2010-07-01T07:47:47.557-07:00There are many teams to root for, but perhaps none more than the low budget Tampa Bay Rays.
2008-09-24T18:31:50.544-07:00Watching the Yanks/Jays game right now. A couple things to note before I get to A.J. Burnett.
2008-09-08T15:16:18.934-07:00Last night was great excitement. Perhaps I was the only person not drawn to the NFL after 4:00 and perhaps it was a result of my Patriots hopes being crushed, but fantasy baseball had all the drama in my heart of a real baseball playoff game. I know how Hilary Clinton feels having won in West Virginia after watching Elijah Dukes put me ahead in the 14th inning of a meaningless Braves/Nats game.
2008-09-06T06:59:47.153-07:00Brandon Morrow was fantastic last night. I went back and forth on whether to start a guy who had an ERA of 5.01 at AAA Tacoma. By the time I reached the conclusion that I shouldn't start him, I was helpless at the movies without any internet access. Needless to say 'Tropic Thunder' might have saved one of my seasons.
2008-09-03T08:09:26.415-07:00I saw an advertisement yesterday for the "there's only one October" campaign. They mentioned how pitching can be so nasty during the playoffs for some odd reason. It got me thinking to how the platform for traditional stats changes during September too.
2006-08-16T11:06:55.873-07:00Sadly, you overestimate Tim Hudson. Sure, Huddy had a great start against Philly the other week, but just cause he hasn't given up 5, 6 or even 9 runs in a game in a while doesn't mean that he's resorting back to his Oakland days. I will be open to the idea that Hudson pitches well from here on out. But until I see evidence, I still remain very skeptical of such things happening, hence why I gladly dropped him. Take a look at his recent "Hudson being Hudson" streak:
2006-08-13T09:14:50.900-07:00The "what ifs" eat at the heart of every manager who gives a care if Dave Roberts stole a base while he's on a date asks himself. I could have had Big Papi for Mark Teixeira before the season. I once said that Justin Morneau should be put on waivers and that I had zero interest in him (he was in fact on waivers in early May). I remember Curtis saying "I don't think Ryan Howard will hit for as much power as everyone thought" in early April.But then I thought about the moves I have made - not the big trades, but the subtle moves. The free agents I added at the right time. And as I look at my team now, I believe I am the favorite to win the playoffs as a result of taking 4 players from free agency that the other 4 contributing members to this blog gave up on.Bill Hall was dropped by Sean in late March before the season started. An understandable decision considering Hall wasn't even going to start. Hall got picked up later in the season by Curtis when Hall began to start games as a result of Brewers injuries. Curtis picked up Hall as a result of injuries on his own team to Marcus Giles. When Giles returned to action Curtis made the mistake of dropping Hall (other bad drops by Curtis include Jermaine Dye and Eric Bedard) in early June. I saw the opportunity and promise of Hall, a guy who hit 17 homers and stole 18 bags the year before. He was eligible at 3 different positions. Even though Rickie Weeks appeared to be emerging as a top 5 second basemen, Michael Young was coming off a batting title, and Melvin Mora was treading water at third base I thought that Hall could eventually be valueable. Now Rickie Weeks is done, Melvin Mora got cut, and Michael Young got traded. Hall just leads all shortstops in dingers and is currently helping me pass Curtis in the standings.Brian McCann was dropped by Brablc (Brablc's premature drops are why he won't win the playoffs. They include Hanley Ramirez, Jeff Francoer right before he got red hot, Ryan Freel, and Brablc's binky - Rocco Baldelli) on April 6 after he thought he had gotten the greatest steal in Josh Willingham since Abu took the lamp in the movie Aladin. Willingham has been up and down this season as he currently sits where Brian McCann sat on that 6th day in April waiting for someone to make him their fantasy. McCann has been the second best catcher in baseball this season and over the last month far and away the best catcher in all of baseball - even better than Joe Maeur. A look at the post all star break numbers of the two young catchersMcCann 8HR 24RBI .360 AVGMaeur 3HR 19RBI .313 AVGBrablc should win the regular season, but an off season of bragging rights only belongs to the playoff champ - the guy who gets hot at the end, kind of like McCann right now.Andy Pettite was dropped by Alvarez right before he began to show signs of life again (other Alvarez mistakes include dropping Nomar right after he came off the DL*, Aubrey Huff when Huff was turning it around in early July, Eric Bedard, Ryan Freel, Takashi Saito, Dan Uggla, and Orlando Hernandez**). So since he was dropped by Alvarez Pettite's numbers look like this in 3 starts:2 Wins 2.66 ERA 0.98 WHIP, 10.62 K/9 inningsThe fantasy baseball trade deadline this year was like MLB. Everyone wanted starting pitching so it was really hard to come by. Instead of adding a quality number 2 starter for Prince - excuse me - Matt Holliday I added Andy Pettite who is motivated once again by the Astros playoff chances.Tim Hudson was dropped by Sean (other regular season champ costing drops include: Bill Hall, Kevin Mench before he went on that dinger binge, Hanley Ramirez, and Chien Ming Wang) about one month ago and just now is starting to show signs that he is in fact Tim Hudson. The guy has a track record of being great and although he is a little smaller in stature than most pitchers he is a young 31 year old.S[...]
