Monday, February 26, 2007

The Secrets to Winning RotoHog..... for Dummies! You Decide...

By Mike Kuchera

Well, actually, if I knew the secrets to winning this game and the $100,000 grand prize, I might not want to share it with all of you! However, being that I am a generous guy and I run a Free Fantasy Baseball Advice website called Fantasy Baseball Express at , I guess I would feel bad if I did not share my thoughts, experiences and strategies with you. After all, you still have to find a way to beat me anyway! This is your dummy guide for strategizing.

This new fantasy game by is going to be fun to play, I mean after all, it is free. Its also fun, especially for me, to sit here and figure out what the best combinations of players could be. I have come up with three strategies on how to approach this game. As for the best strategy, that is for you to decide!

First, you have to know your players. You need to realize who is on top of their game and who the next generation of superstars are. Then, go ahead and pick a few superstars like Pujols, Howard, Cabrera, Holliday, Peavy, Zambrano to name a few and then fill the rest of your team with cheap upside picks like a $1.00 Ryan Shealy, $.50 Andy Marte, or a $.25 Joel Piniero. You see, the name of this game is scoring points. You can look at it from the standpoint that you need as many stud players as you can fit in the budget who can accumulate the most amount of points to win. Unfortunately, we cannot fill our entire roster with studs, thus making this a strategy game. So by filling the remaining holes with cheap young talent with upside, you take a high risk but you gain a high reward if these young players pan out and their value increases early with exceptional play. This will cause other players to quickly buy up these cheap players and drive up their "stock prices". Once it gets to a point that is high enough for you, you sell hard, take that extra cash and use it for another stud. Now you have one more "stud-less" hole filled. The question now though, how fast will these prices rise? Will we see rising/falling prices in a week or two, the end of April, or not until the All-Star break. It will hopefully depend on other managers in this global league and how quickly they are buying and selling players. Also, you'll have to keep in mind is which young cheap players you think whose value will rise quicker than others. Some cheap players may shine, but if no one is there to buy them up, their prices will not rise as fast and a decision will be made on whether or not to hold tight or dump!

The second approach is the safe approach to most. Its drafting the a well balanced team. You are staying away from the Pujols' and the Santana's but also shying avway from the $.50 Corey Hart's and the $.25 Casey Kotchman's while intead opting for the moderately priced players like Paul Konerko, Ichiro Suzuki, C.C. Sabathia, Mike Mussina, etc. . You are drafting a team that helps you in all scoring categories with solid players who contrubite in multiple categories. With this approach we are staying away from the high priced talent which forces us to take cheap and risky players.

The third approach is the total points approach. This is a points league plain and simple. It does not matter how much profit is made or what players you can purchase now. Its about points! The most points accumulated in October wins $100,000! So why not draft a team that helps you with the point categories that have higher values and not draft players who can hurt you with some categories. For instance, staying away from hitters who strike out and pitchers on crappy teams. RotoHog charges a -.75 points for a strike out for a hitter and -6.00 for a pitcher who gets a loss. This almost takes the fun out of drafting guys like Adam Dunn, Curtis Granderson, Scott Kazmir, Dave Bush, A.J. Burnett because we know no matter what, these guys are either whiffing 150 times or losing 8 - 14 games. Homeruns, Wins and Saves are valued the most. Loading up on high average power hitters will be the key to your offense while stud pitchers on good offensive teams and solid closers will be the keys to a successful pitching staff.

Now, once the season starts, I will get more indepth about who is a good buy, who to drop, etc., but for now, I just wanted to tease it up a bit! Opening day is just around the corner and the excitement is already sinking in! I have already predicted that this game will get pretty brutal once midseason hits. Half of this global league will already have abandoned their teams, which is good news for me! Staying active everyday in this game will be another key to success! Just remember, spend more time worrying about getting your points and less time worrying how much money you have made.

