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7 Reasons Why Women Should Play Fantasy Baseball

Reason #8: You can be just like Rihanna and own Matt Kemp!

Reason #8: You can be just like Rihanna and own Matt Kemp!


By Haley Dennis
 
You are either here because you have been sitting on the fence about whether or not to play fantasy baseball, or you are here because you were investigating your boyfriend’s computer history, you jumped to conclusions when you saw the word “fantasy”, and you assumed that he’s the reason those ads keep popping up.

 

Whichever case it may be, stop being skeptical. Here are 7 reasons why you should join a fantasy baseball league.
 
 1. Learn more about the game
 
Let’s be honest, you probably know who Bryce Harper is (Yes, the hot young outfielder for the Nationals.), although you might not know that he bats left-handed but throws right-handed. When you play fantasy baseball, you will learn all the statistics needed to impress every man you have a conversation with about baseball. Try it at a bar. You won’t pay for a thing, all night.
 
2. We love to be social
 
As women, we cannot deny our love affair with the social life. Fantasy baseball is a six-month-long social event, from the draft, to the playoffs, and everything in-between. For example, you will be constantly talking to your competitors about possible trades, and then, shooting them dirty emails when they decline your request. You can also use fantasy baseball as a way to make small talk in the office, and you can use social media to brag about how awesome your team is doing, as your beating the pants off of all the men in your league. That brings me to my next reason…
 
3. You get to shamelessly talk smack
 
Forget being ladylike, when it comes to fantasy sports. Females are the minority in most co-ed leagues, so we have to learn to talk trash with the boys. This is probably the only time it will be acceptable to dauntlessly tell your boss (if you are in an office league) that “a team of blind kids with no arms or legs could do better than the garbage he has in his lineup.” Talking smack is an essential part of fantasy baseball. They go together like Derek Jeter and Supermodels.
 
4. Experience the feeling of winning
 
If you are like me (a Cubs fan), and you don’t really know what it feels like for your team to win a World Series, then, by doing well in fantasy baseball, you will have the opportunity to experience the ecstasy that comes from winning a championship with a team that you care about. I only hope it takes your team less than 105+ years.
 
5. You are the boss
 
This is your team. You put Mike Trout into this lineup, and you can take him out of it (not that you ever would, barring injury)!! You make all of the executive decisions. You draft your own players. You set your own lineup. What woman wouldn’t get excited about picking her own group of guys, from hundreds of candidates? It’s like the Bachelorette, but with more men, and they are all in baseball pants. Plus, where else, besides fantasy baseball, can you trade a man out, whenever you want, and not feel bad about it?
 
 6. It is not as tough as you think
 
Your excuse for not playing last year might have been, “It seems too challenging and too difficult to keep up with.” Well, I guarantee you, fantasy baseball is much easier to keep up with than the plot twists of a daytime soap opera. There are cheat sheets to help you scout players, mock drafts to give you a sense of what your draft day will be like, and experts to tell you why it could be a bad idea to draft Dan Uggla. You are running out of excuses. Better start thinking of a witty team name.
 
 7. 162 games
 
There are 162 games in a regular season of baseball. That means, you have six months of winning most, losing some, smack talking, learning new things about the great game of baseball, excuses to eat your feelings when your players end up on the DL, being the coolest woman in the office, and the sheer pleasure of annihilating all of the men in your league.
 
Ladies, embrace fantasy baseball. You won’t regret it. Trust me, I am a woman, and we are always right.
 
Haley Dennis is a 24 year old aspiring sports journalist who lives in Oklahoma. She uses fantasy sports to escape the realities of being a Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys fan and spends most of here free time defending Tony Romo. You can follow Haley at @hungoverhaley.
 

“Perusing the Perimeter” 2014 Fantasy Baseball Player Profile: Andrew McCutchen

Going into the 2013 season many of us thought there was a solid chance the Pittsburgh Pirates would compete within the NL division …But I doubt many of us outside of Pittsburgh thought they would do as well as they did… The Reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen rightfully deserves that title as the Pirates beat my beloved Cincinnati Reds in the wildcard play-in game and they would never been in position all year to do so without his stellar play….

