September 20, 2014
The Orioles DFA'd Steve Pearce earlier this season, but he's been a nice surprise for the AL East Champions in his age-31 campaign.
September 11, 2014
Giancarlo Stanton has become an NL MVP candidate while having a full breakout in his age-24 season. What has changed? Jason Collette takes a closer look at the Marlins' star outfielder.
September 4, 2014
Jason Collette discusses the changing batting stances of Brad Miller and explains why he'll be back in on him again next year despite his bust of a season in 2014.
August 26, 2014
Drew Smyly remains a work in progress for Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey, but that evolution may go slowly, particularly as the team tries to fix Smyly's changeup, writes Jason Collette.
August 12, 2014
Jason Collette breaks down Jake Odorizzi's 2014 resurgence.
August 2, 2014
After a demotion to Triple-A, Danny Salazar appears to be back on track for the Tribe. Jason Collette looks at the changes.
July 26, 2014
While many expected a disappointing 2014 season to continue with a move to New York, Brandon McCarthy has turned things around since joining the Yankees.
July 16, 2014
Raw numbers alone don't explain Michael Brantley's breakout, but as Jason Collette writes, there was at least one scout who saw signs of improvement in 2013.
July 8, 2014
Jason Collette takes a look at the struggles of Chris Davis on the heels of a 53-homer season in 2013.
June 27, 2014
What's wrong with Matt Cain? Jason Collette breaks it down to see if there's any hope of a rebound from the fallen workhorse.
June 12, 2014
Carlos Santana is trending back toward his career norms after a dismal start and a concussion. Is it time to buy? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
June 2, 2014
Phil Hughes has turned things around after a rough patch to begin his first season with the Twins. What has changed in his approach since leaving the Yankees? Jason Collette breaks it down.
May 23, 2014
Jason Collette takes a look at the top 10 movers both positive and negative in batter strikeout rates, including Carlos Gonzalez.
May 13, 2014
Yu Darvish's new approach in 2014 has led to a drop in his strikeout rate, but is he better off in the long haul with the change? Jason Collette looks at the strikeout rate fallers around the league.
May 6, 2014
No starting pitcher has seen a greater increase in strikeout rate this season than Zack Greinke. How is he doing it? Jason Collette breaks down Greinke and the other early-season risers.
April 29, 2014
While some players like Anaheim's Mike Trout carry a higher BABIP baseline, there are many players with correction on the horizon in the coming months. Jason Collette takes a closer look at the early surprises.
April 23, 2014
Danny Salazar's early-season struggles have many owners wondering what has changed since his dominant stretch upon arrival in 2013. Jason Collette breaks it down.
April 15, 2014
There are plenty of surprising zeroes on the leaderboard through two weeks, including the lack of a home run from Edwin Encarnacion.
April 8, 2014
The Rays placed Matt Moore on the disabled list Tuesday, but there have been underlying concerns simmering with his velocity. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
April 1, 2014
The Tigers didn't run much under former manager Jim Leyland, but could Austin Jackson and company see significant gains in stolen bases with Brad Ausmus at the helm?
March 25, 2014
Jason Collette reviews his AL Tout Wars club built around quality starting pitching including Yu Darvish ($31), James Shields ($20) and Masahiro Tanaka ($19).
March 19, 2014
Do you fear investing in closers? Jason Collette is here to help.
March 11, 2014
Should owners consider using a larger share of their budget on pitching? Jason Collette examines the conversation about how to allocate draft day resources.
March 3, 2014
Wil Myers was among the Helium Hitters in this year's AL LABR auction over the weekend. Jason Collette breaks down all sorts of data from the auction.
February 24, 2014
Landing in Baltimore provides an easy transition for Nelson Cruz in 2014 following a successful five-year run in Texas. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
February 17, 2014
In this week's edition of Collette Calls, Jason looks at some of the surprises from the LABR mixed league draft, including the slide of Astros outfielder George Springer.
