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East Notes: Ibanez, Phillies, Mathis
The Yankees have spoken with veteran Royals outfielder Raul Ibanez about their hitting coach position, George A. King III of the New York Pos...

Blue Jays To Exercise J.A. Happ's Option
The Blue Jays will exercise their team option on lefty starter J.A. Happ, paying $6.7MM rather than a $200K buyout, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. Prior to the 2013 season, the...

Central Notes: Maddon, Dirks, Giambi, Indians
The Cubs‘ decision to replace Rick Renteria with Joe Maddon seems “a little dirty,” but the baseball world will go on, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes. The Rays believe the Cubs tampered with Maddon while they had him under contract, and others in ...

Alex Rios Hires Scott Boras
Free agent outfielder Alex Rios has hired Scott Boras as his new agent, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. Rios was previously represented by the Kinzer Management Group. Rios i...

Dodgers Decline Option On Chad Billingsley
The Dodgers have declined their option on starting pitcher Chad Billingsley, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Given the cost of the option ($14MM minus a $3MM buy...

West Notes: Sandoval, Lewis, Ethier, Angels
Coming off another World Series win with the Giants, free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval is seeking a nine-figure contract,

The Daily Divide: Week 9
Argument…er…Analysis by Matt Rittle and Nathan Powell Editor’s Note: Matt and Nathan are two of my favorite guys on Twitter (and if you ever get asked to “follow back...

Francisco Lindor, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
There's flashier guys to cover, I'm looking at you, Carlos Correa; I'm winking in your direction, Byron Buxton, and your missing finger, excuse me, dislocated. But I'm writing rookie outlooks for 2015 fantasy baseball, i.e., I'm focusing on guys that could play the majority of the time in the majors in 2015. I'm not going to write a Buxton outlook saying. "Will be awesome, come back to read more in 2016." I'm trying to focus on impact players for this coming year. Prospect Mike is around ...

Angels Likely To Trade Kendrick Or Freese
The Angels are likely to trade either second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman Davi...

Rockies Exercise LaTroy Hawkins' Option
The Rockies have announced that they’ve exercised their option on closer LaTroy Hawkins, paying him $2.25MM rather than a $250K buyout. In addition, they’ve outrighted 1B/OF

Mets Outright Satin, Rice, Eveland, Carlyle
Here are today’s minor moves from around baseball. The Mets have outrighted infielder Josh Satin and relievers

Yankees To Extend Qualifying Offer To David Robertson
The Yankees will extend a qualifying offer to closer David Robertson, Jack Curry of the YES Network tweets. They hope to keep him, Curry writes, citing a source. The decision...

Rangers Decline Rios' Option; Outright Adcock, Lucas, Figaro
The Rangers announced that they have officially declined their $13.5MM club option on outfielder Alex Rios in favor of a $1MM buyout. Additionally, the team has outrighted infielder

Brewers Exercise Mutual Option On Aramis Ramirez
The Brewers have exercised their half of a $14MM mutual option on third baseman Aramis Ramirez, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Ramirez and his agents at Kinzer Ma...

NBA DFS Plays – Oct 31
Analysis by Justin Bales Tonight consists of six games with a couple good matchups and a couple matchups that are looking like they’ll be complete blowouts. The...

Rays Exercise Ben Zobrist's Option
The Rays announced that they have exercised their one-year, $7.5MM club option on Ben Zobrist. The move was perhaps one of the easiest calls for any team with an option over a player, as the 33-year-old Zobrist again turned in an excellent campaign and proved to be a tremendous...

Cubs Fire Rick Renteria
The Cubs have announced the firing of manager Rick Renteria. The move doesn’t come as a large surprise, given recent reports that the team has agreed to terms with Joe Maddon to become their new manager. Renteria had completed just one season of the three-year contract he signed to become the Cubs’ manager last offseason. Within the press release announcing the move, Cubs president Theo Epstein made the following statement: “Today we made the difficult ...

Blue Jays Sign Jeff Francis To Minor League Deal
The Blue Jays announced that they have signed veteran left-hander Jeff Francis to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training. Francis is a client of Frontline Athlete Management. Francis, 34 in January, split the 2014 season between the Reds, Athl...

Brewers Claim Juan Centeno
The Brewers announced that they have claimed catcher Juan Centeno off waivers from the Mets (Twitter link). Centeno, 24, received 43 plate appearances with the Mets from 2013-14 a...

