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Hi Everett Geer, Yep, there sure will. <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/author/mike_gianella">Mike Gianella</a> will post the AL articles on Friday's.

 
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Glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for the feedback, cnote66! Of the pitchers you reference, here is how I would rank them in order of the fantasy impact in 2016: 1. Moore 2. Duffey 3. Eickhoff 4. Conley 5. Tropeano I do think all of these pitchers have solid upside this season, but I still like Moore the best of these overall. I do like Duffey quite a bit, and profiled him last year in a couple of my "<a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/column/deep_league_report/">Deep League Report</a>" pieces. I like him long term, as I do Eickhoff, but believe Moore will have a bigger impact in 2016. Not a huge believer in Conley based on his injury history and I am not sure if Tropeano will make much of a fantasy impact in the Angels rotation.

 
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Thanks for comments, Jack Thomas! My prediction on Holland is bold, but I still believe he will be a top 30 SP in 2016 for Texas.You are right that he has been very inconsistent during his career, but when he was last healthy for a full season (2013) he was solid; and at a young age. I totally agree with your contention, but again, this is my opinion from what I have seen from Holland the past three seasons. Thanks again for checking out my article and I hope you will throughout this year!

 
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Thanks for the feedback brianwilliams42! I totally understand the hesitations with Moore for the reasons you state, but I am not ready to throw in the towel on this young arm. I am still bullish on Moore in 2016.

 
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Thanks for checking out the article, rweiler! I have to admit that I have been teased by Cain as well, and even drafted him in the the CBS NL-only draft last year. That said, I am waiving the white flag with Cain in 2016. I hope he turns it around, but nothing I saw last year would indicate he can.

 
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Hi brucegilsen, Thanks for checking out the article! <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=57608">Rubby De La Rosa</a></span> ended up earning $6 in standard NL-Only 5x5 scoring formats. I actually drafted him at $1 in my home NL-Only league, but had to cut ties with him mid-season as he was hurting my ratios (5.06 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> and 1.314 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WHIP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WHIP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WHIP</span></a> over 18 first half starts).

 
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Hey mblthd and jonjacoby, Thanks for checking out the article and the feedback. Yep, I dropped the ball not including <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66013">Odubel Herrera</a></span> on my listing. Herrera was undrafted in CBS, went for $4 in LABR and $2 in Tout and earned a cool $20 in NL-Only standard 5x5 formats. My bad I missed that one. As for Paulsen, I had him on my short list, but should have included him in my Honorable Mention listing. Paulsen went undrafted in the Expert Leagues, but still earned $12 in just 325 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s in standard NL-Only 5x5 formats. Thanks again for comments!

 
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Hey jfranco77, Yeah, Ross was a player I was going to add to the list but looks like he was snatched up in most leagues already. However, you are correct that he is a FAAB target if he is available in your respective leagues. Thanks for your continued comments!

Sep 16, 2015 8:31 AM on Week 24
 
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Hey jfranco77, Agreed on that...good point.

Sep 09, 2015 3:13 PM on Week 23
 
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Hi One Flap Down, Thanks for checking out the article! I had written about Wilhelmsen in a couple previous Deep League Reports, but after <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70812">Carson Smith</a></span>'s recent struggles, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1449">Fernando Rodney</a></span> being releases and Wilehelmsen getting the save on Sunday, he was grabbed in pretty much all AL-only expert leagues Sunday night. That's why I did not profile him again this week. But yes, he is a must own now in all formats.

Aug 28, 2015 10:08 AM on Week 21
 
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Hi RotoAllah, Thanks for checking out the article! Yeah, I did see that Fields was sent down this week, but I still left him on my other options list. It speaks volumes to the depth of the Astros bullpen that Houston decided to ship Fields to AAA despite having a streak of 13 consecutive appearances at the time of his demotion. Fields will not be in line for any saves when recalled, but the ratios are impressive and that 11.9 K:9 ratio gives him value even if he is a 6th or 7th inning option. Fields is holding opposing hitters to a .168/.250/.266 line with a solid IS% rate, and even though he is primarily a fly ball pitcher in a hitters park, his 2.2 HR/FB rate has led to just one <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> against this season. Fields has earned $7 in standard AL-Only 5x5 formats this season in just 41 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=IP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('IP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">IP</span></a>, and like teammate <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=51032">Will Harris</a></span>, you do not have to be a set-up man to have value in deep AL-Only formats. I still like Fields as an option if you need to protect your ratios over the last few weeks of the season.

Aug 21, 2015 1:59 PM on Week 21
 
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Hi davinhbrown, Thanks for checking out the article! After Roger's call-up, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=290">Craig Counsell</a></span> basically told the media that Rogers is not an option at the hot corner due to his defense. I would not expect him to see much time there.

Aug 13, 2015 5:37 AM on Week 19
 
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Hi cnote66, Thanks for checking out the article! I would take Farmer over Wieland. I reached out to <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/author/bret_sayre">Bret Sayre</a> to get his thoughts, and he agrees Farmer is the better option.

Aug 13, 2015 5:20 AM on Week 19
 
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Hi chapmantime, I like Brooks as well. He was owned in most deep AL-only leagues coming into the week, which is why I did not mention him in the article. But he should be a decent pick-up if you need to fill a pitching hole.

