The D-Train's Coming Through! Contract Year Gems for Fantasy Baseball

Oh, the allure of the almighty contract year. Players looking to make more money in the off-season are guaranteed to dominate the MLB more than they ever have before, or at least that’s what you’re told. This is not always true. Players don’t always dominate in a contract year, in fact – some suck; look … Continue reading

Practicing What You Preach

I finally drafted last Sunday, and it was certainly strange. After weeks of telling you how to draft and who to pick, it was my turn to take my own advice. In all honesty, I’m pumped about my team, though I wasn’t always able to follow my own advice. I’ve written about a few of … Continue reading

Tools of Ignorance: Red Sox Beat Report

Rumors of the death of the Red Sox offense have been greatly exaggerated. Top to bottom this is a line up, while missing boppers like Bay and Manny, is much more balanced throughout the line up. Replacing at bats by Nick Greene, Jason Varitek, and Julio Lugo with Victor Martinez and Marco Scutaro should more … Continue reading

It's That Time of Year: Fantasy Season Begins

So in all probability, you’ve drafted. Now we’re in that weird fantasy baseball limbo time of year, after the draft but before the season. Surprisingly there’s more to do than stare endlessly at your team, wondering if Robby Cano over Dustin Pedroia was the right pick (it was) or why everyone was so nice to … Continue reading

Don't Pap that Ass if His Hips Don't Lie: Some Reliever Info to Consider

Closers are, without a doubt, the most confusing and polarizing position in fantasy baseball. Some analysts say don’t take any, they always pop up on the waiver wire (think David Aardsma and Ryan Franklin, neither of whom were their team’s opening day closers). Despite this, some others say that you need a top closer, as … Continue reading

Think You're Screwed? Some Fantasy Advice for Those Who Messed Up

So you missed out on a certain category or position on draft day. You needed power from third base, but your third baseman is Chone Figgins. You needed speed out of your last outfield spot, but you took Jeff Francoeur (who I happen to love, as shown here). No worries. There are always undrafted options. … Continue reading

A Dutch Master, A Baker… a Candlestick Maker?: Pitchers to Aim for in 2010

Be afraid, be very afraid. This is generally the mantra people take into draft day when considering how to draft pitchers. I’m here to give you courage (and a heart… and a brain!) Most pitchers are not hard to predict, the biggest problem with them is that there are the “either he’ll win me my … Continue reading

Don't be the Fighting Lincecums: Draft Strategies for Zombies and Aliens Alike

As fantasy baseball season approaches, more and more people are getting ready for their drafts. Essentially, there are three types of drafters. The first is the “ooooh, this Sunday?!?!? drafter. He (or she, if you happen to have an alien claiming to be a girl that likes fantasy sports in your draft) is the most … Continue reading

The Good Vic, Avoiding a Panda, and other Fantasy predictions for the 2010 Baseball Season

Every fantasy magazine, columnist, and talking head seems to the think the same thing. Cole Hamels looks great in spring training, Jason Heyward is probably going to cure world hunger, Curtis Granderson will hit 40 homers with the assistance of the Yankee Stadium jet streams, and as always, Alfonso Soriano sucks. Well I’m here to … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 4: Kiss her on the…

Do you remember all those games you’ve watched as a baseball fan where some player would come to the plate in the late innings, a couple of men on base, with your team down by two runs, and you’d think, “this is just who I want at the plate” even though the player in question … Continue reading