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Sunday, April 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Having fully converted to being one of the more pronounced fly ball hitters in all of baseball, Matt Carpenter should get his 25 home runs and 80 RBI if his balky back cooperates.  I used to like the Carpenter version where he hit .300 and scored 100 runs with moderate power better but it seems he is never going back to those days.

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .429.  I own Cespedes in both of my competitive fantasy baseball leagues this season and so that alone tells you how positive I am on the guy's prospects this season.  Hitting second is jiving nicely with Yoenis and this is still an MVP guy if the legs stay in one piece.

Travis D'Arnaud:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Seems like we have been waiting forever for D'Arnaud to finally live up to his potential but it may be a tad late now that the intriguing Kevin Plawecki is breathing down his neck.

Jacob DeGrom:  5.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.59.  DeGrom was dealing but had to come out a bit early due to an inefficient pitch count.  No matter, the guy was every bit as dominant as he was a year ago in his Cy Young-caliber campaign.

Adam Eaton:  5/5 with his first HR while hitting .750.  Tried to own Eaton everywhere but failed.  Damn.  Keep in mind Eaton was off to a magnificent start a year ago before the torn ACL took him off the fantasy baseball radar.  100 runs seem like the FLOOR here with a .300-plus average and 10-15 homers.

Trea Turner:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  I really hope Turner stays healthy this season because I just want to see what a full allotment of his numbers looks like.

Eugenio Suarez:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .222.  Really like Suarez in the number 2 spot as he will get a boost in plate appearances and counting stats.  He has really been quite underrated the last few seasons and he always seems to yield a nice profit.

Adam Duvall:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .200.  Can you tell me of another universally owned played who is more boring?

Scott Schebler:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Schebler had some rough BABIP luck a year ago and so when you look at his 25-home run power and expected uptick in average, there is a lot to like here for a guy who may be on the wire.

Stephen Strasburg:  6.1 IP 8 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.42.  A lot of baserunners but the most important thing is that Strasburg came out healthy.  That is all that really matters here.

Luis Castillo:  5 H 6 H 6 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 10.80.  Castillo was so hyped during the spring that I started to worry he would go bust since that often happens when such a scenario develops.  The 6 K's showed the stuff was still potent but Castillo needs to show signs the next time out or else panic will ensue.

James Paxton:  6 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 11.57.  My goodness.  There is some major reason to worry here as Paxton was blasted all spring and we have to always worry he is pitching hurt.

Carlos Carrasco:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 7.94.  It seemed like Paxton and Carrasco were trying to see who could pitch worse.  Carrasco is a major talent but when he is off, he gets destroyed and can't ever seem to fight his way through it.

Yoan Moncada:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .200.  All Moncada owners are hoping to hell Moncada can stick in the leadoff spot because he could really be something in that spot.  Moncada has some serious strikeout problems but he also draws walks and has speed to burn.  I still fully believe.

Xander Bogaerts:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .667.  Thought it was ridiculous how cheap Bogaerts came in some fantasy baseball drafts this spring as I believe his second half struggled as year ago was due to the HBP that inhibited his swing.

Andrew Benintendi:  0/3 while hitting .000.  Anytime now Andrew.

Vince Velasquez:  4 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 13.50.  Yeah he still stinks.

Yonder Alonso:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .167.  Grand slam for Alonso who almost NO ONE believes can replicate his 2018 power.  While I agree to a point, trhe ADP on Alonso slipped so much this spring that he turned into a nice value play.

Mitch Haniger:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .667.  All Haniger has done in his young MLB career is hit but he is the Mariner's position player version of James Paxton in terms of never being able to stay on the field.

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Already killing it, Cruz escaped with just a minor ankle sprain after some initial fears he was seriously injured.

Tyler Austin:  2/3 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .333.  Any hitter who calls Yankee Stadium home should be added everywhere.

Lance McCullers:  5.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Just stay healthy bro.

Carlos Correa:  4/5 with his first HR while hitting .455.  Yeah, you can't get more locked in right now.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .273.  The fact Schwarber lost a bunch of weight during the winter is going to be used as the narrative as to why he is off to such a good start but give it time, he will be hitting .250 or worse before you know it. 

Brad Ziegler:  4 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 13.50.  Even for the Marlins, it would be a disgrace for them to even suggest Zeigler is their closer for another game.  Most in the fantasy baseball community saw though this fraud anyways so I doubt Kyle Barraclough is still available. 

Yu Darvish:  4.1 IP 5 H 5 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 10.38.  If any big-name pitcher needed a good outing his first time out to erase the bad memories of 2017 it was Darvish and boy did he fail.  I am genuinely worried about the guy given his increasing home run problems the last season-plus and his always fragile body. 

Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .273.  Looks like Blackmon wants to show he should be the next target of the Yankees.

Zack Greinke:  5.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.59.  All Greinke owners did a collective EXHALE after seeing this.  The stuff still moved in wicked fashion despite the dip in fastball velocity.  Greinke won't be able to stay ahead of that balance for much longer in terms of years but maybe through 2018 he could be fine.  At this point Greinke has earned the benefit of the doubt. 

Kenta Maeda:  5 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.00.  If you were following us on Twitter (why aren't you for the best fantasy baseball in-game coverage in the business @RotoBoss), I told you yesterday morning Maeda was a great play in DFS and overall.  The stuff remains tremendous and Maeda has almost flawless control to give himself more wiggle room is struggles ensue.  Maeda had it going on in spring training and obviously carried it over.  Very bullish on the guy. 


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