All right All right, I made the executive decision today to forgo the usual Top 25 Rankings really because not much as changed so far this spring and as drafts are winding down, I’ve noticed some players that should be going higher in my humble opinion. You are going to need to grab them sooner than later as spring training winds down and I want you guys to be on the cusp of recent trends and news. I used current ADP from March 14-March 29 in a 12 team NFBC format.

First Up I present you a 3B who’s current ADP is around 153 and plays on a powerhouse NL team and is batting in the heart of the lineup and that is none other than Justin Turner of the LA Dodgers. Now please tell me you didn’t take KeBryan Hayes 1-2 rounds before him when you were presented with that decision. I can’t for the life of me figure out how Hayes is going to outproduce J.T. I realize there is a slight injury discount people are getting with Turner and he is older but Hayes who is being drafted at around pick 134 hasn’t been hitting at some insane clip either. Hayes is a nice young player who might have an extra level to reach still but Turner has put the hamstring issue behind him and he is healthy and ready to produce. Hayes is also dealing with his own bumps and bruises so why are you taking him ahead of a proven hitter on a great hitting team and lineup. Turner is fun to own and watch as well and shouldn’t have a problem hitting Mid .280 AVG  25-28 HR 80-85 RBI’s with a .870’s OPS. That’s damn good from where you are drafting him around the 13th rd and don’t be afraid if there is a run on 3B around the 11th to grab him sooner. You won’t be disappointed.

Next up is Josh Donaldson NY Yankees and Matt Chapman Toronto Blue Jays who are going around 179 and 166 respectively. Another couple of veteran players in Donaldson and Chapman who are being highly discounted because of age/injury concerns in Donaldson’s case and decreased BA in Chapman’s. The market hasn’t come around yet it seems to the fact that Donaldson is in a nice hitting environment in Yankee Stadium with a great lineup around him and he doesn’t have to be the focus. He will see plenty of great pitches hitting behind Stanton in the 5th spot and I can see him having a line at the end of the season something like .250 Avg 27-29 HR 75 RBI with an .800 OPS. I think Donaldson’s BABIP numbers were low in 2020 (.231) and last season (.268) and he is poised to beat both of those this season in his new environment. He should be going ahead of Yoan Moncada (ADP 156) and Ryan McMahon (156). Matt Chapman as well is in a great hitting environment in Toronto on a great team who will be contending for a World Series this season and doesn’t have to shoulder the load on a team that is rife with quality hitters. Chapman’s value is a bit depressed because of his declining batting average the last three seasons but it’s not like he isn’t capable of a high average anyone remember 2018 where he hit .278 and scored 100 runs. It can be done and will be done as they say! At least do yourself a favor and take him over Moncada and McMahon will ya?

Farther down the list we go and we a riser in the rankings in Jonathan Villar. Villar is currently sitting at ADP 239 and my pick 368 in a 12 teamer earlier this year is looking pretty solid. If you had faith early on he was going to get a job somewhere you were picking him around 300 and that looks pretty profitable at this point. Villar is currently listed as a super utility player for the Cubs but with strikeout prone Patrick Wisdom at 3B unproven Rafael Ortega at DH and I don’t know how Jason Heyward still has a ML job in RF, you are going to see Villar plenty and have a regular starting job somewhere in the field by June. He provides a source of SB think 20-23 SB’s has some pop 15-18 HR and pitches in on runs (65-70) rbi’s (45-50). Not too bad for where you are getting him around the 20th rd as not many 20 SB guys you can still find. Get him a round or two ahead to ensure you get him so you are not stuck with a Eduardo Escobar or Eugenio Suarez both of which are going ahead of Villar which I don’t get.

That’s going to be it for today. Next week I’ll be looking at some 1B you should be looking at higher than their ADP. Have a great week Razzballers almost to the finish line.

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Closer and Closer we can see the light beaming ever so strongly as we make our way to the start of our baseball journey. April Day baseball          will be upon us soon, DFS lineups to pour over, lineup decisions hmmm do I start Jace Peterson or Josh Harrison this week can’t wait right? Man I’ve never been so interested in the Chicago weather when I wake up than I do from April-Sept. Well we all love it and that’s why you are here. Here’s the deal, Today I’m ranking the 1b top 25, not a whole lot has changed from last week but a few players have some recent news so let’s get after it.

