I once dated a girl named Claire Voyance in grade school.  It was going decently well for a while until she started to tell me how our future together was going to unfold.  It was a little hurtful to hear her tell me about the long nights writing about fake baseball and how the kids of Vlad Guerrero, Dante Bichette and Al Leiter would be names to pay attention to in the 21st century.  It was at this point that I should have started to listen to her a little more carefully, and I sure wish I was with her now (Sorry Kerry, as if she is reading this).  Claire, on the other hand, knew that I was going to be 125 words in and remind me that clairvoyance isn’t an actual thing.  With that knowledge, I have to just look at the collection of games, starters, matchups and trends to bring you Week 11.

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It’s week 10!  Yes my loyal readers, we have now reached the point of redundancy and rule changes.  I have no problems including the over 50% rostered, as well as I have no problem mentioning the same player week in and week out.  If you don’t want to pick up Lucas Sims, and you hate saves, I get it.  *side note, if you haven’t welcomed back @roto_wan for his SAGNOF series, give it a read.  Fellow bullpen guys need to stick together.  I digress….I can’t emphasize enough how much a couple category wins can mean for the entire season.  Category wins get tighter than Robbie Ray’s pants, and end of season standings get stickier than spider tack.  And with that, I hand down this article to you like previous generations before me.

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Have you ever been to summer camp?  No, this isn’t going to delve into a lifetime story about my experiences as a teenage boy at summer camp.  It is in relation to that terribly stupid game called the “3-legged race”.  Yes, the one where you and a stranger get to try and coordinate a rhythm that you couldn’t figure out with your own two legs yet.  The race starts off well, you have the “left-right” cadence down pat, until you don’t.  Eventually one of you has fallen or lost your balance and will be dragged the final 2/3 of the race with your face covered in mud and you inevitably lose the race and the ire of the girls in the all-girl summer camp across the lake.  The fantasy baseball season is like this race.  But, with the proper cadence and rhythm, you can “left-right” your way to a fantasy championship.  We are 1 leg of the way done with this race, er marathon, of a season.  By now, some of your competitors have given up with the smell of fantasy football on the horizon and the talks of Tim Tebow doing the lords work in Jacksonville.  So follow along as I prep you for another week of Head to Head. Say it with me, Right-Left-Right…. Get up you idiot!!!

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Week 8 brings us the same thing that damn near every other week has brung, brought, broughten?  Hell, I don’t know…it has given us heartache, heartbreak, and trips to the IL.  I am cautiously pessimistic that even mentioning the IL will bring about injuries to the players listed.  What we have seen tho is that by breaking down each week into its’ own small season, if you play the matchups, the AB’s, and just stay diligent, you are probably doing better than 70% of your league.  Luckily for you, I neglect my family and work to bring you the Week 8 Head to Heads gems.  Enjoy.

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As a child, I don’t know if there was a more overblown fear than the inherent fear of quicksand.  It seemed from Scooby Doo to Gilligan’s Island, there was always a person falling into quicksand.  I learned to carry a stick around with me everywhere I went because that seemed to be the only true action needed to be taken.  Simply reach out your stick to passer-by’s and they will pull you to safety.  Did I think I was just gonna fall into quicksand while on my way to Pizza Hut to play Mortal Kombat?  Who knows?  I was a dumb kid.  

Saves and Stolen Bases are our quicksand.  That was the whole point of that cockamamie story.  At the beginning of the season, we knew that Saves and Stolen Bases would be our quicksand.  Fearful and hoping that we had that stick with us, to be pulled to safety.  Well damnit, I feel like I still haven’t gotten over that fear.  I still have that stick, and I wish I could just forget and go back to Pizza Hut, with my BookIt coupon in hand for that free pizza, and just drop $15 into Mortal Kombat.  Either way, follow this weeks formula and Finish your opponent with a Flawless Victory.  

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If we have learned anything from the first 38+ games of the year, it is that we should always be flexible.  Not, being able to bend over and tie your shoe without pulling an adductor muscle flexible, but somewhere around there.  Isn’t it amazing that we, the fantasy community, have learned that there are 163 muscles in the abdomen alone somehow…which makes sense when they are being pulled on a daily basis.  The 13-year old in me would have went with the groin muscle for a joke like that, but I have grown up quite a bit.  Plus, I make that joke with my wife, who then proceeds to call that a “minor” strain, and I cry myself to sleep.  Let me rub the sleep/shame out of my eye and present to you, Week 6:

