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    Preseason Player Notes - March 21, 2019

    Phillies: Don't sleep on Nick Pivetta By traditional metrics, Nick Pivetta's first two seasons have been terrible, yielding a 15-24 record with a 5.33 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. But despite the mediocre results, Pivetta has been making strides on the...

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    ADP and it's Ramifications: March 18, 2019

    Spring Training is long, right?!? That realization is again hitting me upside the head as I stare at the calendar each day in the hopes that I can just will the days to move more quickly. I'm failing. Instead of...

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    Fantasy Baseball Preseason Player Notes

    Cubs: Willson Contreras: 2019 bounceback candidate or 2017 abberation? Who is the real Willson Contreras? Is it the 2017 version that managed to hit .276/.356/.499 with 21 homeruns in just 428 at-bats, or the 2018 version that hit .249/.339/.390 with...

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    ADP and it's Ramifications: March 11, 2019

    Last week I introduced you to my 'grab' and 'pass' players for rounds 10-19. This week, I'll dig even more deep into the end game of drafts. Here's the rundowns of my faves and avoids for rounds 20-29 (per a...

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    Preseason Prep - March 10, 2019

    Black and Blues in Toronto Vladimir Guerrero Jr. suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain yesterday; the team estimates that he will need 3 weeks to recover. This shouldn't have a large fantasy impact as Guerrero was going to spend the...

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    Advanced Scoring Weights for Fantasy Baseball 2019

    Hi Folks Hi Folks, below is our annual review on the correlation/ predictability for the statistical categories that many of us use in our rotisserie leagues.   If you play in a Rotisserie league, our software is designed to...

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    ADP and it's Ramifications: March 4, 2019

    Is it fair to say that a vast majority of fantasy players spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about their 1st-round pick? Speaking as a radio show call-in host, I can tell you that at least 70% of our...

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    ADP and it's Ramifications: February 25, 2019

    Spring training means nothing ... until it does. Rewind the clock back 12 months. Back then ... Quad-A 1B, Dan Vogelbach, got a three-to-four round boost because of his Spring Training Slash-Mark Triple Crown (leading all spring MLB hitters in...

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    ADP and its Ramifications: February 18, 2019

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    ADP and it's Ramifications: February 11, 2019

    Injury, trade, and free agency. We haven't even made it to Spring Training and the usual in-season topics have already arrived in the preseason. It wasn't a busy news week, per se, but it was a week where ADP marks...

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    ADP and its Ramifications: February 4, 2019

    Welcome back to another round of late-winter/early-spring Average Draft Positioning (ADP) talk. I've been lucky enough to post my thoughts and advice on handling these numbers for Fantistics/InsiderBaseball.com since 2015. The goal over the upcoming seven weeks (with columns posted...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 30, 2018

    Dereck Rodriguez: Rodriguez turned in one of his worst starts of the season against the Dodgers on Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks over just three innings of work. Saturday's poor start represents just the second...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 30th, 2018

    Giancarlo Stanton (OF - NYY) Stanton chipped in three hits as the Yanks topped the Red Sox 8-5 Saturday. Hitting from the DH spot, Stanton clubbed his 38th homer of the season and drove in two on the day. On...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 29, 2018

    Josh Donaldson(3B, Dh-Cle): JD went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, and two runs against the Royals. Donaldson will be a quite a divisive name come drafting season, with the injury history piling up and uncertainty regarding his future...

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    NL Player Analysis- September 29, 2018

    Ryan Braun- OF- MIL- Idea- Braun has had a power surge recently, with 5 homers in his last 4 games, and has a .250/.347/.532 slash line against southpaws for the season. Daniel Norris has allowed 6 homers in 31.1 IP...

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    AL Player Analysis - Sept 28, 2018

    As the 2018 season winds to a close, let's take a look at some of the late-round draft picks that have greatly exceeded their draft-day value this season: Michael Brantley, OF, CLE Brantley hadn't stayed healthy the past two seasons...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 28th, 2018

    David Dahl (OF - COL) Dahl homered for the fourth straight game in the Rockies' 5-3 win over the Phillies Thursday. The young outfielder had two hits on the day and drove in a total of two runs. On the...

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    AL Player Analysis - Sept 27, 2018

    Mookie Betts, OF, BOS Betts stole his 30th base of the season on Wednesday to go along with his 32 HR's, and upped his MLB-leading BA to .346. He is in position to finish as the top player in fantasy...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 26th, 2018

    Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees - Sanchez homered for the first time September 10th, his 17th homer of the season. Between lack of production and injuries, 2018 has been an absolute disaster for Sanchez as he's slashing .184/.285/.397 with an...

