Catching up on an All-Star break full of Fantasy Baseball talk
Did you use the All-Star break as a chance to check out of Fantasy Baseball for a while? Not us! Scott White catches you up on everything you missed.
Haven't embedded any videos in a few days, have we? Well, after three days of silence, we're about to get to loud again.
Like the All-Star break doesn't exist, Fantasy Baseball Today is back today at noon ET, beating all those dummies to the diamond. We're talking starts and sits for the three-day Fantasy Week 16 (July 18-20), first-half surprises and whether they'll keep it up, innings limits, prospect promotions and plenty of other good stuff (we'll save all the bad stuff for Friday's show).
But if you can't wait until then, rest assured we've stayed busy in the three days we've been off the air. You'll find plenty to keep you occupied in this very blog, from a comprehensive look at the latest player rankings to a buyer's guide to wins to an examination of questionable home run hitters to a reflection on Tim Lincecum's recent turnaround to a list of some other turnaround candidates to some general tips to trading in Fantasy to a look ahead to next year's first round. And that doesn't even cover every post.
We also took the time to write analysis directly on individual player pages. Here's an example from Jake Odorizzi's:
"I don't know how many different ways I can say it: Jake Odorizzi is really good, much better than his year-to-date numbers would have you believe.
I understand his 5-8 record keeps him buried on the sortable stats page, but I had hoped his 3-1 record in his last five starts would turn the tide in his favor. It has, but not fast enough for my liking.
As always, it goes well beyond the record. His ERA and WHIP (as well as his win-loss record) were skewed by a disastrous start to the season. In his last 13 starts, he has a 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
Granted, the innings haven't always been so consistent during that stretch, but you can't discount those numbers too much, especially the strikeout rate. If you limited his season to just the last two-thirds, he'd rank third in that category, behind Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish.
I'm thinking I could find a roster spot for him in just about any league, and I'm not the only one who feels that way. Al Melchior named him one of five pitchers due for increased value in the second half."
Some of the highlights include Stephen Vogt, Eric Hosmer, Jayson Werth, Allen Craig, Joe Smith, Chris Davis, Danny Duffy, Jake McGee, Cliff Lee, Jacob deGrom, Dallas Keuchel, Kolten Wong, Arismendy Alcantara, Brock Holt, Trevor Bauer, Wade Miley and Shane Greene. Just click on their names to see the analysis from Al Melchior, Chris Cwik and I. In some of those cases, including Odorizzi, Chris and I both had a chance to comment.
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