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Well, the season is upon us!  Injury season!  As if last year wasn’t bad enough, we get another chance to drive ourselves mad over the increasing number of injuries, covid vaccine complications, and even video game-related injuries.  I remember one time when I was just a young lad, probably no more than 10 years old when a certain video game was introduced to me!  “Leisure Suit Larry”.  If you are not familiar, it is a graphic adventure game where you play the role of a 38-year-old virgin who still lives in your mothers’ basement.  With only $98 in your pocket a sweet ass Leisure Suit, you have to move up the ranks and seduce the likes of a sex worker, a bar drunk, a girl next door, and finally the perfect 10!  How does this story correlate to today?  Glad you asked!  Jesus Luzardo injured his hand while banging the coffee table, and there was a time when I had this game and I injured my hand bang……..wait.  Let’s get back to baseball!  

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There is a sense of validation when you go and look at the roster %’s for players who have been previously mentioned in the series.  Unfortunately, there is also a sense of dread when you find out that a certain recommendation of Austin Gomber has led to a new term.  Being “Gomber-ed”.  Remember tho, we are still a mere 18% of the way through the season, and there will be plenty of good and bad decisions ahead.  This week incorporates a few more inter-league games, and will set the path for future weeks in which a H2H matchup can be in your favor if preparation is taken.  Or if I keep getting Gomber-ed, more like Preparation H.  

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I will be wrong!  I realize that this a very odd way to start a “suggestive” article, but it’s entirely true.  I will be wrong this week, as I have been wrong the past 3 weeks.  What is beautiful about this statement?  The mere fact that while I may be wrong, there are going to be things that I get correct as well.  Who is 2nd in the MLB at the time of writing?  Mark Canha, yes, the very same Mark Canha who back in Week 1 I recommended picking up for runs.  Injures shoulder patting self on back.  Maybe this is how Juan Soto hurt his shoulder?   With my shoulder now injured, and a trip to the IL imminent, good ole Grey has summoned me back into the on-deck circle for another AB.  This time, I look at you Jay Bruce…..my shoulder is very safe from any pats on the back.  He retired for crying out loud.  The article giveth, and the article taketh.

What does all of this mean?  What it means is that while I want to just give you all the info needed, I would love more than anything to teach you why these suggestions make sense on a week in and week out basis.  You may see some redundant names here and there, but all in all, let’s find the competitive edge and dominate another week of Head to Head.  Without further ado, here is Week 4.

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Burn it all down!  You’ve started off 0-2, 0-20,2-18, or whatever combination it is that your league has set up.  There is no way that you can come back now, considering there are only 20+ weeks left in the season.

This reminds me of a good book I once read as a child about this locomotive who had a task ahead of him.  He realized the task was too challenging and just thought, “no way in hell can I do this?” and he gave up. It was an inspirational book and I have lived my life with much retrospect on that little locomotive.  It would probably had been a better book if he/she had overcome the adversity and could be a beacon of hope, but what did I expect from books written in the 1930’s.  The years back then sucked!  

Never fret tho dear readers!  I shall not let you fade into obscurity and be chastised by your league-mates.  For I am here to bring you the formula for winning your week 3 matchups and becoming 1 step closer to the championship!  Prepare for another H2H Cheat Sheet for Week 3!

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Welcome Back!  Week 1 is nearly in the books and what a wild ride it has been!  I like to describe Head to Head fantasy baseball as a long race with approximately 25 mini races along the way. The first leg of the race has been interesting, to say the least!  COVID tripped up the Nationals before they could get out of the gate. Yermin Mercedes went from 0-60 in 2 seconds flat!  Nate Lowe got out to a commanding RBI lead and if Fernando Tatis Jr was a racehorse, there would be rumblings about the glue factory.  Please don’t mistake my sense of humor, or lack thereof, for anything short of disappointment for the Padres, and for baseball in general.  I wish Tatis a speedy recovery!  He is just too good of a talent to go to waste.  Let’s turn our attention to Week 2 and which players are going to give you a leg up in your matchups!

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I have waited a very long time to say this, Happy Opening Day!  Now, with that out of the way, let’s get down to business.  Your H2H league has drafted, we have an 11-day Week 1 (in most formats), and I am here to help you tighten up those categorical needs to help you win every week.  In this weekly segment, I am going to give you some players that can help you win your categories. Contrary to ROTO, you need to strike while the iron is hot on a week-by-week basis!   While I would love to help you out in your 6-team 15×15 with caught stealing and crotch grabs, I am simply going to look at Runs, RBI, HR, Wins, and Saves.  The Ratios will get some love here and there!  Without further ado, let’s get started!

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