Al Melchior

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Can Jake Arrieta repeat the feat?

Jake Arrieta may be on the verge of his first Cy Young Award, but can we trust him to be among the best of the best next season? Al Melchior sizes up the Fantasy value of the Cubs' ace.

By the Numbers: The streakiest hitters of 2015

Some Fantasy owners avoid streaky hitters while others don't mind riding the waves. First you have to know who is at risk of being inconsistent, so Al Melchior has pinpointed this season's most erratic producers.

By the Numbers: The most consistent hitters of 2015

Knowing who is truly consistent can be a key to success in weekly and daily Fantasy leagues. Al Melchior takes a look back at this season's steadiest producers.

Top pitching targets for Week 26

Owners have been snapping up Marcus Stroman, but he's not the only two-start pitcher worth claiming off waivers. Al Melchior offers some suggestions for your final week of pitching choices.

Best and worst hitter matchups for Week 26

This week is for all the marbles, so which hitter matchups look to have the greatest impact? Al Melchior highlights the teams with the most and least favorable slates.

Waiver Wire: Pick up Ender for the endgame?

Ender Inciarte's popularity has plateaued, but his production hasn't. Al Melchior considers the speedy outfielder and two other hitters as potential waiver options.

Waiver Wire: Too soon to trust Daniel Norris?

Norris nearly helped the Tigers to a combined no-hitter, but what does his recent mastery mean for Fantasy owners? Al Melchior looks into the rookie's value as well as that for a pair of surging hitters.

Waiver Wire: Last of the new closers

It's apparently not too late for a new reliever to enter the closer mix. Al Melchior takes a look at Robbie Ross' value as well as that of a couple of rookie outfielders.

Waiver Wire: Should Starlin be startin'?

Starlin Castro is still splitting time at second base, but Fantasy owners are adding him to their starting lineups. Al Melchior looks into whether Castro is worth picking up.

Split decisions: Tough rest-of-season start, sit and drop calls

Players like Kyle Seager and Charlie Blackmon have the stats of must-start players, but they are among a short list of players whom Al Melchior would drop before season's end. He explains why and makes recommendations on who else to drop and who to keep around.

Top pitching targets for Week 25

If you are picking up a two-start pitcher for this critical week, you'll need to leave your fate in the hands of a lefty. Al Melchior recommends a handful of portsiders who could launch you to victory.

Waiver Wire: Yangervis Solarte won't slow down

The Padres' versatile infielder is well into his third straight month of stellar production, yet not all Fantasy owners seem impressed. Al Melchior makes a plea for owners to pick him up, along with three other players.

FOMO vs. TOFU: Lessons in missed opportunities

It's easy to get attached to your high-ceiling Fantasy players, but success depends on knowing when to cut ties. Al Melchior shares a few hard lessons from this season.

Waiver Wire: Replacing Troy Tulowitzki in short order

One of Fantasy's most productive shortstops is down at the worst possible time. Al Melchior scouts some of the top replacements who are likely to be on waivers.

Top pitching targets for Week 24

What if the best two-start bet on waivers was available in just about every league? Al Melchior thinks this is the scenario for the coming week, and he shares his top pick.

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 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

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