You already know I had to keep in line with the Easter/Passover puns. I’ve wanted to discuss Christian Walker’s success at the plate this season and now seems like an appropriate time. Walker has been a huge beneficiary of King Goldy getting shipped to St. Louis, as well as a quad injury to Jake Lamb. With the opportunity, Walker has been doing his best Goldschmidt impression. Through 80 PA this season, he is slashing .347/.413/.722 with 7 HR, 13 runs, and 13 RBI. In true Goldschmidt fashion, the first baseman has also flashed some speed by going 3-for-3 in SB attempts. His .462 wOBA is 8th among all major leaguers this season, and his 188 wRC+ is good for 9th in the MLB. Both figures are likely to be unsustainable over a full season, but to be top 10 in both categories after a full month is nothing to sneeze at. His .347 average on a .429 BABIP hints that regression is to come, but he has shown that he should continue to produce at the plate.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Maybe you drafted an underperforming middle infielder. Cano, Dozier, or Peraza to name a few. Or yours got injured. Looking at you Gennett, Murphy, and Turner owners. One of the thinest and hardest positions to fill in fantasy (MI) hasn’t been getting easier as some of these guys have been producing next to nothing for teams. I certainly have been in that position this year, so I have actively been seeking middle infield reinforcements. Thankfully there have been some guys contributing that have been able to fill in. Below are 4 guys under 40% owned on ESPN that can serve as viable options going forward.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Daniel Vogelbach has long waited to get consistent at-bats at the major league level, and he finally seems to be carving out a significant role in the Mariners offense. In his past four games played, he is 8-for-13 (.615) while hitting 5 home runs, driving in 9 runs, and scoring 6. Over those four games he has walked four times while striking out twice. Vogelbach has proven to have a keen eye at the dish across every level he has played at. In his 68 games of limited MLB action over the past couple years, he has walked at a 13.5% clip. Last year at AAA his walk rate was an impressive 20.4% over 84 games, and was 14% in 125 games at AAA in 2017.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Although we are just one week into the season, we finally have some real numbers to look at. And as soon as real numbers are coming in, the waiver wire is churning with players being added and dropped left and right. No one wants to miss out on the potential “add of the year” so this part of the season we see lots of players flying off the wire in hopes they are season long contributors. The window to add someone this part of the year can be extremely narrow, so get ready to capitalize. Most pitchers have made one start, but it is never too early to scoop up a guy that flashes potential. There are a couple of Brewers pitchers that have impressed in their first start of the season. Both were primarily relievers last season, but open the year with an opportunity to be a productive member of the pitching rotation. Lets go shopping for a nice new pair of Brews!
The Brewers are a great team to pitch for, as they have one of the league’s best offenses backing them. This means plenty of run support and thus, plenty of opportunities to record wins every time they toe the rubber. The Brewers are also a great team to pitch for because they also have one of the league’s best bullpens. This should allow them to stay in line for wins when they hand the ball over with the lead and feel comfortable that the bullpen won’t blow it for them. A potent offense and strong bullpen is a starting pitcher’s, and fantasy owner’s, ideal situation to be in.Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the season upon us now, I was looking at who I thought would lead the main H2H hitting categories (AVG, SB, R, RBI, HR) this year. Now, it is easy to pick the top players in the game and say that they will lead a certain category because the likelihood is high. So I wanted to expand it, and make it guys going outside the top 100 according to NFBC ADP. Part of building a H2H championship caliber team is being able to find guys later on in the draft that you can bank on to help you out in certain categories. Again, finding a guy at the beginning of drafts that will help you out in certain categories is easy because they are being drafted that high for a reason. So here are the guys that went outside the top 100 NFBC pick that have the best shot at leading the league in each category. I am aware that none of these guys will actually lead the league in their given category, but simply have the best shot (in my opinion) among guys outside the top 100.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In case you haven’t noticed, we are now less than two weeks away from Opening Day folks. Most of you are avid baseball fanatics so I know you don’t need a reminder, but it just feels awesome to be able to say it. After another long winter the best day of the year is almost upon us. Back again to look at some discounts you might find in your upcoming drafts, here are some starting pitchers I feel like will significantly outproduce their current draft prices.Please, blog, may I have some more?
You smell that? No, this is the rare occasion where it is not “what The Rock is cooking.” I’m talking about the smell of fantasy baseball in the air. Mock drafts, tiered rankings, real drafts, sleepers, busts, you name it. With just a few weeks left until Opening Day, this is grind time for fantasy baseball owners. We have Spring Training games to overreact to, and small samples to over analyze. Players values are moving up and down, starting to settle into where they will be going in upcoming drafts.Please, blog, may I have some more?
For the vast majority of leagues, we are on to the playoffs. Those no longer with us will not see this as they are understandably moving onto football season. But not us. If you are reading this right now, you made it! Playoff bound, and by this time of the week you are getting a good idea of how things are shaping up. Or you’re getting a really BAD idea of how things are shaping up. (Looking at you, my team down 9-1-1 in my main league.) This is where H2H sucks, as all your success all season comes down to showing up this one week. Cheers to you if you’re comfortably up and not sweating this matchup. But for those of you suckers down in a hole like me, its time to scrape and fight for our lives. I’m trying to pick up an ground on any category any way I can. One area I found I may be able to gain an advantage at is with saves. In other words, I’m out here trying to save the season!Please, blog, may I have some more?
We are in the last couple weeks of the fantasy baseball regular season! And while your league mates may be asleep at the wheel and already looking deep into football, you are staying active. This is where you amp up your roster to get it geared up for the playoffs. Trade deadlines have passed, so the only means of improving your team is through the waiver wire. I’ve got a few guys that should help you make this last push for the playoffs. It wouldn’t be a Razzball article from me if it didn’t come with a corny title, so you all can Semien the Playoffs baby with these hitters.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Iced Tea, lemonade, a 7/11 Slush, a cold beer, or a margarita. Everyone has their favorite go-to summer drink. I’m a huge iced tea guy myself. Nothing better than checking your fantasy team on the front porch after work with a nice cold iced tea. Except this time of the year, I’ve found myself a new go-to drink. I’ve long been a huge fan of Gatorade, but this August I’ve been sippin’ on straight Baderade nonstop. Literally have not been able to get enough of this stuff, so I’m a little shocked to see it so readily available out there still (16.8% ownership on ESPN, 14% on Yahoo). So until then, I will continue raving about how great Baderade is and why my friends should try it out too.Please, blog, may I have some more?