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MLB Barometer: Down the Rabbit Hole
Back to the grind with Vlad Sedler, who is impressed with Mark Teixiera's early-season production
Diamond Cuts: When Pitchers Bat
Two star pitchers were injured while batting over the last few days, with the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright possibly done for the season with an Achilles injury.
FAAB Factor - NL: Which Dodger Do You Want?
Ian Kennedy is back, but is he available in your league? All that and more from RotoWire's Jan Levine in this week's edition of NL FAAB.
FAAB Factor - AL: FAAB it Like Beckham
Josh Hamilton may be on the move, but he still has a bit more time on the shelf writes RotoWire's Andrew Martinez in this week's edition of the AL FAAB.
Rounding Third: Last Week's Mistake Tomorrow?
Should you start Taijuan Walker in a two-step Week 4? What schedules stand out this week?
Pitching Value Meter: Two Starts for Kluber
Paul Sporer ranks the coming week's starting pitchers, but is two home starts enough to make Corey Kluber the AL's top-ranked hurler?
Series to Watch: Mets vs. Yankees
Matt Harvey has been dominant this season, including a high-90s fastball sooner than many expected, an
Mound Musings: The NL Arms Race
Brad Johnson takes a look at the next wave of National League arms, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.
Bats & Balls: Quick Takes Around the Majors
David Regan sizes up each team in the early going, and he has little hope that Ryan Braun can do much to avoid becoming the worst contract in the majors.
The Saber's Edge: Reality Check
Jeff Zimmerman looks at deceptive early stats, including Adam Jones' otherworldly batting average.
120 Sports & RW Video: Starting Pitcher Surprises
Jeff Erickson joins the 120 Sports crew to discuss some surprisingly successful starting pitchers.
120 Sports & RW Video: Sell High Pitchers
Jeff Erickson joins 120 Sports to discuss possible sell high starting pitchers.
Minor League Barometer: The Best of the Rest
Jesse Siegel's weekly prospect watch finds Corey Seager as perhaps the best hitter in the minors after the recent callup of Kris Bryant.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 82: The Kids Are Alright
In this week's episode, Derek & Bernie discuss the promotion of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Carlos Rodon, and much more!
In Some Depth: Second Looks
Ryan Eisner takes a look at several American League second basemen, including those that play left field in Seattle.
Farm Futures: Spring in Springdale
James Anderson breaks down his trip to Springdale, Ark., to catch a number of prospects who could be in the majors sooner rather than later.
120 Sports & RW Video: Monday's MLB Injuries, Impact
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss Monday's MLB injuries and their possible fantasy impact.
MLB Barometer: Russian Roulette
Vlad Sedler is to bankroll management what Rob Deer was to place discipline.
Diamond Cuts: DL-Bound?
Yasiel Puig continues to deal with a hamstring injury, and RotoWire injury expert Jeff Stotts warns that a trip to the disabled list may be required to ensure a full recovery.
Collette Calls: Ace in the Making
Jason Collette dives into the details of why Chris Archer is proving to be a front-of-the-rotation talent for the Rays, and for fantasy owners.
TYT Sports MLB Video: Does Money Win Championships?
Chris Liss joins the TYT Sports crew to discuss whether or not teams can buy a championship with high payrolls.
FAAB Factor - NL: Beyond Kris Bryant
A number of players are coming back from injury soon, include Domonic Brown, writes RotoWire's Jan Levine in this week's edition of NL FAAB.
FAAB Factor - AL: Pitching Available
Back the truck up for Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar, writes RotoWire's Andrew Martinez in this week's edition of the AL FAAB.
Rounding Third: Week 3 Primer
Because the Rangers have only five games this week with two of them in Arizona, Mitch Moreland might have just two starts this week.
Pitching Value Meter: Harvey Invisible in Late Innings
Paul Sporer lays out the week's pitcher rankings and says the only thing holding back Matt Harvey is that he's not going deep into games.
TYT Sports MLB Video: Why Are the Yankees Still Hating On A-Rod?
Chris Liss joins the TYT Sports crew to discuss the reaction to Alex Rodriguez.
Fielkow's Law: Lifting the Embargo
Justin Fielkow shows how new rules for international free agents helped determine Boston's plans for its two Cuban imports.
Series to Watch: Padres vs. Cubs
Doug Thorburn breaks down the weekend series between the Padres and Cubs, which will include the Major League debut of Kris Bryant.
Mound Musings: Time to Start the New AL Arms Watch
Brad Johnson looks to ride the next wave of great American League pitchers
Bats & Balls: Will the Slow Starters Recover?
