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Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
Fri, May 4
Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?
I'm buying low on Carlos Santana right now, especially in OBP leagues. While he's slashing .151/.295/.274 on the year so far, there's plenty of reason for optimism. He's walking at an excellent 16.7% rate (his best since 2010) and his hard-hit rate is at 37.5% (also his best since 2010). His .163 BABIP is the source of his problems and that will get better. I think you could easily grab him form a panicked owner for a mid-level pitcher (like top-40) or a hitter on a hot streak.

What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?
I'd be selling high on Dansby Swanson. Sure, he's slashing .289/.336/.430, but he's also got a .388 BABIP. His batted-ball profile looks almost the same as last year, and he's striking out more and walking less than he did last year. If you can find someone who thinks this is Dansby's coming out party, I'd try and sell (say, maybe an owner who just lost Corey Seager?). I wouldn't be shocked if you could get a top-25 pitcher or a hitter equivalent.

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Fri, Apr 6
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 25% of Leagues?
Semien's right around d 25% owned depending on what league you're talking about, but I think he can be a valuable fantasy asset. He was more aggressive on the basepaths last year and I think he can be a good source of both speed and power with an average that won't kill you.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 25% of Leagues?
Minor's first start wasn't incredible but it was encouraging. The guy has some great stuff and dominated out of the bullpen last year. If he stays healthy, he should be a solid fantasy starter.

Featured Pros: MLB ADP Stock Watch
Thu, Feb 22
Featured Pros: MLB ADP Stock Watch
What one hitter stands out as being drafted too early based on consensus ADP standings.
Domingo Santana is being drafted a bit early right now, I'd say. I know he's really talented, and if he had a guarantee at a full-time gig, where he's being drafted would be perfectly fine, but there's just no guarantee of that right now. The Brewers aren't going to bench Lorenzo Cain or Christian Yelich, which leaves Santana battling Ryan Braun for the last outfield spot, and I don't know that Santana wins that battle. Now, I wouldn't be shocked if they rotated Braun and Santana a bit, with Braun playing some first base and platooning some with Eric Thames, but playing time is far from a guarantee for Santana, and I just don't like that level of risk at that point in the draft. If he gets traded, or is guaranteed a steady starting gig, then I'm down for it.

What one pitcher stands out as being drafted too early based on consensus ADP standings.
I don't necessarily hate Carlos Carrasco where he's being drafted, but he's being taken over Luis Severino, Jacob DeGrom, and Zack Greinke, and I would take all three of those guys ahead of him. There's no doubt that Carrasco has amazing breaking balls, his slider and changeup are awesome. But he has a fastball that is total garbage, and he throws it more than any other pitch. Seriously, the pitch ended last year with a -11.7 pVAL and opposing hitters had a .429 wOBA and .286 ISO against it. He throws that pitch way too much for it to be as bad as it is, and that makes me nervous enough that I don't want to draft him as a top-10 pitcher.

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