- Erik Johnson: Late Round Breakout Candidate
After five respectable outings in 2013, Erik Johnson will begin his rookie campaign as a relative unknown in the fantasy world. This season is just his third as a professional and his quick ascension
- Will Erik Johnson Be Relevant?
He throws all four pitches, has solid velocity, a big solid frame, will begin the season in the White Sox rotation, and is a top 100 prospect. With all of that said, will Erik Johnson be worth
- Marlins Reel in Nick Johnson
Bedlam ruled the day of the trade deadline, and the Nick Johnson for LHP Aaron Thompson deal was no exception. The Nationals broke from their age old custom of clenching to tradeable players
- Erik Johnson & Kelby Tomlinson: Deep League Wire
As usual, the players listed in this space are typically better suited for mono leagues, and the ownership percentages are by way of CBS.
Erik Johnson / SP / Chicago White Sox / 7
- White Sox Call Ups: Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson
confident that he can be a regular in the majors. His ISO numbers are not incredible in the minors, but for a middle infielder he packs an interesting combination of power and speed.
- Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
Today's chat transcript is now available. Topics include Game 7, Mike Trout trades, and when/how to rebuild.
12:00Brad Johnson: Good afternoon folks. For those wondering where Eno is...well he
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
at RotoGraphs, it is customary to list 10 such bold picks; also Eno ordered me to do so.
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Johnson has good stuff
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Holland, Johnson, Jaso
, Nova, Jaso, DeShields
Pitchers to Start: It's a good day for streaming. There are better picks on the board, but let's talk about Erik Johnson. He was one of my 2014 bold predictions. I thought he
- Position Battles: First Base For the Rays
to giving teammates hotfoot while on bench duty. As currently constituted, Dan Johnson is the Rays starting firstbasemen, though he could have competition.. The last time Johnson played a full season
- Getting Nothing Dunn
Stephen Strasburg. So why are the Nats not in full blown fire-sale mode, a la Pittsburgh? They have some assets.
Needham pointed out a few, including Nick Johnson and Josh Willingham. Johnson
- A Messy Atlanta Shortstop Situation
if it decides to go that route. You, the fantasy owner, shouldn’t look to internal candidates to fill the void. Let’s look at some shortstops likely to be free agents in your leagues.
- All-Star Game Thoughts
And nothing against Heath Bell, who is having a nice season and all, but I would have liked to have seen Josh Johnson get an inning. Johnson throws on average 95 MPH as a starter, and has
- Ben Zobrist: Shortstop Once Again
for the Rays, considering what little productive they’ve gotten from shortstop this season. Elliot Johnson, after an early season hot streak is hitting .247/.314/.342 overall and had a .493 OPS
- Zobrist, Mauer, Rodriguez: 2012 Multi-Positional Players
season. Reid Brignac and Elliott Johnson received most of the innings there to begin the season and failed miserably. Their collective awfulness gave way to Sean Rodriguez, raised a second basemen
- June Shortstop Tier Rankings
These players shouldn’t be owned in standard mixed
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
Earlier today, Erik posted on the market for Mark DeRosa. I won't rehash that analysis with which I substantially agree. Quick take: CHONE has him as .255/.333/.414 hitter next year, which Rally
- The Nick Johnson Quandry
This winter's free agent class is full of guys with significant amounts of both talent and risk, especially on the pitching side of things. Rich Harden, Ben Sheets, Erik Bedard, Brad Penny, Brett
- Erik Bedard's Torn Labrum
Bill Bavasi, the gift that keeps on giving. I will spare you the second line to that reference.
Today, it shines through truer than yesterday as the exploratory surgery on Erik Bedard's shoulder
- Erik Bedard's Labrum
Well, that's that. With the news now official that Erik Bedard has a tear in his labrum the book on his 2008 and perhaps even his Mariner career is closed.
The result of a protracted three month
- Erik Bedard Walks the Plank
Erik Bedard is exactly the sort of pitcher a team signs to a one-year contract, and last December, the Pirates signed Bedard to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million. At the time, I'm guessing
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat 7/26/16
Here's the transcript from today's chat!
1:44Brad Johnson: Howdy folks. Let's get this things started.1:44Brad Johnson: Any deadline chatter before we get down to fantasy team questions?1
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 7/5/16
? Other 1B are carlos santana and logan forsythe.1:00Brad Johnson: Definitely. I'd take Abreu alone.1:00Dan: Im in a 10 team roto and do not have an ace. Which of these SP would you try to hold onto
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/7
Here's the transcript from today's chat!
1:47Brad Johnson: Apologies for the brief delay. People showed up to drill holes in my walls1:47Brad Johnson: Some kind of fire sprinkler maintenance
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/30/16
We'll chat at 4:00pm ET today. See ya then.