Dave Regan looks at players like Mike Zunino who have started this season slowly and whether they will turn things around.
The Long Game: The FAAB and How to Swing it
Erik Siegrist explains why it's better to play small ball during FAAB bidding on players like Miguel Castro before they emerge rather than saving your budget for a big-bid strategy.
120 Sports & RW Video: D-Backs Call up Tomas
Jeff joins 120 Sports to discuss the fantasy value of Yasmany Tomas, whom The Diamondbacks just called up from the minors.
120 Sports & RW Video: Taijuan Walker's Early Struggles
Jeff joins 120 Sports to discuss Taijuan Walker's early struggles.
Minor League Barometer: Biddle Battles Back
Jesse Siegel has an eye on one-time prospect Jesse Biddle, who could be ready to put himself back on the prospect map after a number of struggles.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 81: Early Observations
In this week's episode, Derek & Bernie discuss the return of Matt Harvey, the closer carousel, and much more!
The Saber's Edge: Checking the Radar Gun
Jeff Zimmerman analyzes the biggest gainers and decliners in fastball velocity this season, and he doesn't like what he sees from Koji Uehara's high-school fastball.
In Some Depth: Platoons, Depth Charts and Batting Orders
Ryan Eisner reviews first-week lineups and platoon situations and finds some hidden values, especially in a potent Toronto offense.
Farm Futures: Pacific Coast League Roundup
James Anderson checks in on Byron Buxton's early-season success, as well as some notable players in the Pacific Coast League like Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant.
120 Sports & RW Video: Early Season Pickups
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss three early season pickup candidates.
MLB Barometer: Only Fools Rush In
Vlad Sedler -- and Elvis -- advise against snap decisions based on small sample sizes, like the slow start of Giancarlo Stanton.
Diamond Cuts: It's Good to be King
Despite feeling tightness in his quad, Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez is not expected to miss any time. He's one of the lucky ones discussed in Jeff Stotts' latest injury roundup.
TYT Sports MLB Video: MLB Beer Prices...Important Stuff
Chris and Ben discuss the beer prices at MLB Ball Parks.
FAAB Factor - NL: Sifting through the Leftovers
Not much sitting out there in the NL one week into the season, but Dexter Fowler is surprisingly available in many leagues, writes RotoWire's Jason Collette.
FAAB Factor - AL: Still Plenty Out There
Mike Moustakas is off to a good start. Has he finally turned the corner? RotoWire's Andrew Martinez writes about all of the potential AL free agents.
Pitching Value Meter: Slow Week for Kershaw
Paul Sporer delivers his weekly pitcher rankings and finds only one starter worthy of jumping Clayton Kershaw in a one-start week. Who is it?
120 Sports & RW Video: Mat Latos - What To Do?
Jeff joins 120 Sports to discuss what Mat Latos owners should do.
120 Sports & RW Video: Low Cost Outfielders, Jays Big Day
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss the Blue Jays big Friday and some under-the-radar AL outfielders.
Series to Watch: Jays vs. Orioles
In his RotoWire writing debut, Doug Thorburn breaks down the weekend series between the Jays and Orioles.
Mound Musings: Surprises Are In Store?
How many of this spring's big surprises will turn into real values? Brad Johnson discusses.
Bats & Balls: Observations from Opening Week
Dave Regan sizes up the first week of the baseball season and likes what he sees in Colorado, especially from Nolan Arenado.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 80: The Starting Line
In this week's episode, Derek & Bernie discuss the Padres' trade for Craig Kimbrel, Archie Bradley’s opportunity in the Arizona rotation, their Opening Week observations, and much more!
The Saber's Edge: On the Upswing
Jeff Zimmerman lets us in on the secret for the most underutilized stat in fantasy baseball, and how you can use it to your great advantage.
MLB Barometer: Hahn Solo
Vlad Sedler looks for the breakout starting pitchers of 2015 who can be this year's Corey Kluber.
Farm Futures: 2017 World Series Champions
The Cubs are the most intriguing team in baseball and James Anderson shares how they'll win the 2017 World Series.
Diamond Cuts: Early Season Injuries
Despite being in the Opening Day lineup, Detroit's Victor Martinez is not out of the woods yet from his knee injury, and he could be rested early on.
MLB Job Battles: The Finish Line
Clay Link recaps the winners and losers from all the major job battles in spring training.
FAAB Factor - NL: First Week Job Openings
Carlos Martinez won the Cardinals' fifth starter job - you should go get him, writes RotoWire's Jeff Erickson.
