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  • Mistakes Were Made
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/16/2017 -  15
    . In early-August, I had a seemingly insurmountable lead in my home league, a huge surplus of innings, and a rotation chock full of cheap, valuable keepers like Jimmy Nelson, Alex Wood, James Paxton, Zack

  • How To Win in 2017 - And What That Means for 2018
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/6/2017 -  7
    . Lesser sluggers like Tommy Pham were cheaper than free. Arms like Alex Wood, Jimmy Nelson, Zack Godley, and Charlie Morton also cost nothing and were exceptionally obvious additions. Buy low

  • 2017 Retrospective: Team Performances and Lessons
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/1/2017 -  0
    or three home runs to claim the championship. The strikeouts plus four wins would have worked too. I thought Bumgarner was expendable because of my deep rotation of James Paxton, Jimmy Nelson, Alex

  • Brad Johnson's Bold Predictions - A Review
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/31/2017 -  5

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 9/26/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/26/2017 -  0
    . Maybe Wacha for the Ws4:13Equifax: Think Brad Hand and Mike Minor are more 8th inning guys or have a decent shot at grabbing Saves in 2018?4:13Brad Johnson: If Hand stays in SD, he'll close4:14Brad

  • The Daily Grind: Finals Week
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/25/2017 -  0
    , followed by Nola, Weaver, Lester, and Pomeranz. Hats for bats on Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and Marcell Ozuna. Bargains include a very incorrectly priced Nelson Cruz

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 9/19/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/19/2017 -  1
    : Thanks for chatting Brad.  You like Tyler Chatwood at San Fran tomorrow?4:03Brad Johnson: I very much do. I'm a Tyler Chatwood truther. Can't wait to see what he signs for in FA4:04Lake Jamb

  • The Daily Grind: Just Come Take the Poll
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/15/2017 -  6
    Hoskins finishes with 25 HR and 3.2 WAR. And Cody Bellinger has 40 HR and 4.0 WAR in 3X the PA. Which is Rookie of the Year? — Brad Johnson (@BaseballATeam) September 15, 2017 You may also wish

  • The Daily Grind: Juicy, Middle-In Fastballs
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/14/2017 -  2
    Scherzer's inability to throw strikes cost me a boat yesterday. Don't let my skittishness affect your choices. You can also lean into it and try Mike Foltynewicz for $6,800. Brad Peacock ($10,100

  • The Daily Grind: Batting Around
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/13/2017 -  20
    of baseball, batting around means nine batters. Case closed. Don't @ me. Because I'm curious how many of you are wrong, a poll: How many hitters are required to "bat around" — Brad Johnson

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 9/12/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/12/2017 -  1
    : A weird statement to be making 4:22 Bob Villa: What's your outlook for Jimmy Nelson next year? 4:22 Brad Johnson: I have no idea

  • The Daily Grind: Do A Barrel Roll
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/12/2017 -  4
    didn't say much about Rodriguez, but I do like the matchup against an inconsistent (and usually bad) Athletics offense. Giancarlo Stanton, Brian Dozier, Nelson Cruz, Starling Marte, and Marcell Ozuna

  • The Daily Grind: Is He Back?
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/11/2017 -  13
    , he leaves me holding a clunker. Paul Goldschmidt, Nelson Cruz, Starling Marte, Manny Machado, and Andrew McCutchen are the top rated hitters. I only use McCutchen against left-handed pitchers

  • The Daily Grind: Words for Yonny
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/8/2017 -  9
    . Would you believe that Jimmy Nelson has not faced the Cubs this season? Seems unlikely, no? Nelson is continuously under-respected by FanDuel. He costs just $8,700 tonight. He's coming fresh off a strong

  • The Daily Grind: A Day For Labor
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/4/2017 -  5
    issues against left-handed pitching. Using Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara, and Joey Gallo versus Tyler Skaggs paid off well. Jimmy Nelson and Kevin Gausman did their parts too. Leaderboard. I know I

  • The Daily Grind: Because Somebody Asked (And I Said I Would)
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/1/2017 -  6
    thanks to a $9,500 price tag, ace-like numbers, a mediocre opposing offense, and a friendly park. The only downside is that he'll face Gerrit Cole. Jimmy Nelson will host the now Turner-ful Nationals

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/29/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/29/2017 -  0
    for the year? Bad ratios and no saves anymore. Would need to drop Jimmy Nelson, Ryu or Danny Salazar. 4:30 Brad Johnson: Could risk dropping Salazar or Ryu in a shallow format

  • The Daily Grind: Pointless Proof in a Small Sample
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/28/2017 -  1
    , Justin Upton, and Nelson Cruz. You can probably mentally sub Mike Trout for Miggy. Cabrera also top the values list along with Jason Heyward, Andrew McCutchen, and Ben Zobrist. 5. The Daily Grind

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/22/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/22/2017 -  0
    of the season?4:10Brad Johnson: I think so. He's pitching well enough.4:10Brad Johnson: Although he's likely to be on a short leash4:11another bad dynasty manager: Hi Brad: 16 team pts. league. Second week

  • The Daily Grind: Jonesing
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/22/2017 -  4
    . This is a high risk, high reward pick for $11,700. Jimmy Nelson visit Jeff Samardzija at AT&T Park is certainly interesting. While I prefer Nelson ($11,000) as a pitcher, I like Samardzija's ($8,600

  • The Daily Grind: Stantonian
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/16/2017 -  0
    late storms. Check again close to game time. 3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse Early Slate: Six games are early. Gerrit Cole is the big name, but Jimmy Nelson is the good name. They face each other

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/15/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/15/2017 -  4
    prefer in a dynasty - Jimmy Nelson or Rodon?4:25Brad Johnson: Nelson. Rodon still gives me indigestion4:25Brad Johnson: He's like Michael Pineda - too good to be a reliever, but also much better

  • Jimmy Nelson as James Paxton
    in Community by Bernie Sanders - 8/14/2017 -  2
    and a relatively unknown pitcher outside Brewers nation, Jimmy Nelson. I don't mean to imply Nelson is equally as good as Paxton, but I hope by the end of this article there will be a greater acknowledgement of what

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/8/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/8/2017 -  2
    Here's today's chat transcript covering a wide range of fantasy topics. 4:00 Eric: Can Godley stop the Dodgers epic run or would you bench him? 4:01 Brad

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/1/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/1/2017 -  4
    because he spontaneously improved4:16John C.: Brad not sure if you do any h2h leagues but if you do, how do you keep an even keel over the course of the year? I'm in a 14 tm league and in 2nd in both

  • The Daily Grind: Deadline Done
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/1/2017 -  8
    is visiting Jimmy Nelson. They've both highly talented pitchers on extremely affordable contracts. Martinez is $8,800 while Nelson is just $7,800. Jeff Samardzija is a FIP darling this season, although

