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Paul Sauberer

Paul Sauberer

NL Player Report- July 7, 2015

Adeiny Hechavarria- SS- MIA- Idea- Hechavarria gets to face a LH pitcher in Fenway Park today. He has posted a slash line of .350/.409/.533 against them with 6 extra base hits in 66 PAs. Wade Miley has a slash line of .282/.355/.448 against RH hitting and has allowed all 8 of his homers in his 66.2 IP against them. Hechavarria has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and is a good bet to increase his current modest 2-game hitting streak. Value play- FanDuel salary $2400 Kevin Siegrist- RP- STL- FYI- Siegrist pitched a perfect 8th inning last night to record his 15th save of the season. It also brought his ERA down to 1.41. Siegrist has been...

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David Donahue

David Donahue

AL Daily Recap - July 6, 2015

Since the end of May, few starting pitchers have faired better than Taijuan Walker. Curiously, Walker's price is $8,200 tomorrow against the Tigers, down from $9,200 from his last start despite his 30.3 point performance. That's enough to make me all-in on Walker tomorrow vs. the Tigers as they'll be without Miguel Cabrera. Rest of season, I like Walker as a top 50 start with upside for top 30 if he can limit the home run. His K rate is elite above 9.50 since early June with an xFIP of 2.88. Carlos Carrasco was roughed up by the Astros last night, giving up five earned runs in just four innings. The results could have been even worst as he allowed...

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Menachem Greenfeld

Menachem Greenfeld

NL Player Analysis - July 6, 2015

We've reached a point of the season where some players have been so dissappointing that there's really no way they can make it up to their fantasy owners. Here are 5 NL players that owners wish they hadn't invested so much in before the season: (I haven't included players whose dissappointment is primarily due to injury - Rendon, Pence, Wainwright, etc..) Ian Desmond, SS, WAS Desmond has quietly put together an extremely disappointing season for the Nationals in pretty much all areas. His high K% in 2014 was a concern coming into the season, but he has always maintained a BABIP well above .300 to keep his BA respectable. Until this year when his BABIP has dropped to .283 and...

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James Turvey

James Turvey

AL Player Analysis - July 6, 2015

Ervin Santana The Twins' big off-season free agent acquisition made his 2015 season debut on Sunday after serving his 80-game suspension for PEDs. Santana looked much the ace that the Twins - and really patient fantasy owners - were hoping for in his debut, going eight easy innings, with just two runs and six baserunners allowed, while he fanned eight Royals, one of the harder teams in baseball to strike out. Santana has proven a valuable innings eater at least in the last two seasons, and if he can flash the strikeout potential he showed on Sunday, Santana could be a big pick up for owners. He's owned in about a fifth of ESPN leagues as of right now, and...

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Sam Wallach

Sam Wallach

N.L. Player Report July 5th, 2015

DFS Picks: Mike Bolsinger (SP-LAD) - Right now the Mets couldn't score against a little league team. This makes Mike Bolsinger a must start in DFS leagues. In Bolsinger's last six starts, he has only allowed two home runs. During that stretch he has averaged 5.67 K/start. At home, Bolsinger owns a 2.25 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Due to New York's .226 BAA and 2.82 runs/game on the road, Bolsinger gets a huge DFS boost. It certainly won't hurt that his price tag is so low. As long as Bolsinger can get the Mets best hitter Steven Matz out, then he'll have no problem picking up the win. DraftKings Value Pick $6,800 Taylor Jungmann (SP-MIL) - Through his first...

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Kyle Elfrink

Kyle Elfrink

Week 14 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

Selecting the starting lineup for the 2015 All-Star game in Cincinnati has drawn down. Organizational PR arms can now pull back on the battering ram of promo's telling us to 'vote 35 times per e-mail address,' or 'get our hometown guy into the game!' The silliness that is All-Star voting certainly raises the dander of many. My outrage is mostly muted. When it's all said and done, 95% of the players that make up the two rosters will be deserving. I don't know about you, but life doesn't allow for time to be spent on such an insignificant percentage of guys who 'shouldn't be there.' Instead, I'm more interested in the fantasy waiver All-Stars for 2015! Not only is the...

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Walter Kuberski

Walter Kuberski

AL Player Report- July 4, 2015

Carlos Correa (SS-HOU): The Astros, lead by rookie sensation Carlos Correa's 6th homer, dropped a 12-spot on the Red Sox. What an incredible start it has been for one of the game's top prospects; can it continue? His 3:20 BB:K ratio suggests that some adjustments are in order; however, his 105 MPH avg. speed off bat on his homers and his 8% swinging strike rate suggest that his bat and approach are advanced well beyond his years and capable of weathering any adjustment period. Lorenzo Cain (OF-KC): Cain filled up the stat sheet last night, going 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 BB, and 1 SB. After years of tantalizing us, Cain is finally breaking out; he...

