I’m not gonna lie, my friends:  if your deep leagues look anything like mine, the waiver wires continue to be in a bit of a lull in terms of suitable roster reinforcements.  I’ve got the likes of Danny Mendick and Pat Valaika in my starting AL-only lineups, and am starting the week with multiple injured players active in one of my NL-only leagues because sadly there just wasn’t anyone available to pick up over the weekend that I thought would be better than a zero in my lineup.  If you’re in a similar situation, where even the players who are completely off the radar in most leagues are already owned in yours, hopefully you’re keeping your team afloat as we press on into mid-May.  For now, let’s take a look at another group of players — all of whom are between 0 and 5 percent owned in CBS leagues — that could be of interest to NL-only, AL-only, and other deep-league fantasy baseballers.

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We’re back with a handsome helping of callup talk, and this was recorded before the news of Jarred Kelenic dropped. We run through a handful of interesting names making noise the first week of the minor league season before we complain about Cody Bellinger and ask if Juan Soto can throw… It’s a good question. We then ask the age old question “Is Tyler Anderson good now?”. Feels like we hit that point every season, but this time it’s different!! It’s another episode of the Razzball Podcast.

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After writing points league posts for the best fantasy baseball sports advice website on the planet for the last six years I think it’s time to switch things up. And by “switch things up” I mean approach my posts from a different angle. I thought about completely fabricating my content, but I think most of you would eventually catch on. Besides, I think there was a writer  that already tried that approach. Instead I think I’m going to turn my posts into something of a hybrid between rankings, buy/sell and whatever the heck else I feel like tossing in. I don’t quite have a name for it yet, but I’ll come up with something in due time. With just one post a week, I feel like I need a way to pack as much punch into my attack. More bang for your buck if you will.

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Five weeks are now in the books.  With twenty to go, quick math tells us we are ? of the way through our season.  To those ahead in your Razzball Commenter Leagues, that might be exciting, but to those at the bottom of the barrel, that could be unwelcome news.  Is it possible you’ve already accumulated ? of your final stats for the season?  As someone with a lot of Mets on their teams, this doesn’t feel right.  This is the time of year when I like to take a peak at what players are killing your Razzball Commenter League teams and what players are boosting your team up the standings.  Our previous RCL Updater, VinWins has already done this work for me, because us Updaters stick together.  After the jump will be a fancy table showing every player drafted in the first round of the Razzball Commenter Leagues (yes, even J.T. Realmuto) and where they rank currently on the Razzball Player Rater.  Spoiler: Drafting Ronald Acuna Jr. has been pretty great.  Let’s take a look at which first rounders are tanking your teams, a flurry of trade activity and all kinds of numbers for the week that was, week 5:

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of FanDuel DFS here on Razzball. We have a near-full slate and the only weather to worry about is Colorado where the Padres and taking on the Rockies. Tonight’s top-priced pitcher is John Means ($11,000) vs the Mets. Fresh off a no-hitter, Means looks awesome. However, I’m going to pay down a bit for pitching today and his price is a bit too rich for my blood on a slate like this. If you’re also on board with fading Means, there are many pivot options. What say we have a good DFS night tonight, eh? 

 

Build your lineups with confidence and visualize the money coming in. Go with your gut and stop second-guessing yourself. Don’t take what people suggest as something that IS going to happen, we are just laying out what we believe to be advantageous matchups and plays. If the ownership of a stack you like is projected to be super high, fade it. In GPPs, it’s very unlikely you take it down on a full slate tourney with a stack that’s 22% owned. Remember, this is baseball and anything can happen on any given night. And with that, we cue the music…

 

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Close your extraneous browser windows right now–Not this one! This is not extraneous. How dare you, sir. Okay, now that the other browser windows are closed, open your fantasy team window. The team that’s hurting for offense and wouldn’t mind a top 10 outfielder. Yes, that team. Great, now go to waivers–Are you signed in? God damn it! Sign yourself in! Your password is Belle&Sebastian#1Fan. Okay, now that you’re signed in, go to waivers and grab Jarred Kelenic, he’s being promoted this Thursday. So, what to expect? Everything? Does that work for you? He’s already a 1st ballot “I can’t believe the Mets traded him away” Guy and he hasn’t played one MLB game. He could be 25/10/.290 this year. That obviously might be pie-in-the-sky-hopes, but that’s what we’re looking at in the range of possibilities. That’s otherwise known as “What you would’ve gave Haniger’s left nut to get from George Springer.” Realistically, we might see 17/7/.270. I’ll guess we’ll see, since Kelenic is coming in two days, but who’s counting? Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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It’s in the 40’s today in Chicago, which isn’t that surprising unless you’ve run out of conversation topics, at which point you get to put on your Actor’s Studio cap and conjure the last remaining bits of charisma left in your pandemic-addled psyche. Can Polar Vortices be mild? Can I have my climate change like most children enjoy their salsa? Hitters mostly suck in the cold weather, people. They suck. With all of the issues surrounding new balls with those high seams, and the Grim Reaper of baseball injuries touching players more than Oasis sang the word “Maybe,” everyone’s batting average is garbage juice. We’re talking a full .011 under league average. I’ve read some analysis that by the end of the year, we’ll be pretty close to the league average that usually sits around .250. I agree with this assessment.

