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If you play in multiple fantasy leagues, there’s nothing worse than hitching your wagon to a particular player and watching him struggle to open the year. More often than not, if you believe in the player enough, you’re going to end up with him on as many teams as you can and once you do that, you’re fairly committed to him for the season. A slow start hurts you across the board in your leagues. A major injury can be devastating. For me, that player was Jason Heyward, and while the rest of my team has been working hard to cover for his early-season shortcomings, news of an emergency appendectomy just put everything into, for lack of a better way to say it, a whole new stratosphere of suck.
I know you will be disappointed, but there is no Lil Kim in this week's article (but there is still last weeks Rounding the Bases if you need another look at Queen B). Instead, this piece will focus on a superstars groin (Tulowitzki), the NL ERA leaders elbow (Beachy), a guy on a 30-100-100 pace in Houston (Maxwell), another on pace to almost reach those numbers in Toronto (Rasmus), and the tale of the tape with two relievers going in opposite directions (Valverde and Wilhelmsen).
So here we are at the end of April where, for the most part, the hot starts begin to cool off and, with luck, the cold ones begin to heat up. Full-time starters have roughly 80-90 at-bats under their belt and your sample size arguments for why things are the way they are, start to dissipate. That doesn’t mean that all players are leveling off right now – some still have some work to do. Yes, Albert Pujols, I’m looking in your direction. But when you’re sitting there wondering what to do with your guys like Nolan Reimold, Jordan Schafer or Jose Altuve, watching their every move right now is key. They’re all off to hot enough starts that they have some decent trade value, but if they start to go into the tank because they’ve been playing over their head for the past month, your window of opportunity to reap some of the value in a trade will begin to close very rapidly.
If you caught me on the Fantasy Alarm Podcast on Tuesday night with Jeff Mans and Ashley Couturier, you heard me saying that I was getting ready to sit down and watch a series of games I had taped on the DVR and was gearing up to talk about middle infielders. And while I think we’ve got an excellent crop of young guys to discuss such as Dee Gordon and Jason Kipnis, I find myself being drawn to a relative old timer in the fantasy world. In all my years of playing fantasy baseball, I’ve never once owned this guy and yet, for all of the reasons I can give to avoid him, especially these days, I still find myself highlighting him at various points of the season.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and past and we have the news and analysis on all of the major deals right here on Fantasy Alarm. Someone in a New York state of mind took a pitch in the hand, the Orioles do more dealing to clear a starting spot for their newest acquisition, and the biggest pitching name on the market is finally moved. A middle infield prospect goes yard, a former first round pick pitches well but could be shut down, and one of the fastest guys in the majors has a new address. We now officially have just two months left as we head into August so maintain your lead by reading Rounding The Bases.
It is the night where many fantasy rosters jump back into shape as we welcome back three superstars from injury, while another solid player takes a step towards being the guy that he was. A former All-Star pitcher finds himself back in the minors, while his teammate shows that maybe he belongs there. We have a fat toad getting tattooed in the Bronx, and the league's best finally hits one in the people again. But we start out with the bad injury news and follow it up with everything else you need to know to keep your fantasy roster in shape, so enjoy this edition of Rounding The Bases.