All posts under "Fantasy Strategy" - Page 3

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    A Closer Look - July 7, 2018

    It was a relatively slow week in terms of closer news, which is welcome to many of your ears (and FAAB budgets!). Nonetheless, we're a mere three weeks away from the trade deadline and that means we could see a...

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    AL Week 12 Strategy-June 30, 2018

    In The Field SS Zack Cozart is going to have surgery to repair a torn labrum and is out for 6-8 months which means that his 2018 season is over. 1B Jefry Marte has started a rehab assignment and could...

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    A Closer Look - June 30, 2018

    Save Leaders This Week: Blake Treinen - 4 Raisel Iglesias - 4 Blown Saves This Week: Ryan Tepera - 2 Brad Boxberger - 1 Mark Melancon - 1 Fernando Rodney - 1 Seranthony Dominguez - 1 Sam Dyson - 1...

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    NL Week 11 Strategy-June 23, 2018

    In The Field OF Ronald Acuna has been hitting and running in his rehab. He started a rehab assignment on Friday, June 22nd and could be back late next week. OF Ryan Braun had a cryotherapy session done on his...

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    A Closer Look - June 16, 2018

    Guys (and gals).....closers are really weird this year. Every season is a circus when managing and projecting the ninth inning, and while I wouldn't classify this year as chaotic or overly active, it's just plain odd. We've seen all-star closers...

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    NL Player Notes June 12, 2018

    Javier Baez (CHC) - Javy Baez stole two more bases on Monday and is now on pace for 29 stolen bases. The rest of his on-pace for statistics are just as impressive with him currently trending towards .254/.286/.522, 37 HR,...

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    NL Weekly Strategy-June 9, 2018

    In The Field OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee/back) is targeting a return in the Padres series (June 14-17). 1B/OF Eric Thames (thumb) has been playing games during his rehab stint and could be back as soon as June 11. He...

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    A Closer Look - June 9, 2018

    As we near the 40% completion mark of the season, I must ask you the following question: Do you know where your saves are? In rotisserie leagues, the window to meaningfully impact your place in the standings is quickly closing...

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    A Closer Look - June 2, 2018

    Happy June! If you've made it this far into the baseball season and you're still reading columns on closers, that's a positive sign! Things stayed hot on the closer front this week and it's looking like it'll stay that way...

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    NL Weekly Strategy-May 26, 2018

    In the Field 2B Nick Franklin (quad strain) is still rehabbing and there is not a clear date for his return. 1B/OF Eric Thames (thumb) is rehabbing and is still expected back sometime in late June. 1B Jesus Aguilar has...

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    A Closer Look - May 26, 2018

    It's the last week of May, but it finally feels like April in the closer world. Lots to discuss and tackle in this week's closer update. Unlike last week, there's actually new situations to discuss and analyze, while also creating...

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    AL Weekly Strategy-May 19, 2018

    In the Field OF Justin Upton was hit on the wrist with a pitch on Thursday and did not play Friday night but was in the lineup Saturday night. OF Boog Powell (knee) started his rehab assignment on Wednesday. The...

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    Update: Using Regression Analysis on HR/FB Rate

    Howdy folks! We're just past the 25% mark in baseball's regular season, which means it's time to start digging in a little deeper into the analytics behind the result stats for our fantasy baseball players. If you followed us in...

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    A Closer Look - May 19, 2018

    So you want the Cliff Notes version of the current landscape of closers? Greg Holland is still awful, no one can close for the Angels, the White Sox are still annoying, and AJ Minter is still good. Get it? Got...

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    NL Player Commentary - May 18, 2018

    Yasiel Puig seems to be purposely aggravating fantasy owners that didn't start him this week, as he hit his third HR in the last four games last night. He was 2-for-3 yesterday while adding 2 walks. Puig was so incredibly...

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    A Closer Look - May 12, 2018

    Sometime between now and the next column, most teams are going to hit the 25% completion mark on the season. While the negative activity has picked up recently, we're still waiting for the hammer to fall and knock out our...

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    AL Player Commentary - May 11, 2018

    J.A. Happ had a night to forget as he gave up 7 ER in just 3.1 innings, allowing 10 hits with 2 walks. Prior to yesterday, Happ was posting his best swing and miss rates of his career, leading to...

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    NL Player Commentary - May 4, 2018

    Ronald Acuna has somehow lived up to the hype, going 3-for-5 yesterday with his second HR of the season. The sample here is far too small to draw any conclusions, but one of the amazing things about Acuna in the...

