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Points League Hitters: Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 17

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Welcome to Week 17 and our fantasy baseball waiver wire hitters. We'll be doing this roundup of points leagues every week here at RotoBaller, with waiver wire targets and streaming pitchers being evaluated in terms of the different scoring systems of ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and Fantrax.

Player values can vary wildly from platform to platform, so we'll make sure to highlight where players are the best and worst fits. We know points league players get neglected and we're here to help.

These fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups are for the week of August 1 - August 7, looking at players below ~50% rostered for ESPN, Yahoo!, or Fantrax. Position eligibility is taken from Fantrax and players are grouped by their most valuable fantasy position, using a hierarchy of: C > 2B > OF > 3B > 1B > SS. Stats and rankings for charts are calculated using games through Friday, July 29.

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Know Your Scoring System

You know what I'm going to say, right?  You must account for, as precisely as possible, how a player performs under your particular scoring system. Don't be fooled into believing you can just make rough adjustments in your head, bumping up guys with high on-base percentages and low strikeout rates. Every point, in every category, counts.

For example, ESPN and Fantrax are virtually identical in their scoring for hitters and roster size. The only difference is that stolen bases are worth one more point on Fantrax and ESPN subtracts one point per strikeout. That's the difference between Trea Turner being a top-five hitter versus a top-25 hitter.

If your league uses standard settings, then great! Turn to page 94 and you can skip ahead to the leaderboards. If you play with custom settings, it'll still be fine. Go back to page 43 and look below at the scoring systems of the four major platforms. I bet there's a chance that you'll find that your league's scoring is very similar to one of the four (well, not Yahoo!'s), even if it's not the platform you actually play on.

You'll likely find a suitable mirror to your own system if you look above. While every point counts, as long as they aren't seismic changes you can get away with some "close enough" calls. IE. You're probably fine if everything is the same except for HBP (or something similar).

 

Week 17: Waiver Wire Leaderboards

All charts are updated prior to Saturday's games, on stats and ownerships, and clicking on a chart will open a new page with a magnified version. Players on overall leaderboards are ordered according to their current Roster% on Yahoo.

*APR = Average Platform Ranking - the average platform ranking between ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, and Fantrax (standard point settings)

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These players are so hot right now. Here are the players on the wire who are running inside the top-100 of APR over the past two weeks:

Overall Leaderboards

 

First Base Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

First base is getting real thin, real fast. I'd consider the best choices to be the 1B-eligible players below that we'll cover at other positions.

Jose Miranda, MIN, 1B/2B/3B (Yahoo: 31%, ESPN: 9%) -

Alec Bohm, PHI, 1B/3B (Yahoo: 43%, ESPN: 23%) -

Next Choices

Luke Voit, SD (Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 30%) - Voit has a 15 APR over the last two weeks, hitting enough to actually have a balanced score across the platforms, instead of his normal of being virtually unplayable in leagues with a strikeout penalty.

Darick Hall, PHI (Yahoo: 5%, ESPN: 4%) - His numbers (and per-PA scoring rates) are playable but Hall continues to be limited by his limited exposure to left-handed starters, getting just one start against them since getting called up. But this might be a good week to try him out, with Philadelphia only scheduled to face one LHP in their six games. Plus, that lefty is the human gas can known as Patrick Corbin, so perhaps he still might get a chance.

Desperate Choices

Jesus Aguilar, MIA (Yahoo: 23%, ESPN: 34%) - Aguilar continues to do Aguilar things, running a 182 APR over the past two weeks and a 126 APR for the season. But his production might get even worse as the Marlins continue to sell off parts from an offense that's already dire.

Carlos Santana, SEA (Yahoo: 8%, ESPN: 46%) - It looks like the dead-cat bounce is starting to stay down for the count - since going double-dong on July 10, Santana is slashing .089/.192/.244, with a .200 wOBA and 29 wRC+. And yet, he still has a top-150 APR over the past two weeks that isn't great but is also above higher-owned hitters like Jesus Aguilar and Frank Schwindel. That goes to show you how far a low-K/high-BB profile can get you if you're playing every day.

