2021 Razzball Videos

The All-Star break gave us a breath of fresh air, and it really showed in last week’s articles. The craziness continues to pour in, though, because we have the trade deadline right around the corner. There were already a few moves over the weekend, and they’re going to keep streaming in with the deadline a week away. That’s something that needs to be monitored because it’ll wreak havoc on a lot of these rotations. With that in mind, let’s get into our favorite streamers for this week!

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Happy Sunday DFSers, I hope you’ve had a fine weekend so far.  I’m writing this article via hotel wifi, which is always an adventure.  We’re finally getting in a vacation to visit some family for the first time in a year plus.  Yesterday resulted in some DFS green screens as we drove down I-95 and I’m looking to add onto that vacation mojo today with a full Sunday slate.  Today it looks like we’re either hitting the very top of the pitching price range or sinking to the low-end for a couple of high-risk, high-reward options.  We’ll kick this article with the high-end and Yu Darvish ($10,300) vs. the Miami Marlins.  While he’s the most expensive pitcher on the slate, he’s also the safest and highest upside pitcher on the slate.  The Marlins are pathetic and with any luck, Yu’s rostership will be down due to a couple of clunkers of late.  However, if Darvish can regain that pre-Allstar break form like the 58 point outburst against the Dodgers, we’ll be in big business.

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Much has changed since last we met to hash out the snapshot of prospect tower.

Today’s the day we’re on our way to Mortal Kombat, Dynasty Edition.

It’s more than a game of either or in a lot of ways but not more ways than it’s not.

You’ll skip all this if I risk any more sentences here, I fear, unless you’ve skipped it already, which is honestly fine by me. You’re gone by now, so I might as well say the work is in the spreadsheet. And perhaps in the comments section once we get rolling. Hours upon hours of happy hustle.

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During the draft season I anointed David Fletcher as potentially the biggest draft day bargain given his points league projections and average draft position. Preseason I had him ranked 58th overall, which put him in the 5th round. His ADP, however, had him being drafted in the 17th round. He is currently the 58th ranked hitter. I had the 58 right, but that included pitchers. I haven’t calculated year-to-date position-adjusted rankings to see how many pitchers are ahead of him, but a rough estimate puts him at about 80th overall. I never suggested drafting Fletcher anywhere near the 5th round. I believe I recommended targeting rounds 14/15. I own him in every league I am in and he is paying dividends in each of those leagues. Based on these rest of season rankings I have Fletcher as the 37th ranked hitter. That means he’s going to get better, and eventually having Mike Trout back in the lineup will certainly help his cause.

One thing I’d like to mention is that it is very possible that some players might be missing from my list. If a player hasn’t had at least 150 or so plate appearances my formula will not include them in the calculations. If anyone else is missing (or is lower than expected), it could be because said player has missed time due to injury. Let me know in the comments if you’ve uncovered any missing hitters and I will see if I can figure out where they might belong.

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The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching and that should be a cue in our little fantasy game to predict landing spots and proactively poach talent while planning for potential opportunities.  Maybe it will be a middle reliever taking over the closer spot or a young prospect getting a shot at the big leagues in a newly vacated role.  Regardless of the reason, late July and early August should be some of the most active times in any league.  This week we will review a few hitter profiles for some of the bigger names that can and should provide more value in the final two months of the season than folks may realize.  A dive into Jose Ramirez, Trevor Story, and the ageless Evan Longoria shall follow!

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Has anyone started a “Are the Mariners being no-hit” Twitter account yet?  If not, that seems like a missed opportunity this year.  Targeting the Mariners in DFS has been a winning strategy so far this year, just ask my account after Sean Manaea went ham Thursday night.  The green screens were plentiful and we’ll look to keep those screens green tonight when Chris Bassitt ($9,700) takes the mound.  Manea and Bassitt are having pretty similar seasons so far (9.9 K/9 for Manaea, 9.1 for Bassitt), each is around 2.1 BB/9 and each has a FIP nearly identical to their ERAs.  I’m not saying we’ll be looking at another 13K shutout from Bassitt, but I do like the odds for a very productive evening at a cheaper price tag than some of the other big names pitching tonight.

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Tylor Megill was meg-nificent Friday night going six scoreless innings against a tough Blue Jays offense, allowing just two hits and a walk and striking out five for his second straight quality start and his first career win. That’s right! His first win, in ever! He also collected his first big league hit. Have a day, man! Get that kid the ball! The rookie phenom hasn’t allowed a run in 12.2 innings and his 2.10 ERA, 1.10 WHIP gets me more flustered than that time Drew Barrymore touched my arm. Yes, that happened and I haven’t washed my elbow since. As for Megill, have I mentioned his 33/10 K/BB? Yuh. Tylor the ERA-ator, had his mid-90s fastball and fiiilthy sliiider (with three Is) working Friday in Queens. I’ll admit I scoffed a bit at Megill’s early success, but he showed me something Friday night, commanding his pitches and pounding the zone against one of the best line ups in the league. Are you sure its Megill and not McGill, cause he was taking those Canadians to school. Also, his name makes me think “McGrill” for something reason, which lead me to this article, and I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from seeing that so I had to share. Tylor gets a home start with Atlanta next week and he’s still available in over 75% of fantasy leagues. Even with the Mets recent Rich Hill acquisition, I think “Big Drip” Megill has earned his spot in the rotation and more importantly on your fantasy team. Megills could save your team from drowning. That was a fish joke! I think they should call him the MEG. As for Tylor, he’s no joke, I’d add him wherever you need starting pitching help. This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha!

Here’s what else I saw Friday night in fantasy baseball:

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J.D. Martinez was first to the Just Dong nickname, even though recently Jeff Bezos tried to co-op it himself:

Well, put aside your Dongs, Just and Jeff! There’s a new Just Dong in the picture. It’s J.D. Davis aka Jonathan Davis Davis aka Jefferson Davis Davis aka Just Dong Davis. Was surprised to see him only rostered in 35% of ESPN leagues, so ding-ding Just Dong, you’re eligible for the Buy column! Back in 2019, Jonathan Davis Davis had his star mitzvah, which had us all scratching our heads, “Did the Astros really lose a trade to the…Mets?” Appizzarently, they did. The only thing stopping J.D. Davis from taking that next step was. Dot dot dot. His health. But he’s good now, and he has himself a rocket ship to the rotating planet of Third Outfielder With Rising Fantasy Value. It’s an outlying planet, but it’s worth making space on your team. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

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Mirroring some of the players I’ve recently put the spotlight on, because I’m a spotlighter, whatever that means, Eugenio Suarez continues to fit the criteria of being an amazing hitter in the pre-Covid era, but then the pandemic comes around and no one can hit the ball anymore. And with Delta ranging, we might soon be on a first name basis with the Mendoza line. (Does he have a first name?) (And is the line even a man?) And Suarez has become the latest example in WTFmate?, even moreso without the caveats of last year still present where during the Covid-shortened season he hit a measly .202, but still managed 15 homeruns in just 57 games. But with just 18 in 92 games thus far, is there a resurgence instore for this current .172 hitter? Let’s find out!

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