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    NL Week 5 Strategy-April 28, 2018

    In The Field C Tyler Flowers (oblique) is on a rehab assignment and should return late next week. 1B Eric Thames was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. He had surgery on...

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    NL Player Commentary - April 25, 2018

    Raisel Iglesias entered with two men on yesterday and promptly allowed both runners and one more to score. Iglesias's stats are a little bit alarming - and certainly not indicative of a sub-1.00 ERA. His SwStr% is elite, but he...

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    NL Week 3 Strategy-April 14, 2018

    In The Field OF Manuel Margot was placed on the 10-day DL with bruised ribs. The guy most likely to see an increase in playing time is OF Franchy Cordero. He has an interesting power/speed potential but he really needs...

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    NL Week 1 Strategy-April 1, 2018

    In The Field C Tyler Flowers was placed on the 10-day DL with an oblique strain and is going to be out multiple weeks. Oblique injuries can be tricky and difficult to completely heal. His replacement C Kurt Suzuki left...

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    Arm Age: The Impact of Age & Innings on Starting Pitching

    All baseball players are created equal, right? Of course not! So why are we still attempting to analyze the maturation curve of starting pitchers the same way we analyze the maturation of offensive players? For years, we have approached aging...

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    Sabermetrics & Why They Matter In Fantasy Baseball

    Barrels? BABIP? xFIP? Those aren't real baseball stats! You play in a standard 5x5 fantasy baseball league, so why should you care about sabermetrics? It's a question we get frequently on our show on SiriusXM. Lou Blasi, Walter Kuberski, Sky...

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    A Closer Look - September 2, 2017

    It's the officially the final month of the regular season and the NFL season kicks off in less than a week! If you're reading this column, it means you're still in the thick of either playoff contention or winning your...

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    Fatigue is settling in. Both with our closers and ourselves. The official fantasy football draft weekend is upon us, rotisserie league standings are firming up and head-to-head playoff spots are being clinched. This is the time in your league when...

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    A Closer Look - August 19, 2017

    After this weekend, we only have six more weeks of the baseball regular season! For those of you in head-to-head leagues, that also probably means you only have two to three more weeks before you start your playoffs. Around The...

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    A Closer Look - August 12, 2017

    Well, after a fairly uneventful week in the bullpen, hopefully your index fingers were able to heal up after an active waiver wire period following the trade deadline last weekend. Our bullpens for the stretch run are starting to take...

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    A Closer Look - August 5, 2017

    Well if excitement is what you were after, this year's trade deadline was as thrilling as they come. If you include the month leading up to July 31st, we saw eleven teams make a change at the closer position, which...

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    NL Player Analysis 8-1-17

    Yu Darvish (LAD) - The Dodgers went fishing and they landed a much-needed starting pitcher to help anchor the front end of their starting rotation with Clayton Kershaw on the shelf. Darvish, who will be a free agent at the...

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    A Closer Look - July 29, 2017

    After a several weeks chock full of fantasy relevant trades involving closers, that trend continued in the week leading up to the trade deadline. Let's take a look at everything that happened and look ahead to what activity we might...

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    A Closer Look - July 22, 2017

    The trade deadline is still ten days away, but we've already seen a flurry of activity that has shaken up the bullpen situations for several teams. We'll break down each of the trades and look towards other possible moves that...

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    A Closer Look - July 15, 2017

    Welcome back to baseball! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful All-Star break and found the time off enjoyable and rejuvenating. We're just a few weeks away from baseball's non-waiver trade deadline and we're certainly in the midst of the most important...

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    A Closer Look - July 8, 2017

    While baseball won't be hosting their Midseason Classic until next week, most teams hit their halfway mark of the season earlier this week. That means we've arrived at the holy grail of "on pace for" comparisons. With that theme in...

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    A Closer Look - July 1, 2017

    Well, the calendar has officially turned to July. That means we're only a couple of weeks away from the all-star break and just a few weeks away from the trade deadline. The rumors are starting to heat up around the...

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    AL Player Analysis-June 23, 2017

    Chris Archer-Rays-SP Chris Archer went 6 IP and gave up 5 ER on 8 H, 2 BB, and 4 K's against the Orioles. Archer through 16 starts has a 3.97 ERA (3.33 xFIP). He has upped his strikeout rate to...