All posts under "Fantasy Strategy"

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    NL Week 27 Strategy-September 21, 2019

    In The Field OF Ender Inciarte could be back next week. He has been able to do some running. Inciarte is unlikely to return to an everyday role which severely limits his fantasy appeal. 1B Anthony Rizzo was able to...

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    A Closer Look - September 14, 2019

    As we wrap up A Closer Look for another season, I like to use these final columns as a way to start getting an edge on the competition for the upcoming draft season. Teams are calling up their top prospect...

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    NL Week 25 Strategy-September 8, 2019

    In The Field OF Ender Inciarte (hamstring) has started jogging but is still a couple of weeks away from returning. OF Nick Markakis (wrist) has started throwing but hasn't hit yet. OF Austin Riley is playing in rehab games at...

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    A Closer Look - September 7, 2019

    Ah, do you smell that? That's the sweet, sweet smell of victory. It's so close, yet the next two or three weeks will likely feel like the longest of the year. With the NFL season starting, it's possible you've lifted...

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    NL Week 23 Strategy-August 24, 2019

    In The Field OF Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is likely going to miss the rest of the season which means that the Braves have an open outfield spot. In the time since Inciarte went on the IL the Braves have gone...

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    NL Week 21 Strategy-August 10, 2019

    In The Field OF Nick Markakis has been out with a fractured left wrist since July 27. The Braves have gone with OF Ronald Acuna, OF Ender Inciarte, and OF Adam Duvall has regulars since then. OF Austin Riley started...

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    A Closer Look - August 10, 2019

    Within the next week, we're going to be about 75% of the way through the baseball season. From a figurative standpoint, that means we're rounding third base on this fantasy baseball season. While it's probably too late to make a...

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    A Closer Look - August 3, 2019

    The trade deadline has come and passed and from a closer perspective, it turned out to be a lot of pomp and circumstance over nothing. Well, nothing is a strong term, but some of the tremors we felt leading up...

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    NL Week 19 Strategy-July 27, 2019

    In The Field SS Dansby Swanson was placed on the 10-day IL with a heel injury. He is in the middle of a strong breakout season (.265 AVG, 17 HR/7 SB) so hopefully, this injury does not turn into something...

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    A Closer Look - July 27, 2019

    Happy trade deadline weekend!! Unlike some seasons, the list of sellers and buyers remains murky, at best. With so many teams on the cusp of a wild card race, it's quite possible we see a quieter than normal trade deadline....

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    AL Week 18 Strategy-July 20, 2019

    In The Field C Jonathan Lucroy is expected to miss three weeks due to the fractured nose he suffered in the home plate collision with the Astros. SS Carlos Correa (ribs) has started a Triple-A rehab assignment and should be...

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    A Closer Look - July 20, 2019

    Welcome to the first official edition of A Closer Look of the second half! As I wrote about two weeks ago and touched on in last week's first half awards ceremony, the trade deadline is looming and will be upon...

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    A Closer Look - July 13, 2019

    Welcome back to baseball! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful All-Star break and found the time off enjoyable and rejuvenating. We're just a few weeks away from baseball's non-waiver trade deadline and we're certainly in the midst of the most important...

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    AL Week 16 Strategy-July 10, 2019

    In The Field OF Brian Goodwin has been on the 10-day IL with a right wrist contusion. Playing time is going to be scarce for Goodwin when he comes back with Upton, Trout, and Calhoun manning the outfield and Ohtani...

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    A Closer Look -July 6, 2019

    It's that time of year - I can feel it in my sweat-soaked fingers. The weather is heating up and contending major league general managers are beginning to feel pressure from their fanbase to upgrade their rosters for the playoff...

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    AL Week 14 Strategy-June 22, 2019

    In The Field SS Andrelton Simmons suffered a setback as he tried to make his way back from a Grade 3 ankle sprain. He is going to be reevaluated next week which means the Angels will continue with a combination...

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    A Closer Look - June 22, 2019

    If you're still reading this column in June, it probably means you check your fantasy baseball teams every day. In fact, you're probably the subject matter expect on just about any player on your active roster. That's a good thing!...

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    A Closer Look - June 15, 2019

    Maybe leading in saves isn't such a good thing after all. As most of the avid readers know, I'm heavily involved in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) drafts each spring. I'm a firm believer that the players who play...

