Rickie Weeks: First Day OffRickie Weeks: Weeks is not in the Brewers' lineup Monday in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee's Senior Director of Media Relations reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.
Weeks drives in five, Brewers defeat Pirates - Rickie Weeks | MLWRickie Weeks went 3-for-5 with five RBI in the Brewers' 12-8 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday.
Shuffle Up: Checking in with Josh Rutledge; more words about Didi Gregorius
Today's Shuffle Up assignment is the middle infielders, everyone who covers the second base or shortstop area for your fake juggernaut. Settle in, settlers, and let's try to figure it all out. (Where's Braun and Miggy? Sorry kids, they're not middle infielders.)
Play to this point matters as an audition, but that's it. The goal is to figure out who will play the best (and collect the juiciest stats) from this point forward, 2013-only. Pretend we're starting from scratch with a fresh draft tonight. Don't worry about the dollar value in a vacuum; they're merely used as tools to compare. And players at the same price tag are considered even.
I'll add extensive comments as the day goes along and I may tweak a
Josh Prince (SS-MIL)Milwaukee Brewers’ Disastrous Homestand More of a Fluke, Not a Trend (Yahoo! Contributor Network). COMMENTARY | Josh Prince. Yuniesky Betancourt. Rickie Weeks. Martin Maldonado. Source: http://us.rd.yahoo.com
2013 Livin’ The Fantasy Draft
And the fantasy baseball drafts just keep on coming… Kay Adams and I hosted the Livin’ the Fantasy Draft for SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM87). The league consisted of myself, Kay, Kyle Elfrink, two producers (Drew Phelps and Phil Backert), and six listeners (one was unable to make it). That means we had a shallow 11 team, mixed league draft that we took part in. I had the #2 selection in the draft, and here is how my
Fantasy Baseball 2013: Second Base Primer
Second base is basically the roster spot that keeps the position scarcity advocates in business. If it weren't for the dearth of talent at second, scarcity zealots wouldn't have such a compelling strategy to sell.
Just spend a minute or two examining the position ranks and you'll understand why the top players at this spot are such prized commodities, even in smaller mixed leagues. The top-tier second basemen — Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler — have proven themselves to be reliable four-category fantasy assets, reasonable picks in the opening rounds. But
Mostly MLB Notes: Debating 1st round decisions, hyping Cliff Lee and defending my LABR team
There are a handful of outfielders worthy of being taken in the first round even after Mike Trout and Ryan Braun are off the board, all of whom should be valued similarly. I’m personally taking Matt Kemp first in this tier, as he’s one season removed from a .324-39-115-126-40 campaign and finished April with 12 homers and a .417/.490/.893 line over 23 games last year. But injuries derailed the rest of his season and coming off serious shoulder surgery that repaired a detached labrum and rotator cuff damage, he’s certainly not without risk. Andrew McCutchen is likely off the board next in most leagues, and it’s tough to argue after he posted a
Pressing Questions: The Pittsburgh Pirates
In a series like Pressing Questions, where our mission is to explore the biggest unknowns facing each team, the Pirates are a nightmare to write. This is a dumpster-diving team that collects unknowns. For years, the Bucs have been picking from the MLB discard pile, looking for reclamation projects. A few seasons ago it was Andy LaRoche, then Lastings Milledge. Then it was Jeff Clement, James McDonald, Erik Bedard, AJ Burnett, Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider. This year, it's Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon, Francisco Liriano, Felix Pie and Jonathan Sanchez.
Pittsburgh is basically the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? of Major League Baseball. Thus, the Pirates are a tricky team to consider in a feature that's supposed to focus on
2013 Rankings: Second Basemen
Unlike first base, second base lacks impact bat depth. In mixed leagues without a middle infielder, few players outside the top-15 will be rostered heavily. In larger leagues, sorting through the dregs is a necessity that adds to the appeal and nuance of stepping out of kiddie pool leagues.Rank First Name Last Name Organization 1 Robinson Cano Yankees 2 Dustin Pedroia Red
Player Profile: Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla hit an unacceptable .220 last season for the Braves. Unfortunately for him, that seems to be the only number anyone ever looks at. Consider the following data points.
