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Yesterday, I went over the¬†top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseball. ¬†Today, I throw out preconceived notions, drink some potions and lather up my body with lotions as I sloppily¬†slip and slide my way through the most precarious top 20 for fantasy baseball I‚Äôve ever encountered. ¬†This top twenty is a blind man playing Twister. ¬†Half the time, I‚Äôm grabbing for things not knowing if they‚Äôre there or not. ¬†I legit think this top 20 could go countless other ways. ¬†Is countless a widowed Countess? ¬†No, it‚Äôs not, it‚Äôs a confusing AF top 20 for fantasy baseball.¬† Last year, I ranked no starters in the top 20.¬† This year I decided to rank one so low you’d never draft him.¬† If you want to bemoan my low ranking of one starter, then bemoan away. ¬†Just remember, a bemoaner sounds a bit to me like¬†‚ÄúU be a boner.‚ÄĚ ¬† All the positional rankings will live under the¬†2018 fantasy baseball rankings.¬† Anyway, here‚Äôs the top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball:
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Went over the¬†catchers,¬†1st basemen,¬†2nd basemen¬†and¬†shortstops¬†and¬†top 20 3rd basemen for 2017 fantasy baseball.¬† Guess what‚Äôs next!¬† No, not pitchers. Read the title, man.¬† In 2010, there were only 5 outfielders that hit 30 homers, in 2011 there were 9, 14 in 2012, in 2013 there were 3, a small bounce back with 6 in 2014, eight in 2015. ¬†Last year, 11 outfielders¬†hit 30 homers.¬† This year…DRUM ROLL!….15 outfielders hit 30 homers.¬† Obvious trend.¬† As for steals, there were 14 outfielders who stole 30 bases in 2012, 10 in 2013,¬†11 in 2014, five in 2015 and seven in 2016.¬† This year: ¬†two (!) outfielders stole 30 (Hamilton and Maybin) and only six players overall.¬† So, how about that power, huh?¬† As before, these rankings are from our¬†Fantasy Baseball Player Rater¬†with my comments. ¬†Anyway, here‚Äôs the top 20 outfielders for 2017 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It‚Äôs the second-last day of the regular season, and I feel like I‚Äôm back at Opening Day, there‚Äôs such a smorgasbord of pitchers to roll around in (so to speak): Kluber (vs. the White Sox, $12,000), Scherzer (vs. the Pirates, $10,800), Kershaw at‚ÄĒimportant couple of letters, those‚ÄĒthe Rockies, $9,600), Archer (vs. the Orioles, $9,300). They‚Äôre all so famous we need use only their last names. Of the 4 listed here, Kluber will bankrupt you, and I‚Äôm leery of Kershaw in Colorado, and also of Archer, given his last outing versus the Orioles, so how about for our very last Saturday <sob> [Sidebar: Thanks for reading, all these weeks! It‚Äôs been a slice. Feel free to come hang with me on Twitter and we‚Äôll get through the cold, dark hell of the off-season together], we go old-school with ol‚Äô Blue-Green Eyes and run out Max Scherzer at home versus the Pirates? Let‚Äôs look at some more options for our final Fan(Duel)-tasy together.