This means you need to find some players who have depressed batting averages, dig into the numbers, and find guys who have been unlucky, check out their projections across several systems….or you can use Razzball’s Buysellatops tool and have more time to spend with your two large adult sons, perhaps having a catch in the backyard. Maybe you could have your family out on the back patio for a grill, where you hover over your Egg, while your large adult sons stare at their phones, and your partner frowns at the garden, muttering about idle hands.

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“Everywhere,” Grey said, the same way he starts every conversation with me. He had switched to coconut pearls in place of boba in his daily tea. His brain had become clearer with the addition of the Omega-3, and no longer did he believe Bud Black to be a rational and sensible manager. But his opinions on Midsommar? He’d been tweeting them at all hours of the night.

I entered his office. It was cleaner than usual. The Bartolo Bobblehead sat happily on his desk, sparkling and clean. Grey gestured for me to sit on his therapy couch, and I took a seat.

“Everywhere, we have a new staff member I’d like you to train,” Grey started, pulling a sip of coconut pearls from his morning tea. He rolled them in his mouth for a minute, as if waiting for another arrival. I heard a whirring sound, like a wind tunnel. I wondered if Donkey Teeth had been airing out Razzball Headquarters again after JKJ microwaved fish in the lunch room.

The whirring sound increased, and after a minute of watching Grey swish the coconut pearls in his mouth, a Roomba arrived at the office. On top of it, attached in electrical tape and dried hot glue, was a picture of me.

“Everywhere, meet the Blairbot,” Grey said. “Not only is he great at cleaning, he’ll be taking over the pitching rankings starting next week.” Grey picked up a handful of marbles and tossed them on the floor. The Blairbot raced forward, trying to vacuum the marbles, succeeding on some of them but knocking others around the room. One landed in front of Grey, and he picked it up. Grey chuckled to himself. “Jon Gray. Fitting.” He put the marble in his pocket. “Blairbot, write up Jon Gray!”

The Roomba continued whirring, turning circles while chasing marbles. Soon it became apparent: Grey was calling me “Blairbot.” I stood, prepared to promote a Rockies pitcher. I heard a beeping noise, and the smell of microwaved fish hit my nose. It was going to be a long day.

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Well folks, we got one of the munniest Mondays so far this season and it looks like only 6 games are scheduled and the pitching looks to be pretty mediocre at best. Last week we had a Matz-o Monday which didn’t work out so well unfortunately but I did tout Maeda to a reader instead of Houser (Never Houser btw) so hopefully, he took the suggestion and played Maeda which turned out good if he did. Hopefully, you have been employing some different tactics this year as I have seen winners and have been doing some myself of some different stacks this year. So far since offense has been a little depressed this year full stacks are becoming dicier to play and you need to be diversifying your lineups a little more and entertaining playing a 3/2/2 stack and getting those key guys in your lineup.

Let’s start off another great week with a pitcher that has had quite the turnaround so far this year Alex Wood ($8,900). Wood has had quite the resurgence this season so far and has pitched really well allowing 2 runs or less in every start so far this season (4 starts). Wood relies on 3 pitches to keep hitters off balance a sinker slider combo and a changeup. The slider is a relatively new pitch for Wood and has been very effective striking out 18 of his 22 batters with his wipeout slider pitch. Wood commands all three pitches very nicely using them all fairly equally. Wood’s chase rate is top tier. Also, his barrel% indicates not a lot of hard hits are being hit off of Wood. In fact, there have been only 2 barreled-up hits out of 58 batted balls. Wood faces the Rangers today who fare much worse against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching in all the major categories (.298 OBP, .380 SLG, .678 OPS) Look for Wood to go 7 INN 1 ER and have 7 K’s. You will certainly take that on this slate today.

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