Vinnie Pasquantino, KC (Yahoo: 18%, ESPN: 8%) - You can pretty much run back what we talked with Nick Pratto - Pasquantino better start hitting some bombs on that Triple-A offense if he's going to be viable in points.

Nick Pratto, KC (Yahoo: 3%, ESPN: 1%) - Pratto has skills but on a deplorable offense like the Royals, you really need to do superlative things to be viable because Runs+RBI will generally be hard to come by. Plus, Pratto's near 30% K% isn't going to do him any favors.

On the IL

  • Edwin Rios, LAD (strained hamstring - on rehab assignment)

 

Second Base Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Jose Miranda, MIN, 1B/2B/3B (Yahoo: 31%, ESPN: 9%) - Even with the return of Miguel Sano, Miranda has continued to leave his platooning past behind, starting Minnesota's last six games, including two against left-handed starters. And the rookie has been on fire in the five games since the All-Star break, collecting three hits each in three of them and slashing .500/.524/.700 over 21 PA. Miranda has a low-K/high-hit profile and is starting every day for a Minnesota offense that is looking to contend, making him one of my favorites to bust out in the second half. Lightly owned, now is the time to snag him.

Next Choices

Bryson Stott, PHI, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 7%, ESPN: 3%) - Stott continues to come around and has posted a 59 APR over the past two weeks, with a 113 wRC+ since the All-Star break. More importantly, his profile is running really points-friendly, with a 5.7% K% and 11.4% BB% over the past two weeks, while starting Philadelphia's first seven games out of the break.

Santiago Espinal, TOR, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 40%) - Espinal has a 100 APR for the year but has skidded over the past two weeks, posting a 146 APR backed by just a .257 wOBA.

Jorge Mateo, BAL, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 16%) - Mateo is on one of his patented hot streaks, collecting multiple hits in three of the past 10 games, slashing .324/.324/.618, with 1 HR and 2 SB. But with Baltimore only scheduled to face one LHP in Week 17 (against whom Mateo slugs 60 points less), the inevitable slow down might come up quick.

Kyle Farmer, CIN, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 26%, ESPN: 30%) - Farmer has been really good (and with triple-eligibility, which is nice) but is in a rough patch right now, running just a 190 APR over the past two weeks, slashing just .143/.250/.250, with a .233 wOBA and 41 APR.

Nolan Gorman, STL, 2B/3B (Yahoo: 37%, ESPN: 15%) - Gorman's big whiff profile continues to limit his value but he could get a lot more interesting if the Cardinals deal him at the deadline in a big move. Not that trade would cure his strikeout problem but wherever he ends up would likely make him a full-time player, as opposed to sitting him vs LHP as St. Louis does.

Harold Castro, DET, 1B/2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 2%, ESPN: 1%) - Don't look now but Castro has now started every game but one for Detroit since the All-Star break (with his one benching coming as part of a doubleheader). Castro has a .375 wOBA and .405 xwOBA over the past two weeks and just an 18.4% K%. If he keeps playing every day, Castro could be a viable starter under many formats.

Adam Frazier, SEA, 2B/OF (Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 39%) - Frazier's everyday role and minuscule strikeout rate keeps him viable but a 180 APR over the past two weeks isn't going to cut it.

Desperate Choices

Luis Rengifo, LAA, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 1%) - We talk about it often - playing every day with a low K% is going to return more value than you might expect. Rengifo has 38 PA over the past two weeks, with a 7.9% K% and .428 wOBA.

Chad Pinder, OAK, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 4%, ESPN: 2%) - Pinder has been the swipe-right of old, lately, posting a 48 APR over the past two weeks, with a .591 wOBA on contact. And as Oakland sells parts, his playing time could increase even more. Or, maybe he gets sold off and is only used a few games a week for his new, contending team.

Cesar Hernandez, WSH, (Yahoo: 7%, ESPN: 9%) - If all else fails, there's always Cesar Hernandez, whose biggest value-add continues to be as a collector of PAs and thus compiler of average points.

