Outfield

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 […]

Future outlooks on aggressive sluggers

Future outlooks on aggressive sluggers

This year we saw not only one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory thanks to the return of the long ball, but still more strikeouts from the kings of the long ball. With such extremes, there is no doubt a surplus of highlights for the morning recap shows, but it also has mysterious […]

Outfield Prospects: Rankings Movers

Outfield 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 […]

Stolen Bases Harder to Find in the OF

Stolen Bases Harder to Find in the OF

Everyone remembers the glory days of super-speedy, light-hitting outfielders who could net you 30+ stolen bases. However, as sabermetrics permeates not only the front office but the manager’s playbook, a lot of teams are running less often. Also, some of the speedsters from the glory days 5-10 years ago are aging and so aren’t running […]

How to feel about Michael Saunders

How to feel about Michael Saunders

It’s always hard to tell whether a breakout is real or luck, and the Blue Jays have hosted bunch of players who fit both categories. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion turned from journeymen to superstars. then there were guys like Adam Lind and Aaron Hill who had a few strong years but never achieved that […]

Put Me In, Coach

Put Me In, Coach

The Detroit Tigers are a team in transition, but I’m not expecting a massive fire sale, or having to pay the piper so to speak. Instead, I’m looking for a series of smaller moves that reduces payroll while allowing the team to get younger, while staying reasonably competitive. The first shoe fell when the Tigers […]

Risky OF Plays: Long Injuries and Breakouts

Risky OF Plays: Long Injuries and Breakouts

When you’re looking to the next baseball season, one of the first things you want to do is identify potential sleepers. Where can you get positive value from a player whose draft cost will be lower than what you project as his final value? The strategy is all well and good, but two categories of […]

The Fantasy Pacifier Andrew McCutchen

The Fantasy Pacifier Andrew McCutchen

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. My daughter still uses a pacifier. Fear not: therapy is not in order, since she’s merely a tweener. She still looks the part, yet anyone who can use curse words properly in a sentence shouldn’t rob the world of such a gift. Over […]

Onward with Heyward

Onward with Heyward

I have long had what one might call a man crush on Jason Heyward. Now, the crush is not quite to Zorilla levels for me, but it’s close. For now, I will not go into much detail about how excited I am that both he and Heyward will be donning Cubbie blue in the 2016 season; that […]

Late Round Outfield Targets

Late Round Outfield Targets

Last week I took a look at the high-end outfield options that most appeal to me. My usual plan is to pay big for a couple of big names like the ones discussed in the article, but since we need five outfielders, a utility spot, and have budget or draft limitations to deal with, we […]

Do these OF Veterans Still Have Value?

Do these OF Veterans Still Have Value?

I know a lot of fantasy managers play in keeper leagues, and it goes without saying that the young phenoms garner a lot of value. However, I feel a lot of managers don’t switch gears when they are preparing for their redraft leagues. Does Addison Russell have a bright future? You bet! But will he […]

Outfielders with great D, and a chance to shine offensively

Outfielders with great D, and a chance to shine offensively

There is a phrase thrown around a lot when scouting young players and prospects, that a guy is less than the sum of his parts. This (loosely) describes the value of certain players when considering their real life value versus fantasy. Some guy might be a great fielder, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot to […]

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

Posted by: Scott Rowland If you ask fantasy baseball players who the biggest disappointment in the 2015 season was, a number of players would come up. one of those players would be Ian Desmond who I discussed a few weeks ago; another name that you would be likely to hear is Carlos Gomez. Unlike Desmond, […]

Draft This, Not That: Outfielders

Draft This, Not That: Outfielders

Every draft round presents a host of outfielders to tempt you with. If you get a little carried away you could easily take four outfielders among the first five or six offensive players you take in a given draft. From my early drafts so far, the outfield group really seems to thin out after around pick […]

Market Adjustments Providing Potential Value

Market Adjustments Providing Potential Value

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. One year ago at this time Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were fixtures as second or third round picks, with ADP’s in the low to mid-20’s. Puig posted good numbers in 2014, but it was the underlying skill sets that had many well-respected […]

Standouts in the Outfield: Marte, Martinez, and Upton

Standouts in the Outfield: Marte, Martinez, and Upton

I’ve enjoyed writing and reading all of the positional previews so far, but let’s face it: certain limitations present themselves when writing about the infield positions. Many of us have beaten the “wait on a catcher” drum in recent years while some pay for Posey.  Regardless, catching strategy is basically an either/or story. You might […]

Cardinals OF Good for Fantasy

Cardinals OF Good for Fantasy

There’s no doubt that the Saint Louis Cardinals have built an amazing MLB team year after year. Their franchise’s ability to scout talent, teach the players, and field a competitive team has worked well for them. What’s more, their solid team results in plenty of fantasy baseball options for you to draft. There’s talent all […]

Corey Dickerson’s hangover remedy

Corey Dickerson’s hangover remedy

With the Rockies looking to add bullpen depth to a team that is more than a couple of pieces away from contending, the Rays jumped in to grab one of their most productive hitters over the past few years in exchange for their former closer and current setup man, Jake McGee. With Dickerson going down […]

Player spotlight: David Peralta

Player spotlight: David Peralta

Posted by: Scott Rowland David Peralta started his career in 2006 with the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher. After moving to the Indy league for several years, the Diamondbacks took a chance on him as a converted outfielder. He spent 2013 and 2014 in A+ and AA ball before getting called up to the […]

Is Sano the New Stanton?

Is Sano the New Stanton?

For six years we’ve been impressed with Giancarlo Stanton’s power potential. Heck, it’s not even potential at this point — it’s here. The guy can slug, and he hits the ball hard and a long, long way. The issue has been keeping Stanton on the field for a full season, given he’s only reached 500 […]