Moving the Needle – Snakes Draft

Here are a couple of items from Sunday that caught my eye. Each day it seems as if the news coming out of each team’s respective camps is more relevant, with more items moving the needle.

Diamondbacks Nuggets:

Yasmany Tomas is already getting slated for outfield time during the first week of spring training. While the Diamondbacks want him to win the third base job outright, it’s pretty clear that they’re not quite all-in on the decision. They want Jake Lamb (who has some upside potential) to get some third base reps, and they want to preserve the possibility of Tomas playing in the outfield as well. There’s a non-zero chance that Tomas will have to begin the year in the minors if his defense at third base doesn’t improve – such a scenario would at least alleviate the playing time squeeze that they have between Lamb, Ender Inciarte (so good, he’s already had a movie made about his game) and David Peralta. If Tomas does win a starting job at either spot, it’s also possible that one of my pet favorites, A.J. Pollock, could also lose a handful of at-bats. One of the tricky parts of handicapping this race is that Arizona has a new management team in manager Chip Hale and GM Dave Stewart – we don’t really know yet who their favorites are, though one would have to think that with the amount invested in Tomas, they want him to win one of those jobs.

Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings

This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our player’s projected output and number of games. It assumes an eight-category league with the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-pointers made, free-throw percentage, and field-goal percentage.

These are my rankings. They do not necessarily correspond with the RotoWire cheat sheet or our projections for the season. I use both as a rough guide, but I primarily factor in number of games played for the week, current player trends and pertinent information about the team (injuries, timeshare situations, etc.). The weekly player rankings are written up following Saturday’s games. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens on Sunday, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won’t be accounted for in the rankings until the following week.

Week 19: March 2nd-March 8th
Four Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIA, NO, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR, UTA
Three Games: ATL, DET, IND, LAC, MIL, MIN, NYK, OKC, ORL, POR, SAS, WAS