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Yesterday, we went over the top 20 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball and today it’s the top 40 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball. This is one of my favorite ranking posts because I usually end up with two starters from these twenty. They are the low end number one starters. To quote Lil Jon at his fantasy baseball draft, “Get low end number ones! To the Carrasco, to the Wheeler! Til Wood drop his base on balls! Til all these pitchers fall!” Is it weird I have a man crush on Lil Jon? He seems like he’d be a constant source of entertainment if you hung out with him on the day-to-day. Also, besides the low end number ones, there’s number twos and high end number threes. These are going to be your fantasy staff linchpins. So, all the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings are right in there. As with all other ranking posts, my projections and tiers are included. Anyway, here’s the top 40 starters for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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Alfredo Amezaga
David Eckstein
James Rapoport
Kenneth McNutt
Michael Demperio
Jarret Martin
Taylor Thompson
Aramis Ramirez
Mike Minor
Jason Stoffel
Christian Bethancourt
Patrick Schuster
Chris Owings
Keyvius Sampson
Robert Borchering
Chris Dwyer
Wil Myers
Al Reyes
Austin Wood
Jorge Reyes
Nestor Molina
Grant Green
Alex White
Tyler Matzek
Max Stassi
Brooks Raley
Johnny Hellweg
Ian Krol
Tomas Telis
Jonathan Villar
Elevys Gonzalez
Caleb Thielbar
Keith Butler
Shawn Griffith
Hisanori Takahashi
Dane de la Rosa
Reynaldo Rodriguez
Dustin Ackley
Ron Villone
Ryan Vogelsong
Johan Yan
Jose Flores
Kip Wells
Graham Stoneburner
Kyle Gibson
Jean Lucas Almanzar
Mike Leake
Stephen Strasburg
Brad Boxberger
Julio Rodriguez
Aaron Crow
Craig Wilson
Fabio Martinez
Donald Lutz
Mike Trout
Nick Franklin
Noel Arguelles
Jack Wilson
Jose Ramirez
Edgar Olmos
Juan Duran
Melvin Mercedes
Jacob Turner
Kevin Barker
Tyler Skaggs
Carlos Perez
Shelby Miller
Billy Hamilton
Tucker Barnhart
Matthew Oye
Sean Burroughs
Aaron Northcraft
Stephen Cilladi
Jose Iglesias
Ryota Igarashi
Aroldis Chapman
Bryan Morris
Ariel Pena
Randal Grichuk
Matt Long
Andrew Oliver
Rafael Martin
Omar Beltre
Alexi Ogando
Brandon Belt
Justin Marks
Tanner Scheppers
Kentrail Davis
Francisco Arcia
Jose Toussen
Hector Sanchez
Adam Eaton
Dennis Tepera
Adrian Nieto
Eury Perez
Alan Embree
Chris Heston
Jarred Cosart
Oswaldo Arcia
Roman Mendez
BJ Hermsen
Zack Wheeler
Erasmo Ramirez
Michael Tonkin
Brent Keys
Danny Ortiz
Adrian Salcedo
Danny Santana
Rafael Ortega
Marcell Ozuna
Chad Jenkins
Ramon Cabrera
Reymond Fuentes
Giovanni Soto
Nick Christiani
Zachary Heathcott
Edwin Escobar
Scooter Gennett
Gift Ngoepe
Aaron Loup
JR Murphy
Michael Ohlman
Domingo Santana
Tommy Joseph
Trevor Hoffman
Nicholas Struck
Daniel Rosenbaum
Robbie Erlin
Noah Perio
Zach Samuels
Rylan Sandoval
Eliecer Navarro
Carlos Contreras
Brooks Pounders
Daniel Fields
Ryan Beckman
Rhett Parrott
Greg Maddux
Miguel De Los Santos
Ryan Klesko
Wilfredo Tovar
Carlos Perdomo
Mark Kotsay
Rob Wort
Leslie Anderson
Mychal Givens
Jon Singleton
Adeiny Hechavarria
Sergio Espinosa
Todd Glaesmann
Taylor Jordan
Enrique Hernandez
Cheslor Cuthbert
Jorge Padron
Shawn Tolleson
Frederick Lewis
Yoervis Medina
Jason Marquis
Daniel Dorn
Preston Claiborne
Dallas Poulk
Mario Hollands
Stephen McCray
Jake Peavy
Hunter Morris
Rett Varner
Drew Hayes
Jeffrey Walters
Rocky Gale
Jake Petricka
Shawn Sanford
Ryan Fraser
Ryan Lipkin
Derek Dietrich
Jimmy Nelson
Ramon Morla
Cesar Hernandez
Cory Vaughn
Daniel Webb
Brett Tomko
Jeffrey Malm
Anthony Fernandez
Forrest Snow
Joshua Bowman
Ramon Vazquez
Rico Noel
Addison Reed
Chad Bettis
Juan Sosa
Scott Alexander
Joey Terdoslavich
Kevin Millwood
