2014 MLBTM Player Projections
Expert Player Projections
Custom Fantasy Rankings
Draft Software
Auction Values
Mock Draft Simulator
Rookie Evaluations
Advanced Databases

 



 

Categories

Expert Pages

Search this blog

Monthly Archives

Recent Posts

Subscribe

Society for American Baseball Research

Sponsors

Our fantasy player projections win championships
We are innovators in designing a winning draft day strategy
Our player projections are developed and maintained by a professional sports statistician
Our draft software is the most advanced fantasy tool available
We've aided thousands of fantasy champions since 1999
Over 84% of our subscribers are repeat customers
  More
"Award Winning Fantistics .... Consider it fantasy's baseball's version of the theory of relativity."
 
"Fantistics InsiderBaseball is one of the better fantasy baseball websites"
 

Email Subscription

10 Most Popular Posts

 

 

Fantistics Analysts Twitter Updates

Preseason Prep

March 29, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 29, 2014

Chris Young, Seattle Mariners - Young signed a one year major league deal with the Mariners Thursday to reasonably just keep the seat warm until Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker are healthy. Young hasn't pitched since 2012 with the Mets...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 27, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 28, 2014

Dodgers Second Base Job With Alex Guerrero shipped to the minors, this appears to be a platoon between Dee Gordon and Justin Turner, with Gordon seizing the majority of the at-bats. In fact, after Gordon led off and went 3-for-4...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 27, 2014

Detroit Tigers: Eyes on the Pen With Bruce Rondon undergoing Tommy John surgery, Joba Chamberlain appears to be the primary setup man and next-in-line to closer Joe Nathan. But keep your eyes on Al Alburquerque. While his control issues were...

Comments |

continue reading

March 25, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 26, 2014

CHICAGO CUBS: Can Travis Wood Repeat? Last year Travis Wood finished 19th in the majors in ERA (3.11) and 21st in WHIP (1.15), but his ADP in the 31st round suggests most owners aren't buying into his success last year....

Comments |

continue reading

March 24, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 24th, 2014

SEATTLE MARINERS Abraham Almonte - Almonte has somehow moved his way into the discussion for the starting CF job, and now that value that I hinted at a month ago doesn't necessarily have to wait for the inevitable Hart or...

Comments |

continue reading

March 21, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 22, 2014

Kyle Seager (3B - SEA). Seager is a player who could be undervalued in 2014, as I believe there is room for significant improvement in his numbers. Seager put up a fairly unremarkable .260/.338/.426 line in 2013, with 22 HR...

Comments |

continue reading

March 20, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 20, 2014

David Hale, Atlanta Braves: Hale is going to make the Braves rotation in a sort of default way as injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy will have them somewhat scrambling to fill the rotation. Freddy Garcia will man the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 18, 2014

Preseason Prep March 19, 2014

David Murphy (OF - CLE). Murphy signed with Cleveland as a free agent after a horribly disappointing final season in Texas, in which Murphy slashed a weak .220/.282/.374. Murphy should post better numbers in 2014, given that his BA was...

Comments |

continue reading

March 17, 2014

Preseason Prep- March 18, 2014

Houston Astros A Full Season of Brett Oberholtzer Oberholtzer became a staple of the Astros rotation just as the calendar turned to August last year. He appeared in thirteen games (ten starts) and pitched to a 2.76 ERA in 71.2...

Comments |

continue reading

Mar. 17 Preseason Prep

Milwaukee Brewers Who will be the starting LF? Khris Davis showed great power numbers in limited action at the end of the 2013 season. Davis was able to hit 11 HR's in only 136 AB's. That projects out to 40...

Comments |

continue reading

March 12, 2014

Preseason Prep- March 13, 2014

Houston Astros Is Matt Dominguez a late round sleeper? Dominguez did not have the most productive year last season. 2013 was his first full season in the big leagues, and struggled overall with his offensive game. While Dominguez did display...

Comments |

continue reading

March 11, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 12, 2014

Welcome to a special all-pitcher edition of the blog. I am personally not a believer in spending big $$ or early draft picks on pitching, notwithstanding the current trend in fantasy leagues toward drafting/buying pitchers earlier than in previous years...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 11th, 2014

ATLANTA BRAVES Alex Wood - With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy both succumbing to injuries in the past few days, Alex Wood's role with the Braves has become quite a bit clearer: he is now a near-lock to open the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 9, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 10, 2014

Chicago Cubs Javier Baez Mania I talked about Javier Baez a couple weeks ago but I think he has earned another write-up. This time, instead of talking just stats, I'd like to talk expectations for the youngster. With Starlin Castro's...

Comments |

continue reading

March 8, 2014

Preseason Prep-March 8, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun-MIL-OF: Post PED Suspension Ryan Braun is out to prove all of his critics wrong in 2014. He wants to prove that he is one of the top players in the game and more importantly, he wants...

Comments |

continue reading

March 6, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 7, 2014

Colorado outfield Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer have the corners locked up, but the battle for the center field job remains on. Drew Stubbs entered camp as the prohibitive favorite given his tools, but right now the leader has to...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 6, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Grilli Situation Jason Grilli, who missed time last season with a flexor strain in his right forearm, is taking things at a much slower pace than other Pirate pitchers during Spring Training. According to team sources, Grilli...

Comments |

continue reading

March 4, 2014

Preseason Prep- March 5, 2014

Houston Astros Jose Altuve: Does he rank among the top 10 at 2B? When first remembering Altuve's 2013 season, the overall disappointment is usually the first thing that creeps into my head. His plate discipline hurt his overall offensive game,...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep- March 4, 2014

Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues... Johan Santana- BAL- The Orioles signed Santana to a minor league deal. In workouts he was reportedly topping out in the 80s so he is not back to the dominant form he had...

Comments |

continue reading

March 2, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 3, 2014

Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas Ready to Breakout? After coming up through the Royals system and being tagged as a cornerstone for the franchise for years to come, Mike Moustakas has struggled mightily. It's a key year for the young...

Comments |

continue reading

February 28, 2014

Preseason Prep - March 1, 2014

Chris Young (OF - NYM). Rebound Candidate or Bust? In an effort to upgrade what was essentially a Triple A outfield in 2013, the Mets signed Chris Young to a one-year, $7.2M contract, with the idea of starting him in...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - February 28th, 2014

CHICAGO WHITE SOX Adam Eaton - I'm intrigued by Eaton's fantasy value this year, as it looks like he'll be the everyday leadoff man and the team has already come out and said that he will have the "green light"...

Comments |

continue reading

February 27, 2014

Preseason Prep - February 27, 2014

Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles: Fresh off his 50 game suspension for suspected PED use, Cruz signed a one year $8 million contract with the Orioles. The Orioles may have a bargain for the 2014 season if they can limit Cruz...

Comments |

continue reading

February 25, 2014

Preseason Prep-February 25, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers Jonathan Lucroy-MIL-C: Top Fantasy Catcher or Career Year in 2013? Some fantasy owners will question whether last year was a fluke for Lucroy or was it the beginning of Lucroy establishing himself as a top tier option at...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - February 25, 2014

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Battle for Right Field Whenever your rightfielders collectively produce an OBP less than .300 and OPS+ well below 100, most organizations might ponder a trade. But, that's just not the Pirates style. Normally, the fanbase might gripe...

Comments |

continue reading

February 24, 2014

Pre-season Report- February 24, 2014

Dodgers 2B job battle Early reports on Alex Guerrero defensively appear to be encouraging, making him the heavy favorite for this job given the team's $28 million investment. Dee Gordon, Justin Turner, and Chone Figgins represent the competition, but...

Comments |

continue reading

Historical Fantasy Baseball Values 5x5

Hi Folks, Welcome to the start of the 2014 fantasy baseball season! With Pitchers and Catchers reporting in a few short weeks, one of the ways I open a new season is by taking a look back at the previous...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

February 22, 2014

Preseason Prep - February 22, 2014

Andrelton Simmmons, Atlanta Braves: Simmons turned in a fantastic first full season in the majors, and was rewarded with a 7 year $58 million contract Thursday from the Braves. Simmons was valuable to fantasy lineups last season thanks to his...

Comments |

continue reading

February 20, 2014

Preseason Prep - February 21, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays RA Dickey (SP-TOR) - Does he deserve to start on opening day? On Tuesday, RA Dickey was named the opening day starter for Toronto. After winning the NL CY Young award in 2012, he was traded to...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Pre-season Report- February 20, 2014

Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz- Fantasy Ace or Injury waiting to happen? Last week, when we touched upon the Red Sox rotation, I wrote about Jon Lester. Lester is the anti-thesis to Clay Buchholz. Lester's days of being a fantasy...

Comments |

continue reading

February 18, 2014

Preseason Prep - February 19, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays Colby Rasmus - Post Hype Sleeper or 2013 Overachiever? Colby Rasmus was one of the surprise stories of 2013. After breaking into the league with the Cardinals in 2009 with expectations of being the next five-tool superstar,...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - February 18th, 2014

CHICAGO WHITE SOX Jose Abreu - Jose Abreu is likely the most difficult player to forecast for 2014, with so few Cuban comparables relative to most other foreign countries, a baseball change that likely accounted for a not-so-insignificant portion of...

Comments |

continue reading

February 17, 2014

Preseason Prep- February 17, 2014

Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues...as all pitchers and catchers have reported and position players for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates, Cardinals and Mariners report today. Ryan Dempster- BOS- Dempster will not be pitching for the Red Sox or anyone...

Comments |

continue reading

February 15, 2014

Preseason Prep-February 15, 2014

Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun-MIL-OF: Out to Prove Doubters Ryan Braun had been one of the most valuable and consistent fantasy performers over the past couple of years. He was penciled in for a slash line of .300 avg./30 HR/100 RBI/20...

Comments |

continue reading

February 14, 2014

Preseason Prep- February 14, 2014

Boston Red Sox Will Middlebrooks- Cheap power at third or a dead spot in your fantasy lineup? Few players were more Jekyll and Hyde in 2013 than Red Sox Third Baseman, Will Middlebrooks. The first half of the season in...

