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Fantasy Forward: April takes a toll on fantasy owners

Fantasy Forward: April takes a toll on fantasy owners

Early season injuries to fantasy players rears its ugly side, especially the first month of the season. Although Madison Bumgarner will not require surgery, the partial tear in his AC joint will keep him out of action until the All-Star break. Mitch Haniger will be out 3-to-4 weeks for the Mariners. Sean Manaea of the […]

Fantasy Forward: Tanaka fires a “Maddux” in Beantown and more

Fantasy Forward: Tanaka fires a “Maddux” in Beantown and more

Trying to figure out the thought processes of the Mets front office can prove to be futile. Reports surfaced Noah Syndergaard could not lift his arm above his shoulder, but he’s pushed back to a tentative start for Sunday. As news of his injury continue to surface, those who own “Thor” should pay very close […]

The Eye test: Eyeing up the Angels

The Eye test: Eyeing up the Angels

In this series, I will give you my personal scouting report from watching lots of baseball during the week while trying to leverage my perspective as a former college ballplayer and lifelong baseball fan.  I will also do my best to fuse this visual examination with the underlying statistics that we all know and love […]

Fantasy Forward: Big Maple and two breakouts in the A.L. East?

Fantasy Forward: Big Maple and two breakouts in the A.L. East?

In case one wonders about who “Big Maple” is, it’s James Paxton’s nickname with the Mariners. His maple leaf tattoo on his arm provided the name along with his Canadian heritage. All kidding aside, Paxton bounced back after a rough outing in Oakland to fire seven shutout innings on four hits with nine strikeouts against […]

Fantasy Stock Watch: April Risers and Fallers

Fantasy Stock Watch: April Risers and Fallers

With a few weeks under the belt, it’s time to start looking at the hot and cold streaks of players in April. I’ll always remember Chris Shelton for getting off to a blazing start, only to fade hard as I kept holding on to him, hoping he would get back to being a positive value. […]

Fantasy Forward: Turner rides the cycle in Coors

Fantasy Forward: Turner rides the cycle in Coors

For once, a promotion sort of overshadows the litany of April injuries which usually take the lead in the Fantasy Forward, so keeper league and deep league owners of Cody Bellinger, rejoice. With the Dodgers in need of a spark, they promoted Bellinger and will play him while their outfield remains replete of bodies. He […]

Minor League Report: Early season selling

Minor League Report: Early season selling

It is still early, but for fantasy purposes the odds  of some of us seeing a chance at a title seems like more of a dream than a reality. I am in two leagues that has already seen some teams go into heavy sell mode, trying to get anything they can for what seemed to […]

Fantasy Forward: Reds fueling Thames fire

Fantasy Forward: Reds fueling Thames fire

While Eric Thames continues to lead the way for Milwaukee, Ryan Braun left last night’s game after fouling three pitches off the same foot. After x-rays confirmed there’s no break, the team may proceed with caution in regards to Braun. Steven Souza Jr. could not hit in the ninth inning after hitting cement trying to […]

Fantasy Forward: Nova’s revenge, Gausman’s a gas can again and Andrus hitting cleanup?

Fantasy Forward: Nova’s revenge, Gausman’s a gas can again and Andrus hitting cleanup?

When Kevin Gausman pops up on the waiver wire this week, should one buy low or take a shot on a popular breakout candidate? He cannot stay this bad, right? This could be more perplexing than meets the eye. Entering Sunday’s start against Boston, his chase rate on pitches outside the strike zone plummeted by […]

The Eye Test: Early Bats and Arms

The Eye Test: Early Bats and Arms

In this series, I will give you my personal scouting report from watching lots of baseball during the week while trying to leverage my perspective as a former college ballplayer and lifelong baseball fan.  I will also do my best to fuse this visual examination with the underlying statistics that we all know and love […]

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

As the fourth week of the 2017 MLB season approaches, pitchers are preparing to make their 4th or 5th start of the year. Yet, we are still dealing with small sample sizes that leave some uncertainty between what is a real, reliable trend, and what is a hot or cold streak that will even itself […]

The Closer Report: Week 3

The Closer Report: Week 3

We may just be a few weeks into the season, but the fluidity of bullpens is most certainly visible. Closer situations have begun to work themselves out, new closers have been introduced, and other roles in bullpens are beginning to solidify. In the seemingly endless chase, fantasy owners are always trying to keep up with, […]

Fantasy Forward: Another over the Hedges

Fantasy Forward: Another over the Hedges

Another busy day on the transaction trail. Troy Tulowitzki, Miguel Cabrera and Cam Bedrosian landed on the 10-day disabled list. Angels starter Garrett Richards transferred to the 60-day list – his progress will need to monitored by his owners, but signs do not provide hope. George Springer left his game with a hamstring problem, so […]

Early Hot Streaks: Finding Stuff where Not Expected

Early Hot Streaks: Finding Stuff where Not Expected

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you.   It is truly amazing how much disorder one 9-year-old girl can accomplish in a 10 x 12 room. Perhaps even more stunning is how quickly the clutter can amass. You see, my daughters attention span would make a fruit fly seem […]

Fantasy Forward: Joey Gallo’s power should keep him in Texas

Fantasy Forward: Joey Gallo’s power should keep him in Texas

Many injury issues to track after a full slate of games on Friday night. Miguel Cabrera left in after the sixth inning, and it’s being reported as a right groin strain, not anything to do with his back. Of course the headline, Madison Bumgarner will miss between 6-for-8 weeks after spraining his shoulder along with […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week 4

Waiver Wire Report: Week 4

Welcome to week four of the waiver wire report. Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers. Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. For the […]

Fantasy Forward: Sale’s electric and time for Neris?

Fantasy Forward: Sale’s electric and time for Neris?

All the signs this spring pointed to a happy and healthy Yoenis Cespedes in Mets camp. With the team’s offense struggling, Cespedes limp off the field during the sixth inning Thursday night. He will undergo an MRI, but described the injury as a shock to his hamstring which he has experienced before. Fantasy owners should […]

Fantasy Forward: Amir-aculous start to the season

Fantasy Forward: Amir-aculous start to the season

Chasing wins ensures frustration since the category can be so volatile. Fantasy owners may be disappointed to see Amir Garrett lost his match-up at home against Ubaldo Jimenez. Yes, it’s a cruel world, despite tying a Reds rookie record by a southpaw with 12 strikeouts over seven innings of work. Garrett is supposed to be […]

Fantasy Forward: Marte suspension, Price may not be right and Severino’s surging

Fantasy Forward: Marte suspension, Price may not be right and Severino’s surging

In a shocking development, Starling Marte will be sidelined until July 18th due to testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance. Pittsburgh, already reeling from the Jung-Ho Kang DUI transgression will now forge ahead without its top player on offense. Andrew McCutchen moves back to center with Adam Frazier shifting to the outfield in […]

Minor League Report: MiLB vs. MLB

Minor League Report: MiLB vs. MLB

As I watch my teams in different leagues and my major league players getting off to hot and cold starts, I though to myself – “nothing bad can happen with a prospect in April, barring a serious injury of course”. So one of your mid-level prospects got off to a 2-for-30 start? There is no […]