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Astros to call up George Springer: Fantasy Impact
Fantasy implications of the Astros calling up George Springer today. Run, don't walk, to your league waiver wire and grab Astros outfielder George Springer, as he is getting the call up today, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle: Source tells the Chronicle that George Springer is on his way ...

Astros To Promote George Springer
Top outfield prospect George Springer will join the Astros tomorrow, reports Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). The 24-year-old entered the season as a ...

Astros To Designate Lucas Harrell For Assignment
The Astros will designate pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment, reports Jose de Jesus ...

Minor Moves: Scott Cousins
Here are the day's minor moves: The Rangers have inked outfielder Scott Cousins to a minor league deal, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Cous...

NL Notes: Johnson, Cubs, Bradley
ESPN.com's Jim Bowden took a look back (Insider link) at his free agent predictions to see where he hit and missed. Most of his accurate guesses came on players who signed early, while the opposite holds true of those that he was off on. By far the biggest difference among actual and estimated deals came with

Three Stumbling Starts To Stubbornly Stick With
  We’re heading into week number three of the fantasy baseball season – or more specifically day 19 – and even more specifically day 17 stateside. A lot has happened 

Streaming Pitchers 4.16
  Dream Stream Michael Pineda – Pine tar or no pine tar Pineda has been great thus far in NY. He looks to finally be healthy and in the form 

AL East Notes: Rays, Drew, Pineda, Lester
Over at Fangraphs, Dave Cameron provides an interesting look at team age, weighted for anticipated playing time. The unsurprising result is that the oldest current MLB roster belongs to the Yankees. With the Red Sox and Blue Jays also falling in the top five, and the Rays landing in the top ha...

The DeLassus 250, Week 3
I want to apologize to our readers for the late publication of this week’s DeLassus 250. What can I say, I’m always one of those guys who is in line 

2015 Free Agent Power Rankings
As we at MLBTR did in 2013, we'll constantly be looking toward the future over the course of the season to see which players are positioning themselves for a healthy payday on the 2014-15 open market. Remember that you can always find a full list of next season's free agents here (or on the right-hand sidebar under "MLBTR Features), and keep an eye out for future editions of these rankings. For now, here's the first entry in our 2015 Free Agent Power Rankings series. 1...

Tax Day: Dan Uggla Collects
Tax day is a day most of us can’t stand. However, if you do your preparation it can be a good day as you are already done and don’t have 

RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and The Bust 04/15/2014
Episode 107 The latest episode of The Sleeper and the Bust is now live! Jason Collette and Eno Sarris discuss batters and pitchers with zeroes still in their stat line, some injuries, and a look at Jesse Chavez and Homer Bailey. As usual, don’t hesitate to tweet us any fantasy questions you have that we may answer on our […]

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could the Diamondbacks’ Mike Bolsinger Bring Fantasy Appeal?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The fact that Trevor Cahill was removed from the starting rotation should not have come as a surprise.  After all, through his first four starts he is the owner of a 9.17 ERA and … Continue reading →

Erik Bedard & J.B. Shuck: Deep League Waiver Wire
You want deep? Then let’s drill, baby, drill, as injuries to a couple of established American League stars in Week 2 have opened up spots for some deep league fantasy options to get a chance to shine. Erik Bedard / SP / Tampa Bay Rays 0 percent Yahoo / 0 percent ESPN / 1 percent […]

Brewers bullpen: catch it while you can
The Brewers' bullpen has been simply fantastic in 2014, but is it sustainable production or ultimately a mirage? If you've read and retained much from the sabermetrics movement, then the variability of bullpens is quite possibly something you're familiar with. As the standard reliever analysis reads, these guys are usually in the bullpen because they aren't good enoug...

MLBTR Live Chat
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Tax Day
Tax day is a day most of us can’t stand. However, if you do your preparation it can be a good day as you are already done and don’t have 

Prospecting
It is always important to keep your eye on farm systems, but lets be real for a second, who has time for that? Fortunately, I...

Blue Jays Designate Marcus Walden, Outright Jeremy Jeffress
The Blue Jays have issued a press release to announce a series of roster moves: Right-hander Marcus Walden has been designated for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for

Waiver Wire: Arms race has begun
The closer position is once again in flux, with many roles already changing. Our Michael Hurcomb touches on your best free agent options off your waiver wire.

Ground-Ball Benchmarks for Pitch Types
Swinging strikes are half (more than half?) the battle. But you can use pitches for grounders, too. Take Marco Estrada, for example. By whiff rates, his change (18.4%) is plus, but his curve (9%) is not. That’s okay! By grounder rate, his curve is plus plus (60.8%). That means he has two great secondary pitches […]

Giddy Up On Dee Gordon
I get it – Dee Gordon probably burned you in 2012, when you took him as the 10th shortstop off the board, expecting 60-plus stolen bases and a Billy Hamilton-esque layup in the steals category. Coming off a 24-steal performance in just 56 games the year prior, it was easy to look past the fact […]

Charlie Blackmon: It's About Time
It only took the hottest start in the majors to draw everyone's attention, but after quietly putting up consistently solid numbers throughout his career, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is finally getting the recognition he deserves. 2014 Stats (as of Tuesday, April 15, 3 a.m. ET) PA AB R H ...

