Before we get into the top 20 2nd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball, let’s go bobbing for clickbait.Â Here’s myÂ top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseball,Â top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball, top 20 catchers for 2018 fantasy baseball and the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball. So, without further hubbub on the tomfoolery, the top 20 2nd basemen were shallow like how Altuve likes his pool waterÂ as recently as three years ago, then bounced back two years ago, then were drowning in a puddle last year.Â So, what about this year?Â Thanks for the expository segue!Â As always, my projections are included and I mention where I see tiers starting and stopping.Â Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Marcell Ozuna was traded to the Cards, because the Marlins only had him under control until the end of 2019, and the Marlins are playing for 2022.Â Then, in 2023, the Marlins will be playing for 2042.Â Seriously, what the eff are the Marlins doing?Â I understand trying to get younger, but they’re trading guys who are young.Â It’s not like they’re moving Martin Prado.Â Maybe having a guy who discarded women when they reached the age of 22 isn’t the best idea to run a club.Â Jeter continues to view 27-year-olds as ancient.Â Hey, Jeter, you’re not unloading Minka Kelly here, you’re unloading Jessica Biel.Â With the extra Wild Card, I’ll never understand slashing an entire team.Â Before the selling spree, the Marlins were literally two players away from a Wild Card berth.Â Now, they’re five years away.Â Madness, man, madness.Â Any hoo!Â Marcell Ozuna averaged 413 feet on his home runs last year, because OZUNA strong.Â If you overlay his home runs last year with his new park, he keeps his 37 homers and gains an extra one.Â It’s more or less a push in the Busch.Â OZUNA love Busch, it is OZUNA favorite type of hedge, much better hedge than saying someone will be president next year without saying a name.Â For 2018, I’ll give Ozuna the projections of 101/35/106/.278/1 in 607 ABs.Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I had a thought, 30 years ago there was one source for all information, the encyclopedia.Â If they wanted to make up information, there was no internet to double check anything.Â *blows dust off an old book, opensÂ Encyclopedia Britannica, turns to Korean War page*Â “In 1950-something, Carlos Correa tried to unite the Correan peninsula under Communist rool.”Â 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.Â Hey, look, it says here Columbus invented the mammogram.”Â Any hoo!Â Yesterday, Correa went 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer.Â He’s going to be a tough guy to peg for 2018 fantasy.Â His power this year is actually solid when you consider he missed six weeks.Â The lack of steals is disturbing though, if a lack of a fantasy category can be disturbing.Â I know he’s fast, he knows he’s fast, but the Astros just refuse to let him run.Â Three attempts all year is pathetic.Â If he’s a lock for 29 HR, 2 SBs and .290 next year, it’s great, but it’s not 2nd round great.Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Erasmo RamirezÂ was masterful Friday night in what was one of his best starts of the season going eight strong innings against the we-don’t-lose Windians, allowing just three hits, one earned run and striking out a season high 10 batters. Erasmowing down hitters? ErasMo Innings, Mo Strikeouts? ErasMost definitely more comfortable in Seattle than in Tampa? Ugh, I know. Headlines are hard you guys, I ran out of steam about three weeks ago and I’m sorry but that’s the best I’m going to do. However you headline it, after being wang-jangled around the Rays pitching staff, from starting rotation to bullpen and back again, Ramirez has settled nicely into the starting pitching job he deserves since being acquired by his old team, the Seattle Mariners, in July. He holds a respectable 3.79 ERA in 10 starts with the M’s since, but it’s the 52/13 K/BB ratio that really raises my eyebrow, Dwayne Johnson. If we remove a hiccup he encountered with a rough start in Houston, Erasmo has three quality starts in September with a 22/4 K/BB ratio. Yes, more please! He gets to finish his season strong with a favorable start next week in Oakland, and outside of the obligatory Matt Olson home run, I could see him pitching a successful outing there. At about 10% owned, Ramirez is a streaming option readily available in most fantasy leagues if you’re looking for an easy win to push you over the edge. And if you’ve been out of contention for weeks and are still reading this, first, Ramirez could be a decent late-late round sleeper to consider for 2018, and second, thanks for sticking with us and not jumping ship to fantasy football coverage (which you can check out here). You guys are the true Razzball MVPs. Except of course for the writing staff, obviously, they the real MVPs, especially me.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Itâ€™s actually really unfair that poor Stephen Strasburg still has the â€śStressbirdâ€ť 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 Iâ€™ve loved for 30 yearsÂ and never thought Iâ€™d get to see; I was one of that generation of kids in South Africa described in Searching for Sugarman, if anyoneâ€™s seen that. Think itâ€™s 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. Heâ€™s facing the 25th-ranked, 3-game-losing streak Mets; the only Met whoâ€™s 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 thatâ€™s too rich for your blood, Iâ€™ll explore some more reasonable pitching options below. Read on, MacDuffs!
