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2011 Rankings and Projections: Second Base

Second base saw a lot of fluctuation in 2010. Top dogs like Chase Utley, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler fell off for their own reasons. While those players disappointed, a number of others (Prado, Weeks, Johnson) stepped up their game. How does it all play out in 2011? My projections attempt to answer that question and […]

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Inside the Projections: Mark Reynolds

Today, big swinging third baseman Mark Reynolds was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. Coming off of a horrific season in terms of strikeouts and AVG, how does this move affect Reynold’s 2011 projection? AB AVG OBP SLG OPS HR R RBI SB 644 .233 .332 .525 .857 40 84 93 10 In September of 2010, […]

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Impact: Adrian Gonzalez in Boston

The Red Sox have landed their offseason prize. Slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be dropping bombs in Fenway. Here’s how his fantasy value is impacted… Gonzo’s ability to hit for AVG and power to the opposite field will play fantastically in Fenway. Not only that, but he now has lineup protection and guys in front […]

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2011 Rankings and Projections: First Base

First base is deep. How deep you ask? Well, Kendry Morales is projected to hit .289 with 30 home runs and 96 RBI yet, based on “Value Index” he ranks 13th for 2011. Let’s take a look at how the rest of the rankings shape up… Notes Albert Pujols blows away the competition with Miguel […]

Inside the Projections: Adam Dunn

Looks like Chicago’s south side team has landed the left-handed power bat they coveted. In 2011, Adam Dunn will bring his power bat to one of the best offensive ballparks in the game. How does this affect his 2011 projection? Let’s take a look… Adam Dunn’s 2011 projection: AB AVG OBP SLG OPS HR R […]

Organizational Impacts: Seattle Mariners

A new offseason feature here at FB365 will be a series called “Organizational Impacts”. Each article will focus on one organization, it’s stars, it’s sleepers and busts as well as potential impact prospects. Instead of strictly breaking down individual players, I’ll also be looking at influences like lineup construction, defense (for pitchers) and bullpen strength. We’ll start from the bottom […]

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2011 Rankings and Projections: Catcher

I’m taking a new approach to my rankings this year. What I’ve come up with is a way to quantify value within each position using my 2011 projections. The goal is to find how much more or less production each player is from the average projection per category at that position. For example, my projections […]

Impact: Javier Vazquez Heads Back to the NL

The Marlins and starting pitcher Javier Vazquez have agreed on a one-year contract for the 2011 season. This is great news for fantasy GM’s.  Despite always being viewed as a pitcher with tremendous stuff and potential, Vazquez has a career ERA of 4.26 with a 1.25 WHIP. In 2009 with the Braves, Vazquez finally turned […]

Inside the Projections: Daniel Bard

Daniel Bard throws hard — he had the best average fastball velocity, 97.9 MPH, of any reliever in 2010 — and has a plus slider that generated a swing and miss almost 17 percent of the time last season. His 1.93 ERA looks extremely impressive, though sabermetric measures like FIP (3.37) and tERA (3.28) paint […]

Impact: Huff Won’t Block Belt

The San Francisco Giants have re-signed one of the biggest pieces to their 2010 offense. Last season, Aubrey Huff was a bargain, producing a .290/.385/.506 line with 26 home runs, 100 runs scored and 86 RBI while costing only $3M. He’ll be making significantly more for the next two seasons. Regardless of whether one thinks the Giants over-payed […]

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Justin Smoak: Both Ends of the Spectrum

One of the biggest impacts to the 2011 Mariners’ lineup will be the production of young first baseman Justin Smoak, who was the prize of the Cliff Lee trade. Though Smoak’s peripheral stats were quite good, he never could get things going in the right direction in 2010. In a way, his numbers were at […]

Taking caution with AFL stats

The Arizona Fall League is a great way for scouts to get a first-hand look at some of baseball’s top prospects as they battle against one another.  Observing a prospects mechanics, defensive skills, speed, radar gun readings, pitch movement and general feel for the game is essential in projecting future performance. However, one thing the AFL […]

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Twitterbag: How to Target Holds and WHIP

“Twirtterbag”, instead of “mailbag”, because the question comes from Twitter…though it almost sounds like an insult. @sfhood needs to know which middle relievers are going to get holds with a low WHIP.  The answer is that there really isn’t a great answer. I looked at the data over the last three years and found that […]

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Impact: Barmes for Paulino and Miranda with the D-Backs

Today, the Rockies and Astros came together on a deal that sent infielder Clint Barmes to Houston for power arm pitcher Felipe Paulino. Before that deal the Diamondbacks acquired first base prospect Juan Miranda for a minor league pitcher. While on the surface these deals may seem of the low-impact variety, their fantasy ramifications are certainly noteworthy. […]