Walter Kuberski

My passion for fantasy baseball began to grow in 1992. After Sid Bream slid (allegedly) safely into home, sending my Pirates into a decades' long run of futility, I went into a deep-middle school depression. I couldn't even play kickball for months. I also was left without a relevant MLB team to cheer. Over the years, I naturally gravitated towards the fantasy game. And while taking statistics courses in Texas as I worked on my PhD, I lost my mind for statistical applications to baseball, and have no desire to get it back. I've competed in all types of formats and find myself intrigued by spotting value, especially when it comes to prospects and up-and-coming major leaguers. There's nothing quite like signing Craig Kimbrel and Mike Trout the year before they rose to superstardom, and watching your buy-low investments soar in value.

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    NL Player Analysis - June 27, 2017

    Gio Gonzalez(SP-WAS): Gonzalez lost after allowing one run on two hits (one homer) and five walks with eight strikeouts over six innings vs. the Cubs. While the surface stats looks great, the peripherals indicate that Gonzalez makes for a great...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 26, 2017

    Trey Mancini(1B/OF-BAL): Mancini went 1-for-4 with a solo homer against the Rays. I've been a believer in Mancini and see him as a must-start in all standard leagues. However, I also see regression coming in the BABIP (.396 currently) and...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 24, 2017

    Mike Foltynewicz(SP-ATL): Folty won after allowing one run on four hits (one homer) and three walks with nine strikeouts over five innings vs. the Brewers. The right-hander continues to show flashes of dominance, but overall, the indicators suggest a limited...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 19, 2017

    Hector Neris(RP-PHI): Neris blew his second save after allowing one run on two hits and one walk over one inning vs. the D-backs. The right-hander looked to have righted the ship in late-May, but he has allowed runs in three...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 17, 2017

    Daniel Norris(SP-DET): Norris won after allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over six innings vs. the Rays. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 19, a time...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 6, 2017

    Sean Manaea(SP-OAK): Sean Manaea won after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over six innings Monday vs. the Blue Jays. He has arrived. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than two earned runs since May...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 31, 2017

    Elvis Andrus(SS-TEX): Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, two runs scored and five RBIs vs. the Rays. Andrus is the number one shortstop on most player rating systems so far thanks to the power spike...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 30, 2017

    Trea Turner(INF-WAS): Nationals shortstop Trea Turner went 0-for-5, moving his season line to .241/.270/.412 with five homers and 11 steals in 40 games. Pitchers are adjusting to Turner with deployment and sequencing, and as a result, the speedster has struggled...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 29, 2017

    Jimmy Nelson(SP-MIL): Jimmy Nelson won after allowing one run on seven hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts over seven innings vs. the D-backs. Nelson is limiting left-handers to a .310 wOBA. And he's posting a 2.56 BB/9 rate. In...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 21, 2017

    Vince Velasquez(SP-PHI): Vince Velazquez lost after allowing five runs on seven hits (one homer) and two walks with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings Saturday against the Pirates. While VV's 5.98 ERA/4.11 xFIP indicate he's been unlucky, the right-hander has...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 14, 2017

    Scott Schebler(OF-CIN): Scott Schebler went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer vs. the Giants. Schebler is taking full advantage of a full-time gig and is making gains across the board. He has increased his fly ball rate, hard...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 13, 2017

    Ervin Santana(SP-MIN): Ervin Santana won after allowing two hits and five walks with four strikeouts over seven shutout innings vs. the Indians. While Santana continues to deliver elite fantasy value, his peripherals suggest a major course correction looms. The veteran...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 8, 2017

    Alex Cobb(P-TB): Cobb lost after allowing two runs on four hits (one homer) and two walks with three strikeouts over eight innings vs. the Jays. Cobb has shown some encouraging signs and has given us reasons for concern. On the...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 29, 2017

    Yuli Gurriel(1B/3B-HOU): Gurriel went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored vs. the A's. After getting off to a sluggish start, Gurriel has picked up the pace at the plate, moving his line to .347/.365/.514...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 23, 2017

    Kenta Maeda(SP-LAD): Maeda lost after allowing six runs on nine hits (four homers) and one walk with five strikeouts over five innings vs. the D-backs. Reports out of LA suggest Maeda may miss his next start to work out kinks...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 18, 2017

    Robbie Ray (SP-ARI): Ray took the no-decision after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts over six innings vs. the Dodgers. Outside of Vince Velasquez, is there a more frustrating pitcher to own...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 17, 2017

    Ryan Schimpf(3B-SD): Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks, and two runs scored. When it comes to OBP and points leagues, Schmipt could be one of fantasy's best-kept secrets. He is truly turning into a true three-outcome guy,...

