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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 628 – Drafting UT-Only Players w/Ian Kahn

1/15/19

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 629 – Fireside Chat: SPs Outside the Top 50

1/14/19

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SPs We Like Outside the Top 50:

  • NFBC ADP (set to 12/25/18 for the start date to follow along)

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat January 11th, 2019

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Five Post-200 ADP Players I Love

Ryan O’Hearn – Royals | First Base, 329th

O’Hearn gives me a bit of a Matt Olson vibe after a tremendous 44-game sample in the majors last year during which he hit .262/.353/.597 with 12 HR in 170 PA. It’s not a perfect comp as Olson was off the charts in a 53-game run back in 2017 (.259/.352/.651, 24!! HR in 216 PA), but O’Hearn also won’t cost what Olson did after his second half debut. Olson went 124th on average and peaked as high as 71st while O’Hearn has peaked at 268th and probably won’t push into the top 200 even with a surge.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 627 – “The Process” with Jeff Zimmerman

1/10/19

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 626 – Fireside Chat: Top 50 SP Fades

1/9/19

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Top 50 SP Fades

  • NFBC ADP (set to 12/25/18 for the start date to follow along)

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10 Biggest Swinging Strike Rate Gainers of 2018

Strikeouts have become a massive part of today’s game both on the field and in fantasy baseball. The ability to consistently miss bats is a key driver in success and can be a building block for a breakout. Let’s take a look at the top 10 gainers in SwStr% (min. 100 IP) and see what drove their gains.

Gerrit Cole, Astros | +4.6% to 15%

We’d been waiting for this Cole breakout since he debuted! He had the big 2015 season with 2.60 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 208 IP, but even the 24% K rate that season felt short of what Cole’s arsenal could do at peak. There was a valid concern that Cole wouldn’t ever reach those heights, though. The Pirates preach heavy fastball usage which can undercut the potential of a secondary arsenal as strong as Cole’s. During Cole’s 2013-17 tenure in Pittsburgh, they led baseball in starter fastballs at 62%.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 625 – Buyback Pitchers

1/4/19

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Five Buyback Candidates for 2019

We’ve made it to the New Year! It is the dead of winter, but at least with fantasy football being done, we’re flipping the fantasy calendar back toward baseball. Those who really dive into both sports will now begin their baseball deep dive and that’ll move the ADP markets for sure, so keep that in mind when I reference these draft spots. Today I want to look at five players I’m buying back after disappointing 2018 seasons. The hype is gone, their price has tanked, and now is the time to buy!

Ian Happ | Chicago Cubs | 261 ADP

Happ and teammate Javier Baez were going in the same ADP range last year just around the Top 100 and I chose Happ… whoops. Although, Ozzie Albies was going around them, too, and I favored him over the two Cubs so I didn’t get too crushed by my awful Happ over Baez decision. Not that Albies over Baez was some great win. When Happ hit a home run on the first pitch of the season, my confirmation bias went into overdrive. I’m not proud of it, but I definitely got way too hyped over that whopping ONE PITCH SAMPLE! He went 0-for-4 with 3 Ks the rest of that game and wound up with a .233/.353/.408 line, 15 HR, and 8 SB in 462 PA.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 624 – Best Pitches of 2018

1/2/19

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Best Pitches of 2018 by Pitch Value & Money Pitch

  • Fastball (4:00)
  • Slider (13:20)
  • Cutter (25:00)
  • Curveball (33:30)
  • Changeup (37:47)

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