All posts under "Fantasy Strategy"

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    A Closer Look - August 19, 2017

    After this weekend, we only have six more weeks of the baseball regular season! For those of you in head-to-head leagues, that also probably means you only have two to three more weeks before you start your playoffs. Around The...

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    A Closer Look - August 12, 2017

    Well, after a fairly uneventful week in the bullpen, hopefully your index fingers were able to heal up after an active waiver wire period following the trade deadline last weekend. Our bullpens for the stretch run are starting to take...

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    A Closer Look - August 5, 2017

    Well if excitement is what you were after, this year's trade deadline was as thrilling as they come. If you include the month leading up to July 31st, we saw eleven teams make a change at the closer position, which...

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    NL Player Analysis 8-1-17

    Yu Darvish (LAD) - The Dodgers went fishing and they landed a much-needed starting pitcher to help anchor the front end of their starting rotation with Clayton Kershaw on the shelf. Darvish, who will be a free agent at the...

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    A Closer Look - July 29, 2017

    After a several weeks chock full of fantasy relevant trades involving closers, that trend continued in the week leading up to the trade deadline. Let's take a look at everything that happened and look ahead to what activity we might...

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    A Closer Look - July 22, 2017

    The trade deadline is still ten days away, but we've already seen a flurry of activity that has shaken up the bullpen situations for several teams. We'll break down each of the trades and look towards other possible moves that...

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    A Closer Look - July 15, 2017

    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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    A Closer Look - July 8, 2017

    While baseball won't be hosting their Midseason Classic until next week, most teams hit their halfway mark of the season earlier this week. That means we've arrived at the holy grail of "on pace for" comparisons. With that theme in...

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    A Closer Look - July 1, 2017

    Well, the calendar has officially turned to July. That means we're only a couple of weeks away from the all-star break and just a few weeks away from the trade deadline. The rumors are starting to heat up around the...

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    AL Player Analysis-June 23, 2017

    Chris Archer-Rays-SP Chris Archer went 6 IP and gave up 5 ER on 8 H, 2 BB, and 4 K's against the Orioles. Archer through 16 starts has a 3.97 ERA (3.33 xFIP). He has upped his strikeout rate to...

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    A Closer Look - June 24, 2017

    Around the League: -Matt Bush may be losing his grip as the primary closer for the Rangers and his blown save on Friday night did little to help his case. He's continuing to strikeout batters at a decent rate, but...

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    A Closer Look - June 17, 2017

    Around The League: -Aroldis Chapman pitched one inning for Double-A Trenton on Friday night and came away with a couple of strikeouts. According to the YES Network, Chapman will rejoin the Yankees this weekend and will be available for Sunday's...

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    A Closer Look - June 10, 2017

    Around the League: -If you subscribed to our in-season management package last year and followed this column, you'll know we were extremely high on Rasiel Iglesias during the 2016 campaign as an alternative at closer to Tony Cingrani. In fact,...

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    A Closer Look - June 3, 2017

    After nearly a month of endless updates on volatile closing situations, we finally have a week where there were not any significant shake-ups in the ninth inning. We'll take this opportunity to dig a little deeper into the player pool...

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    A Closer Look - May 27, 2017

    Around the League: -The San Diego Padres made the move to insert Brad Hand into the closing role for the Padres after Brandon Maurer's rough stretch over the last two weeks. This move accomplishes a few different objectives for the...

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    A Closer Look - May 20, 2017

    Around The League: -The under-worked Edwin Diaz had one rough weekend and Mariners manager Scott Servais quickly pulled him from the closing role earlier this week. Diaz wasn't lights out heading into last weekend, but he certainly wasn't on anybody's...

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    A Closer Look - May 13, 2017

    -After taking his fourth loss of the season on Thursday, Neftali Feliz was removed from the closing role by Brewers manager Craig Counsell during an appearance on MLB Network Radio. His exact quote was "We're going to give Neftali...

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    NL Week 6 Strategy - May 7, 2017

    National League In The Field Ryan Braun has been day-to-day for a few days with a forearm strain. It's not expected that it'll place him on the DL, but he isn't likely to return to the Brewers lineup until Tuesday....

