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  • Ryan Howard's Torn Achilles
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/9/2011 -  0
    While the Philadelphia Phillies sit and scratch their heads, trying to regroup from their Friday night ouster from the playoffs, fantasy owners of Ryan Howard, especially those in keeper leagues

  • Ryan Howard's Odd Decline
    in FanGraphs by Pat Andriola - 6/2/2010 -  22
    We want to welcome a new writer to the fold today - Pat Andriola has joined the team, and will be contributing daily in this slot. Ryan Howard certainly has not produced as Phillies fans would

  • Ryan Howard and the RBI
    in FanGraphs by Steve Slowinski - 7/25/2011 -  122
    statistics to back up their position, then declares that the other side's statistics are worthless. Ryan Howard is one of those players. Traditionalists love him because he posts huge home run and RBI

  • Ryan Howard and the Opposite Field
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 3/4/2010 -  5
    Over the last couple of days, I've been discussing opposite field hitting. One name that has come up both in my head as I considered this issue, as well as in the comments section, is that of Ryan

  • The Meaning of Ryan Howard's Toe
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 10/1/2012 -  49
    thinking about it. Ryan Howard dropped a lead pipe that he swings in the on-deck circle on his toe and broke it. He won't play again this season. So here's your bizarre thing, and maybe

  • Ryan Howard's Extension
    in FanGraphs by Tangotiger - 4/30/2010 -  96
    In the four seasons from 2006-2009, Ryan Howard has accumulated 16 wins, according to http://www.baseballprojection.com/war/h/howar001.htm . If we look at all players born since Babe Ruth

  • Daily Graphing - Ryan Howard
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 12/7/2005 -  1
    Congratulations to Ryan Howard for winning the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year award! In his first full season he hit 22 home runs in only 348 plate appearances. There are only 25 other

  • Ryan Howard Against LHPs
    in FanGraphs by Dave Allen - 10/27/2009 -  27
    . The biggest issue for the Phillies is Ryan Howard, who is a very bad hitter against LHPs. On the splits page, you can see that the biggest difference is in his ISO and K rate. On the other hand, in recent

  • Don’t Blame Ryan Howard
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 10/25/2010 -  85
    Even before Ryan Howard struck out looking to end the NLCS on Saturday, he was already being fitted with goat horns, especially by broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. If you watched any

  • Reassessing Ryan Howard's Trade Value
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 5/28/2015 -  30
    You remember the offseason that was. It was the offseason in which the Phillies said outright they'd be better off without Ryan Howard. And it was the offseason that concluded with Ryan Howard still

  • Expanded Four Factors: Ryan Howard
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 8/11/2010 -  11
    Expanded Four Factors links: Average Player Math/Reference For our first use of the expanded four factors with a real, live Major League Baseball player, let's take a look at Ryan Howard. Howard

  • Let's Talk About Ryan Howard
    in FanGraphs by Corinne Landrey - 8/24/2016 -  33
    + Leaderboard Player Team PA wRC+ Joey Votto CIN 154 226 Ryan Howard PHI 66 191 Freddie Freeman ATL 155 179 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 137 149 Paul Goldschmidt ARZ

  • Can Ryan Howard Hit Lefties?
    in FanGraphs by Pat Andriola - 6/7/2010 -  16
    , statistics, and psychology. Although Ryan Howard's name is in the title, this isn't really about him (I promise my time at Fangraphs won't be spent solely on Ryan Howard and philosophy). As a baseball

  • Where are Ryan Howard's HRs going?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Allen - 7/2/2009 -  26
    Ryan Howard's HR/FB rate, at 23.5%, is lower than his HR/FB rate in any of his full years of play, in which it was always above 30%. He has replaced some of those HRs with doubles and 23.5% is still

  • Ryan Howard Flips and, Kind of, Flops
    in RotoGraphs by Landon Jones - 9/30/2014 -  0
    Contrary to what the headline says: I have no footage of Ryan Howard actually doing a flip. If you do, though, that'd be cool. But in all seriousness Howard isn't what he used to be. We all know

  • Replacing Ryan Howard At First Base
    in FanGraphs by Wendy Thurm - 10/11/2011 -  105
    of the Division Series. Ryan Howard made the last out of the game, grounding out to the right side. Howard barely made it out of the batter's box on the play. He ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left

  • Howard Bender's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/12/2014 -  43
    year. Kelly Johnson becomes the next Scott Brosius, Brian Roberts and Brendan Ryan keep the keystone covered, Mark Teixeira comes back to jack at least 20 homers and all the other parts

  • FG on Fox: Ryan Howard and the Worst Case Scenario
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 7/25/2014 -  39
    The Phillies' 2011 season ended with Ryan Howard crumpled in a heap between the batter's box and first base. What was suspected then was confirmed later: Howard had suffered a rupture of his Achilles

  • FanGraphs Audio: Ryan Howard Gets Some Benjamins
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 5/3/2010 -  1
    Episode Twenty-Six In which the panel beats a near-dead horse. Headlines Ryan Howard: Ya Heard?!? CPL Watch: Lee and Lewis Do Battle Carlos Silva: What Gives? … and other mind-bending

  • Acting Like Adam Dunn Is Ryan Howard
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 7/20/2010 -  69
    Mike] Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,'' the source said. I suppose that on the surface, this comparison might seem kind of ridiculous. Adam Dunn wasn't even offered arbitration upon leaving

