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FAAB Factor - NL: Not a Sorry Charlie
Clay Link runs down the potential FAAB pickups in the NL and finds a serviceable option in Charlie Morton, who returns to the Pittsburgh rotation this week.
FAAB Factor - AL: Correa Getting Closer
Andrew Martinez's weekly tour of AL FAAB possibilities includes Houston prospect Carlos Correa, who is getting closer to a callup, and closer to helping fantasy teams.
Pitching Value Meter: Not the Bum He Used to be
Two-start Madison Bumgarner bounced back after a rocky start and is dealing lately, but where does that leave him in Paul Sporer's rankings this week?
Collette Calls: Breaking Down Matt Shoemaker
Jason Collette digs inside the numbers on Matt Shoemaker this week to figure out why he is struggling and if he can turn it around.
Bats & Balls: Will Slow Starters Bounce Back?
David Regan looks at some struggling players like Stephen Strasburg and analyzes whether they might be able to overcome their slow starts.
Mound Musings: It's a Trap!
Brad Johnson's latest will help you avoid some potential pitching pitfalls.
Minor League Barometer: Down But Not Out
Jesse Siegel looks at minor leaguers on the comeback trail after being derailed by injuries, including outfield prospect Austin Meadows.
The Saber's Edge: Batter vs. Pitcher Stats
Jeff Zimmerman analyzes batter vs. pitcher splits to find out what's really relevant and predictive for fantasy owners and daily game players.
Collette Calls: Miller Pulls a Maddux, Again
Jason Collette examines how Shelby Miller, who tossed his second ''Maddux'' on Sunday, has turned his potential into a level of dominance few saw coming.
In Some Depth: Changing of the Guard
Ryan Eisner talks about Maikel Franco and the start of the Phillies' long-awaited youth movement.
Farm Futures: Top 200 Update and Carolina League Pitchers
Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber has been swinging a hot bat, but James Anderson says it's unclear if his career path is behind the plate.
120 Sports & RW Video: Astros Prospects On The Rise
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss two Astros prospects on the rise.
MLB Barometer: Coming Back to Earth
Vlad Sedler's teams are off to a hot start, but are they as good as they've looked so far?
Diamond Cuts: Don't Slide Head First
Jean Segura fractured his pinkie on a head-first slide, and his stint on the disabled list could last beyond 15 days.
FAAB Factor - NL: Getting Healthy
Wilin Rosario doesn't have to worry about the tools of ignorance this time around. That and more in this week's edition of the NL FAAB Factor from RotoWire's Jan Levine.
FAAB Factor - AL: Mid-May Edition
Is now the time to pick up Carlos Correia, or is it already too late? RotoWire's Andrew Martinez will excitedly tell you in this week's AL FAAB Factor.
Pitching Value Meter: Living Up to the Hype
Paul Sporer is particularly impressed this week with Matt Harvey, who has not had trouble living up to his preseason hype.
Bats & Balls: A Look at the 30 Closer Situations
David Regan reviews each team's closer situation this week, including a look at what to make of the Marlins now that Steve Cishek has been jettisoned from the role.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 85: Thor Arrives
DVR & Bernie discuss the arrival of Noah Syndergaard, the big league debut of Raisel Iglesias, closer changes in Miami and Arizona, and much more!
Series to Watch: Red Sox vs. Mariners
Nelson Cruz is red hot right now and appears poised for his second consecutive 40-homer season.
Mound Musings: You Can Do Better!
Brad Johnson has words of encouragement for Chris Sale and some other some big-time arms.
The Saber's Edge: Getting Up to Speed
Jeff Zimmerman looks at the predictive value of batted-ball velocity and why it might make Hanley Ramirez a buy-high candidate.
Minor League Barometer: Lost and Found
Jesse Siegel looks at prospects who found their way out of the wilderness, like Philadelphia's Maikel Franco, who's expected to be called up any day now.
In Some Depth: Ugly for Utley
Ryan Eisner wonders if the Phillies have another option at second base, where veteran Chase Utley is really struggling.
Farm Futures: Carolina League Hitters
RotoWire's James Anderson reviews the top hitters in the Carolina League, including Billy McKinney, who seems primed for a promotion to Double-A.
120 Sports & RW Video: Syndergaard Makes Debut
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss Noah Syndergaard's Mets Debut.
