The dynamic duo is back for the second time. Or potentially the first. Were we in fact back the first time if we had never been there before? Wow, I’ve talked myself into a circle. Any the flippidy flap, January Grey is back, and he brought his Top 20 with him! That’s right, these are the spoken words to go with the written ones. We talk about why Mike Trout is good, Goldy vs. Jose Altuve, Freeman vs. Rizzo, and Lindor vs. Jose Ramirez (psssst not the Braves reliever). We pretty much make all the decisions in the first two rounds for you. It’s a glorious discussion of what will be in the two dot eighteen. When Grey isn’t dropping Top 20 knowledge, he’s rapping lyrics to Belly. Enough of the spoilers, just listen blood! Finally, please make sure to support our sponsor by heading over to RotoWear.com and entering promo code â€śSAGNOFâ€ť for 20% off the highest quality t-shirts in the fantasy sports game. Itâ€™s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yesterday, I went over theÂ top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseball. Â Today, I throw out preconceived notions, drink some potions and lather up my body with lotions as I sloppilyÂ slip and slide my way through the most precarious top 20 for fantasy baseball Iâ€™ve ever encountered. Â This top twenty is a blind man playing Twister. Â Half the time, Iâ€™m grabbing for things not knowing if theyâ€™re there or not. Â I legit think this top 20 could go countless other ways. Â Is countless a widowed Countess? Â No, itâ€™s not, itâ€™s a confusing AF top 20 for fantasy baseball.Â Last year, I ranked no starters in the top 20.Â This year I decided to rank one so low you’d never draft him.Â If you want to bemoan my low ranking of one starter, then bemoan away. Â Just remember, a bemoaner sounds a bit to me likeÂ â€śU be a boner.â€ť Â All the positional rankings will live under theÂ 2018 fantasy baseball rankings.Â Anyway, hereâ€™s the top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball:
It’s been a month since I last posted about a set of four industry mock drafts the honorable Justin Mason wrangled experts together for. While more complete mocks likely exist on the seas of the internet, these hold a special place in my heart, as they contained myself, good friends of the Razzball universe, and Prospectus Jesus himself. I’ll save you from the self-reflective intros that have lined my last few columns – but really, you should read them – and hastily prime our readers who prefer a longer digestion cycle with info, for 2018.
Partial results of these mocks can be found here, and instead of sifting through the first few rounds, I’m only looking at players with ADPs among the four mock drafts that exceed 100 overall. These players range in potential and my confidence in attaining that potential, but I think each should occupy a small place in your mind for the coming season.Please, blog, may I have some more?
All theÂ final 2017 fantasy baseball rankingsÂ forÂ hittersÂ are done.Â For those that skipped todayâ€™s title, this starts the top 20 starters for 2017 fantasy baseball.Â This is NOT for 2018 (caps for those who canâ€™t read titles; supposedly itâ€™s easier to read caps, I have my doubts).Â This is a recap.Â Will these affect next yearâ€™s rankings?Â Sure.Â But not entirely.Â To recapitulate, these rankings are from ourÂ Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.Â Weâ€™re (meâ€™re) using it to fairly gauge our (my) preseason rankings.Â Anyway, hereâ€™s the top 20 starters for 2017 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Depending on how you want to think about it, this weekâ€™s podcast is either the 2017 season finale, or the 2018 season premiere. I guess itâ€™s a glass half full/empty kind of thing. Grey Albright, Ralph Lifshitz, and I run a three man 2018 mock draft, going 27 players deep. We debate if Clayton Kershaw should still be the first pitcher taken, is Trea Turner a top three pick, and if 23rd overall is too high for Josh Donaldson. We discuss everyone from Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, Giancarlo Stanton, and Bryce Harper, to Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Gary Sanchez, and everyone in between. Finally, please make sure to support our sponsor by heading over to RotoWear.com and entering promo code â€śSAGNOFâ€ť for 15% off the highest quality t-shirts in the fantasy sports game. Itâ€™s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome back for another star-studded event! Â Assuming you hack into your favorite online dictionary and replace the definition of ‘star’ with “guy who lives in his momâ€™s basement and screams when someone finishes his Doritos,” and next to the definition of ‘stud’ you put a picture of yourself. Â The Razzballies are the only award show where itâ€™s totally fine to show up in sweatpants, and for your fingers to be orange from Cheetos. Â We donâ€™t judge. Â We will occasionallyÂ mock. Â Mock-judge, tomato-tomahto. Â Get over it!Â But don’t mock Judge, that’s not all right.Â I hope you enjoyed the clip show where I inserted myself into various baseball clips from this year. Â How about the clip where I was Jason Kipnis watching his team win every game he missed? Â Hee-lar-e-us! Â So, before Iâ€™m talking to no one but a room full of seat-fillers, hereâ€™s the year-end awards for the best and worst of fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
All my fantasy baseball championship titles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though one is here to stay *sung in a very fast voice* oh, crap, nope, becauseÂ I didn’t draft Daniel Murphy because he didn’t believe in the lifestyle of a gay,
Oh, why didn’t I believe in Murphy like he didn’t believe in aâ€¦gayâ€¦gayâ€¦gay.
