All posts under "Fantasy Strategy"

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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...

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    InsiderMetrics: An Introduction to Strand Rate (LOB%) And Why It's A Leading Indicator for Pitching Projections

    Strand rate, or left on base percentage (LOB%), measures the percentage of baserunners a pitcher leaves on base over the course of an entire season. At its core, strand rate is simply a measure of the number of runners that...

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    xFIP vs ERA: The Players to Target and the Guys to Avoid

    Ask a sabermetrician what his or her favorite statistics are that measure the quality of a pitcher and xFIP is bound to be a frequent answer. So what is xFIP and why do statisticians prefer it over a more widely...

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    Splitting Hairs: Does Platoon Advantage Still Matter in 2021?

    For years, baseball managers have practically competed in mini chess matches mid-game as they both sought the elusive "platoon advantage". In fact, these strategic moves - designed to give their team a higher probability of a favorable outcome - ultimately...

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    Introduction to Sabermetrics: BABIP Against

    Batting average on balls in play, or BABIP, is usually associated with offensive players. After all, it's primarily an offensive statistic. Nonetheless, BABIP against is the adaption of that statistic for pitchers and it's just as useful for them as...

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    AL Week 9 Strategy-September 19, 2020

    In The Field OF Austin Meadows left Thursday's game early with oblique soreness. This is not good news for those that have him because the Rays will be careful with him with the playoffs right around the corner. He was...

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    A Closer Look - September 19, 2020

    It's tough to believe, but we've reached the final edition of A Closer Look for the 2020 fantasy baseball season! It's been a challenging year in many ways, but as always, it's subscribers like yourself that make producing fantasy content...

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    A Closer Look - September 12, 2020

    The divide between the upper class and lower class is growing larger, at least as it relates to baseball closers. The very good bullpens continue to get stronger and the closers continue to produce, while the weaker bullpens were hit...

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    AL Week 7 Strategy-September 5, 2020

    In The Field 3B David Fletcher has been placed on the 10-day IL with an ankle injury. The Angels offense has been dismal and Fletcher had been one of the few bright spots. This means increased playing time for newly...

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    AL Week 5 Strategy-August 22, 2020

    In The Field 2B D.J. LeMahieu has been placed on the 10-day IL and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained thumb. He was on fire (.411/.456/.534) prior to the injury. The Yankees will play Tyler Wade at...

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    A Closer Look - August 15, 2020

    Like most pitchers in 2020, the variance has been extremely difficult for fantasy owners to manage. We're officially about 33% of the way through the baseball season, but just 7 teams have one player with all their team's saves....

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    AL Week 3 Strategy-August 9, 2019

    In The Field OF George Springer is considered day-to-day with a wrist injury. Manager Dusty Baker said nothing is broken or fractured which is a huge plus. Shohei Ohtani (elbow) returned to the lineup on Thursday and promptly went yard....

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    AL Week 1 Strategy-July 26, 2019

    In The Field OF Bryon Buxton (foot) made the Opening Day roster but wasn't in the lineup Friday night. He is expected to be ready at some point this weekend if not early next week. C Tom Murphy was placed...

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    A Closer Look - An Opening Day Edition in July

    In normal seasons, the column that typically gets written this week (leading up to July 31st) would be filled with hypothetical statements and advice about how to handle the various movement expected in the closer pool. The same is true...

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    2020 Fantasy Baseball Sabermetric Notes: Starting Pitchers II

    Today would have been the start of the 2020 MLB season, but as you are probably already well aware of, that start has been pushed forward into an undetermined future. As we endure through one of the most difficult times...

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    Barrels & Exit Velocity

    This morning on SiriusXM Fantasy Radio, we're discussing Barrels & Exit Velocity. Below are some of the player notes contained in our 2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Advisor Program, highlihgting the guys that stand out in these categories. Barrels According to...

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    An Introduction to Swinging Strike Rate (SwStr%) and How To Get An Edge

    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...

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    xFIP vs ERA: Finding the Diamonds in the Rough and the Wolves in the Sheepskin

    Sabermetricians are generally viewed as experts on statistics, so go find your favorite sabermetrician and ask him the ERA of Pitcher X in the MLB. Chances are, he might not even know what it is. Now ask the same sabermetrician...

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    Home/Road Splits: Should We Care?

    Statistics sometimes have a funny way of coming full circle. If you rewind the clock back a decade or two, our "advanced" metrics were using player's splits, specifically handedness and home/away. To this day, a player's handedness splits are frequently...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: A Deep Dive Into Statcast HR/FB Analysis

    Home Run to Flyball Rate (HR/FB) is one of the most straightforward statistics that we use for fantasy baseball since it's simply telling us what percentage of flyballs are hit for home runs. The metric is calculated by taking total...

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    NL Week 27 Strategy-September 21, 2019

    In The Field OF Ender Inciarte could be back next week. He has been able to do some running. Inciarte is unlikely to return to an everyday role which severely limits his fantasy appeal. 1B Anthony Rizzo was able to...

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    A Closer Look - September 14, 2019

    As we wrap up A Closer Look for another season, I like to use these final columns as a way to start getting an edge on the competition for the upcoming draft season. Teams are calling up their top prospect...

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    NL Week 25 Strategy-September 8, 2019

    In The Field OF Ender Inciarte (hamstring) has started jogging but is still a couple of weeks away from returning. OF Nick Markakis (wrist) has started throwing but hasn't hit yet. OF Austin Riley is playing in rehab games at...

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    A Closer Look - September 7, 2019

    Ah, do you smell that? That's the sweet, sweet smell of victory. It's so close, yet the next two or three weeks will likely feel like the longest of the year. With the NFL season starting, it's possible you've lifted...

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    NL Week 23 Strategy-August 24, 2019

    In The Field OF Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is likely going to miss the rest of the season which means that the Braves have an open outfield spot. In the time since Inciarte went on the IL the Braves have gone...

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    NL Week 21 Strategy-August 10, 2019

    In The Field OF Nick Markakis has been out with a fractured left wrist since July 27. The Braves have gone with OF Ronald Acuna, OF Ender Inciarte, and OF Adam Duvall has regulars since then. OF Austin Riley started...