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September 27, 2013

NL Player Notes- September 27th, 2013

Gerardo Parra (RF-ARI)- Parra was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Diamondbacks' extra innings loss to the Padres on Thursday night. The right fielder is currently hitting .268/.325/.406 with ten home runs this season to go along with his ten...

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September 26, 2013

NL Player Notes: September 26th, 2013

Daniel Murphy, 2B/1B, New York Mets -- Murphy finished 1-for-4 with a stolen base (his 20th straight without being caught)in New York's 1-0 win over Cincy yesterday afternoon. Two nights ago, he had the deciding 3-run homer on a 12-pitch...

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September 19, 2013

AL Player Notes: September 19th, 2013

Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins -- Dozier finished 1-for-3 with an RBI yesterday which proved to be the game winner. It was Dozier's 62nd RBI of the season in what was his first year as the everyday 2B for Minnesota....

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September 14, 2013

NL Player Notes: September 15th, 2013

Lucas Duda, OF, New York Mets -- Duda had a nice double header, reaching base five times (three hits, two walks) in eight plate appearances, including a solo homer. The big fly was his 14th of the season, and his...

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September 12, 2013

NL Player Notes: September 13th, 2013

Wilson Ramos, C, Washington Nationals -- Ramos is about as hot as a fantasy batter gets at the moment, blasting his third home run in his last five contests, and his 13th overall this season, helping the Nationals handle the...

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September 8, 2013

NL Player Notes: September 8th, 2013

Lucas Duda, OF, New York Mets Duda finished yesterday's contest 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. It was a rough time out for the big fella, as he fanned three times, but since getting called up, he looks...

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September 3, 2013

NL Player Notes- September 4th, 2013

Jason Grilli (RP-PIT)- Grilli, who had been dealing with a right forearm strain was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, and did not appear in last night's game. Grilli was having a spectacular season before this injury pitching to...

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August 31, 2013

NL Player Notes: September 1st, 2013

Kyle Blanks, OF, San Diego Padres In his first action since July 11th, Blanks finished 2-for-4, batting 5th for Bud Black in the Padres order. Prior to getting injured, the 26-year old was batting .256 with 26 runs scored, eight...

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August 17, 2013

NL Player Notes: August 18th, 2013

Jeff Locke, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates Similar to his teammate Francisco Liriano's start last week, Locke had a nightmarish outing against Arizona, yielding eight earned on 10 hits in just 2.2 innings of work. It's starts like this that can lose...

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August 15, 2013

NL Player Notes: August 15th, 2013

Steve Cishek, RP, Miami Marlins Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 26th save of the year. He retired the first two batters, only to give up a double and a walk before closing the game out. After an...

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August 7, 2013

AL Player Notes - August 8th, 2013

Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland A's: Cold Batter Donaldson finally drove in a run with a solo homer off of Homer Bailey yesterday afternoon. This marked his first RBI of the second half. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs...

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August 6, 2013

AL Player Notes- August 7th, 2013

Tom Wilhemsen (RP-SEA)- Wilhelmsen, who was sent down to triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, actually made the start for Tacoma on Tuesday. The Mariners have not officially announced plans to make him a starter. Wilhelmsen struggled in double-A as a starter...

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August 3, 2013

NL Player Notes: August 4th, 2013

Kenley Jansen, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Great Player Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 16th save in 19 tries this year. Since May, Jansen hasn't lost a game and he hasn't blown a save since...

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July 30, 2013

NL Player Notes- July 30th, 2013

Francisco Liriano (SP-PIT)- Liriano delivered another strong outing on Monday night, as helped lead the Pirates to a win over the Cardinals. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings of...

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July 18, 2013

2013 Mid Season Rankings / 3YR 2nd Half History

As we move beyond the all star break, it's time to set our sights on the 2nd half. Every season we come across players who unexplainably perform at higher or lower levels during certain periods of the season. One...

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July 4, 2013

NL Roundup: July 4th, 2013

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates: Hot Batter Alvarez continues to swing a blazing hot bat, hitting a three-run bomb to give the Pirates a lead they wouldn't squander. The blast was his 21st of the season already and his 11th...

