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2011 Fantasy Baseball: What’s with all the inconsistency?

Friday, July 8th, 2011

What's with all the inconsistency out here?

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed in this wonderful game of fantasy baseball is that nothing is ever guaranteed.  Don’t get me wrong, nothing is ever guaranteed in any sport, but for some reason I just feel like in fantasy baseball, and even real-life baseball for that matter, nothing is ever, ever predictable.  For the 6 years that I’ve been playing fantasy baseball, the overall league stats by the half-way point in the season just never seem to play out the way that you would think they should.

For example, in my 16-team league, I’m currently matched up against the 15th place team and here I am losing to him going into Friday ball.  Yet looking at the overall team stats for the season, I’ve got him beat in almost every category by large margins.  I am the 2nd ranked team in that league, so theoretically, I should be crushing this guy, but I am not.  They say that the stats never lie, well in baseball they do! (more…)

All-Star Balloting Special Edition: Power Rankings for AL Snubs

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko was left off of the AL All-Star roster.

With the announcement of the National League and American League All-Star rosters, there is always going to be speculation of who should have gotten in, and who should have stayed out. Voters did a better job this year on who should be playing in the game, with a few exceptions. The National League roster looks more “deserving” than the American League, but both lineups look solid. Here are the top 10 snubs for the American League, including hitters and pitchers.

1) Paul Konerko – CHW

The guy who has received all the publicity for being left out of the big game has received that press for good reason. Paul Konerko is a potential MVP-candidate, but the AL is too stacked with slugging first basemen. (more…)

All-Star Balloting Special Edition: Power Rankings for NL Snubs

Monday, July 4th, 2011
Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen is not on the NL All-Star roster yet.

Every year, the fans vote in their starting lineup for the All-Star game, and it seems every year it is just a popularity contest, with no eye for the players who actually deserve an All-Star nod. Has this year been different? The answer may depend on what league you are looking at. Inevitably, however, there will always be snubs more deserving to play in the game than those who were voted in or tapped by their peers as All-Stars. These are the top 10 snubs for the National League, including hitters and pitchers.

1) Andrew McCutchen – PIT

McCutchen has been featured in our NL Power Rankings a few times, and for good reason. The 5’ 10”, 190 pound centerfielder has hit .294 with 12 HRs, and 45 runs knocked in. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Week 14 (July 4-10) Injury Report

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Another one bites the dust!

OF, Torii Hunter/L.A. Angels: On Friday, July 1st, during the first inning of the game, Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch on his left hand from Hiroki Kuroda and was removed from the game after playing two innings after the incident.  X-rays came back negative, but he was still held out of the lineup for both Saturday and Sunday and is listed as day-to-day.  The injury is being called a bruised left hand.  Manager Mike Scioscia did however say that Hunter would be available for defense and pinch-running, so it doesn’t sound like the injury is too serious.  For managers in weekly lineup leagues, if you have another solid option on the bench, I would use it until he proves he can still hit with that wrist.  Daily leagues, keep him sidelined until further notice. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: What’s With All the Fantasy Stud Drop Off?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

What's with all the stud drop off?

What’s wrong with Carl Crawford?  What’s wrong with Adam Dunn?  Or how about Hanley Ramirez, Chone Figgins and even David Wright, hitting only .226 in 146 at bats before he went on the DL?  What’s wrong with these guys?  Why do we see that every year in fantasy baseball, where guys that have always been good and have always produced at a high level, fantasy studs, if you will, suddenly come out the next year to struggle and hit for a horribly low average? (more…)