Aug 07, 2015 1:45 PM on Week 18
 
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Hey Michael, Thanks for checking out the article. If Loney is available in your AL-only 5x5 league, I would pick him up. He certainly has not put up his typical season due to injuries, but I would go with the guy with the proven track record. Loney is unexciting as you point out, but he did earn $19 and $18 respectively in standard AL-Only 5x5 formats the previous two seasons. Shaffer is obviously the better power play, but I would grab Loney for the overall production over multiple categories.

Aug 07, 2015 1:42 PM on Week 18
 
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Hi BPKevin, Thanks for checking out the article again this week. I like Collins more than Reimold, simply based on potential playing time the rest of the season. I like both Shaffer and Montero in AL_only leagues the rest of the season. I did not write about either because both were snatched up in many leagues previously.

Aug 05, 2015 1:32 PM on Week 18
 
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Hi bhacking, My bad...thanks for catching! I forgot to update Lowe's new team after he was dealt by the Mariners.

Aug 05, 2015 1:18 PM on Week 18
 
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Hi BPKevin, Thanks for checking out the article. I personally would go with the hot hand right now, which is Casali. His recent streak could lead to more playing time, and while he is unlikely to keep hitting home runs at this pace, he seems like the better option. I actually FAAB'd Casali in both the CBS AL-only Expert League and my home AL-only a couple of weeks back for my second catcher slot, which has worked out quite nicely so far.

Jul 29, 2015 7:22 AM on Week 17
 
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Hi JackCecil, Thanks for checking out the article! I am concerned with Hoover's dramatic drop in K/9 rates this season, and he appears to be quite lucky this year with a -1.35 ERA/FIP differential. He has improved on his <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=GB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('GB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">GB</span></a> rates this season, after being an extreme FB pitcher for most of his career, but I am not that optimistic he would be an effective closer. Let's not forget the 1-10 season with <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=ERA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('ERA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">ERA</span></a> just south of 5.00 a season ago for Hoover.

Jul 26, 2015 11:13 AM on Week 16
 
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Hi TroJim, Beachy was optioned to AAA yesterday after I had submitted the article...timing issue there. I do think Beachy will be back up at some point soon, especially if <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Brett+Anderson">Brett Anderson</a></span>'s Achilles injury lands him on the DL.

Jul 22, 2015 9:44 AM on Week 16
 
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Hi buko34, Yeah...that's my bad.I put Billinglsey back on my list of players after his start over the weekend against the Mets, not knowing the severity of the injury when he left the game. I then forgot to remove his name when he was put on the DL on Monday. Sorry about that!

Jul 22, 2015 9:39 AM on Week 16
 
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Hi johnnycuff, Wow...that is a great question. I may be in the minority with my colleagues at BP, but I like Refsnyder the rest of the way. I know Schoop has much more of a track record of success at the MLB level, with 16 home runs last year and five already in just 15 games this season, but the contact rates are just awful. In Schoop's 16 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> season a year ago, he only earned $6 in standard AL-only 5x5 formats because of the horrific .209 BA and .244 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OBP</span></a>. Refsnyder is not guaranteed a full-time gig at 2B for the Yankees, but he is being given the opportunity and with his pedigree in the minors, I would roll the dice on Refsnyder. I do like what he brings to the table much more than Schoop.

Jul 17, 2015 4:34 PM on Week 16
 
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Hi LoyalRoyal, Saladino got the start again today at 3B against the Royals in the first game of the DH and I watched most of the game, and saw some of his <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s in his couple of starts before the All-Star break. I am not sure what the plan is for the White Sox, but Saladino does not look like an every day MLB regular to me. He does have speed, with his 25 steals in AAA this season and did have a 39 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=SB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('SB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">SB</span></a> season in 2012, but I can't see the White Sox sticking with him unless he gets off to a hot start. He is certainly worthy of an AL-Only deep league flier for a speed play, but I do not see his overall numbers translating to success in the majors.

Jul 17, 2015 4:16 PM on Week 16
 
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Hi Damailman, Thanks for reading the article. I agree about Nieuwhenhuis having not proven his ability to to take advantage of the chances the Mets have given him. But as I mentioned in the article, I am not sold on him either, but in deep NL-Only leagues he is worth a $1 flier if you have a dead spot in the OF. If you have seen the waiver wire pool in NL-Only leagues the past several weeks, the pickings have been very slim to say the least.

Jul 16, 2015 3:07 PM on Week 15
 
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Hi delatopia, Thanks so much for checking out the article and commenting. I am glad you found the content helpful!

Jul 16, 2015 2:59 PM on Week 15
 
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Hey jfranco77, Funny you ask that question, because I am profiling Johnson in tomorrow's <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/column/free_agent_watch/">Free Agent Watch</a> article for NL-Only hitting options. I do like Johnson more than Ishikawa, based on the fact the Cardinals are getting limited production at 1B right now, and Johnson could steal some <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s in a platoon situation. I am not sure Ishikawa will be more than an occasional start and a few PH appearances each week for the Pirates. As always, thanks for being a loyal reader and commenter!