Who Would You Rather Have Poll: Chase Utley or Rickie Weeks?
This is a quick post on which NL second baseman you would rather have in 2013: Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks or Phillies second baseman Chase Utley? I ranked Weeks as my 5th ranked NL-Only second baseman, with Utley coming him just ahead of him at #4. Both come with a question mark or two, with Utley's injury risk and age a concern for fantasy owners, while Weeks has an injury history himself, but has played 157 or more games in two of the last three seasons. But,
Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Milwaukee Brewers (with video)The Brew Crew can't ask everything of Ryan Braun, so who else can they depend on? Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez and John Axford? How does the rotation shape up?
Pressing Questions: The Milwaukee Brewers
A year ago, nearly to the day, Ryan Braun was appealing a 50-game PED suspension before a three-man arbitration panel. The appeal seemed like a perfunctory step at the time, an almost hopeless legal exercise. Ballplayers don't exactly have a long track record of success in such cases.
But Braun nonetheless beat the rap, due to chain-of-custody issues with his test sample. (Three months later, Major League Baseball fired the arbitrator who'd been the swing-vote on the panel). Braun then delivered another monster season for the Brewers, essentially matching his MVP-level production from 2011. He
Ike Davis, 2013 Fantasy Sleeper
Was definitely a struggle to own Ike Davis in 2012. Was uncomfortable like the air in the room when you find out on Christmas Eve that your crazy aunt is going to jail for seven years. Take it from me, for Christmas, don't buy her a nail file or black and white striped pajamas. Or when she says she was railroaded, don't comment that's ironic because now you're going to be working on the railroad. Looks like I'm gonna need to update Who Is Grey Albright? for my jailbird aunt. Thankfully, criminality skips a generation! If you didn't outright drop Davis in the first two months, you never appreciated when he turned his season around. And, if you did drop him in the first two months, you really didn't appreciate it. For hitters with
Rickie Weeks is Still Who We Think He Is
The 2012 baseball season was a tale of two seasons for Rickie Weeks. The first half of the season he had 6 home runs and a batting average that made Mario Mendoza look good, and a second half that produced 16 home runs and a .269 batting average. There is a funny about baseball stats, though; the rules require that both halves of the season be used to come up with an entire season of numbers. And with Rickie, what fantasy owners ended up with was a nice set of counting stats, that included 21 home runs and 16 steals, and a horrific .230 batting average. But the past is gone and it is time to look ahead to 2013.
I'll start with that aforementioned .230 batting
Point: Rickie Weeks Can Build on his Strong Second Half
In my favorite keeper league, every move and every trade I made in 2012 turned into fantasy gold. My lucky streak even prompted the commissioner to recently proclaim over a night of drinks that I must have a fantasy horseshoe lodged up my ass.
No player better supports this claim more than Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, who joined my team on the last day of August via free agency. I traded away a slumping Jason Kipnis for some much needed pitching help in the form of Weeks' teammate,
OPS Fantasy Leagues: 2012 Second Basemen Review
Here is a look at the value of second basemen over the past season in OPS fantasy leagues. This is not meant to be a ranking so much as adding a lens to illustrate their relative value with OPS as a component. They are listed from highest to lowest OPS. Note that I only included players with at least 300 plate appearances in 2012. For reference, here’s my review of catchers and first basemen.
Robinson Cano – Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson. Fantasy owners love you more than you will know…
2012 Positional Review – Second Base
Now that the 2012 season is over, it’s time to review how my predictions went for each position in fantasy baseball. To that end, I will review my top-10 at each position and give a brief rundown on how each of the ten performed. I’ll also list which player was a “Hit” (someone who lived up to expectations) as well as a “Miss” (the player who simply failed to impress).