Adalberto Santos
Stephen Hunt
Chris Sale
Seth Rosin
Bryce Brentz
David Freitas
Ryan Tucker
Donn Roach
Wilfredo Gimenez
Zach Walters
Adam Liberatore
Robby Price
Carlos Perez
Edgar Duran
Telvin Nash
Zachary Thornton
Rob Brantly
Willie Bloomquist
Stephen Pryor
Michael Rayl
Cole White
Gustavo Pierre
Giovanny Urshela
Tyler Thornburg
Brian Baker
Jonathan Garcia
Kyle Roller
Nicholas McBride
Mike Olt
Robert Doran
Mike Cameron
Ryan LaMarre
Aaron Dudley
Red Patterson
Arismendy Alcantara
Jarrett Casey
Leonardo Reginatto
Jeff Cirillo
Drew Hutchison
Michael Blanke
Brandon Jacobs
Miles Head
Kelly Dugan
Trevor Rosenthal
Daniel Reynolds
Kyle Knudson
Shane Greene
Casio Grider
Ryan Franklin
Corey Dickerson
Dale Dickerson
Lane Adams
Freddy Garcia
Travis Ozga
Carlos Guillen
Tony Plagman
Josh Edgin
Joe Nelson
John Halama
Jake Dunning
Tyler Saladino
Mike Foltynewicz
Jurickson Profar
Jedd Gyorko
Todd Cunningham
Michael Mariot
Asher Wojciechowski
Cody Stanley
Rangel Ravelo
Adam Kolarek
Andrelton Simmons
Chasen Shreve
Ryan Casteel
Matthew Little
Jared Hoying
Kolbrin Vitek
Gil Meche
Tyler Burgoon
Darren Ford
Jamie Moyer
Kevin Johnson
Christian Bergman
Ryan Fisher
Joel Pineiro
Austin Hubbard
Christopher Wallace
Jeff Arnold
Scott Podsednik
Adam Duvall
Greg Garcia
Phil Gosselin
Jacob deGrom
Jake Buchanan
Steve McQuail
Timothy Adleman
Arthur Rhodes
Ryan O’Rourke
Barrett Kleinknecht
Chase Whitley
Ben Rowen
Darin Erstad
Horacio Ramirez
Rafael Soriano
Alfredo Lopez
Evan Gattis
Ichiro Suzuki
Kevin Shackelford
Michael Earley
Kevin Kiermaier
Rich Aurilia
Adam Melker
Barry Bonds
Mike O’Neill
Pedro Feliz
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In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp played for one of the most popular sports franchises in the world in the 2nd largest city in the country. In San Diego, the Padre fans pride themselves not on wins and losses, but how well the Chablis goes with the brie while they watch the game from the picnic area. In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp went to all the hottest nightclubs. In San Diego, he’ll be frequenting places that look like the bar where Jodie Foster was in The Accused. In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp hung out with the hottest celebrities. In San Diego, “Hey, is that Natalie from The Facts of Life?” In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp dated Rihanna. In San Diego, Kemp’s dating Natalie. It’s only a mere two and half hour drive, but the culture shock is going to hit Kemp as soon as he arrives because he’s going to have to surrender his Lamborghini, there’s a town ordinance that everyone must drive a Jeep with no doors that they put plastic bags over when it rains once a year. On the backside of the site, I’m currently churning through rankings that will be coming in January. I nearly ranked Kemp higher than I want to admit to now. I was believing the 150 games played, 25 HR, 8 SB, .287 season he had last year. Whether I believe it or not, going to San Diego is going to hurt his value. From hitting in the middle of an All-Star lineup to hitting in the middle of Yellowstone. Kemp said on his first day in Petco, “It took some time to get my bearings. In other parks, you can set yourself in the batter’s box by using the outfield fences as a guide. Here, you have to assume the outfield fences are out there somewhere.” Kemp has money coming to him either way, so if he became a 20 HR, 5 SB, .270 guy for a few years, it wouldn’t surprise me. For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 72/22/81/.276/8. Oh, and, yes, I’m cautiously optimistic this means Joc Pederson will now be the starting center fielder in LA. For more, I already went over my Joc Pederson fantasy. Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2015 fantasy baseball:

