2021 Razzball Videos

(The Cards win, the Cards win)1 x 8 = 16. 16 is also the number of runs the Braves will score to eliminate the Cards in the playoffs. I kid. Kinda. No need to keep looking for Mr. Nootbaar. The Caards haas-beens haas been aamaazing, even Harrison Bader (1-for-4 and his 15th homer), perhaps the worst hitter in the major leagues. Haarsh? P to the erhaaps. But look at Harrison Bader’s Statcast. If you don’t at least let out a small chuckle, you’re not 100% what you’re looking at, which is fine. I will explain after the picture:

More like HAHArrison Bader. Woof, dog, take that screenshot to the kennel; it’s time to put her to sleep. His xBA is .229. His exit velocity is bottom twenty, when adding in more guys than even qualify. He has the hard hit percentages of guys who are crossed-eyed and should be out of the league. For 2022 fantasy, Harrison Bader is a decent real world player for defense, but he’s a very bad, er, hitter. Of course! Who cares for the final week? He has three games straight with a homer, and he’s one of the top schmotatoes in the game. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

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The Major League Baseball season is down to its final week and a host of teams are still battling for spots in the postseason. And just like MLB, there are numerous fantasy leagues that will go down to the last pitch this season.

With that in mind, fantasy owners should do everything they can to secure a title. In re-draft leagues, that means discarding anyone and everyone who is not producing and picking up the hot hand. With that in mind, this week we will concentrate on some players who have been hot the last two weeks and likely available in your league.

So let’s look at the Top 25 fantasy shortstop rankings before we focus on players you should possibly target this last week of the season.

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Guys, we’ve made it! This is the final week of the season, and if you’re still using streamers, you’re probably in a great spot. With that said, picking streamers is tougher now more than ever, and you’re inevitably going to have some misses in the final week. I’m happy to announce that I’m in first place in my Razzball Commentor league, and I genuinely believe streaming is a significant reason why. I’ve had many hits and plenty of misses, but I love all the comments I’ve gotten throughout the year! I want to thank all of you and wish you good luck for the final week!

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Yes, I’m a Baz-leiver, and I couldn’t leave him if I tried. OK, I’m dating myself with a reference to a Monkey’s song but this guy IS the real deal. SP Shane Baz, $6900, gets the Marlins at home and this is TOO good to pass on.  While taking on a fearsome Toronto lineup in his first-ever MLB start, Baz captured the win and struck out five and walked none over five innings, with the only base runners he allowed on the night coming on a pair of solo home runs.

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Atlanta is finishing a painful but impressive season, bottoming out at one point after losing Mike Soroka and Ronald Acuña Jr. for the year on top of missing Ian Anderson–not to mention the Marcel Ozuna saga. 

They could’ve done the cool kid thing and stopped trying. Instead, they traded for a whole new outfield of misfit toys–Jorge Soler, Joc Pederson, and Adam Duval–that selling teams no longer wanted on the payroll, sacrificing next to nothing from their farm in the process and putting together another potentially division-winning club, their fourth in a row if they can hold off the Phillies, who are just one game back as I type this on Saturday night. 

If Atlanta can power through, they’ll have benefited from being in baseball’s wonkiest division, but a win is a win, and who knows, perhaps this team that figures to win about 85 games will outperform much better regular season squads in the postseason, and even if they fall short, their minor league system looks better to me than it has since Acuña graduated. 

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The fantasy playoffs are winding down and the last-minute roto push is driving fantasy managers crazy.  While this is usually our slot for the top 100 rest of the season hitter rankings, I am going to trust that you can make those calls for the last week of the season.  In honor of your fantasy championship (we know all our readers are winners) we will spend the next few weeks digging through our Fantasy MVPs by looking back at our spring drafts and who delivered the biggest bang for our fantasy buck.  There will not be enough room for all the upstarts of the season, so let the debates begin with the 2021 Fantasy MVP Outfielders!

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All right, your boi EWB took first place in the DFS Wars Friday Night contest last night, and I’m hoping a strong finish will propel me into the NFL season. Yesterday, I pursued Eric Lauer and Dylan Cease as my top SPs, forgoing players like Gerrit Cole and Sonny Gray. Son, Rudy, and I had a long conversation about the merits of contrarian vs optimal play, and we all agreed that contrarian was the better path. The problem, of course, is that contrarian play isn’t about choosing awful players and hoping they have a good day by means of variance. Contrarian is all about picking good players that the crowd isn’t using. So, when Gerrit Cole has just an average game, you’re running with Dylan Cease’s awesome game, and you’re ahead of 80% of the pack. Let’s see who we can highlight today for you.

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It’s championship week! Or, maybe 3rd place week. Or, if you’re like me in the RCLs, the continuation of 12th place year. LFG! This will likely be the last time I see some of you for half a year as the fantasy baseball season finishes up and I shift my focus to Razzball Fantasy Football. If you’re out of here for the winter — have a good one! If you’re still playing fantasy sports, check out Razzball Football, Razzball Basketball, and Razzball Hockey.

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“Listen, I want you to go out there and treat each game like it might be your last,” Bud Black paused, as he addressed Garrett Hampson. Then, thoughtfully, he continued, “Because even if we don’t bring back Trevor Story for 2022, there’s a chance this offseason we sign the 33-year-old Elvis Andrus and I will play him over you.” Bud’s eye welled up, a slow tear trickled down as he continued, “I’d love nothing more than for us to sign Alcides Escobar too, and have a middle infield of two guys who are five years past their prime.” Bud wiped that tear, and finished, “That’s how I’d like to rebuild this team with C.J. Cron, Charlie Blackmon and two middle infielders who are awful, showing you, Ryan Vilade, Hilliard and Brendan Rodgers how to play.” Remembering one more thing, Bud added, “I wonder if we can lure Brian Dozier out of retirement. He’d look great playing in front of you.” So, until 2022, when Bud Black manages, literally, to bury Hampson again, he’s been playing and hitting. Clearly, the percentages for rostering are getting “Rodgered” in the whole keister since fantasy football started, because Hampson and Brendan Rodgers are supposedly rostered in less leagues than Alec Bohm and Keston Hiura. Speaking of Rockies’ middle infielders, all three (Story, Hampson and Rodgers) have been around equally valuable on our 30-day Player Rater. So, if Rodgers or Hampson are out there, they’re worth a grab, until Andrus, Alcides and Brian Dozier are brought in. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

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This is it, time to push all your chips to center and go all in. With that in mind here are some last minute pickups that can help you bring it home. We’ve got quite a few repeat names on this list as we did last week but these guys are still out there in too many leagues and you can pick them up and put them directly into your lineup. There’s not enough time left in the season to stash guys for later. There is no later, you need points and you need them now. It’s been a fun season, now let’s take it home.

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