Top 20 2nd Basemen, 2012 Fantasy Baseball
We already went over the top 20 catchers and the top 20 1st basemen for 2012 fantasy baseball. Today, we dip our big toe into the top 20 2nd basemen. It was a nice bounce back year for the 2nd basemen, in general. In 2011, Darwin Barney was ranked 20th for 2nd basemen and 19th for shortstops, but this year guys like Mike Aviles ranked 18th for 2nd basemen, but 14th for shortstops, showing more depth at the keystone. To recap, this final ranking for last year is from our Fantasy Baseball
Fun With Numbers
.241: The league leading BABIP of Jered Weaver which is one point better than his teammate, Ervin Santana. While it’s not logical to think either man will replicate that number in 2013, it should be noted that Weaver has always been
Fantasy Baseball Points Leagues: Weddings and Gambling Addictions
Right off the bat (pun intended, or not, I’m not sure), I’d like to sincerely apologize for missing a week. I tried to squeeze it in but my wedding took precedence in the end. Beautiful party. Gorgeous ceremony. I looked stunning, oh, and my Wife did too. Other than a female friend of mine getting pushed by another woman, and her being told to “stay away from my man, you bitch,” things couldn’t have gone any better. In fact, that might have been one of the highlights. My Dad seemed to enjoy it and I know I did.
Being heavily involved in multiple fantasy baseball leagues is quite similar to being in a serious relationship. Only in this particular case, I have five fantasy leagues and only one serious relationship.
Harvey Milks 10 Ks
The Mets went into their minor league system and pulled a giant rabbit out of their hat with Matt Harvey. *terrible Jimmy Stewart impression* Mr. Potter, I knew a Harvey once. Back in 1955, see, and Danny Kaye asked me to sneak this guy named Harvey out of his bedroom at 2 AM. Nice fella, that Harvey. He told me a story that involved Ethel Merman and ping pong balls. Good, salt of the earth guy, that Harvey. So, yesterday, Harvey went five innings and 10 Ks. Tomorrow, the world! Or just icing his arm and joking around with Ruben Tejada. One of those. I’m a big fan of Harvey, but he only has one more start this year (you would’ve owned him yesterday if you followed the
Closing Time: Norichika Aoki gets comfortable
In a lot of ways it's been a season of distraction in Milwaukee. The Ryan Braun Controversy kicked off the campaign. The closer wheel has been in full effect all year. Zack Greinke was unbeatable at home, a mess on the road, and in trade talks all summer . . . eventually parceled to Anaheim. The carnival of Rickie Weeks, the emergence of Carlos Gomez, there are plenty of stories here.
Somehow, in the middle of it all, Norichika Aoki flies mostly under the radar.
The Aoki contract didn't get a lot of attention in the winter. Although Aoki was a batting ace in Japan, he was seen as a tweener in the American game — maybe a third outfielder,
Roto Roundup: Bryce Harper, Jay Bruce, Rickie Weeks, and Others
I am not sure if you have noticed, but Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is having probably his best season of his career this season, as he is on pace for career highs in home runs and RBI. Bruce went 3-4 with a HR and 2 RBI yesterday and is hitting .265-.342-.552 with 32 HRs, 32 doubles, 80 runs, 93 RBI and 7 stolen bases thus far. He is on pace to hit 38 HRs and drive in 109 runs. And looking at his player page over at FanGraphs, his BB% and K% has flatlined over the last 3 seasons:
2010: 10.1 BB%, 23.7
NatGio Shows The World One Pretty Pitcher
You could argue Mike Minor threw a slightly better game yesterday and deserved the lede, but you’d be arguing with a computer screen and over what should be the lede on a fantasy baseball blog. It’s about time I gave Gio Gonzalez (7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks) some love after emoting all over myself in the preseason about how much I wanted Gio on every team. In December of last year — yes, December — I gushed over Gio like a little schoolgirl that just got a free shopping spree at American Girl Place. I followed up that gushing volcano of man love with me ranking him 17th overall. I’m not right all the time, but sometimes you just gotta sit back and say, “Grey, your mustache is thick as your
Weeks' two bombs pace Brews past Marlins - Rickie Weeks | MLWRickie Weeks stayed hot in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Marlins, ripping a pair of two-run homers.