Jul 09, 2015 3:17 PM on Week 14
 
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Hi swarmee, Sadly, it has been a terribly thin waiver wire pool for us deep leaguer's for the past several weeks. But you never know...those hidden gems do arise now and then. Thanks for checking out the article!

Jul 09, 2015 3:11 PM on Week 14
 
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Thanks so much for writing this piece, Mike. Great stuff! I owe a lot of my success in roto to both Alex and Peter, using their strategies and insight over the years to build multiple championship roto teams. The Pattonandco.com site is a required daily visit for me since 2007, and a great community. Thanks again for this article!

Jul 01, 2015 1:08 PM on How We Got Here
 
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Hey jfranco77, I always appreciate your feedback, so thanks for being a loyal reader! I agree with you, that I do not see Hernandez getting a lot of starts in the OF, but I do see potentially a couple of starts a week and around 8-10 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s. Watching the Pirates every day, I can tell you Polanco looks lost at the plate right now, and I would not be surprised if he is sent to AAA. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45471">Sean Rodriguez</a></span> could see a game or two in RF, but I think Hernandez could see some AB's and has that speed potential.

Jul 01, 2015 12:51 PM on Week 13
 
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Hi earlweaver, Thanks for checking out the article! I think that stuckinLF said it well, in that Heaney is more of a mixed league target. Heaney was drafted in all my AL-only leagues and is rostered in the AL-Only expert leagues. We try to focus on free agents who are available in the deepest AL and NL only formats in this weekly piece. FWIW, I do like Heaney...thanks again for the comment!

Jul 01, 2015 12:37 PM on Week 13
 
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Hey BPKevin, Thanks for checking out the article! In AL-Only, Perez vs. Casali is a toss up to me. I would lean towards keeping Perez, based on the power potential. As for the second question, I was down on Vargas early in the season, but after being demoted last month, he put up nice numbers in AAA and it's hard to ignore the power potential. I am not seeing Smith being much of a fantasy factor the rest of the way in Seattle, and who knows what to make of the Orioles corner OF situation and who could possibly see regular playing time. It's not a resounding endorsement by any stretch, especially with those K/BB ratios, but I would be inclined to roll the dice with Vargas.

Jun 19, 2015 1:19 PM on Week 12
 
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Hi davinhbrown, Thanks for checking out the article. It's always tough to predict CIW's, but I like Knebel long term (as I wrote about last week) but Jeffress right now is the 8th inning man. But I still like Knebel.

Jun 03, 2015 1:41 PM on Week Nine
 
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I agree stevelamping. I think the Reds will go with that platoon in the interim, which does not inspire much excitement from a fantasy perspective.

Jun 03, 2015 1:35 PM on Week Nine
 
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Hi jhardman, Thanks for checking out the article! My bad with Smolinski....I left him on my Friday update in error. Thanks for correcting me!

May 29, 2015 5:48 AM on Week Nine
 
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Hey jfranco77, Thanks for your continued contribution to this weekly article...I always enjoy your comments/insight. I have been worried about Mesoraco for a while now, and the latest news this weekend is not promising. If you need a second catcher and Barnhart is available he is not a bad option. Barnhart has some pop.

May 24, 2015 4:34 PM on Week Seven
 
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Hey kjgilber, I feel vindicated! I hope both of them keep this up for you - Harris especially has been extremely impressive thus far. Thanks for checking out the article!

May 24, 2015 4:30 PM on Week Seven
 
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Hey Quagmire, Thanks for checking out the article and commenting. I am with you about Ziegler, as I kind of referenced in my summary. I have little faith Burgos can sustain his fast start based on his career scan and BB/9 rates. That said, Burgos should still be on our radars based on his K/9 and his early success so you never know if he has figured it out at 24. He just needs to focus on tossing less balls....giggity.

May 22, 2015 3:49 PM on Week Eight
 
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I agree about Cole....the Fister injury scares me. I FAAB'd Cole in the CBS Expert League this weekend.

May 18, 2015 1:45 PM on Lance McCullers
 
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Hi mockcarr, Yes, I am hoping Cole can do what Roark did last year. Seems to me the Nationals are going to give Cole a chance.

May 18, 2015 1:06 PM on Week Seven
 
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Hey BPKevin, Thanks for checking out the article! LeMahieu has had a rough May after his hot start to the season, but I still like him this year over Sanchez. Sanchez might have a little more speed, but LeMahieu should provide more consistency.

May 15, 2015 11:46 AM on Week Six
 
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Hey jfranco77, Thanks for your continued participation in this weekly article! I have always been a Lombardozzi fan, and thought it was a quality sign by the Pirates. However, S-Rod (or "Serpico" as his Pirates teammates refer to him as) has been a big contributor off the bench for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=23790">Clint Hurdle</a></span>. Kang delivered a huge pinch-hit, game-tying <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> in the 9th inning against the Cardinals this weekend, and with his salary he will get <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s off the bench. While I like Lombardozzi, not sure I see him making much of a fantasy impact.

