Sport Fantasy Baseball Today: Shane Baz call up, Eddie Rosario cycle, Jared Kelenic's hot streak
Fantasy Football Sleepers 2021: One breakout pick from every team
Does every team really have a fantasy sleeper candidate heading into 2021? Maybe not, but we still look for the most underrated player from all 32 NFL clubs ahead of your fantasy football draft.With that in mind, we're spreading the good vibes to all 32 teams and trying to find one player (or D/ST) from each who has the potential to outperform his average draft position. Some teams have several viable candidates; others don't really have any. That doesn't stop us, though. Our job is to give you a name, and even if it's someone buried on a depth chart who might spend more time in street clothes than a uniform this year, well, it's a name.
It's crunch time! It's the second-to-last week in Roto leagues and either the semifinals or finals in head-to-head formats. Every start/sit decision is being put under a microscope and rightfully so. We discussed a bunch of polarizing starting pitchers on the podcast today but perhaps none more than. Somebody tweeted Scott White and me over the weekend asking if they should stream Darvish in his start at the on Saturday. I responded that I wouldn't, which means he will throw seven shutout innings... and that's exactly what he did. Whether due to foreign substances or multiple stints on the Injured List, Darvish has been flat out bad since the start of June. He's projecting for a home matchup against the this week and I currently have him on my bench in favor of who's thrown two quality starts in a row and faces the lowly offense Friday.
Should I draft Michael Thomas in 2021 fantasy football leagues?
Is Michael Thomas worth drafting in your fantasy football league this year? We break down his fantasy outlook, from the injury concerns to the trade worries.This year, Thomas has multiple issues already working against him. First, he'll be sidelined again because of the ankle after electing to get surgery very late in the offseason. His decision was reportedly the result of a rift with the team. While Thomas hasn't been public about his frustration, aside from a cryptic tweet, he has liked a few tweets on Twitter that seem to indicate he was upset with the Saints medical staff.
Shout out to the St. Louis Cardinals who are on an eight-game winning streak and specificallywho is red hot. In 18 September games, O'Neill is batting .333 with seven home runs and three steals. He's been quite streaky this year, which makes sense given his high strikeout rate. He's currently 79% rostered and could be available in shallower leagues so be sure to check for him. You probably don't need me to tell you this but if you have O'Neill on your team, make sure to get him in the lineup regardless of format.
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Baz gets the call after a dominant minors stretch
SP has been one of the elite starters down in the minors this season and he finally got the call-up from Tampa with just two weeks to go. In 17 starts between Double-A and Triple-A, here's what his dominant stretch looks like: 2.06 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 113 K over 78.2 IP. He's just 26% rostered at the moment with starts likely coming against Toronto and Miami. Baz has the makings of a Fantasy ace at some point, but is now too soon?
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 2 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks
It's only Week 2, but in another unpredictable season, you can bet fantasy football owners have plenty of start 'em, sit 'em questions. Vinnie Iyer has lineup advice and NFL DFS picks to help you keep winning or rebound after losing your season-opening matchup.The good news (or bad, depending how you look at it) is ever team is in action, and aside from Raheem Mostert (knee), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Michael Gallup (calf), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), there weren't too many notable injuries last week (that we know of). Most fantasy squad will have their full complement of players at their disposals, so it's important to evaluate usage and matchups.
into Baz's profile for the now after setting out to answer if adding and starting him is even worth it at this point.
"There's no overstating the caliber of prospect he is. You see the numbers he's put up this year, gaining control of his already electric stuff to make him arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball. I might instead give the nod to the' , but this isn't about him. The point is it's close.
"The issue with picking up Baz isn't a matter of ability but rather timing. He's arriving for his first stint in the majors during the second-to-last week of the season ... at the position with the most potential for harm ... for the team most known for handling up-and-coming pitchers with kid gloves.
"There's a small chance he could throw a seven-inning gem (even though he only once lasted even six innings in the minors this year), but he more realistic possibility is that they cut him off at 4-5 innings -- and that's if he's pitching well.
Best fantasy football team names 2021
Your favorite draft cheat sheet might have rankings, sleepers, and auction values, but it does it have a list of the best fantasy football team names for 2021? We're here to help with some of our favorites, from the funny to the lame and everything in between.Let's face it -- you're probably not going to win your league. Basic math tells us that. But just because your team is destined to fail doesn't mean you can't be a winner at something far more important. Most of the things that derail a fantasy season, like Saquon Barkley's health, Mike Evans' targets, or Deshaun Watson's (allegedly) criminal behavior, are out of our hands, but you can control whether you have a funny or creative team name.
"Of course, there's no predicting whether he's up to the task given that he has yet to be tested at the highest level. It's especially true given that he'll be facing thein his first outing, who you may be aware are rather stacked offensively. If he navigates their lineup well enough, he'll face the next time out, who present an even tougher matchup. Weighing all of those factors, how could you possibly have the confidence to start Baz, whether this week or next?
"Granted, it's not as simple as even that. If the Rays decide to remove someone from the rotation with the arrival of Baz -- which I'm not counting on, but it's possible -- then he'll line up for two starts this week, with the second coming against the. And in that scenario, he would face the next week rather than the Astros. It would make the risk a more rewarding one, but of course, you can't count on him having that second start this week.
