Sizing up the arms getting ready to return from the DL.
As we approach the dog days of the baseball season, fantasy owners nearing contention will be seeking to improve their rosters, just like real-life organizations. However, the former have the added benefit of a waiver wire that’s often chock full of injured players who have been neglected or forgotten. Acquiring a key starter almost ready to return from the DL can often upgrade one’s roster nearly as much as a midseason trade, and it doesn’t cost anything but a roster spot.
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How Statcast exit velocity impacts the future of fantasy baseball analysis.
When MLB Advanced Media installed its brand-new Statcast tracking system in all 30 stadiums this spring, mainstream baseball fans (and fantasy owners alike) were exposed to a rapidly approaching new era of advanced statistics.
MLB front offices have had access to HITf/x data since 2008, but Statcast's release marked the first time that batted ball data was made available to the public. It's already had a profound impact on how mainstream writers analyze the game, however it's use as an analytical tool hasn't quite carried over into the fantasy baseball universe just yet.
One last time for the fantasy crowd, until the next time.
There’s been so much talk over the past few months about how down this draft class is, and it certainly has held true. The pitchers all got hurt, which is always a fun surprise. It feels like most of the interesting college position players are just barely on the wrong side of being able to play an up-the-middle position. But from a fantasy standpoint, the first round of dynasty drafts this year will not be any weaker than the first round was in the prior year. In fact, you could make the argument that it’s a touch stronger. It becomes far more important to hit on your first pick though, as the draft falls off pretty rapidly.
Joe Maddon continues his maddening pattern of not locking down a consistent closer in his bullpen. It’s a good strategy on the real-life baseball side of things, of course, but it’s frustrating for fantasy owners. The Cubs only earned themselves one save opportunity over the last week, and it went to Rondon, though it should be mentioned that it was an extra-inning game in which both Pedro Strop and Jason Motte had already appeared. With that being said, Rondon appears to have earned his way back into the conversation. Last week, I suggested Strop is the man to own in this bullpen, and while he still won’t hurt you, I’d probably just try to avoid all of these guys for the time being. The three I mentioned above have all pitched well, and will likely split the save opportunities until one clearly separates himself. On top of that, Neil Ramirez will be coming back soon, and the newly signed Rafael Soriano will be up in the majors before too long as well. That’s a lot of names who have a chance of saving games, meaning each individual will provide minimal value in roto.
Is there any reason to doubt the Orioles third baseman's future as a fantasy star?
Blossoming into a genuine superstar in baseball is insanely difficult. Becoming a superstar in one’s early 20s is even more difficult. Doing so in one’s early 20s without anyone taking real notice, however, is even harder still.
Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.
Ahhhh, that’s more like it. A week after the two-start apocalypse, we’re back down to the low end of the normal range for options this week. The NL will feature a nice roster of strong plays at the top, while AL-only managers will be knee-deep in quality options for consideration. Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six deep for the time being.
Every team’s rotation is represented this week except for the Brewers, who are poised to go six-deep for the time being. We’re also waiting on word from the Indians about who will replace Shaun Marcum in the rotation after the veteran was summarily DFA’d yesterday following an ugly pasting at the hands of the Cubs. There’s some early indication it may be prospect Cody Anderson getting the call, and he’d be an interesting name. He’s made significant strides in honing his pesky command and missing more bats at Double-A and Triple-A this summer, and he works off a promising low-90s sinker. He won’t be a season-saver, but if he is the guy, his debut will be worth keeping an eye on in AL-only formats.
The Outcomes share their round 40 Scoresheet draft rankings.
Welcome, friends, to the most exciting week of the Scoresheet summer calendar! Yes, even after Christopher Crawford has recovered from his draft-induced PTSD, and the remains of Studio 42 have been mothballed in Secaucus’s most beautiful closet for another year, Scoresheet owners remain in the grip of draft fever. Round 40 is when most top draft picks are selected, and teams who have been out of it for most or all of the year have one brief moment of joy before going back to figuring out where to set the hook on Jerome Williams.
Arizona's Robbie Ray is quietly putting together an impressive breakout campaign.
Ever since his arrival in the desert, Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray has morphed into a flamethrower, with a propensity to pepper the outer edges of the strike zone, virtually overnight. It may have something to do with his Grizzly Adams-style beard, but it has a lot more to do with a staggering increase in fastball velocity, which has propelled him from a fringe fantasy prospect into one of the more intriguing young southpaws in the game today.
J.J. bids adieu to an elite group of graduates, but Hector Olivera retains the top spot.
At this rate, there might not be any prospects on this list by the start of July. Ten top prospects featured on Bret’s first Stash List of the season have already seen the majors, and most of them were up before the Super Two cutoff.
With so many teams hanging around the fringes of contention and a weak trade market developing, many organizations are finding that their best chance to upgrade the roster is looking within.