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I don't think I can add much on top of what has already been said, re-hashed, repeated and summarized already. Just know Trout is pretty okay at that baseball thing. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
This will be the final season Cano is the first second baseman off the board. His reign as the consensus number one 2B began in 2011. But his time is over now. Safeco Field isn't as bad for hitters as it used to be, but the projections expect Cano's dingers to drop into the low 20's. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
It's not that I see him as a colossal bust, but he's being priced as a first-round pick and that's not where I want to take a three-category guy. Davis has the profile of someone who could bat .250 or less (check the second-half numbers, not to mention the strikeout rate and fly-ball rate), and... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/not-wallet-steering-clear-evan-gattis-001813935--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
I wouldn't deal Kershaw for less than a top-25 starting pitcher in a one-for-one, but that doesn't mean a Kershaw owner can't get creative and expand the scope of a deal to include more players. League size matters a ton, too. The shallower the league, and therefore the better "replacement level" players available, the less ... (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/week-2-fantasy-baseball-musings/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Troy Tulowitzki is playing through a sore quad. Tulo gets hurt quite a bit. Let's hope this doesn't lead to anything more serious. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
He's reached 100 RBI's in six of the past seven seasons, and his situation in Texas may be more ideal than any of his previous gigs. (Brad Evans, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mlb-over-under-slumping-bryce-harper-meet-high-135532530--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Is age finally catching up to Beltre? He shouldn't be out for too long. Let's hope this is just a small blip. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
He's looked bad so far, but unless there's some injury I'm unaware of, there's no reason to change how I felt about him entering the year, and I had Harper pegged to go well above a 34.5 homers/steals combo. (Brad Evans, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mlb-over-under-slumping-bryce-harper-meet-high-135532530--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
While he's arguably become too patient, hitting third still was going to yield ample RBI opportunities. Now, especially with the early season struggles of Billy Hamilton, his chances are going to be severely limited. Hopefully the move is just a temporary one, but fantasy owners will have to keep a close eye on the situation. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
In regards to Encarnacion, it's been an extremely disappointing start but it's way too early to panic.  We can cite an increased fly ball rate (73.3%) and strikeout rate (36.0%) as evidence that he's swinging for the fences, but it's way too soon to make that determination.  (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Darvish's neck issue is obviously a slight concern, but he's set to start on Sunday so it doesn't seem to be a major problem. His strikeout rate locks him into the top spot. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
We all know that David Wright no longer has 30+ HR potential (over the past three seasons his HR totals have been 14, 21 and 18), but his value comes from also being able to steal some bases.  It's early, but he's currently 0-for-2 on the season.  It's worth monitoring, given his age and past injury issues. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
We haven't seen back-to-back healthy seasons from Longoria since 2009-10, so it's kind of incumbent upon him to perform in order to hang around with this group but when it comes to counting stats, he's a cut above the next tier when he's on the field. (Michael Barr, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/fun-with-tiers-third-base-april-edition/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Kipnis has 20-20 upside (or even 30 for SBs) and although his strikeout percentage saw a spike last season, his IFFB percentage was a ridiculously low 1.5%. Line drives are fickle, but Kipnis has a 23% line drive rate for his career and has shown above average distance on his flyballs and home runs. It appears he hits the ball hard. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Three strikeouts in 47 plate appearances. That's a six percent rate compared to his career 23 percent strikeout rate. Even if he just trims that figure down to 20 percent it has value. I don't like that he'll be leading off as I'd prefer his skill set to be immediately in front of or behind Ryan Braun . (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Freeman's power hasn't fully developed yet (he's posted HR totals of 21, 23 and 23 the past three seasons), yet has put up 94 and 109 RBI over the past two seasons.  Hitting third in Atlanta should continue to produce ample opportunities and, if the power comes on, he could easily push into the 110+ range. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21859'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
It's highly unlikely that King Felix increases his strikeout rate and reduces his walk rate yet again, but he doesn't need to in order to remain near the top. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
The 24-year-old right fielder is one of the best power hitters in the game, now the next step for him is to become one of the best overall hitters in the game. I wouldn't be selling Stanton shares at this point in time unless the offer you are looking at is one you can't refuse, it seems like Stanton may be in store for a breakou... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
He's had two bad starts against a Braves team that he's struggled with over his career. There's been some concern with his early velocity but barring health, Strasburg still has the upside to be the best fantasy pitcher from here on out. (Brad Evans, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mlb-over-under-slumping-bryce-harper-meet-high-135532530--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
If I did own Braun, I'd be trying to time the market now, seeing if I could cash in on this loud and visible breakthrough. Thumb injuries linger and at their worst, they sap power. Don't let one big afternoon cloud your full-season plan. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-wanted-ryan-braun-selling-window-got-144555770--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Buzzy sophomore, a fun pick for most. I'm allergic to buzz. Does it bother you that Puig hit .214 in September? Does it bother you that Yoenis Cespedes (another Cuban hitter and free swinger) dropped 52 batting points in his second year? Do rhetorical questions bother you? Do you like movies about glad... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/not-wallet-steering-clear-evan-gattis-001813935--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
Okay, Red Sox Nation can breathe. Pedroia has been dealing with wrist pain, which would explain the slow start. Tests have revealed it to be only inflammation. I suspect a cortisone shot of some sort with a few days of rest will be required. But it seems like he will be fine. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Lee's first start was somewhat worrisome, mostly due to the fact that he's 35, but it's one start. Let's stay calm for now. (Chris Cwik, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/nl-starter-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Though this is Bautista 's age-33 season, nobody really doubted that he would still be a premier hitter as long as he could stay healthy, so the jury is still out on whether Bautista can avoid the knocks that led him to miss 114 games in 2012-13. The injury bug is still the only major red flag on Bautista since otherwise, his bat... (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
There's no question that he's emerging as one of the elite in the game and, while he's not going to replicate his 2.19 ERA from 2013, even with a regression, he should be among the ERA leaders. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21649'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
Bruce is looking to make it a fourth straight season with 30 homers or more and I am here to draw a line in the sand. It won't happen. Much like Hulk Hogan kicking out a split second too late versus the Ultimate Warrior, Bruce will come up short by a dinger or two, or perhaps a few. And with that, the streak is over. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Only the White Sox weak offense is holding Sale back from being in consideration for the top 3. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
During the earlier years of his career Upton's struggles were chalked up to growing pains, he was in his early twenties after all. But now entering his seventh season, we're getting a brighter picture of who Upton is and who he is not. And perhaps, we're beginning to see why he isn't more than what he is. (Landon Jones, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-so-what-about-justin/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
He was a logical buy for me in Tout Wars, where OBP replaced batting average this year. Another case of the balanced player being somewhat underrated. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Madison Bumgarner set a career best mark in 2013, as he posted a 2.77 ERA.  While he is likely to regress from that number (.251 BABIP), he has a favorable home ballpark and has proven that he's one of the best pitchers in the NL. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21649'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
For Verlander owners counting on their man to return to his top-of-the-rotation form, the early results aren't promising. Just throwing it out there...you might want to start quietly seeing what you could get for Verlander in a trade. (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-11-17.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 9 days ago)
Desmond brings a nice blend of everything, and even if you don't think he can repeat 20-20 for the third straight season, 15-15 carries just fine at this position. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Rios is above Ellsbury because I love him in that park and in lineup. Hitting fifth in the Rangers lineup should give Rios plenty of RBIs and will hopefully continue to run. Last season in just 47 games with Texas, Rios hit everywhere from third to sixth and still gathered 16 steals. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Price's fastball velocity was down a bit in his first start versus last year, but that's no big deal given that velocities are at their lowest at this time. However, it does suggest that the days of Price averaging 95 mph are over. He simply doesn't have the strikeout rate to sit in the top tier, but has elevated his control to pin... (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
I had Reyes ranked sixth among shortstops anyway. He's just such a huge injury risk in year two playing on concrete, and with the average less likely to settle in at .300 than in the past, the group above offer a safer floor. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Can we call Matt Holliday anything but Mr. Consistent?  He's had 100+ RBI in five of the past eight seasons (and 88 or more in seven of the eight).  Thinking that he is going to eclipse the century mark once again shouldn't be a surprise. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21859'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
There's a lot to like when it comes to Segura, given his speed as well as average and runs scored potential. Don't get too caught up with the power, however. As long as you are drafting him expecting in the single digits, accounting for it elsewhere, you will be fine. If you draft him expecting 12-15, you are going to be disappointed. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21091'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
He had not been used for a week due to shoulder issues and then struggled against the Mets in a non-save situation (2 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 1, over 0.2 IP) and had to be replaced by Jordan Walden. It's a situation that needs to be monitored. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
It's only a few games, but Eric Hosmer's fly ball rate is up (53.8%), yet he hasn't hit a home run.  Concerning?  Obviously not, but his power was the big question entering the season. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Be careful what you pay for. Greinke's strikeout rate fell to 7.5/9 last year and he's missed a chunk of starts in two of the past three seasons. He's usually priced as an ace, but I don't trust him as a Top 15 guy. (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/sleepers-busts-starting-pitchers-135926663--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
He's not striking out (16.5%) and the HR/FB (4.8% vs. 15.0% for his career) and BABIP (.218 vs. .318 for his career) are bound to improve. It's been a slow start to the season, but does anyone truly believe that he won't turn it around? He looks like an ideal investment, especially if someone in your league has quickly grown frustrated with a player they viewed as a... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22301'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Starling Marte's inability to take a base on balls really puts his runs scoring in jeopardy, and, like Young Jr., also limits his stolen base opportunities. While he provides a respectable amount of pop for a speedster, his new whiffing tendencies damage both of the categories in which he provides the most value. Don't expect a repeat last year's 80+ runs and 40+ ste... (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
No one should be prepared to push the panic button quite yet. However, it does appear like he is taking a different approach at the plate this season. Long-term, it could have a serious negative impact on his value despite the chance for a few more home runs as his average could ultimately struggle. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22264'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
I'm targeting Ortiz, even if it takes a third round pick. I'll catch some mockery in the draft room, but I'm not gonna be listening as I slot Big Papi in at first base and his production carries my team as far as it's carried the Red Sox. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/go-bold-or-go-home-big-papi-big-value.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 26 days ago)
There are some obvious concerns, like a 26.5% strikeout rate, a lack of line drives (14.0%) and a significant number of infield fly balls (18.8% IFFB%), some of which were concerns last season. Is there a reason to be concerned? Of course not as there is no questioning his talent, just something to monitor. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Andrus can't even hit for pop in Arlington but the high BABIP and relatively low K-rate make him a safe average play, and it now looks like his down 2012 on the basepaths was a fluke. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
He has simply been driving the ball into the ground, to the tune of an 84.6% groundball rate. Considering his 18.2% strikeout rate, this is easily chalked up to a small sample size and the numbers should stabilize over the next few weeks. There's absolutely nothing to be concerned about at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22142'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Ryan Zimmerman was back to mashing on the diamond only to fracture his right thumb after diving back to second base to avoid a pickoff attempt. In his first 10 games, Zimmerman hit .364 with two home runs, six RBI, and four runs. Zimmerman is expected to be out 4-6 weeks and owners can only put him on the bench or stash him on the DL spo... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
Hopefully and not just because I'm an A's fan this is the year Cespedes puts it all together and brings his power and rate stats together. I'm not dreaming about a 30-30 campaign anymore, but 30 dingers and 12-15 steals with a .270 average sounds about right. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
He allowed 1 ER on 3 H with 1 K over 0.2 IP and has now allowed runs in back-to-back outings (and owns a 2.29 WHIP).  That said, is anyone really concerned here? (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22147'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Kemp entered the day with a mediocre 16.7% line drive rate (though we would still expect better than a .200 BABIP). Obviously it's an incredibly small sample size, but Kemp is still rounding into shape and it could take some time for him to get back to his elite levels (if it's even possible for him to get there). (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Gonzalez is approaching 1,000 career innings, and his career BB% is 10.5. Again, I don't hate Gio, it's just that I prefer the likes of Michael Wacha , Danny Salazar , Julio Teheran and Alex Cobb instead. (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/sleepers-busts-starting-pitchers-135926663--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Don't push Matt Carpenter up too high, despite the runs scored, as he owns little power, little speed and has seen his strikeouts rise this season. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Obviously, Anibal's shoulder is a concern, but unless he lands on the DL, I'm going to keep him here. He added velocity last year that led to a SwStk% and K% surge, but you figure there's going to be some regression. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Zimermann won't give you strikeouts like most players in this tier, but he's pretty likely to give you 190+ innings with a solid ERA. (Chris Cwik, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/nl-starter-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Like Miller , he's trending in the wrong direction. It seems like his days of outperforming his peripherals are behind him, which makes him a fairly unremarkable pitcher. Actually I would compare him to Lynn in terms of expected results, except with a bit more risk and reward. Watch to see if his whiff rate improves. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/april-meltdowns-bring-may-flowers/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He has hit for plenty of power this season (6 HR), and while he has plenty of it he is going to slow down (31.6% HR/FB). He also is hitting just .213, though should improve on his .200 BABIP. The bottom line? Don't panic by the move as he should quickly move back up into the 5 or 6 hole before long. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
You could chalk it up to the team-wide power malaise that has struck the Royals in the early going, or maybe Gordon needs another visit from George Brett to get his hitting back on track. It's not like Brett is busy posing with pop stars or anyth.... oh wait... (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Bailey's average fastball velocity has been 94.1 mph, which is exactly the same as last year. Meanwhile, his GB% (51.1), K% (24.3) and SwStr% (10.8) are all career highs. In other words, there's nothing to worry about here. Go ahead and try to "buy low" if that opportunity presen... (Dalton Del Don, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mostly-mlb-notes-talking-andrew-cashner-homer-bailey-052721995--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
The problem is that gambles rarely ever work out the second year and Shields , as good as he is, is still a gamble. The left on base percentage points towards regression. In this case, Shields will likely turn back into a number two or three starter this year. That's not bad, but the Royals are counting on him to be more... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Carlos Santana continues to struggle, but he also shows the underlying numbers to thrive. The question is when will he finally put everything together, but don't give up hope. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
There's always risk with young pitchers, and with Cole there's also the risk that he doesn't add the strikeouts that most are expecting, and there are a lot of enticing options between our ranking and that of the Experts. Still, he's got seriously high reward, so the enthusiasm is understandable. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/rotoauthority-unscripted-your-aberrant-experts-starter-rankings.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 26 days ago)
Latos will miss some more time after an MRI revealed a strain in his elbow. He will be shut down for two weeks and then the team will see from there. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
He is walking slightly more (BB%), and striking out a bunch less (K%), which probably explains a good portion of the average jump. His line drive rate (LD%) is down though, which is not a great sign. A higher LD% is associated with a batter making better contact. I see his 2013 production as a ceiling, and it's a very high ceiling at that. I think a 74/19/72/.285/8 slash looks abou... (Jeremy Guthrie, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/bear-bull-werth/'>Razzball</a>, 20 days ago)
Jose Altuve was likely an overlooked option heading into the season, but he's now hitting in the middle of the Astros' lineup. That means extra RBI opportunities and there's no reason to think that he's not going to continue to get opportunities to run. While he doesn't offer power, he suddenly looks like he carries the total package. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
I'm still a believer in Rizzo , but it may not be long before players like Abreu / Trumbo leapfrog him on the rankings. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
He doesn't hit for power, he doesn't steal bases and I just don't see the runs scored being what they used to be. The RBI? Maybe. But it's a much different lineup now than it was when he actually was an elite catcher. The increase in at-bats playing first will help his average have a greater impact, but with the question marks surrouning the runs a... (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
He earned the save against the White Sox, in what was a tremendous pitching duel between Jon Lester (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 9 K, W) and Chris Sale (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 10 K).  Uehara hadn't pitched since April 9, but clearly there is nothing to worry about at this point.  Continue to view him as one of the elite closers in the game. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He was diagnosed with a strained left oblique that will keep him out 4-6 weeks. It's an unfortunate setback for Cobb and his owners as he was off to a strong start (1-0, 1.89 ERA, 0.89 WHIP). Cobb was a popular breakout pick this season and he certainly seemed well on his way before the oblique injury. Owners just have to hope that h... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
The main thing that keeps him from being a fantasy superstar is his weak .230-something batting average, which comes in large part to his career 30 percent strikeout rate. Now that he's adding to his total number of balls in play, he gives himself more opportunity for home runs and for hits in general, making a 35+ homer, .250+ average season possible this year. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
The strikeouts have been poor, with a 4.18 K/9, but a 9.9% SwStr% tells us there is easy upside for more. The strand rate is reasonable (77.2%), the improved strikeouts will help offset an increase BABIP (.239) and his control (1.93 BB/9) has always been good in the Majors (2.25 for his career). Obviously he's going to take a step back, but as long as the strikeouts impro... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22278'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
I'd keep as eye on Zobrist since, if his peripherals don't normalize, they could portent a more significant problem than just a loss of power. Still too early to think about trading or releasing him from your fantasy roster, obviously, but still, have an eye. (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He was off to the start so many wanted to see, so this is very disappointing. Hamilton underwent successful thumb surgery to repair a ligament and will be out for quite a while. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Hamels has been throwing and has stated he feels good. He still needs to build arm strength, but if he has no setbacks, he should be back at some point in May. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
In eight games in 2014, Molina has already left the yard three times. Molina hit 22 home runs back in 2012, so it's not unreasonable to expect that he could get back to that level if everything goes right. Molina is regarded as the best catcher in MLB and a top-5 catcher option in fantasy leagues, but if he can top 20 home runs, Molina h... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Cabrera is a steals horse when he can get on base, but the downside with him is obviously power and average. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
The Reds announced during the offseason that Hamilton was the favorite to open the 2014 season as the club's starting center-fielder. The front office failed to attract a better option so the speedster was installed in the lineup. Unfortunately, he has struggled with the bat (as expected). Despite that, his legs remain a dangerous weapon. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Considering all the injuries the Braves have suffered, Mike Minor's situation doesn't seem all that bad. He has started throwing in games and should be back by the end of April (barring any setbacks). (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Do we have to think things will get better? Absolutely, he has too long of a track record to think that he's a .150 hitter. At the same time, with this type of groundball rate (even in the 50% range and without the power, he also may not be a .290 hitter either. While he's worth trying to target at the right price, I wouldn't go nuts trying to get him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22301'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
The prediction is here to say that Phillips will have a steep decline in offensive production in 2014, making him a fringe top-12 fantasy second baseman. His ISO, OBP, and wOBA are all in multi-season decline. His stolen bases fell off big time last season (just five), along with his Speed Rating. Even Phillips's strikeout percentage i... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Perhaps one of your league mates agrees with that sentiment desperately enough to sell for pennies on the dollar. So far, he's not whiffing anyone, and he's allowing too many walks. If both areas regress, he could turn into a nice little asset. You're taking on a lot of risk hoping for positive regression, so price that into any offers. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/april-meltdowns-bring-may-flowers/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Abreu, a Cuba native, entered the 2014 season with a lot of question marks given his lack of track record in North America. A solid spring and respectable start to the MLB season has helped to alleviate some of those concerns. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
A career .295 in Arizona, Aaron Hill and his swollen strikeout rate are in danger of posting a batting average like he had in his Toronto days where he batted .265. Unfortunately, since he doesn't walk much, Hill depends on his average to prop up his on-base percentage, meaning his run scoring will take a hit this year. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Alright, at this point I think we can say that Masahiro Tanaka is for real. So far in his three starts he has 28 strikeouts in 22 innings to go along with a 2-0 record, ERA of 2.05 and 0.77 WHIP. It really doesn't get any better than that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22329'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
The Tigers gave their closer plenty of rest following that mess, and Nathan 's been on point in his two most recent appearances (two scoreless innings, 1 H, 2 K). Although he needed 18 pitches to put away the Indians on Thursday, 11 of them were strikes and the Tribe didn't get anything started. Nathan w... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-wrong-danny-salazar-151905346--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 3 days ago)
McCann is in the top tier because of the move to Yankee Stadium and what should be a very prolific offense. He's hit no fewer than 20 home runs in each of the last six years and moves to a fantastic park for left-handed power. I see the home runs and RBI increasing and with that, I think his batting average will also see a boost. (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
The man who launched one horrible, overused joke. That's the internet for you. First-round pedigree, quick ascent through the minors, elite catcher to work with, improved defense. I'll be shocked if Wacha's not very good in his first full season. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Ryu is not only throwing a new curveball, but his velocity was up during Sunday's start. That could point to a breakout. (Chris Cwik, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/nl-starter-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Jackie Bradley Jr. has new life to make an impression. All the while Grady Sizemore's comeback attempt includes a day one dinger. Victorino isn't a spring chicken, but owners have no choice but to hope the outfielder can keep it together for at least one more season. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Kyle Seager put together his finest season yet in his sophomore campaign in 2013, notching 22 home runs, 79 runs, 69 RBI and swiping 9 bases. Seager is currently projected to hit second, one spot ahead of Cano , which should ensure he sees a lot of pitches to hit. Seager's power is real and it's a safe bet to pencil hi... (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-seattle-mariners/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
