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It’s that time of year again! Sure football season is in full swing and the World Series is kicking off, but it’s never too early to start planning for 2017. As a loyal Rotoprofessor reader/supporter, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to reserve your copy our 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide!

The price will be increasing this year to a whole $7.00 (I know, inflation). This may be the best value you get to help prepare for your fantasy baseball season, so make sure to take advantage of it.

For those who have never experienced the guide, it is delivered through e-mail as an Excel spreadsheet and also includes:

  • Over 500 player projections (including some of the top prospects in the game)
  • Top 400 Overall
  • 2-page cheat sheet, perfect to take to your draft
  • The Rotoprofessor Staff’s quick take on every player projected
  • Expanded Rankings (i.e. Top 30 Catchers, Top 125 Starting Pitchers)
  • Top 50 rankings for Corner Infielders & Middle Infielders
  • Projected lineups and rotations
  • Top 50 Prospects for 2017 (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
  • Top 5 Prospects for 2017 by team (Prospects who can make impact in ’17)
  • Top 40 “New” Dynasty Prospects
  • Auction Values (including NL/AL-Only)
  • Multiple Position Eligibility Chart
  • Closer Chart
  • Top 30 Sleepers for 2017
  • 15 Players Likely to be Overdrafted in 2017

Unlike paper guides our version will be updated every two-to-three weeks, helping you stay as prepared as possible.  The first draft was released on January 16, 2017 and the updates will begin after that.  I want to thank you all for supporting Rotoprofessor and make sure to order your copy of the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide today!




2017 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders: #1-20: Is Gregory Polanco A Top 15 Option & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outfield is hardly a shallow position, especially with numerous young players either breaking out (Mookie Betts) or having the potential to emerge (Gregory Polanco).  Throw in some players who will likely play at other positions, yet have eligibility (like Kris Bryant, Trea Turner and Ian Desmond), and there is ample options to pick from.  Who are the best?  Let’s take a look:

1) Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2) Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
3) Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
4) Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
5) Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
6) Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
7) J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
8) Yoenis Cespedes – New York Mets
9) Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
10) George Springer – Houston Astros Read more

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Searching for Saves: Los Angeles Angels: Is Cam Bedrosian Primed To Win The Closers Role?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Los Angeles Angels appear primed to enter the spring with a competition for ninth inning duties with three candidates in the mix.  While they may not yet be ready to name a closer, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a clear leader, or should we say  “best option”.  Of course when it comes to closers the best candidate isn’t always the one who gets the job.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three options and who is the most likely to get the job:

 

Cam Bedrosian
If circumstances had been different he would likely be entering the 2017 campaign with the closers role.  Just when he was about to get his chance in 2016 injury struck, ending his opportunity to claim the job before it even started.  That said, a long hyped “closer of the future” Bedrosian checked all the boxes in regards to the skill set we look for:

  • 11.38 K/9
  • 3.12 BB/9
  • 49.5% groundball rate

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ADP Watch: At His Current ADP, Is Nick Castellanos A Value Pick For 2017?

by Ray Kuhn

At one point in the not too distant past Nick Castellanos was considered a top prospect. He will turn 25 about a month before Opening Day, so is it too soon to write him off as a player who didn’t live up to his once lofty expectations?

Judging from his current ADP, 207, which has him being selected as the 20th third baseman, fantasy owners aren’t expecting all that much. While he will not challenge to join the rarified air inhabited by Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, at the very least Castellanos has the potential to be a value pick for those who wait to fill their third base or corner infield slot. At a minimum, there is no reason why he shouldn’t outperform is current ADP and provide some upside.

Following the 2010 season he first appeared on Baseball America’s top prospect list, checking in at 65. Over the next two years his ranking improved to 45 and then 21 before falling to 25 after the 2013 season; which would be his final year before graduating to the Majors. Castellanos still possesses the skills that made him a top prospect, so let’s take a look at why he could be labeled a “disappointment” thus far in his career. Read more

Regression Risk: Versatility Or Not, Don’t Overvalue Brad Miller

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Brad Miller is going to enter the season with eligibility at 1B and SS, with talk being that he’ll man 2B for Tampa Bay.  That type of flexibility is what fantasy owners thirst for and consistently elevates the value of a player.  The fact that Miller brings it while coming off a 30 HR campaign, it’s easy to see why he owns an average ADP of 161.00 and has been selected as early as 108 in NFBC drafts.

Coming off a career year, there could be reason to be skeptical that he can replicate it, however.  Let’s take a look:

 

Home Runs
2016 – 30 HR
Rotoprofessor’s 2017 Projection – 24

The fact is he had never hit more than 20 HR in a season prior to ’16 (never more than 11 in the Majors).  His 20.4% HR/FB was nearly double his previous career high (10.3% in ’15), and there was an even bigger spike as the season progressed: Read more