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Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna

Player Profile: Marcell Ozuna

With the Marlins’ traditional fire sale well underway, the most recent casualty is Marcell Ozuna. Just turning 27 last month, the well hyped prospect finally put it all together in 2017 for one of the best seasons in the majors offensively, with a 142 wRC+, powered by 37 homers with a more than consistent .312 […]

Is Eric Thames Legit?

Is Eric Thames Legit?

In maybe the most asked question of the first half, and another highly talked about story-line in the offseason, people have been wondering what on earth happened to Eric Thames. The last of him in the States before his comeback was on his third team by age 26, hadn’t made it back to the majors […]

Mike Moustakas’ trigger happy approach

Mike Moustakas’ trigger happy approach

There are a few players in every league who get touted from draft day for their prospect pedigree, who maintain headlines even when they haven’t yet reached their potential. The Royals, in the mid and late 2000s, were a pretty miserable franchise, but they had a stacked prospect pipeline that gave many fans hope for […]

Charlie Blackmon’s late breakout

Charlie Blackmon’s late breakout

To say there were no expectations around Charlie Blackmon’s short stints in 2011-2013 would probably still be overstating the excitement level. Never really much of a prospect, and when he was making noise it was largely attributed to being in hitter friendly parks and being above age for the level. A big bodied 6’3, 210 […]

Buying high on Francisco Lindor

Buying high on Francisco Lindor

I’m not one to usually market the buy-high trade. Instead, I would much rather spill some virtual ink on the buy-lows and sell highs of the sport. But every now and then a guy pops up with a breakout season who warrants enough attention to be put in the group. It’s not exactly a surprise […]

Can Ronald Acuna get me on a flight to Arizona?

Can Ronald Acuna get me on a flight to Arizona?

Roughly five and a half hours from NY: $277 round trip (for now), hotel, food and miscellaneous expenses. Is it possible that could be considered a reasonable price to see Ronald Acuna play baseball? Against players of lesser talent nonetheless. It just might be. Not often does a potential generational player hit the Arizona Fall […]

Staying away from Ervin Santana

Staying away from Ervin Santana

While being known as a nuisance with the Angels, based off of extreme talent combined with inconsistent performance, Santana really found his stride the past few seasons splitting time with the Braves, Royals and now the Twins. Santana at his best keeps his ERA in the low 3.00s, can get average strikeout rates, and limit […]

Julio Teheran’s wheels are falling off

Julio Teheran’s wheels are falling off

Throughout his career, Julio Teheran has been one of the more enigmatic players in his peer groups. He went from uber-prospect pitching phenom, to dropping his stock heavily, and then brought it back up again before his major league debut. He had a fantastic couple of seasons to start his career before a tough 2015, […]

A Swing and a Miss with Miguel Cabrera

A Swing and a Miss with Miguel Cabrera

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. This game of fantasy can be frustrating. So much time and effort goes into building each and every team we own. Not a single one of us has left a draft table feeling that we are walking out of there with a […]

Manuel Margot’s future promise

Manuel Margot’s future promise

When the Red Sox acquired elite closer Craig Kimbrel, they were forced to send off four promising prospects to make it happen. Leading the way was outfielder Manuel Margot, who at the time was Baseball America’s 24th best prospect during its midseason report. Margot boasted plus contact and power tools with borderline elite base-running and […]

What’s going on with Dansby Swanson

What’s going on with Dansby Swanson

It’s pretty rare to see a first overall pick get traded before his first offseason is up, in any sport, but that’s exactly what the Diamondbacks did in one of the more peculiar trades not just in 2015, but over the past few seasons. They key piece back, Shelby Miller, has been pretty terrible in […]

The Great Debate: Rhys Hoskins vs Dominic Smith

The Great Debate: Rhys Hoskins vs Dominic Smith

This past week two of the premier prospects in baseball got called up. Rhys Hoskins and Dominic Smith. If you had either one you were ecstatic. If either was available in your league you most likely ran to your computer to add one of them. This sparked the great debate in fantasy this week and […]

Travis Shaw and regression

Travis Shaw and regression

When Travis Shaw first came up through the Red Sox system, there was a growing fanfare about a decent prospect rising through a farm with a track record of success. And when his wRC+ went down from 116 to 87 from his first taste to his first full season, some caution was thrown around. Enough, […]

Better things ahead for Jose Quintana

Better things ahead for Jose Quintana

Few informed baseball fans will question the absolute value that Jose Quintana brings to the table, a precise throwing lefty with a good track record of success in Chicago. Quintana has made a name for himself despite not being overly lauded by bigger news outlets, striking out around 20% of opposing hitters, keeping walk rates […]

Michael Thomas is worth the hype

Michael Thomas is worth the hype

Michael Thomas recorded an especially impressive rookie season which saw him finish as the eighth-ranked wide receiver in points per game in standard scoring leagues, and seventh in PPR leagues. That has his ADP at around 16th overall and seventh at wide receiver heading into the 2017 season. Investing that high of a pick in […]

A couple Rays of hope in Tampa Bay

A couple Rays of hope in Tampa Bay

Surprising to some, and maybe less surprising to others, the Tampa Bay Rays have found themselves solidly in the Wild Card hunt this year. While the late aughts and early teens brought the Rays success with superstars like Carl Crawford, James Shields, and David Price – who were all eventually priced out in one way […]

Jordy Nelson is a first round pick

Jordy Nelson is a first round pick

Jordy Nelson scored the most fantasy points among all receivers last season, and finished second to only Antonio Brown in fantasy points per game. He isn’t being drafted that way this season, and rightfully so, for two main reasons: his age, and fear of regression in both efficiency and volume. However, just how far his […]

How Dustin Pedroia’s insane contact keeps him relevant

How Dustin Pedroia’s insane contact keeps him relevant

Even though it has been 8 years, it’s tough to see an MVP winner start to decline into a shell of himself. While we are witnessing a few all time greats struggle with father time (Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera), Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is having some unique troubles. Perhaps no person in recent […]

Is Zack Cozart actually good?

Is Zack Cozart actually good?

An almost 32-year-old with two Z’s in his full name has accumulated the second most fWAR in the majors this season, already eclipsing his previous career high by 0.6 wins in 72 fewer games. Cozart was well know early in his career for being awful offensively, albeit with enough defensive prowess to make him almost […]

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel’s coming out party in 2014 surprised just about every fan of the game. A 26-year-old with basically no prospect pedigree in his career grabbed headlines any way he could, keeping his ERA under 3.00 on an underwhelming Astros squad. While many had thought it was just a nice season from someone who hadn’t […]