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Poll: Fantasy Baseball 2018 (6 member(s) have cast votes)

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#41 Deuce7

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:28 AM

Ok, so the write up breakdown will be as follows........

 

Top 3 Picks

Steal (Rounds 4-12)

Sleeper (Rounds 13 -24)

Rundown (The write up)

Conclusion

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 07:01 AM

Better than bad

 

Top 3 Picks: Max Scherzer, Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez

Steal: Andrew Benintendi (7th Round)

Sleeper: Jake Lamb (22nd Round)

 

Rundown: Better than bad certainly didn't feel the strain of having the final pick in the first round with Max Scherzer falling into their lap. Arguably the best pitcher in the game (Clayton Kershaw supporters might say otherwise), you can go ahead and pencil Scherzer in for 200+ strikeouts and another Cy Young worthy performance which should give Better than bad a leg up on at least one category. With the selection of Mookie Betts, Better than bad is hoping for a return to his 2016 form when Betts lead the Red Sox offense in several offensive categories. I don't expect anything less then .300 Avg, 25HRs, 90+ RBIs and 20 SBs. One of the most underrated players of last season, Jose Ramirez has shown that he is an all-around offensive force with speed and power. If his numbers are close to what Betts puts up, don't be surprised. Selecting his second Red Sox outfielder in Andrew Benintendi, Better than bad is essentially getting a younger version of Mookie Betts (hits for solid average, a little power and great speed), but can he avoid the "sophomore slump" will be the big question this coming season. I have no idea how Jake Lamb fell as far as he did, but seeing his 30HRs and 105RBIs fall to the 22nd round might make Lamb the ultimate sleeper this season.

 

Conclusion:  The pitching side will rack up the strikeouts all season long behind the two Nationals' aces. Better than bad is loaded with several all-around offensive players, but not many that are good at one thing. That can be good or bad, only time will tell.

 

Draft Grade: B


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 01:12 AM

You should be hired by Yahoo to do official draft reviews... cant wait for the rest of the league!
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:10 AM

You should be hired by Yahoo to do official draft reviews... cant wait for the rest of the league!

 

I wish. Glad you guys enjoy them. Two more coming later today.


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 07:22 AM

IWantToRideMyBrycle
 
Top 3 Picks: Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, Noah Syndergaard
Steal: Gerrit Cole (10th Round)
Sleeper: Matt Carpenter (21st Round)
 
Rundown: IWantToRideMyBrycle had to think it was Christmas when Giancarlo Stanton fell into their lap at pick #7. I don't really need to explain to all of you how good Stanton is, but I'll do it anyway. 59HRs and 132 RBIs...........on the Marlins!! If he can do that in a pitcher's ballpark with a mediocre team, I'm afraid and also very excited to see what he can do in the Bronx with a good team. Just when you think they couldn't be any more dangerous in the HR category, you take a look at Brycle's second pick and it just happens to be the man the team is named for....Bryce Harper. Harper will hit bombs without question, but the real question is which Harper shows up?? The 2016 Harper with a .243 batting average or the 2017 version that hit .319?? So what about their pitching you ask.....well Brycle has power in that department too. Noah Syndergaard is an absolute stud. No other way to put it. The only knock on him is his ability to stay healthy. If he can, he should contend for the strikeout crown this season with Scherzer and Kershaw with easily 200+. It must be nice to be the Astros and Brycle, at least when Gerrit Cole is your #3 starting pitcher. He would be the #1 guy on most teams and yet he fell to the 10th round. Go ahead and pencil him in for 200 innings and around 180-200 strikeouts. Matt Carpenter in the 21st round.........yeah, that happened. Brycle must have felt like he just found an extra $5 in his pocket when the lifeblood of St Louis' offense fell to them in the 21st round. 
 
Conclusion: Did I mention this team is loaded with power?? This team is basically a Steroid Era fan's wet dream if he had to create a team of today's players. Side note: If you can beat IWantToRideMyBrycle in the HR category this season, then you need to go play your local lotto immediately.
 
Draft Grade: B+

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:14 PM

when does the league actually start?


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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:55 PM

when does the league actually start?

 

Next Monday. April 9th. Some weird Yahoo thing because we drafted after the start of the season.


