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Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Picks – Pitching

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in 2013 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

If you play season-long, daily, or weekly fantasy baseball, you know how important sleeper picks are. Here are some top choices for sleeper picks that can help you in a variety of fantasy baseball leagues, including weekly fantasy baseball. Starters Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners After four starts, Iwakuma had a 1.69 ERA, 0.53 WHIP and 18 strikeouts with two walks in 26 2/3 IP.  In his first season in MLB after coming over from Japan, Iwakuma had a 3.16 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, but his numbers improved after he moved from the bullpen to the rotation in July. As a starter, Iwakuma was 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. For the season, Iwakuma had a 2.49 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in Seattle vs. a 4.20 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the road. Get two more sleeper starters...

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Fantasy Baseball Second Half Free Agent Pitchers to Watch

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

To complement our recommendations for second half hitters to watch, here are some second half pitchers to watch for the 2012 season.  Picking up these strong arms can help your stretch drive to getting the Yoohoo dumped over your head. Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers — With the demotion of John Axford in Milwaukee, K-Rod is back as a closer and he’s just 6 saves away from becoming the 24th pitcher in MLB history with 300 saves.  Learn who K-Rod’s mentor was here. Sergio Romo, Giants — Sergio Romo is not the closer…yet.  But, with Santiago Casilla having blown 4 of the last 6 Giants save opportunities, he may be soon.  Casilla has 6 blown saves on the year and has seen his ERA baloon from 1.59 to 3.34 in the past 10 outings as he continues to struggle with a...

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Who Will Replace Rivera as Yankees Closer

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

With 42-year-old Mariano Rivera on the DL for the first time since 2003, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that David Robertson and Rafael Soriano will close games the remainder of the season. From what we’ve seen, read, and heard, however, Robertson is the guy to bet on as your fantasy baseball closer for now. The 27-year-old Robertson is certainly well qualified to fill the very large shoes of Rivera. Robertson is coming off of a breakout year in which he appeared in 70 games with a 1.08 ERA, earning his first All-Star selection in the process. Robertson has also tossed 11 scoreless innings thus far in 2012. Mark Texeira certainly gave a vote of confidence for Robertson. “Very confident in Robby,” Teixeira said. “He’s been so good for us in the eighth-inning role. He’s got great stuff. He’s got...

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WHAT A RELIEF: New Closers Abound

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

Fantasy baseball closers are coming and going quickly in the early weeks of the 2012 baseball season.  Here’s a rundown of the closer situations with many franchises and how you can benefit by picking up closers in waiting. When it comes to fantasy baseball, you don’t necessarily need the best closers, you just need the most closers. An old adage in fantasy baseball is that it’s not necessary to draft closers up front, because they will be available as the season goes on.  If the 2012 season is any indication, that old adage is legit. Cincinnati Reds Already, there have been several ordinarily healthy closers go down with extended injuries, thus making set-up men available as closers.  One closer change occurred in spring training for the Cincinnati Reds where Sean Marshall became the closer after free agent  Ryan Madson...

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44 Players To Target in Your 2012 Draft

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers, Radio Shows | 6 comments

Value picks.  Fantasy baseball is all about buying low and getting value.  Getting players that exceed the typical expectations for that player. Here’s our list of players that we’ll be targeting in our 2012 fantasy baseball draft. HITTERS Pedro Alvarez, Third Base, Pittsburgh Pirates — After a great rookie season when Pedro Alvarez hit 25 homers and drove in 104, he suffered the proverbial sophomore slump and even a mid-season demotion finishing a dismal .201 on the year.  We look for a bounce back year from Alvarez. Elvis Andrus, Shortstop, Texas Rangers —  Elvis Andrus is just 23 and his defense won’t hurt you in fantasy baseball.  Won’t give you any power, but is a consistent 35+ stolen base guy who had a career top .279 average last year. Jason Bourgeois, Outfield, Kansas City Royals — If Jason Bourgeois...

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Reliever Ranks Update: Balfour Breaks Top 30

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

With the news that Grant Balfour has been officially named the A’s closer to start the season, we decided to take a look at our top 30 fantasy baseball relievers for 2012 and make sure he is included. Balfour breaks our top 30 at no. 28, which means you can probably still get him on the wire AFTER your draft. Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard falls out of our top 30 because Balfour enters the list. If you follow our draft strategy of cornering your relief pitcher marketplace and carrying at least three closers, Balfour might be worth a last round flier even in small mixed leagues. Hard to recommend drafting him any earlier than that, though. With Brian Fuentes in the mix in Oakland, it’s going to be tough for Balfour to have the position locked down. At...

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