2014 Fantasy Baseball Hot Hitters and Pitchers
There was plenty of fireworks in Period  2 of the fantasy baseball season. I could sit and discuss all of the big names, but what would you get from that? Absolutely nothing. Who I am going to list are those that are hot and are still riding the waiver wire pine in many leagues.  Players like Adam LaRoche who is owned in 80.5% of fantasy leagues yet is a top-20 contributor in fantasy points should catch your eye. Neil Walker, Chris Colabello, Dan Uggla and David Murphy have all way over-per...

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, April 16
Got 30 seconds? Fill out our Week 3 Reader Survey and check out Week 2′s survey results! Back to the Daily SP Rankings grind! Here’s a trio of notes regarding Wedneday’s probables: Jose Fernandez, David Price, Johnny Cueto, Yu Darvish…Andrew Cashner? Yup. Jorge De La Rosa is the day’s 7th-best option going against the hapless Padres in PETCO, possibly the best streaming matchup there is. Felix Hernandez at Texas rates as below average. Yikes. For what it’s worth, Hernandez allowe...

Waiver Wire: Arms race has begun
The closer position is once again in flux, with many roles already changing. Our Michael Hurcomb touches on your best free agent options off your waiver wire.

2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings
While it's true that he is human and will occasionally turn a situation sticky, he remains perfect in save chances early on this year. Okay, so if you want to call his ERA rising two-tenths of a run last year alarming, go ahead. You're probably also a germaphobe. There aren't many hurlers that can blow hitters away with such ease as Kimbrel can. Let's see... 900 hitters have now faced him since he arrived in the majors and he's struck out 392 of them (44 per cent). What do you think? Kimbrel ...

Padres Offered Headley Three Years, $33-39MM In Offseason
The Padres extended one infielder yesterday when they locked up Jedd Gyorko through the 2019 season for a total of $35MM, and today,

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Pedro Alvarez’s Improving Eye
For the past few seasons Pedro Alvarez has been a huge tease – a solid performer, but a tease nonetheless. He has been a pain to own in head-to-head formats at times, but he’s also likely won your team’s match-ups singlehandedly a few times.

The Quick Emergence of Devin Mesoraco
Before this season began, there was no shortage of advocates for a Devin Mesoraco breakout. The Cincinnati Reds’ backstop caught Eno’s eye last fall in the end-of-season catcher rankings, re-examined. Eno also highlighted the 25-year-old, who was No. 18 on RotoGraphs’ preseason consensus list at the position, in his bold predictions for 2014. Indeed, prior […]

Fake Teams is looking for some Fantasy Football Writers
Fake Teams is looking to add fantasy football coverage once again, and we need writers. Read more for details. A few years back, the higher ups here at SB Nation decided to move the fantasy football coverage we provided here at Fake Teams to the SB Nation Fantasy Football page. Now that they are established, I felt that it was time to provide the Fake Teams ...

On Zach Britton, Sinkers, and Prospects Panning Out
Formerly a top prospect, Zach Britton's role in the Orioles' bullpen this season seems like a demotion for the former starting pitcher. Ineffectiveness has limited Britton in his efforts to establish himself as a starter, as he spent much of the last two seasons in the minors despite throwing over 150 big league innings in 2011. For Britton, it had to be disappointing to battle for ...

RCL Update, Week 3: I Injured My Quad Typing This
Just kidding. I actually had Tommy John surgery while typing this. Because all the kids are doing it nowadays. It's so hip, Von Miller went to see Dr. Andrews before it was cool. So what's the deal here with all of these injuries? Is it the lack of steroids? HGH? Greenies? Cocaine? Naw, cocaine is still present in the game. How else do you expla...

DraftKings – Yordano Your Luck? Grab Some Moobs and Hit the Sweet Spot!
So you’re down to the last few nickels of your first buy-in this year. You’re pinching pennies—drinking Olympia and thinning out your Cup O Noodles with Ramen. You know you need to do research to come up today, but you can’t justify using that much electricity. Don’t fret, mah people. I got your winning lineup right hurrr. I know. I shouldn’t have. I’ve been invoking Peyton Manning all week. DraftKings don’t slang hot pies, but they do love to

Prospect On Deck Circle: Colorado Rockies (Updated 04/15/14)
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Just because you are a team’s top prospect doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be the first one called up should a need arise. With that in mind, we are going to try to … Continue reading →

AL Central Notes: White Sox, Abreu, Dozier, Cabrera
The White Sox are off to a solid start to the season with a 7-6 record, and they've already won more games against the division-rival Indians than they did in 2013, writes Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. Hayes spoke with Indians GM Chris Antonetti about his division rivals, and Antonetti said he's not surprised to see the ...

