Over in the Paul DeJong sleeper, I went over different types of sleepers.¬† There was the the sleeper who– Actually, just go there and read the categories I laid out like your mother lays out your clothes.¬† Are you back?¬† Good.¬† Okay, Ben Gamel doesn’t fit into any of those categories.¬† He’s in the category of “Who the eff is Ben Gamel?”¬† Just on the Mariners alone, I could say Ryon Healy is a sleeper, and some people might agree.¬† Mitch Haniger has been a sleeper for about three years.¬† Maybe some would even consider Mike Zunino a sleeper.¬† Ben Gamel though?¬† He’s not going to be drafted even in deep mixed leagues.¬† He’s a sleeper who fantasy baseball ‘perts won’t even talk about, but if you mention him they’ll be like, “Oh, yeah, he’s a good sleeper.”¬† So, why not talk about him?¬† “Because no one is going to talk about him.”¬† That’s right, most fantasy baseball ‘perts judge their sleepers on how much they are not sleepers.¬† Why is this?¬† Not sure, ask them.¬† Ben Gamel is around that of a $2 play in AL-Only leagues.¬† He’s the Rip Van Winkle of sleepers.¬† He’s such a sleeper I guarantee you there will be people asking me in the comments as late as June if they should pick him up.¬† He’s the kind of guy that can win super deep leagues with a very late round pick.¬† If you only play in shallower mixed leagues, go check out my Paul DeJong sleeper.¬† If you want a deep league flyer… So, what can we expect from Ben Gamel for 2018 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
So, where does Mookie Betts go in 2018? ¬†That’s what we all want to know, right? ¬†That and WHAT TIME IS IT?! ¬†Sorry, was listening to Steppin’ To The A.M. ¬†I was not listening to Time to Get Ill, however, because I don’t like the Beastie Boys, but it might be more appropriate with The Bettsie Boy, Mookie. ¬†Home run distance is a weird thing. ¬†Well, maybe not weird, but hard to trust. ¬†Yeah, that’s the ticket, said like that Jon Lovitz character. ¬†In hindsight, it’s obvious. ¬†Mookie had so many Just Enough home runs last year, of course, he’s not hitting as many this year, but I thought there would be enough mitigating factors to lessen Betts’ drop off. ¬†He’s young — power still peaking; he’s in a good park — Pesky/Wall; the lineup — oh, that lineup. ¬†Didn’t play out that way for power and average. ¬†His average is nearly fifty points off of last year, and his power will end likely down about five homers from last year. ¬†Not huge? ¬†Well, that is around a 15% drop — even after his big game yesterday of 3-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homer. ¬†So, what does all this mean for next year? ¬†I think he’s going to be undervalued, and I expect a bounce back of sorts. ¬†Likely closer to a 27-homer guy than his 30+ last year, but there’s no way he hits near-.265 as he is right now. ¬†He’s hitting as many line drives as last year, hitting the ball harder, in general, and a .267 BABIP. ¬†He’s gotta be one of the unluckiest hitters this year. ¬†He’s basically hitting line drives up the middle, but a squirrel is knocking it down into a fielder’s glove. ¬†Maybe he’s not Mookie Best this year, but I’m not counting out Mookie Ballgame yet. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Did you hear about the Native American who wouldn’t leave the bathroom? ¬†He said home was where the TP was. ¬†Hey, this Drunk Uncle Jokebook isn’t that bad! ¬†August has been miserable for Jose Ramirez with a .200 average, zero homers and two steals until last night. ¬†You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. ¬†Thankfully, the eggs he broke last night were the goose eggs representing his power numbers as he went 2-for-3 with his 19th and 20th homer, and his 14th steal. ¬†Babies babble on, they lookin’ for excuses. ¬†Not here to make excuses for Jo-Ram, but this was his first terrible month in two years. ¬†Even Rhysus rested one day a week. ¬†His righty/lefty splits are both at .298, which is odd since he’s hitting .300. ¬†Did he go 0-for-1 against someone who spit the ball at him? ¬†*intern whispers in my ear* ¬†I see, the .298 righty/lefty splits were before last night. ¬†You learn something gnu every day. ¬†Spelling will be tomorrow! ¬†Assuming Jo-Ram rebounds for his standard month in September, it’s going to be hard to be too down on him in the non-sexual way. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Clearly, the Razzball Vulcan Mind Meld is complete: just as the Mustached One put up a post addressing rookies, Dr. Easy and I had begun to wonder how the current crop is actually doing. We combed through the Razzball Season-to-Date Player Rater¬†(STD PR) to see who‚Äôs living up to their hype. Who‚Äôs floundering in the face of big-league hitting or pitching? Who‚Äôs doing better than you think they are? Who‚Äôs doing worse? Why did basically no one draft Aaron Judge in the Razzball Commenter Leagues? We need answers! To get them, once more unto the Player Rater breach we go, my friends!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Camelot is the supposed castle and court of the legendary and romanticized King Arthur. Over time, it’s come to mean “any idyllic place or period, especially one of great happiness.” My view of Camelot is best expressed by Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Which seamlessly transitions to Ben Gamel (25.7% owned – increase of 9.7%). As you can see, I had some difficulty with this week’s post. Gamel has definitely made the Mariners and fantasy owners happy. He’s batting .313/.364/.449 with six home runs, 56 runs scored, 36 RBI, and three stolen bases. You want legendary? Since 1871, Gamel is currently ranked 22nd OVERALL in BABIP with a .410 mark. Ty Cobb has two seasons better than him and Babe Ruth is seventh with a .423 mark. For some useless information that could possibly net you money at a bar or something, Ross Barnes has the two greatest BABIP seasons of all-time with a .438 mark. What does it mean? Well, that number is coming down. It’s like the probability of Snap trading below it’s IPO price. It was bound to happen because all the VC’s and funds that got in for a $1 or less were going to unload some of their shares for a huge profit at the first opportunity. Now, that doesn’t mean that the shares are going to zero. In fact, look at how Facebook and Twitter traded around their IPO’s. Ok, back to Gamel. It’s very encouraging that he’s hitting both lefties and righties well. In fact, he was in the two-hole when the Mariners faced off against Chris Sale. With that said, he still only has six home runs and three stolen bases in 364 plate appearances. What’s the upside here? TRASH
