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  1. Cody Bellinger 2018 Outlook

    Reminds me of AGonz when he was with the Padres. He had elite contact skills, but swung at everything. The result was a lot of weak ground balls and easily caught pop ups. He was the only decent hitter on the team so he tried to win games by himself. After a month or so of completely abysmal results, he calmed down and started waiting for something to hit. Bellinger will figure this out.
  2. Gleyber Torres 2018 Outlook

    Sorry folks...until he plays in the majors his thread in the MiLB forum is the only place to discuss him. Once he's promoted we'll reopen this thread.
  3. Gleyber Torres - SS NYY

    It looks like the Yankees are being smart and methodical. Torres is only 21 and lost a year to injury, so I don't think this is about control. They took steps to make their infield pretty good without having to rush Torres back, and now they'll let that play out. Drury and Walker might be surprisingly good, but at the very least they'll probably hold their own. It makes sense to let Gleyber shake off the rust in AAA for 100 ABs and then look at his progress vs. what the veterans are doing. It's a long season and an even longer career, so the only people who should care about a spring, summer, or 2019 arrival are fantasy owners, and we don't count.
  4. 2018 "Deep" Sleepers

    Daniel Palka could be an asset this year. He's 26, but acquired off waivers by the White Sox who could use a lefty power bat in their lineup. Fell off a bit last year as he seems to have tried to work on his abysmal K rate, but in 2016 he hit 34 homers between AA and AAA. His ceiling is probably Adam Duvall, but that wouldn't be a bad return on a guy who's almost certainly going undrafted by, well...everyone.
  5. 1st & 2nd Round Fantasy Predictions.

    It's way too early to have this discussion in the main forum, and so far it's just a bunch of guys offering speculative opinions based on things that may or may not be true once the 2018/2019 season actually starts. Once the current season is complete and a little time has passed for teams to make leadership changes and player moves, this discussion can continue. For now, you are welcome to ask for keeper advice and rankings in the Assistant Coach forum.
  6. Prospects to grab for next year?

    I'm a bit surprised that no one has mentioned Gleyber Torres. Of course it'll depend on his recovery from TJ, Yankee off-season trades/acquisitions, and what he does in ST, but he has a chance to open the season as a starting infielder for one of the best offensive lineups in baseball.
  7. Joe Flacco 2017 Season Outlook

    FYI, this post is fine and doesn't cross the line into Assistant Coach content. It's general, mentions a few generally available options, and gives some analysis. Where we run into trouble with posts like this are replies that veer off into extended discussions of Bortles vs. Taylor (Off-topic) or specific questions ("I want to add Flacco, should I drop X or Y"). As long as the discussion remains focused on Flacco and doesn't include anyone's team/league/roster decisions, it's fair game. Carry on...
  8. Gleyber Torres - SS NYY

    With the Headley move it sure looks like the Yankees are planning for him to be in the majors to start the season. Of course they could still re-sign Frazier, but with power abundant elsewhere on the team it makes more sense for them to concentrate on a player with contact skills and some speed. If Torres can impress during ST he can be their 3B right out of the gate in 2018.
  9. Waiver Wire Touts - Playoffs and Beyond

    Tout (verb): An attempt to explain to others the merits of something. This is the touts thread. It's not the "help me set my lineup" thread, nor is it the "which player should I add" thread. Posts here should contain the name of a player who is available on most leagues FA list and, if necessary, a brief explanation of what makes that player attractive. There is no reason to debate the merits of a player here, since there are threads devoted to that. There is no reason to critique last weeks touts by citing this week's results, since most of the players mentioned here carry significant risk or they would already be on someone's roster. The idea of this topic is to suggest names to be researched/considered, which is why it's pinned here above the player threads rather than in the Assistant Coach forum. Let's try to keep this topic as useful as possible for the fantasy playoffs.
  10. David Johnson 2017 Season Outlook

    Yes, it's now twice as likely that DJ plays this year. It went from a 0.000000001% chance to a 0.000000002% chance
  11. Damn, my Kelce against his Hunt. 12 point swing.
  12. Colts Defense??

