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Fire & Ice: Popping the Cutch

Fire - Brandon Nimmo Brandon Nimmo has long been a fan favorite simply because of his name. "Finding Nimmo" was the name of about 50% of all fantasy teams a couple years back. However, after the initial novelty wore off, owners realized there isn't a ton to love. Nimmo had just six homers and two steals over an even 100 games between 2016-17. Trying to get category juice out of Nimmo was like trying to juice a banana. Don't think about that too much. His primary calling card was there already, however — a .367 on-base…

Fire & Ice: Hope For Hoskins

Fire - Jesus Aguilar It's taken a lengthy DL stint for Eric Thames and another shorter stint from Ryan Braun, but here we are. Full-time at-bats for Jesus Aguilar! Of course, Braun has already weaseled his way back into the lineup, but manager Craig Counsell suggested recently that Aguilar will continue to see full-time work at first base despite Braun's return. Not only that, but he indicated that Aguilar could continue to hit in the three hole for the Brewers, where he has been since mid-May. Not a bad spot to be when…

Fire & Ice: Will Jankowski Steal Your Heart?

Fire - Travis Jankowski First things first: respect the wonderful flowing locks of Travis Jankowski. Second: it's Jank-owski, not Jani-kowski, like the 40-year-old NFL kicker Sebastian Janikowski. No relation. Not even the same name. Looking at them, you'd be hard pressed to mix them up as well. They go to vastly different barbers. As much as I've enjoyed the career of Janikowski, who I lovingly refer to as Sea Bass, it's fantasy baseball that I truly love and Travis Jankowski is a man after my very heart. I was…

Fire & Ice: Panning Goldschmidt

Fire - Odubel Herrera There were two very different sides to Odubel Herrera's 2017 season. On one hand, you've got Odubel the performer, bat-flipping like a madman. He will bat flip a walk. Some people love it, some people hate it, and in the interest of self-preservation I'll keep my stance to myself. In any case, there is also Odubel the fantasy asset, whom we are here to discuss. Herrera as a fantasy player is quite the opposite of his on the field persona. He is — dare I say — bland. Sure, there was his breakout 2016…

Fire & Ice: Carlos Santana Isn’t So Smooth

Fire - Jose Peraza There was recently a changing of the guard in Cincinnati. Manager Bryan Price was let go in late April after a disastrous 3-15 start to the season, replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jim Riggleman. It turns out, this may have been good news for Jose Peraza. Peraza had been struggling while typically floating down around the bottom of the order when Price was around, but Riggleman seems convinced that #2 slot is where Peraza deserves to be. Since taking over, Riggleman has batted Peraza either…