American League Fantasy Fireman of the Year
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TH: Chris Perez
NM: Chris Perez - He gave up half of his runs in total blowout situations. Deeper rotation, bullpen should help him to keep ERA down, and Indians should generate plenty of SVOs for him.
GM: Ernesto Frieri
LM: Mariano Rivera - Last hurrah.
ZS: Mariano Rivera - Still hard to bet against him.
RC: Addison Reed
TZ: Tom Wilhelmsen - Pour me another save.
National League Fantasy Fireman of the Year
TH: Huston Street
NM: Aroldis Chapman - He's happy. Maybe stretching him out in the spring will turn out to have been a good thing for his endurance.
GM: Kyuji Fujikawa
LM: Sergio Romo - Best slider in baseball, and well, those who doubt his skills should check his last three years.
ZS: Aroldis Chapman
RC: Rafael Soriano - He's going to finish off a lot of W's.
TZ: Craig Kimbrel - Though if Jonny Venters is out, he could lose a couple chances unless Jordan Walden steps up.
American League Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
TH: Jon Lester
NM: Justin Morneau - If Evan Longoria plays in 140 games, different story, but Morneau is healthy and should have a very good year.
GM: Jhonny Peralta of the Saberhagenmetric club.
LM: Mariano Rivera - Continuing to laugh at us.
ZS: Kendrys Morales - Numbers won't be tempered by any sort of platoon situation this year.
RC: Victor Martinez - Quietly will go about his business, making that lineup even better. (Although Mo could get this on sentimentality.)
TZ: Jacoby Ellsbury - Shows power is real, though not 30-HR real.
National League Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
TH: Carl Crawford with Dan Haren runner-up
NM: Chase Utley with Ryan Howard close behind
GM: Chase Utley
LM: Carlos Quentin - So good, so broken.
ZS: Ryan Howard - Cheapest 30-100 player in drafts this year.
RC: Carl Crawford (Ryan Howard will be in the mix as well)
TZ: Chase Utley - I'm going to regret not owning any shares of Utley this season.
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About Todd Zola, MastersBall.com
Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory starting in 1997, Todd Zola and Mastersball carved out an important niche in the fantasy industry. In 2006, Todd became the Research Director for fantasybaseball.com, and in 2009, he relaunched Mastersball and is now a managing partner.
Todd competes in Tout Wars and the XFL, and has been a multiple-time league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has been a contributor to the fantasy content at MLB.com and SI.com, is a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and is an annual speaker at the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums.
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