October Baseball - Charity Contest

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Fantasy Postseason is pleased to announce “October Baseball”, a charity fantasy league contest for the MLB Playoffs featuring fantasy baseball experts from Razzball, RotoWire, RotoExperts, NY Post, Big Three Sports, various SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Fantasy Sports Network hosts, and Tout Wars members.

Each league manager is allowed to start only one player each day, and can only start that player once during the entire postseason. The winner will receive a $1,500 donation from Fantasy Postseason in their name to the Salvation Army to help support hurricane relief. 

We would like to personally thank each participant for joining us in this cause. 

If you would like to give to the Salvation Army - please give directly through their website.


2017 Top Fantasy Postseason Batters

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Here are the top fifteen ranked batters (infielders, designated hitters, outfielders) for postseason long fantasy leagues. [UPDATED on 9/27]

1. Cody Bellinger LAD - This 22 year old is second in the NL in HR with 39.  He's having a fantastic season and on a team that could represent the NL in the World Series.

2. Edwin Encarnacion CLE - Cleanup batter on the team favored to win it all. His power numbers (38 HRs, 103 RBI) make up for his middle of the road .258 BA.

3. Francisco Lindor CLE - This second year shortstop is peaking at the right moment. Hitting .309 with 8 HRs in the month of September.

4. Bryce Harper WAS - Recently returned from a long stint on the DL due to a bone bruise.  If he's healthy, he is one of the league's most dangerous hitters.  29 HRs in just 107 games this season. 

5. Aaron Judge NYY - The 6'7" 280 pound power forward has hit a ridiculous 13 HRs in the month of September. Ride that hot bat going into...


2017 Top Fantasy Postseason Baseball Relievers

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

There are some stud relief pitchers in this 2017 baseball postseason.  Here are our top ten rankings for postseason long leagues.

1. Kenley Jansen LAD - Dominant closer on a team that has a good chance to represent the NL in the World Series.  40 saves on the year with a 1.36 ERA.

2. Cody Allen CLE - Closer for the best team in baseball.  Should get several saves on Cleveland's ride to the World Series.

3. Ken Giles HOU - Strong second half of the season. 33 saves on the season to go along with a 2.34 ERA.

4. Wade Davis CHI - The Cubs closer with postseason pitching experience has 32 saves, a 2.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP on the season.

5. Craig Kimbrel BOS - Really good year for Boston with 1.34 ERA with 122Ks in just 67 innings.  But at some point will run into the Indians.

6. Andrew Miller CLE - This 6' 7'' southpaw has 25 holds on the season for the best team in baseball.  If your league rewards Holds - grab him.

7. Sean Doolittle WAS -...


2017 Top Fantasy Postseason Baseball Starting Pitchers

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Here's a look at the top fantasy starting pitchers heading into the MLB postseason. [UPDATED on 9/24]

1. Corey Kluber CLE - Top pitcher on the best team in baseball. Kluber has posted a dominant 17-4 season with a 2.27 ERA.  In the month of September, has a 0.87 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP.  Should be top overall pick for post-season long fantasy leagues.

2. Clayton Kershaw LAD - 17-4 overall but has been human in September with a 3.74 ERA. Dodgers favored to win NL - so this puts him ahead of other elite AL pitchers on teams not named Cleveland. 

3. Justin Verlander HOU - 4-0 since traded to Houston and has been impressive and nearly unhittable with a 0.64 ERA in September.

4. Chris Sale BOS - Strikeout artist with 300 K's on the year.  Excellent pitcher but how far will BOS be able to go in the postseason?

5. Carlos Carrasco CLE - Good pitcher on a great Cleveland team favored to win it all. Pitching very well down the stretch with a 1.83 ERA in last 5...


Registration now open for MLB Playoffs 2017

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've opened up fantasy league registration for the MLB playoffs!  Use early bird offer code EB_MLB_2017 by 9/28 for a 15% discount off your league costs.


New Features!

