2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Daily Double Switch for August 19th

Josh Willingham Fantasy Baseball

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Welcome back to the Daily Double Switch here at the Fantasy Fix. For those who aren’t yet Daily Fantasy baseball players at DraftKings, head over there via this link and join. DraftKings gives you $50,000 to draft eight hitters (one at each position) plus two pitchers. If you follow that link they’ll give you sign-up bonuses for joining, which is pretty cool.

Let’s take a look at today’s slate, and see where we can exploit the matchups! You can find me on twitter @RyNoonan if you have player specific questions.

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix Podcast: August 19, 2014

Trevor Bauer Fantasy Baseball

Below is a podcast with me discussing daily fantasy strategy for the day. It’s only about four and a half minutes long. I discuss the starting pitchers with the highest projected point totals and the ones who are the best value for their price. I also discuss which teams are the best to use for stacking hitters from the same lineup. You can also find the podcast on iTunes by searching for ‘thefantasyfix.com’ in the search bar.

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breakout Players — Second Basemen

Every position goes through ebs and flows just like pitchers and hitters do in general. Second base is going through a down period at the moment. Most of the big time stars from the previous decade are either out of the game or are no longer elite players. Robinson Cano is the last big name we will see among the top six guys. Guys like Brian Roberts, Dustin Pedroia, and Ben Zobrist are no longer elite players. Time marches on and stands undefeated against mankind. On a long enough timeline, the survival rate drops to zero.

As always, a new generation must take over and that is where the breakout series really gets its fuel. The fun part of fantasy sports is always seeing which players will emerge to be the elite performers that season. Sometimes it’s only for that season, but sometimes a star shines out of nowhere and stays in the limelight. Of course, the tough part is always telling the difference between the flash of the pans and the stars of the future.

This time, we will include stolen bases in the profiles because stolen bases are huge for second basemen. Of the top six second basemen, only the aforementioned Cano does not have ten stolen bases and he seems like a good bet to get there by the end of the season. Meanwhile, one player already has more than 50 and one other will likely get there before the end of the season. We will focus our attention on runs produced and runs created yet again. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 21 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re buying in on Trevor Bauer, calming down on Dustin Ackley, and being realistic about Troy Tulowitzki.

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 a your attention, who deserves your patience, and who deserves to go straight to bed without dessert.

Any questions, thoughts, anything that can console me while my Tigers plummet out of the playoffs? Hit me in the comments or on Twitter.

Oh, and here’s The Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Kyle Seager Is Consistent, Yet Improving

Kyle Seager

I’ve been on a consistency kick lately. I’m not really sure how I ended up there, but I did. Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about Nick Swisherclockwork consistency for many years – and Lucas Dudaperhaps our new Swisher.

Almost to a fault we associate consistency with older players that have less perceived upside. They’re safe, or not sexy, depending on how you read the piece, I guess. Young players can fall into that bin, though. How many years does it take someone to become consistent in your mind? Personally, two to three years is plenty for me in most cases. Which brings us to the man of the hour: Kyle Seager.

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breakout Players – First Basemen

First base is by far the deepest position and that doesn’t even count the fact that most designated hitters are classified as first basemen. So, most fantasy players use first basemen to fill their utility slot. Add in the occasional first basemen on the bench (or as a first baseman/third baseman in some leagues) and you can see that virtually every player in the top six at the position was drafted. In point of fact, most of these guys were selected within the first half of the draft.

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Daily Fix– August 13th, 2014

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I started writing this daily fix last night as is usually my pattern, but then a series of unfortunate events seemed to follow. To make a long story short, my primary computer crashed and will not turn on. I suppose these things happened. I planned to wake up early this morning and publish the piece on time, but the primary machine still was not working. So, I dusted off the moth balls and brought out the backup computer.

So, we will consider this the no frills edition of the daily fix. I am playing in the MLB $1 50/50 competition with the games beginning at 7:05 EST. That will cut out a few early games today, so if there are some big names missing from the lineup you will see why. Please remember to shift your balance from Draftstreet.com if you have not already and go over to our new partner Draftkings.com.  Football season is coming up soon, so now is as good as a time as any to get that done.