David Freese Not As Totally Awful As He Probably Is
David Freese likes to keep you guessing. In 2011, he was a hero. From 2012 to 2013, he went from very good to very bad. This season he went from very bad to kinda alright, sort of. And I’m not altogether sure what to think of him for 2015. Allow me to explain. Indeed, in […]

Tigers Make Qualifying Offer To Scherzer, Martinez; Outright Kelly, Reed
The Tigers announced that they have extended one-year, $15.3MM qualifying offer to impending free agents Max Scherzer and

Orioles Claim Patrick McCoy
The Orioles have claimed left-handed pitcher Pat McCoy off waivers from Detroit, according to  a press release from the Tigers. McCoy, who turned 26 in August, made his big league debut for the Tigers this season, notching a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings. However, his ERA is a bit ...

Blue Jays Claim Andy Dirks
The Blue Jays have claimed outfielder Andy Dirks off waivers, the Tigers announced via press release. Dirks, 28, was expected to serve as Detroit’s primary left fielder this season in a platoon with

Here’s the Thing about Trevor Plouffe: He’s Pretty Good, Actually
Plouffe ranked 10th in Zach Sanders’ third base rankings. A pleasant development in another otherwise-dreary Minnesota Twins season was the rounding into form of Trevor Plouffe. In fact, Plouffe’s +3.5 WAR this year isn’t only easily his finest season, it actually pushes him to just +3.1 for a career mark. Or in other words, he […]

Red Sox Decline Craig Breslow's Option
The Red Sox announced that they’ve declined their $4MM club option on left-hander Craig Breslow. The 34-year-old Breslow will instead receive a $100K buyout and become a free agent. Breslow struggled in 2014 but is just one season removed from a 2013 campaign in which he ...

Athletics Claim Andrew Brown From Mets
The A’s announced that they’ve claimed outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets. Additionally, minor league shortstop

Nolan Arenado Defies the Easy Narrative
Nolan Arenado certainly proved a whole lot of people wrong this year. Just two years ago, Arenado’s media perception took an unreasonably large hit. A rumor floated around that he was unhappy about not being promoted, he put up a bad month, and suddenly he was labeled as a whiner. He now had “makeup issues.” […]

Indians Exercise Mike Aviles' Option
The Indians announced that they have exercised their one-year, $3.5MM club option on Mike Aviles. Cleveland essentially faced a $3.25MM decision, as Aviles’ option contained a $250K buyout. Aviles, 34 in March, has served as a versatile bench piece for manager Terry Fran...

MLB Trade Rumors: Royals to listen on Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas
Andy Martino from the New York Daily News reported last night that the Royals could listen to trade offers for some of their top young hitters this offseason. Andy Martino from the New York Daily News r...

Dynasty Fantasy Football: 2015 Tight End Outlook – 1.0
Analysis by Josh Collacchi You’ve gotten DFS coverage at Project Roto, you have redraft coverage at Project Roto. What’s missing? Dynasty fantasy football. Not to worry,...

Tigers To Exercise Joakim Soria's Option
The Tigers will exercise their $7MM club option on right-hander Joakim Soria, reports Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (on Twitter). Soria, 30, was acquired from th...

FanDuel Head to Heads
We’ve all got our season-long leagues going on, but I figured I’d spice up each a bit and throw down a few head-to-head contests. If you...

2014 Fantasy Baseball Year in Review: Reviewing My Baskets
  There were some players I incorrectly forecasted and some that I absolutely nailed in predicting their 2014 values. Here we’re going to see what I got right, where I 

Red Sox stick with Koji Uehara at closer
Closer Monkey - bullpen updates and closer depth charts from all 30 MLB teams, straight to your inbox October 30, 2014 Boston Red Sox – Boston gave Koji Uehara a huge raise after the World Series, committing to their All-Star closer with a two-year, $18 million contract that will take him through his age 41 season. Updated hierarchy: Uehara | Mujica | Tazawa. The post

Brewers Decline Rickie Weeks' Option
The Brewers have announced the decision to decline their $11.5MM club option on Rickie Weeks, making him a free agent. Additionally, the team officially announced that it will exercise

Jacob DeGrom: How Good Can He Be?
The Mets' Jacob deGrom had a fantastic season that led many of his fantasy owners to championships this year. Can he do it again next year? Let's find out how good he really is and what we can expect in 2015... New York Mets rookie

