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MLB News and Notes: Week of April 16

In early April, no sample size is too small. We're just a few games into the 2018 season, and some fantasy owners are already reading way too much into everything.  Take a gander at social media or listen to sports/fantasy baseball radio. Players who’ve started slow are wastes of space, while players who've started hot are this year's fantasy MVPs. There are still about 150 more games to play, so a lot's going to happen. It’s way, way early. Resist the urge to view the early goings through a pessimist’s lens. But what you…

Dynasty Dugout: First Base Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

After getting the mostly offensively deprived catcher position out of the way, we make a left turn, hop on I-95, and get off in Long Ball City. First base has always been known for its vast offensive numbers. From Albert Pujols, to Miguel Cabrera, to Paul Goldschmidt. The list goes on and on. And just when you thought the position might experience a slight drop in overall value, guys like Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins, and Matt Olson destroy baseballs for a few months and boom, the position has three new stars for dynasty…

Fantrax Staff Debate: Anthony Rizzo vs. Cody Bellinger

One of the most enjoyable parts of fantasy sports in debating which players are better than others. We've all done it. You're hanging out with some friends, probably enjoying a beer or two, and you get into a long discussion over which player is better than another one. Sometimes it might get heated, but that's okay. We aren't all going to agree on every single player. That would make fantasy leagues incredibly boring. The same can be said here at Fantrax. We have a great group of writers and podcasters (that might not be a…

2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Base

After covering the catcher position last week, we break down the position that usually has the most power each season. First base was a very busy position in 2017. We saw powerful debuts from Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins, and Matt Olson, breakout seasons from Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak, and the worst season of Miguel Cabrera's career. All of this played a huge part in how these rankings were constructed. Most of the names in the top-10 are household fantasy names, but a couple of youngsters join them after…

ESPN Player Rater Retrospective

It can often be difficult to place into context how well (or how poorly) certain players have performed recently. A glance at ESPN’s Player Rater, which attempts to quantify a player’s overall fantasy value by analyzing their performance in each facet of the game, can focus targets for fantasy owners looking for help on the waiver wire. Of course, when dealing with small sample sizes, a player’s results can be fluky, but placement at or near the top of these lists could be indicative of a substantive change to a player’s…