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June 29, 2013

NL Roundup: June 29th, 2013

Justin Upton,OF, Atlanta Braves: Cold Batter Upton finished 1-for-3 with an RBI in Atlanta's 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks. After exploding in the opening month of the season with 12 dingers and 19 RBI, Upton has just three home runs...

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June 23, 2013

AL Roundup: June 23rd, 2013

Nelson Cruz, OF, Texas Rangers: Hot Batter The Texas slugger finished 2-for-4 while hitting his 19th home run of the season, which was enough to hand the Cardinals the loss, 4-2. After hitting a very underwhelming .216 with a .282...

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June 21, 2013

AL Roundup: June 21st, 2013

Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins: Run Producer Morneau finished last night's game 1-for-4, but his only hit netted two RBI en route to Minnesota's 8-4 victory over the White Sox yesterday. It has been an odd year for the Twins...

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June 10, 2013

Daily Fix 6/10/13 - Why Nelson Cruz and Hisashi Iwakuma are top plays!

Starting last Monday the Daily Fantasy Fix moved to myfantasyfix.com. At our new home, we're offering additional content geared towards the daily fantasy industry, including more broad-based strategy articles on concepts like bankroll management, roster construction for game-type, etc. The...

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June 8, 2013

NL Roundup: June 8th, 2013

Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Rise in Value A couple of years ago, it seemed like all hope was lost for the veteran left-hander. He was coming off a second half with Chicago that saw him give up 34 earned...

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June 6, 2013

Daily Fix 6/6/13 - Why Chase Headley and Norichika Aoki are today's top value plays!

Starting Monday the Daily Fantasy Fix moved to myfantasyfix.com. At our new home, we're offering additional content geared towards the daily fantasy industry, including more broad-based strategy articles on concepts like bankroll management, roster construction for game-type, etc. The content...

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June 4, 2013

NL Roundup: June 5th, 2013

Jeremy Hefner, SP, New York Mets: Rise in Value After recording his first win of the season in his ninth start, Hefner was wonderful again, showing good command in another quality start versus the rival Nationals. Hefner gave up a...

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June 2, 2013

Daily Fix 6/2/13 - Why Prince Fielder and Mat Latos are top plays today!

Starting Monday the Daily Fantasy Fix will be moving to myfantasyfix.com. At our new home, we'll be offering additional content geared towards the daily fantasy industry, including more broad-based strategy articles on concepts like bankroll management, roster construction for game-type,...

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June 1, 2013

Daily Fix 6/1/13 - Why Napoli and Wainwright are must starts today!

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NL Roundup: June 1st, 2013

Wade Miley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Drop Player Miley lost his fourth straight start yesterday at Wrigley Field, giving up a home run to Alfonso Soriano in the first inning and then serving up two in the third to Scott Hairston...

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May 31, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 31st, 2013

Today's featured DFS site is DraftDay. Click HERE for an exclusive first time deposit bonus (use code "fantistics")! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the...

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AL Player Roundup: May 28th, 2013

Mitch Moreland, 1B, Texas Rangers: Back on Track After 10 games without one, Mitch Moreland finally broke the dry spell and went yard off of Brandon McCarthy in the 3rd inning of yesterday's game, chasing McCarthy from the game. The...

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May 30, 2013

5/30 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

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May 29, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 29th, 2013

Today's featured daily fantasy site is Draftstreet. Click HERE for a first time deposit bonus. Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 28, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 28th, 2013

Today's featured daily fantasy site is DailyJoust. Click HERE for a first time deposit bonus. Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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AL Player Roundup: May 28th, 2013

Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels: Proceed with Caution Pujols finished 3-for-4 yesterday in a losing effort versus the in-state rival Dodgers. He, along with teammate Josh Hamilton, struggled a bit in the early going, but steadily, the perennial All-Star...

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May 27, 2013

5/27 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

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May 26, 2013

AL Player Roundup: May 26th, 2013

1. R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Struggles Continue Dickey's woes carried on in his start against Baltimore, giving up six earned on nine hits, walking three and fanning just four in the process. He had won his previous two...

