Hitting .412 with 6 Runs and 6 RBI to start the season. Matchups with the Indians at Home for a pair then a 3-game series on the road with the Rays. With the hot start and career stats, Mauer should be in lineups this week. Owns a .333 career avg. vs. Corey Kluber in 42 AB and a .381 avg. vs. Josh Tomlin in 21 AB. Tropicana Field is a park where Mauer has done damage with a career slash rate of .383/.491/.564. I’ve picked him up in a daily league with Ryan Zimmerman off to a slow start. I’m using his OBP and low K’s to help on a team with Kris Bryant, Aaron Judge, and George Springer. Owned in 28.5% of ESPN and 19% of Yahoo leagues.
Athletics 2B Jed Lowrie
Leads MLB in hits with 23 to start the season. Durability is always a concern with Lowrie, but daily players should roll with the .348/.403/.576 slash rate to start the season. 6 home games this week 3 with the White Sox and 3 with the Red Sox. Lowrie is owned in 408.% of ESPN and 43% of Yahoo leagues.
Angels RP Keynan Middleton
Owned in 26.4% of ESPN and 56% of Yahoo leagues. Shaky in a few of performances, but looks to be the Angels Closer at the moment. I picked up Middleton in a Weekly league to fill out my relief corps. The fact that the Angels didn’t go out and sign Greg Holland leads me to believe they believe in Middleton.
Faces the Indians and Cleveland and the Yankees at home this week. DFS players may want to take note of V-Mart on Monday as he has a career .333 avg vs. Corey Kluber,.304 avg. vs. Josh Tomlin, and .276 against Trevor Bauer. Owned in 3.6% of ESPN and 3% of Yahoo leagues.
Red Sox 1B/DH Hanley Ramirez
Has 6 RBI combined in last 4 games. Owned in 50% of ESPN and 67% of Yahoo leagues. Home vs. the Yankees and Orioles this matchup. Hanley is a strong weekly or DFS play, but not a weekly play due to the threat of Mitch Moreland stealing AB.
Cubs SP Tyler Chatwood
2-starts this week at home vs. the Pirates on Monday and Sunday with the Braves. Epstein and Hoyer believe his spin rate will play well in Chicago, therefore so do I. Could be a sneaky buy low trade candidate. Owned in 56.6% of ESPN and 63% of Yahoo leagues.
Returns with 13 points, 13 boards, a Block in 35 minutes in his return. The Lakers are banged up heading down the final week of the season. With 6 games in Championship Week, Hart should be a top priority. Owned in just 2.5% of ESPN leagues.
Hawks PG Isaiah Taylor
5-games in Championship Week. Has scored in double figures in 4 of last 5 games. Should see all the minutes he can handle with Dennis Schroeder out for the season. Averaging 5.8 assists in his last 5 games. Owned in 5.4% of ESPN leagues.
Celtics PF Marcus Morris
6-games in Championship Week. May get rested if seed gets clinched, but worth a Daily play if active. Morris is averaging 22.0 PPG over his last 4 games. As a PF helps with 3’s and FT%. Owned in 25.3% of ESPN Leagues.
This is my draft for 12-team daily categories league. 16 scoring categories make up the scoring. Last season I was in last place on July 4th and came back to win the League Championship. This is a league where standings fluctuate quite a bit with the amount of categories available. I had the 8th pick in the draft and targeted power and stolen bases. Benintendi, Andrus, and Moncada, and Springer can help me wins steals. I’m banking on Springer carrying over his playoff success into the regular season. I really like the rotation’s upside and believe the bullpen will help keep my peripherals down.
With up to 4 DL spots and 50 transactions for the season, Bumgarner at that stage of the draft was worth grabbing. The big problem I see is too many strikeouts from the top players in my lineup. I would have liked more multiple position eligible players with this being a daily league. I didn’t acquire a swiss army knife type player that could play everywhere. Feel free to comment on how I did in this one.
10-team Auction draft in a weekly points league. Scoring is geared for power hitters. Lineups include a CI, MI, and UTIL. Next year this starts as a keeper league with each players costs going up by $5. I was livid had to draft an OF since site claimed I needed one. Dropped Pinder and grabbed Cozart the next morning for $1. I write down all the players I like and bid when they are nominated. Players I missed out on due to lack of funds were Nomar Mazara, Aaron Sanchez, and Brandon Morrow. I’m a huge Cubs and White Sox fan. Grabbing 4 out of the 5 Cubs starters wasn’t my plan, but costs made it possible. Overall I’m pretty happy with my allocation of funds. Feel free to comment on how you’d grade this draft.
Career numbers in Seattle(.235) and Anaheim (.167) could be cause for concern, however Kipnis has been on fire this spring. Spring slash rate of .375/.434/.833 shows that Kipnis may actually be healthy entering this season. Owned in 57.1% of ESPN leagues.
Giants 3B Evan Longoria
Slash rate of .371/.450/.993 so far this spring. In the drafts I’ve done so far Evan Almighty has been viewed as an afterthought. I got him late in a draft for $6. Isolated power went down last season, but I think Longoria can still provide solid numbers going back to Cali. Owned in 89.1% of ESPN leagues.