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Steve Shumansky

Steve Shumansky

Yonder Alonso (1B-San Diego) With the Padre's trouble scoring runs, they decided to bat Yonder Alonso in the leadoff position for the first time in his career. He was 1-4 in today's game. Having watching Alonso play many times, he doesn't possess the speed or athleticism that you'd like to see out of a leadoff hitter, but he does have a .399 OBP so this might be a reasonable choice for a team without any better solutions at this time. Alonso has a .310/.399/.402 line with two homers and 20 RBI in 54 games this season. He has been one of those James Loney type 1B that really lacks the power that is expected at the position. Alonso has a...

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Phil Double

Phil Double

NL Player Analysis - July 2nd, 2015

Francisco Liriano-Pirates-SP Francisco Liriano went 7 IP and gave up 0 ER on 5 H, 3 BB, and 5 K in the win against the Tigers. Liriano has a 2.99 ERA with 119 SO in 102.1 IP. Liriano has been dominant this year. He has seen his K/9 rise to 10.20 while his walk rate has dropped to 2.93 BB/9. Liriano pairs his strikeout numbers with a 54% GB rate, which means the majority of batters are swinging and missing or hitting the ball on the ground. This means Liriano is able to limit any real damage. Liriano will have the occasional start where he struggles with control, but he is one of the better pitchers in the National League...

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Sam Wallach

Sam Wallach

A.L. Player Report July 3rd, 2015

DFS Picks: Chris Carter (1B-HOU) - Chris Carter will be an extremely high-risk high reward player on Friday. Carter and the Astros are set to take on Justin Masterson in Boston. At home, Masterson has allowed 15 walks in 20 innings and has a 6.30 ERA. Considering Carter's 13.1% BB rate and .213 ISO, this could be an interesting matchup. Masterson's average fastball is 87 MPH and his K rate sits a rather disappointing 6.69 K/9. This certainly boosts Carter's DFS value. For a power hitter like Carter, an average fly ball to left could easily reach the Fenway bleachers. Even if he doesn't rock one, Carter should still score due to his tendency to walk and Masterson's 65% strand...

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Schuyler Dombroske

Schuyler Dombroske

NL Daily Notes - July 2nd, 2015

James Shields - Shields managed a QS Wednesday against the Mariners, just his second in the last 5 starts, with a 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER outing in which he walked 4 and fanned 7. Shields is generating swinging strikes at a rate far above the rest of his career, but an elevated walk rate and an abysmal road ERA of 5.50 have hurt him more than the K increase has helped. He's also down about a full mph with his fastball velocity this year, something that might have a bit to do with the 2nd highest hard contact rate of his career this season. I still expect Shields to improve upon his current performance for the remainder of the...

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Steve Shumansky

Steve Shumansky

AL Player Analysis- 7-1-15

Taijuan Walker (SP-Seattle) Taijuan Walker pitched brilliantly today giving up only 1 hit and striking out 7 over 6 shutout innings. He is starting to show some of the promise that was expected of him. With today's outing he has a 22.5% K rate and a 7.1 walk rate and his .374 xFIP against his 4.34 ERA indicates that good things are ahead in the 2nd half. Walker could use some improvement in his 12.1% HR/FB rate, which has held back his development, and he must start to pitch better on the road where batters have a .384 wOBA against him. His curve has not been effective this season and I wish he would use his slider more. Once these...

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David Donahue

David Donahue

AL Daily Recap - July 1, 2015

Yesterday, my colleague Menachem Greenfeld rightfully cautioned you against the expectation of Mitch Moreland's excellent average continuing going forward. I wanted to add a few things since I'm in the driver's seat on the Moreland bandwagon. This year, Moreland's batted ball distance is 14th in the league at 305.8, just ahead of Chris Davis and Bryce Harper; in 2013, Moreland was at 289. With that said, I'm more than willing to sacrifice some of Moreland's average going forward for what appears to be legitimate power. Moreland added his 13th and 14th home runs of the season last night (4 in two days), and I expect a handful more going forward. His 20.7% HR/FB isn't materially out of whack with his...

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Menachem Greenfeld

Menachem Greenfeld

AL Player Analysis - June 30, 2015

Cody Anderson, SP, CLE Anderson was excellent again for the Indians again on Monday, allowing only 1 ER on 2 hits in 8 IP. His 0.57 ERA through two big league starts is likely good enough to keep him in Cleveland's rotation, but it shouldn't be enough to get him into your fantasy rotation. 6 K's in 15.2 IP is not exactly impressive, even if it is accompanied by only 1 BB. His 3.94 xFIP thus far is not bad, but he will have to up the strikeout rate to become fantasy relevant. Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX Moreland continued what has been a career year on Monday, hitting two HR's and driving in 3 in a win over the Orioles....