  • The Daily Grind: Mutant Power
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/20/2017 -  2
    . As it happens, they are priced by matchup. Jimmy Nelson at Jameson Taillon represent the most expensive arms. And yes, they're also the best. It doesn't hurt to play at PNC Park either. Next up are Lance Lynn

  • Ace and Kinesiologist, Jimmy Nelson
    in FanGraphs by Travis Sawchik - 7/19/2017 -  4
    Thames to the States, a breakout year from Travis Shaw. Among Milwaukee's 25-man roster, however, the player most directly responsible for the team's success is probably Jimmy Nelson, who ranks 10th

  • Brad Zimmer Is Ridiculous
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 7/19/2017 -  25
    to 15% fewer strides while breaking records. We sort of have our own Usain Bolt in the major leagues. His name is Brad Zimmer and he patrols center field for the Cleveland Indians. Of course, part

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 7/18/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/18/2017 -  0
    back Brad! In your notes today you say Pham should be owned in all leagues.  My OF consists of Harper, Nelson Cruz, Conforto and Merrifield. (Start 3 OF). I need help mostly in avg, runs

  • Following Up on Jimmy Nelson
    in Community by Tim Jackson - 7/13/2017 -  4
    might have been right or wrong about. One such piece was about the struggles of Jimmy Nelson in 2016. In short, there were too many walks, not enough strikeouts, and too much disappointment

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - 6/27/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/27/2017 -  1
    are, at least one of the pair will regress3:53Brad Johnson: but I have shares of both for now3:53Frozone: Why does Jimmy Nelson have fantasy trade value, but Zack Godley does not?3:53Brad Johnson

  • The Daily Grind: Unhittable Home Runs
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/23/2017 -  5
    . He's hosting a potent Rockies offense. Jimmy Nelson is visiting hitter friendly SunTrust Park and the pitcher friendly Braves lineup. For GPPs, Masahiro Tanaka occasionally reels off a gem. Mostly

  • The Daily Grind: Cycling
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/19/2017 -  3
    worth a $12,500 price tag. Perhaps you'd be better off saving $2,200 to use Corey Kluber at Baltimore - assuming the weather report improves. Yesterday, Jimmy Nelson pulled the rug out from under

  • The Daily Grind: Double Dipping
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/18/2017 -  1
    it out, that is. Anyway, he's opposed by the Phillies. One of these days, that lineup is going to start to click. Probably not today. Jimmy Nelson is Plan B to Ray. He has a valuable matchup

  • The Daily Grind: One Word To Bring Them
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/14/2017 -  3
    dishing out a handful of homers to the Yankees offense. Hitters include Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, Manny Machado, Rizzo, and Mookie Betts. If only we knew why Machado is so slumpy. 6. The Daily Grind

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - 6/13/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/13/2017 -  3
    : Eventually, Brad Hand, Kelvin Herrera, David Robertson, or similar3:10Brad Johnson: Still believe in Koda Glover too long term3:10Brad Johnson: stuff is nasty but inconsistent3:10Ray Liotta

  • The Daily Grind: Great American Scooters
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/7/2017 -  4
    $10,500 Darvish from $7,900 Jimmy Nelson. The Brewers surprise ace is coming off consecutive 30+ point outings. The Giants are an easy matchup, although they aren't very strikeout prone. I still have

  • The Daily Grind: Day of Aces
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/2/2017 -  3
    , and other Dodgers are also fine to target versus Jimmy Nelson. Tyler Flowers is the poor man's version of Grandal at Cincinnati. You'll want to use all the Braves versus Arroyo and his over 3.00 HR/9

  • The Daily Grind: Suddenly Bereft of Stars
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/30/2017 -  3
    behind on VV. He's not playable. It would be the ultimate hero play if you used him and he did anything useful. Nolan Arenado, Nelson Cruz, Mookie Betts, Anthony Rizzo, and Jean Segura are the top

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - 5/30/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/30/2017 -  0
    Johnson: Brad Peacock, Tyler Anderson, Zack Godley are the must-get ones if available10:36Brad Johnson: probably won't be10:36Brad Johnson: Maybe Dinelson Lamet of Miguel Almonte10:36Brad Johnson: I'd

  • The Daily Grind: In Memoriam
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/29/2017 -  17
    by the Cardinals. His opponent Mike Leake has been super secret brilliant this year, but I'll pass versus Los Angeles. For next to nothing, you can gamble upon Brad Peacock's weirdly elevated

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - 5/23/2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/23/2017 -  0
    to be vetoed is removed from the league3:51Brad Johnson: I'll do that myself3:51Choos on First: Brad, is there any hope for Gsellman? My rotation is in tatters, and he's been a major part of it3:51Brad

  • The Daily Grind: "Shut Up, Dave" Says Schwarber
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/17/2017 -  12
    When angry readers send you this message... Hey Brad, YOU'RE FIRED!!! McCarthy fucking SUCKS!!! Thanks for the stellar 'advice'! RotoWorst IS ALWAYS WRONG. ... even though you made stronger

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat – May 16, 2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/16/2017 -  2

  • The Daily Grind: A Fancy Trade
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/16/2017 -  12
    on the bump. If you enjoy exploiting the Padres offense, Jimmy Nelson draws the start at Petco tonight. He's opposed by Clayton Richard, another bargain option. Both offenses are extremely

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - May 9, 2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/9/2017 -  1
    assets4:00MIller Time: JT Realmuto? For real? Or just hot?4:00Brad Johnson: Mostly just hot, doesn't look substantially improved in any fundamental way.4:01there is no spoon: Hiya Brad. My average

  • The Daily Grind: Special Performances
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/5/2017 -  6
    Beckham hammers two home runs, you better hope the rest of your roster is up to snuff. My winningest day (700X return) came as the result of a two homer game from Brad Miller. This was back in 2014 when

  • Brad Miller 3.0
    in RotoGraphs by Ben Duronio - 5/2/2017 -  6
    Last year’s age 26 breakout power season from Brad Miller was one of the more surprising aspects of last season. Power was up across the board in 2016, but to go from a career high of 11 home runs

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat – May 2, 2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/2/2017 -  1
    Below you will find the transcript from today's chat. It was a weird one. 3:41 Brad Johnson: So what shall we discuss today? There's always a couple recurring questions

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - April 18, 2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/18/2017 -  1
    Carlos Gomez doing this one year 4:22 Jim-Bob: Are you a Jimmy Nelson believer? 4:22 Brad Johnson: I'm watching those changeups. Only difference

  • The Daily Grind: Contrarian Picks
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/18/2017 -  5
    want a cheaper shortstop option in a good spot, Addison Russell draws Jimmy Nelson. Teammate Kyle Schwarber is projected to perform at near Troutian levels. 5. SaberSim Says... Scherzer, Darvish

  • The Daily Grind: A Fresh Release
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/13/2017 -  6
    talking up Jimmy Nelson and his new changeup. I sure hope he sticks with the pitch. While throwing a good changeup won't transform Nelson into an ace, another weapon is never a bad thing. The homer prone