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Razzball Nation!  Hopefully the musings and GIFfings (man that sounds dirty) of this friendly, big-ol baseball nerd helped bring you low ERAs and WHIPs in 2014.  And shameless plug, if you need some JB love-n-rubbin’ and/or looking for Fantasy Basketball talk, come over and join us at Hoops!

As I always like to do with rankings, it’s fun to go back and see what went right.  What went wrong.  Especially when you get to say “Member in preseason when Grey wanted everyone to get Justin Masterson Top 25?  Yeah, no fun to make fun of wrong ranks/calls to everyone, is it Grey?!  Hell, everyone knows I’m only writing this since I’ve been talking about Corey Kluber since May 2013!  (True story, I watched these two innings and had him in my line-up in a ton of leagues while either 0 or 1% owned, game went into a 2 or 3 hour rain delay, but those two innings got me hooked on the firebeard!)

So what I’ve put together are my 2014 Preseason Starting Pitcher Ranks (be sure to look at my 5 sleeper picks in the intro – saucy!  Better than last year, HUH GREY?!) in the order I had them mid-March, followed by Grey’s rank, ESPN’s pre-season rank (since RCL Baseball was played there and using this list), and the Razzball Player Rater Final SP Value to establish the final rank.  Here’s how Big Biscuit did:

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The Royals are in the World Series, and it’s going to be mentioned at some point that the organization moved a big prospect in Wil Myers to acquire two of the pieces that brought them so much success this year. Last season, it looked like the Rays were going to be the ones that ran away with the trade. Myers won Rookie of the Year. He hit .293/.354/.478 with 13 homers and drove in 53 runs in just over half a season. At 23, he came into 2014 with high expectations and a high preseason rank on most fantasy sites. Then they actually played the 2014 season. Myers ended up playing only 87 games thanks to a wrist fracture, and when he was on the field he looked lost at the plate. So what can we expect from the young Rays’ outfielder going forward in keeper leagues?

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So, how’s everyone holding up without fantasy baseball every day? I don’t know what to do with myself! This weekend I wandered into a Starbucks and told the coffeerista about Chris Tillman for 2015. Then I laughed hysterically for a good twenty minutes until someone asked me to leave. We’ve gone over the final 2014 fantasy baseball rankings for hitters and the top 20 starters. There’s no more of these godforsaken recap posts left before we’re into 2015 fantasy baseball. You’re welcome. Well, there are Rudy’s recaps of every fantasy sites projections that are coming eventually and Sky’s “Is pitching that deep?” posts. I, my over-the-internet friend, will be talking about 2015 rookies next. Anyway, here’s the top 40 starters for 2014 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

