For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
September 22, 2016
It’s time for Brad Johnson’s annual Mound Musings awards. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is on his list after impressing Johnson with his continued consistency over two great years in Washington.
September 15, 2016
With the season winding down, Brad Johnson takes this week to discuss a few of his favorite topics, including the “Do No Harm Principle,” in which he uses Clayton Kershaw and Alfredo Simon as examples.
September 8, 2016
Brad Johnson details his top three draft-board arms for next year in both National and American Leagues. At the top of his list is Clayton Kershaw, who Johnson believes will continue to have major first-round impact.
September 1, 2016
Brad Johnson examines pitchers who might be worth a look for your fantasy team during the season’s final month, including Texas Ranger Derek Holland, who came back from injury in late August.
August 25, 2016
This week, Brad Johnson focuses on pitchers in the American League who will be in demand next year, like Yu Darvish, so if you’re out of the title hunt this year, it's a great time to do your homework for next season.
August 18, 2016
If your season is all but over this year, Brad Johnson says that this is a great time to lay the foundation for a big 2017 by targeting pitchers who will be in demand next year, like Noah Syndergaard.
August 11, 2016
In this week’s article, Brad Johnson tackles one of his most frequently asked questions, which has to do which teams’ closing situations are in flux including the Cardinals and Trevor Rosenthal.
August 4, 2016
With the non-waiver trade deadline over, Brad Johnson examines the starting pitcher trades he believes could significantly impact fantasy roles for the remainder of the season, including the Ray’s Matt Moore to the Giants.
July 28, 2016
Last week, Brad Johnson traveled through time to bring us the NL pitchers he things are going make a huge impact in the summer of ’18. This week, he predicts the future for AL pitchers, including Yu Darvish.
July 21, 2016
Brad Johnson time travels to mid 2018 to study National League pitchers who he believes will be the top performers of that season. Topping this futuristic list is New York Met Noah Syndergaard.
July 14, 2016
As the second half of the season gets underway, Brad Johnson focuses this week on pitchers he predicts will have a productive second half, like Cardinal Adam Wainwright.
July 7, 2016
In this week’s edition, Brad Johnson is analyzing pitchers who have solid numbers close to the halfway point of the season, but may not have the stuff to make it last for the rest of the season, including Cub Jon Lester.
June 30, 2016
Brad Johnson is back. This week, he looks at a variety of player injuries and their impact on the fantasy world, including Angels pitcher Garrett Richards’ UCL tear.
June 1, 2016
Brad Johnson offers his thoughts on who to watch, what to watch for and often-overlooked factors when evaluating pitching for fantasy teams, including his reasons for targeting Yu Darvish in his leagues this year.
May 26, 2016
In this week’s edition, Brad Johnson discusses young impact pitchers, like the Rays' Blake Snell, who will be arriving soon at a ballpark near you.
May 19, 2016
Brad Johnson explains his five-tier system for figuring out an ace, like Clayton Kershaw, or future aces, on the waiver wire and in your lineup.
May 12, 2016
Brad Johnson knows that competing in the holds category is challenging. In this week’s article, he tries to make the task of finding holds producers, like Koji Uehara, easier.
May 5, 2016
A full month into the season, Brad Johnson helps sort out which surprisingly good pitchers, like the Reds Brandon Finnegan, are worth the long haul.
April 28, 2016
Brad Johnson explains that when a good pitcher starts a season with bad stats, i.e., Cardinal Adam Wainwright, fantasy owners need to figure out whether a turnaround is coming.
April 21, 2016
Brad Johnson explains what to look for when determining which pitching prospects will soon get opportunities. Find out why Brandon Finnegan gets the edge against more talented pitchers.
April 14, 2016
Last week, Brad Johnson gave us an in-depth look at AL closer situations, now the NL gets its turn, including the Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson.
April 7, 2016
This week, Brad Johnson takes an in-depth look at American League closers to keep an eye on, including A’s Sean Doolittle.