2006-07-10T11:33:09.673-07:00As promised to you last week here are the guys who are going to step it up in the second half of the fantasy season. If you have a chance to acquire any of these guys by trading overachievers of the season's first half go for it.Catcher: Brian McCann. The batting average is already there, but the other numbers are going to start appearing too for McCann after going on the DL for a stint with a minor injury in the first half. He is only 22 and will eventually learn to hit for more power - hopefully he learns fast. Though it is unlikely make sure the Braves don't move a player like Andruw Jones at the deadline.Final Line Projection: .316/15HR/71RBI/54RFirst Base: Todd Helton. Last season around this time Helton was heading to the DL. He has already been on the DL this season and everyone considers Helton to be past his time as a power hitter. All the reason why he will be a second half all star. He is a buy low candidate at this point and will be motivated to play well since the Rockies are in the hunt this year. Remember Helton hit 80 points better in the second half last season.Final Line Projection: .315/23HR/97RBI/110RSecond Base: Jorge Cantu. Like Helton Cantu spent time on the DL to start the year, but he has been playing for a couple of weeks now and appears to be healthy. Remember he drove in 117 runs last year and has been batting 5th in front of Carl Crawford, a healthy Rocco Baldelli, and the resurgent Aubrey Huff. If your team has been short on RBI, Cantu's numbers and position can have you a tremendous lift.Final Line Projection: .285/18HR/82RBI/63RShortstop: Rafael Furcal. Many shortstops underachieved in the first half (Michael Young, Jhonny Peralta, Jimmy Rollins) but nobody was worse than Furcal. Lately it seems like Furcal has turned it around as he is batting .333 to start his July and his stolen base success rate has improved in the last two months. The reason the Dodgers gave Furcal so much money in the offseason was because of his second half last season with Atlanta when he hit .322 and stole 17 bases.Final Line Projection: .274/10HR/58RBI/117R/41SBThird Base: Eric Chavez. This was the toughest choice because there are so many great candidates. If you are thinking of remaking your team I would grab extra third basemen. Ryan Zimmerman is starting to prove why he gets compared to David Wright, Aramis Ramirez has shown positive signs lately and Morgan Ensberg would be a great buy low candidate but my pick is Chavez here. Take a look at his average season from 2000-2005:.278 average 29.5 home runs, 98 RBI, 90 runs scoredChavez is currently on pace for .240/26 homers/85 RBI/75 runs. There is no logical explanation seeing how he has been so consistent and hes under 30 years old.Final Line Projection: .270/29/97/88Outfielder 1: Ken Griffey Jr. I know this guy has a history of injuries, but with the stats down and that injury factor in mind, many owners might be happy to part with Griffey. His upside is still tremendous for the second half and he is seven years younger than Bonds.Final Line Projection: .263/38/111/80Outfielder 2: Juan Pierre. As mentioned in a previous article Pierre is notorious for heating it up after the break. He got a head start last week when he hit .438 and stole 5 bases.Final Line Projection: .290/101R/57 SBOutfielder 3: Curtis Granderson. At the break Granderson is close to a 20 home run/20 stolen base season. Looking at similar players to Granderson in their rookie seasons (Alfonso Soriano, Grady Sizemore) a trend suggests that Granderson will put up better numbers after the break and get to the 20/20 plateau.Final Line Projection: .280/22HR/79RBI/108R/20SB[...]
2006-07-09T21:08:59.713-07:00For some fantasy baseball players hopes of a 2006 championship are slim to none. These players need to start preparing for the future. To help with this process, I have unveiled my first Top Ten Keeper List for 2007.