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat – April 4, 2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/4/2017 -  0
    OFer 12:26 Brad Johnson: :) 12:26 Matt: Is Khris Davis basically Nelson Cruz minus probably 20 points of BA? 12:26

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat - March 27, 2017
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/27/2017 -  4
    :50Dan: Auction draft tonight; Goldy / Rizzo / Miggy--I want safest best10:50Brad Johnson: Goldy10:50Brad Johnson: he'll cost the most though10:50Evil Goatee Brad: The first pick in our draft autodrafted

  • Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions: Negative Edition
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/23/2017 -  16

  • Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions - Positive Edition
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/21/2017 -  11

  • Nelson Cruz Wasn't Out by a Mile
    in FanGraphs by Nicolas Stellini - 3/15/2017 -  86
    Puerto Rico beat them 3-1 in a game that was much wilder than its score would indicate. One of the more dazzling plays was Javier Baez putting a no-look tag on Nelson Cruz on an ill-advised steal attempt

  • The Death of LIMA
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 1/25/2017 -  15
    breakouts or big rebounds - guys you might have cut in April to get a day of Jimmy Nelson at PNC Park. This is the smallest reason why LIMA is no longer a good approach - opportunity cost. The LIMA

  • Brad Ziegler Is a Freak
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 12/16/2016 -  17
    bizarreness aside, good relievers aren't cheap anymore. Well, unless they're good in a really weird way, anyway. Wherever he ends up, Brad Ziegler is expected to land ~2 years, $17 million. Not bad

  • Way Too Early Rankings: Starting Pitcher
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 12/7/2016 -  41
    Ross 88 Michael Pineda 89 Michael Wacha 90 Eduardo Rodriguez 91 Dan Straily 92 Jimmy Nelson 93 Shelby Miller 94 Bartolo Colon 95 Rubby de la Rosa 96

  • Way Too Early Rankings: Outfield
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/22/2016 -  29
    4 Trea Turner 5 Bryce Harper 6 Ryan Braun 7 J.D. Martinez 8 Nelson Cruz 9 Starling Marte 10 George Springer 11 Giancarlo Stanton 12 Yoenis Cespedes

  • 2016 End of Season Rankings: Outfield
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/21/2016 -  1
    29 111 82 17 0.324 28.2 5 Nelson Cruz 155 667 43 96 105 2 0.287 24.8 6 Ian Desmond 156 677 22 107 86 21 0.285 22.1 7 Mark Trumbo 159 667 47 94 108 2

  • Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
    in FanGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/3/2016 -  2
    : Hey Brad, in the event Cespedes does not come back would Fowler make sense for the Mets?12:40Brad Johnson: Fowler makes more sense than Cespedes12:40End The Drought: With the volatility of prospects

  • Out of Nowhere: 2017 Breakout Candidates at First Base
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/28/2016 -  18
    , five of the eight were outfield eligible. You probably drafted and used Murphy as a second baseman. Some of the other top first basemen like Kris Bryant, Todd Frazier, Kendrys Morales, Brad Miller

  • Gary Sanchez Does New York City
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/25/2016 -  4
    for 52 home runs, 89 runs, and 110 RBI. That's comparable to a more powerful Nelson Cruz, and he was on the fringes of the top 10 fantasy hitters this year. Sanchez wasn't just magnificent among

  • 10 Head-to-Head Heroes: The Guys Who Saved Our Seasons
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/13/2016 -  11
    . First, I'd like to give an honorable mention to Joey Votto, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Santana, Trea Turner, Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, and Jean Segura. Also a whole slew

  • Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2016 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/4/2016 -  2

  • The Final Daily Grind of 2016
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/1/2016 -  6
    , Martin Perez, Robert Stephenson, Jimmy Nelson, German Marquez, Paul Clemens, Matt Koch, Ryan Vogelsong Hitters (power): A note about hitters on the last day of the season - teams start the scrub

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 27
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/27/2016 -  7
    . Stack Targets: Matt Koch, Luis Cessa, Ryan Vogelsong, Paul Clemens, Jose Berrios, Mike Clevinger, Jimmy Nelson, A.J. Griffin, Mike Fiers, Daniel Mengden, Alex Cobb, 4. SaberSim Observations

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 26
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/26/2016 -  6
    , Ryan Vogelsong, Mike Clevinger, Tom Koehler, Jose Berrios, Jimmy Nelson, A.J. Griffin, Robert Stephenson, Daniel Mengden, Paul Clemens, German Marquez Hitters (power): Over the years, no team has

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 9/20/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/20/2016 -  0
    : If mlb went to 9 DH spots in the lineup, how long until there were no 2-way players? 1:51 Brad Johnson: I don't even... 1:51 Nelson: Whats your cut

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 20
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/20/2016 -  1
    that's played as hot as Coors and GABP this season. Also consider: Jerad Eickhoff, Bartolo Colon, Jimmy Nelson Pitchers to Exploit: If your leaguemates have been kind enough to leave Cardinals

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 15
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/15/2016 -  11
    Wrigley Field (usually) transforms back into a pitcher's park. Stack Targets: Daniel Wright, Edinson Volquez, Jimmy Nelson, Yovani Gallardo, Daniel Mengden, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chad Kuhl, Archie Bradley

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 9/13/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/13/2016 -  2
    :01EB: Hey Brad. Hope all is well. I'm in contention in my AL-only league and it's slim pickings on the waiver wire in terms of SP. I would greatly appreciate if you could please rank the following

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 9
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/9/2016 -  0
    Iwakuma. Stack Targets: Steven Brault, Jake Thompson, Tyler Duffey, Jimmy Nelson, Robert Gsellman, Tim Adleman, Luis Perdomo, Daniel Mengden, Joe Musgrove, Rubby de la Rosa, Tyler Skaggs 4

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/30/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/30/2016 -  0
    of his second start4:33Brad Johnson: assuming it's Yahoo or another platform that lets you manage an illegal roster4:33Kevin: What the heck am I doing with Brad Miller on the cheap in my ottoneu

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 26
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/26/2016 -  6
    pitcher opposite by a cold, mostly bad lineup. He has an uphill battle for the win, but the rest of the stats should be acceptable. Also consider: Chad Green, Jimmy Nelson, Blake Snell, Mike Leake, Mike

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/23/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/23/2016 -  0
    ). phelps, samardzija, or yordano for decent production until stras is back? 12:30 Brad Johnson: As long as you can stream, I'd go start by start rather than picking one guy

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 22
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/22/2016 -  5
    , Jimmy Nelson, Chad Bettis 4. SaberSim Observations Lester, Price, Strasburgh, Michael Pineda, and Carrasco round out the top five today. Count me as less than confident with homer happy Pineda

  • Brad Miller Becomes a Slugging Corner Infielder
    in FanGraphs by Neil Weinberg - 8/19/2016 -  3
    Ranks, 2016 Rank Name ISO 13 Brian Dozier 0.264 14 Nelson Cruz 0.261 15 Daniel Murphy 0.260 16 Yoenis Cespedes 0.259 17 Khris Davis 0.259 18 Mike Napoli