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We have added a number of new features this summer, with more on the way:

  • Drafts:
    • Changed ‘Saved’ players to a Queue (live drafts).
    • Added support for Blind Auction drafts.  Please see https://www.fantasypostseason.com/help/blind_auction_drafts for more info.
    • Changed our system to limit the number of QB/DEF/Goalies that can be auto-drafted (due to the limited number of starters available).  Please see the Drafts section of the NFL/NHL Rules for more information.
    • Added Round and Pick support for offline drafts.
  • Consolidated waiver emails to one per league (now shows all Acquired/Failed to Acquire in one email, with a reason the acquisition failed).
  • Granted the commissioner the ability to apply retro scores (if the league is activated after the playoffs start).
  • Added support for Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). Managers have a budget of 100 pts to blind bid on free agents.
  • Added a ‘Drop All’ players link on ‘Roster Management’...

Drum to the Finals - Charity Contest

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Fantasy Postseason is pleased to announce “Drum to the Finals”, a charity fantasy league contest for the NBA Playoffs featuring the following competitors:

  • Bob Nastanovich (from Pavement)
  • Brian Rosenworcel (from Guster)
  • Chris Tomson (from Vampire Weekend / Dams of the West)
  • Dan Bailey (from Father John Misty)
  • Janet Weiss (from Sleater-Kinney)
  • Steve Alexander (from Rotoworld)

Each league manager is allowed to start only one player each day, and can only start that player once during the entire postseason.  The winner will receive a $2,500 donation from Fantasy Postseason to their charity of choice in their name.   Good luck!


2017 Playoff Hoops Contest!

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Join our free contest for the NBA playoffs and win prizes. Simply pick a new player to start for each game day of the NBA playoffs. Standard Fantasy Postseason scoring applies. The entry with the highest cumulative total wins. First place wins a new Amazon Echo and a custom trophy from Affordable Trophies.  Prizes also will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place finishers.  

Details can be found here.

 


Top Fantasy Scorers from the 2015-2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

The 2015-2016 Stanley Cup Finals featured the San Jose Sharks v. the Pittsburgh Penguins. These teams are well represented in the Top 15 scorers from last year's NHL fantasy postseason (using default scoring at FantasyPostseason.com).  This should serve as a reminder in elimination player pool formats to choose players from teams that are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. 

 

Rank Player Goals Ast +/- SOG PIM Hits GA Saves Wins Losses Fan Pts
1 Logan Couture F-SJ 10 20 5 65 8 40 - - - - 49.0
2 PIT Goalies - - - - - - 54 618 16 8 48.8
3 Joe Pavelski F-SJ 14 9 1 74 4 66 - - - - 44.9
4 SJ Goalies - - - - - - 54 637 14 10 44.7
5 Phil Kessel F-PIT 10 12 5 97 4 9 - - - - 44.2
6 Brent Burns D-SJ 7 17 11 77 12 49 - - - - 44.2
7 TAM Goalies - - - - - - 38 527 11 6 43.7
8 Nikita Kucherov F-TB 11 8 13 51 8 22 - - - - 41.6
9 Patric Hornqvist F-PIT 10 4 -5 81 10 88 - - - - 34.6
10 Carl Hagelin F-PIT 6 10 9 60 14 41 - - - - ...

NBA Regular Season Stats vs Postseason Stats

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

There's one huge difference between regular season and playoff basketball, and that is how defense is played. Players hustle, defend the paint, and get back during transition play. The game tends to be played in the half-court. This translates to fewer fast breaks and easy baskets. So what impact does this change in play have on actual scoring statistics in the NBA postseason? 

See below for how some top NBA players performed in the 2015-16 postseason compared to their 2015-16 regular season averages.

 

Player Reg PPG PS PPG Reg RPG PS RPG Reg APG PS APG
Lebron James

26.3

26.3

8.6

9.5

8.7

7.6
Kevin Durant

25.3

28.4

8.2

7.1

4.8

3.3

Kawhi Leonard

25.7

22.5

5.9

6.3

3.6

2.8
Chris Paul*

18.1

15.8

4.9

2.7

9.5

4.8
DeMar DeRozan

27.0

20.9

5.3

4.2

4.0

2.7
Kyrie Irving

25.0

25.2

3.2

3.0

5.8

4.6
Kevin Love

19.1

14.0

11.0

8.3

1.9

2.0
James Harden

29.2

26.6

8.1

5.2

11.2

...

Pick One Daily Interface Updates

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Last year we introduced the Pick One Daily fantasy gaming format for the NBA, NHL, and MLB playoffs. In this model, Managers choose a new player to start each day, but can only use that player once during the entire playoff period. It's a lot of fun, requires strategy, and keeps managers engaged throughout the postseason.