  • Shane Victorino Is Better Than Ryan Howard
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 6/20/2011 -  150
    that Victorino has been the best hitter on a team with Ryan Howard; the Phillies first baseman might be overrated, but he's still a good hitter, and he has outhit Victorino by a good margin for most

  • Let's Find Ryan Howard a Happy New Home
    in FanGraphs by Mike Petriello - 1/5/2015 -  111
    to maintain one last link to the past, but it's clear the Phillies we knew are gone, and the next year or two (or more) are going to be a difficult transition. I didn't mention Ryan Howard because

  • Is Ryan Braun's Extension Worse Than Howard's?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 4/22/2011 -  198
    Almost exactly one year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Ryan Howard to a five year contract extension that was, shall we say, not exactly well thought of. The Phillies already had

  • Unlucky R-Ho
    in RotoGraphs by Ryan Glass - 1/12/2009 -  23
    will probably come back to earth and those that were unlucky are due to breakout. This can be very helpful when deciding to draft one player or another. The first player in the series is Ryan Howard

  • Ryan Doumit Needs the American League
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/14/2011 -  3
    While you never want to be cast aside by the only team you've ever called home for your entire professional career, the Pirates refusal to pick up Ryan Doumit's $7.25M option may have been the best

  • Video: "Baseball Friends: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley"
    in NotGraphs by Navin Vaswani - 7/20/2011 -  1

  • Stanton's Possible Extension
    in FanGraphs by Ryan Campbell - 3/19/2012 -  16
    to look like in order to get a deal done. As Jong notes, Prince Fielder made $33.5 million in his three arbitration seasons with this same skillset, while Ryan Howard achieved Super Two status

  • The Most Predictable Hitters of 2013
    in Community by Ryan Kruse - 8/13/2013 -  6
    14.14 28.81 143 Pedro Alvarez 27.20 13.90 29.69 254 Ryan Howard 27.42 7.23 32.52 197 Chris Young 29.81 16.39

  • Howard Avoids Arbitration For Good
    in FanGraphs by Matthew Carruth - 2/8/2009 -  14
    We can all rest easy from now on safe in the knowledge that we no longer have to hear about Ryan Howard's arbitration demands again. Today the Philadelphia Phillies and Ryan Howard agreed to a three

  • Ryan Madson: Playoffs, Free Agency, and Fantasy Value
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 9/29/2011 -  2
    In his first (almost) full year as the Phillies closer, it's been an outstanding year for Ryan Madson.  With the usual injury issues of Brad Lidge and the seemingly ageless Jose Contreras, Madson

  • Ryan Vogelsong: Worth the Waiver Wire Claim?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/30/2011 -  5
    .  San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong made his first start of the season in replacement of the injured Barry Zito this past week, pitched 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks

  • Howard Heading To Court
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 1/21/2009 -  8
    Ryan Howard of the Philadelpia Phillies is no stranger to the arbitration process. After a Rookie of the Year 2005 season, an MVP Award in 2006, and a 2007 campaign in which he smacked 47 HR

  • Howard's Last Hurrah?
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 10/14/2014 -  10
    Ryan Howard has always been a charged topic on FanGraphs. He's long been considered among the worst "values" in real baseball. Whatever complaints you may have about WAR, you probably agree it's good

  • Howard Making "History"
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 8/27/2008 -  4
    Following last night's absolutely insane game between the Phillies and Mets, Ryan Howard staked claim atop the NL leaderboard with his 35th home run of the season. With a little over a month to go

  • Hot, Hot Howard
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 5/26/2008 -  1
    .339/.358/.468. Even Pedro Feliz is at a .304/.333/.478 clip over his last 12 games. Of all the players stepping up, none is more satisfying to Phillies fans than Ryan Howard. Since May 7th

  • Power Beyond the Howard Zone
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/26/2010 -  7
    at a concrete example using an unsubtle, but helpfully simple tool. Another thing that everyone knows is that Ryan Howard (any news on him today?) has monster power to all fields. While there are a few

  • Danny Espinosa and Ryan Raburn: Waiver Wire Help at Second Base
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/1/2011 -  10
    .  He's going to be snatched up quickly while he's this hot, so grab him now and you'll likely reap the benefits of it for the next four months. Ryan Raburn |2B, OF|  Ownership:  ESPN - 18.1%  Yahoo

  • Robert Andino & Ryan Sweeney: Cheap Waiver Wire Adds
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/18/2012 -  0
    five games.  If neither he nor Chris Davis is capable of playing third, then perhaps Andino might impress a little more than Wilson Betemit. Ryan Sweeney, BOS  |OF|  Ownership:  ESPN - 14.9%  Yahoo

  • Move Over, Howard and Reynolds
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 5/28/2009 -  9
    In 2007, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard set the single season record with 199 strikeouts. Last season, he matched his record breaking season with 199 more, but moved into second place on the all

  • Other Than Howard..
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 9/30/2008 -  4
    Ryan Howard had a scorchingly hot month of September, as he hit .352/.422/.852, with 11 home runs. Producing a 1.68 WPA/LI in the month put the slugging first baseman ahead of all other hitters