February 10, 2014
While some believe that a high doubles count will ultimately lead to an increase in home runs, Jason Collette takes a closer look at the relationship between the two categories and finds a more interesting connection.
February 3, 2014
Where have all of the power-hitting first basemen gone? Paul Goldschmidt is one of a rapidly shrinking group of elite bats at the position. Jason Collette looks at the trends and considers the implications for those in keeper leagues.
January 25, 2014
Stats can be used to paint any picture we want, but examining the correlation between metrics helps us more effectively discern the truth.
January 19, 2014
Chris Johnson went undrafted in last week's FSTA Experts draft. FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year Jason Collette discusses the collective wisdom of the experts and merits of Johnson.
January 11, 2014
With early drafts creating the 2014 market, Jason Collette looks for bargains and players to avoid based on their current prices.
January 4, 2014
Ian Kinsler plans to steal more bases during his first season in Detroit, but will he be able to pull it off? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
December 21, 2013
Jason Collette looks around the league at each team's closing situation, including the added depth behind Koji Uehara in Boston.
December 14, 2013
Without pinstripes, Robinson Cano will lose the benefit of playing half of his games at Yankee Stadium. How much should that change his value in 2014? Jason Collette takes a look.
December 6, 2013
Robinson Cano took the money and ran away from the Bronx, landing a 10-year deal to go to Seattle. Jason Collette recaps a flurry of recent moves around the league from a very active week leading into the Winter Meetings.
November 23, 2013
A heavier supply of breaking pitches led to more walks for Giancarlo Stanton in 2013. Jason Collette examines Stanton's season, and considers a rebound for 2014.
November 15, 2013
A thin market of relievers should leave Brian Wilson with an opportunity to close somewhere in 2014. Is it a good idea? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
November 8, 2013
A brutal two-month stretch to begin the season led many owners to discard Wily Peralta, but the growth from that point on might be a good reason to take a chance on him in 2014. Jason Collette takes a look.
October 30, 2013
In a recent five-round mock, how early did Jason Collette take Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez? You might be surprised.
October 21, 2013
Now that it's all said and done, Chris Davis returned a greater profit than any player drafted in 2013. Jason Collette looks back at the biggest profits and losses from the past season.
October 11, 2013
Jayson Werth was an excellent value for many owners in 2013, but can he maintain that level? Jason (no Y) Collette takes a closer look.
September 27, 2013
Prince Fielder set the bar high earlier in this career, making his age-29 season look like a big disappointment. Jason Collette takes a look at what went wrong.
September 18, 2013
Desmond Jennings was expected to develop into an elite fantasy option, but it hasn't happened yet. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
September 11, 2013
What might happen if Chris Carter improves his plate discipline? Jason Collette takes a closer look at the former Oakland farmhand.
September 4, 2013
Francisco Liriano has been outstanding for the Pirates this season, evoking memories of his early days in Minnesota. Jason Collette breaks down the Pirates' ace.
August 28, 2013
Since being drafted second overall by the Mariners in 2009, Dustin Ackley has been largely a disappointment to fantasy owners. Is a changing approach helping him turn things around? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
August 21, 2013
Has throwing the cutter less frequently helped Jon Lester's recent turnaround? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
August 7, 2013
While Craig Kimbrel would be a candidate to lead the league in saves for the final two months, the Braves' lead in the National League East could prompt the team to limit his workload. Jason Collette looks at ways to make up ground down the stretch.
July 30, 2013
While Rays pitchers like Jeremy Hellickson were among the first to benefit from the increased use of defensive shifts, league-wide adoption of them has changed the landscape of pitching baselines. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
July 23, 2013
Is it time to adjust our baselines for pitching metrics -- specifically, K/BB? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
July 16, 2013
Chris Davis has always possessed excellent raw power, but an improved approach has ultimately enabled him to fully harness it in the first half this season. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
July 9, 2013
What happens when closers are used in non-save situations? Are they more prone to blowing up a la Jose Valverde?
