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Jonathan Merkel

Founder and resident hack at merkwords.wordpress.com. Regular baseball contributor at thedynastyguru.com. Author of a book you should probably read, 'Our Carnage is Showing,' which is available on amazon.com.

2019 Dynasty Baseball RankingsDynasty BaseballWhat To Do About...

WELCOME BACK!!! Despite a scorching hot stove (I can’t believe the player you’re thinking of did or did not sign with the team you thought they would!), January and February can be some of the darkest months of the year (figuratively and literally). But fear not, restless readers. The Dynasty

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2019 Dynasty Baseball RankingsDynasty BaseballDynasty DynamicsWhat To Do About...

WELCOME BACK!!! Despite a scorching hot stove (I can’t believe the player you’re thinking of did or did not sign with the team you thought they would!), January and February can be some of the darkest months of the year (figuratively and literally). But fear not, restless readers. The Dynasty

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2019 Dynasty Baseball RankingsDynasty BaseballWhat To Do About...

1) Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 1) Playing through injury to end the season, Altuve’s overall numbers took a small step back in 2018, most notably in his steals total. Altuve failed to reach 30 steals for the first time in his career. Hopefully you listened to

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2019 Dynasty Baseball RankingsDynasty Baseball

Because baseball season can never arrive soon enough, a group of eight Dynasty Guru writers came together to do an early mock draft for the 2019 season. We went twelve rounds and drafted using the following Head-to-Head categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, W, SV, K, ERA and WHIP. Lineups

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Digging for DiamondsDynasty Baseball

Last season Jesus Aguilar was a part-time player with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 279 at-bats he hit 16 home runs, posted a .331 OBP, and was worth 4.7 Offensive WAR. Aguilar’s offensive value fell right between Mike Moustakas’ 4.6, and Xander Bogaerts’ 4.8. Those results suggest that he was ready

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Bold PredictionsDynasty BaseballWhat To Do About...

It’s hard to believe that the baseball season is already half over. The good news for all of us is that there is a lot more ball to play after the All-Star Break. When we look back at the first half, it has been defined by the otherworldly performances of

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Dynasty BaseballWhat To Do About...

Players fall off the map every year. Some declines we see coming; some we don’t. After being aggressively drafted back in the spring, the following players have all experienced sickening declines in value in the season’s first half. The extent of each player’s depreciation is probably beyond what even the

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Dynasty BaseballDynasty DynamicsWhat To Do About...

For all of the thousands of dynasty owners who put in work endlessly searching for competitive edges on the competition, there are an equal number players who decide to join a dynasty league for about 12 minutes, only to abandon their brand new team. This is a pickle for invested

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Digging for DiamondsDynasty BaseballWhat To Do About...

Juan Soto’s meteoric rise to the major leagues has been one of this season’s most exciting storylines. After starting the season at High-A, the 19-year-old blasted through Double-A and has already played 26 games for the Nationals. The kid is showing some serious style, currently sporting a .326/.420/.593 slash. But

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Dynasty BaseballDynasty DynamicsWhat To Do About...

I recently learned of the Magazine Cover Indicator. Per Wikipedia, the Magazine Cover Indicator works because it assumes that, “by the time an idea has had time to make its way to the business press, particularly a trading idea, then the idea has likely run its course.” This is an

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