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  1. Peralta among most unlucky hitters so far

    Eric Karabell

    Perhaps no hitter illustrates how wildly unpredictable Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) can be more than St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta. A year ago with the Detroit Tigers, Peralta hit .303 with a .374 BABIP, including a ridicul...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  2. Take wait-and-see approach on Ike Davis

    Eric Karabell

    There's hardly a guarantee that the Ike Davis who handled first base for the Pittsburgh Pirates a few days this weekend will hit any differently than the one that struggled so much last season for the New York Mets. The Davis who singled and doubled ...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  3. Will Michael Bourn return to previous form?

    Eric Karabell

    It's easy to forget now, but it wasn't too long ago that speedy outfielder Michael Bourn was regarded as a really valuable fantasy option. In 2012, he was a fourth-round pick in ESPN average live drafts. Last season, he was a sixth-rounder. Today, af...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  4. Don't rush to pick up Dayan Viciedo

    Eric Karabell

    The loss of Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia for the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder shouldn't send shockwaves through the fantasy baseball world. After all, Garcia, 22, was owned in barely 10 percent of ES...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  5. Middlebrooks, Teixeira land on DL

    Eric Karabell

    Heading into the weekend both Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira were owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard leagues, each having been selected in the range of the 17th round in ESPN live dr...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  6. Charlie Blackmon's staying power

    Eric Karabell

    The fact that Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is not one of the 10 most added players in ESPN standard leagues tells me that his historic game Friday night, when he registered six hits in six trips to the plate with five RBIs and four ru...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  7. Colabello a shrewd daily league pickup

    Eric Karabell

    The story of Minnesota Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello is actually kind of interesting, one I followed during the past year due to my investment in one of my deep teams. The Massachusetts native played for most of his 20s in the indepe...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  8. Closer Report: Papelbon's woes

    Eric Karabell

    Honestly, if closers keep pitching the way they have so far this season, we're going to need to devote a daily column to it. On Monday, those fellows were a mess. On Tuesday, it was a bit quieter. On Wednesday, an incredible six closers blew saves, s...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  9. Opening Day closer shake-ups

    Eric Karabell

    If the first full day of the 2014 major league season is any indication, it's going to be a ridiculous season for big league closers, more so than normal. In a span of a few hours Monday there was one news item after another affecting the crazy world...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  10. Jose Reyes already on disabled list

    Eric Karabell

    Say this for Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes: He certainly didn't waste any time getting injured this season. The speedy but brittle fourth-round selection in ESPN live drafts left Monday's game with what was called hamstring tightness after o...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  11. Fantasy potential of Hamilton, Young Jr.

    Eric Karabell

    Two of the five players projected for the most stolen bases in the major leagues this season went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in their season openers Monday, the famed golden sombrero. While it's never a good idea to panic after one game -- there ar...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  12. Andrew Cashner's fantasy ceiling

    Eric Karabell

    The non-Aussie version of the 2014 Major League Baseball season opened Sunday night with the San Diego Padres beating up Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson for a 3-1 win, but the story entering play, and for the first seven innings, was ...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  13. Bullpen Report: NL saves projections

    Eric Karabell

    Whether you're the type of owner who targets high-end, dominant relief pitchers such as Craig Kimbrel early in drafts or adopts the adage to avoid paying for saves, the fact is we spend a lot of time talking about closers, predicting who's next in li...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  14. The 'Perfect' Draft: Think balance early

    Eric Karabell

    Between myriad mock drafts, a few random and planned explorations into the mock draft lobby, and a few real ones that will be played out, I'm already well into double digits in ESPN leagues for March alone. While I've felt differing degrees of satisf...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  15. Sleeper stolen base options for 2014

    Eric Karabell

    One of my favorite players to watch while seeing spring games in Arizona last week was Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns, because pretty much every time the guy got on base -- and he was on base quite a bit -- he tried to steal second. And at ...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  16. 2014 NL-only LABR auction recap

    Eric Karabell

    Each fantasy baseball auction is different, and if you're anything like me, when an auction ends, I feel like I spend more time regretting not spending the extra dollar(s) for certain players rather than celebrating the fine individuals who compose w...

    Blog | March 07, 2014