TOP DOGS

  1. Vlad Guerrero Blue Jays

2. Freddie Freeman Dodgers

3. Matt Olson Braves

4. Pete Alonso NY Mets

5. Paul Goldschmidt St. Louis Cardinals

Not much change here as you know what these guys are all about. Some drafters like Goldy over Alonso but I’m sticking with my man Petey         here in a revamped Mets lineup that I think gives him some more opportunity to drive in runs. Olson could eventually surpass Freddie but it       might not happen until next season.

SOLID PROS

6. Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox

7. Jared Walsh Los Angeles Angels

Walsh contributes in all categories except for steals and came within one HR and 2 RBI of 30/100 along with a .277 BA. Sounds like Jose             Abreu only you can get him a couple of rounds later and I think there still is another level Walsh can reach.

8. C. J. Cron Rockies

9. Joey Votto Reds

10. Josh Bell Nationals

All solid options here, The players here have a safe floor, nobody is threatening their playing time and all have good lineups around them.

  STUCK IN MIDDLE

11. Ty France Mariners

Excellent contact skills and will provide a boost to a category that has razor thin margins which could separate you from winning your                  league or not. Doesn’t have as much power as some of the others above but is hitting 4th in an interesting lineup in Seattle and is a very                useful fantasy player.

12. Rhys Hoskins Phillies

13. Max Muncy Dodgers

Muncy made his spring debut yesterday and walked and scored a run in two plate appearances. All concerns look to be alleviated for the               moment as he will be the Dodgers primary DH this season. Still looks like a very solid 1B/2B player with a possibility at 3B sometime during       the season as well. Looks like the drafters that took a chance on him at the beginning of the draft season are looking at him as a bargain.

14. Luke Voit Padres

Perfect fit for the Padres and will hit in the middle of that lineup. Wasn’t it just one year ago we were drafting him at pick 150 after leading          the league in 2020. I don’t think the skills have diminshed as he was hurt for most of the season last year which obviously factored in his sub      optimal 2021 season. He’s going to be one of the fastest risers in drafts at this position.

15. Johnathan Schoop Tigers

I know it’s been 4 years since Schoop went 30/100 with a .293 AVG playing in Baltimore but the Tigers are a sneaky team this season and           have a decent lineup. There will be plenty of runs scored in Tigers games this season and Schoop has still got the pop and is going to                     contribute in 4 categories.

16. Anthony Rizzo Yankees

17. Yuli Gurriel  Astros

Solid Vets here with room for more than what you paid for them on draft day. Some injury concerns here but worth the risk imo.

HAZY FUTURE

18. Ryan Mountcastle Orioles

Seems like he’s locked in at 1B for the O’s so maybe the stability will ease his mind and he can be more relaxed at the plate. To be determined     how the ballpark changes anything so he’s down on the list a bit for now and the Orioles are going to be pretty bad once again so the                       expectations have to be muted somewhat.

19. Alex Kirilloff Twins

20. Bobby Dalbec  Red Sox

We all know about the huge strikeout issue with Dalbec (career 35.8%). Dalbec lowered it to 28.8 % after August 1 last season and the barrel        rate was elite so you have to pick your poison. Is it a fatal flaw you can’t get over or are you willing to take that chance at his ADP?

21. Tyler Stephenson Reds

22. Spencer Torkelson Tigers

Avila said they won’t manipulate service time but who knows what spin the Tigers will put on it if Tork and Greene don’t start the season in        the majors. Torkelson is ready and he’s going to make it painfully obvious to everyone he belongs in the majors. I really like the kid and this        Tiger team. I think he vaults up into the teens sooner than later.

23. Trey Mancini Orioles

24. Miguel Sano Twins

25. Brandon Belt Giants

A mix of vets and young guns here as all have a clear path for playing time and have shown in past they are worthy of a starting Major League job. Good corner IF guys here for your team with the youngsters having more of a ceiling and the vets a strong floor.

