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  1. 13 points
    If I saw Bird on my wire..
  2. 12 points
    Guys, let's move on from this silly and tiresome exchange about the Yankees and who they used in the playoffs. Take it to PM or maybe the Yankees thread, but it's exhaustive and isn't interesting or informative at all.
  3. 11 points
    Most seasoned fantasy players understand how the deadline works with respect to bullpen arms moving at the deadline, but the market seems different this year. The superteam era has created a situation where there are a lot more teams selling, especially in the AL, but at the same time, the trend toward 8-man bullpens and the recognition of the third time through the order risk have led contenders with solid bullpens to try to improve even more. Like, it's conceivable that a guy like Zach Britton could end up behind 2 or 3 better relief arms on a team with a top 5 bullpen, which is going to have ripple effects on all the sellers who think they can flip their closer to get major prospects to turbo-charge their rebuild. There are more buyers *and* more sellers, but the roles that the buyers are looking to fill aren't the kind of roles that are going to fetch a massive prospect haul. It's easy to justify moving a Gleyber Torres type prospect when you're getting Aroldis Chapman to be your closer, but when you're just improving on your already capable ROOGY-ish middle innings guy and there are so many teams that would love to sell basically anyone in their pen for something of value, it seems like it's a buyer's market where the elite closers on bad teams might just stay put. Is the difference between Felipe Vazquez and Kirby Yates or even Jake Diekman really worth paying a premium for? The Braves and the Phillies are probably next after the Indians in terms of the need for bullpen help, and presumably could be filling 9th or 8th inning roles if they're serious about making a deep run. But after that, I see teams like the Dodgers, Mariners, Nats, Brewers, Red Sox, Cubs, D-Backs, Astros, and Yankees all dealing from a position of strength in trade negotiations. This makes San Diego's trade with Cleveland look very smart -- they beat the rush, and they got an impact player. If I were teams like the Pirates, Rangers, Reds, Tigers, and Mets with movable bullpen pieces, I'd be working really hard to get something even if the return is below what we've seen in previous years for bullpen help. It's just a different landscape out there right now.
  4. 11 points
  5. 10 points
    everyone is wrong machado is being traded to the golden state warriors
  6. 8 points
    Upon further review I think the Cardinals scapegoating arguably their best bat is a move that dog**** teams make. Hoskins, Hosmer and Harper all rate out as worse defenders than Martinez. Those guys never sniff the bench. Jose Abreu who has a similar body and has been a statue at first for years. His defense sucks, but Kolton Wong’s .210 average sucks and Martinez offensive WAR rating is higher than Wong’s defensive WAR rating. Cardinals whiffed badly here.
  7. 8 points
    I present the dichotomy of MLB General Managers, ladies and gentlemen. On the left hand, Dan Duquette, ignoring the international market, signing absurd contracts in the offseason (hello Alex Cobb), and barely fetching a top-100 prospect for his star player after curiously buying (sort of) last deadline. On the right hand, AJ Preller, heavily investing internationally, signing cast offs from other teams to team-friendly contracts, selling his players with team control left for elite prospects. It doesn't get much more stark than that.
  8. 8 points
    Calling it now: Oakland will pay for him next off-season. Lose Lynch, Martin, Jordy, and whatever other AARP members are soaking up cash, and go for broke on him. "We just couldn't establish the running game," Gruden will explain next year. "Bell, he's gonna put us over the edge, I'll tell ya what, man."
  9. 7 points
    Not sure if any have been determined yet. Post if/when there's announcements.
  10. 7 points
  11. 7 points
    “I don’t see anything wrong with his tweets” -
  12. 7 points
  13. 7 points
  14. 7 points
    Oh god... it's another Axe Elf
  15. 7 points
    for the love of god why didnt IT just sign with the magic like he was supposed to!
  16. 6 points
    Bragging about repeatedly missing out on a top 4 QB...
  17. 6 points
    Would someone please format Will Barton (bpa) for the MIA guy? Also, do we have any volunteers to replace him? If not, we will just auto pick for him until the mock is finished. Shocking that the one probationary member in the mock would do this. It never fails.
  18. 6 points
    Look at above. Literally just have to go one page back and read.... And since you are the first post on this page, it was the most current page when you posted that.