Daily Joust – Wk 22: Did We Learn Anything?
On Monday each week I take a look at the fantasy baseball game breaking down players who have produced noteworthy performances of late – not just positive outings mind you, but I’ll also delve into some of the players that have been sucking wind of late. Can you use this information to your benefit over at DailyJoust?
GAINERS OF THE WEEK
Pedro Alvarez (+13, $108,000 in DailyJoust
Roto Roundup: Stephen Strasburg, Jurickson Profar, Rickie Weeks and Others
Before I get to the Roto Roundup, I would like to let you know that our own Bret Sayre has started his own blog, in addition to writing here at Fake Teams, and you can find him at thedynastyguru.com. Make sure you check out his latest pieces on Jurickson Profar, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn.
The Rangers called up top prospect Jurickson Profar on Saturday and he provided immediate results yesterday in his first big league game. And big league at bat. Profar went 2-4 with a HR in
Reynolds Smoking Homers Like A Bandit
This weekend, my Cougar’s dog had diarrhea all over my foot. So, I wrote a list of Don’ts and taped it to his bed. 1. Do not poop my foot. 2. Do not ever poop my foot. Seriously. 3. There’s no three. Now if you were to switch out “foot,” with “fantasy team” that could’ve been Mark Reynolds prior to this weekend. Carrying him on your team, you may as have been walking behind him with a plastic bag and a spray bottle. It was like Mini Donkey forgot all the brays that was heaped on him in the past and why. You strikeout, Mini Donkey, but you also homer. Without the latter, you’re not reaching your heights. Pun point! This weekend he put on a show in The Home They Built Across The
Weeks’ monster day leads Brewers in slugfest - Rickie Weeks | MLWRickie Weeks had a monster day at the plate on Sunday, leading the Brewers to a wild 12-8 win in a slugfest over the Pirates.
Kipnis Calms Owners Shpilkis
Yesterday, Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with his 13th homer. Member when he had 11 homers going into the All-Star break and we were like, “Yo, I’d let Kipnis sleep with my baby’s mama. He earned that shizz, yo. Just make sure you change the sheets, that’s all I ask. And maybe if you could pick up some milk for my morning coffee.” Well, here’s a discussion topic: The Catcher in the Rye is neither about baseball or bread. Discuss. Here’s another: Is Kipnis all that and a bag of bagel chips or was he just a good first half with a bad case of the shpilkis in his genechtagazoink. Good question from your internal monologue. In the first half, Kipnis had a career month in May with 5 homers,
Did you see the game Brett Anderson threw the other day? Neither did. Was watching MasterChef. C’mon, is she really blind? I could see a service dog, pulling to the side of the road and being like, “Listen, sweetheart, how about we stop the charade and let me go hump some other dogs?” There’s no way she’s blind! I’m dying for someone to toss her a baseball and watch her catch it. Speaking of baseball (yes, I’m segueing into baseball on a fantasy baseball site — that’s how I do!), the takeaway from Brett’s box score is they’ve fixed Raggedy Anderson. He was also going against the World Class Minnesota Twins. I’m using World Class there like food companies will use World Class
Week That Was: Weeks Not So Weak After AllGlenn Colton takes a look at the recent resurgence of Rickie Weeks and some injury replacements who could help your roto squad in this week's Week That Was
Links: Recent Weeks
Fantasy Source experts read far and wide in order to keep on top of everything in baseball. Here are some of the stories that interested us this week. If you see something you think is worth sharing with our readers, tweet @DavidAArnott or e-mail us.
