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Shohei Ohtani and Mookie Betts are indeed on the Dodgers. Whether Ohtani placed any bets on the Dodgers, baseball, or any sporting event remains to be seen. If I’m giving my opinion, which I am, I believe he is at least somewhat guilty. At a minimum, there is a money trail from his account to a bookie. Why doesn’t bookie rhyme with Mookie? The English language is wacky. If I were a betting man (like Shohei), I would bet that either he had a hand in the gambling, or at least knew what his buddy was up to, and allegedly covering his debts was a big mistake. I hate to say it, but if there were any bets placed on baseball, Ohtani should be done. Time to wake up and smell the Pete Roses. But who knows how Rob Manfraud will handle this. I heard he was seen at Target buying white gloves, a broom, and a rug.

It’s been a while. For those wondering where I have been, I will tell you. I have the pleasure of working at Razzball’s Center for Fantasy Baseballers Who Can’t Draft Good and Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too. It has been an enlightening experience and one that I will cherish for a long time. And for those wondering where my spreadsheet is, unfortunately, my interpreter stole it from me.

Here are the takeaways I recall from the spreadsheet before my interpreter claims he “lost it in a bet” with some Japanese guy from Los Angeles.

Spencer Strider is the number one player in points leagues when comparing players across all positions. Does that mean I would be picking him with the first pick. Nope. I’m taking Ronald Acuña Jr. and not thinking twice about it. If this was last year when Strider also had RP eligibility and we hadn’t experienced Acuña’s 40-70, 776-point season, then I might be singing a different tune. But my name ain’t Brady Singer, a pitcher that does not crack my top 100 SP for points leagues. There are probably a few hitters I’d be taking ahead of Strider, despite my rankings. Why? Because hitters are more consistent and less injury-prone. Which hitters? Probably Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Juan Soto. Jose Ramirez is borderline.

In daily lineup leagues, I am a big fan of Spencer Steer and Luis Rengifo for their multi-position eligibility. Speaking of position eligibility, a case could be made for Mookie Betts to be the number one player considering he can be slotted at three spots on the diamond, including 2B and SS. I’m Cust kayin’. How’s that for a Razzball term? Now if I can just work “$12 salad” into this post I’ll be good to go. Technically I just did.

Without much detail, here is my take on the players at each position. “Best” is defined as the player that will get the most points at the position. “Value” is defined as the player that will provide the best return on your investment if you are able to draft them around their ADP. “Bust” is the player that will provide a poor ROI.

Catcher:

Best: Adley Rutschman
Value: Luis Campusano – My favorite catcher in two-catcher leagues.
Bust: Salvador Perez

First Base:

Best: Freddie Freeman
Value: Vinnie Pasquantino
Bust: Cody Bellinger

Second Base:

Best: Mookie Betts
Value: Andres Gimenez/Bryson Stott
Bust: Matt McLain

Third Base:

Best: Jose Ramirez – Feels like he’s held this spot forever.
Value: Alec Bohm – Bohm goes the dynamite.
Bust: Royce Lewis – Not exactly the Rolls Royce of 3B picks.

Shortstop:

Best: Mookie Betts/Bobby Witt Jr.
Value: Nico Hoerner – Most boring fantasy pick ever?
Bust: Elly De La Cruz – His hype has ruined his ADP.

Outfield:

Best: Ronald Acuña Jr.
Value: Chas McCormick/Andrew Benintendi – Thank me later.
Bust: Adolis Garcia

Starting Pitcher:

Best: Spencer Strider – Keeps on making strides.
Value: Shane Bieber – I’m a Belieber.
Bust: Carlos Rodon – Rodon’t.

Relief Pitcher:

Best: Edwin Diaz – Who’s got ED?
Value: Tanner Scott – Does he spend a lot of time under UV lights?
Bust: Kenley Jansen – Hard pass.

 

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Canha Feel Me
Canha Feel Me
1 month ago

Malamoney is there a way to import 2024 projections into an older version of the spreadsheet? In a league that drafts late to account for injuries.

Aardvark
Aardvark
1 month ago

Do you mind elaborating on the Benintendi love?

Zohei Zohtani
Zohei Zohtani
1 month ago

how many posts should I expect from you this season?

Cable
Cable
1 month ago

This Ohtani situation stunk from the get

Joe joe
Joe joe
1 month ago

your a bad joke. hope he takes you to court for slander low life.

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
Reply to  Joe joe
1 month ago

Over a Razzball article lmaooooooooooo

Lincoln T
Lincoln T
1 month ago

Glad you’re back for points league input.. i waited to the end of the draft as usual to grab a scrub catcher, and ended up with Stephenson in my 12 Team one catcher league. I also grabbed Henry Davis as a bench option in case Tyler starts out the year like last year. Campusano is still available – would you start him over both of these options, and if so, who would you drop? Thanks!

T Cole Anderson
T Cole Anderson
1 month ago

Mala, glad to see you back. I was searching for the spreadsheet but could not find it and had to make my own. Glad you will be here to continue to fill us with you Points knowledge.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

Your opinion, like is foundation, have no substance. As yet, there is no evidence that Ohtani placed a single bet, on anything. The bookie, Ippei and Ohtani have all said that he didn’t and no one has said differently. Without at least some basis, opining that he is guilty is unfair and irresponsible.