Cubs SP Jon Lester
Was able to draft Lester in a pair of auctions for $8. I find it hard to believe the veteran lefty has a 4.33 ERA again in 2018. Average velocities dropped down in 2017, but Lester will provide a lot of value in his age 34 season. Don’t be afraid to use Lester in your lineup vs. the Marlins. Owned in 96.6% of ESPN leagues.
4-game slate this week with home matchups with the Pacers and Bucks, to the road with the Kings, then back home vs. the Suns. Cook is the playoff lottery ticket with Steph Curry out until the postseason. Has scored in double figures in 6 straight games. No-brainer to pick him up, was surprised at ownership in just 36.9% of ESPN leagues.
Celtics PG Terry Rozier
Owned in just 58.3% of ESPN leagues. 3-games this week on the road vs. the Suns then Jazz, followed by a home matchup with the Raptors. Averaging 19 PPG and 5 APG since Kyrie Irving went down with a knee injury. Picture is starting to become clear why Danny Ainge has resisted trading Rozier.
Warriors PF Kevon Looney
Has a block in 6 straight games and 2 or more steals in 5 of 6 games. Owners looking for blocks and steals may want to stream Looney. Owned in 1.8% of ESPN leagues.
12 team Auction Draft with a weekly lock points scoring setup. The scoring in this league is slanted to power hitters. Here’s my draft.
Aaron Judge, NYY OF K
Luis Severino, NYY SP K
Rhys Hoskins, Phi 1B K
Lucas Giolito, CWS SP K
Gleyber Torres, NYY SS K
Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
Addison Russell, ChC SS
Manny Machado, Bal 3B
Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B
Jon Lester, ChC SP
Starling Marte Pit OF
Evan Longoria, SF 3B
Didi Gregorius, NYY SS
Yadier Molina, StL C
Tyler Chatwood, ChC SP
Miguel Cabrera, Det 1B
Luiz Gohara Atl SP
Aaron Sanchez, Tor SP
Cole Hamels, Tex SP
Yoan Moncada, CWS 2B
Wilson Ramos, TB C
Jeurys Familia, NYM RP
Stephen Piscotty, Oak OF
Jon Gray, Col SP
Greg Holland, FA RP
Avisail Garcia, CWS OF
Matt Harvey, NYM SP
I believe I was able to spend big on a few players I really liked due to my cheaper keepers. Arenado was my player regardless of cost. Machado can play SS, 3B, MI, CI. Eligibility justified whatever cost. I wanted the cheapest player out of Votto, Rizzo, Goldschmidt, and Freeman. Power throughout my lineup was the goal. The red flags are I bought some older All-Star players that are on the decline in Molina, Longoria, Hamels, Lester, and Cabrera. I do believe their cost justified the purchase. Bouncebacks that will outperform costs are Ramos, Kipnis, Piscotty, Russell, and Sanchez. Rotation has some solid arms with upside that didn’t break the bank. I feel strongly that I built a good rotation while keeping costs down. My Bullpen will be a work in progress throughout the season, but we get points for Holds. Spent very little for a few lottery tickets in Gohara, and Harvey. I’ll spend a dollar to find out if the Dark Knight rebounds. I’m happy with the depth and upside of my team. Let me know what you think feel free to leave comments.
With injuries to Curry, Durant, and Thompson, Swaggy P is getting more run. Has scored in double figures in 3 consecutive games, including 3 from downtown in each contest. Owned in 7.9 % of ESPN fantasy leagues. Owners know what they’re getting with Swaggy P. If you need scoring and 3-point shooting, feel free to use him in a 3-game slate. On the road vs. the Spurs, followed by home matchups with Hawks and Jazz.
Bulls PG Cameron Payne
4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Knicks, home against the Nuggets and Bucks, then back to the road vs. the Pistons. Kris Dunn is dealing with a toe injury and Payne should see more run for the Tank Bulls. Owners looking for Assists, may want to use Payne for this scoring period. Owned in 4.1% of ESPN Leagues.
Pistons SG Reggie Bullock
Has hit 3 from downtown in 5 consecutive games. Averaging 16.4 PPG in the month of March. Ownership is at 17.3% of ESPN leagues. 4-games this week on the road with the Kings, Suns, and Rockets, followed by a home tilt with the Bulls. Great schedule for this scoring period vs. 3 tank teams.
Owned in 65.7% of ESPN leagues. Averaging 16.8 PPG and 12.0 RPG in 4 games as the starting Center. Fantasy owners should look to ride the hot streak during this 3-game week with games on the road vs. the Suns, Blazers, and Bulls.
Grizzlies SF/SG Dillon Brooks
A 17-game losing streak has dropped the Grizzlies into the top lottery slot at this stage of the season. Brooks usage rate in March has jumped up to 26.3% There’s no reason for the team to play veterans to decrease lottery odds. I anticipate Brooks getting an extended look to the end. Owners looking for scoring stats my want to use Brooks for this week. Owned in 11.8% of ESPN leagues. 3-home games this week vs. the Bucks, Bulls, and Nuggets. I picked up Brooks in my league as a block to other players in my league.
Clippers PF Montrezl Harrell
Scored in double figures in 9 straight games. Usage rate has increased up to 29.6 % in March, while his Field Goal percentage is 72.3%. These rates are unrealistic to sustain long term, but owners looking for help in FG% and FT% from a big should target Harrell. Owned in 28.5% of ESPN leagues. 4-game slate this week on the road vs. the Bulls, Rockets, and Thunder followed by a home matchup with the Blazers.