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Early 2015 Fantasy Relief Pitcher Rankings
Continuing with our early 2015 positional rankings, we move on to (and wrap up with) relief pitchers.
As I explained before revealing my previous early 2015 rankings, what you can expect to find in this series is rankings, key positional eligibi...
Francisco Lindor, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
There's flashier guys to cover, I'm looking at you, Carlos Correa; I'm winking in your direction, Byron Buxton, and your missing finger, excuse me, dislocated. But I'm writing rookie outlooks for 2015 fantasy baseball, i.e., I'm focusing on guys ...
AL Central Notes: Royals, Aoki, Butler, Lovullo, Tigers
Though the Royals are coming off their best season in nearly three decades, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that the team will soon need to turn its focus to some difficult offseason decisions. Industry expectations, according to...
AL West Notes: Astros, Lewis, Rangers, A's
A federal bankruptcy judge today approved a Chapter 11 reorganization that will allow DirecTV and AT&T to purchase Comcast SportsNet Houston, reports David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. The network will be relaunched next month as ROOT Sp...
Week 9 D/ST Rankings
Own one of the many defenses on bye this week? Can't decide which matchup is better? Jacob Adler examines the best plays for Week 9.
Welcome to Week 9! It feels weird to say that it feels weird to see the Seahawks as the top-ranked defense,...
D'Backs Exercise Options On Hudson, Reynolds
The Diamondbacks announced that they have exercised their 2015 club options on right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander
Padres Decline Josh Johnson's Option
The Padres announced that they have declined their $4MM club option on right-hander Josh Johnson. As MLB.com’s Corey Brock tweets, the Friars ar...
RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 10/30/2014
Episode 176 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live! Eno Sarris and Nicholas Minnix discuss end-of-season third basemen rankings, which went up on Monday, as well as what they think of 2015 prospects for some of them, includ...
Orioles Exercise Options On Chen, O'Day; Decline Options On Markakis, Hundley
The Orioles announced that they have exercised their club options on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen ($4.75MM) and right-hander
Dan Haren Exercises Player Option
Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren has exercised his $10MM player option for the 2015 season, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets.
Haren, who turned 34 in Septemb...
College Football Cheatsheet & Analysis: Week 10
Cheatsheet and Analysis by Pat James Grab this week’s cheatsheet (click the big blue button that says “Week 10 CFB Cheatsheet”). Follow Pat on Twitter
White Sox To Decline Option On Felipe Paulino
The White Sox have informed righty Felipe Paulino that they will not pick up his $4MM option, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports on Twitter. Chicago will instead pay him a $250K buyout...
Red Sox Sign Koji Uehara To Two-Year Extension
The Red Sox announced that they have signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that it is a two-year, $18MM contract (
Cardinals Exercise John Lackey's Option
The Cardinals have exercised their league-minimum option on right-hander John Lackey, per a report from the Associated Press.
Brewers Exercise Yovani Gallardo's Option
The Brewers have officially exercised their $13MM club option on right-hander Yovani Gallardo, reports MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes (on Twitter).
Gallardo, 29 in February, has spe...
Cubs Decline Option On Kyuji Fujikawa
The Cubs have declined a $5.5MM club option over righty Kyuji Fujikawa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune tweets. Fujikawa will take home a $500K buyout as he hits the open market...
Hisashi Iwakuma's Option Vests
The Mariners announced that Hisashi Iwakuma‘s $7MM option has officially vested based on his on-field performance. The option was widely believed to be a club option, however Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune
FanDuel Value Sheet: Week 9
Angels Exercise Street Option, Decline Burnett Option, Return Moran To Mariners
The Angels have announced a series of transactions (Twitter links). As expected, the team exercised its $7MM option over closer
DraftKings Value Sheet: Week 9
Nationals Exercise Denard Span's Option; Decline LaRoche, Soriano
3:01pm: The team announced the move on Span while also announcing that it has declined its club option on reliever Rafael Soriano and the team end of a mutual option for first baseman
Quick Looks at Heaney, Anderson, Pineda, Hale
David Hale Why I watched: Picked up some early and late starts with OK numbers. Game(s) Watched: 9/25/14 vs Pirates Game Thoughts • The 26-year-old right hander threw two fastballs, a two- and four-seamer. Starting with the 90-92 mph four-seamer...
Analysis by Matt Rittle WR matchup data, via Football Outsiders Football Outsiders provides yards allowed by defenses to players of varying roles: #1 WR, #2...
Kevin Youkilis To Retire
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis will hang up his spikes after a 15-year professional career, according to a tweet from his representatives at Pro Star Management.
Analysis by Rob Pallazola The Leaders (Receptions/Targets/Yards/Touchdowns on the season)
1. Antonio Brown, WR – (60 / 87 / 852 / 7) Brown jumps to the...
NBA DFS Plays – Oct 29
Analysis by Justin Bales There’s only five games tonight, so it’ll be tough creating rosters, which makes cheap value that much more important. There are plenty of...
