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2014 Midseason Prospect Rankings: 1-25

After yesterday’s release of my prospect rankings for guys ranked 26-50, it only makes sense we give you the rest of the top list today. Just like yesterday, the way I ranked these guys is simple: How do I think they will perform in a fantasy league for years to come? In simple terms it means that I would not trade my number one ranked guy for my number two ranked guy in a dynasty...
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Daily DraftStreet Picks: Friday, Jul 11

When last we spoke on Wednesday, we recommended a fairly hodge podge lineup including a three-player Cleveland stack. Our lineup finished 526th-of-1,650 with 48.50 points in the $3,000 guaranteed contest. Our three hidden players were Stephen Vogt (8.25 points), Adrian Beltre (2.75 points), and Yordano Ventura (3.50 points). Our lineup (left) compared to the contest champ (right...
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Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, Jul 12-14

On July 15 during the MLB All-Star Game we’ll announce our $50 StubHub gift card winner! It takes 30 seconds to enter. Click here for more info! Our typical weekend post is slightly abbreviated this week as teams are off beginning Monday. For Saturday and Sunday, here are some thoughts on the rankings below: Jimmy Nelson gets the start on Saturday and rates right around average...
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Foul Paul! All-Star Week Festivities

The All-Star week has its moments, but it can drag. That’s why you need to make the most of the two days that festivities happen! Drink! HR Derby Drinking Game Let’s all watch Stanton take aim at small children on Monday. Drink every time a Giancarlo Stanton line drive nearly kills one of those kids shagging balls in the outfield. Drink every time you wonder what kind of horrible...
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Fantasy Roundup: McCann’s Decline

Before the 2012 season Brian McCann was on a career path be a Hall of Fame catcher, but everything changed in 2012 when he suggered a torn labrum and knee tendinitis in right knee. After having surgery on the shoulder his offensive numbers rebounded in a shortened 2013 season. He signed a five-year deal with the Yankees, and the bounce back season and the new home ballpark created...
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Baseball Profcast: Replacing Molina

In Episode 94, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s topics include: Yadier Molina replacement options A bold...
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Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday, Jul 10

A scheduling conflict prevents me from investing the requisite time to put together a Daily DraftStreet Picks post that I feel comfortable endorsing, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to completely leave you out to dry. Over at numberFire.com you can find a Daily Fantasy Helper post that they publish every day. Below is an excerpt, and you can find the full article by clicking...
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2014 Midseason Prospect Rankings: 26-50

I just started covering prospects for Baseball Professor during this offseason when I released top dynasty prospects at each position for our draft preview all the way back in March. This is my first crack at a Midseason Top 50 Prospects list and in the offseason you’ll release my top 100 The way I ranked these guys is simple: How do I think they will perform in a fantasy league...
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Daily SP Rankings: Friday, Jul 11

On July 15 during the MLB All-Star Game we’ll announce our $50 StubHub gift card winner! It takes 30 seconds to enter. Click here for more info! On Friday we have a 17 starters that rate as league average options or better. Felix Hernandez paces the field (surprise, surprise) and Kris Johnson pulls up the rear. Jorge de la Rosa faces the Marlins at Colorado, which, all things...
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Baseball Profcast: Tanaka’s Injury

In Episode 93, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s topics include: What to do about Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow...
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Fantasy Roundup: Don’t Worry About Wilson

Walks, home runs, and bad luck have plagued Wilson, but the end is in sight (Photo: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images) C.J. Wilson had another brutal start allowing six runs (three earned) via eight walks and three walks in 3.2 innings. In his last six starts he’s allowed 40 hits, 14 walks, and 24 earned runs. Is Wilson struggling? Yes. If I own Wilson am I worried? Not really. On a scale...
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Casey McGehee and the Value of Timely Hitting

In the pantheon of strange MLB seasons, Casey McGehee’s name deserves some prime real estate. Somehow he’s driven in 53 runs this year — 13.7% of the Marlins’ total runs on the season — with just one, lone home run. Giancarlo Stanton has 62 RBI, just nine more than McGehee, but he’s hit 20 extra blasts. Sometimes baseball doesn’t make sense. numberFire featured a post...
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Daily DraftStreet Picks: Wednesday, Jul 9

