After getting ahead with fastball command, the ability to finish hitters off either via a weak batted ball or a strikeout is the most important weapon for a good pitcher.
Anthony Rizzo was a first-round pick in many leagues but his pedestrian average has hurt his value. That should change before the season is out.
Hit trajectory is the rage today with Yonder Alonso among the examples of hitters trying to remake their careers due to focus on hitting the ball in the air rather than on the ground.
The fastball is far and away the game’s most important pitch. Even this early, we can see who is dominating with it and who is struggling.
Minnesota’s Byron Buxton has always been a fantasy gamble. The hardest thing to do early in mixed leagues is to not bail on slumping hitters. Eric Hosmer: The ground-ball heavy Hosmer, 27, always was unlikely to replicate his power from last year.
A few pitchers are greatly exceeding their strikeout projections, while others are falling short. Depending on which side your pitchers land, you should be excited or worried.
The quality of Lance McCullers’ arsenal is among the AL’s elite. Lance McCullers is elite: McCullers’ stuff is probably the best in the American League, or at least in the conversation. If you missed out on McCullers you can take a flyer on Sean Manaea and his insanely good swinging-strike rate.
After diving into pitching park factors, the big park factor we all care about for hitters is homers. But we’re not just stopping at overall park factors but focusing instead on how they impact lefty and righty hitters. For pitchers, runs are more important than homers but if your hurler is homer-prone
Michael Salfino Special to Yahoo Sports Sometimes when things look wrong, they are wrong. And I made a rookie mistake with the numbers in the prior version of this piece, which looked at pitching environment. You have my deepest apologies. I do my best to double check this data but the problem here was
Here are some hitters who stand out as very savvy draft picks based on current Yahoo ADPs. Hanley Ramirez (1B, ADP 74): According to MLB stat-provider Inside Edge, HanRam aced all the top metrics, including well-hit rate of at bats (.184 vs. MLB average .138) and quality at-bat rate (44% vs. MLB average
Will 2017 be Jake Arrieta’s final season in a Cubs uniform? Let’s look at the pitchers being selected inside the top 100 on average in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball drafts that are overvalued. Chris Sale, Red Sox (ADP: 22): One Red Sox lefty since 1988 has had an ERA under 3.50 at Fenway in at least 15 starts
J.T. Realmuto (ADP: 144): I get that bonus of the steals, which cracked double digits last year. Steals at that level are rarely evidence of any bettable skill. Yadier Molina is going seven rounds later, for example, if your objective is to gain batting average at the position.
All fantasy owners should strive to have teams balanced with youth and experience, ceiling and floor. But upside comes in many packages and it’s not only young players who have a ceiling that’s well higher than their ADP. Here’s my All-Upside Team, one player at every position (except three outfielders
Edwin Diaz has a lot of upside for anyone looking for a closer to target. Taking closers can be seen as being more a matter of will than skill. The rankings are so convergent that it simply boils down to two questions: do you want to grab at least a pair of closers at all and, if you do, do you want
The World Baseball Classic provides a unique opportunity to watch players in the spring training period under heightened competition. The MLB teams are at least likely to care more about the numbers. 1. Jose Berrios, SP, Puerto Rico: He was so bad last year but has such elite skills and prospect pedigree
When it came to looking for bargain pitchers in previous years, I leaned heavily on one my favorite ratios (K-BB)/IP. Ironically, the stat that does this in baseball is the one that I and many others are quickest to discount: ERA. With that, here are seven undervalued pitchers to target.
Now let’s get on to Week 16. For context, in their first two years together Randy Moss and Cris Carter — the best WR duo ever — had at least 75 yards each or a TD each in 41% of their games vs. about 23% for Crabtree and Cooper (who no one thinks are Moss and Carter).
Let’s preview this week’s NFL action by first focusing on the games that are expected to produce the most real and fantasy points before I go around the league to highlight the key players we should be watching and why. Saints at Cardinals (O/U: 50.5): Drew Brees ($37) has crushed his owners the last
Saints at Bucs (O/U: 51.5): Road Drew Brees ($40) after Home Drew Brees let us down, bizarrely, in Week 13. Brees should still be a top-five QB. In their last four games, which have included matchups against top QBs Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers, the Bucs lead the NFL in passer rating allowed (67.3