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2013 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Guide [Updated 3.15] for @TheFantasyFix

I’ve updated the 2013 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Guide . I have edited the sections on:

  • Grant Balfour
  • Luke Hochevar
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Chris Perez
  • Ryan Madson
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Frank Herrmann
  • Fernando Rodriguez
  • Craig Breslow

For more information, visit: http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2013/03/2013-fantasy-baseball-relief-pitcher-guide-updated-3-15/.

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2013 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Catcher Rankings and Preview for @FP911

2013 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Catcher Rankings and Preview for Fantasy Pros 911: http://fp911.com/2013-fantasy-baseball-head-to-head-catcher-rankings-preview/. 

For a brief tutorial on how to use my head-to-head ranks, please visit here. For all of my in-depth rankings breakdowns, please visit http://fp911.com/author/albertlang/. For spreadsheets of rankings visit here.

Why I (generally) Avoid Catchers: Given the lack of consistent at bats and injury concerns at the position, I tend to hate drafting catchers early (so they are typically inordinately low on my board). It’s not hard to get top 5-10 catchers at the end of the draft or even off the wire. I’ve never owned Joe Mauer or Victor Martinez (aside from his under-the-radar breakout year in 2004). Read the full article here.

2013 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Guide [Updated 3.7] for @thefantasyfix

I’ve updated the 2013 Relief Pitcher Guide and made it free to everyone via the Fantasy Fix. I have improved on the Trevor Rosenthal, Derek Lowe and Jenrry Mejia sections. For the updates/additions, check out http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2013/03/2013-fantasy-baseball-relief-pitcher-guide-updated-3-7/.

Survivor: Caramoan, Episode III

Shamar, man, that dude is not long for the game. Did he learn nothing in the military? Why is he so flappable? You were in Iraq, holy crap man. Reynold needs to keep needling him. Only chance he has.

Eddie comes off as a moron, so glad I went Eddie-Reynold-Shamar wow.

Could they just put Brandon and Shamar on an island and see what happens? What did they use to do? Exile island or something?

Reynold just needle Shamar, only chance you got. Man this tall older woman is smart. She’s like Cirie, real smart but no one pays attention to her. Her name is Sherri even! Heck! When do you think you start knowing people’s names in survivor. There are still 18 of them and I can’t keep the newbies straight, they’re all blond.

How do you think the military feels that Shamar was just compared to a snotty-nosed teenager and is about ready to quit?

He is just coming up with excuses for when he loses now, disheartening? Bitch, please.

Phillip just described his basketball game with “double dribble” and “nothing but air” — not exactly basketball savant attributes.

Man, we slept on Malcolm. Damn. I think I’m rooting for Malcolm, and I don’t even own him, at least Corinne is playing him.

These discover credit card commercials are horrible. Here’s one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am13QuDpokk. CBS sure knows how to pack commercials into online content.

A Pavarti sighting– how is her real last name actually shallow?

I love Cochran. Change my mind, want him to win.

Most people don’t like Corinne–she is a bitch and like crazy. At least that’s my memory. You have Corinne, LOLOLOLOL!!!! I was not drafting her.

That said, Andrea playing way too hard right now, hey-Zeus.  Andrea really thought telling Brandon was a good idea? He’s not stable.

Still Brandon makes a lot of threats. I don’t recall him actually peeing in rice, right? He hasn’t burned people’s shoes like Russell. God I love Russell. I miss him.

I bet Shamar quits (written before Shamar talks about quitting). He’s a drama queen. Pure and simple. The looks on his tribes-mates face when he tells them about his issues seems like what the surreal life cast looked like when they read the mystery celebs rap sheet—-it was Jose Canseco. Then Janice Dickinson got all up in his business.

I don’t want to make fun of Shamar anymore. War is hard, I imagine. Shamar’ll do the right thing and fall on his sword at some point. Good dude.

Reynold calling him out on it but no one could possibly know what Shamar is dealing with. Stress can do all sorts of things.

Erik gonna dominate this challenge.

These combo immunity-rewards really skew the fantasy points given how uneven our teams are. Go newbies!

Why didn’t Cochrane learn to swim? What the hell? I kind of thought he’d do some training, he had to know in the back of his mind he might be back on at some point.

