Much like the famous Doors song that shares it’s name, bullpens are drawing near.¬† (Minus the Oedipus complex that the song explores.)¬† I mean, it may… but that is gross and I don’t wanna associate my bullpen goodies to that.¬† Moving on, shall we?¬† This year has been the SAGNOF-fest that we always come to expect.¬† Closers up, closers down.¬† Trades and attrition.¬† It happens every single year and it is the reason why the waiver wire is what it is: So we can get the new third closer for the Twins.¬† The chase for saves never ends, well, I mean it ends for season-long leagues, but for dynasty and keeper leagues, the times never change.¬† Saves are a category.¬† A deeply hated and often cursed at category that will always be debated about.¬† Whether or not to invest earlier picks then normal to get a stud, or just fill in with hope-so’s and also rans.¬† There unfortunately is no right or wrong answer because both strategies work as long as you are a waiver goblin.¬† So with the final post of the year, much like the other years that I have done this, we look to next year…¬† This year’s counting stats and information don’t matter, we want to know what lies on the horizon. So let’s find out!Please, blog, may I have some more?
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Sometimes with the SAGNOF machine it’s best to take a trip on the way back machine. ¬†Players long past their usual usefulness of SAGNOF every now and again peep their heads out from the geriatric bingo and arts and crafts tent to be a whole bunch of fantasy useful. ¬†We peer our eyes on Jose Reyes. ¬†The once polished-up steal machine formerly of NY and now back again. ¬†The end of the year flurry which we are seeing could be fueled by his pending free agency, or maybe he has found the fountain of yutes. ¬†Either way he is showing out for the final stretch and is basically a must own type entity right now. ¬†Slashing .348/.446/.582 over his last 15 and has basically repeated his counting stats in the second half of games, in half the games (83 in first half and 4 since all star break). The middle infidel spot has been a tumultuous path of futility all year with ping-ponging guys that have arguably more value from day-to-day than keeping rostered the whole year. ¬†Just to put in perspective how good he has been over the last 30 days, he has better counting stats then Alex Bregman, who is owned in 91% of leagues right now. ¬†Reyes is only owned in 32%. ¬†If apples were to apples here, I would choose the dude in the big apple because of the speed. ¬†No I am not saying dump Bregman for him, I am simply saying that comparatively Jose Reyes should be rostered. ¬†Think fast it’s on to the saves and steals news of the past week. ¬†Cheers!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Who doesn’t love them some BOGO sales? Girls love them, hell even flamboyant fake baseball players like it. ¬†I prefer the pun value in them better than buying two pairs of shoes, only of which I need one. ¬†Which leads us to Javier Baez. ¬†I equate him to that sushi roll that you aren’t sure that you like and don’t exactly know what’s in it. ¬†Like a Ahi Tuna special, but in a baseball hat. ¬†Entering play (as of me writing this) he had 21 Homers and 9 steals. ¬†Not fantastic by any stretch of the SAGNOF variety, but I wanna see if there is more juice to squeeze out of the North Side orange. ¬†We are fully entrenched in the here and now of fantasy, but always need to be looking to next year. ¬†So with his uptick in speed over the past eight games (3 steals), making everyone aware of their surroundings in the SAGNOF world seemed like a good spot to write about Javy for the first time this year. ¬†Batting average is not what you want him to be a stalwart on your team, but the 21 taters with 12-15 stolen base potential with SS, 2B and 3B eligibility heading into next year, he is someone with name value that you may want to ask to your fantasy prom. ¬†Enough with the debate about Baez for now and later, let’s get to the Stealers and Savers for the week… ¬†Good luck down the stretch lads!Please, blog, may I have some more?