July 1, 2013
Even before he was given a chance to close for the Red Sox, Koji Uehara offered value in many formats. Should you ditch a contact-heavy starter for a bat-missing reliever? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
June 22, 2013
After being promoted aggressively through the Astros' system, Jordan Lyles is putting the pieces together in Houston this season. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
June 15, 2013
Jeremy Hellickson has derailed this season, prompting Jason Collette to take a closer look at the cause of his struggles.
June 7, 2013
Steals are at a premium this season, making San Diego's Everth Cabrera a valuable fantasy commodity.
May 31, 2013
For those hesitant to buy into Mike Minor's first two months in 2013, the bigger picture suggests that you should. Jason Collette takes a look at the 5x5 leaderboard from the past 12 months.
May 25, 2013
What happened to Jesus Montero? Can he be fixed with time at Triple-A? Jason Collette takes a closer look at the struggling former top prospect.
May 17, 2013
Buried by fantasy owners during his final two seasons in Anaheim, Vernon Wells is alive again in New York. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
May 10, 2013
Is Scott Kazmir trending back toward the form he once showed as a frontline starter for the Rays? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
May 3, 2013
While some may write off Ervin Santana's fast start given his long track record of inconsistency, Jason Collette takes a closer look at the 2013 version.
April 26, 2013
With his fast start, could Justin Upton hit 40 homers in 2013? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
April 19, 2013
Jason Collette considers the changing processes of a small sample size to better determine what awaits Hisashi Iwakuma in the coming months.
April 12, 2013
Zack Greinke was the latest early-season injury casualty Thursday night. Jason Collette takes a look at some of the injury-prone fast starters this season.
April 5, 2013
Chris Davis has picked up right where he left off last season with a torrid start at the plate. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
March 29, 2013
Jason Collette examines the Tigers closer options after the decision to send Bruce Rondon to Triple-A on Thursday.
March 15, 2013
Domonic Brown has been moving up the ADP charts in the NFBC as he may finally get an everyday look with the Phillies this season.
March 8, 2013
Runs continue to disappear around baseball, making contributors in that category more valuable. No player has more runs scored since 2010 than Miguel Cabrera's 331.
March 1, 2013
Concerned that Giancarlo Stanton won't see pitches to hit because of the lineup around him? Jason Collette takes a closer look at the myth of lineup protection.
February 22, 2013
Is the baseline for batting average falling? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
February 16, 2013
Jason Collette takes a look at how the recent LABR mixed draft varies from the NFBC ADP report.
February 2, 2013
Fernando Rodney was ignored in expert leagues last season, but NL-only league players who punted saves weren't quite so lucky. Jason Collette takes a closer look at the most profitable pickups of 2012.
January 25, 2013
Rickie Weeks is one player carrying a higher price tag in industry drafts this winter. Jason Collette takes a closer look at early mock trends.
January 14, 2013
You can't predict baseball, but Jason Collette takes a closer look at some of the surprises in 2012 including Robinson Cano's struggles against left-handed pitching.
January 4, 2013
Fernando Rodney's historic 2012 season came out of nowhere, but peripheral stats can reveal overlooked candidates capable of becoming successful closers.
November 30, 2012
What does Justin Ruggiano's 2012 season have in common with B.J. Upton? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
November 19, 2012
Lost in the shuffle of the Jays-Marlins blockbuster was the addition of Melky Cabrera. Can hitting coach Dwayne Murphy work his magic a third time?
November 5, 2012
Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez could be on the verge of a breakout with his combination of control and an excellent changeup. Jason Collette takes a closer look...
October 26, 2012
Jason Collette explores pre-season dollar values compared to actual production and provides draft strategies to implement.
October 3, 2012
Bryce Harper has been tearing the cover off the ball in September. Is it a sign of things to come next season?
