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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. 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
  3. Will Jason Kipnis turn his season around?

    Eric Karabell

    The fourth middle infielder chosen in ESPN average live drafts entered Tuesday as the No. 43 middle infielder on the Player Rater. Yes, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has certainly been a disappointment, perhaps a bit overrated as well...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. How to deal with Bautista, Lawrie injuries

    Eric Karabell

    Injuries are often the great equalizer in the standings for real teams and the fantasy versions, and Sunday's unlucky squad was the Toronto Blue Jays. Several key offensive pieces of the AL East leaders missed the end of the 4-3 loss in Cincinnati an...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  8. Can Jimmy Rollins keep rolling?

    Eric Karabell

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins singled and stole two bases in Wednesday's win over the San Diego Padres, and it quietly moved the fellow about to become the franchise's all-time hit leader into the No. 15 spot among middle infielders o...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Fantasy value of former No. 1 overall picks

    Eric Karabell

    High school pitcher Brady Aiken was the lucky first overall selection in the MLB 2014 Rule 4 draft Thursday night, and if history is our guide, there's a pretty good chance he'll end up in the major leagues someday, but no guarantees of success. Aike...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Top surprises, disappointments thus far

    Eric Karabell

    Surprise! We're finishing up the second full month of the fantasy baseball season and yes, it seems to have flown by. The overriding theme of the campaign has been the ulnar collateral ligament -- whose is torn and whose is not -- but there have been...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  13. What is Tommy La Stella's fantasy value?

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners had seemed awfully excited lately about a possible promotion for Atlanta Braves second base prospect Tommy La Stella, and thus there was a palpable buzz on Twitter when this actually occurred Wednesday. La Stella, a patient left-handed...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  14. Should you buy low on Carlos Santana?

    Eric Karabell

    Fantasy owners haven't enjoyed owning Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana this season. Sure, he added third base eligibility early on and he has contributed modest power, but a .159 batting average through nearly two months is painful, and the r...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  15. Entire Dodgers rotation fantasy-relevant

    Eric Karabell

    In case you missed it over the Memorial Day holiday weekend -- and continued and emphatic thanks to all those who serve and have served in our armed forces -- surprising Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett tossed the first no-hitter of the ...

    Blog | May 27, 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. Is Adam Jones poised for a big May?

    Eric Karabell

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones entered Wednesday's game hitting .252 with one home run in five weeks, this after consecutive 30-plus homer campaigns plus enough stolen bases to matter earned him second-round status in ESPN leagues. Naturally...

    Blog | May 08, 2014