Draft Prep

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. […]

SP eligible RP to Target for Points Leagues in 2017

SP eligible RP to Target for Points Leagues in 2017

So, you’re a roto and categories pro that is stepping into the arena of a weekly points league, huh? Or maybe you’re a fantasy football player trying fantasy baseball for the first time. Point based leagues is a format that is becoming more and more popular. Like any format, it has some positives and negatives. […]

Starting Pitcher Tiers

Starting Pitcher Tiers

Starting pitching is arguably the most important position in fantasy. You cannot win your league without a number of good options to anchor your staff. This position is also full of arm injuries, variability from year to year, and sleepers who will come out of nowhere to finish in the top-20. There are so many […]

The Baseball Show Episode 29: Hitters part 9

The Baseball Show Episode 29: Hitters part 9

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 29 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Rougned Odor, Jose Ramirez and Eric Thames. Episode 11 featuring Trevor Story, Mike Moustakas and […]

Prospect Values: Outfielders Part 2

Prospect Values: Outfielders Part 2

As I noted last week, outfield is a deep position. So this week we dig a little further for those that play in deeper leagues. This weeks version of the values will be off the radar players that wont show up on more than one list (if they’re lucky). For the most part these guys […]

The Baseball Show Episode 28: Pitchers part 9

The Baseball Show Episode 28: Pitchers part 9

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 28 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Anthony DeSclafani, Vince Velasquez and Marcus Stroman as pitchers to target in 2017. Episode 13 […]

Underrated Starting Pitchers: Manaea and Pomeranz

Underrated Starting Pitchers: Manaea and Pomeranz

Starting pitching is very deep with middle of the rotation arms this season, and unlike like last year, there are a lack of aces. This can make it difficult to navigate which pitchers to target in the middle of your draft. Here are two pitchers owners should feel optimistic about and target for the 2017 […]

A GAWKers Look at the Top 75 SP

A GAWKers Look at the Top 75 SP

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. This time last season I wrote about my process  for evaluating SP in a piece titled “Let the GAWKing do the Talking“. While GAWK may not be the strongest acronym in a game filled with them, the process is one I proudly […]

A Backup Plan When Targeting Draft Sleepers and Breakouts

A Backup Plan When Targeting Draft Sleepers and Breakouts

“Sleepers” and “breakouts” are some of the most popular topics of discussion during the pre-draft fantasy baseball season.  These are the players with big upside ready to provide top value to your team relative to their ADP by significantly outperforming their statistics from last year and their current 2017 projections.  It’s only February, and already […]

The Baseball Show Episode 27: Prospects part 8

The Baseball Show Episode 27: Prospects part 8

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 27 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss A.J. Reed, Dansby Swanson and Rafael Devers. Episode 12 featuring Tyler O’Neil, Hunter Renfroe and […]