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SAGNOF Report: Turning the Trea Turner

He was well hyped in advance of his final promotion, so much so that Prospector Ralph's pleated khakis looked like a circus tent. To his benefit, Trea Turner deserved the hype in preseason, he had the youthful vigor and the stats to back it up.  Alas, he wasn't ever promoted and we played the waiting game while cursing the very existence of Danny Espinosa.  Then he got promoted...
Via Razzball
17 minutes ago  |  Discuss

DrakftKings: C-Yu-Later-Arriegator

I know the lede may scream Millennial, but I wasn’t born in the 90’s, my cursive writing is on point and I don’t wear a beanie in 95 degree weather. I never use shorthand when texting or emailing, but it's tough to pass up on word play when Yu Darvish is part of the feature. Two weeks ago I gave you Tres Zurdos and this week I’m following up with Tres Diestros, or three...
Via Razzball
49 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Argh, Cole The Pirate Has Spurry

Gerrit Cole has an injured arm, possibly elbow spurs.  I love this scenario:  a pitcher throws like garbage for weeks then the team announces he's hurt.  Love, love, love.  This is my favorite.  Five innings, five runs, but it's likely nothing, just a bad start.  Cut to five weeks later of terrible starts.  "Oh, yeah, he's got a torn tendon/elbow spur/missing forearm due...
Via Razzball
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bear or Bull: The Miller’s Tale

Prior to the 2016 season, Brad Miller had been viewed as something of a tweener - an average defensive shortstop at best whose offensive potential never quite translated into consistent production at the MLB level. The Seattle Mariners finally grew tired of Miller's inconsistency and lack of improvement and traded him away in a six player deal to the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Don’t Ivan Worry, It’s Nova for Shova.

First and foremost, I'd like to thank all of the loyal readers out there in the Kingdom of Razz. I'd also like to apologize, kinda. You see, what I'm about to do makes me feel dirty. There's no way I would've considered this earlier in the season. Ultimately, the time has come. I'm suggesting Ivan Nova for your DFS pleasure this afternoon. I need a shower. Hopefully he'll pitch well...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

You Betts Believe It

Mookie Betts was 5-for-5 and drove in two runs Friday night. It was the first five-hit game of his career and the number of pets in New England being named Mookie is climbing quicker than his batting average. Let me gush about Betts for a minute, even though it might be tough because I know Xander is reading. (Do not worry, you are still my number 1, Awesome-X.) Mookie is slashing ...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Post Trade Deadline Position Rankings: Shortstops

Shortstop might be the deepest position on the infield in fantasy baseball. This is definitely unique in history as it is usually the weakest offensive position on the diamond. So, looking back at the draft may not be quite as important as there isn’t as much separation between the top spot and the twelfth spot. As we have seen with the other positions, there are always one or...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: August 26, 2016

On these very pages, I lauded the acquisition of Jeremy Jeffress as just as crucial as the acquisition of Jonathan Lucroy. He has a 4.00 ERA in nine games as a Ranger, but has been used in more of a setup role than was originally anticipated. Lucroy has gone nuts as he hit seven home runs in a little over 70 at bats as a Ranger. However, he is not the lead story coming out of Arlington...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Don’t Have A Cow, Man!

There are 15 games on today's slate. That means there are 30 starting pitchers to choose from. Well... Don't have a cow, Man! Just pick Big Bart. Bartolo Colon has a 2.25 ERA in four starts this month, with a 15:4 strikeout to walk ratio. Tonight, the Phillies are in town and have not done well vs Colon this season. In three games, the Phillies only had a .206 BA and a .588 OPS,...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: August 26, 2016 – DraftKings & FanDuel Analysis

Below we’ve got player rankings with commentary, suggested lineups and a projection/research chart for Friday’s 15-game evening slate on DraftKings and FanDuel. Player Rankings **Players are listed according to their FD positional eligibility Catcher Welington Castillo – This is an excellent matchup for Arizona RHH against LHP Brandon Finnegan who has a 4.72 xFIP and 1...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Studley Moore A Near-Perfect 9

The Dodgers were one of the hottest clubs offensively coming into this game, so, what happened?  Baseball happened, and Matt Moore throws a gem -- 8 2/3 IP, 1 Hit, 3 Walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.95.  There's no sport like this anywhere in the world.  Though, my 89-year-old Italian grandfather says the bounce on the bocce ball court can be tricky.  By the way, I recounted the other day...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: August 25, 2016

The AL MVP debate is in full swing. You have the so-called defending champion of each of the past five seasons in Mike Trout. He currently leads the AL in wins above replacement (WAR) and has done that in every season except 2015. Yet, he has only taken home one MVP award during that time. Others like Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson have taken home the trophy in spite of Trout’s...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Podcast Episode 4: “The Duality of Ralph and Joey Gallo”

Hey yo! We're back for another episode of the Prospect Podcast with Michael Halpern of Imaginarybrickwall.com, and of course, Prospector Ralph Esq!!! In this week's edition, Michael calls me out for the high energy tongue lashings I'm throwing around on the football side in the Razzball Dream League. We then jump back into prospects, and go through some young guns making noise lately...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2016, The Year That Wasn’t

Stephen Strasburg hitting the disabled list puts the punctuation mark on the end of my fantasy baseball season. This has not be a season I'd like to remember. Despite having the third most points scored in my head-to-head points league, I am sitting one spot out of last place. The only take home is that I will have the second pick in next year's draft. Can't wait. Seriously though...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gary, Indistandsa

I'm being honest here when I say I don't think you can stop Gary Sanchez.  Someone needs some breaking pitches and chloroform.  It's a sequel, The Sanchize II:  Homers > Butt Fumbles.  Trivia:  Gary, Indiana is the birthplace of the Jacksons; Gary Sanchez is a Thriller that Ben making balls Beat It, since Imma sing on a song that Michael sung.  Yesterday, Chez Gary went 2...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

How the term "injection" impacts fantasy baseball impact injury anlaysis

The term injection likely will always come with a degree of negative connotation in sports, especially in Major League Baseball. However legal, medically cleared injections have become a routine part of professional sports, and many athletes include a syringe-based treatment option as part of their recovery plan. Not all injections are designed to address the same injury, with certain...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

Post Trade Deadline Position Rankings: Third Base

As we continue through the positional analysis, we come closer and closer to looking at the fantasy season as a post-mortem. However, there is still time to swing some deals and there are some players that have come out of nowhere to become legitimate fantasy regulars. The flip side is of course that some guys have fallen from glory. Josh Donaldson—Toronto Blue Jays (Preseason...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Complete Game Super Nova An Oasis For Pitching-Deprived Owners

Yesterday, Ivan Nova threw a complete game with one earned run -- 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks -- ERA at 3.20 on the Pirates, after having a 4.90 ERA on the Yankees.  This Ray Searage guy can do miracles.  People should travel far and wide to go see him with their ailments, anguish and general malaise.  "So, I was standing in line for a frappuccino and I was thinking, 'What...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: The Bronx Bomber

Happy Tuesday, Razzballero! If you're still checking in on the baseball side of things, it probably means that you're still in contention in at least one of your fantasy leagues, so kudos to you for that. If you were able to win the race to the waiver wire and acquire this week's most added player in ESPN leagues, New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (58.4% owned; +46.8% over...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ Arenado

On Sunday, Nolan Arenado broke out of a mini-slump and hit his first home run since August 8. He couldn't have asked for a better matchup this week than the one that he gets on Tuesday night against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. This game is on the road, so it doesn't have quite the positive effect on hitters, but Miller Park is one of the more hitter friendly parks in the league...
Via Razzball
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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