CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Fantasy Articles 

Search Fantasy Articles

All Blogs (including podcasts)

Active Columns

Authors

Article Types

Archives

09-27

comment icon

2

Closer Report: Week 26
by
Matt Collins

09-26

comment icon

0

Deep League Report: Week 26
by
Scooter Hotz

09-23

comment icon

1

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25
by
Greg Wellemeyer

09-21

comment icon

0

Deep League Report: Week 25
by
Scooter Hotz

09-20

comment icon

1

Closer Report: Week 25
by
Matt Collins

09-19

comment icon

0

The Buyer's Guide: Ender Inciarte
by
J.P. Breen

09-16

comment icon

12

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 24
by
Scooter Hotz

09-15

comment icon

1

Fantasy Freestyle: What I Learned This Year
by
Wilson Karaman

09-15

comment icon

5

Dynasty Dynamics: The Barren Land of Fantasy Backstops
by
Ben Carsley

09-13

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 24
by
Matt Collins

09-13

comment icon

0

Expert FAAB Review: Week 24
by
Mike Gianella

09-12

comment icon

0

Deep League Report: Week 24
by
Scooter Hotz

09-12

comment icon

0

The Buyer's Guide: Deep Minor-League Grabs
by
J.P. Breen

09-09

comment icon

1

Fantasy Freestyle: Positioning Your Team for Success
by
Mike Gianella

09-09

comment icon

13

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 23
by
Scooter Hotz

09-07

comment icon

0

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Thoughts About 2016
by
J.P. Breen

09-06

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 23
by
Matt Collins

09-06

comment icon

1

Deep League Report: Week 23
by
Scooter Hotz

09-02

comment icon

0

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 92
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

09-02

comment icon

3

Fantasy Freestyle: 2016 In-Season Valuations: Third Edition
by
Mike Gianella

09-02

comment icon

4

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22
by
Scooter Hotz

09-01

comment icon

6

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Low-Minors Prospects I Like
by
Wilson Karaman

08-31

comment icon

2

Fantasy Freestyle: Worrying About Innings Limits
by
J.P. Breen

08-30

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 22
by
Matt Collins

08-29

comment icon

1

The Buyer's Guide: Hernan Perez and Friends
by
J.P. Breen

08-29

comment icon

5

Deep League Report: Week 22
by
Scooter Hotz

08-26

comment icon

0

Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders
by
Wilson Karaman

08-26

comment icon

15

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21
by
Scooter Hotz

08-25

comment icon

3

Dynasty Dynamics: What the Hell Is Happening: AL Edition
by
Ben Carsley

08-23

comment icon

6

The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton
by
J.P. Breen

08-23

comment icon

0

Closer Report: Week 21
by
Matt Collins

08-22

comment icon

1

Deep League Report: Week 21
by
Scooter Hotz

08-19

comment icon

10

Free Agent Watch: Week 21
by
George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

08-19

comment icon

0

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week of August 22, 2016
by
Bret Sayre

08-19

comment icon

0

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 91
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-18

comment icon

4

Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
by
Wilson Karaman

08-17

comment icon

2

Fantasy Freestyle: Recent Top Performers: Pitchers and Outfielders
by
J.P. Breen

08-16

comment icon

1

Closer Report: Week 20
by
Matt Collins

08-16

comment icon

2

Deep League Report: Week 20
by
Scooter Hotz

08-15

comment icon

0

The Buyer's Guide: Justin Turner
by
J.P. Breen

08-12

comment icon

7

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19
by
Greg Wellemeyer

08-10

comment icon

0

Fantasy Freestyle: Trade Deadline Post-Mortem
by
J.P. Breen

08-09

comment icon

11

Closer Report: Week 19
by
Matt Collins

08-09

comment icon

2

Deep League Report: Week 19
by
Scooter Hotz

08-08

comment icon

1

The Buyer's Guide: Daniel Murphy
by
J.P. Breen

08-05

comment icon

4

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 18
by
Greg Wellemeyer

08-05

comment icon

2

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 90
by
Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

08-04

comment icon

2

The Stash List: 18th Edition, 2016
by
J.J. Jansons

08-04

comment icon

0

Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns on the 2016 Draft Class
by
Wilson Karaman

08-02

comment icon

13

Closer Report: Week 18
by
Matt Collins

<< Previous Column Entries Next Column Entries >>

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 29, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Hernan Perez and Friends

1

J.P. Breen

A look at whether four players with big-time helium can keep on soaring, or if they're balloons waiting to pop.

Normally, in this space, I explore one hitter or one pitcher in a more longform fashion. This week, though, I wanted to profile four specific players who have gotten a lot of helium in the second half. I’ll present my thoughts on each player and offer a buy/hold/sell recommendation on each, per usual.

The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 29, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 22

5

Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

Most of the players in this week’s Deep League Report are worth single-digit FAAB bids, and some of them are barely worth that. One guy, though, is worth most if not all of your remaining budget. Can’t stand the suspense? Start reading.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 26, 2016 10:53 am

Fantasy Freestyle: DRA Do-Gooders

0

Wilson Karaman

Our advanced pitching metric suggests brighter days ahead for some of these hurlers.

