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Bear or Bull: Buxton or Bradley

     All those B's in the title got me bobbing my head to this. Man, I can listen to that song all day. Anyways, back to the order at hand. In preseason NFBC drafts, Jackie Bradley Jr. is being selected, on average, with the 146th overall pick. Byron Buxton is going at pick 147. I thought this would be an easy and straightforward piece to research and write. If you read last...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base PECOTA Rankings L-Z

Every position on the diamond is different. When one delves into numbers you can go as shallow or as deep as you want. Finding the median is one thing, but you should always consider the distance from the median when making your picks. Putting together a fantasy team can be a lot like playing Tetris. You have to fit the pieces together to win, so finding those five category contributors...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals Team Preview

OFFSEASON OVERVIEW St. Louis had a quiet offseason with only one major move – picking up Dexter Fowler from the rival Chicago Cubs for five years and $82.5 million. Fowler’s set to leadoff for the Cardinals and should continue to put up quality numbers that fantasy owners have become accustomed to from the 30-year-old over the past few seasons. The only other major news coming...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: First Base PECOTA Rankings J-V

Everyone loves rankings this time of year. Valentines Day is the unofficial beginning of draft season for fantasy baseball. There are mock drafts galore on most of the major sites and preseason magazines are coming out with their picks. Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projections are about the most accurate in the industry. However, instead of purely ranking our players arbitrarily...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base PECOTA Rankings A-K

One of the many reasons why we use medians at every position is that there can be some unusual distance between the top players in any particular category and the bottom. We are looking at the top 24 players at each position. Second basemen shouldn’t be compared to catchers or first basemen. They are their own species. We are utilizing the PECOTA projections because they tend to...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Colorado Rockies Team Preview

OFFSEASON OVERVIEW When given the option, I have a tendency to write about the Colorado Rockies. The franchise has only been to one World Series in their 23 years of existence and has never even won its own division; however, with the thin Colorado air contorting the numbers of every player to passes through Coors Field, the team is an interesting case to dig into each and every...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago

2017 Team Previews: Atlanta Braves

Welcome to the 2017 Razzball Team Previews! You’ll find everything you need to know about each team to get yourself ready for the upcoming fantasy baseball season. And I do mean everything, everybody. We’ve got line-ups, charts, numbers, projections, questionable questions, smarter answer, potent potables and well, that’s a lie. No potables here, but plenty of potent fantasy...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Minor League Preview: Texas Rangers

Did anybody else forget that the Texas Rangers led the AL in wins last year? Because I do...early playoff exits will do that, right Red Sox? I feel like I've never been so down on a winning program. The Rangers need pitching, and they need it bad. Despite finishing 7th in runs scored in all of the MLB, they barely had a positive run differential. The third worst team ERA in the AL...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Podcast, Episode 27: Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers Prospects

This episode is going to be uuuuuuuuugggge, it's the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers Top Prospects all crammed into one. Both really tremendous, tremendous farm systems. Okay, neither of them are really that great, but our Presidential Trump filter makes everything bigly. So Halp and myself delve into both systems and our favorites from each. We talk Jose De Leon for at least the...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Minor League Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

I wonder if the Rays are mad at the Yankees for stealing their style? The kings of drafting/signing and stashing are back, with a whole new crop of youngsters, and there's some underrated names to come. While their top specs may not have the name value the Yankees, or say the Braves have, many of them are destined to make an impact on fantasy in the coming years. One of my favorite...
Via Razzball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Under the Greydar: The Inevitable James Paxton Column

Way back in January, when the very first signs of ADP data sprouted out of the ground, I went down the rabbit hole, hoping to catch a glimpse of early signs of value. ADP at that point was more convoluted than forming an expectation for how much Pablo Sandoval would weigh coming into Spring Training, but since it was the only sign we had as to the 'market' rate for various players...
Via Razzball
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Fantasy Baseball: First Base PECOTA Rankings A-H

For hardcore baseball fans, the Baseball Prospectus annual is like the bible. We wait with baited breath for the projections for the coming season. Naturally, projections are not written in stone. Often times, players don’t produce those numbers, but PECOTA is about as accurate as you can find. We’ve already ranked the first baseman based on what they have done over the past...
Via The Fantasy Fix
8 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers Team Preview

OFFSEASON OVERVIEW The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a pretty busy offseason thus far; but, when you’re coming off of four consecutive 90-plus-win seasons and four straight division titles, your offseason probably consists of a lot of housekeeping tasks. President of Baseball Ops, Andrew Friedman, and his front office team got things started early by dealing veteran Howie Kendrick...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher PECOTA Rankings M-Z

We’ve already done catcher rankings this offseason. As much as I love ranking guys 1 through 24, there really is no good way to do it. Some fans have shot back complaining how high or how low a guy is. Their criticism often is valid. So, we are taking a different approach as we move to the PECOTA projections from the good folks at Baseball Prospectus. Their annual is almost like...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Boston Red Sox Team Preview

OFFSEASON OVERVIEW The Red Sox unfortunately fell 11 wins shy of sending David Ortiz off into retirement with a World Series ring last season, but Boston’s championship hopes going forward did not leave the clubhouse with Big Papi. The Sox’s young position-player talent has long been the envy of the American League since “the Killer B’s” first started breaking into the...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher PECOTA Projections A-M

We’ve already done our catcher rankings based on past numbers. Baseball Prospectus recently released their PECOTA projections. They tend to be the most accurate projections in the industry, but even then it’s often a crapshoot. However, the projections do give us an opportunity to revisit each position and rethink our assumptions for the upcoming draft season. Instead of ranking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago

2017 Fantasy Baseball: Chicago White Sox Team Preview

OFFSEASON OVERVIEW Major League Baseball’s two franchises located in city of Chicago are moving in drastically different directions. The team on Chicago’s north side, the Cubs, are reigning World Series Champions and have built an absolute juggernaut for years to come with their collection of young talent. The White Sox, however, have been operating on the fringes of contention...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago

Prospect Podcast Episode 26: St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners Prospects

We're coming to an end ladies and gentlemen, we're almost through these damned system reviews, but not before we get through a couple we've been dying to talk about. Why are we excited to talk about Cardinals and Mariners? Couple of names for you Alex Reyes, Harrison Bader, Delvin Perez, Tyler O'Neill, Kyle Lewis, and many more. Lot of top 100 names to touch on, and some mixed league...
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 Minor League Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

Wait, what? This doesn't look like Halph...SIGH, yucky words from Ralph. TL;DR.... Now that we got that out of the way. Yes, this Saturday you get yet another verbose, yet informative minor league rundown from Prospect Jesus himself. Not to worry, we just flip-flopped days, your weekly dose of the prospect podcast is coming tomorrow. Today we dig into the useful but always a little...
Via Razzball
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 500 for 2017 Fantasy Baseball

Today, is the day in history known as, "Aw, sookie sookie, don't need the nookie, Grey's giving me a fantasy baseball cookie."  Or, more succinctly, the top 500 for 2017 fantasy baseball.  A few years ago, the top 500 was only a top 300 for fantasy baseball.  Before that, it was 16 AD and I was rolling with Jesus to this deli that had great matzoh ball soup.  In a few years...
Via Razzball
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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