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.¬† To paraphrase The Refreshments from their should-be smash hit, Fonder and Blonder, “Who said absence makes the heart grow fonder.¬† Pitches are thrown to catchers, but that doesn’t make my heart grow fonder.”¬† Later in that song, they sing, “I’ll be scratchin’ it down,” which sounds like it applies to all baseball players.¬† Or as the rhyming dictionary has never said, applies to oranges.¬† Any hoo!¬† The projections noted in the post are my own, and I mention where tiers start and stop. ¬†I also mention a bunch of hullabaloo, so let‚Äôs get to it.¬† Anyway, here’s the top 20 catchers for 2018 fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
It feels like just the other day¬†the baseball regular season started.¬† 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 don‚Äôt have baseball or a girlfriend.¬† C‚Äômon, calendar, make like a soldier and turn to March.¬† The only cure for the post-baseball season blues ‚ÄĒ recapping the¬†preseason top twenty lists¬†and being hand-fed Doritos.¬† First up, Cool Ranch and our preseason¬†Top 20 Catchers for 2017.¬† It‚Äôs important to look back before we look ahead to 2018.¬† To paraphrase the one and only B-Real, “How do you know where you‚Äôre at, if you don‚Äôt know where you‚Äôve been? Understand where I‚Äôm coming from?”¬† (If you missed it, I¬†interviewed B-Real¬†last year on our podcast, though that might not have been as good as our¬†Jose Canseco interview.) ¬†It wouldn‚Äôt 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 our¬†Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. ¬†It‚Äôs cold hard math, y‚Äôall!¬† Please, for the love that all is holy, don‚Äôt ask me if this is for next year.¬† Anyway, here‚Äôs 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?
*fumbles with an envelope, Hillary Swank stands next to me, watching on, embarrassed for me*¬† And the Teoscar goes to…Teoscar Hernandez!¬† Hillary Swank leans into the microphone, “Well, he was the only one nominated.”¬† Ugh, totally unnecessary Swank!¬† I should’ve pointed out how she was checking out Hugh Jackman’s wife the entire time on stage.¬† I picked up Teoscar before yesterday’s game for the runs because he was leading off, I never expected such a windfall of gorge.¬† He went 2-for-5, 4 RBIs with his 6th and 7th homer in only his 73rd at-bat.¬† That’s 20 hits total for him, with seven going gonzo.¬† This is better than Million Dollar Baby!¬† Yeah, I hope Hillary Swank’s Google alerts are going bizzonkers today.¬† Not ready to announce my love for Teoscar for next year, I am more of an IFP Spirit Awards guy, but you have to grab Teoscar for these final days.¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I am a winner who’s probably gonna win again.¬† Giancarlo, forgive me!¬† Giancarlo, forgive me!¬† So many swings I don’t understand.¬† Sometimes I need to stream Tommy Milone.¬† Mitch don’t kill my vibe!¬† Mitch don’t kill my vibe!¬† I can feel your energy while Judge hits homers two planets away.¬† I got my drink, I got my music.¬† I would share it, but today I’m yelling.¬† Mitch don’t kill my vibe!¬† Mitch don’t kill my vibe! (repeat 2x)¬† Yesterday, Mitch Haniger¬†(2-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 15th and 16th homers, and now has 4 homers in the last nine games.¬† He even has a steal, and his run game got the whole world talkin’.¬† King Kunta.¬† Oops, wrong Kendrick Lamar song.¬† If you need help this final week, grab this *itch.¬† Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Wow! ¬†Time really does fly when you’re having fun. ¬†I honestly can’t believe that the 2017 fantasy baseball season is already over…well, almost. ¬†Kudos to you who are still fighting the good fight all the way til the end. ¬†Tip of the cap to you. ¬†It’s been real fo sho and I hope you all have a great offseason but before you go, let’s talk about our two top arms tonight. ¬†Yu Darvish¬†at $24,00o is the top pitcher on the board tonight and I love the start against the Padres. ¬†I know we’ve been picking on them all year and if my calculations are correct, it’s paid off, about 82% of the time. ¬†Darvish had a rough time finding his groove in Dodger blue right out of the gate, but he’s thrown up two 23+ fantasy point starts in the last 2 weeks. ¬†I’m crossing my fingers for a 30+ night, time to let the big dog eat.¬† Meanwhile, Aaron Nola at $15,600 is facing the Nationals tonight and the Streamonator loves this start right behind Darvish. ¬†Frankly, Nola has been great all year and the Nats have been resting guys. ¬†If Nola gets a light Washington lineup then all in on him in both cash and tourney play. ¬†Now that are pitching is locked and loaded, let’s go see who we can pair with Stanton in Coors.