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Fix DL Report – Week Three
Photo Credit: Keith Allison Welcome to the second week of the Fix DL Report. Each week I (@Rich_Migs) will cover significant fantasy baseball injuries. As the season continues, the report will address some of the most recent injuries and their fantasy implications. OUT FOR THE SEASON: Patrick Corbin, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Jarrod Parker, Cory […]

The Superb Six (FanDuel 4/15)
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats) Two games I am avoiding at the moment are Cubs/Yankees and Braves/Phillies. It 

Streamer Report: Wednesday's Streaming Pitcher Options
Ray highlights some starting pitcher options that you should consider streaming on Wednesday, including Tyler Skaggs, Jeremy Guthrie and Travis Wood. The Streamer Report provides you with daily startng pitcher streaming selections for owners who prefer to stream starting pitchers on a daily basis. This report identifies starting pitchers who are owned in less than 50% of ESPN league...

#ProfStats, Week 3: Sizzling Sluggers
Braun can’t believe some of these crazy stats! (Photo: www.onmilwaukee.com) #ICYMI* last week I started a new trend where I began tweeting a whole bunch of fascinating baseball facts using the hashtag #ProfStats. I then compiled them into an interesting and easy-to-read summary article right here on Baseball Professor. This will be a weekly occurrence, so make sure you check the site every Tuesday for your weekly baseball stats and facts fix. As a reminder, if you have an interesting stat o...

Baseball Profcast: Buy Low On Chapman?
In Episode 33, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Bryan Curley are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: Should you buy low on Aroldis Chapman? Cover some positive injury news around Dustin Pedroia, Manny Machado, and Brian McCann Who to target for some value pitching, including Alex Wood and more Whether some hot starts to the season are real or fake Answer your quest...

The Daily Grind: 4-15-14 – Presented by FanDuel
Agenda Know your strengths DFS stackables Wednesday Picks A Table FanDuel has unleashed the World Fantasy Baseball Championship; a week-long, $5,000,000 celebration of Fantasy Baseball in Las Vegas! The WFBC has something for everyone, from the $250,000 single-entry championship, to the live $3,000,000 DFBC Final in Las Vegas. Remember to use promocode FANGRAPHS to get […]

Covering the Baselines- Week 2
Welcome to “Covering the Diamond.” The “buy low” and “sell high” time of the year is in full effect. Smart owners are trying to trade players on hot streaks (Michael 

Tuesday, April 15th FanDuel Cheat Sheet
  For those that haven’t tried out our FanDuel Cheat Sheet we have Sortable-Downloadable Stats, Sample Lineups, the actual CHEAT SHEET!, over unders, park factors, and so on and so 

Masahiro Tanaka Through the Lens of Similarity Scores
With Masahiro Tanaka's much-heralded start, many tried to find his best comparison as a pitcher. Who is Tanaka's most comparable according to Pitcher Similarity Scores? Earlier last week, I got a notification on Twitter from Bryan Grosnick, the managing editor here at Beyond the Box Score. The notification dealt with the following question from Craig Glaser... ...

Daily Fantasy Strategy — April 15 — For Drafstreet
April 15 is one of my favorite days of the year. And not because it’s tax day. It’s Jackie Robinson Day. It’s the day our sport comes together to honor Mr. Robinson and his magnificent achievements. Without his sacrifice and perseverance the game we love wouldn’t be nearly as special as it is today. So, […]

Draftkings April 15
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats) More weather concerns shroud Tuesday’s games in the northeast, so keep that in mind. My suggestions 

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Second Tier AL Starting Pitchers
The second tier list in the National League was a mixed bag. We saw a cross between pitchers that some people would think would be tier one guys and guys that some people thought would be tier three guys. So, going through both lists was fun just to see what big names might fall out […]

Young Guns: Drop what you’re doing and pick up Alex Meyer!
A closer look at Minnesota Twins top pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who may be one of 2014's first call ups. One of the stories people will tell about Alex Meyer is that he coincidentally signed for the exact same amount offered him out of High School by the ...

AL West Notes: Pujols, Elias, Mariners' Payroll, Astros
ESPNLosAngeles.com's Christina Kahrl looks at the difference between Albert Pujols' in 2013 and his hot start in 2014 with a pair of heat maps to demons...

Top 5 Hitters for 4/15/2014
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats) Did you guys enjoy the homerun show yesterday? It was crazy how many balls were flying 

Daily DraftStreet Matchups: April 15, 2014
You may have noticed this post went away for a few days before reappearing Tuesday morning with a new title and a new format. Instead of providing you with our team of players each day, I think it’ll be more helpful to give you a list of the day’s best values at each position. I spent the weekend developing a hitter matchups tool that analyzes each batter-vs-pitcher matchup and compares their expected production with their DraftStreet salary. My plan is to highlight the best and worst val...