On the IL

  • Jace Peterson, MIL (sprained elbow - no timetable for return)
  • Nick Madrigal, CHC (strained groin - currently on rehab assignment)
  • Brad Miller, TEX (strained neck - approaching rehab assignment)

 

Third Base Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Alec Bohm, PHI, 1B/3B (Yahoo: 43%, ESPN: 23%) - We've talked for a while about Bohm's expected stats outweighing his actual ones and that it was only a matter of time until that gap closed. But it's finally getting tighter, with 24 APR over the past two weeks being driven by a .455 wOBA (.445 xwOBA) and .522 wOBAcon (.511 xwOBAcon). Playing every day for Philadelphia, Bohm's points-friendly profile and rising per-PA scoring rates are turning him from waiver-wire fodder to a legitimate starter.

 

Next Choices

Jeimer Candelario, DET, 1B/3B (Yahoo: 12%, ESPN: 43%) - Candelario has finally (finally!) started to cash in on some of his pre-season promises, posting a 15 APR over the past two weeks, with a .548 wOBA (.462 xwOBA) and .661 wOBAcon (.554 xwOBAcon). With 4 HR and a 237 wRC+ over since the All-Star break, he's worth a ride to see if the second-half comeback continues.

Nolan Jones, CLE, 3B/OF (Yahoo: 24%, ESPN: 8%) - The per-PA scoring rates since getting called up have been elite but more importantly, his 25% K% isn't taking away from the potential that his pop brings.

Desperate Choices

Miguel Sano, MIN, 1B/3B (Yahoo: 9%, ESPN: 10%) - Sano is 0-for since returning from the IL but even the best version of Sano isn't a profile that is playable in most point leagues.

Bobby Dalbec, BOS, 1B/3B (Yahoo: 14%, ESPN: 8%) - Attention! Attention! We have a Bobby Dalbec sighting. I repeat, we have a Bobby Dalbec sighting. Dalbec went double-dong on July 27 and has 3 HR in the past two weeks but let's not get carried away - those homers came with a 43.3% K%.

 

On the IL

 

Shortstop Waiver Wire Pickups

Shortstop continues to be a dumpster among players with it as their MVP position and I'd still rather use the players below that were covered earlier.

Best Choices

Bryson Stott, PHI, 2B/SS (Yahoo: 7%, ESPN: 3%)

Santiago Espinal, TOR, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 40%)

Next Choices

Jorge Mateo, BAL, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 36%, ESPN: 16%)

Kyle Farmer, CIN, 2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 26%, ESPN: 30%)

Harold Castro, DET, 1B/2B/3B/SS (Yahoo: 2%, ESPN: 1%)

Desperate Choices

Luis Rengifo, LAA, 2B/3B/SS/OF (Yahoo: 6%, ESPN: 1%)

On the IL

 

Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Danny Jansen, TOR (Yahoo: 12%, ESPN: 5%) - Even in a part-time role, Jansen has provided plenty of production, running a top-100 APR over the past two weeks. His per-PA scoring rates are elite, everything comes down to his playing time.

Next Choices

Carson Kelly, ARI (Yahoo: 17%, ESPN: 14%) - Welcome back, Carson Kelly!

Kelly has a 22 APR over the past two weeks, backed by a .554 wOBA and .636 wOBA on contact. He's still only a part-timer but keep in mind that he's not splitting catcher duties with Daulton Varsho, his share buddy is Jose Herrera, he of the .216 wOBA and 33 wRC+.

MJ Melendez, KC, C/OF (Yahoo: 44%, ESPN: 13%) - The rookie has been sporadic but Melendez is rich in the rarest commodities for the position by playing virtually every game. And he's starting to heat up, running a .421 wOBA and .641 xwOBAcon over the past two weeks. But unfortunately for the playing time aspect, Salvador Perez is back and Melendez's everyday role is in jeopardy.

Cal Raleigh, SEA (Yahoo: 16%, ESPN: 5%) - Raleigh has continued to get a majority of the playing time in Seattle, even with the return of Luis Torrens from the IL. Probably because the pop has continued to develop, with Raleigh posting a .421 wOBA and .621 wOBAcon on contact. But that's only made him a top-100 hitter in leagues without a strikeout penalty because those numbers come with a strikeout rate over 30%.