If you don’t follow ya boy on twitter …First, let me tell that you should fix that and follow me here @Whudey….Second, that you know my hate runs deep for Pittsburgh and many are wondering have I gone too far with the hate with my ranking of NL MVP Andrew McCutchen ?? As it stands right now, I currently have Andrew McCutchen ranked #14th and that is probably where he will stay for the most in the 12-16 area….While it is highly doubtful anyone would ever see @TheCutch22 hit the second round (currently the 4th to 8th selection in many drafts) I for one will not be drafting him unless he is available to me in the 2nd round and here is why…

I like you and I think you are a beast…but early first round material…meh…..

 

It was a banner year in 2013  not just for McCutchen but the team as a whole ….My first and initial feeling is that there is no way the supporting cast makes a race for the division crown two years in a row…When you have a guy entering his sophomore season in Starling Marte who had a ridiculous .363 BABIP to go with just a modest .280 AVG somethings has got to give here…I expect both numbers to drop in a major way…limiting McCutchen’s RBI potential …. and lets look behind him in the order where a guy in Pedro Alvarez who has hit 30+ bombs two years in a row ….the sub .240 AVG on the other hand could mean he may be this year’s version of a 2013 Dan Uggla where the big power just doesn’t translate into success….which hurts McCutchen #s in stolen bases and runs scored. Let alone the pitching staff being an unknown outside of Gerrit Cole for any kind of success.

Now, let’s take a second to look at the man himself. Like I said before no doubt he deserved the NL MVP as his pre-ASB .302/.376/.471 versus his post-ASB .339/.441/.561 lines pretty much tell you all you need to know. Usually a hot starter so it was werid to see him struggle early on. He was hitting .360 in 2012 Pre-ASB. But folks this is just two years of excellent production ….In 2010 he was just in .286 hitter and in 2011 a robust .259 ……Not to mention his BABIP in 2011 of .291 compared to 2012′s .375 and 2013′s .353 …regression is gonna come at some point (previous career high was .327) …. Could he be just entering into his prime? Sure, but I still think that some regression will be there if not on the part Andrew McCutchen then his surrounding parts will fail him. A Great five-tool talent who I just cannot claim to be first rounder material…Sorry not sorry….

“Perusing the Perimeter” 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings

It’s that time of year … the clocks getting sprung forward, the snow is beginning to melt, and peanuts and cracker jacks are now a part of a well balanced diet…This only means that Spring Training is here and the start of yet another long but fantastic MLB season is upon us….now is the time to prepare for your respective fantasy baseball drafts….

 

Don’t worry Tupac, I was just as shocked to see how well I did last year in my Draft Rankings…

In 2013, ya boy @Whudey finished 3rd out of 65 very talented fantasy baseball writers….read more about that here…While that is nice and I am very excited to have finished as high as I did…it is as they say “Old News” and the new year brings the new challenge of remaining in the Top 10 …a challenge I readily accept…….. So from now up until the first official pitch of the 2014 season…..let my fantasy baseball draft rankings be a loose guide for you to use for domination….check back here for daily updates….Happy Drafting…. Good Luck to you all……


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Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Simulator


 
Sick of doing mock drafts that are filled-up with draft bots and idiots who aren’t taking the mock seriously after the first three rounds?

 

Luckily for all of us, our friends at FantasyPros.com have created an excellent mock draft simulator that takes mock drafting to a whole new level. Not only does it speed up the process by automating your opponents’ picks (using FantasyPros.com expert rankings – which include mine!), but it also offers you in-draft advice to help you make solid decisions. And best of all…it follows up with instant analysis of how you performed once your mock is over.