When does the trend end for the path of articles that trend in the direction for Bux-ton? ¬†Weirdly enough, he shares the same name as the guy who stole Pee-Wee Herman’s bike, pretended to hide it in the Alamo, and then in the end got what he deserved. ¬†I wish I had some genius follow-up to that haymaker of a comparison, but there is more in the world of steals than some Minnesota Twin who is actually not a twin but quite possibly an only child. So ignoring the greater northern Midwest, as there are other things going on in steals-ville. ¬†Ahhh, who am I kidding, the world needs another Byron Buxton article. ¬†I have only seen 42 in the past three days across the fake baseball world, so one more should summarize it nicely. ¬†The dude is straight up sizzlin’ right now. ¬†If it’s not Hoskins, it has to be Byron. ¬†If you don’t know his stats over the past fortnight… well here they are anyways: batting .345 with 9 runs and 5 steals. ¬†This is the speed portion of the Buxton love affair, so the taters and other starchy stats aren’t included, sorry. ¬†It’s the end of year SAGNOF grab who you can and will drool all over… the fancy guys that you don’t own in the concessionary drooling steals/saves session. ¬†Let’s see what else is going down in the lower ownership SAGNOF ship of love!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Looking for value in a baron steal world is not very fun. ¬†Scouring the waiver wire every day, wandering the earth looking for value or a good match-up is lonely territory. ¬†Kinda makes you feel like the guy from Kung Fu, but just not with all the sexual asphyxiation¬†type stuff. ¬†Listen digging for steals and even saves for that matter is a matter of right place or being first to the waiver wire. ¬†Not every move is a good one, especially in the stolen base category. ¬†It’s fantastic that guys steal bases, but they also have to get on base. ¬†Stealing first is still a non-entity. So look at the match-ups at hand and do not be afraid to gamble on a guy. ¬†Check the OBP, check the catcher/pitcher rates of stolen bases against. ¬†And god forbid do not fall in love with the one-stat wonders of the world this late in the year. ¬†You don’t wanna be stuck holding a guy and miss out on the next guy to accumulate stats. ¬†Play, ditch and go re-fishing for stats.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Because I am always late to the writing party, I figured why not just add another Bryce Harper column, but with a Michael Taylor happy ending. ¬†So what’s-his-face got hurt and now Mike Taylor returns from the DL to save the day. ¬†Gone one day and BH is now what’s-his-face. ¬†It sucks, but injuries happen. ¬†That is why waivers and free agent pools exist. ¬†So before Taylor inured his oblique in early July, he was on a torrid pace that was making him an asset for fantasy. ¬†Now what capabilities will he have with that injured oblique? ¬†Since this is the SAGNOF report, we only care about one thing. ¬†Increasing his SB total from 10. ¬†The thing in his favor is that the Nationals lineup is going to change slightly. ¬†Because of the absence of “some guy”. ¬†Small ball and base-to-base stuff still wins and it may have to happen without a middle of the lineup thumper (besides Zimmerman). ¬†I can’t believe I just called him a thumper, well… suspend disbelief for a minute and just assume I didn’t mean it. ¬†Taylor may take a few days to get into the swing of things but Bryce isn’t walking through the door anytime soon, so at-bats and top of the order stuff are coming. Happy SAGNOF’n!Please, blog, may I have some more?
When it comes down to it at the end of the days, teals are steals and saves are saves. ¬†Doesn’t matter how coyly they are obtained or if you are stealing from the waiver wire one day to only dump and chase the next. ¬†The big wheel of accumulation keeps turning. ¬†My near-the-end of the year strategy for closers is: I would rather chase on winning teams as the saves and chances are greater. ¬†Steals… not so much, it is the exact opposite almost as the “look what I can do” type players come more from them, especially with September call-ups and such. ¬†So to recap, saves for winners, stealing is for losers. ¬†I sound like an after-school special starring Judith Light. ¬†So now on to another loser, of the Philadelphia denomination… let us take a peek at the goodies that C√©sar Hern√°ndez¬†is doing, and doing it fairly unnoticed. ¬†He is owned in less then 40% of the four-letter word leagues and has been tuning up most opponents lately. ¬†He is batting .379 with 10 runs scored and 6 steals in the last 15 games. ¬†He also has a 12-game hitting streak and a poodle that can walk on it’s front paws. ¬†Why do I bring attention to C√©sar ? ¬†Because the middle infidel spot is always a good spot to find free-range steals. ¬†It turned Merrifield into a household name and it’s the same place that Villar is still rostered in 70% of leagues. ¬†I can’t ever explain everything, but I throw some deadly darts sometimes. ¬†Have at this week’s SAGNOF do’s and doh’s…