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    AL Week 12 Strategy-June 8, 2019

    In The Field 3B Zack Cozart was placed on the 10-day IL on May 28 which opens up playing time for 2B Luis Rengifo. He is hitting .241 with just 1 HR and 0 SB which was thought to be...

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    A Closer Look - June 8, 2019

    A Closer Look is back! After a weeklong respite, your friendly neighborhood closer column is back refreshed and ready to lead you into baseball's second half. Memorial Day week was relatively quiet on the closer front, so the closer landscape...

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    AL Week 10 Strategy-May 25, 2018

    In The Field SS Andrelton Simmons has a grade 3 ankle sprain and is going to be out multiple weeks. The Angels called up 2B Luis Rengifo to take his spot on the roster. He was hitting .273 with 5...

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    A Closer Look - May 18, 2019

    The art of the handcuff. Teaching the strategy behind identifying handcuffs in fantasy baseball used to be an easy task. Find the pitcher with the best skills in the bullpen, roster him, and wait for the current closer to falter....

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    AL Week 8 Strategy-May 11, 2018

    In The Field OF Justin Upton has been cleared to resume running as he recovers from a toe injury. He is not expected back until June. This gives OF Brian Goodwin a chance to compete with OF Kole Calhoun for...

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    A Closer Look - April 11, 2019

    Who are the best bullpens in baseball? Who are the worst? As fantasy owners, should we even care? While this is a column that focuses heavily on closers and saves, bullpen quality is one of the most important aspects of...

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    A Closer Look - May 3, 2019

    What makes a good reliever? Is it his mental makeup, his approach to the game or is the most important aspect his talent? Maybe you'll take the side that it's all the above. There's really no right answer, the best...

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    AL Week 6 Strategy-April 28, 2018

    In The Field 3B Zack Cozart was placed on the 10-day IL on April 25. The Angels had been playing David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella anyway with Cozart struggling. Fletcher is someone that could help with batting average but...

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    Much of the talk in the early going of the 2019 season has been around the rise in power and the struggles of the starting pitchers, elite or otherwise. We know from a leaguewide perspective, pitching ERA is up significantly,...

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    AL Week 4 Strategy-April 14, 2018

    In The Field DH Shohei Ohtani feels good enough to be playing but is waiting on one more check up with the doctors before he starts playing in live games. It remains to be seen how many starts each week...

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    AL Week 2 Strategy-March 31, 2018

    American League In The Field OF Shohei Ohtani is throwing three times a week and has progressed to hitting on the field. Ohtani is going to be a huge value in daily lineup leagues because he should be above average...

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    An Introduction to HR/FB Rate Allowed

    Homeruns are to flyballs as cake is to flour, unless, of course, you're a starting pitcher. In that case, homeruns are to flyballs as burnt toast is to flour. Home runs ruin ERAs, fantasy teams and even careers. For years,...

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    Playing Buy, Sell, or Hold with NFBC Main Event Reliever ADP

    Yesterday marked the first NFBC Main Event drafts of the 2019 season. If you're unfamiliar, the Main Event is a high stakes 15-team, 5x5 rotisserie league that has both a league prize and an overall prize. There are 540 participants...

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    An Introduction to Hard Hit Rate (Hard%) for Offense and Pitching

    Hard hit rate (hard %) measures the percentage of batted balls that are hit "hard". That's a straightforward definition, but what exactly does it mean? For context, it's important to understand a brief history of the metric. Hard hit rate...

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    Introduction to Barrels & Exit Velocity:

    Growing up, every little leaguer was taught by their coach to "put the barrel on the ball". When it happened, the coach might have exclaimed "way to barrel it up, Michael!" That's why when Statcast unveiled a slew of new...

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    An Introduction to Swinging Strike Rate (SwStr%) and How To Get An Edge

    Swinging strike rate, or the percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss, is one of the most powerful tools for any fantasy player to utilize when attempting to evaluate starting pitcher performances. The calculation of the...

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    An Introduction to Strand Rate (LOB%) And Why It's A Leading Indicator for Pitching Projections

    Strand rate, or left on base percentage (LOB%), measures the percentage of baserunners a pitcher leaves on base over the course of an entire season. At its core, strand rate is simply a measure of the number of runners that...

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    A Closer Look - September 15, 2018

    Hi folks! In the slightly adjusted words of Lenny Melnick: A closer is a closer is a closer. In other words (mine), it doesn't matter what time of year it is or who is closing the games, we will almost...