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Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 26th, 2013

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May 25, 2013

5/25 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's Fantasy Fix, I have to give a HUGE shout out to fellow FIX co-author Drew Dinkmeyer who won last night's StarStreet PFBC Qualifier. With it he wins a free trip to the Playboy Mansion and...

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May 24, 2013

5/24 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is Fantasy Feud. Click HERE for a 50% deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the...

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May 23, 2013

5/23 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is DraftDay. Click HERE for a 100% deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site...

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May 22, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 22nd, 2013

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites price...

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May 21, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 21st, 2013

Today's Featured DFS site is Star Fantasy Leagues. Click HERE to receive a 40% deposit bonus exclusive to Fantistics, just use the code: FANTISTICS when you deposit Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to...

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May 20, 2013

5/20 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is DraftStreet. Click HERE and use Fantistics as your recruiting and bonus code to get a 30% deposit bonus up to $150! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand...

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May 19, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 19th, 2013

Today's Featured DFS site is DailyJoust. Click HERE to receive a first time deposit bonus Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 18, 2013

5/18 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is Fan Throwdown. Click HERE for a first time deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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NL Roundup: May 18th, 2013

Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets: Hot Pitcher Harvey's scorching hot start was threatened after a throwing error allowed two to score in the bottom of the first inning. He recovered nicely, giving up just two more hits en route...

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May 17, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 17th, 2013

Today's Featured DFS site is FanDuel. Click HERE to receive a first time deposit bonus Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 16, 2013

5/16 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is StarStreet. Click HERE for a 100% deposit bonus up to $100! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players...

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May 15, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 15th, 2013

Today's Featured DFS site is FantasyFeud. Click HERE to receive a 50% deposit bonus with the code: FANTISTICS Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the...

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NL Player Notes- May 15th, 2013

Huston Street (RP-SD)- Street recorded his ninth save of the season in the Padres 3-2 win over the Orioles. He threw one shutout inning in which he allowed one walk while striking out one. The veteran closer lowered his ERA...

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May 14, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 14th, 2013

Today's Featured DFS site is DraftDay. Click HERE to receive a first time 100% deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players...

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May 13, 2013

5/13 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is Star Fantasy Leagues. Click HERE and use fantistics as both your referral code and promo code to receive a first time deposit bonus of 40% (double the normal bonus)! Before we get into today's recommendations,...

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May 12, 2013

NL Roundup: May 12th, 2013

Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Rise in Value Liriano's National League debut went a little better than anticipated. The 29-year old lefty tossed 5 1/3 innings yesterday afternoon, allowing one run on six hits while recording nine strikeouts in the...

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Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - May 12th, 2013

Today's Featured DFS site is Draftstreet. Click HERE to receive a first time deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 11, 2013

5/11 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is DailyJoust. Click HERE to receive a first time deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 10, 2013

5/10 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is Fan Throwdown. Click HERE for a first time deposit bonus. Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 9, 2013

5/9 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Today's Featured DFS site is FanDuel. Click HERE to get a first time deposit bonus! Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on...

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May 6, 2013

5/6 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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May 4, 2013

5/4 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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May 2, 2013

5/2 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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April 29, 2013

4/29 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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April 27, 2013

4/27 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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NL Roundup: April 27th, 2013

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs: Hot Batter The young slugger did a little bit of everything, finishing 3-for-4 last night with two HR and accounting for all four RBI for the offensively challenged Cubs in a 4-2 victory over...

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April 26, 2013

NL Roundup: April 26th, 2013

Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Rookie Watch The 26-year old rookie was great again yesterday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts and only three hits allowed. This is Ryu's fourth quality start of five total...

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April 25, 2013

4/25 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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April 22, 2013

4/22 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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April 20, 2013

4/20 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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NL Roundup: April 20th, 2013

Ike Davis, 1B, New York Mets The first two weeks of the season were eerily similar to last year for the 26-year old Arizona State grad, but Davis has something to build off of after jacking two long balls...

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April 18, 2013

4/19 Fantistics Daily Fix

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4/18 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

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April 15, 2013

4/15 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Make sure in addition to reading the Fix each day you are following me (https://twitter.com/leonem4444) and Drew (https://twitter.com/DrewDinkmeyer) on Twitter. We often provide updates and advice as it gets closer to roster lock time each day and make adjustments...

