Posts Tagged ‘fantasy baseball challenge’

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Upcoming SP Matchups

Friday, May 18th, 2012
2012 Fantasy Baseball: Upcoming SP Matchups

Sit Justin Verlander?

 

Knowing when to start and sit players, especially starting pitchers, can be key to a win or loss in weekly fantasy baseball leagues or H2H leagues.

Whether it’s benching a Top 30 pitcher with a tough matchup or picking up a guy off the Waiver Wire with a juicy start, playing the matchups is a skill that takes some research and the intestinal fortitude to do what the trends and statistics say instead of what your gut says.

With that in mind, here are five SPs to avoid in the upcoming week and five to plug in or grab off of Waivers.

 

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2012 Fantasy Baseball: What’s in a Name?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Is Albert Pujols in your lineup because of his name or his performance?

 

 

Oftentimes, fantasy baseball owners get a little caught up in the name game – allowing players to occupy their rosters based on name recognition instead of performance while better players, although not as popular, are outperforming them.

It’s important to balance the knowledge of a player’s past performance with an objective look at how they are performing in the moment.

With that in mind, here are 20 stats: 10 for well-known players and 10 for under-the-radar types.

Take what you want to from them, but here they are.

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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Professor Buzz Kill

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Is Jeter's buzz about to flat-line?

Is Jeter's buzz about to flat-line?

We’ve all been there. Good times, good friends, but for whatever reason it all has to come to an end. Maybe the booze ran out. Maybe the cops show up. Maybe an ex shows up. However it happens, it signifies the end of what was perceived by all to be a good thing.

That is what I’m about to do – kill the buzz on fantasy baseball players who are performing at such a high level that they can’t maintain and should fall back to Earth sometime within the next few weeks.

If you feel like riding the hot streak, fine. If you feel like trading the player away, fine. I don’t care what you do with them, but here are some players with a buzz that is soon to flat-line. (more…)

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Pick ‘Em Up!

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
2012 Fantasy Baseball: Pick 'Em Up!

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Pick 'Em Up!

In the movie ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Harry and Lloyd are driving down the road singing “Mockingbird” about to get whacked by a hitman who is riding with them when they see a Hispanic family on the side of the road. “Pick ‘em up,” says Lloyd.

The hitman holsters the gun he was about to use on them and Harry and Lloyd are safe for the time-being.

Fantasy baseball can be a lot like that. Your team’s early performance could be about to put you in a hole early in the season, but a few well-timed pickups could either turn everything around for you or at least keep you in the game until your slow-starters come around.

The following are players owned in less than 50 percent of most leagues who could have an immediate positive impact on your team. (more…)

2012 Fantasy Baseball: For Real or Fictitious

Monday, April 16th, 2012
2012 Fantasy Baseball: For Real or Fictitious?

Is Carlos Pena for real?

Every fantasy baseball season there are players who get off to hot starts. Some of them maintain a high level of production for the entire season (think Matt Kemp in 2011) and others seem to hit a wall after performing well early on.

The importance of determining which players will continue to do well and who will fall off is crucial in managing your team. A player who is off to a hot start for your team but who you think can’t continue to rake should be traded while their value is at a maximum level.

A player on another team who does the same thing should be recognized and avoided in any potential trade offers.

Let’s take a look at some players by position and see who is for real this year and who has had fictitious performances thus far. (All stats are as of Monday afternoon) (more…)