Like with Draftstreet, Draftkings gives you a salary cap to fit in all of your players. Salaries are based on average fantasy points per game (FPPG) and on the opposing pitcher (or team). They have mathematicians and statisticians that do this stuff for them, but there are occasional points of inefficiency that we can exploit. As usual, I will give you my lineup and a reasonable alternative.

   

Salary

Opposing SP

FPPG

C Wilson Ramos

3,500

Bartolo Colon

6.3

1B Ryan Howard

3,900

Jered Weaver

7.0

2B Anthony Rendon

4,100

Bartolo Colon

8.9

3B Carlos Santana

4,100

Vidal Nuno

7.6

SS Jhonny Peralta

3,800

Nathan Eovaldi

6.7

OF Mike Trout

5,400

A.J. Burnett

10.5

OF Giancarlo Stanton

5,300

Justin Masterson

9.9

OF Michael Brantley

5,000

Vidal Nuno

9.4

P Jason Vargas

7,100

Oakland Athletics

14.8

P Bartolo Colon

7,500

Washington Nationals

16.5

 

   

Salary

Opposing SP

FPPG

C Caleb Joseph

3,700

Michael Pineda

5.3

1B Anthony Rizzo

4,900

Kyle Lohse

8.7

2B Ian Kinsler

4,100

Vance Worley

8.1

3B Aramis Ramirez

4,300

Tsuyoshi Wada

7.3

SS Jimmy Rollins

3,600

Jered Weaver

7.8

OF Carlos Gomez

4,800

Tsuyoshi Wada

9.5

OF Ryan Braun

5,100

Tsuyoshi Wada

9.0

P Kyle Lohse

8,000

Chicago Cubs

16.5

P Jered Weaver

8,200

Philadelphia Phillies

16.0

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Daily Double Switch for August 12th

Josh Hamilton - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Welcome back to the Daily Double Switch here at the Fantasy Fix. For those who aren’t yet Daily Fantasy baseball players at DraftKings, head over there via this link and join. DraftKings gives you $50,000 to draft eight hitters (one at each position) plus two pitchers. When you join they will double your initial deposit, up to $600, so it’s a great time to jump in. Let’s take a look at today’s slate, and see where we can exploit the matchups! You can find me on twitter @RyNoonan if you have player specific questions.

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2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Farm Report, August 12

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Well, Trevor May and Javier Baez have left us. Most like, they’ve left us for good. Baez did so with a bang, treating Coors Field like the launching bad it is. Sure, he swings and misses a ton, but when he makes contact angels sing. May’s debut did not go as planned. He walked seven batters in two innings, striking out zero, and surrendering four runs before he was not allowed to throw another pitch. He’s better than that, so don’t fret too much. [Read more...]

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 20 Free Agent Fixes

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A pair of first basemen on different ends of the career spectrum get the nod in this week’s column. They are joined by an outfielder who took the path less traveled to the majors and now finds himself hitting third for his club, a one time blue chip prospect pitcher who could be figuring it out after an extended stay in the bullpen, and an outfield prospect getting his first taste of big league coffee.

Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

Ownership: ESPN: 32.7%, Yahoo!: 25%, CBS: 26%

Lind’s disabled list stint sent his ownership rate plummeting, but by the time these words are devoured by your eyeballs, he’ll be activated. His struggles with left-handed pitchers probably means he’ll be used in a platoon role, as he was prior to his injury, and that’s okay.

In 166 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers this year he was hitting .369 with four homers and 16 doubles. He routinely hit anywhere from third through fifth in the Blue Jays order, and should be expected to hit in those same lineup slots going forward. That’s outstanding for run production potential since no offense has been better against right-handed pitchers than the Blue Jays, at least measured by wRC+. The bar is high to be useful at first base in fantasy leagues, but Lind should be scooped up in all AL-only leagues and he makes for a nice utility or corner infield option in 14-team mixed leagues or larger. Once he shakes the rust off, he should be relevant in 12-team mixed leagues as well. [Read more...]