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Who loves irony?Â Did you just answer your mom?Â I said irony, not ironing.Â As the British will tell you, irony is not a well-pressed shirt.Â Though, now that I think about it, if I had a well-pressed shirt, and I said, “This thing is real irony,” I wouldn’t be wrong because I was saying it.Â Any hoo!Â The irony I speak of is Alex Gordon hitting the major leagues’ record 5,694th home run on the year, while there was less offense around the league last night than I could remember in some time.Â Granted, from around September 11th to 14th is a bit of a blur.Â A true highlight (building shizz up now!) was Kevin Gausman and his dismantling of the Sawx (really overselling) with the line 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.61.Â This year, like a case of lice, Gausman is a real head scratcher.Â Looking at his perfs (kids say this; think it’s short for perfumes), Gausman is having a garbage year.Â Velocity is there, so doubt it’s a hidden injury.Â The walks are way up, Ks are down, and the culprit appears to be his fastball.Â Went from a near-10 in pitch value on his speed ball to a negative.Â FS shouldn’t abbreviate fastball, it should be for “F**k’s sake.”Â The good news is this sounds like a mechanics problem, and might’ve been fixed already.Â Thanks, Pep Boys!Â His 1st half vs. 2nd half:Â 5.85 ERA vs. 3.44; 7.7 K/9 vs. 9.6 K/9; 4 BB/9 vs. 3.2.Â Yeah, sadly enough, it’s going to be hard to avoid him in 2018 again.Â Now, that’s real irony (no, it’s not).Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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 wasnâ€™t spongeworthy. Now, though, weâ€™re 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 doesnâ€™t 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 donâ€™t drop anyone of value for him if you can help it.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Greetings and welcome back to everyone except salty commenter Fogimon. Just kidding. Love you, Fogimon. If you didnâ€™t read Saturdayâ€™s 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. Canâ€™t 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 didnâ€™t, then you are probably not reading this, I guess. So, welcome, survivors. Letâ€™s 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 wonâ€™t 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?
The Cleveland Indians may never lose again! Friday night the Tribe won their 16th straight game, the longest streak in baseball this season, and the longest winning streak since the Oakland A’s won 20 in a row back in 2002 (and that team had Jermaine Dye and Chris Pratt!) Kind of gives you that good old fashioned hometown community pow-wow feeling. Relax Isaiah Thomas, you’re a Clevelander now. Regardless!Â Mike ClevingerÂ has been a big part of the winning streak and he continues to pitch well winning his third straight start Friday night going six innings, giving up just three hits and three walks while striking out seven for his ninth win of the year. In his past three starts, Mike has gone 18 innings, allowing just 10 hits and no runs, with a 22/7 K/BB ratio lowering his ERA from 3.97 to 3.30 in that stretch. Clevinger Assemble! Mike is available in little over half of fantasy leagues, and he’s getting hot at just the right time for playoff stetch. He gets a nice home start versus the Detroit Tigers next week and after limiting them to three hits last week I will definitely be starting him there, especially if they’re going for some kind of silly 21 game win streak record by that point! Or did I just jinx by writing all this? Whatever! Pick up all the Indians! And put all your fantasy faith on Believeland right now, folks, you need to ride this magical streak while you can because the Indians keep winning! Let’s give them the chop!
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Greetings and welcome back to the Mike Maher end of summer backyard bash, where we talk about our beloved top 100 hitters. I will be taking a one-week hiatus after this post as I pack up my apartment and drive 1,200 miles north from Fort Lauderdale, FL up to Pennsylvania. That’s right, the true King of the North is returning home to his roots. No more tank tops in January for me for a little while. After my one-week absence, though, I will be back to tell you how good Rhys Hoskins is. You may have heard of him by now. We focused on him last week, so we don’t have to go over him again, even though he has pretty much homered in every game since we talked about him. And for once, that isn’t even an exaggeration. Check out his game log:
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