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.

 Player Profile - Brandon Finnegan
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 15:59

Brandon Finnegan is one of the more exciting young left-handed arms in the National League. He had a solid season last year with the Reds in ‘16, his first full season as a big leaguer, and he showed very well in his first outing in 2017 as he retired 19-straight Phillies Wednesday on his way to seven shutout innings (one hit, one walk, nine strikeouts). What should the expectations be with Finnegan in 2017?

Brandon Finnegan

  • 23 years old
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • Height/Weight: 5’11”, 185 lbs
  • Position: Starting Pitcher

 The 2017 Closer Chart
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 14:50

We all know who is closing in major league baseball. Well, we know in about 90 percent of the situations at least. However, there are a few that are spots that are always in flux, and for those of you out there who are in need of a 9th inning boost we thought it would be appropriate to speak about the closer situation across the land each week. We’re not going to just speak about  those situations that are experiencing upheaval, but all the situations for each of the 30 MLB squads. To that end, every Thursday we will be updating our 2017 Closer Chart. We'll list the closers, as well as the next two men up in case something happens to the number one guy. We'll also try to keep abreast of suspensions and injuries to bullpen arms, the bane of our existence in the fantasy game, that along with poor performance of course.

 DFS Hitting Breakdown - 4/6
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 13:08

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.

 Ray's Ramblings - Hitters, Early Success
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 17:37

Ray said to play Castro and Escobar. What do you know, they had success. Can Gallo hold on to a role in the big leagues? Is Galvis worth a second look? Why is anyone talking about Headley? Panik is better than you think. Polanco & Piscotty appear to be alrighty physically. Franklin/Jennings are worth a look in NL-only leagues.

Mookie Betts is out of action Wednesday with the flu. Doesn’t sound like anything significant as both he and Brock Holt are dealing with the cooties. Chris Young will enter the lineup for the Red Sox Wednesday.

Called the Eduardo Escobar effort in the DFS Hitting Breakdown this morning. Eduardo went out and hit a homer, had two hits, scored twice and drove in four runs for the Twins. I feel good about that. I also called the Jason Castro play as well. What was in the water this morning (maybe it was the Irish Coffee from last night)? Castro didn’t have a hit against the Royals but he walked four times and scored twice. Hey, that’s a win, ain’t it?

Danny Espinosa had a three-run bomb Tuesday. He popped 24 long balls last season, a career best mark, though his slash line was a dumpster fire (.209/.306/.378). Be exceedingly cautious with him. He’s not a difference maker. He’s not even someone I would want on my mixed league roster.

 Ray's Ramblings - Hurlers, Young and Exciting?
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 16:35

The A’s are still unsettled in the bullpen. Glasnow is looking for the control that Manaea has found. Boyd and Richard... one you may want, the other you may not. Read on to find out which is which.

Cam Bedrosian picked up a save in his first outing of the season. He’s the guy to own here, no matter what we’re hearing out of the coaching staff with the Angels. Cam posted an 11.38 K/9 rate last season with a 49.5 percent ground ball rate. No reason he should give back 9th inning duties unless he fails to have success.

I wrote Tuesday about the Athletics bullpen in Hurler’s Health. As I’ve said a ton, you want Santiago Casilla out of the group of available arms. Same time, I still warned that the job wasn’t lockdown for Casilla merely because he received the first save chance. A few hours after I wrote that article the A’s turned to Ryan Dull to get the save against the Angels, and he failed allowing a three-run bomb to Danny Espinosa. Manager Bob Melvin isn’t locked into any one arm, and in fact, Dull said that he knew he might get a shot to work the 9th inning. #WhatAMess