2006-07-07T10:34:32.470-07:00Is Eric Karabell God? Is he the 2nd coming of Jesus? Part man, part God, with a spark of fantasy baseball divinity within him? This article seeks to answer this question.In one of my leagues, Eric Karabell is God. I have Joe Nathan. I recall trying to trade Nathan in late May or so, and no one wanted him. "Twins are horrible, man. He's good, but without saves, it's pointless." Karabell writes an article on the guy and a day later I have two trade offers for Nathan. The skeptic in me says this is no coincidence. My take on him is that he's insightful and interesting, but his word is far from gold. Upon reading his latest article, I felt it necessary to commit heresy and say that Karabell is wrong.In his recent article, "Saves Are Saves" on ESPN.com, he and I shared one common belief in that it's a beautiful thing trading away closers. Saves are hard to come by, so people always will pay top dollar for a good closer. If you play the closer game (as I recommended all to do at the beginning of the season), then you are bound to reap rewards later on in the season. For instance, by playing the closer game, I was able to get Berkman in my most recent trade.However, we differ on one statement. He says:"While Papelbon, B.J. Ryan, Nathan and Trevor Hoffman are among those with special numbers in ERA and WHIP, the fact is it just doesn't impact your team all that much. In the league I dealt Papelbon in, I did the math. He and Izzy have the same amount of saves. Had I owned Isringhausen all season instead of Papelbon, my team ERA would have been only slightly higher, from 4.08 to 4.16. Big deal? Not today it isn't.....Closers are nice, make no mistake, but they remain one-category fantasy players. Of course we all need that category, which is why Shawn Camp was the most added player in three separate weeks on ESPN. If you can move your top closer for something you really need and a lesser closer, it's a smart move. Happens all the time. "Karabell is wrong. While I'm glad he was capable calculating his season long ERA difference, I really could care less. Of course one closer won't effect your season long ERA/WHIP tremendously. However, if you're relying on just one closer to provide you with saves every week, then you're clearly not pursuing the proper strategy. What the average manager does is have 3 to 5 closers going for him every week. I am not quite certain whether or not this has been said before (by a different person, I'm thinking Mark maybe) on this site, but regardless, it is necessary to be said again. Let's assume I have the following closers: Nathan, Papelbon, Chad Cordero. Let's also assume that my starting pitching staff pitched 50 innings, gave up 22 runs, for a weekly ERA of 3.96. Let's also assume that in those 50 innings, their WHIP was 1.30.Now, I go back and compile the weekly stats for all four of my closers from the last 7 days. Nathan pitched 2 innings last week, gave up no runs, allowed 3 baserunners, struck out 3. Papelbon pitched 2 1/3 innings, no runs, allowed 1 baserunner, and struck out 2. Cordero pitched 4 1/3 innings, no runs, allowed 2 baserunners, and 7 strikeouts. My totals on the week from my closers would be 8 2/3 innings, 0.00 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 12 K's, not to mention the 3 saves and 3 wins also tagged on by them. Aside from Cordero's 3 wins, none of these numbers are abnormal. They are expected. Meaning, each week you get out of your closers the equivalent of a dominant, Johan-esque type start while occassionally receiving not only saves, but win(s) as well. By having good closers, I lower my ERA from 3.96 to 3.37, WHIP from 1.30 to 1.21, increased strikeouts by 12, wins by 3, and saves by 3.Karabell is right in that one shouldn't overpay for closers. If you get rid o[...]
