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2016 Fantasy Baseball: First Base/Utility Projections

There are many ways to rank players. I don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but I hope my methods balance analytics with common sense. The analytics part is probably the most involved. We take runs above replacement from the past three seasons according to three different sources (Baseball Prospectus, Baseball Reference, and Fangraphs). We apply a multiplier to make sure...
Via The Fantasy Fix
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: Texas Rangers

The Rangers have one of the deepest systems in the majors and it's packed with upside for fantasy. Even after trading away three good prospects in the Cole Hamels deal, it's still a beast. The appeal for our game is the type of player - toolsy, power bats, power arms...all good stuff. One of the pleasant surprises on the MLB roster was Delino Deshields, who the Rangers selected as...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

30 Prospects in 30 Days: Lucas Giolito, Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals lost two starting pitchers this offseason when they decided not to retain Jordan Zimmerman, who signed with the San Francisco Giants, and Doug Fister, who is still a free agent but is unlikely to return to DC. These two pitchers were key pieces to the rotation that many were calling the best ever prior to this past season, and the Nationals let them walk...
Via The Fantasy Fix
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Under the Greydar: Lucas Duda

It was a year to remember for the Amazins in 2015. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard fronted the best starting rotation in MLB. Yoenis Cespedes had a 2nd half for the ages after being acquired at the trade deadline. Curtis Granderson put his forgettable 2014 season behind him and played at an all-star level. Michael Conforto made quite an impact as a rookie following...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher Projections

There are many ways to rank players. I don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but I hope my methods balance analytics with common sense. The analytics part is probably the most involved. We take runs above replacement from the past three seasons according to three different sources (Baseball Prospectus, Baseball Reference, and Fangraphs). We apply a multiplier to make sure...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Houston Astros Team Preview

2015 Quick Overview The Astros finished 86-76 on the 2015 season. That marked a 16-game improvement from the previous season and a 35-game improvement over a two year period. Most interested observers believed 2016 would be the season where they would burst onto the playoff scene, but it came a season early. In fact, they brought the Royals closer to elimination than any other team...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Los Angeles Angels Team Preview

The Los Angeles Angels have arguably baseball’s best player. Most of the rest of their hitters could find playing time on their local minor league squad, however. There are a few Angels you’ll want to roster this year, but with Albert Pujols projected to miss the opening of the season due to foot surgery, this outfit isn’t as highly regarded as it once was. Lineup Catcher...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Mets Sign Yoenis Cespedes

Rejoice Mets fans, Yoenis Cespedes is coming back to New York. Based on the moves the organization had already made this offseason and the stingy spending habits the front office has shown historically, it seemed highly unlikely that the Mets would be able to bring back their superstar outfielder. However, after seeing the way Cespedes carried the team past the Washington Nationals...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Early Mock Draft Starting Pitcher Thoughts

The good folks at RotoBaller celebrated Martin Luther King Day by hosting a fantasy baseball mock draft. Fortunately, they invited Brian Dunshee and myself to represent The Fix and round out the 12-team field. This mock was particularly fascinating in that only one pitcher was selected in the first 38 picks. So I’m going to take a look at where the starting pitchers were drafted...
Via The Fantasy Fix
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Padres Sign Fernando Rodney

Two of the three last big names on the free agent reliever market went off the board on Wednesday when the San Diego Padres signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract and the New York Mets signed free agent lefty Antonio Bastardo to a two-year contract. Technically speaking, the Bastardo deal was a larger deal and probably a more impactful deal in terms of real baseball, but fantasy...
Via The Fantasy Fix
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Shortstops are Playing for Keeps

Embed from Getty Images Last year, several young players joined the upper echelon of the SS ranks, and we expect at least one more name, Corey Seager, to join the top 10 Shortstops in 2016. Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Addison Russell elevated the SS position in 2015, and keeper league owners are holding onto all three SS's in anticipation for their bright futures. Correa...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Minor League Preview: New York Yankees

The Yankees have a strong system, and by holding on to their prospects last summer they're going to enter the 2016 season with a lot of potential energy. Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge are poised to help the big club this year. So is Greg Bird, although he technically lost his eligibility. Because the Yankees are active in the international market, there's a solid crop of teenagers...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Kansas City Royals Sign Ian Kennedy

On Saturday, the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals signed free agent starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year, $70-million deal, which includes an opt out after the 2017 season. Shortly after, it seemed everyone took to Twitter to give their “hot takes” on the deal. While the contract is significantly larger than many people predicted for Kennedy, there is...
Via The Fantasy Fix
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Sign Justin Upton

Embed from Getty Images The Detroit Tigers have made a splash this off season by signing free agent OF Justin Upton, a deal worth $132 million over six years. However the deal does have an opt-out after the second year. The 28 year old Upton will take over the left field duties in Detroit.Upton hit .251 last season with 26 home runs and 81 RBI with the Padres. He should be good...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Detroit Tigers Sign Justin Upton

The Detroit Tigers fired one of the first shots of the 2016 offseason when they signed Jordan Zimmermann in early November. Now, they’ve fired one of the final shots of the offseason by signing free agent left fielder Justin Upton to a six year, 132.75-million dollar deal. The two contracts combine to add more than 40 million to the Tigers payroll. Those moves (in conjunction with...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (250 PA min) Yunel Escobar (.314) was the only 3B to hit .300\ Five other third basemen hit better than .290 Yunel Escobar leed with a.375 OBP Josh Donaldson and Justin Turner owned a OBP of .370 or better Nolan Arenado's .575 SLG was top among 3B At .568, Josh Donaldson was the only other third basemen better than .519 Matt...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (250 PA min) Xander Bogaerts led all SS with a .320 batting average Francisco Lindor hit .313 Jose Iglesias had a .300 BA Xander Bogaerts and Jung Ho Kang led all SS with a .355 OBP At .353, Francisco Lindor was the only other SS above .350 Xander Bogaerts 35 doubles was a position best Elvis Andrus hit 34 2Bs Brandon Crawford...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Outfield Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (250 PA min) Bryce Harper's .330 BA led all outfielders Chris Colabello was the only other OF to hit .320+ Ten other OF hit .300 or better Bryce Harper led with a .460 OBP Mike Trout (.402) and Andrew McCutchen (.401) were the only others with a .400 OBP Michael Brantley led with 45 doubles Mookie Betts and Yoenis Cespedes ...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (300 PA min) Dee Gordon led with a .333 BA Jose Altuve and Joe Panik each hit better than .310 Jason Kipnis and DJ LeMahieu were the only other .300 hitters Jason Kipnis (43) and Jose Altuve (40) were the only 2B with 40+ doubles Seven other second baseman hit 30+ 2Bs  Brian Dozier's 28 HRs led the position Robinson Cano ...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (300 PA min) Miguel Cabrera had the best batting average at 1B - .338 Chris Colabello, Paul Goldschmidt, Buster Posey and Joey Votto all hit better than .300 Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo led all first baseman with 38 doubles 10 others hit at least 31, but no more than 34 2Bs Chris Davis (47) and Albert Pujols (40) were...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss
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