 

Not only will you get a feel for when players will be drafted (including when your coveted sleepers are likely to be taken), but you’ll also be able to test out different draft strategies. Want to know what will happen if you take some stud pitchers early…or wait on filling your bullpen until the late rounds? No problem, just mock draft your way to a solid plan of attack.
 
In addition to the great Draft Simulator tool you’ll find below, make sure you check out some other great drafting tools that FantasyPros has made available:
 

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  • Get in-draft help with FantasyPros’ Draft Assistant
  • Instantly analyze your draft with a brand-new Draft Analyzer
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    RotoHobo’s 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

    Miggy or Trout? Miggy or Trout? And who's number three?

    Miggy or Trout? Miggy or Trout? And who’s number three?

    Pitchers and catchers! Pitchers and catchers!!

     

    With baseball season (finally) here, it’s time for some rankings! I’ll have mine posted as part of the upcoming 2014 Draft Guide that will be out late-Feb/early-March, but Mr. Ryan Hodge (@RotoHobo) was kind enough to put together his preliminary 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings that you’ll find below.
     
    Ryan will be updating these throughout the spring (so keep checking back), but in the meantime…enjoy!
     

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    Hello Again, XN Sports

    Going forward, you'll be able to find me at XNSports.com twice a week (I'll still be here too!)

    Going forward, you’ll be able to find me at XNSports.com twice a week (I’ll still be here too!)

    As some of you may remember, I contributed a few articles to XN Sports last spring. I ended up getting a little busy with other various projects (and real life) and unfortunately had to stop writing there for a bit…but I’m back!

     

    I’m happy to say that I’ll be contributing two weekly fantasy basketball pieces to XN Sports for the rest of the season (one focusing on daily and one focusing on season-long) and will also be joining their fantasy baseball coverage for the rest of the year. It was a protracted contract negotiation, but once they relented and agreed to pick the green M&Ms out of my dressing room spread, it was a done deal.
     
    This new endeavor (or endeavour for my British and Canadian friends) doesn’t mean anything changes on FantasyTrade411 (I’m not going anywhere). It just means you’ll get more of me in a new place. I’m hoping you all see that as a good thing.
     
    Anyway, I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know what’s going on (and also say a quick thanks to Tom Fitzgerald and Tom Laverty for bringing me on board) and share my first daily article: a feature on Giannis Antetokuonmpo’s daily fantasy value.
     
    Keep an eye out on the Twitter feed for a link to my season-long piece later this week and give the guys at XN Sports a follow to make sure you’re not missing out on any of their great content.
     

    Fantasy Baseball: On Fire in August

     

    Your fantasy baseball league’s playoffs are right around the corner, so the last thing you want is to be stuck with a dud for the stretch run.  Recognizing the trends now will keep you one step ahead of the competition, and one step closer to winning your league’s championship.  Keep reading to find out who’s been spending some extra time in the sun and why they need to be scooped up off the waiver wire.

     

     

     

    HOT BATTERS:

    (Suggested players are all under 60% owned in ESPN and Yahoo! fantasy leagues)

     

    Where there's smoke, there's fire

    Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire

     

    Justin Smoak, Mariners:  Long regarded as a bust, Justin Smoak has finally proved his doubters wrong.  After being acquired by Seattle as part of the 2010 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas, there were a lot of expectations put on the young switch-hitter. There was no question he possessed a good amount of power, hitting 47 HR in his first three seasons, but not once had he ever registered a batting average over .235.  This season, though, his bat has awoken, part of that due to his much improved plate discipline.  He’s already walked 44 times in 343 plate appearances, which puts him on pace to shatter his previous high of 55 free passes in 2011 (in 489 PA).  His .273/.370/.438 slash lines would each represent a new career-high and he’s been noticeably hot over his last seven games, going 11 for 26 (.423) with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 7 runs scored.  The future of the Mariners infield looks extremely promising, with Kyle Seager, Brad Miller and Nick Franklin looking to hold down the fort for a long time, but first base is still the one position in doubt.  Kendrys Morales is 30-years old and has a $13.5 million option this coming year, so ideally the M’s would like to go forward with the younger Smoak, making him a prime candidate to receive a huge chunk of playing time going forward.

