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Wolf's Big Board:     Tuesday, May 30, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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So, You Want to Finish 7th Place in Your Fantasy Baseball League?

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “I want to spend hundreds of hours this summer ignoring my family and fiendishly checking baseball stats in the hopes that my rotisserie fantasy baseball team overcomes the odds and finishes 7th place.” Well then you’ve come to the right place!

My name is Johnny Goodtimes, a friend of The Truth’s and I finished 7th place in my fantasy baseball league last year. I’m back at it with my winning ways this year, and after following my advice, you’ll be drinking the kind of  champagne people drink after finishing in the top 58% of their leagues! Not everyone can finish 7th out of 12 teams, but after doing that last year, I want to share my success secrets with you.

But enough about my impressive credentials, let’s get to the old meat and potatoes. Or, if you’re a vegetarian, the old tofu and quinoa. (Wait, vegetarians can eat potatoes, right? Then scratch the quinoa thing.)

First of all, I’m assuming you’re playing in a rotisserie league, because what kind of asshole plays head-to-head baseball? If you think that fantasy baseball should be head-to-head,go back to fantasy football, you simpleton clown. You ass. You—wait a second, why am I so angry at you? Sorry. I was out of line.

After extensive studying that took me from the cornfields of Iowa, to the highest peaks of the Himalayas, I have identified five players you should try to snag, and five players you should avoid. And if you take notes, and LISTEN TO EVERYTHING I SAY, I guarantee you finish 7th or higher in your league, or you get your money back**.

OK, here are five sleepers you should snag at your draft:

1. Keon Broxton

I grabbed this dude off of waivers last year, and without his 23 steals, there was no way I could have been the champion I was. The dude can flat out fly, he’s having a terrific spring (the guy who actually won my league says “You can’t really tell anything from spring training.” But what does he know)? And he’s probably gonna start the season batting 2nd. What could possibly go wrong? (Guy taps me on the shoulder, reminds me that I took DeLino DeShields way too early last year). Oh, right, that. That could go wrong.

2. Odubel Herrera

I love this dude, and not just because his first name is so much fun to say. Not only did he have a terrific year last year, but he’s being moved to 3rd in the lineup, so his RBIs should rise this season — like the tides, as the ice caps melt and CFCs continue to wreak havoc on our environment. When will our political leaders start to…WHOA, sorry! Got a little off topic there.

3. Gerrit Cole

Boy, did he screw me last year. I mean, just put me over a barrel, pulled my pants down, and then–wait, this is getting a little too graphic for a fantasy baseball post. Cole had a ribcage injury the first half of last year, then hurt his arm in the 2nd half, so I’m going to throw those numbers out. He’s going to get his groove back. He was unhittable two years ago, and while I don’t think he’s gonna have a 2.60 ERA again, I think he’ll look more like he did two years ago than he did last year, when he forced me to disrobe, then made me put on some assless chaps, and then — nevermind. I’d prefer to not talk about it.

4. Danny Salazar

This guy is ranked 170th by Karabell on ESPN. Just insane. Just two seasons ago, he had 195 Ks, a 3.45 ERA, and a 1.130 WHIP. He was hurt most of last year, but let me share a little fun fact with you: every single pitcher in baseball got hurt last year. It was nuts. Even Kershaw got hurt. And Kershaw never gets hurt. Anyways, grab Salazar earlier than 170, and if he’s healthy it’s going to pay off huge. YOU CAN TRUST ME. I’M A CHAMPION.

5. Kole Calhoun

Karabell has this dude 146th, 24 spots behind Yasiel Puig. Whaaaaaa? Kole Calhoun (or as I like to call him, Cole Kalhoun), had 7 more HRs, 31 more RBIs, and more than doubled the number of runs Puig scored. Just a travesty of justice. Reminds me a bit of the Scopes Monkey Trial. How can you put the monkeys on trial when they can’t even speak english?

Ok, now here are my five guys to avoid like the plague. Speaking of which, the Black Plague killed off over 20% of the world’s population. Think about that for a second. 20% of everyone! Dead! And what a terrible way to go. One minute you’re fine, then you get a fever with chills, the next thing you know blood is flowing from all of your orifices, and your skin is turning dark and you prepare to meet your maker. On that note, let’s talk for a few minutes about Yasiel Puig

1. Yasiel Puig

This guy blows. People still overrate him because he’s a “name” with “potential”. He stinks! Avoid at all costs.

YOU: But his numbers after he came back from injury last year… (smack)

ME: Shut your mouth! When you’ve finished 7th in a 12 team league then you can talk back to me!

2. Giancarlo Stanton

Abort! Abort! As recently as last year, he was still a first rounder because of all the potential. “What if he could just stay healthy for a season”, you thought as you made the decision that ruined your season. Well now we’ve got our answer. He can’t stay healthy. Relatively speaking. As far as we know, he’s not bleeding out of his orifices.

3. Starling Marte

This isn’t a guy to completely avoid, but I just see no reason why he’s so highly ranked. Starling Marte (Latin for “Sparrow of the morning”)** is good at everything, but not great at anything. Compare his numbers last year to Odubel Herrera’s — especially if you’re in an OBP league…like you should be, unless you’re some sort of imbecile. Odubel scored more runs (87-71) and hit more homers (15-9), while Marte had more steals (47-25). They were basically even in OBP and RBIs. Now, Herrera did have over 100 more at bats, but that’s another problem with Marte; he’s missed 27 or more games in 3 of the past 4 years. If he slips in your draft, sure, take him. But a draft ADP of #20 when a guy like Herrera can be had in most leagues after pick #100 is just crazy to me. You know what else is crazy to me? Donkey basketball.

4. Buster Posey

Listen, I loved the Extinction Level Event album as much as anybody, and Woo-Hah! Got You All in Checkis a great tune. But I haven’t heard much from him lately that…Wait, what? Oh, my bad, I got Buster Posey confused with Busta Rhymes. Common mistake. Anyways, don’t draft Posey. You don’t want to grab a catcher that early in the draft. Get somebody like Salvador Perez or Russel Martin later in the draft, then pass the Courvoisier.

5. Zach Greinke

Yeah, he’s a big name and you might be viewing him as a prime bounce back candidate. Don’t! Greinke is done. His velocity is way down in spring training. He pitches in a hitters park. He doesn’t floss regularly. He screams at old people. There’s just nothing to like about Greinke heading into this fantasy season.

**Not true.

Well there you have it. Just grab the first five guys, avoid the 2nd five guys, and start spending that championship money that you’re going to win come October. Go ahead! Get yourself something nice. I GUARANTEE you’ll be winning all of that money back in a few months, so spend liberally and with confidence!

 

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