  • Field of Streams: Episode 221 - Live With Brad Johnson: Director's Cut
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 8/19/2016 -  0
    Episode 221 - Live With Brad Johnson: Director's Cut In this live broadcast, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson do a live recording to discuss Yasiel Puig's future, Zach Britton's case for awards

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 17
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/17/2016 -  4
    innings, eight strikeouts, and a win. Offensively, the Cubs will have to try a little opposite Jimmy Nelson. I love Yu Darvish's matchup versus the Athletics. However, I doubt he'll eclipse the 100

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/16/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/16/2016 -  0
    The chat is complete, here's the transcript. 1:45 Brad Johnson: Alrighty, let's kick this off. I'll be right back with some water. 1:46 Toki

  • Field of Streams: Episode 216 - Live With Brad Johnson Yet Again
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 8/12/2016 -  0
    Episode 216 - Live With Brad Johnson Yet Again In this live broadcast, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson do a live recording to discuss the retirement of Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder, Mike

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/9/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/9/2016 -  3
    to suggest more power ROS. JBJ has the production though. Which do you like? Thanks! 1:45 Brad Johnson: Polanco seems to have a couple nagging injuries. I'd go with the healthier

  • Field of Streams: Episode 211 - Live With Brad Johnson Another Time
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 8/5/2016 -  0
    Episode 211 - Live With Brad Johnson Another Time In this live broadcast, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson do a live recording to discuss Tim Lincecum's notoriety in a bad way, a fun Ryan Schimpf

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 8/2/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/2/2016 -  0
    Here's today's transcript. We should have more trade deadlines to stir the pot. 1:45 Brad Johnson: Hey folks, let's get rolling. Why don't we talk about some real baseball trades

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 1
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/1/2016 -  1
    of mine, although his contact management skills don't translate well to DFS production. He's opposed by Adam Conley and a top-heavy Marlins offense. Jimmy Nelson is of some interest against an even

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat 7/26/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/26/2016 -  0
    . Posey replacement would be Norris or Joseph.2:03Brad Johnson: I'd probably go Sale, depends on your category needs though2:03Jimmer: Hi Brad! When Orlando Arcia gets called up, where do he and Jonathan

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 7/19/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/19/2016 -  1
    , Hill, Nola, Shoemaker.2:17Brad Johnson: Hill2:17big al kiddie's pal: hi brad, what are your thoughts on alex reyes for this season? is he going to have any kind of impact as a reliever? or should i

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 7/5/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/5/2016 -  0
    or Buchter1:03Brad Johnson: Oh is not cuttable in any format now1:03Bruce: By next year who is the top Brewers SP: Hader, Nelson, Guerra, Davies?1:03Brad Johnson: I'll guess Hades since he has the best

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/28/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/28/2016 -  0
    Johnson: without knowing the keep situation on Britton, I'd probably pass on this2:38Avi: Brad, isn't the bone spur surgery at this point of the year a season ending injury?2:38Brad Johnson: surgery

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/21
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/21/2016 -  3
    for a monster of some kind.1:56Josh: Hey Brad! 12 team mixed league: I can only roster 3 of these 6 due to some forthcoming DL activations. Which 3 stay out of this group? Heyward, L Martin, Valencia

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 15
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/15/2016 -  1
    . Jason Hammel and Jimmy Nelson are the better contrarian picks. The other pitchers really have it bad. Stack Targets: Chad Bettis, Andrew Cashner, Pat Corbin, Justin Nicolino, Ivan Nova Late

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 9
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/9/2016 -  1
    , but there's a good chance he'll toss seven solid innings with an easy win. Try someone else if you're playing a 50/50, double up, or cash game. The Magnificent Bartolo Bartola has challenged Jimmy Nelson

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 8
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/8/2016 -  3
    Agenda Brad Johnson Comments About Taillon The Daily Grind Invitational and Leaderboard Daily DFS SaberSim Observations Tomorrow's Targets Factor Grid 1. Brad Johnson

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/7
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/7/2016 -  0
    /aren't inspiring.1:49Brad Johnson: Try Merrifield until he turns pumpkin1:50Brad Johnson: Rajai will keep playing and shouldn't cost much1:50Bossman Junior: Hi Brad. With Leonys Martin coming back

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 2
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/2/2016 -  1
    , and Pirates. 4. Tomorrow's Targets  Pitchers to Start: Jimmy Nelson is the latest mediocre pitcher to get the bump for facing the Phillies. Nelson's having a solid season with a 2.88 ERA

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/31
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/31/2016 -  0
    Here's the transcript from today's chat. 1:46 Brad Johnson: Hey everyone, I'm running just a couple minutes behind. We'll get started soon. 1:53 Brad

  • Field of Streams: Episode 166 - Live With Brad Johnson Again
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 5/27/2016 -  0
    Episode 166 - Live With Brad Johnson Again The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live! In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson do a live recording to discuss changing opinions

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/24
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/24/2016 -  0
    The transcript is below. 1:45 Brad Johnson: Let's get this going. I tried putting an apple in my smoothie today and it's gross 1:46 Alex: Hey Brad. My Drew Smyly

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 24
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/24/2016 -  1
    with a dangerous option. I'd be a stronger advocate for Jimmy Nelson opposite the Braves if he cost less on either site. Stack Targets: Kendall Graveman, Daniel Wright, Jorge de la Rosa, Mike Bolsinger, Jhoulys

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 23
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/23/2016 -  3
    , and Nationals are among the top stacks of the day. 4. Tomorrow's Targets  Pitchers to Start: Jimmy Nelson has appeared frequently among the pitchers to exploit - mostly due to bad matchups

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 18
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/18/2016 -  9
    Yards. Just as I can't advocate using Taijuan Walker tonight. Stack Targets: Clevinger, Chris Rusin, Brandon Finnega, Mike Bolsinger, R.A. Dickey, Jimmy Nelson, Doug Fister, Mat Latos, Adam

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 5/17
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/17/2016 -  0
    have for the rest of the year in an NL only 5x5 non-keeper league: Kazmir or Jimmy Nelson? 1:43 Brad Johnson: well this is tricky 1:43 Brad Johnson: I

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 17
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/17/2016 -  5
    Finnegan, Doug Fister, Jimmy Nelson, Chris Rusin, Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Nate Eovaldi, Ross Stripling, Hitters (power): Amid a sea of solid, free power bats lurks Mike Napoli. The slugger

  • The Constantly Evolving Jimmy Nelson
    in RotoGraphs by Scott Strandberg - 5/16/2016 -  2
    My intrigue with Jimmy Nelson began over two years ago, when I first saw him pitch in Triple-A. Since then, the now-26-year-old has only gotten more interesting, as he's made several significant