Fantasy Puzzle: What Will You Pay For Madison Bumgarner?
Madison Bumgarner has emerged as a reliable fantasy ace, one that nobody can ignore after a fantastic postseason. He practically won the World Series all by himself (more on that in this year’s THT Annual) with a 1.03 ERA, four wins, and a save over 52.2 October innings. He’s a consistent source of fantasy gold […]

Fantasy Goodfellas Week 9 Podcast
Justin Lonero and Armando Marsal, along with guest Jacob Rickrode, talk Week 9 DFS. They go over starts, sits, contrarian plays, stack, and more. Tune in before setting up your DraftKings lineups. watch.0.html

Free Agent Profile: Jed Lowrie
Deciding how to frame Jed Lowrie’s entry to the free agent market depends heavily upon one’s perspective: did his failure to match his excellent 2013 campaign constitute a disappointment, or was 2014 another solid year as a regular that cements Lowrie’s status as an everyday pla...

Free Agency Contract Calculator
How to predict the contracts free agents will receive this offseason based on previous seasons' data. Free Agency is almost upon us yet again. The hectic time of the year often features dozens of multi-million dollar contracts being handed out within a span of only a few days. I attempt to capitalize on the free agency contracts of years past by creating a system that can predict th...

An NFL Midseason Review
You enjoyed our email exchanges to preview the season, now join us as we talk about how things have gone so far. (Brad Coustan and myself have taken some time off to start the season to do some upkeep on our cottage in Vermont*.  Now that that is over, we are here with our NFL midseason review.  As always, Brad's emails and comments are in italics.  ENJOY!  *May not be true.)...

Fantasy Team Preview: Houston Astros by Keith Cromer
After showing a 19-game improvement in 2014, the slowly rebuilding Astros boast several intriguing fantasy options.

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Has Lonnie Chisenhall Finally Emerged? Not Really…
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall has always seemed to have the fascination of fantasy owners. It seemed like people saw some type of untapped potential and they were just waiting for him to actually show some sign of it on

Target 25 Home Runs and a .750 OPS at First Base
First base is one of the most loaded positions in fantasy baseball because of the amount of top-flight talent.  Beyond the elite first basemen, many of the players still provide very solid power for your fantasy lineup.  As a baseline, I would target first basemen that have a very realistic chance to hit 25 or […] Target 25 Home Runs and a .750 O...

Fantasy Football: Week 9 Rankings, Sleepers, and Start/Sit
The fantasy football writers here at Fake Teams want to help you win your leagues this season. Here are our Week 9 rankings, sleepers, start and sit advice, and waiver wire advice. We hope we were able to help you win your Week 8 fantasy football matchups last week, and we are back at it in Week 9. Here are the Week 9 position rankings, start and sit advice, sleepers, and waiver wir...

Talking Ball with Jeffrey Radice
The director of No No: A Dockumentary discusses Dock Ellis' famous no-hitter, and much, much more.

Early 2015 Fantasy Relief Pitcher Rankings
Continuing with our early 2015 positional rankings, we move on to (and wrap up with) relief pitchers. As I explained before revealing my previous early 2015 rankings, what you can expect to find in this series is rankings, key positional eligibility changes, and key free agents. However, if you are looking for more of a “state of the position,” you should check out our awesome positional recap series that you can find here. Or heck, better yet, read em’ both! Ranking Methodology: It a...

Francisco Lindor, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
There's flashier guys to cover, I'm looking at you, Carlos Correa; I'm winking in your direction, Byron Buxton, and your missing finger, excuse me, dislocated. But I'm writing rookie outlooks for 2015 fantasy baseball, i.e., I'm focusing on guys that could play the majority of the time in the majors in 2015. I'm not going to write a Buxton outlook saying. "Will be awesome, come back to read more in 2016." I'm trying to focus on impact players for this coming year. Prospect Mike is around ...

AL Central Notes: Royals, Aoki, Butler, Lovullo, Tigers
Though the Royals are coming off their best season in nearly three decades, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that the team will soon need to turn its focus to some difficult offseason decisions. Industry expectations, according to Martino, are that the Royals will at least l...

AL West Notes: Astros, Lewis, Rangers, A's
A federal bankruptcy judge today approved a Chapter 11 reorganization that will allow DirecTV and AT&T to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston, reports David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. The network will be relaunched next month as ROOT Sports Houston and will provide the Houston area with significantly greater accessibility t...