Mike Kuchera
The Fantasy Man

Fantasy Baseball Express
Home of the Fantasy Man Show Baseball Podcast
Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Second Base Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Second Base 2B Rankings Updated 2.17.08

Tier 1

Chase Utley, PHI - Still the best, safest option at 2B despite the 30/30 from Phillips
Brandon Phillips, CIN - Where did this guy come from? Crazy thing....he still has room to improve, .290/30/30 again
B.J. Upton, TB - He's only going to get better, 30/30 anyone? I thinkhe keeps his AVG above .290 in '08

Tier 2
Brian Roberts, BAL - Speed, average, runs, some power great for H2H, even better if he's shipped to Chicago

Robinson Cano, NYY - Bad 1st half held his '07' stats back, intrigued to see what a consistent year would bring

Tier 3

Rickie Weeks, MIL - Is this the year? Steal of the '08 draft? 25 SB in 409 AB means 30+ possible
Ian Kinsler, TEX - Great start, terrible mid-season, strong finish makes him a repeat 20/20 guy

Howie Kendrick, LAA - 600+ AB has a potential of 100+ R, 10-15 HR, 80 RBI, 10-15 SB, .300+
Dan Uggla, FLA - He has "Adam Dunn-idis", great power and run scoring potential at 2B but AVG is a killer , slips past 10th round in some drafts
Placido Polanco, DET - Contact hitter, expect the high average again and 100+ runs if he bats 2nd in Detroit
Dustin Pedroia, BOS - A career .300+ hitter in the minors, each stat category will get better in 2008

Tier 4
Felipe Lopez, WAS -
2B/SS eligible, not listed as a starter but will be more productive than both Belliard and Guzman at age 27
Kelly Johnson, ATL - Extremely inconsistent in '07', he's a crap shoot in 2008 and he also bulked up a bit in the off-season
Aaron Hill, TOR - Better than expected in '07 and still young enough to get better in 2008

Akinori Iwamura, TB - may not qualify yet in some drafts but will move to 2B to make room for Longoria
Orlando Hudson, ARI - "Mr. Fantasy Consistent", expect much of the same - a solid, serviceable, everyday 2B

Jeff Kent, LAD - Better than expected in 2007 but its possible power will continue its decline
Freddie Sanchez, PIT - I love this guy, versatility made him a lifesaver this year as expected and perennial .300+
Kaz Matsui, HOU - "Steal of the Draft in '07", "Sleeper of the Year in '07" - Can he keep it up in Houston & stay healthy in '08?
Luis Castillo, NYM - Great for .300+ AVG, runs and at least 15 SB but constant leg problems is a problem

Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE - Came out of nowhere and proved he should be the next everyday 2B in Cleveland
Yuniel Escobar, ATL - If KJ falters, Escobar is ready, can be a .300+ hitter and comes with 3B/SS versatility
Matt Antonelli, SD - A 5 tool player in the minors expected to compete with Iguchi at 2B but could end up playing LF to make room for both
Ian Stewart, COL - prospect is a favorite to win the job in COL but he'll have to beat out veteran Marcus Giles
Jose Lopez, SEA - Still young but 3rd full year could be a candidate to break out
Danny Richar, CWS - Shows RBI promise at 2B. I'm sure Sox cut Iguchi because they knew what they had

The Rest
Macier Izturis, LAA - Serviceable, solid as a MI

Mark DeRosa, CHC - Did not meet expectations but finished strong. He's a .280+/10-15HR type of guy
Ryan Theriot, CHC - Has 20+ SB speed, no power but proved he should be the everyday SS
Brendan Harris, TB - Has a bit of power and good overall hitter, serviceable with upside

Alexi Casilla, MIN - Young contact hitter with at least 30+ SB speed with 500+ AB
Mark Ellis, OAK - Solid, Serviceable, AL-Only type of fantasy player
Mark Grudzielanek, KC - Solid, Serviceable, AL-Only
Rafael Belliard, WAS - Not sold on his 2007 season, average was a bit higher than we should expect, will have to stage off Lopez
Marcus Giles, COL - He's finished ...but could steal some at bats in Colorado

Ray Durham, SF - No excitement here, look for Kevin Fransden or Eugenio Velez to eventually take over
Nick Punto, MIN - Maybe he'll get you 15-20 steals but that's about it
Aaron Miles, STL - Serviceable, I guess
Kevin Fransden, SF - Should take over at 2B in San Fran and could have some sleeper potential
Mark Loretta, HOU - He's good for .290+ average and versatility
Ruben Gotay, NYM - A back up but has potential
if an injury to Castillo occurs

Juan Uribe, CWS - currently listed as a reserve but 450 AB could get you 20+ HR with a super low average
Tadahito Iguchi, SD - Will have to battle with prospect Matt Antonelli

Monday, February 12, 2007

How do you feel about winning $100,000 and being the official "Best Ever"...for FREE?

