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Given the way the Red Sox pitching staff has opened the season, it’s hard to argue against any decision John Farrell makes. So when he opted to go with Junichi Tazawa for his new closer instead of the well-proven Koji Uehara, there was little backlash from the fantasy community. Sure, there were some grumblings from the eager-beaver waiver hounds who remain glued to their league’s waiver wire and snatched up Uehara moments after Joel Hanrahan was hurt, but most of them were still fairly quick on the draw the following morning when it was announced that the choice made was actually Tazawa.
Now I don’t want to get all religious on you here, but as I look at one of my teams sitting at the very bottom of the standings in one league, I am reminded of a very important biblical quote that you should always pay very close attention to, especially if you’re dealing with a certain amount of fantasy frustration. “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.” You know how some coaches have inspirational quotes hanging in their offices? Well, this one is hanging in mine and it is specifically directed towards the sharks in every league who think they smell blood in the water just one week into the season. Three guys hurt on my roster isn’t exactly chum, but there they are, circling and ready to strike.
Justin Verlander. Clayton Kershaw. Stephen Strasburg. Craig Kimbrel. These are the elite pitchers heading into the 2013 fantasy baseball season if you listen to the scuttlebutt around the water cooler. We all know that. But are there instances where lesser known names, the A.J. Burnett's of the world, are also worth taking note of on draft day? Remember, while we all need production on the field, if you can consistently find value at any spot, pitching is no different than hitting, you can come out well ahead in the fantasy game. You can let someone take Justin Verlander in the first round and if he returns first round value fantastic. But what if you grab Homer Bailey and Alexei Ogando in the 15th and 16th rounds and they return 8th and 9th round value – which move would be the better fantasy play based on a return on investment perspective? In this article we'll hit on some numbers that just might change your perception about hurlers for the coming campaign.
The 2011 baseball season is almost over, so this edition of the Top Ten List will be my final edition of the fantasy baseball season. Don’t cry…no really, don’t cry. I will still provide you with witty insight during the offseason. But for the purposes of the 2011 season, this marks the end of our wonderful journey. This special edition of the Top Ten List is much like the Oscars, except there is no corny host with bad jokes and no one will judge you because you wear skin-tight nylon shirts and skids. The 2011 fantasy baseball season was filled with many surprises, both good and bad. There were some remarkable performances and some underwhelming ones as well. While we are always looking ahead and planning for the future, this Top Ten List focuses on the past and remembering the memorable 2011 season. So, without further adieu, here is the final fantasy baseball Top Ten List of the season.
With the 2011 baseball season about to end in a couple weeks, most fantasy leagues are also in or near the end of their playoffs as well. To commemorate these events, this week’s Top Ten list discusses the ten best fantasy baseball performers of the year. I have split the list with five hitters and five pitchers. Obviously this list is up for debate as others may have different opinions. But my evaluation is based on both rotisserie and points-based fantasy leagues. Before anyone asks, no, Jason Bay did not crack this list. If I was compiling a list of suck, then Bay would be right near the top. Now, without further adieu, here is this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball players of the year.
It is the final day of another week in fantasy baseball and it is getting to the point that it is just a move or two that could be the difference between first place and third of fourth, so your roster moves now are more crucial than ever. And chances are two-thirds of your league isn't paying attention anymore so there aren't as many people competing for the waiver wire moves any more. Tonight we talk about some disappointing producers, what to expect from them next season, and how they might finish the season. There are also three or four more guys in here tonight that can help you make that move from third place to first place by ascending you to the top of any category. There isn't much time left in the season, so you really can't miss Rounding The Bases.
There was not a lot of offense around the major leagues today so this version of Rounding The Bases is going to be all about the pitchers. Well, we will discuss two position players, but other than that it is all about the pitchers. We have a couple of bullpens with major questions in them and a lot of starting pitching. We have guys who are on incredible rolls, and others who were just disastrous. But whether they were good or bad, we will tell you what to expect from them in the future and what you should do with them.
Tonight there isn't a lot of general news or many games on the schedule so the Rounding The Bases entry is a little shorter than usual, but it is no less important for you to read. There is some fantastic news on Matt Holliday, some more of the same from the New York Yankees, and impressive performances by young Braves pitchers. We also highlight a couple of aging, injury prone players that are screaming "SELL HIGH ON ME!" and we identify them. All of this and more for you to enjoy from a light Monday in the major leagues.
It is Christmas morning, New Year's Eve, and St. Patrick's Day all wrapped into one! St. Patrick's? What? Well, anyway it is Opening Day for the baseball season in 2011, and although most teams wait until Friday to get it going there still is a number of games today. Everyone has hope, everyone thinks they can win, and no one is quite eliminated just yet.....except for the Pirates of course. Every fantasy team is on equal footing today as well, and the best advice I can give you today is just to RELAX!!!! Please don't freak out about the results of today's game and start making knee jerk reaction after game one out of 162. Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint, and just because Albert Pujols went 0-5 and hit into three double plays isn't a reason to re-evaluate your first pick. Tomorrow is another day and believe me no one has won or lost their leagues today.