Comments |

continue reading

February 13, 2014

Preseason Prep- February 13, 2014

Observations from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues...Pitchers and catchers will be reporting today for the Braves, Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Angels, Padres and Nationals. Derek Jeter- NYA- The biggest news of yesterday was that the last of the Core Four will...

Comments |

continue reading

February 11, 2014

Preseason Prep- February 12, 2014

Houston Astros How Will Dexter Fowler Fare Away From Coors Field? In one of the more surprising moves of the offseason, the Astros were able to acquire the center fielder from the Rockies for Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes. The...

Comments |

continue reading

January 14, 2014

Select Preseason Player Projections and Commentary

Welcome to spring....after a fashion. Below are a select smattering of the player projections and comments that will soon be available with the draft software, followed by a bit more detail regarding the specific players in question. Hope you all...

Comments |

continue reading

March 29, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 30, 2013

Notes on the last day before real games start... Jason Frasor- TEX- RP- Frasor looks to be the prime setup man for the Rangers, He has been very tough against righties in his career, so could have some value in...

Comments |

continue reading

March 28, 2013

Preseason Prep, March 28, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies Roy Halladay, RHP PHI For fantasy owners who drafted Halladay expecting a bounce-back season, the right-hander's spring results have been disheartening to say the least. In 12 Grapefruit League innings, Halladay has allowed 13 hits, seven walks and...

Comments |

continue reading

March 27, 2013

Preseason Prep: March 27th, 2013

Minnesota Twins Player Projections: Justin Morneau - 1B Morneau is having and interesting Spring Training. He is peppering the ball out there, slugging .548 and driving in 11 runs in 42 at-bats, but with just one walk in that...

Comments |

continue reading

March 25, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 26, 2013

The Yasiel Puig Phenomenon Through 55 at-bats as of Monday, Puig leading the league in hitting at .527/.509/.855. He's shown contact ability, power, speed, and athleticism that has been compared to the great Bo Jackson. I got to see Puig...

Comments |

continue reading

March 24, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 25, 2013

Indians' No. 5 Starter: Finding Value with Scott Kazmir, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer - The three-man race to name a fifth starter is down to two in Cleveland as the Tribe announced late last week that they are sending...

Comments |

continue reading

March 23, 2013

Preseason Prep: March 23, 2013

Atlanta Braves Third base update Since Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson have both performed well this spring, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has decided to go into the season with a platoon, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The problem is that...

Comments |

continue reading

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...

Comments |

continue reading

March 21, 2013

Preseason Prep: March 21st

Angels Health Update #1: Tommy Hanson Tightness in his right triceps forced him to leave before the start of the 4th inning in Wednesday's spring training game. Please excuse me when I'm not too encouraged by this, even after...

Comments |

continue reading

March 19, 2013

Preseason Prep- March 20, 2013

Oakland A's Jarrod Parker's Value (SP)- Parker's rookie season could not have gone better for Oakland, as the rookie ended up throwing 181.1 innings while pitching to a 3.47 ERA (3.43 FIP and 3.95 xFIP). While his peripherals from...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 19, 2013

Notes from around the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues... Mike Fiers- P- MIL- Fiers lack of stuff has caused him to be underestimated by many scouts. However, he has consistently struck out more than a batter per inning in his pro...

Comments |

continue reading

March 17, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 18, 2013

Indians' Rotation: Zach McAllister, Deep Sleeper - The Indians already know their top three starters are Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers, but a Cleveland pitcher that should intrigue fantasy managers is No. 4 starter Zach McAllister. McAllister pitched...

Comments |

continue reading

March 15, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 15th, 2013

Toronto Blue Jays How to Approach Brandon Morrow Brandon Morrow SP - After three straight years of vastly underperforming surface stats based on expected ERA stats, Morrow actually outperformed his expected ERA stats by quite a bit last season....

Comments |

continue reading

March 14, 2013

Preseason Prep- March 14, 2013

Notes from around the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues... Michael Kirkman- TEX- RP- Kirkman is finally going to assume the prominent role in the Texas bullpen that he was expected to last spring. A diagnosis of skin cancer and subsequent treatments...

Comments |

continue reading

March 12, 2013

Preseason Prep- March 13, 2013

Oakland A's Tom Milone (SP) Expectations: Milone exceeded almost all expectations for the A's last season pitching to a 3.74 ERA in 190 innings. His pinpoint control has always given him an advantage, but his 8.7 percent swinging strike rate...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - Mar 12th, 2013

Ronnier Mustelier 3B (NYY) - There are going to be 200 ABs up for grabs, in all likelihood, for players that wouldn't otherwise have received them for the Yankees this spring before Granderson and Teixeira return. The obvious options are...

Comments |

continue reading

March 11, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 11, 2013

Will Carl Crawford be ready for Opening Day? It sure sounds as if he won't. Crawford was recently shut down for a week due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. He is reporting no issues hitting off a tee, but...

Comments |

continue reading

March 8, 2013

Preseason Prep - 3/8/2013

Toronto Blue Jays Rebound for Ricky? Ricky Romero SP - Heading into last season Fantistics warned subscribers that Ricky Romero was overrated, but I don't think any of us saw this coming. Romero's ERA ballooned from 2.92 to 5.77...

Comments |

continue reading

March 7, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 7, 2013

Lucas Harrell - SP Astros - Lucas Harrell says he would like to upgrade his curveball for the 2013 season, hoping it will help him work deeper into games. He considers it his 4th best pitch but he'd like...

Comments |

continue reading

March 5, 2013

Preseason Prep- March 6, 2013

Oakland A's Reddick (RF) Expectations- Reddick's 2012 season was one of the more pleasant surprises of the year, as he was able to lead the A's in home runs (32) in his first full year. The 26 year-old showed an...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - Mar 5th, 2013

Gordon Beckham (2B) CWS - After three seasons of disappointment, maybe Gordon Beckham's value has dropped enough now that he will be a bargain once again. Beckham showed the best contact rate of his career in 2012, and ended the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 3, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 4, 2013

Indians' Third Base - It's the Chiz Kid's Time: Reports out of Cleveland's camp point toward Lonnie Chisenhall getting first crack at the third base job this season with super-sub Mike Aviles waiting in the wings. For the past few...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 2, 2013

Fantistics Baseball Player Projections Blog 3/2/2013

Observations from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues... Nelson Cruz- TEX- OF- Cruz woke up with chest soreness yesterday and spent the day in the hospital undergoing tests. If the stress test he had went well then he will be released...

Comments |

continue reading

March 1, 2013

Preseason Prep - March 1st, 2013

Toronto Blue Jays Post Hype Sleeper Brett Lawrie 3B - Last week I talked about Eric Hosmer of the Royals as a post hype sleeper, and this week I am going to talk about Lawrie. I love drafting guys...

Comments |

continue reading

February 28, 2013

Preseason Prep: February 28th

Storylines Out of Angels' Camp Trout's Extra Weight Leading to Extra Concerns? The short answer: hecks no! Reports out of Angels' camp have Trout at 241 lbs., 15 more than where he was for most of last year. What...

Comments |

continue reading

February 26, 2013

Preseason Prep - February 27, 2013

Dodgers' fifth starter Ted Lilly takes the hill on Thursday for his spring debut, and he's apparently still in competition with three other guys - Chris Capuano, Chad Billingsley, and Aaron Harang. Billingsley allowed two runs on five hits over...

Comments |

continue reading

February 25, 2013

Preseason Prep- February 26, 2013

Oakland A's A Healthy Brett Anderson? Anderson made his return from Tommy John surgery in late August for the A's, and made six starts in which he had an ERA of 2.57 along with a 4-2 record. While he...

Comments |

continue reading

February 24, 2013

Preseason Prep - February 25, 2013

Indians' Rotation - Hoping for Production from the Top: Losses are a terrible stat, but when your team's top two starters combine for 32 losses in one season, that's probably a bad sign. Alas, 2012 was a rough year for...

Comments |

continue reading

February 23, 2013

Preseason Prep: February 23rd, 2013

What to expect from the Newcomers for LAA The Angels made a big splash in Free Agency once again this offseason, landing a few big names such as Josh Hamilton, and Tommy Hanson, as well as solid end of the...

Comments |

continue reading

February 22, 2013

Preseason Prep - 2/22/2013

Toronto Blue Jays What to expect from new additions? Jose Reyes SS (TOR) - The Blue Jays certainly made a splash this offseason, highlighted by their acquisition of Jose Reyes from Miami. Reyes is not the 60+ SB threat...

Comments |

continue reading

February 19, 2013

Preseason Prep - February 20, 2013

Dodgers closer situation Given his $22.5 million contract, it's widely expected (and basically confirmed this month by manager Don Mattingly) that Brandon League will open as the team's closer. This despite Kenley Jansen strikeout out an incredible 41.5% of all...

Comments |

continue reading

February 14, 2013

Preseason Prep - Feb 14th

Tommy Hanson - Hanson is coming off a 4th straight season of increasing ERA, to go along with increasing walk totals and declining velocity the past two seasons. Combine that with a move to the more difficult league for 2013,...

Comments |

continue reading

April 4, 2012

Preseason Prep- April 4, 2012

Your last Preseason Prep for 2012. Good luck to all and enjoy Opening Day tomorrow. Oakland A's Projecting Yoenis: Cespedes displayed some impressive power in the Japan series against the Mariners. In the first game, he took a strong curveball...

Comments |

continue reading

April 3, 2012

Preseason Prep - Apr 3rd, 2012

Brent Lillibridge - This is definitely for deep leagues only, but Brent Lillibridge is exactly the type of player that can give a roster the necessary flexibility to withstand the attrition of a long year. Depending on your roster rules,...

Comments |

continue reading

April 2, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, April 2, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, April 2, 2012 Detroit Tigers The Tigers have chosen Drew Smyly as their 5th starter and will start the season in the rotation. Don't be confused when you see a Triple-A start against Toledo on...