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Yesterday, Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4, 2 runs, 6 RBIs with his 5th and 6th homers. With David Wright hurt, Flores has been playing every day. The Mets are thankfully still able to get Ruben Tejada into their lineup. The Mets said, “We’ve wanted to drop Tejada, send down Tejada or trade Tejada for a nickel on a dollar, but since we can’t figure out the paperwork, we’re playing him every day for the last three years.” No Met in particular said that; all of them did. Why do I care about Flores playing? In Triple-A in 2013, he hit 15 homers and .321 in 107 games. That was when he was 22 years old. Maybe he’s not God’s answer to Bac-Os and able to make every game better, but I bet he could’ve been as good as David Wright this year. The reason why baseball people and the media doesn’t like Wilmer is he fields like he has a golden glove. Not that he won a golden glove. Like he’s literally trying to catch grounders with a metal statue. If he gets a job out of spring training in fifteen after twenty, this won’t be the last time you hear me try to convince people Wilmer Flores isn’t bad. For now, he’s only viable in very deep leagues as we watch Flores’s stock bloom. Flores’s stock bloom! Flores’s stock bloom! Springtime for Wilmer, and the Mets… (BTW, when did this site become so pro-Mets? I feel dirty. Though, that could be because I haven’t showered since March.) Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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Rusney Castillo is expected to join the Sawx on Tuesday. Whoa, did you see that? There was a rainbow going over the world and when I said that it turned red. I wonder if that’s because he’s Cuban. Oh, it’s probably because the Red Sox paid to sponsor the rainbow. That makes more sense. I didn’t think Mother Nature would sell rainbow naming rights, but there ya go. Someone’s gotta pay for the sun; the world we live in. So, Rusney’s getting a little taste of how’s your father with the Red Sox, but I don’t think he’ll A) Play every day. B) Be much a factor this year. C) There’s no C. Now, for 2015 fantasy baseball, well, there we’re gonna have to talk for a sec. Sorry, I know you’re late to be moral support at your wife’s surgery, but she can wait. Here’s what Prospect Mike said about him previously, “The one tool that is not in question is (Rusney’s) speed. A 30+ steal season from Castillo is a possibility as soon as 2015. The power is still up in the air. Some have tagged him more as an 8-12 homer type guy while others have said 15 or maybe even 20 homers could be in the cards. With any player, we get lots of comps thrown around. Two of the comps I’ve heard the most are Shane Victorino and Rajai Davis. Honestly, the Davis comp makes the most sense to me. The one that makes the least sense is Grey, he’s just a buffoon.” Hey, what’s that all about? To me, the Rajai comparison feels heavy on the speed; Victorino seems a better equivalent, but, honestly, there’s a ton of unknown here. He could be anywhere from a 7 HR/20 SB fourth outfielder to a 20 HR/40 SB superstar. Victorino feels about right — 12 homers, 30 steals. The more I read that he only had 66 steals in 1097 plate appearances in Cuba, I wonder if the hype machine hasn’t taken Rusney and thrown him into the spin cycle, making him more than he is. Shizzton of risk either way you slice the cake, and, brucely, I love cake, so I hope you’re sharing. For this year, I’d take a flyer if I could platoon him. For 2015, I’d take the risk for something special, but don’t expect more than Victorino. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

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There are some tempting (and ‘spensive) names on the SP menu tonight, but as always, my eyes gravitate to my boy, Mat Latos ($8,800). He draws the Brewers at Miller Park tonight, a place where he has failed to earn a W in 6 career starts. That comes to an end tonight. Latos is due to pop his cherry at the home of the beer makers. He has pitched well against Milwaukee this season, registering a 2.57 ERA and .184 BAA in 21 IP. The Brewers also look like they are going into choke mode as the season winds down. They haven’t scored more scored more than 4 runs in their last 6 games, and they now find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in. Latos is going to spin a gem on the cheap, and if you want to find some other undervalued options to pair with him, look no further than beyond the sales pitch below.

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