Working the Waiver Wire
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats)   Looking for help on the waiver wire? We have some options we feel strongest about 

Should You Worry About Justin Masterson?
If you happen to be a FG+ subscriber, and you happen to have visited Justin Masterson‘s page, and you happen to have read his 2014 FanGraphs+ Profile, you saw these lines: “Fantasy owners will look at his 2010-11-12-13 roller coaster and be nervous. I’ll be buying at the discounted price and laughing all the way […]

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (April 15, 2014)
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). … Continue reading →

RotoAuthority Unscripted: Ow! Ow! Ow!
It's been a painful year so far. Not for me, and (hopefully) not for you either. But it sure has for baseball players. Maybe every year starts like this and we all just forget, but there do seem to be more injuries going around lately than in times of yore more or less recent memory. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so, since I've heard theories on the matter blaming everything from youth baseball leagues to the reduced use of PED's. Aside from the question of, "If the major effect...

Roto Roundup: Homer Bailey, Ervin Santana, Bryce Harper and others
Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from Mondays roto action, including Homer Bailey, Ervin Santana, Bryce Harper and others. Homer Bailey serves up four "homers"

Fantasy Roundup: Don’t Worry About Bailey
Got 30 seconds? Fill out our Week 3 Reader Survey and check out Week 2′s survey results! “Please don’t let this be a homer…” (Photo: www.redlegsreview.com) Homer Bailey gave up a career high four home runs in last night’s game against the Pirates, which brings his total to six for the year. Last year he only gave up 20. During the Reds broadcast Jeff Brantley said Bailey is not riding his leg in his delivery, and his fastball doesn’t have the same late life. Before last night...

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Farm Report
Last week we reintroduced our rookie report. This week we’re running our first installment of our farm report. We’re tracking prospects that are the most likely to make an impact this year. There are a ton of prospects worth following, but most people only play in year-to-year leagues, so following prospects in A-ball isn’t extremely […]

BaseballHQ Radio, April 15, 2014
2014-04-15 Tuesday Tout edition with longtime expert Peter Kreutzer ... Runs 57:15

Craig Kimbrel out with sore shoulder; Phillies get an arm back
April 15, 2015 Atlanta Braves - David Carpenter got the save in a wild 9-6 win at Philadelphia – unexpected to everyone except Fredi Gonzalez, who held closer Craig Kimbrel out due to right shoulder soreness that crept up over the weekend. Kimbrel plans to rest for a few days, which means Carpenter is the […]

Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: April 15, 2014
Today’s Roto Riteup is being written while snow falls outside my window. Baseball has started and there is snow on the ground; I’m not very happy about this weather. On today’s agenda: 1. Jesse Chavez is a useful starter 2. Dan Uggla is the roulette wheel of rotoball 3. The Daily Five Want to win […]

10 Important Stories From 04/14/14 Box Scores: Lance Lynn and Ervin Santana Pitch Gems and More
by Will Overton It was your typical Monday getaway day schedule yesterday with only about half of the teams playing. Still, there was plenty of action to digest and box scores to pour through. Let’s take a look at the … Continue reading →

Fantasy Baseball Hot Starts: Kyle Lohse
Writer’s Note: One year ago today, we got a harsh reminder about how trivial sports can be as we all saw the tragedy at the Boston Marathon unfold. Personally, I have some of my very best friends living in Boston and while I didn’t know it at the time, my uncle was in Boston with now […] Fantasy Baseball Hot Star...

Closer to Me: Week Three by Mauricio Rubio
Updates on the ninth-inning situations for the White Sox, A's, Cubs, and Astros.

Dynasty Dynamics: NL Central U25 Lists by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein
Find out how Gerrit Cole, Javier Baez, Oscar Taveras, Billy Hamilton, and co. stack up.

2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix Podcast: April 15, 2014
Below is a podcast with me discussing daily fantasy strategy for the day. It’s only about eight minutes long. I discuss the starting pitchers with the highest projected point totals and the ones who are the best value for their price. I also discuss which teams are the best to use for stacking hitters from […]

The Strange, Occult Origins of the “Wacky Lefty”
For most of recorded history, it hasn't been desirable to be left-handed.

Fantasy Baseball Stats: Daily All-Stars from April 14
As is typical, we got an abbreviated schedule on Monday, but we saw plenty of excitement. As a result of that excitement, plenty of guys put up some impressive fantasy baseball stats. Four players hit two home runs on Monday. The one who shone the brightest is a name that hasn’t been fantasy relevant for […] Fantasy Baseball Stats: Daily Al...

Homer Bailey Makes Post Titles Too Easy
He's just lucky his name isn't Kicked-In Nuts Bailey. If you turned a paper into your English prof and named the homer-prone pitcher, Homer Bailey, your prof would say it's too expository. But the prof might've been more forgiving if you hadn't named the mayor, Billy Gladhand; the police chief, Officer Corruptski and the fro-yo cashier, Barry Tart. It's almost too ridiculous to be believable what Homer Bailey did yesterday. He gave up two back-to-bac...