Phillies Decline Option On Mike Adams
The Phillies have declined their $6MM club option on reliever Mike Adams, the club announced. Of course, the attentive reader would have already realized this fact from looking over this morning’s
Madison Bumgarner brings the heat like KC's Big Three
Last night Madison Bumgarner did something that we haven't seen in years and may not see again, but how did he do it? How has he been doing it all October?
Last night Madison Bumgarner needed to be seen to be believed. The Giants ace ...
MLB Trade Rumors Podcast: Episode 4
On the fourth episode of the MLB Trade Rumors Podcast, host Jeff Todd opens with the transactional news from the week before being joined by free agent reliever Burke Badenhop (2:53) to discuss how his consistency, durability, and ground-ball...
Blue Jays Acquire Liam Hendriks From Royals
The Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Royals, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Hendriks, who had been designated for assignment by Kansas Cit...
ProjectRoto Daily Fantasy NFL Cheatsheet – Week Nine
A Minor (League) Review of 2014: Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers
Welcome to the final instalment of the annual series: ‘A Minor (League) Review of 20__.” This series is a great way to receive a quick recap of the 2014 minor league season for your favorite club(s), while also receiving a brief look toward th...
Where Is Chase Headley Headed?
Fantasy baseball players can, at this point, feel pretty safe in making the judgment that the 2012 season represents an outlier in Chase Headley’s statistical ledger. The switch hitter went yard 31 times and led the National League in RBIs with ...
MLBPA Announces 2014-15 Free Agents
The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has announced the official class of free agents for the upcoming offseason. Click here to find the complete list, along with an excellent foreword (featuring an interview with lefty Andrew Mill...
Kyle Seager: Just As Advertised
Entering the season, a typical projection for Kyle Seager was about 75 runs, 20 home runs, 75 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and a .260 average. What we got was slightly better – 71/25/96/7/.268. Headmaster Sanders pegged that line as worth $16, maki...
Poll: Which Team Will Spend Most In Free Agency?
It is always somewhat bittersweet for the baseball season to end, but rarely does it do so in such excellent fashion as last night’s Game 7. So as we tip our caps to the Giants (and, of course, the Royals), we can comfort ourselves in the ...
Week 9 Start Em, Sit Em
In a week with six teams on bye, fantasy owners could have tough decisions regarding their lineups. Knowing that, Armando provides this weeks starts and sit to make life easier for fantasy owners,
Teams on b...
Third Basemen of Past and Future
I find third base the most interesting position in terms of eligibility in fantasy. It seems to be the crossroads that connect all other positions. Shortstops with poor range often end up at third. Third basemen with poor arms often end up in the ...
Joe Maddon revisited
As the discussion regarding Joe Maddon coming to the Cubs intensifies, there are even more ways to evaluate manager in-game decision making.
I wrote Monday on evaluating managers in terms of how they manage in-game decisions, and later rea...
Adrian Beltre Refuses to Age
Another year older and another year in which Adrian Beltre has simply refused to age. Hitters in their mid-30s aren’t supposed to perform so consistently well. They are supposed to decline. But Beltre has failed to receive the memo. As a res...
Is A Rebound In The Future For Carlos Beltran?
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Carlos Beltran’s debut season in the Bronx was certainly a bitter disappointment. Expected to be one of the anchors of the middle of the lineup, he instead floundered hitting .233 with 15 HR over 403 A...
Week 9 Tight End Rankings
Looking for for a TE to start this week with Martellus Bennett and Delanie Walker on a bye? Check out our TE rankings to see who you should start.
Now entering the back half of the fantasy season, where injuries and bye weeks are starting ...
The Difficulties of Owning Mark Teixeira
With the 2014 Major League Baseball season ending in an amazingly dramatic fashion, the offseason is officially underway. While I will certainly miss watching the playoffs, I am already excited about next year. I am looking to the future and ...
You have fallen onto another road. It's a road that flows beyond Cooperstown, though many of those you'll meet have been there, too. Come and see what there is to see.
2015 Fantasy Dynasty Starting Pitcher Rankings
Right now starting pitcher is the deepest position there is in dynasty leagues. I always stress drafting hitters, especially power hitters, before taking any pitcher just because of how many pitcherss come out of nowhere to provide huge value ever...
Andrew Heaney, 2015 Fantasy Outlook
4.26 ERA in 107 2/3 IP his rookie year. Who's that, you ask with your super-cute, Joey Lauren Adams mousey voice. That's Clayton Kershaw's numbers when he was first called up. Like when you feed your dog, then hold his ass over the balcony, roo...
Offseason Outlook: Oakland Athletics
After spending much of the season in first place and making the biggest splash of any team in July trades, the A’s scuffled with an ailing offense and were eliminated by the Royals in a one-game Wild Card playoff. They’ll have to ...
Five stats that defined the 2014 season
With the final out of the World Series behind us, we're mere seconds from the first offseason speculation. Before we get there, let's look back at the numbers that defined the 2014 Major League Baseball Season.
On Wednesday night, the San ...
East Links: Santana, Sox, Cespedes, Phils, Mets
The Braves are expected to make a qualifying offer to Ervin Santana, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Const...
Free Agent Profile: Pat Neshek
Pat Neshek improbably went from minor league signee to All-Star setup man after signing late with the Cardinals last winter. He’ll now look to parlay the finest season of his career into his first multi-year deal on the free agent market.
