Paul Rudd sung it best in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and fantasy baseball players depressingly echoed it this past weekend when inclement environs obliterated any semblance of schedule sanity.
Luckily, this looks like it’s in the past, so on to important primers for Wednesday: The Yankees and Marlins add to the rare Wednesday off-days during the first month and fantasy players should throw out home-road split analysis for the finale of the Twins-Indians’ two-game series at Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Vince Velasquez (R), rostered in 9.3 percent of ESPN leagues, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves: Velasquez heads into an environment that inflates power for left-handed bats. Lefties plagued him in the past (most notably to a .282/.391/.488 line in his limited 2017 action), but this might be a new version of the righty. His velocity is back up and he’s allowed a mere 21.3 percent hard-hit rate this season. Even if he falters here, he carries ample potential for the balance of 2018.
Which team has surprised you the most — for good or bad — so far?
Miller: It’s a long way and a hard road to the playoffs in that division, but the A’s have looked great. They have had the best offense in the American League (after adjusting for ballpark), and Sean Manaea, Daniel Mengden and Andrew Triggs are all fascinating starting pitchers to watch in different ways. I don’t think they’re going to win 90 games or anything, but for a month they’ve played like they could.
Buffalo instead opted not to mortgage its future to move up and get him; it traded down and kicked the can down the road. This year, the Bills’ intention of drafting a quarterback has been clear since the middle of the regular season. They have evaluated Josh Rosen and Josh Allen, and I believe both have been considered throughout the process.
Almost everyone I’ve spoken with believes the Bills will find a way to draft Allen. Assuming he doesn’t go first overall, they could do it with a trade up to No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 or No. 6.
The Jets did not move up to No. 3 with the hope that they will get a quarterback they like; they have a strong belief that they know for sure which quarterback they will get. Most around the league believe that quarterback will be Baker Mayfield.
The Jets have high grades for Mayfield, Darnold and Rosen, but Mayfield is the one most often linked to the Jets by other teams. If Mayfield doesn’t go third overall, expect him to drop to the Broncos or Dolphins.