Week 9 D/ST Rankings
Own one of the many defenses on bye this week? Can't decide which matchup is better? Jacob Adler examines the best plays for Week 9. Welcome to Week 9! It feels weird to say that it feels weird to see the Seahawks as the top-ranked defense, but that's how t...

D'Backs Exercise Options On Hudson, Reynolds
The Diamondbacks announced that they have exercised their 2015 club options on right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander

Padres Decline Josh Johnson's Option
The Padres announced that they have declined their $4MM club option on right-hander Josh Johnson. As’s Corey Brock tweets, the Friars ar...

RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 10/30/2014
Episode 176 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live! Eno Sarris and Nicholas Minnix discuss end-of-season third basemen rankings, which went up on Monday, as well as what they think of 2015 prospects for some of them, including: Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, Todd Frazier, Trevor Plouffe, Nick Castellanos, and Brett Lawrie. The analysts […]

Orioles Exercise Options On Chen, O'Day; Decline Options On Markakis, Hundley
The Orioles announced that they have exercised their club options on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen ($4.75MM) and right-hander

Dan Haren Exercises Player Option
Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren has exercised his $10MM player option for the 2015 season, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets. Haren, who turned 34 in Septemb...

College Football Cheatsheet & Analysis: Week 10
Cheatsheet and Analysis by Pat James Grab this week’s cheatsheet (click the big blue button that says “Week 10 CFB Cheatsheet”). Follow Pat on Twitter

White Sox To Decline Option On Felipe Paulino
The White Sox have informed righty Felipe Paulino that they will not pick up his $4MM option, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports on Twitter. Chicago will instead pay him a $250K buyout...

Red Sox Sign Koji Uehara To Two-Year Extension
The Red Sox announced that they have signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season. Alex Speier of reports that it is a two-year, $18MM contract (

Cardinals Exercise John Lackey's Option
The Cardinals have exercised their league-minimum option on right-hander John Lackey, per a report from the Associated Press. The m...

Brewers Exercise Yovani Gallardo's Option
The Brewers have officially exercised their $13MM club option on right-hander Yovani Gallardo, reports MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes (on Twitter). Gallardo, 29 in February, has spe...

Cubs Decline Option On Kyuji Fujikawa
The Cubs have declined a $5.5MM club option over righty Kyuji Fujikawa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune tweets. Fujikawa will take home a $500K buyout as he hits the open market...

Hisashi Iwakuma's Option Vests
The Mariners announced that Hisashi Iwakuma‘s $7MM option has officially vested based on his on-field performance. The option was widely believed to be a club option, however Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune

FanDuel Value Sheet: Week 9

Angels Exercise Street Option, Decline Burnett Option, Return Moran To Mariners
The Angels have announced a series of transactions (Twitter links). As expected, the team exercised its $7MM option over closer

DraftKings Value Sheet: Week 9

Nationals Exercise Denard Span's Option; Decline LaRoche, Soriano
3:01pm: The team announced the move on Span while also announcing that it has declined its club option on reliever Rafael Soriano and the team end of a mutual option for first baseman

Quick Looks at Heaney, Anderson, Pineda, Hale
David Hale Why I watched: Picked up some early and late starts with OK numbers. Game(s) Watched: 9/25/14 vs Pirates Game Thoughts • The 26-year-old right hander threw two fastballs, a two- and four-seamer. Starting with the 90-92 mph four-seamer. It is fairly straight pitch with a bit of glove side run. It is about […]

Crunching Numbers
Analysis by Matt Rittle WR matchup data, via Football Outsiders Football Outsiders provides yards allowed by defenses to players of varying roles: #1 WR, #2...

Kevin Youkilis To Retire
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis will hang up his spikes after a 15-year professional career, according to a tweet from his representatives at Pro Star Management.

Targeting Targets
Analysis by Rob Pallazola The Leaders (Receptions/Targets/Yards/Touchdowns on the season)
 1. Antonio Brown, WR – (60 / 87 / 852 / 7) Brown jumps to the...

NBA DFS Plays – Oct 29
Analysis by Justin Bales There’s only five games tonight, so it’ll be tough creating rosters, which makes cheap value that much more important. There are plenty of...