September 21, 2012
Cliff Lee leads the National League with a 6.6 K/BB this season, but who ranks second? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
September 15, 2012
If the Rays' recent closer history is any indication, Fernando Rodney may be closing games elsewhere in 2013.
September 2, 2012
Bronson Arroyo reversed a four-year trend of a declining strikeout rate this season. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
August 24, 2012
August 10, 2012
July 27, 2012
James Shields has been up-and-down the last three seasons. What does he need to do to get back on track this year?
July 20, 2012
July 13, 2012
July 6, 2012
As a $1 buy in the Tout Wars mixed league, Mike Trout has been a huge source of profit through the first half of the season.
June 29, 2012
Team needs ultimately brought Bryce Harper to the majors sooner than expected, but the waiting game for prospects can be a frustrating one for fantasy owners.
June 22, 2012
After a break from working out of the Twins' rotation, is it time to buy into Francisco Liriano again? Jason Collette takes a closer look.
June 8, 2012
In this week's Farm Futures, Jason Collette revisits a well-timed trade in Tout Wars for Ricky Nolasco in 2008 and hopes for similar results following his recent deal with Chris Liss.
June 1, 2012
May 25, 2012
B.J. Upton has built off of a strong September to get off to a strong start to 2012.
May 18, 2012
Do the underlying metrics support Adam Jones' fast start as a breakout, or is the sample size simply too small to draw that conclusion?
May 11, 2012
May 4, 2012
Nelson Cruz spent parts of eight seasons at Triple-A and was designated for assignment by the Rangers, before breaking out in the big leagues in late 2008. Could a similar situation be developing on the north side of Chicago?
April 27, 2012
April 20, 2012
Mike Trout's fast start at Triple-A is one of many intriguing lines through the early weeks of the minor league season.
April 13, 2012
April 3, 2012
Even uber-prospect Bryce Harper saw a dip in production as he advanced to Double-A last season. Jason Collette takes a closer look at the underlying numbers for the top hitting prospects from last season.
March 16, 2012
March 7, 2012
Suddenly first base is looking a bit thin -- especially in the National League. Jason Collette looks at prospects capable of making an impact at the position beyond 2012 with the hope of saving money on second-tier options in future auctions and drafts.
March 2, 2012
February 23, 2012
February 16, 2012
February 9, 2012
While Bryce Harper is on a long-term path to stardom, can you justify him as a middle-round target in re-draft leagues?
February 2, 2012
Nationals manager Davey Johnson continues to suggest that Bryce Harper may be on the team's Opening Day roster. Will he join a select group of players and skip Triple-A?
January 23, 2012
It should come as little surprise that there is no shortage of owners willing to roll the dice on Bryce Harper making an impact in one-year leagues. Is it the right call?
January 13, 2012
Before you pull the trigger on a rookie-heavy roster in your draft, consider that 20-plus homers from a rookie (Dan Uggla, 27 in 2006) are the exception rather than the rule. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
January 6, 2012
While every draft presents unique challenges, Jason Collette offers 10 important rules to live by when making your preparations for the most important day of the season.
December 16, 2011
Craig Kimbrel's rise to the closer role in Atlanta is the exception, rather than the rule. Should you make long-term investments in
December 9, 2011
As helpful as the numbers can be when analyzing minor league pitchers, they don't always paint a complete picture of a pitcher's skill set. Remember Paul Maholm's 8.3 K/9IP at Double-A?
December 2, 2011
November 23, 2011
November 10, 2011
A year later, Bryce Harper is showing a more controlled swing during the Arizona Fall League.
November 3, 2011
Mike Carp was among the league leaders in outfield flyball rate before getting the call back to Seattle in 2011.
October 26, 2011
October 18, 2011
Jesus Montero was one of 11 catchers to grace the Top 100 list in 2011.
October 5, 2011
Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel led a large class of rookie closers in 2011.
