Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of May 10, 2021): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%, and 5% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell *Stats and Roster % as of the morning of May 9 GRADUATED Andrew Benintendi, OF, KCR (45% to 70%) Raimel Tapia, OF, COL (37% to 64%) Madison Bumgarner, SP, ARI (40% to 55%) 50% OR UNDER Framber Valdez, SP, HOU (48%)  Still on the IL, he threw 20 pitches to live batters this week. He was able to throw all his pitches and had good command, according to Dusty Baker. Baker today said he could return in June. If he is available in your league, this is the rare chance to get a borderline ace for free.…

Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of May 3, 2021): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%, and 5% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell *Stats and Roster % as of the morning of May 2, 2021 GRADUATED Omar Narvaez, C, MIL (45% to 52%–10 Day IL) Kolten Wong, 2B, MIL (19% to 53%) Carson Kelly, C, ARI (46% to 78%) Bryan Reynolds, OF, PIT (50% to 51%) JD Davis, 3B/OF, NYM (47% to 53%) Huascar Ynoa (42% to 52%) Alex Wood, SP, SF (32% to 63%) Austin Riley, 3B/OF, ATL (40% to 60%) CJ Cron, 1B, COL (40% to 57%) David Peralta, OF, ARI (40% to 65%) Josh Staumont, RP, KCR (13% to 55%) Jesus Aguilar, 1B, MIA (17% to 65%)…

Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of April 26, 2021): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, 10%, and 5% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell GRADUATED Jazz Chisholm, 2B/SS, MIA (48 to 78%) JT Brubaker, SP, PIT (18 to 54%) Lou Trivino, RP, OAK (48% to 61%) Colin Moran, 1B/2B/3B, PIT (38 to 63%) 50% OR UNDER Omar Narvaez, C, MIL (45%) He had an abysmal debut (60 wRC+) for Milwaukee in 2020, but the early returns are excellent (3 HR, 0.389 AVG). Narvaez’s early xwOBA (grain of salt) is in the 94th percentile. His K% is down from 31% last year to just 11.7%. He got too pull happy last year. This year, his Pull% and Oppo% are an even 37.8%…

Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week (Week of April 19, 2021): Best Players Available Under 50%, 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10% on Yahoo

by Mickey Bell *Stats and Roster % as of 4/17/2021 50% OR UNDER Jazz Chisholm, 2B/SS, MIA (48%) This one is a no brainer. The 23 year old lefty has started the season on fire with an OPS of 1.161. He has 3 HR and 3 steals, and his plate discipline appears to have improved (18.8% walk rate). Chisholm, the former #60 overall prospect according to MLB.com, struck out 30.1% in his minors career and 30.6% in 62 plate appearances (PA) in his debut season last year (56 wRC+). He has struck out 25% this year. Chisholm looked overmatched last…

Pitchers to Target (ADP: 250 or later)

James and Mick are back to discuss potential values at pitcher who are getting drafted around 250 or later. Time Stamps: 0:00- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (and James) in #BestShapeofHisLife 1:28- Joakim Soria 6:05- Archie Bradley 8:15- Jordan Romano, Richard Rodriguez, and Greg Holland 9:32- Rangers bullpen injuries. Take a flyer on Ian Kennedy? 12:22- Giovanny Gallegos valuable even if he doesn’t close? 17:12- Adam Wainwright 19:52- Zach Davies 21:21- Favorite Projection Systems? 29:00- Sale, Syndergaard, Severino: The Tommy John Gang 37:50- Elieser Hernandez 41:20- DYK “Macho Man” Randy Savage was a minor leaguer? And other wrestling musings. — This episode…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Eight: Joey Gallo, Gary Sanchez, and Josh Bell

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura and Alex Bregman (at his price), and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Javier Baez, Austin Meadows, Yoan Moncada, Ketel Marte, Kris Bryant, and Victor Robles. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, and Part Seven of this series as well. Joey Gallo – OF – Texas Rangers Age: 27 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 85 2020 final rank: 400 2021 ADP: 166 The UDWOBP darling’s average dropped…

2021 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft

James and Mick are back with a 5×5 roto mock draft episode! They discuss strategy and prep for the start of the season by testing their wits against the evil robots they draft against. Will they draft Joey Gallo and other pod favorites? Duh! The mock draft starts around the 7:30 mark. Note: Sorry about some less than optimal sound quality. We recorded on Zoom. Never again. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

2020 Underachiever Series Part Seven: Kris Bryant and Ketel Marte

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura and Alex Bregman (at his price), and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Javier Baez, Austin Meadows, Yoan Moncada, and Victor Robles. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, and Part Six of this series as well. Kris Bryant – 3B – Chicago Cubs Age: 29 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 36 2020 final rank: 793 2021 ADP: 134 Bryant’s ADP has dropped about 100 picks this year. You cannot…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Six: Alex Bregman

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura, and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Javier Baez, Austin Meadows, Yoan Moncada, and Victor Robles. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five of this series as well. Alex Bregman – 3B – Houston Astros Age: 26 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 15 2020 final rank: 440 2021 ADP: 33 While Bregman certainly did not live up to his draft value, he still had a good season (123 wRC+).…

2020 Underachiever Series Part Five: Christian Yelich and Javier Baez

by Mickey Bell To recap the articles so far, I buy Cody Bellinger and Yordan Alvarez as values, sell Keston Hiura, and fall somewhere in the middle with Gleyber Torres, Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, and Yoan Moncada. Please check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four of this series as well. Christian Yelich – OF – Milwaukee Brewers Age: 29 2020 Yahoo preseason rank: 2 2020 final rank: 136 2021 ADP: 11 Yelich went around 2nd overall last year, especially after Mike Trout’s uncertainty around playing arose. But even at that draft spot, he had injury risk…