Phillies Decline Option On Mike Adams
The Phillies have declined their $6MM club option on reliever Mike Adams, the club announced. Of course, the attentive reader would have already realized this fact from looking over this morning’s

Madison Bumgarner brings the heat like KC's Big Three
Last night Madison Bumgarner did something that we haven't seen in years and may not see again, but how did he do it? How has he been doing it all October? Last night Madison Bumgarner needed to be seen to be believed. The Giants ace ...

MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 4
On the fourth episode of the MLB Trade Rumors Podcast, host Jeff Todd opens with the transactional news from the week before being joined by free agent reliever Burke Badenhop (2:53) to discuss how his consistency, durability, and ground-ball production will play on the open marke...

Blue Jays Acquire Liam Hendriks From Royals
The Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Royals, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Hendriks, who had been designated for assignment by Kansas Cit...

ProjectRoto Daily Fantasy NFL Cheatsheet – Week Nine

A Minor (League) Review of 2014: Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers
Welcome to the final instalment of the annual series: ‘A Minor (League) Review of 20__.” This series is a great way to receive a quick recap of the 2014 minor league season for your favorite club(s), while also receiving a brief look toward the 2015 season and beyond. It can also be a handy feature […]

Where Is Chase Headley Headed?
Fantasy baseball players can, at this point, feel pretty safe in making the judgment that the 2012 season represents an outlier in Chase Headley’s statistical ledger. The switch hitter went yard 31 times and led the National League in RBIs with 115 that year. He tied a career best with 17 swipes, to boot. He […]

MLBPA Announces 2014-15 Free Agents
The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has announced the official class of free agents for the upcoming offseason. Click here to find the complete list, along with an excellent foreword (featuring an interview with lefty Andrew Miller) that was penned by MLBTR’s own Tim Dierkes. 121 players will hit the ...

Kyle Seager: Just As Advertised
Entering the season, a typical projection for Kyle Seager was about 75 runs, 20 home runs, 75 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and a .260 average. What we got was slightly better – 71/25/96/7/.268. Headmaster Sanders pegged that line as worth $16, making him the fifth most valuable third baseman. FantasyPros had his average cost at […]

Poll: Which Team Will Spend Most In Free Agency?
It is always somewhat bittersweet for the baseball season to end, but rarely does it do so in such excellent fashion as last night’s Game 7. So as we tip our caps to the Giants (and, of course, the Royals), we can comfort ourselves in the knowledge that today is the start of the offseason. Offseason spending, of course, does not guarantee anything. This last season proves that yet again. In an

Week 9 Start Em, Sit Em
In a week with six teams on bye, fantasy owners could have tough decisions regarding their lineups. Knowing that, Armando provides this weeks starts and sit to make life easier for fantasy owners, Armando Marsal Fantasy Writer Teams on bye: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee Quarterbacks Start Em

Third Basemen of Past and Future
I find third base the most interesting position in terms of eligibility in fantasy. It seems to be the crossroads that connect all other positions. Shortstops with poor range often end up at third. Third basemen with poor arms often end up in the outfield. Carlos Santana tried some third this season to get him […]

Joe Maddon revisited
As the discussion regarding Joe Maddon coming to the Cubs intensifies, there are even more ways to evaluate manager in-game decision making. I wrote Monday on evaluating managers in terms of how they manage in-game decisions, and later real...

Adrian Beltre Refuses to Age
Another year older and another year in which Adrian Beltre has simply refused to age. Hitters in their mid-30s aren’t supposed to perform so consistently well. They are supposed to decline. But Beltre has failed to receive the memo. As a result, he finished fourth in value among third basemen this year. You want consistent? […]

Is A Rebound In The Future For Carlos Beltran?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Carlos Beltran’s debut season in the Bronx was certainly a bitter disappointment. Expected to be one of the anchors of the middle of the lineup, he instead floundered hitting .233 with 15 HR over 403 AB. There is no

Week 9 Tight End Rankings
Looking for for a TE to start this week with Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker on a bye? Check out our TE rankings to see who you should start. Now entering the back half of the fantasy season, where injuries and bye weeks are starting to become more of a problem for fantasy owners.  This week there are six teams on bye, but only two of them have Tight Ends you could have been s...