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 12
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/12/2016 -  4
    , Aaron Blair, Jered Weaver, Jimmy Nelson, James Shields 4. SaberSim Observations SaberSim agrees with most of my interpretations. Our one divergence is with Colon. The simulator doesn't think

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 11
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/11/2016 -  5
    consider: Aaron Blair, Jimmy Nelson Pitchers to Exploit: I still laugh every time I remember the Tigers paid Mike Pelfrey to pitch for them. But mostly I just wish he was still making starts for the Mets

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/10
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/10/2016 -  0
    1:44 Brad Johnson: Ahoy there. Let's get this shindig started 1:45 JD: Hi Brad, should I drop any of Gausman, Conley, Roark for Rodon in a 10-teamer H2H redraft? I

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 7
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/7/2016 -  0
    Santana, Weaver, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jimmy Nelson, Julio Teheran. Jesse Hahn, James Shields 3. SaberSim Observations SaberSim gives the edge to Sale over Kershaw today. They aren't in the same

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/3
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/3/2016 -  0
    Here's the transcript in glorious HD! 1:17 Brad Johnson: Hey all, I opened the queue early to post a poll, but I'm not taking questions yet. If you submit one, I WILL skip it. See you

  • Waiting On an Ace: Jimmy Nelson
    in Community by Brian - 4/28/2016 -  0
    ” with young pitchers that might get called up in September, have a good shot of getting called up in June and potential breakout sleepers. Four years ago, one such player was Jimmy Nelson. How could a man

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 4/26/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/26/2016 -  0
    ? 1:45 Brad Johnson: I do think they'll recover, but the damage is already done. You'll need to get lucky streaming high end relievers to make up for it 1:45 Dr

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/19/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/19/2016 -  2
    Chat Transcript below! 1:41 Shawn: James Shields still top 30ish SP? 1:41 Brad Johnson: No, not remotely close. 1:41 Brad Johnson: He's

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/12/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/12/2016 -  7
    Transcript from Tuesday's chat!   1:16 Brad Johnson: Ok, I've opened the chat early since I forgot to set the queue to open. You should be able to post questions now

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Steaming, and More for April 6
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/6/2016 -  4
    , and Nelson Cruz is the top individual. Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Orioles also figure prominently on page one. Yep, those are good stacks today. 5. Tomorrow's Targets - Conley, Stephenson, Howard

  • Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/5/16
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/5/2016 -  0

  • The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 5
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/5/2016 -  6
    , leaving both pitchers with a no decision. Stack Targets: Perez, Sanchez, Andrew Heaney, Jimmy Nelson 3. SaberSim Observations Cueto has the top pitcher projection on SaberSim today

  • Brad Johnson's 10 Timid Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/24/2016 -  19
    timid predictions for the 2016 season. 1. Brad Boxberger will miss approximately eight weeks - and possibly more Reports from sources both myriad and sundry state that Brad Boxberger

  • Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/14/2016 -  25

  • Rankings Are Coming: My Personal Quirks
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 1/18/2016 -  22
    valuation, my fellows have produced a composite rank of 38. When I'm in a draft, I'm picking him between Nelson Cruz and Carlos Gonzalez. He's not a better fantasy outfielder than Gonzalez. However

  • On Full Health Projections
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 12/4/2015 -  9
    , and Nelson Cruz are all coming off big seasons. All three are the type of player who will be rostered by particularly bullish owners. Somebody will take Machado in the first. Cruz and Cespedes will go

  • Preparing For The Winter - Ottoneu Edition
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/17/2015 -  3
    Clayton Kershaw $1 Josh Donaldson Edmonton Trappers $1 Matt Harvey Edmonton Trappers $1 Addison Russell Edmonton Trappers $1 Nelson Cruz Panda Watch $1

  • Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2015 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/14/2015 -  12
    the Phillies with 3.9 WAR. He also fell four stolen bases short of my projection. 1-f0r-8 (5 almosts) 9. Brad Boxberger will save at least 35 games Well there's no uncertainty here. Boxberger

  • Jeff Nelson's Strike Zone
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 10/7/2015 -  3
    today, let's go ahead and give Jeff Nelson -- who will be behind the plate for tonight's Cubs/Pirates game -- the same treatment. With a left-handed batter up. With a right-handed batter up

  • The Daily Grind: Peavy Conley, Bour, Ketel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/3/2015 -  0
    . That's, uh, bullish. There's a chance he'll only get three plate appearances, especially if the game is close. I do like Napoli as a DFS bargain today. I just can't justify taking him ahead of Nelson Cruz

  • Q&A: Jimmy Nelson, Brewers Emerging Ace
    in FanGraphs by David Laurila - 8/21/2015 -  8
    Jimmy Nelson has emerged as Milwaukee's best starter thanks to a pair of tweaks. The 26-year-old righty has unleashed a spike curveball and tightened up his delivery. The results are striking. Nelson

  • The Daily Grind: Jones, Corbin, Smyly, Valencia
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/15/2015 -  6
    . SaberSim likes Jimmy Nelson, but I'm not so sure. Stack Targets: Miley, Estrada, Chris Bassitt, Mike Foltynewicz, Josh Tomlin, Tyler Duffey, Holmberg, Brad Hand, Jerome Williams 3. Tomorrow's Targets

  • Nelson Cruz: A Late Bloomer Exceeds Expectations
    in FanGraphs by David Laurila - 8/14/2015 -  25
    Nelson Cruz leads both leagues in home runs, and he ranks second behind Bryce Harper in SLG. Neither is a surprise. The Seattle slugger left the yard 40 times with Baltimore last season, and moving

  • The Daily Grind: Lester, Nelson, Adonis
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/29/2015 -  15
    Agenda It's the Standings, Stupid Daily DFS - Lester, McCullers GB / FB Splits Tomorrow's Targets - Nelson, Buchanan, Adonis, Dyson Factor Grid 1. It's the Standings, Stupid

  • The Daily Grind: Second Half, Danks, Koehler, Paulsen
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/17/2015 -  3
    on the year, putting him among the league leaders. I anticipate a second half surge - roughly .265/.330/.400. With it should come another 15 stolen bases. He'll face Jimmy Nelson at power happy Miller Park

  • The Daily Grind: Trades, Nelson, Heaney, Valencia
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/29/2015 -  5
    Agenda Three Trades Daily DFS - Nelson, Anderson Tomorrow's Targets - Heaney, RdlR, Valencia, Ichiro Factor Grid 1. Three Trades I had a busy weekend from a fantasy perspective. I

  • The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Porcello, Taylor
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 6/2/2015 -  13
    recommend building your ideal lineup and then choosing a pitcher who fits. Stack Targets: Sean O'Sullivan, Kendall Graveman, Brad Hand, Colby Lewis, Jeremy Guthrie, Tyler Cravy, David Hale, Josh Collmenter