May 08, 2015 4:15 PM on Week Five
 
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Hi timjrohr, Thanks for checking out the article and for your question! I am in a traditional 4x4 league, so I know the dilemma with Garza. In the last three years, here are Garza's 4x4 earnings - $5, $9, $7...not overwhelming. You like to have a regular SP that does not throw up negative earnings, but how valuable are those innings when middle relievers off the waiver wire are putting up sick ratios? I would drop Marquis in a heartbeat for Maness, and would also do so for Rosscup. As for Garza, I would try to leverage Garza in a trade, pushing his value as a serviceable SP, which has value in NL-Only leagues. Garza's dramatic reduction in K rates and his overall drop in performance in his first six starts at his age raised big red flags for me. He might be worth another start or tow, but the leash should be very short, timjrohr.

May 08, 2015 4:05 PM on Week Five
 
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Hi Todd Stevens, Thanks for reading and for the feedback! I have thought about adding AAA players into the mix, but that opens up a much wider player pool of players, and not many leagues allow for minor league players in their FAAB pool. If there is more feedback from others that this would be helpful in their respective leagues, I am more than happy to sprinkle in some AAA players if it adds value to the folks who check out this article.

May 08, 2015 3:50 PM on Week Five
 
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Hi kalimantan, Yeah, Vincent had a rough outing last night, and was demoted today. Not sure if he is masking an injury, but I am holding out hope Vincent will be back soon. The Padres bullpen is so deep, which leads me to believe San Diego will be entertaining trade offers for Vincent. I am not sure why any other team would not be interested, depending on the cost, of course.

May 08, 2015 3:42 PM on Week Five
 
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Hey bradmorgan27, Thanks for your continued support since we started this article a month ago. I appreciate all your questions/comments! No, not much interest in Frias...he does not seem to me to have much fantasy relevance going forward. He is getting the start tonight for the Dodgers, but I just do not see him being a factor on the Dodgers staff. I caught a few of his outings last year, and did not see anything (in my humble view) that would lead me to believe otherwise. Frias' minor league scan is very pedestrian, and he probably will not hold much value in a middle relief role. We'll see how he does tonight against the Diamondbacks, but I do not see my opinion changing.

May 01, 2015 2:22 PM on Week Four
 
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Hi BPKevin, Thanks for reading and commenting! Seems like you play in a mixed league? In any event, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66539">Scooter Gennett</a></span> would be the guy to grab if he is available. I am pretty down on Vargas...he looks absolutely lost right now. I would stick with him in deep AL-Only leagues, but if you are in a mixed league I could understanding cutting him loose.

May 01, 2015 1:59 PM on Week Four
 
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Hi BPowers97, Yep, looks like Hoes was sent back down to AAA. If he keeps raking like he did prior to his call-up, he will probably be back up again soon.

May 01, 2015 1:51 PM on Week Four
 
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Hi jmercan, Good question! Tolleson has pitched better than Kela so far on the stat sheets, but Kela's ceiling is so much higher. Kela blew a lead last night to the Angels, but the Rangers should have a long leash. I still like Kela this year becasue of the K rates, and believe he will hold more fantasy value than Tolleson.

Apr 25, 2015 4:52 PM on Week Three
 
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Hi bradmorgan27, Thanks so much for the feedback! In my home 12 team NL-Only 5x5 league, where we have a $100 FAAB and minimum bid of $0, we had our weekly FAAB bidding last night and the bids for Realmuto were $10, $8 (my bid), $7 and $2. Plawecki was already owned by the team that had d'Arnaud, so that worked out well for that owner. I checked out the Tout Wars FAAB results this morning, and the NL-Only winning bid for Plawecki was $41. Other bids: $31, $21, $15, $9, $5. Mike will probably cover this tomorrow in his <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/column/expert_FAAB_review/">Expert FAAB Review</a> article, but passing along since your FAAB bidding is tonight. Good luck!

Apr 20, 2015 6:21 AM on Week Three
 
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Hi Rob, Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad you enjoy the content! As for Tejada, I included him this week in the "other" pool due to the Wright injury and Flores' defensive struggles at SS. Tejada is only an option if you have a dead spot to fill at <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=MI" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('MI'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">MI</span></a>. I know the Mets have soured on Tejada so his <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AB</span></a>'s will continue to be limited, but he did earn $8 in NL-Only 5x5 in 2011 and another $10 in 2012, so he has shown he can provide some fantasy value if given the chance. But again, he is an injury replacement option only. As for Campbell, he played in 23 games in the OF last, 19 games at 3B and 18 games at 1B, so depending on your league's position eligibility rules that is probably why he was showing as OF only. He has three games at 3B this year, so he should qualify for corner soon in your league? In any event, I am glad you are checking out this article each week and hope to provide you with helpful information going forward this season!

Apr 18, 2015 2:07 PM on Week Two
 
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Hi bradmorgan27, I have only seen a few outings from Garcia over the past year, so I would direct you to our experts on the prospects side for their evaluation on Garcia: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25317 From purely a fantasy perspective, he has the arsenal to be a valuable <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=RP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('RP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">RP</span></a> in deep NL-Only formats from what I have seen thus far. A 19/2 K/BB ratio over 16 big leagues innings is impressive, even in a small sample size.

