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  1. Five closer situations worth watching

    Eric Karabell

    Nothing against the awesome top tier of closers -- Atlanta Braves right-hander Craig Kimbrel, Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen and Kansas City Royals right-hander Greg Holland -- but I'm far more i...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  2. AL West: 2014 review/2015 preview

    Eric Karabell

    As the fantasy baseball offseason continues, it's time to recap/preview the American League West. Click here for the AL East and AL Central. Enjoy! Houston Astros Fantasy MVP: The best player in all the fantasy world was an Astro. No, really. Mike...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  3. Least Valuable Player awards for 2014

    Eric Karabell

    The Texas Rangers, playing better of late but still the worst team in the American League, started seven rookies in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros. The Rangers have used a record number of players to get through the season, and while...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  4. Astros' Chris Carter keeps on slugging

    Eric Karabell

    Perhaps Houston Astros outfielder Chris Carter will never win a batting title -- hey, crazy things do happen in this sport -- but let's give this low-average hitter plenty of credit for the fine season he's having. Carter smacked two more home runs T...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Call-up Springer already top-20 outfielder

    Eric Karabell

    There's big news in the fantasy baseball world today, as the Houston Astros made the surprising but welcoming decision to promote intriguing outfield prospect George Springer to the major leagues for Wednesday's game. Springer was ESPN Fantasy's No....

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  7. Bits: Grant Balfour ineffective of late

    Eric Karabell

    Oakland Athletics right-hander Grant Balfour saw his first action of the week in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. It wasn't a save opportunity, but Balfour hadn't pitched since Friday, when he needed 35 pitches to close out the Houston As...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  8. Astros trades create opportunities

    Eric Karabell

    The Houston Astros dealt several players prior to Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline, neither of them attractive for fantasy owners, but as in most cases with bad teams it's about opportunity created for others waiting to play, or opportunity lost...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  9. Keep eye on Astros' Jonathan Villar

    Eric Karabell

    There's little question the Houston Astros are building something special and eventually their middle infield of Carlos Correa and Delino DeShields Jr. could be the envy of most organizations, but the current options look pretty good, too. Second bas...

    Blog | July 24, 2013
  10. AL West midpoint report

    Eric Karabell

    We're nearly halfway through the 2013 baseball season, and we've seen some good, some bad and some Josh Hamilton. This week in the KaraBlog, we'll take a look at each team at the midpoint of the season and discuss what has happened and what should ha...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  11. Five things to watch this weekend

    Eric Karabell

    The Washington Nationals, fresh off a 98-win season and expecting a similar result in 2013, enter their weekend series with fewer wins than their surprising opponents, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Which team is better? That's an easy one. It's the team wi...

    Blog | May 03, 2013
  12. Vernon Wells tearing it up, but will it last?

    Eric Karabell

    Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees got clubbed at home by the Houston Astros 9-1 Monday night, a reminder for many that spot-starting in fantasy even against the league's worst offenses can occasionally backfire (ask Brandon Maurer about fac...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  13. New York Yankees' Vernon Wells among top 50 overall on ESPN Playe...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell offers his thoughts, from a fantasy perspective, on hot-hitting Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells.

    Blog | Conversation | April 30, 2013
  14. Fernandez, Bradley have potential, but ...

    Eric Karabell

    Well before the Sunday night surprise of the Houston Astros knocking off the mighty Texas Rangers to open the 2013 season, a few big league teams surprised many by promoting top prospects to the majors. A few weeks ago, it would have seemed awfully u...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  15. Astros not devoid of fantasy talent after all

    Eric Karabell

    The Houston Astros own baseball's best record -- OK, so it's a bit misleading! -- after Sunday's 8-2 opening night win over their in-state rival, the Texas Rangers, and while it's hardly a harbinger to make World Series plans, it&...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  16. Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Fernandez bring intriguing upside to fan...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell breaks down the 2013 fantasy value of talented rookies Jose Fernandez and Jackie Bradley Jr. following the news that the youngsters will begin the season in the majors.

    Blog | Conversation | April 01, 2013