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.

 2017 Player Profile - Avisail Garcia
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 17, 2017 - 15:15

A few years back the world was his oyster. The youngster known as Avisail Garcia drew comparisons to Miguel Cabrera in some circles based upon their immense size, their hitting prowess, their Venezuelan home and the fact that they were both part of the Tigers organization. Years have passed and heading into the start of the current campaign Garcia wasn’t being rostered in mixed leagues due to disappointing efforts, one after the other. Through two weeks Garcia has been one of the best hitters in baseball in ‘17. Can the still 25 year old outfielder finally, after years of disappointment, fulfill the lofty expectations the scouting community once had?

 Hot and Cold: Week 2 MLB Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 17, 2017 - 14:29

Every Monday the plan, and plans never get changed do they, I will be posting a Hot/Cold article for GuruElite. Usually there will be a bit more analysis than this week’s article entails. Why you ask? Because streaks/trends aren’t really streaks or trends at this point. They are merely season long numbers since we’ve only had game action for two weeks. You know who is hot as those folks are leading your fantasy team at the moment. You also know which guys stink since those fellas are the ones that you want to send to the waiver-wire or trade for 62.5 cents on the dollar. A few spots to read before you go a bailing. Hitters What to Look For – This piece touches on the 2016 baselines you should be looking for.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 4/15
Posted by Ray Flowers on Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 13:05

So, are you back on the Boyd train now. Are you? Bundy didn't look as sharp the second time out as he did in his dominating first effort. Colon is ancient. Is the run finally over? Gio has started well, as predicted by this scribe. A couple of lefties in Hamels and Happ. I like one, the other not so much. Who is this Yankees kid Montgomery? Why do people continue to shill for Skaggs? Shields has been terrible the past few years, but he's looked pretty good in his two outings. Should you care about him or another veteran in Weaver? Say you aren't that desperate, please.

 Ray's Ramblings - Hitters - Performance Concerns
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 16:02

Beltre is hurt, and I'm worried. Should you be excited about Gallo? Miggy is struggling. Is there an explanation? Is Haniger ready to ascend to fantasy stardom in 2017? Everyone hates Buxton because of the strikeouts, but have you noticed all the whiffs with Donaldson, Story and Villar? Mallex can run, but he will be running to the minors soon. And finally, don't give up on Buxton, C. Gomez, Martin, Rendon or Travis. Show some backbone.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 4/12
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 14:31

Let's start our look on the mound by taking a gander at Finnegan and Glasnow who really struggled in their last outings. What is the outlook for Cole and Cobb? Is Eickhoff ready to take the next step? What about the continually up and down Pineda - is there any reason to think this could be the year? I have a bridge to sell you too. Is it possible that we can blame poor performance on bad weather? Why do so many folks seem to be in love with Morton?