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About Derek AmbrosinoDerek Ambrosino spent a substantial part of his youth staring at the backs of baseball cards and began developing a statistically-oriented infatuation with baseball history at a young age. He’s previously worked for MLB Advanced Media. By day, he is a Communications professional within the field of global health.
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Balancing need and value when shopping on the waiver wire
With new names among the fantasy elite, which will still be there at the end?
Avoiding some common strategic pitfalls when dealing with a detrimental injury
Hot starts I'm buying into and some I'm not
Some cold starts that concern me, and some that don't.
Ranking those most likely to inherit closer jobs
Many adopt a don't-pay-for-saves approach. but that can be an oversimplification.
In an auction, you vote with your dollars, so weigh in when your opinions are strongest
The Rockies probably can't scale the mountain in 2013, but they can map a route for later
2012 was a tale of two halves for Ike Davis. Which Davis will we see in 2013?
Rehab for a league with way too many scoring categories
On the annual debate of who to take first overall in a fantasy draft
The strategic implications of having the first or last ordered pick in a snake draft
How moves to new teams will impact a batch of fantasy-relevant players
Some marquis names have changed teams; does this help our hurt their fantasy value?
A small change in league design can make a big difference to user experience
Cory Schwartz offers his take on roster construction strategy
Can you win by spending more on relievers than starters?
Analyzing the schedule to try to steal some stolen bases
Why we should trust the long ball and the players who hit them
Seedlings of ideas intended to improve the game of baseball and :an experience
The concept of hustle is allegedly lost on fantasy baseball, but that's not really the case
An early look at potential bullpen shake-ups for next season for those in keeper leagues with looming trade deadlines
You shouldn't wait much longer to make your trades, except in these instances
Position players involved in trade rumors and what a trade would do to their value
Some players with trade buzz and what a deal might mean to the fantasy value of each
THT has joined forces with FanGraphs; the real winners will be our readers
Their owners may think they're selling high, but I don't
There's no need to throw your eggs into one basket yet
League settings, personal engagement, and THT vs. Fantasy Squared's Fangraphs league
Staying single and ready to mingle... with the waiver wire
Meaningful info and still small samples make the trade market fertile this time of year
Arms really are worth 90 cents on the dollar when compared to bats
Has the tumultuous closer position really helped validate the don't-pay-for-saves model?
Another owner is creating a juggernaut; is there anything you can do? Help him, maybe.
A belated introduction to a unique expert league
Players who are outperforming their preseason ranks without playing above their heads.
We don't yet know much, except how to capitalize on those who think they do
The cost of holding non-MLB players on your active roster
If you have limited time to prepare for your draft or auction, how should you spend it?
More fun with players' ADPs and what they'd have to do to live up to them
Are there reasons to worry about Ryan Braun this season?
What do some bounce-back and leap-forward candidates have to do in 2012 to justify their ADPs?
Jumping from public leagues to more competitive private leagues
More discussion of the recent THT mock draft
What does THT Forecasts have to say about a handful of controversial 2012 fantasy assets?
With the odds stacked against you, is "playing it safe" even possible, let alone advisable?
Should those who use autodraft be punished for doing so?
The liberation of ignoring pre-ranks, plus some discussion of auction nomination strategy
One man has two keepers on his roster named Ryan, and shenanigans ensue.
Preparing for the ripple effects of individual draft day decisions
Talent is talent, regardless of who sandwiches it
How many players do I rank ahead of Matt Kemp for next season?
Fantasy sports writing and its unique journalistic virtues
How might the new dimensions at Citi Field impact David Wright and other Mets players?
How do you evaluate the quality of your fantasy league?
What you should expect between now and April 2012
Reflecting on my experiences as a co-manager
Appreciating the commissioner and the THT readers
Using all the tools and loopholes at your disposal, for offense of defense
Available players likely to steal some bases on the way out
Thoughts on reuniting with past busts
Making your own luck
Curtis Granderson and the apotheosis of gallimaufry
What's an innocuous quirk in the early season can become a source of monumental discontent in the stretch run
You may or may not ever flick the switch, but it wouldn't matter unless you changed the bulb
Trade deadline advice for those chasing leads, as well as those protecting them.
... and other rational reminders at midseason
A pinch-hit writer takes a different approach to finding bargain-bin talent.
Is it advantageous to roster several players from the same team?
If you don't love your unbranded assets, who will?
Is a hybrid league the panacea to dead-beating?
Choosing the proper bench management strategy for your fantasy player profile
A single, common roster dilemma is often a microcosm of the your greater strategic questions
Persuasive arguments to augment a player's value that sound true, but are most likely false
Trading for closers before the MLB trade deadline can be tricky
To regulate or deregulate, fantasy baseball, Wall Street, and my existential crisis
Riffing on Liriano's no-hitter
Why do we consider a player a prince in one league and a pauper in another?
"Buy low, sell high" doesn't relate to perception as much as it does to distribution patterns.
