Neil’s Weekly Fantasy Baseball Preview: April 22nd-28th

Apr 21

Neil’s Weekly Fantasy Baseball Preview: April 22nd-28th

This week, I’ve decided to do a Top Ten Fantasy Baseball Goodies List of all the best sites, articles and people who I’ve encountered thus far in 2013 and share them with you. 1. The Fantasy Rundown: You know that song about getting your picture on the cover or the Rolling Stone?  I kind of feel like that when I get my articles on the Rundown.  Goose is a Cubs fan too I think, or at least goes to watch them, so that makes the site even better.  I make a daily visit, like every other hour. 2. Razzball’s Daily Take: I haven’t missed one of Grey’s daily takes all year.  They’re as enjoyable a read as you’ll find, sometimes I don’t get all the jokes, but I’d be a little worried if I did.  The fantasy content is solid, but Random Italicized voice deserves more attention Grey! 3. Mike Baum’s Daily Recaps: Every weekday Mike recaps significant baseball performances from the night before and gives his fantasy spin.  He knows what is going on too, it is always an informed read with excellent advice.  When you check out his avatar, he has an uncanny resemblance to Dustin Pedroia too. 4. Mike Gianella & Scott Engel: For my Weekend Update column at The Fake Baseball I have been using fantasy baseball tweets each Friday and these guys are must follows.  Two weeks ago Mike was right on, witty and full of insight.  This Friday, Scott was full of useful stats and information.  Get on that twitter-ma-bob and follow these...

Read More

3 Reasons Why April 19 is a HUGE Daily Fantasy Baseball Day!

Apr 18

3 Reasons Why April 19 is a HUGE Daily Fantasy Baseball Day!

The season is a couple weeks old now, and we’re all starting to get into our grooves of daily research, add/drops, scouting and team massaging. But the Daily Fantasy Baseball sites want to let you know they think Friday, April 19, is a big frickin’ day! Several Daily Fantasy Sports sites have BIG promotions and tournaments hitting on that day. These are cheap tournaments with either great prizes at the end, or a great cause — including the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing from Monday. More on that later. Here’s a quick rundown of the ones I’m familiar with.   Qualifier for Draft Day’s 2013 Fantasy MLB Expert Challenge This one I’m especially fond of because it involves my favorite subject – ME! Friday night, for $1, you can join a qualifying tournament that will give one person entry into a single-elimination bracket tournament against 14 Fantasy Baseball writers for $1,000 in prizes. In other words, win the qualifier, gain a seat in the Fantasy MLB Expert Challenge ($60 value), which happens on Tuesday, April 23. Once you get into the tournament, it works like the Sweet 16 in a NCAA Tournament bracket. You’ll face one expert, and if you beat him, you move on to the Elite 8 to face another expert. Then you move on to the Final Four (in the money!) and you are just two more wins away from being the Top Dawg! Best part: Even if you don’t win first place in this Daily Fantasy Baseball tournament – you’ll get your $1 back if you land in the top 100! A dolla make me holla! You’ll be going up with the following writers from some great Fantasy Baseball websites: Kay Adams, SiriusXM Fantasy, NBC Sports Jake Ciely, RotoExperts.com Eric Mack, SI.com Will Carroll, Bleacher Report Jason Collette, RotoWire.com, BaseballProspectus.com David Gonos, SI.com, DavidGonos.com Dr. Roto (Mark Bloom), RotoExperts.com Chet Gresham, TheFakeBaseball.com , Bleacher Report Anita Marks, NBC Sports Radio Nick Minnix, KFFL.com Eno Sarris, FanGraphs.com Nick Raducanu, FantasyTrade411.com Ray Flowers, SiriusXM Fantasy, BaseballGuys.com Michael Beller, SI.com   Beat Matthew Berry on Draft Street For a $5 Bonus This one you’ll have to hunt down. But I got an email from DraftStreet.com challenging me...

Read More

2015 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft – From the Future!

Apr 16

2015 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft – From the Future!

