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.

Tout Wars mixed auction: Back to the bats

In two different seasons, I’ve come down to the final weekend for a chance at the Tout Wars mixed auction title and fell short. Last year … was not one of those times.

My fate was sealed by putting too much emphasis on top-end — or so I thought — starting pitching. $29 Noah Syndergaard, $24 Jake Arrieta, $17 Carlos Carrasco (that one worked) and $9 Felix Hernandez. Plus $17 Seung Hwan Oh. Yikes.

Overspending on just four starting pitchers and playing off lower-tiered offense did not work out well. I forgot one of the most effective ways to win a fantasy league is to take risks with pitcher variance, and with their reliability — and more importantly, statistical benchmarks — on the decline, you can search for potentially profitable bargains, after you set a steady base, of course.

My chance at redemption took place Saturday with the 2018 edition of this auction, which took place at the Staten Island Yankees’ home field of Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

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Sweet 16 fantasy baseball sleeper SP

I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’m back with a March Madness tradition: my Sweet 16 fantasy baseball pitchers list, which I write every year to point out sleeper and bargain hurlers.

I’m focusing on pitchers with an Average Draft Position of 200 or higher, according to RotoWire’s free ADP report from NFBC and Fantrax leagues and mocks, as of March 13.

This leaves out numerous middle-round arms I like (Lance McCullers, Jeff Samardzija, Garrett Richards, Danny Duffy and Kevin Gausman included), and I chose not to include injured but hyped Ervin Santana.

1. Taijuan Walker, Diamondbacks (203.58 ADP)

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Dee Gordon Sent to Mariners, Moving to Center Field

The Mariners made a major move to entice Shohei Ohtani to the Emerald City, acquiring Dee Gordon on Thursday from the rebuilding Marlins for three minor leaguers: right-handed pitchers Robert Dugger and Nick Neidert, and infielder Christopher Torres.

Since Seattle already deploys entrenched veteran Robinson Cano at second base, Gordon will move to center field.

Seattle, who also acquired Ryon Healy to play first base last month, now boasts a dangerous offense that’ll likely be topped by Gordon and Jean Segura, giving the M’s two of the better speed demons in the American League.

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Fantasy Football Draft Duels: Running backs

This fantasy football season, drafters will face many tough decisions among multiple players at certain positions.

Rankings and sleepers lists can’t always tell the full story: Sometimes, it makes sense to take a risk. That’s why fantasy football players could use input from numerous sources. 

We’ve gathered some RotoWire personalities to give their opinions on which fantasy running back they’d take when posed several matchups — or in some case, make some mini-rankings.

(Note: We used our NFFC PPR rankings to compare players.)

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Fantasy Football Draft Duels: Quarterbacks

This fantasy football season, drafters will face many tough decisions among multiple players at certain positions.

Rankings and sleepers lists can’t always tell the full story: Sometimes, it makes sense to take a risk. That’s why fantasy football players could use input from numerous sources. 

We’ve gathered some RotoWire personalities to give their opinions on which fantasy quarterback they’d take when posed several matchups. Who do they prefer?

(Note: We used MyFantasyLeague Average Draft Position to compare players.)

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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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