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Al Melchior’s Review of the Tout Wars Mixed Auction

This year's Tout Wars mixed league auction felt different to me, and it wasn't just the surroundings. For the first time, we held our auction in the locker room at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the home of the Short Season Class A Staten Island Yankees. For reasons that probably had little to do with the presence of lockers, uniforms and even mascot costumes, I spent the bulk of my $260 budget more quickly than I can ever recall doing. Though I had been consciously moving toward emphasizing hitters over the last couple of…

Dynasty Dugout: Third Base Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

The hot corner is turning into a top-heavy position as of late. You got your handful of studs at the top, but after them, there aren't a lot of players that really excite you. You got the Devers, Guerreros, and Senzels of the world, but outside of them, it's just a lot of solid, but unspectacular fantasy assets. Now, there's nothing wrong with guys like Kyle Seager or Nicholas Castellanos. They're fine fantasy pieces for any squad, but they lack that elite upside that dynasty leaguers love. Other 2018 Dynasty/Keeper…

Fantrax Staff Debate: Kris Bryant vs. Manny Machado

One of the most enjoyable parts of fantasy sports in debating which players are better than others. We’ve all done it. You’re hanging out with some friends, probably enjoying a beer or two, and you get into a long discussion over which player is better than another one. Sometimes it might get heated, but that’s okay. We aren’t all going to agree on every single player. That would make fantasy leagues incredibly boring. The same can be said here at Fantrax. We have a great group of writers and podcasters (that might not be…

Dynasty Dugout: Shortstop Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

I debated leaving shortstop for last due to the amount of intrigue and offensive prowess at the position these days. But for the sake of going in somewhat of an order, I held off. Every year it seems like this position gets better and younger. Just look at the top of the rankings below. The average age of the top-10 is just 24. That's it. Can someone please get Jean Segura a walker or a cane of some sort? The dude is ancient for this top-10 at 28 years old. Needless to say, shortstop is in a great position and should only…

2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Shortstop (Updated)

As I was growing up during the mid to late '90s, a shortstop revolution changed the way we thought about the position’s offensive capabilities. Guys like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, and Miguel Tejeda blazed onto the scene and quickly proved that shortstop was more than just a position for defensive prowess. Over the last few years, another wave of dynamic offensive talents has graced the shortstop position. Just look at the top-10 of these rankings. The "old" man of the top-10 is Elvis Andrus at 29,…