  • What's Howard Done For Me Lately?
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 9/16/2008 -  1
    . A player in a somewhat similar situation is Ryan Howard. Howard, the Phillies first baseman and former NL MVP, got off to an extremely slow start, but has been so good recently that he is now creeping

  • An Introduction to GRIT
    in Community by Ryan - 8/17/2013 -  8

  • Howard and Zimmerman Sue for Defamation, Unlikely to Win
    in FanGraphs by Nathaniel Grow - 1/6/2016 -  20
    players, including Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman. According to Sly, both players bought and used the drug Delta-2, a banned hormone supplement. Initially, both Howard and Zimmerman issued a joint

  • Howard Bender's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/27/2013 -  11

  • Darin Ruf and Sonny Gray: Rookies Without Hype Sauce
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/10/2013 -  16
    spent both seasons doing it with a double-digit walk rate and a sub 18-percent strikeout rate. But after batting just .246 with two home runs over spring training and with expectations of Ryan Howard

  • Jim Thome's Fantasy Value Goes Kaput
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/5/2011 -  2
    , with this move to Philadelphia, the trend continues.  Sure, Thome may garner some starts at first base given the injury to Ryan Howard and he may even regain his eligibility there.  But will he play enough

  • Be Careful Overvaluing ROY Winners
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/17/2011 -  7
    Ryan Howard 2005 .289 52 22 63 0 Hanley Ramirez 2006 .292 119 17 59 51 Ryan Braun 2007 .324 91 34 97 15 Dustin Pedroia 2007 .317 86 8 50 7 Evan Longoria

  • From Here to Utility
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/30/2011 -  1
    helps keep his draft value low.  He makes the move to Philadelphia this year and will serve as a back-up to Ryan Howard at first while competing with Placido Polanco for time at third base.  He'll also

  • Kicking Rocks: Autodrafters
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/1/2012 -  37
    like Ryan Howard, Michael Pineda, Chipper Jones and Ryan Madson and you've given up before you've even started.  Nothing worse than a dead team in the league because you autodrafted the guest list of Dr

  • 2012 June Catcher Tiers Update
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/12/2012 -  25
    with the lineup once Ryan Howard and Chase Utley work their way back, but not enough to keep this man down.  Same with Pierzynski.  A real strong May backs up a fantastic April.  He's getting older

  • Phillies Infield: Depth Chart Discussions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/13/2013 -  3
    Ruiz Erik Kratz Humberto Quintero 1B Ryan Howard John Mayberry Laynce Nix Darin Ruf 2B Chase Utley Freddy Galvis Yuniesky Betancourt SS Jimmy Rollins Freddy Galvis

  • Rajai Davis and Juan Pierre: Waiver Wire Speed
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/15/2012 -  5
    the fact that it's just a matter of time before things start clicking again for Chase Utley and Ryan Howard which should result in a boost in runs scored.  Granted, that's not the primary goal here

  • Ryan Braun, Upside and Average
    in RotoGraphs by Brian Joura - 2/9/2009 -  6
    more homers – Carlos Delgado, Adam Dunn and Ryan Howard – combined for three steals while Braun had 14. The big question around Braun is how high you think his average will be. In his rookie

  • Howard Bender's 10 Bold Predictions for 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/1/2012 -  44

  • Reviewing Howard Bender's 10 Bold Predictions for 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/2/2013 -  14

  • How Batting Second Will Save Jayson Werth's Fantasy Value
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/2/2011 -  1
    that boasted the likes of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and even Raul Ibanez and took all the pressure off of him to be the team's leading run producer, Werth was now suddenly expected to be the big masher

  • Bearish on Carlos Santana
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/14/2011 -  20
    have gotten the same production had you just drafted John Buck.  In fact, Olivo's numbers make Santana's numbers look like Yadier Molina's numbers. "Oh, but Howard, look at the OBP!  Santana's OBP

  • Kicking Rocks: Lip Service
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/23/2012 -  5
    now." These words were uttered by Ryan Howard just the other day when asked how his rehab was going, but this is actually more in line with the mental version of  'the best shape of my life

  • 12-Team Mixed League Results from the Mock Draft Army
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/7/2014 -  16
    Howard Bender RotoGraphs/RotobuzzGuy.com @rotobuzzguy Chris Rampe Dynasty Sports Empire @phdinweed Kenn Ruby RotoWire @Kenn_Ruby David Kerr FantasySquads.com @AskROTObaseball

  • 2011 Player Rankings: Catchers
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/15/2011 -  29
    the line for your backstop position.  Martin could be a nice sleeper in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. Shoebox Apartment John Jaso A.J. Pierzynski Miguel Olivo Ryan Doumit

  • The #BADfantasy Experts League
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/4/2014 -  16
    Razzball Mark Bloom RotoExperts Nicholas Minnix KFFL Ryan Bloomfield Baseball HQ Jeff Paur RealTime Fantasy Sports Howard Bender FanGraphs Andrew Martinez RotoWire

  • Catchers: Impending Free Agency and the Upcoming Trade Deadline
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/12/2011 -  4
    will be free agents at the end of the 2011 season: Player Age Additional Contract Notes Rod Barajas 36 Henry Blanco 40 Ramon Castro 36 Ryan Doumit 31 2012: $7.25M

  • Updated Catcher Rankings -- August 2011
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/7/2011 -  6
    to garner more and more time McKenry's could drop with the expected return of Ryan Doumit.  Still, he's performed admirably enough to warrant this tier.  Dropping down here with some of the rest of the aging