April 1, 2016
Brad Johnson concludes his series looking at pitchers to watch with the NL West, and leading the way is Arizona's Patrick Corbin.
March 25, 2016
Brad Johnson looks at some intriguing starting pitchers in the AL West, including Texas' Yu Darvish, whose draft-day discount should pay off handsomely once he returns from injury.
March 18, 2016
Brad Johnson continues his tour through baseball with a look at pitchers to watch in the NL Central, including St. Louis' Adam Wainwright.
March 11, 2016
Brad Johnson continues his series of arms to watch and one of the biggest jumping out in the AL Central is Cleveland's Danny Salazar.
March 4, 2016
If Brad Johnson can have only on Mets starter, would it be Noah Syndergaard or one of his brethren fireballers? Who else is on his list of arms to watch?
February 27, 2016
Brad Johnson makes the case that Kevin Gausman will prove a draft-day bargain, if the Orioles will just stop impeding his progress. Who else is on his list of arms to watch?
February 22, 2016
In his annual piece for the RotoWire magazine, Brad Johnson highlights non-closer relievers capable of returning significant value in 2016.
October 2, 2015
Brad Johnson looks at the impressive life and career of Mark Buehrle
September 24, 2015
Brad Johnson reveals his 2016 watchlist of young arms, including Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell, who could crack the rotation by midseason next year.
September 17, 2015
Part two of Brad Johnson's look at pitching prospects for next season, featuring Baltimore's Kevin Gausman
September 10, 2015
Brad Johnson lines up the potential breakout NL pitchers of 2016
September 3, 2015
Brad Johnson's (very short) list of top-of-rotation starters to target in 2016 drafts.
August 27, 2015
Brad Johnson is making the most of September's expanded rosters.
August 20, 2015
Brad Johnson looks at potential keepers for 2016, including Kevin Gausman, who can still be a true top-of-the-rotation starter.
August 13, 2015
Brad Johnson on changing relief situations and how bullpens are setting up for the stretch drive.
August 6, 2015
Brad Johnson continues his examination of the trade deadline deals and how David Price and the rest will fare in their new homes.
July 30, 2015
Brad Johnson analyzes the Cueto, Hamels, Kazmir and Tulowitzki trades and what it means for fantasy owners.
July 23, 2015
Brad Johnson looks to see which direction the trade winds are blowing.
July 16, 2015
Brad Johnson's review of the arms at this year's Futures Game, including Houston's Mark Appel, who continues to be something of an enigma.
July 9, 2015
Brad Johnson on pitchers that could be real values if the right situations arise.
July 2, 2015
Brad Johnson is expecting big second-half performances from some slow-starting pitchers.
June 25, 2015
Brad Johnson is losing faith in some of this year's most surprising pitchers.
June 18, 2015
Brad Johnson looks at some of MLB's new arrivals and previews the arms yet to come.
June 11, 2015
Brad Johnson recaps the first-year player draft and some pitchers to watch in the coming years.
June 4, 2015
Brad Johnson's latest pitching news, notes, and optimistic thoughts about Stephen Strasburg.
May 28, 2015
Brad Johnson on the ideal closer's resume, the Mets' six-man rotation and more.
May 21, 2015
Brad Johnson's latest will help you avoid some potential pitching pitfalls.
May 14, 2015
Brad Johnson has words of encouragement for Chris Sale and some other some big-time arms.
May 7, 2015
Can Dallas Keuchel and Dan Haren keep this up? Brad Johnson says no.
April 30, 2015
Brad Johnson on the many advantages of the K. Also - how will the Cards replace Wainwright?
April 23, 2015
Brad Johnson takes a look at the next wave of National League arms, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.
April 16, 2015
Brad Johnson looks to ride the next wave of great American League pitchers
April 9, 2015
How many of this spring's big surprises will turn into real values? Brad Johnson discusses.