Another day of great pitching (well, aside from Wily Peralta) and terrible hitting. Marcell Ozuna’s late homer salvaged what was looking like a pitiful day, but in the end our 43.66-point effort finished 183rd-of-550 in the $500 contest and split our double-ups. We’re on a good roll with starting pitchers (again, aside from Peralta) as five of the last six pitchers we’ve selected...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Thursday, Jul 10

On July 15 during the MLB All-Star Game we’ll announce our $50 StubHub gift card winner! It takes 30 seconds to enter. Click here for more info! Our typical shortened MLB Thursday is actually pretty full with 12 games on the schedule. Seattle’s SP is still TBD, but whoever it is will face Yohan Pino and the Twins so there’s a good chance they’ll have a solid outing. Speaking...
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Fantasy Roundup: Hellickson’s Debut

Hellickson is a “love him or hate him” fantasy player (Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Jeremy Hellickson made his 2014 debut and was rusty during the first inning, but afterwards it was vintage Hellickson. In the first inning batters made a lot of hard hit contact, but he was able to get outs. Afterwards he was able to throw all of pitches in any count and in any part of...
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Baseball Profcast: Liriano Returns

In Episode 92, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s topics include: How bullish you should be about Francisco...
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Where Does Carlos Santana Rank, Rest of Season?

If you’re like me, then you bought a lot of Carlos Santana stock this preseason. In roto leagues I’m still feeling the lasting effects of his incredibly brutal start, but over the last month Santana has gotten back to being the player I expected him to be — .274/.367/.505 with 6 HR and 14 RBI. Our friends over at numberFire just published an article in which they wrote the...
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Daily DraftStreet Picks: Tuesday, Jul 8

Yesterday was the most dichotomous day I’ve ever had in fantasy. My pitching staff, featuring Hisashi Iwakuma, Jesse Chavez, and James Shields scored an amazing 51.25 points. My offense, featuring a Red Sox stack against Scott Carroll and a Marlins stack against Chase Anderson, was completely shut down to the tune of 0.25 points. No, that isn’t a typo. My offense went 4-for-33...
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Fantasy Roundup: Masteron Struggles Again

Quit similing, Masterson. It’s time to ride the pine. (Photo: Wikipedia.com) To say Justin Masterson has been struggling is an understatement. He has only thrown more than five innings just once in his last five starts. Last night both command and left-handed batters were again his biggest problem as he only threw 24 strikes (out of 54 pitches) and all six of the hits he allowed...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Jul 9

On July 15 during the MLB All-Star Game we’ll announce our $50 StubHub gift card winner! All you need to do is take 30 seconds and review our Daily Profcast on iTunes and fill out this simple form. We only have about 20 entries so far so your odds of winning are pretty great. Click here to enter! The Red Sox currently have their Wednesday starter listed as TBD. Here are a few notes...
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Baseball Profcast: Time To Drop Votto?

In Episode 91, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Review the show on iTunes and enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to StubHub! Click here for details. Today’s topics include: Whether Joey Votto is entering waiver wire territory...
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Projecting Samardzija in Oakland

In the wake of the unexpected Athletics-Cubs blockbuster deal, the fantasy community is collectively fawning over what a change of scenery will do for Jeff Samardzija’s win total. It’s undoubtedly the most popular narrative, and it’s absolutely deserved given the historic level of bad win luck that Samardzija has experienced. Somewhere, Harold Reynolds thinks Samardzija...
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Weekly Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: C.J. Cron Still Isn’t Seeing Enough Love

It’s really hard to believe that we’re already at the last week of the first half before the All-Star break. It’s crazy how fast this season has flown by, and the amount of under-the-radar guys that have stepped up big from week-to-week is a great indication of how much of a difference any given player can make on the diamond. As always, here’s a look at four guys staying...
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Roster Moves I Actually Made, Week 14: Be A DL Vulture

We are a week away from the All-Star break, which means all those players we keep hearing that are due back around or shortly after the All-Star game are actually nearing their return! For the most part the players lost to injury earlier in the season with an All-Star break return time table that were worth stashing; this includes Cliff Lee, Mark Trumbo, and Carlos Gonzalez, just...
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Fantasy Roundup: A’s-Cubs Made a Trade

Friday night the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named later. There has been a lot of hyperbole in the A’s community (fans and the local media) about how the A’s are World Series favorites and how the addition of these two pitchers have made this the best rotation in baseball. What this trade...
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