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There’s a common term sociologists use called, The Tide of Uze. ¬†Everything that encompasses everyday life is on The Tide of Uze. ¬†Brushing your teeth, walking your dog, Jose Abreu, they’re all on The Tide of Uze. ¬†There’s small pleasures to be found with them, but they’re so consistent they are often lost amongst other more exciting things. ¬†However, this past weekend The Tide of Uze was raised by Irma GAWD!, the¬†fantasy football kickoff and me going to a Dodgers game with Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, a frequent commenter who was in town. ¬†I didn’t rank those per their importance, I’ll leave that to you. ¬†Big weekend for the world, right? ¬†(Yes.) With the Tide of Uze raising, it lifts everything that was floating on its surface, which meant Jose Abreu had a career weekend. ¬†On Saturday, he hit for the cycle, and, not to be outdone, he homered twice on Sunday (2-for-3, 3 RBIs, home run, 30 and 31). ¬†His season numbers are now 85/31/90/.302/1. ¬†All preseason I talked about how I wasn’t getting a 1st baseman in the first two rounds, so I was drafting Abreu everywhere, and I was nervous about it. ¬†Let’s just say I’ve learned to appreciate The Tide of Uze. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Zack Godley¬†($8,800) takes on the Mets tonight. He’s dropped a serious poo in the pool since his fantastic July, surrendering 9 ER’s in 17 IP over his last three starts. Those are three chunky nuggets of bad, but hey, good thing¬†David Wright has taken the form of Jesus to distract us! But let’s be real, there’s no forgetting this is the Mets, a team that has struck out 56 times over the last week. Here’s the game where Godley gets back on track, but the Mets are persistent, give em’ cred. This dumpster fire never dies quietly, but if Godley throws another 8 K’s against them like he did back in May, maybe, just maybe, the toaster will finally be thrown in Terry Collins’ crap-bath. On that positive, here’s your DFS plays this fine Wednesday!
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Whilst doing some exhaustive research on mascots (i.e., I stumbled across¬†this ranking of MLB mascots by a two-year-old, which you should read because you probably need a break from real news this week), I discovered that the San Diego Padres’ mascot is a priest-like figure named the Swinging Friar. ‚Ä¶ ‚ÄúSwinging‚ÄĚ? Ohhhh…kay. Anyway, it seemed a propos in a way because I predict a lot of swinging and missing of the strikeout kind as Stephen Strasburg¬†($10,400) takes on the Padres in Petco today. I’m starting him in my FanDuel lineup, even though he costs a small fortune. I‚Äôm with SON and its no. 1 pick for the day: it‚Äôs Strasburg versus the Padres today, all the way, baby. Yes, he costs a slightly horrifying $10,400 on FanDuel. Yes, this is a return-from-the-DL start, and we don‚Äôt usually fancy those ‚ÄĒ also, at time of writing on Friday night Dusty Baker is still being coy about whether he‚Äôll actually be activated on Saturday, so keep an eye on that. But I‚Äôd like to remind you that last time he faced San Diego, he earned himself 15 strikeouts in 7 innings, with 3 hits, 1 walk and 0 runs. Today he’s in pitcher-friendly Petco Park, to boot. Three days ago, he breezed through his rehab start; in fact, after 66 pitches in 5 innings, ‚Äúhe made such quick work of the Salem Red Sox that he had to throw¬†in the bullpen to get up to the 75 the team had prescribed.‚ÄĚ However, you may be dubious ‚ÄĒ that start was against single A hitters, after all ‚ÄĒ and it‚Äôs also a Rockies-at-home day, so perhaps you want to save money for batter-stacks instead. If so, I have an answer for that‚Ä¶
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Yesterday, Phils’ manager, Pete Macktheknife, said, “Everybody wants to see (Rhy Hoskins‘) bat but Tommy Joseph has done well enough where there‚Äôs enough games left for him to show even more improvement. ¬†It‚Äôs hard. You don‚Äôt want to put Tommy Joseph on the bench so maybe (having Hoskins play outfield) is a way to do it.” ¬†Hey, quick question, anyone got a participation trophy for Joseph? ¬†Sounds like he could really use one! ¬†“I accept this participation trophy on behalf of all the players who are at positions where the club has a better prospect in the minors, but is too cheap to promote them. ¬†Especially to my runner-up, Shin-Soo, way to keep down Willie Calhoun!” ¬†A bunch of prospblockers, the lot of you! ¬†Don’t even get me started on the absolute craziness that you risk putting your top prospect in left field just to keep playing Tommy Joseph. ¬†Hoskins should be okay out there, but there’s a ton more risk with injuries in left field than standing on 1st. ¬†I grabbed Hoskins in all leagues. ¬†He was top 30 for Prospector Ralph’s top 100 fantasy baseball prospects, and might be the last big name to come up that can make a difference. ¬† For this year, I’d say Hoskins = Mark Reynolds with way fewer Ks. ¬†Long term, well, I won’t say Votto, but his OBP is insane for a kid. ¬†Scouts call players kids, did I sound like a scout? ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Book of Job says, “We will send out at least one email a day to all your contacts whether you like it or not.” ¬†Shoot, I immediately see what I did wrong there. ¬†I Googled for a Bible quote, and accidentally got an employee handout from LinkedIn. ¬†Big bad on me. ¬†Yesterday, Zack Godley went 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.86, with this start coming in Wrigley. ¬†*gulps* ¬†Maybe Godley isn’t an overstatement. ¬†His peripherals are gorge too — 9.2 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.23 xFIP. ¬†Throwing 92+ MPH with a mix of four pitches, and mostly going to Dazzletown with the curve being the pony killer (totally a saying!). ¬†“I made you glue!” which is what I shout trying desperately to make “pony killer” a saying. ¬†Oh, and all of it is coupled with a 56% ground ball rate. ¬†That would be the third best in the majors if he qualified. ¬†When there’s nary a starter in sight with a decent ERA, Godley’s otherworldly. ¬†Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:Please, blog, may I have some more?