Michael Cuddyer owners should be very pleased with the idea that he is putting more balls in play at the friendly Coors Field. Odds are he won't be able to replicate the BABIP-induced .331 batting average that he saw last year, but the added contact makes him a true-talent .300-hitter in Colorado which goes with his solid power and handful of steals. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Well, Iwakuma is hurt, but even if he were healthy he likely would not be turning in the kind of season he did last year. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
I've never been a Weaver fan, but there's still nothing yet that suggests he's lost the ability to suppress homers on fly balls or hits on balls in play. His skills have always been rather soft, but he's well beyond the point of calling what he does luck. That said, he's risky because he relies on skills that appear to be f... (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Belt's start is going to cause some to push him extremely higher up the rankings.  Let's not forget that his power surge came in Arizona, someplace he loves to hit. It's encouraging, but it also wouldn't be a surprise to see him slide significantly. Temper expectations and don't be surprised if this is his high water mark. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
In a disappointing, injury-plagued season, Jackson still gave us a .272-99-12-49-8 line (missing 33 games). And remember he had five steals in April before he got hurt. New year, new manager, big spring (I don't take ST too seriously, but I like to see a batter rebuild his confidence). Go get him. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Throw in an inability to draw a walk (4.5%) and it's fair to start wondering if he's simply may never take that next step forward? Am I saying to give up hope? Absolutely not, but I also wouldn't go out of my way to acquire him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22095'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 13 days ago)
It was a non-save situation, but Perkins allowed 2 ER on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 1, over his inning of work.  He's now made three appearances, giving up runs in two of them (with one blown save).  Obviously his job isn't in jeopardy, but it's something to monitor just in case.  He's still one of the top closers in the league and we anticipate him righting... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22080'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
After hitting the DL earlier in the month with a groin injury, David Robertson is nearly ready to resume closing duties for the Yanks. Though Shawn Kelley has performed admirably in the role (7 appearances, 3 saves, 2.84 ERA, 0.79 WHIP), Robertson will take the role back when he returns to the t... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Aroldis Chapman is steadily making progress in his return to the big leagues. After throwing a bullpen session earlier in the week, Chapman appears to be getting close to being cleared to throw batting practice. After that step and a few more bullpen sessions, we'll have a much clearer timel... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
It has been a terrible spring for Sergio Romo, but there is more to it than the numbers. According to Andrew Baggerly of CSN Bay Area "Romo has thrown almost exclusively fastballs and changeups this spring. He is keeping his boomerang slider lashed behind his back. Before he draws his sharpest weapon, he wants to prove he can stand and fight in close combat. In other wo... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21728'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Machado is still working his way back from knee surgery, and outside of some scar tissue, everything seems to be going okay. The DL stint may have indirectly opened the door for 2B Jonathan Schoop , as fellow second baseman Ryan Flaherty will be handling 3B duties. Schoop has a chance to prove he deserves to remain in the bigs. ... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
He's ping-ponged around over his career and 2013 was a bit of a down year. His position flex combined with some upside is nice. A lot of owners are targeting that flex. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
So far Matt Adams is playing every day. If that continues he is going to rise quickly and should settle into a spot around Trumbo / Abreu . Give him a little bit more time to prove it, but he's a player on the rise. He has more power than Belt, which is why he jump him on the rankings. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Even though he has been struggling, Salazar is still striking batters out with 17 in 14 innings. Anytime you see an ERA over seven, you have every reason to be frightened. The other issue is that based on where you likely had to draft Salazar , your other options might have just as many question marks. Even if he struggles Salazar still could pick up 15 strikeouts on the week, ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22329'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Currently, Crisp is dealing with some left wrist inflammation, which will sideline him until at least Friday. The season may only be a little over a week old, but Crisp being nicked up is a yearly tradition. (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
It's a small sample size, but he has actually been hit exceptionally hard this season (26.1% line drive rate) and has been burnt by the long ball (3 HR allowed). Does that mean we should panic? Of course not, as he's still showing the same improved command he did a year ago (3.50 BB/9) which is the key to his potential success. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22217'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Fister struggled through elbow inflammation during the Spring and then went down with a lat strain. His timetable is more wait and see, but in the meantime, Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark will try to impress and become intriguing stream and deep league options. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Pablo Sandoval has been plagued by popups early on, hurting his average, but he's also hitting the ball hard and at a similar power rate that he did during his top seasons. Don't overlook him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
We know not to make a big deal about early fastball velocity, but Sonny Gray was down 2.5 mph in his first start. We'll see where he's at over the next couple of outings, but it's something to monitor. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
People have backed away from Samardzija after he failed to make progress last year.  Control is the only remaining piece of the puzzle for him.  Even if it doesn't come, you get 200+ Ks. (Tim Dierkes, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/tim-dierkes-picks-for-2014-starting-pitchers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 24 days ago)
Chase Utley is a guy I like, but his injury history sort of looms over everything. He's raking now, like crazy, so his trade value should be pretty high. Consider moving him if you have MI depth. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Aramis Ramirez is old and injury-prone...but he's hitting, and he's always hit. I believe in him more than most of his owners, and you should too. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He's surprisingly been racking up the strikeouts with 35 over 30.0 innings of work. So is it for real? It's hard to say, but the underlying numbers indicate that it is possible. Keep a close eye on it, but coupled with solid control and a 50%+ groundball rate he could emerge as one of the elite in the game. In other words, don't consider him a sell high candidate... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22278'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He blew his second save of the season, allowing 2 ER on 2 H and 0 BB, striking out 1, over his inning of work. He now owns a 3.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, while setup man Mark Melancon has a 2.00 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. With the latter having proven that he can get the job done in 2013, it's not impossible to think that a change could come. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
While he does have 23 K over 22.1 innings this season, he has also walked 13 and had benefited from a .231 BABIP entering the day. Throw in the concerns regarding his dependence on his fastball and it is fair to have some concerns. Just to add to things, he actually entered the day with a below average SwStr% (9.0% vs. 9.4%). That's not to say that we should give up on h... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Dropping Soriano now would be a big overreaction to a bad first week. Soriano hits big and misses big; a really ugly week is nothing to be surprised over. Could it be the beginning of the end for him? Sure, it might be. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/rotoauthority-unscripted-giving-up-so-soon.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
The point at which you can no longer get full draft day value for Lawrie is fast approaching, if it hasn't passed already. The home run he hit on Sunday afternoon may feel like an indication of future success, but I'd say it's just as likely a red herring. At the very least, it's good ammunitio... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Count me out on treating Jon Lester as anything more than an average fantasy starter. Yes, he enjoyed success last season, but signs point to regression and regression in his case makes him mediocre. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
If he can keep this up and stay healthy all season, Andrew Cashner is well on his way to becoming a fantasy ace. Cashner is keeping the ball on the ground and keeping baserunners at a minimum, all while striking out just under a batter an inning (27 in 28.1). (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22329'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Andrelton Simmons is one of the five most valuable players in the Senior Circuit. In fantasy terms, Simmons finishes as a top-10 shortstop, ahead of Starlin Castro. (Dalton Del Don, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mostly-mlb-notes-national-league-season-preview-073624538--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
Martin is a personal favorite pick of mine, yes, I love the Rangers outfield this much as I think he'll nab 40+ bases and hit for a solid average. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Kuroda is perennially underrated and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's due to his age, but he's shown absolutely no signs of slowing down. Arbitrary second halfs don't count as a sign. His second half xFIP was actually better than his first half. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
The velocity continues to decline and is currently hovering at 90 miles per hour. His release point appears to be significantly lower too, and that has been a red flag of sorts for me. He also has barely thrown is slider so far in 2014. Things are definitely not right and it may be only a matter of time until the long-time closer cannot ge... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Out of hitters who logged at least 200 plate appearances, Moss led the league in flyball percentage by doing it 51.8% of the time. If he keeps doing that, repeating the 30 home run mark for the second straight season is quite possible. Keep in mind, the left-handed Moss is strictly a platoon player. Bench him versus lefties and sal­vage some b... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-deep-power/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 26 days ago)
He is still generating swings and misses (9.5% SwStr%). He does still have control (1.73 BB/9), He is generating groundballs (54.5%). Let's call it cautious optimism right now, but we obviously still have reservations about him maintaining the strikeouts (and maybe the improved groundball rate as well). (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Addison Reed struggles in non-save situations and shows susceptible to a blowup, I feel like we've heard this story before. That said, there's no questioning is upside. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22048'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 13 days ago)
Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals' closer going into spring training? but I urge caution for the long haul here. Soriano did save 43 games (fifth best in the majors), but blew six in the process. His strikeout rate plummeted from 9.2 to 6.9, and at age 34 that will not likely trend upward. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-washington-nationals/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
Now coming off what some may consid­er a lackluster season, many may forget about the burner. Of course, if there wasn't risk involved, the discount wouldn't exist. But if Gardner approaches the 50 steal mark again (49 in 2011), there may only be one major difference between he and Ellsbury, which is ADP. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-deep-speed/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 26 days ago)
He now owns a 3.42 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the season, though before we get too excited he's long shown to be an inconsistent option. He's actually been hit hard (26.9%), has had some home run issues (1.14 HR/9) and the strikeouts will likely regress (10.27 K/9). He's obviously a pitcher to use, just don't be surprised if he hits a few bumps in the road (as he al... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Johnson hasn't allowed a run over his last five innings, racking up five strikeouts along the way. Most observers don't view him as Oakland's best reliever, but that doesn't always enter the closing discussion (and he's certainly being paid closer money). (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-george-springer-arrives-houston-133800865--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
His ERAs fluctuate between the low threes and high fours. The BABIPs and LOBs are fluctuating as well. I think what is more alarming is the fact that his K rate had surpassed seven per nine innings only once before last season. Add it all up and who knows what direction Masterson goes this season. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Here is another guy who plays for an aggressive base running team in the Royals. Aoki won't net you as many steals as Villar (think 25ish), but he'll contribute a much higher batting average as well as 8-10 homers. He hits atop a good Royals lineup and should really be owned in all leagues, even if it?s as a fourth or fifth outfielder. (Mike Buttil, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/dyson-sucks-steals/'>Razzball</a>, 1 day ago)
A.J. Burnett has a hernia. He is going to pitch through it, but he felt a pull when pitching out of the stretch, so this could hurt is performance. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
R.A. Dickey was someone I had high hopes for this season. While I didn't expect to see him return to Cy Young form, I thought we would see some improvement from last season. However, once again, he has struggled to start the year. In four starts Dickey has a 6.26 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. That isn't good for any pitcher, let alone one that required some level of investment o... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22329'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
He allowed 4 R (2 ER) on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 1, over 3.2 IP against the Royals yesterday.  He has 11 K and 7 BB, to go along with an 8.80 ERA and 2.35 WHIP, this spring.  He's notoriously bad in the spring (4.97 ERA, 1.54 WHIP over his career), so don't get too worked up over this.  The move back to the NL should help him and he should ultimately prove to be ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21931'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
Headley , as you know, has been among the most productive and the least productive third baseman in the span of two years. Who shows up this year is left to fate and your eight-ball. (Michael Barr, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/fun-with-tiers-third-base-april-edition/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
In other weeks C.J. Wilson might not be this high, but his opponents this week (Astros and Mets) certainly make him a desirable option. He did give up six runs to the Mariners in his season debut, but Wilson did also strike out 8 batters after a successful 2013 when he had a 3.39 ERA. (Ray Kuhn, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22075'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Grant Balfour got his first save with his new club. His velocity monitors watching (it's been down slightly to open the season), but as long as he's the same Balfour of the last few years, he'll be effective. (Colin Zarzycki, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-april-5-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
His ratios have been outstanding for three straight years, and any team can support a 30-save closer - heck, Cishek had 34 last year. The crummy team gives you a nifty discount; take advantage. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Arenado has tremendous upside potential, but don't let one big game (2 HR earlier in the year) make you think that he's actually figured it out quite yet. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Jed Lowrie has settled into the third spot of the A's lineup, which is going to give him ample opportunities to produce both R and RBI. As long as he can maintain his power totals from the past two years (15+) and stay healthy (which is in question a bit right now), he's going to be an extremely productive option. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
With Boston's decision not to resign veteran shortstop Stephen Drew, Bogaerts was handed the starting shortstop gig in Boston at the age of 21. The regular playing time as well as his advanced feeling for hitting makes him an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year award in the American League (along with the Yankee's Japanese import Masa... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The Angels had him hitting cleanup and he certainly delivered, going 3-5 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  The long balls were his first of the season, though he's now at 11 RBI.  It was an impressive day, but he continues to profile as a player with limited power potential (66.1% groundball rate, 16.1% fly ball rate).  In other words, don't let the outburst sway you.  He ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Can he continue to generate strikeouts (9.0% SwStr% last season)? How much did luck play into his 2013 success (.253 BABIP, 78.8% strand rate)? Move forward with great caution. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22041'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Fowler has two doubles and a triple to go with the lone home run he's hit this season). It also helps to explain why he's yet to steal a base. Fowler has only reached first base six times this season, on four singles and two walks. Fowler has plenty of talent and a great approach at the plate. Stick wi... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Adam Eaton is hitting but not giving us what he was really supposed to: steals. I don't want a speed guy who doesn't steal bases, so I'd deal him while everything else looks good in case there's a reason he isn't running. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Casey Janssen has begun his rehab in Florida after suffering from a back strain at the end of Spring Training. If all goes well, Janssen will return to the Jays this weekend and take back his closer job from Sergio Santos (4 saves, 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 18.6 K/9). (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Miller has come out with an aggressive approach at the plate and delivered power beyond what you'd expect from his 185-pound frame. Of his seven hits this season, four have gone for extra bases. I still wouldn't advocate trading him, but be realistic about his production. 15 homers is reachable, but ... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Gattis has the most power potential which is why he's in this tier, but I'm just not a fan and feel like he's going to have playing time issues down the road. (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Santana will likely make his debut in May and some people will consider pulling him off the waiver wire. I would pass on him. His ERA will likely balloon back to 4.50 or thereabouts. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-third-tier-national-league-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Teixeira can't catch a break. The only possible upside to this is that it gives him another month to strengthen that surgically repaired wrist. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
The key for Wheeler is getting strike one. He's significantly boosted his first strike percentage through his first couple outings of this season. If he can maintain that discipline and command, he'll continue to be successful. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Despite the lack of power, he still brings plenty to the fantasy table with plus average and plus steals. Drafting him around pick 200 didn't hurt either. Think of it this way, someone else selected Billy Hamilton around pick 50. 'Nuff said. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Fernando Rodney signed with the Mariners and is slated as the team's Opening Day closer. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-seattle-mariners/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
Christian Yelich is another young guy off to a good start. That's a great sort of player to target at this stage, because you're taking the chance that they could be for real and making a stride that established players don't make. Wait too long, and the price goes way, way up. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He is eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list Monday and should the weather be good, he may very well do so. Bourn and his 40+ steals are available in over 35% of CBS and Yahoo! formats, though his ESPN ownership rate is over 90%. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-4-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Rollins could probably be a tier higher, maybe should, but the declining contact rate and the poor lineup around him give me pause for runs, RBI and average. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
The early numbers have been unkind, but Kluber has answered his breakout 2013 season with similar peripherals so far in 2014. With Michael Bourn back to stabilize his defensive outfield, the results should start to reflect the excellent pitcher Kluber is. (Scott Spratt, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/buy-low-on-corey-kluber/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Manager Matt Williams said that only the hamate bone was removed and there were no issues with Ramos's nerves. As a result, Williams said that recovery usually lasts six to eight weeks, but he believed Ramos could return in perhaps four to six weeks if all goes well. (Jeff Zimmerman, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/mash-report-velocity-decline-and-kershaw-edition/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Kole Calhoun will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a severe ankle sprain. Hitting high in the Los Angeles Angels batting lineup, Calhoun had already crossed home plate 12 times in 14 games. Calhoun had also already hit three home runs to go along with six RBI. If you have the depth and bench spots to provide for it, try hanging onto Calhoun ... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
Let's focus on what Dozier can do: he gets on base (13 walks, .356 OBP) and he provides plenty of category juice (23 homers, 19 steals over his last 162 games; 5 & 5 this season). The Twins like him in the leadoff spot and they're letting him run when he wants. Dozier is long-gone in the more-competitive... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-wrong-danny-salazar-151905346--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 3 days ago)
Although manager Ron Roenicke said that Jim Henderson would have an opportunity to pitch his way back into the closer role, Henderson has pitched poorly so far (7 appearances, 5.06 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) and may be squandering that opportunity. If he doesn't get his act together soon, Francisco Rod... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
When it comes to Street , the biggest question is always his health and the potential for a trade as opposed to his ability. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22048'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 15 days ago)
Versatile players without one outstanding skill are likely to be underrated; Bill James has been on that theme for years. Brantley has improved for three straight seasons and now he enters his Age-27 campaign. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Estrada's ERA was much better than his fair run average. We can trace that back to his left on base percentage and his BABIP. Part of that can be attributed to the excellent glove work of Carlos Gomez . (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-third-tier-national-league-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
If I ran the Giants, I'd probably shift Lincecum back into a relief role. Remember how dominant he was through the 2012 playoffs? That can happen again. Heck, so many lockdown relievers are born from talented-but-flawed starters who didn't fit the rotation any more. Take a sad song a... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-koji-uehara-dinged-start-boston-scramble-163820944--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
He still strikes out too much, but owners were hoping for plus power. Waiting is the hardest part. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
There's some concern about his funky delivery, but there's little doubting his results so far. Wood sure looks like the real deal, and I'd treat him as a top-30 fantasy starter right now. (Brad Evans, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mlb-over-under--will-the-grady-train-keep-rolling--181935095.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 16 days ago)
Walker is currently the No. 3 second baseman in our game, but oddly unowned in 54 percent of Yahoo. In the shallow pools out there, it's time to fix the ownership tag. (I know, I know, he's probably long gone in your league. Mine too. But still, the count is light.) (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-george-springer-arrives-houston-133800865--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
De Aza will see the field a lot this year. When he plays, he provides decent pop, which we've seen, as well as good speed and a respectable batting average. If he is still out there in your league, he'd be a great pick up in deep leagues, five-outfielder leagues or as a platoon bat in leagues with daily lineup moves who you can slot in when Chicago faces a right-hander ... (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22055'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Expect Cleveland to hand the closer reigns to Axford who, after making an adjustment mid-season last year, should be good enough to keep Allen from seeing the ninth inning. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21902'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
Obviously, gaining outfield eligibility would add flexibility and appeal (though he needs to prove that he can physically handle it). At the plate he went 2-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R, giving him 4 HR and 6 RBI on the season. For now he's slotted in the cleanup spot, so the RBI opportunities certainly will continue to be there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Reddick should be given an opportunity and we know there is going to be power eventually. In five-outfielder formats that makes him worth holding with hopes that he figures it out, but he's hardly a must use option right now. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22142'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
The numbers say he is right around where he should be as a pitcher. A scant two years ago, he was considered a borderline fantasy ace. Now, he is a borderline fantasy starter. The Brewers seem to be employing a group of these guys. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-national-league-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Anthony Rendon sort of made us forget about him as a prospect last year, but he's starting to make up for it. It's not proof that he's ready to break out as an awesome 2B/3B option...but it's certainly not evidence against it. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Chris Tillman is putting up great rate stats...which probably won't last too long in the AL East. Another guy that makes a good deal "sweetener." (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
It seems that manager Ron Washington has made up his mind and Joakim Soria will be the closer in Texas on Opening Day. With 160 career saves, look for Washington to stick with the two-time All Star through any early struggles. Former frontrunner Neftali Feliz was just sent to AAA and will try a move to the starting rotation whil... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/closer-updates-astros-jays-reds-rangers-white-sox.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 24 days ago)
With early frontrunner Nate Jones battling injury, Matt Lindstrom has held the closer title for the White Sox since Opening Day. However, Lindstrom has been a bit underwhelming in 2014 (1 save, 9.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 6.0 K/9) and this bullpen could continue to be shuffled as the season progresses. (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-cubbies-jays-mets-redlegs-white-sox-yanks.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 9 days ago)