Weeks out? No, Weeks in! You are forgiven for giving up on Rickie Weeks at the All-Star break, when he was still struggling to stay above a .200 batting average. However, that was actually much better than he'd been doing a month before, when his average was hovering around .160,
OPS Fantasy Leagues: Eight K’s A Week
In OPS leagues, you generally have a higher level of tolerance for guys that strikeout a lot and produce a low batting average. Guys who walk a lot and have a good slugging rate can be overlooked due to some of their flaws, but carry value in OPS leagues. Here are a few high strikeout guys and their likely value in these leagues:
Rickie Weeks – Since taking over second base for the Brewers full time in 2005, Weeks has been a consistent fantasy option. Four out of the past five seasons he’s posted an OPS over .800, but this year he’s disappointed with an OPS that only recently topped .700. However, as his July suggests (over .900 OPS), he looks like he’s finally turned things around. The main factor that
Rangers Skew To Sonic Youth Over Michael Young’s Dinosaur Jr. When Blasting Olt-Rock
Don’t you love when New Yorkers say the expression, “I got your _____ right here!” Coming out of the right taxi driver’s mouth, it’s like a cello being played by Yo-Yo Ma. Sometimes it can get confusing when you are actually trying to tell someone you’ve located something. Like, “I got your cellphone right here!” Probably sounds like you’re being an a-hole. Well, in that vein, take a a scruffy taxi driver’s voice, throw it through two packs a cigarettes a day for 20 years and give me a little, “I got your loyalty to Michael Young right here!” The Rangers called up Mike Olt. I can’t imagine they did this so he could play an illegal game of pepper and collect autographs from
Astros Make Nacho Concession Guy Highest Salaried Employee
You ever go to a flea market and you have no interest in buying anything? You see some little old lady wearing a sweater, even though it’s 95 degrees, selling a collection of hummels and they’re priced like they’re gold bullion. You pass. You walk further and see a man with mutton chops selling corn cob pipes, but you already have one. You’re only at the flea market because your lady friend dragged you there. You kinda just want to go home — but then! – then you see someone selling an original Derek and the Dominos vinyl. It’s a limited edition Layla record from the former republic of Yugoslavia. There’s scratches all over it and it barely plays, but it’s from 1970 and it says Layla in some weird language
Dodgers Love Trading for Malcontent Ramirezes
Los Angeles is a town where the only thing better than a great idea is cashing in on the goodwill of that great idea via sequels. So it is no surprise that the Dodgers released a sequel to their 2009 hit, Malcontent Ramirez. If you loved Mannywood, you’ll like Hanleywood! In the first one, a brooding superstar, played by Wesley Snipes, sick of the big city moves to the The Biggest Little City After Reno — Los Angeles — and gets a little help from the people who care, managers, agents and studio people. In the sequel, a brooding superstar, played by Omar Epps, saves a city in economic ruin by collecting roughly $40 million dollars from his new city for lackluster play. Can’t wait for the 2015 pickup of Aramis Ramirez
Daily Joust: The Weekend Ahead
It’s Friday, and that means a couple of things. One, it’s about time to cut loose and have some fun. Two, I’ll be giving some plays for Friday and Saturday that would seem to be in prime position to succeed.
For those of you unaware of just what DailyJoust is and what the offer, click on the link. The bottom line is DJ allows you the chance to play daily fantasy baseball, choose a team today an
Shuffle Up: Ian Desmond puts it all together
The middle infield is the focus for this week's shuffle up, your 2B and SS options. Settle in for the usual rule disclaimers, and then we'll discuss some prices.
This blog contains how I'd rank the players if I were headed into a new start-from-scratch league today. What's happened already in 2012 is an audition, but what we're trying to figure out is what the players will do going forward. Don't obsess over the dollar amount in a vacuum; what matters is how the players relate to one another. Commodities at the same tag are considered even.
Your respectful disagreement is always welcome, and it will help me iron out this list. But you need to have a reason for your unrest; further the conversation,
Fantasy Razzball Roundup: July 13th
Hey, I’m Higgins and I’m going to be posting updates about our Fantasy Razzball leagues. If you are not familiar with Fantasy Razzball, it is a league format where us truly masochistic fantasy baseballers try to build the worst fantasy baseball team possible. Full rules can be found here.