Fantasy Roundup: Zimmerman Heads to DL
The major news on Saturday was Ryan Zimmerman broke his thumb on a fairly harmless play will be out 4-6 weeks. The Nationals are going to play Anthony Rendon at third and Danny Espinosa at second base. Espinosa is a potential 20/20 player, but will only hit in the .235-.245 range. The biggest adjustment he’s made this year is he is hitting more to the opposite field, which could be a positive indicator for his batting average. Third base replacements for Zimmerman include Alberto Callaspo a...

Fantasy Baseball Podcast – April 14, 2014
Chris and the Doctor are joined this week by Whudey from the “Perusing the Perimeter“ podcast. They analyze players based on tweets and emails. Players on a hot streak are: Charlie Blackmon (COL), Chris Colabello (MIN) and Trevor Plouffe (MIN). … Continue reading →

Agent Says D'Backs Should Promote Archie Bradley
Top prospect Archie Bradley should be promoted to the big league club, his agent Jay Franklin tells Ken R...

Bullpen Report: April 14, 2014
• If you were hedging your Jonathan Papelbon closer bets with Jake Diekman, well, you can probably stop. With Papelbon having tossed three straight games, the Phils turned to Diekman to try and wrap up a one-run game Monday night. It blew up in the faces, with the lefty demonstrating a complete inability to hit […]

Quick Hits: Puig, Yankees, Lester, Tigers, Blackouts
For some players, just getting the chance to play is the biggest hurdle. That certainly holds true for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, whose journey out of Cuba and into Major League Baseball is perhaps more astounding than anyone realized.

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week Three Free Agent Fixes
Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America This week’s Free Agent Fixes features a couple of young fireball throwing relievers from Chicago. They’re joined by a 30-year old starting pitcher that has a history of control problems that, quite frankly, I can’t believe I’m writing good things about. On the hitter side of the ledger, a middle infielder in Washington, and outfielder in Chicago, and a corner infielder in Texas all benefit from injuries to players ahead of them on the...

2014 Fantasy Baseball: First Tier AL Starting Pitchers
Last week, we took a look at three tiers of starting pitchers in the National League. The primary thrust of the week was to see how the three groups were separated in terms of secondary numbers. This week, we are doing the same thing in the American League. For those that did not look in last week, the general idea was to take the pitchers that hurled more than 100 innings in 2013 and compare them based on their fair run average (FRA). FRA is a Baseball Prospectus statistic that attempts to g...

Draftstreet and Closer Monkey
Want to play daily fantasy baseball for real cash? Draftstreet.com is offering a 100% bonus up to $200 for all first-time depositors, and if you sign up here, we’ll throw in a free Closer Monkey t-shirt! Here’s how to sign up: 1. Follow this link to the Draftstreet website, and click on “Sign Up” in […]

Injury Notes: Anderson, Moore, Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox
Needless to say, the season has gotten of to a rough start in terms of injury news. Offering some hope, perhaps, Baseball America's J.J. Cooper writes (answering a reader question) that two-time Tommy John patients have a better track record of recovery than is perhaps commonly thought. Here's the latest on a few situations around the league t...

Streaming Pitchers 4.15
Dream Stream Yordano Ventura – Somehow still available in 22% of Yahoo leagues this is likely the last call on YV. If he is available in your league you should 

Maicer Izturis Likely Out 4-6 Months
The Blue Jays have announced that infielder Maicer Izturis' MRI revealed a "complete tear" of the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee that will require surgery to repair. Izturis wil seek a second opinion before scheduling the surgery, which typically has a recovery time ...

White Sox Sign Frank Francisco
The White Sox have signed right-hander Frank Francisco and assigned him to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, according to the Knights' official Twitter account. Francisco is a client...

Reader Survey, Week 3: Selling Braun
Last week’s Reader Survey asked our audience seven questions about the first week of the MLB season. Responses were cast and tallied, and I’m here to bring you the results! (And another survey.) Click here for Week 3′s survey! 1. With news of his lingering thumb injury, how much would you take in return for Ryan Braun? This question was posed before Braun went off for 3 HR in one game, but the readers have overwhelmingly said they would take a slight discount in return for Braun (defin...

Fake Teams Game of the Week Preview: Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox
Baltimore visits Boston in our Game of the Week. We've got your fantasy preview here. Fake Teams Game of the Week rolls on this week with another appearance from the Boston Red Sox, as they play host to fellow basement dweller Baltimore. Don't forget to vote in our pol...

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Does A Returning Colby Lewis Bring Any Fantasy Appeal?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) When you look at the current Rangers’ rotation you first thought is, “who are these guys?” It certainly was a patched together group on Opening Day, but reinforcements are on the way. Yu Darvish’s … Continue reading →

Scott White chat transcript (4/14)
Our Scott White stopped by to share his take on Fantasy Week 3 earlier in his LIVE chat. Check out the transcript before setting those lineups.

