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Observations from the Beat Al Melchior League Draft

I'm a big fan of deep leagues, but one of the less attractive aspects of drafting a large player pool is finding players you can be enthused about in the later rounds. Usually, it's not a problem we need to sweat. Even in deep formats, savvy owners can usually fill the gaps they left with bad late picks through trades or FAAB bidding. So imagine being in a 15-team league with 50-player rosters that doesn't allow trading or add/drops. That is a reality for me and the 14 owners who paid a $150 entry fee for the chance at a…

2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting Pitchers Part 1 (1-25)

Over the last several weeks, we've ranked hundreds of hitters whose job it is to provide as much offense as possible. Actually, 276 to be exact. Now we dive into the men who get paid tens of millions of dollars a year to limit that offense. When it comes to pitching in fantasy baseball, everyone seems to have a different opinion. Some like grabbing their top few guys early, others grab their ace and wait, and some like to wait for several rounds before grabbing any at all. I find myself usually in one of those last two…

Dynasty Dugout Mid-Season Keeper/Dynasty Rankings: Starting Pitchers

We've now covered every offensive position there is in these dynasty rankings. All that's left is starting pitchers and relievers. There's an old saying, "Pitching wins championships." That might be the case in real life baseball, but in fantasy it's more about offense. That's not to say that pitching isn't important, because it is. The starting pitcher position is incredibly deep and talented. You can still build a solid staff even without aces. Below are the top 100 arms to own right now in dynasty and keeper…

Early-Season MLB Playoff and Awards Predictions

It's never too early to predict which teams and players will be the best at the end of the baseball season. Can the Chicago Cubs repeat? Are the Colorado Rockies for real? How long can Aaron Judge keep this up? The next four months of baseball will answer these questions. After observing these first 50 games or so, this is how the playoffs and player awards could end up in October and November. American League Division Winners East- Boston Red Sox Central- Cleveland Indians West- Houston Astros As much as we all love…