Another week, another seven days of fantasy baseball disappointment and injury frustration… at least for those Corey Kluber and A.J. Pollock owners out there. The good news with these two one-time fantasy studs, if there is any, is that sadly, they cannot really do more damage out of your lineup than they were doing while they were active in 2019. Losing someone you drafted early gets more devastating the deeper the league is, and sometimes you just have to hope other owners are dealing with as much bad luck as you are. For now, let’s move right on to looking at some players that may be on the radar for those of us in NL-only, AL-only, and other deep leagues.Please, blog, may I have some more?
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Yesterday, on the way to the park, Chris Paddack felt under the weather. Not to confuse people, Paddack had the flu, there’s no weather in San Diego. So, Chris Paddack was touching 100, and I’m not talking about his fastball. As Paddack made his way to the mound, he’d cough and: “You rang?” That’s the on-staff hernia nurse. Well, it’s not just the hernia nurse who’s on-staff when it comes to Paddack. Yesterday, he dismantled the Mariners — 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.67 in 27 IP, getting some swinging strikes that were…Well, one swing by Daniel Vogelbach was the highest pitch generating a swing all year at four-feet and eight-inches aka “an Altuve.” Currently, Paddack sits at 10 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and a 3.80 xFIP, and, Steamer’s rest-of-the-season projections for him are 3.49 ERA with a 10 K/9 in 120 IP, i.e., a top 40 starter in all mixed leagues. With all his commercials, Justin Verlander can push his Flonase down our throats (noses?), but Paddack pitching is sick — God bless you! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Let’s be honest, the final week of the regular season can be a total crap shoot. This is the reason you don’t have H2H finals the final week of the year. Oh, you do? Well, you should give your commish a firm kick in the arse and tell them to get their head out of there ‘cuz that’s crummy with crackers. It’s for this same reason that cash games in DFS the final week of the season are a no-no. GPPs though, go for it. I’m basing my calls this week on pure narrative. The narrative for James Paxton ($19,600) is finishing the season on a high note and not finishing on the DL for once. The Rangers have been coasting the final month of the season, ranking 22nd in team OPS the final month. I’ve been picking on them plenty with pitchers of much less talent than Paxton. Paxton is my top choice over Kluber, who will likely only see a few innings and Nola, who is facing the Braves who still have something to play for. If you like a different narrative though, by all means, I’ll meet up with you in Narrative City.
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This is it! The last baseball article (for me) of the year, which means the end of the baseball regular season is near. I want to thank you, loyal readers for taking time out of your day to read this article every week and hopefully helping you win some contests. There are going to be a lot of players who wind up sitting and there’s going to be a lot of value opening up throughout the day so you must pay attention to all the released lineups. Additionally, many teams, both those with nothing to play for, and those who playoff-bound but are entirely set in terms of playoff positioning, will look to pull their players (both pitchers and position players) at the earliest opportunity. In short, there will be a lot of randomness and it won’t be easy to predict. To be quite honest, you shouldn’t be playing cash games on this slate with all the randomness. But, as I’ve stressed throughout the year, I’m a professional at cash game picks columns. If some of those ridiculous three or four game slates earlier in the year on Thursdays didn’t stop me, then the randomness of one of the final days of the season can’t stop me either. One general piece of advice I can give is to focus on the teams that still have something to play for – and while there are still a bunch of teams that have something to play for, most of them are either not playing today or playing in the early slate. There is exactly one team on the main slate that has something to play for – the Chicago Cubs. And while Trevor Williams is not the juiciest of matchups, the fact that the Cubs have something to play and no other team has anything to play for means I would target them first and foremost in cash games. Period. Then fill out with the values that will open up because teams are playing some of their rookies and call-ups at this point. Or just don’t play cash. On to the picks…
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Alex Trebek, “The $500 clue is, ‘Now.'” “The time I pooped my pants on national TV.” “Sorry, that’s not correct. Susan?” “What is now? Like now? Now now? What kinda answer is now?” “Sorry, we can only accept your first question, ‘What is now?’ and that is incorrect. Grey, you buzzed in last because you were on your phone picking up a streamer for tomorrow. The answer is, ‘Now,’ your question is…” “What is the time to pick up Eloy Jimenez?” “That is correct. You control the board.” “Okay, I’ll take ‘Uber/Lyft for $500.” “Your neighbor uses this World War II pun when describing them.” “What is Taxis of Evil?” “Right again!” Any hoo! As Alex Trebek illustrated in the most roundabout way, now is the time to pick up Eloy Jimenez if you have room. He is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A like he’s putting the finishing touches on his Roy Hobbs Halloween costume — 11 HRs, .345 in 37 games. I mean, over-the-internet friend, he’s 21 and doing that? He’s going to be special. Only question now that ends in a period is will the White Sox call him up when rosters expand in September. My guess is they do and he starts the year with the club next April. He’s going to be a star with little Jeopardy. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
