Anyone? Buehler? Walker Buehler, one of the LA Dodgers’ best pitching prospects, is getting the call-up to face the Miami Marlins. He had a rough go-around last year in relief appearances in his brief taste of big league ball, but nothing a match-up versus one of the worst-hitting teams can’t fix. He has been sharp in his three AAA starts and has a solid chance to record a win, as the Dodgers are huge favorites. Marlins are carrying a .588 OPS against RHP, and have only managed to hit .218 during that time. Strikeout potential is also there, as the Marlins ranked in the top 10 in Ks. If you are willing to risk, you can load up on some big bats and score some value with Buehler. Let’s take a look at the rest of the picks….
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Introducing the interrobang list! (You’ll find it at the bottom of the top 100.) What’s an interrobang you may be asking yourself? An interrobang essentially is a hybrid of a question mark and an exclamation point. When someone says something like “What in the world?!” You can save yourself some space and use the interrobang. “Okay cool, weirdo — how does this apply to fantasy baseball?” The interrobang list at the bottom are a few guys who didn’t make the Top 100 list proper, but are still people that are making me go “?!”
Boy, this Ohtani is all anybody’s ever talking about. I’m so sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that Ohtani is. I was so tempted to put Shohei Ohtani on this list. So tempted! Unfortunately he only has 30 at-bats compared to the league leader, his teammate, Albert Pujols’s 67. That’s too small of a sample size for me to overreact and 3-4 batting games per week can leave you in a hole. It is fun to see that he has a 0% soft contact rate though. But that Ohtani is some kind of something, huh?
This winter weather is messing with a lot of players. At the bottom of my top 100 you’ll see a list of hitters who shoulda, coulda, woulda been in the top 100 if they were healthy. I think most of them will return and find themselves back on the top 100 list, but for now, due to their missed games and health uncertainty — they get their own list.
If I had to choose a background song for my Michael Conforto feelings right now, it would be Lucinda Williams’ Those Three Days.
You say there’s always gonna be his swing,
So many DL days filled with screams,
Conforto’s news crawl across my screen,
Shows how he hit an oppo taco that sent him home,
Now he’s beneath my skin.
Underneath my dress, stick their tongues (figuratively),
The first game back a dong, and I am so effin’ alone!
Since those five days.
If I could’ve just waited out his DL trip of five days!
Those five days!
Did you not want me in five days?
Did you not want me in five days?
Did you not love me more than Mitch Haniger?
Just for those five days!
I’m literally standing on my table, crying, singing Lucinda Williams. I’m wrecked. I might need a new hobby. So, Michael Conforto — 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer — came back way quicker than I expected, and I’m feeling major regret that I don’t own him. I still think shoulder injuries are tricky — to rock a rhyme, that’s right on time (callback to title!) — but I wish I had a share of him. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
What’s up everybody! I’m excited to be back for another season of DFS here at Razzball, and I’m even more excited to be covering Draft.com! And I’m even MORE excited for this Hot Pocket I have in the microwave. Only thirty more seconds! Anyway, Draft.com is a super awesome way to play DFS because (spoiler alert) you get to draft your players! So, let’s get into some picks. The first guy I’d like to highlight is Corey Kluber. You’ve got a few options at SP to go with early, but I like Kluber the most because, well, he was the best pitcher in all of baseball last year. I’m not always one to take a pitcher early, but if you can get another eight inning, eight strikeout, one earned run start like the one Kluber put out last time, you’re gonna be well ahead of the competition. If Klubot was playing Draft, he’d probably pick himself, and he’s a robot, so he knows more than me.
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I’ve got a bone to pick with MLB. Opening Day was awesome, but starting in the middle of the day on a Thursday when most people are working is kinda “meh”. Why not wait one day and open your season in prime time on Friday night? With the early Thursday afternoon start at least we should expect a full slate of Friday night games, right? Nope. Half the teams take a…much needed break? Well, Saturday is here to satiate us with a full day of baseball goodness on a day when most people have the day nonetheless. The day includes a seven game evening (Main) slate for us DFS junkies. Pitching on that slate will be my main pitching building block, Kenta Maeda ($18,700). Maeda has a nice price and after him the pitching really drops off. Maeda gets a home date with San Francisco Giants. The same Giants who are blowing the dust off the mummified corpse of Derek Holland’s pitching career. The Dodgers and Maeda are the second biggest favorites on the day (-215) and Kenta should cruise to the Win.
