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 Ray's Ramblings - Hot Hitters, SP Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 14:48

The pitchers reviewed in this piece are as follows: Cahill, Fedde, Fiers, Freeland, Godley, Hendricks, Lucchesi, Morton, Norris, Rodon, Rodriguez, Ryu, Skaggs, Snell. On offense, here are some of the men who have been hot the past two weeks: Cano, Dickerson, Encarnacion, Gordon, Yuli Gurriel, Haniger, Inciarte, Martini, McCutchen, McNeil, Mondesi, Muncy, Palka, Pederson, Pham, Piscotty, Rosario, Seager, Stewart and Voit.

 Vlad's FAAB Values: The Finale
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 18:54


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 Ray's Ramblings - Down The Stretch
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:20

On the hill there is a long list of names to break down (Anderson, Archer, Flaherty, Gonzalez, Keuchel, Pena, Ray). Of course, there is on offense as well (Cain, Castellanos, Duffy, Inciarte, Lindor, Machado, Pham, Rendon, Semien, Stewart, Zimmerman), including a quick take on Adalberto Mondesi who has had a breakout second half. 

 Ray's Ramblings - To the Finish
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:03

As the season wears down, there is still plenty to discuss. Ray breaks down the return of Bauer, the dominance of Buehler, the struggles of Jon Gray and Cole Hamels, the underrated success of J.A. Happ, the continued greatness of Kershaw, the surprising success of Price and Anibal Sanchez, the recent dominance of Taillon, and two of the top arms in the AL in Severino and Snell. Offensively, there are the slowdowns of Aguilar, Andrus and Bryant. Cano continues to hit. Marte to hit and run (ditto Desmond). Piscotty is producing extra base hits. Rosario of the Mets continues his late push. McKinney has been solid while Puig has gone ballistic. 

 Ray's Ramblings - Surging & Disappointing
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 14:45

Ray speaks the truth as the season wears down. Which hitters are letting you down (Carpenter, Correa, Desmond, Hicks, Judge, Myers, Odor, Suarez)? Which hitters are producing pretty darn well down the stretch (Bruce, Hicks, Moncada/Anderson, Mondesi, Rendon, Springer, Yelich)? He even talks about Bauer and his health, Wainwright and his great outing and Trevor Williams remarkable second half fun.

 Vlad's FAAB Values: Week 25
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 20:44

A bit different analysis on the pitching side of things this week as there are more than a dozen projected two-steppers who may be available in your leagues. I won’t be mentioning the likes of Kyle Hendicks, Jon Gray, Joe Musgrove and Zack Wheeler who are likely already owned in your leagues. If for some reason they are available, you know exactly what to do.


I’ve sectioned off the two-start pitchers of Week 26 below based on bid amount and volatility. Note that since we kicked the season off in the middle of the week and that half week counted as Week 1, we technically have 27 weeks of the fantasy season. Just two weeks remaining to nail down our league wins.

 Ray's Ramblings - Friday Check-In
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, September 14, 2018 - 12:31

Ray takes a look at the infield (Bogaerts, Bryant, Contreras, Jose Martinez, O’Brien) and the outfield (Conforto, Dahl, Haniger, Piscotty, Schwarber, Soto, Stanton, Upton). He also touches on what is likely to happen in the Cubs bullpen with Morrow, and now Strop, on the disabled list.

 Ray's Ramblings - Sept Arms & Bats
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, September 10, 2018 - 14:47

Ray takes a look at arms and bats. On the bump, Buehler has been great, nearly as impressive as Buchholz. Freeland isn't too far behind either. Meanwhile, Eflin is done, Morton is struggling and so is Edwin Jackson. Nova has been solid as well as Teheran. What about Syndergaard? Is he ever truly going to "get there"? Ray also takes a look at the men at the dish the last two weeks who have been excelling including names like Bregman, Kiermaier, Bogaerts, Acuna, Soto, Villar and Camargo. Ray also touches on the returns of Abreu and Judge.


 Vlad's FAAB Values: Week 24
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 14:49

Just three weeks left and those still reading this column are either in their H2H playoffs, are trying to gain on league leaders in roto, or are like me, and are doing their best to hold on to their league leads. After a red-hot stretch of over a month, reality kicked in a bit as both Marcus Stroman and Michael Kopech damaged ratios harshly, while typically reliable early-rounders like Giancarlo Stanton (2-for-17 this week) and Jose Ramirez (3-for-16) have struggled. A bit of a statistical dip is par for the course when a team has been cruising for some time – you just don’t want it to happen down the stretch.

That’s why attention to detail is all the more important at this stage of the game. Reading all of the news you can is imperative to pick up on little things like who may get shut down soon (Strasburg?), who may not return (Manaea), which teams are running the Rays’ ‘opener’ strategy (A’s and Twins) and which pitchers (Royals SPs) may not get two-start weeks because their managers have decided to employ six-man rotations. The last straw, of course, is to be extremely careful with two-start pitchers who may entice us because we need some wins and strikeouts. Be sure you know how much you can possibly lose in ratio categories (ERA, WHIP) before locking in your decisions. There are certainly a few who can make or break our seasons this week.

 Ray's Ramblings - No Vlad, No Eloy
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 13:00

Vlad Guerrero will not play in the big leagues this season. Neither will Eloy Jimenez. It’s a disappointing end to the season for both men who performed exceedingly well this season. You were warned that it might happen though. Shohei Ohtani has suffered further damage to his elbow throwing his future into doubt. Ray will also touch on the struggles of Glasnow and Kopech. Alcantara is staring. Cruz is blasting. Diaz has homers, so does Gattis. Mikolas is slowing. Ditto Severino. So had Muncy. Morrow may not return. Rosario is streaking. Ditto Story. Wheeler is ok while Peraza and Chris Shaw are going in opposite directions...