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Jason Heyward (OF, CHC) - Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

Cubs Select Nico Hoerner 24th Overall

The Chicago Cubs selected shortstop Nico Hoerner 24th overall in the MLB Amateur draft out of Stanford University. Hoerner is a right-handed hitting shortstop that is considered at reach at 24, but the Cubs care not for your mock drafts. Kyle Schwarber was projected as a potential third-round pick before being selected fourth overall. Hoerner does... Read More

1 year ago

Future Tense: Arizona Fall League, Part III: Mesa Solar Sox

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

4 years ago

Hector Rondon (RP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues for Saves OWNED IN: 68% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: It's no sure thing yet, but it seems that Rondon is the closer again in Chicago. Earlier in the season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon pulled him from the job after a rough start to an inning, not even an implosion. Fantasy... Read More

4 years ago

Jorge Soler (CHC, OF) - Waiver Wire Analysis

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 78% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: So he likely isn't available in many leagues, and he shouldn't be, but just be sure that nobody dropped him because of his DL stint. We saw what he was capable of last year at the end of the season, and it was very... Read More

4 years ago

Cubs Sign Rafael Soriano to Minor League Contract

More than two months into the season, reliever Rafael Soriano has found a home. Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs announced they have signed the 35 year old right-hander for the rest of the 2015 season. The deal is worth $4.1 million in base salary, with incentives possibly earning him up to another $4 million. The signing... Read More

4 years ago


Pedro Strop (RP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Saves are one of the most fickle categories in fantasy baseball, and Saturday afternoon showed us why. After being called on to try and shut the door on the Nationals during yesterday's game, Hector Rondon was pulled after facing only batter. He walked Anthony Rendon, so... Read More

4 years ago

Four Starting Pitcher Breakout Candidates for 2015

In order to stay relevant and competitive in MLB baseball, a team must have a constant flow of rising young pitching. Without this key element a team might as well yell over their PA system to their fans, "Expect fireworks before, during and after tonight's game. Direct your eyes upwards at all costs."   The... Read More

5 years ago

Kyle Hendricks: MLB Prospects, Rookies & Call-Ups Evaluation

Recent MLB Prospect Call-Ups After trading away both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs are short on major league starting pitching for the rest of 2014. With all the hype around the Cubs stacked infield prospects, including Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Addison Russell, their prospect pitchers can... Read More

5 years ago

Jason Hammel (SP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Jason Hammel has had a nice start to his 2014, going 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 37 Ks in 47.2 innings. Considering he’s on the Cubs in the bottom of the ever competitive NL Central, it’s an immediate handicap in terms of fantasy relevance. However,... Read More

5 years ago

Three Overvalued Shortstops: 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

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

6 years ago


MLB News and Analysis: What Team Will Masahiro Tanaka End Up With

  Where Will Tanaka Land?   Arguably the most talked about free agent of the offseason, 25-year-old Masahiro Tanaka has MLB owners drooling. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the specifics of this hype monster, here's a brief recap: Strikingly similar to Hiroki Kuroda, Tanaka features a low 90s fastball, excellent control, and... Read More

6 years ago

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Week 7 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

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Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 7

It was another big week at the quarterback position, as five quarterbacks topped 30 points and 12 scored more than 20 heading into Sunday Night Football. Most of the big performers were players we expect, such as Matt Ryan and Deshaun Watson, but we also got some surprising starts from quarterbacks who are widely available.... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

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Week 6 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

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Updated Week 6 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

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