Opening Day in Chattanooga is Thursday night. In 2013, the Southern League was home to dynamic prospects including Taijuan Walker, Archie Bradley (2013 Report), Javier Baez (2013 Report) and Yasiel Puig (2013 Report). Puig took the National League by storm while the other three finished the season as top-10 prospects in all of baseball. The league is expected to be deeper in 2014 with many MLB top prospects including those listed below. ROTOscouting will have multiple contributors covering the action.
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Insofar as the Mets’ bullpen is concerned the only press coming into this season was whether or not Vic Black could usurp Bobby Parnell to become the next Amazin’ closer. However after just a few weeks of spring training games, Black has been demoted and there is another young fireballer–Jeurys Familia–Mets fans should become acquainted with.
Today’s daily fantasy baseball diamonds include a pitcher and two infielders who enter Monday with bargain basement valuations. Each day, ROTOscouting will provide a trio of players to target using FanDuel’s price list. The goal is to do the bargain basement shopping for readers, allowing them to round out the roster with star caliber players.
Toronto’s farm system is rapidly improving. Teenage prospects are beginning to reach full season leagues and Lansing is THE destination for Blue Jays prospect hounds. A DJ Davis scouting report is a must this season, but third baseman Mitch Nay and infielder Franklin Barreto also excellent “gets”. Eight Blue Jays top prospects are expected to play for the Lugnuts this season, more if Barreto is promoted from Bluefield and Roberto Osuna returns from Tommy John surgery.
FAAB Top Targets: Kevin Gausman Leads This Week’s ListIf a fantasy baseball league uses FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) during the year to acquire free agents, an important ingredient to a team’s success is managing said budget. Each week, FAAB Top Targets will detail five or six pitchers available in the majority of fantasy leagues who represent strong buying opportunities. In general, these pitchers are owned in less than 50% of CBS, ESPN, and Yahoo fantasy leagues. The focus will be arms whose enhanced role or skills can make a short and/or long-term impact. Bidding recommendations are based on a standard $100 FAAB. New to FAAB? Check out these resources to guide and learn the basics of bidding strategy.
When it comes to Rangers prospects, Texas doesn’t mean to brag. Think of them as the kid who lived down the street as a child who was the first to own all the shiny new toys. He/she invited the neighborhood over to play and share in the fun, but it didn’t matter. Everybody hated him/her anyway. Yes, the Rangers develop a boat load of young talent, and deal plenty of it too, but other organizations must be envious over their embarrassment of riches. So when the Rangers are first to market with prospect rosters, the baseball world takes notice.
The Pittsburgh Pirates extended outfielder Starling Marte yesterday to the tune of six years and $31 million dollars. The deal includes two team options, so the new contract effectively adds three years of team control since Marte was scheduled to reach free agency in 2019. The deal makes sense for both player and team, but should the Pirates’ faith in Marte make him a must keep in fantasy baseball?
Injuries have already forced fantasy owners to make decisions about who to pick up from the wire. Many leagues now use FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) to distribute free agents. This week and every week I’ll guide you through the FAAB top targets at each position with recommended bids for each. Many strategies exist in terms of how to spend FAAB money, and every league setup is a little different. Consider this a general guide of who to target and adjust your bids according to your specific league’s rules and, more importantly, the bidding behaviors of your league mates. Assume a standard $100 FAAB allowance for all bids. Players must be owned in less than 50% of leagues in all three major formats to be eligible for this series.
In a mad dash to opening day, the Reality Fantasy Baseball Rule 4 Draft began a week after the conclusion of the international free agent phase. Having signed 19 IFA’s, we were left with six spots to fill on our 80-man roster. With about 10-million in cash reserves and four of the top-66 picks, Team ROTOscouting looked to round out the roster with future Major Leaguers ready to surface as franchise player Mike Trout becomes expensive.
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