MLB Season-Long Articles

 MLB Hot/Cold: Week 22
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, August 20, 2018 - 13:42

Sample sizes matter an awful lot when it comes to the outlook of a player. Sometimes we allow players too much time to snap out of a slump. At other times, we buy into success too quickly. Each week we will take a look at the recent work on the diamond - one and two-week intervals - to at least detail some of the recent successes and struggles of both hitters and pitchers.

 2018 Player Profiles: Kopech & Gonsalves
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:20

It's finally time. Michael Kopech, he of the Golden Arm, will start for the White Sox Tuesday in his debut. What does the fire balling righty have to offer this season? Not to be outdone, the Twins are calling up one of their top arms in lefty Stephen Gonsalves. We will break down his outlook as well. As an added bonus, there's even a bit of info in here on the future power hitting star, Eloy Jimenez.

 Vlad's FAAB Values: Week 21
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 20:31

Mike Fiers (RHP, Athletics, 52%) – Last season, Fiers sandwiched a super-hot six-week stretch between awful starts and finishes to the season. The 2018 season has been more of a mixed bag, though he has been excellent in the second half (2.10 ERA, .295 wOBAA). Fiers has been sharp through two starts with the A’s (11.1 IP – 3 ER – 0 BB – 13 K) and now lines up for two against the Rangers at home and the Twins on the road. Certainly worth bidding on for the strikeout upside, though he does have occasional bouts with gopheritis, posting a 1.52 HR/9 thus far in 2018 and a 1.88 mark last season.

 MLB Splits: Week 21
Posted by Ray Flowers on Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 10:11

We’ve been breaking down splits all season long. Figured I would try something different today. We have chosen to break down offensive performances by days of the week, Monday through Sunday. Green obviously denotes a good mark on the spreadsheet. As for hurlers, a bit more traditional is their review, though there is some stuff in there about relievers and first batters faced in innings.

 Ray's Prospect Watch - 8/17
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, August 17, 2018 - 13:07

Ray Flowers takes a look at some of the better prospects in the fantasy game each Friday. Which hitters are surging or struggling? Which hurlers are allowing too many walks, and which are setting down the opponent with aplomb? Ray takes a look around the minor league landscape by looking at 40 prospects you need to know for 2018.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report 8/17/18
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, August 17, 2018 - 10:58

Let's talk arms. Chris Archer is still searching. Barria is getting outs, rather quietly. Fiers continues to dominate with the A's. Giolito cannot find "it." Gio Gonzalez is a mess. Ditto Jose Quintana. Those lefties are just not getting it done. Happ is getting it done for the Yanks. Meanwhile, in Colorado, German Marquez is streaking. For real. Pivetta appears to be locked in again. Porcello hopes he can avoid the Jays. Trevor Richards is coming to a halt. Rodon has been impressive, without dominating. Taillon turns in another solid effort. Wood looks sharp off the disabled list.

 Weekly Catcher Report - 8/16
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 13:32

Just as we’re taking an in-depth look at bullpen with our BURR metric, we will break down the catcher’s position every week as well at Guru Elite. Normally we just worry about the offensive side of the game, but as we move to the next level of analysis we’re looking more and more at the importance defensive side of the game. The report that follows will lay out how each backstop is doing while wearing the tools of ignorance. How is the catcher at blocking balls? Is he able to slow down the running game? Do pitchers perform better or worse when he is behind the dish? Basically, we’re concerning ourselves with all aspects of the main job of catchers – and it’s not the offensive side of the game.

 Closer Grid - 8/15
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 15:26

Some places in the world are safe zones where you’re wrapped in a soft blanket with a warm cup of cocoa. The bullpen is not one of those areas, not by a long shot. Each week at Guru Elite, Ray Flowers will take a whirl around the carousel of crazy that is the 9th inning in major league baseball. Ray will break down all 30 team’s bullpens by listing the closer, the #2 option in the pen, the #3 option as well as listing any injured potential closing options. Ray will also make some notes, when appropriate, to guide you through the maze of the most difficult situations.

 Bullpens BURR Report - 8/15
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 13:42

Bullpen Usage & Reliever Ratings, or BURR, is an idea that Flowers and Mans have been playing around with since the 2017 season. The reason for their focus is simply that bullpens are a more important part of the modern game than ever before, and the average fantasy player really isn’t factoring that into their lineup decisions in a meaningful way. Each week we will update our bullpen ratings giving you the best way to attack, or avoid, bullpens while setting your fantasy baseball lineup in the DFS game or in the season long setup.

 MLB Minor League Breakdown: Week 21
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 15:19

Danny Jansen (C, Blue Jays)


Rarely do we see a catcher in the spotlight, but that is the case this week with Jansen getting the call to the majors. A toolsy, 23-year-old, Jansen is expected to stick with the big club for the remainder of the season while veteran Russell Martin gets more days off and plays some third base. Jansen can do a bit of everything – he has solid raw power (12 HR in 88 games), a bit of speed (five SB) and solid plate discipline (12% BB, 14% K, .390 OBP). So long as the Jays don’t go against their word, he is someone may be look for to get a spark in our second catcher spots in 15-team leagues or deeper.