Creative Solutions to the Catching Wasteland

Catching is such an interesting position year in & year out with few pillars of consistency and a whole lot of volatility. Newcomers arrive on the scene then fade away, those once stable pillars eventually crumble and fall, and there's always some prodigy on the horizon. How can you break free from drafting a terrible catcher who will play less than 110 games & generally hurt more categories than help? A two-headed approach.

Nick Ahmed Deserves to Start

There's plenty of reasons why I trust Mike Hazen. Mike Hazen has just one season under his belt as Diamondbacks General Manager. Just like Kevin Towers, Hazen made the playoffs in his first season. We’ve seen radical Diamondback first year improvements under new leadership before, but we haven’t seen sustained success since the Jerry Colangelo... Continue Reading →

Why am I avoiding Marcell Ozuna?

    Last year there were a lot of breakouts. I am not referring to the Judges or the Bellinger’s of the world, but rather guys who had been in the Major Leagues for a while who suddenly burst into the spotlight. Examples include Justin Smoak, Chris Taylor, and the guy we are discussing today, Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna is being taken at an ADP of 47.35 according to NFBC, making him the 11th outfielder off the board. Whenever I see his name on a draft screen, I can’t seem to find it within myself to draft him. So now I am going to take a dive into his stats and see if my avoidance is justified, or if Marcell Ozuna really is the player he showed in 2017.

Spring Training Watch List

  As spring training comes to an end soon and the games that really count begin, we look back on some standout situations and player improvements that will impact your upcoming drafts. The Fantasy Front Office staff has handpicked several noteworthy items to add to your own spring training watch list.   Hanley Ramirez Arriving... Continue Reading →

Benchmarking the Projections – Pitchers Edition

Continuing with the mission to give you relatable projections to help build your fantasy team (first outlined for hitters here in Benchmarking the Projections), presented below are benchmarked projections for pitchers, both starters and relievers. The projections were compared to the average league category leader occurring since the introduction of PED testing. Seasons like those listed above form the measuring stick by which the projections are compared to. The list is color coded so you can easily separate the good from the bad numbers.

The Effects of Chase Field’s Humidor

Let's enter the conspiracy zone. From 2009-2016, the Arizona Diamondbacks never had a team ERA within the top 13 of the MLB. Entering the 2017 season, the Diamondbacks hired Mike Hazen as their new GM. During the 2017 season rumors began to swirl that the D-Backs may introduce a humidor for the second half of... Continue Reading →

Player Profile: Jake Faria

  Jake Faria was never on any top-100 prospect lists while he climbed his way up to the big leagues. He doesn’t reach the triple-digits and he certainly isn’t flashy, but he can flat out pitch. Faria was a 10th-round pick to the Rays out of high school back in 2011 and one thing scouts... Continue Reading →

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