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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Surprising end-of-season predictions

    Eric Karabell

    Welcome to Friday the 13th, the only one of this entire calendar year, and one can be sure if there's an impactful baseball injury on this day many a fantasy owner will blame it on bad luck because of the number 13. Without getting into how ridiculou...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. What impact will Kendrys Morales have?

    Eric Karabell

    The Minnesota Twins were the surprise franchise that ended up with noted free-agent slugger Kendrys Morales this weekend on a one-year contract. Morales, who hit 45 home runs the past two seasons for the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels and sh...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  11. What to do with Joey Votto

    Eric Karabell

    The Cincinnati Reds lost another close game Wednesday, as San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong -- not exactly Roger Clemens -- registered a career-best nine strikeouts in a 3-2 win, and they're now closer to last place in the NL Central t...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  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