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April 13, 2013

4/13 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Before we get into today's recommendations, it is important to remind everyone to understand your scoring format and the pricing of the individual players on the site you're playing. These vary from site to site and all daily sites...

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April 12, 2013

4/12 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Please make sure to subscribe to our daily e-mail list via the link at the bottom of this post, and look for me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/leonem4444) as I will try to give out more daily advice closer to game...

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AL Player Roundup: April 12, 2013

David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox Ortiz began his rehab stint for Triple-A Pawtucket yesterday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He is aiming for 20 ABs in Triple-A before making his 2013 debut for the Red Sox. According to...

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NL Roundup: April 13th

Carlos Quentin, OF, San Diego Padres Quentin was all the talk yesterday when he charged Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit by a pitch and broke the pitcher's clavicle during the scuffle. Greinke is now looking at surgery...

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April 11, 2013

4/11 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

One strategy tip I think we've all learned so far this season: take everyone Drew mentions in the Fix the day AFTER he recommends them. Last night Domonic Brown was one of many guys in the past week to...

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April 8, 2013

4/8 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

Well, yesterday was our first real rough day of the season as things just did not go as predicted. It was an unfortunate end to a strong opening week. Now, let's put it in the rear view mirror and...

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April 7, 2013

4/7 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

I hope this first full week of the Fantistics' Daily Fantasy Fix has helped you win on your respective daily fantasy websites. I think there were more hits than misses and hopefully that translated into more wins than losses...

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April 3, 2013

4/4 Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix

I had an interesting day in the daily fantasy world yesterday, getting absolutely crushed on a couple of sites - that's what I get for not taking Drew Dinkmeyer's play of the day, Freddie Freeman - but redeeming myself...

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April 2, 2013

Fantistics Daily Fantasy Fix - April 2nd, 2013

After Mike Leone got us off to a strong start on Opening Day, the pressure sure is on me to keep the chains moving! For those who don't know Mike was the winner of Draftstreet's Fantasy Baseball Championship last...

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March 31, 2013

Opening Day Daily Fantasy Fix

Welcome to the debut installment of the Fantistics' Daily Fantasy Fix! In this spot each day myself, Michael Leone, and fellow Fantistics' writer Drew Dinkmeyer will bring you advice as how to approach the day's daily fantasy games. Before...

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March 22, 2013

Preseason Prep: March 22nd, 2013

New York Mets Outfield Update: Who is going to start? Before the start of training camp, the Mets outfield situation was completely up in the air. Even Manager Terry Collins was unsure of who would step up, so he...

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September 30, 2012

AL Player Notes- September 30th, 2012

Andy Pettitte (SP-NYY)- Pettitte was charged with his fourth loss of the season after allowing three runs on five hits (one home run) and three walks while striking out four in five innings of work. His record fell to...

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September 28, 2012

AL Player Notes- September 28th, 2012

Doug Fister (SP-DET)- Fister had some outing against the Royals yesterday allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out ten over 7.2 innings of work. He struck out an American League record nine batters during the outing,...

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September 8, 2012

AL Player Notes- September 8th, 2012

Russell Martin (C-NYY)- Martin went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to help the Yankees take an 8-5 win over the Orioles on Friday night. The home run was his 16th of the season, and he improved...

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July 20, 2012

AL Player Notes- July 20th, 2012

David Price (SP-TB)- Price delivered a strong performance on Thursday against the Indians throwing seven shutout innings. He allowed just two hits with three walks and struck out seven to earn his thirteenth win of the season (tied for...

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March 27, 2011

TFC Relief Pitcher Preview

Thoughts on carrying a 5th RP With the taxi squad being set at 14 players, there has been some talk on the discussion board on whether or not carrying a 5th RP is a good idea. I don’t believe it...

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TFC Outfield Preview

Figuring out the Outfield Outfield is always one of the toughest positions to preview. There are just so many potential plays here that it is tough to cover even a good chunk of them. So, I’ll tell you how I...

