Touch Em’ All: TDG’s Weekly Roundup
As TDG gears up for a new baseball season, we are providing a weekly feature promoting the most interesting and informative baseball articles from across the internet. These pieces will not be limited to dynasty formats or fantasy baseball. In addition, we will provide a brief synopsis of the articles and – if you’re lucky – our hot take on the article. However, our primary goal is to grow your interest in all facets of baseball in an effort to aid decisions related to your fantasy team.
Also, one of our fearless update members – comprised of Patrick Brennan, Johnathan Merkel, Patrick Magnus – will provide a monthly feature challenging the ideas and opinions of our selected articles. Too often the echo chamber mentality can be prevalent in fantasy baseball sites. We want to provide you – the reader – a different mindset as you navigate the waiver wire and trade offers.
Do not hesitate to comment if there’s an article we missed, a piece for us to challenge, or a site we should include.
- Doug Ault and the Triumph of Joy:
Doug Ault committed suicide in 2004. This is the first thing you will find out about him if you search his name on Google. You will find countless obituaries and post-mortems, documenting his “rise and fall.” That was the narrative that circulated in 2004. I am not going to write about any of that. I think they are wrong. I think they are missing the point.
– Rachael McDaniel
My favorite piece of the week.
This is the piece you want to sit down and read with your big cup of coffee and about 15 minutes of silence.
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
- Christian Yelich Freed From Miami, Joins Surprisingly Fun Brewers Club
– Emma Baccellieri
- Brewers announce change in philosophy with Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain acquisitions
– Jorge L. Ortiz
- MLB free-agency freeze presents buying opportunity with spring thaw ($):
“As clubs learn how to wait out free agents, it presents problems for the players and MLBPA, but it also allows for opportunity for clubs of all budget sizes.”
– Travis Sawchik
Podcasts of the Week
- Flags Fly Forever
George Bissell, Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus banter about the various fantasy implications.
- Effectively Wild Episode 1166
Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller conduct the fifth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 10 minor league free agents each and competing to see whose roster will accumulate the most combined major league playing time in 2018.
Data Driven Fantasy Analysis
- Finding LOB% Overachievers and Underachievers
“No matter what the season-to-season correlation is as a whole, LOB% and xLOB% are stats that can be used to identify prime regression and progression candidates.” – Patrick Brennan
Player Write Up’s
- Scouting the Talented, Frustrating Conner Greene
“Greene is coming off a maddening statistical season at Double-A New Hampshire, where he accumulated a 5.29 ERA in 132.2 innings. He experienced some success till the beginning of summer, entering July with a 3.23 ERA despite erratic command, but started getting shelled as the season continued.”
– Eric Logenhagen
- Manny, Manny, Manny Can’t We See?
As I was scrolling through the FantasyPros rankings, looking for someone to write about, I started getting despondent. There was no one to write about because the stable of great writers at Razzball seemingly touched on everyone! But, like a good little grasshopper, I kept mining for the Bitcoin. Then, I found him: Manuel Margot.
Fantasy Strategy/Draft Strategy
- Here is every prospect drafted in the Rotowire Dynasty Invitational
“Exactly 297 prospects were taken in the RDI by industry experts who obsess over minor leaguers. From obvious names to hidden gems, this gives you a leg up in dynasty leagues.”
– Eddie Almaguer
- James Anderson Reddit AMA
– James Anderson
- The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League First Basemen, Nos. 1-20:
“Without further ado, it’s time to continue our 2018 consensus rankings by looking at the league’s top-20 best first baseman in dynasty leagues. At the top spot is a familiar face…”
– Ben Diamond, Patrick Magnus, Frank Sides, Mike Tanner
- Top 100 Prospects: We’re Betting On The Bat ($):
“But we have a process at Baseball America, one perfected over more than 25 years of putting together Top 100 lists. Our writers each submit a top 150, we add up the points, see what it spits out and then we hash out the ranking.”
- The Prospect Who Dropped the Most in the Rankings
“While our eyes tend to look for new additions, for the players who have zoomed to the top — Ronald Acuna and Shohei Ohtani are sexy names, after all — there are also players who drop off the lists each year. Maybe most visible this year was…”