Rangers Designate Daniel McCutchen For Assignment
The Rangers have designated right-hander Daniel McCutchen for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for fellow righty

Looking At Strikeout Rate Changes After 70 Batters Faced
We know very little this early into the season. Your Roto position matters little, your sleepers struggling doesn’t mean a great deal (unless it can impact playing time, and closers, well, we know about as much now as we did in the preseason: zilch. However, the “small sample size” caveats will, eventually, begin to fade. […]

Padres To Extend Jedd Gyorko
3:07pm: Yahoo's Jeff Passan provides the year-to-year breakdown of Gyorko's five-year extension, which begins next season (via Twitter): $2MM in 2015, $4MM in 2016, $6MM in 2017, $9MM in 2018, $13MM in 2019 and a $13MM club option (or $1MM buyout) for the 2020 season. 1:08pm: ESPN's Jayson Stark

The Superb Six (Fanduel 4/14)
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats) We are finally back to a normal MLB DFS schedule, with all night 

Head-to-Head Risers and Fallers: Rajai Davis, Josh Reddick and Others
Identifying risers and fallers in head-to-head points leagues for Week 3, including Tigers OF Rajai Davis and Atheltics OF Josh Reddick. Risers Rajai Davis, OF,

Ben Sheets and standard deviations
Ben Sheets was awesome. Let's use standard deviations to see how awesome. I'll be honest. The words following are going to be full of excessive praise of Ben Sheets. Ben Sheets was completely awesome. We know this. His career was tragically cut short by injuries, bu...

Badler On International Spending Changes
Though Major League Baseball can accurately claim that the total allotment for international bonus pools has risen this season, the overall amount that clubs can spend on international talent has actually decreased,

MASH Report (4/14/14) – Initial HURT Report
• Alex Cobb will be out four to six weeks with a strained quad muscle. Cobb admitted that he “felt something grab” on his final pitch Saturday to Reds leadoff man Billy Hamilton. But he thought it was just a cramp or a slight pull and went on to throw 82 more pitches over seven impressive […]

The Daily Fantasy Forecast 4.14
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats)   Pitchers Ervin Santana: Santana dazzled in his Braves debut throwing 8 shutout innings 

Pitcher Profile: Ross (Maybe?) Can
"What's it short for?  Ya know, like Rosstopher?"  "Just Ross!" I had cautious optimism heading into the year for Tyson Ross, and he looked pretty wild early on.  And not the good kind of wild.  No one in San Diego is wearing Wild Thing-Ross T-Shirts.  I caught most of his debut against the Dodgers, and he didn't look right.  Hitchy delivery, lower velocity, and terrible control.  Since h...

Grinding for gold: The lineup stack
A quick look at a popular boom/bust strategy employed by Daily Fantasy players. Welcome back, today we'll focus on a common strategy used in Daily Fantasy: lineup stacking. By rostering a slate of players from the same team, you can take advantage of a statistical compound effect, wherein players' fates become interlinked. Let's look at the anatomy of a successful stack I dep...

The Difference Between Cingrani and Pineda
Tony Cingrani has one pitch, or at least that’s how our conversation started. Michael Pineda has two, or at least that’s why I’ve been skeptical of him. Maybe thinking about these two pitchers can help us understand the relative importance of each type of pitch a little better. First, it seems like Cingrani actually has […]

Ambulance Chasers: Pitchers-a-Plenty
Unless you followed the career of boxer Brandon Burke, or are a connoisseur of German speed porn, you're probably not used to seeing this many guys go down so soon. Injuries to baseball players have become a national epidemic, especially among frontline pitchers.  In just a few short months, we've seen players like Kris Medlen, Patrick Corbin

Closer Rankings: Who for now? Who for later?
Heck, I don't know what you're looking for by clicking here. So I'll offer everything! I'm delightful. So I had a thought while working up this week's rankings. I had lots of thoughts, in fact. People on The Amazing Race can be alarmingly dumb. I need new pants. What should I give my dad for his birthday? But I had one germane thought while working...

RotoAuthority League Update: Early Surprises
The RotoAuthority League is a highly competitive 12-team fantasy baseball league run by Tim Dierkes. The settings consist of standard 5 X 5 Rotisserie scoring and 23-man lineups along with 4 bench spots. In an effort to keep owners interested as well as to infuse new blood into the league, the teams that finish below 8th place are kicked out of the league each year. The author of this column just hopes he isn't one of them. We hear it all the time, but it’s worthy of repetition: the MLB se...

The New Yovani Gallardo?
Prior to the season, I wrote an article in which I warned fantasy owners to stay away from Yovani Gallardo on draft day. I cited his velocity decline, his decreased strikeout rate, his decrease swinging-strike rate, and his increasingly-ineffective curveball. I mentioned how he could experience a bounce-back season, but the right-hander would need to […]

Wong Place, Right Time For Steals
Kolten Wong has received the Grey seal of approval from the BUY column, but I'd like to take a minute to talk about his wheels, considering he's owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues. He's hitting higher in the batting order for the Cardinals now, and has stolen three bases in the past week. He's also hot, riding a six-game hit streak entering today. Wo...

