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Baseball Daily Digest Radio with @JoelHenard & myself will air at 7:00 ET!

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang will air at 7:00 ET. We’ll be joined by John Halpin:

We’ll talk Ike Davis, Carlos Gonzalez, A.j. Pierzynski, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Matt Wieters, Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, Prince Fielder, Chase Utley, Jason Kopnis, Joey Votto, Luke Hochevar, Danny Duffy, Dee Gordon, Delmon Young, B.J. Upton, Adam Jones, Hanley Ramirez, Phil Hughes, Buster Posey, Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper and other fantasy baseball and roto news and notes!

OBP, Yeah Razzballers Know Me

OBP, Yeah Razzballers Know Me for Razzball:

A look at how the fantasy baseball and ROTO values of players change in on-base percentage (OBP) leagues.

Debate Me: Is Miguel Cabrera The Number One Overall Pick? for FantasyPros911

Debate Me: Is Miguel Cabrera The Number One Overall Pick?
I debate fellow FantasyPros911 writer Tom Saucke on the number #1 over all pick in fantasy baseball and roto this season. To view the full article, visit:

A Juicers Delight: a HR-Centered Fantasy Baseball League

Gripes about fantasy baseball come in many different packages –“it’s too labor intensive”; “I don’t have time to set daily line-ups”; “the closers change too much”; “the season’s too long,” “etc.” Do you see a common thread here?

In general, people love fantasy sports – just look at fantasy football. The only differences that I see between the two is that the football season is limited to 16 games (if you are lucky), each team has significantly fewer roster spots, there is a waiver period every week and there are far fewer games to follow (usually 15 per week).

So, we have a decision to make here.  Either we call those people who love fantasy football – even though it is more random/lucky – lazy and ignore them, or, we try to bring them into the fold and slowly brainwash them into loving the pure intellectual pursuit that is fantasy baseball.

So, here is an idea for a relaxing fantasy baseball league.

Step one: make friends.

Step two: get together with said friends and draft homerun hitters.

Step three: draft 8 players and win your league when the mashers on your team out-mash the players on your friends’ teams.

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h2h Corner ~ I’m a Believer: June Edition

You’re hitting the tough part of the fantasy baseball season. At this point you’re really doubting your struggling stars and the urge to drop is high. But it’s still somewhat early. Patience isn’t always a virtue, but, in this instance, it is.

Players who will bounce back: Dan Uggla, Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, Alex Rios, Ubaldo Jimenez, Max Scherzer, Chris Carpenter, and Mat Latos.

Remember when I said Anibal Sanchez was a sleeper this year? 13th in Ks right now!

I love James Shields (always own him), but he’s not the second best fantasy pitcher…right? Can’t be….

One thing I am certain of? Kyle Lohse is not the third best pitcher in fantasy (maybe on his team, but not in baseball).

I’m amazed by the Marlins – Johnson injured, Hanley not so good/injured. I thought they’d be good, but had you told me about their injury woes and the craptastic way Vazquez has pitched, I’d be shocked they were in the play-off hunt. That said, I still think the Braves run away with the Wild Card.

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h2h Corner ~ I’m a Believer: September Edition

h2h Corner ~ I’m a Believer: September Edition

Welcome to September’s “I’m a Believer” column. Yes, I got the name from a Monkees’ song. And yes, I like the song. Did you know that Neil Diamond wrote it, as well as many other songs by the Monkees? Isn’t Neil Diamond cool (Red Sox fans)?

Like the song teaches us, this column attempts to be a fun, quick read, mostly focused on what performances we can/can’t believe in.

Without further ado, I’m a believer that:

While Ryan Braun ranks in the top 30 players this year, he has had a disappointing season. Who has been the biggest disappointment on your roster? Post below! Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold Fantasy Baseball) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

I might have been a little late to the Twitter party, and might still think it is kind-of-sort-of stupid, but there is no denying the utility of the thing. People (hotties), like Katy Perry and Eliza Dushku have active and interesting Twitter handles. In fact, Katy Perry “used Twitter to announce [her] album release” yesterday morning.

Quite simply, you learn stuff on Twitter before others who look to mainstream media outlets. You don’t even have to take part, just think of it as your sports news fix. It’s where I learned Brandon Lyon was the latest Houston closer, that AROD was going on the DL, that Joe Nathan was out for the year, that Favre was retiring and then unretiring, that Sidney Rice just had surgery, etc.. Really, you learn news there before your league mates. All you have to do is get a generic handle and follow me ( I pass along all fantasy baseball and football information I can.

