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Waiver Wire Week 4: 10 Starting Pitchers To Consider Under 15% Owned

Each week through the season, I’ll be looking at the collection of starting pitchers owned in under 15% of leagues (consensus Yahoo/ESPN ownership from Fantasy pros) and pointing out the options to consider if you need an extra arm or two at the end of your staff.

It’s been another week of Fantasy Baseball, and the waiver wire has shifted. Let’s highlight my ten favorites, roughly ordered from top to bottom.

Mike Minor (Texas Rangers) – There is a little more under the hood discrediting Minor’s start to 2018 than I would like, though I still believe Minor will improve as we march further into the season – remember, he hadn’t started a game since 2014 prior to this year. Armed with four solid pitches in his arsenal, Minor sports an impressive 11.9% overall whiff rate and a digestible 7.0% walk rate to his name. His a slider that gets strikes on both sides of the plate, a fastball that hints a 10% whiff rate and hits the zone nearly 60% of the time, and he leans on an effective changeup/curveball combination that takes different roles each outing. The tools are there, it’s just a matter of time before he wields them properly.

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Statcast Looks – Hernandez, Alonso and Moran

In addition to regularly checking the leaderboards here, at FanGraphs, I also routinely peruse the leaderboards at Baseball Savant, too. Below are a trio a players who stood out upon examination of their Statcast data. Read the rest of this entry »


Ottoneu Most Wanted: April 25, 2018

Happy Ronald Acuna day everyone! The baseball season creeps along through its first month, and I’m back again with a look at the most added and dropped players across all ottoneu leagues over the last week. Without further ado, let’s get started:

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Bullpen Report: April 25, 2018

Has the switch been flipped in St. Louis?

On Sunday, Mike Matheny brought Bud Norris in for the eighth inning with a 6-2 lead against the Reds. Greg Holland pitched the ninth, but by that point, the Cardinals had expanded their lead to seven runs. On Tuesday night, Matheny sent a clearer signal that he may be close to re-installing Holland as his closer. He called on Holland to pitch the top of the ninth inning in 5-5 game with the Mets, and he responded with a perfect inning.
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The Daily Grind: Foreshadowing

If a current FantasyDraft user were to send me a referral, I would greatly appreciate it. Well, you may greatly appreciate it too. (MISSION COMPLETE)

AGENDA

  1. TDG Invitational
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. Is This The Year?

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Eric Lauer & Leury Garcia — Deep League Waiver Wire

Who wants to join me under the sea, exploring the deep depths of the free agent waters?

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Roto Riteup: April 25, 2018

I throw 60 mph. I knew I could be an MLB player.


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How Good is Jarlin Garcia?

Monday night’s Marlins/Dodgers game in LA garnered a lot of attention, as it was the season debut and first ever start for Dodgers uber-prospect Walker Buehler, but his less-heralded counterpart put up six strong innings for the Marlins, too. Jarlin Garcia actually bumped his ERA up with a 6 IP/1 ER outing as he now sits at a 1.00 ERA through 27 innings. He opened the season with six one-hit innings of relief in that Cubs/Marlins 17-inning epic on March 30th, the second day of the season.

He allowed a pair of runs in another extended relief outing, this time four innings at Philly. The Marlins installed him in the rotation after that and he’s netted some insane results: one run on five hits and eight walks with 12 strikeouts in 17 innings of work. Obviously, we know the 1.00 ERA and 0.81 WHIP won’t sustain. But does he have the skills to remain fantasy relevant even as his 99% LOB and .121 BABIP regress?

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Believing the Breakouts: Haniger & Lowrie

Mitch Haniger

No one seemed to be targeting Mitch Haniger this draft season with a final NFBC average draft position (ADP) of 219. I picked him up in Tout Wars for $2 in the end game. He seemed to be a player in which owners settled for but didn’t necessarily want. Times have quickly changed as Haniger belted his 8th home run of the season last night and is 8th on ESPN’s player rater. While some regression is possible, most of his early results are sustainable.

Besides the home runs, the 27-year-old outfielder hasn’t been “lucky” to start the season even though his slash line is .324/.395/.716. His .314 BABIP is under his career make of .319. While both his walk (10%) and strikeout (20%) rate have improved, they are each with 2% points of his career numbers.

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Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 4/24/2018

Here’s today’s chat transcript, including a bunch of questions about whether or not you should use Shohei Ohtani tonight.

4:00
Brad Johnson: Hey folks. Start sending positive thought vibes for Makesiondon Kelkboom. We need him to make the majors.

4:00
Mengden’s Dastardly Moustache: With Hoskins attempting to steal bags, am I out of my mind thinking he can put up a final stat line similar to what Machado did in 2015? Might not get 20 stolen bases if the league catches up with what he’s doing or keep the K% below 20%, but one could only dream!

4:01
Brad Johnson: As long as his legs hold up, he could have some crazy roto numbers. Typically, players of Hoskins’ speed and size don’t stay frisky on the basepaths for long

4:01
Brad Johnson: He’s not actually similar to Machado in athleticism

4:01
Marc: 12 team QS league. Should Marquez be held on to and just play matchups or should that spot be more of a streamer spot with guys like McCarthy/Williams/Newcomb/Stratton/etc?

4:02
Brad Johnson: All four of those alternatives are better – either as streamers or full time rosterees

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