  • Catchers: Tiered Rankings
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/8/2013 -  24
    A.J. Pierzynski Ryan Doumit Brian McCann Carlos Ruiz Alex Avila OK, not bad. You waited on the position in your draft and this is what you've got. The power should be decent

  • Catcher Tiers Update: June 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/6/2013 -  32
    Russell Martin Ryan Doumit Jarrod Saltalamacchia Carlos Ruiz Real close to moving JPA up a tier due to his power. The average is still a disaster and he strikes out way too much

  • Catcher Tiers Update: July 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/3/2013 -  13
    does something to warrant it. Scotch Bonnet J.P. Arencibia Russell Martin Ryan Doumit Jarrod Saltalamacchia Carlos Ruiz Decent power, lousy average

  • Catcher Tiers Update: August 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/7/2013 -  9
    in a little bit of power as well. Scotch Bonnet J.P. Arencibia Russell Martin Wilson Ramos Miguel Montero Ryan Doumit Jarrod Saltalamacchia Evan Gattis

  • Catcher Tiers Update: September 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 9/5/2013 -  11
    Bonnet J.P. Arencibia Russell Martin Wilson Ramos Carlos Ruiz Miguel Montero Ryan Doumit Jarrod Saltalamacchia Evan Gattis It's the rise of Carlos

  • Kicking Rocks: The Not So Hot Corner
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/5/2011 -  14
    the DL with an oblique injury.  Ryan Zimmerman hit the DL after eight games and is now out for an additional six weeks following surgery to fix a sports hernia.  David Wright, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin

  • Catcher Rankings Update - June 2011
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/31/2011 -  23
    into the tier above.  Hundley drops due to his lengthy recovery.  Are you ever coming back, Nick? Sharing a Room Chris Snyder Jarrod Saltlamacchia Ryan Doumit Hank Conger Josh

  • Updated Catcher Rankings -- July 2011
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/5/2011 -  18
    in hitting.  The power isn't quite there, but the average has taken a solid increase.   Sharing a Room Jarrod Saltalamacchia Ramon Hernandez Ryan Hanigan Ronny Paulino

  • Cody Ross Heads to Beantown
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/25/2012 -  4
    Boston's right field just may have become a little more fantasy friendly as the club signed Cody Ross to a one year, $3M contract the other day.  Initial plans are likely to platoon Ross and Ryan

  • 2012 Catcher Tiers: Preseason
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/20/2012 -  10
    Wilson Ramos Russell Martin Ryan Doumit Kurt Suzuki Very serviceable catchers, good power to be had with a splash of upside.  Ramos could be in for a strong year and this could

  • Catcher Tiers Update -- May 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/8/2012 -  21
    . U.S. Standard Wilson Ramos J.P. Arencibia A.J. Pierzynski Geovany Soto Russell Martin Ryan Doumit Jonathan Lucroy Run of the mill catchers here

  • Catcher Tier Rankings Update -- August 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/7/2012 -  33
    and the uncertainty of his ability to come back at all this season. U.S. Standard Ryan Doumit Salvador Perez Jonathan Lucroy Wilin Rosario A.J. Ellis Lucroy

  • Catchers: One Up, One Down
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/9/2013 -  7
    I've received a number of emails over the past two weeks asking about players to either pick up or drop and two catchers who have been the most asked about are Evan Gattis and Ryan Doumit. Each seem

  • Catcher BABIP: The Sneaky Way to Trade
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/18/2011 -  19
    Olivo .240 Carlos Ruiz .353 Victor Martinez .245 Josh Thole .344 Geovany Soto .250 Ryan Doumit .333 Jarrod Saltalamacchia .250 J.P. Arencibia .320

  • Catcher Rankings Updated
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/2/2011 -  22
    in Houston and Buck, as expected, gets knocked down a tier, with his lackluster play in Florida. Sharing a Room Chris Snyder Ryan Doumit Hank Conger Josh Thole Ramon

  • Updated Catcher Rankings -- September 2011
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 9/7/2011 -  6
    Humberto Quintero Ryan Doumit Nick Hundley Yorvit Torrealba More of the same from the veterans in this tier.  Some decent play, some poor play...just toeing the line, so to speak

  • As For the Rest of the Twins...
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/21/2011 -  6
    It's been less than  a month since the Twins fired Bill Smith and replaced him with new GM Terry Ryan and after just two quick moves in free agency, the Twins roster looks to be a taking a different

  • Reader Mock Draft: Catchers ADP Analysis
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/6/2012 -  2
    230.39 152 78.39 Nick Hundley 230.41 311 -80.59 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 232.68 291 -58.32 Russell Martin 233.06 220 13.06 Ryan Doumit 234.23 256 -21.77 Salvador

  • 3 More Guys I Won't Draft in 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/14/2012 -  63
    behind him, is he?  And if he hits sixth, what kind of lineup protection does he really have?  As a pitcher I'd much rather give Crawford junk to hit and take my chances with a Cody Ross or Ryan

  • Josh Bell and Steve Lombardozzi: Waiver Wire
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/23/2012 -  6
    finally said enough to the Cody Ransom/Ryan Roberts platoon they had working the hot corner this season.  With little or no legitimate production at the position, it made perfect sense for the team

