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Tommy Pham: Fantasy Baseball Year-in-Review

With spring training right around the corner, RotoBaller is here to help you prepare for your draft. Today, we'll examine some early shortstop draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. The influx of transcendent young talent in recent years has transformed the shortstop position from a fantasy wasteland to fertile ground. The... Read More

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Today, we'll cover some undervalued and overvalued NL starting pitchers, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep.... Read More

As Opening Day creeps ever closer, it's a good time to start analyzing player values to get a jump on the competition. Today I'll be taking a look at undervalued and overvalued AL Outfielders, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADPs. These are some American League players to monitor in preseason mock drafts... Read More

Today I'm here to help identify some early second base draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. Sleepers don't always wake up when we expect them to.  Some players enter the season with a fair amount of expectations heaped on them, only to disappoint. Others seemingly come out of nowhere to produce... Read More

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Keep reading for my thoughts on undervalued and overvalued AL starting pitchers, to identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP... Read More

Opening Day is approximately two months away, but it's never too soon to start making those draft lists. Today I'm here to take a look at some overvalued, undervalued and fair value 3B for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what players may be great values... Read More

Opening Day is still over two months away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Today I'll be taking a look at undervalued and overvalued NL Outfielders, to try and help identify draft targets... Read More

The 2017 MLB season, like the vast majority of campaigns that have come before it, figures to feature a weak catcher position. Not to worry - today I'm here to help identify some early catcher draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. Catchers who can hit at all require you to... Read More

There is a narrative that Adam Jones is in decline. But is that true? First, let’s distinguish real-life decline from fantasy baseball decline. Many of the “Jones is in decline” crowd point to his defense, which is not relevant to fantasy baseball. Jones posted -10 Defensive Runs Saved last year, but Jones had positive grades... Read More

Dylan Bundy has a prospect pedigree as good as anyone in baseball. He was previously Baseball America’s and MLB.com’s number two prospect. In 2012, his first year out of high school, he made it to the majors. In my March 2014 Orioles’ prospect rankings, I had Bundy as a 9.5/10 talent; I would not lower... Read More

When the A’s signed Rich Hill to a one-year deal last offseason, it was seen as a risky move on a fairly unknown commodity – a veteran who had pitched very sparingly for a few years and made a few good starts in late 2015. But the veteran reclamation project is a secret no longer. After... Read More

The Yankees' youth movement in the lineup was infused with a dash of experience when the club signed Matt Holliday in December. The 37-year-old has missed significant time over the last two years in St. Louis, but will be counted on heavily in New York. Does he have enough left in the tank to be... Read More

On December 7, 2016, the Royals dealt away All-Star closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 24-year-old outfielder Jorge Soler. Most believed the trade to be mutually beneficial for all parties involved as Soler appeared to be headed towards more playing time, Davis was headed to a team with a chance to... Read More

Champ or Chump: Danny Espinosa

Last season saw a significant uptick in league-wide home runs, reducing the value of power-only profiles in the fantasy game. No one has conclusively determined why homers were up, but some people are assuming that it will remain the case for 2017. It might, but I look forward to drafting power at a discount in... Read More

In mid-November, the Toronto Blue Jays signed Kendrys Morales to a three-year, $33 million contract. With Kansas City having had enough of the Cuban Breakfast clogging their basepaths (-5 BsR was 13th worst in the league among qualified hitters), and Toronto looking to fill the offensive void of two big-slugging free agents, this felt like a... Read More

First base is tough to pick specific breakout players - 99% who finished in the upper echelon have been producing for years. People are yawning when they see, in no particular order, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Cabrera, and Freddie Freeman all among the league leaders. It's a distinct "Been There,... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some more breakout performances in the outfield. Breakout Outfielders in 2016 Jackie Bradley, Boston Red Sox Bradley technically broke out last August, when he hit .354 with five homers across 79 AB. He had been largely considered a Quad-A player — someone who... Read More

Some time has passed since Anthony Rizzo caught Kris Bryant's throw to put an end to the 2016 season. Like Rizzo, I put baseball in my back pocket and just mellowed out - the season is a grind for all those involved, including baseball writers. Enough time's elapsed for me to look back. As far... Read More

Second base is no longer the light hitting position of the past. Eighteen fantasy eligible second basemen hit 20 or more homers this season and four hit 30 or more. The deep field resulted in several late round or undrafted values, and here are three of the best bang-for-your buck second basemen from 2016. Value... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values at shortstop. Value Shortstops in 2016 Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz wasn’t expected to be more than a bench bat going into this season, but an injury to Jhonny Peralta gave him an opportunity. Fantasy... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout  performances by starting pitchers.   Breakout Starting Pitchers in 2016 Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs “Hendricks could be one of the few fantasy bargains to be found in Wrigleyville this year,” is a thing I wrote back in February.... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the top breakout relievers. Relief Pitcher Breakouts - 2016 Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays The Rays entered the season unsure of their closer. Brad Boxberger saved an AL-high 41 games in 2015, but was unavailable for the first two months of... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values in the outfield. Value Outfielders in 2016 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics Davis was the 54th outfielder off the board in 2016 drafts by FantasyPros’ ADP. He significantly outperformed that modest position, walloping 42 homers, scoring 85 runs,... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the best values at third base. Third Base Values of 2016 Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers If there is one player to whom the Dodgers can attribute their second half success, it has to be Justin Turner. While their pitching staff... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout performances in the outfield.   Breakout Outfielders in 2016 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals Turner was an absolute stud in his rookie year, hitting .342/.370/.567 with 13 homers, 53 runs, and 33 steals in just 73 games. As always,... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout performances at third base.   Breakout Third Basemen in 2016 Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks Last winter, the RotoBaller staff compiled its 2016 rankings. I had Lamb 16th among third basemen, higher than any of the half-dozen colleagues who... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the top value performances at first base.   2016 First Base Values Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians Since arriving in the big leagues in 2010, the Carlos Santana has bounced around a few different positions, coming up as a catcher and also spending... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the breakout performances at shortstop.   Breakout Shortstops in 2016 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers Seager was an obvious preseason candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2016. He’ll win that going away, of course. What most... Read More

Good value adds were essential when it came to catchers in fantasy baseball in the 2016 season, as the year saw several highly drafted catchers, like Kyle Schwarber and Travis d’Arnaud, go down early with big injuries. Here are three backstops who saved your fantasy seasons by exceeding expectations in 2016.   Catcher Values in 2016... Read More

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season begins with a look at some of the breakout performances at second base. Rest assured that I did not forget about Trea Turner. He’ll be covered in the outfield breakouts piece for two reasons: 1) That was his primary position in 2016 and 2) There were too... Read More