We know he's on a short leash, so a 1-for-12 start to the season with six strikeouts is concerning. I said stay away, but others couldn't pass up the history of 50 home runs plus steals. It's too early to panic, but Upton has less wriggle room than most. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/risers-and-fallers-from-week-one/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Dodger Stadium is fairly friendly to fly ball pitchers and the defensive outfield has the potential to be good in Los Angeles. So, he might actually be a good regression candidate. If you are playing daily baseball, you might think about starting him while his price is depressed. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-national-league-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
He allowed 1 H (a solo home run to Colby Rasmus).  It happens and there is no need to panic, but he has now allowed runs in back-to-back outings.  It's just a situation to monitor more than anything. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Drop the Markakis types for a more volatile commodity. There's probably a 50/50 shot you'll be back at his door with your tail between your legs in a month or so, but don't worry, he'll always take you back. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-1-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Villar can be frustrating to own when you consider his low batting average, but if you thought you were getting a .300 hitter in Villar when you drafted him, that's on you. Hes already tallied three homers and four steals on the year. The Astros were one of the more aggressive teams on the basepaths last year and 35-40 stolen bases is still in the cards for the young shortstop. I wou... (Mike Buttil, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/dyson-sucks-steals/'>Razzball</a>, 1 day ago)
He lasted just 3.0 innings (82 pitches) allowing 4 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 2, against the Angels. While it was a poor showing, don't let it alter your opinion on him. He's the same pitcher we were high on three weeks ago, who brought strikeouts and command, and one poor outing shouldn't change that. Stay patient, for now. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
I picked him up because the rewards seemed so great. It's early, but those control problems seem to be rearing their ugly heads. Funny, but the Indians figured this out and let him go in exchange for the first round pick. The Orioles thought the same thing as many of us when they picked him up. The money is relatively re... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-second-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
After a very poor start to the season (4 appearances, 2 blown saves, 12.27 ERA, 2.46 WHIP), Jose Veras has officially lost his closer title in Wrigleyville. Pedro Strop (1 save, 4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) and Hector Rondon (1 save, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) are the two candidates most likely to replace him... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Mike Moustakas is bad. But it's time to bench him, not give up entirely. That can wait another week or two. Also worth a chance if you were one of the many owners to lose their good 3B this week. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
I know outfield is deep, but Pagan really doesn't get the respect he deserves. Yes, he's had some injury issues, but in the two seasons in which he's played at least 150 games, he's averaged about nine homers, 35 steals, and a .289 batting average. I can't guarantee that he won't tug a... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
He was actually ranked #17 among third basemen in the 2014 Rotoprofessor Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, so it's no surprise that I am a fan of his.  While he's not going to provide you with big-time power, he has consistently hit the ball hard (24.9% line drive rate) and therefore offers upside in the average department. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22091'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Maybe most drafters didn't notice that he really bounced back last year. I don't know why drafters don't like him, but it's easy enough to see that he's well worth drafting. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/rotoauthority-unscripted-your-aberrant-experts-starter-rankings.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 26 days ago)
As for Profar himself, obviously in dynasty and keeper formats he is still well worth owning.  In redraft leagues?  It really depends on the depth of the league, but those in shallower formats can likely leave him on the waiver wire at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21764'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
He's been more selective at the plate; swinging much less often, but making more (ostensibly better) contact than ever before. That bodes well for not only an improved batting average, but improved power production as well. This early season slump is just that, a slump. Freese will soon turn it around and ... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Walker has been dealing with shoulder issues since Spring Training and it's fair to wonder if he'll make a significant contribution to the Mariners at all this season. At this point, owners in redraft leagues can probably drop Walker for the time being without a second thought as there is too much uncertainty surrounding his situ... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
Initially, Griffin's injury seemed worse. His velocity was down during the Spring, but the hope is he can get healthy again and be a useful mix-leagued pitcher. Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone have taken the place of Parker and Griffin in the rotation and both can be viable streaming options. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
He struggled with his control over his first two starts (9 BB in 10.1 innings), but has really turned it on of late (1 ER with 16 K and 2 BB over his last 15.0 innings).  His velocity is down overall (92.0 mph vs. 94.2 in '13), but with control, groundballs (55.9%) and an impressive SwStr% (10.9%) there is nothing to be concerned about. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Kennedy is a decent bounce back candidate. It has little to do with him per se as it does his new home ballpark. I wouldn't hold my breath for the 2011 Ian Kennedy to return, but something better than the 2013 Kennedy should appear. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-third-tier-national-league-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
He's probably been punted to your waiver wire and now may be the wrong time to pursue him. He's been a mess with his command, isn't whiffing anybody, and his velocity is down almost 2 mph. We could be looking at an injury, so tread lightly. I recommend keeping tabs on him, particularly the velocity. Once he's pumping around 93 mph with contr... (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/april-meltdowns-bring-may-flowers/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He still has some issues against lefty hitters, but last season showed modest improvement. The reinvention of his curveball is likely the biggest reason for that success. Considering all the positive changes from last season and the defense entering this year, Porcello is primed to break his streak of 4.00 ERAs. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
The slight-of-frame Ventura adds some youth to a veteran-heavy starting rotation in Kansas City, which also features four 30+ year old arms. The young hurler can tickle triple digits with his heater but his pitcher's frame hints at a potential lack of durability over the long haul. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The one skill I'm expecting to translate right away is Springer's speed. Assuming he sticks around, there's no reason he can't swipe 20-30 bases, maybe more than that. The pop should be fine, I'm thinking 12-15 home runs (more down the line). (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/call-action-springer-promotion-creates-stir-205307768--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 3 days ago)
Scott Kazmir is absolutely dealing so far. I'm a believer, but he can't keep it up. (No one can.) Because of his crazy story and former glory, he's the sort of guy that could fetch more in a trade than his draft slot would suggest. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Adam LaRoche made his owners and the Nationals suffer through a horrific 2013. Well, a bad one, anyway. It's not like he went all Chone Figgins on us or anything. Regardless, he's hitting the ball now and has spent enough time as a good hitter to suggest it could continue. His owner probably drafted him without much in the wa... (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Jeter has a quad issue and considering his age and the annoyance of such injuries, fantasy owners should be prepared for a potential DL stint. The Yankees hope the Captain will be ready to go on Tuesday. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
He has the look of a tier two pitcher and he certainly has had a rough go in the early going of 2014. If someone owns him, they may end up releasing him and you can grab him for free. I certainly wouldn't have pegged him as a tier one guy, but he definitely is a lot better than people give him credit for. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-first-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
A one-trick pony but it's a pretty good trick. The Tigers are going to let him lead off (for now, anyway) and they're going to let him run. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
After hitting .280+ in 2011 and 2012, he struggled in 2013 hitting just .230 thanks in part to a 23.2 percent strikeout rate that year. Now that he is showing better contact the average will improve as well, so don't worry about his .240 so far. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Kelly Johnson was likely going to play regularly anyways given the holes on the Yankees infield, but the injury to Mark Teixeira cements it. While the average is a liability, he offers enough power/speed potential to offset that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Although many pegged Rex Brothers as the closer-in-waiting in Colorado, LaTroy Hawkins has performed well so far this season (5 appearances, 3 saves, 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP). The Rockies didn't sign Hawkins to ride the pine and they will look for Brothers to improve his season numbers (3.18 ERA... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Omar Infante took a pitch to the face on Monday, and he's undergoing tests to determine if his jaw is broken. Brutal news. We also have concussion fears here. Not good. (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Wrist inflammation has hurt Arcia from the get-go. If healthy, the righty has legit power, so if he was dropped in any of your deepish leagues, give him a look. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Melky Cabrera got written off as a PED product by most...but what if he's not? What if he can hit? If his current owner grabbed him as a late-round flier this could be a great buy-high opportunity. Of course, if the owner's been a true Melkman believer for years, it'll be a different story. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He went 0-3 yesterday and is now o-14 to open the season. He has struck out just 3 times at least, and also owns a 27.3% line drive rate (21.3% for his career). Popups have been an issue (40.0%), but it's a small sample size and there is no doubt that things will get better. If you drafted him for his speed upside, just remain patient. He well get a hit and should be a... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22080'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
He's shown tremendous control (1.50 BB/9), which was important, but also could ultimately prove to be prone to the long ball (54.2% fly ball rate). He's also not throwing as hard as he did back in 2011 (92.5 mph on his fastball, compared to 94.7), but that's not of much concern. He's quickly proven that he's a viable option in all formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22278'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Wong beat out veteran second baseman Mark Ellis for the starting role at second base in St. Louis thanks to a solid spring performance. The 23-year-old Hawaii native may need a little more polish against southpaws before he realizes his full potential. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He can still draw walks at a good clip, but if he can't put the ball in play he puts even more pressure on his BABIP to carry his batting average. As it stands this year he's hitting .255 with a very lucky .389 BABIP. When the luck runs out, his average is going to drop quickly and may cost him playing time in a Mets outfield full of potential replacements. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Willingham actually has a hairline fracture in his wrist, but the Twins believe he will be back by once eligible (April 22 nd). I am a bit suspicious of the optimism, but I'm no doctor. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Adam Dunn is not yet murdering batting averages. Cool. Also, his homers are still valuable. I especially love him as a head to head bench guy to play when you need the longballs and RBI. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Sometimes, fantasy players do show a bit of sophistication and that can be seen in his BABIP and left on base percentage (LOB%). Both point to a regression that will make him look rather ordinary. Still, we are talking a pitcher with a three to one strikeout to walk ratio and someone that is at least average at keeping fly ba... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-first-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
If you take out the first three games of the season he's just 3-25 with 0 HR and 2 RBI. Does that mean it's time to give up on him? Nope, as the potential is obviously still there. It's just a good example of why we don't do anything dramatic off of a few early games. Keep him stashed for now. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Although many pegged Rex Brothers as the closer-in-waiting in Colorado, LaTroy Hawkins has performed well so far this season (5 appearances, 3 saves, 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP). The Rockies didn't sign Hawkins to ride the pine and they will look for Brothers to improve his season numbers (3.18 ERA... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Kyle Lohse isn't on this list for striking out eight hitters in his first start; he's on this list for being pretty good and usually a nice help in WHIP. Take a look if that's what you need. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-theres-no-downside.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
When's the last time he had a bad season? Another fun park and lineup for AJP to do his thing in. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
The Tigers' veteran-laden lineup allows the organization to ease the young Castellanos into his first full big league season. There aren't many questions surrounding his bat (other than perhaps the power tool) but his defense at the hot corner remains a concern especially considering he spent more than a year playing in the outfield. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He's batting cleanup against lefties and fifth against righties. We kind of expected that, but I think his stock dwindled during draft season as the Phillies offense did nothing in Florida. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/risers-and-fallers-from-week-one/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Dominguez doesn't run at all like AT ALL with one singular stolen base between the major and minor league levels. That's one stolen base in over 3200 plate appearances. Anyway, don't count on him to run. Plus, he's not likely to best a .260 average. But if you can yoink a free third baseman capable of .260/20/70/70 you&#... (Michael Barr, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/third-base-waiver-wire-cody-asche-and-matt-dominguez/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Morse usually bats fifth or sixth for the Giants, a reasonable spot for run production (slotted behind Belt, Sandoval, Posey , and Pence). And you love seeing Moose production in April for once, as it's been his worst month over his career . Time to work on that ownership tag, gamers; Morse is still unclai... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-mike-morse-back-lives-142732500--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
God bless a player that is born with this much self-awareness. It's hard to survive in this game without an elite skill, but Span seems to pull it off. If he can keep in the lineup he might even be able to offer you enough steals to make it worth your while. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-center-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Tommy Medica breathing down his neck for playing time. Of course, Alonso hit 5 HR last spring and ultimately hit 6 HR over 334 AB in the regular season. Don't get sucked in. I still believe there's a good chance Medica ultimately takes over, as the Padres search for power in the middle of the lineup, so hold onto him in deeper formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21931'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
Dillon Gee , who posted a 2.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP after the All-Star break last season, is a viable mixed league starter even in shallow leagues. (Dalton Del Don, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mostly-mlb-notes-national-league-season-preview-073624538--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
If he produces the FRA numbers he would still be a very solid end of the rotation fantasy guy. In particular, his walk rate has been very good since his last incarnation. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-top-tier-nl-only-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 15 days ago)
I would normally begin to write off Nava as a one year wonder because of his BABIP, but the rest of his numbers have steadily improved. This is the mark of a young player getting his sea legs, but it also could be the Red Sox discovering how to manage risk. If you play a player when he is most likely to be successful, you wi... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-left-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
A .450 BABIP. Rivals who find themselves deficient in steals might look at his numbers, call them lucky, and still expect a batting average around .300. Our projection systems indicate that somewhere in the range of .250-.260 is a more responsible projection. I bet Gordon owners could get something very attractive for their flash in the pan. Perhaps your mid-tier f... (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Mesoraco is long-gone in the two-catcher formats (Andy Behrens had your back last week), but he's probably worth using in one-backstop formats as well. The Punxsutawney Kid is unowned in 78 percent of the Yahoo world. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-jesse-chavez-151614431--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
A lot of young pitchers have been bitten by the injury bug early on in 2014 but Bradley has so far been able to avoid the curse. Just 21 years old and pitching in Triple-A, the Oklahoma native could be in the Diamondbacks big league rotation before the all-star break. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
If you're looking for some cheap power, or are horrified by your current 2B/MI slot, look no further. Uggla had laser eye surgery last August to help him with his eyesight. It might have worked, as he has hit .269 with 4 HR and 14 RBI this spring. Uggla is always a candidate for strikeouts and a low batting average, but he has walked 12 times this spring ... (Scott Mccloy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/dan-uggla-2b-atl-waiver-wire-pickups/'>RotoBaller</a>, 20 days ago)
The strikeouts haven't been there overall (6.21 K/9), though he's continued to show impressive control (2.17 BB/9) and has generated ample groundballs (57.1%). Considering his 8.3% SwStr% (and 9.8% mark last season), there's also plenty of hope that yesterday's Ks are no aberration. He's shown the skillset, has tremendous upside and is just 23-years old. ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
A two-game sample isn't enough to prove anything, but I feel confident Wood can keep his ERA in the 3s and maintain mixed-league relevance all year (take that, Regression Police). He's only owned in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues, despite the recent K-parade. It's about time you woke up to Wood. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-mike-morse-back-lives-142732500--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
We've been waiting and waiting and waiting for Taveras to reach the Majors and you have to think that it's going to come before long.  The Cardinals do have other options at Triple-A (Stephen Piscotty , Randal Grichuk ), but if it's going to be everyday AB the money is still on Taveras to arrive first.  Still considered among the best prospects in the game, he'... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He is a good prospect who can make an adjustment, but his current approach is going to result in a low .200's average with no RBI, run, or stolen base opportunities. His prospect pedigree and home runs might be enough for someone to say "Oooh shiny". You probably don't have much time to offload him. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Although Aroldis Chapman has been resuming baseball activities with some light workouts, he is still far from returning to the big leagues. In his stead, J.J. Hoover has struggled and the Reds will likely look to Jonathan Broxton (who was just re-activated from the DL) to close until Chapman returns. (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-cubbies-jays-mets-redlegs-white-sox-yanks.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 9 days ago)
When spring training opened, young defensive whiz Didi Gregorius appeared to be the favorite to open the year as the big league club's starting shortstop. Owings' potential at the plate, though, proved to be too hard to ignore and the former was sent to Triple-A. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
With Mark Melancon in place, could Grilli quickly be sent into a setup role? Blowing an early save opportunity doesn't help, though he earned his first save of the season yesterday. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22048'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 13 days ago)
Dustin Ackley has 15/15 upside and thus far he has carried a strong spring into the regular season. He's still banished towards the bottom of the order, which would cap his value, but if he were to move into one of the top two spots (which is highly realistic) his value would sky rocket. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
He won't challenge Trevor Rosenthal for save chances, but with Shelby Miller reeling, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Martinez got a look as a starter sometime in the next few weeks. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Quentin just can't shake the knee issues. When healthy, he's a significant contributor in HR, OBP, and SLG. Tommy Medica will start in the outfield for the injured Quentin, and he has the ability to provide some nice power of his own. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Unless your league has more than two DL slots, Johnson isn't worth saving. I'm a huge fan of stashing injured pitchers early in the season, but there are plenty of other guys who provide more predictable upside. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-1-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Nate Schierholtz never had a home run per fly ball rate nearly as high as he did last season. Considering that we are looking at a potential waiver claim, it is probably just as safe to assume that he will continue to have more power in Wrigley Field than he had at AT&T Park in San Francisco. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-right-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Tanner Scheppers wasn't as horrendous on Monday as he was on opening day, but he nonetheless took the loss at Boston, yielding nine hits and two runs in five frames. His next start should be a home tilt with the Astros, clearly a much friendlier matchup. So I'm gonna just... (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Joyce has always been a weapon against opposite handed pitching and should be useful even once he cools off. For now he is able to be grabbed in over 70% of CBS leagues, 80% of ESPN formats and 90% of Yahoo! leagues. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Now that he has altered his approach to take the ball the other way more often, his strikeout rate has plummeted and his average has soared to above .300. While his average won't stay this high, he should be above league average in the category. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
We have a usable average with power potential. What's not to like, especially when you throw in RBI opportunities. In five-outfielder formats, he's clearly a must add player. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22162'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
An ankle sprain is a minor setback and buys some more time for the Mike Olt and Emilio Bonifacio . And as much as we all love Baez's bat speed, if he doesn't get that K-rate under control, the Cubs have no reason to rush him up to a non-playoff team. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Obviously the shoulder/elbow issues this spring but a damper on that a bit, but once he came off the DL he is showing that he's healthy. He allowed just 1 ER on 4 H and 3 BB, striking out 7, over 6.0 innings and now owns a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, with 16 K, over 19.0 innings on the season. The biggest question is his health and if he can keep it together for the entire se... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
While Sizemore may not be the guy who was a regular 20/20 player in his early years, it still seems that he can be a 15 HR/10 SB type of guy. His career average is only .269 so he's not going to exactly help or hurt you much there. He has the potential to score 70+ runs as well as long as he stays relatively healthy. (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
LA fans had visions of sugar plums and Yasiel Puigs dancing in their heads when the Dodgers won the bidding for free agent Guerrero , a Cuba native. Unfortunately, he's not nearly has polished as Puig was nor is his bat as potent. He'll spend some time in the minors while the Dodgers try and figure out what exactly they have in Guerrero. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The more and more I read about Skaggs , the more and more I'm convinced he's on the verge of a breakout run. He has since tossed eight scoreless innings in his season debut against Houston and revealed after the game he relied on a two-seam fastball, which is a new pitch in his arsenal. I know it's one sta... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
Paxton will be shut down for at least a week. It wouldn't be all that surprising to see the Mariners take it slow with the promising lefty. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Now has a full-time gig to himself from the word go, and it's not uncommon to see catchers mature late, especially on offense. Obviously this is a play for two-catcher leagues; you need to do a lot better in formats that require just one. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Tyler Clippard saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012 before they signed Soriano and he could very well take the job back if Soriano has a terrible spring training or start to the season. Clippard had a much better season than Soriano , with a WHIP of .859 and a strikeout rate of 9.3 per 9 innings. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-washington-nationals/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
Target Field should restore his confidence, and push his HR/FB clip into a reasonable area. Hughes's K/BB rate has been solid his entire career; there's ability here, and juicy post-hype sleeper value. (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/sleepers-busts-starting-pitchers-135926663--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
While there has been a little bit of bad luck (.500 BABIP), he's now walked 6 batters in 5.1 innings. Chances are he gets another shot, so don't cut bait quite yet, especially with Delabar also struggling in this one. However, unless he quickly proves this was an aberration, Janssen is looking like a good bet to reclaim the role upon his return. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
While his tenure in Toronto last season was forgetful, he was a different player when he joined the Royals. He hit .285 with a .352 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 42 games. He already has four stolen bases in six games this season, so it seems the theme on the North Side of Chicago is "Run Emilio Run.&... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
A huge first game upped his %-ownership by 9+%. The concern is the next day when new manager Mr. Sandberg officially platoon-tagged him. I personally think he can be a poor man's (because of the contact rate) Chase Utley if he gets the full-time opportunity. (Daniel Schwartz, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/deep-impact-corner-infielders/'>Razzball</a>, 12 days ago)
He's batting anywhere from second to seventh depending on the day. He also looks like the second half Ruiz, who was eminently rosterable. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/risers-and-fallers-from-week-one/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Chad Qualls blew the save for the Astros in particularly bad fashion, giving up three runs, including a Jed Lowrie home run while only recording one out in a loss to the Athletics. Qualls' has been a little unlucky early on this year as a .579 BABIP against is due for some regression but I'm keeping Josh Fields as first in line in this committee ... (Benjamin Pasinkoff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-april-19-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 2 days ago)