FAAB Factor - AL: Many Options To Sort Through
Koji Uehara's injury has opened the door for a couple of speculative plays in the AL this week, writes RotoWire's Andrew Martinez.
TYT Sports MLB Video: Hitting vs. Pitching?
Chris Liss joins the TYT Sports crew to debate the importance of hitting versus pitching.
Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2015 Season
Paul Sporer is back with the inaugural Value Meter for 2015, and familiar faces top the list, like Felix Hernandez, who takes on two division foes in Week 1.
Collette Calls: 30 NL Predictions
Jason Collette is back with bold predictions for the National League. Find out what stat he thinks Tim Linceum will lead the NL in for 2015.
Mound Musings: The Do No Harm Strategy
Brad Johnson details how to spare your rotation harm even when not all of your starting pitchers are elite.
Bats & Balls: Top-10 Lists for 2015
Dave Regan's top-10 lists includes Sleepers and Spring Overreaction Stats, such as Kolten Wong's spring struggles.
TYT Sports MLB Video: Ridiculous 2015 Predictions
Chris Liss joins the TYT Sports crew to make bold predictions for the 2015 MLB season.
Minor League Barometer: Now or Never for Souza
Jesse Siegel is not sold on Steven Souza, who has had a poor spring and is getting old for a prospect at nearly 26.
The Long Game: Tomorrow's Keepers ... Today!
Erik Siegrist looks at cheap buys who could pay off down the road, including Arizona's Jake Lamb, who has been overlooked with the arrival of Yasmany Tomas.
The Saber's Edge: Early Season Rules for Owners
Jeff Zimmerman offers tips on how to evaluate players in the early going of the season, including how to figure out when a player is hurt rather than just slumping.
MLB Barometer: All-Undervalued Team
Vlad Sedler looks at players who are being overlooked this draft season, including breakout candidate Jake Marisnick.
Collette Calls: 30 AL Predictions
Jason Collette lays out bold picks for every AL team for 2015, including a big call for Toronto's Drew Hutchison.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 79: Overvalued & Undervalued Players
In this week's episode, Derek & Bernie discuss the demotion of Javier Baez, the Jays' final roster decisions, and take a look at overvalued and undervalued players on all 30 teams.
Farm Futures: Catching Tomorrow's Stars
James Anderson breaks down the must-see minor league teams throughout the country and which players to base your trips on.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is likely to start the season on the disabled list, opening up the door for someone else to grab the early ninth inning work.
Over/Under Win Total Bets for 2015: Faith in Oakland Leads Eight Picks
RotoWire President Peter Schoenke gives his annual take on MLB over/under bets. He's won 66.7 percent of his bets over 14 years.
NFBC Main Event - Drafting out of the No. 2 Slot
Chris Liss built his team around Clayton Kershaw.
Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the NL West
Brad Johnson hopes Jake Peavy's struggles last year will drive down his draft-day price because the veteran hurler can still help a fantasy team.
Pirates Team Preview: Anything Is Possible
Can the Pirates reach the playoffs for the third consecutive year? RotoWire's John Toperzer discusses their offseason and how they set up in his preview.
RotoWire Roundtable: Top 200 Prospects
Kris Bryant leads the way in the new RotoWire Roundtable prospects rankings.
Bats & Balls: Debating the Cheat Sheet
Dave Regan takes issue with the RotoWire cheat sheet, highlighing players at each position he thinks should be ranked higher, like San Francisco's Brandon Belt.
The Saber's Edge: Need for Speed
Jeff Zimmerman looks at whether spring-training steal rates can predict regulare-seasonr rates and how the Dee Gordon trade will impact the Dodgers and Marlins.
Collette Calls: AL Tout Recap
Jason Collette strategically maneuvered through the AL Tout auction, even receiving a hard-earned stamp of approval for grabbing Brett Cecil.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 78: Corner Infield Rankings
In this week's episode, Derek & Bernie share their corner infield rankings, discuss the injury to Hyun-Jin Ryu, and other spring training news and notes.
MLB Barometer: A Wink and a Smyly
As draft season winds down, Vlad Sedler tells who's climbing the rankings and who's dropping.
Diamond Cuts: Lone Star Recoveries
The Rangers' offense could be dominant this season if Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo can fully recover from their injury-plagued 2014 seasons.
AL Tout Wars Review
After waiting forever in AL LABR, Chris Liss takes a much more aggressive tack in AL Tout.
Rounding Third: AL Tout Wars - Value 2.0
Jeff Erickson didn't come into Saturday's AL Tout Wars auction targeting Adam Jones, but walked away owning him nonetheless.