Ranking shortstops for 2015
Where has the shortstop thunder gone? Scott White says the position is beset with age and injuries making a huge risk like Danny Santana his fifth-best option.
Cubs To Hire Joe Maddon As Manager
The Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their new manager, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Earlier today, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Maddon and the Cubs had been negotiating. Rick Ren...
How Much Did Lonnie Chisenhall Improve?
It figures. He’d entered the two seasons prior amid expectations that he’d emerge as his club’s regular third baseman, but he failed to lock down the position. Lonnie Chisenhall didn’t have a regular place to play for the Cleveland Indians...
Reds To Exercise Club Option On Cueto, Buy Out Hannahan
The Reds have kicked off their offseason with two unsurprising moves, deciding to exercise a $10MM club option over starter Johnny Cueto and decline a $4MM option for utilityman
“Perusing the Perimeter” Week 9 Blog
Orioles Outright Evan Meek
The Orioles have outrighted righty Evan Meek to Triple-A, the club announced. Meek will have the right to elect free agency, as he has previously been outrighted (including once earlier this year).
Meek, 31, threw to a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innin...
Week 9: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Analysis by Adam Pfeifer Pure, unadulterated hell. Oh, no. I wasn’t talking about my Week 8 (though it was horrible). No, I’m referring to the...
NBA DFS Plays – Oct 29
Analysis by Justin Bales The NBA season is back! I hope everyone had a fun and successful first night, but this article is aimed toward nights...
No Joshing, Donaldson is Legit
After a breakout 2013 where Josh Donaldson hit .301/.384/.499 in 158 games, there was no shortage of vocal skeptics. The third baseman posted that strong triple slash in part due to his .333 BABIP, a rate unlikely to continue given his skillset an...
AL West Notes: Iwakuma, Young, Astros, Peacock
Hisashi Iwakuma‘s 2015 option technically vested by operation of performance bonuses, Mariners officials
Ottoneu Tactics: Who To Arbitrate, Early Trade Thoughts
We’ll talk about two separate tactical topics today, because neither is really sufficient to carry a post by itself. Which Owners To Target In ottoneu allocation leagues, owners have $25 to distribute across 11 owners. You must spend at leas...
Week 9 Running Back Rankings
Having trouble deciding who to start at running back with six teams on bye? Armando has provided his top 50 backs to make it easier for you.
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This week's top ten running backs are ...
Free Agent Profile: Jason Hammel
A bounceback stint with the Cubs made Jason Hammel, a 6’6 righty, one of the most anticipated summer trade targets, and he ultimately became the second piece in the deal that sent top prospect
Aramis Ramirez and Father Time
Aramis Ramirez doesn’t age. At least, he didn’t show signs of being mortal until last season. While some numbers were down, Ramirez’s overall stat line wasn’t all that bad. He hit for a solid average, and still managed 15 h...
Week 9 Wide Receiver Rankings
Who should you start this week at Wide Receiver with 6 teams on bye? Robert offers you his top 50 WR rankings for week 9 to help out.
It's now time for the toughest part of the season. Before most of the bye weeks have consisted of only ...
Is There Any Hope For Mike Moustakas?
Remember when Mike Moustakas tore it up during this year’s spring training? He batted .429, which ranked third among all spring trainers, reached based at a .522 clip, good for second place, and slugged .768, ranking him fifth. Combined, he ...
Week 9 Quarterback Rankings
Week 8 brought us one of the best fantasy weeks for quarterbacks to date. What can we expect from this week of matchups - including, of course, Brady v Manning XVI - with many of the top quarterbacks on bye?
With all of the explosive match...
Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Why Justin Morneau Is A Player To Avoid In 2015
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) No one should’ve been surprised to see a bit of a revitalization for Justin Morneau in his debut year in Colorado. That said, did anyone really expect these types of numbers: 502 At Bats .319 Batting A...
Edwin Encarnacion and his Notable 128 Game Season
Edwin Encarnacion began his 2014 campaign with a truly horrific March and April. In 27 very forgettable games, he hit only two home runs to go with a .250 batting average that disappointed Blue Jays fans and fantasy owners. When the calendar ...
San Diego Padres 2015 Top Fantasy Prospects
The prospect staff at Fake Teams continues their fantasy prospect rankings and system reviews with an in-depth look at the San Diego Padres,
Just like last year, the prospect staff here at Fake Teams will be taking an in-depth look at each...
Well-Rounded Players Meet Square Hole
There are many careers that deserve to be celebrated even though they don’t fit within a traditional classification of a decade.
Early 2015 Fantasy Starting Pitcher Rankings
Continuing with our early 2015 positional rankings, we move on to my the outfield.
As I explained before revealing my previous early 2015 rankings, what you can expect to find in this series is rankings, key positional eligibility changes, and ke...
2015 Minor League Preview: Detroit Tigers
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2014 (28) | 2013 (27) | 2012 (22) | 2011 (25) | 2010 (27)
2014 Affiliate Records
MLB: [90-72] AL Central
AAA: [69-74] International League - Toledo
AA: [71-71] Eastern League...