A lot of young pitchers have been bitten by the injury bug early on in 2014 but Bradley has so far been able to avoid the curse. Just 21 years old and pitching in Triple-A, the Oklahoma native could be in the Diamondbacks big league rotation before the all-star break. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He has the stuff to be one of the premier pitchers in the game, despite the subpar results in the Majors in 2013.  The Orioles only let him throw 71 and 69 pitches, respectively, in his first two starts so that should tell us that they are pacing him to keep him available late in the season (he threw 129.2 innings in 2013).  He does have 5 BB in his 10.2 innings thus far this... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Marcell Ozuna was a person with some promise before the season, and maybe there's something in the Miami water, but he's been hitting the ball well. Youth and upside aren't always the same thing, but this time they are. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-theres-no-downside.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
Erasmo Ramirez posted a disappointing 3.24 BB/9 last season compared to 1.83 BB/9 in 2012. Ramirez has always been known for his good command, and with expected return to standard form, he should be in store for a bounce back campaign. Ramirez remains a nice value pick in the later rounds. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-seattle-mariners/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
He still has massive power, to go along with tons of Ks and a low BA, but owners in need of some cheap power could do worse. Yesterday Reynolds homered for the 2nd straight game, and now has 5 HR and 2 SB on the year. A full time player again this year with the Brewers, Reynolds should have plenty of chances to produce hitting behind Ryan Braun, Carlos Gom... (Staff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/mark-reynolds-1b-3b-waiver-wire-pickups-sleepers/'>RotoBaller</a>, 1 day ago)
Houston relievers own a 5.34 ERA and 1.67 WHIP, hideous numbers across the board. It's become obvious that Crain should step right into the closers role, once healthy, so now is the time to grab him before it's too late. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Francisco Rodriguez has been one of the best relievers in the league (1.18 FIP). The Brewers are playing well and should be fighting for a playoff spot all summer long, at this point I don't see them making a switch with K-Rod playing so well right now, I'm changing this situation to green. (Benjamin Pasinkoff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-april-19-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 2 days ago)
While his strikeout rate had fallen in recent seasons, you have to wonder if he's simply finally healthy once again? He currently owns a 12.1% SwStr% and has shown a good mix of his fastball (51.7%), slider (25.3%) and change-up (13.8%), while also mixing in a curveball. There's no questioning the upside as long as he's healthy. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22147'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
There are only a few elite catchers this season. The leftovers all taste about the same once the Poseys, Rosarios, Santanas, and McCanns are off the table; you're really just fishing for upside. Grandal will take a bit of time to round into form, but he's got huge upside. I love him as an investment i... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-1-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
This all has to be taken with a bit of caution, as Eovaldi has struggled with his control in the past, but if he can continue to hammer the strike zone with his fastball, there's no reason to think these excellent results won't continue. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
It appears as if the power potential is there. If that is the case then he definitely has the ability to hit north of 20 home runs. If you add in the stolen bases then you can overcome a lower batting average. I wouldn't make Saunders a starting outfielder in any league, but I definitely would consider him for a bench ... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-center-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
He seemed to actually enjoy some good luck last season with a lower than normal BABIP and a pretty good left on base percentage. So, we should expect some regression and opening up on the disabled list won't help him get back to 200 innings. Yet, when he gets off he will be a good waiver candidate. His groundball rate... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-top-tier-nl-only-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Ryan Ludwick was one of my 2013 pre-season guys and lost basically the whole year to an Opening Day injury. Rough for me, worse for him. His 2014 is already better, though, as he's hitting the ball with some authority. Some roto authority,sorry. But pick him up. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-theres-no-downside.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
Acquired in the offseason from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Davidson was an early favorite to win the starting third base gig to open the year but he lost out to incumbent Conor Gillaspie. A strong showing in Triple-A by the rookie coupled with continued modest offensive outputs by the big league regular could cause a shift at the hot corner in the se... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Charlie Blackmon is going nuts with batting average and high altitude. I don't buy it. He probably won't anchor a trade offer, but he's a good player to include to ostensibly sweeten a deal. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Knee surgery will sideline him for at least a month. He isn't the biggest fantasy name, but this can sting for some in deep or two-catcher leagues. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
So, what do we make of Colabello?  There's power potential, but if he's driving the ball into the ground he's not going to be able to tap into it.  Couple that with a potential struggle for average and things could actually get ugly.  Capitalize on him while he's going well, but don't become infatuated with him. (Eric Stasin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22088'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
After a very poor start to the season (4 appearances, 2 blown saves, 12.27 ERA, 2.46 WHIP), Jose Veras has officially lost his closer title in Wrigleyville. Pedro Strop (1 save, 4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) and Hector Rondon (1 save, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) are the two candidates most likely to replace him... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
The fact that he's spending time in the OF, as well as with the ability to play 2B and SS, tell us that it could become a reality. Will he get enough AB to be a viable option? That remains to be seen, but the upside is there so he should remain on our radars. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21849'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Pitching a majority of your games in the AL East is not exactly the best way to make a living. Add to that the fact that the Orioles' defensive strength lies in their infield, but Norris has a groundball rate below the league average. That can help explain the .333 BABIP he "enjoyed' last season. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-first-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Couple that with an inflated fly ball rate (48.4% in '13, 48.1% thus far in '14) and hitting for a good average could be difficult. The Mets need to find out what they have in Duda and the power potential keeps him on our radars, but it's a long shot that he is produces a quality line. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22314'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He?s one of those waiver wire sleepers that not enough people are adding, maybe because they are afraid of his control issues from last year. But this is not last year, and he?s been absolutely great so far. He now owns a very solid 2.19 ERA with 19 K vs. 6 BB over 24 2/3 IP. He plays on a Brewers team that looks very strong, and gets the light hitting Cub... (Staff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/wily-peralta-sp-waiver-wire-pickups-sleepers-mil/'>RotoBaller</a>, 1 day ago)
Jose Valverde's days as closer might be numbered. Valverde entered the ninth inning tonight and gave up a three run homer to Justin Upton . Although none of Valverde's runs were "earned" it's the fourth home run he's allowed in his last three outings. Papa Grande's been able to miss more bats this year (13.5 SwStr%) but his ... (Benjamin Pasinkoff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-april-19-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 2 days ago)
Morton could be a good play this week. Both Chicago and Milwaukee ranked in the bottom-third in ISO and wOBA, and Morton gets ground balls like they're going out of style. (Andrew Miller, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-pitching-preview/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Bradley was already optioned to Triple-A when an injury sent veteran outfielder Shane Victorino to the disabled list, and created a 25-man roster spot for the freshman on opening day. He'll have to continue swinging an incredibly hot bat to avoid being demoted when the Flyin' Hawaiian returns from the infirmary. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The Cubs infield defense is actually pretty good, so there is no real explanation for why this happened. Perhaps it was bad luck. Jackson is another pretty good bounce back candidate. His career left on base percentage rate sits at 70.5 percent and his career BABIP (.308) are closer to the league averages and eno... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-third-tier-national-league-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
At this point we have to assume Lindstrom is going to get the next chance, though Daniel Webb could also get a look. Webb allowed 1 ER on 1 H and 3 BB, striking out 1, over 3.0 IP and was asked to throw 59 pitches. Obviously it's going to be a few days before we see him again, but on the season he has a 2.53 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He showed big strikeout stuff in the minors ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22278'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Oakland catcher Derek Norris homered in a 2-for-4 performance, we should note. If you're desperate for a catcher (not sure why that would be the case, but let's just say), he's on my approved list. Norris has homered 17 times in 553 career ABs, plus he offers on-base ... (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
In 20.0 innings he now owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 24 K and 8 BB. While the WHIP is scary, he actually has been plagued about a lot of poor luck (.365 BABIP). Make sure to check out our profile of him from prior to the season (click here to view), as it all still applies. He does bring strikeout potential and owns good control, making him worth considering in deeper formats.... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He does offer the potential to strike batters out (7.8 K/9 in the minors) and the luck should improve. His inconsistency makes him a hard pitcher to trust, but there is upside there in the right situation. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
He hasn't hit the ball hard (12.1% line drive rate), is driving the ball into the ground (51.5% groundball rate) and has enjoyed significant luck (.406 BABIP). There was a lot of hype surrounding him, so now is the perfect time to try and cash in. He doesn't profile for significant power, will see his average slump and could easily lose playing time. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Soto has a torn lateral meniscus that required surgery. J.P. Arencibia will have a chance to start every day and his power makes him an option in two-catcher leagues. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Former first round draft pick Gordon Beckham continues to fall out of favor in Chicago, which is to the benefit of Semien who can play multiple infield positions. The White Sox big league club has an intriguing mix of young players on the 25-man roster which is all the more impressive considering how poorly ranked the minor league system has been o... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
So while I am not advocating that you pick McAllister up, he is one of the better options available in just about all formats that starts twice this week. However, it is too early to be truly forcing the issue by starting borderline candidates that could do some major damage to your ratios. (Ray Kuhn, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22075'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Pitching against a tough Cardinals offense, Mejia impressed with 7 Ks over 6 1/3 IP to pickup the win, allowing 7 base runners and 0 earned runs. Mejia now owns a very solid 1.99 ERA with 25 K over 22 2/3 IP to start the year. As long as he can stay healthy, he should continue to produce for the Mets and fantasy owners. (Staff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/jenrry-mejia-sp-nym-waiver-wire-pickups-2/'>RotoBaller</a>, 1 day ago)
The closer-by-committee competition in Houston has come down to two different relievers, Josh Fields (1 save, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 9.0 K/9) and Chad Qualls (1 save, 6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 10.1 K/9). Each have a single save this season and only time will tell whether Fields or Qualls can take over the ninth. (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-cubbies-jays-mets-redlegs-white-sox-yanks.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 9 days ago)
If Dietrich received over 450 plate appearances for the Marlins, I'd peg him to reach the teens in homers. Since I'm pessimistic Furcal can return from injury and play well, I think that plate appearance threshold is within reach. (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/the-fantasy-fix-free-agent-fixes/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Welcome to the NL and another reason for why the DH won't be around much longer (boo). Anderson fractured his index finger during an at-bat, which means Franklin Morales will be allowed to disappoint us once again. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Don't mortgage the farm to get Hechavarria on your roster. This is just a nice hot streak to open the season. Hechavarria has always been lauded for his defense. He's hitting leadoff right now for the Marlins with Rafael Furcal on the disabled list, so there's a chance he'll be moved to the bottom of t... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
Alvarez does offer control (career 2.29 BB/9) and groundballs (55.5% for his career), but the strikeout potential is capped (5.32 K/9 in '14, 4.53 for his career). That final note is going to keep him from being a must use option, though there is potential, especially when pitching at home, and can be considered a backend option and streamer when things line up right. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Apparently Russell has a pretty severe hamstring injury. Many expected the talented shortstop to reach the big leagues this season, with Jed Lowrie moving to second, but this injury all but puts an end to that. The Eric Sogard Project lives on. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Sean Doolittle pitched the eighth and got the first out of the ninth (1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K) before turning things over to Gregerson .  While Gregerson got the final two outs, with 1 K, he also allowed 2 H to make things a bit interesting.  It's hardly a guarantee that he's given the next opportunity to close games out. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
One of the biggest breakout prospects from 2013, Polanco lacks a clear path to a permanent big league job in 2014. With that said, another slow start by former No. 1 draft pick Travis Snider could open up a spot for the talented prospect who will bide his time in Triple-A. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
I'm not overly optimistic about Olt this year, but third base stinks and he should get an extended look with the Cubs this year. For now, watch him from a distance and recognize that if it clicks he's capable of hitting 25-ish homers but doing so with an ugly batting average. He's definitely a better option in leagues that u... (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-post-hype-sleepers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
He's bringing the heat with a 95.9 mph fastball, but he's also throwing it 74.0% of the time bringing yet another concern. The bottom line? Maybe he puts it together, but you have to think that a blowup is on the horizon so proceed with caution. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22147'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
He should chip in a few stolen bases and should score some runs with Giancarlo Stanton & Casey McGehee hitting behind him. It's not a lot, but the upside is higher than some others that you may be considering. He should be back in the middle of the month, so now is the time to grab him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22060'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
A former Yankees farmhand, the switch-hitting Almonte has been given an opportunity to play regularly. He has some defensive skills and can play center field but his value at the play is tied mostly to his ability to hit for average because he doesn't hit many home runs and hasn't been an overly prolific base runner at the big league level. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He was one of the game's most effective starters in September, posting a high 8.3 K/9 and 4.3 K/BB in six starts. Despite struggling to crack 90 mph with his fastball, he has one of the better curveballs in the National League. Don't forget about him if you play in a deep league. (Stephen Nickrand, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/baseball/2014/04/02/baseball-hq-sixth-starters-to-target/7210969/'>USA Today</a>, 20 days ago)
Now an Astro, Guzman has an opportunity for more significant playing time than he did in San Diego. But, he'll have to hit to keep getting penciled into the lineup as the Astros 1B/DH/OF situation is quite crowded as well. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/jesus-guzman-ryan-flaherty-deep-league-waiver-wire/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Feldman has excelled because he's been the luckiest pitcher in baseball. His .119 BABIP and 95% strand rate are both among the most favorable in MLB. The difference between his 0.44 ERA and 4.39 FIP isn't so much a gap as a yawning, inescapable crevasse. His ERA- is 11. Regression is on the way. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
His power makes him worth considering, especially given the playing time. Hopefully he straightens it out and we can catch lightning in a bottle. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22060'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Last call on Jonathan Broxton , gamers. He's back with his team , soon to be off the DL. His manager has already handed him the keys to the ninth (until Aroldis Chapman returns), yet he's still available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues. (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Jason Kubel is hitting over .380 and is only one season removed from hitting 30 homers. He deserves more owners than this. Bold prediction: he keeps producing and tops the 80% owned mark by the end of the season. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He's never posted great strikeout rates, but in his first start, nearly 70% of batted balls stayed on the ground. Even more importantly, more than half of his offerings found the strike zone. If he can maintain that level of control, he'll be a solid, if slightly limited, fantasy contributor. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Colorado's outfield is a cast of thousands, but perhaps Stubbs can grab a position through his defense. The batting average is always a risk here, but Stubbs has shown pop and speed in the past. Another case of a tiny-risk player who is all upside. If he crashes early, you toss him to the scrap heap and try something... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
The White Sox are well represented on this list and Johnson has the potential to be the most impactful freshman arm on the club in 2014. The right-hander has solid present stuff and a durable frame that should allow him to shoulder a lot of innings. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He is a fly ball pitcher but is able to limit the homeruns in spacious Oakland. Being a lefty should not be a detriment either, because he is just as tough on righties. Add this all up and combine it with his career in high leverage situations (33IP, .200/.285/.309). (<a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22220'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
You're unlikely to find a better matchup and with a pitcher as rarely owned. It wasn't long ago the Wandy Line was coined and it is no secret the lefty can still limit the opposite and win a ball game. His strikeouts are trending in the wrong direction and at 35 his best days are long behind, but the odds will be in the Peg-Legs favor on Thursda... (Neil Parker, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/april-3rd-streaming-pitcher-options/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 20 days ago)
This is a little less about Beckham and more about Marcus Semien . Semien has a chance to show his worth at second base and if he does, should be able to claim the third base position. In truth, Semien should already be considered the everyday third baseman when Beckham returns, but Robin Ventura is still a bit disoriented from ... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
The Pirates can apparently fix any SP and their ballpark and team defense help out as well. While he'll be facing Cueto and the Reds, EV has been great thus far. The K's are down for EV, but the walks are too, which is huge for his continued success. A win might be a long shot, but a QS and solid ratios seem likely in what could be another PNC pitcher's d... (Scott Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/streaming-pitchers-4-22/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 1 day ago)
Mujica should be immediately added in all leagues until additional details regarding Uehara's injury are released. Mujica is currently available in 57% of Yahoo! leagues. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bullpen-report-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
When Fister returns, it's either Roark or Taylor Jordan who is going to get the boot. Jordan does have the higher upside, and a few more poor outings from Roark will lock him into the rotation moving forward. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22217'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Solarte doesn't really have power or speed. If he plays every day, he should settle in near the bottom of the Yankees order. His game is entirely about putting balls in play, which has worked for guys like Michael Young . Solarte isn't Young, and he won't be a fantasy asset throughout the entire season. Now is the time to cash in. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Colby Lewis is supposed to start on Saturday. I wouldn't slide him into your lineup for that first game back, but he's well worth some serious attention. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-theres-no-downside.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 9 days ago)
Paco is one of those middle relievers I would consider adding in my standard mixed leagues for steady support in my ratio and strikeout categories while benefiting from the occasional scab win. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-harris-ottavino-carpenter-and-rodriguez/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Lagares has a major defensive edge, so if Young who has a -19 wRC+ in 21 turns up fails to provide on-base and baserunning value, Lagares will be the man left standing when Chris Young returns from injury. Unfortunately, he profiles as a risky bet to even go 10-15 HR-SB, so the fantasy upside is low. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/relevant-week-one-playing-time-surprises/'>FanGraphs</a>, 13 days ago)
As for Cahill earning the save, don't read anything into it as the Diamondbacks had used all of their more trustworthy relievers earlier in the game.  He did have a clean inning, with 1 K, though and maybe could find a niche after struggling in the rotation. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Anthony Rendon figures to shift to third, with Danny Espinosa claiming the second base job (he was brought in for the spot yesterday). He went 1-2 after entering the game and is hitting .316 in limited action. He does have power and speed, though strikeouts and average have always been a concern. That said, as a middle infielder he has more than enough upside to grab in all ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
He's hardly an All-Star, but positional flexibility and the potential to go .275 with 10 HR makes him well worth owning in all deeper formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22260'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
After a very poor start to the season (4 appearances, 2 blown saves, 12.27 ERA, 2.46 WHIP), Jose Veras has officially lost his closer title in Wrigleyville. Pedro Strop (1 save, 4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) and Hector Rondon (1 save, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP) are the two candidates most likely to replace him... (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-bosox-braves-brewers-cubbies-jays-mets-reds-rockies-yankees.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
The trade of former closer Addison Reed to Arizona during the offseason left a hole at the back end of the White Sox bullpen. It was supposed to be filled by Nate Jones but the powerful arm hit the disabled list with a hip injury. There are still a lot of hard-throwing arms in the bullpen but Webb remains a candidate to see some save opportunities. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He now owns a 0.70 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 22 K on the season. It's been highly impressive, but let's keep in mind who we are talking about. Harang has long been a mediocre option, and also has benefited from a .143 BABIP and 90.5% strand rate. Things are going to come crashing down in short order, but enjoy the hot stretch while it's there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Buxton could not have had a better 2013 season in high-A ball. The top prospect in baseball entered the 2014 on a fast track to the Majors but a wrist injury suffered during spring training but the brakes on his rapid ascent. Once he's healthy, the Georgia native should be assigned to Double-A. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He's hardly an elite strikeout pitcher (7.6 K/9 in the minor leagues), he brings control (2.1 BB/9 in the minors, 2.74 out of the bullpen in '13) and a potentially elite groundball rate (54.0% in the Majors). His upside is going to be limited, thanks to the lack of strikeout stuff, but he could be an interesting short-term fill-in. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21849'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Now may be the time to grab him before it's too late. With Major League experience already, the Super 2 deadline isn't as much of a roadblock giving him a slight edge over some other options. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
The big park in Oakland comes in handy here, in addition to some of the AL West stadiums we talked about. He's an enjoyable watch, mixing four pitchers effectively. You know the refrain: we're about numbers, not names. Unheralded pitching comes into the league every year. Who's with me? Chavez of Oakland, e... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-jesse-chavez-151614431--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
Sure, there are some warts on this pitcher. In particular, the strikeout rate is lower than what you would like, but he also pitches half of his games in Petco Park. That helps to explain why the lower than normal ground ball rate actually works in his favor. Normally, you would like to have all of your pitchers with a he... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-top-tier-nl-only-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 15 days ago)
In two appearances thus far in '14, he's allowed one earned run on one hit and a walk, while striking out two opponents. The 29-year-old right-hander has two holds under his belt in two appearances. Let's hope he can fend off the regression monster. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-harris-ottavino-carpenter-and-rodriguez/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
He does posess better strikeout (6.75 K/9) and control (3.94 BB/9), while there also has been a bit of poor luck (.333 BABIP, 63.6% strand rate). He's off to a relatively slow start (5.63 ERA), but the Rays need him and the potential is there. Don't give up hope, though don't consider him a must use option as he tries to maneuver through the AL East. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22278'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Dyson gets a nice short-term spike in value with the injury to Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Dyson had been placed on the bereavement list heading into the weekend, but he is expected to rejoin the team today. He'll be deployed in the Royals outfield from today forward until Cain returns. Dyson is your best bet right now for free steals. (Mike Buttil, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/dyson-sucks-steals/'>Razzball</a>, 1 day ago)
As we've said before the strikeouts were there in the second half last season (7.79 K/9) and he showed tremendous control throughout the minor leagues (2.0 BB/9). It's going to take more than this to get people excited, but you also may want to consider grabbing him before it's too late (since it'll be easy to cut bait if he struggles). (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22065'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
He owns a 5.94 ERA and 1.74 WHIP, though he has posted a 50.0% groundball rate and 3.24 BB/9 (with the potential for more). His upside is still arguably greater than Roark's and should have a few more opportunities before Doug Fister returns from the DL. In deeper formats, continue to keep him stashed if you have the room. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
