Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy Baseball Advice’

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Old Faces in New Places

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Crawford has gotten off to a slow start in 2011.

Every year in this crazy world of professional sports, some huge free agent acquisition goes down, or someone gets picked up off waivers and we wonder how that player could even look in another uniform. Think of Drew Brees playing for the San Diego Chargers before he went to the New Orleans Saints, or even Johnny Damon signing with the Yankees in 06, which I thought was the craziest thing ever, especially after being so popular with the Boston Red Sox and supposedly hating the Yankees. What about all those so-called bloody games and brutal series’ they had together? Anyway, it’s hard to imagine seeing certain players in different uniforms, but it happens every year and we always wonder how it’s all going to pan out for the new team and player.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Zach Britton & Week One Sleepers

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Britton has looked VERY impressive.

While many fantasy baseball owners try to find sleepers in the draft, the more effective way to find them is in the early parts of the season. We have seen a lot of young pitchers make statements in the first couple weeks of our young season. While veterans may provide owners with more consistency, there is no doubting the young pitching talent that has sprouted up across the major leagues already, providing owners with a nice crop of fantasy baseball sleepers.
Zach Britton – SP – Baltimore Orioles
Britton started the season off on a solid note by holding the Rays to only three hits and one run over six innings in his major league debut. The young lefty had a 6:3 strikeout to walk ratio while keeping his pitch count down. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: No Slow Start for Mark Teixeira, Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Teixeira has gotten off to quick start for his owners!

Well, we are officially a week deep into the 2011 fantasy baseball season. It might be a bit premature to start giving Add/Drop advice, but it’s never too early to say “Who’s HOT” and “Who’s NOT.” Check out the list below of guys who have started off 2011 on the right (or wrong) foot, and fill some holes in your fantasy baseball lineup.

Who’s HOT


Mark Teixeira, NYY – Known as a notoriously slow-starter in March/April (career .237 BA), Teixeira shed that moniker and began the 2011 season with a bang. Through the first six games, “Tex” has gone yard four times, driven in 10 runs, scored six runs, and is batting a solid .286. Teixeira’s hot start has to have fantasy owners excited about the upcoming months, and if the big switch-hitting first baseman can stay in a season-long groove, fans in the outfield stands of New Yankee Stadium will be in for a summer treat. (more…)

Fantasy Baseball Top Prospects: Jeremy Hellickson Puts on a Show

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Jeremy Hellickson can be the next big thing in fantasy baseball.

The first week of the fantasy baseball season has come and gone and one group has already made quite a name for themselves, the rookies. Just about every youngster found in the rankings this week made great strides over the last seven days. In just a short period of time these young guns have stepped up into the spot and forced people to recognize their game. Pitchers dominate the rankings this week and it’s with good reason too. Some of the following young men outdueled proven veterans last week and gave themselves additional confidence as they progress toward rookie of the year dreams. Let’s take a closer look at these very sound fantasy baseball sleepers. (more…)

Fantasy Baseball Injury Watch: Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria Lands on DL

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Longo will be sidelined with an oblique injury.

We are less than a week into the MLB season and the fantasy baseball world has already been rocked by injuries. It seems that everyday another big time player has been added to the DL, leaving fantasy baseball owners with the blues. The trainers and team doctors are having to really work for their paycheck in this young season more so than seasons past. Let’s take a look at some fantasy baseball injuries around the league.
Evan Longoria, 3B Tampa Bay Rays
Bad news coming out of Tampa, as the Rays expect all-star third baseman Evan Longoria to miss a minimum of three weeks with a strained muscle in his left side. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, and manager Joe Maddon opted to start Sean Rodriguez in his place. This is obviously a big loss for the Rays, who are already off to a slow start. It is also a tough break for Longoria’s fantasy owners, who will be without his services for the first few weeks of fantasy baseball. Owners will have to look for an alternative for the time being, and hope that this type of oblique injury doesn’t linger.
Matt Holliday, OF St. Louis Cardinals
Holliday underwent an appendectomy after starting opening day, and is out indefinitely. While it now appears that Holliday will avoid the 15-day DL, the Cardinals are still uncertain how long he will be out. He began swinging a bat yesterday and it seems that his return may come sooner than originally expected.
Adam Dunn, DH Chicago White Sox
Like Holliday, Dunn had to undergo an emergency appendectomy Tuesday night and will have to sit out at least five games. Dunn is not expected to be placed on the DL, but owners will have to adjust their daily line-ups accordingly until he returns.
Brian Matusz, SP Baltimore Orioles
The bright future for this talented young lefty will have to be put on a hold, at least for now. Matusz felt some soreness in his back and an MRI revealed a severe strain that could sideline him anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Zach Britton will take the open spot in the rotation, and had an impressive first outing. Matusz owners may want to add the young lefty as he could provide some solid numbers in the short term.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP Colorado Rockies
The Rockies had to place their ace on the DL as he recovers from a cracked cuticle on his pitching hand. Jimenez complained that he couldn’t grip the ball properly and that his breaking pitches lacked spin because of this injury. Jorge De La Rosa will start in his place this Friday.
Jake Peavy, SP Chicago White Sox
The often-injured Peavy is recovering from his offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his shoulder. Reports out of the White Sox camp are that he is progressing well and is targeting a return in late April. Peavy threw a simulated game last Sunday and reported no pain. He will have to make at least one minor league start before he joins the big club.