Articles by Tim Heaney

Before RotoWire, Tim spent a decade with KFFL.com and USA TODAY Fantasy. The Boston University alum was a finalist in the FSWA awards and competes in some of fantasy baseball’s biggest expert leagues, including Tout Wars and LABR. He squeezes in fantasy advice between rants about television, music and craft beer. Tweet him @Tim_Heaney.

Early power lifting Puig, Zimmerman

It’s easy to dismiss what Yasiel Puig and Ryan Zimmerman have done early in the 2017 fantasy baseball season.

“Oh, Puig homered off Padres pitching, including Jered Weaver twice.” “We’ve seen Zimmerman do this in short stretches, and he’s going to fade.”

Both of those statements? Valid. But also certain is that these may not be the same players we’re used to.

In fact, they may be the newest members of the fastest-rising cult in baseball: the uppercut swingers.

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Sweet 16 sleeper SP — and 20 Cinderellas

March Madness is finally back. I always enjoy this time of year, when I and so many others pretend to know everything about college basketball and fill out a bracket with blind confidence.

I know a little bit more about fantasy baseball, and March brings about another favorite activity: picking middle- and late-round starting pitchers primed to break through for the coming season.

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NL West fantasy division preview

We’re spinning around every division in baseball for their biggest fantasy baseball stories and players.

AL East  | Central | West … NL East | Central | West

Arrivals

1B/OF Ian Desmond, Rockies: New home improves his chances of repeating most of huge 2016 year, but risks with plate discipline remain. OBP leaguers shouldn’t overpay.

RP Mark Melancon, Giants: K/9 not the greatest among stoppers, but control is sparkling, and his new home will keep him as a top-10 fantasy closer.

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NL Central fantasy division preview

We’re spinning around every division in baseball for their biggest fantasy baseball stories and players.

AL East  | Central | West … NL East | Central | West

Arrivals

RP Wade Davis, Cubs: Health woes last year notwithstanding, Davis heads into 2017 replacing Aroldis Chapman and as a top-10 closer. The former Royal will again enjoy a ridiculous talented bridge to the ninth with Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Koji Uehara.

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AL West fantasy division preview

We’re spinning around every division in baseball for their biggest fantasy baseball stories and players.

AL East  | Central | West … NL East | Central | West

Arrivals

SS Jean Segura, Mariners: A brighter on- and off-field year helped him sizzle for Arizona. Seattle’s park will hinder his power, but he’ll must double-digit homers, and a 25-steal, .270-average season is in the cards again. This top-10 fantasy shortstop will come at a bigger discount than the wave of early-round blue-chippers.

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