2013 Rankings: Relief Pitchers

For the sake of comparing apples to apples, I've removed starting pitchers with relief pitcher eligibility from the list. Saves are what relievers are being drafted for, but there are a few relievers that will also make an impact in fantasy leagues with their dynamite ratios.  Rank First Name Last Name Organization ...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rankings: Outfielders

You can find a bit of everything in the outfield. There are players who contribute across the board, and others who make waves in single categories. There are established veterans with lengthy track records, and young players on the cusp of becoming superstars. Oh, and the position is also home to two players who are going one and two overall in many fantasy drafts. ...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rankings: Third Basemen

The hot corner is a bit top heavy, but sprinkled in the middle are some hitters that are flawed but bring a carrying fantasy stat to the table. There are also some young players that have breakout potential beyond the upper tier.  Rank First Name Last Name Organization 1 Miguel Cabrera ...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rankings: Shortstops

Like second base, shortstop lacks depth. Scraping the bottom of the barrell is a scary thought and will yield players that should only be started in AL-only and NL-only leagues.  Rank First Name Last Name Organization 1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2 Jose ...
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February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rankings: Second Basemen

Unlike first base, second base lacks impact bat depth. In mixed leagues without a middle infielder, few players outside the top-15 will be rostered heavily. In larger leagues, sorting through the dregs is a necessity that adds to the appeal and nuance of stepping out of kiddie pool leagues. Rank First Name Last Name Organization...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rankings: First Basemen

Next up in the positional rankings is first base. The position offers a lot of offensive talent, young and old. Players will be drafted out of this player pool to fill more than first base, they'll also fill corner infield spots and utility positions as well.  Rank First Name Last Name Organization 1 ...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Rankings: Catchers

Fantasy draft time is just around the corner for many folks. That means it is time to start rolling out the position rankngs for draft prep. I'll be posting the rankings without commentary. Feel free to discuss the rankings in the comments below. Ranking First Name Last Name Organization 1 Buster ...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury Report: Filling the DL Spots Part 3

  Today I conclude the Injury Report series and add a few more names to the list of injured players worth stashing in various fantasy leagues. Part one and part two of the series can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks. Danny Duffy Injury: Torn UCL Surgery Date: June 13, 2012 Anticipated Return: Most likely June as a year is standard recovery time from Tommy...
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January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury Report: Filling the DL Spots Part 2

Earlier today I unveiled the first part of this article series. Below, I've highlighted for more injured players that owners should consider drafting and stashing on the disabled list (DL) in fantasy leagues. Joakim Soria Injury: Torn UCL Surgery Date: April 2, 2012 Anticipated Return: Soria is hopeful he'll return by late May. Soria is attempting...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury Report: Filling the DL Spots Part 1

  Every year I'm shocked at how few owners that I play fantasy baseball with fail to take advantage of disabled list (DL) spots. This seems odd because owners don't often leave a bench spot unfilled, so why DL spots? The cost of drafting a player that will open the season on the DL is often cheap. If you know who is hurt and the extent of their injury, and you can stash...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

2012's Biggest Offseason Moves: Hanrahan to Boston, Grilli to close

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013! While the calendar has switched to January, we're still in the midst of taking a look back at the big offseason moves of 2012.   Red Sox Acquire Joel Hanrahan   For the second offseason in a row, the Red Sox traded for a new closer. Andrew Bailey, the closer acquired from Oakland before the 2012 season, was barely healthy...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss

2012's Biggest Offseason Moves: Dempster, Ichiro

The year is almost over, which means that the 2013 baseball season is drawing near. While things have been more quiet than normal here at FB365, the gears are still grinding. Here is part one of my takes on this offseason's biggest moves and how they might impact your fantasy team. Ryan Dempster signs with the Red Sox This past season, Dempster did not fare as well in...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Liriano the Buc, and Three Starters on the Comeback Trail

Francisco Liriano has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract worth $12.75 million with the Pirates according to Jon Heyman. In less publicized news, a trio of once exciting pitchers agreed to minor-league contracts. Jeremy Bonderman signed a deal with the Mariners, Scott Kazmir signed with the Indians, and Rich Harden inked a deal with the Twins. None of the three pitchers pitched...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: The Signings of E-Jax and Pierzynski

One player was welcomed to Chicago this week when the Cubs signed Edwin Jackson to a four year contract worth $52 million. Another player, A.J. Pierzynski, bid the Windy City adieu leaving the White Sox as a free agent and signing a one year contract with the Rangers. Jackson goes from being an overlooked member of a loaded Nationals rotation in 2012 to being relied on to pitch near...
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December 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Morales/Vargas Trade