What if The Fantasy Man could help make that happen? Imagine auditioning with thousands of other contestants for American Idol, and winning! Imagine making it to the final table at the World Series of Poker and beating the odds! Imagine having a free shot at being the best in the world! Like I said, what if The Fantasy Man could help make that happen?

Fantasy sports fanatics from miles around are signing on from all 50 states and beyond to participate in one of the worlds newest and most fascinating fantasy baseball games. Have you ever wondered who the foremost expert in fantasy baseball is? Feel like you could compete with the Ron Shandler's, the Brandon Funston's, the Mike Kuchera's of the world? Well, now you will have your chance, and the best part is..... its FREE to register your team and compete! Better yet, I take that back! The best part is..... winner takes home $100,000 plus bragging rights at being the absolute best in fantasy baseball! and The Fantasy Man would like to introduce to you....... RotoHog

Registration to fantasy baseball's newest phenomenon is now open! Go to RotoHog
and register your free team before registration closes. RotoHog is an exciting new fantasy sports game that allows the whole world to compete in one arena. The winner of their game will have the ultimate bragging right as the greatest fantasy player in the world. Using their innovative stock market, RotoHog eliminates unfair trading and collusion, and creates a fair game where everyone starts on an even playing field. Skill is key to winning this game, not the luck of the draft order or unfair trades. The best player will win their game, and the winner take home $100,000. There are hundreds of other prizes to be given out weekly and monthly. Best of all, it is free to play!

As the creator and mastermind behind the growing Fantasy Baseball Express and The Fantasy Man Show, I am throwing my helmet on the field and once again putting my reputation on the line to compete to be known as the greatest fantasy player in the world, oh, and for the $100,000 too! I have been mentioning all week about something "HUGE" coming to Fantasy Baseball Express. Well, this is it, and it only gets better! RotoHog has allowed me to open up my own public league. What this means is that anyone who registers a team can be categorized into a league with me, The Fantasy Man. The winner of our own public league will win prizes while still competing globally for the $100,000. Its a great deal! When you sign up and create your team, be sure to click the option for "Join a Public League". The name of our league is called Team Fantasy Man.

Where else can you enter a fantasy game for free as a commoner and come out a fantasy god with an extra $100,000 to call your own? Without this sounding like a desperate advertisement, this type of game levels the playing field for any experience type of fantasy player. You do not need to memorize player values nor worry about where and when to draft players. This is not your typical fantasy game, the strategy here is much different. You simply need to determine who is a good buy, at what price, and when. You need to determine when is the right time to dump a player and take that profit to maximize your team's success. Its the ultimate salary cap game with a stock market feel. Want to know the true strategy to win this game and be known as the worlds greatest fantasy player? Bottom line, know when to buy and sell players! Its that simple! I think it was Kenny Rogers who once said, "You gotta know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em". No dingleberry, the singer, not the pitcher with the anger problem and the dirty hands!

Anyway, now, make no mistake about it, The Fantasy Man is bringing his "A " game, and about to "lay the smacketh down!". No excuses to be made here! That $100,000 could do wonders for upgrading Fantasy Baseball Express and launching the career of The Fantasy Man to new heights...which in turn, would benefit all of you reading this! At the same time, I want to be known as the worlds greatest fantasy baseball player, so I am inviting anyone who finds this blog to join Team Fantasy Man at RotoHog and challenge me, fellow experts, and all other fantasy baseball junkies to play fantasy sports' newest phenomenon at
RotoHog for free and a chance to win $100,000, plus other prizes!

So visit RotoHog
register your team for free and join the Team Fantasy Man public league. Then, when the season starts, check back at RotoHog, Fantasy Baseball Express, and The Fantasy Man Show for up-to-date league analysis, team management strategies and tips on who to buy and sell. Help Fantasy Baseball Express and The Fantasy Man make RotoHog a complete success!

Ladies and Gentlemen, good luck this season and may the best man/woman win!

Mike Kuchera
The Fantasy Man

Fantasy Baseball Express
Home of The Fantasy Man Show Baseball Podcast
Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association