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TFC Catcher Preview

Behind the plate Generally, I like to go cheap at catcher as I’d rather spend my money on a safer, more predictable position that offers more upside. Well, we are in what some consider to be a golden age of...

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March 15, 2011

The Fantasy Challenge Preview - Up the Middle

This is part 2 of the TFC preseason preview. In part 1, I laid out my initial TFC team along with a preview of the corner infielders. Now, it's time for... Up the middle Second Base One of the nice...

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March 11, 2011

The Fantasy Challenge Preview - Cornering the Competition

TFC Preview Last season I posted my roster prior to doing my position by position preview, and I’ll do the same this year. Seeing the whole roster first makes viewing the position by position analysis more meaningful. So, without further...

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June 10, 2009

NL Player Spotlight - June 10, 2009

Khalil Greene (SS – Cardinals) Khalil Greene made his first rehab start on Tuesday, which leads me to believe that he’ll get the call back up to the majors in about a week. He was a popular sleeper candidate heading...

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May 5, 2009

Early Season Under/Over Performers

The first 4 weeks of the 2009 Baseball Season are history and as typical there are quite a few players who are struggling and a quite a few who are posting MVP type numbers...but who deserves to be where?  Welcome...

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March 21, 2009

The UMA draft strategy - Unappreciated Mound Aces

Recently I had a discussion with an industry colleague on the trend and effectiveness of passing on the top pitchers in this years draft, despite their discounted prices. I feel that this is a trend that needs to be...

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September 24, 2008

AMERICAN LEAGUE SB PROSPECTS FOR 2009

AMERICAN LEAGUE SB PROSPECTS FOR 2009 Adam Jones: If not for a mid-season injury, Jones may already have been established as a major speed threat. He hit 7 triples in 128 games, which is evidence of amazing foot speed, and...

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September 17, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of September 22nd to September 28th

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay (25 for 67 .373 CS%): 4 against Baltimore (Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Jay Payton), 4 against Detroit (Carlos Guillen, Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Gary Sheffield) Joe Mauer, Minnesota (27 for...

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September 16, 2008

First Pitch - September 17th, 2009 - NL Keeper Hitters for 2009

First Pitch – September 17th, 2008 – NL Keepers for 2009: As Joe mentioned yesterday, the First Pitch editions these next two weeks will focus on potential keeper options heading into 2009. I will cover the NL Hitters this morning,...

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September 10, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of September 15th to September 21st

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay (23 for 63 .365 CS%): 3 against Boston (Jacoby Ellsbury, Coco Crisp, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Bay), 3 against Minnesota (Carlos Gomez, Denard Span, Delmon Young, Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla) Joe Mauer, Minnesota...

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August 27, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of September 1st to September 7th

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay (20 for 54 .370 CS%): 3 against NYY (Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Abreu, Derek Jeter), 3 against Toronto (Alex Rios, Marco Scuturo, Joe Inglett) Kurt Suzuki, Oakland (27 for 75, .360...

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August 13, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of August 18th to August 24th

Stolen Base Report for the week of August 18th to August 24th Unfavorable Matchups, American League Kurt Suzuki, Oakland (24 for 69, .348 CS%): 3 against Minnesota (Carlos Gomez, Delmon Young, Nick Punto, Denard Span), 4 against Seattle (Ichiro Suzuki,...

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July 30, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of August 4th to August 10th

Stolen Base Report for the week of August 4th to August 10th Unfavorable Matchups, American League Dioner Navarro Tampa (17 for 45 .378 CS%): 3 against Cleveland (Grady Sizemore, Jamey Carroll, Franklin Gutierrez), 4 against Seattle (Ichiro Suzuki, Adrian Beltre,...

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July 2, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of July 7th to July 13th

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Dioner Navarro Tampa (15 for 40 .385 CS%): 1 against Kansas City (Joey Gathright), 2 against NYY (Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter), 4 against Cleveland (Grady Sizemore, Jamey Carroll, Franklin Gutierrez)...

