Week 13 -Things to Know – H2H Points

Consider these 2 Start Pitchers owned in less then 50% of leagues.

Dan Straily vs. NYM @ MIL
Mike Fiers vs. OAK vs. NYY
Michael Wacha vs. CIN vs. WSH
Jordan Montgomery @ CWS @ HOU
Alex Cobb @ PIT @ BAL
Kevin Gausman @ TOR vs. TB
Junior Guerra @ CWS vs. MIA
Tyson Ross @ CLE @ CWS
Mike Clevinger vs. TEX @ DET
Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. LAA @SD
Tim Adleman vs. MIL vs. CHC
Jhoulys Chacin vs. ATL vs. LAD
Joe Biagini vs. BAL vs. BAL
Matt Strahm @ DET vs. MIN
David Holmberg vs. NYY vs. TEX
Ricky Nolasco @ LAD vs. SEA
Jesse Chavez @ LAD vs. SEA
Nick Pivetta @ ARI @ NYM
Eddie Butler @ WSH @ CIN
Amir Garrett @ STL vs. CHC
Trevor Williams vs. TB vs. SF

Hitters by position that are under owned.

Mike Zunino SEA
Wilson Ramos TB
Tyler Flowers ATL
First Base:
Matt Adams ATL
Josh Bell PIT
Steve Pearce TOR
Second Base:
Ian Happ CHC
Joe Panik SF
Brandon Phillips ATL
Third Base:
Maikel Franco PHI
Matt Davidson CHW
Jose Reyes NYM
Short Stop:
Dansby Swanson ATL
Freddy Galvis PHI
Orlando Arcia MIL
Out Field:
Carlos Gomez TEX
David Peralta ARI
Shin-Soo Choo TEX
Joc Pederson STL
Tommy Pham STL
Lonnie Chisenhall CLE
Dennard Span SF
Ben Gamel SEA
Hunter Pence SF
Bradley Zimmer CLE

Top 5 Prospects Ready for a call any minute.

Franklin Barreto SS/2B OAK
Yoan Moncada 2B CHW
Amed Rosario SS NYM
Rafael Devers 3B BOS
Brent Honeywell SP TB

H2H Points leagues. Info for the week ahead.

For those of us in head to head points leagues my hope is to offer information that is meant for our Points format. Most of the expert advice out there is geared towards traditional “Roto” leagues. Don’t get me wrong I’m in those types of leagues as well. Roto leagues are all about where you finish at the end of the year. H2H points leagues well…we live week to week. Trying to get a step ahead of your league mates is vital to our success.

Projected 2 Start Pitchers who are under 50% owned with the best match ups.

The hitters available in 50% of leagues who are on hot streaks. I will focus on hitters whose teams play at least 6 games the following week.

Prospects rumored to be on the cusp of being called up that give you a chance to keep an eye on potential up grades.









Zimm Time?

Either Brandon Guyer put 4-6 weeks are we finally going to see Bradley Zimmer get the call to join the Imdian? If you have an extra roster spot it’s worth a roll of the dice. 

Promotion Emotion

Why is it that the very second I get an alert about a Fantasy relevant player being called up to the majors I hold my breathe until i know if he is owned in my leagues. This never fails. A good portion of the time I use one of my precious transactions for the week on a guy that is up for the weekend or as a backup.

This never fails. It drives my league mates crazy, some thinking I have some secret Intel that alerts before any others.

I’m  not sure what it is about them. It feels like buying a scratch off Lotto ticket. More often than not its a dud but when you hit on one it can bring your team to a new level of production. Much like scooping up an unlucky star that gets dumped by their fantasy owners on May 1st as they are still batting below .200. You see some progress as momentum starts to show.

After the draft or auction is over and your “in season” mode starts this is like making trades for top players without giving anything else. In a non Faab league i will jump on that lotto ticket any time.

H2H Points leagues

After years of experience participating in online auctions for my head to head points leagues, I have come to one certain conclusion. Expect nothing. You can go and participate in as many mock auctions on your favorite websites but they will rarely give you a true idea of what will happen in your league.

The other team owners are not stupid. You need to know that no matter how many magazines or online columns you read in the end people are most likely to be going after most if not all of the players you want. Even that deep sleeper that is showing a value of $1 which should by far out perform that price. Yeah, people heard about him on that same podcast you listened to as well. In a 12 team league where teams are given say $260 to fill out a roster the money always seems to go so much quicker than you’d think. If you have practiced by participating $5 dollar value would go for between $4-$6 dollars when you participate in your real auction said player may show the same value but, this player happens to play for the lets say the Seattle Mariners. Have you accounted for the guy in your league that loves the mariners and wants their best players more than anything.