  19. 6 points
    They don't need your sympathy the Spurs did a good job considering all of the surrounding circumstances. They got rid of a guy who wasn't going to resign and didn't want to play for them and who sat out while healthy during a playoff run. They bring in an All Star who needs a fresh start after last year's playoff disaster. I like it a lot for the Spurs and I like it for the Raptors too. The East is wide open with Lebron out of the picture. If the Raptors can make a NBA Finals run and convince Leonard to stick around like OKC convinced George to stick around this could be huge. It's not outside the realm of possibility.
  20. 6 points
    @Bartos @BlakeP42 @vikingapocalypse @Impreza178 @petekrum @Winky @JHM_13 @Packdog @mrblonde1984 @ToO_BaD @Rolling Thunder @taobball @predator_05 Welcome to Season 3 14 Team, Half PPR, $50, Slow-Snake Redraft Tentative Draft Start: Sunday August 19th 12:00 AM - Slow draft. 12 hour clock per pick. Payment due: Sunday August 12th - Draft order will be randomly generated after payments are in - Visit the Yahoo League site to pay dues: https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/188879/invitation?key=349233e8516c072d&soc_trk=lnk&ikey=ca8deda454edc188 More to come as the draft gets nearer... Here is the league charter: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CDpdpvUc5G8jYxGgSJuFsfFh_CVqKU92KGBmgI13pyU/edit#gid=888536748 == Rules, Regulations, and Format 14 man No keepers Snake draft Half PPR 4 points per passing TD 1pt = 25 passing yds, 10 rec yds, 10 rush yards 0 points per return yard Rolling waivers QB RB RB WR WR FLX FLX TE K DST 7 bench spots, no IR Max 3 QBs on roster at a time $50 buy-in Commissioner veto only Payout 500/150/50 Trade deadline is 12:00 AM Thanksgiving Thursday Trades go thru automatically / instantly. Commissioner can reverse if deemed collusion. 1 Monster Division 6 Playoff Teams -- top 2 seeds get byes. top 5 seeds determined by overall record. 6th seed determined by overall Points For. No trading of draft picks unless you're swapping your entire draft.
  21. 6 points
    I can’t take these Machado trade rumors serious anymore. First it’s the Yankees are leading, then 3 minutes later the Phillies are “the most likely destination”, 7 minutes later it’s the Dodgers the favorite to land him. Give me a break.
  22. 6 points
    It would even suck to be a prospect from an average team and be sent to the Orioles.
  23. 6 points
    I look at it almost the opposite. The whole reason zero RB was at such a frenzied peak last season, and the reason it didn't work well, is because everyone was doing it because they saw it work in 2016. Much like @ponza88 said, the value pick is generally where people are neglecting. For years and years everyone fought over RB's early in the draft with the thinking that if you don't get some of the top ones early, you'll be screwed. Then a handful of people realized that you could go WR-WR and get two WR1's, then throw in a handful of high upside RB's later, and buck the trend. It worked when most people were still fighting over RB's early because you had your pick of the WR's - zigged when others zagged. Last year the tides kind of turned based on some success with zero-RB the year before, and all of a sudden RB's were somewhat undervalued early. It seemed like half the teams in my drafts were going zero-RB, and it left a lot of RB talent on the board early. And going WR-WR didn't pan out so well when lots of others were doing it. Now this year so far it seems like, as you say, it's back to the old school RB-heavy days. And IMO it's ripe again to take top WR's early while the pickings are good, and grab some high upside RB's later. Like anything it will be hit or miss, but so is every other player at every position after the first couple rounds. You're essentially just taking BPA regardless of position, and if there is a run on RB's early then there is clearly more talent left elsewhere. The other part of this strategy that is overlooked is that all those guys that go RB-RB to start the draft are not looking at RB's in the next few rounds as much. They are trying to fill their holes elsewhere, like WR. So while you're sitting pretty at WR, you can pick your spot with the RB's you like. In the first two rounds where everyone is taking the highest ranked RB's, you're kind of a slave to just taking the next name that falls to you at that position. In round 4 when most of the RB-heavy guys are looking at WR's, you have a bit more flexibility in deciding which RB's on the board you do like and which you don't, and targeting certain ones. TL;DR - I don't think there is any one strategy that is foolproof, and I think you can win drafting a team any way you choose. Really it comes down to picking the right players. But just looking strictly at talent value left on the board, there are a lot more 'sure fire' WR options late 1st and 2nd than there are RB options. And just because everyone zigs doesn't mean you have to, too.
