There are three products at BP that use the name "Depth Charts." Here's a quick explanation of the differences, and a reminder that one of them is Visual Depth Charts (complete with Visual Year-to-Date stats).
Peter Bourjos' stellar month has upped his stats, but is he worth a look for next year's fantasy rosters?
Much has been made of late regarding Peter Bourjos’ defense and how much ground he covers in center field. When the Rays met the Angels at a game at Tropicana Field, I made the comment to another writer that I would seriously entertain the thought of Bourjos and Mike Trout manning the gaps and playing a fifth infielder against certain hitters given how much range both guys have. Bourjos’ defense has been on display since he was promoted last season, but the bat has taken some time to get there. Last season, Bourjos struck out 40 times in just 193 plate appearances while walking just six times. The .237 OBP limited his stolen-base opportunities, yet the speedster still swiped 10 bases in 13 attempts. Even with the disappointing callup, Bourjos was a popular speed target in AL-only drafts; he went for $15 in AL Tout Wars, but was not popular enough to escape dollar days in the mixed-league draft.
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Marc assesses the top fantasy performers at each position to see whose hot starts can be trusted, then rides off into the sunset to fight crime in the next town down the road.
With nearly two months of the 2011 season behind us, let's take a look at which players are leading the pack at their respective positions, and whether or not we can expect those starts to develop into trends, or if we should be selling high before the bottom falls out.
With Eric Hosmer in the bigs, who will be the next of the Royals' stash of young prospects to make a fantasy impact?
Eric Hosmer is in the major leagues, and earlier than expected. He is just the first of many prospects who may become Royals in 2011; what kind of fantasy impact is the rest of the bunch likely to have this year?
Ben Zobrist, Justin Smoak, and Curtis Granderson all look to have retained their luster in 2011. Can you trust that this AL threesome isn't fool's gold?
Even knowing what we do about small samples, it's often all too tempting to hope that a player who has seen ups and downs in his career is back for real based on a good April. With that caveat, today we will look at a few cases of players who struggled in 2010—either due to injuries, bad luck, or just general ineffectiveness—who have started out hitting well in 2011, in order to see if what they are doing is realistically sustainable.
Three Triple-A first basemen with struggling major-league counterparts may be worth a look sooner than later.
The first month of the season is over, bringing us one month closer to prospects starting to earn summer promotions to the majors. Where the players these prospects would replace are already struggling, it's even more likely that fresh blood will soon be available for your fantasy team. Here are three first basemen who may end up reaching the majors during 2011—though some may be more successful than others.
Three top Triple-A outfield prospects could all see the bigs this year, but can they help your fantasy squad?
The minor league season has been going for even less time than its major league cousin, but that won’t stop us from taking a look at some prospects who may end up in the majors at some point in 2011. Today, we will examine a few Triple-A outfielders who are hitting well to start the season, and who you may want to keep an early eye on in AL- or NL-only leagues.
Fantasy owners know to own Jeremy Hellickson, but when will they learn to use him? Plus, a pair of Royals relievers who should be on your radar.
On Mondays throughout the season, Fantasy Focus looks at rookies and prospects likely to end up in the majors this year. As the minor league season isn’t even two weeks old yet, this week we will focus our efforts entirely on MLB rookies.
After the rookie greatness of 2010, this year's first-year National League class is Freeman and Belt and pray for gelt.
The 2010 season was an incredible one for National League rookies. Tyler Colvin hit .254/.316/.500 with 43 extra-base hits (20 of them homers) and still finished outside the top 10 in VORP for NL rookies. Logan Morrison (.283/.390/.447) and Jose Tabata (.299/.346/.400 with 19 steals) also missed making the top 10, as the NL produced a ridiculous amount of positional talent in one year. Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, Starlin Castro, Mike Stanton, and Pedro Alvarez lead this group, and all five of them are already capable of making an impact in both real and fantasy baseball.
A fallen Angel and new savior out west, a Blue Jay gets his wings, and a few part-time players take on full-time roles.
On Monday of this week, we introduced the column Don't Believe the Hype, a weekly look at add/drop trends in fantasy baseball. The idea is to provide a way for you to find out if you should be following the wisdom of the crowd, or if that so-called wisdom doesn't have much substance to it. The thing is, it seems like you folks want this thing to run on Fridays, so that you have the weekend to ponder moves. So, here we are: Don't Believe the Hype will now run on Fridays instead, starting right now, and Mondays will see fantasy-oriented prospect coverage instead.