So this is a game right. Its meant to amuse you and it lasts about 6 months why not write down a list of the players you want the most. Now I am not talking about a list like (Trout, Kershaw, Harper, Altuve and Goldschmidt) if you choose to go that avenue you would  be left with say $50 or less for your final 20 roster spots. if this happens you will most likely be sitting for a few hours watching players come off the board waiting and hoping to find enough solid $1 and $2 players to field a competitive team. So pick one or two top players a few guys that will cost 20 or so and a few that will cost around 10 dollars and hold your money to get those players that you covet.

While you have your “want list” the smart way to spend your time is to search for value. Start to compile a list of under $5 players you like and feel have legitimate “upside” talent. This will come in very handy as the Auction goes on. all the while if you see someone close to getting a $10 player for $1 because everyone else in the room is distracted throw out a bid for $2. Being alert and aware is the best way to find value in a draft. You may have regretted drinking all of those cups of coffee but you’ll feel a lot better about it if you can get a steal like that. There is a very fine line between spending too much too early and leaving money unspent. The latter of which is a Auction “no-no” its very common to have a little more than a handful of $1  players on your team you just don’t want to be stuck with out any of the ones you wanted.

2017 – Players I ❤️ 

Players that I am targeting in the mid to late rounds in point leagues. If I get most of these guys then a lot of money can be spent elsewhere. 

Catcher: Yasmani Grandal

First base: Chris Davis

Second base: D.J. LeMahieu

Short Stop: Dansby Swanson

Third base: Jake Lamb

Outfield: Andrew Benintendi

Starting Pitcher: James Paxton 

Relief Pitcher: Edwin Diaz

2017 Top 31-45 Outfielders Under 30

Here is the third and final set of outfielders under the age of thirty. You would think that 31-45 on this list would be fringe players but there is some quite talented players that can help your fantasy teams right away. Many players from the list below can be had late in drafts or cheap in auctions. On to the list…

31 Billy Hamilton 26
32 Davud Peralta 29
33 Kevin Pillar 28
34 Ender Inciarte 26
35 Corey Dickerson 27
36 Byron Buxton 23
37 Jason Heyward 27
38 Randal Grichuk 25
39 Nomar Mazara 21
40 Max Kepler 24
41 Keon Broxton 26
42 Scott Schebler 26
43 Hyun Soo Kim 29
44 Hunter Renfroe 25
45 Steven Souza Jr. 27

2017 Top 16-30 Outfielders Under 30

The second part of my outfielder ranking that cover #’s 16-30 show a lot of familiar faces including some young up and comers like Andrew Benintendi & Kyle Schwarber. Along with some former top prospects ready to break  out like Joc Pederson and Jorge Soler. These ranking are based on playing in  Head to Head points leagues and are based on 500+ At bats for each player.I’ll have #’s 31-45 up very shortly.

Now that the Super Bowl has concluded It’s a mad dash to absorb as much fantasy baseball information as possible heading into our drafts and auctions. No too many sites will cover just the points scoring system. Please consider Zig Zag as the ace up your sleeve when playing this format as there is so much more info yet to publish!

16 Giancarlo Stanton 27
17 J.D. Martinez 29
18 Yasmany Tomas 26
19 Adam Eaton 28
20 Justin Upton 29
21 Kole Calhoun 29
22 Andrew Benintendi 22
23 Kyle Schwarber 24
24 Joc Pederson 24
25 Khris Davis 29
26 Jay Bruce 29
27 Marcell Ozuna 26
28 Jorge Soler 25
29 Kevin Kiermaier 26
30 Tyler Naquin 25

2017 Top 1 – 15 Outfielders Under 30

Here is the first 15 of the Top outfielders under 30. Now this list may puzzle some and I have to be honest it did make me think there was a problem with my formula. Upon further review they did seem legit. I do want to stress that these rankings are for players in a Head to Head points leagues. A strong SO-BB % is a very important factor along with the amount of plate appearances So top of the lineup is very coveted value like #9 on this list Odubal Herrera the #3 hitter for the Phillies. Players like Jackie Bradley and Adam Duvall had a mere 5% bump in their stats from last year as they enter their prime years.. As for Puig and Dahl I am basing their projections on a full 500+ AB’s.

Under 20 Rank Name Age
1 Mike Trout 25
2 Bryce Harper 24
3 Mookie Betts 24
4 A.J. Pollock 29
5 George Springer 27
6 Michael Brantley 29
7 Jackie Bradley Jr. 26
8 Christian Yelich 25
9 Odubel Herrera 25
10 Gregory Polanco 25
11 Stephen Piscotty 26
12 Adam Duvall 28
13 Yasiel Puig 26
14 David Dahl 23
15 Starling Marte 28