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:55 AM

Dominators

 

Top 3 Picks: Trea Turner, Charlie Blackmon, J.D. Martinez

Steal: Madison Bumgarner (9th Round)

Sleeper: Justin Turner (19th Round)

 

Rundown: "Take the best available player" was the theme to start Dominators draft. In doing so, they picked up the ultra impressive Trea Turner and his lightning quick speed at #6 overall. "Burner" Turner, as he is know to Nationals fans, showcased why he got that nickname by stealing 46 bases in just 98 games last season. Should he stay healthy, he could become the first player to break 70 SBs in a season since Jose Reyes in 2007. Speaking of 40+ base stealers, Charlie Blackmon was Dominators next pick. While he may not use his speed as often as he used to, Blackmon had a breakout season in 2017 by hitting .331 with 37 HRs and 104 RBIs. I would expect his numbers to come back to earth a little bit this year, but .310/30/90 is still pretty damn good. Ahhh yes, now we get to ESPN's new golden boy, J.D Martinez. Let's face it, if fantasy baseball took defensive skill into consideration, Martinez would be towards the bottom of the draft. Luckily for Dominators it doesn't, so enjoy the 35+ HRs and 100 RBIs that Martinez puts up while ESPN drools every time he is at bat. While some might have viewed the pick of Madison Bumgarner as a reach because he'll be out for at least first month and a half, I see it as a smart pick because he will add insurance to an already stacked SP core for Dominators. He may not hit 200 strikeouts, but 12 wins and 170Ks would still be a great season for any pitcher. We'll go ahead and add Justin Turner's name to that injury insurance list. Getting a guy in the 19th round that was a top 25 pick in most fantasy leagues last season.......can't beat that.

 

Conclusion: Dominators said "pitching is the key to fantasy baseball" and if you look at their full draft you'll see that they truly believe it. Offensively they will struggle, but their pitching heavy team should bail them out of most weeks.

 

Draft Grade: C+


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:30 AM

Marvin's Team

 

Top 3 Picks: Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Manny Machado

Steal: Jonathan Schoop (9th Round)

Sleeper: Scooter Gennett (20th Round)

 

Rundown: What a way to start a fantasy draft. Marvin's Team was able to draft the two most dominant left-handed pitchers in the game today. Had he not missed a few games due to a back injury, Clayton Kershaw may have had the best season of his career. He was on pace for 20+ Wins and 250+ strikeouts before being bitten by the injury bug. My only real concern is that Kershaw has only pitched a full season once in the last four years (a full season being 33 starts, he made 27 in 2017). Still, he's Clayton Kershaw, so I wouldn't at all be shocked if he manages 20+ Wins, 230+ Ks and an ERA around 2.35. The 2nd part of that left-handed duo is Chris Sale and man what a season he had. It actually could have been better. Had Sale gotten some run support, he easily would have hit 20+ Wins last year. I'd lower my expectations a little for this year, but Sale shouldn't have any issue putting up at least 260Ks and manage to hit that elusive 20 Win plateau. Even the best players have "down years" and Manny Machado is no exception. I should probably mention that his "down year" still looked pretty impressive (.259 AVG, 33HRs and 95RBIs). Marvin's Team should be very excited to know that Machado is in a contract year and we all know most guys play the best seasons of their careers during contract years. When you think power hitter, you normally don't think of a 2nd baseman. Allow Jonathan Schoop to change your mind. Last season, Schoop became only the third 2nd baseman in the last 8 years to have 30+ HRs and 100+ RBIs in the same season. If Schoop wasn't enough to make you look at things differently, enter Scooter Gennett. While his numbers weren't quite as impressive, Gennett almost added his name to that previous list when he hit 27HRs and had 97RBIs.

 

Conclusion: We learned two things about Marvin's Team during this: 1. They clearly love left-handed starting pitchers (they have 4 of them on their roster) and 2. They might be the only team that can rival IWantToRideMyBrycle in the power hitting department.

 

Draft Grade: B-


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:16 PM

Ohtani is filthy.  He'll be a star if he doesnt get hurt.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 12:09 AM

Two more teams coming tomorrow. Would have had them up today, but my PC restarted without any notice and I lost all the work I had typed up.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 12:29 AM

I'd like to trade one of my closers.  Jansen could probably get me the best return, so Id be willing to let him go.