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    A Closer Look - May 6, 2017

    Around The League: -Another year, another shoulder strain for Sean Doolittle. It's unknown how long he will miss, but it looks likely that Santiago Casilla will be the primary closer for the Athletics moving forward. He's obviously worth owning in...

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    A Closer Look - April 29, 2017

    Around The League: -The Nationals lost rising star Koda Glover to a nagging hip injury that popped back up on Tuesday. Glover dealt with similar issues at the end of last season, but the injury itself doesn't sound that serious...

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    A Closer Look - April 22, 2017

    Well folks, the closer carousel is ramping up! We had an exciting week in the land of saves, bringing some good surprises and then a few bad ones. If you're new to this column, I highly recommend glancing through each...

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    A Closer Look - April 15, 2017

    Welcome to the second edition of A Closer Look! Over the last week, several major league teams have shaken up their bullpens and a couple even have new closers. We'll do our best to address all of this uncertainty and...

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    A Closer Look - April 8, 2017

    Welcome to the first addition of A Closer Look! If this is your first time reading the column, welcome aboard! Each week, we review all of the news impacting closers and their handcuffs from across the league. As you have...

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    2017 Closer Draft Strategy - Finding Value In The Late Rounds

    Saves. You have to have them, but for many fantasy owners, this category is the most frustrating one to secure for the entire season. The "closer carousel" has become the new normal in fantasy leagues, but there's an even more...

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    Week 18 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Between now and Monday afternoon many things could change for your fantasy team. Just ask the unfortunate owner who saw Melvin Upton, Jr. head off to darker pastures in Toronto last week. Baseball's trade deadline hits on Monday and there...

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    Week 17 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Often when we think back to our best waiver grabs, we glom onto the hitters or pitchers that we grabbed in late-April or early-May and rode to 130 games of success. But, with August creeping up on us, we're not...

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    First Half Waiver Wire Review by Kyle Elfrink

    With no 'real' baseball taking place over the past half-week, it's a good time to see where how successful my first-half recommendations have been. I've only chosen to look at the first nine weeks of my 'Waiver add' columns because...

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    Week 15 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    The waiver wire pick-up that becomes an All-Star. That's everyone's fantasy dream, right. Well, one of them, I guess. Both the American League and National League have put together their rosters for next week's game in San Diego. These things...

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    Week 14 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    We all (should) realize that 'The Sopranos' is near the top of any list that ranks the best American television of all-time. We also know that if they announced a seventh season of the show, we would hope for the...

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    Week 13 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Friday evening's news that Houston was calling up A.J. Reed was met with cheers and jeers. And, it all might depend on how many roster spots each team in your league has. Reed has been on the prospect radar for...

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    Week 12 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Are you average? No, not you, the person. I'm talking about you, the fantasy owner. And, I'm specifically talking about where you stand at each starting position on your roster. All of us who are serious about this are constantly...

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    Week 11 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Admit it. It's white flag time for a few of you out there. The season seems kaput before the All-Star break. A variety of factors - injury, mismanagement, thin pitching, thin hitting, that week you spent in Ecuador instead of...

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    Week 10 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Justin Upton is slashing .215/.263/.319 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. Prince Fielder is slashing .190/.257/.292 with three home runs and 14 runs scored. This is not on April 2. This is not on May 2. This is on...

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    Week 9 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Talent is not the only thing. As you'll see in this week's write-up, opportunity and role is even more important. The case of Julio Urias is a prime example. Everyone who is anyone says he's destined for stardom. Unfortunately, the...

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    Week 8 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    There are literally a hundred (or more) considerations to take into account when you journey to the waiver wire. How badly do you need the player? Does the player feature a skill set/numbers that will help your team? Does he...

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    Week 5 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Options, options, options. That's what I see every single week when considering available pitching on the waiver wire. In 2016 free agent pitching depth is immense. Streaming very average arms against mostly weak hitting? Check. Hunting down free agents who...