Archive for July, 2016

The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 371 – Special Guest: Paul Kastava

7/31/16

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Roto Riteup: July 31, 2016

The Mariners play on Sunday Night Baseball today for the first time in over a decade, and King Felix takes the hill on the big stage. That is newsworthy, so we’re reporting it here on the Roto Riteup.

On the agenda:
1. Mark Melancon to the Nats
2. Matt Kemp to the Braves
3. Streaming Pitcher Options

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Bullpen Report: July 30, 2016

As expected, the Nationals acquired a big arm for their pen by trading for Mark Melancon. The Nationals traded lefties Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn to the Pirates for Melancon, which shakes up two bullpens. Melancon will be the closer in Washington, and Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly handled the news well. Papelbon has struggled in his last three appearances giving up a total of 7 earned runs in 1 inning pitched. August Fagerstrom goes in depth about Melancon, who has been one of the best closers in baseball with a 1.51 ERA (2.66 FIP). The BB% (5.5) is the highest for Melancon since 2012 and Fagerstrom points out it is because hitters are laying off his curveball. Nothing to be of real concern just yet, but might be something to monitor down the road. The grid has Papelbon next in line despite Shawn Kelley having a better year, so that could change as we see more late inning situations. The Pirates will now turn to Tony Watson to close games out, who has also been good this year posting a 2.66 ERA (3.71 FIP). Some areas to look out for are his homeruns are slightly up (0.82 HR/9), and his BB% (8.6) is the highest it has been since 2012. The two years prior he has been elite and outside of a three game stretch in June, has not given up runs in back-to-back games. Neftali Feliz is now next in line for saves, followed by the newly acquired Felipe Rivero. Feliz has the better K rate (29.4%) and BB rate (7.2%) than Watson, but those HR/9 (1.37) are concerning. I’m tempted to keep Pittsburgh at green, but it’s a new closer so we’ll start off a little conservative with yellow. Read the rest of this entry »


Roto Riteup: July 30, 2016

That’s right, it’s still me. Four straight days of Zach with the Roto Riteup, what a treat.

On the agenda:
1. Andrew Cashner, meet the Marlins
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options

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The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for July 30

Agenda

  1. More Trade Fallout
  2. The Daily Grind Invitational and Leaderboard
  3. Daily DFS
  4. SaberSim Observations
  5. Tomorrow’s Targets
  6. Factor Grid

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 370 – Cashner & Nunez On the Move!

7/29/16

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The Replacements: July 1B Edition

This week I wanted to check on three teams with injuries at first base and what timetables those teams are looking at for returns, along with analysis of their replacements. I skipped the Cardinals in this write-up because most fans should be rather familiar with Matt Adams and Jedd Gyorko is being picked up like crazy in most leagues, so his availability has started to get limited in deeper leagues.

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Designing League Incentives

I’m no artist, but as we enter August let me paint a picture of what I see happening in many fantasy leagues:

“My team started fast and I was optimistic in May, but since then I’ve fallen out of the race and am now looking only towards next season.”

“My league’s title chase appeared to be close in June, but just a month or so later it now looks like it’s really over – it’s a one (maybe two) horse race.”

“Our league trade deadline is still 30 days away but no one is really buying at this point.  It makes for a tough sell.”

“A lot of the owners in my league seem like they’ve checked out for the summer.  There’s just not a lot of activity from those teams lower in the standings.”

Familiar? Of course I’m using very broad brush strokes here but you get the point: it’s rare to find a fantasy league that has a hot race involving half your league’s teams in August (and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one in September).  But this isn’t really surprising, is it? Still, if you’ve ever won a fantasy league then you know the only thing better than winning is winning a competitive fantasy league.  We all want to win among the best, don’t we? That’s what bragging rights are all about.

My original intent for this article was to debate whether or not it’s possible to legislate competitiveness within your fantasy league, but we’ll just skip to the conclusion and say “it’s not”. This fact is probably obvious to you but in 20 years of being a fantasy commissioner I can tell you I’ve tried many times to drive competition up and down the standings each season, but in the end there’s no secret sauce.  Instead, I’ve come to the conclusion that attempting to build an active league is far better than trying to manufacture a competitive one, so today I’ll leave you with a few ideas that might help increase engagement in your league, and also ask for your feedback on what else might be working for you.

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Waiver Wire Targets: A Southpaw and a Couple of Outfielders

A couple weeks ago, I sung the praises of Sean Manea. He’s done little to disappoint since then, yet his ownership hasn’t risen that much, so I’m going back to the well to suggest adding him this week. The lefty is joined by a pair of outfielders who play in hitter-friendly home ballparks who deserve a look as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Field of Streams: Episode 206 – Live With The Return Of Scott Strandberg (Also Again)

Episode 206 – Live With The Return Of Scott Strandberg (Also Again)

In this live broadcast, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson are joined by Scott Strandberg in a live recording to discuss a number of bad pitchers on the slate, the trade deadline, Kendall Graveman turning things around, Jeff Samardzija’s bad splits, Scott’s “under-the-radar blue chip stud of the day,” more weird FanDuel pricing, the Royals being a “DFS black hole,” a fun Chris/Khris Davis stat, Colby Rasmus’ interesting history against Matt Boyd, and The Daily Grind Invitational.
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