April 3, 2015
Brad Johnson details how to spare your rotation harm even when not all of your starting pitchers are elite.
March 27, 2015
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.
March 20, 2015
Brad Johnson hopes nearly a year off with injury will drop Derek Holland's draft-day price because he could be a bargain this year.
March 13, 2015
Brad Johnson recognizes the risk in Michael Wacha, but the young hurler's upside is worth betting on, especially at a discounted draft-day price.
March 5, 2015
Brad Johnson turns to the AL Central this week for pitchers whom fantasy owners should highlight on their cheat sheets, including Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco.
February 26, 2015
Brad Johnson continues his look around the big leagues and finds some intriguing arms in the NL East, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.
February 21, 2015
Brad Johnson makes the case that drafting Masahiro Tanaka and his questionable elbow is worth the risk at what likely will be a reduced draft-day price.
January 27, 2015
Yet again, the Mets have uncertainty with their closer role heading into spring training. Brad Johnson breaks down the unsettled ninth-inning situations around the league.
September 25, 2014
Noah Syndergaard struggled most of this year with nagging minor injuries, but he needs to be on every fantasy owner's radar.
September 18, 2014
Prospect pitcher Kevin Gausman is up to stay and is built to be a workhorse for the Orioles.
September 11, 2014
Nathan Eovaldi can handcuff hitters with both velocity and movement and should be ready next season to help owners from the get-go.
September 4, 2014
Clayton Kershaw is, of course, the top fantasy pitcher heading into 2015, but who else should be on your short list of starters to watch?
August 28, 2014
The Nationals have solidified their position atop the division thanks to pitching, and Stephen Strasburg hasn't even hit his stride yet.
August 21, 2014
The best pitchers know how to work around trouble, and few are better at it than Felix Hernandez, who has allowed a mere two home runs with runners on this year.
August 14, 2014
The Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne made it out of Cuba with marginal stuff, but he's hard to hit because he has a wide aresnal of offerings.
August 7, 2014
Putting hitters away in two-strike counts is one of the most important factors when evaluating pitchers, and no starter does it better than Felix Hernandez.
July 31, 2014
Do the Cardinals have the magic to help Justin Masterson turn around his season?
July 24, 2014
For many owners, it's time to look toward next season, and that means identifying arms, like Nathan Eovaldi, who are the real deal.
July 17, 2014
Noah Syndergaard is one of many prospects who impressed at the Futures Game, but as a closer?
July 10, 2014
The Phillies are said to be quietly checking for potential trade partners, and Cole Hamels is likely available.
July 3, 2014
If R.A. Dickey can harness his knuckleball a bit better, his home-run tate could drop in the second half of the season.
June 26, 2014
Head-to-Head leagues often especially prone to luck, but are some pitchers, like Chris Sale, who have skills to overcome it?
June 19, 2014
With Super 2 status passed, more prospect hurlers could be promoted soon, joining the likes of Baltimore's Kevin Gausman.
June 12, 2014
The slow torture of high pitch counts is making the great game of baseball about as fun as watching grass grow. Even the command savvy Masahiro Tanaka lasted only six innings against the ultra-patient A's.
June 5, 2014
LSU's Aaron Nola is considered the most MLB-ready pitcher this year in a draft class that is rich in pitching prospects.
May 29, 2014
Is it easier to spot the future star or the flavor of the month? And where does that leave Dallas Keuchel?
May 22, 2014
As more and more pitchers, like Miami's Jose Fernandez, go under knife, fantasy owners have to learn how to deal with injuries.
May 15, 2014
Like a number of frustrating pitchers, Yovani Gallardo can dismantle the best bats in the game when he's on, and get battered by mediocre ones when he's not.
May 8, 2014
Noah Syndergaard is getting his feet wet at Triple-A, but the day is coming soon when he will join the Mets rotation.
May 1, 2014
The Orioles likely will wait until June to call up prospect Kevin Gausman, but when he finally arrives he should stick in the O's rotation for a long time.