Your time machine just took you to March 20, 2015, where we’re about to hold a 2015 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft with 12 writers from across the interwebbernet. (That’s what we call it in the future.) Unfortunately, you’re only able to stick around for the first four rounds (because you have to avoid meeting your grandchildren’s grandchildren, who are on their way to this conference room, right now!) How can this mock draft from the future help you? You’ll get a sneak peek on what we think the best keepers are for the year 2013. (Remember 2013!?! That was awesome. I still can’t believe Adam Sandler won an Academy Award.) Knowing who the best players are in 2013 is pretty easy – you just think back six months to 2012. But in order to look ahead to 2015, you have to think differently. You have to calculate stats and project numbers and understand physics, depreciation – and Spanish. You have to be part cyborg. So a dozen cyborg Fantasy Baseball writers are about to conduct this mock draft for a 12-team, 5×5 Rotisserie league, with the standard lineup: 2 C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 5 OF, CI, MI, DH and 9 pitchers. If you look back, you can look forward. Here’s our 2014 Fantasy Football Mock Draft that we held in 2012. I can’t wait to see the Jets trade for Jonathan Stewart!  2015 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Participants 1. Derek VanRiper, RotoWire.com 2. Cory Schwartz, MLB.com 3. David Gonos, DavidGonos.com 4. Nick Raducanu, FantasyTrade411.com 5. Adam Ronis, RotoExperts.com 6. Nicholas Minnix, KFFL.com 7. Nando DiFino, CBSSports.com 8. Eric Mack, SI.com 9. Paul Sporer, BaseballProspectus.com 10. Tim Heaney, KFFL.com 11. Neil Parker, 101FantasyTips.com 12. Jeff Mans, FantasyAlarm.com Now, put away your computers and enjoy this mock draft. That’s right — where we’re going, we don’t need computers! … Seriously, though, keep your computers. You do, in fact, need them in the future. 2015 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft   ROUND ONE   1.01 Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Derek VanRiper of RotoWire.com With the first pick in #Mock2015, I am selecting Bryce Harper, OF, WAS – follow here: http://t.co/Inpok7Tb8I — Derek VanRiper (@DerekVanRiper) April 16, 2013 So why Harper over Trout first overall...

Read More

Tout Wars Transactions: Adams’ New Roto Family

Apr 15

Tout Wars Transactions: Adams’ New Roto Family

The Tout Wars transactions results are in!!! WOO-HOO!!! OK, so it’s not really all that exciting. But still, Tout Wars transactions make a big difference in my Monday morning. Who did I get? Who did I miss out on? Who spent a bunch of money on players I’m not crazy about!?! Rookie SP Tony Cingrani is expected to work out of the Reds’ rotation for a while, as Johnny Cueto (lat strain) rests. Cingrani is a big strikeouts guy, with 26 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings pitched at Triple-A Louisville. With just two walks on the season, it’s obvious that Cingrani’s control makes him a candidate to stick around (sorry, Mike Leake) even after Cueto returns. I bid $4 on Cingrani, and he was sold for $11 to MLB.com’s Fred Zinkie. In retrospect, I underbid on him, but bidding more than one-tenth of my season’s FAAB budget on a rookie starting pitcher, when my pitching was already solid, wasn’t something I was crazy about. This week, it was Cardinals’ slugging 1B Matt Adams and Boston reliever Andrew Bailey that ended up with high FAAB salaries too. They both sold for $7 this week, and tied as the second-most expensive of the week. Bailey takes over in Boston as the team’s closer for a bit, as Joel Hanrahan deals with hamstring issues. Many are expecting Bailey to hold onto the role, even when Hanrahan is healthy again, which is expected to be later this week. And Adams is a big, barrel-chested slugger in the mold of Jim Thome, and the Cardinals’ first baseman has three homers and eight RBI in just five games this season. That’s the problem. He’s a part-time player as Allen Craig owns the post-Pujols first-base spot for the Cardinals. The Cardinals will find a way to get him into the lineup, however. No one hits home runs sitting on the bench. As for my bidding, I short-bid on Adams as a James Loney replacement, just because I know I am going to need some power sooner than later. My pitching staff has been fantastic, so I expect I’ll trade someone from the staff to amend my power deficiencies — especially now that Mike Morse has a...

Read More

Neil’s Weekly Fantasy Baseball Preview: April 15th-21st

Apr 14

Neil’s Weekly Fantasy Baseball Preview: April 15th-21st

I love good old fashion roto fantasy baseball, but points based head-to-head leagues are my favorite.  I’m in 2 local leagues and am undefeated so far, which is awesome, but now I face my brother in both leagues in week 3.  What are the odds?  Don’t answer that smart ass, it was a rhetorical question. But the problem is that my brother is the real fantasy expert.  Colin and I are in 6 leagues together, alright smart ass just because I cannot calculate simple probability equations doesn’t mean I can’t count.  But, the real issue is that as these leagues have progressed I’ve been stealing all his picks, because that is what happens when you try to outsmart and show up your older brother. He is always out driving me on the links too and he only plays twice a year, plus I likely outweigh him by 60 pounds and spent the money for my wife’s Mother’s Day present on a flashy new Taylor Made Burner Driver last year.  He is even better at card tricks and juggling, I might just go by B.J. Upton from now on.  Backtracking, Gonos, am I even allowed to say ass? So remember when I came clean about my degenerate addiction to fantasy baseball?  Well I’m not oblivious to the implications of my passion because this week things could get way to real.  I have been living large in fantasy baseball land successfully for about a month now and totally coasting through my everyday life, but I’m nervous about what this week will bring. Did I tell you about the time that I missed my turn on the way to work because I was so lost in the epiphany that I was going to draft Bryce Harper that night?  Well if I did, it gets even worse because I made my U-Turn in KFC and didn’t even go through the drive-through and order up a Colonel’s Snackers Value Box Meal.  It isn’t because I didn’t have the money either, because I did!  It was because fake baseball has taken over my life and worst of all, the turn I missed isn’t even 2 minutes away from my house! So back to these 2 leagues,...

