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BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 40% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: The Oakland offense is no juggernaut, but Marcus Semien has been hot lately. Semien has eight homers on the season and 15 RBI, despite a .210 average. Over the last two weeks, Semien has hit four homers, driven in eight RBI,... Read More

In our second part, I commented on how the Astros were at least a year early by making the playoffs this year and that the future looks even better. That’s true too for the Chicago Cubs, one of the teams seeding the Mesa Solar Sox. The Oakland Athletics went into rebuilding mode this year, and... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 28 Percent of Leagues ANALYSIS: A brutal early-summer swoon has dragged down Semien's overall numbers, but he's still proven useful to those in deeper and AL-only leagues. After all, he can be plugged in at three infield spots (including both MI positions) and has managed double-digit homers... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: It took a while to make a splash at the show for Mark Canha but make no mistake he is here to stay. Canha is the type of guy to not only have on the field but in the locker room.... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues. OWNED IN: 2% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: When a speedster becomes an OBP asset he transforms from a pinch runner to a table setter. This is what Billy Burns has the potential to be if he keeps going down this prosperous path. Aside from a couple of short stints... Read More

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 48% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Power hitters generally follow certain rules when it comes to their statistics. The best ones can hide their flaws of high K totals and low BA while replacing it with high HR and RBI totals. Josh Reddick strays from that path for... Read More

The position of shortstop in fantasy baseball is traditionally a relatively shallow spot in terms of position scarcity.  Over the past few seasons, though, there has been an influx of talented young middle infielders with a wide array of skills.  Some bring pop. Some have an innate ability to get on base. Others pick up... Read More

The Oakland Athletics have won the AL West two years in a row, and the biggest part of their success during this time has been pitching. Ironically, fantasy owners searching for pitching studs this year should not look towards the A's rotation, though they have a few solid late-round value picks that could solidify the... Read More

After winning back-to-back AL West Championships, you would think on the Oakland A’s there would be at least one fantasy superstar in the lineup. However, this group is not centered on one bat, but on numerous pieces that when put together equal more than the sum of its parts. While this is a noble approach... Read More

Three things can happen when young pitchers get their big call-up to the majors. They can be highly touted, with a ton of expectations placed on their shoulders, and excel. Some of those highly touted arms can fall flat, never coming close to the performances that got them to the majors in the first place.... Read More

If there is one thing that ‘Moneyball’ taught us about the Oakland A’s, it’s that they do not need to be big spenders in order to put a winning team on the field. The defending American League West Champions for the past two seasons did not have many needs to address with their young, sabermetrics... Read More

Hardcore MLB fans are always on the lookout for the next Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, or Stephen Strasburg. Whether it is for their own team's benefit late in the season during a fantasy baseball playoff push, or to get a glimpse of what the future may hold for a struggling franchise hoping to be on... Read More