Apr 17, 2015 2:47 PM on Week Two
 
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Hi jfranco77, Martin definitely looked impressive in his major league debut against the Red Sox with five punch outs. With Stammen possibly out for a while, Martin could see more opportunities after his performance on Wednesday. He is certainly worth monitoring, especially in looking at his minor league peripherals the last two seasons.

Apr 17, 2015 2:32 PM on Week Two
 
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Hi Nojsztat, I don't blame you for taking the gamble on Caminero over Smith. Caminero has looked electric thus far, and if there is any issue with Melancon, I do believe he will be the Pirates 9th inning guy over Watson. I do like Smith much better overall, but understand he is probably third or fourth right now on the Mariners <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/">depth chart</a> in terms of closing. However, Carson's peripherals will still make him valuable in 5x5 AL-Only formats even without the saves. I don't think you could wrong with either guy right now as a flier.

Apr 17, 2015 2:16 PM on Week Two
 
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Hi tommyhawkins, Thanks for checking out the article and commenting. Not everybody participates in NL-Only deep Ultra league's, but I can understand how all these players were drafted in an Nl-Only league that allows for 25 active players with 15 reserves. I can tell you that when I prepare these articles, I look at the Free Agent pools in multiple NL-Only Expert leagues (including Tout and CBS - and I participate in CBS) as well as my home NL-Only league which is an NL-Only standard 5x5 format. Were <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58639">Logan Schafer</a></span>, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Eric+Campbell">Eric Campbell</a></span>, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=51195">Arquimedes Caminero</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66174">Yimi Garcia</a></span> really all drafted in your league's auction? I guess that is possible if your roster holds 40 players, but just asking.

Apr 17, 2015 2:07 PM on Week Two
 
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Yep, Perez makes for a decent flier in AL-Only leagues with the Gomes injury. In my old school AL-Only 4x4 home league this weekend, Perez went for $4 to the team who owned Gomes.As you stated, Perez could be a cheap source for power from your second catcher slot.

Apr 13, 2015 3:57 PM on Week Two
 
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Hi wilsonce, The Diamonbacks plan for Delgado seems to be more of a swingman to eat up innings rather than short relief, so I still think <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=69552">Evan Marshall</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=49218">Brad Ziegler</a></span> are the next in line for saves in Arizona. If healthy, I even like <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68693">Matt Stites</a></span> to potentially get a chance for late-inning opportunities in Arizona at some point later in the season. As for the Colorado closer situation, I have been on the Ottavino bandwagon since last year, and I still believe he will be the guy to step in if Hawkins is removed from the closer's role. I think the Rockies plan for Betancourt is to get him enough work to bump up his trade value to move to a contender at the deadline. I just do not see him closing games over Ottavino, or even Axford.

Apr 10, 2015 2:44 PM on Week One
 
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Very happy to hear you enjoy the "Deep League" info as well, Dobbina16! As a deep league veteran of both AL and NL only leagues, we know these players can make an impact. Thanks for the feedback!

Apr 10, 2015 1:41 PM on Week One
 
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Thanks adrock! We appreciate the feedback!

Apr 10, 2015 1:32 PM on Week One
 
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But if you draft him for a buck as your 5th outfielder fawcettb, what's the risk? Hey, he already has a <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> and 3 ribbies...he's earned that dollar already. If he turns into the 2012 Francoeur he'll hit 16 homers and earn $9 in NL-Only 5x5. He is still just 31; have you seen that Phillies OF? You never know in this game, he might surprise.

Apr 10, 2015 1:30 PM on Week One
 
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Hi matthewpb, Thanks for checking out the article. I am on the same page with evaldi. Billingsley is the wild card to me, but I like Matzek and Heston the most in terms of upside and potential season long value.

Apr 10, 2015 11:13 AM on Week One
 
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Hi cmellinger, Thanks for reading the article and the feedback! We are glad to hear you will be checking out our deeper league content this season!

Apr 10, 2015 6:34 AM on Week One
 
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Hi jfranco77, Thanks again for checking out the article. Unfortunately, the timing of the Braves/Padres trade late yesterday and fantasy impact was not reflected in this update, but BP did provide the fantasy ramifications under today's Transactions Analyses article. But yes, both Johnson and Jaime would make for speculative NL-Only FAAB options this week. Grilli is already rostered on most NL-Only teams from what I have seen, but is certainly a must-own in all leagues now. As for Caminero, I too have been following him closely this spring. Because he was out of options and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=52034">John Holdzkom</a></span> was not, the Pirates were leaning towards keeping Caminero as the last reliever on their staff. It's obviously a small sample size, but he impressed this spring and lead the Pirates in K's with 21 punch outs over 13 1/3 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=IP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('IP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">IP</span></a>. Control is obviously the issue with Caminero, but we have seen what Searage can do in tweaking mechanical flaws. He can hit 100 MPH on the gun, so agreed he could be an interesting guy to watch if Searage can work his magic again.

Apr 06, 2015 7:02 AM on Week One
 
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That's what Pirates fans are hoping for, jfranco77. If he can stay healthy this year that <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HR" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HR'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HR</span></a> total is certainly a possibility.

 
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Hi fawcettb, Thanks for checking out the article. Your feedback is appreciated.