Ok, that was completely self-serving – well somewhat, at least. Anyway, what I want to do with the rest of the column is pass along some players who will help you get into the play-offs and dominate in head-to-head leagues.  As always, if there is a player I missed that you have a question about, post a comment (or hit me up on Twitter).

Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Omar Infante – The great Rob Neyer outlines a case where Infante might win the batting title. In so doing, Infante might give fantasy owners a similar stretch as Freddy Sanchez did in 2006. Certainly Infante’s last seven days (.452 AVG, eight runs and three HRs) pour gasoline on the fire. Still, there is nothing in the 28-year-old’s career to suggest he is anything other than a light hitting utility player capable, but not assured, of batting around .300. Enjoy the surge while it lasts, but don’t count on it.

Lyle Overbay – Overbay has been on an RBI bender over the last seven days (he has 10 of them!). Still, the writing is on the wall and it is pretty clear Overbay is toward the end of his career. He does get great opportunities for as long as he mans first base for the Blue Jays, but he might not get consistent playing time down the stretch. If he has some decent match-ups in a given week, feel free to roll with him, otherwise, unless you are in dire need of RBIs, feel free to ignore the Bay.

Gregor Blanco and Wilson Betemit – See last week’s Royals binge. Not much else to say here, except Blanco keeps swiping bags Willie Mays Hayes-style and Betemit keeps hitting ropes like I thought he would back in 2003.

Gaby Sanchez – Early in the season, I predicted Sanchez would approach 20 HRs and be as valuable as James Loney. (I also linked to awesome photos of Katy Perry, Eliza Dushku, Rachel Billson and Allison Brie – different links than those). Well technically Sanchez is ranked higher and has hit more HRs and posted a better average. Seven-day stretches like Sanchez had recently had (two HRs, nine RBIs and a .333 AVG) make him a far better option than Loney from now until the end of the year.

Brandon Inge – recently, I tweeted with @fakebaseball (a tremendous follow for any baseball fan) about possible AROD replacements. I think a decent alternative is Inge, who has been smacking the ball around since coming off the DL (last seven days: .429 AVG, five runs and six RBIs). He will never bat that high, but has the potential to hit some HRs and scoop up some Miguel Cabreras.

Roger Bernadina – Did you know Roger Bernadina and James Loney have the same number of HRs (eight) this season? Crazy eh? Well Bernadina is trying his best to get your attention – over the last seven days, he stole two bases, hit one HR and scored four runs. He has a couple of 40+ steal seasons in the minors, which makes him an attractive free agent addition from the waiver wire for those in the need of speed.

Josh Bell – It’s always fun for me when I get to talk about young Orioles with promise. It’s even more fun to watch a young blue-chip prospect smack two HRs off of Cliff Lee. In fact, over the last seven days, Bell has the two HRs, five RBIs and a .333 AVG. Bell, a switch-hitter, hasn’t really flashed much power from the right side, so he shouldn’t be used against lefty starters. Still, if you’re in a deep league and are chasing some upside, Bell is a decent add at third base.

Armando Galarraga – Galarraga isn’t my favorite kind of pitcher (just 5.8 K/9), but he will get some starts against the most woeful line-ups the AL has to offer (Kansas City and Cleveland). He should be a pretty safe deploy in those outings (over the last seven days, he started against Cleveland and went seven IPs without allowing a run, struck out eight batters and posted a 0.43 WHIP). He gets Kansas City today.

Rich Harden – Don’t blink, or you’ll miss Rich Harden’s latest attempt to stay off the disabled list. In his first start back, Harden went 6.2 no-run innings and posted a 0.75 WHIP. He also fanned six batters. Harden is always a good type to have on your bench in case you are losing ratios and trying to make a run at Ks. He’ll hurt your WHIP, typically, but the Ks will, generally, be there.

Joe Blanton – Blanton could not have found his groove any faster for the Phillies. Over the last seven days, in 13.1 IPs, Blanton struck out 16 batters and posted a 2.02 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He has been successful in the past and has been pretty unlucky this year (.336 BAbip). He actually has a FIP of 4.28 – there might be far more good outings down the stretch than bad.

Then you’re cold…then you’re no…then you’re out…then you’re down

Jered Weaver – Jered Weaver always reminds me of three things: The Scout, the Great Earl Weaver and this scene. His last seven days must have reminded owners of a nightmare however (11 IPs, seven Ks and an 8.18 ERA and 1.64 WHIP). While his K/9 rate has clearly spiked this season (9.78 compared to 7.82 for his career), there really aren’t any underlying statistics to say his performance is absurdly lucky. His FIP (3.31) is right in line with his ERA (3.21), his BAbip is right around .300 and he has a slightly lucky strand rate (75.9%). Basically he had a couple of rough road outings and should be fine going forward.

Barry Zito – I must have mentioned a dozen times that Zito was prime for a fall. So shame on you if you were stuck with him over the last seven days (8.2 IPs, three Ks, 9.35 ERA and 2.08 WHIP). His K/9 rate has actually dropped from 7.22 last year to 6.57 this year. In addition he has a .282 BAbip and a 76.1% strand rate. He’s been a tad lucky which is why his FIP (4.13) is a decent amount higher than his ERA (3.75). All of this is by way of saying that you should be very careful with the way you use him going forward.

Tim Hudson – It appears some of Tim Hudson’s luck has run out (last seven days: 13 IPs, seven Ks, a 4.15 ERA and 1.38 WHIP). Quite frankly, Hudson’s ratios have been incredibly lucky so far this season. He has a .239 BAbip and 83.5% strand rate. In fact his FIP (3.89) is 1.6 points higher than his ERA (2.28). While Hudson is clearly not a sub-3.00 ERA pitcher, he is someone who can pitch in the 3.50-4.00 range and win some ball games – just be careful when he faces some of the more imposing line-ups in the NL.

Adam Lind – Did Jose Bautista somehow zap all of Adam Lind’s and Aaron Hill’s (more on him below) power? No one really thought Lind would repeat last season’s exploits, but he seemed a lock for 25+ HRs. Unfortunately, he has continued his miserably unsuccessful season over the last seven days (.067 AVG). At this point, if you have held onto him (he is 69% owned), it might be time to test the free agent pool. Just go with the latest hot hand – it’ll be much more worth your time than Lind.

Aaron Hill – Yucky, Aaron Hill’s 2010 campaign has been one to forget, yet people are still using him (76% owned) through the rough stretches (.053 AVG over the last seven days). Sure, second base is deep, but Omar Infante does qualify there. At the least, Infante won’t prohibit you from competing in AVG from week-to-week.

All stats as of noon on August 24, 2010.

FB101’s 411: Be sure you know how to judge a hot streak. Omar Infante, Gaby Sanchez, Gregor Blanco, Joe Blanton, and Rich Harden make good adds. Keep your eye on Josh Bell, Armando Galarraga, Roger Bernadina, Brandon Inge, and Wilson Betemit. You are allowed to sort of give up on Adam Lind and Aaron Hill.

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h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

In honor of everything that is good and holy in America and because you are busy this weekend with BBQs, parades and fireworks, this week’s Katy Perry lesson is merely a link to “The Full Esquire Nude Shoot (PHOTOS).”

Drink responsibly and drink American (sort of)!

Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Coco Crisp – Since coming off the DL, Crisp has torn it up. Over the last seven days, Crisp hit .474 with nine runs and three SBs. When Crisp is healthy, he’ll steal. He is also pushing Rajai Davis (more on him later) to the bench. Crisp makes a great pick up in 12-team and deeper leagues.

Clint Barmes –While Barmes has not performed well this season, there are some signs of life. Over the last seven days, Barmes hit .407, two HRs and added seven RBIs. With Troy Tulowitzki injured, playing time is not as tenuous as it was a week ago. I’d be adding Barmes in NL-only and 20-teamers.

Corey Patterson – Over the last seven days, one-time big time Cubs prospect Patterson hit .500. He also scored six runs and stole three bases. Felix Pie (a more recent big time Cubs prospect) is expected back within the week, so Patterson’s playing time could be in jeopardy. However, Luke Scott did hit the DL, so there is a chance the Orioles will give regular at bats to Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Patterson and Pie. Still, there isn’t much upside with Patterson. His best value lies in super deep leagues and AL-onlys. Shallower mixed league owners can ignore the week.

Cliff Pennington –The shortstop position has not been kind to fantasy owners this year. Pennington has been a pretty regular waiver wire tease in 12-team leagues, especially over the last seven days (.476 AVG, five RBIs and three SBs). If you are looking for shortstop help, Pennington makes a pretty good grab. He’ll hit for a decent average, score some runs and steal the occasional base. At the least, he won’t hurt you.

Wilson Valdez – With Chase Utley and Placido Polanco hitting the DL, Valdez has a clear route to playing time as long as he performs. Well, so far, he has (.278 AVG and two HRs over the last seven days). Still, Valdez is 32 and hasn’t done anything special so far. Basically, he’ll provide a .260 or so average and score some runs in a (still) impressive Phillies line-up. He is really only a super deep or NL-only option.

Matt LaPorta – With the trade of Russell Branyan, LaPorta (who was killing the ball in the minors) gets another shot at major league pitching. So far, the six percent owned 1b/OF has hit three HRs in just 17 ABs. Let’s temper expectations a bit though, as he owns a career .243 average in the Bigs. He was a big time prospect who is maturing (he is 25) so he might be hitting his stride. Nevertheless, I doubt if his value will ever be higher. If you can trade him (including in keeper leagues), I’d strongly consider it.

Wilson Betemit –Maybe it’s all those Betemit rookie cards I have, but I’ve always held a fantasy baseball fondness for Betemit. Over the last seven days, he hit .455 and smacked a homer. I’d definitely recommend stashing him in AL-only leagues, but that’s about it. He’s shown glimpses of real power, but who knows about his playing time in Kansas City.

Vicente Padilla – The Padilla Flotilla is back, in full effect. Last week, in two starts, he struck out 12, posted a 1.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. He seems to like pitching in Dodger stadium, as evidenced by his surge at the end of 2009. Still, this week represents the best two start combo he’ll have all year. That doesn’t mean he is worthless. He is definitely worth a grab in NL-only and 20-teamers.

Travis Wood – All of a sudden the Reds are oozing young pitching prospects out of the minors. Wood, 23, is the latest to toe the rubber. In his first major league start, Wood went seven innings, gave up just two runs, struck out four and posted a 0.71 WHIP. In six minor league seasons, Wood has posted a 3.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Most recently in AAA, Wood posted a 3.13 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 7.9 Ks/9. He hasn’t appeared to have a problem with the HR ball (0.7 per nine in the minors), so he could have some success this season. From the guy who brought you John Ely and Jhoulys Chacin, grab him in most leagues.

Then you’re cold…then you’re no…then you’re out…then you’re down

Cole Hamels – Last week, Hamels got two starts: 11 IPs, 11Ks, but a 6.55/1.55 ERA/WHIP. At this point, I might have to stop making apologies for Hamels. He has a .297 Babip this season (.300 over the last seven days). He is striking out more batters (8.9/9 in 2010 versus 7.8 last year); however he is walking about one more batter per game. Until those walk numbers come down and he gives up a few less HRs, Hamels is not a fantastic option. He looks a lot more like AJ Burnett than Cliff Lee.

Mike Pelfrey – I feel like I’ve piled on Pelfrey lately, but I kind of have to. He simply isn’t the kind of pitcher that can give you something when he doesn’t have his stuff. For instance, while Hamels sucked last week, he did offer 11 Ks. Meanwhile, in Pelfrey’s two starts, he only collected 5 Ks, while posting a 5.06 ERA and 1.78 WHIP. Quite simply, he can’t help in all categories, which keeps him from being a fantasy stud. He’s still good, but more of a #2/3 starter.

Rajai Davis – With the health and emergence of Coco Crisp, Davis has seen his playing time cut. The A’s have never seemed to be big Davis fans and it is really showing. Unfortunately, it has also translated to the field. Over the last seven Davis, in just 13 ABs, collected one hit. It’s probably dumps time for Davis in mixed leagues.

Jose Bautista – With a .230 hitter (as Mark Reynolds’ owners can attest), there will be weeks like this. Over the last seven days, Bautista hit .192. I think Bautista owners should get use to this, as he’ll have a much rockier second half than he did in the first. He simply isn’t that reliable.

All stats as of noon July 2.

FB101’s 411: Be sure you know how to judge a hot streak. Coco Crisp, Pennington, and Wood make good adds. Keep your eye on Patterson, Barmes, LaPorta, Padilla, and Betemit.

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