I still hold out hope that Carrasco could turn his fantastic secondary offerings and plus fastball velocity into good pitching performance. If I was able to figure out what's most likely plaguing him, you would hope that the Indians are able to as well and are continually working with him to mold Carrasco into the future Cy Young contender I know he co... (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/whats-wrong-with-carlos-carrasco/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Swarzak will begin the season as the long reliever, so he will go undrafted even in very deep leagues. Before you ignore him completely, keep in mind he dominated right-handed batters last season, with a high 4.6 K/BB and 57% ground-ball rate. Given the lack of skilled competition in the Twins rotation, Swarza... (Stephen Nickrand, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/baseball/2014/04/02/baseball-hq-sixth-starters-to-target/7210969/'>USA Today</a>, 20 days ago)
Casey McGehee has gotten off to a quick start and appears to be entrenched in the middle of the Marlins lineup.  That said, does anyone believe he's going to continue to thrive?  He's not a major source of power and, even in his breakout campaign, questions have always been there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Sigh. Taillon was expected to be up at some point this season, but has now undergone Tommy John surgery. This hurts for the Pirates, dynasty owners, and fans of baseball everywhere. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
That's 4 HR allowed this season and you have to wonder how long he'll keep his spot in the rotation. There isn't going to be a big rush for him, so unless you are in an extremely deep format feel free to move on. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
The one question will be if he can improve upon his control. He brings the heat and offers superb strikeout ability, which can be dominate in the ninth inning. Seeing as the Mets have no other options past Valverde, Black could see the majors soon. Those in deep leagues should take note and plan accordingly when Black arrives in NY. There's no doubt he will be given a shot eventually... (<a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22220'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Hale isn't flashy due to his pitch-to-contact tendencies and he possesses a modest ceiling but Atlanta's bad luck on the injury front will ensure that the Princeton alum receives an extended look in the starting rotation. He's probably better suited to a middle- or long-relief role. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The 2012 R.A. Dickey trade continues to look worse for the Blue Jays with each passing day thanks to the continued emergence of Syndergaard. The 38th overall selection from the 2010 amateur draft who won't turn 22 until August opened the 2014 season in Triple-A and should reach the Majors no later than the second half of the year. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The Jim Johnson experiment has struggled since Opening Day. In his first five appearances, Johnson has earned one save, two losses, and two blown saves, not to mention that batters are hitting .529 against him. If these struggles continue, Ryan Cook or Luke Gregerson might get the call pretty soon. (Luckey Helms, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/closer-updates-as-astros-cubbies-jays-mets-redlegs-white-sox-yanks.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 9 days ago)
Holds leagues take notice. Wilson appears likely to come back in mid-April, barring a setback. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
This is the same Kendrick he has always been, so why his ownership changed at all boggles the mind. He's backed by a meh offense and has limited upside given the measly strikeout rate. I'd prefer someone with better strikeout potential in NL-Only leagues. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roster-trending-is-the-juice-worth-the-squeeze/'>FanGraphs</a>, 13 days ago)
Kelley's stint as an interim closer got off to an excellent start, as he threw a clean frame against Baltimore. His career ratios aren't exceptional for fantasy purposes (3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP), but he did strike out 71 batters in just 53.1 innings last year. As a placehold... (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Finally healthy, Hammel has posted a very nice 16/5 K/BB ratio thus far. Although the Diamondbacks have some big bats in their lineup, they have been cold of late, and there aren't many quality streamer options on Tuesday. Jason has a great shot at his 4th QS, solid ratios and a handful of K's. (Scott Klein, <a target='_blank' href='http://thefakebaseball.com/streaming-pitchers-4-22/'>The Fake Baseball</a>, 1 day ago)
Parra tossed 2.0 perfect innings, with 2 K, to earn the save. However, once Jonathan Broxton is off the DL he's going to be the closer so don't go crazy to acquire Parra. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22095'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 13 days ago)
He's more of a control artist than anything, as his strikeouts fell as he rose to the Majors.  Considering the depth of options that the Padres have, it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to the minors at some point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22147'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
With David Hernandez likely headed for Tommy John surgery, Harris could run with the eighth-inning gig and earn a bulk of holds in the desert this season. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-harris-ottavino-carpenter-and-rodriguez/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
He will begin the season in the Mets bullpen, and he has yet to pitch 100 innings in a major league season. Before you ignore him, keep in mind Torres was excellent in a swingman role in 2013. The shaky Mets rotation likely will give him that opportunity early in the season. (Stephen Nickrand, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/baseball/2014/04/02/baseball-hq-sixth-starters-to-target/7210969/'>USA Today</a>, 20 days ago)
Workman will begin the season in the bullpen. It is a decision that might not be surprising, since on the surface he struggled last season with a 4.97 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. But a closer look gives more hope. Behind those marks was a 10.2 K/9. An inflated .345 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) caused his su... (Stephen Nickrand, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/baseball/2014/04/02/baseball-hq-sixth-starters-to-target/7210969/'>USA Today</a>, 20 days ago)
Finally healthy after missing two full seasons (2012-13), Vizcaino is being eased back into game action with an assignment to high-A ball. The hard-thrower is also pitching out of the bullpen after spending most of his career in the starting rotation and it will be interesting to see if he remains in his new role for a long term. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Goins isn't playing himself out of a job yet and emphasized Goins defensive prowess and Gibbons hopes Goins will hit enough. Gibbons did say he's going to go with Izturis' hot bat (have those words ever been said before?) but did not name him the starting second baseman. Expect things to normalize sooner or later and for the punch... (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Albers has actually posted back-to-back strong seasons, with ERAs of 2.39 and 3.14. The biggest key has been improved control (BB/9 of 3.28 and 3.29), though it has come at the expense of his strikeouts (K/9 of 6.56 and 5.00). On the surface his makeup is extremely similar to Qualls', though without the track record or closing experience. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21831'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
It was an impressive performance against the Cardinals, allowing 1 ER on 3 H and 3 BB, striking out 5, over 6.0 innings. However, does anyone really care? His real value will come when he's booted from the rotation for one of the youngsters (like Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero), whether it be via demotion or trade. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21802'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
It isn't official yet, but Izturis is expected to miss the season with a tear of the LCL in his knee. Ryan Goins will take over the second base job, but doesn't offer much value. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Ottavino owns a career 22.3% K%, which is fair for a middle, but we hope his career 9.4% BB% comes down a bit to not compromise your ratios. At zero percent owned, Ottavino is a guy to look at if you need some holds or solds. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-harris-ottavino-carpenter-and-rodriguez/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
His bat has awoken and he's showing that the power is still there (4 HR through Sunday, including 3 HR in his past four games). Through Sunday Astros' first basemen owned a .413 SLG, good for 17th in baseball. There's no questioning that the team has a need at the position, so with Singleton finally starting to show his skill once again on the field it's only ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
With Sanchez getting the short-end of the stick he's not going to be much of a fantasy asset outside of those in NL-only formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22314'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Despite a breakout 2013 campaign and the added ability to play first base (as well as third), Franco has no clear path to the Majors thanks to the presence of veteran Ryan Howard (and his contract) at first base and fellow young player Cody Asche at the hot corner. He'll continue to polish his game at the Triple-A level. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Chris Denorfia stepped in and played well. Now, he is eligible across the board even though he began his career as a platoon partner for Will Venable . He would always get an occasional start in left and center field. That was enough to get him 300 to 400 at bats a season. While his overall numbers are not impressive, if he... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-right-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Heisey had a huge spring with 12-of-17 hits going for extra bases. That includes six home runs, five doubles, and a triple. The problem is a 10-to-1 K/BB ratio which could be a sign of over-aggression. It could also be a sign of a small sample. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
The walks are a bit worrisome, five of the 28 batters Smith has faced have reached via the free pass, but, if he can continue to rack up strikeouts, holds and add on the occasional save or win, Smith could be fairly reasonable asset, especially if you have shares elsewhere in the Brewers' bullpen. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-betances-warren-smith-and-withrow/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
An offseason trade from Oakland to Texas alleviated some of the depth ahead of Choice, but he still ended up with a club with a strong starting outfield. As a result, he's been relegated to back-up role in the Majors in 2014. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Farquhar is expected to be the everyday closer for the Mariners in 2014, but if he struggles Wilhelmsen could get another crack at the job, making him the handcuff to own. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-seattle-mariners/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
His 2013 numbers, therefore, have to be taken with a grain of salt given that it generally takes two years to fully recover arm strength following such a procedure. That said, Pelfrey has only 5.2 K/9 over his entire career and was only a borderline fantasy guy in his best years with the Mets. Skip him. (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-the-bizarro-hellickson.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 16 days ago)
He's going to be a better play for a week where the Pirates face mostly RHP, especially while he's hot (and hitting second in the order). However, with Gregory Polanco marinating in the minors it may not be long until he's out of a job. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22260'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
An .887 OPS helped to breathe some life into Flores prospect value in 2013 but some of that came as a result of playing in the potent Pacific Coast League . Questions remain about both his offensive potential and his future defensive home. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Tiny samples from April don't tell us a lot, but Farnsworth has been successful with the Mets thus far: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K. His once-lethal fastball now clocks at 91.5 mph, lowest of his career. If ever there were a closer you didn't want to watch live, this is it. How badly did you say you needed saves,... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/stomach-kyle-farnsworth-161624656--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 2 days ago)
Thornton, a 25-year old RHP, is not a major return despite his overall impressive minor league numbers (3.03 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 K/9, 2.2 BB/9). Sure he could play a role in the Mets bullpen, but he's not likely to make a fantasy impact. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22314'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
The Royals already have one high-ceiling arm in their starting rotation with Yordano Ventura but a cautious approach to Zimmer's development (borne out of injury woes) will all but ensure he's not wearing a big league uniform until the second half of the 2014 season at the earliest. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Hicks has the ability to post a 15/15 season, and with Oswaldo Arcia out, he's got a good grip on playing time, at least in the short term. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Through seven frames, Warren owns a clean 0.00 ERA (4.12 xFIP) with a 26.9% K% and a 11.5% BB%. The velocity on each of his four offerings appears to be up a tick, but opponents aren't swinging and missing as much as they did last season (8.4% SwStr% vs. 10.8% SwStr%). In my opinion, Warren is the most short-term add of this bunch. (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-betances-warren-smith-and-withrow/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
The left-handed Heaney will soon be ready to join fellow talented young hurler Jose Fernandez in the Marlins' rotation. With limited experience above Double-A, though, the Oklahoma native will likely spend the first half of the year in the minors. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
The velocity on the four seamer is down a tick early on, but his cutter, slider and curveball have each jumped by one mile per hour or more . With two holds, strikeouts and excellent ratios (so far) to offer potential fantasy suitors, Chris Withrow should be considered immediately for those in need. Heck, I've even added Withrow in ... (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-betances-warren-smith-and-withrow/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Lindor , just 20, was assigned to Double-A to open the 2014 season and he could see the Majors in the second half of the year especially if incumbent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's bat continues to fall short of expectation. Lindor has a stellar glove and an underrated bat. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Pomeranz is a 2010 first-round pick who showed several positive signs this spring. He posted a 20/3 K/BB in 122/3 innings. Pomeranz also will benefit from his new club. Oakland has shown a proven ability to develop young starting pitching. At 25, he is young enough to rekindle his previous top-prospect pedigre... (Stephen Nickrand, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/baseball/2014/04/02/baseball-hq-sixth-starters-to-target/7210969/'>USA Today</a>, 20 days ago)
The 23-year old strikes out too much for a guy that doesn't hit for power. Still, Garcia has impact speed, and middle infield options are slim in AL-only formats. The White Sox are clearly a team that won't be in contention this season, and Garcia should get plenty of opportunities to prove his worth to the club. (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/the-fantasy-fix-free-agent-fixes/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
The hits just keep on coming for Lyles, as he was traded to the Rockies in the offseason and now is only a temporary starter in the Colorado rotation until Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood are healthy. Lyles is a good groundball pitcher, so pitching to contact might not totally doom him in Coors Field , yet with little t... (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-the-bizarro-hellickson.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 16 days ago)
As a lefty, he could get consideration under the right circumstance. He has control issues, however, with a 5.75 BB/9 for the Astros last season. He profiles more as a vulture option for those in AL-Only formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21831'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Who knows, but he earned his second save after allowing 1 H and 1 BB, with 1 K, over an inning of work.  Of course, he only got the chance because Kevin Chapman blew the save in the ninth, allowing 1 ER on 1 H and 1 BB, with 1 K, in his inning.  This situation remains a mess, likely until Jesse Crain comes off the DL. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
If he remains hitting third, ahead of Jose Abreu, he should see ample pitches to hit. That would put him in a prime position to thrive, as he did last night. In deeper formats, he could be well worth the gamble. That said, one game does not make a breakout, so those in shallower formats can sit tight. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22217'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Maurer had a nifty 8.4 K/9 and 3.8 K/BB after July1. Those skills were sabotaged by an inflated .346 BABIP. He was rushed to the big leagues out of necessity last season, and a back injury this spring prevented him from earning a spot in the rotation. As a result, he will benefit from seasoning in the minors. ... (Stephen Nickrand, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/baseball/2014/04/02/baseball-hq-sixth-starters-to-target/7210969/'>USA Today</a>, 20 days ago)
He is striking out a lot (11 K), but also has been drawing walks. I wouldn't expect this to be an immediate callup, as the Cubs should continue to piece things together with Mike Olt and Luis Valbuena at the hot corner. That said, there is little ahead of him on the organizational depth chart so he should get an opportunity at some point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
His presence on the Rangers staff indicates how desperate they are for healthy pitching and not how good he is at the moment. He was a viable fantasy starter in 2011 and 2012, but those days are gone now. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-third-tier-al-starting-pitchers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
While the Blue Jays' pitchers may have shown signs early on, can anyone really say Drew Hutchison and Dustin McGowan will be able to thrive? Will Brandon Morrow actually be able to stay healthy? It's simply a matter of time for Stroman to arrive in Toronto and make an impact. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Just three of the 15 batters Betances has faced have reached base (one hit, two walks). The youngster has two holds under his belt already, so those in holds and solds leagues should consider the add if he's available. For those in standard leagues, Betances could even earn a roster spot to pad your strikeouts and hold your ratios s... (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/scheming-for-relief-betances-warren-smith-and-withrow/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
What do we make of Kyle Gibson? The one time top prospect has had his share of struggles so far at the major league level, but this year is different. In three starts he has allowed just two runs in 19.1 innings. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22329'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Predominantly a starter in the minors, a lack of consistent command has haunted the fireballer. It all but assures his future will lie in the bullpen at the big league level. Webster could ride the Triple-A/MLB shuttle throughout the 2014 season but he doesn't currently have a clear path to a permanent big league job in Boston. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Nelson is a big, strong hurler who projects to develop into a solid mid-rotation starter. However, the addition of free agent hurler Matt Garza helped to ensure that the young right-hander would open the year in Triple-A to serve as organizational depth in the event of an injury. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Colorado has two young, high-ceiling arms in the minors with Butler and 2013 No. 1 draft pick Jonathan Gray. However, I personally give the edge to the former due to his nasty stuff and ability to keep the ball down in the zone, which creates a higher ground-ball rate than the latter hurler with stronger fly-ball tendencies something that's mag... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
A first round pick back in 2007, could he just now be figuring it all out? He certainly appears to be healthy and is still just 24-years old. With Bryant and other top infield prospects in the mix, it's also good to see the Cubs move him to the outfield. It shows that they still have him in their plans. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Average potential is about the only thing he has going for him with 26 HR and 24 SB over 1,185 minor league AB over the three year period. Is that going to generate any type of excitement, especially since all the AB came in the PCL? In AL-Only formats he's have value, but that's about it (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22123'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Let the others flock to Solarte , but the savvy AL-Only owner (and extremely deeper league owners) will grab Anna and wait for him to get an opportunity (assuming you have that luxury). Solarte is hot now, but it's only a matter of time before it disappears. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22074'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 13 days ago)
At Double-A in 2013 he showed an intriguing mix of power (15 HR, 55 total extra base hits) and speed (31 SB). The strikeouts were a bit high (21.9%), and have also taken an additional jump after reaching Triple-A. That's going to bring his average into question, but the power/speed potential far outweighs that risk. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)

C | ECR

88/88
Carlos Santana continues to struggle, but he also shows the underlying numbers to thrive. The question is when will he finally put everything together, but don't give up hope. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He doesn't hit for power, he doesn't steal bases and I just don't see the runs scored being what they used to be. The RBI? Maybe. But it's a much different lineup now than it was when he actually was an elite catcher. The increase in at-bats playing first will help his average have a greater impact, but with the question marks surrouning the runs a... (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
In eight games in 2014, Molina has already left the yard three times. Molina hit 22 home runs back in 2012, so it's not unreasonable to expect that he could get back to that level if everything goes right. Molina is regarded as the best catcher in MLB and a top-5 catcher option in fantasy leagues, but if he can top 20 home runs, Molina h... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
McCann is in the top tier because of the move to Yankee Stadium and what should be a very prolific offense. He's hit no fewer than 20 home runs in each of the last six years and moves to a fantastic park for left-handed power. I see the home runs and RBI increasing and with that, I think his batting average will also see a boost. (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Gattis has the most power potential which is why he's in this tier, but I'm just not a fan and feel like he's going to have playing time issues down the road. (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Manager Matt Williams said that only the hamate bone was removed and there were no issues with Ramos's nerves. As a result, Williams said that recovery usually lasts six to eight weeks, but he believed Ramos could return in perhaps four to six weeks if all goes well. (Jeff Zimmerman, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/mash-report-velocity-decline-and-kershaw-edition/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
After hitting .280+ in 2011 and 2012, he struggled in 2013 hitting just .230 thanks in part to a 23.2 percent strikeout rate that year. Now that he is showing better contact the average will improve as well, so don't worry about his .240 so far. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
When's the last time he had a bad season? Another fun park and lineup for AJP to do his thing in. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Mesoraco is long-gone in the two-catcher formats (Andy Behrens had your back last week), but he's probably worth using in one-backstop formats as well. The Punxsutawney Kid is unowned in 78 percent of the Yahoo world. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-jesse-chavez-151614431--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
A lot of young pitchers have been bitten by the injury bug early on in 2014 but Bradley has so far been able to avoid the curse. Just 21 years old and pitching in Triple-A, the Oklahoma native could be in the Diamondbacks big league rotation before the all-star break. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He's batting anywhere from second to seventh depending on the day. He also looks like the second half Ruiz, who was eminently rosterable. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/risers-and-fallers-from-week-one/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
He is a good prospect who can make an adjustment, but his current approach is going to result in a low .200's average with no RBI, run, or stolen base opportunities. His prospect pedigree and home runs might be enough for someone to say "Oooh shiny". You probably don't have much time to offload him. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Now has a full-time gig to himself from the word go, and it's not uncommon to see catchers mature late, especially on offense. Obviously this is a play for two-catcher leagues; you need to do a lot better in formats that require just one. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
There are only a few elite catchers this season. The leftovers all taste about the same once the Poseys, Rosarios, Santanas, and McCanns are off the table; you're really just fishing for upside. Grandal will take a bit of time to round into form, but he's got huge upside. I love him as an investment i... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-1-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Knee surgery will sideline him for at least a month. He isn't the biggest fantasy name, but this can sting for some in deep or two-catcher leagues. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Soto has a torn lateral meniscus that required surgery. J.P. Arencibia will have a chance to start every day and his power makes him an option in two-catcher leagues. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Oakland catcher Derek Norris homered in a 2-for-4 performance, we should note. If you're desperate for a catcher (not sure why that would be the case, but let's just say), he's on my approved list. Norris has homered 17 times in 553 career ABs, plus he offers on-base ... (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)

1B | ECR

96/96
It's not that I see him as a colossal bust, but he's being priced as a first-round pick and that's not where I want to take a three-category guy. Davis has the profile of someone who could bat .250 or less (check the second-half numbers, not to mention the strikeout rate and fly-ball rate), and... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/not-wallet-steering-clear-evan-gattis-001813935--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
He's reached 100 RBI's in six of the past seven seasons, and his situation in Texas may be more ideal than any of his previous gigs. (Brad Evans, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mlb-over-under-slumping-bryce-harper-meet-high-135532530--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
While he's arguably become too patient, hitting third still was going to yield ample RBI opportunities. Now, especially with the early season struggles of Billy Hamilton, his chances are going to be severely limited. Hopefully the move is just a temporary one, but fantasy owners will have to keep a close eye on the situation. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
In regards to Encarnacion, it's been an extremely disappointing start but it's way too early to panic.  We can cite an increased fly ball rate (73.3%) and strikeout rate (36.0%) as evidence that he's swinging for the fences, but it's way too soon to make that determination.  (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Freeman's power hasn't fully developed yet (he's posted HR totals of 21, 23 and 23 the past three seasons), yet has put up 94 and 109 RBI over the past two seasons.  Hitting third in Atlanta should continue to produce ample opportunities and, if the power comes on, he could easily push into the 110+ range. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21859'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
It's only a few games, but Eric Hosmer's fly ball rate is up (53.8%), yet he hasn't hit a home run.  Concerning?  Obviously not, but his power was the big question entering the season. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