Comments |

continue reading

March 30, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 31, 2012

Indians Outfield News: Bounce Back Year For Coo Coo Ca-Choo? - The 2011 season was forgettable for the Tribe's Shin-Soo Choo. An early-season DUI and injuries plagued the right fielder throughout the season and he finished with just 358 plate...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - Mar 30, 2012

Chris Sale - Sale has really impressed me with his control this spring, walking just two batters through his first 24 innings in the rotation. I thought that would be one area that he struggled with early on in his...

Comments |

continue reading

March 29, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 29, 2012

News, notes and analysis as the regular season begins in Japan and Spring Training winds down in Florida and Arizona... Julio Borbon- TEX- Borbon's chances of securing the center field spot, and possbily even a roster spot at all, seemed...

Comments |

continue reading

March 27, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 28, 2012

Dodgers left field job - In going 5-for-47 with just one extra-base hit (a double) through Sunday's games, Jerry Sands appears to have taken himself out of the running for the left field job and likely, a spot on the...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 27, 2012

The Rays are expected to announce their starting rotation today and as we speculated last week, it appears that Jeff Niemann will win the 5th starter job over Wade Davis who appears to be headed to the pen. Last Monday...

Comments |

continue reading

March 26, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, March 26, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, March 26, 2012 New York Yankees Michael Pineda's fastball is one of the most scrutinized pitches this spring training. A few ticks in the wrong direction and suddenly he's dropping on fantasy draft boards, getting...

Comments |

continue reading

March 24, 2012

Preseason Prep- March 24, 2012

Oakland A's Crafty Lefty Files: Tom Milone News came out this week that Milone has one of the A's rotation spots locked up, and he is scheduled to pitch in one of the team's exhibition games in Japan. Milone...

Comments |

continue reading

March 23, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 23rd, 2012

Chicago Cubs: Jeff Samardzija the starter? Perhaps the most surprising news out of Cubs camp has been the emergence of Jeff Samardzija as an option in the Cubs rotation. The Cubs went into camp with 5 options for the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 22, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 22, 2012

New, notes, and analysis as we get closer to the start of the regular season... Zack Britton- BAL- Britton's injury situation hasn't gotten any better as Spring Training has advanced. He is now going to try platelet rich plasma therapy...

Comments |

continue reading

March 20, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 21, 2012

Indians Middle Infield News: Can Jason Kipnis Do It Again? - The Indians gave prospect Jason Kipnis a chance last season and the youngster delivered in his 150 plate appearances to the tune of seven HRs, five steals and a...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 20, 2012

Clay Buchholz pitched well in his spring start against the Rays on Sunday, 4 Ks, 4 hits, 0 walks, in 5 IP, one run on a solo homer by Evan Longoria, who must not be able to sleep the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 19, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, March 19, 2012

New York Yankees The Core Four Gets One Back Andy Pettitte shocked the world last week when he announced he signed a minor league deal with the Yankees. Of course, this was no "minor" deal as Pettitte is making a...

Comments |

continue reading

March 17, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 18, 2012

Dodgers left field battle - Jerry Sands is hitting just .176 through Thursday, but he may be still alive considering Juan Rivera is at just .200 himself. Rivera though has popped three home runs and he has the $4.5 million...

Comments |

continue reading

March 16, 2012

Preseason Prep- March 16, 2012

Oakland A's Bartolo Colon (SP)- Colon is coming off an improbable 2011 campaign in which he posted the fourth best FIP (3.83) of his career. He was a different pitcher in the second half of the season, due in...

Comments |

continue reading

March 13, 2012

3/14 Preseason Prep

Toronto Blue Jays Breaking Down the Blue Jays' Left Field Battle Eric Thames and Travis Snider have entered Spring Training in a battle for the Blue Jays' starting LF spot come Opening Day. Thames is a 25 YO left...

Comments |

continue reading

March 12, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 13, 2012

Middle Infield News: What To Expect From Asdrubal Cabrera - In 2010, Asdrubal Cabrera played in 97 games for the Indians and hit three HRs to go along with a .071 ISO and .346 SLG%. So, naturally, all Cabrera did...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, March 12, 2012

Philadelphia Phillies Howard's Achilles There aren't many question marks with the Phillies heading into 2012 other than injury concerns. Of course, the most obvious one is Ryan Howard. Howard will inevitably begin the year on the disabled list after suffering...

Comments |

continue reading

March 9, 2012

Preseason Prep - March 10, 2012

Top Of The Rotation News: Justin Masterson - The Indians' Opening Day starter isn't flashy and won't blow you away with high strikeout totals but he's a reliable and steady rotation option for your fantasy team. Consider that Justin Masterson...

Comments |

continue reading

March 8, 2012

Preseason Prep- March 8, 2012

News and notes as spring training keeps rolling along... Yu Darvish- TEX- Darvish made his Cactus League debut yesterday against the Padres. In 2 IP he allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 of the 8 batters he faced....

Comments |

continue reading

March 6, 2012

Preseason Prep- March 6, 2012

Oakland A's Jarrod Parker Expectations: Parker is currently projected as one of Oakland's starters because of the voids left by Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson's injuries. Parker, the centerpiece in the Trevor Cahill deal, features a fastball that averages...

Comments |

continue reading

3/7 Preseason Prep

Toronto Blue Jays No Concerns of a Sophomore Slump for Brett Lawrie Last year as a rookie Brett Lawrie burst onto the scene posting an impressive .293/.373/.580 line in 171 plate appearances. This wasn't a complete surprise as Lawrie, at...

Comments |

continue reading

March 5, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, March 5, 2012

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Monday, March 5, 2012 New York Yankees Declining Production from Big Stars The Yankees saw one of the "Core Four" retire this off-season with Jorge Posada calling it quits There are already rumors that this may...

|

continue reading

March 2, 2012

Daily Notes - March 3, 2012

Giants first base - Brandon Belt is a guy who has the potential to provide plenty of upside for fantasy owners at a bargain rate. I can see Belt hitting .290/.380/.500 if given the chance given that he did hit...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 2nd

Chris Sale - Forecasting how relievers will perform when moved into the rotation is probably one of the more difficult things to do, but the consensus on Chris Sale seems to be that he'll be one of the better pitchers...

Comments |

continue reading

February 28, 2012

2/29 Preseason Prep

Toronto Blue Jays What to do with Brandon Morrow? I know some of you are probably a little sour over us touting Brandon Morrow heading into last season, only to have his fantasy statistics once again drag behind his peripheral...

Comments (4) |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - February 28, 2012

Daniel Bard is one of three high profile conversion projects in the majors this year. He, along with Aroldis Chapman, and Neftali Perez will be attempting to switch to starting roles this spring. The Red Sox say they will...

Comments |

continue reading

February 26, 2012

Preseason Prep - February 27th, 2012

Chicago Cubs: How bright can Starlin Castro shine? Castro's sophomore season showed continued growth in his power and his SB efficiency while maintaining his plate discipline (33% chase rate, 92% contact rate) and his tremendous LD skills (20.1% LD...

Comments (5) |

continue reading

February 24, 2012

Preseason Prep- February 25

Oakland A's Top of the Rotation: Brandon McCarthy- McCarthy started 25 games for the A's in 2011 compiling 3.32 ERA, 2.86 FIP and a 4.7 fWAR. With a newfound approach to attacking hitters with a two-seam fastball and cutter, McCarthy...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - February 24th, 2012

Chicago Cubs Lineup Notes: New Cubs manager Dale Sveum spoke on Thursday about possible lineup combinations, noting that David DeJesus would most likely be his leadoff hitter heading into the 2011 season. The rebuilding Cubs are devoid of ideal...

Comments |

continue reading

February 21, 2012

Fantistics Preseason Prep 2/22

Toronto Blue Jays Johnson to get shot at hitting in the 2-hole Kelly Johnson 2B (TOR) - On Twitter yesterday Blue Jays writer Gregor Chisolm stated that Manager John Farrell said Kelly Johnson would ideally take the role of No....

Comments |

continue reading

February 19, 2012

2012 Preseason Prep - February 20

Top of the Rotation News: Ubaldo Jimenez - Acquired from Colorado for two of Cleveland's top pitching prospects, Ubaldo Jimenez didn't provide the Indians with the boost they were looking for at the top of their rotation in his 11...

Comments |

continue reading

February 17, 2012

2012 Preseason Prep- February 17

Welcome back to the Insider Baseball blog. It's good to be back and see the players start reporting to Spring Training. There have been a lot of changes in theh majors and we will be looking at them and other...

Comments |

continue reading

February 2, 2012

Expected ERA winners and Losers from a season ago

Expected ERA (XERA) depicts a pitcher's "True ERA" based on the factors within a pitcher's control. These factors include Hits, Walks, Home Runs allowed and K's. When one considers the inequity with the ERA calculation, specifically related to defense and...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 30, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 30, 2011

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Wednesday, March 30, 2011 We’re only one day away from Opening Day. At this point, you probably already had your fantasy draft and just want to get the season started. We do too. For today’s preseason...

Comments |

continue reading

March 29, 2011

Preseason Pitching Box Scores

It's that time of the year again, Preseason Baseball is underway and we'll be carrying the pitcher box scores here every morning. Please be aware that the early preseason box scores can be deceiving. Pitchers, especially veteran pitchers, sometimes...

Comments |

continue reading

March 28, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 29, 2011

There Is Value In Houston’s Rotation, Part Deux I wrote about Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers in Saturday’s article, so now let’s focus on Bud Norris and J.A. Happ today. First, did you know Bud Norris’ real name is David...

Comments |

continue reading

March 25, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 26, 2011

There Is Value In Houston's Rotation The strength of this year’s Houston Astros team lies in the starting rotation which features Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, J.A. Happ and Bud Norris. I’ll talk about Rodriguez and Myers today and leave Happ...

Comments |

continue reading

March 24, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 25th, 2011

A 2B Battle on the north-side of Chicago? Heading into the season it seemed likely the Cubs would go with a straight platoon of Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt at 2B, but with DeWitt struggling mightily this spring (.167/.180/.250) its...

