Monthly Archives: February 2019

Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Wizards SF/PF Jeff Green

5 straight games of scoring in double figures.  Drilled a 3 pointer in 9 consecutive contests and blocked a shot in 5 straight.  Green is the beneficiary of injuries to the Wizards along with the trade of Otto Porter.   4-games this extended scoring period. Owners looking for 3 and D stats may want to roll with Green until lineup shakes out.  

Grizzlies PF/C Ivan Rabb

13.0 PPG and 7.3 RPG in last 7 days at time of this post.  Rabb should be part of a rotation with Jaren Jackson Jr and Jonas Valanciunas.  Rabb is worth a look for owners looking to add rebounding and field goal percentage to their lineups.  Rabb has 4 games in Week 18.

Pelicans SF Kenrich Williams

12.8 PPG and 7.3 RPG in the last 7 days. Williams may get more run with the Pelicans managing Anthony Davis’ minutes. Williams is a player that is worth streaming and could have some deep league dynasty value.  In one of my leagues it was between Rabb and Williams for the waiver claim. 4-games this week.



Week 17 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Nets PG Shabazz Napier

3-games this scoring period. Napier in the last 7 days is scoring 18.5 PPG including 3.5 from downtown.  Owners can feel free to stream Napier this week with Spencer Dinwiddie out for the foreseeable future.

Magic SF/PF Jonathan Isaac

10.3 PPG 10.3 RPG in the last 7 days. Isaac should be owned in dynasty formats. Isaac has a block in 4 consecutive games and 8 or more rebounds in 5 straight.  Streamers looking for defensive stats should roll with Isaac in this 4-game week.

Suns SF Mikal Bridges

3&D player is making more impact in Phoenix.  Has a steal in 8 consecutive games and knocked down a 3 in 13 of 15 games.  With the Suns soon to fully embrace tank mode after the deadline, look for Bridges minutes to continue to stay in the Mid 30’s.  Stream Bridges for a 4-game week.

National League Circle Of Trust

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Wilmer Flores

Another player that could benefit by a change of scenery. As you can tell I’m a big believer in those.  Flores in a daily league could carry solid value for the multiple position eligibility.

Atlanta Braves RP A.J. Minter

Saved 15 games and had a 10.1 SO/9 last season.  Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler could be threats to Minter for save opportunities.  I would roll with Minter at the end of the pen and set everyone else’s role accordingly.   

Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras

Fell off the cliff in the 2nd half last season. Batted .213 in August and .152 in September.  The Cubs had a weird season with a number of early rain outs which led to brutal stretch to end the season.  Contreras looked wore down at the end of the season. With the Catcher position so thin, don’t be afraid to bet on a Contreras bounce back.   

Cincinnati Reds RF Yasiel Puig

Won’t get platooned with the Reds.  Puig is a free agent after this season and the Reds could be highly motivated to flip Puig for future assets at the deadline.  

Rockies 2B Garrett Hampson

Stellar minor league track record .315/.389/.457 could help force Hampson into the lineup.  The Rockies frequently block their prospects with declining players. (Ian Desmond/Daniel Murphy) Odd practice. Projects as a top of the order hitter. 123 steals in 3 minor league seasons.

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo

Nothing left to prove in the minor leagues .321/.389/.452 slash rate in 2 seasons at AAA.  Verdugo’s value goes up higher if Joc Pederson gets traded. I believe Verdugo finds a way to force his way into the lineup.    

Miami Marlins SP Trevor Richards

Got knocked around his first run thru the league.  Richards has a career minor league track record of a 2.44 ERA and 1.001 WHIP thru 3 minor league seasons. With a solid spring training could be a worthy flier to fill out your pitching staff.

Milwaukee Brewers C Yasmani Grandal

5 consecutive seasons of double digit homers and 3 straight of over 20.  Grandal is a much better play than he showed in the post season. Grandal owns a career .922 OPS at his new home.  I’m banking on Grandal having a career season moving from more of a pitchers park to launching pad in Milwaukee.

New York Mets RF Brandon Nimmo

.404 OBP in 535 PA for 2018.  Just 47 RBI due to teams low OBP.  Name consistently has been mentioned in trade rumors. Worthy backup outfielder selection.  

Philadelphia Phillies SP Nick Pivetta

10.3 SO/9 in 164 innings. 7-14 record and 4.77 ERA in 33 games. The wheels came off from June 0-4 7.71 ERA and Pivetta never recovered. Entering his 3rd major league season it’s possible Pivetta turns the corner. Worth a late round flier to fill out rotation to find out.

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Joe Musgrove

Who had a lower WHIP for the 2nd half of the 2018 season Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Patrick Corbin or Joe Musgrove? Pirates hurler had a 1.011 WHIP after the All-Star Break. As the centerpiece of the Gerrit Cole trade, I’ll take a late round flier on Musgrove.

San Diego Padres 3B/OF Wil Myers

Played 36 games at 3B and 30 Games in LF in 2018.  Myers is locked up contractually thru the 2022 campaign.  Remember Myers had 28 Ding Dongs and SB in 2016 followed by a 30 Dong 20 Stolen Base 2017.  Injuries ruined 2018. If healthy is a worthy late round pick in daily leagues for the multiple position eligibility and 20/20 potential.  

San Francisco Giants CF Steven Duggar

Career minor league slash rate of .287/.377/.425 in 4 minor league seasons. Had a cup of coffee with Giants last season with minimal success. Could patrol CF for the rebuilding Giants in 2019.  Skill set projects as a plate setting top of the lineup hitter. I plan to grab him in my daily categories league with a late flier.