Mar 26, 2015 12:16 PM on Jedd Gyorko
 
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Hi creejohnson, Yes, his K rates are high but on a positive note, he does have a .263/.333/.421 line this spring. Your concerns are warranted, and nobody would question your decision to pass on Gyorko.

Mar 26, 2015 12:14 PM on Jedd Gyorko
 
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Hi alwaxman, Yes, I think he is solid buy low candidate. Just expect a low <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=AVG" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('AVG'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">AVG</span></a>.

Mar 26, 2015 6:55 AM on Jedd Gyorko
 
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Hi Nojsztat, Thanks for reading my article! I was aware of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=629">Mark Kotsay</a></span> working with Gyorko on his swing mechanics, as I mentioned in the piece, and the Padres feel this is correctable but it may take a little more time. I totally understand the concerns over Gyorko as they are warranted. However, based on his scan, where he has hit with power at every level, I am of the belief he will get back on track this year and recapture that power stoke. The early returns this spring have certainly not been encouraging based solely on the box scores, but as <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Bud+Black">Bud Black</a></span> stated the Padres are more focused on the long term fix with Gyorko this spring, so the ST stats can be misleading as he works on making the necessary adjustments to his swing. From a fantasy perspective, it might be wise to have a little longer leash with Gyorko if he gets off to another poor start. If the adjustments are successful, he will be an excellent power source from the <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=MI" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('MI'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">MI</span></a> spot.

Mar 26, 2015 6:18 AM on Jedd Gyorko
 
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Hi Joho16, Thanks for commenting! I like that price for Salazar in AL-Only.

Mar 15, 2015 8:52 AM on Danny Salazar
 
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Hi sldetckl16, Thanks for reading and commenting! While I like both Salazar and Holland this year, I like Holland more. He looked very good last year when he returned from his knee injury and we saw what he did in 2013. I bought Holland for $12 in the CBS AL-Only auction and was very happy to get him at that price.

Mar 12, 2015 4:43 PM on Danny Salazar
 
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Hi jjackhammers, Thanks for reading the profile on Salazar. Salazar's issues appear to take place the third time around the opposing line-up. Opposing hitters slash .224/.289/.370 in their first PA against Salazar, .254/.308/.363 in their second plate appearance, then a robust .328/.374/.555 in their third time facing him. Salazar had a tendency to rely too much on his fastball last year, and that's when he got himself in trouble. He has two very good pitches (his split-change can be lethal) but needs to trust his other pitches more, and if he does, that should lead to better numbers.

Mar 12, 2015 4:37 PM on Danny Salazar
 
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Hi Robotey, The pitchers I was bidding on but fell short were Ross, Fister, Kennedy, Cashner and Wheeler. I was last bid on several of them.

Mar 08, 2015 11:00 AM on CBS NL-Only
 
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Hi Robotey, I do think the starting pitchers I bought were all at good prices, but just would have rather grabbed one more reliable mid-level arm in retrospect. There is certainly upside here, and hoping two or three can be $12-$15 earners. If that happens, I should be OK. The OF injuries are what they are, I just hope Pence only misses a month. Luckily it's a long season!

Mar 07, 2015 10:23 AM on CBS NL-Only
 
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Hi kbethel, Bret is more of the expert regarding the top prospects in dynasty leagues, and his Dynasty League Positional Rankings article for RP's posted yesterday. Your best bet is to submit a comment to Bret under his piece from yesterday and he will be sure to give you his take. Thanks! - Keith

 
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Hi rweiler, Yeah, Romo's status is certainly worth monitoring this spring. He did throw a bullpen session earlier this week with no issues, and Bochy said he looks fine.

 
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Thanks BCermak! I am glad you enjoyed!

 
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Hi philatusa, I still play in both 4x4 and 5x5 formats, and yes, I usually steer clear from relievers with high career BB/9 rates in 4x4 leagues. A pitcher like Diekman is really only a 5x5 play, or is worth owning in leagues that count holds. Diekman's 100 K's last year helped him earn $5 in NL-Only 5x5 leagues, but he earned $0 in 4x4 based on his ugly ERA and WHIP, and that was only because he notched five wins, or he would have put up negative earnings. As for Ramos, he is the exception because despite the walks, he has been nearly unhittable. His H/9 last year was 5.1 and his career BAA sits at .188. He allowed just one HR a season ago and just 52 total bases in his 64 IP helping to keep a respectable WHIP. His second half last year was simply sick, as he held opposing hitters to a slash line of .143/.255/.198. Ramos earned $10 as well in NL-Only 4x4, and $16 the last two years in 4x4. I can live with a pitcher like Ramos in 4x4 because he has proven he can sustain a solid WHIP despite the high walk rates, but those relievers are few and far between.

 
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Hi jsdspud, If your league is a standard 5x5 scoring format, you can view 2014 player values at the below link. These values were prepared by our own Mike Gianella: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1itMG8H4WSyoT415C-66eB9ea6Txy1Bef-KWSGu0bVc4/edit?pli=1#gid=280469670

 
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Hi JoshC77, Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed the article. Hopefully Nick and I offered up some pitchers you might consider in your upcoming draft. Good luck in your mixed league!