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June 18, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of June 23rd to June 29th

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Kurt Suzuki Oakland (19 for 47, .404 CS%): 3 against Philadelphia (Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Chase Utley, Eric Bruntlett), 3 against San Francisco (Fred Lewis, Randy Winn, Ray Durham, Emmanuel Burriss) Ivan Rodriguez Detroit...

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June 4, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of June 9th to June 15th

Stolen Base Report for the week of June 9th to June 15th Unfavorable Matchups, American League Kurt Suzuki Oakland (16 for 36, .444 CS%): 3 against NYY (Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter), 3 against San Francisco (Fred Lewis, Randy...

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May 21, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of May 26th to June 2nd

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Ivan Rodriguez Detroit (11 for 27, .407 CS%): 3 against LAA (Chone Figgins, Macier Izturis), 3 against Seattle (Ichiro Suzuki, Willie Bloomquist) Kurt Suzuki Oakland (12 for 32, .375 CS%): 3 against Toronto (Alex Rios), 3...

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May 7, 2008

Stolen Base Report for the week of May 12th to 18th

Unfavorable Matchups, American League Joe Mauer Minnesota (6 for 15, .400 CS%): 4 against Texas (Ian Kinsler, David Murphy), 3 against Detroit (Carlos Guillen, Curtis Granderson) Kurt Suzuki Oakland (7 for 20, .350 CS%): 3 against Tampa (Carl Crawford, BJ...

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May 3, 2008

Opening your Ears can help guide your Eyes

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it!” How many of you in the crowd have heard this one before? I know, we all have and most of the time it’s said in a loud angry tone with...

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May 1, 2008

Under/Over Performing Batters

Under/Over Performing Batters Another April is in the books and as typical there are quite a few players who are in our doghouse and a quite a few players who have the keys to the penthouse...but who deserves to be...

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April 23, 2008

SB Report for week of 4/28 to 5/4

AL Favorable Matchups: John Buck KC (.111 CS%, 1/9): 3 games against Texas (Ian Kinsler, David Murphy), 3 games against Cleveland (Grady Sizemore) AJ Pierzynski CHW (.222 CS%, 2/9): 1 game against Baltimore (Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis), 2 games against...

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April 16, 2008

SB Report - April 17, 2008

Favorable matchups for the week of 4/21 to 4/27: John Buck KC (.143 CS%, 1/7): 3 games against Cleveland (Grady Sizemore), 3 games against Toronto (Alex Rios, Marco Scuturo) AJ Pierzynski CHW (.167 CS%, 1/6): 3 games against NYY (Johnny...

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April 9, 2008

SB Report - April 10, 2008

Week of 4/14 to 4/20 Favorable Matchups, teams facing: Josh Bard San Diego (7% Caught Stealing in 2006): 3 games against Colorado (Willy Taveras, Scott Podsednik, Jayson Nix), 3 games against Arizona (Chris Burke, Eric Byrnes, Chris Young) Greg Zaun...

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April 2, 2008

Stolen Base Report - April 3, 2008

Favorable matchups for the week of April 7th to April 13th: San Diego: Josh Bard and Michael Barrett were ranked 33rd and 29th in catching runners, so anyone playing San Diego should have a field day. This is great news...

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March 13, 2008

Turning Shaun Marcum into C.C. Sabathia: The Beauty of Middle Relievers

In a couple of notes and blog entries this spring I’ve referenced my affinity for using Middle Relievers, so in this entry I wanted to explain the references a bit more clearly. As you can see by the title of...

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March 11, 2008

Expected ERA vs Actual ERA Part II

Expected ERA vs Actual ERA Part II Thursday we looked at the pitchers from 2007 who benefited from an ERA which was better "than deserved". This sabermetric formula is based on a statistic developed by researchers Dwight Gill and...

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March 6, 2008

Expected ERA vs Actual ERA

As many of you already know, Fantistics uses sabermetric theories to create it's player projections model. These theories are the foundation to our successful forecasting history. One of my favorite forecasting models that we monitor here at Fantistics is...

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February 24, 2008

Injuries Create Draft Day Values:

With the news coming out of Phillies’ camp today that Brad Lidge’s balky knee will require a minor surgery that should keep him out 3-6 weeks, I thought it would be important to briefly touch on the impact injuries can...