4:00Brad Johnson: Welcome folks. This week we'll be analyzing anthems including the best ones for which to stand, sit, or otherwise.4:00Brad Johnson
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/28/16
Today's chat transcript. Covered a lot of topics...
2:28Brad Johnson: Alright folks let's get the ball rolling. Looks like there's a smaller group hanging out today2:29JD: I've got a hole at 1B
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/23/16
). phelps, samardzija, or yordano for decent production until stras is back?
Brad Johnson: As long as you can stream, I'd go start by start rather than picking one guy
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/21
The chat transcript is go. Lots of dynasty questions this week which is right in my sweet spot.
1:44Brad Johnson: The chat is go. Exciting operational notes first...1:45Brad Johnson: I am without
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/24
The transcript is below.
Brad Johnson: Let's get this going. I tried putting an apple in my smoothie today and it's gross
Alex: Hey Brad. My Drew Smyly
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 5/17
Here's the transcript of today's chat. Lot's of fun topics.
Breakout Stars..?: Brandon Drury, Danny Valencia?
Brad Johnson: What are you looking
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/10
Brad Johnson: Ahoy there. Let's get this shindig started
JD: Hi Brad, should I drop any of Gausman, Conley, Roark for Rodon in a 10-teamer H2H redraft? I
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/3
Here's the transcript in glorious HD!
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
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/9/16
to suggest more power ROS. JBJ has the production though. Which do you like? Thanks!
Brad Johnson: Polanco seems to have a couple nagging injuries. I'd go with the healthier
- Erik Kratz, the All-Star
Erik Kratz is not a household name. Even if you follow Minor League Baseball on a regular basis you've probably never heard of him. He's never been at the top of the prospect lists for either
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 8/2/16
Here's today's transcript. We should have more trade deadlines to stir the pot.
Brad Johnson: Hey folks, let's get rolling. Why don't we talk about some real baseball trades
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 9/20/16
Today's transcript is go. Lots of dynasty and keeper questions.
Brad Johnson: Ahoy there
Brad Johnson: This might be the last chat of the season
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 7/19/16
The results of today's chat!
1:42Brad Johnson: Howdy folks, let's get this under way1:42Brad Johnson: I briefly considered using only plagiarized responses for this chat, but that seemed like
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/16/16
The chat is complete, here's the transcript.
Brad Johnson: Alrighty, let's kick this off. I'll be right back with some water.
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/31
Here's the transcript from today's chat.
Brad Johnson: Hey everyone, I'm running just a couple minutes behind. We'll get started soon.
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 9/13/16
Here are the results of today's chat!
4:00Brad Johnson: Today's chat is brought to you by Yasmany Tomas4:00Brad Johnson: 29 home runs, -0.1 WAR4:01Brad Johnson: aka switch-hitting Jermaine Dye4
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 4/26/16
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
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/19/16
Chat Transcript below!
Shawn: James Shields still top 30ish SP?
Brad Johnson: No, not remotely close.
Brad Johnson: He's
- Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
2:48MLB: 11:48Comment From Fantasy GuruBrad!!!!! I need your fantasy guidance this afternoon!!! Should I start Yordano Ventura in Detroit? Over/Under an ERA of 3.50? 11:49Brad Johnson: Because you
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/12/16
Transcript from Tuesday's chat!
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
- Gamble on Erik Bedard
that a pseudonym for "Expensive Ronny Cedeno?" The Erik Bedard signing seems fit for ridicule, too. Looks like Charlie Morton will have a rehab buddy.
But that last one's not really fair. Pittsburgh
- Erik Bedard's Future in Seattle... or?
with Erik Bedard's future might or might not be. It is a fascinating case study for what was perhaps the best pitcher in the American League in 2007.
For the purposes of brevity, I am going to assume
- Erik Bedard is Back
You can definitely call it a comeback. After three extremely injury-riddled seasons, Erik Bedard finally stayed relatively healthy in 2011. While he only threw 129.1 innings, Bedard managed to start
- Blinking Bourjos (with Erik Manning)
This past March, consummate Midwesterner (and contributor to like seven different websites) Erik Manning celebrated prospect Peter Bourjos via both the written and spoken word.
By his own
- My Preliminary Fantasy Rankings By Position
in which 1.9 is Clayton Kershaw, 0.75 is a roughly average pitcher, and 0.23 is Erik Johnson.
From there, I combined my senseless math with my own impressions to form my lists. You may be interested
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 23
Sox lineups, but they won't be submitted until well after contests start. Even DraftKings users may not get a chance to react. It's too bad since Cody Anderson at Erik Johnson promises
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 16
Finally, the Junior Guerra punt is never a bad idea in a GPP. A little luck can push him to a cheap 50 FD points. He's visiting the Dodgers.
