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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…

Fantasy Baseball: Roto Salary Cap Roster

Well, folks, Opening Day is finally here! Fans all over the globe are optimistic about the upcoming season, and fantasy owners are arguably even more so. Spring Training is over, and the games (and more importantly the stats) finally count! This season, I will be offering some of my thoughts on the Fantrax Salary Cap Challenge Games. Specifically, I will be looking at some player percentages and highlighting some players who could be worth a New Player Claim. Please remember that the 18 claims each team is allowed are to…

TRAX Best Score Draft Recap: Part 1

It is very easy to discuss what should be done during a draft. It’s often a little more difficult to implement said strategies in real time. The only real way to analyze the drafting process is to participate in it. With that in mind, I am taking part in a TRAX Best Score league to see where my pre-draft ideas of how one should draft a TRAX Best Score team and my actual drafting of such a team come together and where they do not. I will discuss some of the thoughts behind the picks I made and see how much I can stick to my…

The Baseball Show, S2.E12 Al Melchior [Video]

The newest member of the Fantrax family and industry titan Al Melchior (@almelchiorBB) stopped by The Baseball Show this week to discuss how he got involved in Fantasy Baseball (1:30), his three mus- own players from the Top 100 (7:33), some of his favorite sleepers (9:58), his rookie sleepers to target (13:22), some veteran pitchers he's looking at (15:05), what Joe Musgrove's move to Pittsburgh could mean (19:02), concerns about the new humidor at Chase Field (20:50), reaction to the Steven Souza three-way trade and how it…

The Baseball Show, S2.E9 Mike Petriello [Video]

A total joy to welcome Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) of MLB.com this week to The Baseball Show! Mike is best known for his coverage of Statcast, which is the technology being employed that is revolutionizing the game of baseball. How fast players run, the angle of a batter's swing, the velocity and spin rate on a ball slung by a pitcher, and so much more. Mike walks us through what exactly it all means, and how it is growing and being integrated into today's game. We got into some specific examples, including the recent…