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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Catching Fire: Drafting Your Fantasy Baseball Catcher

It’s a dirty and thankless job, and catchers are often an afterthought in the minds of many fantasy owners. That’s because there’s really no fantasy baseball value that rewards baserunners thrown out, perfectly framed pitches, or “most hitting tendencies studied.”  While no one can doubt their importance on the actual diamond, that importance is lost in translation when the position is viewed from a fantasy baseball perspective. Catchers typically generate less counting stat production than any other among the starting 9, and to put it bluntly, that can render them useless in the opinions of fantasy owners. It’s true that game-changing, seasonal outcome-affecting power catchers like Piazza and Pudge are a rare, if not altogether missing in fantasy baseball these days.

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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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PGA DFS: Puerto Rico Open

Marc Leishman came from behind on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was a fitting way to end the first version of this event since Arnie passed away last September. The Top 64 available golfers in the world are playing in Houston for the WGC Dell Match Play. DraftKings isn’t offering a slate for that tournament but there’s a slate for the parallel tour event, the Puerto Rico Open.

Coco Beach is a Par 72 track that plays over 7,500 yards. In the past, the tournament winners have performed well in each facet of the game. The key stats I’ll be looking at this week include: Par 3 scoring, scrambling, GIR%, and Total Driving.

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SLG Fest: A Selective Stat Study

Cherry picking. It seems so wrong to use only part of the whole story to present one’s own version of the truth as factual.

But this is a fantasy baseball column, not a court of law. No rules! No objections to my testimony, and definitely none of that “glowing in the blacklight” evidence here. With that in mind, let’s have a little fun and study one of the more universally enjoyable hitting statistics in fantasy baseball, slugging percentage.

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Rich Hill is Absolutely Worth the Risk

The last time Rich Hill pitched a full season George W. Bush was the president, Barry Bonds broke the home run record, and Evan Longoria hadn’t yet reached the majors. To call Rich Hill a sleeper would be a miscategorization of his potential, he’s 37 years old and the baseball world is fully woken up on him. Hill’s injury woes have been well documented, and he frustrated fantasy owners last year with a blister that seemingly never healed, leaving a lot of people to proclaim that they won’t touch Hill under any circumstance, but passing on Hill’s upside completely is a dangerous game to play. He’s being taken as the 45th pitcher and 121st player per Fantasypros ADP, and his potential upside is worth the risk at that price. Don’t believe me? Think I’m crazy? Well let me explain.

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