Jose Bautista’s keen eye
While Jose Bautista might be known for his power, it's not the only place where he excels. When Jose Bautista broke onto the scene in 2010 with a Godzilla-like 54 home runs—a far cry from the 16, 15, 15, and 13 that he hit in the four pr...

DraftKings: Just Another Manic Monday, April 14 2014
Just because it is Monday does not mean you can't be happy right? What will make you happy you ask? How about going to bed at the end of the day with a fist-full of cash that you just won on DraftKings ? Your already registered aren't you? Here go now ill wait .... Bac...

The Long Haul
(Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats)   The thing about fake baseball is there is usually a lot of 

2 Roster Moves I Actually Made: Week 2
Crisp’s hair, for your amusement (Photo: http://latenightdebates.wordpress.com/) Week 2 — how fast it has come and gone. Even though you really shouldn’t be holding a magnifying glass to your team this early in the season, you most unavoidably are. It is basically impossible not to. Just remember how young this season is, and that as good as you think your team is right now it probably isn’t, and on the flip side as bad as you think your team is right now it probably hopefully isn’t...

Waiver Worthy: One Owner’s Trash Is Another Owner’s Treasure
by Will Overton We know that a lot of rash moves are made early in the season based on reactions to early season performances. Sometimes the moves are moves that need to be made and other times owners jump the … Continue reading →

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week Three Free Agent Fixes
This week’s Free Agent Fixes features a couple of young fireball throwing relievers from Chicago. They’re joined by a 30-year old starting pitcher that has a history of control problems that, quite frankly, I can’t believe I’m writing good things about. On the hitter side of the ledger, a middle infielder in Washington, and outfielder […]

An interview with Baseball-Reference founder Sean Forman: Part 2
The second part of my interview with Baseball-Reference.com founder Sean Forman. The first part of my interview with Baseball-Reference.com (B-R) founder Sean Forman was published last week. These questions delve a...

Streamer Report: Tuesday's Streaming Pitcher Options
Ray highlights some starting pitcher options that you should consider streaming on Tuesday, including Mike Leake, Garret Richards, Juan Nicasio and Robbie Ross. The Streamer Report provides you with daily startng pitcher streaming selections for owners who prefer to stream starting pitchers on a daily basis. This report identifies starting pitchers who are owned in less than 50% of ...

Monday, April 14th FanDuel Cheat Sheet
  For those that haven’t tried out our FanDuel Cheat Sheet we have Sortable-Downloadable Stats, Sample Lineups, the actual CHEAT SHEET!, over unders, park factors, and so on and so 

Rosenthal's Latest: D'Backs, Drew, Kuroda, Fuld, Jays
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has a new, lengthy notes column in which he begins by examining the early scrutiny of MLB's new instant replay system. He points to a pair of blatantly missed calls on Saturday in which conclusive evidence was seen on TV broadcasts of the games but apparently not by the umpires at MLB's Replay Operations Cen...

The Daily Grind: 4-14-14 – Presented by FanDuel
Agenda DFS is not for everyone Today’s stacks Tomorrow’s traditional plays An entirely unexpected table FanDuel has unleashed the World Fantasy Baseball Championship; a week-long, $5,000,000 celebration of Fantasy Baseball in Las Vegas! The WFBC has something for everyone, from the $250,000 single-entry championship, to the live $3,000,000 DFBC Final in Las Vegas. Remember to […]

Chat LIVE with Scott White, 3 p.m. ET
What questions do you have with your Fantasy rosters heading into Week 3? Our Scott White stops by to share his take in his LIVE chat, kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Review: MLB.TV Premium App (PS4/XB1)
Upon launching, you're presented with a full-screen grid showing all the games for the current date. By default, these go top left to bottom right in order of start time, though if you identify a favourite team they'll be moved into the first slot and starred. You can switch days with the shoulder buttons or view a monthly calendar by clicking the left stick. It's very intuitive, well laid out and makes finding games a breeze.

Daily Fantasy Strategy — April 14 — For Draftstreet
The platoon advantage is a huge part of picking hitters for daily lineups. But just because a hitter doesn’t have the platoon advantage does not always mean you shouldn’t pick that hitter on that day. Some guys are good enough against same-handed pitching. Some guys have reverse splits. And then how do you handle switch […]

2014 Fantasy Baseball: First Tier AL Starting Pitchers
Last week, we took a look at three tiers of starting pitchers in the National League. The primary thrust of the week was to see how the three groups were separated in terms of secondary numbers. This week, we are doing the same thing in the American League. For those that did not look in […]

MLB Top Prospects: Early Season Injury Updates
We're only a couple weeks into the minor league season, but there are still a number of high-profile prospects with updates related to their injuries. Let's look at some of the bigger name ones, and when we can hope to see them return to the field. While we are starting to see actual reports and stats posted by minor leaguers, there are a number of

AL East Notes: Rays, Kelley, Drew, Gomes, Sox
Facing the possibility of losing Matt Moore to Tommy John surgery, Rays manager Joe Maddon offered his take on the recent rash of Tommy John surgeries in the game.

