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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 751 – High Stakes Leagues w/Dusty Wagner

11/04/19

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INTERVIEW WITH DUSTY

  • Playing NFBC leagues (learning curve, FAAB, draft/ADP, etc…)

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 750 – Fireside Chat: Nick’s Rankings

11/03/19

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DIGGING INTO NICK’S RANKINGS

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Approximately 51 minutes of joyous analysis.


The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 749 – Offseason Gameplanning

11/01/19

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/RUMORS

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Don’t Forget About These Injured Arms for 2020

Some of the best draft day values can be injured arms who missed all or most of the previous season, taking them off the radar of many fantasy mangers. Some of these guys will fly up draft boards with a strong spring, but others will remain afterthoughts throughout draft season. Here are 10 injured arms to keep in mind for 2020:

Lance McCullers Jr. | Tommy John surgery (Nov ’18)

By having his TJ in November of 2018, McCullers will get the extended 16-month recovery time before returning. This will give him a chance at a full season in 2020, though it’s worth noting that his MLB-high is 128.3 innings so he has to show that he can make it through a full 30 starts in the first place. His #TooEarlyMock (TEM) price was 253 on average (71st among SPs), but it will rise quite a bit with a healthy spring. McCullers is a great target for early drafters on price alone.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 748 – 2020 Outfielders

10/29/19

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2020 OUTFIELDER DISCUSSION

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 747 – 2020 Third Basemen

10/23/19

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What’s Going on with Yordan Alvarez?

The brilliant Astros rookie DH Yordan Alvarez is a near-lock to win the AL Rookie of the Year next month, but he has labored through the playoffs with just a .171/.227/.244 and a lone RBI in 44 PA. After posting a .313/.412/.655 line with 27 HR and 78 RBI in 369 regular season plate appearances, he was expected to a key part of the deep Houston lineup.

Instead, he has started to move down in the lineup (5th in the first 7 games; 6th or 7th in 4 since) and will likely be an easy sit for the Astros for the games in Washington. He may have sat anyway, but if he was raking, it would’ve at least been a tough decision. So what have the Rays and Yankees done to slow the electric rookie?

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Top 35 Third Basemen for 2020

The hot corner definitely carries some depth with some major names checking in a lot lower than you might expect. There is a lot of multi-eligibility at the position, though, so you could feasibly roster several 3B and put them elsewhere on your roster.

Other 2020 Rankings:

Let me know what you think in the comments.
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My NFBC Draft at the AFL (Next 11 rounds)

I covered the first 12 rounds of my AFL draft last week and today I’ll show the rest that we did in Arizona. We will finish the remaining 27 rounds online in January.

13.193 – Scott Kingery | OF/3B, PHI

I liked the positional flexibility and power-speed capability here with Kingery. His 2018 was a flop (.605 OPS) and while he couldn’t sustain his early-2019 success (.889 1H), he still hit eight homers and stole 10 bases in the second half. I still think there’s more here, but a full season of 2019 would essentially be a 20/20 season.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 746 – 2020 AFL Drafts

10/17/19

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/RUMORS

  • Joe Maddon to LAA
  • Buck Showalter candidate for NYM/PHI
    • Are tms trending back toward classic mgr?
  • Who does gm4 rainout help more?

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