Stack Targets: Kyle Gibson, Erik Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez
- The Daily Grind: 4-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, but he's having trouble rolling ground balls and Baltimore is friendly lefty power hitters.
Let's try out the Rays against Erik Johnson at the Chicago Slugging Grounds.
I wish Carlos Villanueva
- Reviewing My Mediocre Predictions
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Um. This looks silly in retrospect. It's almost like I forgot Jose Quintana existed. My thought process
- The Daily Grind: Peavy Conley, Bour, Ketel
, and Syndergaard have the three top projections of the day. Greinke is next best. Shelby Miller and Erik Johnson are ranked sixth and seventh. Miller's strong projection caught me off guard. The Cardinals
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
- Brad Johnson's 10 Timid Predictions
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/5/16
- The Daily Grind: Happ, Anderson, Werth
Pitchers to Start: Erik Johnson has some sneaky keeper potential in the right format. He's recovered the velocity and stuff that made him mildly effective in 2013. He walks too many
- The Daily Grind: 4-8-12 - Presented by FanDuel
probably allow three or more runs over six innings.
Erik Johnson is a guy I'd like to recommend, but in Colorado? Against Colorado? That's an exploit waiting to happen.
Lucas Harrell AND Brandon Morrow
- The Daily Grind: 4-9-14
The two hitter friendly stadiums in this tier - Coors Field and Fenway - combine to have three exploitable pitchers. In Colorado, Juan Nicasio hosts Erik Johnson. In Boston, Robbie Ross has
- The Daily Grind: 5-21-14 - Presented by FanDuel
will see an inconsistent Clay Buchholz in a park that does not favor left-handed hitters.
Tommy Milone versus Erik Bedard reeks of runs, yet I suspect both starters will keep things in check just
- The Daily Grind: 4-15-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, but it's not like Robbie Ross is a world beater with his 4.58 FIP. I might consider stacking Mariners just to be on the other side of the action.
It's going to be damn cold in Chicago, but Erik
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 21
advantageous. Ray's wild ways will get him into trouble.
Also consider: Michael Wacha, Robbie Ray, Erik Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez
Hitters (power): Hyun-soo Kim isn't much of a power hitter, but he's
- The Daily Grind: 5-15-14
Erik Bedard. The only good thing Erik's done this season is avoid the long ball. With guys like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and C.J. Cron populating the lineup, he has his work cut out for him
- The Daily Grind: 4-3-14 - Presented by FanDuel
-handed pitching, but that's a big might here in April.
Erik Johnson will be on the road against the Royals. It's not an easy matchup and I'd rather watch a few of his starts before jumping off
- The Daily Grind: 4-20-14 - Presented by FanDuel
And speaking of good stacks, Erik Johnson draws the Rangers matchup in Texas.
My last stack pick is the A's against Brad Peacock. I could go deeper - Roberto Hernandez is in Denver today
- The Daily Grind: 4-25-14 - Presented by FanDuel
a decent pitcher.
The Rays stack is fantastic tonight against Erik Johnson in Chicago. The weather conditions aren't perfect, but they're good enough for some long balls.
The Brewers also have
- The Daily Grind: 5/14/14 - Presented by FanDuel
ERA contrasts with a 4.26 FIP and 4.46 xFIP.
The Marlins will use right-hander Anthony Desclafani who was acquired in the Reyes-Buehrle-Johnson mega trade. He appears to be a command and control
- The Daily Grind: 5-26-14 - Presented by FanDuel
enough lefties to get to Kyle Kendrick. Meanwhile the Phillies will quest for their first hit since May 24th.
Late: Just four games left for the evening contest. Good luck finding offense.
- The Daily Grind: 6-5-14 - Present by FanDuel
, high reward play. You may want to consider stashing him.
I don't often has the urge to recommend Erik Bedard. As we know Tropicana Field is a pitcher's park. The Seattle Mariners have the fourth
- The Daily Grind: 7-26-14 - Presented by FanDuel
are previous cost + $2). But when I need money, I can cut Verlander for $23 of budget. That should fuel whatever slim dollar pickings are left plus give me a shot at other pricey veterans who get cut. If Erik
- The Daily Grind: Bartolo, Matz, Lorenzen
: Kyle Hendricks, Charlie Morton, Erik Johnson,
Pitchers to Exploit: Michael Lorenzen features suspect command, mediocre stuff, and the peripherals to prove it. His 5.54 ERA is in line with a 5.60
- The Daily Grind: Polanco, Gio, Matz, Stroman
If you're feeling fade-sy, Luis Severino is $7,400 against the Blue Jays. I don't have the stomach for the matchup opposite Price. Erik Johnson ($5,000) is the bargain play.
Stack Targets: Danny
- The Daily Grind: Owens, Peavy, Gutierrez
a 3.21 ERA and 3.73 FIP in 98 innings. The Rockies offer an easy matchup with a good chance for a victory.