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    NL Player Notes 9-25-2018

    Christian Yelich (MIL) - Christian Yelich left Sunday's game after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch, but was back in action on Monday. Unfortunately, he went 0-for-4 with just a walk. Yelich has been a huge reason why...

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    NL Daily Player Analysis - September 24th, 2018

    Travis Shaw (2B/3B) MIL - Shaw hit his 31st HR on Sunday to tie his career-best from 2017, but with the emergence of Jesus Aguilar and the brilliance of Christian Yelich, Shaw has flown under the radar to an extent....

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    AL Player Analysis - September 24, 2018

    Yuli Gurriel: Gurriel kept his hot streak going on Sunday with a 2-5 day and his 13th home run of the season, and he's now slashed .400/.442/.625 over his past fourteen games and .476/.476/.905 over his last seven games. Gurriel...

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    NL Weekly Player Report, September 23rd

    INJURY REPORT IN THE FIELD Ryan Braun has been dealing with a back injury this week but was able to return to the lineup on Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a run and a RBI in his return to the...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 23, 2018

    Miguel Andujar(3B-Nyy): Andujar went 2-for-4 vs. the Orioles, hitting his 42nd double of the season in the process. He is now 10th on Player Rater among third baseman, just behind Anthony Rendon and ahead of Matt Chapman. The power looks...

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    NL Player Analysis- September 23, 2018

    Harrison Bader- OF- STL- Idea- In 109 ABs against LH pitching, Bader has a .303/.381/.532 slash line and 5 homers. Andrew Suarez has had some issues against RH hitters, with a .277/.338/.500 slash line against them. Value play- Draft Kings...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 22, 2018

    Luis Castillo(SP-CIn): Castillo took a no-decision after allowing five hits and one walk with five strikeouts over 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Marlins. He was in total command, inducing 12 groundouts and throwing 73 of 102 pitches for strikes....

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    AL Player Analysis - September 22, 2018

    Yuli Gurriel (1B-HOU) went 3-4 with a pair of homers and seven RBI against the Angels on Friday night. He's now batting .283 with a dozen longballs, 81 RBI, 65 runs scored, and a handful of stolen bases across 544...

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    A Closer Look - September 22, 2018

    Well, all things must come to an end and the same is true for this column. Fear not, this isn't goodbye forever, it's simply goodbye until spring training. This year, the closers have made us laugh, they've made us cry,...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 21, 2018

    Christian Stewart (OF-DET) Stewart had a huge night Thursday going 2 for 4 with his first 2 career home runs and 6 RBIs. Entering play Thursday, it had been an underwhelming start to Stewarts big league career, as he was...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 21, 2018

    Nationals ace Max Scherzer was stuck with the no-decision Thursday after allowing three runs on five hits (two homers) and two walks with 13 strikeouts in seven innings vs. the Mets. Scherzer was his usual dominant self save for a...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 20, 2018

    Rays outfielder Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 with two solo homers against the Rangers on Wednesday. Pham enjoyed his first multi-homer game of the season with solo homers in the third and eighth innings. He also added a single for his...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 19th, 2018

    Aaron Judge, New York Yankees - Judge returned to the lineup for the Yankees on Tuesday and hit second, going 0-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout. This is the first time that Judge has been in the lineup since...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 19, 2018

    Pirates righty Jameson Taillon took a no-decision Tuesday despite allowing only four hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout innings vs. the Royals. Taillon turned in one of his finest outings of the year on Tuesday, notching...

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    NL Daily Analysis - September 18, 2018

    Zack Wheeler (SP-NYM) - Wheeler allowed just three hits against the Phillies on Monday, but with three walks and a three-run triple from J.P. Crawford resulted in four runs. Wheeler has a 3.31 ERA and 179:55 K:BB in 182.1 innings...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 18, 2018

    Jorge Polanco (MIN) - Jorge Polanco hit his 6th homerun of the year against the Tigers in the 9th inning on Monday. Polanco finished the day going 2-for-5 and is now slashing .289/.339/.431 with 6 HR, 33 RBI, 31 RBI...

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    AL Player Analysis- September 17, 2018

    Ryan Borucki- P- TOR- Idea- The Orioles are 26th in MLB in OPS against southpaws. A couple of their best performers this season against LH pitchers (Manny Machado and Danny Valencia) are no longer with the team. This gives Borucki...