  • The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Strasburg, Plouffe
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/28/2015 -  31
    guess as to how he'll perform. Also consider: Steven Wright, Carlos Rodon, Lance McCullers, Mike Bolsinger, Mike Foltynewicz, Jimmy Nelson Pitchers to Exploit: I'm picking Stephen Strasburg

  • Nelson Cruz is Doing It Differently
    in FanGraphs by Matthew Kory - 5/11/2015 -  19
    Remember when nobody wanted Nelson Cruz? He’d been with the Rangers but his contract had ended and steroids and everyone was like, “Nooooo thanks.” Well, not exactly everybody. After a long time

  • What's Jimmy Nelson Brewing?
    in RotoGraphs by Josh Shepardson - 5/8/2015 -  6
    I'm enamored with Jimmy Nelson. I'll get that out of the way immediately. Fair or unfair -- and rational or irrational for that matter -- I am a sucker for big pitchers, and Nelson fits the bill

  • The Daily Grind: Moustakas, Kelly, Mayberry, Marisnick
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/21/2015 -  15
    consider: Jimmy Nelson, J.A. Happ Pitchers to Exploit: I understand that Aaron Sanchez is a well-regarded pitcher. He looks the part, but he certainly doesn't act it. He leans heavily on a plus sinker

  • The Necessary Analysis of a Red-Hot Nelson Cruz
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 4/20/2015 -  26
    Just as I was beginning to work this up, I got an email saying Nelson Cruz had been named the American League Player of the Week, which provides for a very convenient introductory sentence. Over

  • The Daily Grind: Rogers Centre, Nelson, Peavy
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/16/2015 -  5
    Agenda Thoughts About Ackley Daily DFS - Rogers Centre GB / FB Splits Tomorrow's Targets - Nelson, Peavy, Davis, Peralta Factor Grid 1. Thoughts About Ackley I've found myself

  • The Change: New Pitches from Nelson, Eovaldi, Boxberger
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 4/14/2015 -  8
    Eovaldi, and Brad Boxberger. I did a full workup of Nelson's new pitch today on the front page, and it looks nice. A curveball with as much depth and velocity as his new spike curve has should

  • Jimmy Nelson Found a New Pitch
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 4/14/2015 -  10
    to a new pitch last year. This year, the Spring Training list was once again full. Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson is on there, and he's often been called a two-pitch guy since his changeup

  • The Daily Grind: Iglesias, ARod, Greene
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/13/2015 -  10
    roster as a growth asset. A more regrettable decision involves sitting Paul Goldschmidt against Clayton Kershaw. I had Adam Lind against the seemingly easy Jimmy Nelson. Little did I know that Nelson

  • The Daily Grind: Pelfrey, Hammel, Lobstein, O'Sullivan
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/11/2015 -  4
    Guthrie, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, Yovani Gallardo, Vance Worley, Jimmy Nelson 3. Tomorrow's Targets - Lobstein, O'Sullivan,  Pitchers to Start: When I stream, I take one of two approaches. I

  • Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/17/2015 -  27
    , but he has to seize it before the Phillies roster other players like Jeff Francoeur (in camp as an NRI) or add external talent. If he does play, the stolen bases should follow. 9. Brad Boxberger

  • Brewers Ready for Jimmy Nelson, Who’s Not Quite Ready
    in RotoGraphs by Nicholas Minnix - 1/21/2015 -  13
    agent James Shields or trade for rumored chip Jordan Zimmermann. GM Doug Melvin put such beliefs to rest shortly after the swap by stating that the spot is Jimmy Nelson’s, however. Akin moves are more

  • Nelson Cruz: Meet Safeco Field
    in FanGraphs by Tony Blengino - 12/2/2014 -  37
    On Monday, one of the more anticipated transactions of the past two off-seasons finally came to pass: Nelson Cruz finally signed with the Mariners. Seattle's interest in him dates back to at least

  • Mariners Reward Nelson Cruz's Overconfidence
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 12/1/2014 -  85
    , the Giants and Padres more or less made the same offer. Sandoval didn't necessarily go to the high bidder. Nelson Cruz? Nelson Cruz went to the high bidder. That high bidder being the Seattle Mariners

  • Mariners Reportedly Sign Nelson Cruz
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 12/1/2014 -  63
    The Mariners have made no secret out of their desire to trade for a right-handed slugger, so perhaps this report from the Dominican newspaper El Caribe should not surprise us too much: Nelson Cruz

  • Steven Souza and Michael Taylor: Buried in Washington
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/25/2014 -  7
     playing time. Fans certainly aren't clamoring for it to happen. Entering his age 26 season, I'm reminded of Nelson Cruz. While Souza probably doesn't have the same power upside, he has the potential

  • Nelson Cruz Home Run Estimates
    in RotoGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 11/17/2014 -  9
    Nelson Cruz got a one year deal with the Orioles last year and had a career season. He had career highs in Home Runs, RBIs and Runs. Most people considered him an after thought on draft or auction

  • Ethics And Fantasy
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/13/2014 -  40
    has always been "if you get caught, serve the time." My opinions of Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, or Nelson Cruz as people were not affected by their role in biogenesis. A few other potential use cases

  • The Daily Grind: 9-17-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/17/2014 -  3
    to pitch at Coors Field. Too bad. Late: J.A. Happ has the not so easy task of quieting the Orioles lineup. The lefty will have to navigate potent sluggers like Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz, both

  • Quick Looks at Gausman, Carrasco, Nelson, Doubront, Turner
    in RotoGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 9/12/2014 -  12
    and then they can look lost when the two breakers are thrown. I need to go look at one of his earlier season games one day to see what chnaged. As for now, the results seem real. Jimmy Nelson Why I

  • The Daily Grind: 9-1-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 9/1/2014 -  8
    of the 12 games are early. There are a LOT of really good pitchers lined up for today. Stacks are few and far between. Jimmy Nelson versus Jacob Turner is NOT a recipe for runs. Well it could

  • The Daily Grind: 8-25-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/25/2014 -  0
    Jorge de la Rosa. Seth Smith is viable against Jimmy Nelson. Dustin Ackley will probably bat second with Kendrys Morales hitting cleanup. Derek Norris, Jonny Gomes, Nate Freiman, and Sam

  • The Daily Grind: 8-20-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/20/2014 -  2
    . Of those, the Nick Martinez versus Nate Eovaldi game in Miami has the worst pitchers. The ballpark and the Rangers inept offense make stacks a little difficult. R.A. Dickey and Jimmy Nelson can both

  • Brad Boxberger Has Arrived, In Reverse
    in FanGraphs by Mike Petriello - 8/20/2014 -  15
    Brad Boxberger, of course. He's 26. He's in his third major league season and his third major league organization. He was once a first-round pick -- if you can really say "No. 43 overall is a first

  • The Daily Grind: 8-4-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 8/4/2014 -  0
    suspect they'll jump on Kendrick early before he settles in. The Pirates will see Brad Hand. He was somebody I was mildly excited about headed into the season, but his peripherals have been terrible. I