This year we created a new user interface to simplify the player selection process.  See below:

 

Managers access the 'My Daily Starters' page, click on 'Pick A Starter', and can then select a player for that given day.  Further, no bench management is required. Last year, managers would need to manually drop players that have started to make room for new players; this process has been simplified considerably. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact us at admin@fantasypostseason.com.


NBA & NHL Playoff Fantasy Leagues

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've opened up registration for NBA & NHL Playoff Fantasy leagues.  Use early bird offer codes EB_NBA_2017 & EB_NHL_2017 for a 15% discount off your league costs.

 

 


Early NFL Fantasy Football Preview

     Ryan Dowell

The 2017 NFL offseason has been quite the roller coaster ride. From teams losing their top talents to free agency to the anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft, this offseason has been one for the ages. The veteran player has found that locating staying power is something that is difficult to find. Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Danny Woodhead, and Eddie Lacy will all have new homes come the 2017-18 season, a large shake up at the running back position we haven't seen before.

Another trend we have seen is that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Take the New England Patriots for instance. The Patriots brought in Stephon Gilmore, re-signed Dont'a Hightower, and brought in defensive lineman Lawrence Guy. They are bringing new meaning to rubbing in their winning ways. On the opposite side of the spectrum we find the New York Jets. The Jets are clearing house, parting ways with Brandon Marshall, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, and Darrelle Revis. Their record wasn't...


FREE Tournament Fantasy Contest

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We're running a free contest for the NCAA Tournament.  Win Prizes!

See the details here:

https://www.fantasypostseason.com/league/contest_signup/59750


The Fake Basketball March Madness Cheat Sheets

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Our friends over at The Fake Basketball are providing cheat sheets for the upcoming Men's NCAA basketball tournament.  Check them out.

From the Fake Basketball Team:

"Much like last season we are bringing you a wide array of tools and information to help you with any of your NCAA Tournament Fantasy needs. If you are looking for brackets, bracket analysis, individual player rankings, draft strategy, sleepers, locks, injuries, play-in round analysis, you name it, we have it in our comprehensive 2017 Tourney Package."


CBB Tournament Fantasy

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Registration for NCAA tournament fantasy leagues is now open.  Create your league now and enjoy the madness!


New Scoring Setting: Return TDs

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've added Return TDs as a new scoring setting for fantasy football.  This value defaults to zero.  

If your league expects to reward individual players for punt return and kick return TDs, please modify this setting accordingly.  Note that DEF/ST will still earn points as special team TDs for those plays.


Fantasy Alarm Contest Challenge

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Join the Fantasy Alarm Challenge for the NFL Fantasy Football Playoffs. Win prizes. Free to join!

Click here for details.


First Round Matchups for 2016-2017 NFL Playoffs

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

The first round games are set..

NFC

#6 DET at #3 SEA

#5 NYG at #4 GB

(#1 DAL, #2 ATL BYE)

 

AFC

#6 MIA at #3 PIT

#5 OAK at #4 HOU

(#1 NE, #2 KC BYE)


2016-2017 NFL Playoff Scenarios

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Week 17 is here and by the night's end the NFL playoff seedings will be set. Our player pool will be updated shortly thereafter.

Courtesy of NFL communications, here are the various playoff scenarios.  

 

2016 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 17

AFC  

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye     

                        Pittsburgh – AFC North division title

                        Houston – AFC South division title

                        Oakland – playoff berth

...


Responsive Design = No More Mobile App

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Over the last year we invested in the re-design of the UI (user interface) of our website. We've leveraged several Javascript libraries (such as Twitter Bootstrap) and HTML5 to build a responsive website that works on any new browser (including those available on mobile devices). All of the functionality previously available in the app is now available via your device's browser (Chrome, Safari, etc). In fact, with this new approach, as we add new features to FantasyPostseason.com, the features are immediately available to all devices.

At present, we have no plans to further support any platform specific (e.g. iOS or Android) apps.

Here are some links that you might find useful:

5 Awesome Web Browsers for Android

How to Use the Safari Web Browser on iPhone


Top Ranked Players for Postseason Fantasy Football

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Our first set of projections have now been computed.  Here are the top 10 ranked players for this upcoming NFL postseason using standard scoring.  No surprise that Brady leads the pack.

