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  1. Matthew Berry

    Matthew Berry



    Bio | Chats | E-mail | Fantasy Focus | Fantasy and Games

    • Senior Fantasy analyst for ESPN
    • Member, FSWA and FSTA Halls of Fame
    • Best-selling author of "Fantasy Life"

  2. Mike Fiers and the sneaky K club

    Eric Karabell

    By dinnertime Thursday a pair of right-handed starting pitchers already had delivered 14-strikeout performances, which seemed awfully rare to me, and then I found out it had happened four times in 40 years. So yeah, it's rare. One of the fellows who ...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  3. Remaining value of Darvish, Bailey

    Eric Karabell

    Entering Wednesday, five of the top 20 starting pitchers by ESPN average draft position this season -- a quarter of them! -- had that annoying asterisk next to their name denoting their place on the disabled list, and as we found out earlier this wee...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  4. How to value the Rockies for 2015

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners are probably getting tired of the top Colorado Rockies players, especially slumping star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who -- while you were all participating in fantasy football mock drafts this weekend -- was again placed on the disabl...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  5. Players to get before trade deadline

    Eric Karabell

    Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday afternoon -- I mean, nobody's been talking about this for the past month, right? -- and while we can't possibly know for sure which players will actually be sent to new teams, I have a few hunches the ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  6. Contact rate hints at fantasy value

    Eric Karabell

    Many fantasy owners pay attention only to the offensive statistics that directly affect them, from home runs to stolen bases, but analytical folks look at far more items that matter, one of them being contact rate. When a hitter makes contact, good t...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  7. What to expect from Headley in pinstripes

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners seem awfully excited about Chase Headley being traded from the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees on Tuesday, as he vaulted onto the most-added list in hours. While it does free up a potentially valuable player to provide fantasy...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  8. Red Sox hitters to buy or sell

    Eric Karabell

    The fourth-most owned Boston Red Sox hitter -- and seventh-most owned Sox player -- is Brock Holt. Think about that for a minute. These are the defending World Series champions, a team that scored by far the most runs in baseball in 2013, and Holt --...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  9. Buy low, sell high: All-Star Game edition

    Eric Karabell

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The 85th All-Star Game has come and gone, and while it was clearly a night to honor and celebrate New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in his final midseason classic, on occasion we certainly see eager fantasy owners assign altered v...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  10. Talking baseball with NL All-Stars

    Eric Karabell

    MINNEAPOLIS -- What a week it's been for Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier! What a season, really. Let's just say few would have guessed that if the Reds were going to have an offensive breakout performer this season, that Frazier, who enter...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  11. Projecting second-half power numbers

    Eric Karabell

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Let's get this out of the way right now: Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau might not have a spectacular second half in the power department, but you're kidding yourself if you think it's because his swing "got all out of wh...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  12. Future value of Final Vote candidates

    Eric Karabell

    Final fan voting ends Thursday afternoon, as MLB will announce the last player -- at least for now, before replacements -- for each squad in the All-Star Game. In theory, there's nothing wrong with this idea of choosing one last performer for the gam...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  13. Harper a top-10 OF for the rest of 2014

    Eric Karabell

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list to face the Colorado Rockies on Monday, and figures to be in the lineup in left field, hitting anywhere from ... well, why bother to guess? Rookie manage...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  14. Who's on pace for 20/20 seasons?

    Eric Karabell

    It's not easy as it used to be to finish a baseball season with more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Nine players achieved the feat last season, 10 the year before and 12 in 2011. Basically, the trend of five-category fantasy options continues...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  15. Adams valuable, even if Taveras returns

    Eric Karabell

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams played in 52 games before hitting the disabled list in late May with a calf injury, and in that span, he hit a mere three home runs. Adams was getting many singles, beating defensive shifts, but it was har...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  16. Assessing Manny Machado's value

    Eric Karabell

    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, once lauded for his maturity and ability to handle pressure at such a young age, now can't stay out of the news due to his childish and potentially dangerous behavior this past weekend against the Oaklan...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  17. Sell high on Lonnie Chisenhall

    Eric Karabell

    Entering Monday night, the main knocks that a reasonable person -- or a fantasy analyst -- would make on Cleveland Indians corner infielder Lonnie Chisenhall were a lack of actual home run power and a bloated BABIP of .411. After all, Chisenhall neve...

    Blog | June 10, 2014