How did the fans take lead? Weird. Seems like someone could drown doing this.

Damn it fans—carry that stupid thing out the water.

Reynold can throw things. Maybe he played in the NBA with Philip? Why did they switch tossers so often? You’d think one person would be better. Damn it Eddie. You suck.

I still think Eddie goes home. But who knows?

You are beating me badly. Yikes. Knew I should’ve gone Erik first.

Wait, I change mind. Eddie’s boo goes home, whoever it is. Laura? Nope Laura is the weak one. Hope, that’s her name.

Hope should have been able to figure out the plan on her own. Clearly they’ll split the vote and she’d have to vote for Eddie and she would be fine. I have Hope, Eddie, Shamar and Reynold, so I’m screwed regardless.  For his sake, I kind of hope Shamar goes. But, still, Hope was an idiot, why not save yourself? Then it’s just you and Reynold on one side with an idol….

Sherri needs a lower profile, she smart.

How is Reynold allowed to just keep the idol? Very odd.

It’s Shamar, right? This gonna be epic. Or Shamar will just feel relieved.

It probably should have been Hope, but it is what it is.

You are going to kill me in this. Yikes

Wow a 3 way tie!!!!!! Blows my mind. Surprised the Shamar stuff didn’t work. Sherri got control of folks? Hope is the smart one to get rid of. Shamar isn’t weak and is a perpetual scapegoat. They’re good to have around–malcontents have a purpose.

Good season so far. I have the points from one more eliminated player and am still losing.

Sherri and Eddie fight, not good for me.

Bryan: 49 (9 Players); Me: 39 (8 Players)

2013 Updated Relief Pitcher Guide

I’ve updated the 2013 Relief Pitcher Guide and made it free to everyone via the Fantasy Fix. You’ll get about 42,000 words on mostly relievers and how they might fit into saves, holds, K/9 and other types of leagues.

For cliff notes, check out here and here, which focused on some sleeper candidates  including Rhiner Cruz, Kelvin Herrera, Carter Capps, Esmil Rogers, Junichi Tazawa, Jake McGee, Tommy Hunter, Cory Burns, A.J. Ramos, Fernando Salas, Josh Edgin, Nick Vincent, Brad Brach, Zach Stewart, Chris Leroux, Raul Valdes, and Adam Ottavino. I also went into some potentially volatile bull pen situations and which relievers might gain value in head-to-head leagues here.

For full details read the article at http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2013/03/2013-updated-relief-pitcher-guide/.

2013 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Third Basemen Rankings & Preview for @FP911

2013 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Third Basemen Rankings & Preview for Fantasy Pros 911.

For a brief tutorial on how to use my head-to-head ranks, please visit here. For all of my in-depth rankings breakdowns, please visit http://fp911.com/author/albertlang/. For spreadsheets of rankings visit here.

Mark Reynolds (#118 Hitter, #27 1B, #15 3B) was covered in the first basemen preview here.

In the minors, Mike Moustakas (#137 Hitter, #16 3B) was a power dynamo, slugging 36 HRs between AA and AAA in 2010. He seemed to get his stroke back at the beginning of 2012, socking 15 HRs in the first half, but finished with just 20 total bombs.

For the rest of the preview, visit FP911: http://fp911.com/2013-fantasy-baseball-head-to-head-third-basemen-rankings-preview/

2013 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Second Basemen Rankings & Preview for @FP911

2013 Fantasy Baseball Head-to-Head Second Basemen Rankings & Preview for Fantasy Pros 911. 

For a brief tutorial on how to use my head-to-head ranks, please visit here. For all of my in-depth rankings breakdowns, please visit http://fp911.com/author/albertlang/. For spreadsheets of rankings visit here.

Even with Dan Uggla’s (#52 Hitter, #6 2B) disastrous 2012, he has the 17th most HRs since 2010 – that’s among all hitters, not just second basemen. Among second basemen, he has the second most HRs, is tied for the fourth most runs, and has the second most RBIs since 2010.

Read the full article herehttp://fp911.com/2013-fantasy-baseball-head-to-head-second-basemen-rankings-preview/.