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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t be a “Rankings Wimp”: Shortstop Buys and Sells

Don’t be a “Rankings Wimp”: Shortstop Buys and Sells

We’ve been swamped here at the Fantasy Assembly with our dynasty rankings.  Here’s the deal – rankings are awesome!  We wouldn’t put so much effort into them if they weren’t.  Still, if you want to win your leagues – you need to be more than a “rankings wimp” (censored from what it’s better known as). […]

The Scott Feldman Project

The Scott Feldman Project

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening –whichever is applicable to you. Theo Epstein took over a downtrodden Cubs Franchise coming off a 71-91 season and two years removed from a .500 ball club. The Franchise Player was a singles hitting shortstop who featured bad fielding and mental lapses much more often than flashes of […]

Shortstop Prospects: Rankings Movers

Shortstop Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

SS Keeper Stock Watch: Tulo, Reyes, Diaz, Peraza

SS Keeper Stock Watch: Tulo, Reyes, Diaz, Peraza

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. There seem to be many positions with a strong youth core, and shortstop isn’t any […]

Carlos Correa’s step back

Carlos Correa’s step back

Sometimes, expectations are just impossible to achieve. When you’re a first overall pick, you have attention and spotlights sprung on you non-stop until you’ve finally made it, or crashed. When you’re the first Puerto Rican picked in that spot, as well as one to graduate from high school in Puerto Rico, even more attention and […]

Concerns From the Keystone

Concerns From the Keystone

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. It wasn’t too long ago that draft day selections at second base were accompanied by nausea and lightheadedness. Robinson Cano was the gold standard, but he was often over-drafted by many who felt the need to “fill the position”. Dozier, Altuve, Kinsler, […]

Second Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Second Base Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

2B Keeper Stock Watch: Cano, Wong, Kipnis, Murphy

2B Keeper Stock Watch: Cano, Wong, Kipnis, Murphy

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. I’m going to say this here, instead of in every player’s analysis, because it’s true […]

Ian Kinsler’s power surge

Ian Kinsler’s power surge

It’s not surprising that Ian Kinsler can knock some pitches out of the park with ease. He’s always been at least somewhat of a power threat, hitting 30 homers twice in 2009 and 2011, and over 200 in his career so far. As a second baseman, that’s an impressive trait to carry, especially when he’s […]

Emerging shortstops: Trevor Story and Trea Turner

Emerging shortstops: Trevor Story and Trea Turner

On the surface, Trea Turner and Trevor Story are closely related. Both were taking relatively early in the first round (12th and 13th overall), both play shortstop, both are entering their age 23 season, and both have a whole lot of question marks as to just how good they will be. There’s little doubt that […]

YES WE KANG!

YES WE KANG!

If you haven’t guessed what this piece will be about, well, you need to work on your powers of deduction. We’re digging on the Korean Klubber, himself, Jung Ho Kang. Going into last season I had Kang as a deep sleeper. I mean what’s not to love, a little Korean with some potential pop at […]

Scarcity and Youth Breeds Draft Day Regret

Scarcity and Youth Breeds Draft Day Regret

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable to you. Unless you’ve started your draft prep this week, I’m sure you’ve heard ad nauseam that the SS position is a fantasy abyss of sorts. After re-emphasizing the hollowness of the position, tales of what tomorrow brings shines light on the cold frontier. This […]

So what about Tulo’s terrible second half?

So what about Tulo’s terrible second half?

If I were to describe Troy Tulowitzki in only two words, I would probably choose disabled list talented and fragile. When Tulowitzki is healthy, he is easily the most dynamic hitting shortstop and one of the most exciting hitters to watch. He goes on tears like no other, and for his entire career (pre-2015) was trying […]

Marcus Semien: Dark Horse for Top-5 SS

Marcus Semien: Dark Horse for Top-5 SS

It’s been true for a few years, and 2016 is no different: shortstop is the most shallow position. Second base has had a rather strong core for years, with new names rising and falling with that core. Shortstop has often had Troy Tulowitzki at the top, but he can’t stay on the field. Neither can […]

Player spotlight: Ian Desmond

Player spotlight: Ian Desmond

Posted by: Scott Rowland Prior to the 2016 season, Ian Desmond had three consecutive seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen. On average he was taken as the 28th overall pick and third shortstop off the board in 2015. He ended the season as one of the bigger disappointments, finishing as the 16th shortstop […]