American League West division rivals, the Angels and Mariners, agreed to a trade that should help both teams. The Angels sent Kendrys Morales to the offense starved Mariners for Jason Vargas, who will help round out the Angels' rotation. The Angels signing of Josh Hamilton created a logjam in their lineup, and while Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos were the names bandied about the...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

The Newest Astro: Carlos Pena

On Monday the Houston Astros signed Carlos Pena to a one-year contract, and he'll likely serve as the club's primary designated hitter while also seeing time at first base this year. Pena struggled last year, hitting under .200, and striking out at his highest rate since 2005. A low batting average and strikeouts have always been part of the package that comes with owning...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Impact: Wil Myers and Trevor Bauer

The baseball hot stove is heating up, and it's not simply the result of free agent signings. This week we saw two blue chip prospects dealt. The Royals sent Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard to the Rays for James Shields and Wade Davis on Sunday. On Tuesday, the Indians were busy orchestrating a three team trade that saw them first send Shin-Soo Choo...
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December 14, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Red Sox Projections: Mike Napoli

The winter meetings are certainly here and a few of the free agents have already found new homes. The Red Sox made one of the bigger winter meeting moves thus far, signing C/1B Mike Napoli to a three-year deal. How does going from Texas to Boston affect Napoli's fantasy value? Mike Napoli - C/1B - BOS 2013 Age: 31 - Splits: Slight vs RHP 2013 Projection: 377...
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December 03, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Phillies Projections: Carlos Ruiz

Yesterday, Phillies star catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for use of amphetamines. I wrote a quick article for The Outside Corner once the news broke, in which I noted: "Also career highs in 2012 were Ruiz's BABIP (.339) and HR/FB rate (15.1 percent), which shot up drastically from 4.4 percent in 2011 with a previous career high of 8.1 percent (minimum of 300...
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November 28, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Cubs Projections: Rizzo, Barney, DeJesus

Our 2013 Cubs projections continue with a young up-and-coming first baseman, a defensive minded second baseman and a solid veteran outfielder. Anthony Rizzo 2013 Age: 23 - Splits: Struggles vs LHP 2013 Projection: 596 AB, .283/.346/.488. 27 HR, 91 RBI, 86 R, 6 SB Notes: Rizzo's ceiling will be determined by one thing: how he hits left-handed...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Cubs Projections: Soriano, Castro

Our 2013 projections turn to the north side of Chicago where we examine two Cubs with plate discipline issues, but also significant upside. Can Alfonso Soriano stave off a regression at his age? Can Starlin Castro make a big progression at his age? Alfonso Soriano 2013 Age: 37 - Splits: Slight vs RHP 2013 Projection: 502 AB, .249/.317/.475, 27 HR, 90 RBI, 65 R, 4 SB...
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November 26, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Blue Jays Projections: Melky Cabrera

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly inked outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16M deal. Now finished with his 50-game suspension for PED use, questions remain about his performance going forward, but it's skill related stats -- not questions about strenght/endurance -- that keep me optimistic. Melky Cabrera - OF - TOR 2013 Age: 28...
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November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Astros Projections: Norris, Harrell, Lyles

Fantasy owners won't be looking at any of these pitchers early in 2013 drafts, but is there any hidden value here, or is staying away the best decision?   Bud Norris - SP - HOU 2013 Age: 28 2013 Projection: 189 IP, 8 W, 4.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 183 K, 72 BB Notes: Huge potential due to consistently high strikeout rate, but needs better command and...
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November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Keeper League Trading and Why I Don't Seem to Do Much of It

  The World Series is over and for the standard redraft roto GMs out there, the season has been over for even longer. However, the end of the fall classic brings about an entirely different roto beast: The Keeper Leaguers! Deciding on who to keep, what values can you get in trades, what positions do you need to upgrade and all at what cost? Oh, yeah, and prospects -- the...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

2013 Astros Projections: Dominguez, Wallace, Castro, Martinez, Paredes

We continue on with our 2012 Astros projections (see part one here). Warning: Astros fans may want to turn their heads. Key: SSS = Small Sample Size (too small of a big league sample to make a judgement)   Matt Dominguez - 3B - HOU 2013 Age: 23 - Splits: SSS 2013 Projection: 487 AB, .224/.293/.393, 14 HR, 56 RBI, 41 R, 0 SB Notes: What do you...
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November 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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