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    Preseason Prep - Mar 29, 2016

    NAVA-MORE? - It's looking more and more like a Nava/Gentry platoon is what the Angels will roll into 2016 with in LF, and while Nava really struggled last season, there is a bit of cause for slight optimism. Nava has...

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    Preseason Prep-March 28th, 2016

    Cincinnati Reds-News and Notes J.J. Hoover as closer Reds manager Bryan Price has stated, if the season started today that J.J. Hoover would be the closer. J.J. Hoover has saved five games over his career, so this is going to...

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    Lift Me: Players that could see a rise in HRs in 2016

    Lift Me: Players that could see a rise in HRs in 2016 Hit the ball hard and good things happen! As I wrote in a recent article, the correlation last year between Hard Hit % and HR/FB rate was approximately +.66...

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    Who Are These Guys? By Kyle Elfrink

    There's a red moon rising ... On the Cuyahoga River ... Rolling into Cleveland on the lake For baseball fans of a certain mood and generation, those three lines likely lead to an instant recall of the opening scenes from...

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    Preseason Prep - March 25, 2016

    Let it (Miguel) Sano? Sano is one of the more intriguing options heading into the 2016 season. He is the highest-rated Twin option out in the fantasy landscape, and with good reason. In an 80 game debut for the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 24, 2016

    Pittsburgh Pirates What a Juan-derful Spring for Nicasio Juan Nicasio is competing for one of the final two rotation spots with Jeff Locke and Ryan Vogelsong and is making the decision for the Pirates brass quite difficult. After dominating the...

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    Preseason Prep 03/22/2016

    White Sox Notes In my last article about two weeks ago, I wrote about Adam LaRoche potentially bouncing back, and whether or not he would see reduced playing time. Well, those issues are mute now. And without getting involved in...

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    Preseason Prep - March 21, 2016

    Royals News: Can Moose be the best value of the year? A former first round pick, Mike Moustakas has long been mentioned as the future cornerstone of the Kansas City Royals. While he has been pretty good the last several...

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    Sorting through the ADP Movers

    Here's the latest ADP shifts that we've taken note of since the the fantasy Baseball draft season kicked off in the middle of February. As you'll see below, the player news flow does make it's impact on Average Draft Position...

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    Fighting the Tide of Perception by Kyle Elfrink

    Let's get things rolling with a simple comparison ... Player A - 331 games, 1,222 ABs, .294 AVG, 46 HR, 149 RBI, 188 R, 25 SB, .371 OBP, .487 SLG Player B - 357 games, 1,309 ABs, .272 AVG, 55...

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    Preseason Prep-March 18th, 2016

    Cincinnati Reds-News and Notes Can Cody Reed make the jump from Double-A? Cody Reed has been the most impressive player at Reds camp. He has caught everyone's attention and that is a good thing for someone trying to make the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 17th 2016

    Hector Olivera, Atlanta Braves - Olivera is tearing the cover off the ball this spring and is triple slashing .429/.432/.514 in 12 games. This is a huge step in the right direction for Olivera as he didn't exactly impress as...

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    ADP: A Few of My Favorite Buys by Kyle Elfrink

    I do not know exactly when or where the term, 'sleeper,' was coined, but it's a word that gets tossed around thousands of times a day every March (for baseball) and August (for football) and then it's mostly forgotten. Or,...

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    Preseason Prep- March 15, 2016

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues (Ides of March Edition)... After the trade of Jean Segura there was going to be a new SS in Milwaukee. How long the new guy stays there will depend on how much progress...

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    Preseason Prep - March 14, 2016

    Chicago Cubs News: Is Kyle Schwarber Still Worth a Second-Round Pick? About three weeks ago, I had the great opportunity to travel to Arizona to scout the Cubs as they opened up camp in Mesa. The buzz surrounding the team...

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    An EYE Towards 2016: Exploring a Hitter's BB:K Ratio

    At Fantistics we love to look at a hitter's batted ball profile--the type of contact they are making--in order to project the trajectory of those surface statistics that matter in fantasy, such as batting average and home runs. After adding...

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    What's the Lineup Going to Look Like? by Kyle Elfrink

    The Arizona Diamondbacks made splash after splash during the offseason. There was the out-of-nowhere signing of ace hurler, Zack Greinke. There was the expensive trade that added Shelby Miller to the roll call. Later, they tacked on yet another arm...

