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Rounding Third: Beating the Shift

A rant about the shift after an Eric Hosmer hit leads this week's primer. See the top fantasy schedules this week, plus FAAB results in multiple industry leagues.

Rounding Third: Week 11 Primer

Is chasing saves on the waiver wire a fool's game? Sadly, Jeff Erickson is just that fool in the NFBC this year, and this week he chased after the Diamondbacks' possible saves if Addison Reed's tired arm persists.

Rounding Third: Week 10 Primer

See this week's great schedules and awful schedules, free agent results and trades in expert leagues, including one deal in AL Tout Wars where Jeff Erickson dealt away Gordon Beckham.

Rounding Third: Week 9 Primer

Sean Doolittle went for the highest amount in Jeff Erickson's NFBC league's FAAB bidding this week. See who else got the nod in various leagues this week.

Rounding Third: Week 8 Primer

Jeff Erickson traded away Gregory Polanco in two leagues in the past week, one in a keeper league. See what he got in this week's primer.

Rounding Third: Week 7 Primer

A.J. Burnett and the Phillies have just five games this week, as do the Rockies. Which teams have better schedules?

Rounding Third: Week 6 Primer

The Reds and Red Sox play two games against each other this week. Tony Perez's Game 7 homer gets short shrift when remembering that series.

Rounding Third: Week 5 Primer

Remorse from an early season drop, the Vengeance of Versalles and a season or two riding on the sidearm of Joe Smith, all in this week's primer.

Rounding Third: Week 4 Primer

Bryce Harper's benching, Patriots Day game issues and FAAB results.

Rounding Third: Difficult Cuts

Even though Jake Odorizzi has newfound job security in the Rays' rotation, Jeff Erickson cut him on his NFBC Main Event team.

Rounding Third: Week 2 Primer, FAAB Results

Matt Kemp had a huge game Sunday night, but he and the Dodgers have only five games this week. See what else is noteworthy on the schedule, and the results from bidding in the NFBC and major expert leagues this week.

Rounding Third: Value, Value, Value

Jeff Erickson reviews his AL Tout Wars auction, where Jose Bautista was his most expensive player.

Rounding Third: Release the Kraken

In his RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Online Championship League, Jeff Erickson was able to land Clayton Kershaw with the eighth overall pick, as part of a three aces strategy.

Rounding Third: Playoff Rankings

Jeff Erickson is favoring the Cardinals in his playoff ranks, meaning that Adam Wainwright is a fantastic target in your playoff pools.

Rounding Third: FAAB Results, Trades and The Shield

Jacoby Ellsbury was the highlighted acquisition for Jeff Erickson in one of his dynasty leagues.

Rounding Third: Profar's Price

What sort of value does Jurickson Profar have in a keeper or dynasty league? Can you even get fair value for him in such a league where there's an in-season salary cap?

Rounding Third: One Crazy Hour

Bryce Harper's departure from Sunday's game was part of a string of wild events that could have huge fantasy implications. We look at schedule nuances and FAAB results as well in this week's primer.

Rounding Third: Who Do You Trust?

The list of safe closers is pretty thin, but Addison Reed manages to make Jeff Erickson's list. Who else is safe enough to trade for right now?

Rounding Third: Week 7 Primer

Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays have just five games this week, one of three teams to be shorted. Check out the schedule nuances and the FAAB results in this week's Primer.

Rounding Third: Week 6 Primer

No, Lance Berkman would not care to revisit his opinion on Wrigley Field, nor does he wish to discuss his role as a pinch-hitter for the next three days. See who else has interleague games this week.

Rounding Third: Shut Out - Week 5 Primer

After missing out on the latest top bidding object (Jose Valverde) in his various leagues, Jeff Erickson is reconsidering his FAAB strategy, at least in NFBC formats.

Rounding Third: Week 4 Primer

Jeff Erickson can't quit Travis Snider or even put him down for a little while. See his FAAB results and some other planning notes for Week 4 of the MLB season.

Rounding Third: Chris Heisey, Acquired

Chris Heisey has a big opportunity with the Reds while Ryan Ludwick is on the DL.

Rounding Third: One Thing Leads To Another

One decision can have far-reaching consequences, altering an entire game plan. One such example is Jeff Erickson's decision to draft Jose Bautista in the NFBC.

Rounding Third: Updated Top 350

Prince Fielder's rise in ADP speaks to the desire for owners to find a safe option in the first round. Is such safety real or an illusion?

Rounding Third: RFBOC Results

Edwin Encarnacion landed on Jeff Erickson's team in the third round. Who else did he take and why?

Rounding Third: Preaching What I Practice

Wilin Rosario has climbed the RotoWire rankings to correspond with how Jeff Erickson has treated him at the draft table.

Rounding Third: RotoWire's NL LABR Team

Andrew McCutchen landed on our squad on the basis of a price-enforcing bid. Who else did Jeff Erickson end up with?

Rounding Third: Playing-Time Neutral Rankings

Allen Craig really blossomed in 2012 with extra playing time. Who will be this year's hidden source of value?

Rounding Third: This Time We Go To 350

Lance Berkman was so excited that we expanded the list to 350 players, he called a press conference.

Rounding Third: The RotoWire 200

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun leads off our initial ranking of the Top 200 fantasy baseball picks.

Rounding Third: 2012 Playoff Rankings

Should Buster Posey be the first overall pick? Before you dismiss the idea, take a look at the playoff catcher pool.

Rounding Third: The RotoWire 200 - Midseason Update

Carlos Gonzalez climbs up to number two overall.

Rounding Third: Closer Chaos

Fantasy owners had to fear-the-beard, among many other closers so far this spring.

Rounding Third: Early NFBC Player Movement

FAAB results from two NFBC leagues.

Rounding Third: Daily Games Principles

Here's a few tips on how to beat the daily games that have nothing to do with player evaluation.

Rounding Third: Reflections From NFBC Weekend

Justin Upton was Jeff Erickson's first-round pick in Saturday's NFBC draft.

Rounding Third: My AL Tout Wars Squad

Jeff Erickson was able to buy Adrian Gonzalez for $33 in Saturday's AL Tout Wars auction.

Rounding Third: The Silent Auction

Trevor Bauer might become the next Stephen Strasburg, but he's difficult to keep in some formats.

Rounding Third: My Surprise LABR Team

Jeff Erickson didn't expect to have a team in either of the LABR leagues, but he walked away with an AL squad, one that included Alex Gordon. Check out the results here.

Rounding Third: Playing Time and Dollar Values

Ryan Howard's dollar values change significantly even with a modest playing time adjustment.

Rounding Third: Jesus, I Like Him Very Much, But ...

Why Jesus Montero didn't land in our first RotoWire 200.

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