  • Podsednik and Revere: Waiver Wire
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/6/2012 -  3
    baseball activities yesterday, and Che-Hsuan Lin is back in the minors.  That leaves a hodge-podge group consisting of Marlon Byrd, Ryan Sweeney, Daniel Nava, Darnell McDonald, Pods, and an occasional

  • Updated Catcher Tiers: July 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/3/2012 -  47
    to prove his worth before he gets ranked any higher. U.S. Standard Wilin Rosario J.P. Arencibia Ryan Doumit Alex Avila A.J. Ellis Salvador Perez

  • Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/30/2012 -  7
    a third base all season. They came into the year with high hopes that Ryan Roberts would be able to duplicate his breakout 2011 numbers. When he failed, they turned to the underwhelming Cody Ransom

  • Closer Carousel Starts Early
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/15/2013 -  8
    , before his torrid end-of-season heroics from the pen, Balfour struggled during the middle of the season last year and was replaced as the closer by Ryan Cook who managed to notch 14 saves beginning

  • Kicking Rocks: These Trade Winds Blow
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/26/2013 -  38
    of this piece. Is my team in my primary keeper league being ravaged by injuries right now? Yeah, I'd say so. Losing Jason Heyward, Yoenis Cespedes, Ryan Ludwick, Brett Lawrie and Aaron Hill to the DL while

  • Catcher Tiers -- April 2014
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/29/2014 -  38
    J.P. Arencibia Ryan Hanigan These guys are the primary backstops for their team but each has a very similar problem. Zunino has promise but Buck is there. Flowers has potential, but he's

  • Catcher ADP: Early Results
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/30/2012 -  14
    204 ND 20.4% 17.3% Jarrod Saltalamacchia 233.59 198 ND 27.7% -0.2% Russell Martin 234.97 140 ND 62.2% -0.8% Ryan Doumit 237.02 198 ND 38.0% -1.7% Chris Iannetta

  • Catcher Tiers Update: May 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/4/2013 -  9
    a matter of when, not if. Piri Piri John Jaso Ryan Doumit Welington Castillo A.J. Ellis Jarrod Saltalamacchia Alex Avila Nick HundleyEvan Gattis

  • Catchers on the Rise: Martin, Snyder, & Arencibia
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/16/2011 -  2
    obviously growing weary of Ryan Doumit's chronic health issues and a little faith in Jason Jaramillo, Snyder comes in this year as the primary catcher. His sound defense and mid-level pop should keep

  • Waiver Wire: March 23rd
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/23/2011 -  1
    be better prepared to pounce on a potential quality pick-up before your competition.  The waiver wire articles you'll find here focus on players owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! and ESPN leagues. Ryan

  • Catchers: Platoon Battles
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/4/2011 -  0
    of a split situation.  Here's a couple of notable interest... Cincinnati Reds:  Ramon Hernandez vs Ryan Hanigan The time split for the two is expected to be 50/50, but my gut is telling me that we

  • Waiver Wire: April 6th
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/6/2011 -  4
    above average ISO and he should see plenty of RBI opportunities hitting behind Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and the tandem of Brennan Boesch and Ryan Raburn.  Last season he dropped his K% down

  • Waiver Wire: April 20th
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/20/2011 -  4
    into the Ryan Raburn hype during the off season."  After a solid rookie season and a strong spring, Boesch has quickly become a favorite of manager Jim Leyland's in Detroit.  He's the left-handed bat

  • Jesus Montero and Devin Mesoraco: Catching Prospects We'd Like to See But Probably Won't
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/28/2011 -  10
    Baker said there are no immediate plans to bring up any of the young Reds minor league hitters right now.  The big club's problems are pitching related and neither Ramon Hernandez nor Ryan Hanigan

  • Brad Lidge and Travis Snider: Waiver Wire Preparation for the Second Half
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/13/2011 -  15
    and given Ryan Madson's injury and the rest of the Philly pen, Lidge could be closing out games for them soon enough.  If you need the relief help, it's probably a risk worth taking so long as the rest

  • Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals: MLB Trade Deadline Deals and the Fantasy Impact
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/2/2011 -  0
    , incumbent Ryan Theriot will make the shift over to second base.  Had this been before July, there wouldn't be any question about a non-change in fantasy value, however, after hitting .205 for the month

  • Derrek Lee Finds New Fantasy Life in Pittsburgh After MLB Trade Deadline
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/3/2011 -  5
    resurgence.  With the Pirates, Lee will continue to see regular playing time at first and bat cleanup with some decent protection behind him in Ryan Ludwick and Pedro Alvarez.  Perhaps knowing

  • Catchers on Fire
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/16/2011 -  11
    Nick Hundley and Ryan Doumit.  Both could make for solid late season additions.  