Comments |

continue reading

March 23, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 24th, 2011

TORONTO BLUE JAYS Closer Update The Jays’ bullpen has been hit with a couple of injuries, shaking up the closer situation. Expected closer Frank Francisco received good news from Dr. James Andrews the other day – no structural damage, a...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 23, 2011

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 New York Yankees Is a bad start to the season a thing of the past for Mark Teixeira? Mark Teixeria is a notoriously slow starter. Ask any fantasy owner about Tex’s April...

Comments |

continue reading

March 21, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 22nd, 2011

New York Mets The Second Base Situation Shaping Up?...The day Mets fans have been waiting and hoping for finally came this past week. Luis Castillo was shown the door and the Mets firmly locked the door behind him. Don’t feel...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - Mar 21st

Jhonny Peralta - After struggling during his 27 and 28 year old campaigns, Jhonny Peralta finds himself written off by many as a second-tier option entering the 2011 season. It seemed to me, however, that there were some positive signs...

Comments |

continue reading

March 19, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 19, 2011

Injury news, positional battles, a retirement announced. Lots of things happening in spring training. You can follow me on Twitter @fantisticspaul (http://twitter.com/fantisticspaul - for the full link) for occasional (and hopefully increasingly frequent) baseball insights. Neftali Feliz- TEX- Feliz will...

Comments |

continue reading

March 18, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 18, 2011

Another day, more happenings at major league Spring Training. You can follow me on Twitter @fantisticspaul (http://twitter.com/fantisticspaul - for the full link) for occasional (and hopefully increasingly frequent) baseball insights. Opening Day is right around the corner! Chris Davis- TEX-...

Comments |

continue reading

March 16, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 16, 2011

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 New York Yankees The rotation saga in the Bronx (or Tampa for now) continues as we try to figure out how the Yankees plan on wrapping up the back-end of their rotation....

Comments |

continue reading

March 15, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 15, 2011

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Red Sox – Salty draws more attention this spring as the Red Sox primary catcher with the ancient and venerable Jason Variteck backing him up. The Red Sox chased Salty like a jilted lover before landing him...

Comments |

continue reading

March 13, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 14, 2011

Jason Castro Is Out. Houston, We Have A Catching Problem. Heading into spring, the Astros expected their best minor league prospect Jason Castro to claim the starting job behind the dish. Unfortunately, a torn ACL has sidelined Castro for most,...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 12, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 12th, 2011

Here are some news, notes and glimpses of the future from spring training... I have finally joined the twitterverse. I'm sure I won't be as frequent with my tweets as our resident Twitter king, Drerw Dinkmeyer, if you would like...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 10, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 11th, 2011

As we enter into the third full week of spring training games, we’re right at the precipice of when spring training starts to become a bit more meaningful. We’ll have the first round of roster cuts this week, as minor...

Comments |

continue reading

March 9, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 10, 2011

Dodgers notes… My first day out at Camelback Ranch here in Glendale, Arizona for Dodgers spring training was rather uneventful. A few quick observations on a couple key players / situations: Jerry Sands (1B/OF) – Man-crushes…nothing wrong with them. I’m...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - March 9, 2011

Preseason Fantistics Analysis - Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Milwaukee Brewers The big news hitting the wires in the last 24 hours is that Zack Greinke will be starting the season on the 15-day DL with a broken rib and is...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 6, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 7th, 2011

New York Mets Being Shown the Door? Part One...Things are heating up in Mets camp as manager Terry Collins plans on making the first cuts and trim the roster by March 14th. One decision that Mets have already made is...

Comments |

continue reading

March 5, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 5th, 2011

Kansas City Royals Jarrod Dyson- Speedster in consideration for leadoff spot As of writing this, the Royals’ have played 5 Spring Training games, with Mike Aviles leading off three times, Lorenzo Cain once and Jarrod Dyson once. Dyson is the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 4, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 4th

Carlos Guillen - 2B and LF are really the only spots where there is potentially some competition this spring for Detroit, and most of the 2B uncertainty surrounds Carlos Guillen's health. The 35 year old has only averaged 386 PA's...

Comments |

continue reading

March 2, 2011

Preseason Prep - March 3rd, 2011

Everyone enjoying the first week of spring training? As we get the first taste of games it’s a natural reaction to begin over-analyzing and reacting to the data. While it’s fun to speculate on some of the early results (Domonic...

Comments |

continue reading

March 1, 2011

2011 Preseason Prep - March 2nd, 2011

New York Mets And now playing centerfield… Yes, the big news to come out of camp for the Mets is the decision that Angel Pagan will be handling centerfield for the Mets this year with Carlos Beltran switching over to...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 1, 2011

Following our second-year theme of the return of starting pitching in fantasy baseball, let’s look at some profiles of starters from the teams I am covering this spring … Josh Beckett – Red Sox – What to do, what to...

Comments |

continue reading

February 26, 2011

Preseason Prep - February 27, 2011

LA Dodgers Pitching is expected to be this team’s strong suit, but we’re already seeing a reason why the old adage that “you can never have enough pitching” applies. Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery this week and is out until...

Comments |

continue reading

February 25, 2011

Preseason Prep - February 26th, 2011

Spring training kicks off in full force this weekend with a full slate of games on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the team breakdowns we’re providing we’ll start digging in on game data, largely focusing on young players and...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - Feb 25th

James Shields - James Shields is a popular bounceback candidate in 2011, a sentiment that I'm willing to go along with to a point. Shields' ERA and winning percentage have deteriorated significantly the past two seasons, and it's worth examining...

Comments |

continue reading

February 23, 2011

Preseason Prep - February 24, 2011

Kansas City Royals Billy Butler 1B – How much will the power develop? Billy Butler is an intriguing fantasy option once again this year. He is an incredibly talented hitter, but he plays on an awful offensive club and had...

Comments |

continue reading

February 22, 2011

Preseason Prep - February 23, 2011

Dodgers Last week I highlighted the obvious situations to watch – closer and left field. This week we’ll dig a bit deeper and focus on third base and what we can expect from Don Mattingly in terms of a lineup....

Comments |

continue reading

February 20, 2011

2011 Preseason Prep - February 21

Cleveland Indians The Choices at Third Base – Jayson Nix, Jason Donald, Luis Valbuena or a box of rocks. By the rules of Major League Baseball, the Indians must employ a living, breathing human to play third base this year....

Comments (2) |

continue reading

February 19, 2011

2011 Preseason Prep - February 19th

Punxatawney Phil said we'd have an early Spring. I don't know whether that's holding true for you but at least we have some baseball to talk about. We'll start off with some insights dealing with the Orioles, defending AL Champion...

Comments |

continue reading

February 17, 2011

Preseason Prep - February 18, 2011

Today we’ll tour the NL West sans the Rockies… Arizona Diamondbacks: First base: Contenders for this slot include Juan Miranda, Russell Branyan, Xavier Nady, and Brandon Allen. Allen and Nady could also slot in left field if they aren’t selected...

Comments |

continue reading

February 16, 2011

2011 Preseason Prep - February 17th

It is GOOOOOOOOD to be back! After a nice little hibernation through January and February, we’re back at it here at Fantistics. Richard Gross got us kicked off yesterday covering situations surrounding the Mets, Mariners, A’s, and Angels and I’ll...

Comments |

continue reading

February 15, 2011

2011 Preseason Prep - February 16th, 2011

Play ball! Not quite—but almost. Even though official games are still a month or so away, the terrific fantasy baseball analyst here at Fantistics will get things rolling with some player notes and team outlooks for the upcoming season and...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

February 14, 2011

2011: Here comes the Small Ball Part 2

Last week we discussed the shift we've seen from pitchers in this post PEDs era. Today we're going to look at what's happening on the offensive side. Like Yin and Yang, what happens on one side must also affect...

Comments |

continue reading

February 13, 2011

2011: Here comes the Small Ball

2011: Here comes the Small Ball Last season, just about this time, I wrote an article labeled 2010: Say Hello to The Dominance of Starting Pitching (part II) and has fate would have it...by the end of the season, 2010...

Comments |

continue reading

April 2, 2010

2010 DC Preview: Cornering the Competition Part 2

The Third Basemen The Must Haves Evan Longoria 1390 (TB) – Look for Longoria to put up A-Rod type numbers this season, minus a few steals and batting average points. There’s not too much to say about Longoria that hasn’t...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

2010 Preseason Prep - April 3, 2010

New York Mets It is looking like Jose Reyes will be back for the 5th game of the season. Where should Reyes bat? A big question this spring has been whether Reyes should bat leadoff or third, especially while Carlos...

Comments |

continue reading

April 1, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - April 2nd

Why Kurt Suzuki is ranked so high amongst Catchers: A quick scroll through the top 10 projected catchers and you’ll find every catcher has an FPI above 0.64, with the exception of one: Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki’s 0.57 FPI doesn’t even...

Comments |

continue reading

2010 Preseason Prep - April 1

Seattle Mariners Right Fielder – At age 36, will this be the year that Ichiro Suzuki finally shows signs of decline? Last season, Suzuki hummed along as he always does with a .352 average, 225 hits and a career-high .465...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 31, 2010

2010 DC Preview - Cornering the Competion

Corner Infield Preview Part 1 First Base Must Haves Albert Pujols 1890 (STL) – Pujols is this year’s most expensive player, but with a few risks on my roster, I can ill afford to leave the best, and most consistent,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 30, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep- March 30, 2010

Nelson Cruz- TEX- Cruz is hitting .358 in the Cactus League with 5 homers and 18 RBI. This indicates that his power explosion of last season, when he hit 33 homers, should keep going, and is reflected in his projected...

Comments |

continue reading

March 29, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 29th, 2010

Los Angeles Angels – Is Pitching Already a Problem? – Opening day is just a week or so away but the Angels already have a few concerns with their pitching rotation. Two of their starters, Ervin Santana and Scott Kazmir,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 27, 2010

2010 Preseason prep

Jason Frasor - It looks like Cito, as is his wont, is going back to the well for Jason Frasor as the Jays' closer to start the season. Frasor improved his control by more than a full walk per nine...