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Schuyler Dombroske

Schuyler Dombroske

NL Daily Notes - June 30th, 2015

Eugenio Suarez - Suarez was 3-5 with 3 RBIs, a 2B, and 2 SBs on Monday in the 11-7 win over the Twins. He's now hitting 316/361/421 on the year, and as long as the defensive woes (5 errors over the weekend) don't limit his playing time, he could certainly provide value in all formats as the starting SS in Cincinnati. He hasn't shown a ton of pop at the big-league level just yet, but in his last 111 games at AA and AAA he has 27 doubles and 16 homers, so there's some power in there....he's certainly a 10/10 candidate over a full season. I'd definitely be looking at him in most formats right now as a potential replacement...

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Phil Double

Phil Double

AL Player Analysis-June 28th, 2014

Jeff Samardzija-White Sox-SP Jeff Samardzija went 7.1 IP and gave up 4 ER on 5 H, 3 BB, and 4 K in the loss to the Tigers. Which qualified starter has given up the most hits this season? If your answer was Jeff Samardzija, you were correct. As a result he has seen his ERA jump to 4.56 and his K/9 drop to 7.46. He is simply not missing enough bats. His split-fingered fastball was getting 22% SwStrk's a year ago and has dropped to 12% this year. Until he gets this pitch back, expect mediocre results from the Shark. Collin McHugh-Astros-SP Collin McHugh went 8 IP and gave up 1 ER on 2 H, 2 BB, and 8 K...

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Walter Kuberski

Walter Kuberski

NL Player Report - June 29, 2015

Curtis Granderson (OF-NYM): Curtis Granderson continued to drink from the fountain of youth, as the veteran went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in game 2 of the doubleheader. What a resurgence 2015 has been for the Grandyman! The underlying numbers back it up too, as Granderson has lowered his swinging strike rate from 10% to 7% and increased his hardhit percentage from 33% to 39%; and amazingly, he has decreased his chase rate from 26% to 19%! His .169 wOBA against lefties leaves something to be desired, and his HR/FB rate is slightly inflated; but I still see a healthy and revitalized Granderson remaining a must-own OF in all formats for the second half. Stephen Strasburg (SP-WAS): SS posted another solid...

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James Turvey

James Turvey

AL Player Analysis - June 27, 2015

Carlos Correa Correa is most certainly proving his bona fides at the major league level to start his career, as the number one overall pick from 2012 now has five home runs in just nineteen games, thanks to another bomb on Saturday. With a .301 average and four steals to go along with those five home runs, Correa's stock is at an all-time high (all-time being relative since he's been in the league three weeks). Although it would really take some stones, owners may want to think about selling uber-high on Correa. Like getting a fantasy ace in return high. If Correa's potential and position may be able to convince a desperate owner to send Corey Kluber and his not...

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Josh Sperry

Josh Sperry

June 27th NL Player Analysis

Mallex Smith, Atlanta Braves - A name for dynasty leagues to keep an eye on is speedster Mallex Smith. Smith came over to Atlanta for Justin Upton and has done nothing but tear the cover off the ball, and he was recently promoted to AAA earlier this week. After triple slashing .340/.418/.402 in AA with 27 steals, he's shown the Braves Front Office he has a great chance to be the centerfield of the future. This comes one year after he swiped 88 bags for San Diego in the minors, so the speed definitely has a track record. Jose Pereza was playing center for AAA Gwinnett but he has yet to see time at the position since Smith's arrival. He...

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Kyle Elfrink

Kyle Elfrink

Week 13 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

If you're going to steam pitchers over the course of the season, you have to ask yourself, 'What offenses do I stream against?' Nearing the half-way point of the season, we have better (but, not perfect) read on which teams are weak, which teams struggle to post crooked number, and, thus, what teams to target. Here are the bottom three squads in few categories that matter most when you're trying to select a streaming option ... Runs/Game - PHI (3.30), SEA (3.40), CWS (3.46) Strikeouts - HOU (697), CHI (671), SD (646) Team Batting Average - SEA (.231), NYM (.237), MIL (.237) Total team HRs - ATL (42), PHI (46), CWS (50) Team OPS - CWS (.647), PHI (.650), NYM...

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NL Daily Notes - May 6, 2015

Starling Marte (OF-PIT) - I always saw Marte as the guy who would settle in as the #2 hitter between Polanco and McCutchen, but he's looking like more of a middle of the order type these days. Tuesday, Marte...

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