Mailbag: July 12, 2012
Rickie Weeks' or find free 'rickie weeks' pictures via Wylio" href="http://www.wylio.com/credits/flickr/444509607">Each week I’ll be answering questions that have been sent to me at the BaseballGuys’ Twitter account in my never ending attempt to replace myself by explaining to everyone how I evaluate players thereby making myself obsolete.
Would you trade Rickie Weeks for Francisco Liriano and Stephen Drew? I need pitching depth after many injuries.
Weeks has been awful
2012 Fantasy Baseball All-Star Squads
Welcome to the 1st annual Razzball All-Star squads! These squads disregard any selections made by fans, Tony LaRussa, and Ron Washington as their focus is skewed towards a player’s value to their actual employer vs. potential 2012 fantasy baseball teams.
We’ve got four All-Star squads – all leveraging the $ estimates in our Player Rater. This is based on 12-team mixed leagues using the ESPN standard roster format:Performance All-Stars – These are the most valuable players for fantasy baseball in the 1st half of 2012. Value All-Stars – These are the best values based on the difference of their season-to-date value vs.
David Caruso Identifies Two Bodies In Stanton’s Knee
The night was… humid. In the hospital hallway, Guillen was calling doctors, nurses and a janitor putas. I was by his bedside early in the day. We talked for a long time before he went under the knife. Talked about life, name changing and fantasy baseball. He understood how much I had invested in him and his knee. He gripped my hand tightly and apologized profusely for letting down so many fantasy teams. He told me he’d be back in 4 to 6 weeks. I told him it would sound a lot more sincere if he could give me an exact timetable. He then asked me who kept calling my cellphone. I said no one, probably a wrong number. He asked if it was a wrong number, why did the caller ID read, “My Trout.” I promised him I
Daily Joust: The Weekend Ahead
Today I’ll not only do my normal Friday thing, giving you some advice on guys I’d be starting Friday and Saturday, but I’m also going to point you to a game in which you can turn $10 into $5000. How does that sound?
CONTEST – KING FOR A DAY; Win $12,000
Citizens Bank Cheesesteak Man Calls Wife, Telling Her To Bring More Whiz
Phils decided they wanted to get younger for Friday’s game so they’re bringing up this guy from the minors. They say he’s got good power, but he’s been playing first base on a foot stool. At least they could’ve got Ryan Howard one of those giant Rawlings glove bean bags. So Howard’s Achilles is better, but now the Phillies’ Achilles is they have to play him. If it’s not one arrow to the heel, it’s another, as they used to say in Ancient Greece. In weekly leagues, you may as well throw up a white flag with Howard because there’s no way he’s playing every day. You’re about to go nuts with
Pitcher Profile: Carlos Zambrano is Again a Big Zzzzzz
Heading into this fantasy season, Carlos Zambrano had all the momentum of three red bulls and a pot of coffee. Flashing a high K-rate in Spring Training and a change of scenery to the flamboyant Marlins Park had a lot of sleeper buzz going around the water cooler.
And, for the first month and a half of the season, all the sleeper talk was looking pretty damn founded. Sporting an ERA under 2.00 and decent K:BB splits, it looked like Zambrano had righted the ship and become fantasy relevant again. However, issues with control and two seven-run outings have pushed his ERA up to 3.71, which should be even higher given that in his last start against the Cardinals he yielded five runs, but none were earned.
All-Wiener Team 2012: Adrian Gonzalez isn’t cutting the mustard
Around grills this holiday weekend the Trevor Plouffe's of processed meats, the hot dog, will be devoured in mass quantities.
Frankly speaking, these versatile mystery meats are formed from unknown ingredients no human wants to know the true origin of — mechanically separated "beef," sodium erythorbate, unknown "flavorings." In a phrase, they are unsettlingly fantastic.
Coming off solid 2011 campaigns, this year's saured class of tubed meats, if consumed, were also expected to satisfy the stomach. Acquire them, fanalysts and seasoned owners reasoned in March, and investors were sure to relish consistent production. After all, fantasy commodities, in terms of statistical contribution, are supposed