The subtle opportunity costs of exercising a LIMA plan
A public service announcement: make use of your hidden roster spots
Greed is good. The benefits of drafting more than your "fair share" of closers.
Some teams' bullpens influence my opinions on their starters
Admit it, we're sinners! Refuting arguments against lumping fantasy sports for stakes with poker and sports gambling
A look at some players who are slated to expand on their current positional eligibility
An experiment leads to observations on performance and stakes
Call me crazy, but I think the inventor of rotisserie baseball should be in the Hall of Fame
Brief thoughts on players who appear overvalued, according to their average draft positions.
Beginning my 2011 research in earnest, I start by scanning ADPs and reacting to apparent bargains.
Food for thought about outlying performances and conventional wisdom
Many expert and high stakes leagues used the H2H format - why?
Principles to consider when choosing your league's categories
Perspective on healthy roster diversification across multiple leagues
The implications of a lack of elite AL starting pitchers on AL-only leagues, appropriate strategies, and the dynamics of "runs"
Games being televised can tempt us to make precarious line-up decisions
Some fantasy baseball decisions are not made rationally, but maybe that's OK
An early look at some American Leaguers who project to be useful, but who won't break the bank.
An early look at some National Leaguers who project to be useful, but who won't break the bank.
Another look at 2011's top 12, from a more conservative point of view
Yesterday's bargains are often tomorrow's suckers' bets
Fear and loathing in league design, inaugural edition.
Looking back at some of my "usual suspects" and an update regarding last week's column.
Irrational risks in the pursuit of glory; yay or nay?
A self-indulgent tale of an epic fantasy day, with a side of lesson
Trying to eke some stolen bases; who's the easiest to take 'em from?
The runs scored category and its battle with me to shed its second-class citizenship.
There aren't many tomorrows left; it's time to forfeit a bit of quality for quantity's sake
Should non-contenders be barred from trading with contenders down the stretch?
Checking in on an attempt to nurse an April infirmary into a September juggernaut.
Reading the market and taking advantage of last-minute keeper deals
What must we establish to rightly claim credit for our predictions?
Giving Carl Pavano's performance the respect it deserves.
More than halfway though the season, are underperforming players still buy-low candidates, or are they sunken costs?
It can be quite difficult to evaluate the benefits of trades involving many players.
To double down or buy insurance?
What are we costing ourselves by holding on to our fringe assets?
What must I disclose when shopping a lemon?
In which I extrapolate the "trolley problem."
How do we know that our league providers are correctly valuing stat lines?
A potential way of handling season-ending injuries to keepers
Does the endowment effect actually hinder our abilities to improve our teams?
Players' stats may not yet be predictive, but hard decisions must be made
Owners in your league will behave however you tell them to behave.
League settings and their underlying philosophical values, limiting transactions edition.
Before we can to take fantasy baseball analysis to the next level, we need some very basic infrastructure.
The clash of the quants and geniuses is under way, but do we know what victory looks like?
Head-to-head leagues offer increased freedom to experiment with bold tactics.
Taking it back to fantasy 101 to fight fantasy hypochondria.
Did I outsmart the market, or myself?
A look at seven similarly valued players, who were once more sought after.
Elite closers: the pizza of fantasy baseball.
Premium speed at discount prices.
Why mock drafts may not be as useful and predictive as they sound in theory.
Three players likely to disappoint, and the joys of friend-based leagues.
Further exploring the dangers of deferring drafting studs for seemingly similarly skilled sleepers.
Can radically altering a league structure proactively eliminate deadbeats?
Misconceptions of players' actual values and their fantasy stock
The final installment of my Fantasy Baseball Hall of Fame series
in which I continue to use such an honorable platform for self-indulgent fodder
Self-indulgent, non-helpful fodder you know you want to read!
Novel thoughts about 2010 in wrapped in a stale gimmick of a column theme.
Some "proposals" are even worse than the movie
Will three of last season's unexpected breakouts Aaron Hill, Russell Branyan and Mark Reynolds retain their value in 2010
Soliciting your experiences with hometown bias and fantasy baseball
How does the way a player's value is dispersed across categories affect his marketability?
The additional benefits of drafting for upside in deep leagues
Yesterday’s busts are tomorrow’s value picks
Behind the scenes of all-"expert" fantasy drafts.
What’s the most efficient way to prepare for next season?
A-Rod plus an interim replacement may have proved one of the wisest investments on draft day
Are more advanced leagues necessarily of better overall quality?
Identifying and addressing our own counterproductive tendencies
What are the implications of relying on pitcher counting stats versus rate stats during H2H playoffs?
Fear and loathing in the last week of the season
How did Yahoo do pre-ranking players 51-100?
Are Yahoo's pre-ranks a useful tool when choosing between players?
Five players who disappointed this year, but should rebound next season
A look at eight more players on keeper bubbles
What to make of the keeper-status of some of this year's market movers.