  • September Catchers: Finishing Strong
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 9/15/2011 -  9
    with a .359 OBP.  The Royals are loving him here at the end of the season and so should you.  Owned in 2% of yahoo leagues and even less in ESPN ones. Ryan Doumit, PIT -- Owned in just 2.6% of ESPN (12

  • Jonathan Lucroy: What a Pleasant Surprise
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/10/2011 -  0
    , and with such stars around him like Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, he could find success at the major league level.  Maybe not huge success, but enough to get by in fantasy. When the month of May came

  • 2012 Catcher Free Agents on the Move
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/31/2011 -  1
    ) $1.55M mutual option w/ $250K buyout Ramon Castro (36) Ryan Doumit (31) $7.55 club option for 2012, $8.25M club option for 2013 with $500K buyout Ramon Hernandez (36) Rob Johnson

  • Now Catching for the Cincinnati Reds...
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 12/3/2011 -  6
    likely, bigger possibilities on the horizon. The obvious move for the Reds right now is to go into spring training with veteran Ryan Hanigan resuming his platoon status behind the plate, this time

  • New Life for Mat Gamel
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 12/15/2011 -  5
    .  They did it with Ryan Braun and they were going to do it with McGehee this year until he jumped ship to Pittsburgh.  His career, basically, now hinges on how he produces offensively this season

  • Kicking Rocks: The Waiting Game
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 12/22/2011 -  14
    of this pre-spring lull? I can celebrate Hannukah with my family, but that will only remind me that Ryan Braun, a keeper I do own, will be lost for the first 50 games of the season.  Not to mention, potato

  • Draft Dilemma: The 4th Pick
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/8/2012 -  15
    has outfield eligibility opens your draft up that much more.  When you're looking at your third, fourth or even fifth pick, elite third basemen like Ryan Zimmerman or Pablo Sandoval still make sense

  • Thoughts on Consensus Catcher Rankings
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/15/2012 -  3
    disparity for Ryan Doumit.  I guess there's a good case going either way for him.  On one hand, it's tough to rank a guy that high when he's had the health issues he's had in his career, but if you're

  • Mark Melancon and Joel Peralta: Early Waiver Wire Closers
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/4/2012 -  33
    and Ryan Madson headed for the DL, each in need of Tommy John surgery.  Then Drew Storen had elbow issues and Frank Francisco needed his knee drained.  It's been a disaster, right? Well, now

  • Kicking Rocks: In the Hole
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/5/2012 -  20
    on a small handful of guys. I lost Ryan Madson in one roto league, put bids in on Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton and Greg Holland, and when I woke up, I learned I missed them all because one owner blew

  • Catchers: Prospect Watch
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/10/2012 -  19
    a trade possibility, if you've read Dave Cameron's piece on Hundley's contract. Ryan Lavarnway, BOS -- The Red Sox had already committed to Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their starting backstop and picked up

  • Replacing Wilson Ramos
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/15/2012 -  17
    and there's really only bad news if you play in a deep, two-catcher league. In shallow, single catcher leagues, you probably have names like Russell Martin, Ryan Doumit and even J.P. Arencibia sitting

  • Catcher Prospects Update
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/22/2012 -  2
    if things don't turn around quickly for Hundley, there's a good chance we start seeing the team prepare to make the transition. Ryan Lavarnway, BOS -- When last we visited this situation, we talked

  • Kicking Rocks: September Stash Busts
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/31/2012 -  9
    going anywhere. So when you see a group of prospects as talented as Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi and Ryan Verdugo, you expect the team to bring them up when rosters expand in September and give them

  • What Will Become of Salty?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/13/2012 -  2
    and make room for a potential catcher platoon with Ross and upstart Ryan Lavarnway? The best answer to the trade question really lies in whether or not Lavarnway is ready to catch on the major league

  • Kicking Rocks: A Case of the Januaries
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/10/2013 -  24
    strategy with him, but all he really wants to do is run down your players, talk about his own grueling decisions between a $4 Ryan Doumit and a $3 Wilson Ramos, and brag about how Matthew Berry re

  • Vernon Wells and David Murphy: Waiver Wire Outfielders
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/3/2013 -  11
    for waiver wire suggestions. Since I won't encourage the jumpers, this week's waiver piece from me will focus on replacing the injured Ryan Ludwick who dislocated his shoulder and will now be out

  • With Apologies to Jason Castro's Wife and Mother
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/29/2013 -  17
    sustained production, but given some of the issues we've seen behind the plate -- both Monteros, Tyler Flowers, Ryan Doumit, Alex Avila and Jonathan Lucroy just to name a few -- how much worse off would you

  • Brad Miller and Chris Getz: MI Waiver Wire Help
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/24/2013 -  16
    % It only took the Mariners a couple of years, but they finally rid themselves of Brendan Ryan at shortstop and found a fairly stable replacement in Miller. I won't sit here and try to make Miller

  • Replacing Yadier Molina
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/1/2013 -  8
    (owned in 26.6-percent of leagues) and Ryan Doumit (12-percent) can probably come close in RBI based on where they tend to hit in the lineup while Jason Castro (22.4-percent) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia

  • Kicking Rocks: Death, Taxes and the DL
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/9/2013 -  15
    and free-fall in the standings. I was strutting around like a proud peacock with this team. My draft went without a hitch, I pulled off a few savvy deals, including one of Ryan Braun right around

  • Emilio Bonifacio and Khris Davis: Waiver Wire
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/21/2013 -  19
    no Ryan Braun, Davis has done more than his part to help fill the gap in left field for the Brewers and with Caleb Gindl back in the minors, it seems that the team is more than comfortable with rolling

  • Catchers: Potential September AB Decliners
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/29/2013 -  0
    -- Quick and simple...is there any reason to rush him back from a concussion? The Twins aren't going to the playoffs, they have Ryan Doumit and Chris Herrmann already on the big league roster

