2021 Razzball Videos

Welcome into another edition of Butters does DFS. The season is growing short and we don’s have many chances left to earn that sweet, sweet DFS money. Fortunately, there are guys like Adolis Garcia (OF: $3,400) just waiting to help you out. I love him and I don’t care who knows. Adolis is great, he has a great arm and while that doesn’t do anything for fantasy, he does have 30 dongs on the year. And that does count for fantasy, it counts a ton. I think this is a smash spot for him and you won’t want to be left on the sidelines.

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Slowly, paper extrudes from a fax machine. A hand brings it to a face and we read, “Need Joe R…an down at the Pentagon. Damn, we need toner! Joe R…an? Who the hell is that?! Oh, I know…” A chair swivels around to the CIA Director, he screams, “Send Joe Ryan (5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.45) to the Pentagon! I can only assume they need a guy with a 10.2 K/9, 1.2 BB/9 — yowzas! — A 2.48 FIP, which is incredible. I can see why they want him. Sure, it’s only through 22 IP, but he had pinpoint command in the minors too — 1.6 BB/9 in Triple-A with the Rays before the trade to the Twins. Maybe he’s got the Rays’ secret sauce recipe for pitchers? Hey, Joe, you have the Rays’ secret sauce recipe for pitchers?” The CIA Director laughs before Joe can say anything, and continues, “Joe Ryan for 2022 fantasy, I expect you to have less ups and downs than most guys without a long track record. These command guys, I like a lot, me, uh, the CIA Director, and I don’t see the AL Central Intelligence Agency — that’s what it’s short for — getting much better, but I guess we don’t know yet. I mean, I know, because I’m the CIA Director and pulling strings like where free agents go is my job. Anyway, Joe Ryan get down to the Pentagon, they need you to figure out…” Reading the rest of the fax, “…how to launch a podcast!” And that’s how the CIA Director sent Joe Ryan to the Pentagon when the fax was asking for Joe Rogan. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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I’m often referencing the echo chamber in this space, and sometimes I’ll throw in a specific citation even though I’m not here to drag other prospect people in specific as much as I’m here to help readers find value in general. A big part of finding value is knowing who’s free and who’s a helium-filled fever dream. When a deep lens into the echo chamber crossed my Twitter feed this week courtesy of High Upside Fantasy, it seemed like something I should share here. 

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Hard to believe there’s only 9 days left in the MLB season. It truly has been a grind and I hope your hard work has paid off. As we try to finish strong, keep an eye on the standings and matchups. Teams have already started to limit young and high-risk players’ PA and innings. Innings and PA are the life blood of fantasy baseball and especially DFS. Opportunity is king just as much as talent and we don’t want to lose it because of oversight. We shouldn’t have much of that to worry about tonight as all the contenders on the slate still have something to play for.

 

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Not sure how many of you saw the other day, but Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. had it out in the dugout. Well, mostly Machado screaming at Tatis for him to be better. Tatis was arguing strike calls, and Machado was supposedly screaming at him to stop, otherwise Tatis might get booted from the game. Here’s a pic yesterday, after they supposedly made-up, but you don’t need a Rosetta Stone for Body Language to know this looks like a couple about to divvy up their belongings:

A true elder statesman Machado has become. He should run for “Parent” in the Parent-Teacher Association. Or “Teacher.” Whatever he wants to do, he can do now that he’s mastered “being a team player.” Machado, who has one of the worst home-to-first times, but not nearly a terrible 90-foot sprint speed. So what, you say. Well, that says to me, he can’t be bothered running to first, but when he wants to run hard, he has no problem doing it. Machado’s twelve steals tell me the same. He has the same home-to-first speed as Matt Carpenter, a guy who has only stolen 12 bags combined in the last four years. Yesterday, Manny Machado (3-for-5) led with his bat vs. mouth, homering twice (25, 26). For 2022, Machado seems capable of hitting 40 homers, .280 and stealing 15 bags or 15 homers, 3 steals and a .240 average while yelling at everyone to be better while he does worse. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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Last week here at RITD, we talked a bit about a few low-ownership National League hitters who’d had a great month or so in terms of fantasy stats, and how that might impact their value for what’s left of this season as well as 2022.  This week we’ll do the same with a few AL hitters, though as I peruse the numbers it’s immediately clear that there are not as many hidden gems at the top of the leaderboards in the Junior Circuit, as least when it comes to the last four weeks of production.  Most of the top names are just that — top names — as the three most valuable AL players over that time period in terms of 5×5 fantasy production are Salvador Perez, Vlad Guerrero, and Jose Ramirez. There is no one in the top 20 who isn’t at the 50% owned threshold or higher; the first ‘deep league’ type player is D.J. Peters, who’s just 9% owned in CBS leagues, at #21 (and whom we just talked about a few weeks ago).  Since I’m looking for guys at the 10% owned level or less for the purposes of this exercise, we’ll drop down a little further, and see if we find anyone that might be of interest to those of us in deep or deep-ish leagues, either to close out the last two weeks of the season or as someone to keep an eye on heading into next year.  Spoiler alert: don’t get your hopes up too high.

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Vlad vs. Ohtani – is there a better way to start off this week’s show? Probably but we discuss it anyway. After that we slide into Shane Baz and Ryan Vilade before talking September Stars Eddie Rosario and Wily Peralta. Then we touch on all sides of Jorge Polanco. His lovefest with Rudy’s WAR Room and his value this year and historically. We round it out with some 2022 discussions around Logan Gilbert, Shane McClanahan, Lindor, Javy Baez, and Jo Adell. It’s another week of the Razzball podcast.

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This week, I want to bring up a topic before it blows up my comment section as it seems to every season.  This is something veteran RCLers will recall (and likely will be utilizing) and you’ll also be familiar with this concept if you play in Yahoo Pro Leagues or something similar.  The idea is that you can maximize your pitching counting stats by manipulating the day you go over your 1400 IP.  In the ESPN days, this was manipulating the day you went over the 180 GS limit by getting to 179 GS and then loading up 9 starters and hitting 188 GS.  The same thing applies here with the IP limit (and also in Yahoo leagues) in that on the day you go over the 1400 IP limit all of your pitching stats count for that day.  So, let’s say you work it so you get to 1398 IP, then you load up 9 starters the next day.  If all 9 starters last 5 IP, you’d hit 1443 IP and thus gain an extra 43 IP of strikeouts and possibly earn an extra win or two along the way.  The risk is obvious.  I have a hard enough time pulling one streamer out of the free-agent pool that won’t obliterate my ratios, never mind nine!  Unless you are holding a slim lead in the ratios that you don’t want getting ruined, there’s not much to lose in maxing out your stats though.  So far we’ve had one manager take a semi-shot.  We’ll take a look at how they made out and more from the week that was, week 24 below:

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What happens when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object? Bad movies? Awkward metaphors? Strained fantasy baseball pieces? Yeah, it’s the latter there. The Dodgers are playing in Coors Field tonight against surprise ace Antonio Senzatela. According to old-school baseball data, the over/under on the game should be around 97 runs, with the Dodgers winning by a 30 run margin. According to Senzatela’s recent streak of 7 quality starts, he’ll be the contrarian pitcher option of the week. Now you’re presented a quandry worthy of Rebecca Black in her famed song “Friday,” — which seat will you take?

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