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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Talking baseball with AL All-Stars

    Eric Karabell

    MINNEAPOLIS -- One of my favorite players to watch this season has been Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, in part because his excellent performance, at least to this level, was unexpected. After all, Dozier was a 20th-round selection in ES...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Encarnacion, Votto hurt; trade roundup

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners had a legitimate -- in theory -- decision to make a few months ago if looking at drafting first basemen in the second round. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis were off the board, leaving, essentially, Edwin Encarnacion, Prince Fielder a...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  7. Pitchers to start at home, but not away

    Eric Karabell

    The excellent and somewhat expected performances by San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross and Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler on Wednesday got me thinking about other hurlers who fantasy owners might rarely think about, but should because h...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  8. What to do with struggling James Shields

    Eric Karabell

    Kansas City Royals right-hander James Shields is putting his fantasy owners in quite a spot, as Tuesday evening was the sixth time in eight outings the top-20 starting pitcher from draft day and long-time reliable had permitted four or more runs in g...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  9. Buy or sell on Jake Arrieta?

    Eric Karabell

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta entered Monday at Fenway Park winless in five starts against the Boston Red Sox, with a 5.90 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. This certainly might have led a concerned Arrieta fantasy owner to bench him, citing history, which...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Why Shin-Soo Choo should rebound

    Eric Karabell

    There really doesn't appear to be anything wrong with Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo that patience, health and luck won't fix, so for all his fantasy owners wondering why he's apparently stopped hitting, running and to an odd extent walking, ...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  12. Fantasy impact of position changes

    Eric Karabell

    Most times that I've talked to a baseball player about the potential effects a position change will have -- or is having -- on them at the plate, they've looked at me like I was an alien from outer space. In other words, although these guys are human...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Results differ as Hamilton, Trout return

    Eric Karabell

    A pair of Los Angeles Angels outfielders returned from injury to the lineup Tuesday in Houston, but only one of them lasted the entire game, and it's not the one who was selected first -- or second, in theory, I suppose -- in nearly every fantasy dra...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  15. Pleasant surprises among top relievers

    Eric Karabell

    Let's talk closers! With roughly a third of the MLB season complete and much upheaval in terms of injuries and torn UCLs and hitters performing below expectations, it's actually been a relatively quiet season so far for closers. After all, of the top...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  16. Injured Beltran among active WAR leaders

    Eric Karabell

    More than half of the top 15 for wins above replacement (WAR) among active players entering this season have been New York Yankees at some point. Perhaps this isn't surprising, but with the news Thursday that Carlos Beltran was placed on the disabled...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  17. Victor Martinez flashing surprising power

    Eric Karabell

    Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is quickly becoming one of the more valuable players in fantasy, but my favorite stat on him is this: In an era of ridiculous strikeout totals by hitters, Martinez has actually homered more times than ...

    Blog | May 14, 2014