In Philly, a celestial light shines down on a book. A deep breath, and someone blows dust off the book so we can read its title, “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Scoring In Philly.” A hand opens the book, turning to the first page, reading, “To all my loving fans, but mostly the females.” We pull back to reveal, reading is its author, Pat Burrell. For reasons we can’t explain, he wears a dead parrot on his shoulder. The Mets could easily have written that book after yesterday’s first game. Putting up the reedonkeylicousness: Amed Rosario went 6-for-11, 7 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (6) and legs (14) across both games. In the first game, Rhysus (3-for-7, 4 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homer) and Amed both homered. Halleberrylujah! Jose Bautista (3-for-7, 3 runs, 7 RBIs) hit his 10th homer as he continues to turn back the clock to 1987, when he was a 7-year-old and hit barely .200 with some occasional pop off garbage lefties who would put it on a tee for him. Michael Conforto (6-for-12, 3 runs, 5 RBIs) hit his 17th homer, and now has three homers in the last week, and is finally showing signs why people are always saying, “The Mets are bad, but I like that Conforto guy.” The Mess had so much offense I don’t even have time before my Carpal Tunnel kicks in to mention Kevin Plawecki (4-for-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs). A shame, because Plawecki deserves a mention outside of being mentioned for not being mentioned. The big takeaway, on our 7-day Player Rater of hitters, Amed Rosario is in the top 30 and worth a look. Amed to that. Or Amen. Or Apeople, if that’s how you roll. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yesterday, the Mets exploded for 16 runs. Leading the way was Todd Frazier going 3-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs with a slam (12) and legs (7). Actually, Frazier, Jose Bautista (1-for-3, 1 RBI), Jose Reyes (2-for-5, 2 runs) and Austin Jackson (2-for-4, 2 runs) are all starting to click! Wait, that’s their bones and it’s from arthritis. Shoot, my b. The true star, however, Brandon Nimmo (5-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) rose from the depths of the deep, dark water. That’s not a Finding Nemo allusion. He plays in Flushing and we know what water is associated with that. Nimms — Can we call him that? Sure, right? — is hitting near .350 in the last week, and homered a few games ago (precise!). For most part, it’s been dank Nimms but he’s no longer unDeRWaTEr aND HitTinG WeLL. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
You know that expression, “If you’re alive long enough, you will see a time when Samoans are skinny, petite men who request silver dollar-sized coconuts to cover their nipples.” You don’t know it? That’s because I just made it up! You’ve been TRICK’D! It’s my spinoff of Punk’d with your host The Amazing Johnathan. The expression’s sentiments I just made up are accurate, however (as far as I’m concerned, and, sadly, this isn’t a democracy, and I’m the one that matters). The expression’s root is from the actual expression, “If you live long enough, you’ll experience everything.” This feels especially apt today because we’ve gone from wanting to own Miguel Sano, to cursing Miguel Sano, back to wanting to own him again. What’s next? A skinny Miguel Sano requesting smaller coconuts to cover his nipples! Okay, maybe not immediately, but if we live long enough! I don’t have any great hopes for Miguel Sano, but he’s owned in 30% of leagues and that seems low for even him. There’s not a ton of guys who can hit 15 homers from now until the end of the season; Sano’s on that list. Will it happen? I don’t know, maybe if we live long enough. Circular logic is your friend because it too can cover your nipples. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I watch all trading deadline deals like I’m watching Hereditary. Hands firmly pressed over my eyes, occasionally I’ll peek out. See a Jon Heyman tweet coming and prepare to scream. Then a long exhale. “Ah, thank God, it’s not a player I own nor does it affect any of my other guys.” Then, out of nowhere, Brian Dozier gets traded to the Dodgers and my head goes into a tailspin like it’s a WHOMP on the old Batman TV show. “But what about Max Muncy? Can Chris Taylor still play? What about Kiké?! Please tell me Kiké’s still in PLAY!” Then I take 150 milligrams of Percocet and go to the park to watch pre-teens and all of their innocence. In my head, I scream to them, “You’ll never know my pain!” And smile lopsidedly until another adult asks me to leave. So, the Dodgers are now fielding the NL All-Star team from now until October. Dozier will likely slot into the two or three hole and I still like him for a huge 2nd half. Max Muncy and Chris Taylor are not likely going to be as fortunate, as I have no idea where the Dodgers can play all of these guys. If you’ve been burned by the trade deadline, I will smile lopsidedly and creep out someone for you. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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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