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Every time we look up it seems like another player is hurt. Some of the players you could care less about, I didn't see anyone shed a tear when the Cubs announced that Ian Stewart's quad injury would cause him to miss Opening Day, but when the Dodgers started to tell us what the deal was with Zack Greinke's elbow, the Twitterverse went into a tizzy (Greinke might only misss one start from the sound of things). And that got me to thinking. I haven't written an article this year that deals directly with injured players and how we should treat those players in the fantasy game. Every player is different, some injuries are minor others major, but if we have a defined time-line for a return from injury, let's say 4-6 weeks as is the case with Chase Headley who we will discuss, what does that do to the value of the player in the fantasy game? If you've ever wondered how to think about injured players when trying to put together your fantasy squad, then this is the article for you.
As always, the most important aspect of your fantasy baseball draft prep is staying on top of all the latest news. There’s nothing worse than walking into your draft and grabbing a guy only to have that annoying league know-it-all chime in with news form two days ago saying that the guy you just drafted is banged up. But it’s more than just looking at injury updates. You need to take all of the information given and make certain assessments of how this latest news will impact the rest of the fantasy baseball world. Virtually every bit of information you get has a ripple effect and it’s important to look at how far the news carries. So here are a few of the latest headlines from spring training and what kind of fantasy baseball impact we can expect.
We spend a lot of time in fantasy baseball talking about who to draft in the first two or three rounds that we often times don't focus enough on the positional battles that teams are going through during Spring Training. Does the second base decision with the Blue Jays impact a guy like Emilio Bonifacio who has such huge upside given his wheels? What about the Cardinals second and shortstop decisions – do they matter? Of course you are going to care about what the Angels do in the 9th inning, but maybe what the injury ravaged Yankees do in the outfield should also be something you concern yourself with? We'll discuss those battles and more in this piece.
The Yankees have a few holes to fill, and instead of making big a big splash like they used to, names like Rivera and Hafner are ruling the day. The Padres continue to add arms to their stable, most recently Freddy Garcia, but it's Tim Stauffer who will be garnering most of the attention in this piece. The Angels brought in a guy to work the 9th inning this year that didn't throw a single big league pitch last season even though they already have a guy who appears to be a fella who can handle 9th inning duties if he's called upon. All of that plus the plight of Michael Bourn (where will he sign), Michael Pineda (when will he be healthy) and Kelly Johnson (should you pay attention on draft day to the newest Ray).
Desmond Jennings came into the 2012 season with an immense amount of hype. So far he has failed to live up to expectations. Will that change as we move forward or were expectations out of whack? Starlin Castro has been a terrific option this season, but does he have any room to grow? Who is the best pitcher in baseball? It may not be Justin Verlander or R.A. Rickey. Which five bullpen arms have impressed me to the point that I felt the need to tell you about them? Read on to find out.