    I just added Colts DST and plan to roll the dice. McCoy can go 150 yards and score twice against them and there's still a good chance that Peterman will give it all back. You never could be a disaster, but with so many "good" defenses being banged up, there just aren't many risk-free options.
  13. Rafael Palmeiro 2017 Outlook

    No reason to have a thread about Palmeiro. If, by some miracle, he makes it onto a MLB roster, this topic will be reopened.
  14. Josh Gordon 2017 Season Outlook

    I haven't seen this mentioned, but isn't Gordon a FA next year?
  15. rotoworld mock draft pick discussion thread

    I would recommend placing it in the Community Baseball Rankings forum. I took the liberty of creating a thread for your results and any subsequent mocks. It makes sense to have them available for reference.
  16. Post link to final spreadsheets here.
  17. Shohei Ohtani 2018 Outlook

    Sorry, this thread is premature. Once he's added to an MLB team roster it will be reopened, or merged with the new thread that will undoubtedly be created on that auspicious occasion.
  18. 12/3/17 Chargers vs. Browns Game Day Thread

    It was fear of Gordon that made that TD possible...
  19. Anthony Davis Season Outlook 2017-2018

    FYI...there was a post here earlier that claimed to have "confirmed" a serious injury. Searching all of the usual suspects (Twitter, sports news sites, etc.) showed no recent update, so it doesn't appear to be true. There are few things that get the attention of the moderators more quickly than trolling with fictitious injury reports, so please cite the source of any news relating to this situation.
  20. Derrick Henry 2017 Outlook

    I'm not sure why you're talking about "return on investment" when I didn't mention it at all in my post. Murray has been a terrible investment, but if you have him it makes no sense to dwell on where you picked him. The only issue you're facing now is how to make the best decision regarding his use, which is what I sought to address. As far as blocking, there are differing opinions but most give the edge to Murray. The first article I read on the subject said this: " The advantage Murray holds over Henry is his experience and receiving and pass-blocking ability. Henry has improved in each area but has had some struggles in the latter two that make Murray important, even though his running game struggles." After last week's game, Mularkey stated: “You’ve got to look at the whole picture and see who’s had opportunities, who’s got the plays blocked well, who’s made some runs that weren’t there or were there,” Mularkey said. “We’re happy we have – again, I’m going to say it – we’re very fortunate to have the two guys that we have. They’re both effective in a lot of ways.” You've mentioned the missed block from a few weeks ago several times, but it's kind of meaningless. Every player misses assignments. The question isn't whether Henry can block, the real issue is which back Mularkey feels comfortable with in different situations. The evidence so far suggests that despite being less effective carrying the ball, Murray is perceived as the more useful player. As I mentioned, that may change after the disparity in their statistics last week, but that's a risky assumption to make. Just remember my own assessment of my last prediction that Henry would get an expanded role:
  21. Derrick Henry 2017 Outlook

    Murray looks awful. Henry shows flashes of brilliance. I don't know if there can be much argument about who's better at gaining yardage on the ground. Murray is said to be the better blocker and receiver, which is probably why Mularkey has split carries between them. For fantasy purposes, however, Murray has been far better to own. Even if Henry were the second coming of Jim Brown, no one wins a fantasy league with "potential points". Real points are all that matter, and by that measure it's been Murray by a landslide. I can only assume that Mularkey bases his decisions on a playbook that I haven't seen that requires considerations beyond yards per carry. As the difference between Murray and Henry becomes more pronounced, I believe that the balance will shift in Henry's favor, but I thought that we had reached that point a month ago when Murray was injured and obviously I was wrong. Week by week, anyone who risked putting Henry in their lineup was punished pretty regularly, while Murray gave a decent return more than 50% of the time. Against solid defenses, however, I don't know if either of them shows much promise.
  22. OK, they got the practice half done...can we have the real game now?
  23. Crowder recently graduated from the Peterman School for Ball Security.
  24. Just when you thought Dallas was down...
  25. Somehow I'm going to find a way to blame Andy Reid for this debacle.