2006-07-03T14:50:21.436-07:00With the MLB all star game a week from today its time to look book at the first half's all stars.I picked the all star team not by choosing the top ranked players at each position, but rather how they have done versus their expectations and how valueable they have been for a fantasy team.Catcher: Ramon Hernandez. Who said September stats are over rated? After finishing 05' with a .359/5/20 month Hernandez has not slowed down in 06. The move from Petco to Camden Yards has led to a pace of 32 home runs and 126 RBI. Pretty good for a position one of our writers claims you should never waste a high pick on. In Hernandez's case he was taken very late at pick 142 and in ESPN leagues he was on average the 8th catcher chosen.First Base: Albert Pujols. Yeah, I know. He's the easy pick. But considering he has been on the DL and might reclaim the number one spot on the player ranker he deserves it. The secret was out on Pujols going into the year, the only question was who to take with number one - Pujols or A-Rod. The question has been answered.Second Base: Dan Uggla. For people like our fellow phenom Sean who don't like to take second basemen after the elite are gone this guy has been a savior. He like many other Marlins has risen from the minors and has contributed in all categories this season.Shortstop: Nomar Garciaparra. When Nomar started the year on the DL many owners decided to give up on the two time batting champ and let him go rather than waste a DL space. He has returned and is on a pace to score and drive in over a 100 runs. He is also battling for a third batting title.Third Base: Scott Rolen. I said in the preseason that Rolen would be out of action by June 1st, but he has hung in pretty well thus far. He is putting up numbers close to third base power houses David Wright, Alex Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera but was taken in the middle rounds unlike all of those guys.Outfield 1: Carlos Beltran. I thought Beltran had forgotten how to play. I guess the number one overall ranking he has kind of says otherwise.Outfield 2: Vernon Wells. He went in the 9th round in our draft, but he's been playing like a second rounder and a keeper for next year. I guess adding Troy Glaus has brought Wells back to where he was when Carlos Delgado hit behind him.Outfield 3: Jermaine Dye. One of this site's most brilliant mind's let him go early on. He has paid for it since. Dye has more homers than last year's home run king Andruw Jones and the same amount of RBI as Jason Bay.Starting Pitcher 1 : Francisco Liriano. R I D I C U L O U S. Props to those of you who withered the middle relief storm.Starting Pitcher 2: Mike Mussina. 4.41 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 05' are gone thanks largely to improved change up and the other 19 pitches he features.Relief Pitcher 1: Jonathan Papelbon. The first half's most valueable fantasy player in terms of how much you paid to get him. In our league he went undrafted, while Keith Foulke (the closer going into 06) was taken in the 15th round.Relief Pitcher 2: J.J. Putz. In any league featuring only saves this guy should have gone undrafted. Well now every league featuring only saves has J.J. Putz on a roster and his numbers have been superb especially the 57 k's in 40.1 innings.Pitcher: Aaron Harang. He's always been a pretty good strikeout pitcher but this year he has actually been a good pitcher.Pitcher: Broson Arroyo. Harang's teammate has lost the Designated Hitter he had to see in the AL and had a dominant first half.Pitcher: Tom Gordon. Brad Lidge, Billy Wagner, K-Rod, Huston Street, Eric Gagne, and Trevor Hoffman have all had fantastic years as closers. Gordon has out-pitched all of them this year even though he wasn't taken until rounds after these guys.Who will be the second half's fan[...]
2006-07-02T20:58:44.816-07:00Questions about trades are the most frequent types that appear in fantasy baseball chats. We have not progressed to the point where we will host chats to answer such questions. (However, if you would like my opinion please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com).
2006-06-30T14:31:25.120-07:00I first must apologize for my long delay in writing a post. Having my computer crash certainly puts a massive roadblock in my career as a Phenom, and the only time I have time to write is some down time at work. So with that said, I'll say as much as I want to say in the short time that I have to say it.
2006-06-28T19:31:34.666-07:00Everybody was quick to point out that Josh Beckett was going to Boston home to the league with the DH. This added to his already flawed resume of his blister problem. As a result his stock prior to the draft dived. And after Beckett went 1.1 innings giving up 7 runs in New York against the Yankees all the predictions appeared to be on the money. Until Beckett's last two nights. He retired 16 in a row to start a nationally televised game against the Phillies and most recently tonight when he stole the show in Pedro's return to Boston.
