2015 Fantasy Baseball: Week 2 Rookie Report

All stats listed as of 8:00 p.m. central time Thursday.

Archie Bradley made his first Major League start Saturday against the Dodgers, and it was nothing short of a success. The 22-year-old pitched six scoreless innings with six strikeouts and four walks while allowing only one hit. Overall it was a very good debut for a rookie, especially against a very good team. He even made his pitching counterpart Clayton Kershaw look like Joe Schmo – and that’s not easy.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Pick Up Shane Greene

Even though the Detroit Tigers traded away one good, young starter in Rick Porcello this offseason, it seems they landed another solid youngster in Shane Greene, who came over from New York in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Week 1 Rookie Report

This will be a short edition of the Rookie Report due to the young state of the season and the limited number of games and appearances.

Chris Heston made his second Major League start Wednesday, picking up a win over Arizona in six innings. He struck out five and walked two, while allowing zero earned runs (two unearned). Both runs actually scored due to Heston miscues, including a wild pick-off throw and a wild pitch. But he pitched reasonably well filling in for the disabled Matt Cain. Heston doesn’t have gaudy minor-league numbers, but he looks like he might be able to have some value in deep mixed leagues. According to Giants’ beat writer Andrew Baggarly, Heston is scheduled to start the Giants’ home opener Monday. I wouldn’t pick him up, but he’s someone to keep an eye on especially with both Cain and Jake Peavy injured.  [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Seattle Mariners Team Preview

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Seattle was fairly active this offseason, acquiring one impact bat and several complementary pieces that could help the Mariners win the American League West for the first time since 2001. The major addition was Nelson Cruz, he of 40 home runs in Baltimore last year. Cruz will try to continue his six-year stretch with at least 22 home runs. The team also traded for Seth Smith, who will be on the heavy side of a right-field platoon. Rounding out the major additions is J.A. Happ, who will look to take advantage of Safeco Field’s 18th-ranked home run park factor compared to Toronto’s sixth-ranked factor, according to Fangraphs. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Wade Miley, Sleeper?

You’d be forgiven if you saw Wade Miley in the title and skipped right over this post. In 638.2 career innings over four seasons he’s the owner of a career 3.79 ERA and 7.03 K/9. He’s played in anonymity in Arizona since 2011, and he had arguably the worst full season of his career in 2014.

But if you dig a little deeper, behind the baseball card stats, you’ll see there’s some promise left for the 2008 first-round pick. For the rest of this post I’m going to disregard Miley’s 40 innings from 2011 and focus on his three full seasons. Miley posted a career-worst 4.34 ERA last year. He also had career-worsts in walks per nine (3.35) and home runs per nine (1.03). So why am I writing about him? Well, he also had a career-high strikeout rate and several indicators that he should be able to improve on his 2014 performance and possibly be better than his 2012-13 seasons. [Read more…]

2015 Fantasy Baseball: 30 Prospects in 30 Days — Corey Seager

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Corey Seager is a 20-year-old shortstop in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system. The Dodgers drafted him 18th overall in 2012 out of high school, and the younger brother of Kyle Seager has hit the ball very well at four stops stretched out across three seasons. Seager has arguably the best power of any shortstop prospect, and his overall offensive game is also near or at the top of the shortstop position in the minor leagues.

There’s definitely a chance that Seager moves to third base in the near future as he’s quite large (6’4″, 215 pounds). But he’ll be able to hit above league-average regardless of where he plays, and the Dodgers don’t have anyone blocking him in the minors at either position.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: 30 Prospects in 30 Days — Noah Syndergaard

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It seems like the New York Mets have developed a lab somewhere in a back alley in Queens and are producing big-league quality hurlers at a rate that would make Henry Ford jealous. First there’s Matt Harvey. Then came Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom. Noah Syndergaard is next in line to make a dent in the National League East. “Thor” is your prototypical Texan righthander, 6-feet, 6-inches tall and 240 pounds. He was drafted by Toronto in the first round of the 2010 draft straight out of high school, and he was traded before the 2013 season to the Mets as a part of the package for R.A. Dickey.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Undervalued Stolen Base Options

Thursday night I had the opportunity to take part in the #MockDraftArmy, a project headed by Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm. The purpose of the MDA is to gather as many writers and fans as possible to take part in as many legitimate mock drafts to gain a sense of trends and gather average draft position data.

Here’s a better breakdown of the MDA as well as some analysis of a few of the drafts completed so far and some ADP data at the end.

Also, here’s the mock that I took part in Thursday, which featured Steve Gardner of USA Today, Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus, Bender, and Seth Klein of Razzball. The mock was 15 teams – five outfielders, a middle- and corner-infielder, two catchers and nine pitcher spots. I used it to prep for my 16-team league, which has different settings but is similarly deep.

The purpose of this article will be to highlight some players that went late in this draft and/or have attractive price tags overall who will help you pile up stolen bases. For “late-round” purposes I’m going to use ADP from the MDA and from Mock Draft Central, and to qualify a player will need to have an ADP of at least 100 in both.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: 30 Prospects in 30 Days — Francisco Lindor

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Francisco Lindor is a freshly turned 21-year-old drafted by the Cleveland Indians eighth overall in 2011. Lindor doesn’t flash the light-tower power of Kris Bryant or the five-tool package of Byron Buxton, but the Puerto Rican does almost everything well. His skill set appeals  to fantasy players in points leagues more than rotisserie, but the future Clevelander will surely end up on rosters in fantasy leagues of all sizes and settings.

Lindor has impressed at every stop he’s made in the minors. If you take just a glance at Lindor’s minor-league stats you may not be overly impressed, but look just a bit deeper and you’ll see that what he’s doing is remarkable. Not only is he playing the second most demanding defensive position on the field, he’s also produced well offensively despite being on average about 4.5 years younger than his competition at each level. [Read more…]

2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 17 Running Backs

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The following values are my recommended running back plays for Week 15 at DraftKings – the best daily fantasy sports site on the Internet. Here are the scoring settings for running backs, and if you have any more questions about DraftKings or fantasy football in general ask us on Twitter@TheFantasyFix or @44AMiller.

It’s obviously too early in the week to know who will or won’t be playing due to teams already clinching playoff spots so I’ll just recommend who I normally would and we’ll see how it plays out later in the week.

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Marshawn Lynch – $7,300 vs. St. Louis – Lynch averages 23.9 points per game at home this season, seven more than he does on the road. He’s scored 11 times in seven home games, and he’s scored in double-digits in eight straight games this season. For some reason the Rams always play at Seattle in Week 17 and they never show up, so I’d expect Lynch and the Seahawks to continue their dominant run.

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