     

    Robbie Grossman, Astros:  Since being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 26, the Astros outfielder has been on fire.  In those 10 games, the 23-year old from San Diego is 17 for 36 (.472), has scored 10 runs and stolen four bases.  He’s rewarding his owners with some bonus pop, too (his minor league season-high in HR is only 13), smacking 3 HR and driving in 9 runs.  Finding an available combination of speed and power this late in the season is not easy to come by, so he’s well worth a look in most fantasy formats while he’s hot.

     

    Mike Moustakas, Royals:  It took a few months, but Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer finally starting hitting.  You got to give a ton of credit to George Brett, who was K.C.’s interim hitting coach for a while, for helping Hosmer break out of his season-long swoon.  Hosmer started clicking at the plate a while ago, but now his teammate, third baseman Mike Moustakas, is following suit.  From May 14 till June 21 Moustakas did not see his average climb above the dreaded Mendoza Line once, but since then he’s been making steady gains, bringing his average up to .233.  That’s still pretty awful, but knowing that at one point it had dipped all the way to .148, gives me reason to believe he’s slowly turning it around.  While he probably won’t hit .300 the rest of the way, he’s shown tremendous strides in the power department, hitting 5 home runs in his last 97 at bats, while chipping in 15 RBI in the process.  Hitting at the bottom of the Royals order won’t allow him many run-scoring opportunities, but if he continues to make contact, he will be a sneaky source of power for the remainder of the season.

    Bull-Dozier

    Bull-Dozier

     

    Brian Dozier, Twins:  The middle infield positions have not been too kind to owners this year.  Going into the season, most of us knew that the 2B and SS crop would be a little lacking.  Hopefully you stocked up in the draft or via trade or free agency early on, because lately it’s become slim pickings.  The trade deadline has either passed or is quickly approaching in most leagues, so finding a serviceable middle infielder on the wire may be the only way to solve your problems at the position.  The Twins’ Brian Dozier (who qualifies at 2B/SS) has been a welcome surprise this season, providing power (10 HR) and speed (9 SB) to a lineup desperate for that.  While he’s only hitting .246 for the year, his bat has been very hot in the last week, going 11 for 32 (.343) over a 7-game stretch.  He’s also scored 6 runs, homered once and driven in 7 runs during that period.  The Twins play five games against the struggling White Sox this weekend, and will have the benefit of doing so without having to face their ace, Chris Sale.

     

    Neil Walker, Pirates:  The Pirates everyday second baseman has either struggled or been hurt for a large portion of the 2013 campaign, but it looks as if he’s finally turned the corner. Unbelievably, the Pirates now have the best record in baseball, and Walker has been a big part of their recent ascent to the top.  In his last 12 games the Pittsburgh native has hit .395 (17 for 43), including three 3-hit performances.  Although he’s flashed some decent power over the last few years (12 HR in 2010, 12 in ’11 and 14 in ’13), you shouldn’t expect those types of numbers going forward.  What you will get, assuming he’s healthy, is a guy who plays nearly everyday near the top of a hot lineup.  The Bucs weekend series in the thin air of Coors is very appealing for fantasy purposes.

     

     

     

     

    By Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan)

     

    Seth is a writer for FantasyTrade411.com, specializing in fantasy baseball, basketball and football.  He was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, but has been a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan since birth.  He has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and has since developed a real knack for daily streaming and “working the wire”, which can be attributed to his keen analysis of in-season trends.  He is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find him gracing the airwaves on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly podcast dedicated to sports.  Seth attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in “tardiness”, and is now a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fantasy Baseball: Week 18 Waiver Wire Wonders

     