  • Luke Gregerson Loses Value In Oakland
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/15/2014 -  1
    that role with the likes of Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle. The three of them will be mixed and matched during the seventh and eighth innings which will likely eat into his innings pitched and reduce

  • Shallow Drafts: Waiting on Pitching
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/28/2012 -  47
    happened... Round 1 I had the 4th pick and went with Ryan Braun.  No pitchers were taken in this round. Round 2 Surprisingly, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay all came off

  • Mocking on the Fly
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/7/2013 -  13
    Albert Pujols 1 8 2B Jason Kipnis 3 8 SS Hanley Ramirez 2 5 3B Ryan Zimmerman 5 8 OF Yoenis Cespedes 4 5 OF Alex Gordon 6 5 OF Norichika Aoki 12 5

  • Third Basemen: Top 5 Targets
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/23/2011 -  11
    going in the latter half of the first round but no later than the early second, so if you want him, you're going to have to be aggressive. Deserving of a Title Shot:  Ryan Zimmerman Zimmerman heads

  • RP Injury Updates: Can Bailey and Lidge Still Work For You?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/16/2011 -  5
    Fuentes and Jose Contreras, maybe even Grant Balfour and Ryan Madson, and consider the bullet dodged....for now.  But if you haven't drafted yet, then perhaps it's time for a little strategy session

  • Catchers Stock Watch: Risers and Fallers
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/11/2011 -  13
    and a pair of triples as well.  He's looking like a must-start right now. Honorable Mentions go to Russell Martin, Alex Avila and Ryan Hanigan.  Last week I said that Hanigan should be on your radar if his

  • Kicking Rocks: Cutting Bait
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/30/2011 -  18
    wire, but why suffer any longer? Nobody likes having to make those tough decisions, but at this point in time, it's a must.  Tolerate your under-performing superstars like Dunn, Hanley and Ryan

  • Kicking Rocks: Cheap Saves Not So Cheap This Year
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/28/2011 -  19
    forget the fact that Ryan Madson was picked up in drafts all over with Lidge being hurt?  Bump that number to 645 -- 81.5%.  That's not leaving many scraps available past the first month of the season

  • Catchers Stock Watch: Risers and Fallers
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/26/2011 -  8
    Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit and the uninspiring play of Wyatt Toregas, the former Rockies prospect was given the opportunity to play regularly back in late June and, after an expected slow start, has

  • 2012 Catcher Keeper Rankings -- Honorable Mentions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/27/2011 -  4
    have a hard time pinning my fantasy hopes on the whims of Dusty Baker.  The Reds will likely say goodbye to Ramon Hernandez and use the pairing of Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan.  I think Hanigan does

  • Catcher Wrap From Graphs' Dynasty Mock Draft
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 12/19/2011 -  4
    21 252 Devin Mesoraco 23 269 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 27 316 Love Mesoraco's upside but the presence of Ryan Hanigan and the fact that Dusty Baker loves his veterans keeps him down

  • Is Joe Mauer's ADP Too High?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/27/2012 -  30
    is a shell of the player he once was and after that, the Twins are relying on the rickety bodies of both Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit.  Not to mention the fact that Target Field plays much better

  • Catcher Platoons for the Reds and Rockies
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/24/2012 -  5
    to eventually steal away the starting job on their respective teams.  Devin Mesoraco from the Reds was being paired with incumbent backstop Ryan Hanigan while the Rockies brought in former-Reds catcher

  • Kicking Rocks: Trading for Saves
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/29/2012 -  34
    choices range from Tom Wilhelmsen to Shawn Camp to Tyler Clippard to maybe, if you're lucky, Ryan Cook.  What kind of a price are you willing to pay for one of those guys?  Probably not a lot

  • The Unofficial September DL List Continues
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 9/27/2012 -  7
    tried to make it back, playing one game in late August, but it was a no-go. He's officially been shut down for the season. Ryan Ludwick, OF CIN -- He's now missed six games with a groin injury

  • Kris Medlen: Fantasy NL Turtle
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/10/2012 -  6
    tells you that Kris Medlen won, but let's look a little further into it. Here's how the voting went: Kris Medlen  (7) Ryan Zimmerman  (2) Rickie Weeks  (2) Aramis Ramirez  (1

  • Chris Johnson: The Flavor of Wonder Bread
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/31/2012 -  0
    with Ryan Wheeler who was considered the stronger glove. Sure, he had another hot streak to start the month of September, thanks to a helpful .435 BABIP, but a bruised hand suffered from a hit-by-pitch

  • Tribe Signing Bourn May Complicate Fantasy Matters
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/12/2013 -  6
    scored with this revamped offense. Of the 22 other players to steal 30 or more bases last year only Mike Trout, Ryan Braun and Jimmy Rollins had more runs scored and best of the rest still fell 10

  • Reds Outfield: Depth Chart Discussions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/28/2013 -  9
    Left Field: Ryan Ludwick Chris Heisey Center Field: Shin-Soo Choo Chris Heisey Billy Hamilton? Right Field: Jay Bruce Chris Heisey Xavier Paul We'll open with the starters

  • Appreciating John Buck
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/11/2013 -  23
    in place of a struggling Jonathan Lucroy or Ryan Doumit, you're coming out much further ahead if they end up producing numbers right around their career averages at the end of the season. And if you're

