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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    AL Player Analysis - June 16, 2018

    Brian Dozier(2B-Min): The slugger went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI's out of the five-hole against Cleveland. Dozier is shockingly the 19th ranked 2B on the ESPN Player Rater thanks to a .230 AVG and a low steals total...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 10, 2018

    Rafael Devers(3B-BOS): Devers went 1-for-4 vs. the White Sox and his OPS sits at .682 on the season. The 21-year-old has really scuffled, as his contact rate has decreased to 72 percent from last season while his swinging strike and...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 4, 2018

    Blake Snell(SP-TB): Snell took a no-decision after allowing two hits and no walks with 12 strikeouts over six scoreless innings against the Mariners. The left-hander hasn't allowed an earned run over his last three starts while posting an impressive 27:4...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 2, 2018

    Matt Olson(1B-OAK): Olson went 3-for-4 with two homers, five RBIs, three runs, and one walk against the Royals. After hitting 24 homers in 59 games last season, Olson had hit only nine in 57 games entering tonight. While his 41%...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 19, 2018

    Max Kepler(OF-MIN): Kepler went 2-for-2 with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and one walk vs. the Brewers. Kepler hit his 6th homer of the season to quell any doubts that he's over the hand issue he faced earlier in...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 14, 2018

    Edubray Ramos(RP-PHI): Ramos picked up his first save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning vs. the Mets. With Hector Neris' struggles, Manager Gabe Kapler has indicated his willingness to use whoever gives the team the best chance...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 12, 2018

    Cole Hamels(P-TEX): Hamels won after allowing one hit and three walks with five strikeouts over six shutout innings against the Astros. While his control issues have prevented him from going deep into games and earning decisions consistently, Hamels continues to...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 5, 2018

    Willy Adames (SS-TB): Adames has been solid at Triple-A, and is likely to take over at SS by the end of the month. He is sitting at .298-.404-.500 with three homers and two steals through 24 games with a solid...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 30, 2018

    Daniel Robertson(INF-TB): Robertson went 2-for-4 against the Red Sox. Just three short years ago, Robertson was a consensus top-30 prospect, but after some struggles in the high minors and majors, Robertson had completely fallen off the radar until his hot...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 21, 2018

    Ben Lively(SP-PHI): Lively took a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over six innings vs. the Pirates. Lively has quietly posted a 21:6 K:BB ratio over 21.1 innings in 2018. A .385...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 10, 2018

    Josh Donaldson(3B-TOR): The slugger went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk against the Orioles. Likely due to an ailing shoulder that has been plaguing him in the early going, the Jays gave Donaldson a look at 1B last...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 9, 2018

    Shohei Otani(SP-LAA): The hurler moved to 2-0 after allowing one hit and one walk with 12 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings vs. the Athletics. Ohtani retired 19 straight batters as he continues to impress after an abysmal spring. He now...

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    NL Player Analysis - March 31, 2018

    Gregory Polanco(OF-PIT): Polanco went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, four RBIs, three runs scored, one stolen base, and one walk against the Tigers. Polanco's first stolen base and first homer of the season, a game-winning three-run shot in the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 10, 2018

    Pirates Value Power in the Burgh Corey Dickerson posted a solid .341 wOBA with 27 homers last season while quietly improving against left-handed pitching. Acquired from the Rays on Feb. 22, the slugger looks set to assume the bulk of...

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    Preseason Prep - February 10, 2018

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Joe Musgrove(SP): While the newly acquired Pirate allowed a .526 slugging percentage and 16 homers as a starter in 78 innings with Houston last season, Musgrove thrived in the bullpen to the tune of a .321 slugging allowed...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 30, 2017

    Marcell Ozuna(OF-MIA): Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a double, one run, three RBIs and one walk vs. the Braves. Ozuna went 50th off the board in the #2EarlyMock, and I think that is fantastic value. Many may write off the...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 26, 2017

    Jon Lester(SP-CHC): Jon Lester won after allowing one run on five hits (one homer) and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings Monday against the Cardinals. Perhaps he can salvage what has been a down year by his standards....

