Fantasy Sports: Baseball

Focus on the process and not on the results

By Wesley Woodbery | Apr 09, 2017
Photo by: File Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado blows a bubble with his chewing gum.

Has anyone seen the Carolina Godfather (Chuck Fiebernitz) or the Moose (Mike Munoz)?
If you have, let Wolfman (Scot Worley) or myself the Woodbird know.
We have been looking for the two of them. The last time we saw them, they both were watching the Washington Nationals getting pummeled in the first inning by the Philadelphia Phillies, 12-0, Saturday night in the City of Brotherly Love.   
They were speaking in tongues, it looked like they hadn’t shaved for days and had Slim Jim wrappers laying all around.
Our daily fantasy baseball fans should not be worried, however, they will be just fine.
Moose and the Godfather have been prepping for the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which just wrapped up its first week, since the Chicago Cubs won its first World Series in 108 years.
Our pair of baseball analysts are deep in thought trying to figure out all the new trends the 2017 season is going to bring us.
Note: If you run into the Carolina Godfather, be careful what you say about the Detroit Tigers, he’s very grumpy  at the moment.
It’s been an interesting week and profitable for all of us at the Kings of Fantasy in daily fantasy baseball.
With one week down, we no longer have to analyze last year’s stats and try to project forward into the season. The problem is the MLB season is 162 games long and we’ve just knocked out five games. But at least we have at least one week of data, trends and stats to help us start the process of building much better and productive daily fantasy baseball lineups. So, let’s look through the rearview mirror at it to help you to navigate through the rest of the season.
Big Surprise: Detroit Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera, one of the game’s marquee sluggers has started the season 0-for-12 with six strikeouts. He looks lost and we are shocked he looks lost. Everyone is surprised at this and DFS players are backing off or fading Miggy. But the Godfather has a keen and sharp perspective on the subject.
“This is the ‘Show’ and as the weather heats up, Miggy’s bat will also heat up,” said Fiebernitz. “Every year he has a slump or two and he always works himself back into being one of the most feared hitters in the game. It’s just this slump has come at the start of the season. I know I will keep putting him in my lineups, it’s just a matter of time.
“Besides, in the first month of baseball, focus on the process and not on results. A great example of that is to remember a guy named Chris Shelton, who hit nine homers in 13 games for the Tigers in 2006. What a month he had. But Shelton’s power dropped significantly after April and he eventually was optioned to the minors to make room for Sean Casey, who is currently one of the analysts on the MLB Network. By the way, did you know Shelton is the cousin of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith?”
Got it Godfather, focus on the process and not so much the results the first month.
Teams playing extremely well and we believe what our eyes are telling us, are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and the Baltimore Orioles.
Teams that are underperforming that we believe will rebound are Boston, although the Red Sox do have an excuse as injuries and the flu virus have hit the club very hard, the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and the World Series champion Cubbies.
Look, there is only so much lipstick you can put on a pig to make it look good. With that said, the bad teams off to good start that we know will lose close to, if not more than, 100 games are the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds. And finally, “they are who we thought they are,” teams. Bad teams, playing bad and will continue to play bad are the Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals. We may soon put in the San Francisco Giants into this category. The Giants lack punch in their offense and Madison Bumgarner can’t pitch every day.
We’ve also learned that pitcher Clayton Kershaw is great, but not Superman, just ask the Rockies. We’ve also learned that Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Justin Verlander, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob de Grom, Dallas Keuchel, Aaron Sanchez, Chris Archer and Kendall Graveman are must-plays for your daily fantasy lineups when they are scheduled to pitch.  
As for those arms we are still very bullish on or may have a comeback year or a breakout season or even may just surprise a lot of baseball fans, are Michael Fulmer, Julio Teheran, Carlos Martinez, Dylan Bundy, Kyle Freeland, Lance McCullers, Jordan Zimmermann, James Shields and Marcus Stroman.
However, it’s still too early to flip the panic button or ink some team’s name into the World Series. One thing we can promise here at the Kings of Fantasy, we are watching closely and analyzing every day, stats, trends and data so we can report them to all our daily fantasy friends.
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