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Jay Bruce Player Profile
Written by Keith Giordano
 

Jay Bruce Player Profile

 
Must Read Draft Day Tips
Written by Randy Marquis
 

On draft day, you need to be the man (or woman) with a plan. You need to rank players, both overall and by position. You need to scour the trade publications and websites for nuggets about up-and-coming rookies and down-and-out former stars. You need to load up on the carbs and be prepared for the marathon that is your league's draft day...

..and then you need to be prepared to scrap it all and improvise.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2009 19:12 )
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Draft vs. Auctions
Written by Casey Gaetano
 

There are two ways to select a fantasy baseball team—drafts and auctions.  While you could, technically, allow the pre-rankings of fantasy websites to automatically conduct this process, playing fantasy baseball without actually picking your team is equivalent to playing drinking games without beer: Not Fun.  Consequently, you should plan to select your team “live”, though the two methods of doing so differ considerably.  
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2009 17:56 )
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Pitching Draft Analysis
Written by Gregory Paget
 

Let’s keep this simple. When assembling a staff of hurlers for your fantasy squad, in most standard leagues you have to keep in mind ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, wins and saves. Regardless of the pitching categories your league commish has determined, drafting pitchers who excel in at least three of these five categories will undoubtedly help your chances of playing in September for your league title. Not every league is standard though. Aside from rewarding complete games, most of the other pitching categories are a redundancy upon WHIP or ERA (batting average against, on base percentage against, runs allowed, hits allowed, BB allowed to name a few). Another option is to punish the heck out of people for accumulating losses.

 
I Hate You Austin Kearns
Written by Charles Dimino
 

The year was 2005, and there was a young right fielder I had my eye on in the draft.  He was primed to hit for average, power, and have solid run producer.  Not to mention, he hit in a ballpark that has since started to turn Aaron Harang’s goatee grey.  Austin Kearns, however, did not quite work out as planned.

 
Sleeper Pitchers in the Draft
Written by Gregory Paget
 


In a standard 5x5 league draft, the list of guys who can help you in all pitching categories (W, ERA, K, WHIP, S) is a short one.  Last I checked I saw it was a big, fat goose egg’s worth.  My apologies to Smoltzie and The Eck, but even they didn’t put all 5 together successfully in one season. If you’re looking to round out your staff with guys that will excel in at least 3 categories, read on for some sleepers you may have missed…

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:37 )
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MLB '09 Prospect Report
Written by Gregory Paget
 

Being a stat rat, of course I enjoy musing at the future possibility of having a team built around the finest, young baseball athletes out there and thereby giving the illusion that I have a brain.  Tin Man dreams aside, drafting a team chock full of fantasy ineligible kids will get you nothing better than a dead last finish in your league. 2010 and 2011 are a ways off and with nearly a thousand players set to make time on MLB rosters this year, I find it senseless to start bragging about a 401K...err…prospect that may never quite mature. The following lineup may not all be able to join you for a legal cocktail, but these guys are sure to make some sort of impact in 2009.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2009 18:29 )
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Draft Sleepers
Written by Gregory Paget
 

 

 

Sleep-er (n) Someone or something unpromising or unnoticed that suddenly attains prominence or value.

The key words for our purposes here are unnoticed and value. There’s somewhere between fourteen and ninety-two different reasons why you’ll be playing for your league championship come September. The first is luck. The second is more luck. The third is luckily avoiding injuries to your core group of stars. The fourth is waiver wire luck. The fifth is the ability to look beyond the obvious names that’ll be gone in the first ten rounds on draft day and spotting the sleepers. The sixth might be skill, but I’m pretty sure it too is luck…and so on…

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2009 13:51 )
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Great Fantasy Sports Team Names
Written by Jordan Bragg
 

Some fantasy baseball leagues are won and lost before the first player is drafted. This is because of an oft-neglected element of fantasy team building that (unless you’re playing for a lot of money) is just as important as home runs, wins and losses. That element is of course, team name selection. Even if you come in last place because you made Antonio Bastardo your first round draft pick, a clever name for your team can still make you the class of your league. When it comes down to it, fantasy baseball is about outsmarting your friends and co-workers (and maybe having fun, I guess) - a clever team name is just one more element to that.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 March 2009 15:06 )
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What to do with AROD ?
Written by Randy Marquis
 
Reports from Tampa indicate Alex Rodriguez will attempt to play this season with a torn labrum in his hip. If he opts for surgery, recovery could take from six weeks to four months depending on your source.

For those who have already drafted or are in keeper formats and are the proud owners of A-Rod, all you can do at this stage is rub the nearest rabbit’s foot and hope that he can avoid surgery until after the season. Even at 75%, A-Rod should still compile numbers to keep him among the top players at the third base position.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 March 2009 15:05 )
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