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    NL Player Analysis - September 25, 2017

    Jacob DeGrom(SP-NYM): Jacob DeGrom lost after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits (one homer) and no walks with 11 strikeouts over six innings vs. the Nationals. I'm completely sold on the 29-year-old as a true fantasy ace, and...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 18, 2017

    Joe Mauer(1B-MIN): Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double, and five RBIs vs. the Blue Jays. The 34-year-old has quietly had a productive fantasy season with a .306/.385/.424 line and 65 RBIs with 63 runs. While his 2.22...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 16, 2017

    Brian Dozier(2B-MIN): Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer vs. the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old is second in homers at second base with 31, trailing only Jonathan Schoop. While Dozier is slightly behind last year's HR pace due to...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 11, 2017

    Trea Turner(SS-WAS): Turner went 2-for-4 with a homer, a triple and two runs vs. the Phillies. The 24-year-old continues to make up for lost time and is now up to nine homers and 39 steals over 81 games. Are you...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 9, 2017

    Whit Merrifield(2B-KC): Whit Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a double, one run, two RBIs, one walk and one stolen base vs. the Twins. The man has arrived. He now sports a .288/.322/.466 line with 17 homers, 28 steals, 69 runs and...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 4, 2017

    Carlos Correa(SS-HOU): Carlos Correa (thumb) went 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, one stolen base and one walk vs. the Mets in his return from the DL. Correa was back in his customary spot in the middle of the Astros...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 28, 2017

    Kolten Wong(2B-STL): Kolten Wong went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk vs. the Rays. With all of his well-documented struggles, it's easy to forget that Wong was the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft....

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    NL Player Analysis - August 23, 2017

    Patrick Corbin(SP-ARI): Patrick Corbin won after allowing one run on four hits (one homer) and two walks with six strikeouts over eight innings against the Mets. Corbin induced 13 groundouts in another solid performance to even his mark at 11-11...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 21, 2017

    Blake Snell(SP-TB): Blake Snell won after allowing two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over seven shutout innings vs. the Mariners. Some day I believe Blake Snell will be a solid number two fantasy option, and he flashed that...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 19, 2017

    J.T. Realmuto(C-MIA): J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Mets. At catcher you have Sanchez, Posey, Contreras, and then? Maybe it's Realmuto, who moved his season line to .292/.351/.468 with 14 homers, six steals, 54 runs,...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 14, 2017

    Javier Baez(INF-CHC): Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer and two runs against the D-backs. The 24-year-old has been picking up the pace, collection at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games. With regular reps thanks...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 9, 2017

    Alex Bregman(3B/SS-HOU): Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two walks against the White Sox out of the leadoff spot. While Bregman has disappointed fantasy owners who drafted him with a top-10 round pick, the 23-year-old looks...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 2, 2017

    Lucas Duda(1B/DH-TB): Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a double a two runs against the Astros and has now hit in all five games he has played with the Rays. Duda should continue to see everyday at-bats at DH and 1B...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 31, 2017

    Andrew McCutchen(OF-PIT): Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-3 with three solo homers, four runs and two walks against the Padres. After posting a .317 wOBA in April and a .290 wOBA in May, Cutch has responded with .495 and .384 marks in...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 30, 2017

    Kevin Gausman(SP-BAL): Kevin Gausman won after allowing seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rangers. The right-hander has been working on varying speeds more in his sequencing and it's paying off, as...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 29, 2017

    Nomar Mazara(OF-TEX): Nomar Mazara went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs vs. the Orioles. Development rarely follows a linear path, and it certainly isn't doing so in Mazara's case as the sophomore has seen a slight downtown...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 25, 2017

    Carlos Santana(1B/DH-CLE): Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with two solo homers, three runs and a walk vs. the Reds. At 12 homers and a .182 ISO, Santana is well behind 2016's monster pace of 34 homers and a .239 ISO. Look...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 22, 2017

    Josh Bell(1B/OF-PIT): Bell went 4-for-6 with a double, one run and four RBIs against the Rockies. Bell has slugged .480, posting 17 homers and 52 RBIs through 95 games this season. And I think the best has yet to arrive...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 8, 2017

    Kris Bryant(3B-CHC): Kris Bryant went 4-for-5 with two homers, a triple, three runs and four RBI Friday vs. the Pirates. While Bryant's surface stats lag behind last year's, the peripherals suggest that positive regression has arrived and is here to...