Category Archives: Fantasy Baseball

Hold the Line – Relievers

Almost two weeks into the 2017 baseball season and the view of each clubs bullpen is starting to become clear…unless you’re the Oakland A’s. Even as some closer roles are still undecided, it’s becoming clear who is in line to get holds for each team.

While this article has the most value for folks in holds leagues, there’s reason to read on if your league doesn’t count holds. A few weeks ago I wrote about how 3 good relievers could easily get you the combined stats of an ace. Most of the guys included in this article are of that ilk. Guys with high K/9 and low ratios that will do nothing but help you staff.

You’ll probably notice a few teams have several players on this list, and that’s because the teams that have had the most close ballgames will have the most holds (seems obvious enough). So you’ll see a team like the Rockies have several guys on this list as they’ve been in 6 games won by less than 2 runs so far this season.

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The Wire: Analyzing Week 1 Add’s & Drop’s

We’ve made it through Week 1 of the fantasy baseball season. Some of you are feeling great about your championship 2017 season already, while oOthers are analyzing 2018 mock drafts and hating themselves for drafting Gary Sanchez. All kidding aside, you’re likely somewhere in between, because you know it’s too early to panic, but not too early to try to fix some deficiencies in your fantasy roster composition. Take some time to look at who’s available, research the type of player they are and what they’ll likely become, and lastly; look at the player(s) you’re giving up to add that free agent. The last thing you want to do is drop a proven commodity that started off slow (yes, there are Yahoo leagues where Todd Frazier was dropped, and no, dropping players of that caliber will not be discussed here). Conversely, if you’re going to cut ties with a player you liked enough to draft fairly recently, you’ll likely want to get more than flavor-of-the-week output from the free agent. All this being said, let’s look at some interesting players that found themselves on the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball “Most Added/Most Dropped” list after Week 1. Bear in mind these ownership numbers are at press time, and may fluctuate by the time you read this.

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Dylan Bundy Needs to be Added in All Leagues

We are just one week into the season, and it’s easy to overreact to hot starts and early slumps, we forget this is a long process as we buy the hype way early and want to make big roster moves to help uswin our league. This idea is dangerous and sometimes foolish as paitence is a birtue in fantasy baseball, but there is  one player that had a great start and needs to be added in most formats, and that is Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, who is owned in just 57% of Yahoo leagues and 49% of ESPN leagues. This early in the season any add/drops made should be rationally aggressive, with a long term purpose in mind. It’s okay to chase hot starts as long as you understand the risk balance between who you are adding and who you are dropping, and you do some cursory research before making a move. Breakouts and league winners emerge in April, and Dylan Bundy has the makings of one.

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Three Deep League Fantasy Free Agents

The 2017 MLB season will have already begun, you’ve drafted your fantasy squad, and like the cat that ate the canary, you’re feeling fat, sassy & proud of your impeccable fantasy knowledge. As far as you’re concerned, a championship for you is as good as guaranteed, in the bag, checks in the mail, turn out the lgihts the party is over, or whatever cliche you prefer. Then all of the sudden, a black cloud opened up and rained all over your post-draft parade. You found out that your mid-round pitching target will be missing two months with a soggy arm or you realize you only drafted one first basemen, you find out your league commissioner didn’t set IR spots, all things that sudden have you not as confident as before. All of these things can deflate a fantasy owner before the first regular season pitch is even thrown. This is especially true in deep leagues, where it may seem like all the “good players” or household names are owned out of the gate.

Let this article point you to a few players owned in less than 20% of Yahoo Leagues who you might consider adding as an injury replacement or flat out rostering. I’ve included their Steamer Projected Stats, made up of their projected HR/RBI/R/SB/AVG for the season. They could help you eek out some head-to-head wins in the interim, and possibly even long term payoffs in season long leagues.

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What to Do When You Hate Your Team

Nothing feels worse than exiting the draft room and hating the team you just spent the last three hours building, but fantasy owners across all sports have been there at one point or another. We feel like we reached on every pick, like our season is already over, and worst of all, we feel powerless in this situation. Whether it manifests itself through aggression or apathy, don’t allow dejection to overtake your actions when managing this team. You can work your way out of a bad situation and contend regardless of your draft missteps. Nobody is eliminated in the first month, not Carlos Carrasco owners, Steven Matz believers, or people that went Trea Turner 1.1. By following the first four steps of my twelve-step program, you can turn your team around.

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Kyle Schwarber is Being Overdrafted

According to Fantasypros aggregate ADP, Kyle Schwarber is going as the 20th outfielder and 67th player off the board in drafts, ahead of outfielders like Mark Trumbo, Justin Upton, Jose Bautista, and Khris Davis. After an amazing rookie season in 2015 and a miraculous return from a knee injury to play in the 2016 World Series, fantasy owners are seeing nothing but roses when looking at Schwarber’s potential. Schwarber is being drafted like a surefire top 20 outfielder, but there is still plenty of risk which is not being factored into his draft day price. As his value currently stands, Schwarber is undraftable in leagues where is only outfield eligible.

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2017 Mock Draft Overview

I, along with probably everyone else who is reading this, have done a ton of mock drafts to get ready for the fantasy baseball season. I wanted to take the team I liked the most, and kind of explain the basis of my strategy and why I picked some of the players I did. This particular team is from a 10 team Head to Head points mock on which I had the 9th overall pick. Here’s how it lines up (the players name is accompanied with the round in which they were taken: Continue reading 2017 Mock Draft Overview

Where to Draft Andrew McCutchen

After perennial Hall of Fame seasons, the 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen had a 2015 that was regrettable, one of the worst seasons of his career. Then in 2016, he declined again, this time sharper and again a terrible terrible season. So now here we are in 2017, about to do drafts and form our championship winning fantasy teams, and so now you wonder, where should I draft McCutchen? Well let’s find out.

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