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In the Year 2011…(Bold Predictions)

It’s officially 2011 and a new year brings new hope to fantasy GM’s across the land. Soon, the fantasy baseball pre-draft season will kick into high gear. While you’ll find plenty of articles featuring rankings, projections, sleepers and busts here at FB365, let’s take a moment to make some bold predictions. Get LaBamba ready, because […]

Top 5 Lessons Learned from 2010

The game of baseball is constantly changing and now, more than ever, we have easy access to fantastic stats, video and analysis. However, there is no better learning tool than looking back on past mistakes. Here are the top five lessons I learned in 2010. 5. Don’t rely to heavily on players returning from injury. […]

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Bill Hall in Houston, Playing Everyday

It has been a long time since Bill Hall burst onto the fantasy scene with a .270/.345/.553, 35 home run, 101 R, 85 RBI season in 2006. Everything between then and now has been a disappointment, though Hall has found some value in deep leagues at times due to on-and-off home run streaks. After hitting 18 […]

Don’t Ask, Dotel

After losing some major pieces of their 2010 bullpen, the Blue Jays made a move to restock the other day by signing 37-year-old and well traveled reliever Octavio Dotel. While Dotel should be in the mix for the Jays closer’s job in 2011, he is far from an attractive mixed league option on draft day. […]

Surprise Gifts in 2011

If you were surprised by a puppy, car, or (gulp) an engagement ring under the tree, just wait until the 2011 baseball season. There are some players that may have been written off or that just simply never get accounted for who could shock fantasy teams to the top. Here are some players to watch […]

Spreading the Holiday Cheer

As you can see, I took a few days off for the holidays. Before I get back into full throttle fantasy baseball analysis, I want to take a moment to spread some holiday cheer and give some love to a few sites that I think everyone should check out. Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove, run by […]

Inside the Projections: Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia is coming off of an injury shortened season, though he’s healthy enough to run through airports (see link below). What does his 2011 season have in store for fantasy GM’s? Check out my latest projection for Fire Brand of the American League.

Impact: A Royal Bounty?

This weekend, Zack Greinke was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (along with Yuniesky Betancourt) for a bounty of four players. The fantasy impact on Greinke’s move to Beer Town USA was covered here, but what about those four youngsters headed to Kansas City?   Alcides Escobar – SS Escobar was surrounded with some preseason fantasy […]

How Good is Greinke?

Update: According to reports, Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. This move couldn’t be better for his fantasy value. Not only does he stay in a small market (no worries about his social anxiety), but he will have a better offense to give him run support and he moves to the National League. […]

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2011 Rankings and Projections: Third Base

Third base is a thin position heading into 2011. Outside of the top four, there is a lot of risk on the board. Some young players will need to step up and former top prospects like Alex Gordon and Chase Headley will need to take a big step forward. Note: The “Value Index is based […]

Impact: Tsuyoshi Nishikoa Signs with the Twins

We’ve seen our fare share of Japanese baseball players transition to Major League Baseball. Some have found tremendous success (Ichiro), but most have fallen short of becoming impact major leaguers (Fukudome, Iwamura). Today, the Twins became the latest team to add a Japanese import, agreeing to terms with middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Given his skill […]

Yankees to add Russell Martin, Montero will have to wait

MLB Trade Rumors posted this morning that the Yankees have signed former Dodgers’ catcher Russell Martin. The deal is pending a physical. This deal doesn’t do much for the fantasy impact of Martin, though he may score a few more runs in that lineup. However, it has huge implications for top prospect Jesus Montero, whom I had projected to […]

Inside the Projections: Jon Lester

While Cliff Lee accepted a deal that would bring him back to Philadelphia, there is another left-handed ace that I’d rather have on my fantasy team in 2011. Head on over to Fire Brand of the American League to check out my 2011 projection for Jon Lester.

I will not draft…Lance Berkman

Last season, I took a flier on Lance Berkman in a couple of leagues. He had fallen to the tenth round or so and I had waited on drafting a first baseman. As skeptical as I was about his decline and health, I took the chance. I won’t do that in 2011. I’ll make this quick […]

Impact: Carl Crawford with the Red Sox

Head on over to Fire Brand of the American League for my breakdown of Carl Crawford’s 2011 impact as a member of the Red Sox. Read the article here. Update: I got around to putting together a 2011 projection for Carl Crawford. This assumes that he will hit second in that lineup… AB AVG OBP […]