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Bobby Sylvester

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Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
Fri, Jul 6
Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?
I would be thrilled to add Tommy Pham right now before his owner realizes he is starting to heat back up. Pham had a dreadful June, but has otherwise been tremendous since he was called back up in May last season. Over the past calendar year, Pham has 26 homers, 25 stolen bases and 114 runs so surely it was only a matter of time before he picked up the pace and that is just what has happened the past week. Pham has got on base eight times in four games with six RBIs during that time. If you could, I'd move quick to deal a player like Matt Kemp or Trevor Story for him.

What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?
Any time a pitcher has a full good month, I'm inclined to believe they may have suddenly turned a corner. It seems as though everyone shares that sentiment, which is why I am confident you can sell Dylan Bundy for a fortune right now. His 1.98 ERA and spotless record over the past month mixed with a strong repertoire has to have pitcher-hungry fantasy owners drooling. In this case, I'm not fooled, however, since his 4.00 xFIP indicates he has just been a beneficiary of some luck. Knowing Bundy, he is certain to blow up again any day now so I'd move him now for a Jack Flaherty or Tommy Pham while I still can.

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Thu, Jun 28
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
When Randal Grichuk began the season batting .079/.192/.206 through late April, everyone quickly dropped him. I held out hope because of his crazy batted ball numbers, that is until he was placed on the DL for a month. Since he was activated, he is slashing .306/.351/.681 with 13 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs in 19 games. Plus, he is 7th in all of baseball with a barrel in 10.6% of his plate appearances this year. Folks, that is better than Trout, Machado, Stanton and Judge. You know what to do from here.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
This might be cheating because he only qualifies as a starting pitcher for now, but with the way Tyler Glasnow has been pitching lately, that may change in the coming weeks. Sure, there is a chance he implodes again and you release him with little hurt, but there is also a chance he is among the top 20 starting pitchers in baseball over the second half. After all, Glasnow was the best pitcher in the minors last season with 140 strikeouts in 93 innings with a 0.954 WHIP and 1.93 ERA. Since May 2nd, Glasnow has been cruising in the pen with a 2.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and well above a strikeout per inning. I'm buying him now and stashing him on my bench before he joins the rotation.

Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
Fri, Jun 22
Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?
You may not think of Olson as a buy-low candidate considering he is on pace for over 30 homers, but based on what the batted ball data is showing us, there is much more to come in the second half. Olson is not only leading all of baseball in hard-hit rate, but he is essentially in a tier of his own. Add in a whopping 44% fly ball rate and now that the summer heat is upon us, we should see an explosion from Olson in the second half like we got last year (24 homers in 189 at-bats). I'll bet you can get him in exchange for Max Muncy or David Peralta and I'd do either in a heartbeat. In fact, I'd give them both up for Olson if I had to.

What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?
Although Aguilar was playing great baseball a month ago, I'm not sure many would have even considered trading for him. Now that he has sustained his production for now half the season, you can bet someone will pay above his true value. As of now, his batting average sits barely above that magical .300 number, which helps to boost his value, plus he is on pace for 30 homers. While he will continue to be a quality player, you can bet your bottom dollar that both of those numbers will dip over the course of the full season.

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Thu, Jun 14
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
I'm astonished that so many people gave up on Cordero while he was on the DL. If you pro-rate his 40 games to a full season, he was on pace for 28 homers and 20 stolen bases. In fact, the power might take a leap forward considering his elite exit velocities. The batting average might not be there, but that kind of power/speed combo is nearly impossible to find in deeper leagues on the waivers.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
The pickings in this range are extremely slim, so I'd prefer to just pick up another reliever and wait until I've got a chance to grab a more reliable starting pitcher. With that said, if you are desperate for innings, Covey has been pitching extremely well. He hasn't allowed more than 2 runs in any of his six starts this season, and has a 1.53 ERA as a result. I certainly don't expect that to keep up, but his 1.27 WHIP and nearly a strikeout per inning both appear to be sustainable. If you pick Covey up, I'd recommend only using him in about half of his starts until we've seen more.

Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
Thu, Jun 7
Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?
I'd be pleased to add Trea Turner to my rosters and expect to be able to get him for much cheaper than he is actually worth. Over the past month, Turner is killing his fantasy owner with a .226 average and just 5 steals. You can expect both of those numbers to soar, as he is a near lock for 50 steals, making him still a top 20 fantasy value. I'd imagine you could swing Christian Yelich or James Paxton for him straight up. I'd do either without hesitation.

What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?
Every time I'm looking to sell high, I start with starting pitchers. Not only is the next Ross Stripling or Nick Pivetta much easier to find on the waiver wire than a similar hitter, but even aces end up hurt far too often. I'll gladly dump Michael Wacha on some sucker while Wacha is still pitching well (1.35 ERA over his last 5 starts) and while his shoulder is still intact. You never want to bet on an injury, but there is no denying that Wacha's arm has prove more prone to DL stints than most other pitchers.

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Fri, Jun 1
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
Zimmer is making his return from the DL right about the time you are reading this. Sure, he started poorly with just a .224 batting average, but all factors indicate that number should rise, and with it, he should provide sufficient pop and loads of stolen bases. It isn't out of the question that he could finish the season 20/20 with a .260 batting average, and I'll bet anyone would take that on their team. Zimmer isn't a lock, but no one is in this deep of leagues so you might as well go with the upside.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
I love Kyle Gibson plenty, but the big Braves lefty, Gohara is the one you'll want to own. He began the season on the DL, then moved from the minors into the bullpen and eventually claimed his job in the rotation back. The 260-pound fire-baller has ace-type stuff and has impressed to begin the season. It isn't a guarantee that Gohara will stay up in the bigs with Mike Soroka returning soon, but this is the type of lottery ticket I'm always looking for.

Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
Thu, May 24
Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?
This answer might be too obvious, but I must say it just in case people haven't realized how bad Paul Goldschmidt has been. I've actually had multiple people ask if they ought to DROP him. Obviously, those are extreme examples, but the matter of the fact is that most are treating him as though he isn't a top 50 fantasy player, much like they did with Anthony Rizzo and Manny Machado last year before they bounced back. Goldschmidt will almost certainly bounceback, and until he does, I would expect to be able to trade Aaron Nola or Lorenzo Cain for him straight up. I'd be thrilled to add Goldy at that price.

What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?
Odubel Herrera has been blazing to start the season and has gotten on base every game except one. People have taken notice, especially of his .343 batting average. If I have Herrera, I'm taking advantage of the general public's flaw to overvalue early season batting average. It is the most fickle number among the standard five categories, and while it may finish above .300, you can sell him now as though he is a batting title contender with some pop and speed. I'd be glad to get Robbie Ray in return and imagine I could put that deal off in most leagues.

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Thu, May 17
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
If David Dahl were owned in 60% of leagues, I'd be shocked at how low the number was. When I saw he was taken in less than 20%, I had to do a double take. We are talking about a former top prospect who is batting .312 with an .860 OPS in his career. Oh, and he happens to bat at the top of the order for the Rockies. Dahl possesses both power and speed and should be regarded as a Michael Brantley type of asset.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
There is not a single starter who is taken in 80% of leagues who I would feel comfortable starting every outing. The closest is probably Trevor Cahill, but if I'm picking someone up, it will be Jimmy Nelson. He was top 10 in Cy Young voting last year and had a higher WAR in the same number of innings as Clayton Kershaw! While Nelson might not be back until about the all-star break, anyone should be glad to reserve a roster spot for a talent like that who can rescue your rotation over the second half.

Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
Thu, May 3
Featured Pros: Buy Low, Sell High
What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?
I'm currently buying on Jameson Taillon, who has quickly become an afterthought in most fantasy owner's minds. After starting hot, the Pirates' youngster has cooled down. This slump shouldn't last long, however, as underlying indicators suggest his ERA ought to be around 3.4 instead of the 4.83 we see today. He won't strike out 200 hitters, but you can get a solid SP4 for a much lesser piece like Reynaldo Lopez or Trevor Williams and I'd be quick to do it if I had the chance.

What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?
Jed Lowrie has been a sell high candidate for a while now, but he has continued to perform which means those who weren't quite willing to buy two weeks ago will pay-up for him now. You should be willing to sell, as it is likely that he will neither finish the rest of the season with a .300 batting average or swat 20+ more homers. Seeing that you can get a Bryon Buxton or even Marcell Ozuna for him, you've got to act now before it is too late.

Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
Thu, Apr 26
Featured Pros: Under-the-Radar Waiver Pickups
What one hitter should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
Padres' outfielder, Franchy Cordero may not have the easiest path to playing time with the likes of Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Manual Margot and Jose Pirela all vying for work, but his bat may be second best of them all. His batted ball rates scream 30+ homers, plus he can steal a dozen bases while keeping his batting average well above replacement level. Talent like that finds it's way into a big league lineup one way or the other so I'm grabbing him now and expecting two of Pirela, Margot and/or Renfroe to get pushed out of his way.

What one starting pitcher should fantasy owners look into picking up that is owned in less than 20% of Leagues?
I've been picking up Trevor Cahill everywhere after two consecutive noteworthy performances. He carries a 2.25 ERA and 14 Ks through 12 IP with a 1.08 WHIP, and while I expect the ratios to rise, he can be a mid 3's ERA with a K per inning which will be more than sufficient. Pitching in Oakland will help, but don't forget that he carried a 3.38 ERA and 63 Ks in 50 IP into the all-star break last year before a few setbacks ruined his season. He's got the kind of upset so I'm buying before everyone else realizes what is going on here.

Addison Russell (SS - CHC)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Addison Russell (SS - CHC)
Russell is more well known as a result of the Cubs' success and his wizardry in the field than for his offensive prowess. The potential for 25 HR is there for the youngster, but his .240 career batting average tells the story about his limits.
Marcus Semien (SS - OAK)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Marcus Semien (SS - OAK)
Semien missed half the season and still managed double-digit steals and homers. While he likely won't bat .260, getting both power and speed from a shortstop is a rare combo.
Josh Reddick (LF,CF,RF - HOU)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Josh Reddick (LF,CF,RF - HOU)
Reddick has been consistently improving his batting average each season, all the way up to the .314 he gave us in 2017. The issue with him is whether the Astros will hold of Derek Fisher for his behalf. If they do, Reddick may be a draft day steal.
Dellin Betances (RP - NYY)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Dellin Betances (RP - NYY)
Betances likely won't ve saving more than a handful of games, but even in last year's down season, he still managed 100 Ks and solid ratios. You can bet on the safety late in drafts if you need help in those three categories.
Todd Frazier (3B - NYM)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Todd Frazier (3B - NYM)
Lst season, Frazier saw his power, speed and batting average all take substantial hits, but he is still young enough that we could potentially see him return to 35 HR with 10 SB even playing half his games at Citi Field.
Jacob Faria (SP - TB)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Jacob Faria (SP - TB)
Faria was impressive in his 86 inning big league debut, but there is much more potential to be tapped into. Last season before his call up, Faria was striking out an unbelievable 12.9 batter per nine innings. He' got 200 K upside with a low-3's ERA if he gets enough innings.
Jason Kipnis (2B,CF - CLE)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Jason Kipnis (2B,CF - CLE)
It is remarkable how far Kipnis has fallen after batting .275 with 23 HR, 15 SB, 90+ runs and 80+ RBI in 2016. Just know that while last year was a disaster, he isn't far enough removed from those numbers to discount a significant bounceback.
Jedd Gyorko (1B,2B,3B - STL)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Jedd Gyorko (1B,2B,3B - STL)
It is still possible that the Cardinals sign Mike Moustakas to take Gyorko's job which is absurd because Jedd has 50 HRs in his last 825 at bats and batted .272 last season. If he remains the starter, fantasy owners will have a bargain utility player late in drafts.
Jackie Bradley (CF - BOS)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Jackie Bradley (CF - BOS)
Everyone remembers the hitting streak and that many were calling for him to be a future star, but he's got a career batting average of .239 and his best tool is his mediocre power so be careful with the lingering hype surrounding him.
Shin-Soo Choo (RF,DH - TEX)
Mon, Feb 26
Player Note on Shin-Soo Choo (RF,DH - TEX)
Long gone are the days where Choo will bat .300 or even help you at all in average, but he is still swatting 20 homers a year with double-digit steals and near 100 runs every season. That is well worth a mid-round price.
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