Back with the 3B rankings next week thanks for reading and have a great drafting week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome my friends, JTells here. I switched over from writing DFS last season and will be bringing you the corner IF rankings this year. Your corner IF players are such a vital part of your fantasy team and if you miss on a pick on one of these guys it really stings. Good thing there are some studs here that perform year in and year out so make sure your are getting a couple of those guys to build your foundation. I used position eligibility rules from the NFBC based on a traditional roto 5X5 league.

Baseball is definitely back as news come fast and furious. Trades here Trades there Trades everywhere and a devasating injury to a Padres superstar has started off the first full week that players are in camps. As exciting as this is I’m sure there will be plenty of more action as we all hold our collective breaths as the news comes out that anything negative isn’t about our early picks we might have made so far this season. I’m going to be with you this season ranking all the corner IF’s and moving players up and down each week based on current performance, playing time, and changes in team construction due to injuries or players being promoted etc..pay attention to the bottom of the list as well because I’m going to be taking shots on players I think are capable and worthy of eventually cracking the top 10. I’m going to be breaking them down into tiers and if you need more in depth info feel free to click on their name to gain more valuable info about that particular player. All righty lets do this.

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I don’t know about you but it has been an interesting season to say the least. It’s been a lot of fun writing these posts here for you on Monday morning for the day’s slates and I hope you were able to plug in a few players that helped you take down a slate or two or played a pitcher you were on the fence that got you to the money in the end. The Monday slates are a little different in that they are usually a little lighter on the games played but that sometimes was really useful in finding some of the hidden gems that were out there as you really had to dig a little deeper into some of the lineups. Well no different here as we only have 5 games to choose from 3 on an early slate and 2 on a late slate so I’ll give you some players for both slates today and a pitcher for each of them. The pitcher I will focus on for the late slate is Chris Flexen ($8,600).  Chris has really had an outstanding season for the Mariners and coming out of training camp this year there were some doubts he would actually stick in the rotation the whole season but that’s exactly what he has done. This will be Flexen’s 30th start of the season and looking back at his starts he only has had a couple of starts where he didn’t go at least 5 innings. He has been very consistent limits hard contact and doesn’t walk anybody which limits the runs he gives up. The knock on Flexen in fantasy is he doesn’t strike out enough hitters but against these same Athletics he will face today. In his last start, he struck out 8 A’s in 7 INN of work and got the win and you will definitely be happy with that today. I would start him with confidence especially on this slate.

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Winding down the baseball season here we have a nice gem of a slate for you. I couldn’t get past Robbie Ray’s dominance of the Tampa Bay Rays this year having already faced the Rays 5 times this year going at least 6 INN in every start with double digit strikeout performances in two of them and a 13K outing in his last start when he faced these same Rays. Robbie Ray ($11,000) is the most expensive pitcher on the slate today but is worth the price you need to pony up for him as the Rays have struggled a bit in September and haven’t been able to figure out Ray in 5 starts and don’t see anything to make me believe they do now. Play him with confidence and you will still get some nice hitters in your lineups.

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Welcome, you die-hard baseball DFS degen. With the NFL now on the forefront of many sports fans’ minds, we here at Razzball push onward and look to keep whatever momentum we have going or starting a new heater as we wind down the season. With this being one of my last articles for this season, I hope it provided some useful insight or at least gave you some players to think about each week and hoped it helped you at least a smidge in your slates this season. The pitcher I’m focusing on today to play is Sandy Alcantara ($10,600). Sandy has had a very productive season for the Marlins this year and will be making his 30th start for the Marlins so he has been very reliable in taking the hill each time it was his turn in the rotation. Alcantara deserves better than his 8-13 record indicates as his surface numbers of 3.24 ERA and 1.10 WHIP don’t completely do justice to the great year he has had. Alcantara commands all 4 of his main pitches with outstanding accuracy and throws a 98 MPH heater as well. Alcantara has one of the best chase rates in all of baseball and will be facing the Washington Nationals today who are very prone to striking out with Bell, Robles, and Soto all nearing the 100 K mark. Alcantara faced the Nationals back on June 27th and pitched ok but did get the loss however the Nationals had a vastly different lineup then and Alcantara will not have to face the same lefties especially he did that day. I think Alcantara has a great game today and wouldn’t be surprised with a 9 inning shutout here.