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I had a thought, 30 years ago there was one source for all information, the encyclopedia.¬† If they wanted to make up information, there was no internet to double check anything.¬† *blows dust off an old book, opens¬†Encyclopedia Britannica, turns to Korean War page*¬† “In 1950-something, Carlos Correa tried to unite the Correan peninsula under Communist rool.”¬† Now there might be too much information, but 30 years ago, you’d shrug and be like, “I guess you spell rule ‘rool,’ and rad on Correa.¬† Hey, look, it says here Columbus invented the mammogram.”¬† Any hoo!¬† Yesterday, Correa went 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer.¬† He’s going to be a tough guy to peg for 2018 fantasy.¬† His power this year is actually solid when you consider he missed six weeks.¬† The lack of steals is disturbing though, if a lack of a fantasy category can be disturbing.¬† I know he’s fast, he knows he’s fast, but the Astros just refuse to let him run.¬† Three attempts all year is pathetic.¬† If he’s a lock for 29 HR, 2 SBs and .290 next year, it’s great, but it’s not 2nd round great.¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Let’s see, all rise for the Judge.¬† Can I get a witness for Judge?¬† Judge, jury and executioner of fastballs.¬† This is one Judge who should never see the bench.¬† There’s a ten from the East German for Judge!¬† Well, you can be the Judge of that, not really tho.¬† You can Judge a book by how hard he knocks the cover off the ball.¬† And, of course, five minutes to Judge Mollywhopper.¬† All right, all right, enough.¬† Yesterday, Aaron Judge went 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 47th and 48th homer, as he hits .281.¬† I don’t want to have to bring out the caps, but he’s a ROOKIE.¬† *inserts meme of white guy blinking*¬† He has the rookie record for walks, within one of the rookie record for home runs and the first player with 200 Ks and a .262+ average in baseball history.¬† I looked through the last 120 years of baseball for a comparable year, and I found Mike Schmidt’s best year and a not-yet-white Sammy Sosa.¬† So, a Phillie hero and vitiligo.¬† In the 2nd half, Judge ‘only’ has 18 homers, and increased his K-rate to 32.9% from 29.8, only hitting .213.¬† In 2018, there’s going to be huge risk and reward when drafting Judge.¬† I’d be shocked if he falls further than the top 15 overall, so you’re gonna have to gamble that he won’t hit 40 HRs with a .240, and be essentially Khris Davis.¬† Either way, it’s gonna be tough to Judge.¬† Ugh.¬†¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It‚Äôs actually really unfair that poor Stephen Strasburg still has the ‚ÄúStressbird‚ÄĚ moniker in these here Razzball parts, but old habits and nicknames die hard. [Sidebar: Plus I went to a music festival last week and wanted to use a title that keeps me in nostalgic, douchey concert-goer mode. (Side-sidebar: I saw Rodriguez, a musician I‚Äôve loved for 30 years¬†and never thought I‚Äôd get to see; I was one of that generation of kids in South Africa described in Searching for Sugarman, if anyone‚Äôs seen that. Think it‚Äôs on Netflix.)]. Strasburg has been lights-out for weeks, earning 1 run so far in September and 2 runs in August, after a whopping 4 in July. He‚Äôs facing the 25th-ranked, 3-game-losing streak Mets; the only Met who‚Äôs had real success against him is Yoenis Cespedes, who is out with an injury to one of his many legs, to boot (sorry). Of course Strasburg does cost a small fortune on FanDuel today: $11,300. If that‚Äôs too rich for your blood, I‚Äôll explore some more reasonable pitching options below. Read on, MacDuffs!
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Tim Anderson is a guy that I would glance at earlier in the season and then move on with my life and with our beloved Top 100. He is a nice young player and all, but he wasn‚Äôt spongeworthy. Now, though, we‚Äôre in the last couple weeks of the season, and homeboy is lighting it up. And more than just hitting, TA is running wild. He has six stolen bases in his last seven games after not running much at all this year, so he is providing SAGNOF value, as well.
Anderson has been so hot that he is your PR15 king this week, with a 17.18 rating. That stretch of games only includes two home runs, which should give you an idea of just how hot he has been at the plate in order to be able to record a 17+ PR15 with only two long dongs. Our boy is hitting everything in sight and swiping bags now.