No one should be prepared to push the panic button quite yet. However, it does appear like he is taking a different approach at the plate this season. Long-term, it could have a serious negative impact on his value despite the chance for a few more home runs as his average could ultimately struggle. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22264'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He has simply been driving the ball into the ground, to the tune of an 84.6% groundball rate. Considering his 18.2% strikeout rate, this is easily chalked up to a small sample size and the numbers should stabilize over the next few weeks. There's absolutely nothing to be concerned about at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22142'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
He has hit for plenty of power this season (6 HR), and while he has plenty of it he is going to slow down (31.6% HR/FB). He also is hitting just .213, though should improve on his .200 BABIP. The bottom line? Don't panic by the move as he should quickly move back up into the 5 or 6 hole before long. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
I'm targeting Ortiz, even if it takes a third round pick. I'll catch some mockery in the draft room, but I'm not gonna be listening as I slot Big Papi in at first base and his production carries my team as far as it's carried the Red Sox. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/go-bold-or-go-home-big-papi-big-value.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 26 days ago)
I'm still a believer in Rizzo , but it may not be long before players like Abreu / Trumbo leapfrog him on the rankings. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Abreu, a Cuba native, entered the 2014 season with a lot of question marks given his lack of track record in North America. A solid spring and respectable start to the MLB season has helped to alleviate some of those concerns. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Carlos Santana continues to struggle, but he also shows the underlying numbers to thrive. The question is when will he finally put everything together, but don't give up hope. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He doesn't hit for power, he doesn't steal bases and I just don't see the runs scored being what they used to be. The RBI? Maybe. But it's a much different lineup now than it was when he actually was an elite catcher. The increase in at-bats playing first will help his average have a greater impact, but with the question marks surrouning the runs a... (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Belt's start is going to cause some to push him extremely higher up the rankings.  Let's not forget that his power surge came in Arizona, someplace he loves to hit. It's encouraging, but it also wouldn't be a surprise to see him slide significantly. Temper expectations and don't be surprised if this is his high water mark. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
So far Matt Adams is playing every day. If that continues he is going to rise quickly and should settle into a spot around Trumbo / Abreu . Give him a little bit more time to prove it, but he's a player on the rise. He has more power than Belt, which is why he jump him on the rankings. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Do we have to think things will get better? Absolutely, he has too long of a track record to think that he's a .150 hitter. At the same time, with this type of groundball rate (even in the 50% range and without the power, he also may not be a .290 hitter either. While he's worth trying to target at the right price, I wouldn't go nuts trying to get him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22301'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Michael Cuddyer owners should be very pleased with the idea that he is putting more balls in play at the friendly Coors Field. Odds are he won't be able to replicate the BABIP-induced .331 batting average that he saw last year, but the added contact makes him a true-talent .300-hitter in Colorado which goes with his solid power and handful of steals. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Out of hitters who logged at least 200 plate appearances, Moss led the league in flyball percentage by doing it 51.8% of the time. If he keeps doing that, repeating the 30 home run mark for the second straight season is quite possible. Keep in mind, the left-handed Moss is strictly a platoon player. Bench him versus lefties and sal­vage some b... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-deep-power/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 26 days ago)
Teixeira can't catch a break. The only possible upside to this is that it gives him another month to strengthen that surgically repaired wrist. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Obviously, gaining outfield eligibility would add flexibility and appeal (though he needs to prove that he can physically handle it). At the plate he went 2-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R, giving him 4 HR and 6 RBI on the season. For now he's slotted in the cleanup spot, so the RBI opportunities certainly will continue to be there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Adam LaRoche made his owners and the Nationals suffer through a horrific 2013. Well, a bad one, anyway. It's not like he went all Chone Figgins on us or anything. Regardless, he's hitting the ball now and has spent enough time as a good hitter to suggest it could continue. His owner probably drafted him without much in the wa... (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Tommy Medica breathing down his neck for playing time. Of course, Alonso hit 5 HR last spring and ultimately hit 6 HR over 334 AB in the regular season. Don't get sucked in. I still believe there's a good chance Medica ultimately takes over, as the Padres search for power in the middle of the lineup, so hold onto him in deeper formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21931'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
He was actually ranked #17 among third basemen in the 2014 Rotoprofessor Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, so it's no surprise that I am a fan of his.  While he's not going to provide you with big-time power, he has consistently hit the ball hard (24.9% line drive rate) and therefore offers upside in the average department. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22091'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
I would normally begin to write off Nava as a one year wonder because of his BABIP, but the rest of his numbers have steadily improved. This is the mark of a young player getting his sea legs, but it also could be the Red Sox discovering how to manage risk. If you play a player when he is most likely to be successful, you wi... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-left-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
If you take out the first three games of the season he's just 3-25 with 0 HR and 2 RBI. Does that mean it's time to give up on him? Nope, as the potential is obviously still there. It's just a good example of why we don't do anything dramatic off of a few early games. Keep him stashed for now. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Adam Dunn is not yet murdering batting averages. Cool. Also, his homers are still valuable. I especially love him as a head to head bench guy to play when you need the longballs and RBI. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
So, what do we make of Colabello?  There's power potential, but if he's driving the ball into the ground he's not going to be able to tap into it.  Couple that with a potential struggle for average and things could actually get ugly.  Capitalize on him while he's going well, but don't become infatuated with him. (Eric Stasin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22088'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Morse usually bats fifth or sixth for the Giants, a reasonable spot for run production (slotted behind Belt, Sandoval, Posey , and Pence). And you love seeing Moose production in April for once, as it's been his worst month over his career . Time to work on that ownership tag, gamers; Morse is still unclai... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-mike-morse-back-lives-142732500--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Couple that with an inflated fly ball rate (48.4% in '13, 48.1% thus far in '14) and hitting for a good average could be difficult. The Mets need to find out what they have in Duda and the power potential keeps him on our radars, but it's a long shot that he is produces a quality line. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22314'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Kelly Johnson was likely going to play regularly anyways given the holes on the Yankees infield, but the injury to Mark Teixeira cements it. While the average is a liability, he offers enough power/speed potential to offset that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
He still has massive power, to go along with tons of Ks and a low BA, but owners in need of some cheap power could do worse. Yesterday Reynolds homered for the 2nd straight game, and now has 5 HR and 2 SB on the year. A full time player again this year with the Brewers, Reynolds should have plenty of chances to produce hitting behind Ryan Braun, Carlos Gom... (Staff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/mark-reynolds-1b-3b-waiver-wire-pickups-sleepers/'>RotoBaller</a>, 1 day ago)
I'm not overly optimistic about Olt this year, but third base stinks and he should get an extended look with the Cubs this year. For now, watch him from a distance and recognize that if it clicks he's capable of hitting 25-ish homers but doing so with an ugly batting average. He's definitely a better option in leagues that u... (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-post-hype-sleepers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Now an Astro, Guzman has an opportunity for more significant playing time than he did in San Diego. But, he'll have to hit to keep getting penciled into the lineup as the Astros 1B/DH/OF situation is quite crowded as well. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/jesus-guzman-ryan-flaherty-deep-league-waiver-wire/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
With Sanchez getting the short-end of the stick he's not going to be much of a fantasy asset outside of those in NL-only formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22314'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Casey McGehee has gotten off to a quick start and appears to be entrenched in the middle of the Marlins lineup.  That said, does anyone believe he's going to continue to thrive?  He's not a major source of power and, even in his breakout campaign, questions have always been there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
His bat has awoken and he's showing that the power is still there (4 HR through Sunday, including 3 HR in his past four games). Through Sunday Astros' first basemen owned a .413 SLG, good for 17th in baseball. There's no questioning that the team has a need at the position, so with Singleton finally starting to show his skill once again on the field it's only ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
If he remains hitting third, ahead of Jose Abreu, he should see ample pitches to hit. That would put him in a prime position to thrive, as he did last night. In deeper formats, he could be well worth the gamble. That said, one game does not make a breakout, so those in shallower formats can sit tight. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22217'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
As it is Cron should've been on our radars, given the age of Raul Ibanez and his struggles since the All-Star game in '13 (yes he's hit some home runs this season, but is still struggling to hit for average). Couple Cron's strong start (.320, 2 HR, 12 RBI through Sunday) with a potential need and there's reason to think it's just a matter of time. Whil... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)

2B | ECR

99/99
This will be the final season Cano is the first second baseman off the board. His reign as the consensus number one 2B began in 2011. But his time is over now. Safeco Field isn't as bad for hitters as it used to be, but the projections expect Cano's dingers to drop into the low 20's. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Kipnis has 20-20 upside (or even 30 for SBs) and although his strikeout percentage saw a spike last season, his IFFB percentage was a ridiculously low 1.5%. Line drives are fickle, but Kipnis has a 23% line drive rate for his career and has shown above average distance on his flyballs and home runs. It appears he hits the ball hard. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Okay, Red Sox Nation can breathe. Pedroia has been dealing with wrist pain, which would explain the slow start. Tests have revealed it to be only inflammation. I suspect a cortisone shot of some sort with a few days of rest will be required. But it seems like he will be fine. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Don't push Matt Carpenter up too high, despite the runs scored, as he owns little power, little speed and has seen his strikeouts rise this season. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Jose Altuve was likely an overlooked option heading into the season, but he's now hitting in the middle of the Astros' lineup. That means extra RBI opportunities and there's no reason to think that he's not going to continue to get opportunities to run. While he doesn't offer power, he suddenly looks like he carries the total package. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
I'd keep as eye on Zobrist since, if his peripherals don't normalize, they could portent a more significant problem than just a loss of power. Still too early to think about trading or releasing him from your fantasy roster, obviously, but still, have an eye. (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
A career .295 in Arizona, Aaron Hill and his swollen strikeout rate are in danger of posting a batting average like he had in his Toronto days where he batted .265. Unfortunately, since he doesn't walk much, Hill depends on his average to prop up his on-base percentage, meaning his run scoring will take a hit this year. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
The prediction is here to say that Phillips will have a steep decline in offensive production in 2014, making him a fringe top-12 fantasy second baseman. His ISO, OBP, and wOBA are all in multi-season decline. His stolen bases fell off big time last season (just five), along with his Speed Rating. Even Phillips's strikeout percentage i... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Chase Utley is a guy I like, but his injury history sort of looms over everything. He's raking now, like crazy, so his trade value should be pretty high. Consider moving him if you have MI depth. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He's ping-ponged around over his career and 2013 was a bit of a down year. His position flex combined with some upside is nice. A lot of owners are targeting that flex. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
The Angels had him hitting cleanup and he certainly delivered, going 3-5 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  The long balls were his first of the season, though he's now at 11 RBI.  It was an impressive day, but he continues to profile as a player with limited power potential (66.1% groundball rate, 16.1% fly ball rate).  In other words, don't let the outburst sway you.  He ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Jed Lowrie has settled into the third spot of the A's lineup, which is going to give him ample opportunities to produce both R and RBI. As long as he can maintain his power totals from the past two years (15+) and stay healthy (which is in question a bit right now), he's going to be an extremely productive option. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
The point at which you can no longer get full draft day value for Lawrie is fast approaching, if it hasn't passed already. The home run he hit on Sunday afternoon may feel like an indication of future success, but I'd say it's just as likely a red herring. At the very least, it's good ammunitio... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Let's focus on what Dozier can do: he gets on base (13 walks, .356 OBP) and he provides plenty of category juice (23 homers, 19 steals over his last 162 games; 5 & 5 this season). The Twins like him in the leadoff spot and they're letting him run when he wants. Dozier is long-gone in the more-competitive... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-wrong-danny-salazar-151905346--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 3 days ago)
Walker is currently the No. 3 second baseman in our game, but oddly unowned in 54 percent of Yahoo. In the shallow pools out there, it's time to fix the ownership tag. (I know, I know, he's probably long gone in your league. Mine too. But still, the count is light.) (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-george-springer-arrives-houston-133800865--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 5 days ago)
Anthony Rendon sort of made us forget about him as a prospect last year, but he's starting to make up for it. It's not proof that he's ready to break out as an awesome 2B/3B option...but it's certainly not evidence against it. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Miller has come out with an aggressive approach at the plate and delivered power beyond what you'd expect from his 185-pound frame. Of his seven hits this season, four have gone for extra bases. I still wouldn't advocate trading him, but be realistic about his production. 15 homers is reachable, but ... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
As for Profar himself, obviously in dynasty and keeper formats he is still well worth owning.  In redraft leagues?  It really depends on the depth of the league, but those in shallower formats can likely leave him on the waiver wire at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21764'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Kelly Johnson was likely going to play regularly anyways given the holes on the Yankees infield, but the injury to Mark Teixeira cements it. While the average is a liability, he offers enough power/speed potential to offset that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Wong beat out veteran second baseman Mark Ellis for the starting role at second base in St. Louis thanks to a solid spring performance. The 23-year-old Hawaii native may need a little more polish against southpaws before he realizes his full potential. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Omar Infante took a pitch to the face on Monday, and he's undergoing tests to determine if his jaw is broken. Brutal news. We also have concussion fears here. Not good. (Andy Behrens, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time--shawn-kelley-is-saving-games--matt-moore-exits-with-elbow-issue-041526828.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
If you're looking for some cheap power, or are horrified by your current 2B/MI slot, look no further. Uggla had laser eye surgery last August to help him with his eyesight. It might have worked, as he has hit .269 with 4 HR and 14 RBI this spring. Uggla is always a candidate for strikeouts and a low batting average, but he has walked 12 times this spring ... (Scott Mccloy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/dan-uggla-2b-atl-waiver-wire-pickups/'>RotoBaller</a>, 20 days ago)
Dustin Ackley has 15/15 upside and thus far he has carried a strong spring into the regular season. He's still banished towards the bottom of the order, which would cap his value, but if he were to move into one of the top two spots (which is highly realistic) his value would sky rocket. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
LA fans had visions of sugar plums and Yasiel Puigs dancing in their heads when the Dodgers won the bidding for free agent Guerrero , a Cuba native. Unfortunately, he's not nearly has polished as Puig was nor is his bat as potent. He'll spend some time in the minors while the Dodgers try and figure out what exactly they have in Guerrero. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
While his tenure in Toronto last season was forgetful, he was a different player when he joined the Royals. He hit .285 with a .352 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 42 games. He already has four stolen bases in six games this season, so it seems the theme on the North Side of Chicago is "Run Emilio Run.&... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
The fact that he's spending time in the OF, as well as with the ability to play 2B and SS, tell us that it could become a reality. Will he get enough AB to be a viable option? That remains to be seen, but the upside is there so he should remain on our radars. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21849'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
A .450 BABIP. Rivals who find themselves deficient in steals might look at his numbers, call them lucky, and still expect a batting average around .300. Our projection systems indicate that somewhere in the range of .250-.260 is a more responsible projection. I bet Gordon owners could get something very attractive for their flash in the pan. Perhaps your mid-tier f... (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
This is a little less about Beckham and more about Marcus Semien . Semien has a chance to show his worth at second base and if he does, should be able to claim the third base position. In truth, Semien should already be considered the everyday third baseman when Beckham returns, but Robin Ventura is still a bit disoriented from ... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
If Dietrich received over 450 plate appearances for the Marlins, I'd peg him to reach the teens in homers. Since I'm pessimistic Furcal can return from injury and play well, I think that plate appearance threshold is within reach. (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/the-fantasy-fix-free-agent-fixes/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
He hasn't hit the ball hard (12.1% line drive rate), is driving the ball into the ground (51.5% groundball rate) and has enjoyed significant luck (.406 BABIP). There was a lot of hype surrounding him, so now is the perfect time to try and cash in. He doesn't profile for significant power, will see his average slump and could easily lose playing time. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He should chip in a few stolen bases and should score some runs with Giancarlo Stanton & Casey McGehee hitting behind him. It's not a lot, but the upside is higher than some others that you may be considering. He should be back in the middle of the month, so now is the time to grab him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22060'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Former first round draft pick Gordon Beckham continues to fall out of favor in Chicago, which is to the benefit of Semien who can play multiple infield positions. The White Sox big league club has an intriguing mix of young players on the 25-man roster which is all the more impressive considering how poorly ranked the minor league system has been o... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He's hardly an All-Star, but positional flexibility and the potential to go .275 with 10 HR makes him well worth owning in all deeper formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22260'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
His power makes him worth considering, especially given the playing time. Hopefully he straightens it out and we can catch lightning in a bottle. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22060'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Anthony Rendon figures to shift to third, with Danny Espinosa claiming the second base job (he was brought in for the spot yesterday). He went 1-2 after entering the game and is hitting .316 in limited action. He does have power and speed, though strikeouts and average have always been a concern. That said, as a middle infielder he has more than enough upside to grab in all ... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22223'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Goins isn't playing himself out of a job yet and emphasized Goins defensive prowess and Gibbons hopes Goins will hit enough. Gibbons did say he's going to go with Izturis' hot bat (have those words ever been said before?) but did not name him the starting second baseman. Expect things to normalize sooner or later and for the punch... (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
It isn't official yet, but Izturis is expected to miss the season with a tear of the LCL in his knee. Ryan Goins will take over the second base job, but doesn't offer much value. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
The 23-year old strikes out too much for a guy that doesn't hit for power. Still, Garcia has impact speed, and middle infield options are slim in AL-only formats. The White Sox are clearly a team that won't be in contention this season, and Garcia should get plenty of opportunities to prove his worth to the club. (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/the-fantasy-fix-free-agent-fixes/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Average potential is about the only thing he has going for him with 26 HR and 24 SB over 1,185 minor league AB over the three year period. Is that going to generate any type of excitement, especially since all the AB came in the PCL? In AL-Only formats he's have value, but that's about it (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22123'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
At Double-A in 2013 he showed an intriguing mix of power (15 HR, 55 total extra base hits) and speed (31 SB). The strikeouts were a bit high (21.9%), and have also taken an additional jump after reaching Triple-A. That's going to bring his average into question, but the power/speed potential far outweighs that risk. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Maybe he gets scorching hot and can contribute for a week or two, but it's unlikely. If he does get an opportunity at 2B, he's not going to hold much appeal. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22123'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)

SS | ECR

87/87
Troy Tulowitzki is playing through a sore quad. Tulo gets hurt quite a bit. Let's hope this doesn't lead to anything more serious. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Desmond brings a nice blend of everything, and even if you don't think he can repeat 20-20 for the third straight season, 15-15 carries just fine at this position. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
I had Reyes ranked sixth among shortstops anyway. He's just such a huge injury risk in year two playing on concrete, and with the average less likely to settle in at .300 than in the past, the group above offer a safer floor. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
There's a lot to like when it comes to Segura, given his speed as well as average and runs scored potential. Don't get too caught up with the power, however. As long as you are drafting him expecting in the single digits, accounting for it elsewhere, you will be fine. If you draft him expecting 12-15, you are going to be disappointed. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21091'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Andrus can't even hit for pop in Arlington but the high BABIP and relatively low K-rate make him a safe average play, and it now looks like his down 2012 on the basepaths was a fluke. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Cabrera is a steals horse when he can get on base, but the downside with him is obviously power and average. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
I'd keep as eye on Zobrist since, if his peripherals don't normalize, they could portent a more significant problem than just a loss of power. Still too early to think about trading or releasing him from your fantasy roster, obviously, but still, have an eye. (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Throw in an inability to draw a walk (4.5%) and it's fair to start wondering if he's simply may never take that next step forward? Am I saying to give up hope? Absolutely not, but I also wouldn't go out of my way to acquire him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22095'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 13 days ago)
Andrelton Simmons is one of the five most valuable players in the Senior Circuit. In fantasy terms, Simmons finishes as a top-10 shortstop, ahead of Starlin Castro. (Dalton Del Don, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mostly-mlb-notes-national-league-season-preview-073624538--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
Jed Lowrie has settled into the third spot of the A's lineup, which is going to give him ample opportunities to produce both R and RBI. As long as he can maintain his power totals from the past two years (15+) and stay healthy (which is in question a bit right now), he's going to be an extremely productive option. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
With Boston's decision not to resign veteran shortstop Stephen Drew, Bogaerts was handed the starting shortstop gig in Boston at the age of 21. The regular playing time as well as his advanced feeling for hitting makes him an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year award in the American League (along with the Yankee's Japanese import Masa... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Miller has come out with an aggressive approach at the plate and delivered power beyond what you'd expect from his 185-pound frame. Of his seven hits this season, four have gone for extra bases. I still wouldn't advocate trading him, but be realistic about his production. 15 homers is reachable, but ... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
Rollins could probably be a tier higher, maybe should, but the declining contact rate and the poor lineup around him give me pause for runs, RBI and average. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-shortstop-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Villar can be frustrating to own when you consider his low batting average, but if you thought you were getting a .300 hitter in Villar when you drafted him, that's on you. Hes already tallied three homers and four steals on the year. The Astros were one of the more aggressive teams on the basepaths last year and 35-40 stolen bases is still in the cards for the young shortstop. I wou... (Mike Buttil, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/dyson-sucks-steals/'>Razzball</a>, 1 day ago)