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February 23, 2008

The Economics of Fantasy Baseball: A Pre-Season Primer

Earlier this week fantasy baseball owners everywhere heard the four-word reminder that their fantasy season is right around the corner: “Pitchers and Catchers Report”. While this phrase means plenty to loyal fans around the country, it specifically means two things...

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February 20, 2008

The Masters of Inconsistency

The Masters of Inconsistency (Player Projections at Risk) Last season we introduced Consistency Factor and it's implications to both Head to Head leagues as well as all Fantasy leagues regardless of their scoring setup. Consistency Factor gives us an...

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February 15, 2008

Consistency Factor - Vital Draft Day Intelligence

Here's an update on an indicator we developed last season: Consistency Factor: an indicator designed to measure a player's Weekly and/or Daily quality production output using Fantistics Fantasy Production Indicator (FPI). For anyone who has played in a Head...

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September 25, 2007

First Pitch - September 26, 2007 - 2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars

2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars   Good morning everybody. With the MLB season drawing to a close, today we will take a look at our own versions of All Star teams. As our measure we will use our...

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September 11, 2007

First Pitch - September 11, 2007

The signs of fall are everywhere.   The days are cooler. The leaves here in New England are turning. I am up at 5:30 am to get my kids to school every day. The Patriots are humiliating the Jets....

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September 4, 2007

First Pitch - September 4, 2007

Good morning everyone! Today we will continue the recap of players in their contract years in 2007 that we started last week with the hitters. Of the 50 hitters we looked at last week, 13 performed better than we...

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August 21, 2007

First Pitch - August 21, 2007

Good morning everyone!   A little mail bag this morning but first a couple of things …   Football season is approaching (for some of you quicker than others) and some of you rookies may not know that Insiderfootball.com...

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August 14, 2007

First Pitch - August 15, 2007 - Underperforming Pitchers Who Are Coming Around

Underperforming Pitchers Who Are Coming Around   Good morning everybody. A couple of weeks ago, we took a look at some of the hitters so far this season that had been disappointments overall, but who had been coming around from...

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August 9, 2007

The Closer Report

It's a new face trying to fill some big shoes for this week's closer report as I fill in for the esteemed Mr. Blasi. Since he's the professional writer, I'll make a deal with everyone and stick to the analysis...

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August 7, 2007

First Pitch August 8, 2007

What have we learned? So I wanted to take another break from some of the more in-depth statistical analysis pieces to talk about what I've learned this fantasy baseball season and hopefully it will inspire some readers to write in...

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First Pitch - August 7, 2007

A little mailbag this morning .... Dear Sweet Lou, I too am a fellow New Englander, living here in the great state of Connect-eh-cut, in Storrs. I thoroughly enjoy your wit, savvy & journalistic style very much. Keep it up!...

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July 31, 2007

First Pitch - August 1, 2007 - Underperforming Hitters Who Are Coming Around

   Underperforming Hitters Who Are Coming Around   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to look at players who have generally not met our expectations this season, but who have been showing signs of life lately. Even though...

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Dumpster Diving for Starts

It is time to dumpster dive for starts! Want to know how I can tell? Congratulate me, I am now the proud owner of Jesse Litsch! My league has 5 reserves and currently all 5 of my reserves, Carlos Beltran,...

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July 17, 2007

First Pitch - July 18, 2007 - Pitching Category Mashup Revisited (K/BB and QS%)

Pitching Category Mashup Revisited (K/BB and QS%)   Good morning everybody. For today's First Pitch we are going to revisit some analysis we did earlier in the year. Back in May, we were looking for another way to help identify...

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First Pitch - July 19, 2007

I have often felt that fantasy baseball presents a good analogy to financial investing. The players of course would be the stocks and our teams would be our portfolios. I know next to nothing about evaluating a stock but I...

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July 3, 2007

First Pitch - July 5, 2007 - Mid-Season FPI All Stars

  Mid-Season FPI All Stars   Good morning everybody. In the spirit of the upcoming MLB All Star festivities in San Francisco, today we will take a look at our own versions of All Star teams. Except there won't be...

