Age: More than just a number

When it comes to creating projections, the only number we get right every year is a player’s age. That number however, creates more chaos and causes more misunderstandings about a player than anything else we know about him.

My philosophy when it comes to my keeper list is to be extremely cautious with any player over age 33. Why 33? Think about how many players have been productive, or even stay employed in MLB, from age 33 on.

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Establishing an empire: 3 tips for building a keeper team

When I joined my current keeper league a few years ago, I had no idea what I was actually in for.

I was an experienced fantasy baseball player at the time, having finished in the Top 3 in several single leagues, including two championships, and when I looked at the situation I was entering I saw plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Several of my players were coming off great years and compared to the other teams in the league, I felt I could compete right away.

That first year I fell flat on my face and my experience is what led to the creation of this site. When I went looking for advice on how to improve in  Year 2, I couldn’t really find anything keeper related online and being a sports journalist by trade, I decided to solve the problem.

So, to kick off the Keeper Kit, I thought it would be a good idea to start at the beginning – that is, here are the things I wish I’d known when I joined my first keeper league.

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War on rankings

To those that have waited patiently all offseason for the 2014 Keeper Guide, I have both good news and bad news.

The bad news is, there won’t be a Keeper Guide this year. But before you go running off to another site, now the good news – it’s being replaced by the Keeper Kit.  And even better, this year it will be free since I’ve waited so long to announce that I’m changing things up on you.

Now, you’re probably thinking that free info is great but you may still have questions about why I’m making the change. The reason for the change is, because I’ve decided to wage war.

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Is Matt Carpenter a keeper?

If you were to go back to your 2013 preseason rankings and list your top 2B earners, how many of you would’ve had Matt Carpenter on your list?

Me neither, but in a surprising turn of events, Carpenter took over at 2B early on last season and rewarded those owners willing to take a chance on the unproven and unheralded 27-year-old with a top performance that included 126 R.

A performance like that has people expecting one of two outcomes for Carpenter in 2014 – improvement or regression. Which one outcome should you expect, or if you own him in a keeper league, is Carpenter a keeper?

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Writer wanted

Things have been crazy for me for the last couple months and it seems like now is a good time to bring some help aboard. So, if you’re interested in contributing to Keeper Experts, send me an e-mail of interest and 1-3 writing samples using the form on the Mailbox page. Hopefully things are shaping up for you to enjoy a successful 2014.

Jim

Is Todd Frazier a keeper?

Nothing grabs my attention faster on Twitter than posting something about one of the guys I own in my keeper league and on Monday, Ray Flowers of Baseball Guys quickly got my attention with his post on Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier.

Now, I’ll let you read Ray’s analysis of Frazier for yourself but his conclusion regarding Frazier’s value is what prompted me to make Frazier the topic of this post. Essentially, Ray regards Frazier as the next Casey Blake but as a Frazier owner in a keeper league seeing that comparison, I’ve decided it’s time for me to make my own analysis and answer the question, is Frazier a keeper?.

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Is Mike Minor a keeper?

I don’t know what it is about the Atlanta Braves but it seems that every pitcher the organization gets its hands on becomes at least fantasy relevant, and many are strong keeper options.

Now, not all of the pitchers are fantasy gold from the outset but any of the ones they decide to stick eventually get there. In 2013, Mike Minor was the latest pitcher to make the Braves once again look like geniuses.

Of course, any pitcher can put things together for at least one season so the question becomes, is Minor a keeper?

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