 


Rank Name Position Team Per Game Prj Prj Score
1 Tom Brady QB NE 24.48 50.19
2 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 25.67 50.06
3 Matt Ryan QB ATL 24.01 49.22
4 Dak Prescott QB DAL 21.05 43.15
5 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 21.81 42.53
6 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL 19.44 39.86
7 Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 20.03 39.06
8 Kirk Cousins QB WAS 22.37 38.02
9 Russell Wilson QB SEA 19.40 37.82
10 Matthew Stafford QB DET 20.14 34.24

 


Fantasy Football in the Postseason

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

At Fantasy Postseason, we offer a number of different options for those who want to keep playing fantasy football during the NFL playoffs. There are three basic configurations that most commissioners use.  

The most common and also most basic is the Player Pool - the further your players advance, the more points your fantasy playoff team scores. This is a simple game format and is especially good for a large number of participants.  

The second format that is growing in popularity is the Start Once format. Managers can start anyone they want each weekend of the playoffs, however they can only start that given player once throughout the postseason. There's a lot of strategy with this approach and usually keeps managers highly engaged throughout the entire postseason.  

Finally, you'll see a number of Salary Cap format leagues where managers build their teams with player salary considerations. There's strategy and deliberation with this...


Fantasy Playoffs is About Filling Holes

     Ryan Dowell

Entering Week 14 of the NFL season, nearly every fantasy league, regardless of how screwy its settings are, is either in the playoffs already or getting there next week. Not all owners will make it to hallowed postseason play. Those in contention will have some big decisions to make this weekend...not the least of which resides in New England.

Gronk Alternative

Owners of Rob Gronkowski may not have made the fantasy playoffs. It would be understandable if they came up short. Gronkowski, the clear-cut top TE preseason, ranks just 10th at the position through 13 weeks. Using a first-round pick on a tight end that misses half the year and then gets put on injured reserve is a hard obstacle to overcome. If someone did make it through the regular season, though, they will need a starting tight end for Week 14. 

Looking outside the top 12 at the position to someone who may have found his way to waivers, Cody Fleener is an interesting option. Fleener had a lot of...


Playoff Fantasy Football Registration

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've opened up registration for our 2016-2017 playoff fantasy football leagues.

A number of new features have been added since last year including the following:

  • New Responsive User Interface Design - Our new UI is cleaner, more usable, and device independent.
  • Limiting the # of Players from Each Team -  Commissioners can now limit the number of players from each playoff team. This prevents managers from "loading up" or going all in on one or two particular teams.
  • Requiring 1 for 1 Free Agency Transactions - This configuration option requires that free agent player swaps are one for one. This is particularly useful if you are in a Salary Cap league and you want to prevent players from dropping 2 less expensive players to pick up 1 more expensive player.
  • Allowance for Late Joins - Commissioners can now allow managers to join after a league has been activated.
  • Creating Proxy Teams - Commissioners can create teams on behalf of other owners....

Winning in the Fantasy Football Playoffs

     Ryan Dowell

The regular season fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner. Thanksgiving week is always a turning point in the NFL as well as fantasy. It's a time where owners comfortable with their place in the standings can begin to make moves looking ahead. It is a time where those on the bubble break out all the stops to just get into the playoffs. Just like real life football, all it takes to win a title is getting in and getting hot.

The Returnees

Every year, there are random dudes who swing fantasy postseasons. Often, these are guys no one had ever heard of weeks before who suddenly fell into playing time through injury or what have you. In 2016, the story is vastly different. Instead of no-names getting huge opportunities, we will have the biggest of big-name stars returning right before or during the fantasy playoffs.

It's possible some devoted owners held onto these guys throughout the weeks, but most likely, these stars are or were recently on the waiver wire. The...


MLB Postseason 2016: Relievers

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Relievers are often the Rodney Dangerfields of fantasy baseball, they get no respect. However if you look at the top scorers in last year's MLB fantasy postseason, you'll find a number of relievers in the top 25 overall scorers. Wade Davis (KC) was the leading reliever, checking in at #12 overall with 59.27 pts.  Notably, he outscored the likes of Josh Donaldson (#13), Jake Arrieta (#14), Alex Gordon (#15), and Kendrys Morales (#16). Further down the list you'll find the Royals setup man Kelvin Herrera at #19 with 51.12 pts. Jeurys Familia, the Mets closer, ended up at #22 with 46.22 pts.