A decent MI or catcher would be the ideal acquisition.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:36 PM

Better Call Paul
 
Top 3 Picks: Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Judge
Steal: Andrew McCutchen (9th Round)
Sleeper: Matt Olson (20th Round)
 
Rundown: Better Call Paul hit the small market jackpot with their draft this year. Picking up 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner Nolan Arenado with the #4 pick was a no-brainer. Although he may not get the attention he deserves, playing in Colorado will do that, Arenado should be a darkhorse MVP candidate this year. Over the last three seasons, Arenado has averaged 40HRs and 131RBIs and there is no reason why he shouldn't continue that trend in 2018. Following the pick of Arenado, Better Call Paul drafted the man behind the name, Paul Goldschmidt. Also, a 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Goldschmidt may have had the best of his career last season by hitting .297 with 36HRs and 120RBIs. The only knock on Goldschmidt is that he is a "slower starter", but once he gets things going, watch out. Ok, maybe Aaron Judge isn't small market, but who thought he was going to do what he did last season (52HRs, 114RBIs). My guess is that Judge and Giancarlo have a friendly competition to see who can put up the better numbers and I think Judge might just win. Finally out of Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen seems to have a renewed energy in San Fran. With the pressure of having to be "the guy" off his back, it wouldn't surprise me to see McCutchen set a new career high in RBIs with the Giants talented line up. Better Call Paul may have found a diamond in the rough with Matt Olson in the 20th Round. Olson's numbers looked like this last season (his rookie season): .259AVG, 24HRs, 45RBIs. Oh did I mention he did all of that in 59 games??
 
Conclusion: The auto-draft can be a cruel mistress or an absolute savage, luckily for Better Call Paul they ended up with the latter. They are a little light on the pitching side, but having three MVP finalists from last season doesn't exactly suck.
 
Draft Grade: B

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 06:44 AM

Bryzzo Souvenir Co.
 
Top 3 Picks: Kris Bryant, Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo
Steal: Adrian Beltre (12th Round)
Sleeper: Didi Gregorius (19th Round)
 
Rundown: The pick that we all saw coming as soon as the draft order was announced: Bryzzo Souvenir Co. selects Kris Bryant with the #3 pick. Was it a reach?? Probably. But it's not like Bryant wasn't ranked as a top 10 player. Although Bryant's numbers dipped a little a year after winning MVP, he still managed to put up 29HRs, cut back on his strikeout to walk ratio and have a .409 on base percentage. It's a bit hard to pinpoint what he will do this season, but I'm guessing around a .305AVG with 35HRs and 110RBIs. With it's second pick, we assumed we knew who Bryzzo would be picking, but they pulled a shocker by picking Joey Votto. While disappointing the fans with the pick, Bryzzo gets a former MVP who has missed hitting over .300 only twice in his career; his rookie year (he still hit .297) and 2014 when he only played in 62 games due to injury. While he may not have as much "pop" at age 34, he will still deliver a high batting average and draw a solid number of walks. A few picks into the 3rd round and Anthony Rizzo was still on the board. Fans in attendance began chanting "we want Rizzo". Finally Bryzzo Souvenir Co. obliged. Rizzo stuggled a bit in the batting average department last season, hitting .273, but when he did get hits they were clutch. Smashing 32HRs and driving in 109 base runners for the second straight season, Rizzo will have a good chance at another 100+RBI season with the talent the Cubs roster has. Another ageless wonder worth mentioning, Adrian Beltre put up very good numbers again last season (17HRs and 71RBIs). Unfortunately, he only managed to play in 97 games after battling calf and hamstring issues most of last season. If I told you there was only one shortstop in the league that finished in the top 5 at his position in batting average (.287), home runs (25) and RBIs (87), I bet you wouldn't guess that the player was Didi Gregorius. Surprising, right??
 
Conclusion: Bryzzo Souvenir company is loaded with talent, but if they can't stay on the field then it will be a long season and loads of waiver wire pick ups.
 
Draft Grade: C+

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:31 AM

I bet your wishing you started Did this week?
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:08 PM

I bet your wishing you started Did this week?

 

Wishing I had started a few different guys this week.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:13 PM

 

Wishing I had started a few different guys this week.

 

That was supposed to say Didi.

 

If History repeats itself expect my team to hit the snooze button for the weekend games.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 04:55 AM

Last two write ups are almost done. Thursday-Sunday was a lot busier then I had planned on.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:22 PM

Anyone Need a quality Catcher? I have Yasmani Grandal and JT Realmuto, looking to trade one.

 

I am willing to trade One of my catchers and Dallas Kuechel or Gio Gonzalez for a Solid SP.

 

Let me know?


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