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Mining the News (10/3/22)

• Here is a nice writeup by Jayson Stark on the possible implications of the rule changes. I can’t post the entire article but I recommend reading it all to get a base understanding of projected changes. There will be a ton more to come on this subject over the Winter.

So here we are, a week or so after baseball announced its three most tide-shifting rule changes in almost half a century — pitch clock, shift limits and bases the size of the tires on your Honda. And now here’s the safest prediction I’ve ever made:

Stuff…will…happen.

American League

Angels

Jared Walsh got Thoracic Outlet Surgery from an injury he dealt with since his days pitching.

But Walsh struggled offensively, hitting .215/.269/.374 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs in 118 games before being shut down with thoracic outlet syndrome on Aug. 24.

Walsh, who underwent season-ending surgery on Sept. 1, spoke to the media on Friday about his operation and what to expect going forward. Walsh said the injury occurred a few years ago but worsened this season. He believes he might have injured himself pitching when the Angels experimented with him being a two-way player in 2019, saying it caused tightness in his neck and left shoulder. But the good news is that he’s expected to be ready for Spring Training next year.

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This Season’s Final Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Welcome, everyone.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the Tout Wars bids with one manager showing up to drop the hammer on the rest of us.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: Two notes.

7:33
Jeff Zimmerman: First this Wednesday, at least Paul and I will be hosting a chat during the last set of games if you want to join us.

7:34
Jeff Zimmerman: Second, I will not be hosting any more Sunday night chats until the first FAAB run of the 2023 season. I’m not sure of my new time slot.

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Waiver Wire Analysis (10/2/22)

With just three days to go, I didn’t focus on any long-term values. It’s all who can help a team this week. My main focus was on ranking the projected starters who are rostered in under 40% of leagues. At some point Sunday afternoon, I will try to go back through and check projected rotations to see if I need to add or remove anyone.

In the article, I cover the players using CBS’s (about 40% or less initial roster rate) and Yahoo’s ADD/DROP rates. Both hosting sites have the option for daily and weekly waiver wire adds. CBS uses a weekly change while Yahoo looks at the last 24 hours. Yahoo is a great snapshot of right now while CBS ensures hot targets from early in the week aren’t missed. The players are ordered for redraft leagues by my rest-of-season preference grouped by starters, relievers, and hitters. Read the rest of this entry »


Lineup Analysis (10/1/22)

American League

Angels

• Catcher-qualified Matt Thaiss (.614 OPS, 2 HR) has started in six of the last 10 games.

Livan Soto (.333/.357/.513, 1 HR, 1 SB) has started in 11 of the last 12 games. He had 18 SB in AAA.

Astros

• No changes.

Athletics

• No one is rosterable.

Blue Jays

Whit Merrifield (.718 OPS, 4 HR, 1 SB with Toronto) has started nine straight games.

Raimel Tapia (.263/.287/.383, 7 HR, 8 SB) has started in 12 of the last 13 games.

Guardians

Gabriel Arias (.716 OPS in AAA, .589 OPS in the majors) has started in five straight games.

Will Brennan (.333/.400/.333, 2 SB) only faces righties.

Mariners

Jarred Kelenic has started eight straight and has a 1.000 OPS with 3 HR since being recalled.

Dylan Moore (6 HR, 21 SB, .744 OPS) has started four straight games (seven out of 10).

Orioles

• Nothing different.

Rangers

• No noticeable changes.

Rays

• In a weird sort of way, they have more regulars than guys sharing roles.

Manuel Margot (.700 OPS, 3 HR, 7 SB) has started 10 straight games.

Red Sox

Triston Casas (.843 OPS, 5 HR) has started 10 straight at first base.

Royals

Edward Olivares (.786 Sep OPS) has started in 11 of the last 12 games.

Nate Eaton (11 SB in 111 PA) has started in eight of the last 10 games.

Tigers

Akil Baddoo (.229/.339/.396, 1 HR, 2 SB in September) has leadoff for the last two games.

Twins

Ryan Jeffers (.218/.295/.381, 7 HR) has started two of three games since coming off the IL.

Jake Cave (.653 OPS, 5 HR) has eight straight starts.

White Sox

• No noticeable change for this geriatric squad.

Yankees

DJ LeMahieu is back so the infield will be back to cycling a player to the bench every game.

Harrison Bader (.476 OPS with the Yankees) has started in eight of 10 games since returning from the IL.

National League

Braves

• Since September 9th, Vaughn Grissom is hitting .163/.250/.163 with a 29% K%. Because of those struggles, Orlando Arcia has started instead over the last three games.

Brewers

Willy Adames, Hunter Renfroe, and Christian Yelich are the only guys not in some form of a timeshare.

Cardinals

Albert Pujols is now back to only starting against lefties.

• Four outfielders (Yepez, Dickerson, Carlson, and Nootbar) are splitting time.