120 Sports & RW Video: Top 10 1B and 2B
Jeff Erickson joins 120 Sports to discuss the Top 10 1B and 2B options heading into the 2015 season.
120 Sports & RW Video: Top 10 Outfielders
Jeff Erickson joins the 120 Sports crew to discuss the Top 10 Outfielders heading into the 2015 season.
120 Sports & RW Video: Top 10 SS and 3B
Jeff Erickson joins the 120 Sports crew to discuss the Top 10 SS and 3B heading into 2015.
120 Sports & RW Video: Top 10 Starting Pitchers
Jeff Erickson joins 120 Sports to discuss the Top 10 Starting Pitchers heading into the 2015 season.
120 Sports & RW Video: Top 10 Relief Pitchers
Jeff Erickson joins the 120 Sports crew to discuss the Top 10 Relief Pitchers heading into the 2015 season.
FanDuel MLB: Monday Picks
Kevin Payne likes Ryan Howard and his rediscovered power stroke against John Lackey and the Cards.
FantasyAces MLB: Monday Picks
Paul Bruno is banking on Ryan Braun to break out of his sluggish start to the season against Reds starter Jason Marquis on Monday.
Monday Lineup Card: Prime Target Paredes?
Baltimore's Jimmy Paredes is Monday's recommended pickup after hitting .400 with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a steal over the last seven days.
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Picks
Hanley Ramirez is averaging 4.9 fantasy points per game over his last five, and RotoWire's Benny Ricciardi says he's a great FanDuel value on Sunday.
Sunday Lineup Card: Bullpens Offer No Relief
Managers fret over high-leverage situations that demand the use of 'closers.'
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Picks
Joel Bartilotta is going with value Saturday night, including a low-priced Carlos Gonzalez who might never be cheaper.
Saturday Lineup Card: Eyeing the Axe
Chris Benzine discusses why it's worth keeping an eye on the Rockies' closing situation and more in Saturday's lineup card.
Daily Baseball 101: How to Pick a Starting Pitcher
Michael Rathburn pours over the numbers and explains why picking an elite pitcher like Felix Hernandez is almost always the best way to go in cash games.
FanDuel MLB: Friday Picks
RotoWire's Benny Ricciardi is building his FanDuel lineup around Buster Posey, who will be playing at Coors Field on Friday.
FanDuel MLB: RotoWire Baseball Championship - Week 3
Josh Fathollahi recaps Week 2 of the RotoWire Baseball Championship and highlights some of his targets for Friday's contest.
FantasyAces MLB: Friday Picks
RotoWire's Alex Spalding is building his Friday FantasyAces lineup around Adrian Gonzalez, who leads the league in OPS this season.
Friday Lineup Card: Elementary, My Dear Watson!
Mark Melancon returned to action on Thursday for the Pirates, landing his third save of the season, but Melancon isn’t the news here – it’s Tony Watson.
FanDuel MLB: Thursday Picks
James Seltzer thinks Chicago's Chris Sale is a good buy, despite the high price.
Thursday Lineup Card: Betances Still Offers Value
Well, all of you Dellin Betances’ owners out there that were expecting a 40-save season? You can take comfort in knowing that Betances will at least nab a few saves here and there, while giving you dominant ratios and strikeouts.
FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Picks
David Soda looks for Cole Hamels to rebound against the Marlins today.
FantasyScore MLB: Wednesday Picks
RotoWire's Neil Parker highlights Joey Votto and Giancarlo Stanton as two of his high-end hitters to target on FantasyScore for Wednesday's slate of MLB contests.
Wednesday Lineup Card: Cubs Promote Another Phenom
Dominate Your Duel: Umpire Analysis
RotoWire's Christopher Olson takes a look at which umpires to target in daily games this week.
FanDuel MLB: Tuesday's Picks
Ronny Mor loads up on Padres while they're visiting the friendly confines of Coors Field.
120 Sports DraftKings Advice: Tuesday Value Picks
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss value daily fantasy picks for Tuesday's MLB games.
Tuesday Lineup Card: Rodon Down The Road
Kevin Payne stacks his lineup with Padres as San Diego visits Coors Field.
Paul Bruno fills out his Monday FantasyAces card with a mix of top-flight players and good values, like Starlin Castro.
Monday Lineup Card: Dial Up DeSclafani
Ryan Rufe discusses why Anthony DeSclafani is worth a pickup in Monday's lineup card.
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Plays
Alex Rodriguez seems to have put his recent struggles behind him and Benny Ricciardi thinks he's a solid play in FanDuel contests Sunday.
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