The Difficulties of Owning Mark Teixeira
With the 2014 Major League Baseball season ending in an amazingly dramatic fashion, the offseason is officially underway.  While I will certainly miss watching the playoffs, I am already excited about next year.  I am looking to the future and trying to discover some players that intrigue me in 2015.  One of those players is […] The ...

Il Gioco
You have fallen onto another road. It's a road that flows beyond Cooperstown, though many of those you'll meet have been there, too. Come and see what there is to see.

2015 Fantasy Dynasty Starting Pitcher Rankings
Right now starting pitcher is the deepest position there is in dynasty leagues. I always stress drafting hitters, especially power hitters, before taking any pitcher just because of how many pitcherss come out of nowhere to provide huge value every season. In 2014 we had Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Matt Shoemaker, Garrett Richards, and, most of all, Corey Kluber all take huge steps forward. As a prospect fanatic I could sit here and recommend Taijaun Walker, Archie Bradley, Kevin Gausman, ...

Andrew Heaney, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
4.26 ERA in 107 2/3 IP his rookie year. Who's that, you ask with your super-cute, Joey Lauren Adams mousey voice. That's Clayton Kershaw's numbers when he was first called up. Like when you feed your dog, then hold his ass over the balcony, rookie pitchers are a crapshoot. There's no discernible rhyme or reason what any of them will do in their first year. Trevor Bauer could've been great last year, but wasn't. Yet, Jacob deGrom is better than he was in the minors. *shrugs* Your guess...

Offseason Outlook: Oakland Athletics
After spending much of the season in first place and making the biggest splash of any team in July trades, the A’s scuffled with an ailing offense and were eliminated by the Royals in a one-game Wild Card playoff. They’ll have to deal with a number of escalating contracts as they look to retool and return to the postseason for a fourth consecutive year in 2015. Guaranteed Contracts

Five stats that defined the 2014 season
With the final out of the World Series behind us, we're mere seconds from the first offseason speculation. Before we get there, let's look back at the numbers that defined the 2014 Major League Baseball Season. On Wednesday night, the San Francisco Giants secured their third World Series title in five seasons, ending any debates about who the dominant franchise of the 2010s truly is...

East Links: Santana, Sox, Cespedes, Phils, Mets
The Braves are expected to make a qualifying offer to Ervin Santana, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Const...

Free Agent Profile: Pat Neshek
Pat Neshek improbably went from minor league signee to All-Star setup man after signing late with the Cardinals last winter. He’ll now look to parlay the finest season of his career into his first multi-year deal on the free agent market. Strengths/Pros

Ranking shortstops for 2015
Where has the shortstop thunder gone? Scott White says the position is beset with age and injuries making a huge risk like Danny Santana his fifth-best option.

Cubs To Hire Joe Maddon As Manager
The Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their new manager, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Earlier today, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Maddon and the Cubs had been negotiating. Rick Ren...

How Much Did Lonnie Chisenhall Improve?
It figures. He’d entered the two seasons prior amid expectations that he’d emerge as his club’s regular third baseman, but he failed to lock down the position. Lonnie Chisenhall didn’t have a regular place to play for the Cleveland Indians in this past campaign, however, so, naturally, he produced early on and, thus, elbowed his […]

Reds To Exercise Club Option On Cueto, Buy Out Hannahan
The Reds have kicked off their offseason with two unsurprising moves, deciding to exercise a $10MM club option over starter Johnny Cueto and decline a $4MM option for utilityman

“Perusing the Perimeter” Week 9 Blog

Orioles Outright Evan Meek
The Orioles have outrighted righty Evan Meek to Triple-A, the club announced. Meek will have the right to elect free agency, as he has previously been outrighted (including once earlier this year). Meek, 31, threw to a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings at the MLB level, all in relief...

Week 9: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Analysis by Adam Pfeifer Pure, unadulterated hell. Oh, no. I wasn’t talking about my Week 8 (though it was horrible). No, I’m referring to the...

NBA DFS Plays – Oct 29
Analysis by Justin Bales The NBA season is back! I hope everyone had a fun and successful first night, but this article is aimed toward nights...