MLB Barometer: RIP Trading
Stepping in for Vlad Sedler, Derek VanRiper wonders if trading is dead, while pondering the market value of Noah Syndergaard and offering up the weekly supply of risers and fallers.
Diamond Cuts: Overcompensating
Stephen Strasburg's latest shoulder issue may have been a result of a previous ankle injury. RotoWire's Jeff Stotts explains.
FAAB Factor - NL: More Prospects coming
Noah Syndergaard is finally up, and RotoWire's Jan Levine is excited. That and more in this week's edition of the NL FAAB Factor.
FAAB Factor - AL: Mother's Day Edition
Nick Swisher may be back, but don't bid on him like he's still on the Yankees. RotoWire's Andrew Martinez reports on Swisher and more in this week's AL FAAB Factor.
Pitching Value Meter: The Golden Archer
Paul Sporer likes what he sees from Chris Archer, despite consecutive four-walk games, enough to vault him up the rankings in a two-start week.
Collette Calls: When to Buy Low, When to Let Go
Jason Collette analyzes two struggling pitchers with similar awful stats and shows why one is the better bet to rebound.
120 Sports & RW Video: More Prospects Coming
Noah Syndergaard is finally in the bigs, and RotoWire's resident Mets fan Jan Levine is excited. All that and more in this week's edition of NL FAAB Factor.
Bats & Balls: ERA vs. xFIP
Dave Regan looks for pitchers to target and pitchers to dump by comparing ERA to xFIP, but where does that leave Michael Wacha?
Series to Watch: Dodgers vs. Rockies
Rookie Joc Pederson is red hot of late and gets to play at high-altitude Coors Field this weekend.
Mound Musings: Take the Money and Run
Can Dallas Keuchel and Dan Haren keep this up? Brad Johnson says no.
Minor League Barometer: Upgrades, Downgrades
Jesse Siegel's latest update on the minors finds Luis Severino picking up where he left off last season, and it's possible he could make his MLB debut for the Yankees this season.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 84: 30 Teams, 30 Thoughts - May
In this week's episode, Derek & Bernie discuss surprises and disappointments from each of the 30 teams through the first 25 games.
The Saber's Edge: The Perfect Time to Panic
Jeff Zimmerman on whether it's time to be concerned about slow-starting Andrew McCutchen and others.
Farm Futures: Southern League Pitchers
RotoWire's James Anderson reviews the top pitchers in the Southern League, including Blake Snell, the Rays' top pitching prospect.
In Some Depth: Cleveland's Shortstop Situation
Ryan Eisner thinks mega-prospect Francisco Lindor will continue to toil in the minors for the time being.
120 Sports & RW Video: H. Ramirez Injury, OF Options
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss the Hanley Ramirez injury and OF free agent options.
MLB Barometer: Sizzlers and Fizzlers
Vlad Sedler picks winners and losers from the season's first month, including Paul Goldschmidt, who looks primed for a career year.
Diamond Cuts: Concussion Recovery
While he has not been officially diagnosed with a concussion, RotoWire's injury expert Jeff Stotts explains why Jean Segura could be facing an extended absence.
FAAB Factor - NL: Throwing Darts
The Phillies are activating Chad Billingsley this week, but do you want him? All that and more from RotoWire's Jan Levine in this week's edition of NL FAAB Factor.
FAAB Factor - AL: Mediocre Shortstops Abound
Jake Marisnick and the Astros are stealing a ton of bases, writes RotoWire's Andrew Martinez in this week's edition of AL FAAB Factor.
Pitching Value Meter: It's Good to be the King
Paul Sporer's top-ranked pitcher this week is a two-start Felix Hernandez, who is so good his disappointments are envied by lesser pitchers.
Collette Calls: April Showers
Jason Collette looks at players like Mike Zunino who struggled in April and analyzes their chances of turning April showers into May flowers.
Short Hops Podcast: Episode 83: One Month in the Books
DVR & Bernie discuss the rash of injuries around the league, including the Cards' plans without Adam Wainwright, the pursuit of Cole Hamels, and more.
Series to Watch: Tigers vs. Royals
Miguel Cabrera brings his red hot bat into this weekend's series against the Royals.
Mound Musings: Chicks - and Bogfella - dig Strikeouts!
Brad Johnson on the many advantages of the K. Also - how will the Cards replace Wainwright?
Minor League Barometer: Few Can Rival Correa
Jesse Siegel tours the minors and can't find too many players to rival Houston's Carlos Correa, who looks destined for stardom.
