Al Melchior

Data Analyst

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Playing the matchups for Week 20

Dan Straily has been getting his due from Fantasy owners, but he is still underowned. Al Melchior explains why and makes the case to target three other players as well.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Has Tom Koehler arrived?

The Marlins righty has run hot and cold over his career, but he has been building consistency. Al Melchior looks into Koehler's rest-of-season value, along with that of three other surging players.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Time to trust Pedro Alvarez again?

Can we count on the former Pirates slugger down the stretch in Fantasy, now that he has caught fire at the plate? Al Melchior explains why Alvarez should be a top target for owners heading into a new week.

Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 19

Two-start aces are in short supply, but some reinforcements may be available on waivers. Al Melchior ranks all of the projected two-start pitchers and recommends a pair of free agent targets.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Playing the matchups for Week 19

Michael Conforto is quietly falling off the Fantasy radar, but he could wake all of us up in Week 19. Al Melchior includes the Mets' outfielder among his targets with good matchups.

Fantasy Baseball: Let's have an Andrew McCutchen discussion

Owners have been patient with the Pirates' slumping superstar, but does it make sense to keep him around in Fantasy? Al Melchior breaks down this tough dilemma.

Fantasy Baseball: It's not too soon to add Yoan Moncada

There is no shortage of must-add options on waivers, but it's time to make room for one more. Al Melchior makes the case for beating the rush on the Red Sox's top prospect.

Instant Fantasy Analysis: Beltran the newest power Ranger

The erstwhile Yankees slugger now finds himself in a better lineup, but will that alone boost his Fantasy value? Al Melchior looks into the impact of this trade on Beltran and several other affected players.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: A bevy of new closers and the return of Jose Berrios

Owners are making moves for each of the four new closers in Fantasy, but are less enthused about Berrios' callup. Al Melchior explains why the Twins' righty shouldn't be overlooked.

Instant Fantasy Analysis: What is Matt Kemp's value in Atlanta?

Now that Kemp is headed to the Braves, how much will his new team hamper his production in Fantasy? Al Melchior investigates this and other angles to this swap.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Will Aaron Altherr bring his A-game?

The Phillies outfielder started his season late and in dramatic fashion, and Fantasy owners need to take notice. Al Melchior explains why, and identifies three other underowned players.

Instant Fantasy Analysis: Mark Melancon on the move, Tony Watson next?

The Nationals have fixed their messy closer situation, but what does the Mark Melancon trade mean for Fantasy owners? Al Melchior breaks down the implications for saves.

Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 18

The impending trade deadline may shuffle some rotations, but there are still some two-start pitchers on waivers worth targeting, even if schedules change.

Instant Fantasy Reaction: Can Andrew Cashner stay hot in Miami?

The Marlins' new acquisition has been on the upswing lately, but will he get a further boost after getting traded? Al Melchior looks at the Fantasy impact of this seven-player deal.

Instant Fantasy Reaction: Eduardo Nunez heads west, value goes south

The All-Star speedster has been losing Fantasy value, and things are unlikely get better now that he is a Giant.

Al Melchior has been playing Fantasy Baseball since 1994, getting his start in the Southern Maryland Anthropomorphic Baseball League (SMABL). He has been writing about Fantasy Baseball since 2000, getting his start with Baseball HQ, joining CBSSports.com as a freelance writer in 2008, and coming on board full-time in 2010. A former political science professor, Al realized a career change might be in order when he found himself using Fantasy sports as a teaching tool in two different classes. Al is a proud Wolverine and a highly conflicted Marlins fan. Follow at @almelccbs