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The trade deadline usually makes a real hash out of bullpens, and this year was no different. ¬†Closers become just ordinary relievers. ¬†Ordinary relievers become closers on teams punting. ¬†Even further down, the holds through the obtuse guys now become a usable commodity. ¬†Fantasy baseball with hold leagues, catch the spirit! ¬†So like I was just saying, we have seen 5-6 teams rip apart their pecking order for hold-dom, and in some cases muddle up the closer order by trade, attrition, or subtraction. ¬†This is a good thing, makes decisions easier. ¬†Aim for guys on teams that are still getting you save opportunities. If you can’t find the stat, always fall back on the standings to guide your waiver wire hand. ¬†Or even more finite, look at that teams W/L record over the last 10 games. ¬†It is no coincidence that the top three teams in save opportunities since the All-Star break have winning records (Dodgers, Mariners, and Blue Jays). ¬†Also, if you haven’t been streaming Holds yet this year, there is no better time than the present. ¬†The list of holds leaders over the last 15 games is littered with names that weren’t even in print by me for the whole year. ¬†So don’t be afraid to roster the unknown rather than a commodity because with the season basically over in six weeks (three if you have playoffs), every one counts and every H2H win counts. ¬†Cheers!Please, blog, may I have some more?
In the real world, the realm of 20 homers and 20 stolen bases has now become a cheap rack of cheaters at your local pharmacy. ¬†The state of the power and thievery in the game, as a combined entity, is a pooh-fest currently filled with zero residents. ¬†The possibilities of getting maybe three could happen by the end of the month and those names are first round darlings: Paul Goldschmidt (22/15), Jose Alutve (15/21), and Mookie Betts (17/17) are the closest to reaching the ranks of the common folk from 10 years ago. ¬†I have gone over the numbers in previous years posts and the number of 20/20 players is on a perpetual downward slope. ¬†So while nothing is guaranteed for the standard “he is a 20/20 player” from year-to-year, the reward when he does it is, well… rewarding. ¬†If the standard for the dual threat is just being one of a few who does both, then they deservedly so belong in the first round. ¬†Like the three names that I just mentioned. ¬†All had ADP preseason in the top-10 and very comfortably. ¬†I know it’s August and I am here waxing poetic about ADP… Well, it is the first of the month and the other ADP is all about paying people, so I thought it was apropos. ¬†So when looking next year at what you can get out of a player, dumb down the 20/20 expectations and limit it to a select and proud few. ¬†sad state of affairs, next thing you know we will be giving fantasy participation trophies to everyone so nobodies feelings get hurt. ¬†Cheers!
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It’s all fun and games when the lights go off and the special things in life glow under different color light. ¬†Laundry detergent, player names, and the puns that are associated with them… and believe it or not a good ole bottle of Hennessy. ¬†So now that we have concocted that cocktail and images in your head, let’s move onto the Fantasy Baseball portion of this relationship. ¬†That being Marcus Semien. ¬†I am going to be the first to admit that I really like the idea of this guy on my team after last season’s output, as he produced 27 HR’s and 10 steals. ¬†Not the elite of foot by any stretch of the SAGNOF imagination, but the 27 taters from a middle infield spot takes a lot of gleam off the cube. ¬†So why now? ¬†Well, his season was derailed by injury and he only still has 86 at-bats on the year. ¬†Ignore all the other facets, he is not going to hit for average and not going to score a ton of runs in the A’s lineup, but he has 7 steals in those 86 at-bats. ¬†(He only had 10 last year in 586 at bats, remember I just said that.) ¬†So he has gone from a once every 60 plate appearances per steal guy to one every 10. ¬†I am by far no mathematical genius, but that looks like a gigantic difference. ¬†Since he returned from the DL, he is hitting 30 points above his career average, which is only .230, but still, .265 is better then .230. ¬†The steals are what we want and that’s why we here. ¬†So with the expectations of him not slipping out of the lineup now that he is returned he could easily be a cheap source (8.6% owned in ESPN leagues). ¬†With the way that the middle infield spots turn over and the trade deadline around the bend stats at any chance are better then none.
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