April 24, 2014
Mike Minor is close to returning to the Braves, and a solid defense behind him should help keep his WHIP low.
April 17, 2014
Brad "Bogfella" Johnson talks about why strikeout potential is an important part in evaluating fantasy relevance of starting pitchers
April 10, 2014
Jim Johnson is already out in Oakland, but what should owners look for in closers-in-waiting?
April 3, 2014
Is it too early to sell a pitcher like Justin Masterson? How soon should you considering selling high?
March 27, 2014
You're better off stashing high-upside arms like Derek Holland rather than wasting roster spots on generic utility players barely above replacement level.
March 20, 2014
Tim Lincecum's star has fallen, but does that offer a profit-making opportunity on draft day?
March 13, 2014
Is Yu Darvish a top-five pitcher? Should fantasy owners treat him as such in drafts? Do the walks matter?
March 6, 2014
There's value to be had with Shelby Miller, whose draft-day value has been driven down by bad memories of last year.
February 27, 2014
Even a modest draft-day discount on Justin Verlander will prove valuable for fantasy owners this season.
February 20, 2014
If durability concerns provide a slight discount for Stephen Strasburg this year, it's time to pounce.
February 13, 2014
Matt Moore is definitely an arm to watch in the AL East this season, but has he reached his ceiling yet?
February 6, 2014
If Kevin Gausman doesn't make the O's rotation this spring, he could end up a decent sources of holds for fantasy owners.
February 3, 2014
Unstable closer situations can create excellent buying opportunities. Brad
September 26, 2013
Taijuan Walker is one of the younger arms on this year's list of pitchers who made their marks in 2013, but he's also one of the best.
September 19, 2013
Jarred Cosart has plenty of upside, but fantasy owners, and the Astros too, must remember to have ample patience.
September 12, 2013
Jose Fernandez is not smoke and mirros - he's for real. This week we look at a number of
September 5, 2013
Back from his recent injury trouble, Matt Moore is an easy keeper for next year, provided he's at a reasonable price.
August 29, 2013
Yu Darvish might not be the top starting pitcher entering 2014, but he'll be one of the top hurlers off the board.
August 22, 2013
Matt Harvey's is quickly approaching his innings limit this season, creating havoc for fantasy owners.
August 14, 2013
LaTroy Hawkins is filling in as closer after David Aardsma predictably flopped, but the New York bullpen is a mess.
August 8, 2013
Patrick Corbin has been a fantasy surprise in Arizona this year, but how likely is he to continue to perform at his current level?
August 1, 2013
Ian Kennedy might be the biggest winner in this year's trade deadline, going from a hitter's haven where he watched his mistakes fly out of the yard to a pitcher's paradise that should help him right the ship.
July 25, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is young, but this is his time to step up and be a leader for the Nationals, who could be poised for a second-half push.
July 18, 2013
Noah Syndergaard pitches older than his young age and, as he showed at the Futures Game, gives the Mets a lot to like.
July 11, 2013
Is Dan Haren a ticking time bomb? Here's a look at pitchers to avoid in the second half.
July 4, 2013
R.A. Dickey is just one of several arms for the Blue Jays who could have a resurgent second half and provide fantasy owners with a nice payoff.
June 27, 2013
Zack Wheeler's had two starts for the Mets, but what he has showed thus far bodes well for his fantasy future.
June 20, 2013
Despite their woes this season, the Marlins boast a trio of impressive pitchers, headlined by greybeard Nathan Eovaldi.
June 14, 2013
Teams are increasingly using the draft to find players who are nearly major-league ready. Such is the case with the Astros' first-overall selection of Mark Appel, who could be in Houston later this year.
June 6, 2013
Arguably the Astros' best pitching prospect, Jarred Cosart is waiting patiently for his callup to the big-league club.