Read More

Fantasy Baseball: WHIP It Good!

Apr 10

Fantasy Baseball: WHIP It Good!

Like many of you, I have been playing Fantasy Baseball for many years. In my case, this is my 23rd season (when exactly did I get THAT old?), and I also happen to be the reigning champion of my NL-only auction league. It’s not a league of published “experts,” but it is a highly competitive league with knowledgeable owners, several of whom have been in the league at least as long as I have. I’d like to think I have learned a thing or two over the years about building a contending team. Most of the leagues in which I play are your typical 5×5 Rotisserie league where categories like batting average, RBI, wins, saves and ERA are still used. While these stats have been replaced in real life by much more accurate measurements of actual player value and ability, they still matter in many Fantasy leagues. This tends to get lost in a lot of player evaluations that I read, particularly pitchers. Statistics found at sites like Fangraphs or Baseball-Reference are worthwhile, but may not be as relevant when seeking a replacement pitcher for my Fantasy team. I’ll pause for a moment while some of you throw objects at me for that bit of baseball blasphemy. Now then, the category I refer to first when looking at a pitcher is his WHIP ratio. To me, it is the most important pitching statistic in a typical 5×5 league. When a pitcher has a lousy WHIP, his earned run average likely is poor as well, so there are two categories in which he is hurting your team. Conversely, if a pitcher has a good WHIP (lower than 1.30), then his ERA will be decent. If he is a starter, chances are good that he is pitching effectively enough to last five innings and get your team a win. This boosts your team in three of the five categories. Similarly, if he’s a closer, he probably is getting a save for your team – another three-category contributor. If your pitcher can rack up strikeouts in addition to these other categories, then you have a bona-fide Fantasy stud on your team (i.e. Clayton Kershaw or Craig Kimbrel). The WHIP category is what I...

Read More

Tout Wars Transactions: Will Axford Get the Axe?

Apr 08

Tout Wars Transactions: Will Axford Get the Axe?

Taking a look at the Tout Wars Mixed League bids before Week 2 of the Fantasy Baseball season! It looks like several owners have lost faith in Brewers closer John Axford, as they made reliever Jim Henderson the most expensive free-agent purchase of 2013 so far. Axford has looked bad, so it could be a matter of time before he gets the hook. He started slow last year as well. For my team, I need a middle-infield replacement for Brian Roberts (hamstring), so I picked up Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis for one buck. I’m not excited about it, but there just aren’t a lot of decent middle infielders available. I was also looking at Donovan Solano of the Marlins.   Tout Wars Transactions – Bids entered: Cory Schwartz: res JQuintana CWS: pur JGuthrie KC 1 Patrick Davitt: res BMyers Cle: pur JHenderson Mil 11 pur MMelancon Pit 1 pur SPryor Sea 0 pur JHoover Cin 0 pur DSmyly Det 0 res MFiers Mil: pur MMelancon Pit 1 pur SPryor Sea 0 pur JHoover Cin 0 pur DSmyly Det 0 Derek Van Riper: dis CHart Mil: pur CHeisey Cin 5 pur DDeJesus ChC 3 pur NMcLouth Bal 2 pur JValdespin NYM 2 pur JFrancoeur KC 2 res FFreeman Atl: pur GSanchez Pit 2 pur GDobbs Mia 2 pur ErChavez Ari 1 pur JMayberry Phi 1 pur ChJohnson Atl 1 pur MAdams StL 1 res SSantos Tor: pur JHenderson Mil 3 Conditional Releases   rel WDavis KC Nando DiFino: res RMartin Pit: pur EGattis Atl 7 Zach Steinhorn: dis ARamirez Mil: pur ChJohnson Atl 6 pur PPolanco Mia 6 pur JDonaldson Oak 5 dis BMcCann Atl: pur JValverde Det 2 pur JRauch Mia 0 dis RLudwick Cin: pur JFernandez Mia 7 Seth Trachtman: res JWestbrook StL: pur JHenderson Mil 35 pur BZito SF 1 pur JGuthrie KC 1 pur KSlowey Mia 1 res JBlanton LAA: pur BZito SF 1 pur JGuthrie KC 1 pur KSlowey Mia 1 Nicholas Minnix: res OTaveras StL: pur JBuck NYM 2 pur CGetz KC 0 pur BDozier Min 0 pur MEllis LAD 0 pur SSizemore Oak 0 pur MAdams StL 0 pur AGonzalez Mil 0 pur BCrawford SF 0 pur JDonaldson Oak 0 pur RTejada NYM...

Read More
Page 30 of 38« First...1020...2829303132...Last »
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: