This is the comments thread for our inaugural Home Run Box Pool for the 2019 MLB season.
Trash talk in the comments (be civil), thanks for playing and good luck!
Friday morning status update, using the “Status” post format type in my default WordPress theme. Going to try each of these formats over the next little while to see what works well for us.
1. Projections update posted again this morning. Since the last update, we updated Ryan Braun since he is now off the hook from being suspended to start the season. Good news there. Plus there was an error in Aaron Harang’s hits allowed projections, as posted last night on Facebook and Twitter.
2. As I’m browsing around the web finding what I consider to be good quality fantasy baseball articles, I’m starting to tag them to our player pages. Check the Braun page linked above, under the heading “Articles Found Elsewhere”. Here is another for Mike Minor. Right now you can find all linked articles at the bottom of this page. I’ll see if I can work up a spot on the home page so the newest links are more prominent.
3. If you are looking for a fantasy baseball draft guide, I recommend Ray Flowers’ guide available at Baseballguys.com for only $8. I used it last year and really liked the player capsules. Ray isn’t a fence-sitter when it comes to telling you whether he thinks a player is worth rostering or not. I’ve only just scratched the surface on the 2012 edition, but right off the top I enjoyed his bold predictions section. Check it out.
4. Last but not least, best of luck to Bryan Mazany, a.k.a. CC/DB user katanga, who won our DraftBuddy.com Whitey Herzog Fantasy Baseball league last year, just edging me out at the end. We awarded Bryan with a free entry in an NFBC satellite league this year. We got him signed up in a slow draft, draft masters format, and he started last night with the 13th pick. I’ll post periodic updates on how his draft is going.
Ryan Braun, OF, MIL – Apparently the new mega-million dollar extension made him happy. So much so that he went off for .346/4HR/9RBI/6R/2SB. Braun is a stud, but even he can’t keep up this pace.
Jose Bautista, OF, TOR – It looks like last year’s season was for real. Count me as a doubter, but Bautista is doing it again this season. Over the last seven days, he has raked at a .529/4/6 rate with 10 runs scored. Can another 50+ homer season be in the making?
David Wright, 3B, NYM – Wright was on the Stock Down list last week as he was suffering through an 0-for-20 streak, but he has really turned it around going .304/3/7/7/3. This guy is an elite player so look for more of this and less of the long hitless streaks going forward.
Ike Davis, 1B, NYM – Like his corner infield running mate, Davis is hot too. While Wright was contributing in all five categories, Davis did just fine for himself with a .500/3/6/7 stat line. Davis is not in the elite group, but he is still a quality player and this hot streak might last a while.
Chris Coghlan, OF, FLA – Coghlan is not a big power or speed guy, but when it’s going good, enjoy the ride. Over the last week, Coghlan has managed .292/3/7/7 and will make a great fourth outfielder on your fantasy team.
Mike Aviles, 2B/SS, KC – If someone in your league dumped the early slumping Aviles, this is your chance to grab the hot-hitting middle infielder. This is a classic, “ride him while he’s hot, then dump him when he comes back down to earth,” situation. Over the last week, Aviles piled up .357/3/5/3/2. That kind of stat line can help you all over the board.
Adam Lind, 1B/OF, TOR – Lind is a hot and cold guy. This is hot time so grab him and go. Right now, he’s on a .360/2/9/5 tear, so hopefully you can get in on that action.
Carlos Gomez, OF, MIL – Gomez is known more for being able to steal any base but first, but right now he’s hitting well. He’s currently enjoying a .385/1/6/4/2 burst, so see if he can carry your team for a little while.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA – For the third week in a row, Ramirez shows up on this list. Han-Ram is a player of immense talent, so this isn’t real, but it is painful. If you own him and you have a solid backup plan, sit Han-Ram for a short while and be ready to slot him when he starts to put it together. If you don’t own him, talk up how he might not put things together this season and then offer his owner a nice package for him.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL – A true five category threat, Gonzalez is suffering through a slump right now. Sit him until he gets hitting again and make an offer for him if you see an opening.
Jose Reyes, SS, NYM – As if shortstops weren’t already scarce enough, now the few hitters in the bunch aren’t hitting. Reyes is about the only Met not enjoying a hot streak right now, but don’t worry this is a contract year for him and he has something to prove.
Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS – The big swinger hasn’t found his American League rhythm yet. Don’t worry, when he does, the homers will come in bunches. Grab him now as it is only a matter of time for Dunn.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL – Uggla is a notoriously slow starter. He has hit five home runs on the young season, but the batting average is anemic. He usually heats up in May, so your window of opportunity for buying low is likely to close soon.
Buster Posey, C, SF – Posey has really been scuffling as of late, but so has the San Francisco offense. There is no real concern for a sophomore slump here, just sit him until he gets going.