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MLB Fantasy: Biggest Booms and Busts of 2017

November 13, 2017 | by Simon Banks | Comments (0)
Travis Shaw was a pleasant surprise for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Travis Shaw’s home run trot became a common sight. (AP photo)

The 2017 Major League Baseball season is officially over and the Houston Astros are World Series champions. For most of the year, it looked like the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to win baseball’s ultimate accolade but the Astros swept in with a late push and managed to take the series in Game Seven.

Plenty of Fantasy baseball fans will have been keeping tabs on both teams during the regular season and beyond, but there were a number of key players for other franchises who helped you guys to win the office championship. Here are a few of the biggest booms and busts from the 2017 season.

BOOMS

Travis Shaw, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers: While he didn’t rank as one of the very best in the business, Shaw turned out to be a real diamond in the rough for those astute enough to pick him up in Fantasy baseball. Left on the waiver wire in the majority of leagues, Shaw’s quick start to the season saw his stock rise quickly and he shone for the most part of the campaign; in fact he was named as the Brewers’ MVP for the campaign.

With 31 home runs and 101 RBI, he certainly proved his worth and the .273 batting average cemented his spot as a consistent option with real upside. Starring for Milwaukee is no picnic but Shaw made it look easy and he could be set for more success in 2018.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: As expected, Kershaw was one of the top scoring options in Fantasy last year and ESPN had him ranked as the best starting pitcher in the sport for 2017 – it would be difficult to argue against that viewpoint. After eaning a spot as an MLB All-Star in each of the last seven years, Kershaw was pivotal for the Dodgers in their pursuit of World Series glory.

As of November 11, the Dodgers are a +550 chance in the latest MLB betting odds for 2018 and Kershaw will be central to their postseason aspirations once again. Another big year awaits if he can carry his recent efforts into the new campaign.

BUSTS

Wil Myers, 1B, San Diego Padres: Looking for a bust? Look no further than Myers. After an exciting breakout campaign in 2016, he failed to hit those heights in 2017 – eventually ending with sub par figures given the buzz surrounding him at the start of the campaign. He did hit a career high 30 home runs and upped his walk rate, but it was not enough to mask his inefficiencies with the bat.

Fewer runs, hits and steals with a lower batting average tell the story: it wasn’t good enough for Myers in 2017. In the field, he didn’t do a lot wrong as a first baseman but hardly performed at the level that many fantasy players expected. Does he deserve another chance in 2018? Of course, but we may have to alter our expectations of what his ceiling is.

Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners: After a difficult 2016 campaign, most baseball fans expected Hernandez to struggle this year – and they were right. Hernandez ended the 2017 season with career lows in various categories and his spot on Seattle’s roster is in serious jeopardy. The Mariners still aren’t too sure how to best employ his skill set.

Pitching in just 16 games, the 31-year-old gave up 17 home runs. To put that into perspective, he allowed 19 in 25 starts in 2016 (see his highlights from last year in the video below) and 23 in 31 starts in 2015. In addition, Hernandez missed a significant chunk of the campaign thanks to injury and Seattle will be wary of more disappointment in 2018. Will he get another chance? Only time will tell.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your booms and busts were for the 2017 MLB season.

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Tips to Gaining the Edge at DFS Leagues

November 12, 2017 | by Marcus Nilson | Comments (0)
Daily Fantasy sports has always been about variety – a selection of players, teams, leagues, sites, sports and all kinds of team assets. Hence, it is only expected that it should affirm itself as a valuable factor when trying to gain advantage over your opposing team.
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The 2017 MLB Wire Troll All-Star Team

October 7, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Using the wire can provide value in many ways. Sometimes, it offers a temporary fix to an injury issue or it’s simply a case of jumping on a player delivering short-term value. But when you pick up a player and he sticks on your team for all or most of the season and contributes throughout, that is the true definition of waiver wire gold.
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The Wire Troll: Kyle Gibson Killing it for Twins

September 10, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This young righty is starting to come into his own, hurling seven shutout innings in his most recent start. The Pirates’ ninth rounder in 2013, Kuhl is a sinkerball that knows how to generate plenty of groundballs — although his extreme groundball tendencies have neutralized the further he’s gotten along in the system. The good news is his strikeout rate has soared this year to the point he’s an asset, and he’s managed to shave six-tenths of a run off his ERA since late-July, making him a must-own NL-only league pitcher now.
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The Wire Troll: Matt Andriese Returns to Rays Rotation

September 3, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, another Rays’ starter looms on the horizon in the form of former Padre Smith. He underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2015, and is still on the comeback trail, but his recent results suggest he’s ready for another crack at the Show. Smith hurled 5 2/3 shutout innings on Friday to earn the win at Triple-A, and he’s been lights out in three starts at Durham. He’s proven he can win in the minors again; now let’s see what he can do in the majors.
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