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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. 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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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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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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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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Some players have all the hype and others just do good work.  This week in our hitter profiles we are not focusing on a big name, like Shohei Ohtani as he continues to provide daily content for fantasy writers.  How can we look the other way with the his complete game shutout and multi-homer performance in a double header against the Blue Jays?  Drop your prediction for his off-season landing spot in the comments below as he will be demanding a historic contract coming off a MVP worthy 2023.  Anyway, where were we?  Right, focusing on a lesser name that needs bigger attention (not Ohtani), we dive deep on Edouard Julien of the Minnesota Twins in this week’s edition of Hitter Profiles.

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Just like that, we are flying into the second half as teams move past 100 games on the season. We are also hitting the trade deadline in just over a week meaning we could see some opportunities for young players around the league. It feels like we have drained as much talent from the minors this year, but guys like Masyn Winn, Evan Carter, Sal Frelick (or not) and Heston Kjerstad still remain knocking at the door. This time of year should excite any fantasy owner looking to capitalize on new opportunities. If I were to predict a big move at the deadline to impact our view of the Top 100 hitters, it would be the Yankees reeling in Cody Bellinger. Drop your favorite deadline predictions in the comments below as we dig into the Top 100 hitters for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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Baseball is back for the second half after an exciting all-star break. For the fans, it is the beauty of all the festivities. Between Julio and Vlad putting on a show during the derby and the NL winning for the first time in over a decade, the break was everything the fans could have asked for. For Major League teams, it is a chance to rest the weary before a grueling second half. Then for fantasy managers, it is a chance to breathe before searching for the second half gem that could carry them to the championship. This week, we look at a few interesting second investments in our hitter profiles for the rest of the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

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As the All-Star break signals the beginning of the second half, it is time to fill the gaps in our roster for the stretch run. Before we do, let’s revisit some bold hitter predictions for the month of June. For my first prediction, I postured that Giancarlo Stanton would come back from the injured list blasting homers with thirteen in the month. For this one, he did come back but was barely worth a roster spot with his three homers, so that is a fail. My other prediction was Ronald Acuna leading the league with eleven steals. He in fact did lead the league with thirteen steals, so I am claiming a win even though this looks less than bold in hindsight. With that assessment out of the way, let’s jump into this week’s hitter profiles looking for second half targets hiding deep in free agency.

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