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Another 3 day holiday weekend and boy I like it. Plenty of sports on fantasy football drafts in full force, NFL season starts in a few days and playoff baseball on the horizon it’s a great time to be alive for sure. We have about a month left in MLB DFS so let’s not stop now and see what we have here on this beautiful Labor Day. It’s a robust 12 game schedule today and the pitcher that stood out to me is Chris Sale ($10,700).

Chris has looked great since his return to the mound and faces the Tampa Bay Rays today at Home where he has started 3 out of his 4 games this year and is 3-0 with a 1.04 WHIP. The Rays struggle against lefties and Sale pitched well against them last week in a start in Tampa and don’t see any reason why he doesn’t go 6-7 INN once again with upside to strikeout close to double digits and give up one run or less. He is the most expensive pitcher on the slate but I believe he is worth the chalk today and the Red Sox win this one handily.

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Well folks, Monday’s have definitely been interesting at times but I don’t think we have seen a woof level like this slate in quite a while. 6 game main slate today and the options are dicey at best. Pitching looks like land mines everywhere you step so tread carefully today and do your homework. When diving into pitching today the only guy on the slate that’s going to provide you with the strikeouts and innings you need is Lance Lynn ($10,100). Lynn is one of a handful of pitchers I think that can safely navigate this Blue Jay lineup and after his 1st ejection of his MLB career in his last start, he’s probably eager to get back out there. Lynn is an absolute bulldog out there and although he is the obvious chalk today I don’t see anyone else worthy of deviating from the plan here.

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Welcome Back! It’s been an exciting week, we got to watch the “corn” game this week (Thanks Tony L.) we had a pitcher starting his 1st game throw a no-hitter (Woof Padres) even Triston McKenzie flirted with a perfect game yesterday (Oy Vey). Today starts the beginning of another great week only 6 more to go let’s dive into it. We got a nice tidy 10 game slate and there is a pitcher that caught my eye right away. Carlos Hernandez ($7,100 ). I know you are all scared of the Astros hitters and all but hear me out. This guy can throw heat (98 MPH) does not allow HR (4 in 46 INN) K% is outstanding and limits hard contact. You would like to see him limit the BB’s but he commands 5 pitches and if he is off on a pitch, he can adjust to other pitches to get the hitter out. He has a veteran C to throw too so hopefully if Hernandez gets into trouble Salvy will be there to guide him through. Astros had to travel yesterday after a loss against the Angels and Reid Detmers so there could be some fatigue and I think this is a great letdown spot for Hernandez to capitalize on. No one will be playing him because some of the other options on the board (Cole, Gausman, Montas) are all on the board today so you will be different than most people and that’s what you got to do sometimes to reach the top.

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Playing DFS is like a puzzle right, trying to find the pieces to make it work and fit just perfectly. I was doing a puzzle with my daughter the other day and I was like this is a similar feeling that I get when I’m doing my lineups sifting through all this information to make lineups and get them to fit just right is like sifting through a big ole puzzle box to find the right pieces. Writing on Mondays it’s always a crapshoot on how many teams play and today we have the fewest number of teams playing on a Monday this season with 4 games on the main slate. It’s the hand we are dealt with so let’s get into it. The interesting part of the slate to me is we have four pitchers that will garner attention across the board from everybody making lineups today which is good that we have some variation in such a small slate today. 3 of the pitchers — Peralta, Musgrove, and Tallion — are all pitching very well as of late and Giolito plays for a team that can put up a huge number of runs today, and although inconsistent this season he can put up a 50 for you with no problem against the Twins. I think I’m going with the guy who I think will be the lowest if not the 2nd lowest owned pitcher and the one you will have to wait to see until the last game of the night which is fine with me and that’s Joe Musgrove ($9,000). I think he is pitching the best out of the four right now and although Freddy is also pitching well I’ll take the $1,200 savings and use it to make my lineup a lot stronger hitting-wise. Both have great matchups against their opponents with Peralta facing the Cubs and Musgrove against the Marlins. Musgrove is at home while Peralta is away and I just think DFS players on the east coast especially would rather stay up and watch their pitcher so Musgrove might be a little under-owned which gives me an edge today. I’ll take any edge I can get today on this slate.

