I want to start talking about a little piece of OPS strategy that has worked for me over the years.Â This works for AVG and OBP Leagues but I think works especially well for OPS leagues. Â I call it: âPair two players (PTP).âÂ Sexy, I know.Â Usually itâs the combination of a power guy (say Giancarlo Stanton) with a speed guy (say Billy Hamilton).Â Simple, yet efficient.Â Giancarlo Hamilton, as it were.Â Other examples: Edwin Pillar, Ender Rizzo, Lorenzo Abreu, make up your own! Itâs fun.Please, blog, may I have some more?
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Hello, Razzball Readers and sixÂ reader-ettes (Grey says itâs five, but now my wife will read (or says she will), so letâs up that number to six, shall we?).Â The name is Phil, and Iâm here to provide some OPS league analysis. I’m from St Louis, but I’m no Cardinals Fan; so the Browns Logo it is.Â Iâm also not as funny as some of the writers on this site, but Iâll try to work in some humor; weâll have a few beers, a few laughs, stop at In-and-Out burger, you know, the usual.
Iâm going to be breaking down players and numbers for OPS leagues, which are the best of leagues. For those not in the know, thatâs On Base % (so walks count!) + Slugging Percentage. Chicks dig the long ball, as Greg Maddux(?!?!) said back in the 90’s, and OPS leagues love those guys. However, as we enter deflated numbers for power hitters, we need to look at guys who help at OPS, which isnât as easy to find as “batting average” hitters.
The biggest part of OPS to know is that batting average DOESNâT MATTER. Remember that, right it down, take a picture, I donât give an ef, as itâs the most important part when comparing rankings from Experts. In recent history sluggers like Adam Dunn (the OPS League Gold Standard for many years), Mark Reynolds, Brandon Moss, Cris Carter, Mark Trumbo; all can/did barely hit over .240 but they hit bombs and had a nice OPS.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The season is winding down, and honestly, there isnât much that can be said to help improve your playoff chances at this point. Largely, the last few days of the season come down to grabbing the appropriate streamer options. This post will go up on Saturday, so this may not look wise, but guys like Wei-Yen Chen are typically smart plays. Anyone going up against a lineup that is being ârested,â such as the Yankees following their clenching of the Wild Card, is a smart gamble.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Thomas Pham is a 27-year old rookie who has made the most of his first month in the big leagues. Big Magoo wrote about him on Tuesday, saying âEnjoy the fling while it lasts, but be wary of a long-term commitment.â And I completely agree! I donât think that Pham will be a viable option in shallow mixed leagues next year.
Can he do it? Yes, he pham!Â Remember those great Jorge Cantu chants? Jorge can’t hit a home run! Yes, he Cantu!
My initial reaction was: could this be a Charlie Blackmon scenario? Blackmonâs first full season came at the age of 27, when he batted .288/.335/.440 with 19 bombs. But, Blackmon had already had plenty of major league action to that point, and his skillset was generally superior to Phamâs. So, I slapped myself and recognized that Pham is a perfect playoff schmotato and nothing more. Given that information, Pham has absolutely crushed over the past two weeks, posting a 1.350 OPS with 4 homers and 12 RBI. At this point in the year, you need to grab onto these hot streaks. And, Phamâs hot streak is molten right now.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In the spirit of the playoffs, Iâm going to run through one widely available player at each position who might be able to help you in your OPS stretch run. Letâs get started.
Catcher: Grey gave you J.P. Arencibia and Francisco Cervelli as buys yesterday. But, if those guys are taken and you are hurting at catcher, take a look at Floridaâs J.T. Realmuto. Over the past two weeks, Realmuto has gone 13-for-34 with 3 home runs and a 1.084 OPS. Â Heâs been one of the hottest hitting catchers going of late and he is owned in about 15% of ESPN leagues. I also considered Detroitâs James McCann for this one. Over the past week, McCann trails only Buster Posey, Kyle Schwarber, and Salvadaor Perez in OPS, posting a .853. But, playing time is a bit more of a concern with McCann, so Realmuto is the pick.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The King has returned to Middle Earth, to rule over the hobbits and elves and the other woodland friends. His name is Bryce Harper, and he will dole out fiery OPS vengeance upon any foolish enough to oppose him. Yes, friends, Harper, our long-time OPS champion, has enacted his fury this past week, going 10-for-23 with 5 homers and 6 RBI. His OPS for this period was a gorgeous 1.753. If Harper doesnât win the NL MVP award, something is very wrong with the BBWAA. Harper has the 2nd highest OPS all-time for a 22-year old, behind only Teddy Ballgame. Almost more impressively, if the season ended today, Harperâs OPS would be the highest since Barry Bondsâ in 2004 (Bonds had an absolutely inhuman 1.422 OPS).Please, blog, may I have some more?
Kyle Seager has been on a bit of a tear. Seagerâs OPS over the past week is a very handy 1.372. He is going to close out 2015 with stats almost identical to his previous couple of seasons, 20+ homers, 70+ RBI, and a .260/.330/.430. Not bad, but not all that special, either. Seager is one of those guys that you draft for safety but recognize immediately that it wasnât a âsexyâ pick. In my 10-team AL-only league, I had my eye on Kyle but he was plucked right before me in round 5, so I grabbed Manny Machado. If weâre talking âsexâ and âbaseballâ, weâre talking Machado âŚ or Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham.Â Now that weâve established that Kyle Seager isnât as beautiful as Manny Machado, how does Kyleâs younger brother Corey Seager compare?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hereâs a quick comparison for you. Take a look at these two AL third basemen.
|Player A||.283||.350||.449||15 HR||56 RBI||58 R|
|Player B||.269||.330||.416||14 HR||57 RBI||52 R|
Who would you rather own for fantasy? Player A is owned in 72% of ESPN leagues, while Player B is owned in 95% of ESPN leagues.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Tehol was enjoying Shark Week while Miguel Sano was bashing mammoth home runs a while back. Appropriately, he gave the Dominican-born Sano the fantastic nickname, âGreat White.â Iâve got to say, I have been inspired by this since, and Iâm determined to make it stick. I will dedicate my life to getting this nickname uttered by a nationally televised broadcast team. Okay, nicknames aside now, letâs talk about Mr. Sano. Aaron Gleeman, a Rotoworld Senior Editor and Minnesotan, has been posting an onslaught of wonderful OPS statporn related to Sano. Hereâs a samplingâŚPlease, blog, may I have some more?
Looking over the past few weeksâ worth of OPS numbers, I saw a lot of names that I expected to see up on top. Nelson Cruz, sure. Anthony Rizzo, duh. Chris Davis, yawn, but sure. Andrew McCutchen, okay. These guys are either superstars or mega-power meatheads (Iâm looking at you Cruz and Davis). The next name on the list? David Peralta. What? Peralta, who is quickly rising in ownership in most formats (up to nearly 50% in ESPN now) has been crushing the ball to the tune of a 1.190 OPS over the past two weeks. During that time, he has gone 20-for-42 with 2 homers and 13 RBI. Even better, over this last week, Peralta is number two in all the land in OPS, at 1.819. Yeesh. Who is this guy? Hereâs some quick Peralta backstory, if youâre interested. Skip a paragraph down if you arenât.Please, blog, may I have some more?