Desperate Choices

All catcher adds are desperate adds. Now and forever.

Yan Gomes, CHC (Yahoo: 2%, ESPN: 1%) - Gomes becomes interesting if (when) Willson Contreras gets traded, likely handing him the job all to himself.

On the IL

  • Yadier Molina, STL (knee inflammation - currently on rehab assignment)
  • Francisco Mejia, TB (shoulder impingement - no timetable for return)
  • James McCann, NYM (strained oblique - currently on rehab assignment)
  • Ryan Jeffers, MIN (fractured thumb - out 6-8 weeks)

 

Outfielder Waiver Wire Pickups

Best Choices

Alex Kirilloff, MIN, 1B/OF (Yahoo: 33%, ESPN: 28%) - Kirilloff has cooled off since a humble 8-game hitting streak but it seems clear that the hitter (and the wrist) that's come back from the minors is better than the one who went down.

Seth Brown, OAK, 1B/OF (Yahoo: 7%, ESPN: 6%) - Now that's how you celebrate having a baby! Brown came off of the paternity list on Friday and promptly went double-dong in a win over the White Sox. He's hit his way into playing every day but be careful as he might get shipped out to be a bench bat for a contender at the trade deadline.

Next Choice

A.J. Pollock, CHW (Yahoo: 22%, ESPN: 18%) - Pollock has a 73 APR over the past two weeks but I don't want any part of anyone in that decrepit pit of despair disguised as a baseball team. Just the baddest of vibes.

Darin Ruf, SF, 1B/OF (Yahoo: %, ESPN: %) - Ruf has a 105 APR over the past two weeks but with per-PA scoring rates behind it that are elite. He's gotten lucky with playing time, as the Giants have faced left-handed starters in five of their past eight games but that luck will continue in Week 17, as they'll face four lefties in a row to start the week.

David Peralta, ARI (Yahoo: 5%, ESPN: 14%) - Peralta has a 75 APR over the past two weeks but still doesn't start vs LHP. Luckily for him (and maybe you), Arizona isn't scheduled to face a left-hander in their series against the Guardians and Rockies.

Trayce Thompson, LAD (Yahoo: 3%, ESPN: 2%) - Thompson has mostly taken over left field since the middle of July, starting 10 of the Dodgers' past 11 games either there or in center. And he's hitting, not just playing, running a 27 APR over the past two weeks, with a .447 wOBA and .728 wOBAcon. But also a 37.8% K%, so be careful.

Myles Straw, CLE (Yahoo: 25%, ESPN: 28%) - Straw is finally starting to get on base again, with it being the key to his overall compiler success. But batting at the bottom of Cleveland's lineup, he still has a long way to go.

Desperate Choices

Randal Grichuk, COL (Yahoo: 30%, ESPN: 45%) - With a week of road games (and a .295 xwOBA over the past two weeks), surely you can find someone better.

Raimel Tapia, TOR (Yahoo: 20%, ESPN: 8%) - Tapia's per-PA scoring rates are outrageous but he plays like two games a week. Using him will only (but can!) work if you're in a daily league and have a lot of roster flexibility.

On the IL

  • Harrison Bader, STL (plantar fascitis - currently on rehab assignment)
  • Harold Ramirez, TB (fractured thumb - no timetable for return)
  • Juan Yepez, STL (strained forearm - no timetable for return)
  • Garrett Cooper, MIA (wrist contusion - no timetable for return)
  • Manuel Margot, TB (strained knee - no timetable for return)
  • Wil Myers, SD (knee inflammation - no timetable for return)
  • Oscar Gonzalez, CLE (strained abdominal - no timetable for return)
  • Edward Olivares, KC (strained quad - no timetable for return)
  • Trevor Larnach, MIN (core muscle surgery - expected to miss six weeks)
  • Taylor Trammell, SEA (strained hamstring - currently on rehab assignment)
  • Jake Fraley, CIN (knee inflammation - currently on rehab assignment)
  • Dominic Smith, NYM (sprained ankle - no timetable for return)



