After going over the top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseball and the top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball (clickbait!), it’s now time to turn our lonely eyes to you, Mr. Robinson Chirinos.Â To paraphrase The Refreshments from their should-be smash hit, Fonder and Blonder, “Who said absence makes the heart grow fonder.Â Pitches are thrown to catchers, but that doesn’t make my heart grow fonder.”Â Later in that song, they sing, “I’ll be scratchin’ it down,” which sounds like it applies to all baseball players.Â Or as the rhyming dictionary has never said, applies to oranges.Â Any hoo!Â The projections noted in the post are my own, and I mention where tiers start and stop. Â I also mention a bunch of hullabaloo, so letâ€™s get to it.Â Anyway, here’s the top 20 catchers for 2018 fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It feels like just the other dayÂ the baseball regular season started.Â You wrote “I heart baseball” in permanent marker on your arm, then you met a girl who wrote “I heart guys who heart baseball” on her arm, then, during sex in July, you screamed out, “Give it to me, Giancarlo!” and now you donâ€™t have baseball or a girlfriend.Â Câ€™mon, calendar, make like a soldier and turn to March.Â The only cure for the post-baseball season blues â€” recapping theÂ preseason top twenty listsÂ and being hand-fed Doritos.Â First up, Cool Ranch and our preseasonÂ Top 20 Catchers for 2017.Â Itâ€™s important to look back before we look ahead to 2018.Â To paraphrase the one and only B-Real, “How do you know where youâ€™re at, if you donâ€™t know where youâ€™ve been? Understand where Iâ€™m coming from?”Â (If you missed it, IÂ interviewed B-RealÂ last year on our podcast, though that might not have been as good as ourÂ Jose Canseco interview.) Â It wouldnâ€™t be fair for me to preseason rank the players, then rank them again in the postseason based on my opinion, so these postseason top 20 lists are ranked according to ourÂ Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. Â Itâ€™s cold hard math, yâ€™all!Â Please, for the love that all is holy, donâ€™t ask me if this is for next year.Â Anyway, hereâ€™s the top 20 catchers for 2017 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them: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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My fantasy baseball advice is kinda like a banana. Three-quarters of it are sweet, sweet deliciousness, while the end bit is the devil’s asshole. We’ve had a strong season together, but since this is our final week of DFS, what better way to go out with a whimper than by recommendingÂ Clayton Richard! You point and I’ll laugh at the idiot (me). Actually, y’know what, this may not be such a noodle scratcher after all. Did you know Richard has created a ground ball rate of 70% or more four times this season? That’s more thanÂ Corey KluberÂ andÂ Chris SaleÂ combined! Anyways, Richard facesÂ Rich HillÂ in a lefty-lefty free-for-all in LA tonight. He’s a cheap option ($7,400) on a night where either Justin Verlander or Luis Severino will cost you the blood of your first born son. Here’s who else I like on our final fine Wednesday together:
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I am a winner who’s probably gonna win again.Â Giancarlo, forgive me!Â Giancarlo, forgive me!Â So many swings I don’t understand.Â Sometimes I need to stream Tommy Milone.Â Mitch don’t kill my vibe!Â Mitch don’t kill my vibe!Â I can feel your energy while Judge hits homers two planets away.Â I got my drink, I got my music.Â I would share it, but today I’m yelling.Â Mitch don’t kill my vibe!Â Mitch don’t kill my vibe! (repeat 2x)Â Yesterday, Mitch HanigerÂ (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 15th and 16th homers, and now has 4 homers in the last nine games.Â He even has a steal, and his run game got the whole world talkin’.Â King Kunta.Â Oops, wrong Kendrick Lamar song.Â If you need help this final week, grab this *itch.Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yesterday, Matt OlsonÂ went 1-for-2, 2 RBIs with his 18th homer, hitting .273, all in only 49 games, and seven homers in his last ten games.Â Dizzamn, who is he the American League’s Rhysus?Â I’d call him Olsonus, but that sounds stupid.Â We’re ridin’ the Ols-mobile?Â That’s better (not)!Â Like me after Taco Bell, he is Olplosive (much worse!).Â I hear the train a comin’ rollin’ round the bend!Â I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when!Â Well I’m stuck with Matt Olson and time keeps dragging on!Â Â While a train keeps a rollin’ like Olson to San Antone!Â Â Well when I was just a baby my mama told me Olson, Olson, OLSON!Â Â Always be a good boy don’t ever play with guns (flexes, showing gun show).Â Â Well I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, not OLSON!Â Â When I hear that whistle blowin’ I hang my head and I cry because I don’t have OLSON!Â Whew, that was exhausting.Â So, obviously, if you need power, you should grab Olsonus, and ride the Ols-mobile.