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Baseball Profcast: Stop Dropping Stroman!

In Episode 118, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all the fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: Whether Trevor Rosenthal owners need to watch their back Why fantasy owners need to stop dropping Marcus Stroman How Jesse Hahn will be valued...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Aug 21

Despite having 14 fewer pitching options, Thursday has just one fewer starter ranked 100 or better than Wednesday. Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, and Corey Kluber headline the day’s probables in some very juicy matchups. David Price is there, too, but he doesn’t rate quite as high as those three in his return to Tampa. Dallas Keuchel is getting penalized a little for the ballpark...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: August 20th

There are approximately two weeks left until football season begins. As much as those of us that love baseball want to say baseball is king, we know better. However, those of you that haven’t gotten your Draftkings account up and running go ahead and get it going now. Play a few baseball contests before the football season gets going. If anything, it will get you familiar with...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 21

Raise your hand if you had Baltimore, Kansas City, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as the respective leaders of their divisions at this point in the season. With so much uncertainty in the American League, it might be hard to fathom a postseason without both the Yankees and Red Sox, but it can happen (and probably will). Just because those teams might not make the playoffs...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Bauer, Anderson, Fiers

You couldn’t have scripted a worse beginning of the game for Trevor Bauer. The first five batters reached base – four on hard hit balls (two doubles, one single, and a home run) and the other via the walk. For the first five hitters he wasn’t commanding the fastball and Twins hitters were not fooled by the splitter down and out of the zone, which led to a lot of hitter’s...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Jordy Mercer Here to Stay?

In the preseason we at BaseballProf ranked Jordy Mercer 29th among all second basemen and 27th among all shortstops, writing the following in our 2014 Draft Guide: At 6’3, 205 lbs, Mercer has a pretty large frame that could fill out over the next few years, so a 15-20 HR season isn’t entirely out of the question. If he can drop his strikeout rate to 14-15%, he’ll look much...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Aoki Dokey

After a disappointing first half Norichika Aoki has really turned it on, resulting in a +46% spike in ownership which made him this week's most added player. Most fantasy owners invested in the Royals' outfielder expecting a high average, lots of runs scored, and a steals total somewhere in the twenties. But prior to the All-Star break, Aoki was hitting a ho-hum .260...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Tuesday, Aug 19

Yesterday one of my readers tweeted at me that he felt Chris Sale would have a bad day. I’m not sure why he felt that way (perhaps it was just LHP vs. Baltimore?), but he was sort of right. Sale’s 17.50 points were underwhelming given his price tag, but with so few pitching options on the day and a lack of high-priced batters it was still a decent total, all things considered...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Aug 20

Wow, Wednesday has a lot of bad pitching options. Recalling that 100 is league average, only 11 of the day’s 30 pitchers rate average or better, and only seven of 30 rate at least 5% better! I love Danny Duffy this season, but he’s a fly ball pitcher going at the Rockies. Pass. Nick Martinez has over a 70% chance at the loss! I still think he makes for a decent “There’s...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks

Chicago’s Hendricks has demonstrated great command thus far (Photo: Veeoz.com) I’m a believer in Kyle Hendricks. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff (the fastball sits 85-92 mph), but he’s able to throw the fastball anywhere in the strike zone (and out of the strike zone). Not only does he have exceptional command of the fastball he has the same level command of his secondary...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Gold or Pyrite?

Hello fantasy baseball fans and amateur geologists! Today, we dig in for another round of "Fantasy Baseball Gold or Pyrite? For all the newbies who missed out on the fun we had last time around, this game is pretty simple. I look at players that are at the top of the ESPN 15-day player rater (that aren't already household names like Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: McCutchen On The Mend

In Episode 117, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) recap all the fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: A discussion on Andrew McCutchen’s health We put to rest Adam’s the Javier Baez for Alex Cobb dynasty league trade Mookie Betts’ promotion...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher Profile: Danny Salazar Has AAA In His Name!

Shameless cross-pollination!  Yes, just as shameless as Tony Parker cross-pollinating Brent Barry's wife, I'm hijacking the open of my post to let you know Fantasy Basketball rankings have begun!  I hope Grey doesn't suspend me for conduct detrimental to the team... I've got my top 50 up earlier than anywhere else (well, no one has recent rankings up!) and if you...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, Aug 18

Welcome back to another week of our Daily DraftKings Picks! We only have about six weeks of baseball left, so it’s time to make our picks count. I didn’t get a chance to do that last Friday as I only entered one $2 contest on the day (I knew I wouldn’t be able to update my lineups before gametime) which ended up being a smart decision. Devin Mesoraco didn’t get the start...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dyson Still Sucking Up The Steals

We discuss Jarrod Dyson a lot in this column. He's truly what cheap steals are all about. In limited plate appearances he is able to get on base and swipe bags. Not an ideal player to own in weekly leagues, but he can be a huge boost in the steals department for fantasy players in leagues with daily roster moves. So while the Prince of SAGNOF has gotten some love here both in...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings – Chicago White Stacks

Well that's a new one. No player. Nope. Not giving you a pitcher. Ok, I kinda am. Sale is da bomb dot gov. But you don't need me to tell you that. Unless, of course, you haven't paid attention to this sport we call baseball for the last three years, then maybe you need my insight on the guy that coulda been AL Cy Young if it weren't for a DL stint. And heck...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Tuesday, Aug 19

After a very limited Monday, there are plenty of opportunities to spot start on Tuesday. Let’s look at the rankings: Scott Kazmir takes the top spot for two reasons: He’ll face the Mets, who are 29th in wOBA over the last two weeks (.268) and he’ll face Dillon Gee, who Steamer doesn’t like. That 50/20 W%/L% split seems a bit drastic to me, but I think Kazmir probably has...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Scouting Report Straily

Straily is another Cubs reclamation project (Photo: nthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports) On Saturday Dan Straily made his Cubs debut at the New York Mets. Simply put, I was not impressed and he has a long way to go before he should be owned in a mixed league in 2015. The fastball sat 88-90 mph for the entire outing, but it looked flatter than earlier in the year (while with the A...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breakout Players — Second Basemen

Every position goes through ebs and flows just like pitchers and hitters do in general. Second base is going through a down period at the moment. Most of the big time stars from the previous decade are either out of the game or are no longer elite players. Robinson Cano is the last big name we will see among the top six guys. Guys like Brian Roberts, Dustin Pedroia, and Ben Zobrist...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What To Make Of The Yankees’ Replacement Starters

A remarkable thing happened in the first week of August. The New York Yankees took three of four games from a Detroit Tigers team that now boasts about as good a starting rotation as we’ve ever seen, at least on paper. Following their deadline acquisition of former Rays ace David Price, the Tigers can now roll out a rotation featuring Max Scherzer (2013 Cy Young winner), Price...
Via FF Locker Room
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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