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For Opening Day, I woke up at the crack of dawn on the West Coast, because no one in this godforsaken country cares about the West Coast. Once I had my coffee and vape set up for a full day of baseball, I saw the Pirates/Tigers game was postponed and thought about how they should have their seasons postponed. “I Mahtook you for a friend of the Tooks!” That’s Mikie Mahtook. Finally, I opened the MLB app on my iPad to find I had forgotten my password. Cut to two hours later, and I was ready to watch some baseball! Then Carlos Martinez gave up multiple runs on multiple fantasy teams of mine and I was ready to nap again. Ah, it’s good to be back! Speaking of which, I’ll trade you Carlos Martinez for a bag of Dick Pole’s. Doesn’t matter which bag. Maybe the one Salvador Perez was carrying. You know what would’ve been Sweet Baby Jesus of me? If I benched that goofy-haired, can’t-keep-his-hands-to-himself Cardinals pitcher. Not to worry, I had Chris Archer going later in the day. *sees Kiermaier and Span misplay a Eduardo Nunez ball into an inside-the-parker, crawls under bed* Fantasy baseball: When everyday stress is just not enough. Any hoo! It’s good to be back, now let’s get down to business. Matt Davidson went 3-for-4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs with his 1st, 2nd and third homer. Someone wants to be Tuffy Rhodes. “Not bad for five innings.” Oh, shut up, Mark Whiten! Do we have our first hot schmotato?! I schmay schwe schdo! Sounded better in my head! Davidson won’t be in today’s Buy column, but he could’ve been. I grabbed him in my RCL, because I’m in straight panic mode and Joe Panik is already owned! Yes, there’s a Buy/Sell later today. You’re welcome. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Tommy John season is back! Actually it already started a few days ago with the news A.J. Puk would need the famed procedure. Actually it started before that, when we learned David Phelps would need it. Actually it started before that, when we learned Jharel Cotton would need it. Actually….well, you get the idea. Apparently routinely throwing a baseball isn’t good for your elbow. In fairness, neither is slamming your head into 300 pound men running as fast as they can, but hey, Americans love watching both activities so much that those who are able to do them the best get well compensated for it, so it’s all good, right? Just don’t slam your head into the tall white guy while he’s throwing or punting, we can’t tolerate that. Anyway, back to baseball because you’re here for some quality Daily Fantasy Baseball analysis. To those who read me last year – I appreciate you continuing to be a loyal reader. To the rest of you – welcome to the party…so let’s raise a glass of the bubbly, or your beverage of choice to the 2018 MLB season – may our hitters drop multiple bombs and our pitchers throw multiple 20 strikeout games (hey, we’re greedy) and we can retire wealthier and wiser and most importantly, sooner. Also, those last three sentences are the most amount of pomp and fluff you’ll get in this article all season, since that’s not my style and odds are, not yours either.
So before we get any older, on to the picks…
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Usually, as one does, I type with my fingers. Hunt and peck with mostly the index’ers, but definitely fingers all the way. I’m so pumped up going for the win this year I’m typing up this post with both fists. WE MUST WIN! BY WE I MEAN ME! BY ME I MEAN I, IF “I” WAS SUPPOSED TO BE USED IN THAT SENTENCE INSTEAD OF ME; I DON’T KNOW, AND AM TOO HYPED UP TO LOOK INTO IT, IN FACT, THIS SENTENCE IS KINDA KILLING MY HYPE BY EVEN DISCUSSING GRAMMAR. GRAMMAR BOO! WINNING THIS LEAGUE YAY! Actually using my fists is not enough. I will now type up this post by banging my forehead on the keyboard. ABCJIVS1I7$ Damn, that didn’t work so well. Maybe I’ll try my nose. Hekko, froend. Ugh, that didn’t work either. Okay, I’m gonna use my fingers again, but I’m just as pumped up. RAWR! Anyway, here’s my Yahoo Friends & Family team, it’s a 15-team, mixed league:
Last time we chatted, I talked about some National League players who, even this early in the pre-season, had already gained or lost value for me in terms of how likely I was to draft them. This time, we’ll look at a handful of AL guys. Free agents are finally signing and we’ll soon be getting all kind of reports from spring training, so player values are likely to fluctuate greatly over the coming weeks. But for now, I’m just looking at a few players who my opinion has changed on since the end of last season. I am taking into consideration anything I’ve read, or stats I’ve looked at more closely, and am paying particular attention to early NFBC ADP to see how the rest of the fantasy world’s opinion is affecting how likely I am to draft certain players. Sometimes, by the way, “bad” news on a player might, weirdly enough, make me more likely to draft him. For instance, last time out I mentioned Archie Bradley as someone I wouldn’t reach for due to several factors, including the presence of Brad Boxberger. Since then, D-Backs GM Mike Hazen has said he expects a “competition” for the closer job this spring. So while there’s no way I’d touch him at his current NFBC ADP, if others heed this warning and start to steer clear of Bradley, I’ll happily take a flyer on him if his price falls low enough. In the meantime, here are some AL guys who I’m feeling a little differently about now that I did last November: