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BallparkBob’s Top Sleepers for 2012

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Games, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

We all love value picks.  We all love sleepers.  Who will be this season’s Lance Berkman, Joel Hanrahan, or Ian Kennedy? BallparkBob reviews his top sleepers at each position for the 2012 season.   Catcher — Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos is best known as the guy who got kidnapped in Venezuela this off-season before a daring rescue saved him.  But, he may be quite more well-known in 2012 now that Pudge Rodriguez is gone.  The 24-year-old’s ability to hit for power and average makes him an enticing sleeper for 2012.  In just 389 at bats, Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers, 52 RBIs and 48 runs scored.  He will not be pushed by backup Jesus Flores and should get the vast majority of the playing time.  Based on his 2011 season, Ramos is capable of a .270...

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Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Games | 0 comments

Win a Fantasy Baseball Dugout T-Shirt Beat BallparkBob and BatBoy BeeZee at fantasy baseball, win the league, and you’ll win a Fantasy Baseball Dugout T-shirt. To enter, click on the banner below and sign up for this league: League # 118324 Password =...

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Fantasy Baseball Tip: Watch The Games

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Infielders | 0 comments

It seems obvious enough, but it’s surprising how many serious fantasy baseball managers don’t bother to actually watch the games, especially the Spring Training games. I am just back from my annual Spring Training trip to Florida.  If you are a true baseball fan and you haven’t done this before, what are you waiting for?  Do it.  It’s a blast, especially when you get to go to the older Spring Training venues like the Pirates home in Bradenton. But, it’s also an important part of your fantasy baseball draft preparation.  You will learn things that you wouldn’t have known had you just read one of those grocery store preview magazines. Case in point.  Just a week or so ago, I went on our Spadora on Sports radio show and talked about how I predicted that Ty Wigginton would win...

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Top 27 Players Turning 27 In 2012

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 2 comments

There’s a popular theory in sabermetric circles that MLB players enter their years of peak statistical performance when they turn the age of 27. Technically, the age range of peak performance for MLB players is somewhere between 26 and 32. During this time period, a man is physically at his peak. The combination of physical peakness coupled with the repetition of swinging motions and pitch motion practice lead to outstanding statistical performance during these seasons. We aren’t the only believers in this theory. For some examples of recent memory for those skeptics, we point to the 2011 quality statistical campaigns players like almost MVP Matt Kemp, Royals 3-bagger Alex Gordon, and D-backs starter Ian Kennedy each put together the year they turned 27. So, assuming all of this “age 27” stuff is true, its probably a good idea to...

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When Is The Best Time To Draft A Pitcher?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

While in most traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball leagues they still contribute statistically to 50% of the scoring, pitchers don’t get the respect they often deserve at draft time. The main reason for this is obvious – starting pitchers only contribute once every five days, and relievers only face a handful of batters (at best). One of the most common questions at draft time is when you can get value for a pitcher. Now, taking elite pitchers out of the equation like Justin Verlander or Roy Halladay, the best time to consider taking a starting pitcher is likely the 3rd round, even better if you can stetch it to the 4th round. In the first three draft rounds, depending on where you end up in the draft order, your selection pattern should likely resemble something like this: Best available hitter...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Players with the Most Days on the DL – Last 5 Years When it comes to fantasy baseball, there’s nothing more frustrating than having holes in your lineup due to injury.  So, if you are concerned about ending up with a bunch of goose eggs in your lineup, it would make sense to avoid these players who have spent the most time on the disabled list from 2007 – 2011. Just Duschscherer – 669 Joel Zumaya – 622 Dustin McGowan – 610 Eric Chavez – 600 Kelvim Escobar – 568 Chien-Ming Wang – 560 Brandon Webb – 548 Chris Young – 547 Eric Hurley – 522 Jason Schmidt – 511 (Source-ESPN) Clearly, if you are a pitcher, you are far more likely to end up injured than if you are a position player.  Unless, of course, you are Eric...

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