Sport Fantasy Baseball Takeaways: Case for adding Brandon Belt
Fantasy Baseball Trade Analyzer: Small window to acquire struggling stars
With most teams having played roughly 10 percent of their schedule, fantasy managers are starting to get more willing to dip their toe into the trade market. Fantasy managers and Mets fans are losing their cool with Lindor, who is off to a horrible start following an offseason trade and massive contract extension. The 27-year-old is posting respectable Statcast data, with an xBA and xSLG that are much higher than his actual marks. I’m expecting him to make a major recovery very soon. Aroldis Chapman (P, NYY) I apologize for banging this drum repeatedly early in the season, but good closers with low saves totals are excellent April trade targets.
Brandon Belt has huge double header
Belt hit two homers with seven RBI during Tuesday’s double header, raising his OPS from .731 to .844more than Jake McGee did. If anyone deserves a pass for a slow start to the year it’s Belt, . He just barely returned to the field before the season began. Belt is likely to remain injury prone now in his mid 30s, but he’s well worth adding in the 85% of Yahoo leagues in which he’s available.
Belt’s 172 wRC+ last season ranked fifth in baseball, and he’s on pace to finish this year with 33 homers, 97 RBI and 11 steals despite the sluggish start. Oracle Park has remained neutral so far, and it should only get more favorable for hitters as the weather warms. In fact, San Francisco has actually been athis season, which has now been the case since the park changed its dimensions in 2020 (good news for those who added Mike Tauchman or are waiting for Mike Yastrzemski’s return). Finally freed from home confines that destroyed lefty power, Belt should have real fantasy value as long as he stays on the field.
Checks out: Noah Gragson registers second Dash 4 Cash bonus at Talladega
Noah Gragson is 2-for-2 in collecting $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonuses in this year’s edition of the NASCAR Xfinity Series initiative. He’s also a perfect 2-for-2 in somehow losing the giant display checks with his name on them. Gragson finished sixth in Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, outdistancing three other eligible drivers — Josh […]RELATED: Official results | Talladega weekend schedule
Giancarlo Stanton is hot
Stanton had four hits and homered Tuesday and is hitting .477/.489/.818 over his last 10 games (raising his OPS 317 points over that span). As per usual, he had Tuesday’s hardest hit ball (117.4 mph) — he leads MLB in max exit velocity, average EV and Hard Hit% all by significant margins. While it’s certainly nice to see Stanton have a .271 expected batting average, I wouldn’t necessarily expect a barrage of homers forthcoming. Here are Stanton’s GB:FB ratios starting from 2015 until now: 0.77, 0.92, 1.13, 1.23, 1.33, 1.77, 1.65. And his launch angle (degrees): 15.7, 13.9, 11.1, 11.6, 7.9, 8.3, 8.8.
Now that includes a 2017 season in which he clubbed 59 homers in an extreme Miami pitcher’s park, but that’s a pretty strong trend of becoming a full-blown ground ball hitter. His current 55.9 GB% ranks top-15 in baseball (Randy Arozarena sports an MLB-high 68.3 GB%(!) ????. This just means Stanton’s home run potential appears more capped than when he first came from Miami to New York, but it’s good news he’s hitting the ball hard and most importantly, has remained healthy. His counting stats should start really improving along with the rest of the underperforming Yankees lineup.
Rain doesn't dampen Patrick Emerling's Spring Sizzler win
STAFFORD, Conn. — Patrick Emerling dodged the wreck. And then waited on the rain. His reward? The Orchard Park, New York, driver is the 49th NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler winner Friday night. Rain ended the race after 130 laps at Stafford Motor Speedway. To get the win, Emerling had to pilot the No. 07 […]To get the win, Emerling had to pilot the No. 07 Captain Pip Marina Chevrolet through a cluster of spinning cars after Ryan Preece and Ron Silk got together in Turn 2 battling for the win. The wreck also collected Anthony Nocella and Justin Bonsignore. Emerling, who was running fifth, went high and then dove between the pinwheeling Nocella and Bonsignore to get clear.
Shane McClanahan’s encore
Fantasy baseball’s hottest recent pickup made his much-anticipated second start Tuesday night, holding an Angels offense that entered leading MLB in wRC+ (albeit without Anthony Rendon) scoreless over four innings. The quick hook was especially discouraging given his modest pitch count (63), which hopefully isn’t a sign of things to come (although a combo of him and Luis Patino would likely continue to produce great results for Tampa Bay). McClanahan threw the five fastest pitches in baseball Tuesday night (all 100+ mph), also producing eight.
McClanahan has produced the bestin baseball this season over his two starts and is clearly the real deal, with volume being the only question when it comes to his fantasy value over the rest of the year. He remains available in nearly 80% of Yahoo leagues.
Fantasy Baseball Q&A buy or sell hitters edition: Will these batters continue their hot starts?
Plus the players we wish we drafted more and less with our Week 6 panelTo kick off each week of the season, I'll be reaching out to Fantasy Baseball Today's Scott White and Frank Stampfl to ask them a few big questions that can hopefully help lead to actionable advice. In this Q&A, we're looking back at the first month and playing buy or sell on a slew of the best hitters in Fantasy.
Dinelson Lamet returns to the mound
Lamet returned from a forearm strain Tuesday and tossed two scoreless innings. Those came with four hits and zero strikeouts, however, at home against a Pirates offense entering with the third-worst wRC+. Moreover, his velocity was noticeably down (-3.0 mph on his fastball and -2.1 mph on his slider from his previous start). It was nice to see him back in action and willingly throwing his slider, but Lamet is as big of an injury risk as any player in the league moving forward. I’d be aggressively attempting to trade him if at all possible (his next start comes in Coors Field). Do I have any confidence in Lamet staying healthy over the rest of the season?
2021 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Playoff Strength of Schedule - Points Allowed .
Senior analyst Michael Fabiano breaks down the 2021 fantasy playoff strength of schedule for running backs The National Football League has released its 2021 regular-season schedule, so we now know all the matchups we'll be looking at during the fantasy football campaign. More importantly, we know which teams will have the best and worst matchups during the most important time of the year for fantasy managers: The playoffs.