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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 […]

Aaron Judge’s superstar development

Aaron Judge’s superstar development

It’s nearly impossible to go under the radar when you have a 6’7″, 275 pound frame. Aaron Judge has been turning heads since his draft day, being live on the set of MLB Network when taken by the Yankees with the 32nd overall pick back in 2013. He was straight out of college, and while […]

Player Spotlight: Chris Sale

Player Spotlight: Chris Sale

It’s no secret the Red Sox are going all in for a championship window over the next few years. With recent free agency signings such as David Price, and then of course selling off some top notch prospects for players currently in their peak – in particular the subject of this piece, Chris Sale. When […]

Player Spotlight: Joc Pederson

Player Spotlight: Joc Pederson

After an impressive year at Double-A in 2013 and a 30/30 campaign at Triple-A in 2014, the bar was set high for Joc Pederson’s first full season with the Dodgers in 2015. Obviously, there were a lot of disappointed owners, but there were enough positive signs to give fantasy owners hope. Things did not go […]

Joey Gallo: On the Cust of a Deer or Donkey?

Joey Gallo: On the Cust of a Deer or Donkey?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Two years ago I debated between Corey Seager and Joey Gallo for my first selection in a supplemental draft. Looking back, that decision seems rather obvious. Corey Seager has gone on to hit .312 with 34 home runs and a .895 OPS […]