Â Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Who doesn’t love them some BOGO sales? Girls love them, hell even flamboyant fake baseball players like it. Â I prefer the pun value in them better than buying two pairs of shoes, only of which I need one. Â Which leads us to Javier Baez. Â I equate him to that sushi roll that you aren’t sure that you like and don’t exactly know what’s in it. Â Like a Ahi Tuna special, but in a baseball hat. Â Entering play (as of me writing this) he had 21 Homers and 9 steals. Â Not fantastic by any stretch of the SAGNOF variety, but I wanna see if there is more juice to squeeze out of the North Side orange. Â We are fully entrenched in the here and now of fantasy, but always need to be looking to next year. Â So with his uptick in speed over the past eight games (3 steals), making everyone aware of their surroundings in the SAGNOF world seemed like a good spot to write about Javy for the first time this year. Â Batting average is not what you want him to be a stalwart on your team, but the 21 taters with 12-15 stolen base potential with SS, 2B and 3B eligibility heading into next year, he is someone with name value that you may want to ask to your fantasy prom. Â Enough with the debate about Baez for now and later, let’s get to the Stealers and Savers for the week… Â Good luck down the stretch lads!Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s player’s weekend, ya’ll! These next few days are about letting loose and having fun and not taking this serious game so seriously. Hey, I’m really good at that! There are nicknames on the back of the jerseys and wacky cleats and bats and socks! How fun! Sign me up! The cynical side of me wants to say huge cash grab suuure, but the fact that all the proceeds go to the player’s chosen charity is kind of cool I will admit. And really who wouldn’t want a Big Smooth jersey. It’s just fun, don’t overthink it! Speaking of fun, how about owning Rhys Hoskins? The rookie hit his ninth home run last night in the first inning to become the fastest player ever to get to nine homers in his first 16 big league games! Extrapolate that! Calculating…calculating…that’s a 90 homer season! And that’s math, people! Math don’t lie. He’s now homered in six straight games hitting .385 with 16 RBI in that stretch. ALL HE DOES IS HIT HOME RUNS. Will he hit a home run in every game going forward? Probably! I don’t know! Remarkably, Rhys’ still available in about 40% of leagues but that number should be even higher by the time I finish this dot, dot, dot…sandwich! Gotcha! After jacking 67 homers in two minor leagues seasons the power is coming as no surprise, but hisÂ .283/.406/.755 slash is certainly a big plus. Grey told you to BUY and if he’s still out there in your league you need to run, not walk, to pick him up because late season call ups like this can win your fantasy league. Sadly, Hoskins isn’t rocking a nickname on the back of his jersey this weekend, but if it were up to me it’d be “All Rhys.” See what I did there? If I said it should be “Better Than Judge” would that have been clearer? Because no one is more dominant than All Rhys right now, not even that other guy.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:
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If for some reason you are watching Mariners baseball excluding those who live in the area *can’t be happy trotting out Yovani Gallardo in the middle of Â a Wild Card Race*, you know the beauty of announcer Dave Sims calling “Boom Stick Baby” on Nelson Cruz HRs or “Giddy Up, Baby” on great plays. Well those are words we may hear often tomorrow night when the Seattle Mariners take on the Baltimore Orioles with Wade Miley taking the mound. Mariners are a great stacking option, led by Nelson CruzÂ ($10,200) who is currently on a huge tear. He has hit 9 HRs over his last 15 games and has an OPS over 1.400. A match-up against a struggling Wade Miley is a juicy one, Miley has allowed 17 HRs to right handed batters and a .851 OPS/.366 wOBA. All Mariner righties should be a go tonight Danny Valencia ($8,400), Jean Segura ($9,000) and Mike Zunino ($6,000).
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I was craving sashimi last night, so I sauntered to my local sushi joint. When I walked through the door, I heard the familiar, “Irrashaimase maido,”Â from the chefs behind the counter. As I nodded my head down reverently, I realized there was a new member of the crew. I like to live dangerously, so I sat down at the bar in front of him. I usually ask the chef, “What’s good today?” but last night it was just, “Prepare what you think is best.” Like I said, I like to live dangerously. If I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation, I would’ve knocked my chair backwards and banged my head on the floor from the show I was presented. It was all so un-Benihana-esque. The skill. The grace. As he wiped the sweat from his forehead after slicing and dicing the manta rays placed before him, I asked him one simple question. “Who are you?” He looked me in the eye and responded, “I am Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees.” Tanaka was perfect for five innings Friday night. He ended up allowing two hits, one earned run, did not walk a batter, and struck out 14 in eight innings. 77-of-109 pitches were thrown for strikes. That’s how you earn a big tip! Now, keep in mind that Tampa Bay strikes out the fourth-most frequently against RHP and the huge night knocked down his ERA to 5.09 for the year. He did give up four, three, and five earned runs in his prior three starts and got pummeled in his two previous starts against TB. As Friday night showed, though, Tanaka does have the ability to absolutely dominate. When I eat raw fish, I know there’s always the risk that I could be eating some three-eyed monster from Fukushima. That’s how I feel about starting Tanaka. As I said before, I like to live dangerously.
Here’s what else I saw from Friday night’s action:Please, blog, may I have some more?