Monthly Archives: June 2018

Week 13 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Padres CF Manuel Margot

Has started to turn the corner last 14 days to the tune of a .405/.450./.595 slash rate.  Margot hasn’t stolen a base in that time period. I would be surprised if Margot didn’t start to swipe a few bags sooner rather than later. Buy low period may be closing soon. Owned in 14.6% of ESPN and 28% of Yahoo leagues. Faces the Rangers on the road and the Pirates at home this matchup.  

Blue Jays DH 1B Kendrys Morales

.333/.384/.538 slash rate the last 28 days. The talk of a release to bring up Vlad Jr. was a bit premature.  Owned in 6.6% of ESPN and 14% of Yahoo leagues. Faces the Astros and Tigers this matchup. Tigers have a team ERA of 4.45.  Morales owns are career .316 avg. against Wednesday’s starter Dallas Keuchel.

Pirates SP Jameson Taillon

2 road starts this week Monday with the Mets and Sunday against the Padres. The Mets are batting .239 as a team vs. Right-handers while the Padres check in at .235.  Taillon is inconsistent, but these are exploitable matchups. Taillon is owned in 57.5% of ESPN and 76% of Yahoo leagues.

Week 12 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Tigers C/1B John Hicks

.400/.455/.567 slash rate the last 14 days. The Catcher eligibility is the key to adding Hicks.  Owned in 21.5% of ESPN and 45% of Yahoo leagues.  At age 28, Hicks should get an extended look with Miguel Cabrera out for the season.  Ride the hot streak and premium position eligibility.

Pirates 1B/3B Colin Moran

Has scored a run in 5 straight games.  Hitting .345 at home this season and has 7 home games this week. The Brewers and Diamondbacks have limited damage to opposing left-handed hitters. Owned in 9.1% of ESPN and 5% of Yahoo leagues. Moran is a solid daily play during this hot streak.

Angels SP Jaime Barria

2 home starts this week vs. the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays. Barria has a 2.61 ERA and 1.11 WHIP so far this season.  Barria is a shutdown candidate at the end of the season, but that doesn’t matter right now.  Owned in 18.7% of ESPN and 31% of Yahoo leagues.

Week 11 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Rays OF/1B Jake Bauers

Slash rate of .263/.368/.412 last season in AAA.  Similar slash rate going this season, so Bauers has been called up to play 1B everyday.  I picked him up in a weekly keeper league. Was one of the return pieces in the 3-team deal involving Wil Myers, Trea Turner, and Steven Souza back in 2014.  Bauers is a recommended pickup for owners looking to add a multiposition bat. Owned in 4.4% of ESPN and 4% of Yahoo leagues.

 

Angels 2B Ian Kinsler

Last 14 days slash rate of .388/.434/.837. I picked up Kinsler in a daily categories league, where I needed to cut down on my K at 2B.  Owned in 48.1 % of ESPN and 52% of Yahoo leagues. At age 36 I am fearful of using Kinsler in a weekly lock league, but feel comfortable deploying him in daily formats.

 

Astros RP Hector Rondon

Has 3 consecutive Saves for Astros. 1.57 ERA and 1.08 WHIP for Rondon so far this season. The harsh reality is the Astros may need to move Giles into a lower leverage role and deal with it.  Giles had 34 Saves in 2017, but went thru control problems. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I’d use Rondon as my closer until he proved otherwise. I picked up Rondon on waivers yesterday and this morning in a daily league as well. Owned in 9.7% of ESPN and 35% of Yahoo leagues.   Ownership should increase in short order.

Tight End Strategery

My plans for TE this season have completely changed with the ACL injury to Chargers TE Hunter Henry.  I planned on drafting him in every league. The situation and draft slot would allow me to select him in the middle rounds and get what I believed to be high-end production. I can’t justify spending a high pick on Gronk due to age and injury concerns.  Since I live in Wisconsin, Jimmy Graham will go earlier than usual. Jordan Reed is always hurt and I can’t take him with a mid-round pick anymore. Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, or Delanie Walker will be my starting TE. I also love Dolphins rookie TE Mike Gesicki in a dynasty format. Rookie TE’s often struggle to make an impact due to adjusting route running and blocking schemes.  Gesicki in a seasonal league is a TE2 with upside. The players listed below are guys I will track in camps to see where to slot them on my draft board.

Bears TE Trey Burton

There are $32 million reasons Burton should be on your radar this season. Burton is projected to play the Travis Kelce role in Matt Nagy’s offense.  Just because Burton is playing the Travis Kelce role in the offense doesn’t mean he’s going to produce like Travis Kelce. I’m a fan of Burton, but will certainly have another solid TE on my roster.  Mitchell Trubisky didn’t seem to be able to read the whole field last season. A Jared Goff type jump in Year 2 is possible. I like Burton more as my TE2, than TE 1.

 

Rams TE Gerald Everett

2nd round pick from South Alabama caught just 16 balls for 2 TD in his rookie season. The Rams have weapons in the receiving crops with Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. Everett offers more size and could emerge as a red zone threat in 2018. I’m targeting him in a dynasty league and as a late round flier in seasonal leagues.

 

49ers TE George Kittle

5th round pick did some damage in Weeks 15 (4-52), 16 (3-42-1), and 17 (4-100). I picked him up late after Hunter Henry was knocked out for the season.  The 49ers with Jimmy G at the helm look to have an emerging offense. Pierre Garcon has never scored more than 6 TD in a season. Marquise Goodwin played well late, but at 179 lbs could struggle in the red zone. I plan to target Kittle in PPR leagues as a TE2.  

 

Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones

Popular waiver wire claim after catching 3-54-2 against the Texans in Week 11.  The following week RSJ dropped 4-72-1 vs. the Jaguars then poof the production was gone.  RSJ is a converted WR from Texas A&M and scored a 27 on the Wonderlic. How much of the workload RSJ, Christian Kirk, and Chad Williams can take is something to track closely in camp.    

 

Lions TE Michael Roberts

Scored 16 TD in his senior season at Toledo.  With Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo as the main competition on the depth chart, Roberts has a chance to carve out a role in the Lions passing attack.  Improvements in blocking will be the key to more playing time.

Week 10 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Tigers 3B Jeimer Candelario

9 RBI since coming off the DL including an RBI in 4 straight games. Playing on the Tigers Candelario should see plenty of playing time. Owned in 31.6% of ESPN leagues and 31% of Yahoo leagues. .370 OBP may not be sustainable, but has a career minor league .349 OBP.  Candelario is worthy of ownership in season leagues and a must in dynasty formats.

 

Royals OF Jon Jay

Owned in 11.2% ESPN and 11% Yahoo leagues.  Jay is running hot playing everyday for the rebuilding Royals. Strong possibility Jay is flipped at deadline to a contender to serve as a 4th OF. Right now use his slash rate .304/.360/.374 in daily leagues. On a daily categories league I have some high strikeout players and using Jay helps to balance out the K’s.

 

Dodgers SP/RP Ross Stripling

2-start week Tuesday on the road with the Pirates and home Sunday vs. the Braves. 7 or more Strikeouts in 4 consecutive starts. Stripling’s ownership is 67% in ESPN and 69% in Yahoo leagues.