Comments |

continue reading

March 25, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - Friday March 24, 2010

The Oakland A’s Bullpen: Last year in this space I talked about the A’s bullpen noting the team’s unusual ability to find saves beyond the primary closer. Over the last 5 years, the A’s have averaged 35% of their total...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

2010 Preseason Prep - March 25, 2010

Cleveland Indians Right Fielder – After hitting .300/.394/.489 with 20 HRs and 20 steals in 2009, Shin-Soo Choo will once again roam right field for the Indians in 2010. Choo has an excellent eye (career OBP of .386), above average...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 23, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep- March 23, 2010

C. J. Wilson- TEX- For now, Wilson appears headed to the Texas rotation on the strength of his performance this spring. In 14 IP Wilson has allowed 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10. On the down side,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 22, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 22nd, 2010

Atlanta Braves – The Young and the Aging – There were a lot of raised eyebrows during the off-season when the Braves traded Javier Vazquez to the Yankees for Melky Cabrera. Vazquez was coming off his best year and the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 21, 2010

Advanced Scoring Options- Weighing of scoring categories

If you play in a Rotisserie league and would like to give different weights to each Roto category that you select, you can with our player projections software. Within the Setup|Edit League Settings section, select the Rotisserie scoring option and...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

March 19, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 20th

Mets: With Carlos Beltran out for at least the first month of the season, Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr. will battle for AB. Pagan has a decent power/speed package, 6/32/.306 with 22 doubles, 11 triples, and 14 steals in...

Comments |

continue reading

2010 Preseason Prep

Twins 3B - The Twins' 3B "battle" pits the disappointing Brendan Harris against the scourge of all that is good, Nick Punto. With a career OPS of .647 and 5 HRs in 509 games over the last four years, you...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 18, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 18, 2010

Cleveland Indians First Base - Given regular at-bats for the first time since 2002, Russell Branyan provided Seattle with an excellent first half last season, posting a .280/.382/.573 line while clobbering 22 HRs. He struggled in the second half (.193/.274/.414...

Comments |

continue reading

March 16, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 16, 2010

Pittsbirgh Pirates Closer Situation Right now, Octavio Dotel is slated to close out ball games for the Pirates. For three straight seasons he has posted elite level K rates (12.03/12.36/10.83). Last season he posted a really bad WHIP of 1.43,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 15, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 15th, 2010

Houston Astros – The Puma Is Out – Spring training is supposed to be about hope and optimism but this March has many teams scrambling trying to figure out backup plans for key players that are going down. Include the...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

March 14, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 14th, 2010

What can we expect from Alfonso Soriano? Just three seasons into a monstrous eight year deal, Alfonso Soriano looks nothing like the 40-40 candidate with a .900+ OPS that came over from Washington. Soriano’s coming off the worst season of...

Comments |

continue reading

March 12, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 12, 2010

Dodgers #5 starter-As of now, the front-runner here has to be Eric Stults. Stults is left-handed, has two big league shutouts on his resume, is out of options, and while it’s early, he’s looked good in camp (two scoreless innings)...

Comments |

continue reading

March 11, 2010

2010 Preseason Player Prep - March 11, 2010

Cleveland Indians Rotation: Do the Indians have one starter worthy of a roster spot in a 10-team fantasy baseball league? The fact that a post-Tommy John surgery Jake Westbrook or the horrendously wild Fausto Carmona could potentially battle for the...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 10, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010 - Fantistics Preseason Notes    New York Yankees   1.The 5th Spot - Joba Chamberlain vs Phil Hughes - One of the biggest question marks for the Yankees heading into spring training is who will earn that...

Comments |

continue reading

March 9, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 9, 2010

Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutcheon - McCutcheon is one of the game’s better young hitters and one of the few reasons for hope for Pirates’ fans in the coming years. He is a young and exciting player, and if his pre-season...

Comments |

continue reading

March 8, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 8th, 2010

My counterparts at Fantistics have been doing an amazing job breaking down the pre-season players and the key situations to watch for all the teams and I’m excited to jump into the foray and push a few more teams onto...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

March 4, 2010

2010 Preasason Prep - March 5, 2010

Tigers No. 4 and 5 starters – Detroit has a very competitive 1-2-3 with Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, and Max Scherzer, but it’s the other 40% of the rotation that could determine the club’s fate this season. A healthy Jeremy...

Comments |

continue reading

March 3, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 4, 2010

Dodgers Backup Outfielders – The top three is obviously set with Manny, Kemp, and Ethier, but what about the backups? Reed Johnson was signed this winter to be the No. 4 OF, and he brings with him, a .329/.395/.483 line...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 3rd, 2010

Cubs Bullpen: One of the least talked about situations in fantasy baseball is the Cubs bullpen. With Carlos Marmol, a long-time fantasy darling, securing the role last season (1.84 ERA, 63 K’s in 44 innings in Save opportunities) most fantasy...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 1, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - March 2, 2010

Cincinnati Reds Chris Dickerson - Dickerson is a tad upset after he was passed over for a shot at the Reds’ CF job, which is likely to go to rookie Drew Stubbs. This leaves Dickerson most likely in a platoon...

Comments |

continue reading

Catching Up - DC Preview Part 2

2010 DC Catcher Preview I hate catchers. I can never get this position right, much in part to the fact that I refuse to play it safe. Well, I guess old habits die hard. After making one of my goals...

Comments (9) |

continue reading

2010 Preseason Prep- March 1, 2010

Elvis Andrus- TEX-Andrus gets most of his notice for his Web Gem work at SS. His .267 average during his rookie season was somewhat of a pleasant surprise. However, it is quite possible that it is sustainable, given his...

Comments |

continue reading

February 26, 2010

Consistency Factor - The Consistent Fantasy Player

Consistency Factor 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 to Head league, you probably already know the...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

2010 Diamond Challenge Preview - Part 1

2010 Diamond Challenge Preview Okay, this is the second of two posts today. If you want to check out how I fared last season, you can find a recap in my earlier post today. This post is the first dedicated...

Comments (16) |

continue reading

2009 Diamond Challenge Recap

To those in our audience who participate in Fanball’s Diamond Challenge game, I’m going to do a little preview as I did last year. For those of you who have not heard of the Diamond Challenge, it is a very...

Comments |

continue reading

February 24, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - February 25, 2010

Dodgers 2B battle - This is Blake DeWitt vs. Ronnie Belliard. Jamey Carroll is there as well, but more than likely he was signed as a utility man, capable of playing time all over the field. DeWitt of course had...

Comments |

continue reading

February 22, 2010

2010 Preseason Prep - February 23, 2010

Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce – Bruce has developed into a post-hype sleeper of sorts. He was the Reds’ top prospect heading into 2008, and he didn’t disappoint, blasting 21 HR as a rookie in 413 at bats. Last season, though,...

Comments |

continue reading

2010 Preseason Prep- February 22, 2010

Jarrod Saltalamacchia- TEX- I might be a little biased since I met Saltalamacchia’s in-laws at a local grocery store (standing out in my Ranger fan gear made it easy for them to brag on him to me) but even I...

Comments |

continue reading

February 20, 2010

Expected ERA (XERA) vs Actual ERA

Hi Folks, It's time for us to revisit our yearly piece on XERA: As many of you already know, Fantistics uses Sabermetric theories to create our player projections model. These theories are the foundation to our successful forecasting history. One...

Comments |

continue reading

February 17, 2010

Player Projections Blog - February 17, 2010

Cleveland Indians Prospect C Carlos Santana  Born: 04/08/1986 - Height: 5'11" - Weight: 190 - Bats: Switch - Throws: Right We have recently hit a pretty productive vein of young catchers and Indian's trade of Victor Martinez to the...

Comments |

continue reading

February 15, 2010

Player Projections Blog - February 15, 2010

Atlanta Braves Prospect OF Jason Heyward  The Braves boast one of baseball's top prospect in 20-year-old Jason Heyward. Already 6-4 220 lbs, Jason won't be 21 until August 9th but the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft entered...

Comments |

continue reading

February 12, 2010

2010: Say Hello to the Dominance of Pitching - Part 2

Hi Folks, The player news is fairly slow this time of season as the players don't start arriving to camps until next week. However it's a great time to take a look back and see what's trending. 2010: Say...

Comments (10) |

continue reading

February 9, 2010

Fantasy Baseball Player Projections Blog 2/09/2009

Hi Folks, Welcome to the start of our 2010 preseason newsletter. Over the next 2 months we'll be discussing a wide range of topics related to fantasy baseball. From draft insight & strategy to minor league prospects....you'll find it here,...

Comments |

continue reading

December 18, 2009

Historical Fantasy Values 2004-2009

Hi Folks, Welcome to the start of the 2010 season! One of the ways I open a new season is by taking a look back at the previous one. Below is the link to the Historical Fantasy Values and some...

Comments |

continue reading

June 25, 2009

AL Player Spotlight- June 25, 2009

Luke Hochevar- KC- Hot- Hochevar turned in an impressive performance last night, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 4 in 7 IP. This follows up a disaster his last time out, when he gave...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

April 3, 2009

DC Staring Pitcher Preview

The must haves Tim Lincecum 1310 – Lincecum is our top ranked pitcher and a no-brainer in this contest. At his price he’s probably a must play almost every week. Yovani Gallardo 670 – Gallardo is a top 15 pitcher...

Comments |

continue reading

April 2, 2009

Preseason Prep - April 3, 2009

Scott Baker (MIN) – Big news in Minnesota is Baker unexpectedly opening the season on the 15-day disabled list with what is being diagnosed as shoulder stiffness. Baker finished his spring with a 6.85 ERA and a batting practice-like nine...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - April 2nd

David Freese/Troy Glaus - Last night's news that Troy Glaus won't be available for much of the first half (if at all this year) certainly bumps David Freese's stock upwards, and you don't have to squint to much to see...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - April 2nd

David Freese/Troy Glaus - Last night's news that Troy Glaus won't be available for much of the first half (if at all this year) certainly bumps David Freese's stock upwards, and you don't have to squint to much to see...