If you are battling down the stretch in roto leagues, Anderson can help you while providing some SAGNOF. If you are battling it out in weekly H2H league playoffs, though, he doesn‚Äôt have the same kind of appeal. IF (read: big IF) he stays hot, he will help across the board except for power and possibly RBI, while helping with AVG, R, and potentially SB. Compared to the standard stiff on the waiver wires, he looks like a stud. But in terms of cross-category production and overall value, he does have a pretty low ceiling. Grab him for the hot streak, but don‚Äôt drop anyone of value for him if you can help it.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yesterday, on the last day of his H2H playoffs, Flavor Flav’s fantasy baseball team, “Yeah Boyd!!!” had a day to remember.¬† Fun fact!¬† Flavor Flav also plays fantasy baeball, drafting Hoopz, New York and Pumkin in the first round was the way to go, so surprising to see him take Brandi, who wasn’t even in Flavor of Love but on Rock of Love.¬† Rookie mistake!¬† Or maybe I should say roofie mistake.¬† So, yesterday, Matt Boyd went 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.33, losing his no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning.¬† He throws a handful of pitches, literally.¬† Five in total:¬† fastball (92 MPH), cutter, slider (slutter?), change and curve.¬† His arsenal is nothing to boot (footy pun!).¬† Of course, five pitches that are all garbage isn’t exactly the meow’s cat.¬† As of yesterday, only his curve was a plus pitch.¬† He is only 26 years old, so maybe a 5.00 xFIP doesn’t give the whole picture/pitcher (stutterer!).¬† ¬†Of course, at this time of the year, only his next start matters, and the Stream-o-Nator actually has it as the smallest of positives.¬† So, you got it, Flav, “Yeah, Boyd!!!”¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Greetings and welcome back to everyone except salty commenter Fogimon. Just kidding. Love you, Fogimon. If you didn‚Äôt read Saturday‚Äôs post, I moved up north from South Florida just in time to avoid Hurricane Irma, avoiding the chaos of evacuating or staying and hunkering down for the storm. Can‚Äôt have much better luck than that, I guess.
Hopefully, you survived without me for a week as we head into the home stretch and fantasy playoffs. If you didn‚Äôt, then you are probably not reading this, I guess. So, welcome, survivors. Let‚Äôs all bring these leagues home.
We only have so much time left, so we have to continue to focus on the players who are contributing now. If that means dropping Miguel Cabrera (in non-keeper and non-dynasty formats) in order to pick up Matt Olson or a Nick Williams, so be it. Now is not the time for name value consideration. I usually preach patience in this space, but we only have a few weeks left here to close this out. Go, go, gadget Jose Reyes!
Expanded rosters make these last few weeks even more difficult, especially if you have players on teams like the Dodgers or Nationals who can afford to rest players like Daniel Murphy and Corey Seager. You want to make sure you have some additional positional flexibility where possible, which makes waiver wire additions such as Eduardo Escobar and Matt Olson that much more valuable. Not only are they producing right now, but they play a couple positions and give you some added flexibility.
I touch on Olson a bit in a blurb below, but Escobar is a guy who taking a look at because of his eligibility at both shortstop and third base. He won‚Äôt have too much value once Miguel Sano returns, but it sounds like Sano is progressing pretty slowly. With only a few weeks left in the season, we probably still have at least another week of Escobar playing time, if not more. There is no guarantee that he continues to play every day once Sano comes back, but it is equally possible that, if he keeps hitting, the Twins find a place for him in a lineup that could certainly use the help. For a guy with a 9.92 PR15 who is owned in less than 20% of ESPN leagues, I would definitely be willing to take a chance.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We‚Äôre about to¬†enter that weird time of the year where baseball and football meet. It‚Äôs almost as if your parenting both DFS baseball and football, trying to show both equal attention. Deep down you know you have a favorite but you don‚Äôt want to let it show out of fear of the other one finding out. I‚Äôm a dog dad so I know the struggles of showing equal attention to both pups, but I can guarantee you every parent has a favorite whether or not they‚Äôd like to admit it, right mom? I wish my mom read my write ups. I‚Äôll let you in on a secret, I like baseball more than football. Sorry for taking up your whole Sunday with a long intro but without further ado I would like to present Luke Weaver as my lede today. Sale and Severino are off the main slate today, which is a huge relief (salary relief). I think you must get cute today and play Weaver. My man crush is starting to formulate for Weaver because of his high K rate. Weaver goes up against a weak Giants offense and is in the pitcher friendly park. Weaver has 20 k‚Äôs in his last 2 starts with 2 earned runs. It‚Äôs hard to gauge his ownership today because you have some good arms going today but they are all more expensive than Weaver. Weaver‚Äôs price today is $17,600.
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