Baseball Profcast: Big Injuries To Big Names
In Episode 32, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Bryan Curley are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: A bunch of injuries to star players — Adrian Beltre, Ryan Zimmerman, Dustin Pedroia, and Alex Cobb Bryan explains why he likes Jake Odorizzi Whether Anthony Rendon will make the leap Bryan weighs in on the Eric Hosmer vs. Brandon Belt debate They answer some reader ...

Top 5 Hitters for 4/14/2014
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Closer Power Rankings (April 14, 2014): Ranking All 30 Closers In MLB
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) The closers role is extremely erratic (though that may be the biggest understatement).  Knowing how closers are faring and who could be on the hot seat is important, so let’s check in with our … Continue reading →

Daily Fantasy - Start Ervin Santana
There are just 9 games scheduled tonight in Major League Baseball and there are few favorable pitching matchups. The Atlanta Braves will send Ervin Santana to to hill tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies, and we like this matchup. Yes the Phillies just swept the Miami Marlins, but even just saying that sentence isn't impressive. Santana made his Braves debut against the New York Mets on April 9th and shut them out over 8 innings, striking out 6 and walking none.The key to success will be...

NL Starting Pitcher Velocity Changes
On Thursday, I discussed the American League starting pitchers who have experienced the largest changes in their fastball velocity since last season. Although still extremely early, and at a time where velocities are at their lowest points of the season, the data stabilizes rather quickly and still provides a ton of insight. Today we’ll check […]

Fantasy Freestyle: Auction Leagues and Salary/Contract Dynamics by Mike Gianella
Building for next year based on your league's rules.

Interleague Report: Week Three by Jeff Quinton
A look at this week's AL-at-NL and NL-at-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: April 14, 2014
It’s the beginning of the third matchup in Head-to-Head leagues, where dreams are broken. Hopefully today’s Roto Riteup Today’s Agenda 1. Alex Cobb hits the DL 2. The Rays’ rotation spots 3. Aaron Harang still going strong 4. The Daily Five Want to win $10,000 playing Opening Day fantasy baseball? All first time depositors get […]

Roto Roundup: Justin Upton, Dee Gordon, Jose Bautista and others
Ray highlights some of the top fantasy performers from Sunday's roto action, including Justin Upton, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez and others. Justin Upton catching fire in April - Again You all remember the huge April Justin Upton ...

Fantasy Baseball Thoughts: Week 2
Week two is in the books.  Try not to panic yet. If you have faith in your draft, keep the faith and hope the law of averages starts to correct any bad luck you have encountered this fantasy season. Lets take a look at some fantasy baseball thoughts to keep in mind heading into week […] Fantasy Baseball Thoughts: Week 2 -

Heath Bell struggles; Oakland committee humming along
April 14, 2014 Milwaukee Brewers – With Francisco Rodriguez and Jim Henderson both getting the night off, lefty Will Smith was summoned for the one-out save chance, striking out the only man he faced on three pitches.  He’s the slickest they is, but he’s unlikely to get any more save opportunities while K-Rod and Henderson […]

2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: April 14
Welcome to Week 3. We’ll kick off this week of the baseball season with another edition of The Daily Fix. We’re playing at DraftStreet, and if you want to sign up and get a 100 percent deposit bonus on up to a $200 deposit use this link. Today I’ll give you good value plays at […]

Phoenix Muni Too Puny for Spring Training
Old-school spring training hasn’t entirely vanished from the Cactus League, but with Phoenix Muni gone, it's one step closer to extinction.

Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Preview: Highlighting key series and their fantasy impact
Today begins a year long journey in which we look at a handful of key MLB matchups taking place throughout the week, whether they feature fantasy baseball significant, real world standings implications, or simply a footnote of interest each Monday we’ll highlight the most intriguing matchups of the week and give you all the relevant …

Fantasy Baseball Stats: Daily All-Stars from April 13
With the warmer weather and most of Sunday’s action coming during the day, most of the top fantasy baseball stats belonged to hitters. Still, a few pitchers did turn in top notch performances, including the day’s top star.   Daily Fantasy Baseball MVP Kyle Lohse — Milwaukee Brewers We’re certainly used to seeing strong games […]

10 Important Stories From 04/13/14 Box Scores: Have Tyson Ross and/or Ivan Nova Restored Their Value & More
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) What were the big stories from yesterday’s games?  Who thrived?  Who has emerged onto our radars?  Who should we be ready to cut bait on?  Let’s take a look at all the important stories: … Continue reading →

Ryans & Thumbs Like Mayans & Prophecies: Busted
Ryan Zimmerman should just join a kickball league. His upper stuff doesn't work right. He's got a bad case of waist-up-is-not-up-to-snuff-is. He should tent his entire body, because he's got an infestation of the bad health termites. They lay dormant, living off of bacteria that is produced naturally by your secretions. Then one day you wake up and you dive into the 2nd base bag and break your thumb. The preceding was taken directly from WebMD, I c...

 
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