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Hitters to Watch

Posted by on Jul 2, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders | 0 comments

Players to watch as we head into the final full week before the All-Star game. Mike Napoli, Catcher, Rangers — Napoli has been on the shelf with a strained oblique since June 11.  He’ll be eased back into the lineup this week beginning on Monday against the Orioles after a rehab assignment at Round Rock.  Napoli belted 26 homeruns last year for the Angels, but thus far this season, he’s hitting just .221 with 10 homers.  Nevertheless, at a weak catcher position, Napoli is a good choice in nearly all leagues.  Napoli also qualifies as a first baseman. Jorge Posada, Designated Hitter, Yankees — After a terrible start, Hip Hip Jorge hit .391 in June.  That brings Posada up to .240 with 9 homers and 27 RBI on the year.  Not great numbers for a DH, but remember that...

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Posey Injury Doesn’t Smell Right

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Baseball News, Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 0 comments

by BallparkBob If you have Buster Posey on your fantasy baseball team, you made a wise choice at the beginning of the season during your draft.  You chose a rising star who proved that he was one of the premiere backstops in the Majors last year at a position that is devoid of a tremendous amount of fantasy baseball talent. But, today, you sit with a high draft choice player with a broken ankle and three torn ligaments in his left leg.  It was not from a cheap shot at the hands of the Marlins’ Scott Cousins.  It was a legitimate baseball play that is entirely permissable under the rules of the game. But, are those rules of the game still the right rules?  Bowling over the catcher like duckpins has been illegal in amateur baseball for many years.  But,...

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Handcuffing Catchers

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 0 comments

There’s a few catchers that fantasy baseball managers like having on their teams.  There’s Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, Victor Martinez, and Buster Posey.  Then, there’s a few guys that are OK to have on your team as well like Carlos Santana, but for the most part, catcher is not a very deep position.  And, the only thing worse than a catcher that doesn’t hit much is a backup catcher that doesn’t play much or hit much at all. In fantasy football, there is a concept called “handcuffing” and no we are not talking about NFL players that have broken the law.  Handcuffing in fantasy football is the process of drafting a team’s backup along with the starter at the same position.  This is often done with injury prone positions in fantasy football such as running back or quarterback. Does...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings (Another Take)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Rankings | 0 comments

Editor’s Note: Phil Hedreth and Herman Obandol of supply a back and forth debate on the top fantasy baseball catchers of 2011 for the readers of Fantasy Baseball Dugout. Enjoy! Of course, you’re also only one click away from checking out our 2011 fantasy baseball catcher rankings, too. While others are compiling lists of the best available players, you will be crafting a team with the goal of winning categories. It’s simple marginal value. Take the parameters your are forced to accept in your league rules and find where that creates value. The auction dollar values below are based on projections for a 5X5 12 team mixed rotisserie league. This isn’t a guess of how much players will go for, but rather our idea of how much your budget they’ll be worth for the 2011 season. 2011 Catchers...

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Prospect: Jesus Montero

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers | 0 comments

At 6’4″ and 225 pounds, Jesus Montero looks nothing like Yogi Berra wearing pinstripes behind the plate.  That is, until he swings the bat. Montero, the 21-year-old Venezuelan has hit .310 with 38 homers in the minors over the past two seasons.  That includes a rapid climb through Single-A ball where he hit .356 and a G-6 breeze through Double-A Trenton where he hit .317.  At Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre last season, Montero hit .289 with 21 homers and 75 homers.  In 2010, Baseball America had Montero tabbed as the #4 top prospect in all of baseball and in 2011, he squats at #3 just ahead of Domonic Brown. The catching situation in New York is an interesting one.  Long time backstop Jorge Posada, 40, was informed last November that he would give up the tools of ignorance this year...

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Fantasy Baseball Dugout 2011 Spring Training Tour

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Infielders | 0 comments

Day One — Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota Fantasy Baseball Projections – Matt Wieters & J.J. Hardy The Fantasy Baseball Dugout 2011 Spring Training Tour is sponsored by Ballpark...

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