All posts under "Fantasy Strategy"

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    A Closer Look - The Final Edition

    Welcome to the final edition of A Closer Look for the 2021 season! For those of you still battling for a championship, we'll continue to update you on all the news you need to know for the final FAAB runs...

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    NL Week 26 Strategy-September 18, 2021

    In The Field OF A.J. Pollock (hamstring) is expected to start a rehab assignment soon. If there are no setbacks he should be able to return next week sometime. OF Brian Anderson had shoulder surgery on Tuesday and is out...

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    A Closer Look - Week 26

    It's Week 26 of the fantasy baseball season! Since we're two years removed from our last full 162 game season, it's important to remember that players' bodies tend to break down as the full grind of the season starts to...

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    A Closer Look - Week 25

    With just three weeks left in the regular season, most head-to-head leagues will be finishing the regular season within the next week. This weekend also marks Week 1 of the NFL regular season, which coincidentally also marks the migration of...

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    NL Week 24 Strategy-September 4, 2021

    In The Field 2B Ozzie Albies (knee) was not able to return to the lineup on Thursday but was back in there on Friday. 2B Nico Hoerner has been able to resume baseball activities. He has been shut down once...

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    A Closer Look - Week 24

    For most of the regular season, this column focused on skillsets over immediate opportunity. In other words, when deciding between the reliever with access to immediate saves and the reliever with an elite skillset, it's generally a good idea to...

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    NL Week 22 Strategy-August 21, 2021

    In The Field OF Mookie Betts (hip) wants to return next week but that isn't going to be enough. His chronic hip is going to have to allow for that to happen. This is also an injury that he is...

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    A Closer Look - Week 22

    The story of 2021, at least in the terms of bullpens, is largely a broken record. Many teams that headed into the season with a committee in the 9th inning have largely struggled to find consistency - with the exception...

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    A Closer Look - Week 21

    We're in the stretch run in fantasy leagues! By the end of the month, head-to-head formats will be entering playoffs and rotisserie leagues will be making the turn for home. This is always an odd time of the year as...

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    NL Week 20 Strategy-August 7, 2021

    In The Field OF Christian Yelich was activated on Saturday from the COVID IL. 2B Josh Van Meter (back) wasn't in the lineup on Friday is dealing with back spasms and is day-to-day. SS Trea Turner was with the team...

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    A Closer Look - Week 20

    A Closer Look August is upon us and the trade deadline is behind us! It's crunch time in fantasy leagues and we're to the point in the season where every activation in your starting lineup is important and every individual...

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    A Closer Look - Trade Deadline Edition

    How's everybody feeling waking up from your trade deadline hangover? The 2021 trade deadline did not disappoint, particularly as it pertained to relievers. Both Brad Hand and Craig Kimbrel were traded, but those were just the headliners. Here's a summary...

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    NL Week 18 Strategy-July 24, 2021

    In The Field OF Mookie Betts (hip) is expected to miss all weekend as he deals with a hip injury which will put him at over a week of not playing but not on the injured list. Recently acquired OF...

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    A Closer Look - Week 16

    The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just about a week away, which means one of the wildest times of the year is just a couple weeks away for fantasy owners. The FAAB period after the trade deadline is usually...

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    NL Week 16 Strategy-July 14, 2021

    In The Field 3B Brian Anderson (shoulder) has been able to do baseball activities without any setbacks. The Marlins haven't given a timeframe for a rehab assignment but it is trending in that direction. His return is going to push...

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    A Closer Look - Week 15

    Welcome to the 15th edition of A Closer Look. Tuesday marks the unofficial halfway mark in the major league baseball season as the All-Star Game shifts to Colorado, so in honor of halfway mile marker, here's a view of the...

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    A Closer Look - Week 14

    Welcome to the 14th edition of A Closer Look of the 2021 Major League Baseball season! It's officially July, which means the midway point of the season and the trade deadline are just around the corner. Several teams with dedicated...

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    NL Week 14 Strategy-June 26, 2021

    In The Field C Austin Nola is performing baseball activities that included taking BP and doing some light catching work. He is working his way towards a rehab assignment but that timeframe is still unknown. SS Corey Seager (hand) is...

