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BaseballGuys and FantasyAlarm are the place to be for fantasy baseball in 2014, and you're taking the first step on the road to fantasy greatness by reading this article.
The 2014 Fantasy Alarm Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, powered by BaseballGuys, has arrived. It's an amazing piece of artistry and analysis. You'll have access to the mind of The Oracle, Ray Flowers, but unlike years past when it was all me, there are a handful of the best and brightest backing me up to add another level of talent to the party. Don't worry if you've been following Ray's work for years, we're not talking about things changing significantly. Ray will be doing the same things he's always done like bragging how cool he is and spitting numbers out at a ridiculous pace, but the newcomers will add on top of the base that he’s built to make things even bigger and better than at any time in the past. With that lead in, here are some of the things that will be covered in the 2014 Fantasy Baseball Guide.
Auctions – How to rules.
FAAB – How to rules.
Daily Games – What strategies do you need to dominate?
SMART – What is the Smart System and why is it so important?
Top-300 – Why should you avoid using such a list?
Trades – What tricks do you need to know to wheel and deal?
Punting Categories – Does it make sense?
Points Leagues – How should you handle them?
Head-to-Head – Are these leagues are poisoning fantasy baseball?
Category Targets – What levels should you be looking at?
Evaluating Players – What should you be concerned with when looking at players?
Chris Davis – Why he has no chance to repeat his phenomenal 2013 campaign.
Tim Lincecum – Is he nothing but strikeouts at this point?
Breakouts – Who are the breakout candidates.
Injuries – Which players are attempting to comeback from injury.
Workload Concerns – Which pitchers saw a marked increase in pelota tossing?
Closers – How the heck do you handle them?
ABA – A new way to evaluate pitchers designed to replace WHIP.
SWIP – Why strikeouts and walks are so important.
PWSA – How do you compare players who are all power or all speed to each other?
SABR Primer – What are these sabermetric measures and what do they mean?
Either/Or - Which players should you target on draft day?
Did You Know? – An article about the weird and wacky numbers of the game.
10 Questions – Ten must know questions are answered for each position.
Predictions – Who will win the awards and reach statistical milestones in 2014?
Ball Park Breakdowns – Which parks will help and hurt players?
Multi Position Players – Who qualifies at more than one position?
Rookies – Which youngsters will be able to help your squad in 2014?
Second Year Players – Who should you be looking at?
New Homes – Which players switched teams in the offseason?
Twelve experts in the field go at it in a mixed league draft. Those experts also battle against one another in AL-only and NL-only league drafts.
C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS: 50 players at each position with mixed league dollar values.
OF: 150 players ranked
Starting Pitchers: 150 Ranked
Relief Pitchers: 75 Ranked
All told over 600 players ranked! PLUS...
There are CHEATSHEETS with rankings/dollar figures for: MIXED, AMERICAN LEAGUE ONLY & NATIONAL LEAGUE ONLY LEAGUES.
Another highlight, and massive improvement on years past, is the look and feel of Tthe Guide. No longer does The Guide look like it was put together by an 11 year old. The Guide looks as sharp and flashy as any magazine you would fine on the bookshelves of your favorite bookstore. Stunning really.
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR COPY?
Ah, the magic question. Before we get to that, there's one added bonus for 2014. In the past you were able to order The Guide and get a one time update of player rankings. No more of that. For 2014 you get UNLIMITED updates of the rankings. You can literally go to the website, starting February 7th, every day if you want to check the rankings... you won't have to wait for them to be emailed to you. How amazing is that?
Now the price...
There are five options to get The Guide into your hands.
(1) If you purchase just the Draft Guide the cost is $20.
(2) If you purchase just the in-season Premium Package the cost is $30.
(3) If you purchase both The Guide and the Premium In-Season Content Package the cost is $40 (you save $10 or 20 percent of the total cost). I'm sure everyone will go for #3 out of the first three options. However, if none of those three really hits the mark for you how about a fourth option that will blow your socks off. What, you didn't think we would let you down and not give you a chance to get the amazing coverage in The Guide for a dirt cheap price did you?
