Pitchers and Relievers

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Roberto Osuna as an emerging star closer

Roberto Osuna as an emerging star closer

It’s pretty easy to overlook Roberto Osuna when thinking of the Blue Jays. The big bats draw most of the attention, and then you have the emergence of Aaron Sanchez as an ace for the team and Marcus Stroman’s potential. There’s not a whole lot of chatter about Osuna which is unfair to him as […]

Late Draft RP Diving – 2017

Late Draft RP Diving – 2017

Last year I shared with you one of my favorite draft strategies – drafting quality relief pitching late. The idea is to grab high-end set up pitchers who will help your ratios while waiting for the inevitable closer carousal to land in their place. I’m much more concerned with grabbing the best arms than looking at their closer competition. It’s […]

Don’t Get a Headache Projecting Saves, Closers

Don’t Get a Headache Projecting Saves, Closers

Here at Fantasy Assembly, we’ve been in dynasty mode for two months, looking at rankings and analysis that focuses on the next five years. Keeper leagues will eat this up, and there’s a lot of important information to dissect for hitters and starting pitchers. However, when it comes to relievers, the best advice I can […]

Seung-hwan Oh: Underrated Dynasty Closer

Seung-hwan Oh: Underrated Dynasty Closer

The first names that come to mind when say the words dynasty league and closer are Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Zach Britton. After that opinion vary as you’ll see by our closer rankings which come out Sunday. The one person that is suspiciously absent from the top-10 is a name we wouldn’t normally associate […]

Starting Pitcher Prospects: Rankings Movers

Starting Pitcher Prospects: Rankings Movers

This is the final snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ve examined 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 know we have […]

The Yankees rotation is set for the future

The Yankees rotation is set for the future

Not many things went right for the Yankees in 2016. It was to be expected though. There were no big offseason signings, the prospects they had were not ready for prime time, and their core was built on over-age veterans nearing the end of their contracts. They did move a number of older players during […]

It’s Time to Drop Strasburg’s Value

It’s Time to Drop Strasburg’s Value

In the last two years, I’ve taken an unpopular stance on Giancarlo Stanton: Do not pay full value (or make him your #1 keeper), because despite the potential elite talent, he can’t stay healthy and is never worth the cost. After writing this piece in April, 2016 proved me right yet again with an injury. […]

Kyle Hendricks going forward

Kyle Hendricks going forward

2016 was a good year for breakout pitchers, and Kyle Hendricks leads that charge in the National League. His 2.13 ERA was best in the majors by 0.31 runs, he was a horse throwing 190 innings, and had the 13th best FIP based WAR in the league. And despite playing for one of the most […]

Next Year’s Top Starting Pitchers – The Rule of 85%

Next Year’s Top Starting Pitchers – The Rule of 85%

Last year I looked at a new 90% rule to try to identify the top pitchers to draft heading into 2016. The idea was to target those pitchers who had the best K, GB, and BB rates over the previous season’s second half. After two previous years with success rates of 80% or higher, last year […]

2016 SP Collapses: Liriano, Garcia

2016 SP Collapses: Liriano, Garcia

It’s never fun when you pick a pitcher who has been reliable for years and he has an awful season. A big injury is one thing, but what about the players who simply don’t resemble their former selves? Is it bad luck? Regression from a career peak? Two starters that fantasy managers relied on in […]

Player Spotlight: Kyle Hendricks

Player Spotlight: Kyle Hendricks

With the fantasy baseball season effectively over, it’s time to let the Cubs fan in me shine even more than normal. I’m going to make a case for Kyle Hendricks earning the Cy Young this year. It’s a long shot, but at the least, I’m certain I could make the case for him being the […]

Can Super Bullpens Win in Fantasy?

Can Super Bullpens Win in Fantasy?

I picked sixth this season in one of my keeper drafts. I already had Mark Melancon, Craig Kimbrel, and Luke Gregerson for relievers, and my offense was set. My primary target was one of four top-20 starting pitchers, or I’d “settle” for Josh Donaldson. As it turned out, I got none of these players, because […]

How to react to Max Scherzer’s improvements

How to react to Max Scherzer’s improvements

Max Scherzer’s season in 2015 was arguably the best in his career. While fantasy owners may have had some frustrations with the Nationals’ inability to get him more than 14 wins (his lowest since 2010), he did everything he possibly could to earn more value than that. He set career highs in strikeout and walk […]

Ace Analysis: McCullers and Rodon

Ace Analysis: McCullers and Rodon

The goal of the Ace Analysis feature will be to analyze pitchers whose most recent performance has not met expectations, and try to determine whether the results are due to skill change, or simply a run of good/bad luck. I will analyze both struggling aces and unheralded players showing signs of a breakout. As always, […]

Field of Streams: 2016 Primer

Field of Streams: 2016 Primer

Welcome back folks! As you all assuredly know, the 2016 MLB season is right around the corner, and that, of course means the return of the critically acclaimed (if you consider my mom a critic…I know I sure do) Field of Streams, here at Fantasy Assembly. I’ll pause while you settle down. Done? Good. Let’s […]