My name is Todd and I’m a draft-a-holic. They say the first step to a cure is admitting you have a problem, right? What the heck do they know? Before the 2013 season had ended, I was already a few rounds into my first 2014 draft that counts. I’m not talking about a mock draft for column or magazine fodder; I’m talking about a league sponsored by the National Fantasy Baseball Championships we have names the Premature League. Every year we gather the troops sometime in August making sure everyone is coming back and say we’re not going to start until the first week in October. In early to mid-September, someone gets the itch and asks for our draft spots. Soon thereafter it’s suggested if the guy with the first pick knows who he wants, he can take the player with no pressure on the next person to go until after the season. Before you know it, it’s the final weekend of the season and we’re through five rounds of a fifteen team draft!
The marathon is almost over so that can only mean one thing. It’s almost time to start training for next year’s race. The single best piece of advice I can offer is focus on the process and not the outcome. If a player’s final 2013 numbers were better than expected, try to figure out why and then decide if the reason is sustainable or likely to revert to previous expectations. Similarly, if they numbers fell short of expectations, look for the cause and discern fact or fluke. A 2014 ranking list should not be a carbon copy of the 2013 final rankings but it should also not be a repeat of 2013 initial rankings. The trick is figuring out who gets carried over from which list.
I’m going to do something I haven’t done all season and that’s borrow a little bit of material I wrote for my colleagues at KFFL.com before I go on a bit of a fantasy football rant. Hey, you try writing for six sites and come up with fresh content with a little over two weeks left in the campaign.
It's Labor Day so hopefully you are all spending time with the family. Or you're sitting at the pool, BBQ'ing, drinking out of the keg, out of a paper bag, whatever... hell, I hope you're doing all the things I'm not doing as I work away. Part of that working fest this Monday is me providing a review of a handful of pitchers and batters that are in the news. None of them are really big names, figured it was apropos to deal more with lesser names on Labor Day, but that doesn't mean they aren't names you should know.
The Orioles are looking to club teams into submission. With a struggling closer an a beat up and slumping starting rotation, they realize that the only way for them to make the playoffs this season might be to bash their way into the second season. They already have a lineup filled with batters that can make that dream a reality, but they are not going to rest on their laurels. To that end they've decided that they need another bat, another masher, so they've claimed two guys off waivers to accomplish their goal of rostering the best daily lineup in baseball. Who are those two players, what are their outlooks, an is it possible the club could end up with both of them?
At this point of the season all the stars are rostered. Have been for months. Therefore, it's vitally important if your team is struggling, either because of injury of poor performances, that you find a way to work around the inability to bolster your team with stars. In this column we'll list for you the names of five hurlers that can help lead you to success. Two are certainly rostered unless you are in shallow leagues, it's possible four of them are, but if you're in one of those 10 team leagues or a shallow 12 teamers, there's a chance they might still be on waivers. We'll then highlight a group of five batters who have all been crushing it over the last 30 days for their respective clubs.
An ace in the NL is about to be shut down, a late round flier has outproduced an MVP, a multi-position option is finally hitting an a minor trade highlight today's piece. The Marlins' young ace is approaching the end of the line with his innings total this season. When will he be shut down? What about the Indians young star on the hill --- why are we talking about him this week? How is it possible that a reserve round addition in mixed leagues is outperforming a former league MVP? The Nationals added an outfielder to the mix. Should anyone care? Second sackers are in the news from Baltimore to Kansas City to Seattle. Also, when will the Phillies closer ever pick up another save? This and much more in today's all-encompassing, articulate and eminently enjoyable article.
Last week we reviewed some hitters to target in keeper leagues if you’re building a foundation for future dominance. Today we’ll look at some pitchers.
Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw... we know the names and the game those superstars bring. We also know that while superstar foundations are the key to what we do in fantasy baseball, the only way to win is to add on top of those foundational players guys that are also performing at high levels. Today we'll take a look at some players who are performing at levels that were totally unexpected. If you grabbed the right guy off the waiver-wire then you've gotten that little extra boost you were looking for on your way to a championship. If you chose the wrong guy you could be mired in a morass of mediocrity this season.
Well, folks, it’s getting to that point in the season where it’s time to start cutting down the fantasy baseball recap pieces and start turning our attention over to the fantasy football pre-draft festivities. Or, at least, that’s what I’m being told. I’m going to still try and make it over here once a week, if not twice, just depending on whether there’s some real important that I feel should be discussed. After all, there could still be some significant player movement with the waiver trade deadline still looming and once rosters expand on September 1st, there could be more than just a few gems worthy of using over the final month of the season. So not to worry…we’re not shutting out baseball altogether.