Here’s what else I saw over the past week:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I have Michael Jackson’s autograph from his three distinct artistic periods — Jackson 5, breakout solo artist, fondler — and while they are priceless, I’m going to put them by this open window–NOOOOO!!! ¬†Torenado!!! ¬†I been pouring out some liquor for the fact that Arenado’s homers are gone, gone, gone. ¬†And trying to help fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) if their Correa is gone. ¬†And since Arenado starting to bubble like a tub full of Calgon. ¬†Guess it’s only right that I should help you with how much Nolan Arenado hits are gone. ¬†Sorry, that song was on my iTunes, and felt appropriate. ¬†If my baby boo bae, Giancarlo, wasn’t metaphorically already all over my bedsheets, Arenado would be right there. ¬†Yesterday, he went 5-for-6, 4 runs, 7 RBIs with three homers (19, 20, 21), and the summer is here in Coors. ¬†Yippee, you mothertruckers! ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Dodgers lefty Rich Hill gets an enticing matchup at home against the DBacks on Thursday, making him a valuable play on FanDuel. In his last three starts, Hill has been the dominant pitcher that we came to know last year, striking out 26 batters in 19 innings with just six walks and a 1.89 ERA. The Diamondbacks might seem like a scary opponent, but when they’re away from their home ballpark, they’ve got just a .299 wOBA, which ranks them 26th in the league. Furthermore, they struggle mightily against left-handed pitching, with a .289 wOBA against southpaws, as well as a 25.3% K-rate. So on the road against a lefty, the Diamondbacks are actually among the worst lineups in baseball. With Rich Hill pitching his ass off, $8,700 is an outstanding price for his upcoming outing. Just hope there’s no blisters.
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Washington rookie outfielder Brian Goodwin¬†played the unsung hero Friday night on a team with many heroes going 3-for-4 and mashing two home runs, including a game-tying solo shot in the seventh inning. If there’s one thing Brian Goodwin’s good for it’s winning. Obvious and bad pun is obvious and bad. ¬†Regardless, Brian also set the stage for the…good win, with a single in the 10th that moved a runner to third and let Bryce Harper do what he does. I’m trying to tell you this doode is clutch, and if he continues to be clutch batting second between Trea Turner and Bryce Harper, he should definitely be on your radar and in Dusty Baker’s daily lineup. Can you imagine being sandwiched between Trea and Bryce? Mmm. Oh, I’m all flustered now. I need a few minutes. Goodwin is slashing .265/.326/.578 with six homers and 15 RBI in 32 games this year, and has been stuck in a platoon for the majority of the season. With Jayson Werth hobbled, Goodwin has been given more opportunity lately to shine and he’s done that with a monster month, slashing .288/.358/.678 with three doubles, six homers and 12 RBI in June. Yes, please! That .678 SLG% is especially powerful. See what I did there? Do you want a nerdy stat–how about his .313 ISO. Does that blow your mind? Because considering the sample size it probably shouldn’t, but sure is fun to look at. The risk with Goodwin is he could be a batting average killer (he hit just .208 in May), but he certainly seems to be seeing the ball well lately hitting .289 with 5 homers in the past week. Goodwin is available everywhere, is batting second in one of the best line ups in baseball, and is one of the hottest little potatoes around. If you need an outfielder with some pop and some upside Brian could be a good add and a good win for your team.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I had this lede in my back pocket. ¬†In the fantasy baseball writing world, it’s called ‘the early lede.’ ¬†It’s a form of sandbagging. ¬†You know everyone wanted Mike Montgomery in the preseason, but his rotation spot wasn’t confirmed. ¬†So, in March, you write a Mike Montgomery Buy lede like you’re filling in a Mad Libs. ¬†You say how he’s been great/solid/surprisingly awful but will come around. ¬† ¬†You can’t believe the Cubs took this long/moved this fast with him. ¬†His rotation spot was all but guaranteed once (pitcher’s name) got injured. ¬†That (same pitcher’s name) wasn’t good anyway and now Montgomery is here to stay for the season/the month/this next start. ¬†So far this year, he has a 61% ground ball rate, which would be the 3rd best in the majors if he qualified, and has a 8.6% swinging strike rate, which would be around the top 40. ¬†Those two numbers give the promise that his strikeout and walk rate aren’t giving yet. ¬†His 2.26 ERA is a bit of a fairy tale in unicorn clothes, but there’s still enough to be encouraged by. ¬†You better get him/have to get him/maybe should get him! ¬†This could be the pickup of the year/maybe a streamer and you better act fast/moderately quick/sometime while you’re still drawing breath. ¬†Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
This might be the only Razzball article where you will find a RuPaul‚Äôs Drag Race quote, some lyrics from the Broadway musical Wicked, a reference to Matt Harvey‚Äôs sex appeal AND a Tyra banks gif. It‚Äôs no wonder some people on this site think I‚Äôm female! Here I was thinking it was just my name…Please, blog, may I have some more?