As we head into the homestretch of the season some of you are angling for a title run, or a challenge for the money, or waiting in vain for your one-category “Perfect Games” league to get more interesting. I, however, play in at least two full keeper leagues in which mine eyes are affixed squarely upon the great horizon beyond 2016. And that means using this time of the year to start searching for potentially undervalued acquisition targets, either for your end-of-year FAAB queue or your off-season trade list. So let’s start in a basic and logical place with some pitchers who have performed much worse than their underlying metrics suggest they should have performed to date. Below is a table of the hurlers with the biggest gaps between their DRA and ERA. I’ve isolated guys who have performed at least a run and a half worse by ERA than their DRA suggests. And for the sake of weeding out some additional riffraff I’ve limited the pool to those arms who have performed as at least a roughly league-average level.

So without further ado, here’s our list:

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 26, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 21

15

Scooter Hotz

Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.

Welcome to the starting pitcher planner, where every Friday we’ll be taking a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when we write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, we’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat us to it if you have any info, and we’ll be glad to offer our opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 25, 2016 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: What the Hell Is Happening: AL Edition

3

Ben Carsley

These four junior-circuit players have risen from anonymity to prominence, but should we expect them to stay fantasy-relevant going forward?

The other day I watched a baseballing game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox. Brad Miller and Sandy Leon featured prominently in this affair, and it left me feeling confused. One thing led to another, and I decided to write this column in part to help shed some light on other players in the AL who have also astounded me with their performances this year. If they confuse you too, I hope this helps.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 23, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Keon Broxton

6

J.P. Breen

The Brewers outfielder has a 1.132 OPS since the All-Star break, but how much of that surge can he sustain?

Rebuilding teams are too often overlooked in fantasy leagues. Their competitive situation brings about inherent obstacles—such as low win totals for starting pitchers or lower-than-expected RBI totals—but their ineptitude also affords them the freedom to experiment with fringe players in hopes of uncovering an unexpected contributor for the following campaign.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 23, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 21

0

Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

It was something of a slow week in the closer world, with a couple of (former) closers returning from injury but not getting their jobs back. Besides that, the only storylines are clarifications (or a lack of clarity) in some of the most miserable bullpens in the league. Sounds fun! As always, you can keep up with the changes on the closer grid. Now, to the news!

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 22, 2016 6:00 am

Deep League Report: Week 21

1

Scooter Hotz

Examining players who might pique your interest in deeper formats.

The Deep League Report featured a lot of big names over the last two weeks as high-end players switched leagues at the trade deadline. This week’s edition is a return to normal: minor leaguers who didn’t make any prospect lists prior to their promotions, middle relievers, and back-end starters. Let’s dive in.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 19, 2016 11:10 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 21

10

George Bissell and J.J. Jansons

If these players are available in your league, you might want to grab them off the wire.

12-Team Mixed Leagues

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 19, 2016 9:10 am

Fantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week of August 22, 2016

0

Bret Sayre

Your weekly guide to the pitchers of next week.

Welcome to this week’s starting pitcher planner. No, I’m not Greg. I’m not Wilson either, but we’ll get through this together. We are here to take a look at the pitchers slated for two turns in the upcoming week. The hope is that the planner can help guide lineup and FAAB decisions that need to be made over the weekend. Of course, my information isn’t perfect and I don’t have a crystal ball. Rain, injuries, and teams reshuffling between when I write and Monday’s first pitch will definitely happen. If new information comes to light after we publish, I’ll try to tackle it in the comments. Feel free to beat me to it if you have any info, and I’ll be glad to offer my opinion there if you want it.

Let’s get some ground rules out the way before getting started. The pitchers will be split by league and then by category. Here are some general thoughts about the categories:

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 19, 2016 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 91

0

Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes answer myriad reader questions, talk last-minute Scoresheet deals, and much more.

This Week’s Podcast

This week, the Three True Outcomes took a couple of reader questions about trades, playoff rotations, and promoted prospects. We discuss the Scoresheet playoffs, setting your lineup cards, and making last minute deals that you may not have considered to maximize your chances of winning.

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

This is a BP Fantasy article. To read it, sign up today!

August 18, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution

4

Wilson Karaman

A pack of elite shortstops is behind the position's resurgence, but there are some very noteworthy contributors beyond the cream of the crop.

Thirteen shortstops currently rank among the top 100 players overall per Sportsline’s standard rankings, including 10 among the top 50 overall, and those numbers mark a significant leap forward in status for six-spotter fantasy performance. Just eight earned top-100 status per our valuations last year, with only Xander Bogaerts cracking the top 50. The position’s renaissance has been driven by some who were expected to usher in a new age of relevance for the position, to be sure; Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, and pleasant surprise of re-eligibility Manny Machado all pepper the ranks of double-digit overall value. But there has been an interesting second wave of guys who were decidedly not expected to provide that kind of value, who have stepped up and taken their games to new levels this year. A full six of those 13 shortstops—yes, almost half—have produced top-100 value by outperforming their average draft positions by at least 200 spots. That’s league-winning surplus value, right there. So let’s take a look at that crew and see if we can’t figure out whether their meteoric respective rises represent new normals, or whether managers who’ve reaped their rewards this year will be best off selling high before keeper deadlines this winter.

Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Bewers (ADP: 317, Current Rank: 16)

The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.

<< Previous Column Entries Next Column Entries >>