They say the best indicator of future results are past results. Past results tell us that when Justin Upton (OF: $2,600) gets hot he turns into a fantasy stud. Well, he’s gone yard in back-to-back games so we could be looking at some serious heat. This is not the time to forget about him or a match-up to run from. Dive right back into those flames for a great price.

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The show marches on and we’re getting down to the final stretch of the regular season. That means we should take another look at the projections so you can make the needed moves to put your team over the top and bring home that chip. Below is the scoring format used to calculate the point totals.

Runs Scored (R) 1

Total Bases (TB)  1

Runs Batted In (RBI) 1

Walks (BB) 1

Strikeouts (K) -1

Stolen Bases (SB) 1

This time I included roster percentages so we can see if there’s anyone who might be available. With the top 100 most are long gone but there are a few guys who could be out there. And since every league is different it’s always a good idea to check the wire in case there are any surprise options available.

So what jumps out from these projections? Remember that these are solely based on what guys will do from this point going forward, not what they’ve done so far. The top looks similar to the second half projections but there are always a few surprises.

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Welcome in to a brand new edition of Butters does DFS.  Let’s get after some pitching today, which leads us right into…. Logan Webb, SP: $7,600 – This is a juicy matchup for him. His last three starts have been quite good and the Rox on the road is usually good for pitchers as they have the worst team batting average outside of Coors. Combine that with Webb’s price and we’ve got a very compelling option. 

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We’re now a week past the trade deadline and now that the dust has settled, new opportunities are there for guys you weren’t counting on to rack up fantasy points. The playing time situation has shifted for several teams so we’ll be seeing some fresh faces climbing the points lists. One such newcomer is Carter Kieboom (28) This could be the start of something. After struggling against major league pitching to the point that he’s spent most of the season in the minors he’s back and rewarded anyone who was brave enough to start him with a 28 point week. He’s out there in virtually every league so run to the waiver wire right now to add him in case he can keep this up. He was a highly-touted prospect so it’s not he lacks talent. I’d say the potential return is worth the last player on your bench. Let’s see who else had a good week.

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Welcome into another Razzball DFS Thursday, the dust has settled from a wild trade deadline and guys are starting to get acclimated to their new homes. Some guys aren’t wasting any time showing off in a new uniform such as Abraham Toro, 3B: $2,500 – Seattle seems to agree with him, batting over .400 with 3 bombs. You love to see it, especially when he doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. He’ll have the chance to continue that run today in the Big Apple and if you can make it there you can make it anywhere.

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Deadline day is upon us and the baseball world could look very different this time tomorrow. However, that hasn’t stopped the games from being played. Joey Votto (60) is on some kind of tear right now. He’s here to chew bubble gum and hit dingers and apparently he’s all out of bubble gum. That’s a bomb in six straight games and thanks to a couple of multi homer efforts he has 8 over that span. Votto has long been the type of guy who gets a boost to his value in points leagues. It’s likely that he’s already on a roster in your league, but he’s not universally rostered so I would take a peek at the wire.

 

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Happy almost deadline day. It’s always important to watch the MLB news in case a guy is scratched with a late injury but with the trade deadline rapidly approaching it’s even more important to check in after you set your lineups in case a blockbuster trade goes down. That doesn’t stop the games from being played so let’s get on to the picks.

Lock Joe Musgrove, SP: $8,400 in right now as the best pitcher for the day. Even if you take his price out of the equation, the bot loves him. Add his price in and he’s a no-brainer. He’s posted strong numbers all season, especially in the strikeout category, and is primed to give you a strong performance 

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We’ve looked at rankings the past couple weeks so now it’s time to see who took advantage of the break and is ready to come out strong. Now is the time to take an honest look at your team and figure out what you need to climb to the top of the mountain. One of the best things you can do this time of year is be honest about who has been helping and who has been hurting your team. I get it, you overvalue the guys that you drafted because they are your guys. I get it, I’ve done it too, everyone tends to value the guys on their roster higher than guys that aren’t. This is one of the reasons trades can be difficult to pull off. However, taking a rational look at your roster can help show you what moves you need to make. You want to keep working the wire, looking for that next piece. Now obviously that doesn’t mean drop a stud just because he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations but you can add the next hot schmotato for the guy at the end of your bench. So without further ado, lets check out the noteworthy performances.

 

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If you’re really looking to save some cash on the mound, direct your attention to Chris Flexen, SP: $7,700. He’ll be looking to flex all over an Athletics team that finds itself in the bottom third of the league in batting average. They do like to hit dingers but are also striking out at a high clip which should help out even though Flexen isn’t a high K per nine guy. What he does do is limit the damage and not give out free passes. That’s a recipe for success.

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We took a look at hitters last week which means its time for pitchers. Below you will find the scoring formula that I used to arrive at these numbers based on the Razzball/Steamer projections

Innings Pitched (IP)  3

Hits Allowed (H) -1

Earned Runs (ER) -2

Walks Issued (BB) -1

Strikeouts 1

Wins (W) 5

Losses (L)   -5

Saves (SV) 5

I’m sure the first question on everyone’s mind is where does first half superstar Shohei Ohtani land on this list and in the overall projections. He comes in quite a bit lower than I was expecting, barely making the list at all with only 100.9 points projected from his time on the mound. Combined with his batting numbers his overall projection is 285 which would make him the number one player over the season’s second half. He is only projected to throw 42 innings which seems like a total he can surpass. It will be interesting to see how the Angels choose to deploy him in the second half, but if he continues to make regular starts on the mound his point total could shoot up.

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Let’s get the second half of the season underway. There’s only one game today so the format is a little different. For a single game we get a 5 man roster: MVP (2x points), Star (1.5x points) and 3 utility players. So lets have some fun with it and win some money. Read on for my roster today and best of luck to ya.

 

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Well folks it’s that time of the season. With the All Star Game next week it’s time to reassess things for the second half of the season. There’s still quite a bit of baseball left to be played so now is the time to take a look at your team and see where you can improve. So to help you out with those tough decisions, I have re-run the numbers to rank the top 100 hitters for the rest of the season. These numbers are pulled from the Razzball Steamer ROS projections and then I totaled up the points according to this scoring format (ESPN standard):

Run 1 point

Total Bases 1 point

RBI 1 point

Walk 1 point

Stolen Base 1 point

Strikeout minus 1 point

This week we’ll be looking at hitters. Tune in next week for the ROS pitching projections. So, what can we expect as the season moves into it’s second half?

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