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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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22 hours 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...
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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...
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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...
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Baseball Profcast: Santana Gets Respect

Editor’s Note: There are some recording issues from 28:45-29:15, which were unable to be edited out. We apologize for the inconvenience! In Episode 116, 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:...
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Why Isn’t Pedro Alvarez Producing?

In a mini-throwback post from numberFire (published this past Tuesday), they took a look at what’s wrong with Pedro Alvarez. As I’m sure everyone knows by now, Alvarez is out and Josh Harrison is in. For those of you (like me) who drafted Alvarez in the mid-to-late rounds expecting at least a .230 average and 28-35 HR at third base, the fall has been particularly painful. Finding...
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Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Aug 15

Yesterday’s late-game lineup was constructed from an extremely small set of six games. It scored 124.50 points and finished in the 82nd percentile of all Moonshot entries. Originally I thought it was going to be a big day as Adam LaRoche, Bryce Harper, and Jhonny Peralta all homered in their first at-bats, but after combining for 48 points in those three at-bats the trio contributed...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: September Call-ups

In Episode 115, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Zach Pincince (@ZachPincince) 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: Yu Darvish dodges an injury Why Max Scherzer is considered outside the top 10 Whether Mike Fiers’ new pitch selection makes him a buy or...
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Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, Aug 16-18

Clayton Kershaw is something to behold. Even purely numbers-based rankings systems like these still recognize and honor his brilliance to a degree. Check out that 66.6% win chance! We don’t see many 60%+ win chances here, but Kershaw again continue to marvel. If Kershaw were to make 33 starts with Saturday’s 66.6% chance at a win and 16.9% chance of a loss, he’d finish with...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Allen Webster

After the Jon Lester trade two weeks ago I said Allen Webster was the most intriguing of all the Red Sox pitchers because he has the raw stuff of a fringe number two real life starting pitcher. However, I’m going to back off on that recommendation. I’ve seen the last three starts from Allen Webster and in 2015 he’s going to be pitching the seventh or eighth innings as a reliever...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, Aug 14

Yesterday I was unable to enter any DraftKings lineups do to a busy work schedule, so let’s look back to Tuesday for a moment — weather killed me. My GPP lineup was chock full of Indians and then bad weather struck, so I took a bunch of zeros. Thankfully I only entered the one lineup on the day because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get back and check right before 7:00 pm EST...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Friday, Aug 15

Some days the rest of season Steamer projections are confusing to me, but today there are several notable players with projections I disagree with: Last-ranked Dallas Keuchel is projected for a 4.61 ERA for the rest of the season. Tanner Roark, owner of a 2.86 ERA and by some (very cursory) measures is a borderline top 10 SP, yet Steamer projects him for a 4.25 ERA until the end...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Tulo Goes Down

In Episode 114, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Bryan Curley 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 major update of all notable injury news Troy Tulowitzki’s 2015 draft stock Future player comps for prospects Michael Taylor (WAS) and Rymer Liriano (SD...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 20

Many enthusiasts are waiting for prospects to be called up in September but with at least two more weeks of August, we can still find some gems all up and down the waiver wire. Whether it’s guys who score runs and steal bases or guys who provide mainly power and RBIs, there are players all over the place that are still owned in fewer than 50% of leagues. Below are some guys who...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Pineda’s Return

In Episode 113, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Zach Pincince (@ZachPincince)  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: What to expect from Michael Pineda Can Robinson Cano win the batting title? Giancarlo Stanton’s power and where it ranks in baseball...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Sale’s Greatness

In fantasy baseball, elite pitchers don’t get a fair shake. For the most part this phenomenon has two causes: Cause 1: We Care About Production on the Margins Great players hit a set it and forget it mode. You plug them in your lineup every day and they consistently go about their business with few hiccups along the way. Non-elite players are constantly being re-evaluated. They...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Aug 14

Wednesday’s 32 pitching options (there’s a ARI@CLE double-header) give way to just 20 on Thursday. At the top we have Stephen Strasburg against the Mets, and at the bottom we have Alfredo Simon @COL (no surprises there). Mike Fiers is having a terrific season in AAA for the Brewers and rates fairly well in our Daily SP Rankings, coming in at 4th in a start against the Cubs with...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Cabrera vs. Abreu

In Episode 112, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Bryan Curley 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: Another Manny Machado knee injury! Jake Arrieta’s ROS and 2015 values Some H2H playoff strategy talk Who’s better: Jose Abreu or Miguel Cabrera? You...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Aug 13

Wednesday lacks marquee pitching names — unless you consider Jordan Zimmermann, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Homer Bailey “marquee”…OK, Iwakuma might be — but as always I have some thoughts on the day’s action! The Tigers lost Anibal Sanchez and now maybe Justin Verlander to injury. Buck Farmer gets the call on Wednesday. Who’s Farmer? Aside from having one of the better names...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yan Gomes, Best Catcher in Baseball?

Yan Gomes has had a phenomenal season. I was a touch pessimistic, projecting a .273/16/63 line this year, a line which he’s nearly reach already this season, .285/16/52. numberFire wonders whether Gomes offensive production, combined with his defensive dominance, makes him the best catcher in baseball. On the matter, they wrote this: According to Fantasy Pros, which compiles fantasy...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Tuesday, Aug 12

Yesterday was so frustrating! My one concern with starting Shelby Miller was Giancarlo Stanton homering — he did it twice — and my original Official Lineup included Robinson Cano, Chris Carter, and Travis Snider, who combined for four homers. And make no mistake, I wasn’t going to add those players at the expense of the guys in my lineup who did well. Nope. I was going to...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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