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Fantasy Baseball Outfield Shuffle Up: It’s Aaron Judge’s world, we’re just living in it

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Today we ranked all the players eligible to participate in the Sportzshala fantasy game. I excluded everyone who had the right to fish; they already had their own shuffle. I also didn’t rank the injured players – it seems like a stupid idea to me. If you’re an injury optimist, cool. If you’re an injury pessimist, that’s fine too. I’m not a doctor, and it’s foolish to pretend otherwise.

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Let’s assume the scoring system is 5×5 as usual. Players with the same salary are considered even. Salaries are unscientific, it’s just a way to show where valuable pockets lie.

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I’m trying to predict how players will perform in the future; what happened at the moment is just an audition.

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Disagree with things? Perfect. That’s why we have a game. Send me a tweet and we’ll talk: @scott_pianoski.

to the far field.

Big Tickets

$42 Aaron Judge

$42 Jordan Alvarez

$38 Bryce Harper

$38 Mike Trout

$36 Ronald Acuna

$32 Julio Rodriguez

Kyle Tucker for $32

$31 Juan Soto

31 US dollar Louis Robert

$30 Byron Buxton

$29 JD Martinez

I was surprised when Judge turned down a major contract extension to a year, but he bet on himself and now smells like a rose. So far he has been the MVP of AL. . . Alvarez isn’t far behind, though, and I’ve always liked left-handed batters who crush left-handers just as much as right-handers. There are 100 ways to represent Alvarez and they are all wrong. And it’s absurd to note that Alvarez hasn’t really had any luck with batting numbers; its average and penetration should actually be much higher than it actually is. This is David Ortiz 2.0. . .

Jordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros is a fantasy star.
Jordan Alvarez has become a fantasy star this season. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

I doubt buying Tucker for a low price will work in any league of sophistication, but maybe you can give it a try. He’s still running and is another player who has been unlucky with his batting profile. . . Soto is too good to be buried in the ranks, although this year he expanded his chase zone and it did him harm. . . Martinez isolates with a great cast and park, but Homer’s column is a bit depressing. . . Will Rodriguez make it to the first or second round next year? He’s been running a little less lately, but he’s still waiting for 30-30 seasons, maybe as early as next season.

Legal building blocks

$23 Nick Castellanos

$22 Tommy Edman

$22 Giancarlo Stanton

21 USD Adolis Garcia

$21 Randy Arozarena

Starling Marte for $21

$19 Luis Arraes

$19 Whit Merrifield

$19 Brian Reynolds

$17 Kyle Schwarber

$17 Andrew Won

$17 George Springer

I didn’t expect the secondary level to have such a big lunge. Castellanos deserves to be questioned in his class despite his lackluster start to the year. . . I wasn’t sure Edman had the OBP profile to keep the lead, especially for a new manager, but he proved me wrong. . . Garcia will swing at just about anything, but in this case, he ignores the K/BB profile and soaks up the juices of the category. He also hits a reasonable average. . . Arraes has more walkers than strikeouts, and while he’ll never be a batter, he’s not zero in the power categories. Useful player. . . Tony La Russa finally had an epiphany, put Vaughn in second place and left him alone. A lot of joy.

Talk to them, talk to them

Cedric Mullins for $16

Kettle Marte for $15

$15 John Bertie

14 dollars Yurikson Profar

$14 Ian Happ

$14 Harrison Bader

$14 Theoscar Hernandez

$14 Christian Yelich

$13 Austin Hayes

$13 Marcell Ozuna

$13 Anthony Santander

$13 Thomas Fam

$12 Charlie Blackmon

$12 Jock Pederson

$12 Brandon Drury

$12 Christopher Morel

$12 Ryan Mountcastle

$12 Josh Bell

$12 Jared Walsh

$12 Alex Verdugo

$12 Taylor Ward

$11 Brendan Donovan

$11 Mike Yastrzemsky

$11 Hunter Renfro

$11 Ramon Laureano

10 dollars Kole Calhoun

$10 Jeff McNeil

$10 Jack Suwinski

10 dollars Jorge Soler

$10 Josh Rojas

$10 Chris Taylor

$10 Trey Mancini

$10 Michael Brantley

$10 Andrew Benintendi

10 dollars Lourdes Gurriel

$10 Randal Grichuk

Bertie has one of those binges where it looks like he’s going to run every time he gets to the base. And joy to the world, he reaches the base in a healthy clip. He also holds several positions in the Sportzshala game. It is hard to imagine that this will be sustainable throughout the year, but at the moment I have no intention of trading my shares, except for a large offer. . . You would like to see a little more power from Bell, but his strike zone score protects his average and provides a good floor. . . Donovan qualifies for every outfield position except catcher, a wonderful thing. The Cardinals love it in slot #2. Not much juice in the category, but it will score wounds and protect your average. . .

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Brantley and Benintendi are mostly average sources and nothing more, although I still think Benintendi could have double-digit homers by the end of the year. . . Hayes is having a good year despite being overshadowed by bigger names in Baltimore. There are some depressing conclusions on his Statcast page, but at least the data supports his playable average and loss. . . Fama may not be welcome in your fantasy football league, but he still has a useful profile in fantasy baseball. He’s been a little unlucky with his batting results, he’s still doing a lot of walking and will be aiming for 20 homers and 15 steals by the end of the year. He is underestimated.

Some plausible benefits

$8 Garrett Cooper

$7 Lane Thomas

$7 Patrick Wisdom

$7 Michael Harris

$7 AJ Pollock

$7 Brandon Nimmo

$7 Dylan Carlson

6 dollars Hunter Dozier

Gavin Lux for $6

6 dollars Franchi Cordero

$6 Cody Bellinger

$6 Juan Yepes

$5 Seth Brown

$5 Adam Duvall

$5 David Peralta

$5 Raimel Tapia

$5 Jesse Winker

I liked Thomas better when he hit first or second, but in recent games he has seeped into the back of the squad. . . Nimmo’s big scarecrow is usually injuries, but he’s been ineffective for about a month now. OBP’s skills are still in play, but he’s not interested in running this year, and he’s not a major source of strength. . . Harris has to hit last in a busy Atlanta lineup, but everything else about him jumps out of the screen. He could be an outfielder next year for $13-$16. A few more walks would be nice, but who argues about a 0.345/0.375/0.571 cut in four weeks, with a little bit of spurt and speed?

Trash can

4 dollars Amed Rosario

$4 Mark Kanya

4 dollars Max Kepler

$4 Joey Gallo

4 dollars Connor Joe

4 dollars George Matthew

$4 Jarren Duran

4 dollars Franmil Reyes

$3 Trent Grisham

$3 Alec Thomas

$3 Jonathan Daza

$3 Tyrone Taylor

$3 Jesus Sanchez

3 dollar reputation

$3 Avisale Garcia

$3 Dylan Moore

3 dollars Michael Taylor

$3 Andrew McCutcheon

$3 Brandon Marsh

$3 Orlando Arcia

$3 Alex Kirilloff

$3 Riley Green

$3 Joe Adell

2 dollars Albert Almora

$2 Danny Mendik

$2 Harold Ramirez

2 dollars Victor Robles

$2 Jace Peterson

$2 male barrier

$2 Luis Gonzalez

$2 Josh Naylor

2 dollars Rafael Ortega

2 dollars Odubel Herrera

2 dollars Josh Harrison

$2 Cavan Bigio

2 dollar Miles straw

$ 1 Nomar Mazar

$1 Stephen Kwan

$1 Nick Senzel

1 dollar Robbie Grossman




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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