Celtics nation is confused, speechless, and it’s difficult to pinpoint the reason of this inconsistent play. I have never been more confused by a professional sports team than I am by the 2018-2019 Boston Celtics. I remember seeing Marcus Morris a few years back, in LA Fitness, when I lived in Philadelphia. He wasn’t even working out and was just hanging with his Brother Markieff, drinking a smoothie. I attempted to say hello to Marcus and he immediately looked away and didn’t even acknowledge me. This team has a bunch of similar personalities this year and I can only come up with one thing about this team. They practice the act of being Selfish: (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.
That being said, let’s do a little fantasy baseball talk, to get our mindset off of the C’s for a little away. Every season a few rookies break out, and can ride our fantasy baseball teams to victory.Ronald Acuna Jr, Juan Soto, and Cody Bellinger are some of these names the past couple years. Check out this year’s young stars. In addition, always keep in mind who will be a free agent after this year, and these players know that they have to produce in 2019, to help them get paid the big bucks in 2020 and beyond.
The fantasy baseball catcher position usually holds the most value, and if you do not grab Gary Sanchez, J.T. Realmuto, Wilson Contreras, Wilson Ramos, Yasmani Grandal, or even old relaibles , Posey and Yady, I have a few names for you in the late rounds. Tucker Barnhart did not have huge numbers, but he was one of six catchers to log 500 plus plate appearances, and will provide some power and a decent average. He is consistent and will be there behind the plate for you. Also, Danny Jansen on the Blue Jays and Marlins Jorge Alfaro are both very intriguing backstops, and could produce 15-20 homeruns.
Some quick sleepers that could have breakout years are Tyler Glasnow and Brent Honeywell of the Rays. Glasnow gives up too many BB’s and HR’s, but did have 11K’s/9 in 2018. He has been working with Rays pitching staff in the off season as well, and they have done wonders to other pitchers commands in the past. Honeywell had TJ surgery in 2018, has a great arsenal, and is poised to eventually start for the Rays. Orlando Arcia, shortstop for the Brew Crew, has a chance to put up 20 SBs and 20 HRs in this now loaded lineup.
Here are some household names that can be top 10-20 overall fantasy players at the end of the year. Noah Syndergaard is one man to draft early, mainly because Thor has a beard this year! He has not had his best season yet, but is ready to take that Cy Young step. 28-year old Jesus Aguilar improved his strikeout rate and walk rate, and is going to mash this year. He hit .274 in 2018, with 35 homers, and if this slugger can keep up the good average, and provide nearly 40 dongs and 115 plus RBI’s, than these are MVP caliber numbers. Furthermore, Walker Buehler may just be the Dodgers Ace, yes Kershaw you are still the modern day (regular season) Sandy Koufax, but Buehler is only 24-years old, and has a fresh arm, thanks to the Dodgers pitching staff who have closely watched his pitch count all of last year.
Two more players who have the talent to be top 10-20 overall fantasy players at the end of the season are Byron Buxton and Eugenio Suarez. Buxton was injured nearly all last year, but the once top prospect is the definition of a five tool fantasy and real life player. Suarez had a 4.2 WAR last year, with 34/104.
To the Sawx fans out there: 25-year old Eduardo Rodriguez has been making noise already at camp:
I am ready to see Benny take a leap, and finish the year with 30 HR’s and 30 SB’s. Even though there is not much room for Michael Chavis this year with a loaded and talented infield, if he produces, he shall play, and this guy has the potential to be a steal in the late rounds. Look out for Devers hitting 30 and 100 in 2019. He struggled at times last year, with a .240 /.298 /.433 clip, but this kid has the confidence and lineup to protect him, and his ADP is 19th at 3B. He could easily be a top 10 3B at the end of the year.
Remember nerds, refresh Rotoworld every hour (or every 15 minutes) - every day. Check your lineup and the waiver wire in the early morning hours. Make some trades, but drafting well is so important in fantasy baseball. Put in the time, do the research, make sound moves, and just remember fantasy baseball is still (in my opinion) 60% luck and 40% skill, so you must have the ball bounce your way at times. Good luck and March 28th cannot get here sooner.
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