All posts under "Fantasy Strategy"

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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...

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    Week 4 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Each and every single year I'm reminded that when it comes to attacking the waiver wire, I fall into the conservative camp. I don't find myself getting excited about a recently called-up rookie (Socrates Brito). I'm not overly swayed by...

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    Week 3 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Heading through the middle of April, not only are the injuries piling up, but so are the list of available replacements. This week a load of starting pitchers have jumped to the fore. Let's take a look ... (Note: To...

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    Fantasy Baseball's Golden Rule: Know Your League's Settings

    Knowing your format is probably the most important item on your draft prep checklist. You can know the player pool inside and out, buy the best draft software (ours, of course) and execute your draft strategy perfectly, but without taking...

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    Week 24 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    In last week's 'Waiver Targets' piece, I celebrated the greatest hits and suggestions from the summer that was. For my final 'Waiver Targets' piece, I'll shock the fantasy universe by actually following up with the let-down portion of my advice....

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    Week 23 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    The best teacher is history and that certainly applies to the world of fantasy baseball. Sure, the game may become power-heavy, pitching-heavy, or extra-good at a particular position, but many of the strategies that worked in the 90s, still apply...

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    Week 22 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    (Note: To make the list, I'll apply a loose definition that says you have to likely be unowned in a vast majority of 12-team mixed leagues. At the end of each player note, I'll also provide a suggested bid for...

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    Week 21 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    (Note: To make the list, I'll apply a loose definition that sya you have to likely be unowned in a vast majority of 12-team mixed leagues. At the end of each player note, I'll also provide a suggested bid for...

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    Week 20 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    (Note: To make the list, I'll apply a loose definition that says you have to likely be unowned in a vast majority of 12-team mixed leagues. At the end of each player note, I'll also provide a suggested bid for...

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    Week 19 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    The daily transactions rundown is about to get a workout. August and into September, is a time where the minor leagues are wrapping up, major league rosters are expanding, injuries of attrition are knocking pro's to the DL, and youngsters...

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    Week 17 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    We would all love to find 'greatness' on the waiver wire, but it's very rare. Mostly, you find junk. That percentage may be near 80% over the course of an entire baseball season. The other 20% is mostly populated by...

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    Week 16 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Baseball's annual mid-July tradition of ceaseless and breathless rumor-slinging is upon us. Big names are, of course, up for grabs (Cole Hamels, Carlos Gomez, Johnny Cueto, and an assortment of others). For the most part, those players won't see much...

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    Week 15 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Let's turn over the start of the column to a television info-mercial ... "Down in the standings? Wondering where the statistical help is going to come from? Can't find a trading partner who will give you a fair shake? Worst...

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    Week 14 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Selecting the starting lineup for the 2015 All-Star game in Cincinnati has drawn down. Organizational PR arms can now pull back on the battering ram of promo's telling us to 'vote 35 times per e-mail address,' or 'get our hometown...

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    Week 12 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    If you somehow missed it, hacking is in the news this week. And, unfortunately, it's not concerning a return to the ring for the legendary, Hacksaw Jim Duggan. The St. Louis Cardinals organization is currently in the middle of an...

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    Week 11 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Perhaps the biggest battle we wage is the constant conflict of a 'great performance' versus a 'great player.' Very ordinary, if not below-average, players can have incredible, single-game showings. But, the title of 'great' is only bestowed upon those who...

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    June 2nd - AL Player Recap

    Chris Archer threw a gem against the Angels, going 8 innings with 15 strikeouts in the win. He's taken the proverbial "leap" this year. His swinging strike rate jumped from 9.3% last year to 12.2% in 2015, giving him a...

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    Week 9 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    If you check in on this space each week, you're accustomed to the 'Suggested FAAB Bid' listed at the end of each player entry. As the years have passed, more and more fantasy leagues are embracing the idea of waiver...

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    Week 8 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    So, have we found any true difference-makers in 2015? Hitting-wise, the waiver wire has not provided many saviors. If you cycle around the infield, going position-by-position, you won't find a parade of great gets. At catcher, Caleb Joseph, is the...

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    Week 7 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Every team in baseball is nearing the quarter-pole in mid-May and when it comes to the waiver wire, the passage of time is evident. In fact, we've reached a spot in the season where following injuries/DL stints is more worthy...

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    Week 6 Waiver Targets by Kyle Elfrink

    Long time readers ('long-time,' being, well, about three months here at Fantistics!) might recall my tongue-in-cheek view that we should eliminate the catcher position from fantasy leagues. I have not altered my stance from a couple of months ago, but...