All posts under "Preseason Prep"

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    Week 1 Waiver Wire

    It's time to take a look at some of the speculative players that may he available in your league. In future weeks this report will be available in our Weekly Strategy article that is published on Sunday mornings. Top Waiver...

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    Preseason Prep - March 31, 2021

    Philadelphia Phillies Which Hector Neris Will Show Up? Neris has been frustratingly inconsistent over the past several seasons, sandwiching a 2.93 ERA in 2019 between a 5.10 ERA in 2018 and a 4.57 ERA last year. Perhaps that's why he's...

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    Preseason Prep - March 30th 2021

    Arizona Diamondbacks Starters to consider beyond Bumgarner With Zac Gallen going down with a hairline stress fracture in his throwing arm, the D-backs rotation behind Madison Bumgarner is relatively unproven. Merrill Kelly has been named the second starter, with southpaw...

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    Preseason Prep - March 29th, 2021

    NEW YORK YANKEES: The Bruce is Loose - Jay Bruce is going to be the Yankees starting 1B for essentially the month of April, and while I'm not thrilled with his skill set at this point in his career, there...

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    Preseason Prep - March 28, 2021

    Blue Jays The Blue Jays Closer is? It is looking likely that Blue Jays closer Kirby Yates is going to get a second Tommy John surgery. This opens up a coveted closer job for a Blue Jays team that figures...

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    Final Week ADP Movers

    As we head into the final week of preseason prep, we turn our attention to the ADP movers over the last 10 days. These are players that are either becoming in favor, or out, based on the most recent...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 27, 2021

    Royals: Bounceback Candidate: Hunter Dozier After being one of the best breakout stories of 2019, Hunter Dozier failed to live up to that same level of performance in 2020, which has caused his ADP to drop to 222nd overall....

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    Preseason Prep - March 26, 2021

    According to Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, center fielder Harrison Bader will miss at least four weeks due to forearm discomfort. That means Dylan Carlson is expected to get the bulk of starts in center before potentially moving back to the corner when Bader returns. Tyler O'Neill's role appears to be solidified with the Bader injury. O'Neill has been really good this spring and should secure most of the starts in left field.

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    Preseason Prep - Mar 25, 2021

    Indians Notes Mercado to start the season in Minors Despite a brutal 2020 campaign, Oscar Mercado entered Spring Training as the favorite to win the starting CF job for the Indians, thanks to a successful rookie season in 2019. However,...

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    Preseason Prep - March 24, 2021

    Dodgers Outfield At-Bats With Joc Pederson gone, AJ Pollock should see the majority of the LF at-bats, though his performance in recent years against RHP has been below average. Pollock should get early opportunities against RHP, but should he struggle,...

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    Preseason Prep - March 22, 2021

    In many ways Conforto's 2020 season was the most productive of his young career.

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    2021 Fantasy Baseball Value Players

    One of our staples within the Fantistics Draft Advisory product is our annual Comeback, Breakout, and Sleepers analysis. This is where we take a look at some of the players have fallen out of fantasy favor or have been...

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    Preseason Notes - March 20, 2021

    Dinelson Lamet's ADP Continues to Plummet Dinelson Lamet still hasn't made his Cactus League debut after recovering from a biceps injury that ended his 2020 season in September and required a platelet-rich plasma injection. Lamet has been participating in...

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    Preseason Prep - March 19, 2021

    Dodgers - Has Gavin Lux Won the 2B Job? Not officially, but hitting .400/.444/.440 is a good start. Sure we'd love to see more than a .040 ISO, but not everyone can have a 1.038 SLG like Corey Seager. The...

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    Preseason Prep - March 18th, 2021

    WASHINGTON NATIONALS: It's Just a Flesh Wound - It's sad that when I saw that Stephen Strasburg left Sunday's game early and then found out it was a left calf issue, I said "oh good, just a lower body injury."...

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    Preseason Prep - Mar 17, 2021

    Indians Notes Allen emerges as frontrunner for rotation spot Logan Allen and Cal Quantrill have been the two primary candidates for the final spot in the Tribe rotation, and based on preseason performance, Allen would appear to be in the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 16th, 2021

    Ehire Adrianza, Atlanta Braves - Ehire Adrianza has had an outstanding spring for the Braves and has set himself up with a strong chance to make the Braves bench to break camp. Adrianza has outplayed Johan Camargo significantly this spring...

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    Preseason Prep - March 15, 2021

    CRUZ WILL MASH... IF HE MAKES CONTACT Oneil Cruz (SS-PIT) could make his MLB debut in 2021, and there's reason to be interested in that possibility. The tall (6'7") 22 year-old possesses tremendous power and good speed, although his hit...

