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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 670 – Fireside Chat: Pitchers Catching Our Eye

4/9/19

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The 10: Velo Gainers

Last week, I debuted “The 10” by looking at unexpected gems and we’re staying on the mound again today. While there are small sample all over the place, pitchers are at least accumulating data in areas that often stabilize sooner and can add some insight despite the fact that we’re still almost a week away from Tax Day. Meanwhile, hitters are still ping-ponging between perceived hot and cold starts as evidenced by Nick Markakis jumping 51 points in AVG with a 3-for-4 effort on Monday night.

For this exercise, I’m comparing current velos through a couple starts or handful of relief innings against the player’s full April total from last year. These gains aren’t set in stone, but they are worth monitoring, even at this early juncture. Here are 10 velocity gainers on my radar:

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 669 – Wild & Wooly Waiver Wire Bidding

4/8/19

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat April 5th, 2019

Check out Friday’s chat below:

1:07

Paul Sporer: Hey everyone! We’ll begin in just a moment and run through the hour.

1:09

Greg: Thoughts on Darvish? Sliders looked pretty nasty early yesterday, but it has been a rough go.

1:10

Paul Sporer: I do wonder if that late-spring blister is still an issue at this point. He just doesn’t look like he did early in spring.

1:10

WeaverTruther: Was there anything in Weaver’s first start to get excited about, or get legitimately worried about?

1:12

Paul Sporer: Nothing I’m worry about. Bad start against a good team. He’s the kinda guy I’m giving 3 starts to assess. After that, he’s cuttable bc he wasn’t a high priced pick

1:13

BK: I have a $49 Arenado at 3B and a $15 Cruz at UTL in Ottoneu points league. How can I get Maikel Franco in my lineup or what should I be looking for in return for a $1 Franco?

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 666 – Standout Rookies

4/4/19

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  • DFS recap

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 667 – “Call Your Shot” Ep. 10: Opening Week Edition

4/4/19

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CALL YOUR SHOT

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My 2019 Portfolio

When you play a lot of leagues, things start to blend and you might forget who you have and where you have them. For the last several years, I’ve put together my portfolio to keep track of who I have in my leagues. Over the last few years, I’ve scaled back my league load. Now when I say this number, some of you will still faint, but I promise it’s a major cutback. There are 13 leagues accounted for in my portfolio and only 10 of those require regular work (daily/weekly lineups and FAAB). I think the first time I made a portfolio, it was for 20 leagues.

One aspect to remember when doing this exercise is that the top guys are never going to be the studs from the first couple of rounds unless you get lucky enough to pick in nearly the same spot throughout the leagues. Drafts start to open up after pick 75 so that’s often when you start accumulating your multiple shares of players, often because you comfortable taking them ahead of their ADP since you believe in them. This is even more true of pitching specifically.

That said, my top two guys are hitters this year!

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The 10: Unexpected Gems

Each week (on Monday or Tuesday depending on my schedule) I’m going to talk about something from the previous week in a pack of 10. This week we’re only working with four games, but I still found 10 unexpected gems worthy of some attention.

Trevor Williams | PIT at CIN: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB, 13% SwStr

I’m not going to overreact after the one start, but another gem gives him a 2.02 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in his last 18 starts, spanning 102.7 innings. He has just a 12% K-BB rate in that time which fuels the skepticism and most relievers can’t sustain an 87% LOB rate, let alone starters. I’m reluctant to think I got it wrong on Williams just because he picked up where his 2018 left off. Maybe he’s more of a true talent 3.75 ERA than the 4.00-4.20ish level I suggested during his big run.

He gets Cincy at home in his next start, I’d use him for that in most formats where streaming is viable.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 665 – “The Walking Dead: A Main Event Story”

4/1/19

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  • Main Event & TGFBI bidding

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 664 – Fireside Chat: Early Impression of Lower Tier SPs

3/29/19

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Day 1 SPs Of Interest

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