    We’re coming down to the home stretch in most fantasy baseball leagues.  Playoffs are just around the corner, and for some teams it means scratching and clawing all the way to the finish line.  A win or two in a couple categories may be the difference maker, so picking up a hitter when they’re at their hottest is at the utmost importance.  Pull up a chair, grab yourself a coffee and slather some shmear on your Sunday morning bagel, here’s this week’s Waiver Wire Wonders:

     

     

     

    WAIVER WIRE WONDERS

    (All suggested hitters are under 60% owned in both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues)

     

    Shuck-ing and jiving in Anaheim

    Shuck-ing and jiving in Anaheim

     

    J.B. Shuck/Kole Calhoun, OF (Angels):  J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun are two young players that have been thrust into regular playing due to injuries to Peter Bourjos and Albert Pujols.  While Shuck offers little in the power department (1 HR in 261 AB), he, just like Calhoun, is hitting atop the Angels lineup, which can offer plenty of run-scoring opportunities with Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo hitting after him.  Over his last 10 games he is batting .324 (12 for 37) and has crossed home plate 9 times.  While Shuck has been up with the big club all year, Calhoun is a recent addition to the Halos lineup.  Since getting called up a week ago he’s made quite an impression, having already hit two home runs in a mere 22 at bats.  His minor league profile shows that his pop is legitimate.  This year with Triple-A Salt Lake City he smashed 12 HR and drove in 49 runs, and also showed good plate discipline, striking out only 32 times in 240 AB.  He also hit 14 HR with Salt Lake last year and 22 HR with Hi-A Inland Empire in 2011.  The one knock on his value is that coach Mike Scioscia seems to be sitting him vs. LHP.  Pujols is out for the year and Bourjos is still a couple weeks away from returning, so capitalize on these two while you have the chance.  (Shuck: 2.3% owned on ESPN, 2% owned on Yahoo!; Calhoun: 0.3% owned on ESPN, 2% owned on Yahoo!)

     

    Ryan Raburn, 2B, OF (Indians):  Ryan Raburn has been a Swiss Army knife for Cleveland this season, doing all the little things.  While with Detroit from 2009-11, he posted 3-year averages of .276, 15 HR and 52 RBI, but last year his production dropped off dramatically, hitting .117 with only 1 HR and 12 RBI.  The Indians signed him in the off-season and they have made good use of the 32-year old from Tampa, Florida.  Having played all around the diamond, he’s been a useful commodity for the Tribe, but his hitting is what’s keeping him relevant in fantasy leagues.  Over his last 8 games he’s hitting a robust .423 (11 for 26) with 3 HR and 9 RBI.  He has 13 HR in only 177 at bats this year, giving him 1 HR every 13.6 at bat, which puts him behind only Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera in that category.  The Indians are on fire, having won 9 of their last 10 games, and are one of only six teams this week who play 7 games.  If you’re in search of a hot bat and positional depth, Raburn’s the guy to pick up.  (13.4% owned on ESPN; 10% owned on Yahoo!)

     

    Devin Mesoraco, C (Reds):  Ryan Hanigan, Cincinnati’s starting catcher, went down with a wrist injury three weeks ago, and Devin Mesoraco has taken full advantage.  Since he took over the starting gig on July 10, Mesoraco has gone 19 for 65 (.292) and has slugged 4 HR and driven in 13, including a 2-homer, 3 RBI game last night vs. the Cards.  Hanigan is slated to return at some point in the next week or so, but there’s no reason Mesoraco shouldn’t continue to get the bulk of the playing time, as Hanigan was hitting a paltry .193 prior to his injury.  Catcher can be a pretty thin position on the waiver wire, so if you’re looking to improve behind the plate, pick Mesoraco up before his ship sails.  (5.1% owned on ESPN; 5% owned on Yahoo!)