Also consider: Marco Estrada, Luis Severino, Erik Johnson, Kyle Hendricks, Roenis Elias
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 4
. Walks (6.75 BB/9) have also been a problem. The Brewers feature several waiver wire bargains tomorrow.
Also consider: Trevor Bauer, Chase Anderson, Henry Owens, Erik Johnson, Collin Rea, Chris Rusin
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 5
, Chris Rusin, Matt Cain, Henry Owens, Alfredo Simon, Robbie Ray, Wade Miley, Erik Johnson, Derek Holland
4. SaberSim Observations
SaberSim Shrugged. If you don't pick deGrom, the projection system
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 10
: Eduardo Rodriguez, Logan Verrett, Matt Shoemaker, Trevor Bauer
Pitchers to Exploit: Erik Johnson joined the National League just in time to debut at Coors Field. Helluva way to welcome a fella
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 11
at Great American Ballpark.
Stack Targets: Chris Young, Wily Peralta, Kyle Gibson, Matt Wisler, Erik Johnson, Mike Wright, Logan Verrett, Straily, Fiers, Rodriguez, Happ, Tyler Chatwood
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 15
consider: Daniel Mengden, Juan Nicasio, Kyle Gibson, Erik Johnson
Hitters (power): I've recommended Jon Jay a couple dozen times without ever saying a word about him. He doesn't actually have power
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 27
consider: Mike Pelfrey, Matt Wisler, John Lamb, Kyle Gibson, J.A. Happ, Eddie Butler, Tim Lincecum, Jon Niese, Ubaldo Jimenez, Erik Johnson, Kendall Graveman
Hitters (power): Petco Park is secretly
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 28
, and CC Sabathia hosting the Rangers.
Stack Targets: Eddie Butler, Erik Johnson, Mike Pelfrey, Kyle Gibson, John Lamb, Scott Feldman, Kendall Graveman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jon Niese, Tim Lincecum, Albert
- The Pitcher Who Did the Most With the Least
- The Giants Bullpen
With respect to these five pitchers, at least two will probably not make the major league roster. If healthy, Affeldt is the club's second
- The Daily Grind: 5-3-14 - Presented by FanDuel
against Erik Bedard and CC Sabathia respectively.
I do not think Miguel Gonzalez is viable. Even in Minnesota.
I don't know what's up with Collin McHugh, but he's a fly ball righty pitching
- The Daily Grind: 5-4-14 - Presented by FanDuel
are actually increased a full 30 percent at Coors Field, etc. etc. Use this information to your advantage.
Early: Let's try the Indians lefty stack against Andre Rienzo. Shall we?
If Erik Bedard
- The Daily Grind: 7-3-14 - Presented by FanDuel
home runs, I won't stop you. I thought regression would kick in months ago, but he's still rolling a 20 percent HR/FB ratio.
Erik Bedard's lefty nature could betray him against the Detroit Tigers
- Giants Bullpen: This Looks Familiar
The final spot most likely belongs to Lincecum or Petit. In fact, it's hard to imagine the club won't find
- The Rays Rotation
owners. He'll be best used as a waiver wire starter.
Down the Depth Chart
The Rays recently signed Bedard to compete
- The Daily Grind: 4-28-14 - Present by FanDuel
; the Rays offense is good, but Erik Bedard is not.
Jose Quintana isn't a grade A streaming option against the Detroit Tigers, but he's good enough in a pinch. A win is a long shot against Justin
- The Daily Grind: 4-29-14 - Presented by FanDuel
cold rather than rainy like several other games, so you can still try to stack Red Sox righties against Erik Bedard. The Rays pen has been taxed on this road trip, so they should also give up a few
- The Daily Grind: 5-31-14 - Presented by FanDuel
starts against Stults.
Daren Ruf and Marlon Byrd are worth a shot against Niese.
Jonny Gomes has another start coming to him with Erik Bedard on the bump.
Danny Valencia should start against
- The Daily Grind: 6-28-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, but there's still potential for fireworks.
The Orioles feature a few prominent right-handed bats. They'll gain the platoon advantage against Erik Bedard.
Jhoulys Chacin has terrible strikeout and walk
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 10
Bettis, Michael Pineda, Yordano Ventura, Erik Surkamp, Jhoulys Chacin, Tim Adleman, Chase Anderson
Hitters (power): If you had any doubts about starting Jake Lamb at Coors Field, consider them
- 2016 End of Season Rankings: Relief Pitchers
- Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2016 Bold Predictions
much outfield work.
I could probably repeat this prediction next year, and it would still be bold.
*manager demotes Johnson in the lineup
5. Michael Brantley will be a top 10
- Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2015 Bold Predictions
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions - Positive Edition
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions: Negative Edition