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2011 Fantasy Baseball: Week 19 Injury Report

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Another week, another update

By now I’m sure you already know how my saying goes; another week of fantasy baseball means another week of injury updates. Take a look at who’s coming and going for week 19 of fantasy baseball action.

OF, Melky Cabrera/Kansas City Royals: Melky Cabrera was pulled from Saturday night’s game because of a sore left ankle. He hurt that same left ankle earlier in the week, so he might get extended time off for the ankle to fully recover. He was scratched from Sunday’s game and whether he will play or not on Monday, against the Rays, is yet to be seen. The Royals don’t seem to be making too much of the issue, so for right now it doesn’t seem too serious. Melky is considered day-to-day for now. (more…)

Roto Strategy: Stats, not Players, Win Fantasy Baseball

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Davis is tied for the AL lead in stolen bases- but what are they worth to your fantasy team?

It’s time for a little more Fantasy Baseball Strategy. Last week, I mentioned looking at splits for your hitter: Often the differences in ballpark are brought to our attention, but it’s largely ignored how well a certain hitter fares against right vs. left-handed pitching (The skill level of the pitcher should be taken into account as well).

Another way to add value to your Fantasy team is by specifically addressing existing statistical needs, as opposed to amassing statistics as a whole. This can be used to make a trade not only win-win, but win-big win, where you are the big winner, not Mikey (anyone catch the ‘Swingers’ reference? No? You mean you didn’t watch it eight times a week in college like me?).

Trades generally go this way: A player is exchanged for another team’s player, or player(s) of roughly equivalent value. But Fantasy Baseball is not about who has the best collection of players. It’s about who has the best collection of statistics, at least in roto leagues.  A more advanced way to think about trading is to look at statistics, not just what you have as opposed to what you need, but in terms of what will bring the biggest gain. Saves and steals are often coveted in Fantasy baseball (and thus overvalued) because they are less commonly accrued by major leaguers. But saves have close to zero value for someone leading the category by 50 with two months remaining in the season.  Likewise, runs may be less valuable than saves in general, but when the race for most runs in a league becomes tight midway through the season, and you can gain three or four points in the standings with a good day, adding a player that will give you a boost in this category becomes paramount. (more…)

AL Power Rankings: As August Heats Up, So Does the AL East

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox have a lot to celebrate about.

Adrian Gonzalez is trailed by a slew of Yankees and Red Sox, fittingly, as those two teams compete for the top spot in the AL East. The best players come through when their team needs them the most, and the best bats in the American League are proving themselves in tight pennant races. There are some big numbers showing up recently as the season winds down. Here are the American League Power Rankings as of August 3rd.

1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 1)

Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI total now sits at 90, which means he will almost definitely be the first player in baseball to cross over the 100 RBI mark, with much of the season left to play. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Week 18 Injury Report

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Another week, another update

Another week of baseball, another week of injury updates. Take a look at some big names that may or may not be able to help your fantasy cause for this week.

1B, Paul Konerko/Chicago White Sox: After being hit by a pitch on his left calf during Sunday’s game, Paul Konerko was removed from the lineup and given the rest of the day off. After X-rays were taken, only a bruise was revealed. Consider the injury minor and expect to see Pauli back in the White Sox lineup on Monday, at home, against the New York Yankees; a series in which Ozzie Guillen will most assuredly want Konerko to be a part of. (more…)

NL Power Rankings: Matt Kemp Back on Top as Trade Deadline Passes

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp is right back on top of the NL

The buyers have brought in new talent, and sellers have unloaded some of their best bats for young talent. The July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, and while most of the best producers have stayed put, some big bats have shuffled around the league. As the division races heat up, fans will find out who has the best value as the season winds down. These are the National League Power Rankings as of July 31st.

1) Matt Kemp – LAD (Last Week: 4)

Matt Kemp’s last week has been a good one, and hopefully one that has him back on track. Over his past 8 games, he has compiled 14 hits, with 3 doubles and 2 homers. (more…)