He went 0-3 yesterday and is now o-14 to open the season. He has struck out just 3 times at least, and also owns a 27.3% line drive rate (21.3% for his career). Popups have been an issue (40.0%), but it's a small sample size and there is no doubt that things will get better. If you drafted him for his speed upside, just remain patient. He well get a hit and should be a... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22080'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Jeter has a quad issue and considering his age and the annoyance of such injuries, fantasy owners should be prepared for a potential DL stint. The Yankees hope the Captain will be ready to go on Tuesday. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
As for Profar himself, obviously in dynasty and keeper formats he is still well worth owning.  In redraft leagues?  It really depends on the depth of the league, but those in shallower formats can likely leave him on the waiver wire at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21764'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
A .450 BABIP. Rivals who find themselves deficient in steals might look at his numbers, call them lucky, and still expect a batting average around .300. Our projection systems indicate that somewhere in the range of .250-.260 is a more responsible projection. I bet Gordon owners could get something very attractive for their flash in the pan. Perhaps your mid-tier f... (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
When spring training opened, young defensive whiz Didi Gregorius appeared to be the favorite to open the year as the big league club's starting shortstop. Owings' potential at the plate, though, proved to be too hard to ignore and the former was sent to Triple-A. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
An ankle sprain is a minor setback and buys some more time for the Mike Olt and Emilio Bonifacio . And as much as we all love Baez's bat speed, if he doesn't get that K-rate under control, the Cubs have no reason to rush him up to a non-playoff team. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
LA fans had visions of sugar plums and Yasiel Puigs dancing in their heads when the Dodgers won the bidding for free agent Guerrero , a Cuba native. Unfortunately, he's not nearly has polished as Puig was nor is his bat as potent. He'll spend some time in the minors while the Dodgers try and figure out what exactly they have in Guerrero. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He should chip in a few stolen bases and should score some runs with Giancarlo Stanton & Casey McGehee hitting behind him. It's not a lot, but the upside is higher than some others that you may be considering. He should be back in the middle of the month, so now is the time to grab him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22060'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Don't mortgage the farm to get Hechavarria on your roster. This is just a nice hot streak to open the season. Hechavarria has always been lauded for his defense. He's hitting leadoff right now for the Marlins with Rafael Furcal on the disabled list, so there's a chance he'll be moved to the bottom of t... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
Apparently Russell has a pretty severe hamstring injury. Many expected the talented shortstop to reach the big leagues this season, with Jed Lowrie moving to second, but this injury all but puts an end to that. The Eric Sogard Project lives on. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Solarte doesn't really have power or speed. If he plays every day, he should settle in near the bottom of the Yankees order. His game is entirely about putting balls in play, which has worked for guys like Michael Young . Solarte isn't Young, and he won't be a fantasy asset throughout the entire season. Now is the time to cash in. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
His power makes him worth considering, especially given the playing time. Hopefully he straightens it out and we can catch lightning in a bottle. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22060'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
It isn't official yet, but Izturis is expected to miss the season with a tear of the LCL in his knee. Ryan Goins will take over the second base job, but doesn't offer much value. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Lindor , just 20, was assigned to Double-A to open the 2014 season and he could see the Majors in the second half of the year especially if incumbent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's bat continues to fall short of expectation. Lindor has a stellar glove and an underrated bat. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
At Double-A in 2013 he showed an intriguing mix of power (15 HR, 55 total extra base hits) and speed (31 SB). The strikeouts were a bit high (21.9%), and have also taken an additional jump after reaching Triple-A. That's going to bring his average into question, but the power/speed potential far outweighs that risk. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Goins isn't playing himself out of a job yet and emphasized Goins defensive prowess and Gibbons hopes Goins will hit enough. Gibbons did say he's going to go with Izturis' hot bat (have those words ever been said before?) but did not name him the starting second baseman. Expect things to normalize sooner or later and for the punch... (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)

3B | ECR

95/95
Is age finally catching up to Beltre? He shouldn't be out for too long. Let's hope this is just a small blip. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
We all know that David Wright no longer has 30+ HR potential (over the past three seasons his HR totals have been 14, 21 and 18), but his value comes from also being able to steal some bases.  It's early, but he's currently 0-for-2 on the season.  It's worth monitoring, given his age and past injury issues. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
We haven't seen back-to-back healthy seasons from Longoria since 2009-10, so it's kind of incumbent upon him to perform in order to hang around with this group but when it comes to counting stats, he's a cut above the next tier when he's on the field. (Michael Barr, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/fun-with-tiers-third-base-april-edition/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Ryan Zimmerman was back to mashing on the diamond only to fracture his right thumb after diving back to second base to avoid a pickoff attempt. In his first 10 games, Zimmerman hit .364 with two home runs, six RBI, and four runs. Zimmerman is expected to be out 4-6 weeks and owners can only put him on the bench or stash him on the DL spo... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
Don't push Matt Carpenter up too high, despite the runs scored, as he owns little power, little speed and has seen his strikeouts rise this season. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
In regards to Encarnacion, it's been an extremely disappointing start but it's way too early to panic.  We can cite an increased fly ball rate (73.3%) and strikeout rate (36.0%) as evidence that he's swinging for the fences, but it's way too soon to make that determination.  (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
The main thing that keeps him from being a fantasy superstar is his weak .230-something batting average, which comes in large part to his career 30 percent strikeout rate. Now that he's adding to his total number of balls in play, he gives himself more opportunity for home runs and for hits in general, making a 35+ homer, .250+ average season possible this year. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Kyle Seager put together his finest season yet in his sophomore campaign in 2013, notching 22 home runs, 79 runs, 69 RBI and swiping 9 bases. Seager is currently projected to hit second, one spot ahead of Cano , which should ensure he sees a lot of pitches to hit. Seager's power is real and it's a safe bet to pencil hi... (Alan Harrison, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-team-previews-seattle-mariners/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 24 days ago)
Machado is still working his way back from knee surgery, and outside of some scar tissue, everything seems to be going okay. The DL stint may have indirectly opened the door for 2B Jonathan Schoop , as fellow second baseman Ryan Flaherty will be handling 3B duties. Schoop has a chance to prove he deserves to remain in the bigs. ... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Pablo Sandoval has been plagued by popups early on, hurting his average, but he's also hitting the ball hard and at a similar power rate that he did during his top seasons. Don't overlook him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He's ping-ponged around over his career and 2013 was a bit of a down year. His position flex combined with some upside is nice. A lot of owners are targeting that flex. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Aramis Ramirez is old and injury-prone...but he's hitting, and he's always hit. I believe in him more than most of his owners, and you should too. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
The point at which you can no longer get full draft day value for Lawrie is fast approaching, if it hasn't passed already. The home run he hit on Sunday afternoon may feel like an indication of future success, but I'd say it's just as likely a red herring. At the very least, it's good ammunitio... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Headley , as you know, has been among the most productive and the least productive third baseman in the span of two years. Who shows up this year is left to fate and your eight-ball. (Michael Barr, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/fun-with-tiers-third-base-april-edition/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Arenado has tremendous upside potential, but don't let one big game (2 HR earlier in the year) make you think that he's actually figured it out quite yet. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
With Boston's decision not to resign veteran shortstop Stephen Drew, Bogaerts was handed the starting shortstop gig in Boston at the age of 21. The regular playing time as well as his advanced feeling for hitting makes him an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year award in the American League (along with the Yankee's Japanese import Masa... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He still strikes out too much, but owners were hoping for plus power. Waiting is the hardest part. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-two/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Mike Moustakas is bad. But it's time to bench him, not give up entirely. That can wait another week or two. Also worth a chance if you were one of the many owners to lose their good 3B this week. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He was actually ranked #17 among third basemen in the 2014 Rotoprofessor Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, so it's no surprise that I am a fan of his.  While he's not going to provide you with big-time power, he has consistently hit the ball hard (24.9% line drive rate) and therefore offers upside in the average department. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22091'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Anthony Rendon sort of made us forget about him as a prospect last year, but he's starting to make up for it. It's not proof that he's ready to break out as an awesome 2B/3B option...but it's certainly not evidence against it. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He's been more selective at the plate; swinging much less often, but making more (ostensibly better) contact than ever before. That bodes well for not only an improved batting average, but improved power production as well. This early season slump is just that, a slump. Freese will soon turn it around and ... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
As for Profar himself, obviously in dynasty and keeper formats he is still well worth owning.  In redraft leagues?  It really depends on the depth of the league, but those in shallower formats can likely leave him on the waiver wire at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21764'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Carlos Santana continues to struggle, but he also shows the underlying numbers to thrive. The question is when will he finally put everything together, but don't give up hope. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Kelly Johnson was likely going to play regularly anyways given the holes on the Yankees infield, but the injury to Mark Teixeira cements it. While the average is a liability, he offers enough power/speed potential to offset that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Dominguez doesn't run at all like AT ALL with one singular stolen base between the major and minor league levels. That's one stolen base in over 3200 plate appearances. Anyway, don't count on him to run. Plus, he's not likely to best a .260 average. But if you can yoink a free third baseman capable of .260/20/70/70 you&#... (Michael Barr, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/third-base-waiver-wire-cody-asche-and-matt-dominguez/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
A huge first game upped his %-ownership by 9+%. The concern is the next day when new manager Mr. Sandberg officially platoon-tagged him. I personally think he can be a poor man's (because of the contact rate) Chase Utley if he gets the full-time opportunity. (Daniel Schwartz, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/deep-impact-corner-infielders/'>Razzball</a>, 12 days ago)
Now that he has altered his approach to take the ball the other way more often, his strikeout rate has plummeted and his average has soared to above .300. While his average won't stay this high, he should be above league average in the category. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He still has massive power, to go along with tons of Ks and a low BA, but owners in need of some cheap power could do worse. Yesterday Reynolds homered for the 2nd straight game, and now has 5 HR and 2 SB on the year. A full time player again this year with the Brewers, Reynolds should have plenty of chances to produce hitting behind Ryan Braun, Carlos Gom... (Staff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/mark-reynolds-1b-3b-waiver-wire-pickups-sleepers/'>RotoBaller</a>, 1 day ago)
While his tenure in Toronto last season was forgetful, he was a different player when he joined the Royals. He hit .285 with a .352 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 42 games. He already has four stolen bases in six games this season, so it seems the theme on the North Side of Chicago is "Run Emilio Run.&... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
The Tigers' veteran-laden lineup allows the organization to ease the young Castellanos into his first full big league season. There aren't many questions surrounding his bat (other than perhaps the power tool) but his defense at the hot corner remains a concern especially considering he spent more than a year playing in the outfield. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Acquired in the offseason from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Davidson was an early favorite to win the starting third base gig to open the year but he lost out to incumbent Conor Gillaspie. A strong showing in Triple-A by the rookie coupled with continued modest offensive outputs by the big league regular could cause a shift at the hot corner in the se... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
I'm not overly optimistic about Olt this year, but third base stinks and he should get an extended look with the Cubs this year. For now, watch him from a distance and recognize that if it clicks he's capable of hitting 25-ish homers but doing so with an ugly batting average. He's definitely a better option in leagues that u... (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-post-hype-sleepers/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Despite a breakout 2013 campaign and the added ability to play first base (as well as third), Franco has no clear path to the Majors thanks to the presence of veteran Ryan Howard (and his contract) at first base and fellow young player Cody Asche at the hot corner. He'll continue to polish his game at the Triple-A level. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He's hardly an All-Star, but positional flexibility and the potential to go .275 with 10 HR makes him well worth owning in all deeper formats. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22260'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Former first round draft pick Gordon Beckham continues to fall out of favor in Chicago, which is to the benefit of Semien who can play multiple infield positions. The White Sox big league club has an intriguing mix of young players on the 25-man roster which is all the more impressive considering how poorly ranked the minor league system has been o... (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He hasn't hit the ball hard (12.1% line drive rate), is driving the ball into the ground (51.5% groundball rate) and has enjoyed significant luck (.406 BABIP). There was a lot of hype surrounding him, so now is the perfect time to try and cash in. He doesn't profile for significant power, will see his average slump and could easily lose playing time. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22316'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Casey McGehee has gotten off to a quick start and appears to be entrenched in the middle of the Marlins lineup.  That said, does anyone believe he's going to continue to thrive?  He's not a major source of power and, even in his breakout campaign, questions have always been there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
An .887 OPS helped to breathe some life into Flores prospect value in 2013 but some of that came as a result of playing in the potent Pacific Coast League . Questions remain about both his offensive potential and his future defensive home. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Solarte doesn't really have power or speed. If he plays every day, he should settle in near the bottom of the Yankees order. His game is entirely about putting balls in play, which has worked for guys like Michael Young . Solarte isn't Young, and he won't be a fantasy asset throughout the entire season. Now is the time to cash in. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
He is striking out a lot (11 K), but also has been drawing walks. I wouldn't expect this to be an immediate callup, as the Cubs should continue to piece things together with Mike Olt and Luis Valbuena at the hot corner. That said, there is little ahead of him on the organizational depth chart so he should get an opportunity at some point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
It isn't official yet, but Izturis is expected to miss the season with a tear of the LCL in his knee. Ryan Goins will take over the second base job, but doesn't offer much value. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
If he remains hitting third, ahead of Jose Abreu, he should see ample pitches to hit. That would put him in a prime position to thrive, as he did last night. In deeper formats, he could be well worth the gamble. That said, one game does not make a breakout, so those in shallower formats can sit tight. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22217'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Obviously he's not going to play 3B once Beltre is healthy, but could he settle into a DH role? It would shift Mitch Moreland to the bench, which isn't really unthinkable, so it is something to consider. Of course, Kouzmanoff is also benefiting from a .406 BABIP. He's definitely a player to utilize while he's hot in deeper formats, because the Rangers will kee... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
A first round pick back in 2007, could he just now be figuring it all out? He certainly appears to be healthy and is still just 24-years old. With Bryant and other top infield prospects in the mix, it's also good to see the Cubs move him to the outfield. It shows that they still have him in their plans. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22256'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Even if he only hits 10-15 HR per season, he has value as a prospect with a high ceiling and an acceptable floor. His defense is solid, and he has a strong arm that allows for him making all the throws at third (but he does lack speed and thus has only average range). If his early success this season continues, expect a promotion to Triple-A, and then a possible call up in Sep... (Ivar Anderson, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22276'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)

DH | ECR

38/38
In regards to Encarnacion, it's been an extremely disappointing start but it's way too early to panic.  We can cite an increased fly ball rate (73.3%) and strikeout rate (36.0%) as evidence that he's swinging for the fences, but it's way too soon to make that determination.  (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22083'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
I'm targeting Ortiz, even if it takes a third round pick. I'll catch some mockery in the draft room, but I'm not gonna be listening as I slot Big Papi in at first base and his production carries my team as far as it's carried the Red Sox. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/03/go-bold-or-go-home-big-papi-big-value.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 26 days ago)
Hopefully and not just because I'm an A's fan this is the year Cespedes puts it all together and brings his power and rate stats together. I'm not dreaming about a 30-30 campaign anymore, but 30 dingers and 12-15 steals with a .270 average sounds about right. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
He doesn't hit for power, he doesn't steal bases and I just don't see the runs scored being what they used to be. The RBI? Maybe. But it's a much different lineup now than it was when he actually was an elite catcher. The increase in at-bats playing first will help his average have a greater impact, but with the question marks surrouning the runs a... (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Carlos Santana continues to struggle, but he also shows the underlying numbers to thrive. The question is when will he finally put everything together, but don't give up hope. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22242'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Do we have to think things will get better? Absolutely, he has too long of a track record to think that he's a .150 hitter. At the same time, with this type of groundball rate (even in the 50% range and without the power, he also may not be a .290 hitter either. While he's worth trying to target at the right price, I wouldn't go nuts trying to get him. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22301'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
He was off to the start so many wanted to see, so this is very disappointing. Hamilton underwent successful thumb surgery to repair a ligament and will be out for quite a while. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Currently, Crisp is dealing with some left wrist inflammation, which will sideline him until at least Friday. The season may only be a little over a week old, but Crisp being nicked up is a yearly tradition. (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
He has hit for plenty of power this season (6 HR), and while he has plenty of it he is going to slow down (31.6% HR/FB). He also is hitting just .213, though should improve on his .200 BABIP. The bottom line? Don't panic by the move as he should quickly move back up into the 5 or 6 hole before long. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Adam Dunn is not yet murdering batting averages. Cool. Also, his homers are still valuable. I especially love him as a head to head bench guy to play when you need the longballs and RBI. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
As for Profar himself, obviously in dynasty and keeper formats he is still well worth owning.  In redraft leagues?  It really depends on the depth of the league, but those in shallower formats can likely leave him on the waiver wire at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21764'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 26 days ago)
Willingham actually has a hairline fracture in his wrist, but the Twins believe he will be back by once eligible (April 22 nd). I am a bit suspicious of the optimism, but I'm no doctor. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Joyce has always been a weapon against opposite handed pitching and should be useful even once he cools off. For now he is able to be grabbed in over 70% of CBS leagues, 80% of ESPN formats and 90% of Yahoo! leagues. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
He still has massive power, to go along with tons of Ks and a low BA, but owners in need of some cheap power could do worse. Yesterday Reynolds homered for the 2nd straight game, and now has 5 HR and 2 SB on the year. A full time player again this year with the Brewers, Reynolds should have plenty of chances to produce hitting behind Ryan Braun, Carlos Gom... (Staff, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoballer.com/mark-reynolds-1b-3b-waiver-wire-pickups-sleepers/'>RotoBaller</a>, 1 day ago)
Kelly Johnson was likely going to play regularly anyways given the holes on the Yankees infield, but the injury to Mark Teixeira cements it. While the average is a liability, he offers enough power/speed potential to offset that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
I would normally begin to write off Nava as a one year wonder because of his BABIP, but the rest of his numbers have steadily improved. This is the mark of a young player getting his sea legs, but it also could be the Red Sox discovering how to manage risk. If you play a player when he is most likely to be successful, you wi... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-left-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)

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I don't think I can add much on top of what has already been said, re-hashed, repeated and summarized already. Just know Trout is pretty okay at that baseball thing. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
If I did own Braun, I'd be trying to time the market now, seeing if I could cash in on this loud and visible breakthrough. Thumb injuries linger and at their worst, they sap power. Don't let one big afternoon cloud your full-season plan. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-wanted-ryan-braun-selling-window-got-144555770--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
He's looked bad so far, but unless there's some injury I'm unaware of, there's no reason to change how I felt about him entering the year, and I had Harper pegged to go well above a 34.5 homers/steals combo. (Brad Evans, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/mlb-over-under-slumping-bryce-harper-meet-high-135532530--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
Three strikeouts in 47 plate appearances. That's a six percent rate compared to his career 23 percent strikeout rate. Even if he just trims that figure down to 20 percent it has value. I don't like that he'll be leading off as I'd prefer his skill set to be immediately in front of or behind Ryan Braun . (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
The 24-year-old right fielder is one of the best power hitters in the game, now the next step for him is to become one of the best overall hitters in the game. I wouldn't be selling Stanton shares at this point in time unless the offer you are looking at is one you can't refuse, it seems like Stanton may be in store for a breakou... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
Buzzy sophomore, a fun pick for most. I'm allergic to buzz. Does it bother you that Puig hit .214 in September? Does it bother you that Yoenis Cespedes (another Cuban hitter and free swinger) dropped 52 batting points in his second year? Do rhetorical questions bother you? Do you like movies about glad... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/not-wallet-steering-clear-evan-gattis-001813935--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 26 days ago)
Though this is Bautista 's age-33 season, nobody really doubted that he would still be a premier hitter as long as he could stay healthy, so the jury is still out on whether Bautista can avoid the knocks that led him to miss 114 games in 2012-13. The injury bug is still the only major red flag on Bautista since otherwise, his bat... (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Bruce is looking to make it a fourth straight season with 30 homers or more and I am here to draw a line in the sand. It won't happen. Much like Hulk Hogan kicking out a split second too late versus the Ultimate Warrior, Bruce will come up short by a dinger or two, or perhaps a few. And with that, the streak is over. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
During the earlier years of his career Upton's struggles were chalked up to growing pains, he was in his early twenties after all. But now entering his seventh season, we're getting a brighter picture of who Upton is and who he is not. And perhaps, we're beginning to see why he isn't more than what he is. (Landon Jones, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-so-what-about-justin/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
He was a logical buy for me in Tout Wars, where OBP replaced batting average this year. Another case of the balanced player being somewhat underrated. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Rios is above Ellsbury because I love him in that park and in lineup. Hitting fifth in the Rangers lineup should give Rios plenty of RBIs and will hopefully continue to run. Last season in just 47 games with Texas, Rios hit everywhere from third to sixth and still gathered 16 steals. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Can we call Matt Holliday anything but Mr. Consistent?  He's had 100+ RBI in five of the past eight seasons (and 88 or more in seven of the eight).  Thinking that he is going to eclipse the century mark once again shouldn't be a surprise. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=21859'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 24 days ago)
