Keidel: Nats And Mets Going In Opposite DirectionsThe Washington Nationals look like the team they're supposed to be, sweeping the New York Mets, who look nothing like the team they were.
Keidel: Jose Reyes, The New York Mets And The Sad Business Of BaseballThe New York Mets, who just signed Jose Reyes, don't care how bad you are off the field as long as you produce on it... like most teams.
Can You Find Potential All-Star Players In Fantasy Baseball On The Waiver Wire?As we approach July, it's time to start thinking about the MLB All-Star Game. Even in fantasy baseball, All-Star players have value beyond what their stats offer. A lot of owners will trade for All-Star players even if they're not great fantasy baseball players.
Some Slow-Starting Players Are Now Worth A Look In Fantasy BaseballIt happens every year in fantasy baseball: Players get drafted every March that end up struggling during the first six weeks of the season, so owners drop them. Yet by late June, those players recover and really start to hit. They'll end up where they should by September with good stats.
It's Time To Assess Strengths And Weaknesses In Fantasy BaseballSmart fantasy baseball owners will analyze the standings in their league to see where their team needs improvement—and perhaps where the team can spare some statistics in a trade. Picking up new players only makes sense if these moves help the team in the standings, after all.
Are Resurgent Veterans Worth The Risk In Fantasy Baseball?This week, we're taking a special look at New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia. The big guy hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2012, but suddenly, Sabathia is looking good again. Currently, his ERA would be the lowest of his long career if he could keep it going through the end of the year. That begs the question: Can Sabathia keep it up through the end of the year? We think so, and we explain why in this week's fantasy baseball advice column. Read on!
When Top Prospects Get The Call, What Should Fantasy Baseball Owners Do?The big MLB prospect news last week was the Los Angeles Dodgers' decision to call up minor-league sensation Julio Urias. The 19-year-old starting pitcher has been the star of the organization's system for awhile, but does that mean he's worth a look in your fantasy baseball league?
Why Pitching Is The Hardest Thing To Rely On In Fantasy BaseballMost fantasy baseball owners plan their draft around picking pitchers that threw well last year. But as we all learn, sometimes things don't go as planned. Pitchers can get hurt; their performance can drop off for a number of reasons, sometimes without rational explanation. The hardest part for the fantasy owner is accepting that the present season is different than past seasons, and it's sometimes better to just admit you drafted wrong instead of stubbornly sticking with bad pitchers all season—and losing the league.
At Fantasy Baseball Season's Quarter Pole, It's Time To Accept Patterns And TrendsMost teams in MLB have played close to 40 games at this point of the season, meaning the fantasy baseball season is one quarter over. If you've been waiting for that veteran to come around and start hitting, it's time to give up on the dream. If that pitcher still has an ERA way north of five runs per game, you may need to look elsewhere for wins and strikeouts. This is the time of the year when trends become permanent, really. Sticking too long with players headed for bad seasons only can hurt your team.
Constant Vigilance Is How You Win Your Fantasy Baseball LeagueWe've all heard the story from a friend how he or she simply drafted their fantasy baseball team and forgot all about it until finding out they won the league in October. Generally, that doesn't happen very often thanks to injuries, slumps and inevitable bad luck. You have to stay on top of your team's roster all summer long to win.
Are Players Worth Keeping In Fantasy Baseball During A PED Suspension?The big news of the week in baseball, of course, was the suspension of Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Never mind that disgraced slugger Barry Bonds is the Miami hitting coach: There are plenty of jokes to be made there. How does this impact fantasy baseball? If you own Gordon, should you keep him on your roster? How are you going to replace his 50 stolen bases this season in the stat column? Don't fret: We have all the answers you need right here.
Consider Making Wholesale Changes To Your Fantasy Baseball Roster As May ApproachesMost MLB teams have played about 20 games so far this season, and that's a big enough sample size to determine whether or not to keep slumping players on your fantasy baseball roster. The bigger challenge is to decide if dropping those players makes sense—or just benching them for now is a better idea. That decision comes down to the rest of your rosters, along with its strengths and weaknesses. As we always say, no one ever said that fantasy sports were easy!

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