Most of the time, you want star players on your team. Stars obviously produce great numbers in their own right, but they also attract other players. Then, there is the marketing that goes along with those stars. Andrew McCutchen might or might not be a legitimate star, but he is
Opening day is literally around the corner and your draft or auction is probably over, but it always pays to continue doing research. For instance, many of you may be participating in daily fantasy baseball. Looking at average auction values in comparison with projected performance can help you determine which
We come to the end of the PECOTA series for position players. Right field is likely the deepest position on the diamond in terms of fantasy production. That can be seen through the median numbers, but also through the number of players that come close to the median. For instance,
Offseason Overview It’s been a quiet winter for the Pirates. Having had to watch divisional rivals break their curse, having to challenge the Cardinals to be the nearest competitors to the Cubs and throw in the dark horse Brewers to the mix, the Pirates should still have enough talent to
Center field is a premium position in baseball. The skills needed to be a good all around center fielder far outweigh the skills needed to be a good left fielder. Most teams hide a weak defender in left field. It often requires less arm strength and less range to play.
Just because I have a player listed above another player in the same tier doesn’t mean I rank that player higher than the player below him. The reason for using tiers is because the wide variety of leagues (roto, categories, points) and sizes. The tiers give you a better idea
Like the Athletics, the Pirates are an organization that must rely on smarts in place of money for them to compete. They are in a slightly better position than Oakland because they have enough money to tie up some of their young stars. Andrew McCutchen signed such a deal a
Profile The Pittsburgh Pirates talented homegrown outfield may have another potential star buried in the weeds. 20 year old Austin Meadows was the Pirates’ ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLB ametur draft out of Grayson High School, and was the second player taken in the top-10 from Loganville, Georgia.
There are many ways to rank players. I don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but I hope my methods balance analytics with common sense. The analytics part is probably the most involved. We take runs above replacement from the past three seasons according to three different sources
Today was the non-waiver deadline for trades. The deadline comes at 4 PM EST, but there are always trades that get announced after the deadline. This season’s trade deadline was unique for a number of reasons. First, there were more significant trades made this year than there have been in