Comments |

continue reading

March 31, 2009

Preseason Prep - April 1st, 2009

Reds deal Jeff Keppinger, Alex Gonzalez’s role even more solidified: Alex Gonzalez’s starting role was never in jeopardy in Cincinnati, but the trade of Jeff Keppinger yesterday but with inexperienced Paul Janish and Adam Rosales behind him, Dusty Baker and...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 31st

Daisuke Matsuzaka - Matsuzaka's first spring start looked remarkably like last year's action, as the Red Sox hurler tossed five innings, allowing only two hits and two runs (one earned) with three walks and two K's. Matsuzaka's ERA was expected...

Comments |

continue reading

March 27, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 28, 2009

Manny Corpas: Manager Clint Hurdle will name his closer sometime this weekend or early next week. It is between Corpas and Huston Street. Corpas’ 1.29 spring training ERA is misleading as he has only pitched 7 innings and has a...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 27, 2009

The Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley is still having problems regarding his strained groin. He will not start Sunday but will partake in a bullpen session today. Hopefully Billingsley’s groin problem won’t linger too much longer or it could impact the start...

Comments |

continue reading

March 26, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 26, 2009

The Angels' Torii Hunter left yesterday's game in the first inning after getting hit in the face by the baseball when Jeff Bakers blast rebounded off the center field wall. Baker circled the bases with Hunter on the ground in...

Comments |

continue reading

March 24, 2009

2009 Preseason Prep- March 25, 2009

Stephen Strasburg- WAS- Rookie- Strasburg is not a National yet and can’t officially be one until at least June, when he will be eligible for the draft. The most highly touted college pitcher since maybe ever, Strasburg is about as...

Comments |

continue reading

March 23, 2009

2009 Preseason Prep - March 23, 2009

Preseason Outlook - March 23, 2009 1. Alex Gordon - (3B - Royals) - Gordon was held out of the lineup for the second straight day with some hamstring issues. The injury doesn't seem too serious and the Royals are...

Comments |

continue reading

March 20, 2009

2009 Preseason Prep - March 21st

Eric Chavez: Chavez has been fielding ground balls and should be ready to start hitting in 4 to 5 days. There was a time when Chavez was a consistent, legitimate power source at the hot corner, 2002/2003/2004/2005 home runs of...

Comments |

continue reading

March 19, 2009

2009 Preseason Prep - March 20th

Chris Volstad Paul had mentioned keeping an eye on Chris Volstad earlier in the spring and it might be time to start paying closer attention. Volstad is typically a prime candidate we’d warn you about coming into the season as...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 19, 2009

David Wright fouled a ball off his left big toe hard enough crack a toenail in last night's 10-6 loss to Venezuela in the WBC. Yesterday's loss of Kevin Youkilis to injury (see below) left the US team without an...

Comments |

continue reading

March 17, 2009

Preseason Prep- March 18, 2009

Cole Hamels- PHI- Inj Update- No structural damage was found in Hamels’ elbow. He got an anti-inflammatory injection and should be cleared to throw again tomorrow. Even with that, he is still not a guarantee to be ready on Opening...

Comments |

continue reading

March 16, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 17, 2009

Josh Hamilton (OF-TEX) - We all know Hamilton has All-Star type ability and is a borderline first round fantasy pick in 12-team mixed leagues. However, I got to see Hamilton up close and personal in Arizona this week and let’s...

Comments |

continue reading

2009 Preseason Outlook - March 16, 2009

Preseason Outlook - March 16, 2009 1. Chase Utley - Its looking more and more like Opening Day is a reality for Chase Utley. After off-season hip surgery, he played in his first game of the preseason on Sunday and...

Comments |

continue reading

March 14, 2009

Runners Stranded Percentage - 2009 Edition

Runners Stranded Percentage (RS%) Measures the percentage of batters that reach base but do not score (more specifically, are not credited to a pitcher’s Earned Runs). The average stranded percentage for starters is .71. Pitchers with Stranded Percentages of...

Comments |

continue reading

March 13, 2009

2009 Preseason Prep - March 14th

Cameron Maybin: Talent has never been the question with Maybin and he’s flashing it again this spring. A 3-3 performance on Friday raised his spring average to .414 (10-29). Maybin came into camp being handed the everyday CF job and...

Comments |

continue reading

2009 Preseason Prep - March 13th

Kansas City David Dejesus – The Royals are considering shifting Dejesus from the leadoff role to the number 3 slot in the lineup. That would boost Dejesus’ values, when he seems poised to have one of his best professional seasons....

Comments |

continue reading

March 11, 2009

Preseason Prep- March 12, 2009

Joe Mauer- MIN- Inj Update- Mauer’s MRI of his lower back showed inflammation in the sacroiliac joint. He has been prescribed some heavy duty anti-inflammatories (presumedly not including anything with steroids). Still, Mauer is not going to be participating in...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 11, 2009

The Red Sox are trying to tie up Jon Lester to a 5-year, $30M contract which would be the the richest contract ever given to a player with his service time status. Jon wouldn't have to even match his 2008...

Comments |

continue reading

March 9, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 10, 2009

Preseason Outlook - March 10, 2009 Ryan Franklin (STL) - Not surprisingly, Tony La Russa isn’t quite ready to hand the closer job over to “unproven” rookies Chris Perez and Jason Motte, leaving the door open for Ryan Franklin to...

Comments |

continue reading

2009 DC Preview - 3B/Catchers

Third Base The must have Evan Longoria 970 – If Longoria comes anywhere near our projection: .290, 87 RS, 104 RBI’s, 34 HR, and 9 B, then he is a must have. In draft leagues Longoria is a bit of...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 8, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 9, 2009

Preseason Outlook - March 9, 2009 1. Joe Nathan - Nathan's shoulder soreness kept him from participating in the WBC games this spring, but it certainly seems like its more precautionary than a serious concern. He struck out two in...

Comments |

continue reading

March 6, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 7th, 2009

Cha Baek: Baek appears to be the No. 3 starter for the Padres this year. He could be the poster child for average skills; 5.9 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, and a 41% GB% in 2008. Pitching his home games in Petco...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Prep - March 6th, 2009

Alex Rodriguez – An update on the Alex Rodriguez hip situation: It appears this injury is more serious than originally thought. Not only did A-Rod have a cyst in his hip, but he also has a torn labrum. By moving...

Comments |

continue reading

March 5, 2009

Preseason Prep- March 5, 2009

Alex Rodriguez- NYY- Injury- ARod may end up not playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic after all. No, the Dominican doesn’t have a policy barring admitted steroid users from playing for them. An MRI this past...

Comments |

continue reading

March 4, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 4, 2009

By all appearances the Dodgers and Manny Ramirez have reached agreement on a 2-year, $45M contract .. or thereabouts. While we could hold out hope that an owner would finally stand up to both Ramirez and Boras, we had the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 3, 2009

Preseason Prep - March 3, 2009

Juan Cruz (KC) – A depressed market leads the Royals to a nice free agent bargain in Juan Cruz, giving him a two-year $6 million deal. Cruz will set up Joakim Soria and is the proverbial heartbeat away from closing...

Comments |

continue reading

March 2, 2009

Diamond Challenge Preview - The Middle Infielders

MIDDLE INFIELDERS SHORTSTOP SS is a position where you are taking 3-4 players. With the high amount of quality 1B and OF (as we saw last week), I’m probably sticking with just 3. Taking that into account, it appears to...

Comments (4) |

continue reading

February 27, 2009

Preseason Prep - February 28, 2009

Jason Jennings: Jennings, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, has a chance to earn a spot in the Rangers starting rotation this year. You can throw out last season’s disaster, 0-5 with an 8.56 ERA,...

Comments |

continue reading

February 26, 2009

Preseason Prep - February 27th, 2009

Kyle Kendrick – Kendrick is the early frontrunner for the last spot in the Philadelphia rotation. They might be better off looking elsewhere. Kendrick has a career K rate of .422, and a terrible K/BB ratio of 1.43. If he...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

February 25, 2009

Preseason Prep - February 26, 2009

Boof Bonser- MIN- Inj Update- Bonser’s arthroscopic surgery went very poorly. Actually the surgery went well, it’s the results that were poor. Doctors discovered multiple partial tears of his labrum and rotator cuff. They were repaired, but it puts an...

Comments |

continue reading

February 23, 2009

Preseason Prep - February 24, 2009

Dodgers 2B The Dodgers clearly aren’t giving Hudson $3.4 million guaranteed (up to $8 million with PA-related incentives) to be a backup. He’s the starting second baseman. This has a couple implications. First, Blake DeWitt will likely begin the year...

Comments |

continue reading

Technical Indicators - Outfielders Part I

Here's a sweep through some of our handy indicators for the Outfielders. There will be more to analyze in the coming days due to the size of the position. The only position left after this one will be that of...

Comments |

continue reading

February 22, 2009

DC Preview - Analyzing the Outfield

Okay everyone, welcome to the first official installment of the Diamond Challenge Preview. Today, I’ll go over some very basic strategy and then analyze the OF options for this year. I will also be posting the next 5 Mondays: 1....

Comments (8) |

continue reading

February 21, 2009

Technical Indicators - 3rd Basemen

Technical Indicators 3rd basemen Rodriguez, Alex ARod with juice .615 SLG/1.010 OPS...Arod off juice .572/.973...still a darn good player. Wright, David A better hitters background, but Citi Field has TALL walls. Numbers may stagnate in the power department. Longoria,...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

February 19, 2009

Preseason Projection Notes February 19th

Hi Folks, Lets go straight to some highlights coming from the camps. Ken Griffey Jr is all about revivals, he signed with the Mariners yesterday. Griffey doesn't have much superstar production left in the tank, but at DH he...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

February 18, 2009

Top Prospects 2009

Minor League Analyst David Regan has updated the 2009 Top 100 Prospect Spreadsheet. David updates the Prospect Spreadsheet throughout the 2009 MLB season.  Here's a peek: TOP 50 HITTING PROSPECTS 11-30 11 Yonder Alonso CIN 1B A- Bat will...