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    AL Player News- April 15, 2017

    Daniel Norris (SP-DET): Norris won after allowing two hits and four walks with five strikeouts across six scoreless innings. After experiencing dead arm during his last spring start, Norris has come out of the shoot looking like the breakout we...

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    AL Player News- April 10, 2017

    Steven Souza (OF-TB): Steven Souza went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer, two walks, and two runs scored. Sign me up for the Souza train! The Rays gave up quite a haul to acquire Souza's services before the 2015 season, but...

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    NL Player News- April 9, 2017

    Michael Saunders (OF-PHI): Saunders went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored on Saturday vs. the Nats. Saunders was off to a 1-10 start before the breakout performance and even sat against a lefty earlier...

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    Preseason Prep- March 25th, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: Uncertainty Surrounding Jung Ho Kang Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa and remains in limbo in South Korea. Reports suggest that a possible DUI arrest in a third country may be a reason...

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    Preseason Prep- March 2nd, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: How Can a Super Nova Go Unnoticed? Ivan Nova tossed two scoreless innings, inducing four groundball outs against the Twins on Tuesday. The former Yankee is going as the 72nd SP off the board in early...

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    Preseason Prep- February 23, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Notes: Tommy Isn't a Regular Jo(seph) Assuming he is over the wrist tendinitis that plagued him over the winter (and all indications suggest that he is), Tommy Joseph is ready to destroy baseballs in 2017. After an...

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    Preseason Prep- February 18th, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: Just Like the GM Drew It Up Pirates GM Neil Huntington recently indicated that he sees Drew Hutchison breaking camp in the rotation unless Tyler Glasnow wows this spring. Knowing how the budget-conscious Pirates operate and...

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    NL Player News- October 2, 2016

    Archie Bradley (P-ARI): Archie Bradley won after allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks with 11 strikeouts over seven innings vs. the Padres. While his 5.02 masks it, Bradley has taken a huge step forward in his development...

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    NL Player News- September 30, 2016

    Ivan Nova (P-PIT): Ivan Nova took the no-decision after allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a rain shortened affair vs. the Pirates. Nova finishes the year with a 3.71 xFIP and a...

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    AL Player News- September 26, 2016

    Carlos Rodon (P-CHW): Carlos Rodon won after allowing two hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings vs. the Indians. Rodon threw 73 of his 108 pitches for strikes and induced eight groundball outs in an important...

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    NL Player News- September 25, 2016

    Robbie Ray (P-ARI): Robbie Ray lost after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles. With the Orioles struggling against lefties and Ray thriving on the Road,...

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    AL Player News- September 19, 2016

    Daniel Norris (SP-DET): Daniel Norris won after allowing one earned run on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts over five innings vs. the Indians. Jon Gray better watch out, because there is a new man crush alert in...

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    NL Player News- September 18, 2016

    Jon Gray (SP-COL): Jon Gray struck out 16 in a four-hit, complete-game shutout at home vs. the Padres. What a breakout season 2016 has been for Gray, who now has a 172:53 K:BB ratio with a 3.57 xFIP through 158...

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    AL Player News- September 12, 2016

    James Paxton (SP-SEA): James Paxton, who pitched through a torn fingernail, allowed two runs one five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings against the A's. While Paxton has been extremely inconsistent in 2016, his upside makes...

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    NL Player News- September 11, 2016

    Josh Bell (1B-PIT): Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI and two runs scored, but the Pirates fell short to the Reds. When the Pirates went way over slot to sign Bell away from his commitment...

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    NL Player News- September 4, 2016

    Jake Lamb (3B-ARI): Jake Lamb went 2-for-5, hitting his 27th homer to lead the D-backs. While Lamb's average and home run rate have fallen off in the second half, his peripherals suggest that he's been the victim of bad luck,...

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    AL Player News- August 29, 2016

    Corey Dickerson (OF-TB): Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Look for the effort as a sign of things to come, as Dickerson's .268 BABIP is 55 points below his...

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    NL Player News- August 28, 2016

    Anthony DeSclafani (SP-CIN): Anthony DeSclafani tossed a complete game, 4-hit shutout with nine strikeouts against the D-backs. The right-hander has pitched well since his activation from the DL, posting a 22 percent strikeout rate to go along with a 5...

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    NL Player News- August 21, 2016

    Robbie Ray (SP-ARI): Robbie Ray struck out 13 Padres over seven innings of one-run, one-hit, one-walk ball in earning the win. With the effort the lefty moved his K/9 rate to 11.19 over 140 innings, and although his ERA sits...