Starling Marte's inability to take a base on balls really puts his runs scoring in jeopardy, and, like Young Jr., also limits his stolen base opportunities. While he provides a respectable amount of pop for a speedster, his new whiffing tendencies damage both of the categories in which he provides the most value. Don't expect a repeat last year's 80+ runs and 40+ ste... (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He's not striking out (16.5%) and the HR/FB (4.8% vs. 15.0% for his career) and BABIP (.218 vs. .318 for his career) are bound to improve. It's been a slow start to the season, but does anyone truly believe that he won't turn it around? He looks like an ideal investment, especially if someone in your league has quickly grown frustrated with a player they viewed as a... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22301'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
There are some obvious concerns, like a 26.5% strikeout rate, a lack of line drives (14.0%) and a significant number of infield fly balls (18.8% IFFB%), some of which were concerns last season. Is there a reason to be concerned? Of course not as there is no questioning his talent, just something to monitor. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
Hopefully and not just because I'm an A's fan this is the year Cespedes puts it all together and brings his power and rate stats together. I'm not dreaming about a 30-30 campaign anymore, but 30 dingers and 12-15 steals with a .270 average sounds about right. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Kemp entered the day with a mediocre 16.7% line drive rate (though we would still expect better than a .200 BABIP). Obviously it's an incredibly small sample size, but Kemp is still rounding into shape and it could take some time for him to get back to his elite levels (if it's even possible for him to get there). (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
He has simply been driving the ball into the ground, to the tune of an 84.6% groundball rate. Considering his 18.2% strikeout rate, this is easily chalked up to a small sample size and the numbers should stabilize over the next few weeks. There's absolutely nothing to be concerned about at this point. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22142'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
You could chalk it up to the team-wide power malaise that has struck the Royals in the early going, or maybe Gordon needs another visit from George Brett to get his hitting back on track. It's not like Brett is busy posing with pop stars or anyth.... oh wait... (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He has hit for plenty of power this season (6 HR), and while he has plenty of it he is going to slow down (31.6% HR/FB). He also is hitting just .213, though should improve on his .200 BABIP. The bottom line? Don't panic by the move as he should quickly move back up into the 5 or 6 hole before long. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22324'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 2 days ago)
He is walking slightly more (BB%), and striking out a bunch less (K%), which probably explains a good portion of the average jump. His line drive rate (LD%) is down though, which is not a great sign. A higher LD% is associated with a batter making better contact. I see his 2013 production as a ceiling, and it's a very high ceiling at that. I think a 74/19/72/.285/8 slash looks abou... (Jeremy Guthrie, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/bear-bull-werth/'>Razzball</a>, 20 days ago)
He was off to the start so many wanted to see, so this is very disappointing. Hamilton underwent successful thumb surgery to repair a ligament and will be out for quite a while. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
The Reds announced during the offseason that Hamilton was the favorite to open the 2014 season as the club's starting center-fielder. The front office failed to attract a better option so the speedster was installed in the lineup. Unfortunately, he has struggled with the bat (as expected). Despite that, his legs remain a dangerous weapon. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
I'd keep as eye on Zobrist since, if his peripherals don't normalize, they could portent a more significant problem than just a loss of power. Still too early to think about trading or releasing him from your fantasy roster, obviously, but still, have an eye. (Mark Polishuk, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/the-proof-is-in-the-peripherals-april-18-24.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Michael Cuddyer owners should be very pleased with the idea that he is putting more balls in play at the friendly Coors Field. Odds are he won't be able to replicate the BABIP-induced .331 batting average that he saw last year, but the added contact makes him a true-talent .300-hitter in Colorado which goes with his solid power and handful of steals. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Jackie Bradley Jr. has new life to make an impression. All the while Grady Sizemore's comeback attempt includes a day one dinger. Victorino isn't a spring chicken, but owners have no choice but to hope the outfielder can keep it together for at least one more season. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
In a disappointing, injury-plagued season, Jackson still gave us a .272-99-12-49-8 line (missing 33 games). And remember he had five steals in April before he got hurt. New year, new manager, big spring (I don't take ST too seriously, but I like to see a batter rebuild his confidence). Go get him. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Currently, Crisp is dealing with some left wrist inflammation, which will sideline him until at least Friday. The season may only be a little over a week old, but Crisp being nicked up is a yearly tradition. (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Dropping Soriano now would be a big overreaction to a bad first week. Soriano hits big and misses big; a really ugly week is nothing to be surprised over. Could it be the beginning of the end for him? Sure, it might be. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/rotoauthority-unscripted-giving-up-so-soon.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
He's ping-ponged around over his career and 2013 was a bit of a down year. His position flex combined with some upside is nice. A lot of owners are targeting that flex. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Martin is a personal favorite pick of mine, yes, I love the Rangers outfield this much as I think he'll nab 40+ bases and hit for a solid average. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/american-league-tiered-outfield-rankings-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Now coming off what some may consid­er a lackluster season, many may forget about the burner. Of course, if there wasn't risk involved, the discount wouldn't exist. But if Gardner approaches the 50 steal mark again (49 in 2011), there may only be one major difference between he and Ellsbury, which is ADP. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-deep-speed/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 26 days ago)
Out of hitters who logged at least 200 plate appearances, Moss led the league in flyball percentage by doing it 51.8% of the time. If he keeps doing that, repeating the 30 home run mark for the second straight season is quite possible. Keep in mind, the left-handed Moss is strictly a platoon player. Bench him versus lefties and sal­vage some b... (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-deep-power/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 26 days ago)
Here is another guy who plays for an aggressive base running team in the Royals. Aoki won't net you as many steals as Villar (think 25ish), but he'll contribute a much higher batting average as well as 8-10 homers. He hits atop a good Royals lineup and should really be owned in all leagues, even if it?s as a fourth or fifth outfielder. (Mike Buttil, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/dyson-sucks-steals/'>Razzball</a>, 1 day ago)
Fowler has two doubles and a triple to go with the lone home run he's hit this season). It also helps to explain why he's yet to steal a base. Fowler has only reached first base six times this season, on four singles and two walks. Fowler has plenty of talent and a great approach at the plate. Stick wi... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-3-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Adam Eaton is hitting but not giving us what he was really supposed to: steals. I don't want a speed guy who doesn't steal bases, so I'd deal him while everything else looks good in case there's a reason he isn't running. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Despite the lack of power, he still brings plenty to the fantasy table with plus average and plus steals. Drafting him around pick 200 didn't hurt either. Think of it this way, someone else selected Billy Hamilton around pick 50. 'Nuff said. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-break-the-streak/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Christian Yelich is another young guy off to a good start. That's a great sort of player to target at this stage, because you're taking the chance that they could be for real and making a stride that established players don't make. Wait too long, and the price goes way, way up. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
He is eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list Monday and should the weather be good, he may very well do so. Bourn and his 40+ steals are available in over 35% of CBS and Yahoo! formats, though his ESPN ownership rate is over 90%. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-4-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Kole Calhoun will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a severe ankle sprain. Hitting high in the Los Angeles Angels batting lineup, Calhoun had already crossed home plate 12 times in 14 games. Calhoun had also already hit three home runs to go along with six RBI. If you have the depth and bench spots to provide for it, try hanging onto Calhoun ... (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-three-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 3 days ago)
Gattis has the most power potential which is why he's in this tier, but I'm just not a fan and feel like he's going to have playing time issues down the road. (Howard Bender, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/catcher-tiers-april-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
Versatile players without one outstanding skill are likely to be underrated; Bill James has been on that theme for years. Brantley has improved for three straight seasons and now he enters his Age-27 campaign. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
De Aza will see the field a lot this year. When he plays, he provides decent pop, which we've seen, as well as good speed and a respectable batting average. If he is still out there in your league, he'd be a great pick up in deep leagues, five-outfielder leagues or as a platoon bat in leagues with daily lineup moves who you can slot in when Chicago faces a right-hander ... (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22055'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 16 days ago)
Reddick should be given an opportunity and we know there is going to be power eventually. In five-outfielder formats that makes him worth holding with hopes that he figures it out, but he's hardly a must use option right now. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22142'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
We know he's on a short leash, so a 1-for-12 start to the season with six strikeouts is concerning. I said stay away, but others couldn't pass up the history of 50 home runs plus steals. It's too early to panic, but Upton has less wriggle room than most. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/risers-and-fallers-from-week-one/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Drop the Markakis types for a more volatile commodity. There's probably a 50/50 shot you'll be back at his door with your tail between your legs in a month or so, but don't worry, he'll always take you back. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-1-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
I know outfield is deep, but Pagan really doesn't get the respect he deserves. Yes, he's had some injury issues, but in the two seasons in which he's played at least 150 games, he's averaged about nine homers, 35 steals, and a .289 batting average. I can't guarantee that he won't tug a... (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
The one skill I'm expecting to translate right away is Springer's speed. Assuming he sticks around, there's no reason he can't swipe 20-30 bases, maybe more than that. The pop should be fine, I'm thinking 12-15 home runs (more down the line). (Brandon Funston, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/call-action-springer-promotion-creates-stir-205307768--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 3 days ago)
A one-trick pony but it's a pretty good trick. The Tigers are going to let him lead off (for now, anyway) and they're going to let him run. (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
He can still draw walks at a good clip, but if he can't put the ball in play he puts even more pressure on his BABIP to carry his batting average. As it stands this year he's hitting .255 with a very lucky .389 BABIP. When the luck runs out, his average is going to drop quickly and may cost him playing time in a Mets outfield full of potential replacements. (Dave De Wit, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22291'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Wrist inflammation has hurt Arcia from the get-go. If healthy, the righty has legit power, so if he was dropped in any of your deepish leagues, give him a look. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Melky Cabrera got written off as a PED product by most...but what if he's not? What if he can hit? If his current owner grabbed him as a late-round flier this could be a great buy-high opportunity. Of course, if the owner's been a true Melkman believer for years, it'll be a different story. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Kelly Johnson was likely going to play regularly anyways given the holes on the Yankees infield, but the injury to Mark Teixeira cements it. While the average is a liability, he offers enough power/speed potential to offset that. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
He's batting cleanup against lefties and fifth against righties. We kind of expected that, but I think his stock dwindled during draft season as the Phillies offense did nothing in Florida. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/risers-and-fallers-from-week-one/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Willingham actually has a hairline fracture in his wrist, but the Twins believe he will be back by once eligible (April 22 nd). I am a bit suspicious of the optimism, but I'm no doctor. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-three/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 5 days ago)
Morse usually bats fifth or sixth for the Giants, a reasonable spot for run production (slotted behind Belt, Sandoval, Posey , and Pence). And you love seeing Moose production in April for once, as it's been his worst month over his career . Time to work on that ownership tag, gamers; Morse is still unclai... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/closing-time-mike-morse-back-lives-142732500--fantasy.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 9 days ago)
God bless a player that is born with this much self-awareness. It's hard to survive in this game without an elite skill, but Span seems to pull it off. If he can keep in the lineup he might even be able to offer you enough steals to make it worth your while. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-center-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
The Tigers' veteran-laden lineup allows the organization to ease the young Castellanos into his first full big league season. There aren't many questions surrounding his bat (other than perhaps the power tool) but his defense at the hot corner remains a concern especially considering he spent more than a year playing in the outfield. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
I would normally begin to write off Nava as a one year wonder because of his BABIP, but the rest of his numbers have steadily improved. This is the mark of a young player getting his sea legs, but it also could be the Red Sox discovering how to manage risk. If you play a player when he is most likely to be successful, you wi... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/03/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-left-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
We've been waiting and waiting and waiting for Taveras to reach the Majors and you have to think that it's going to come before long.  The Cardinals do have other options at Triple-A (Stephen Piscotty , Randal Grichuk ), but if it's going to be everyday AB the money is still on Taveras to arrive first.  Still considered among the best prospects in the game, he'... (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22233'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Obviously, gaining outfield eligibility would add flexibility and appeal (though he needs to prove that he can physically handle it). At the plate he went 2-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R, giving him 4 HR and 6 RBI on the season. For now he's slotted in the cleanup spot, so the RBI opportunities certainly will continue to be there. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22289'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Quentin just can't shake the knee issues. When healthy, he's a significant contributor in HR, OBP, and SLG. Tommy Medica will start in the outfield for the injured Quentin, and he has the ability to provide some nice power of his own. (Rich Migliorisi, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-the-fix-dl-report-week-one/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Dustin Ackley has 15/15 upside and thus far he has carried a strong spring into the regular season. He's still banished towards the bottom of the order, which would cap his value, but if he were to move into one of the top two spots (which is highly realistic) his value would sky rocket. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22105'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
Nate Schierholtz never had a home run per fly ball rate nearly as high as he did last season. Considering that we are looking at a potential waiver claim, it is probably just as safe to assume that he will continue to have more power in Wrigley Field than he had at AT&T Park in San Francisco. (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-right-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
While Sizemore may not be the guy who was a regular 20/20 player in his early years, it still seems that he can be a 15 HR/10 SB type of guy. His career average is only .269 so he's not going to exactly help or hurt you much there. He has the potential to score 70+ runs as well as long as he stays relatively healthy. (Matt Moczygemba, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-roundup/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
We have a usable average with power potential. What's not to like, especially when you throw in RBI opportunities. In five-outfielder formats, he's clearly a must add player. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22162'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 9 days ago)
While his tenure in Toronto last season was forgetful, he was a different player when he joined the Royals. He hit .285 with a .352 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 42 games. He already has four stolen bases in six games this season, so it seems the theme on the North Side of Chicago is "Run Emilio Run.&... (Michael Hurcomb, <a target='_blank' href='http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24518631/waiver-wire-a-plethora-of-useful-parts'>CBS Sports</a>, 13 days ago)
Charlie Blackmon is going nuts with batting average and high altitude. I don't buy it. He probably won't anchor a trade offer, but he's a good player to include to ostensibly sweeten a deal. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Joyce has always been a weapon against opposite handed pitching and should be useful even once he cools off. For now he is able to be grabbed in over 70% of CBS leagues, 80% of ESPN formats and 90% of Yahoo! leagues. (David Wiers, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/roto-riteup-presented-by-draftkings-april-12-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
It appears as if the power potential is there. If that is the case then he definitely has the ability to hit north of 20 home runs. If you add in the stolen bases then you can overcome a lower batting average. I wouldn't make Saunders a starting outfielder in any league, but I definitely would consider him for a bench ... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-center-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Marcell Ozuna was a person with some promise before the season, and maybe there's something in the Miami water, but he's been hitting the ball well. Youth and upside aren't always the same thing, but this time they are. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-theres-no-downside.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
Ryan Ludwick was one of my 2013 pre-season guys and lost basically the whole year to an Opening Day injury. Rough for me, worse for him. His 2014 is already better, though, as he's hitting the ball with some authority. Some roto authority,sorry. But pick him up. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-theres-no-downside.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 12 days ago)
Bradley was already optioned to Triple-A when an injury sent veteran outfielder Shane Victorino to the disabled list, and created a 25-man roster spot for the freshman on opening day. He'll have to continue swinging an incredibly hot bat to avoid being demoted when the Flyin' Hawaiian returns from the infirmary. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
So, what do we make of Colabello?  There's power potential, but if he's driving the ball into the ground he's not going to be able to tap into it.  Couple that with a potential struggle for average and things could actually get ugly.  Capitalize on him while he's going well, but don't become infatuated with him. (Eric Stasin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22088'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
Couple that with an inflated fly ball rate (48.4% in '13, 48.1% thus far in '14) and hitting for a good average could be difficult. The Mets need to find out what they have in Duda and the power potential keeps him on our radars, but it's a long shot that he is produces a quality line. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22314'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
One of the biggest breakout prospects from 2013, Polanco lacks a clear path to a permanent big league job in 2014. With that said, another slow start by former No. 1 draft pick Travis Snider could open up a spot for the talented prospect who will bide his time in Triple-A. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Colorado's outfield is a cast of thousands, but perhaps Stubbs can grab a position through his defense. The batting average is always a risk here, but Stubbs has shown pop and speed in the past. Another case of a tiny-risk player who is all upside. If he crashes early, you toss him to the scrap heap and try something... (Scott Pianowski, <a target='_blank' href='http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fantasy-roto-arcade/austin-stories-wallet-2014-061701621--mlb.html'>Yahoo! Sports</a>, 24 days ago)
Hicks has the ability to post a 15/15 season, and with Oswaldo Arcia out, he's got a good grip on playing time, at least in the short term. (Gerard Martin, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-week-2-waiver-wire-3-to-catch-3-to-cut-3-to-keep/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 13 days ago)
A former Yankees farmhand, the switch-hitting Almonte has been given an opportunity to play regularly. He has some defensive skills and can play center field but his value at the play is tied mostly to his ability to hit for average because he doesn't hit many home runs and hasn't been an overly prolific base runner at the big league level. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Solarte doesn't really have power or speed. If he plays every day, he should settle in near the bottom of the Yankees order. His game is entirely about putting balls in play, which has worked for guys like Michael Young . Solarte isn't Young, and he won't be a fantasy asset throughout the entire season. Now is the time to cash in. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-players-to-sell-high/'>FanGraphs</a>, 3 days ago)
Buxton could not have had a better 2013 season in high-A ball. The top prospect in baseball entered the 2014 on a fast track to the Majors but a wrist injury suffered during spring training but the brakes on his rapid ascent. Once he's healthy, the Georgia native should be assigned to Double-A. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Now an Astro, Guzman has an opportunity for more significant playing time than he did in San Diego. But, he'll have to hit to keep getting penciled into the lineup as the Astros 1B/DH/OF situation is quite crowded as well. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/jesus-guzman-ryan-flaherty-deep-league-waiver-wire/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
Jason Kubel is hitting over .380 and is only one season removed from hitting 30 homers. He deserves more owners than this. Bold prediction: he keeps producing and tops the 80% owned mark by the end of the season. (Alex McCrum, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.rotoauthority.com/2014/04/stock-watch-for-you-with-quick-trigger-fingers.html'>RotoAuthority</a>, 3 days ago)
Lagares has a major defensive edge, so if Young who has a -19 wRC+ in 21 turns up fails to provide on-base and baserunning value, Lagares will be the man left standing when Chris Young returns from injury. Unfortunately, he profiles as a risky bet to even go 10-15 HR-SB, so the fantasy upside is low. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/relevant-week-one-playing-time-surprises/'>FanGraphs</a>, 13 days ago)
Chris Denorfia stepped in and played well. Now, he is eligible across the board even though he began his career as a platoon partner for Will Venable . He would always get an occasional start in left and center field. That was enough to get him 300 to 400 at bats a season. While his overall numbers are not impressive, if he... (Scott Barzilla, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/2014-fantasy-baseball-rotters-and-sleepers-right-field/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 16 days ago)
Dyson gets a nice short-term spike in value with the injury to Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Dyson had been placed on the bereavement list heading into the weekend, but he is expected to rejoin the team today. He'll be deployed in the Royals outfield from today forward until Cain returns. Dyson is your best bet right now for free steals. (Mike Buttil, <a target='_blank' href='http://razzball.com/dyson-sucks-steals/'>Razzball</a>, 1 day ago)
An offseason trade from Oakland to Texas alleviated some of the depth ahead of Choice, but he still ended up with a club with a strong starting outfield. As a result, he's been relegated to back-up role in the Majors in 2014. (Marc Hulet, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-top-50-impact-fantasy-prospects-for-2014/'>FanGraphs</a>, 9 days ago)
Heisey had a huge spring with 12-of-17 hits going for extra bases. That includes six home runs, five doubles, and a triple. The problem is a 10-to-1 K/BB ratio which could be a sign of over-aggression. It could also be a sign of a small sample. (Brad Johnson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/five-potential-breakouts/'>FanGraphs</a>, 24 days ago)
He's going to be a better play for a week where the Pirates face mostly RHP, especially while he's hot (and hitting second in the order). However, with Gregory Polanco marinating in the minors it may not be long until he's out of a job. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22260'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 3 days ago)
At Double-A last season Pederson hit .278 with 22 HR and 31 SB (a year after hitting 18 HR with 26 SB). The strikeouts rose significantly (114 in 439 AB), but he also drew 70 BB. A solid talent, he deserves to be on fantasy radars. (Eric Stashin, <a target='_blank' href='http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=22101'>Rotoprofessor</a>, 15 days ago)
Morgan would be a fine speed play, but Bourn and Michael Brantley are fairly well-entrenched, David Murphy already has the friendly side of a platoon and Ryan Raburn needs at bats, too. (Blake Murphy, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/relevant-week-one-playing-time-surprises/'>FanGraphs</a>, 15 days ago)

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288/288
I wouldn't deal Kershaw for less than a top-25 starting pitcher in a one-for-one, but that doesn't mean a Kershaw owner can't get creative and expand the scope of a deal to include more players. League size matters a ton, too. The shallower the league, and therefore the better "replacement level" players available, the less ... (Josh Shepardson, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.thefantasyfix.com/2014/04/week-2-fantasy-baseball-musings/'>The Fantasy Fix</a>, 9 days ago)
Darvish's neck issue is obviously a slight concern, but he's set to start on Sunday so it doesn't seem to be a major problem. His strikeout rate locks him into the top spot. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)
It's highly unlikely that King Felix increases his strikeout rate and reduces his walk rate yet again, but he doesn't need to in order to remain near the top. (Mike Podhorzer, <a target='_blank' href='http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/2014-al-starting-pitcher-tier-rankings-april/'>FanGraphs</a>, 16 days ago)