2006-06-27T20:29:47.733-07:00Florida/Tampa Bay: Ricky Nolasco pitched a quality start for Florida. He now has 6 wins and 48 Ks to go with a 3.26 ERA on the season. However, his WHIP of 1.33 and his unspectacular K ratio leads me to believe that this act won’t keep up. Regardless, he is still a potential add in deep mixed leagues.Houston/Detroit: Both Nate Robertson and Roger Clemens pitched gems for their respective teams. I am not sold on Robertson for the same reasons as Ricky Nolasco. Regardless, with that Tigers offense behind him he is still worth a pickup in mnay leagues. Roger Clemens should be good the rest of the way (think top 20 pitcher). However, I am skeptical that another year on the wrong side of 40 and stuff that didn’t look dominating when I watch him wil prevent him from being a top 10 pitcher.Atlanta/New York Yankees: Horacio Ramirez is not a good pitcher. Trust me, I am an avid Braves fan and have been watching for him three years. For more proof look at the K rates and WHIP. New York Mets/Boston Red Sox: Carlos Beltran hit another home run. Kudos to those that didn’t let him drop in the draft. Jon Lester had a rough game with five walks and four hits in five innings, but only gave up two runs. He h as managed an ERA under 3.00 so far, which appears to be very lucky considering the number of base runners he has allowed. It seems to me that he is not quite as ready as guys like Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, or even Cole Hamels. Regardless, he is still worth owning in most league formats considering the lack of pitching this year.Chicago White Sox/Pittsburgh: Mark Buehrle threw another great start for the White Sox. Ian Snell on the other had a poor start demonstrating the inconsistency that prevents him from being picked up in mixed league formats.Toronto/Washington: AJ Burnett led the way for Tornoto with a six-hit seven-K shutout. When Burnett pitches, he is without a doubt a top-15 pitcher in my opinion. However, Burnett has a checkered injury past and has already missed most of the season to this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if he made yet another trip to the DL this season. This should not stop you from contacting the Burnett owner and seeing what type of player(s) it would take to get this high-risk/reward player.Kansas City/Cincinnati: Emil Brown had a big day for the Royals. We will move on now considering that he is not a worthy fantasy player. Todd Coffey gave up another two runs in the loss for the Reds. He now has a 6.35 ERA with 3 Ks in 11.1 IP during the month of June. Keep an eye on the situation.Milwaukee/Chicago: Ryan Dempster had yet another blown save in an ugly performance for the Cubs. He is another one to keep an eye on considering his over 9.00 ERA in June. The last thing the Cubs need is to blow one of their few chances to win games.Cleveland/St. Louis: Anthony Reyes gave up two ERs, four hits, four walks, and had 3 Ks in five IP against a tough offense. If he is not added in your league you should pick him up right. I don’t think he will be as good as Justin Verlander has been the rest of the way, but I think he will be much better than Lester who we discussed earlier.Los Angeles Dodgers/Minnesota Twins: It is now time to listen to me complain. At our draft, I was salivating over Francisco Liriano. I probably would have picked him in the first ten rounds but I thought that since he wasn’t starting my league mates would let him fall to one of the last rounds. That didn’t happen and he was drafted by another league owner who is generally very impatient. Therefore, I thought I would just hold until he dropped him. This owner never dropped him (he actually ended[...]
2006-06-21T15:45:09.773-07:00Going into this season I had the utmost confidence in my team. And why not? I was keeping 2 of 2005's top 10 players in Manny and Mark Teixeira and most experts number one shortstop in Michael Young. While Manny and Young have not performed like top picks, the greatest dissappointment has been Teixeira who I had expected to be my best player and a top 5 player overall.
2006-06-25T17:09:33.056-07:00One of the greatest questions in the world of fantasy baseball comes from looking at your pitching staff. Do I go after quantity stats, Wins and K's, or quality stats, ERA and WHIP? While every manager hopes to win all four, the fact remains that there is not enough SP to go around these days to make that happen. Very rarely do I see a team in any league with quality starters 5 or 6 deep. SP is gold.
2006-06-18T19:22:00.960-07:00I am going to take a closer look at the top 7 added/dropped in Yahoo! Leagues in hopes of giving you a better perspective on him.
