Sleepers and Busts

Spring Training highs and lows: NL Hitters

Spring Training highs and lows: NL Hitters

Yesterday I covered the spring training highs and lows for hitters in the American League, so there is no need for a lengthy introduction. Today I’ll tackle the National League, highlighting those standout performances (or lack thereof) as we head into the 2017 fantasy season. *All spring stats are through Sunday. NL East Atlanta Highs: […]

Spring Training highs and lows: AL Hitters

Spring Training highs and lows: AL Hitters

Spring training numbers. Some view them as a window of things to come. Others see them as meaningless stats. A case can be made for both sides of this argument.  The batting average leader through Friday this spring is Jesus Aguilar. He is 23 for 46 at the plate with five home runs. This could […]

Undervalued Players to Complement “Stars and Scrubs”

Undervalued Players to Complement “Stars and Scrubs”

“Studs and Duds” or “Stars and Scrubs” is becoming a more popular methodology for attacking auction drafts. The concept behind this is pretty simple – overspend to get the best players because there will be quality $1 options at the end of the draft. There will also be usable players on waivers at any given […]

Undervalued Players – AL East Edition

Undervalued Players – AL East Edition

In the endless pursuit of being the fantasy baseball equivalent of Albert Einstein, or maybe more appropriately, the fantasy equivalent of Theo Epstein, I have embarked on an exercise to identify the one guy on each MLB roster who is the MOST VALUABLE UNDERVALUED PLAYER for his team. Looking for value team-by-team is like adding […]

Undervalued Players – AL West Edition

Undervalued Players – AL West Edition

In the endless pursuit of being the fantasy baseball equivalent of Albert Einstein, or maybe more appropriately, the fantasy equivalent of Theo Epstein, I have embarked on an exercise to identify the one guy on each MLB roster who is the MOST VALUABLE UNDERVALUED PLAYER for his team. Looking for value team-by-team is like adding […]

Undervalued Players – AL Central Edition

Undervalued Players – AL Central Edition

In the endless pursuit of being the fantasy baseball equivalent of Albert Einstein, or maybe more appropriately, the fantasy equivalent of Theo Epstein, I have embarked on an exercise to identify the one guy on each MLB roster who is the MOST VALUABLE UNDERVALUED PLAYER for his team. Looking for value team-by-team is like adding […]

2017 All Bust Team

2017 All Bust Team

NOTE: We still have 2 spots available in our ESPN (points) readers league. Click HERE to learn more Sleepers are often the focus of preseason preparation. But avoiding a bust is equally, if not more important, to fantasy success. Here are my players to avoid this season. C – J.T. Realmuto J.T. Realmuto is being […]

Late Round Infield Impact Options

Late Round Infield Impact Options

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. You are hitting the road for a weekend getaway; naturally your first stop is at the local convenient store to grab a couple of beverages and some munchies for the road. What should be a three-minute excursion turns into a 10 minute […]

Undervalued Players – NL West Edition

Undervalued Players – NL West Edition

In the endless pursuit of being the fantasy baseball equivalent of Albert Einstein, or maybe more appropriately, the fantasy equivalent of Theo Epstein, I have embarked on an exercise to identify the one guy on each MLB roster who is the MOST VALUABLE UNDERVALUED PLAYER for his team. Looking for value team-by-team is like adding […]

Don’t Knock the Old Timers

Don’t Knock the Old Timers

A lot of fantasy managers focus on keeper leagues, and all those talented players under 30 are hot commodities. Who doesn’t like to have their top keepers locked up for five or more years, assuming no majors injuries? I’d certainly drool over a portfolio that includes Correa, Harper, Rizzo, and Syndergaard. That’s a “set it […]

Undervalued Players – NL Central Edition

Undervalued Players – NL Central Edition

In the endless pursuit of being the fantasy baseball equivalent of Albert Einstein, or maybe more appropriately, the fantasy equivalent of Theo Epstein, I have embarked on an exercise to identify the one guy on each MLB roster who is the MOST VALUABLE UNDERVALUED PLAYER for his team. Looking for value team-by-team is like adding […]

A 12 pack of Over/Under: Top 75 Edition

A 12 pack of Over/Under: Top 75 Edition

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. In the not so distant past I spent my Fall/Winter Saturday’s with a line sheet in one hand and a phone in the other. My time from Noon until the WAC kickoff was dedicated to finding that one game Vegas had simply […]

Undervalued Players – NL East Edition

Undervalued Players – NL East Edition

The fantasy baseball draft season is the most exciting time of the year.  It is when we get to prove we are the smartest person in the room with the best research and best strategy to identify and select “upside targets” and “my guys.” In other words, be the best at drafting the players that […]

Underrated Gems: Justin Turner, Yasmany Tomas

Underrated Gems: Justin Turner, Yasmany Tomas

As sites like NFBC have more and more drafts, the average draft position starts to build a nice picture of where you may be able to find good value. One thing to look for is not just the ADP, but also the highest and lowest picks. Where there is a general consensus on a player, […]

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 […]

Five late draft options who could break out in 2017

Five late draft options who could break out in 2017

One of my favorite lists at the end of each season is which players were on the greatest number of winning fantasy teams. Normally these players went undrafted, or were selected very late but put up near 1st or 2nd round production. From Yahoo! Fantasy, last year’s fantasy MVPs were: Trea Turner, Washington Nationals Gary […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Establishing The Baseline w/ JBC

Establishing The Baseline w/ JBC

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. Twenty years ago a young man stepped into the batter’s box hoping to make a name for himself facing perhaps the best pitcher in the area. After getting ahead 2-1 the young man was eyeing a fastball he could drive. It was only […]