     

     

     

    By Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan)

     

    Seth is a writer for FantasyTrade411.com, specializing in fantasy baseball, basketball and football.  He was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, but has been a die-hard New York Giants, Knicks and Yankees fan since birth.  He has been playing fantasy sports since 1999 and has since developed a real knack for daily streaming and “working the wire”, which can be attributed to his keen analysis of in-season trends.  He is also a writer for BucketsOverBroadway.com, a New York Knicks website, and you can find him gracing the airwaves on @ThaSPORTSKRIB, a weekly show dedicated to sports.  Seth attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in “tardiness”, and is now a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.  Feel free to send all your fantasy sports questions to Seth on Twitter: @SethDaSportsMan

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Whudey’s 4th of July DraftDay Bracket Freeroll

    Whats going on folks its ya boy Whudey and wanted to do something a little special for you folks who are readers of FanastyTrade411.com. I have hooked up with the team over at Draftday.com to bring to you a special NCAA-type 64 player bracket freeroll. I ponied up the cash for us to have fun this weekend playing a little daily fantasy baseball while relaxing over the holiday. All you have to do is go to the link here http://www.draftday.com/draft-team/mlb/4877091/Whudey-s-Bracket-Freeroll/  and submit a lineup and you are entered to play. Hurry only 64 spots are available (63 after you include myself)…so what are you waiting for sign up and play…I mean it’s free what do you have to lose?

    God Bless America and Be safe on your travels and celebrations…

    Buy-Low, Sell-High, and Hold-Steady

    It is time to find a frustrated Starlin Castro owner and buy low?

    It is time to find a frustrated Starlin Castro owner and buy low?

    Buy Low, Sell High, and Hold Steady

     

    by Kipp Yates

     


    Buy Low: Starlin Castro
    Starlin Castro has had an awful season in terms of his usual production at the plate. He is hitting .235 on the year and has a .280 BABIP which could resemble in a little of bad luck but it isn’t an excuse. He hasn’t had a homerun since April 30th and currently has 10 hits in ALL of June. Castro doesn’t have the premier hitters behind him to help protect him in the lineup like he used to either. Castro is one of my favorite players in the MLB and I have asked numerous people about their opinion on his struggles. There are a ton of mixed answers and I think it’s just a stage in development. He is still only a kid at 23 years old but has already been to 2 all-star games. I am confident he will get back on track hitting soon. He has a ton of upside to be one of the best shortstops in the game and you can probably get him for next to nothing at this point. I think that it is worth the risk especially if you are in the lower half of your league. If you want him in a dynasty league you better get him now because his owner won’t let him go once he is back to normal.

     

    Sell High: Domonic Brown
    It might be a little late to put him in this category but you should sell high. After going off in the month of May and early June he was finally living up to the hype he had as a top prospect a few years back. Domonic Brown has 19 HRs and 50 RBIs which puts him among the elite hitters in the game. I do think he will be solid in the 2nd half of the season but nothing like he has been. He has seen his average dip more than 15 points in the past 2 weeks. I would go after a more consistent and proven hitter to where you know what you are getting. Find a Phillies fan in your league and sell him the entire Phillies offense from the first half of the season for a high price.

     

    Hold Steady: Jean Segura
    It feels a little weird putting him into this category but I have seen a lot of people trying to sell high on Segura because they think he will regress. I might be a little biased but I really like Segura and I think he is legit. He has a very good bat and doesn’t strike out often. I do think his power will slow down a little as he has 11 HR’s on the season but Segura is a very good all-around player. He is going to hit for a high average, steal bases, and be among the top run producers in the game. The Brewers offense will get better when Braun gets off the DL as well. I wouldn’t sell high on Segura because he is going to help you in every category at a premium position.

     

    Waiver Pickup of the week: Anthony Rendon
    If you are in need of a second basemen go for Rendon. He has moved up to the #2 spot in the Nationals lineup and already has 8 multi-hit games since his call up. Bryce Harper is coming back soon to hit behind him, so he should provide a lot of runs.

     

    by Kipp Yates

     

    Kipp is the newest addition to our FantasyTrade411 family and will be covering Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football for us. Hailing from Georgia, Kipp is a big Braves and Falcons fan. Follow him on twitter @KippYates