Ray Flowers

MLB/NFL Analyst      

Ray Flowers has been a full-time fantasy analysist for the last 16 years – who has done that? – spending all his waking hours breaking down baseball, football and even hockey back in the day. For the past seven years, since the first day of the channel, he’s been on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio six days a week spewing opinionated analysis with his co-host Kyle Elfrink on the SiriusXM Fantasy Drive (Sirius 210, XM 87). Known for his analytical approach, Ray eschews pitching and quarterbacks early in drafts and isn’t afraid to predict outcomes that go completely against the grain if the data leads him there. When he’s not slaying Twitter with wondrous responses filled with charm and snark, or winning FSWA Writing Awards, he can be found watching a superhero flick, taking a swim or pounding vodka Red Bull’s into the wee hours of the morning.


 Fantasy Baseball Elite Podcast - 4/21
Posted by Ray Flowers on Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00

Week 4: Fantasy Baseball Elite Podcast

Hosted by Ray Flowers

 

(1) FIRST BASE – Health concerns (T.Walker, Bogaerts, Donaldson, Freeman, Kendrys Morales, Mike Zunino, Salvador Perez, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, MadBum/Melancon, Yates, Flowers). (2) SECOND BASE – Bullpens (The BURR Report) & The Closer Carousel (MIA, STL, MIL, HOU, LAD, LAA, TB). (3) THIRD BASE – WAIVERS – HITTERS (Tyler O’Neil, Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel, Preston Tucker, Jeimer Candelario, Kurt Suzuki, Eric Thames, Stephen Piscotty) and PITCHERS (Chris Stratton, Bud Norris, Chris Devenski, Chad Bettis, Bartolo Colon, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Cobb). (4) HOMEPLATE – Prospect Watch – O’Neil, Acuna, Senzel, Torres, Calhoun, Buehler, Flaherty, Jimenez, Robles, Gohara/Fried/Soroka.


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 Ray's Prospect Watch - 4/20
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 21:40
Each week we will check in with some of the better prospects in baseball. We will attempt, and it's an inexact science, to rank the minor leaguers based upon current expectations for 2018 fantasy production. Understand that things can change immediately for anyone on this list if they are traded, or more likely, if a current major league player ends up injured and the club needs a replacement. No one knows the date any of these youngsters will be called up, and that's why forecasting the performance of minor leaguers each season is nearly impossible.

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 MLB Splits: Week 4
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:51

As we fall further down the worm hole of analysis each year, we search for the light. We try to grab at any branch that we fall past, but many of them simply cannot support our weight. However, there are plenty of branches that can stop your fall, plenty of areas that you can turn to for the light. Each week we will attempt to address which splits matter for hitters and pitchers. We’re talking about finding that little advantage that others don’t seem to be aware of. It’s not just some guys batting average against righties, or some relievers ERA on the road either kinda stuff. We’re talking about trying to ferret out any results that will give you the advantage that your opponents are lacking. 


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 Ray's Ramblings: Pitcher Report 4/20/18
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:17

Berrios has been ballin'. Boyd has no heat, but lots of success. Cole has tons of heat, and lots of success. Davies is searching for a rhythm. Faria is finally looking better. Kuhl throws hard, but the results aren't impressive. Maeda is whiffing batters at a crazy rate. Matz isn't go deep into games. Ray’s still having issues with the walk. Roark has been strong in the strikeout column. Skaggs and Velasquez are hoping history isn't indicative of the future. Stratton has been impressive for the Giants.


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 Weekly Catcher Report - 4/19
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:22

Just as we’re taking an in-depth look at bullpen with our BURR metric, we will break down the catcher’s position every week as well at Guru Elite. Normally we just worry about the offensive side of the game, but as we move to the next level of analysis we’re looking more and more at the importance defensive side of the game. The report that follows will lay out how each backstop is doing while wearing the tools of ignorance. How is the catcher at blocking balls? Is he able to slow down the running game? Do pitchers perform better or worse when he is behind the dish? Basically, we’re concerning ourselves with all aspects of the main job of catchers – and it’s not the offensive side of the game. 


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