Cubs

• Such a hodgepodge of playing time and roles. It seems like whoever was in charge of the Rockies lineup decisions is now in charge of the Cubs.

Diamondbacks

Pavin Smith (.218/.297/.371, 9 HR in 259 PA) is off the IL and has started four straight as the DH.

Josh Rojas (20 SB) has made four straight starts (vs one LHP) with Emmanuel Rivera (.343 OPS over the last two weeks) heading to the bench.

Dodgers

• Steady.

Giants

Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski are the only two regulars.

Marlins

Jon Berti (38 SB) has leadoff for 10 straight games.

• A Jordan Groshans has started in nine of the last 10 games.

Mets

• No major changes.

Nationals

CJ Abrams (5 SB) has hit second in the last three games.

Padres

José Azocar (.641 OPS, 5 SB, 6 CS) has started in 11 of the last 12 games.

Josh Bell (.573 OPS with the Padres) has only started in five of the last 10 games.

Phillies

Nick Castellanos (.710 OPS) has started two of three games and hit sixth since returning from the IL.

Pirates

Miguel Andújar (.574 OPS, 1 HR, 4 SB) has started three straight games, hit third or fifth, and played in leftfield since joining the Pirates.

Ji Hwan Bae (.703 OPS, 2 SB) has started in five of the last six games.

Cal Mitchell (.620 OPS, 5 HR, 3 SB in 224 PA) has started in eight of the last 10 games.

• Catcher qualified Zack Collins (.155/.231/.320, 4 HR) has started in seven of the last 10 games, six times at the first baseman.

Reds

Jake Fraley isn’t even starting against all righties (two starts in the last five games).

Stuart Fairchild (.803 OPS, 5 HR in 82 PA) has started in five of the last six games.

Matt Reynolds (.665 OPS, 3 HR, 5 SB) has started in six of the last seven games.

Rockies

• Top prospect, Ezequiel Tovar, has started at short in five of the last six games.

Alan Trejo (.770 OPS) has started in nine of the last ten games at second, third, and short.

Sean Bouchard (.288/.472/.423, 2 HR) has started eight straight.


Big Kid Adds (9/27/22)

While the NFBC Main Event garners most of the attention, there are a handful of leagues with even a larger entry fee ($2.5K to $15K). They get originally named “High Stakes Leagues” and this year there are nine of them. With so much money on the line, these fantasy managers are going to try to gain any advantage. Most of the time, these managers will be a week or two ahead of everyone else on their adds. Here are the players and some information on the ones added in five or more of these leagues: Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:41
Eric: Any SPs you think might lose starts once their team clinches?

7:42
Jeff Zimmerman: It’s tough to tell at this point

7:43
Jeff Zimmerman: The teams that have clinch have the off days to set up their rotations so no breaks. I think it will more likely be the wild card teams who have clinched and want to make sure their aces go from the start

7:43
JACK: Garcia in Houston will lose starts

7:44
Jeff Zimmerman: And thanks for waiting through the delay. My computer just locked up.

7:45
Jeff Zimmerman:

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Waiver Wire Report (9/24/22)

In the article, I cover the players using CBS’s (about 40% or less initial roster rate) and Yahoo’s ADD/DROP rates. Both hosting sites have the option for daily and weekly waiver wire adds. CBS uses a weekly change while Yahoo looks at the last 24 hours. Yahoo is a great snapshot of right now while CBS ensures hot targets from early in the week aren’t missed. The players are ordered for redraft leagues by my rest-of-season preference grouped by starters, relievers, and hitters. Read the rest of this entry »


Lineup Analysis (9/24/22)

American League

Angels

• Catcher-qualified Matt Thaiss (.213/.296/.340, 2 HR) has started in six of the last 10 games.

Matt Duffy (.630 OPS, 2 HR) has started in 12 of the last 13 games.

• The 22-year-old Livan Soto (6 HR, 18 SB, .281 AVG in AAA) has started in four of the last five games at short. Read the rest of this entry »


Big Kid Adds (9/14/22)

While the NFBC Main Event garners most of the attention, there are a handful of leagues with even a larger entry fee ($2.5K to $15K). They get originally named “High Stakes Leagues” and this year there are nine of them. With so much money on the line, these fantasy managers are going to try to gain any advantage. Most of the time, these managers will be a week or two ahead of everyone else on their adds. Here are the players and some information on the ones added in five or more of these leagues: Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Sorry about missing last week.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Here are the Tout Wars winning bids for the two 15-team mixed leagues.

7:31
Jeff Zimmerman:

7:32
Guest: You sure Roansy has two starts? Razzball thinks so, but Yahoo! doesn’t. Im fighting for first in both innings and saves, and either starting him or Fairbanks depending on how I project his innings. Yikes.

7:32
Jeff Zimmerman: It looks like just one start according to Rotowire

7:33
Down to the (Waiver) Wire!: Hey! Thanks for still coming out for these. They’ve been very helpful.

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