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Spring Training News and Notes III

This edition could have easily had a Star Wars-inspired titled called Spring Training III: Revenge of the Injury Bug. It seems that a great deal of news this week concerns injuries. This has some wondering if Spring Training is too long. Some feel that, even in a year like this one when it is somewhat shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season, everyone who was going to get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. Therefore, we would be able to bypass the…

Dynasty Dugout: Pitcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

The starting pitcher and relief pitcher positions are the only ones that aren't dominated by young stars in their early-20s like most of the other positions are. Three of the top four starting pitchers are north of 30 years old, while three of the top five relievers are 29 or older. There's nothing wrong that. Most pitchers are usually able to maintain an elite level of production further into their 30s than hitters can. I guess the moral of the story here is not to shy away from older pitchers in their 30s. Other 2018…

Fantasy Baseball: Why You Should Play Salary-Cap Challenge Games

Thousands of teams signed up on Fantrax last year to play a wide variety of draft leagues, with even more expected to play this season. Leagues are filling up every day, and countless fantasy players will spend the next two months analyzing Average Draft Position (ADP) trends and hoping against hoping that they get the chance to own Mike Trout or Jose Altuve. I have a bit of advice for these people: You're doing it all wrong! You need to give the one of the salary cap challenge leagues a try. Join or start a fantasy…

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…