May 31, 2013
Michael Wacha turned in a sterling major-league debut, but long term, what should we expect from him and other prospect pitchers set to be called up?
May 23, 2013
Jake Odorizzi finally got an opportunity with the Rays, and other prospect pitchers are about to get theirs as teams reach into the minors for callups.
May 16, 2013
High ceiling, low ceiling or no ceiling. When it comes to pitchers, which is easier to spot? And What does that mean for a pitcher like Derek Holland?
May 9, 2013
Addison Reed has been one of the reliable closers in a season that has seen seemingly more volatility than most years.
May 2, 2013
What do restaurants and pitchers have in common? Location, location, location. Matt Cain's recent struggles can be blamed on inconsistent location.
April 25, 2013
Few things in baseball compare to the K, especially these days with so many pitch-to-contact hurlers. Stephen Strasburg might be aiming for too much of the latter.
April 19, 2013
Does Cliff Lee throw too many strikes? Brad Johnson takes a closer look at the importance of pitch location, and setting up opposing hitters.
April 11, 2013
Josh Collmenter's over-the-top delivery initially fooled hitters. When hitters adjusted, Collmenter imploded. Here's how to avoid those ticking time bombs.
April 4, 2013
Cleveland "ace" Justin Masterson still lacks an effective pitch to get out lefties, so why should you expect different results?
March 28, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is any easy pick, but who else makes the Dream Team of pitching?
March 22, 2013
After a nightmare year last season, Tim Lincecum should come at a healthy discount this season.
March 14, 2013
Like many southpaws at this stage of their careers, Derek Holland is still finding, or at least looking for, consistency.
March 7, 2013
Adam Wainwright is high on the list for potential draft-day value this season as he is now healthy.
February 28, 2013
It would be hard to imagine Chis Sale having a better year than he had in 2012, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility.
February 21, 2013
This week's installment of the season-opening pitching series turns to the NL East.
February 14, 2013
Mounds Musings opens the 2013 season with a new look and with its spotlight on the AL East.
February 1, 2013
Carlos Marmol has been the Cubs' closer for the past few seasons, but a new addition could compete for the role. Brad Johnson examines that, and some of the more intriguing closer situations, in 2013.
September 25, 2012
Trevor Bauer makes Bogfella's list of young pitchers to watch.
September 17, 2012
Adam Wainwright represents a class of pitchers that Bogfella likes to go after - established pitchers a full year removed from a significant injury.
September 11, 2012
Bogfella will bid adieu to Tim Lincecum after this season.
September 4, 2012
Andrew Bailey is finally giving us reason to find a picture with him in a Red Sox uniform.
August 28, 2012
Bogfella looks at potential callups for September and beyond.
August 21, 2012
Bogfella weighs in on a handful of different pitching topics.
August 14, 2012
Chaos in Milwaukee, excellence in Cincinnati.
August 7, 2012
Joakim Soria's spring training injury was the start of a chaotic spring for AL closers.
August 1, 2012
Francisco Liriano now calls the South Side of Chicago his new home.
July 24, 2012
Monday brought a flurry of trade activity, but is the Rays' James Shields one of the next big names on the move?
July 17, 2012
A.J. Burnett has found greener pastures in Pittsburgh, but Bogfella warns that it may not last.
July 10, 2012
Bogfella reviews the top pitching prospects that appeared in the Futures Game.
July 3, 2012
Derek Holland is on his rehab assignment now and has caught Bogfella's attention.
June 28, 2012
June 26, 2012
Jair Jurrjens was frequently mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. Will the Braves still offer him around prior to the trade deadline?
June 19, 2012
Bogfella took a good look at Felix Hernandez's recent start over the weekend and came away impressed.
June 12, 2012
Francisco Liriano has had a couple of good outings after a miserable start to the season. Is he viable going forward? His fastball command is the key.
June 5, 2012
What did Bogfella see in watching Johan Santana's no-hitter?