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    NL Week 12 Strategy-June 12, 2021

    In The Field OF Darin Ruf (hamstring) resumed baseball activities on Wednesday. He is still likely weeks away from returning but is trending in the right direction. 2B Tommy La Stella (hamstring) participated in some baseball activities (cage work, ground...

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    A Closer Look - Week 10

    It's Week 10 of the fantasy baseball season, which means we're a little over one-third of the way through the regular season. In the closer landscape, there's currently one player on pace for 50+ saves (Mark Melancon),two on pace...

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    NL Week 10 Strategy-May 29, 2021

    In The Field SS Corey Seager (hand) no longer has a cast and is doing some baseball activities. It is still likely that he is out until the middle of June. This is important for the short-term playing time of...

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    A Closer Look - Week 9

    We're nine weeks into the fantasy baseball season and by my count, roughly one third of the teams in major league baseball are using a closer-by-committee approach in the ninth inning. This approach is slightly less detrimental for fantasy leagues...

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    A Closer Look - Week 8

    We're roughly 8 weeks into the fantasy baseball season and the closing pool has been noisy, but it hasn't been a nuclear meltdown. We touched on the save leaders last week and this week, we'll touch on a slightly more...

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    NL Week 8 Strategy-May 15, 2021

    In The Field SS Jazz Chisholm (hamstring) is nearing a return because he is playing in rehab games. He has also been attempting stolen bases which means he should be activated this weekend or early next week. C Jorge Alfaro...

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    A Closer Look - Week 7

    Welcome to the 7th closer update of the year! This week, as I was reading the box scores, I had an epiphany. I can rattle off the strikeout rates, groundball rates and even the barrel rates for most of the...

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    A Closer Look - Week 6

    Around the League: -More turnover in the Tampa Bay bullpen this week as Diego Castillo landed on the injured list with a groin injury. On the bright side, the team did activate Pete Fairbanks. Jeffrey Springs secured the first save...

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    NL Week 6 Strategy-May 1, 2021

    In The Field OF Mike Yastrzemski was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to April 26 with an oblique strain. The Giants went out and traded for OF Mike Tauchman so he figures to take Yastrzemski's role for now. There...

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    A Closer Look - Week 4

    By the end if this week, we'll be roughly one month in on the 2021 Major League Baseball season! After a flurry of late spring training news and earlier season uncertainty, we've seen a relative sense of stability over the...

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    NL Week 4 Strategy-April 17, 2021

    American League In The Field OF Byron Buxton is dealing with a hamstring injury. Injuries are nothing new to Buxton it just hurts more now that he is off to such a hot start (.469 AVG with 5 HR and...

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    NL Week 3 Strategy-April 10, 2021

    Sorting out playing time, injury news, and FAAB targets.

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    A Closer Look - Week 2

    Week one of the fantasy baseball season certainly brough a lot of closer news. As of this writing, roughly one-third of the teams have some level of uncertainty in their closer pecking order. That's great news if you waited on...

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    A Closer Look - 2021 Opening Weekend Edition

    Happy Opening Weekend! As I alluded to last week, this year's closer pool seems to be as tumultuous as ever, which is both good news and bad news for those of who decided to wait on closers in the draft....

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    A Closer Look - March 27, 2021

    Buckle up, folks! The 2021 closer carousel has officially begun and it's not even April! From injuries to position battles, Spring Training has revealed just how fragile many of the closing situations are amongst most of the league. For fantasy...

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    InsiderMetrics: Triangulating Batted Ball Speed & How To Use It

    The Statcast age is upon us! Baseball stadiums around the league have joined the tech revolution and are filled with high-speed cameras and sensors designed to capture and measure every aspect of America's Past Time. The result? Statistical detail beyond...

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    Advanced Scoring Weights for Fantasy Baseball 2021

    Hi Folks Hi Folks, If you play in a Rotisserie league, our software is designed to give you the opportunity to favor the more predictable categories in your league.  Instead of each category having an even "1" weighting, it's...

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    InsiderMetrics: An Introduction to SwStr%

    Swinging strike rate, or the percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss, is one of the most powerful tools for any fantasy player to utilize when attempting to evaluate starting pitcher performances. The calculation of the...