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    Preseason Prep - Mar 11, 2016

    FORGET THE BIG THREE, HOW ABOUT THE BIG FOUR? - With the Big Three at the front of the rotation and Lucas Giolito waiting in the wings, Joe Ross has understandably flown under the radar a bit in Washington, but...

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    Preseason Prep - March 10, 2016

    A's Outfield Platoon Part II Last week I wrote about the the top three most likely players to get run in the A's massive outfield platoon: Josh Reddick, Billy Burns, and Kris Davis; but with the way the A's...

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    ADP: Chapman Out ... and Down by Kyle Elfrink

    Over the past few seasons, looming suspensions have damaged many pre-draft ranking boards in the NFL. Now, fantasy baseball players are joining their football brethren. There's been a slight resolution on the Jose Reyes front, but that situation is still...

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    Preseason Prep - March 8th, 2016

    Philadelphia Phillies My Cousin Vinny Vincent Velasquez, the centerpiece in the trade that sent Ken Giles to Houston, tossed 3 scoreless innings on Monday, getting off to a solid start in his bid to make the opening day rotation. He...

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    Preseason Prep - 03/07/2016

    Indians Notes: Francisco Lindor, CLE Lindor enters the 2016 season as one of Cleveland's bright spots, not only because of his superior defense but also because of his incredible .313/.353/.482 slash and 12 HR's in 99 games in his rookie...

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    Advanced Scoring Weights for Fantasy Baseball 2016

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    Preseason Prep - March 5, 2016

    Giants rotation We've already seen Matt Cain miss time with a cyst on his pitching arm, and now Johnny Cueto is having his Saturday start pushed back for unspecified reasons. In all likelihood, Cueto will be fine for Opening Day,...

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    Spring Numbers That DO Matter by Kyle Elfrink

    You've all heard it and you've all read it ... training camp numbers don't matter. It's a refrain that thunders from the mountain tops throughout the exhibition seasons in Arizona and Florida. It's an old stand-by and one that I've...

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    Preseason Prep March 4

    A's Outfield Platoon Part I With the addition of both Khris Davis and Chris Coghlan this offseason, the A's outfield is as busy as ever. They now have: Josh Reddick, Billy Burns, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp and Mark Canha...

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    Preseason Prep - Thursday, March 3 2016

    My Money is on Edwin Getting Paid in 2017 Edwin Encarnacion (TOR / DH) - Contract year alert! I was thinking back on Edwin's 2015 and thought it would have been a disappointing year. Then I realized he actually hit...

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    Preseason Prep- March 2, 2016

    Stroman, Marcus - Tor/P: Marcus Stroman started off the baseball season in style on Tuesday, striking out the first Philly batter he faced on three pitches. He would allow two runs in a second inning that included a poor judgment...

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    Preseason Prep- March 1, 2016

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... The Brewers have a gaping hole at the hot corner. They have brought in several candidates from around the majors to fill it Aaron Hill- 2B- Mil- Hill came over to the Brewers...

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    Preseason Prep - Feb 29, 2016

    NEW LEAGUE, RETRO PERFORMANCE? - The converse of the "bet on pitchers moving to the NL" theory isn't quite as sure of a bet, but it does tend to help a bit, and in Andrelton Simmons' case in particular there...

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    Adios, Jose Reyes by Kyle Elfrink

    So much of fantasy baseball success involves limiting risk. All of us will take chances on players from time to time, but you want to make sure that your roster enters a season with a manageable amount of risk. Drafting...

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    Preseason Prep - Friday, February 26, 2016

    A New Ace in Arizona Zack Greinke (SP - ARI) - You should not be surprised that we're predicting some regression to Greinke's 2015 season. He posted an unreal 1.66 ERA on his way to a 19-3 season with the...

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    Preseason Prep - February 25, 2016

    Tampa Bay Rays Storylines Moore or Less in 2016? - Matt Moore had a mixed bag of results in his return from Tommy John Surgery in 2015 going 3-and-4 over 12 starts with 63.0 IP. However, it was from September...

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Prep- February 23, 2016

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... With the Brewers in full rebuild mode there are several positions up for grabs that need to be followed over the course of Spring Training. The corner outfield slots, though, have firmed up....

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    Preseason Prep - February 22, 2016

    The Indians Outfield: From Bad to Worse With Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn and David Murphy no longer in the picture, the Indians outfield picture entering the season was basically Michael Brantley and two open doors. Being that Brantley is now...