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    Preseason Prep- March 14, 2021

    The Brewers have a new/old face returning to their lineup and also a dominating back end of the bullpen that may be somewhat flexible. They are hoping those parts will help them compete in a wide open NL Central. Lorenzo...

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    Preseason Prep - March 13th 2021

    Toronto Blue Jays Pearson progressing but won't be ready by opening day The Jays top prospect Nate Pearson (groin) is reportedly throwing a bullpen session today but won't have enough time to get fully stretched out by the time the...

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    Preseason Prep - March 12, 2021

    Houston Astros Will Yuli Gurriel Bounce Back? Gurriel has had a streaky MLB career since his first full season in 2017, with his two most recent seasons highlighting his volatility. Gurriel was one of the more productive MLB hitters in...

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    Preseason Prep - March 11, 2021

    Philadelphia Phillies Which Jean Segura Will the Phillies Get? Segura was a different player offensively last year than he was in 2019, but then again that's kind of been the theme of his career. At various points he's been more...

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    Preseason Prep - March 10, 2021

    The Blue Jays lineup is creating a lot of buzz...who is most likely to take the biggest hit in terms of fantasy value. Could it be Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.?

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    Preseason Prep - March 9th, 2021

    Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves - Mike Soroka tossed a pair of innings in a simulated game as he works his way back from his 2020 achillies tear. David O'Brien said that his fastball was sitting a few ticks below his...

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    Preseason Prep - March 8, 2021

    DON'T FORGET YIMI Yimi Garcia (RP-MIA) is firmly in the mix to close games in Miami despite the team signing Anthony Bass during the offseason. We, in fact, like him the most out of all the arms in the Miami...

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    Preseason Prep, March 7

    Indians Notes Which Former Met will be the Tribe Starting SS? Of the two shortstops that the Indians acquired from the Mets in exchange for Francisco Lindor this winter, Amed Rosario would seem to be the favorite to open the...

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    Preseason Notes - March 6, 2021

    Chicago Cubs News: Kris Bryant - Buy Low or Bust? At the end of the 2016 season, Kris Bryant was in the most enviable position in baseball - World Series champion and NL MVP. Unfortunately for the 29 year old...

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    Preseason Prep - March 5, 2021

    Death. Taxes. And unreliable closers. It's 2021 and I still haven't figured out how to manage closers on my fantasy team. One thing is for certain. I continue to target Edwin Diaz throughout my drafts.

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    Preseason Prep - March 4, 2021

    Philadelphia Phillies Can Rhys Hoskins Sustain 2020 Improvements? After bursting onto the scene with a 1.014 OPS, 18 homers and 48 RBIs in 50 games as a rookie in 2017, Hoskins wasn't able to maintain that success over full seasons...

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    Preseason Prep - March 3, 2021

    Minnesota Twins What to Make of Miguel Sano? As he approaches his 28th Birthday Fantasy Owners who have rostered Miguel Sano over the years should know exactly what they are getting - good walk numbers (11.7% career mark) good power...

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    Preseason Prep - March 2nd, 2021

    Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays - Meadows got his 2021 campaign underway with a homer in the Rays' first spring training game. Meadows is looking to bounce back from an awful 2020 as he battled COVID-19 early in the season...

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    Preseason Prep - March 1st, 2021

    WASHINGTON NATIONALS NL MVP? - I've said this on the air twice so far this year so I might as well say it here as well: in points leagues, Juan Soto is my #1 pick for 2021. He is elite...

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    Preseason Prep - February 28, 2021

    "Best shape of his life" a common Spring Training phase but what does it mean for 21-year-old Vlad Guerrero Jr.?

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    Preseason Notes - February 27, 2021

    Jake Arrieta Returns to the Cubs: Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish have been linked together in many Cubs fans' minds since Arrieta departed and Darvish arrived before the 2018 season. For Darvish, he had nearly impossible shoes to fill, as...

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    Preseason Prep - February 26, 2021

    Dodgers Rotation We know Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Trevor Bauer will command the first three rotation slots in some order. David Price should be the fourth starter assuming he isn't traded, and the Dodgers appear to be ready to...

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    Preseason Prep - February 25, 2021

    Seattle Mariners 2020's Silent Starting Pitcher Breakout I wrote about Kikcuhi's potential 2020 breakout, subsequent performance, and 2021 takeaways at various points last season, and my overall thoughts haven't changed much since then. Kikuchi finished the 2020 season with an...