Comments |

continue reading

February 17, 2009

Diamond Challenge Preview Coming

Hey everyone! Welcome back to Fantistics as we all gear up for another season of fantasy baseball. This year I’m going to try and reach out to the CDM/Fanball portion of our audience and write a few blogs dealing specifically...

Comments |

continue reading

February 16, 2009

The Masters of Inconsistency

A few years ago 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 indication of a batter's quality games or...

Comments |

continue reading

February 14, 2009

2009 Technical Indicators - Catchers

Hi Folks, This morning we take a swing at the top tier catchers in this year's fantasy draft.  Since there is a finite number of positions that must be filled in most fantasy baseball leagues, catchers are and have...

Comments |

continue reading

February 10, 2009

Technical Indicators - 2009 Starting Pitchers Part II

Hi Folks, Here's a second swing at a few key technical indicators that are shaping our 2009 pitcher projections.  These along with other player notes can be found in the notes section in the player projections software. In no...

Comments |

continue reading

February 9, 2009

Deserved Wins

Deserved Wins:  One of our simplest Sabermetric formulas is Expected or Deserved Wins. We define Deserved Wins as Quality Starts multiplied by a factor of .74.  Typically a pitcher wins 74% of his Quality Starts (a Quality Start as...

Comments |

continue reading

February 6, 2009

Technical Indicators - Starting Pitchers 2009 Part 1

Within the player projections software we have a column for player notes where I post a some of the technical indicators that influence our 2009 projections, here's the latest round of analytic notes as we kick off the 2009 campaign....

Comments |

continue reading

March 29, 2008

Preseason Projections Blog - March 28th

Player Blurbs written by Michael Leone Eric Byrnes – Last year Byrnes had one of the best fantasy seasons among outfielders, but don’t buy into the hype just yet. His singles average was 43 points higher than his three year...

Comments |

continue reading

March 28, 2008

Preseason Projections Blog - March 28th

Preseason Player Projections - March 28, 2008| article by Michael Berman What do a hand fracture, a chronic bad back, a broken cheek bone and a broken leg have in common? They are all injuries that have kept Nationals 1B...

Comments |

continue reading

March 26, 2008

Preseason Player Projections - March 27, 2008

Dodgers Outfield Pierre v. Ethier. A decision that Dodgers fans and fantasy owners await with bated breath. No decision has been made as of late Wednesday, but the guess here is that Ethier will open as the starting left fielder...

Comments |

continue reading

March 25, 2008

Pre-season Player Projections Blog, March 26th

Johan Santana: As if he already wasn’t the best pitcher in baseball, Santana’s move to the Mets gives him two big advantages. The first is that historically lefthanders moving from the American League to the National League tend to have...

Comments |

continue reading

March 23, 2008

Pre-season Player Projections Blog, March 24th

Chris Capuano Capuano was diagnosed with a Torn UCL in his left elbow and could face the dreaded Tommy John surgery if the tear is full. I mentioned earlier in the spring I thought something was wrong with Capuano last...

Comments |

continue reading

March 21, 2008

Pre-season Player Projections Blog, March 22nd

Rich Hill As mentioned in yesterday’s news items, Rich Hill’s horrid outing on Thursday raises some red flags. Hill’s spring has been littered with control problems, walking 14 batters in just 12 2/3 innings. Such wild control issues for pitchers...

Comments |

continue reading

March 20, 2008

Pre-season Player Projection Blog, March 20, 2008

Oliver Perez: After struggling in his first two outings, Perez looked good against the Nationals on Monday, 5 innings with 1 ER while striking out 5 and walking none. Perez has loads of talents, as evidenced by his 2003/2004/2005/2006/2007 K/9’s...

Comments |

continue reading

March 19, 2008

Pre-season Player Projection Blog, March 19, 2008

Luis Mendoza- TEX- Although he won’t make his first major league start of the year until April 12th, when the Rangers first need a fifth starter, but he has pretty much sewed up that role. Yesterday he held the A’s...

Comments |

continue reading

March 16, 2008

The 2008 Rookie Class

Lets start here ... there isn't too much about baseball I don't love. But there is nothing better than spending time in a minor league park, minutes from the B&M Baked Beans factory in Portland Maine, or the Brewery Exchange...

Comments |

continue reading

March 14, 2008

Runners Stranded

Runners Stranded Percentage (RS%) Runners Stranded Percentage: Measures the percentage of batters that reach base but do not score (more specifically, are not credited to a pitcher’s Earned Runs). The average stranded percentage for starters is .71. Pitchers with...

Comments |

continue reading

March 12, 2008

Pre-season Player Projection Blog, March 13, 2008

Ryan Theriot “The Riot” gets a huge boost in fantasy value if manager Lou Piniella’s decision to use him as the team’s leadoff hitter sticks. Piniella made that announcement Wednesday, and considering Theriot has a .355 career minor league OBP...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Pre-season Player Projection Blog, March 12, 2008

Kyle McClellan- STL- McClellan seemed to benefit from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2005. His fastball went from the upper 80s to 94 mph heat with movement. Last year the Cardinals converted him from a starter to a...

Comments |

continue reading

March 11, 2008

Pre-season Player Projection Blog, March 11, 2008

Matt Morris: Morris is assured of a spot in the Pirates rotation. Barring a complete disaster, it will be his big contract, not his skills that will keep him there. Morris’ K/9 has now declined in the last five seasons,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 7, 2008

Player Projections Blog - March 7, 2008

Preseason Blog - March 7, 2008Noah Lowry - Lowry's start to the 2008 season has been about as bad as it gets.  Lowry has complained of "fatigue" in the area between his left thumb and wrist, which definitely does not...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 5, 2008

Player Projections Blog - March 6, 2008

Dodgers #5 starter Things are starting to sort themselves out a bit here. Candidate #1, the $16 million a year Jason Schmidt won’t be ready for Opening Day after undergoing serious shoulder surgery last year. This really isn’t a surprise...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - March 5th

Chris Carpenter- STL- Preseason- Carpenter’s lost season was the second time in 5 years he has been out an entire year (I’m not counting his 6 innings in 2007). His 2005 and 2006 were superb, with sub-3.00 ERAs. However, he...

Comments |

continue reading

March 3, 2008

Player Projections Blog - March 3, 2008

Brad Lidge: There is a chance that Lidge, who had surgery on his knee, could be ready by opening day. He certainly has the skill set to be a successful closer, 11.8 K/9, but there also some warning flags. He...

Comments |

continue reading

February 29, 2008

Player Projections Blog - March 1, 2008

Alex Gonzalez Gonzalez was diagnosed Friday with a “compression fracture” of his left knee, an injury that is expected to sideline him at least three weeks. Looking up “compression fracture” on the Internet (dangerous, I know), I found this on...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - February 29th

Jason Jennings- TEX- As a Rangers fan, I get used to things like having the big pitcher signing of the offseason being a player who is coming off a serious injury. I just have to remember Chan Ho Park and...

Comments |

continue reading

February 28, 2008

Player Projections Blog - February 28th

Looks like the dreaded "job-share" is in force for the catching position with the Padres, as both Josh Bard and Michael Barrett are likely to get substantial playing time. That, of course, relegates them to lower-tier status in just about...

Comments |

continue reading

February 25, 2008

Projection Indicators - Outfielders Part II

Hi Guys, Here is another round of analytic notes. Again, many of the definitions for the indicators I am mentioning can also be found in our charting area as well.  This morning we take our second swing at the...

Comments |

continue reading

The Luck of the Bounce - BHIP%

The luck of the bounce - Balls Hit into Play Success % Balls Hit into Play Success %: defined as the number of balls hit into play that are registered as hits against a pitcher. Much has been written...

Comments |

continue reading

February 16, 2008

Spring Training Notes - February 16

News and notes from around spring training ... "If it blows out it's going to blow out, you can't control that." ... Not words that warm the hearts of the Cardinals, or their fans, or Albert Pujols owners on a...

Comments |

continue reading

February 12, 2008

Technical Indicators - First Basemen

Here's a look at the first basemen and some of the indicators used in developing their 2008 projections (these notes can be found in the software as well). In no particular order: Delgado, Carlos Eroding skill set, but decent...

Comments |

continue reading

February 7, 2008

Technical Indicators - Starting Pitchers Part 2

Within the player projections software we have a column for player notes this season where I post a few of the technical indicators that influence the 2008 projections, here's the latest round of analytic notes. For those new to Fantistics,...

Comments |

continue reading

February 2, 2008

Technical Indicators - Starting Pitchers Part 1

Within the player projections software we have a column for player notes this season where I post a few of the technical indicators that influence the 2008 projections, here's the latest round of analytic notes. For those new to Fantistics,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 31, 2007

Pre Season Pitcher Box Scores

Preseason Pitcher Box Scores   It's that time of the year again, Preseason Baseball is back and we'll be carrying the pitcher box scores here every morning. Please be aware that the preseason box scores can be deceiving. Pitchers, especially...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

March 30, 2007

Pre Season Player Projections Blog March 31st

Tom Gordon: All that talk about Brett Myers becoming the closer was all just smoke. Despite being 39 years old, Gordon's 2006 numbers of a 10.4 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9 are still in the upper tier of closers. His...

Comments |

continue reading

Preseason Player Projections Blog March 30th

Before we get to the notes this morning, I wanted to give a little introduction to the subscribers out there. I'm the guy that Anthony Perri thinks looks like Zach Greinke, but most people know me as Drew Dinkmeyer. This...

Comments |

continue reading

March 29, 2007

Pre Season Player Projections Blog March 29th

It seems Bobby Jenks has gotten a bit tired of all the growing concerns within the media about where his arm is heading into the season. After firing 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday, Jenks told reporters that his location...

Comments |

continue reading

March 28, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 28th

Reds Bullpen: There have been some rumblings that Dustin Hermanson could take over the closer role from David Weathers. Back problems caused him to miss virtually the entire 2006 season, but in 2005 he saved 34 games in 39 tries,...