  24. 6 points
  25. 6 points
    113.6 Exit velo. Apparently higher than any from a Met all year besides one Cespedes AB
  26. 6 points
    Little of this post is correct. First, Dan Gilbert is a lot of things, but he paid his players and has the luxury tax bills and carry forward tax losses to prove it. "The Decision" was a disaster of his creation, not because, "oops, it's the world we live in". That's silly. Does anyone care Lebron filled out his rosters with cheap specialist shooters? This seems to be a new excuse for pyschofants. I don't think many care Ray Allen, Mike Miller or James Jones were his teammates. Wiggins was never going to be part of the team with Lebron. It was already agreed Love would be flipped for him. It was part of Lebron's demands before he came back. He didn't want to wait for Wiggins to develop. I don't think a lot of folks feel Cleveland should have been obligated to keep Wiggins. It's a false choice or narrative. Magic Johnson never had AIDS. He has HIV. Kyrie Irving didn't like a lot of things about Lebron, but he also saw Lebron wasn't committed to Cleveland and didn't want to be around to pick up the pieces when he shattered the franchise (for a 2nd time), so he forced his way out. Kyrie may be petty and lack self awareness but at least he could see two cars ahead when it came to Cleveland's future. I don't think your post illustrates the frustrations some folks have with Lebron, certainly it doesn't highlight the most important reasons....
  27. 6 points
  28. 5 points
  29. 5 points
    So many worried about kamara regressing and talking about the so called league winning generational talents on other teams which are not as good as the Saints offense. Is anyone betting on the Saints being a crappy offense this season? I hope the defense sux because that means kamara who is gamescript proof gets more targets, Let's recap why Kamara is a legit stud and not some statistical fluke Alvin Kamara: *7.7 yards per touch on offense this season, the highest single-season rate of production among all players with at least 200 touches in NFL history. *Joined Gale Sayers as the only other rookie to have 5 rushing, 5 receiving and 1 kickoff return scores. *14 total touchdowns *1,554 total yards *The only running back in NFL history to have at least 75 total yards in eight straight games without having more than 17 touches in any of those games. *The longest current streak in the NFL at eight games with at least three catches and five rushing attempts. The next longest active streak is three. (The Cardinals’ David Johnson has a streak of 21 games going, but he hasn’t played since Week 1.) AND Team rank offensive points per game Sean Payton Era 2017 #4 2016 #2 2015 #5 2014 #6 2013 #4 2012 #2 2011 #1 2010 #7 2009 #1 2008 #1 2007 #12 2006 #3 I'll bet on Peyton's track record as an offensive genius which produced the first NFL pair of rb's on the same team to each get 1500 total yards in a season. kamara can't be a fluke on an offense that consistently moves the ball and scores points. You don't need a ton of volume on the Saints offense because the coach knows how to put his players in a position to successfully execute and put points on the board. The offense is built to attack a defense for 4 full quarters, there is no ball control milk the clock philosophy. I'll make the bet that kamara will finish as a top 5 ppr rb.
  30. 5 points
  31. 5 points
    He has the grip of a 15 foot alligators jaws. His fingers are long and thick, none of his girlfriends have ever complained. When he waves at me they glisten in the sun and truly are something worthy of adoration.
  32. 5 points
    Context is important. I need some rudimentary knowledge of the relationship for each scene. Is this his step mom and step sister? Does this male student have a history of disciplinary problems in Ms Scarlett's class? Is she using that strap on because he likes it, or is this a punishment? Ya know...stuff like that. Context.
  33. 5 points
    OF? could you see cano lazy a$$ running around in the OF?
  34. 5 points
    It’s a good thing no one else will have that idea. 😂
  35. 5 points
    The current rule for replacing a manager who's missed multiple picks doesn't have a set number. In the future, we should probably set it at 2. I think 2 is a fair number. If you wish to implement this rule, please amend the line in the ruleset that says a member will be replaced after missing picks too many times. "Too many" is vague and doesn't set a standard. Thanks. P.S. I also added an updated list of the draft at the top of the "Picks Only" thread for reference.
  36. 5 points
  37. 5 points
    After watching the Machado rental price skyrocket over the last week, this Phillies fan is happy that the club has (apparently) walked away. Maybe Adonis Medina is a future star, maybe not, but what I do know is that the 2nd ranked prospect in the 5th ranked farm system is worth more than 2 months of Manny. If I knew that Manny alone was enough to give them more than a puncher's chance in the playoffs, then I'd say pay whatever it takes, but I'd much rather cash that chip in to get a player who will contribute in 2019 or 2020 when the club is ready to truly contend. There's nothing wrong in principle with taking a shot a year or two "early" on the rebuild schedule to see what happens, but once it became clear that Arrieta is just kind of a guy at this point in his career, that Hoskins is just a star right now and not a superstar, that the bullpen that we thought was going to be a strength is such a glaring weakness, etc. my interest in taking resources away from 2019 and beyond for one bite at the apple in 2018 is basically zero.
