Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy Baseball News’

Fantasy Baseball Top Prospects: Michael Pineda Flashes Promise

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Pineda looks to be legit in the early going

Baseball is back in our lives and the grind of a full season is finally hitting some of the rookies on this list. A few have responded quite positively and others have been completely overwhelmed. After two plus weeks of action youngsters like Kyle Drabek and Michael Pineda have flourished, while others like Brandon Belt and Freddie Freeman seem to be overmatched. Some new names have jumped into the rankings this week and other entrants are familiar, having made the list in the preseason. Patterns are certainly starting to develop and tendencies can easily be seen so now more than ever make sure to pay close attention and get your learn on.

 

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings: Matt Kemp is on Fire

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Matt Kemp looks like a different player in 2011.

It isn’t summer just yet, but there are some players out there who are HOT …and some who are NOT.  Check out the list below to see who did (and who didn’t) put up big numbers over the past week. Check out these fantasy baseball rankings and decide which player(s) might be considered a fantasy baseball sleeper this week.

Who’s Hot

Matt Kemp, LAD OF – Fans of Dodgertown have to love the way Matt Kemp starts off a season.  In his career, “The Bison” is a .330 hitter in March/April, and his start to the 2011 campaign has been no different.  (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Miguel Cabrera Keeps Raking

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Cabrera is a top draft choice in any format.

Getting off to a fast start is always crucial when it comes to success in fantasy baseball. You want to see that your investments are heading in the right direction and that your team is actually going to do what you’ve envisioned them doing all spring training long. Those winning streaks are always nice in the early going, especially after all that pre-season trash talk. Here’s a look at 10 players that have fantasy baseball owners very happy thus far. With some big names and some fantasy baseball sleepers, there are some serious surprises in the early going.

 

1B, Miguel Cabrera/Detroit Tigers: Other than a few hitless games during the first week of regular season play in 2008, has the guy ever had a rough start? (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.