St. Louis Cardinals SP/RP Carlos Martinez

Too inconsistent for my liking. I was on the Martinez train for a few years and got off in 2018 drafts. Late in the season, I spent big auction money to acquire Martinez as he served as the Cardinals closer.  The SP/RP eligibility is so valuable in fantasy baseball. Weekly leagues you can load him up as an RP during 2 start weeks. At age 27 maybe finally puts it together.

Washington Nationals 2B Brian Dozier

Bottomed out in a contract year in Minnesota and served as a platoon player with the Dodgers.  Doubtful that Dozier has lost it at age 32. Will come much cheaper in drafts this season.

American League Circle Of Trust

Baltimore Orioles RP Mychal Givens

Regression of SO/9 dropped from 11.6 to 10.1 to 9.3 in 2018.  Givens is a controlled cost reliever which could net the Orioles a nice package in return if they decide to flip him.  For right now I anticipate Givens serving as the Orioles closer to start 2019.

Boston Red Sox RP Tyler Thornburg

The Red Sox sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Brewers for Thornburg in the winter of 2016.  Thornburg immediately missed all of 2017 and threw just 24 innings in 2018. The 5.63 ERA doesn’t matter to me after missing over a year and a half. I believe if Thornburg is healthy he can carve out a high leverage role in the bullpen.      

Chicago White Sox 1B Yonder Alonso

Back to back seasons of 20 plus ding dongs. Alonso owns a career slash rate of .293/.361/.413 in Chicago.  Alonso batting in a power spot in the Sox lineup has the opportunity to do some damage with a late round pick.

Cleveland Indians OF Jordan Luplow

.287/.367/.462 slash rate in AAA last season. Acquired in an off season trade from the Pirates. Luplow has a much clearer path to playing time in Cleveland’s outfield.  Could be worth a late round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts.

Detroit Tigers SP Matthew Boyd

The 9-13 record last season doesn’t scream out Circle Of Trust, however the 1.157 WHIP in 170.1 IP does.  Boyd’s 2nd half saw his SO/9 go up from 8.0 to 9.0 and WHIP drop from 1.210 to 1.083. 27 Gopher balls allowed led to Boyd’s undoing.  Acquired from the Blue Jays as part of the David Price trade it’s time to shit or get off the pot for Boyd and the Tigers.

Houston Astros RHP Josh James

Electric arm provided solid innings for the Astros late in the season. James has experience starting in the minor leagues. There’s an opening in the back end of the Astros rotation, but it’s possible a high leverage bullpen role is better suited for 2019.  James ratios of 11.3 SO/9 and low WHIP 0.957 will play in fantasy leagues starting or relieving.

Kansas City Royals 2B/SS Adalberto Mondesi

I’m buying big time on the 8 Ding Dongs and 14 SB in September.  Overall for the season had 14 Ding Dongs and 32 SB. Mondesi should be able to take his lumps on improving the .306 OBP for the rebuilding Royals.  Since the team lacks power Mondesi should have free reign on the base paths.

Los Angeles Angels CL Cody Allen

5 consecutive season of 24 or more saves.  The high workload in Cleveland maybe took its toll in 2018.  Allen’s WHIP jumped up to 1.358 last season. On a 1-year prove it deal Allen has the opportunity to set himself for a longer term contract.  I’ll gamble on Allen if the price is right in drafts.

Minnesota Twins CF Byron Buxton

I’m willing to spend a late round flier on Buxton to rebound to his 2017 numbers. 2018 can be chalked up to a lost season. The 25 yr old Buxton is a high upside post hype sleeper.

Yankees 1B Luke Voit

14 Ding Dongs 148 plate appearances in a late season run with the Yankees. Possible platoon candidate with Greg Bird at 1B.  Betting on Bird to stay healthy is a risky proposition. Voit’s worth a late round flier.

Athletics 2B Jurickson Profar

26 years old now and gets a clear path to playing time in Oakland.  Profar quietly hit 20 bombs with 10 SB last season. Multiple position eligibility makes Profar more valuable in daily formats.

Seattle Mariners OF Domingo Santana

Hit 30 Ding Dongs and drove in 85 with 15 SB in 2017 with the Brewers. That production led him to ride pine as a backup outfielder and pinch-hitter for 2018.  Santana gets a new lease on life with a trade to the rebuilding Mariners. Santana is a worthy late round flier.

Tampa Bay Rays RP Jose Alvarado

2.39 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, and 11.3 SO/9.  Alvarado is a worthy pickup to help with ratios.  32 Holds and 8 Saves last season. The Rays with more talent on the roster, may have more defined roles in 2019.  Alvarado has the stuff to be a closer, hopefully the Rays management feels the same way.

Texas Rangers SP Drew Smyly

Hasn’t pitched in 2 seasons coming off Tommy John surgery.  Smyly is a lottery ticket at the end of drafts to try if he proves healthy in spring training.  In 5 major league seasons Smyly owns an 8.7 SO/9.

Toronto Blue Jays SP Sean Reid-Foley

Owns a career 10.0 SO/9 in 5 minor league seasons.  The 5.13 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with the Jays last season may not truly be indicative of the pitcher Reid-Foley can become.  If Reid-Foley has a good showing in spring training, will slide up draft boards as a late round flier.