2006-06-14T13:12:46.130-07:00I remember before the season Curtis made a trade that meant one of the kid's in our league was going to keep Jose Reyes. I made up my mind. I was keeping Michael Young - not Roy Halladay or Roy Oswalt. Needless to say after yet another Halladay complete game and Michael Young's shortstop ranking I've got finally got my idiot certification nearly 2 years after Johnny Damon got his. I wouldn't write off Young by any means however as he will still hit for a very good average and score runs. Here are some options however in case you decide to sell low on Young, Jhonny Peralta (if he wasn't already voted off the island), or Hanley Ramirez:
2006-06-14T04:18:01.330-07:00Atlanta vs. Florida: Josh Johnson pitched another great game for the Marlins lowering his ERA to 2.05 with his 7 K performance. John Smoltz threw well for Atlanta despite getting the loss. While the wins may be slow this year with a stagnant Braves’ offense, looking at his peripheral numbers would lead you to believe that Smoltz’s ERA to fall from its current respectable level of 3.78.Cleveland vs. New York Yankees: Great game for both Chien-Ming Wang and Paul Byrd in this one. While Byrd is an afterthought, Wang is a serviceable starter in 5x5 leagues considering his enormous potential in the wins category and the fact hat he won’t kill you in ERA or WHIP.Colorado vs. Washington: Holliday had another great game raising his average to .344 with a 2 for 5, 2 run, 2 RBI performance. In my mind he should be considered a weak number one or good number two fantasy OF. Fogg threw fantastic but I am not touching him.New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Lots of great hitting performances out there by the Mets’ fantasy stars. Jimmy Rollins led the way for the Phils with 2 HRs. He never has and never will be a consistent .300 hitter despite all the press he got for his hit streak. However, he still should put up numbers around a 100-.280-15-55-30.St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh: Phenomenal game by top-5 SP Carpenter and a good game by Oliver Perez. However, I am not buying on Perez. Look at his game log and you’ll se why.Tampa Bay vs. Detroit: Kenny Rogers threw a gem for Detroit. Some fantasy owners, myself included, tend to underrate Kenny Rogers because of his lack of “stuff.” Yet he has consistently put up solid numbers in the last several years and a sub 4.00 ERA with 15 + wins seem very attainable.Baltimore vs. Toronto: Stars Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells led the way for the Blue Jays with a complete game and a HR respectively. Both are fantasy studs and nothing they has done so far this season has led us to believe that they won’t continue to be good performers for the rest of the season.Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati: Bronson Arroyo threw a solid but not great game for the Reds. While I don’t expect him to continue to support a sub 2.51 ERA the whole year, I do expect him to do well throughout the year and certainly finish with an ERA in the low 3’s. Dave Ross hit another HR for the Reds. If you don’t have a good catcher, he is certainly worth a pickup. However, for those who have catchers of the Posada-Barrett quality, Ross’s career .237 AVG. and .777 OPS should make you hold on picking him up.Chicago White Sox vs. Texas: Garland pitched well for the White Sox but shouldn’t be pitching for your team. Thome and Konerko both had good games.Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs: Pettite threw very well for the Astros. Before making a trade for him though, I would personally like to see him throw together a string of three or four quality starts.Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins: Fantastic games by fantasy aces Schilling and Santana. Varitek hit his fifth homer in the last month and appears to be playing like the top-5 fantasy cather everyone expected out of him.San Francisco vs. Arizona: I guess after watching Jose Valverde’s last performance Bob Melvin decided to continue using the hot Jorge Julio as his closer. Considering the way these two have pitched, I can’t see Melvin switching back to Valverde unless Julio stumbles badly. That said, I would continue to hold onto Valverde for now and see if Julio can continue his recent performance.Kansas [...]
2006-06-12T13:42:44.606-07:00I'd like to take this time to post my first weekly edition of The 4 Corners. Each week I will spotlight one to two players each who are buy-high, buy-low, sell-high and sell-low candidates. Buy-High: David Wright (3rd-base, NYM)David Wright, if not already, is a superstar in the making. He's certainly not a player you can trade for at any discount, but whatever the asking price for him (barring absurdity) is justifiable. This kid is only 23 and has all the tools. From today forward, he is just a notch below A-rod in my mind. A-rod will hit for a little more power, knock in a few more runs and probably score a little bit more. But for average and steals, Wright is the man. Plus, if Wright matches A-rod's rbi and runs total for the rest of the year, I wouldn't be surprised in the least. He's hitting in a better offense, with fans that actually like him. He will, barring some catastrophe, be a first round draft pick next year and a keeper forever. If I had Wright, I would only trade him straight up for Pujols or Santana (Pedro too, but only if I'm in a non-keeper league). If not for those guys, then I would expect an A pitcher (think Halladay or too a lesser extent Webb), and an A to A- hitter (think Ryan Howard or Ichiro). Would a Wright owner be able to get that much? Probably not, but that is how much he is worth.Buy-Low: Coco Crisp (OF, BoSox)This youngster has three things going for him that make him a perfect buy-low candidate. One, he's got talent and hasn't even begun to hit his ceiling. He hits for average, gets on base and has speed. Granted, his manager doesn't utilize his stolen base potential to its maximum, but he's still considered a solid option for steals. Couple that with the fact that he's got some pop, and you've got yourself a very productive 2nd or 3rd outfielder. Two, Crisp hits in front of two of the best hitters in the game. If you don't know who I'm talking about no amount of fantasy baseball advice will save your season. Considering the 135-150 rbi Manny and Big Papi get every year, Crisp has a chance to score every time he gets on base. Three, he was hurt for well over a month of the season. He has been back for a few weeks now and is really starting to hit the ball (.344 this past week and crossed the plate 4 times). He's a lessor known quantity, but I see no reason to believe he won't put up Johnny Damon type numbers the rest of the season. He is only going to get better. Sell-High: A.J. Burnett (SP, TBJ)Burnett is set to take the mound in his first rehab start today (Monday). His inclusion in this list might surprise many of you since Burnett owners drafted him relatively high and have been using up their dl spot for him. Why sell now, right before he's going to take the mound for the first time as a Jay? The answer is simple: his value will get no higher. He will most certainly prove he is healthy in his rehab stints (That is how these things go). There will be lots of buzz flying around all of baseball in anticipation of his first start this season. A fantasy manager loves nothing more than potential, and this guy has loads of it. His value will skyrocket (from how low it was when he first was put on the 60-day dl) and he won't have even thrown a major league pitch. Is there anything worse than an elbow injury to a power pitcher? No way. If this guy pitches past July, I'll be surprised. There is near certainty that he will return to the dl at some point this season. T[...]
