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Today’s pitch count is 3.
- Alex Welch (@alex__welch) takes a look at four major league teams (Dodgers, Orioles, White Sox and A’s) with uncertainty at closer.
- Zak Griffith (@zakgriff) gives the three top impact rookies in fantasy baseball at the outfield position.
- And just because the Super Bowl was a few weeks ago, Jason Butt (@JasonButtCBS) proves you can still talk fantasy football. Butt looks at whether or not Randy Moss has any fantasy value.
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Today’s pitch count is 6.
- Rookie closers are usually a nightmare, but not Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel last year. Can Kimbrel continue as one of the best fantasy baseball closers in 2012 or will he fall victim to the sophomore slump?
- There are a lot of rookies that could make a splash this season. Here’s a look at five of the top fantasy baseball rookies of 2012.
- What’s your favorite fantasy sports memory?
- 2012 Fantasy Baseball 2B Rankings
- 2012 Fantasy Baseball 1B Rankings
- 2012 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
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Giants closer Brian Wilson made great strides last season; not just because he lead the league with 48 saves, but because he improved in just about every statistical category fantasy owners care about.
He’s also making strides on the mound this spring to get healthy. Wilson faced hitters on Monday in a batting practice session, but still isn’t ready to face live, spring training action as he’s still recovering from lower-back tightness.
Wilson’s arm strength seems fine, according to pitching coach Dave Righetti, but the Giants are taking it slow because of Wilson’s back. The team said last week that it hopes Wilson will throw 10 innings in Cactus League action.
Wilson struck out 11.21 batters per nine innings, an 8.5 percent increase from 2009, and walked 3.13 batters per nine, a 6.5 percent decrease. Most important however, is that his ERA fell from 2.74 to 1.81.
Wilson’s average draft position is 75.93, and he’s currently the third relief pitcher being selected; behind Mariano Rivera and Joakim Soria.
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Here are the Week 15 fantasy football rankings over at FanHouse:
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It took nine games to happen, but Mike Stanton finally hit his first big league home run on Friday, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. It will be his first of many home runs to come.
While you’re waiting for his home runs to come, however, you’ll deal with a lot of strikeouts and zero-hit nights. In the three games prior to Stanton’s home run he was 0-for-12 with six strikeouts. In fact, looking at his nine games in the majors thus far, it’s been either feast or famine. He has four multi-hit games where he’s gone 9-for-16 (.563) and five game where he hasn’t gotten a hit, going 0-for-19 with nine strikeouts. Be prepared for ups and downs like this for the duration of the season.
If you would like see my projection for Stanton in 2010 — and I made this on the day he was called up — you can find it at FanHouse.
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It irks me that Tim Hudson is still only owned in 80 percent of fantasy leagues. Are people not watching what he’s doing?
Hudson’s 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA, and he should have more wins that that. He’s been bad luck’d by rain and lack of run support, and if you look at his starts this year you’ll see that he hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of his 14 starts.
If you’re hesitant because of the injury that kept him out for the majority of the season in 2009, don’t be. It’s safe to sign Hudson right now. And it’s highly recommended.
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It wasn’t much, but 22-percent of the fantasy baseball world felt that Mike Cameron was rosterable. He’s not any longer.
According to Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe, Cameron was sent to the disabled list on Monday his stay may be longer than 15 days.
Mike Cameron, who was scratched from yesterday’s lineup and sent to Massachusetts General Hospital, has been diagnosed with an abdominal tear near the attachment site of the abdominal muscle and the pelvis, according to a team source. The injury is a type of sports hernia, and will send Cameron to the disabled list, enabling the Sox to bring up a much-needed replacement.
Now that 22-percent of you need an outfielder, let me give you three options.
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