  • Nelson Cruz and HR/LD%
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 7/29/2014 -  14
    Last Friday night, Nelson Cruz faced off against Felix Hernandez, and in the second inning this happened to a baseball: Your browser does not support iframes. Perhaps you might prefer

  • The Daily Grind: 7-26-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/26/2014 -  1
    they normally would. However, he's throwing a ton of changeups this season, and there's no reason he should lose the speed differential on the pitch. 3. Sunday Picks Pitchers to Start: Jimmy Nelson

  • The Daily Grind: 7-21-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/21/2014 -  1
    this time around, which makes for a sneaky waiver wire start. Jimmy Nelson's first couple starts flashed both promise and signs for concern. Strikeouts should be a strength for Nelson, but he may

  • The Daily Grind: 7-11-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 7/11/2014 -  4
    . Sometimes you're forced to take those risks. Go run to the wire for Jimmy Nelson. His minor league numbers suggest he could be worth rostering on a regular basis. A start against Adam Wainwright

  • Finding the Ideal Leadoff Hitter
    in Community by Brad Oremland - 7/3/2014 -  16
    . Baltimore Orioles (42-39) LOR Leader: Nick Markakis, .246 Markakis is batting .298/.358/.410. Those are pretty prototypical leadoff numbers. J.J. Hardy (.243) ranks second. Nelson Cruz

  • Important Life Questions And Brad Miller
    in RotoGraphs by Blake Murphy - 6/17/2014 -  15
    . I've been dealing with a lot of this philosophical life stuff recently, and it's been difficult. I'm talking, of course, about Brad Miller, and it seems I'm not alone, as the baseball community

  • The Daily Grind: 5-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/24/2014 -  8
    his 5.40 ERA, but the Tigers are not your garden variety offense. Hey, I found both Randy Wolf and Jimmy Nelson. And I'm not really sure where to put them. Nelson is mildly interesting as a guy you

  • Jimmy Nelson And The Art Of Being Almost Ready
    in RotoGraphs by Scott Strandberg - 5/2/2014 -  3
    This past Sunday, I headed to downtown Oklahoma City to see the Redhawks, Houston's Triple-A affiliate, take on the Nashville Sounds. The starting pitcher for the Sounds was Jimmy Nelson, the top

  • Tightening Brad Miller's Leash
    in RotoGraphs by Blake Murphy - 4/22/2014 -  29
    Brad Miller is no longer taking walks or getting hits. That’s obviously a problem, because it means he’s killing your team in average, failing to drive in runs and not getting on base to score runs

  • Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
    in FanGraphs by Brad Johnson - 4/3/2014 -  5
    explain 12:02Brad Johnson: Eno is on a plane to Jamaica12:02Comment From LenardLost Ramos and was offered Posey, Desmond, and Donaldson in return for Wright, Trumbo, and Gyorko. I can slide Brad Miller

  • 21 Players Whose Fielding Could Affect Their Fantasy Value
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/24/2014 -  14
    , so there's that. 6. Michael Cuddyer, OF Cuddy is really terrible in the outfield. That hasn't stopped the Rockies in the past (ahem, Brad Hawpe), but they do have four center fielders

  • Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 3/11/2014 -  53

  • The Players' Association May Target Qualifying Offers
    in FanGraphs by Brad Johnson - 2/24/2014 -  99
    With Nelson Cruz signing a one-year, $8 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, qualifying offers are back in the spotlight. The executive director of the player's association, Tony Clark, has

  • Warning! Beware of Nelson Cruz
    in Community by CamJKaiser - 1/30/2014 -  13
    Lately I've been hearing some rumors connecting the Tigers to free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. I understand how fans have been hungry for another power bat since Prince Fielder was traded

  • Get to Know Brad Boxberger
    in NotGraphs by Jeremy Blachman - 1/23/2014 -  4
    Get to know new Tampa Bay Ray Brad Boxberger. He likes running water. No running water in hotel... Great job @HolidayInn— Brad Boxberger (@Brad_Boxberger) August 6, 2013 He hates

  • Where Could Nelson Cruz Even Fit?
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 1/2/2014 -  99
    A few things to know about Nelson Cruz: Cruz is 33 years old He's coming off a PED suspension The last three years, he's been worth the same WAR as Sean Rodriguez and John Buck He's a free

  • A Frightening List of Nelson Cruz Comparisons
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 12/9/2013 -  111
    I don't mean to pick on Nelson Cruz. I know I already named him as the biggest land mine of the 2014 free agent class, and I'm not trying to pile on. But down here in Orlando, it is widely expected

  • Nelson Cruz Defies Real World Value
    in RotoGraphs by Michael Barr - 12/4/2013 -  9
    While Nelson Cruz might be one of the least favorite of available free agents among nerd faces, it's hard to ignore what he does rather consistently for your fantasy squad -- and that's hit home runs

  • Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Nelson Cruz
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 10/8/2013 -  15
    is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs. In this edition: Nelson Cruz. Some relevant

  • Breaking down Brad Miller for 2014
    in RotoGraphs by Blake Murphy - 9/10/2013 -  11
    Believe it or not, when I solicited future shortstop topics last week, the name that came up the most was Brad Miller of the Seattle Mariners. Don’t get me wrong, I like Miller just fine, and I

  • A Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta Suspension FAQ
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 8/5/2013 -  12
    an FAQ, because this early no Qs have been FA'd, so consider this FAQ more anticipatory. Let's focus on the suspended Nelson Cruz, and the suspended Jhonny Peralta. So Nelson Cruz and Jhonny

  • Brad Miller Is Worth Claiming
    in RotoGraphs by J.P. Breen - 6/28/2013 -  43
    Unable to stomach Brendan Ryan and his .230 wOBA as the team's primary shortstop any longer, the Seattle Mariners have reportedly called up 23-year-old Brad Miller in an attempt to breathe some life

  • Animated GIF File: Nelson Figueroa Is Neither Menacing, Violent
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 4/24/2013 -  3
    The reader might have suspected for a moment -- for a rather a long moment, in fact, full of terror on all sides -- that Reno Aces right-hander Nelson Figueroa was intent on throwing a baseball

  • Jimmy Nelson's Rising Stock
    in FanGraphs by Mike Newman - 4/22/2013 -  10
    Does Jimmy Nelson have the best pure stuff in the Brewers organization? The answer is yes, or at least that's what a source who has closely followed the right-handed pitcher's career told me

  • Brad Lidge's Memorable Moment
    in FanGraphs by Mike Axisa - 12/19/2012 -  35
    If we were to sit down and create a list of the five most memorable baseball moments of the 21st century, the home run Albert Pujols hit off Brad Lidge in Game Three Five of the 2005 NLCS would

  • Steven Spielberg's [Brad] Lincoln
    in NotGraphs by Robert J. Baumann - 11/26/2012 -  8
    Brad Lincoln is hunched in the waiting room of a doctor's office, world-weary and rain-soaked. Outside, rain falls steadily. Lincoln is approached by two children who, to his surprise, know who