 
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Hi jfranco77, Yeah, there typically is not a lot of love shown for non-closer relievers, even in mono leagues. Andrew Miller did go for $5, and Davis should be a bargain at $3. Clippard went for $9, but his price was driven up based on the speculation he'll close in Oakland while Doolittle is out. As for my catchers, I'm not the type to spend much on catching, so was fine with my $1 backstops, but they are what they are. I do like Snider and Paxton at those prices and hoping they can turn a tidy profit.

Mar 02, 2015 1:30 PM on CBS AL-Only
 
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Hi MaineSkin, Hutchison went for $14, Gausman for $11 and Bauer for $5. The link above will take you to the auction results.

Mar 02, 2015 9:40 AM on CBS AL-Only
 
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Hi jacquehamed, Thanks for reading the article....I am glad you found it helpful. Here is the link to the CBS AL-Only auction results: http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/25083577/draft-prep-12-team-al-only-roto-auction

Mar 02, 2015 9:37 AM on CBS AL-Only
 
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Hi jonathanroman, The AL-Only outfielder article was posted on the website this morning. Nick walks you through the AL outfield landscape heading into 2015 drafts. Enjoy!

 
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Hi jmtromp, That appears to be a typo....should have been 38 K/9 BB. We will correct. Thanks for catching!

Feb 13, 2015 5:39 AM on Outfielders
 
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Hi jfranco77, thanks for the comment. It's certainly possible some will gamble on Kang, but I always like the safer bet than spending on the unknown. I have Simmons, Crawford, Mercer and Owings all ahead of Kang in my rankings. If someone is willing to go all-in on Kang there is nothing wrong with that, I just would not recommend going much more than $5 considering the other options available.

 
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Hi Jack, Thanks for reading the article and commenting. Here is what I am showing as Ramirez's HR/FB rates the past three seasons: 2012 - 10.4% 2013 - 9.4% 2014 - 6.7% Here are his recent XBH%'s: 2012 - 12.7% 2013 - 8.6% 2014 - 7.3% It's a concerning trend for a player of his age. He still could be a viable option later in drafts, but his current NFBC ADP is 206 which seems a tad high to me. In comparison, the two other third basemen I referenced are going much later in drafts (Uribe - ADP 440 / McGehee ADP 376). Those players will be able to provide similar fantasy value at a much lesser cost.

Jan 31, 2015 6:43 AM on Third Basemen
 
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Agreed, Mike!

Jan 30, 2015 1:54 PM on Third Basemen
 
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Thanks guys. We'll work on getting the links fixed.

 
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Well, now that the Pirates have won the bidding for Jung-ho Kang (at a reported $5 million), they have 30 days to work out a deal. Reports are that Kang is looking for a multi-year contract in the range of $5-$6 million per, which is not a lot of money, but is for Pittsburgh. The KBO is very hitter friendly, and Kang's defense is questionable. I would be a little surprised if the Pirates are willing to pay what Kang is reportedly looking for. They already have Walker and Mercer at 2B and SS, and Hanson only a year or so away. Harrison can also play either MI spot if needed. If they do work out a deal with Kang, I am sure the plan is to start him at SS and move Mercer to a utility role. That said, I am not sure how his power will translate in PNC Park, which is not the most hitter friendly park for right-handed batters from a power perspective. If he does sign with Pittsburgh, he should be drafted, but don't expect anything near the numbers he put up in Korea.

Dec 22, 2014 2:35 PM on Pittsburgh Pirates
 
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You and all Pirates fans as well, Nojszat. Searage's track record the past few years with the Pirates staff is quite impressive. The work he did with Worley and Volquez last year alone was a big reason the Pirates made the postseason for the second straight season. Volquez was 9-1 over his last 17 starts with 13 quality starts and lowered his ERA by more than a full run during that time. That's part of the reason I am so high on Kingham this year, and think he will be a factor in the Pirates rotation this season with Searage's tutelage. With Glasnow and Taillon on the horizon soon as well, the future is bright for the Pirates.

Dec 22, 2014 7:59 AM on Pittsburgh Pirates
 
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Thanks so much, TeamPineTar. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

Dec 22, 2014 7:37 AM on Pittsburgh Pirates
 
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Hi jfranco77. First, thanks for checking out my article. As for Burnett, he did have surgery to repair the hernia shortly after the end of this season and is expected to be fine for spring training.

Dec 22, 2014 6:32 AM on Pittsburgh Pirates
 
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And Miller today gets a four-year, $36 million contract from the Yankees. After Boone Logan's contract last year and Zach Dukes this year.....perfect timing for Miller. It's safe to assume Robertson is gone and the Yankees are going with Betances in the 9th and Miller in 8th.

Dec 05, 2014 1:44 PM on Relief Help
 
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Love this series, Mike. Thanks for all your work on this and insightful commentary...it really is next level stuff.

