Fantasy Baseball Final: May 26, 2015

Welcome to the The Fantasy Fix nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. Whether you play season-long or daily fantasy, expect to see the best coverage from ever team, every night, all season long.

All 30 teams were in action tonight, including some talented lefties. Madison Bumgarner wasn’t exceptional in his start—pitching six innings of three-run ball, giving up four hits while striking out three. The Giants’ pitcher still picked up the win but definitely wasn’t worth the $9,600 price tag on DraftKings. Clayton Kershaw came into tonight as the most expensive pitcher, and he delivered the good with 10 strikeouts over seven innings.

Some of the early winners include the Yankees (5-1 over Kanas City), Pittsburgh (5-1 over Miami), the Cubs (3-2 over Washington), Toronto (10-9 over the White Sox), Texas (4-3 over Cleveland), Cincinnati (2-1 over Colorado), the Mets (5-4 over Philadelphia), Seattle (7-6 over Tampa Bay), San Francisco (6-3 over Milwaukee) and St. Louis (6-4 over Arizona).

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy Podcast: May 26th

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Ryan Noonan gives you his take on today’s DFS slate on DraftKings. He breaks down the pitching options today, gives you some stack options for both cash and tournaments and keys in on a few players that need to be a part of your lineup construction tonight.

2015 Fantasy Baseball: The Fielding Chronicles — Shortstops

Why should I read this article?

I thought my draft had gone well. I drafted my man crush Ben Zobrist to be my starting shortstop and even added Jed Lowrie as insurance. Everything seemed right. Then, a month into the season I lost both of them to the disabled list. These things happen and when they happen you start looking for someone (anyone) that can take their place.

This happens to all of us at some point and when it happens we need people that can provide every day at bats, but are off the radar. At most you are looking at a dozen guys and you have to decide which one to go with. Looking at fielding numbers can help you determine which guys will play regularly. Even if they are somewhat lacking with the bat, they will at least get into the lineup because of their fielding ability. While it might not be ideal, when you have a rash of injuries you likely never will get the ideal.

How does this fielding thing work?

I’ve been utilizing John Dewan’s The Fielding Bible as seen daily through billjamesonline.com. The beauty of the Fielding Bible system is that it is expressed in runs. The metric is called defensive runs saved (or DRS) and is calculated using video and computers to categorize all balls in play into different zones and then they further categorize the balls in play by how difficult they would be to make.

The experts that view the plays then determine an average number of plays a player at a position would make. Each player is then given a number of plays they should make depending on the various levels of difficulty of the plays they have a chance to make. If they make more plays than that then they have a positive rating and a DRS over zero. If they make fewer plays then they have a negative rating and a DRS under zero.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: Deep League Digging, Week 8

Because of the Memorial Day holiday, Major League Baseball has a week packed full of games, with Thursday being the only day where there isn’t a full slate. With this abundance of games, swapping hitters out of your lineups who are faced with bad matchups could be crucial to winning your head-to-head battles and preserving ratios in roto leagues.

Today, I’ll be focusing on hitters, and on Thursday I’ll be running down my list of lesser-owned pitchers to roster for this coming weekend’s games.

As always, I’ll be suggesting players whom are available in less than 10 percent of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.

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Fantasy Baseball Nightly: May 25th, 2015

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It is Memorial Day. For most prognosticators, Memorial Day is the time when early trends start to look real. We can finally take stock of where things are going. If we look at the standings we’ll notice that just about every division has the right teams on top except for the American League West. The Astros have a five and a half game lead after the holiday. Who knows whether it will hold, but it’s definitely more than just a passing trend.

In terms of individual numbers, the story of the first week was Adrian Gonzalez. He’s certainly tapered off, but he added his 33 RBI of the season on Monday night. Memorial Days is just after the quarter pole, so he is on pace to add another 120 RBI to his career tally. As you might suspect, he isn’t the league leader in that category as of Monday.

Just as we expected….

Don’t look now, but Prince Fielder is back. He had three more hits on Monday to lift his average to .365 on the season. That came with his ninth home run and up to 35 RBI on the season. Many thought he was done and at the beginning of the season and it took him awhile to get going, but he is definitely on pace to put up the kinds of numbers that Rangers fans have been expecting for the past few seasons.

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 8 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re giving appreciating Andre Ethier, pumping the brakes on Ian Kennedy, and wringing our hands over Matt Kemp.

There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting players for fantasy owners, with perspective on who deserves your attention, who deserves your patience, and who deserves to go straight to bed without dessert.

Any questions, thoughts? Hit me in the comments or on Twitter.

