Positions

The Enigma That Is Javier Baez

The Enigma That Is Javier Baez

Yes, I’m a Cubs fan. Let’s just that out of the way now. However, until 2016, the Cubs weren’t very good at winning things, so bear in mind that my view often comes with a high degree of pessimism when it comes to my team’s players. I didn’t hold out hope for Starlin Castro long […]

Rougned Odor’s fantasy conundrum

Rougned Odor’s fantasy conundrum

While it’s possible that Odor’s biggest hit of the season came on the basepaths against Jose Bautista, there’s no doubt his impact was felt by the league as a whole when the 22-year-old second baseman exploded for 33 bombs in his third full season, despite only hitting double digits twice in his entire professional career (this […]

The Baseball Show Episode 13: Pitchers part 4

The Baseball Show Episode 13: Pitchers part 4

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 13 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Edwin Diaz, Seung-hwan Oh and Sam Dyson as Closers to target in 2017. Episode 4 […]

Second Baseman Tiers

Second Baseman Tiers

What’s the advantage of tiers? Placing players of the same position into tiers based on similar projected production can give you a huge advantage when planning out your roster and acquiring players for the season. These second base tiers will differ significantly from some of the ranking lists you will see this Spring, so use […]

One Man’s Map to 1B Happiness

One Man’s Map to 1B Happiness

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. My father was an antique car collector. While growing up, it was common place to have 10-15 cars either parked in the driveway or stored in the garage. My father was not one to tinker; he simply wanted cars he could drive […]

After 2016 HR Surge, BA is Important for 1B

After 2016 HR Surge, BA is Important for 1B

Everyone talks about the boon in home runs from 2016. There was an unprecedented level of homers, and fantasy owners are happy to have more 25-HR hitters to choose from as they draft their rosters. When it comes to first base, we always expect power from the position. In the few years before 2016, it […]

Three first basemen with big upside

Three first basemen with big upside

First base is one of the most frustrating positions in fantasy baseball – in an awkward sense. While it does sound counterintuitive that the most productive position brings so much struggle, it happens because you need your first basemen to be productive. It’s the position where you are expecting 30+ homers with big RBI chances, and […]

The Baseball Show Episode 10: Pitchers part 3

The Baseball Show Episode 10: Pitchers part 3

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 10 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Robbie Ray, James Paxton and Jose Berrios as starting pitchers to target in 2017. Episode […]

First Baseman Tiers

First Baseman Tiers

What’s the advantage of tiers? Placing players of the same position into tiers based on similar projected production can give you a huge advantage when planning out your roster. What’s the gap between Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion? It’s projected to be minimal, so take who you like. Otherwise, wait for someone else to […]

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

Does Deeper Catcher Class Affect Posey’s Value?

For numerous years, there’s only been one name on the top of catcher rankings — and even just one name in the top-tier. Buster Posey has been a godsend to teams who draft him, and his elite production can’t be matched on a year in, year out basis. His worst batting average in the last […]

What Have You Done for Me Lately

What Have You Done for Me Lately

In 1986, Janet Jackson asked the timeless question “What have you done for me lately?” That type of thinking is what stock market investors would call “recency bias” and can cause you to make some serious errors in judgement when valuing and acquiring players this Spring. The application to fantasy baseball is assuming that however […]

The Baseball Show Episode 7: Pitchers part 2

The Baseball Show Episode 7: Pitchers part 2

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 7 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Jose Quintana, Tanner Roark and Sonny Gray as starting pitchers to target in 2017. In […]

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

Yasmani Grandal: Overrated catching option in 2017

After years of teasing us with his power potential, Grandal finally delivered in 2016. He hit 27 home runs, finishing second in power just behind Evan Gattis. Most of that damage came over the final three months where Grandal hit 20 home runs over 213 at bats. He still batted just .228, but you take […]

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Catching Value in the 2017 Draft

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. The year was 2008: Flo Rida and T-Pain were getting Low, Horton was Hearing a Who at the box office, and Victor Martinez was making me feel things I’d never felt before. In 08 I was still somewhat new to the fantasy […]

Can Buxton, Soler Overcome Bumpy 2016?

Can Buxton, Soler Overcome Bumpy 2016?

There are a lot of young, talented outfielders for fantasy purposes, and two of the bigger names among prospects were also big disappointments in 2016: Byron Buxton and Jorge Soler. Buxton reached the top of prospects lists for the last few seasons, and he finally got his shot to play full-time when he won the […]

The Baseball Show Episode 4: Pitchers part 1

The Baseball Show Episode 4: Pitchers part 1

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 4 Thanks for stopping by. With the calendar about to mark a new year, we’re ramping up to help you prepare for a new Fantasy Baseball season! […]

Blue Jays’ pitching trio

Blue Jays’ pitching trio

Yeah, I guess I’ve been writing about the Jays a lot lately. But can you blame me? This team is just too dang interesting. Without a doubt, the Blue Jays’ offense is what gets the presses going. Even losing Edwin Encarnacion, and maybe even Jose Bautista (and his continued aging), this team still flat-out rakes. […]

Early 2017 ADP Risk and Reward Players

Early 2017 ADP Risk and Reward Players

It’s almost January, and that means we’re inching closer to the start of spring training. There aren’t real drafts out there just yet, but mock draft sites are gearing up, and I thought I’d look at early ADP data for 2017. Every year, there are breakout candidates due to a strong finish. Some of these […]

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

There’s a pretty defined career progression in the sport of baseball. You make your late teens through the lower minors or college ranks, spend a couple of years of your early twenties in double and triple A, and by age 23 or 24 you’re in the Show. You spend a couple of years getting acclimated […]

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Keeper and Dynasty league owners were dealt a blow last month with the Cardinals announced that they will move Matt Carpenter across the diamond to play first base in 2017. Carpenter was tied with Alex Bregman for sixth in our recent dynasty third base rankings, although half the panel view him as a bottom-10 option. […]