(4) If you deposit $10 at DRAFTKINGS or DRAFTSTREET You get the $40 Package for FREE! That's right. You deposit $10 and you get The Guide for FREE. Bowled over aren't you?
(To qualify for either the DraftStreet or DraftKings you have to be a first time depositor at either site --- this means you need to create an account).
Seriously, for $10 you can get it ALL. That's less than the $15 you were charged last year for The Guide, and it's without question a better product this season. We're basically giving you the house with the flat screen, the stainless steel appliances, the pool and a basketball court. Turn key city here folks.
If you're looking for even more of a deal, not to mention some swag...
(5) If you are super cool, forward thinking, and really ready to party, you can take advantage of this final option. If you deposit $10 at DraftKings AND $10 at DraftStreet you get the $40 package – Guide and in-season – and we'll send you a FantasyAlarm hat for free.
So what are you waiting for? Pull your wallet out, make those deposits, and get ready to dominate the competition in 2014 with the Fantasy Alarm 2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide powered by BaseballGuys.
**** NOTE: For those of you having trouble with downloading The Guide, here is what you need to do.
If you took advantage of the $10 deposit deal with DraftKings or DraftStreet, first off good for you. It's a flipping smoking deal. Have no fear it will all be handled very quickly and we will get the Guide into your hands soon. All you need to do to ensure that you get what you paid – the Best Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide out there – is this.
Send an email to email@example.com. Make sure you include the following four things.
1 – Title the email 2014 Baseball Draft Guide.
2 – Send us your full name.
3 – Send us the User ID you used to sign up for Draftkings or DraftStreet.
4 – Tell us which one of the two sites you signed up with.
Please allow us about eight hours after your order for receipt of The Guide. It's well worth the wait. Trust The Oracle. Have I ever let you down?
I am having trouble printing out the rankings. I try to convert to PDF right from the page and it tells me it will take about 20 seconds but never produces the file to print??
Ray - love the info, thanks for all of the work. Any chance on getting players that are eligible at multiple positions ranked/tiered in each they are eligible for? (ex: M Carpenter eligible at 2B/3B but only ranked/tiered at 2B in daily updates)
Dave27 - Tiering is there for you right now. The daily updates are for the rankings. You do not have to download anything again. bookmark the following page that has the daily updated rankings: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/signin.php?referer=rankings.php
Corky Gaskell16 - The daily updates are for the rankings. You do not have to download anything again. bookmark the following page that has the daily updated rankings: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/signin.php?referer=rankings.php I would say that 90 percent of the player rankings would be good. However, in a 10x10 lg that counts so many extra categories there is no way that they will all be accurate. If your lg docks for Ks you will have to drop guys like Davis, Dunn, Carter etc. If your league counts holds, maybe you bump middle relievers up a bit etc. The 5x5 rankings will get you close enough that you should be able to massage them and feel pretty good about most of the rankings.
Hi Ray. I purchaed the MLB Draft Guide and it is terrific. I read your 'Why No Top-300?' article and in the last paragraph you mention that you have instead placed players in tiers but it doesn't appear to me in the rankings that the players are tiered (unless the auction value acts as a tiering system). Is there something I am missing? Thanks.
Ray, I want to download your draft guide and I want to send you $20 but I can not figure out how to get it. Please help. This site is very confusing. It says I'm authorized for download. I have purchased your draft guide from you the past 2 years and I trust your advice. Thanks a lot, Jeff Beck Woodhull, IL 61490 Sent from my iPhone
I am new to this draft guide thing.. enjoyed reading it so far. I was told in my email that there would be daily updates. Do I keep downloading the email each day to see those updates ? or is there some link on the FantasyAlarm.com web site I am not seeing ? I dont need the daily updates right now, but as my draft gets closer (mid March) I would like to be able to access the latest ranks. Also, a side question. Your ranks are set up for 5x5 leagues. I am in a rotisserie based league, 10 x 10. If I used your 5x5 ranks as my draft bible, do you think I would still be ok ? Reading the player profiles helps, but come draft day.. that ranking with tiers is what I am after. Just curious your thoughts on using 5x5 ranks for a rotisserie league. Thanks.. and I will keep reading for now..
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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