Join the 2018-19 Razzball Fantasy Premier League for a chance at prizes! Don’t know about Fantasy Soccer? That’s okay, Smokey is here to walk with you throughout this journey of exploration and an absurd amount of accent marks on player names. So probably hide all your snacks. It’ll be a long journey…

Comparing one Elvis iconic season to another is like comparing movies by the icon himself.  SO last season was an unexpected masterpiece, filled with upside from a low risk pick that turned into a 20/20 season.  We will call that on King Creole.  You got value from it, enjoyed it and were hoping for a repeat performance coming into this year.  Welp, you aren’t getting it.  The injuries have limited Andrus to just 45 games and about as underwhelming performance that that a 4 homer 4 steal campaign can bring ya.  This is the Harum Scarum season, that when you draft someone like an Elvis Andrus you can get.  There is no surprise to his game, we have been burned by players of his caliber before, and to be quite honest, burned by him after.  So sitting and holding a basket full of Andrus doesn’t do much for me moving forward.  I wish it did, because middle infielders with 20/20 seasons are special.  Heck, Trea Turner is on pace for one and given his first round draft grade by a lot of experts and the drafting of him by all the believers…  His 13/24 season is not what we expected, and it all goes back to the unpredictableness of injuries.  Can call, if you did you would be doing something more productive than searching for SAGNOF glory.  You would be in a room with no windows thinking of new ideas for Elon Musk.  So today’s SAGNOF piece of advice is another “bury the old steal stat” wit of wisdom.  Strive to be middle of the pack in steals, get accumulators, not dominators.  Too much high draft pick risk and a fall flat on your face risk.  More SAGNOF love in a bit.  Cheers!

 

Pitchers to Steal On:

Name SB’s SB Opps OBPa
Steven Matz 20 169 .317
Lucas Giolito 19 183 .363
Aaron Nola 16 167 .263
Cole Hamels 15 176 .337
Matthew Boyd 14 166 .302
Dylan Bundy 14 171 .309
Reynaldo Lopez 14 183 .335
Noah Syndergaard 13 117 .311
Dellin Betances 12 57 .271
Mike Clevinger 12 192 .306
Gerrit Cole 12 163 .261
Carlos Carrasco 11 160 .298
Adam Ottavino 11 59 .247

 

Rougned Odor – Hopefully you picked him up last week on my advice.

Whit Merrifield – His other counting stats are down on the year and that makes him more of a SAGNOF guy then a set it and forget it stud on occasions.  24 steals on the year, and 5 over last 12 games played.  The royals have a bunch of also-rands playing so he may stand out more than the bunch.

Ronald Acuna – The Acuna gets me every time, leaves me all teary eyed and sappy with his potential. Four steals and a OBP over 400 over his last 11 games played.  Kid is a stud, and I can’t wait till next year’s debate of him or Soto first.

Yoan Moncada – Two steals over the past 10 games.  Unfortunately he has hit .132 during that time.  Coming into the yeaar the potential to do good things were there.  He needs some of that flex-seal tape to fix a lot of holes in a boat to keep him floating on fantasy teams.

Amed Rosario – Going to get all the at bats he can handle now in the Mets….situation I guess we will call it.  Two steals and other counting stats that mirror Moncada are not fantastic but if you believe and youth and drive around in a van…stop.

Mychal Givens – Told ya to grab him now that the cupboard has been empptied in Baltimore.  Tanner Scott is the next chap up aftter Givens.

Brad Brach – If he gets dropped he could be an interesting pick up for you if chasing saves.  Veterans usually win out on contending teams and I am afraid that he may take some of Minter’s shine away.

Jake Diekman – For the trade winds are blowing and Kela’s name could be called.  Jake would be next up, in the land of SAGNOF falls.

Ryan Pressly – Yes I think he is ahead of Devenski now, and in same sentence as a McHugh.  So if rostering Devo than you can pivot to Diekman or some other speculative save add.

 

 

  1. Andre says:
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    Am I crazy to think it needs to be Acuna over Soto? Prior to hurting his knee he kinda seemed to be finding a rhythm. The 40 steal potential kinda seals it for me.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Andre: I’d take Acuna right now based on what I don’t know about the nationals outfield.

  2. I’m Jose Canseco! says:
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    Smoke, thoughts on Osuna in HOU? I traded Familia for him in a 12 team holds league prior to this trade. I am in first for holds…7th for saves. Did I just swap out one former closer for another or will Osuna take over the back end of the HOU bullpen?

    • LenFuego says:
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      @I’m Jose Canseco!: I gotta believe Osuna is going to be the closer in Houston, either right away or almost right away. Houston gave up three pretty live arms to get him – they did not do that, along with taking the PR hit, for a setup guy.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @I’m Jose Canseco!: take over eventually. Hunch likes Rondon and is comfy with him for the time being. Osuna is going to need some innings under his belt to be what he was too.

  3. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    20 teamer h2h with K/9 and holds added. only room for 5 of these:
    holds: arano/alexander/colome
    saves: greene/bearclaw/yates

    had been holding all of them in case soylent greene lost value in trade. now want to drop 1 of them for a SP (miley is actually the best out there, throwing up on self thinking to add him, bailey is next best)
    as far as skills bearclaw/yates stay for sure.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: 2. different league, 13 team roto with basically same stats. when osuna’s back who’s cut out of these: kenley/kelvin/knebel/j.anderson/the putting challenge (trivino)/colome/alexander

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Smokey: and now gomber is my add. guessing yates is way less likely to be moved due to value expected back by SD.

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