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June 19, 2007

First Pitch - June 20, 2007 - Batting Average Production (Current vs. 3-Year Averages)

  Batting Average Production (Current vs. 3-Year Averages)   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to focus on the category of batting average. I don't know about your squads, but this is one area of the game in which...

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June 5, 2007

First Pitch - June 6, 2007 - Power Production (Batter GB/FB Ratio)

  Power Production (Batter GB/FB Ratio)   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to revisit some research that we've done on batter Groundball/Flyball (GB/FB) ratios. Stated simply, hitters with lower GB/FB ratios hit more home runs and have a...

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May 30, 2007

The Art of the Deal Part 3

The Actual Art of the Deal Itself In the first two parts in our series on trading, we talked about how perceptions can skew player values and how you should use that to your advantage. And we offered ideas on...

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May 22, 2007

The Art of the Deal - Part 2

Shaking the Trade Tree In the first part of our series, we talked about how one critical aspect of the trading game is being aware that every player has more than one absolute value. He has, in fact, a different...

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May 17, 2007

First Pitch - May 18, 2007 - Pitching Category Mashup (K/BB and QS%)

Pitching Category Mashup (K/BB and QS%)   Good morning everybody. For today's First Pitch we are going to do something a little off the wall -- and perhaps mathematically unsound - and mash together a couple of key pitching...

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May 8, 2007

The Art of the Deal - Part 1

Good Morning! We are supposed to be preaching patience to you. We are supposed to tell you not to panic and not overvalue what are still some pretty meager statistical samples when we look at our rosters. That is always...

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May 1, 2007

Pitcher Interaction - Building a Staff

Your fantasy offense is an Army. It is, hopefully, a relentless snowfall of stats that accumulates into major problems for your opponents. However, your pitchers are different. Your pitching staff is instead an orchestra. It is helpful to be aware...

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April 24, 2007

First Pitch - April 24, 2007 - Mailbag

A little mailbag this morning … This subscriber didn't want his letter published so I will paraphrase his questions to protect the innocent … Dear Lou,   I enjoyed your article about the value of analyzing splits to make...

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April 19, 2007

First Pitch - April 20, 2007 - Adjusted Reliever ERA (R-ERA)

Hello everybody. As I watched in horror at another craptacular performance from the Phillies bullpen, an idea rattled around in my head. Part of the problem we have as fantasy analysts is that we are in some situations constrained by...

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April 17, 2007

Get to Know Me! - Scouting Your Own Starters

It's not as if we all need to wear name tags or anything, but there's a certain "getting to know you"atmosphere around most fantasy baseball teams this year. Of course, we know most of the names and the stat lines...

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April 13, 2007

Park Factor Reference Files

Hi everybody. Just wanted to let you all know that the updated Park Factor reference files have been posted in the Fantistics Reference Toolbox.   Data for all major league ballparks is included, and is presented in two different...

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April 11, 2007

First Pitch April 11, 2007 - Park Factor

Park Factor For my initial First Pitch of the year I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the Park Factor statistic. This should provide you with a handy reference that you can use to determine which ballparks...

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April 10, 2007

First Pitch April 10, 2007 - By the Numbers

We talk about numbers all the time here ...   They are important to what we do. The key to this whole game we play is to determine which numbers more accurately indicate performance and which numbers more accurately...

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April 3, 2007

First Pitch April 3, 2007 - Is the AL Central the Most Offensive Division?

We spend a lot of time fretting about how well a pitcher is going to adjust to a change in leagues. We treat the AL and the NL like two separate animals when we consider such a switch, and with...

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March 13, 2007

The Masters of Inconsistency (Player Projections at Risk)

The Masters of Inconsistency (Player Projections at Risk) Last week we introduced Consistency Factor and it's implications to both Head to Head leagues as well as all Fantasy leagues regardless of their scoring setup. Consistency Factor gives us an...

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February 23, 2007

Auction Draft Strategy

Auction Drafts are quickly becoming the most popular form of draft-day fun for fantasy players everywhere. Players enjoy the fast paced flow of an auction, but most importantly they appreciate the opportunity to own any player. How Does an Auction...

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