  • Brad Hawpe Resurrects in Texas
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/21/2012 -  2
    The likelihood of the Texas Rangers signing Prince Fielder grew even slimmer on Friday when the team opted to take a cheaper route and sign Brad Hawpe to a minor league league deal.  Hawpe, who

  • Nelson Cruz Could Have Been on Your Team
    in FanGraphs by J.P. Breen - 10/12/2011 -  26
    Nelson Cruz compiled yet another solid campaign for a corner outfielder, hitting .263/.312/.509 with 29 home runs in 124 games. The 31-year-old Dominican has always been known for his behemoth-like

  • A Chat With "Moneyball" Star Brad Pitt
    in NotGraphs by Eric Augenbraun - 9/20/2011 -  17
    This past weekend, I had the great honor of sitting down with two-time Academy Award nominated actor and star of the upcoming film "Moneyball," Brad Pitt. In the film, Pitt plays Oakland Athletics

  • GIFs: Brad Peacock Has a Curveball
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 9/15/2011 -  6
    Washington National righty Brad Peacock made his first major-league start Wednesday night -- an appearance that was much anticipated by the present author, if by few others. The 23-year-old

  • Nelson Cruz Replacements: Waiver Wire
    in RotoGraphs by Erik Hahmann - 9/6/2011 -  2
    There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Nelson Cruz hamstring injuries. The Texas slugger missed 54 games in 2010 and was on the DL three separate times thanks to his hamstrings. He

  • Brad Lidge, Velocity and Trevor Hoffman
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 7/26/2011 -  32
    Brad Lidge didn't top 90 on the radar gun Monday. Sure, yesterday was a big first step for the 34-year-old reliever. The first appearance of the year -- especially when it happens this late

  • Scott Sizemore and Chris Nelson: Deep League Waiver Wire
    in RotoGraphs by Zach Sanders - 6/20/2011 -  7
    rate are just too much to pass up. Add him to your bench and see what happens if your in a league that counts walks or OBP. Chris Nelson | 1% | 1% We have less than 100 MLB plate appearances

  • Brad Hawpe: Back From The Dead
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Axisa - 5/19/2011 -  4
    I'm not sure about you, but there always seems to be that one player that ends up on my team(s) year after year. Right now that guy is Ryan Raburn, but over the least few years it was Brad Hawpe

  • The 2011 Brad Emaus All-Stars
    in FanGraphs by Paul Swydan - 4/19/2011 -  50
    is no different, and with an idea sparked from Eric Seidman’s piece yesterday on Brad Emaus -- an article that the Mets completely ignored when they waived him today -- I present the 2011 Brad Emaus

  • Replacing Brad Lidge
    in FanGraphs by Chris Cwik - 3/31/2011 -  27
    is closer Brad Lidge, who will miss 3-6 weeks before he can begin throwing again. When healthy, Lidge has proven to be one of the most dominant relievers in the game. To replace that dominance

  • Texas Is Boring, or Why Nelson Cruz Is Underhyped
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/16/2011 -  26
    is Hamilton's fellow-outfielder-and-Ranger, the titular Nelson Cruz. On a per-PA basis, one could argue that Cruz has actually been better than Hamilton (2010's American League Most Valuable Player) over the last

  • FanGraphs Audio: Rob Nelson of Big League Chew
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 1/14/2011 -  9
    A Day in the Life of an Idea Man Featuring Rob Nelson, Inventor of Big League Chew Finally, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio on the flip-flop

  • Nelson Figueroa Is Still Good
    in FanGraphs by Pat Andriola - 8/25/2010 -  9
    We know Ed Wade loves his former Phillies. The Astros rotation currently contains three former Phillies pitchers (J.A. Happ, Brett Myers, and Nelson Figueroa), with Figueroa being the latest to get

  • Brad Bergesen: Servicable or Bust?
    in RotoGraphs by Dan Budreika - 3/6/2010 -  4
    Brad Bergesen's player profile here at FanGraphs has been playing mind games with me for a few days. Simply put, it's tough to get a good handle on what to expect from this guy. I really do enjoy

  • Nelson Cruz's Contact
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 9/16/2009 -  10
    strange. Nelson Cruz has the fifth lowest contact rate of any hitter in baseball this year, with his 67.9% rate sandwiching him right between Howard and Cust. However, his K% isn't anywhere near

  • The Underrated Brad Bergesen
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 6/26/2009 -  13
    Yards, Brad Bergesen and his 89 MPH fastball has snuck into the team photo and is threatening to stick around. I'm going to go so far as to say he's the best pitcher that most people have never heard

  • Brad Lidge's Issues
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 5/27/2009 -  17
    Of all of the pitchers struggling on the Phillies, Brad Lidge is the most surprising. A glance at the relievers’ WAR board has Lidge firmly at the bottom of the totem pole; something unimaginable

  • Nelson's Sweet Swing
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 4/16/2009 -  5
    At 28 years old, Nelson Cruz is not much of a prospect anymore relative to the traditional usage of the term, but he is definitely going to great lengths to rid the Quad-A reputation he has developed

  • Mighty Joe Nelson
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 12/18/2008 -  4
    On Friday, the Florida Marlins non-tendered right-handed reliever Joe Nelson, officially allowing him to hit the open market. While the market for relief pitchers has not been as lucrative

  • Has Nelson Cruz Broken His Quad-A Ceiling?
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 11/24/2008 -  8
    possess the skills to thrive at the highest level of competition. Coming into the 2008 season, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz appeared to fit the label to a T. The 6-3, 230 pounder (who also toiled

  • Brad Ziegler's Excellent Adventure
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 11/3/2008 -  0
    Oakland A's submariner Brad Ziegler took a rather circuitous route to major league success. Originally a 20th round selection by Philadelphia Phillies in the 2003 amateur entry draft, Ziegler

  • Meet Brad Ziegler
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 6/24/2008 -  4
    that simply can't be hit in the air (Brandon Webb, Chien-Ming Wang). And then there's Brad Ziegler. He's a side-arm reliever for the A's, and his fastball tops out at about 86 MPH. It's basically

  • Daily Graphing - Brad Penny
    in FanGraphs by Sky Kalkman - 5/23/2006 -  0
    Brad Penny and Hee Seop Choi for Guillermo Mota, Paul LoDuca, and Juan Encarnacion. That trade made two years ago was most likely Paul DePodesta's defining transaction as GM of the Dodgers. Nobody

  • Daily Graphing - Brad Lidge
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 12/21/2005 -  0
    There's been a lot of talk recently about the reason for Brad Lidge's NLCS game 5 blown save. One of the most common answers to that one blown save has been, "he's overworked". Let

  • Daily Graphing - Brad Wilkerson
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 12/8/2005 -  0
    ESPN is reporting that Nationals players Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and a player to be named will be headed to the Rangers in exchange for Alfonso Soriano. After Brad Wilkerson hit a career