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RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for September 27th, 2022. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


Max Fried - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, MLB Injury News

Starts & Sits for MLB Week 25 - All Starting Pitcher Matchups for Fantasy Baseball

We made it to the end. Week 25 is the final 10 days of the season. I am pleased to bring you this chart one more time, and I appreciate all the readership and the feedback (good and bad). I have given a score to 4,860 probable starters this year (with some help from automation).... Read More


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Points League Pitchers: Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Baseball - Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 and our fantasy baseball waiver wire pitchers. We'll be doing this roundup of points leagues every week here at RotoBaller, with waiver wire targets and streaming pitchers being evaluated in terms of the different scoring systems of ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, and Fantrax. Player values can vary wildly from platform to platform,... Read More


Nick Mariano's Waiver Picks - Get 'Em While They're Hot (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. This is the final waiver wire piece of the baseball season for me, which is always bittersweet. I hope you are all in contention and ready to finish the year out on a high note. I've listed several adds with a change this week... Read More


Aaron Judge - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, MLB Injury News

Projecting the Top 101 ADP for the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Season

Although the end of the 2022 season is nearly upon us, it's never too early to begin off-season prep for the 2023 season. This article provides an early look at the redraft field in 2023, projecting the top 101 by ADP. We'll have you covered all offseason long as soon as the final pitch of... Read More


MLB Pitcher Advanced Metrics Studs and Duds - Season Recap

Welcome back to fantasy baseball and RotoBaller’s Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds article series! Each week, I have selected one advanced metric, chosen two pitchers with strong values and two with poor values, and analyzed what those values may mean for future performance. Sadly, we have come to the end of another fantasy baseball season... Read More


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DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/26/22): Today's Top MLB DFS Lineups

Happy Monday, RotoBallers! With a week and a half of the regular season to go, it's one of the most important times of the year to check your lineups before lock. Unfortunately, DFS managers can't assume the regular lineup these days as some teams are dreaming of the golf course, and others are planning for... Read More


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Offensive Line Champs and Chumps - Fantasy Football Matchups To Target, Avoid (Week 4)

Three weeks of the NFL season are done and scoring remains down across the league. Defenses are sitting in two-high coverage shells, forcing offenses to lean on the run game to try and open up the pass. Week 3 was the worst week of the season in terms of significant offensive line injuries. The Chargers... Read More


Cordarrelle Patterson - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Tape Tells All: Analyzing Cordarrelle Patterson's Week 3 Performance

Welcome back to Tape Tells All, the weekly series where I look at film and data for something that happened in the NFL this week. Today, I want to look at a player who set a new career-high in rushing yards in Week 3: Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson. In Week 3, Patterson had... Read More


Justin Jefferson - Fantasy Football Rankings, DFS Lineup Picks, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Warning Signals For Week 4: Carson Wentz, Darrell Henderson, Justin Jefferson

Week 3 was crazy. There was a glimpse of Kyle Pitts, and Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers combined for 26 points. Cooper Kupp's only score came from rushing the ball. But don't stress, we got you. You are counting on your lineup decisions to lead to your fantasy team's success. You want to either keep... Read More


Amon-Ra St. Brown - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Injury Reports For NFL WRs: Week 4 Updates for Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jaylen Waddle, Keenan Allen, Chris Godwin

While we've become accustomed to the running back position dealing with injuries, so far this season, it's been the receivers who have been hit hard. In Week 3, fantasy managers had to deal with star second-year receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown leaving the contest multiple times to deal with a sprained ankle and his status for... Read More


Fantasy Football Injury Roundup For NFL RBs: Week 4 Updates for Dalvin Cook, D'Andre Swift, Joe Mixon, David Montgomery

Below you will find our fantasy football injuries roundup for running backs as of September 28th, coming out of the third week of NFL action. There have been new developments surrounding the injury statuses of various NFL running backs, including Dalvin Cook, D'Andre Swift, Joe Mixon, and David Montgomery. The fantasy football season may be... Read More


