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Spring Training News and Notes II

It is usually at this time of the year that some attention gets drawn away from Spring Training baseball. There is this little thing called March Madness that will divert our attention away from baseball and on the plethora of college basketball that occupies the opening weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament. But before we share some baseball-related news, here is a trivia question for you to ponder: Name the two men who have played in both a World Series and a Final Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball…

ESPN Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups – Week Of September 3, 2017

September can be a very hectic month in the waiver wire world as MLB teams bring up prospects and other minor leaguers for a look to see if they can play at the major league level and provide contending teams with some added depth. Before we take a look at this week's recommendations for players owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues, with stats as of September 1, here is the often requested trivia question: Two players have won the Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young awards in their career, with one of them being…

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…

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…