  38. 5 points
    Any lineup is an upgrade at this point lol
  39. 5 points
    That's a bit of a cop-out. Everything is a choice in life, but it doesn't mean you should support inequality or unfairness. Playing in the NFL isn't something you wake up and decide to do when you're 20 and have all the facts in front of you, and I doubt a 10 year old Bell was aware of the financial and longterm health implications of his choice in sports. Heck, the NFL was (and is) trying to hide how bad this sport is for your health. In the grand scheme of life there are certainly worse things than taking $14 million or whatever to play a year of football, but that's kind of irrelevant. You could say the janitor shouldn't complain because he made his own career choice, but it still doesn't mean you should take a dump all over the toilet seat.
  40. 5 points
    He’s trade bait for a bullpen arm, right?
  41. 5 points
    Huh? This is nonsense. The Yankees have arguably the best assortment of prospects in all of baseball. And your trade proposal for Wheeler is utterly ridiculous. I probably wouldn't even give up Frazier for him. He's been straight bad his entire MLB career until about 1.5 months ago. Andujar has more of a track record of MLB success than him. Get real, man.
  42. 5 points
  43. 5 points
    [Posts removed. If you're stopping by a thread just to tell others how much you don't care about the subject of the thread... maybe don't do that?]
  44. 5 points
    Not everyone plays 10 team standard leagues with no keeper incentive.
  45. 5 points
    June: 48% hard hit rate 12.8 launch angle 88.9 exit velocity July: 61% hard hit rate 4.2 launch angle 97mph exit velocity 😮😮 smoking hot
  46. 5 points
    This guy is only 23 years old. The hard hit rate is something to monitor but he still has a lot of time to develop. I am very encouraged by the first 40 or so innings of his career. His GB/FB rate is 1.50 (that would rank 20th out of qualified starters, he is only at 40 innings though) which will limit the damage caused by the hard hit balls. His hard hit rate and GB/FB will be something to keep track of as his career progresses. I looked at rookie seasons for 22 to 24 year olds since 2008. His swinging strike rate (11.4 %) ranks 22nd out of 217 starters. Link If you lower the innings requirement to 40 for this season, his SwStr % ranks 40th out of 158 starters. He is ahead of Greinke (11.1 %, 47th), Kluber (11.0 %, 51st), Kershaw (10.9 %, 52nd). He's behind Strasburg (11.6 %, 33rd), Nola (11.8 %, 31st), Berrios (11.5 %, 39th). Link
  47. 5 points
    Theres zero chance fournette and cook are available if you go WR/WR with 1st two picks...zero
  48. 5 points
    Do you usually get 3 picks inside the top 15?
  49. 5 points
    I live in Houston and have watched every at bat for Tucker. When he steps into the batter's box he looks calm & collective. Blowing bubbles with his gum. Like he's been there before and he's about to do something. Then the pitches come. He just starts swinging at everything. Way too anxious, swinging for the fences. Just not good at bats. Swinging at pitches way out of the zone. Then a fastball comes right down the middle and he watches it. Then when he strikes out. He's walks back to the bench blowing bubbles again like they just struckout Barry Bonds or something. I like the confidence, but he needs to relax during the at bats. I think him playing in a Houston (World Series Champions) lineup he feels like he has to prove something right a way. I think he's trying too hard and just needs a better approach at the plate. Just calm down and wait for your pitch. If he played on a CWS or Marlins team he wouldn't feel as much pressure. By the way, I remember when Jose Ramirez (Cle) made his major league debut. He struggled mightly, then he got sent back down to the minors for the rest of the year. Now looks where he's at now. I think this might be the case for Tucker. Get a taste of the majors. Go back down, know what you need to work on. Then next year come back more relaxed knowing what you need to do. As a fantasy owner of Tucker, not sure if I want to hold him anymore for the year. But next year yea. Bregman struggled also when he got called up. Now he's dialed in. "Rookies gonna Rookie." P.S. Teams are playing the shift defensively already on him. Didn't expect that from teams so soon. Not sure if they play shifts in the minors. but the shifts might be messing with his head...
  50. 5 points