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The 10: Biggest Fallers in 2nd Chance Leagues

The NFBC kicked off their Memorial Day 2nd Chance leagues last night with three drafts completed and we now have some average draft position (ADP) data to digest. I have my 2CL (is that a cool abbreviation for “2nd Chance League”?) this Friday evening and I’ll be streaming it live on Twitch if you have any interest in watching it. I want to dive in on the biggest fallers here today with some caveats. Or at least one major caveat: my cutoff is the first 15 rounds.

I want to see who is still be taken with some expectation of performance while sustaining a major fall in their cost. The actual biggest droppers without limits are the obvious injury guys. The single biggest fall from the spring Rotowire Online Championship leagues (12-team format to stay consistent with the 2CLs) is Travis Shaw who has the double whammy of injury and severe underperformance. He’s gone from the 95th player chosen on average to the 362nd last night, a colossal 267-pick drop. Miguel Andujar (347th), Jameson Taillon (312th), Luis Severino (280th), and Nathan Eovaldi (390th) are also unsurprisingly amongst the nine players with a 200+ pick dip.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 694 – Talking SMART with Glenn Colton

5/23/19

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Assessing Some SP Stragglers

As we wind down the second month of the season, stat lines are beginning to take shape and we certainly feel like we know more about how the season will unfold. There are definitely some things happening early on that you can put some weight into, but we still have four months left in the season, too, meaning a lot will still change.

Through May last year, Zack Wheeler had a 5.40 ERA, Luis Castillo was at 5.49, Jameson Taillon was at 4.53, and Masahiro Tanaka was at 4.62. German Marquez was at 4.21, but that would balloon to 5.53 five starts later and of course we know that from there, he absolutely went off. Afterthoughts like Mike Minor, Danny Duffy, Mike Fiers, Derek Holland, Lance Lynn and even Alex Cobb all had ERAs north of 5.00 and were left for dead through May before finding extended periods of fantasy relevance throughout the summer. Minor was downright all-formats viable from June on.

Let’s look at some of the biggest strugglers through two months and discuss what the future might have in store for them.

(in descending order by ERA)

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 693 – Rotation Check-Ins: Next 10 Teams (HOU-OAK)

5/21/19

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  • Houston (2:05)
  • Kansas City (22:20)
  • LA Angels (26:53)
  • LA Dodgers (40:22)
  • Miami (59:33)

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 692 – FAAB Fallout

5/20/19

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS, INJURIES, RUMORS

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 690 – Fireside on Nola & Bauer

5/17/19

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 689 – Breakout Hitters (ft. Alex Fast)

5/17/19

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – May 17th, 2019

The transcript is now live!

12:00

Paul Sporer: It’s time to talk some baseball!!!

12:00

Mark Shapiro: What would you do with Colin Mchugh in 12 team dynasty league?

12:01

Paul Sporer: I’m not against cutting him. I think he’ll be solid out of the pen, but I’m not sure how useful a decent non-saves RP is in 12-teamer

12:01

hscer: Talked a lot about Tigers on #688 but didn’t hear Goodrum’s name…I’m still holding as a bench bat in some places, but not sure how bright that is all else equal

12:01

Paul Sporer: Did a podcast with Alex Fast of PitcherlIst (out later today) and Goodrum gets some love. I think there’s some upside. He deserves better than we’ve seen

12:02

Vern Rapp: Expectation for Soroka ROS? He can’t be this good, obviously, but is low 3.00s ERA and sub 1.10 WHIP feasible?

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 688 – Prospect FAABstravaganza

5/16/19

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/RUMORS (8:42)

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 687 – Rotation Check-Ins: First 10 Teams

5/15/19

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ROTATION CHECK-INS BY TEAM

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