What does 5.5 mean to you?

Emmanuel Savala, 20, of San Diego, California, mourns the late San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn at a statue of Gwynn at Petco Park, where the Padres play, June 16, 2014 in San Diego, California.  "I had to have number 19 (Gwynn's number) in any sport I played," Savala said . "I wanted to be him so bad."

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What does 5.5 mean to you?  To me, and a generation of baseball fans, 5.5 is synonymous with the Padres’ Tony Gwynn.  A man who not only defined a team, but also the city of San Diego, the world lost one of the best baseball players to play the game this last week, and one of baseballs best human beings.  The stories that have been surfacing about Gwynn all speak to his personality, his generosity, and his gregarious and opinionated nature.  It is a sad week in baseball and we all mourn his passing.

In honor of Tony, we are going to break down what made him so special and unique and look at a few players who can take up the 5.5 mantle for this generation.  The 5.5 hole refers to the infield hole between shortstop and third base.  In keeping book, the position numbers indicate that the third base is 5 and the shortstop is 6.  The hole between them would be the 5.5 hole.  This is where Tony Gwynn made his living.

Who has the best chance to pick up Gwynn’s approach and hit for the highest average these days?  Short answer- nobody will be able to do what that man did, but these five guys come closest.  We are looking for players with high ground ball rates, high BABIPs, and high line drive rates that could sustain a high average for a whole season.  Read on to see who looks like they could hit like Tony, or at least come close.

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2014 Rookies to Draft and Waiver Watch Part II – Rookie WRs

Back with another round of rookie discussions for all the fantasy football junkies out there.

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Yeah, I know this picture doesn’t work in the age of smartphones. But screw smartphones.

This article is the second of a three part series about 2014 rookies worth either drafting or monitoring throughout the season.  The articles presume you are drafting for one-year, 12 team leagues with the ADP and advice listed.

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Breaking down a 14 team draft (Part 1 of 5)

Waiting for Fantasy Football season can be a pain in the ass, which we all know too well. Sure there are other sports like Hockey (Go Kings Go!) to eat up the time, but what if you just want to get in early? Instead of waiting around until August, shaking in anticipation like a research monkey, I joined up into a league that was posted on a reddit thread inviting one and all to participate. The draft is an interesting one, which allows a full 24 hours per pick and starts drafting now in June. The league rules are as standard as they come, by yahoo standards, which to some isn’t a standard at all! Let’s take a quick look at the draft setup, starting roster and scoring system:

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Daily Playbook: Wednesday 6/11

Hello Daily Fantasy Sports fans and welcome to today’s Daily Playbook!  We are here to help you with your plays of the day for your daily fantasy baseball leagues. If you’re new to the game, read this article everyday, and follow the link to join the fun!

Today’s playbook will focus on some favorable match-ups for hitters and pitchers while advising against some usual studs. If you have any specific questions, or even a recommendation of your own, feel free to find me on twitter at @Charles_Heuring

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2014 Rookies to Draft and Waiver Watch Part I – RBs

Somewhere between the madness of “rookie fever” that annually afflicts dynasty league owners (see below) and the total rookie ignorance of the casual fantasy footballer who prints a cheat-sheet a few hours before a draft, lies the sweet spot where owners reasonably value rookies relative to their draft-day costs.  This article attempts to tease out that sweet spot for some promising rookies. It is the first of a three part series about 2014 rookies worth either drafting or monitoring (i.e. ‘waiver watching’) throughout the season.  The article presumes you are drafting for one-year, 12 team leagues, regarding the ADP and advice listed.

He has been a reliable starter for me for 5 seasons, but he did just turn 29. Yup, better trade him for a 2nd round rookie pick. - Every other dynasty owner in July.
“He has been a reliable starter for me for 5 seasons, but he did just turn 30. Yup, better trade him for a 2nd round rookie pick.” – Every other dynasty owner in the off-season.

 

Rookie RBs to Draft:

Player: Bishop Sankey

Team: Tennessee Titans

Current ADP, late 3rd Round

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Daily Playbook 6/6

Hello Daily Fantasy Sports fans and welcome to today’s Daily Playbook!  We are here to help you with your plays of the day for your daily fantasy baseball leagues. If you’re new to the game, read this article everyday, and follow the link to join the fun!

Today’s playbook will focus on several favorable match-ups for hitters and take advantage of starters that find themselves in high-strikeout opportunities. If you have any specific questions, or even a recommendation of your own, feel free to find me on twitter at @TheOriginalBull

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Jimmy Graham as a Wide Receiver? Fear Not, Fantasy Faithful.

Fantasy owners potentially face a peculiar situation when it comes to the league’s best Tight End. As Jimmy Graham fights for an extra 5 million in pay, we have to figure out what to do with him if he wins his grievance hearing on June 17-18.  How do we value WR Jimmy Graham, and where do we pick him?  My take is that Jimmy Graham should still easily be a mid 2nd round pick and would be a great 3rd round value based on his elite talent and consistency.

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