"Ultimately, it's too big of a gamble to take with so much on the line. If Baz had arrived a month ago, it would be a different story."
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Updated 2021 Fantasy Football TE Auction Values: Dollar projections, rankings for standard & PPR tight ends
Travis Kelce will command a large chunk of your auction budget, at least relative to other tight ends. Is he worth paying for? We break down FantasyPros' projected TE dollar values for standard and PPR leagues ahead of your 2021 fantasy football auction.Most fantasy owners can't stomach the hit of paying upwards of $40 for Kelce -- not when they can get someone like Dallas Goedert for over $30 cheaper. But, as we pointed out in our standard-league TE rankings, Kelce outscored Waller by 36.2 fantasy points last year, and Waller outscored No. 3 TE, Robert Tonyan, by 47 points. After that, Nos. 3-19 were closer in points than Tonyan was to Waller.
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Kelenic starting to show serious signs
It hasn't been a storybook first season forOF Jared Kelenic, but he's starting to catch fire at the perfect time for those Fantasy managers who were patient. In his last four games, Kelenic has seven hits, three homers, one stolen base and six runs scored to go along with seven RBI. Most importantly, he's dropped his strikeout rate with only three strikeouts during that four-game stretch.
He's 63% rostered and here's what Scott White had to say about the talented young OF in his latest waiver column:
"Another high-profile Mariners rookie who's finally delivering on all his potential,is still batting just .178 for the year, but you see what he's done in September. He's putting the ball in the air a ton and not getting beaten by strikeouts as much, though it would still be a stretch at this point to say that plate discipline is his strong suit. The Mariners have middling matchups the rest of the way, but the pitchers on the slate this week are particularly prone to fly balls."
Rosario hits for the cycle
Braves OFhas found himself regular playing time again and is starting to mash the baseball, again. He hit for the cycle on Sunday. Rosario has now started in five of the last six games and has three homers over that span. He's 62% rostered with seven games next week and it looks as of now like there's only one left-handed starting pitcher slated to go up against him. If you're seeking OF help in deeper leagues that start five, Rosario makes for a nice scoop for this final stretch run.
Game Script Impact on Fantasy Football Production: Tight Ends
SI Fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano shares his discoveries on how game script affects tight ends across fantasy football. Game script. Positive. Negative. Neutral. We hear these terms more and more as folks discuss the advantages and disadvantages of players under different game scenarios. To help fantasy managers use this data to help them in their upcoming drafts, I looked at how each of the four major offensive skill positions (QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs) did, based on fantasy points when their team won or lost.
News and notes
- made another rehab start at Double-A Sunday, allowed three runs (two home runs) over 3.1 innings. He got his pitch count up to 57.
- missed Saturday and Sunday with a non-displaced rib fracture. He shouldn't be on your team anyway.
- According to Ken Rosenthal, The A's are targeting Thursday for return. Bassitt is 74% rostered and that game would come against the Mariners.
- The don't expect to pitch again until the postseason… if they make it.
- Manager Bud Black said Friday that he's not sure if will be able to return this season. He's on the IL with a hamstring injury.
- could make a minor-league rehab start during the coming week. He's on the IL with an ankle injury.
- is confirmed as the starter Monday and will make two starts this week.
- was pushed back from Sunday to start Wednesday this week against the .
- Same thing with who was pushed back to Wednesday.
- will be activated to start the first game of their doubleheader Monday.
- was activated Sunday and was batting fifth in their lineup.
- has been shifted to the bullpen.
- was optioned back to Triple-A after Saturday's start where he allowed three runs over 4.1 innings.
- played catch from 75 feet Saturday but isn't expected to pitch again this season.
- The Yankees could activate Monday but remember he's going to pitch out of the bullpen.
- reported to Triple-A Sunday to begin a rehab assignment. He's been on the IL since July with a wrist injury.
- To the IL this weekend:
- reinjured his intercostal strain.
- with a neck strain.
- with a right oblique strain.
- with a fractured finger.
- finally went on the IL with that dislocated shoulder.
- with bruised ribs.
- with a left hamstring strain.
- with right elbow ulnar neuritis.
- to the COVID IL.
Lower-rostered shortstops to consider
- SS collected six hits with two homers this weekend. This Scott White favorite is only 57% rostered.
- SS three straight multi-hit games, including two steals on Sunday. He's 67% rostered with seven road games at NYY, at BAL this week and still has C eligibility on Yahoo.
- SS/2B has had a big September batting .342 with one homer and two steals. He's 52% rostered with seven road games this week.
- SS/2B went 3-for-4 with a homer on Sunday. He has started eight of their last nine games and is 35% rostered.
Who to start in fantasy football: Week 4 rankings, start-sit advice for PPR, standard, superflex scoring .
It's Week 4, and your fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions are coming down to the wire. We've compiled all of our Week 4 rankings for PPR, standard, and superflex leagues in one place to help you decide who to start.If you're looking for more analysis, click the links located throughout the article, which include DFS advice and injury updates (directly below).