No Joshing, Donaldson is Legit
After a breakout 2013 where Josh Donaldson hit .301/.384/.499 in 158 games, there was no shortage of vocal skeptics. The third baseman posted that strong triple slash in part due to his .333 BABIP, a rate unlikely to continue given his skillset and 6-foot, 220-pound catcher-esque frame. His MLB body of work prior to 2013 […]

AL West Notes: Iwakuma, Young, Astros, Peacock
Hisashi Iwakuma‘s 2015 option technically vested by operation of performance bonuses, Mariners officials

Week 9 Rankings

Ottoneu Tactics: Who To Arbitrate, Early Trade Thoughts
We’ll talk about two separate tactical topics today, because neither is really sufficient to carry a post by itself. Which Owners To Target In ottoneu allocation leagues, owners have $25 to distribute across 11 owners. You must spend at least $1 and no more than $3. In other words, you can assign $3 to between […]

Week 9 Running Back Rankings
Having trouble deciding who to start at running back with six teams on bye? Armando has provided his top 50 backs to make it easier for you. Armando Marsal Fantasy Writer @Armando_fbguru on twitter This week's top ten running backs are not as unexpected as some would think, despite having

Free Agent Profile: Jason Hammel
A bounceback stint with the Cubs made Jason Hammel, a 6’6 righty, one of the most anticipated summer trade targets, and he ultimately became the second piece in the deal that sent top prospect

Aramis Ramirez and Father Time
Aramis Ramirez doesn’t age. At least, he didn’t show signs of being mortal until last season. While some numbers were down, Ramirez’s overall stat line wasn’t all that bad. He hit for a solid average, and still managed 15 home runs. In most fantasy leagues, that will play at third. For years now, analysts have […]

Week 9 Wide Receiver Rankings
Who should you start this week at Wide Receiver with 6 teams on bye? Robert offers you his top 50 WR rankings for week 9 to help out. It's now time for the toughest part of the season.  Before most of the bye weeks have consisted of only two teams on bye, but now there will be six in week nine.  This causes problems for owners who have limited space to work with on there roster, a...

Is There Any Hope For Mike Moustakas?
Remember when Mike Moustakas tore it up during this year’s spring training? He batted .429, which ranked third among all spring trainers, reached based at a .522 clip, good for second place, and slugged .768, ranking him fifth. Combined, he finished third in OPS. Not surprisingly, that performance led fantasy owners to dream of what […]

Week 9 Quarterback Rankings
Week 8 brought us one of the best fantasy weeks for quarterbacks to date. What can we expect from this week of matchups - including, of course, Brady v Manning XVI - with many of the top quarterbacks on bye? With all of the explosive matchups that were offered to us in week 8, only a few quarterbacks left their owners disappointed. This was easily the biggest fantasy week for quart...

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Why Justin Morneau Is A Player To Avoid In 2015
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) No one should’ve been surprised to see a bit of a revitalization for Justin Morneau in his debut year in Colorado. That said, did anyone really expect these types of numbers: 502 At Bats .319 Batting Average (160 Hits)

Edwin Encarnacion and his Notable 128 Game Season
Edwin Encarnacion began his 2014 campaign with a truly horrific March and April.  In 27 very forgettable games, he hit only two home runs to go with a .250 batting average that disappointed Blue Jays fans and fantasy owners.  When the calendar turned to May, Edwin Encarnacion produced a pace that may have only been […] Edwin ...

San Diego Padres 2015 Top Fantasy Prospects
The prospect staff at Fake Teams continues their fantasy prospect rankings and system reviews with an in-depth look at the San Diego Padres, Just like last year, the prospect staff here at Fake Teams will be taking an in-depth look at each major league organization, including our top 10 fantasy prospects, an overview of the organization's minor league system...

Well-Rounded Players Meet Square Hole
There are many careers that deserve to be celebrated even though they don’t fit within a traditional classification of a decade.

Early 2015 Fantasy Starting Pitcher Rankings
Continuing with our early 2015 positional rankings, we move on to my the outfield. As I explained before revealing my previous early 2015 rankings, what you can expect to find in this series is rankings, key positional eligibility changes, and key free agents. However, if you are looking for more of a “state of the position,” you should check out our awesome positional recap series that you can find here. Or heck, better yet, read em’ both! Ranking Methodology: It all comes down to thi...

2015 Minor League Preview: Detroit Tigers
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (28) | 2013 (27) | 2012 (22) | 2011 (25) | 2010 (27) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [90-72] AL Central AAA: [69-74] International League - Toledo AA: [71-71] Eastern League - Erie A+: [62-75] Florida State League - Lakeland A: [82-58] Midwest League - West Michigan A(ss): [42-34] New York-Pe...

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