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All right All right..back again for another DFS degen special. Today we have a tidy 7 game main slate to choose from and the pickings are slim when it comes to pitchers to choose from. Two teams haven’t announced their starters as of yet but one pitcher suddenly stood out as a play today that looks mighty nice. The Mets organization can certainly be looked at as a team that often leaves fans head-scratching or downright furious at some of their handling of players but if they play their cards right they might have found a hidden gem in Tylor Megill ($8,500 ). Tylor is the younger brother of Trevor Megill who also is a MLB player and pitches for the Chicago Cubs. Tylor made his MLB debut in late June in a start against the Braves and hasn’t looked back since. Megill features a 94-95 mph fastball which he commands quite well but the pitch that is getting the most whiffs is his changeup which dips down into the 85 mph range with good deception down in the zone. Megill also features a slider which he dots on the corners and is generating a lot of weak hits and ground-outs. Megill has the 2nd lowest ERA in Mets history for any rookie after seven starts (Nolan Ryan is no.1) so Megill has definitely raised some eyebrows. Megill goes against a young Marlins team who he has not faced yet and has been really impressive so far against right-handed hitters .171 avg .455 OPS and only 1 HR allowed vs. righties. The Marlins really only have a couple of lefties they can employ against Megill that might give him trouble (Jazz Chisholm and M. Sierra) so that certainly doesn’t scare me away from using Megill today. The Marlins also will start a reliever today or bring up an arm from the minors so even with the Mets not having an impressive homestand at 5-6 and averaging 2.7 runs during the homestand I think the bats can give Megill enough firepower to squeak out a win against the Marlins today. The Mets are also 6-1 when Megill starts so it definitely seems Megill is in a great situation today and one that I will definitely be taking advantage of on my slates today.

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What a great weekend right? Right in the thick of the summer season, Grilling out by the pool drinking your Trulys and White Claws, playing some cornhole and what the hell else that’s right you degenerates, that’s why we are here to win some cash playing DFS. Hope you cashed some this weekend and are back at it today for some more sweats. All right let’s get to it. Not a big MLB slate today (7 games) We do also have a Mets/Braves doubleheader but for DFS purposes I’ll just avoid those games altogether. The three pitchers that jumped out at me right away were Luis Garcia, Ohtani and Marquez. I also think they will be the highest owned of the slate as the rest are dicey at best. You can make a case for Joe Ross as a cheap low owned pitcher that was playing really good before the stint on the IL so no problems if you want to get behind Ross but I think the other three I mentioned have a way bigger floor. I’m planting my flag on my main teams on Luis Garcia ($10,000). I don’t know if he will be the lowest owned of the three but I can easily envision a scenario where Garcia goes deep into this ballgame against the Mariners today. The Mariners are coming off a successful 3-1 winning series against the Athletics where the three games the Mariners won were all by one run. It was a very hard fought series and I think a weary Seattle team and bullpen is what we get tonight with no announced starting pitcher yet from Seattle. Luis Garcia has been a very productive pitcher so far this season and has racked up the K’s with 105 K’s in just over 90 Innings. Garcia has a 5 pitch arsenal and predominately uses a 94 mph fastball to set up his cutter and slider which he can pinpoint at the edges of the plate. Garcia has improved his command and his last two starts have only walked 2 batters in 11 innings so if he can get a umpire that gives a little on the edges Garcia will be in great shape here. Garcia is filthy against right handed batters at a 0.92 WHIP and slightly elevated against lefties but Seattle doesn’t have a great left handed lineup right now with really only Kyle Seager presenting any issues against righties. I think this is a smash spot for Garcia and he goes at least 7 INN with 4 Hits 1 BB 9 K’s and 0 ER today and gets the win. I think he can match Ohtani’s numbers today with a discounted price and lesser ownership.

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