So as we turn our attention the the 2016 MLB postseason, we should take a look at which postseason bound closers and setup men are finishing the regular season on a high note.

 

September Save Leaders (thru Sept 25)

PLAYER TEAM IP ER BB SO W L HLD SV BLSV WHIP ERA
Francisco Rodriguez DET 9.1 6 4 7 1 1 0...

MLB Postseason 2016: Dominant Pitchers

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Yesterday we took a look at hitters who have had hot bats in the month of September.  Let's now turn our attention to starting pitchers to focus on for your upcoming posteason fantasy baseball drafts.

September 2016 Stats (thru 9/24)

PLAYER TEAM GS IP ER BB SO W L WHIP ERA
Jon Lester CHC 4 31 2 3 24 4 0 0.71 0.58
Alex Reyes STL 2 21 3 10 23 2 1 1.10 1.29
Tanner Roark WSH 4 25 4 13 23 1 2 1.16 1.44
Johnny Cueto SF 4 28.1 5 6 24 3 0 0.95 1.59
Bartolo Colon NYM 4 25.2 5 4 16 2 0 0.86 1.75
Kyle Hendricks CHC 3 20 4 4 22 2 1 0.80 1.80
Rich Hill LAD 4 23.1 5 4 32 2 2 0.64 1.93
Kenta Maeda LAD 4 22.1 5 7 23 3 1 1.07 2.01
Rick Porcello BOS 4 31 7 1 22 3 1 0.61 2.03
Max Scherzer WSH 4 27.1 7 7 29 3 0 1.06 2.30
Justin Verlander DET 4 25 7 9 36 1 1 1.16 2.52  
Seth Lugo NYM 4 24 7 7 15 2 0 1.13 2.63
Robert Gsellman NYM 4 22 7 8 20 1 1 1.41 2.86
Jeff Samardzija SF 5 30.2 10 9 31 1 1 1.14 2.93
Jake Arrieta CHC 4 24.1 8 9 25 2 2 1.07 2.96

MLB Postseason 2016: Hot September Bats

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

A key step in preparing for your fantasy baseball playoff draft is reviewing the list of players on playoff contenders that are entering the postseason with a hot bat.  These are the players that you need to keep an eye on..

September 2016 Stats (thru 9/23)

PLAYER TEAM R H HR RBI SB BB AVG OBP SLG
Daniel Murphy WSH 7 22 0 6 2 4 0.400 0.444 0.564
Josh Reddick LAD 6 20 1 3 1 3 0.400 0.434 0.540
T.J. Rivera NYM 5 15 3 7 0 1 0.385 0.381 0.641
Hanley Ramirez BOS 14 27 10 25 1 7 0.360 0.415 0.787
Gorkys Hernandez SF 4 9 2 2 0 3 0.360 0.429 0.680
David Ortiz BOS 12 21 5 20 0 10 0.356 0.444 0.695
Jose Ramirez CLE 9 28 0 11 2 6 0.354 0.391 0.494
Devon Travis TOR 7 29 0 9 1 3 0.354 0.376 0.427
Adrian Beltre TEX 11 26 5 9 1 7 0.351 0.415 0.608
J.J. Hardy BAL 7 23 1 12 0 7 0.348 0.411 0.485
Yadier Molina STL 8 21 2 8 0 5 0.344 0.394 0.492
Miguel Montero CHC 5 11 2 5 0 2 0.344 0.400 0.625
Carlos Beltran TEX 9 24 3 16 0 6 0.343 0.395 0.557
Asdrubal...

A Cubs vs Indians World Series: Can this be the year?

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

The first major league baseball team to win back-to-back World Series was the Chicago Cubs (1907-08). But then the droughts came and they haven't won since. On the other side of the playoff bracket, you'll find the Cleveland Indians. The Indians last won a championship in 1948, though, they have knocked on the door several times since then. They represented the American league in the World Series in 1997, 1995, and further back in 1954, losing each time. 

So what are the chances that these two longsuffering teams could end up facing each other in this year's MLB postseason?  The Cubs have clearly been the strongest team in baseball during the regular season and are odds on favorites (21/10, +240) to win a World Series ring in October. Cleveland is a solid team, but they have more modest odds (9/1, +950).  

The Cubs have the most talent in baseball and they have a strong pitching staff too, which certainly matters in the postseason....