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NextGen Stats - Quarterback Breakdowns and Takeaways

You can officially start panicking. We're already through three weeks of the year, and by next Monday at this time, you'll be looking at the schedule to realize that a quarter of the season is already behind us. It sucks, but it means there are still three more quarters ahead of us! Yay! To gain... Read More


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Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Week 4

Week 3 of the NFL season is over and we're onto Week 4. It was a pretty wild week of NFL action this week, with some big surprises, including the Jaguars knocking off the Chargers in a blowout, and the Dolphins doing a butt punt but still winning. In this weekly column, we'll be looking... Read More


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Fantasy Football Trade Targets - Buy/Sell For Week 4

A wild Week 3 is behind us and fantasy rosters are starting to take shape. Nothing is certain yet, but it is becoming apparent if your team is a powerhouse or if you need to make some trades to get there. Before we get into Week 4’s trade targets, let’s recap the suggestions from last... Read More


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IDP Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 4

Another week is in the bag, and several more noteworthy injuries hit us. While we are keeping an eye on Joey Bosa’s injury and the fallout of Myles Garrett's car crash, it is simply too early to know the impact of either. What we can say is the injuries to Trent Williams and Rashawn Slater... Read More


Rashaad Penny - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

The Cut List – Who to Drop for Week 4?

We've all heard the, "if it ain't broken, don't fix it" statement, but no fantasy football roster is ever perfect. Fantasy managers should constantly be tinkering with the bottom of their roster. Don't be afraid of making moves and part of that is figuring out who is cuttable. All of these start/sit and who to... Read More


Amon-Ra St. Brown - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Early Week 4 Half-PPR Rankings for Fantasy Football: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jaylen Waddle, Khalil Herbert, Keenan Allen, Gabriel Davis

It's already Week 4, and there's a lot of injuries to work through, but as always we're here to help you set some winning lineups. Below you'll find our Week 4 fantasy football half-PPR rankings for fantasy football, as of September 27th. Our goal as always is to help you set those winning lineups, so... Read More


Week 4 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2022 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Before we dive into the rankings, I want to talk quickly about overreacting and process. We're still early enough in the fantasy football season that I want to caution people against overreacting to the final total fantasy points scored and advocate for sticking to our process, even if the results aren't 100% what we want... Read More


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IDP Leagues Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football: Week 4 -- Jevon Holland, Eddie Jackson, and more

We’re three weeks into the season, and the Broncos are tied with Kansas City as the best team in the AFC West. The Jaguars are the best team in the South, the Browns, without Deshaun, are tied for the lead in the North, and the Dolphins defeated the Bills to take the undisputed lead in... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball Category Studs: Blocks And Steals

Blocks and steals, the two defensive stats used in typical category leagues, may seem secondary but they are just as important to manage as rebounds or assists, and they should not be overlooked. Yes, it feels cool to grab all the guys who can score points and average double-doubles, but if you aren't rostering players... Read More


Thunder Dan's 2023 Draft Rankings: Fantasy Basketball

I am quite possibly more excited for this NBA season than I have been for any previous season since I was a kid. I grew up watching the golden age of the NBA in the '80s and '90s and have been an NBA fan ever since. But this season is hopefully going to be like... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Centers (Part 3)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


Alex Burns' 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Rankings and Draft Analysis

I know what you're probably thinking."Fantasy basketball rankings in September? We haven't even begun training camp. Does he have nothing better to do with his time?" While I do find myself suffering from significant boredom during the NBA offseason, I want to clarify one thing: It is NEVER too early to begin discussing fantasy hoops.... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Centers (Part 2)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Centers (Part 1)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Forwards (Part 3)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Forwards (Part 2)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Forwards (Part 1)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Guards (Part 3)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Guards (Part 2)

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who are overvalued while finding gems buried down the ADP leaderboard. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. The perfect steal can give you a magnificent advantage. Today, let's talk about some players whose ADPs makes little sense given their projections--for the good... Read More


2022-23 Fantasy Basketball - Early ADP Analysis: Guards (Part 1)

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