Comments |

continue reading

March 27, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 27th

Freddy Sanchez's second opinion on his knee sprain didn't provide positive news for fantasy owners. He'll likely start the season on the DL and appear back in the lineup sometime around April 7th. The reigning NL batting champion is still...

Comments |

continue reading

March 26, 2007

Player Projections Blog- March 26

Internet problems forced me to post this late, but hopefully some of you still see it. Even if Freddy Sanchez starts the season on the DL, he will only miss the first week. It seems as if the debate within...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - March 26th

The D-backs Edgar Gonzalez has pitched extremely well this spring, since March 9th. Gonzalez has pitched 19 Innings, while only allowing 14 baserunners, 3 Earned Runs on 12 Ks. During his  5 year minor league career Edgar posted unspectacular...

Comments |

continue reading

March 25, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 25th

Quick Pitches: Cubs Wade Miller likely locked a rotation spot on Saturday night when he tossed 5 innings of 3 hit ball. As we've discussed, Miller isn't the same pitcher who won 16 in 2001, his fastball is topping...

Comments |

continue reading

March 23, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 24th

Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners started and ended strong in his start on Friday, but he struggled in the middle. Hernandez retired the first six and the last six batters of his outing in order but allowed four runs...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog- March 23rd

The JJ Putz watch continues for those intrigued by the Mariners closer situation. Putz did some soft throwing on Thursday for about five minutes to see how his arm reacted and said he felt fine afterwards. Putz's breakout 2006 season...

Comments |

continue reading

March 22, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 22nd

Rays Manager Joe Maddon was very definitive yesterday when he said that Rocco Baldelli (hammy) "is going to be"in Tampa's Opening Day lineup on April 2nd. Rocco left Tuesday game with what Maddon is terming a "mild"hamstring strain and understandably...

Comments (3) |

continue reading

March 21, 2007

Young Stud Pitchers: Off and Running

Sure preseason box scores can be deceiving, especially when we're taking about veteran pitchers or others who are coming into camp with a secure rotation spot. However when we're dealing with young pitchers vying for a starting job, these...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - March 21st

Eric Gagne made his first appearance in "A"games this spring and was rudely welcomed by Kevin Frandsen with a long HR. Gagne settled down after allowing the HR getting two groundouts and a strike out to end the inning. Gagne's...

Comments |

continue reading

March 20, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 20th

Speculation surrounding Alex Rodriguez leaving the Yankees continues, this time with rumors about a move to the west coast to join the Angels at the end of the 2007 season. This is just one of many rumors that will be...

Comments |

continue reading

March 19, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 19th

Devil Rays Closer: It is no shock that alleged closer Seth McClung has struggled this spring with 7 ER in 4 innings. With a 2006 BB/9 of 5.9, his skills are not even major-league worthy. If the Rays break...

Comments |

continue reading

March 18, 2007

Early Spring Performance - The Hitting Prospects

With 2 weeks of Spring action in the books, today we'll take a peak at how the young prospects are performing. For veteran players, spring stats are to be ingested but not digested. Veteran players typically take it easy during...

Comments |

continue reading

March 17, 2007

Runs Scored - The Ugly Duckling of Fantasy Baseball

New Page 1 3/17/2007 Runs Scored - The Ugly Duckling of Fantasy Baseball Part II Earlier this week we discussed the players who led the league in Runs Scored Percentage. This morning we'll take a look at the guys...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 16, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 17th

One of the biggest knocks on Matt Murton of the Chicago Cubs in 2006 was that he wasn't showing enough power potential. As a result the Cubs acquired Cliff Floyd in the off-season to play left field (when he isn't...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog- March 16th

Marlins Closer: The Fish still have not named a closer. There are some rumblings about importing Jorge Julio from Arizona, but as of now, it is a battle between four in-house candidates, Kevin Gregg, Taylor Tankersley, Matt Lindstrom, and Henry...

Comments |

continue reading

March 15, 2007

Young Players on the Upswing this Spring

HOU Hunter Pence OF - The last thing the Astros expected coming into this spring was another outfield playing time dilemma.  With a cast that already includes Lee/ Scott / Lane / Burke / Hidalgo, Hunter Pence is making a...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog- March 15th

Chad "Don't Call Me Barbara"Billingsley continues to be the front-runner to fill that last coveted spot in the Dodgers rotation. However, despite a solid spring of 6.3 IP without an earned run, manager Grady Little has guaranteed the 22-year-old a...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 14, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 14th

Sammy Sosa continues his march to nail down a spot on the Texas roster. After going 2-for-3 in yesterday's game, Sosa is hitting .464 with 2 homers, 2 doubles, a triple and 6 RBI. At this point it looks like...

Comments |

continue reading

March 13, 2007

The 2007 Rookie Review

Lets start here ... there isn't too much about baseball I don't love. Baseball is the drama and angst of a great television series like 24, but it's on every day for, perhaps fittingly in this analogy, 24 hours a...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 12, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 13th

Chan Ho Park was, well, Chan Ho Park again on Monday. The right-hander gave up four runs in three and one-third innings to the Nationals. Park is probably the leading candidate right now to be the Mets fifth starter (especially...

Comments |

continue reading

Fantistics Baseball Player Projections Blog - 3/12/07

With all the controversy swirling around Gary Matthews, Jr. it seems like the Rangers may have really done the right thing in letting him walk. Looking through some old reference material (I knew there was a reason I saved those...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

March 11, 2007

Draft Position Player Profile: Starting Pitchers

Regular subscribers to Insiderbaseball.com know all about how I feel about starting pitching. No matter how good any given hitter is, even at a scare position, he's still just 1- of -14 hitters in most formats. An elite SB guy...

Comments |

continue reading

March 9, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 10th

Rich Hill of the Chicago Cubs is coming along nicely in Spring Training. Hill is a guy who can be a high risk high reward player this year. He is high risk because he is a sophomore and because he...

Comments |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - March 9th 2007

The following news items were collected from each MLB team's Official website, and its impact is updated each morning in our player projections software. O's Daniel Cabrera Starting to Dominate "I'm starting to see all the things that I...

|

continue reading

Draft Position Player Profile: Catchers

Today we'll take a close look at catchers. Usually, it's the position you dread drafting most. You get to that special point in the fantasy draft when someone takes McCann and Mauer and you end up throwing your hands in...

Comments (2) |

continue reading

March 7, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 8th

Kris Benson was back in the news on Wednesday, with the word that he isn't experiencing much success in rehabbing his torn rotator cuff. Benson, who was 11-12 with a 4.82 ERA and an ugly 88:58 K:BB last year with...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Draft Position Player Profile: Outfielders/DH

Travis Hafner: Took the step up from a fantasy superstar (FPI: .82) to the elite (FPI: .91). The move up in class was fully supported by the growth in his underlying stats. His batting eye rose to .90 in 2006...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - March 7th

One of the benefits of living in south Florida is the availability of spring training games. Yesterday morning I saw in the paper that the Marlins were going to put 200 tickets on sale for that day's game against the...

Comments |

continue reading

March 6, 2007

Player Projections Blog- March 6th

Having done many mock drafts over the last couple of months, I've been faced with a difficult decision a few times late in the 2nd round - Carlos Lee or Jason Bay? Using the Fantistics Player Projection software customized to...

Comments |

continue reading

March 5, 2007

Player Projections Blog- March 5th

Sure, plenty of attention has been focused on Alfonso Soriano since he signed with the Cubs. It's possible, though, that he may actually be underhyped. After a 2006 season in which he hit .277 with 46 homers and 41...

Comments |

continue reading

March 2, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 3rd

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies had his contract renewed for the grand total of $900,000. This may seem like the deal of a lifetime for the Phillies and a huge rip off for Howard, the 2006 National League Most...

Comments (1) |

continue reading

Player Projections Blog - March 2nd

3/02/2007 Players who have improved physically   Every year we hear about players who come into camp with an improved physique. It sure makes for great chatter around the water cooler, but does it really have an effect on...

Comments |

continue reading

March 1, 2007

Player Projections Blog - March 1st

Here are some press notes from the team beat writers this morning: Tankersley's Shoulder Ailing - Florida's Closer situation wide open Tankersley, Taylor - Fla/RP: As the Palm Beach Post reports, "Already down a starting pitcher, the Marlins opened...

Comments |

continue reading

February 28, 2007

Player Projections Blog - February 28th

The MLBPA says the clause in Barry Bonds contract that would terminate the deal if Bonds is indicted is unenforceable. So they are on board with the farce as well. It's obvious that neither the Giants nor B*nds himself has...

Comments |

continue reading

February 27, 2007

Player Projections Blog - February 27,2007

Here are some press notes from the team beat writers this morning: Ken Griffey Jr. still on the mend Griffey Jr., Ken - Cin/OF: According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Ken Griffey Jr. and Gary Majewski remain the only Reds...

Comments |

continue reading

February 26, 2007

Player Projections Blog - February 26,2007

Good Day Folks! Today is the start of our daily 2007 Pre-Season Player Projections Blog. Starting today, through the last day of the Spring season (with the exception of Sundays), we'll be making comments on players and adjusting their valuations...

Comments |

continue reading

February 23, 2007

Kevin Kouzmanoff | San Diego | Third Base

A sixth-round pick in 2003, Kevin Kouzmanoff is light on physical tools yet heavy on outstanding numbers. Kouzmanoff hit .330 in 2004 and .339 in 2005, and then made those numbers look downright pathetic after moving up to the...

Comments |

continue reading

February 22, 2007

Schilling Will Play For Pay in 2007

It you are one of the contract-year believers you can add Curt Schilling to your contract-year watch list. Schilling informed WEEI in Boston that in a brief meeting with the Red Sox GM Theo Epstein that the team would not...

Comments |

continue reading

Please feel free to inquire about any of our products: info@fantistics.com

 

Copyright 2007-2014 Fantistic Technologies All Rights Reserved.

The term MLB is a registered trademark of the Major League Baseball and is not affiliated with Fantistics, nor endorsed.