Bats & Balls: Is Bryce Harper the New Jack Cust?
David Regan looks at storylines from the first month and wonders if Bryce Harper has become a three-true-outcomes player.
TYT Sports MLB Video: Did The Angels Mistreat Hamilton?
Chris Liss joins the TYT Sports crew to debate how the Angles handled the Josh Hamilton situation.
The Saber's Edge: Patience has Virtues. And Limits.
When should we start paying attention to early-season stats? Jeff Zimmerman offers some guidelines.
Collette Calls: The Ups and Downs of Whiff Rates
Jason Collette looks at pitchers who have seen a great increase in strikeouts this season and those, like Stephen Strasburg, who have seen their K rates drop. What's made the difference?
In Some Depth: Position Battles and Lineup Changes
Ryan Eisner on the revolving door in the two-hole for the Mets
Farm Futures: Southern League Roundup
RotoWire's James Anderson checks in on the Southern League, while reminding fantasy owners that Miguel Sano's .182 BABIP is nothing to worry about right now.
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.
Monday Lineup Card: Go Ham for Hamilton?
The 2010 AL MVP is Monday's Recommended Pickup upon his impending return to the Texas Rangers.
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Picks
Hunter Pence has four multi-hit games since returning from injury and RotoWire's Benny Ricciardi thinks he makes a great play Sunday at Coors Field.
Sunday Lineup Card: Grander Performance
Veteran outfielder's solid start powers the surprising Mets.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Picks
Joel Bartilotta takes a whack at the Saturday night slate and can't believe his good fortune that Adam Jones is so cheap.
Saturday Lineup Card: The Rise Of Rusney
Chris Benzine discusses what Rusney Castillo's recall could mean for him and the Red Sox's outfield, plus more in Saturday's lineup card.
DraftKings MLB: Weekend Value Plays
Rotowire's Jerry Donabedian is looking to load up on Bronx Bombers this weekend.
Daily Baseball 101: If I Ruled the DFS World (2015 Edition)
Michael Rathburn is back with his latest thoughts on how he thinks the DFS industry can improve, including limiting the ability to stack too many hitters in single lineups.
FanDuel MLB: Friday Plays
Hunter Pence has been hot since returning from injury, and RotoWire's Benny Ricciardi thinks he's a great play Friday at Coors Field.
FantasyAces MLB: Friday Picks
RotoWire's Alex Spalding thinks Zack Greinke has the best pitching upside Friday on FantasyAces.
Friday Lineup Card: No Cooling Colabello
FanDuel MLB: Thursday Plays
James Seltzer is finding that bargain pitchers are few and far between.
Thursday Lineup Card: Axford No Longer Forgotten
The Rockies have only given John Axford two save chances since April 27, although Axford was quite successful and locked down both chances without issue.
FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Value Plays
David Soda is saving money elsewhere so he can splurge on the otherworldly Bryce Harper.
FantasyAces MLB: Wednesday Picks
With no top-tier pitchers going Wednesday, Paul Bruno says having Bryce Harper in your lineup is a must.
FantasyScore MLB: Wednesday Picks
With no true aces taking the hill Wednesday, RotoWire's Neil Parker thinks Jake Odorizzi could be a solid play on FantasyScore.
The Lineup Card: Closing Shake-Up in Arizona
Dominate Your Duel: Umpire Analysis
RotoWire's Christopher Olson explains which games should be targeted this week based on who is calling balls and strikes.
120 Sports & RW Video: Big Name Pitchers To Start, Sit on Tuesday
DVR joins 120 Sports to discuss what big name pitchers to start or sit this Tuesday.
FanDuel MLB: Tuesday Picks
Ronny Mor is buying Robinson Cano at a surprising discount.
Tuesday Lineup Card: Levying Shoemaker
DraftKings MLB: Monday-Wednesday Value Plays
Rotowire's Jerry Donabedian is looking to ride the Cleveland pitching staff on DraftKings this week.
FanDuel MLB: Monday Picks
Kevin Payne expects another great performance from Corey Kluber
Sunday Lineup Card: Crawford Packs Giant Punch
Known primarily for his defense, the San Francisco shortstop gets offensive.
Monday Lineup Card: Counting Down to Correa
Ryan Rufe discusses why Carlos Correa is worth a pick up right now in Monday's Lineup Card.
He may be heavily-priced, but Jose Altuve continues to be an excellent producer on FanDuel.
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