September 14, 2011
September 7, 2011
Cincinnati farmhand Billy Hamilton cracked the 100-steal mark with Dayton this season. Can he hit enough to make a big league impact down the road?
August 31, 2011
Bryce Harper's return to the Arizona Fall League headlines another talented group destined for the prospect showcase this fall.
August 24, 2011
Joey Votto is one of few September callups to give fantasy owners a boost in recent seasons. Jason Collette takes a closer look.
August 17, 2011
Although he was dangerously close to the dreaded Quad-A label, Mike Carp is now paying off for fantasy owners in the second half.
August 9, 2011
Many prospects received the call in the last few weeks, but Jesus Montero continues to bide his time at Triple-A.
August 2, 2011
While it was a surprise that the Padres dealt Mike Adams while keeping Heath Bell, San Diego did very well in their deal with the Rangers.
July 26, 2011
With a hoard of home-grown pitching led by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, the Giants have another trade chip in prospect Eric Surkamp.
July 22, 2011
Rays fans and fantasy owners are frustrated that Desmond Jennings is still at Triple-A, but he's not the first Rays farmhand to spend a long time at Durham.
July 13, 2011
Bryce Harper remains at the top, but there has been plenty of movement in the Top 100 since June.
July 5, 2011
Are the Nats making a mistake by pushing Bryce Harper to Double-A without a stop at High-A?
June 28, 2011
Most of the focus in the upcoming Futures Game will be on Bryce Harper, but this year's rosters pack plenty of intriguing talent.
June 22, 2011
Batting averages, on-base percentages and slugging percentages are down again at the MLB level. Are the minor leagues following suit?
June 14, 2011
In the latest top 100, Bryce Harper remains the No. 1 prospect in baseball but there are plenty of movers since May.
June 8, 2011
May 31, 2011
Injuries to Buster Posey and Joe Mauer have left the talent pool behind the plate thin this season. Still, there's plenty of risk making long-term investments in catchers. Jason Collette breaks it down.
May 24, 2011
While top prospects such as Mike Minor will get plenty of attention when they're called up, mid-level options will arrive with chances to produce as well.
May 18, 2011
May 10, 2011
Jesus Montero hasn't hit for much power this season at Triple-A, but are there any underlying reasons to be concerned?
May 3, 2011
Jason Collette sends in his updated top prospect rankings. Jesus Montero checks in at No. 3.
April 26, 2011
Brandon Wood's departure from the Angels represents a high-profile failure of the organization to develop a top prospect.
April 19, 2011
Nelson Cruz got his real break at age 28. Jason Collette talks about a 29-year old who could be in a similar position.
April 12, 2011
As James Shields approaches the end of his time in Tampa Bay, the Rays will again look to their farm system. Left-hander Matt Moore could develop into the next Rays ace.
April 5, 2011
If Jesus Montero gets the call, he's someone you'll want to insert into your lineup right away, despite his defensive woes.
March 28, 2011
Chris Sale might not be the closer for the White Sox yet, but he's one of the higher profile rookies to make an Opening Day roster.
March 22, 2011
With industry experts battling for bragging rights, how much were they willing to spnd on the top young players in a one-year league?
March 14, 2011
Jason Collette examines minor leaguers on the brink of making an impact with their speed -- just as Brett Gardner did with the Yankees before becoming an everyday player last season.
March 7, 2011
Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos is drawing comparisons to the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw.
February 28, 2011
Dellin Betances dominated in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League
February 21, 2011
With Joey Votto entrenched at first base in Cincinnati, the Reds don't have a spot for prospect Yonder Alonso
February 14, 2011
In this week's column, Jason Collette examines AL prospects who may be blocked from making an immediate impact in 2011.
February 7, 2011
In the appropriate context, Ian Stewart's monster 2004 season may not have generated quite so much hype.
February 1, 2011
RotoWire welcomes Jason Collette, who compares Carl Crawford (pictured) with Desmond Jennings, and the Rays' decision surrounding Jennings.
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