  • Rajai Davis and Adam Lind: Using the Toronto DH Platoon
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/24/2013 -  8
    crawl. But when Jason Heyward goes in for an appendectomy and you've already lost Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Bourn and Ryan Ludwick, desperate times call for desperate measures. Now obviously you're

  • Catcher Stock Watch
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 6/20/2013 -  17
    exhibit some patience here. He'll make some adjustments while he cuts his teeth in the majors with full-time action. Ryan Doumit, MIN -- The batting average is down but his walk and strikeout rates

  • Catchers: Diminishing ABs
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/11/2013 -  6
    more of an edge down the road. Iannetta Conger G PA G PA April 22 86 10 27 May 23 79 15 41 June 19 66 15 41 July 4 13 5 16 Reds: Ryan

  • Potential Catchers on the Move
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 7/25/2013 -  7
    of that are probably only slightly better than 50/50. He's a risk to take on but if you're real weak at the position, it's probably worth that risk. Ryan Doumit, MIN -- The good thing about Doumit is that his

  • Nolan Arenado: A Cog in the Machine
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 11/8/2013 -  3
    . As of right now his ceiling looks more like that of David Freese than of say Ryan Zimmerman, but obviously, given his age and the effect of playing half his games in Colorado could change

  • Cincinnati Reds Outfield: Pump the Brakes on Hamilton?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/5/2014 -  26
    (or in laboratory Petri dishes), he's worth the grab in the early rounds of your draft. Over in left field, we've got the return of Ryan Ludwick, whose 2013 season was decimated by an Opening Day shoulder

  • Cleveland Indians Outfield: Plan B
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/12/2014 -  7
    of a Plan C than anything else as the Indians are likely to install a straight-up platoon with David Murphy (career .280/.347/.469 with a .190 ISO against right-handers) and Ryan Raburn (career .263/.336

  • NL Outfielders: A Look at the Top 5
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 3/10/2011 -  28
    one (or two) to target a little more thought provoking. The King of Brews:  Ryan Braun OK, so nothing too thought provoking here.  Number one stud and an easy first round choice.  Top 5 pick

  • Kicking Rocks: False Positives
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 4/14/2011 -  33
    without sacrificing more than I'd like, even this early in the year. And how about a couple of false positives on Ryan Raburn and Sean Rodriguez?  Nothing worse than when a manager gives no thought

  • Fantasy Accountability
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 10/5/2011 -  4
    , and while I never specifically said to you to trade him while his value was at it's highest, I still say this is a....  Hit Ryan Vogelsong -- I wasn't sold at first and told you to wait a few

  • Top 10 High Risk Veterans -- Part 2
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/5/2012 -  11
    a matter of what type of gambler you are. Honorable mention to Chase Utley whose hip problem seems to be curtailing what could have been a long and monstrous career.  Both Hanley Ramirez and Ryan

  • Reader Mock Draft Analysis: Rounds 17-20
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/9/2012 -  1
    Hellfish Edwin Encarnacion The Drew Henson's Ryan Roberts Smada John Buck Boo-urns Grant Balfour Hebrew Hammer Roy Oswalt Kadjilliounaire Salvador Perez Lucky

  • Kicking Rocks: Free My Rookies!
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/17/2012 -  30
    slash line, just a 15.5% strikeout rate and a solid 9.3% walk rate.  Oh yeah, and how about a fat ol' .229 ISO which is right in line with what he's done in the past?  Ryan Roberts was a one-hit wonder

  • Catchers: Moving On Up or Moving Out?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 5/29/2012 -  21
    consistent playing time, I'd bet Mesoraco sees a BABIP increase which would help the rate stats and subsequently the counting stats even more.  But Ryan Hanigan is hitting well, although for less power

  • Kicking Rocks: Trade Deadline Blues
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 8/2/2012 -  8
    went Anibal Sanchez. Buh-bye Zack Greinke. Hasta la vista, Ryan Dempster. So long Geovany Soto. We hardly knew ya, Casey McGehee. All of them, plucked from my roster and now in the hands of some

  • COL Rockies Infield: Depth Chart Discussions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/14/2013 -  0
    Herrera Josh Rutledge 3B Chris Nelson Jordan Pacheco Ryan Wheeler Let's just keep it simple and organized and go position by position here... Catcher: Last season, when the Rockies

  • LA Angels Outfield: Depth Chart Discussions
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/20/2013 -  4
    . Where he falls in relation to Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun is entirely up to you, but given his level of talent and the production he provides, his name is easily deserving of mention with the other

  • Atlanta Braves Outfield: Same Ol' Same
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/18/2014 -  10
    , can be a nice choice for some cheap steals. But the Braves also brought in Ryan Doumit. The switch-hitting Doumit brings more pop to the table than Schafer does and he can also play behind the plate

  • Baltimore Orioles Bullpen: New Closer In Town
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 2/25/2014 -  6
    chances, but this is likely where he'll be this season which will at least give him some value in fantasy leagues that count holds. Middle Relief Ryan Webb It was tough to figure where to put Webb

  • Nationals Wisely Extend Ryan Zimmerman
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 2/27/2012 -  49
    years to decide whether to make such an investment in Zimmerman’s health and extended performance — but they decided to take the risk now. The deal's critics already pointed out Ryan Howard's