May 28, 2012
Phil Hughes got knocked around by the Angels on Monday night. What are Bogfella's thoughts on Hughes?
May 23, 2012
Justin Masterson is still lacking an out-pitch against lefties.
May 15, 2012
Is Yovani Gallardo an ace?
May 8, 2012
Luke Hochevar killed a lot of lineups last week with two disaster starts.
May 1, 2012
Examining Chad Billingsley's early results.
April 24, 2012
Bogfella is worried about Tommy Hanson's new delivery and the velocity that he's generating.
April 17, 2012
Tim Lincecum has started poorly - what can we learn?
April 11, 2012
Bogfella takes a tour of the bullpens.
April 3, 2012
James Shields' mechanical adjustments made a huge difference last season.
March 27, 2012
Bogfella is skeptical about Francisco Liriano's spring training rebirth.
March 20, 2012
Are you looking to compose a staff chock-full of $1 pitchers? Bogfella has some names in mind for you.
March 15, 2012
March 13, 2012
Is Clayton Kershaw undervalued?
March 6, 2012
February 29, 2012
Even in seasons where he wasn't returning from injury, Adam Wainwright has been consistently undervalued.
February 20, 2012
Chris Sale has caught the Bogfella's eye.
February 15, 2012
February 6, 2012
Clay Buchholz is on Bogfella's radar this draft season.
January 30, 2012
September 27, 2011
It's hard for any team to measure the Phillies' depth in starting pitching, given that Cole Hamels (pictured), Roy Oswalt and Vance Worley are their third, fourth and fifth starters.
September 20, 2011
Ian Kennedy is a pitcher whose value spiked in 2011.
September 14, 2011
Bogfella's pitchers-to-avoid list.
September 6, 2011
Kids on Parade
August 30, 2011
Justin Verlander is the easy choice for most valuable AL pitcher. Who is Bogfellla's surprise pick for the NL?
August 22, 2011
In this week's column, Brad shares what he looks for in an ace and sets the table for 2012.
August 16, 2011
Stephen Strasburg is working his way back to the major leagues from Tommy John surgery.
August 8, 2011
What does Bogfella look for in a closer?
August 2, 2011
Beyond the movement of big names, sellers have to replace the pitchers they unloaded at the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
July 27, 2011
Ubaldo Jimenez is among a number of pitchers whose trade deadline status will impact fantasy rotations and bullpens.
July 26, 2011
Jeff Karstens tops Bogfella's list of pitchers who could fall off over the second half.
July 19, 2011
Derek Holland is a feast-or-famine pitcher currently on a roll.
July 14, 2011
July 13, 2011
Bogfella reviews some of the standout pitchers from the Futures Game.
July 10, 2011
Mike Trout surprisingly got the call by the Angels this week. How much should you bid?
July 4, 2011
Is the focus on limiting pitcher workloads making a difference?
June 28, 2011
Chris Carpenter has had to adjust his repertoire of pitches this season.
June 21, 2011
Dillon Gee goes under the Bogfella's microscope.
June 13, 2011
June 7, 2011
Luke Hochevar alternately tempts then frustrates his fantasy owners.
May 24, 2011
How to identify when a pitcher is about to go on a bad stretch.
May 17, 2011
Minor mechanical adjustments have yielded great results for James Shields this year.
May 10, 2011
The benefits to seeing your guy pitch.
May 2, 2011
Bogfella discusses the nuances in finding power pitchers for your fantasy staffs, and talks about the mess that is Francisco Liriano right now.
April 25, 2011
Bogfella discusses age-and-level when scouting pitching prospects, and talks about Mat Latos' early-season struggles.
April 17, 2011
Breaking down the various pitches in a hurler's arsenal.
April 8, 2011
You can learn a lot about a pitcher from the batters, including by the type of foul balls they hit.
March 28, 2011
Why you should target low-WHIP pitchers, all things being equal.
March 9, 2011
March 9, 2011