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Sleeper Spotlight: Why Brad Miller Shouldn’t Be Flying Under The Radar

by Will Overton

If you asked even the most devout of baseball fans to name all of the guys who hit 30 HR’s last year, Brad Miller is probably one of the last guys who they are going to mention. It’s hard to blame them, last year brought a surprising league wide power surge and there were 38 guys league wide who hit 30 or more. Also, the Rays were in obscurity for much of the season and Miller flew under the radar along with them.

Miller is still flying under the radar now, and that might be a mistake for fantasy owners. Miller was at one point a pretty hot name prospect when he first came up with Seattle, but he struggled to put it all together. The Mariners finally sent him to Tampa Bay and Miller suddenly became a very useful fantasy asset for the Rays. Read more

Finishing Strong: Analyzing Two Young Pitchers Who Finished 2016 Strong And What That Means For 2017

by Will Overton

We already know starting pitching is incredibly deep, and when we get to the later rounds and you’re looking for that value steal, the choices are plenty. So what are some of the things to look for when trying to find someone to grab late for pitching? One of the things I look for, especially with young pitchers, is how they finished the previous season.

I like to look at young arms numbers for the month of September, or August and September, and see who finished strong. This can be an indication that a young guy is finding his way in the big leagues and could transfer the late success to a full year of strong pitching.

Obviously not all strong finishes lead to big years though and so we are going to take a look at a couple of young pitchers who closed out the year strong in 2016 and whether we should expect big things in 2017: Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Is There Any Potential Fantasy Value With Mikie Mahtook Traded To Detroit?

by Will Overton

On Wednesday there was an under the radar move made by the Detroit Tigers as they acquired Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash consideration or player to be named later. While this is a minor move, there could be fantasy implications from it.

The value in this deal focuses on the fact that the Tigers have an opening in center field and not a ton of competition for the spot. Immediately upon acquiring Mahtook the Tigers designated Anthony Gose for assignment, the guy who was previously  considered to be the front runner for the job.

As it stands now Mahtook’s competition is Tyler Collins, who the Tigers have never seemed very excited to give a starting role to, and JaCoby Jones, a former teammate of Mahtook’s at LSU, who has a lot of upside offensively but is still raw and may need more seasoning.

So now that we have laid out the potential for playing time, the question is if Mahtook produce if the opportunity does arise? He has had two decent stays in the big leagues the last two seasons and they are contrasting lines in terms of success. Let’s take a look at the numbers: Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/29/16 Box Scores: Cueto K’s 11, Swanson Goes Deep & More

by Will Overton

There are only a few more games left in the season, but guys are still going all out. We got some strong outings from guys trying to make the playoffs. We also got performances from young guys trying to earn a job for next season too. Here’s he full breakdown of all the top 10 stories of the night:

1)      The Red Sox Potent Offense No Match For C.C. Sabathia

The season has finished strong for C.C. Sabathia who has had a nice bounce back season to get on fantasy players radars. Sabathia only allowed one run over 7.1 innings pitched , and he struck out eight batters  in the win. Sabathia has just five runs allowed in his last 25.2 IP and he’s now brought his ERA down to 3.91 to end the season. Sabathia is 36 and we’ve already seen a decline before this bounce back, so I don’t know if he’ll be able to do this again next season, but it’s been a nice run this year. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/27/16 Box Scores: Sanchez Fans 10, Verlander Gets 12 & More

by Will Overton

The season is obviously winding down now as we are seeing a lot of pitchers take the mound for the last time this season. So with that in mind we are doing a lot of reflecting on this season as a whole for these players and keeping an eye out for next season and what that might bring:

1)      The Mets Ace Is Clearly Noah Syndergaard At This Point

Noah Syndergaard kept it rolling last night for the Mets and he’s clearly established himself as the number one pitcher on this team. Syndergaard mowed down the Miami Marlins last night with six innings of one run ball, scattering five hits, walking none and striking out eight. This is five quality starts in his last seven outings for Syndergaard and the strikeouts are piling up now too. Syndergaard has 30 K’s in his last 21.2 IP and he’s now up to 218 for the season in 183.2 innings. The Mets have a nice stable of young pitching, but Syndergaard tops the list and will be one of the top starting pitchers off the board in fantasy next season. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/24/16 Box Scores: Porcello For Cy Young, Darvish Is Dominant & More

by Will Overton

The playoff race is heating up in real baseball, while in fantasy baseball the championship run is about to hit high gear as we close in on the last week of the season. Chances are if you are competing for that title in your league you may have a good idea of who did what in baseball last night, but if you missed it we have you covered with our top 10 stories of the night:

1)      Did Rick Porcello Lock Up The Cy Young Last Night?

Here’s something we’ve seen a few times already this season, Rick Porcello got a win last night. In fact this was Porcello’s 22nd win to be exact. It wasn’t Porcello’s best outing with three runs allowed on eight hits in 6.1 IP, but Porcello’s “not that good outings” are still better than the average start. This continued the quality start streak of Porcello which is up to 12 in a row now. This did snap Porcello’s streak of 11 straight starts of seven innings or more though. Porcello also kept his nice strikeout total going last night too with nine strikeouts to bring his total to 183, a really nice number, especially contrasted with his 30 BB’s. There are other contenders for Cy Young in the AL, but I think Porcello is the hands down most deserving. Read more