Sleepers and Busts

Players to Sell in Dynasty Leagues

Players to Sell in Dynasty Leagues

Last week I went over players to target in trades for dynasty leagues. This week I am going to the opposite side and finding players I think you should be looking to trade away – if possible. These players may not all necessarily be sell high; some will be players I think you should get […]

Honing Down On The Home Stretch

Honing Down On The Home Stretch

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. For those of us with those pesky adult responsibilities, fantasy draft prep can be somewhat capped. While the time may vary from owner to owner, we can all agree there’s never enough time to cover it all. Knowing that the prep time […]

Anatomy of a Value Pick

Anatomy of a Value Pick

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Many of you have completed mock drafts and a few with actual stakes. How is that Rasiel Inglesias “sleeper” pick working out for you? Carlos Rodon? Maikel Franco? I bet they are going a little bit higher than you thought; that means they are not sleepers because everyone in your league […]

Bargain Bin: 30 HR Power

Bargain Bin: 30 HR Power

As we get closer to the start of the season and drafts are picking up, everyone keeps hunting for the bargains at the end of the draft. Power is more scarce than it used to be, so if you can find 20 home runs during the endgame, you’re doing pretty well. But what about late-round […]

Under the radar hitting prospects

Under the radar hitting prospects

Catching the surprise prospects before they make the jump (or at least before the headlines) is a major key to success in any fantasy league. Last year, anyone who was able to snag guys like Matt Duffy or Jung-ho Kang got quite the return on their investment, considering they were mostly late round steals or […]

Dynasty League Buy Low Options

Dynasty League Buy Low Options

Building a contender is about putting together a great roster. We all know that. But how can you put that roster together with what you have? Getting players before their value goes up is a big part of turning a near contender into a champion. If you bought A.J. Pollack last year based on his […]

Let The GAWKing Do The Talking

Let The GAWKing Do The Talking

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. Have you ever been out with your significant other and been caught with a wandering eye? I’ve fell victim to this a time or two and have worn the five-fingered outline proudly upon my face. I find no fault in admiring one’s work– after […]

Atlanta Braves Team Preview: 2016

Atlanta Braves Team Preview: 2016

I painted a grim picture last season when reviewing the Atlanta Braves, but they were even worse than anticipated. Atlanta finished last in home runs and runs scored, and were the second worst team in ground outs.  A.J. Pierzynski led the team in batting average (.300), Nick Markakis was the team’s top scorer (73), and […]

Late Round Outfield Targets

Late Round Outfield Targets

Posted by: Michael Zakhar 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 […]

Older hitters with Extra risk

Older hitters with Extra risk

It’s often that we see a player just drop off suddenly, but it’s no less surprising as a spectator, and no less heartbreaking as a fan. Andruw Jones is perhaps the poster child for this, going from consistent 6.0+ fWAR seasons to barely replacement level, right after he turned 30. But drop offs are expected, […]

Next Year’s Top Starters: The 90% Rule.

Next Year’s Top Starters: The 90% Rule.

Searching for the next starting pitcher to break out, I went looking at pitchers who performed exceptionally well in the second half of 2015, paying particular attention to groundball, strikeout and walk rates. Obviously if a pitcher can keep balls hit on the ground, they will limit damage caused by the long ball. Strikeouts meanwhile are huge for […]

Hitters ready to bounce back

Hitters ready to bounce back

The comeback story is maybe the most romanticized storyline in sports. The older athlete, washed up past his glory days, known to hang out at the bar and cares more about the bottom of his double shot of Jameson than these “fancy new stats.” And who, with determination and hard work and juuuuuust a little […]

Speedy OF: More Valuable Than Ever

Speedy OF: More Valuable Than Ever

It wasn’t too long ago that fantasy managers had several speedsters to choose from, particularly in the outfield.  That time is over for now. There are many potential causes — SB leaders from other positions, trying to avoid leg injuries, teams running less as an overall strategy — the fact is that the stolen base […]

Draft This: Not That – A Look Back

Draft This: Not That – A Look Back

We have completed one-third of the MLB season; now seems like a decent time to check in on the stock of my Draft This, Not That write ups that began in January. Sometimes highlighting players in that type of write-up is more about not believing in a particular player projected to go early in drafts, and other […]

Irrational Exuberance:  My 2015 Dream Team

Irrational Exuberance: My 2015 Dream Team

Posted by: Michael Zakhar This is every baseball fan’s favorite time of year. Your favorite team is looking good to start the season. (Ellsbury dinged up, Betances velocity dip…) Spring is here and the weather’s getting warmer. (Current temperature in New Jersey: 42 degrees. Farenheit.) You’ve completed and dominated your drafts.  And you’re visiting fantasyassembly.com […]

What Types of Players Are Overvalued?

What Types of Players Are Overvalued?

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Last week I had a lot of fun writing about traits that might tell us which players might be real sleepers in drafts today. I’m telling you, the fantasy community has gotten smarter and smarter over time. To be a sleeper, the player has to have a couple of minuses against […]

Who is mashing and who is crashing

Who is mashing and who is crashing

Power plays big in every sport. Bone rattling hits in football. 100+ MPH slapshots in hockey. And in baseball we have 450 foot home runs. Players who can place in the .500 slugging% range are coming at an increasingly premium cost every season. With pitching being king and offense drying up, finding yourself a true […]

Draft Day Specials

Draft Day Specials

We are less than 2 weeks away from the start of the season. I have participated in three drafts so far along with a number of mock drafts; both expert and for fun. While most players went where I anticipated, a number of players are being taken later than I thought and could be a […]

Bad or Bad Rap

Bad or Bad Rap

If you followed along with our shortstop coverage here at Fantasy Assembly you’ve heard each one of us echo a similar sentiment; shortstop is thin. It is so thin that Will Emerson suggested Erick Aybar as a suitable player to roster (not as outlandish as it sounds). Truth be told; while the position is thin, […]

Anatomy of a Sleeper

Anatomy of a Sleeper

Posted by: Michael Zakhar In fantasy sports terminology, a sleeper is supposed to be a player that your leaguemates are “sleeping” on, meaning that they are letting him fall down the draft board. The player’s value is not immediately recognizable or acknowledged; this allows a shark like you to swoop in and steal this unrecognized […]