Suddenly! Â David Priceâ€™s arm is not half of what it used to be.
Thereâ€™s a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, itâ€™s Giancarloâ€™s groin that I made of plaster ofÂ Paris to admire and it just exploded in paste on me…Suddenly!
Why the season had to go, I donâ€™t know, it wouldnâ€™t sayâ€¦ because it canâ€™t talk, itâ€™s aÂ baseball season that ended yesterday…yesterday…yesterday!
Fantasy Baseball was such an easy game to play,
Now I need a motherâ€™s basementÂ to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterdayâ€¦dayâ€¦day.
*sniffles* Â Here, take a tissue. Â You have to excuse me, I donâ€™t have any clean ones. Â What will we do for the next few months without an update on a Metsâ€™ pitcherÂ elbow?Â Will Rougned Odor reveal he was accidentally batting while crossing his eyes and that’s why he barely hit .200? Â What will we do without a James Paxton injury update? Â WHAT? Â WILL? Â WE? Â DO? Â Prepare for next season, of course. Â But, first, letâ€™s bask in the last day of the season. Â Today is the day when you realize youâ€™ve spentÂ 27,000 man hoursÂ this summer beating eleven other strangers to win a virtual trophy, and it feels great!Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Itâ€™s the second-last day of the regular season, and I feel like Iâ€™m back at Opening Day, thereâ€™s 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 atâ€”important couple of letters, thoseâ€”the Rockies, $9,600), Archer (vs. the Orioles, $9,300). Theyâ€™re all so famous we need use only their last names. Of the 4 listed here, Kluber will bankrupt you, and Iâ€™m 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! Itâ€™s been a slice. Feel free to come hang with me on Twitter and weâ€™ll get through the cold, dark hell of the off-season together], we go old-school with olâ€™ Blue-Green Eyes and run out Max Scherzer at home versus the Pirates? Letâ€™s look at some more options for our final Fan(Duel)-tasy together.
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Let’s see, all rise for the Judge.Â Can I get a witness for Judge?Â Judge, jury and executioner of fastballs.Â This is one Judge who should never see the bench.Â There’s a ten from the East German for Judge!Â Well, you can be the Judge of that, not really tho.Â You can Judge a book by how hard he knocks the cover off the ball.Â And, of course, five minutes to Judge Mollywhopper.Â All right, all right, enough.Â Yesterday, Aaron Judge went 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 47th and 48th homer, as he hits .281.Â I don’t want to have to bring out the caps, but he’s a ROOKIE.Â *inserts meme of white guy blinking*Â 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.Â 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.Â So, a Phillie hero and vitiligo.Â In the 2nd half, Judge ‘only’ has 18 homers, and increased his K-rate to 32.9% from 29.8, only hitting .213.Â In 2018, there’s going to be huge risk and reward when drafting Judge.Â 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.Â Either way, it’s gonna be tough to Judge.Â Ugh.Â Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the majority of my roto leagues signaling their solidarity, I’ve found myself enamored with 2018, more so than any other year of my fantasy baseball playing career. There is a point – in most leagues – where the tides of 2017 halt their shifty tendencies. No longer is that seventh place team making a four-spot jump over one weekend; no longer are you running to MLB.com’s shop to buy a shirsey of a player who just tagged three homers for your squad.
In these moments you no longer think of a player like Byron Buxton, Zack Godley, or Hunter Renfroe with wonder for his next two weeks, but instead fix keen eyes on any adjustments that might stick when the new year comes. Figuring out your level of trust with players like this is essentially mock drafting… with yourself… in your own head.
My last two columns on Razzball covered some guesses for hype-laden players and their 2018 ADP (here and here). Natural progression suggests that it’s now time for some mock drafting. Justin Mason of Friends with Fantasy Benefits wrangled some analysts and poof, we currently have FOUR mock drafts running. At the writing of this, each sits different pick intervals, with about 60 spots worth of picks between the freshest and most antique .
Follow the action as it unfolds. Notable participants include…Please, blog, may I have some more?