Prospects, Breakouts and Busts: join us each week as we talk about baseball from a fantasy angle – but not exclusively. This is the Baseball Show Episode 31 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Steve Matz, Tyler Skaggs and Dylan Bundy as pitchers to target in 2017. Episode 16 […]

Impact Hitters for Points Leagues

Impact Hitters for Points Leagues

If you are using roto rankings to draft your points team, you are likely leaving a tremendous value on the table.  Several big names are less valuable in points.  On the other hand, some guys you might view as borderline scrubs are actually really useful.  A few weeks ago I covered pitchers to target in […]

2017 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Top 100

2017 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Top 100

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, […]

A GAWKers Look Beyond the top-100 SP

A GAWKers Look Beyond the top-100 SP

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Twenty-five years ago yours truly was in the midst of his teen years. The transition from baseball card trading junkie to lovelorn teen proved difficult. It turns out the market for a “Husky” size teen with a Crispin Glover schnoz was limited. […]