Al Melchior

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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.

Fantasy Baseball Observations: Lance McCullers takes it to another level

We're running out of reasons for benching flamethrower Lance McCullers. Al Melchior also sizes up impressive performances by Dylan Bundy, Alex Dickerson and Kurt Suzuki.

Fantasy Baseball: The All-Adam Duvall Team

Adam Duvall has personified the all-or-nothing type of hitter this season, but he's far from alone in that category. Al Melchior fills out a lineup of similar hitters and looks at their rest-of-season fortunes.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Dahl aboard...and Rondon replacements

The latest prospect callup is a must-add for many Fantasy owners, but there's a little something for everyone on waivers. Al Melchior points the way towards help with saves, steals and power.

Fantasy Baseball: What you need to know about Week 17 starting pitchers

How should Fantasy owners approach setting their rotations just before the trade deadline? Al Melchior explains why a cautious approach is needed and suggests a few pitchers who could pay off.

Fantasy Baseball: Are you stuck with a slumping first baseman?

A number of highly-owned first basemen are struggling mightily, but do Fantasy owners have to live with their meager production? Al Melchior weighs this question regarding five players from the position.

Fantasy Baseball: Notes on an oddly interesting Tuesday slate

Looking to make the best out of an underwhelming slate? Al Melchior sees some Fantasy potential in a few of the unheralded pitchers taking the mound.

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Marwin Gonzalez lost in the Astros' big moves

The Astros' overloaded roster is drawing lots of buzz, but their most versatile regular receives scant attention. Al Melchior explores Gonzalez's appeal, along with that of four other waiver options.

Fantasy Baseball: What you need to know about Week 16 starting pitchers

If you're looking for Fantasy pitching upgrades on waivers in the first full week after the All-Star break, you may not like what you find. Al Melchior suggests a handful of pitchers to target.

Fantasy Baseball: Two-start pitcher rankings for Week 16

With several rotations still not set, identifying two-start pitchers for the coming week can be tricky. Al Melchior has a plan to help Fantasy owners cut through the confusion.

Fantasy Baseball: Starting pitchers to avoid in Week 15

Pitching options are scarce in the coming three-day scoring period, but there are still pitchers who don't belong in a Fantasy rotation. Al Melchior ranks the must-sit options.

Fantasy Baseball: Do we need to fear the Home Run Derby?

Are the participants in the Home Run Derby doomed from a Fantasy perspective? Al Melchior weighs the evidence and finds an effect, but not the one you might think.

Fantasy Baseball: Will these unlikely All-Stars be second-half Fantasy stars?

Not every All-Star will have an All-Star caliber season. Al Melchior looks at five of the most unlikely participants in the Midsummer Classic to see which ones will have Fantasy staying power.

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