The Daily Grind: Friar Power?

One, Two, Three, FOURTEEN!


  1. TDG Invitational
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. CC ain’t about it

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Reviewing Cavan Biggio, Future Offensive Star

Heading into the season, Cavan Biggio was a good, not great, prospect for the Blue Jays. He was perhaps more known for his bloodline, being the son of hall of famer Craig Biggio, than his future potential, as he was ranked as just the 12th best prospect in the Jays system before the year began and slapped with basically average skill grades across the board. After a call-up in late May, he has now amassed nearly 300 plate appearance, representing about a half a season worth of stats to evaluate. A quick look at his underwhelming .314 wOBA suggests he hasn’t enjoyed a very strong start to his career. A deeper look, however, reveals a very different story.

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Roto Riteup: August 19, 2019

Is there a more fun player in baseball?


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Sunday Night Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat

Jeff Zimmerman: Hello everyone

Jeff Zimmerman: Here are this week’s Tout Wars mixed league FAAB results

Jeff Zimmerman: Auction

Jeff Zimmerman: NAhmed: 113
JRojas: 57
AHouser: 44
KAllard: 35
SReidFoley: 29
BDrury: 27
WFlores: 26
LWebb: 23
TFrance: 22
TGonsolin: 21
DHudson: 14
RGrossman: 14
YKikuchi: 13
RTellez: 10
ASlater: 2
TThornton: 1
GAllen: 1
LSims: 0
ZEflin: 0

Jeff Zimmerman: Draft

Jeff Zimmerman: JRojas: 89
MAlbers: 51
ERios: 32
ZEflin: 23
LWebb: 13
ASlater: 11
INova: 8
BDrury: 8
KAllard: 8
JPalumbo: 8
RTellez: 7
MMagill: 5
MPerez: 4
LArraez: 4
DHudson: 4
TFrance: 3
MDuffy: 3
GAllen: 2
RMartin: 0
EEncarnacion: 0
MJoyce: 0
TKahnle: 0

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Bullpen Report: August 18, 2019

Sean Doolittle’s workload was a talking point over the last couple of weeks and after another clunker in the 9th where he allowed four runs in a blown save, Doolittle was now place on the IL with knee tendinitis. Whether Doolittle is suffering a real injury or just getting some necessary rest, it should benefit Doolittle and the Nationals to give him some time to recover as he hasn’t been himself of late. With Doolitle now on the shelf look for a committee in Washingon. At the top I would expect Dan Hudson to get the first opportunity with Hunter Strickland and none other than Fernando Rodney also in the mix.

• In the same game where Doolittle’s struggles continue, Josh Hader also blew a save for the Brewers in what was truly a wild game, ending after 14 innings and a Brewers win. But in the 9th Hader allowed two walks and two hits and an earned run in his 6th blown save. In classic Hader fashion he also struck out three and although he has been a tad shaky, Matt Albers, Drew Pomeranz, and Freddy Peralta aren’t the stiffest competition either. In July spanning 16.1 innings pitched, Hader has a 6.19 ERA and 6.78 FIP but also a 3.58 xFIP and 2.61 SIERA. Hader’s extreme strikeout rate and fly ball rate have broken advanced pitching metrics. It’s unlikely that Hader continues to give up homers at the rate he is at but he will always be an extreme fly ball guy who likely carries an ERA higher than the estimators.

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Week 23 FAAB Projections

With no big wallet busters this week, some owners may slack on their adds but several players could provide nice value. Nothing sexy, just useful.

The projection guidelines:

  • The ownership rates are from CBS since they have some quickdraw waiver wire leagues where players can be picked up at any time.
  • The FAAB estimates are based on the 2018 15-team mixed NFBC leagues which used a $1000 FAAB budget. Owners are going to need to convert these values to their own league.
  • The ownership values were taken from Saturday and lots can happen in between when they publish and FAAB bids run.
  • Only players owned in 50% or fewer of CBS leagues are examined.

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Bullpen Report: August 17, 2019

Barreling towards the last six weeks of the season, bullpens will continue to play a pivotal role in not only how the pennant races take shape, but which teams will qualify for the playoffs. Due to a combination of injuries and performance, Cubs relievers suffered a walk-off for the second straight game as noted by their beat writer: Read the rest of this entry »

NL Lineup Analysis (8/16/19)

The Diamondbacks’ promotion of Josh Rojas has created some unexpected fallout, while the Rockies, Phillies and Cardinals have given their outfields a new look. Here are the most noteworthy lineup changes for each National League team.


The Diamondbacks have used a number of different platoons throughout the season, but a brand new one may be emerging between David Peralta and Adam Jones. Peralta has been out of the lineup for four of the last six games featuring a lefty starter, while Jones has started only once over the last seven games with a righty starter, including Friday night’s game against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants. The apparent beneficiary of Peralta’s and Jones’ reduced playing time is Rojas, who has started four of the team’s five games since he was called up to make his major league debut on Monday. For the one game he didn’t start, Tim Locastro got the nod in left field over Peralta versus lefty Kyle Freeland. Locastro has since been demoted to Triple-A Reno.
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Waiver Wire Week 21: 10 SP Targets

Each week I look at the collection of starting pitchers owned in under 20% of leagues (consensus Yahoo/ESPN ownership from Fantasy Pros) with a few extra sub 10% discount options at the end, pointing out the options to consider if you need an extra arm or two at the end of your staff.

Let’s highlight my ten favorite starting pitcher options that may be available on your waiver wires, ordered by ownage %:

Under 20% Owned

Jordan Lyles (Milwaukee Brewers, 19%) – Since shifting from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee, Lyles has only helped fantasy teams. He’s surrendered just 3 ER, collected 14 strikeouts, and earned a pair of wins, yet still hasn’t earned the trust of the majority of owners. With his next two starts coming against the Nationals and Diamondbacks, there’s still value to be had, using his curveball down and the zone and confidently elevating to earn whiffs. Lyles could be an arm to favor not just in the short term, but through your fantasy playoffs.

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – August 16th, 2019

Transcript is below!


Paul Sporer: Good afternoon, everyone! Let’s talk some baseball!!!


Big L > Jay Z: Say it’s ok for me to trade May and Eloy as keepers for a chance to win my league. Bless me please.


Paul Sporer: If you’re getting the pieces to greatly aid your title chances, then yes, I’m down with it


Paul Sporer: Y’all remember when Matt Holliday went 28-for-30 in SBs?!?!


Willa Ford: Will Smith or Mitch Garver ROS? It’s a weird format: Standard cats + OBP + Hits.


Paul Sporer: I’ll take Garver by a hair

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