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Week 8 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

A’s OF Dustin Fowler

5 RBI in his last 4 contests. Best known for gruesome knee injury, but Fowler is a power/speed combo. In 70 games last season at AAA, Fowler had 13 HR and 13 SB. There should be plenty of AB’s for Fowler in CF with Oakland going forward. I picked him up in a daily league in which I needed to improve my team’s SB potential. Owned in 5.8% of ESPN and 4% of Yahoo leagues.


Brewers 1B Jesus Aguilar

A man without a position is getting regular playing time with Eric Thames and Ryan Braun on the DL.  Aguilar is owned in 17.3% of ESPN and 39% of Yahoo leagues. Aguilar has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Coming off a series where he crushed Twins pitching to the tune of 4 HR and 6 RBI. Ride Aguilar while he’s hot, it’s possible he could carve out more of a substantial role in Brewers lineup.  


Phillies SP Nick Pivetta

Home vs. the Braves on Monday and Sunday with the Blue Jays. Pivetta has a 1.13 WHIP on the season along with 6 or more strikeouts in 6 starts this season. Owned in 43.1% of ESPN and 51% of yahoo leagues. I’m streaming him this week in a daily league. Is a pitcher that I plan on holding due to his upside.

Week 7 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Orioles 1B/OF Trey Mancini

Owned in 56% of Yahoo and 64.7% of ESPN leagues. Crushed me in a few matchups this week with 8 Runs 3 Ding-Dongs 6 RBI and a 1.096 OPS.  Faces the Phillies at home for a pair followed by 4 on the road with the Red Sox. Owns a 1.266 OPS in 42 career plate appearances at Fenway. Ride Mancini in all formats while he’s hot.


Mariners 3B Kyle Seager

3 HR 8 RBI this past week. I resisted a few trade overtures trying to buy low on Seager. Owned in 81% of Yahoo and 84.3% of ESPN leagues. Starting to play to the back of his baseball card. Has 6 consecutive seasons of 20 or more Ding-Dongs. Has a makeup game on the road with the Twins followed by home matchups with the Rangers and Tigers. Buy low window for Seager more than likely is closed, but a solid player in DFS.


Pirates Trevor Williams

2-home starts this week vs. the White Sox and Padres.  Williams has a 1.17 WHIP thru 46 innings this season. Owned in 49% of Yahoo and 50.2% of ESPN leagues.  White Sox are hitting .242 as a team while the Padres check in at .227. Not exactly Murderers’ Row.

Week 6 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Giants 2B/OF Alen Hanson

.333/.368/.611 slash rate the last 7 days. With Joe Panik on the DL, Hanson could carve out a role.  Owned in 1.7% of ESPN and 6% of Yahoo leagues. Multiple position eligibility will help out for daily league players.


Rangers OF Delino DeShields

.353/.389/.529 slash rate in the last 14 days. Offers owners stolen base and run scoring potential as the Rangers leadoff hitter.  Owned in 38.5% of ESPN and 47% of Yahoo leagues. Still just 25 years old. I’m putting more weight in this recent hot streak. Pick up DeShields if you need speed.

Dodgers SP Walker Buehler

Owned in 48.7% of ESPN and 62% of Yahoo leagues. The Dodgers rotation is decimated with injuries giving Buehler the opportunity to seize a rotation spot. One of the top pitching prospects in baseball, this is a no-brainer. Faces the Reds on Thursday.

Week 5 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Royals OF Jorge Soler

2 hits in each of his last 4 games.  Has 3 games on the road with the Red Sox and 4 home vs. the Tigers.  Getting to play everyday and finally being healthy, KC’s offense may run on Solerpower. Owned in 4.4% of ESPN and 4% of Yahoo leagues.


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez

Blisters derailed his 2017.  Sanchez has 14 K combined in his last 2 starts. Has career success vs both opponents Twins and Rays in limited action.  I believe Sanchez will continue to round into form as the season progresses. I own Sanchez in 2 of 4 leagues. Owned in 65.8% of ESPN and 76% of Yahoo leagues.  