Dec 04, 2014 1:01 PM on Mixed-League Pitchers
 
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Barrett fascinates me as well, oldbopper. It was on April 10th when I flipped over to the Nats/Marlins game (because I am a baseball junkie), with the Nats' up 2-1 in the 8th and Matt Williams brings in Barrett to face Giancarlo Stanton. Barrett used a great fastball/slider combo to strike out Stanton. He then stares Stanton down as he walks off the mound...love that presence for a young reliever. That's why I added him in my article. I think the command issues in the NLDS were an anomaly. He has great arm.

Dec 04, 2014 12:31 PM on Relief Help
 
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Duly noted, and updated! Thanks - Keith

 
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Thanks for the comment, FRL. I agree he certainly did show the power stick when he went to Houston, with only three bombs in 51 games. However, he started to settle in with his new team during September, and hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games to the end the season, including a couple of home runs. Granted, I may like Marisnick more than most, but remember that he is just 23. During his time in the minors over parts of five seasons, he put up solid SLG% numbers in leagues where he was 2 to 3 years younger than the players he was competing against. With his 6’ 4” 225 lb. frame, and as he matures, I expect some of those doubles and triples to turn into home runs. It might not happen in 2015, but I do believe the power will come soon. I appreciate the feedback! Thanks - Keith

Nov 04, 2014 7:01 AM on Houston Astros
 
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Thanks for the comment, CRP13. McHugh certainly put together a breakout season last year, mostly due to the reasons you state. His best pitch is his curve, and he used effectively with his slider and fastball (which is a below average fastball) to keep batters off-balance and resulting in the strong K and GB rates. He only threw his fastball about 41% of the time and relied on his breaking stuff, which proved to be the right recipe for him. I did not dismiss him for 2015, but feel he is a better AL-only play than a mixed league option to open the season. The BABIP should normalize and I expect some regression overall. I simply like to see a pitcher do it for more than one season before I go all-in. That said, even if he suffers some regression, he should be a consistent mid-rotation guy as you said. I just like him better as an AL-only option until he can prove it again. Again, appreciate the feedback! - Keith

Nov 02, 2014 7:22 AM on Houston Astros
 
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Great piece, Mike.

 
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Great stuff, Tony. Maybe we can work out a deal again this week! - Keith

May 23, 2014 10:37 AM on Fantasy Gets Impersonal
 
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Great recap, Mike. I was watching the auction on line, and was surprised by the aggressive prices early on. When you were watching all those hitters going for prices right near you max mids, what was your strategy? Were you against going over your max bid, just to assure you bought enough stats?

Mar 25, 2014 7:41 PM on National League
 
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Great information, Bret. Another platoon guy to consider against LHP is Gaby Sanchez. He has tore up lefties the past three years, and has a career slash line of .300/.399/.496 vs LHP in 566 PA's.

Mar 11, 2014 6:25 AM on Fantasy Platoon Options
 
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Great stuff, Mike. This is why BP has now made themselves one of the best fantasy baseball sites. Thanks so much for the information you provide.

Feb 26, 2014 3:14 PM on First Edition
 
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I love this type of analysis, since a lot of us are in keeper leagues where you need to have an objective view of prices on draft day. Sometimes the best laid plans are not always so....I know some BP readers may not like your NL auction Mike, due to the risk, but I liked your approach based on your freeze list and the way the auction went. You got great value on all those injured guys and you are rolling the dice. Worst case, they are keeps next year at those prices. I tried that same approach a year ago in our NL, but it did not work because Chris Carpenter, Utley and Howard were all duds. At least I was able to move Jorge De La Rosa in a pre-season deal. You were able to FAAB a bunch of players cheaply ($0 FAAB allowed) later that night, so you have a couple of decent placeholders until those injured studs get back. The SP might be a little thin for a month, but so be it. As for the AL, I think the Sweeney plan was a great strategy. It may not have worked out as you planned, but your pitching will keep you afloat early on.

Apr 09, 2013 11:35 AM on Home-Style Auctioning
 
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Great write up, Mike. I was following the draft live like Chris, as well. As I was following, I could only imagine you in that room price enforcing players and then being happy to get that offense at the prices you did. The pitching has potential...I am also assuming you can flip a bat for some pitching help.

 
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Great insight for those of us trying to devise a game plan once calculating the inflation, Mike. I never like dumping a category, but depending on the inflation, it might be the wise decision. It's also helpful to split out the inflation hitting vs. pitching in your specific leagues when heading into battle.

 
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As a person who plays in both 4x4 and 5x5 leagues, this was a great piece to illustrate the variance in pitching values between the two formats. Thanks for continuing to put out great articles, Mike.

Mar 15, 2013 3:58 PM on 4x4 Versus 5x5
 
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Great recap, Mike. While we differed a bit on just a few of our raw bids (hey, player valuation is what it is), you sure did get great value in this auction. I also like your pitching more than you do....and you had an amazing end game. This type of write-up/analysis is extremely appreciated for us roto fanatics, especially from someone with your background. Thanks again for putting out great pieces - and please keep them coming!

 
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Great stuff, Mike. I took notice of your $21 bid on Jered Weaver...my price is a few ticks higher. Are you concerned about his declining K/9 rates? His .246 BABIP normalizing a bit? Just surprised to see you rank 7-8 pitchers ahead of him.

 
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Great first piece, Mike. Fantastic analysis, I look forward to reading your future posts!