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  1. Walker Buehler 2018 Outlook

    Despite his handful of great starts he's been a blackhole on my roster for weeks/months? and then the 1 IP 5 ER appearance was a lot of fun as well somewhere in the middle of it all Owning dodgers pitchers the last few years really does test your patience as a fantasy manager .. these dodgers pitchers are excellent when healthy but can go MIA at any moment and go LONG stretches of time inbetween starts and even more frustrating when they get the hook after 4-5 innings. There's almost a constant psychological tug of war whether they are worth rostering at all despite the elite performance when they actually take the mound.
  2. Yoenis Cespedes 2018 Outlook

    Any trade value is pretty much shot with the announcement of this news so we have no choice but to hold on and hope he delays surgery and can go on a power binge down the stretch here. Maybe he's revealing this health issue to get some heat off his back for his lengthy DL stint ... you can't watch an NYM telecast without the commentators insinuating that he's lazy/taking way too much time to rehab/etc. It can't be good for his PR.
  3. Matt Carpenter 2018 Outlook

    LOL@ matt carpenter's line .. an entire week of fantasy stats in a single game!
  4. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    WAR is designed specifically for these types of questions .. but WAR has several components to it and each organization has their own way of quantifying it. Between baserunning and hitting Martinez's offense is +11 runs above replacement Between fielding and his already low defensive matrix position (1st base) his defense is -11.2 runs below replacement When you add the adjustment for his league/ballpark +0.7 and account for his 355 above replacement player plate appearances (+10.5) it all comes out to a total of +10.1 runs. 10 runs = 1 win above replacement All added up he has a 1.1 WAR (wins above replacement) half way through the season .. 1 WAR is worth about ~$8.5M in fair market value. with all that being said .. jose martinez was on his way to providing 2 WAR which is worth about $17M to an organization in fair market value. This is fangraphs WAR though, and like i said in the earlier part of the post, I'm sure the Cardinals have their own inhouse performance metrics that might be showing his defense to be even worse than fangraphs. How does all of this relate back to fantasy: Despite the terrible defense, the best publicly-available system we have is showing that Martinez is a starting major league 1st basemen. I'd hold and let this situation play out for a bit.
  5. July Closer Thread 2018

    Any chance Brad Hand gets the closer gig here? He is the better reliever between him and allen .. he also has the longterm contract thing going for him as well.
  6. Max Muncy 2018 Outlook

    Muncy is an average major league fielder/defender at several positions and through the first 3.5 months of the season, one of the most productive hitters in the national league. There's no way he gets traded away from a contending team or gets demoted to the bench. Muncy is a legitimate MVP candidate in 2018.
  7. Jacob deGrom 2018 Outlook

    LOL@ the yankees 25 man roster with the addition of jacob degrom their team would be so ridiculously stacked with the majority of their players under team-friendly contracts that it simply wouldn't be fair. Especially if they are also able to get a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado (or both) in free agency this off season.
  8. 2018 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    Everybody on the dodgers (pitchers to hitters) gets a fantasy value increase with this addition as well. Kudos to those that have a lot of fantasy stock in the Dodgers this season.
  9. Le'veon Bell 2018 Season Outlook

    Bell seems as good a bet to lead the league in "looks" as any in 2019. This comes with a super high floor. And now that there's uncertainty surrounding his contract he might even come at a discount somewhere in the back half of the first round.
  10. Le'veon Bell 2018 Season Outlook

    That isn't a fair assessment of the argument being made. In a fair free market -- which is what capitalism/being american is supposed to be about -- you should be able to earn fair market value for your skill set. Fair pay for fair days work. In college football and the NFL the players are generating extreme wealth but they aren't able to leverage the wealth their skills are generating into fair compensation. It's very one sided, it isn't a free market, it's an oligopoly. Whether it's old guys, yellow people, or monkeys doing the exploiting, it's irrelevant. But exploitation is happening in american football, and it's sickening.
  11. Le'veon Bell 2018 Season Outlook

    This isn't life. People answering the phones at Verizon or coding software at an office are not nationally-renowned athletes that people are lining up for hours outside of football stadiums to watch. Part of the problem is that these athletes don't get the respect they deserve for the extremely rare talents their skills/abilities generate. With the kind of revenue their skills/athleticism generate they should never have to work another day in their lives if they so choose (under a fair system). But it isn't fair. They are being exploited, and that's the problem.
  12. Le'veon Bell 2018 Season Outlook

    Ordinary folk are ordinary folk for a reason. Their labor doesn't generate billions of dollars of revenue like elite NCAA athletes. NCAA football alone generates almost the same amount the NFL does these days. The players providing virtually free labor in college don't see any of this revenue. If they blow out a knee, they get a pat on the back, and they're crap out of luck. Colleges don't even have to honor their scholarship anymore. If a player is lucky to make it out of NCAA healthy they're facing a 3 year average NFL career. All the while old power in this sport (conference presidents, university presidents, athletic directors, head coaches) are continuing to get prodigiously wealthy off the backs of "students" they are supposed to be protecting. The system is ugly/shady as all hell.
  13. Le'veon Bell 2018 Season Outlook

    You forgot to mention the exploitation in college where institutions and corporations get prodigiously wealthy off the backs of these same players for 3-5 years while they risk injury/life threatening debilitation (providing VIRTUALLY FREE labor). The entire system is completely messed up. It's why the best athletes are going to other sports in droves. The NFL owners/NCAA system are selling out for short term profits but it's going to backfire in a big way if they don't temper their greed some and starting looking out more for their workforce/people who make their product what it is.
  14. Le'veon Bell 2018 Season Outlook

    Wow .. very refreshing to read this take on this site. I agree with you 100%. Most fans side with owners/think players are pampered babies who should just keep their mouths shut and run their bodies into the ground and be happy they are employed.
  15. Chris Archer 2018 Outlook

    I think part of the problem is his division. He's had to face 3 of the best lineups in 3 of the best hitters parks the last several years over and over again. Put this guy in the NL East and he's one of the best fantasy pitchers in the game. Im hoping he gets traded before the deadline this season.