Cardinals SP Miles Mikolas

3-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 5 starts this season. Mikolas has 27 K and 2 BB in 33 innings.  Pitching well enough to be used in a home start vs. the Cubs on Friday. Mikolas is owned in 38.6 % of ESPN and 57% of Yahoo leagues.  

Week 4 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Indians OF Michael Brantley

.348 avg and .375 OBP to start the season with just 2 K’s.  I’m considering picking up Brantley in a daily cats league for his OBP and miniscule K total.  Owned in 38.9% of ESPN and 43% of Yahoo leagues. Injuries have derailed Brantley’s career, but could this be the year he’s finally healthy?  Games this week with the Orioles, 2 at home with the Cubs, and 4 at home vs. the Mariners.


Blue Jays OF Teoscar Hernandez

Flipped with Nori Aoki from the Astros to the Jays for Francisco Liriano at last years trade deadline.  6 R 2 Dongs 7 RBI in the last 7 days. Hernandez should get extended run for the Blue Jays going forward.  Owned in 25.5% of ESPN and 37% of Yahoo leagues. I picked up Teoscar in a daily cats league last week and he helped carry me to victory.  Is a short-term add with upside to be rostered long term. 3 home games each with the Red Sox and Rangers this week.


Rays SP Blake Snell

In 3 career starts vs. the Orioles, Snell has a 23/3 K/BB ratio.  Has 6 or more strikeouts in his last 3 starts. The Orioles have the lowest team batting average in all of baseball at .215 and have the most strikeouts in the American League with 226.  Snell is owned in 65.9% of ESPN leagues and 81% of Yahoo leagues. The buy low window on this post hype sleeper may be closed after Thursday.

Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Twins 1B Joe Mauer

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.  

Week 2 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Tigers DH Victor Martinez

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.   

Recapping 12-team Daily Cats Draft

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.


Rd Pick Player Position
1. (8) Kris Bryant 3B,OF
2. (17) Aaron Judge OF
3. (32) George Springer OF
4. (41) Jacob deGrom SP
5. (56) Andrew Benintendi OF
6. (65) Robinson Canó 2B
7. (80) Elvis Andrus SS
8. (89) José Berríos SP
9. (104) Luis Castillo SP
10. (113) Madison Bumgarner SP
11. (128) Ryan Zimmerman 1B
12. (137) Sonny Gray SP
13. (152) Marcus Stroman SP
14. (161) Kyle Seager 3B
15. (176) Trevor Bauer SP
16. (185) Jonathan Lucroy C
17. (200) Yoán Moncada 2B
18. (209) Zack Cozart SS
19. (224) Addison Reed RP
20. (233) Carl Edwards Jr. RP
21. (248) Keone Kela RP


Recapping 10-team Auction Draft

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.

21 Joey Votto, Cin 1B   $31
25 Francisco Lindor, Cle SS   $23
29 George Springer, Hou OF   $19
34 Cody Bellinger, LAD 1B   $24
40 Brian Dozier, Min 2B   $19
49 Rhys Hoskins, Phi 1B   $16
53 Yu Darvish, ChC SP   $17
58 Daniel Murphy, Wsh 2B   $11
94 Miguel Sano, Min 3B   $13
122 Kyle Hendricks, ChC SP   $7
126 Luke Weaver, StL SP   $4
130 J.T. Realmuto, Mia C   $5
131 Sean Doolittle, Wsh RP   $5
134 Jose Berrios, Min SP   $9
137 Felipe Rivero, Pit RP   $5
140 Rafael Devers, Bos 3B   $6
141 Jon Lester, ChC SP   $8
152 Matt Olson, Oak 1B   $3
160 Wilson Ramos, TB C   $3
170 Tyler Chatwood, ChC SP   $3
182 Marcus Stroman, Tor SP   $2
188 Stephen Piscotty, Oak OF   $1
206 Lucas Giolito, CWS SP   $1
215 Archie Bradley, Ari RP   $1
219 Mark Melancon, SF RP   $2
223 Chad Pinder, Oak SS   $1

Week 1 Fantasy Baseball Circle Of Trust

Indians 2B Jason Kipnis

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.