2006-06-11T19:14:36.026-07:00Below are several hitters and pitchers listed that are available in more than a third of all ESPN leagues that could be useful additions to your fantasy team.
2006-06-10T09:03:17.006-07:00One of the many beautiful things about Fantasy Baseball is that the winner, in the end, is rarely determined by luck. Granted, in a head to head league, one team that somehow squeeked into the playoffs may have a few key players that catch fire at the right time and ride them to a playoff victory. But as for an entire season, it doesn't take luck to come out on top.I remember sitting at my computer two months ago, groaning that i had the 8th pick of 10. I watched as many of my favorite players got picked away, right before my very eyes. But that's life and you deal.Well, let's assume that you are a team that relied on studs like Pujols, DLee, Sheffield, Oswalt, etc. These are all players who really don't have big injury concerns attached to them and all go in the first 3 rounds or so. Yet now they're injuries (often self-inflicted) are acting as a drain on your team.If you fall into this category, then how you react to this bad news is what makes you either a good manager or a bad one. I read in an article once that it's a big suprise with these injuries to players who anchor a team. The suprise being that they're being the type of anchor that sinks a team, rather than carry them upwards.I disagree with this completely. Sure, Pujols is as sure of a bet as they come. There was nearly zero risk in drafting him. So having him hurt puts a massive damper on your team. But take a lesson in life (not just in fantasy), don't put all your eggs in one basket.A fantasy genius generates his own luck. He's the type of guy that went out and picked up guys along the way; a Nick Johnson...or a Prince Fielder (if he was available after his infamous season start)...If you missed out on them, have no fear. Grab Mike Jacobs as he continues to heat up. Morneau is still not performing up to expectations, but his recent 2 homers and 5 rbis are some sign of hope (though he still can't hit lefties).Fantasy success doesn't derive from having a solid first round pick. It derives from crisis management. And those who come out of any crisis the best, even the most unexpected crisis, are the ones who already had players or plans waiting in the wing for just a moment like this.Enough of that, let's talk about a couple of players and what the Boyz of Harlem think of them:Josh Johnson: He's got a low 2 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He's demonstrating some pretty decent control (47 K's, 24 BB in 55 1/3 innings so far). While he's had the luck of facing several lack luster offenses in his starts, he's faired pretty well against the tougher few that he has faced. He's also pitching in a pitcher friendly park.Lastings Milledge: You see that throw to 2nd base he made the other night to get Nomar out? My God, this kid is going to be a great all around player. However, he's currently only up because Nady and Floyd are out. Although, he's been playing well enough to stay on for a little longer. He's a good pickup and may be traded soon.Jose Valverde: BUY LOW! Bob Melvin is "mixing and matching", I've been told, newly acquired Jorge Julio and Valverde. Things are getting pretty ugly for Valverde, but his mechanics evidently are fine. Get him and ride him out through this tough time and enjoy the fruits of a good closer when he gets out of it.Takashi Saito: He's got an ERA near 2, a WHIP below 1, and over 11 K's/9. He's a solid reliever regardless. Well, now he's become the new Otsuka. Gagne's t[...]