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Prospect Values: The top-100

Prospect Values: The top-100

In this last installment of the prospect values I am going to change things up slightly. This time, instead of going good value/bad value, I am staying positive and only talking about the good from my top-100. And when I say good, I primarily mean the guys I have ranked higher than most that I […]

Trading Keepers for Picks — Is It Worth It?

Trading Keepers for Picks — Is It Worth It?

I am in a 15-team 5×5 league, with 4 keepers. Every year before the deadline, some teams try to trade their #5 keepers to other teams for picks. Then, after keepers are processed, a few will still try to make trades by giving up a keeper for multiple picks. I found myself entrenched in this […]

Prospect Values: Pitchers

Prospect Values: Pitchers

It has been almost 14 years since Baseball Prospectus declared there is no such thing as a pitching prospect. Over time people have caught on. The top pitching prospect in all of baseball was lost in the past couple weeks to Tommy John Surgery and is now looking at nearly a year and a half before […]

Prospect Values: Outfielders Part 2

Prospect Values: Outfielders Part 2

As I noted last week, outfield is a deep position. So this week we dig a little further for those that play in deeper leagues. This weeks version of the values will be off the radar players that wont show up on more than one list (if they’re lucky). For the most part these guys […]

Prospect Values: Outfielders

Prospect Values: Outfielders

Similar to shortstop, outfield is where you will see tons of high upside toolsy players. A lot of prospects will be drafted or signed by major league teams that have raw power and speed; then you will hear that if they could just learn to make more consistent contact they could be 25/25 type players. […]

Prospect Values: Shortstop

Prospect Values: Shortstop

It seems as though every high-upside toolsy player starts out as either a shortstop or an outfielder. Many shortstop prospects will not be shortstops in the majors. Once they break into the minors, the glove and arm that carried them for so long is no longer the best on the team. For a while shortstops just […]

Beginners Guide to Starting a New Dynasty League

Beginners Guide to Starting a New Dynasty League

How should I go about starting a keeper or dynasty league?  This is one of the most frequently asked questions to fantasy analysts in the offseason.  There’s no one right answer, and I’ll be honest – I’ve never been enough of a martyr to run one myself.  Lucky for me, I’m part of some really […]

Prospect Values: Third Base

Prospect Values: Third Base

Third base has become a deep fantasy position in recent years, seeing high-end prospects like Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado turn into stars that fantasy players want as a first round pick. Similar to second base, third base will see a lot of former shortstop prospects that got moved off the position because they were […]

Prospect Values: Second Base

Prospect Values: Second Base

For many people, second base has the top prospect in baseball – if not number one then definitely in the top-three, and I wouldn’t be surprised if most people had as many as seven second baseman in the top-100. According to the study I keep referencing, believe it or not the second base position busts […]

Prospect Values: First Base

Prospect Values: First Base

So we are past the catcher position. I can exhale and move on to a more exciting position. I referenced it last week with catchers, but it tells a much different story with first baseman. My prospect success rate article from last season was very good for the first base prospects. First base prospects came in […]

Prospect Positional Values: Catcher

Prospect Positional Values: Catcher

So many times top prospects fail, about 70 percent of the time according to the research I did last year. So we’re already playing with our backs against the wall here. There are so many things going against these players. Multiple levels of minor leagues before even getting the chance to produce in the majors. […]

What Have You Done for Me Lately

What Have You Done for Me Lately

In 1986, Janet Jackson asked the timeless question “What have you done for me lately?” That type of thinking is what stock market investors would call “recency bias” and can cause you to make some serious errors in judgement when valuing and acquiring players this Spring. The application to fantasy baseball is assuming that however […]

Prospect Values and Strategies

Prospect Values and Strategies

There are plenty of pieces written on the subject of values every offseason. You can draft player A in round two or you can get this guy in round 10 and all it costs you is a few homers and a few batting average points!”. Or just the opposite; avoid taking a player early when there […]

2017 Dynasty/Keeper Rankings: Top 200

2017 Dynasty/Keeper Rankings: Top 200

Merry Christmas everyone. As we celebrate the holiday and close out the year it seems fitting that we present our top-200 list as a gift to you. There is no need to unwrap it, it requires no batteries, and it is the perfect gift to share with family and friends that will bring you hours […]

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

There’s a pretty defined career progression in the sport of baseball. You make your late teens through the lower minors or college ranks, spend a couple of years of your early twenties in double and triple A, and by age 23 or 24 you’re in the Show. You spend a couple of years getting acclimated […]

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Is Matt Carpenter still a top-10 at first base

Keeper and Dynasty league owners were dealt a blow last month with the Cardinals announced that they will move Matt Carpenter across the diamond to play first base in 2017. Carpenter was tied with Alex Bregman for sixth in our recent dynasty third base rankings, although half the panel view him as a bottom-10 option. […]

What Happened to the Corner Infielders?

What Happened to the Corner Infielders?

For ages, fantasy baseball has relied on a key offensive foundation of heavy-hitting first basemen, and most years there was a strong group of third basemen as well. The corner infielders have anchored power and elite production for ages. For a long time in my casual friends league, where there are two DH slots, many […]

The Tribe’s offensive trio

The Tribe’s offensive trio

Despite injuries to key pitchers heading into October, the Cleveland Indians were able to come within a game of winning the world series. This remarkable feat was credited by the media to manager Terry Francona’s non-conventional and absolutely masterful use of his dominant bullpen. Not much coverage was given to the Indians’ offense, and rightfully […]

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 […]

2017 Relief Pitcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

2017 Relief Pitcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

After each week of positional coverage, we will wrap things up here on Sunday with our 2016 dynasty/keeper rankings. Players are ranked with the next five years of production in mind, so when you see Ken Giles ranked ahead of a player like Andrew Miller – that does not mean that we believe Giles will […]