5 Players I’m Avoiding in 2017

If there’s one thing any fantasy owner hates, it’s uncertainty, whether It be uncertainty about playing time, being able to duplicate last years performance, or the need for a breakout campaign, uncertainty can kill your best laid plans, and your ultimate goal of a fantasy championship. So waht I want to do for you is highlight 5 players who I feel who so much uncertainty around them, that there’s no way I can advise taking them anywhere near their ADP.

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A Strategy for Making the Best of Your Draft

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “value based drafting” or “draft the best player available”, but what does that really mean? Taking the best player available blindly is a recipe for failure, however if the moves are calculated, they can bring you to the promise land.  Consider your fantasy draft as if you were an actual GM, I know it’s a little silly, but if you were an actual GM you would have to think that players have value other than their production on the team. They can also be flipped for someone who will make a greater contribution to your squad. Let’s say the best player available is a catcher. You already have one, and the one that’s available wouldn’t warrant a starting utility spot on your roster, then there is still at least one owner who needs a catcher in your league, which makes a perfect opportunity for you to grab this catcher, even though you own one already, and trade him.

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PGA DFS: Arnold Palmer Invitational

It’s rare that a $6,800 player wins, but Adam Hadwin was the exception last week. The Canadian earned his first PGA Tour victory and sees a huge bump in salary this week, but more on him later. The Arnold Palmer Invitational is played at the Bay Hill Club in Florida. The course is a Par 72 that plays just over 7,400 yards. If the tournament’s history is any indication, ball striking will lead to better finishing position than distance off the tee.

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The Scariest Pitchers for 2017

With Halloween a mere seven months away, it seemed “fitting” to write about the scariest pitchers going into drafts, and the following three pitchers give me the spooks. All three of them flashed some serious warning signs last season, and none of those warning signs are priced into their current draft positions. The following pitchers are three I would avoid in all formats this season.

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Steals are interesting in fantasy baseball. People love them, almost to their own detriment. It’s a blast to watch a guy like Billy Hamilton steal 5 bases in a game and cause so much chaos on the base-paths. However, it’s my contention that you don’t draft steals. Let me clarify that a bit more, you don’t draft ONLY for steals. I’ll never own Billy Hamilton because all he can do is steal bases and it’s really easy to find those either very late in the draft, or on the waiver wire. I’m not saying don’t draft a 20/20 or 30/30 guy. I’m saying don’t draft a guy with a TOP 100 pick who has 50+ steal potential and nothing else.

There’s another aspect of the stolen bases that I think is worth talking about, getting stolen bases from power positions where stolen bases are rare. First base, Third base, and Catcher. Paul Goldschmidt is fantastic at the plate, but his value is even higher when you consider he steals bases too. He’s had season totals of 18, 15, 21, and 32! 32 stolen bases from your first basemen!? That kind of speed production from first base allows you to focus on an outfielder with great power & no speed, or a infielder with plus hitting tools but no speed. Essentially, it provides you flexibility within your lineup to take players that are less attractive to the public at-large. I’m going to highlight some sneaky-fast players at each position for you to target. I’m going to try to keep the majority these guys out of the Top 100, but in some cases (Wil Meyers) I can’t – they have to be mentioned.

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Position Battles

Spring Training, a time to rejoice. Finally, we get to see (insert new acquisition) don the uniform of (insert team). We get to see walk-offs that nobody cares about, we get to see minor leaguers either get destroyed by Major League regulars, or make a name for themselves by doing incredible things. Most importantly though, it’s a time for position battles to commence. That’s what this article is all about: position battles that will be relevant for fantasy baseball come draft day. We’re going to take a look at two different position battles, and see what each player and each battle has in store for us.

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2017 NFL Combine: Winners & Losers

Monday night, NFL teams and prospects alike made their way home from Indianapolis as the doors closed to the 2017 NFL Combine.  As the dust settles on Lucas Oil Stadium, several prospects will go home smiling, knowing that their performance has improved their draft stock, while others will go home worried that they just ruined their shot at being a day one or two pick in the draft.

Which players improved their stock? And which would have been better off not showing up? We’ll look at some winners and losers from the combine that could be fantasy relevant for your team in 2017. Continue reading 2017 NFL Combine: Winners & Losers

A Pitcher on the Discount Shelf

If I told you that you could get Johnny Cueto 80 picks later this year, you’d be interested right? Having someone like Cueto on your fantasy team is like having an anchor, someone you can depend on, someone reliable, if you could get him much later in the draft, why wouldn’t you be interested? Well I believe there’s a player out there who is going 80 picks later who is on par with Cueto, and I believe you will be excited to target him

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PGA DFS: Valspar Championship

The WGC – Mexico Championship provided unique challenges across the board for the field this past weekend. From the lack of course data to the elevation to stomach problems, there were issues aplenty throughout Club de Golf Chapultepec. Dustin Johnson overcame all the obstacles on his way to his second victory in as many starts.

This week will, hopefully, feature none of this issues. Course data and elevation won’t be a factor at all. If history is any indication, the DFS community should be targeting accuracy guys. The Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort does play 7,340 yards but distance specialists haven’t performed well here. I’m searching for high GIR%, good strokes gained on approach shots and some scrambling ability this week. Distance off the tee will most likely be a tie-breaker for me, but all-around golfers should be able to make moves up the leaderboard in this weaker than average field.

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What the Heck Do We Do with David Price Now?

When it was reported that David Price needed an MRI on his elbow, Red Sox fans and fantasy players alike were justifiably concerned. When the MRI results were deemed inconclusive and Price was flown out for a second opinion from the ominous Dr. James Andrews, there was even more concern, and it was assumed that Tommy John surgery was inevitable. In a surprising twist, the prognosis from Dr. Andrews was positive, meaning no surgery needed! In lieu of surgery Price will be shut down for 7-10 days minimum before resuming throwing, however in an interview with mlb.com Price said that “There is no timetable.” With all the different changes going on it’s difficult for  fantasy players it’s difficult to value Price right now.

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