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Players to be picked up; available in most standard leagues

Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | OF

Finally given another chance at regular playing time, Andre Ethier is having an excellent season, slashing .304/.397/.518 with five homers. Over the last 30 days (which generally corresponds with the time Either’s been an everyday player), the only outfielders to outpace his .410 wOBA are Bryce Harper, Nelson Cruz, Michael Brantley, and Ryan Braun. His walk rate sits at a career-best 12.2% and his 16.0% strikeout rate is his best since 2008. Ethier continues to spray the ball to all fields, but he’s severely cut his groundball rate and increased his ISO to .220, his best mark since 2009, when he popped 31 home runs. He hasn’t quite reached the 300-plus foot average fly ball distance he posted that season, but his 2015 mark of just over 280 feet is a positive trend; he’s been mired in the 270’s in recent seasons, per Baseball Heat Maps.

I can’t say that Either’s going to return to his prime levels, but everything he’s done this season is within the bounds of what he’s accomplished before. Nothing seems overly lucky or fluky; it has all the trimmings of a legitimate rebound. As long as he’s playing, I think he can keep up something close to this level of production. The power will come and go, but if you’re in need of batting average or OBP, he’s a fantastic addition.

To pick him up, I’d drop: Nick Markakis, Adam Eaton, Michael Cuddyer

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2015 Fantasy Baseball: May Second Base Tiers

Tier 1 – Studs

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2015 Fantasy Baseball, Week Eight Two-Start Pitchers

Fantasy pools are underway and owners are gearing up for a long summer of ups and downs. A Fantasy owner’s best friend is the waiver wire—where finding value can make the difference between a great week and a very disappointing week. Most pitchers see the mound once a week, but if you want to maximize the number of starts per week, it’s important to look for pitchers pitching twice and exploit favorable matchups if they exist. With that, let’s take a look at some pitchers you should be starting this week, and some you should just leave on your bench.

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Madison Bumgarner | San Francisco Giants

 Opponents: Matt Garza (MIL), Julio Teheran (ATL)
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Fantasy Baseball Final: May 24, 2015

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Welcome to the TheFantasyFix.com’s nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. No matter the format, we have everything you need to know to help you win your league.

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Over the last two days of Memorial Day weekend, the middle of the Red Sox lineup has woke up from the dead. With a new lineup, including Xander Bogaerts in the five spot and Mike Napoli moving down to sixth, the Red Sox have totalled 14 runs over the last two days. Bogaerts collected four hits today and Napoli continued his tear with four runs batted in. With a home run on Sunday, Napoli now has three straight games with a home run. As a whole, the Red Sox offense has been a big disappointment of late but all signs indicate that the offense may be turning the corner.

Just as we expected…

Trevor Bauer continued his hot May with a strong start on Sunday in a win over the Cincinnati Reds. Bauer went seven and two thirds strong innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Over his last three starts, Bauer has now gone over seven innings and has only given up one earned run in each start. Bauer’s next start comes in Seattle at pitcher friendly Safeco Field and will garner heavy consideration in all daily formats.

Francisco Liriano came up big for the Pirates and daily owners on Sunday with a twelve strikeout game. Liriano dominated the Mets in a nearly unhittable performance giving up one run over six innings. After taking the loss in his last three starts, Liriano was expected to bounce back against the limited Mets offense and he delivered at home. Liriano’s next start comes against the Padres at PETCO and owners will hope that he gains the momentum from his high K outing today.

But we didn’t see this coming…

Carlos Frias had his first blow up after delivering four solid outings for the Dodgers. Frias was hammered by the Padres for ten earned runs over four innings. Frias also did not register a single strikeout over the outing. This comes a day after Mike Bolsinger shut down the same Padres offense. Frias had been fighting to keep his spot in the rotation after a number of injuries to Dodgers’ starters. Frias next start will be a difficult one on the road against the Cardinals.

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Fantasy Baseball Final: May 23, 2015

Article written by Max Hadelman, but he’s off the grid so I’m posting this on his behalf.

Cole Hamels pitched on Saturday, and pitched very well. Hamels went eight innings for the Phillies, and he picked up his 5th win of the season, and 4th in a row. Matt Harvey was on the mound for the Mets as they took on the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he had his worst outing of the season. He allowed seven earned runs on just four innings of work, and has yet to earn a win in four consecutive starts. Mike Napoli hit two home runs against the Angels and now has three bombs in the past two games. Prince Fielder continues to take advantage of the short porch at Yankee Stadium with another home run as he has three home runs in the past two games as well and is really heating up for the Rangers, who likely get Josh Hamilton back on Monday. Joc Pederson continues to rake in his rookie season, hitting his 12th home run so far this season in the first inning off of Ian Kennedy.

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