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.

 DFS Hitting Breakdown - 4/11
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:01

A quick primer for the Hitting Coach piece that will appear seven days a week at Guru Elite. There will be a smattering of data, pertinent to setting your daily squad up. There will be ballpark data. Which parks favor what type of hitters? There will be some BvP data, and yes, it does matter. We will try to list some umpire data if there is anything significant to be gleaned from it. In the end, I’ll throw all the data into the hopper and try to come up with some solid daily advice on the men that swing the lumber.


2016 Ballpark Splits

tOPS+: A mark of 100 is league average. If the mark is under 100 the situation favors the pitcher. A mark over 100 favors the hitter. The number represents versus the league average. A mark of 93 means the park plays 7 percent better for the pitcher. If the mark is 109 it favors the hitter by nine percent.

 Ray's Ramblings - Please Don't Panic
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 17:34

It’s been a week. To hear it, folks seem to think it’s been three years. People’s lack of patience at this point of the season is profoundly absurd. If you could see the questions I’ve been receiving over the past few days, well, you might upchuck that tostada you ate at lunch or you might be forced to run to the cabinet to pull out the bottle of Jack your grandmother sent you for the holidays to dull the pain of the ringing in your head. I’m gonna explain the most important trait you need to have right now... and it’s patience.

Let’s start at the top. This preseason I wrote an article titled The Importance of Patience. Let me restate some key facts from that piece.

The shallower the league, the less patience is needed.

Determine why is the player struggling?

Understand if the player you’re looking at is truly struggling or not.

Pay attention to contact and strikeout rates.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 4/10
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 15:52

The daily review of pitchers is at hand. Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Harvey, Lynn, McCarthy, Musgrove... all these arms looked decent to goo in their first outing this season. Ray Flowers will break down their efforts in this piece. He will also touch on Ray and Snell, guys with huge arms who often fail to control the strike zone, as well as youngsters like Senzatela and Triggs.

*The numbers listed in parenthesis were from each man’s first outing.

 Hot and Cold: Week 1 MLB Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 15:32

It’s not really fair to write this article, since we’re only looking at a week of data, but we wanted to get you used to seeing the data that we will be offering moving forward. To that end, even with limited data, here is a look at some of the data that we will be featuring at GuruElite as we leave no stone unturned in our attempt to help you win. Really, it’s as simple as that.





 Weekly Catcher Review - 4/10
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 14:30

We’re only a week into the season, so it’s a bit dangerous to read too much into most of the data we have at our finger tips. That said, it’s never too early to start looking at the information that we do have. Every Monday I’ll do my best to take a look at the men who wear the tools of ignorance. We will take a look at catcher’s ability to slow down the running game, work with a pitching staff and help their hurlers by helping them out in the old pitch framing department.