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 2018 Player Profile: Dinelson Lamet
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 14:11

Dinelson Lamet has a live arm. A really live arm. That’s not the issue. The concern is the secondary stuff and the location. In search of another option, a third pitch to compliment his fastball/slider combo, Lamet is looking to add a curveball this season. Can he hone that pitch, and locate all three of his offerings, enough to take the next step this season?

 2018 MLB Keeper League
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 13:52

I used to work at a bunch of places before finding my happy place with the Guru Elite squad. One of those spots was Fanball. I’ve stayed in touch with a bunch of the guys over the years, and we continue to play in a keeper league. Actually, it’s pretty much my home league at this point. In what follows I’ll breakdown how the five-player keeper league, with 12 teams participating, played out on draft day.

 2018 Mixed Tout Wars Draft
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 13:41

The annual trek to New York in March for Tout Wars. It’s one of two main events in the month, the other is LABR, that help to highlight the upcoming fantasy baseball season. As has been the case the past few seasons, I’m fortunate enough to be part of the 15-team, Mixed League Auction. The event, held at Richmond County Bank Ballpark (home of the Staten Island Yankees), was a wild affair of baseball, cabs, subways, ferry’s and planes for the participants. It was quite the trip just to get out there to be part of the event. Let’s see if the trip paid off in a strong fantasy squad.

 2018 Sirius XM Dynasty League
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 13:28

Folks ask about dynasty leagues all the time in baseball, and most of the time we have to tell them that we don’t have a setup like that which they can follow. That ends now. SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio has decided to go full-on dynasty league for the upcoming baseball season. We’re not talking about a keeper league where you hold five players. We’re going balls to the wall in a dynasty setup where we keep all 40 players on our roster from year to year. Yes, 40 players for each of the 15 teams in the mixed league. How did the team of the Oracle turn out? Here we go.

 2018 Player Profile: Jake Arrieta
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 15:53

For a while this offseason it looked like Jake Arrieta wouldn’t find a home. Eventually, he did signing a 3-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies (the deal has an opt out, and also two extensions meaning he could end up making $125-135 million over the course of five years). A few years ago Arrieta was the bee’s knee’s. Who is he at this point after a solid but unspectacular 2017 season?

 Ray's Ramblings - Camp Thoughts
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 13:24

Arrieta will be ready. Buehler and Calhoun have been sent to the minors. Cespedes is hurt, yet again. What's up with all this Bryce Harper talk? Is Ohtani going to be able to hit enough to be of any use this season? Just how good an arm does this Newcomb kid have? Is the Padres' Pirela and intriguing add this season? Who is this Stratton kid of the Giants? Does the signing of Walker ruin the short-term outlook of Torres?

 Ray's Ramblings - CarGo, Moose & Bullpens
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 15:21

Mike Moustakas returned to the Royals, with his tail between his legs. Seems like Carlos Gonzalez will do the same thing and return to the Rockies. Ray will also break down three bullpens that haven't yet named a closer for the upcoming season: Angels, Cardinals & White Sox. 

 2018 Player Profile: Breakout Pitcher
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 15:57

Every year I write an article about a hurler that kinda comes out of nowhere to star in the fantasy game. You know, a guy people are kinda talking about on the fringes, but not someone anyone is really banking on for success. A guy folks know, but certainly not one they are targeting. A guy that you could say to your friend ‘I really like this guy’ and your friend just goes blah, and orders a beer. In essence, this is my attempt to be a year ahead of the curve, instead of being behind it like everyone else.

In the recent past my “breakout pitcher” has ended up being a pretty darn special performer a good deal of the time. The results since I started writing this yearly column follow.

2014: Corey Kluber (ADP: 234.8)
His first season of more than 150-innings led to a massive breakout of 18-9, 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 269 strikeouts. Oh yeah, he won the Cy Young award too.

 2018 LABR Experts Draft
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, March 5, 2018 - 17:35

Early March each year, we head to Arizona. We get to relax in the sun, eat pizza, drink beer, and have one hell of a good time putting together teams in the League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR). There are two leagues that we draft, one NL one AL, with an auction format. I’m in the American League yet again as I search for my elusive first win (I believe second, third, fifth and fourth place finishes have occurred my four years in the league). I went rouge this year. I’m talking like off the charts for the normally conservative Ray Flowers. Read on to find out what that means.

 Ray's Ramblings - Early Camp Thoughts
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 15:40

Let's take a run around the camps and some early stories. Cespedes, Chapman and Stroman are hurt. The Nationals seem intent to have Eaton bat leadoff with Turner hitting second opening up the question of just how much Turner will/should be running in 2018? Napoli signed with the Indians and LoMo with the Twins. Gausman is adding a new pitch and Martin has a shot to lead off for the Tigers.