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Welcome back to Hitter Profiles for the 2024 fantasy baseball season. With spring training officially kicking off, we are about to get a glimpse of what could be this season. This week we head over to the NL Central. The Central appears to be open for the taking whereas projections have the division expected to finish within six games from top to bottom. While top end talent might be sparse with only one player being drafted in the top 50 picks, there are intriguing players across the board. Spoiler alert, but that top 50 pick is already on the bust radar for 2024. With the final week of our division previews, we dig deep in the heartland. Next week, we start digging into the top 100 hitters for the 2024 fantasy baseball season! Without further ado, the NL Central boom and bust picks await for this week’s installment of hitter profiles.

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Welcome back to Hitter Profiles for the 2024 fantasy baseball season. This week we head over to the AL West. This division contains the former World Series champions as well as a team that can’t even find a home for the next three years. With three teams finishing with a game of each other in 2023, there will be plenty of excitement coming into 2024. We have young first round stars with Julio Rodriguez and Kyle Tucker who are MVP candidates with Shohei switching leagues. On the flip side, there are a some big risks that could sink your fantasy team if you do not wisely invest. With only one week remaining in our division breakdowns before the rankings work for our top 100 hitters get under way, let’s walk through the boom and bust candidates in the AL West!

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Welcome back to Hitter Profiles for the 2024 fantasy baseball season. Last week we covered the NL West and this week we head over to the AL East. A division full of teams that all have postseason hopes, there are bound to be a bevy of fantasy assets for the pickings. 2024 welcomes Juan Soto and Corbin Burnes to the division which certainly will boost their values. We also have exciting young talent on teams like the Orioles and Rays that are trying to stake claim after years of watching the Yankees and Red Sox draw the spotlight. This year, there is an argument that any team could win the division and we may have over half the division in the playoffs. Excitement awaits for us as we dive into the AL East. So without further ado let’s walk through the boom and bust candidates in this competitive division!

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Welcome back to Hitter Profiles for the 2024 fantasy baseball season. Last week we covered the NL East and this week we head over to the NL West. This division is a tale of two sides with the Dodgers juggernaut and Diamondback hopefuls leading the way. Seriously the entire starting nine and pitching staff are being drafted as fantasy starters in LA. The other side is a bit more dreary as the Padres and Giants hope to sniff relevance and the wild card (ohh yea…the Rockies play here too). With the hot stove cooling off, the NL West has plenty of interesting options to consider for our hitter profiles. So without further ado let’s walk through the boom and bust candidates in the NL West!

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Welcome back to Hitter Profiles for the 2024 fantasy baseball season. Last week we covered the AL Central and this week we head over to the NL East. This is a division bifurcated by postseason hopes. Beyond the goal of using bifurcation in a fantasy analysis (twice!), we have potential World Series contenders and playoff hopefuls between the Braves, Phillies and Marlins. Those three will provide plentiful fantasy options while the pickings get slim at the bottom of the division (sorry Mets and Nationals). As we prep for spring training it is time to dig deep for those sleepers while avoiding those early round temptations. So without further ado let’s walk through the boom and bust candidates in the NL East!

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Welcome back to Hitter Profiles for the 2024 fantasy baseball season.  If you are reading this then you are just as excited as us here at Razzball for baseball to get back underway.  This preseason our profiles start by circling around the league going division by division outlining some of my favorite buys and sells by ADP.  For those of you who into the podcast world, fellow Razzball expert Mike Couillard and I are welcoming guests every week to talk through all the early ADP insights on Cards & Categories with the AL Central version welcoming Keelin Billue.  So without further ado let’s walk through one of the most wide open divisions in baseball to pick some boom and bust candidates in the AL Central!

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Let’s get it out of the way right now, the Top 100 Hitters for 2024 being released on the final day of regular season will be wrong.  Did you expect it to be 100% right?  Players will surge in the playoffs; home ballparks will change with the trade or free agency landscape and deeper analysis will shed light on potential hidden gems.  Frankly, your 2023 final standing may not even be settled.  However, there is no point in waiting for our first draft of 2024 rankings as the successful fantasy owner never rests!  So, for my last post of the 2023 fantasy baseball season, it is time to predict the future and dig into the Top 100 Hitters for the 2024 fantasy baseball season.

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Some hitters just seem to get better with age as does a fine wine.  More appropriately, some hitters age like Nelson Cruz while others age like Jason Kipnis.  Often these ageless wonders can be the key to a fantasy championship due to the undervaluation they receive.  The problem being, for every veteran that seems to keep on hitting, there is a game of chicken with Father Time that will eventually end.  This week in our hitter profiles we play a game of buy or sell for 2024 to see who we can rely upon for one more good year.  Time to pull out the walker and dig in!

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At the mid-summer break, Ronald Acuna Jr. And Shohei Ohtani appeared to be runaway favorites for Most Valuable Player awards.  However, so much has changed in the last month bringing the National League MVP into question.  Over the month of August, Mookie Betts did his best Barry Bonds in April 2004 impression (look it up if you need!).  Betts put up a blistering month with a .455 average, 10 homers, a ridiculous combined 75 runs plus RBI and 1.355 OPS.  Not only did that month give Mookie a chance in the MVP race where Acuna has produced a never before seen 30/60 season, but it also shakes up the big names of our Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.  We are in the final month of the season and hopefully you are staring down a potential championship trophy while your competitors have moved on to football in despair.

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Every season there are numerous breakouts that find their way to fantasy relevance.  The biggest values are the players without crazy pre-season hype.  In 2023, we have seen players like Matt McLain, Josh Lowe and Spencer Steer provide under the radar big time production.  Between this group, we have three guys that are driving their real world teams and fantasy teams towards the playoffs with very different hitting profiles.  However, each guy had proven little at the major league level prior to 2023.  This week, we are going to go under the covers of each of these unsuspecting breakouts using their Baseball Savant profiles to identify a potential doppelgänger for the rest of the 2023 season that could really breakout in 2024.

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In a recent ‘X’ (Twitter) poll, fantasy owners emphatically indicated they would rather own Corbin Carroll, Julio Rodriguez and Bobby Witt Jr. over Juan Soto.  How quickly we forget the wonderful players that have graced us with their talents.  Juan Soto at only 24 years old has nearly six seasons under his belt with almost 150 home runs, more walks than strikeouts and a 152 wRC+ across his career.  Nothing against the young guns of the last year or so, but let’s not forget a generational talent when we see it.  All this to say, we can win in the short-term by focusing on what a player did for us yesterday but to win a league we must think about tomorrow and beyond.  Speaking of thinking beyond tomorrow, this week’s rendition of the Top 100 players for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season awaits!

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At 19-years old, a rising prospect named Michael Nelson Trout tried to burst onto the scene.  However, more than anything he burst the bubble of hopeful fans with a .220 average, sub-25% hard hit rate and merely five homers in 40 games.  With all players being truly defined by their small sample sizes, Trout was clearly a bust and never to be heard from again.  Sure, he has gone on to have a career with more than 350 homers, 200 steals and a batting average over .300, but anybody can do that.  Fantasy owners have a tendency to write off players quickly and especially young prospects that did not stick in the Majors out of the gate.  This week, we use our hitter profiles to investigate whether we should buy or sell some players that have had a cup of coffee but are awaiting their next shot at the Majors.

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