My favorite Native American women? Nava-hoes.
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Most fantasy writers have no problem recommending players you should go after, but do they really pick up all the players they hype up? I’ll answer for them: no. Here on “Star’s Shares,” we’ll discuss players yours truly has personally invested in. If a player is good enough to sit on one of my three teams, then surely they are worthy of your attention.
Admittedly, I didn’t get too crazy on the free agent moves this week since I usually like to give my draft day investments more than a week’s worth of games before dropping them. Yet I still made a couple moves in an effort to aid my already stacked rosters.
More after the jump:
The 13-Teamer Pick-Ups
The bros in this tier are the ones most of you will find most useful. The league features just one catcher, three outfielders, and no CIs or MIs. It also utilizes classic 5×5 roto categories and daily free agent pickups. It’s as default as it gets, with one major difference: the innings limit is 2000. It forces streaming and aggressive pitching strategies. This is a league I’ve been running for over 10 years. The league is composed of personal friends of mine, Sons of Roto readers, and a couple of competitive fantasy gamers found on Yahoo! message boards.
I’m a little puzzled that he’s still only owned in just 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Even though he has no HRs and steals yet, he’s got that intriguing blend of power and speed that can make a fantasy owners undergarments wet. He’s still contributing despite the lack of pop and speed thus far (.333 BA and seven runs), so he’s worth owning right now in all mixed leagues.
The Keeper Krackpots
This is a 10-team keeper league that I joined this year after inheriting someone’s team. Even though it’s only 10 teams, it’s a highly competitive money league that has waivers three times a week. Only one catcher in this one, but five OFs (LF/CF/RF/OF/OF), plus a CI and MI. Saves do not count for shit in this league, which gives it a nice twist. OBP, SLG, K/BB, and quality starts count on top of the usual 5×5 cats. It’s also head-to-head. Of course, because it’s a keeper league, you also take next year into consideration with some of the pickups.
What’s hilarious is that I was engaged in a bidding war for Cashner on auction day with another owner and lost out on him when the price got up to $11. This owner dropped him right before Opening Day and I put my waiver bid on him. It probably helped my cause that Cashner isn’t even starting and RPs are useless in this league, but I’ll take this pick-up all day. Cashner has elite strikeout potential and is pitching in a big-ass home park. Manager Bud Black has stated that he’ll join the rotation at some point, so I’m not too worried (it’s where he belongs). He’s a great player to own in any keeper league, but he also makes sense for owners in deeper mixed formats as well.
Like the hair on Burt Reynolds’ lip, Straily is a must-stash. He’s clearly worthy of a rotation spot in Oakland, despite being sent right back down to AAA after his 11-strikeout performance last Friday. Fortunately, there’s no way all five of the A’s current starters will stay healthy all year, so Straily will be back at some point. As we saw against the Astros, Straily brings intriguing strikeout ability to the table. Keeper league owners take notice.
The Blog Wars Ballers
Blog Wars is the annual Sons of Roto league. It’s a 15-team roto joint that includes writers from Yahoo!, Razzball, Fangraphs, and others. It’s 5×5 and is a daily league, but includes two catchers, five OFs, a CI, and an MI. There are also five DL spots and daily free agent moves are allowed. It’s highly competitive because everyone in here writes about fantasy baseball and is usually picking up a sleeper weeks before the casual fan even hears of them. For this league, the waiver wire is mostly about long-term potential and it’s not uncommon to see people stash dudes who aren’t even starting. Of course, because of the depth, it’s also normal to see people picking up scrubs simply because they are getting regular playing time.
I’ve been an Adams fan for quite some time. Last May, I even wrote an entire post about Adams’ incredible power/fantasy potential. Granted, he ended up being useless in St. Louis thanks to the lack of playing time. He’s still not getting regular at-bats, but I’m holding out hope thanks to the injury-risk attached to Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, and Carlos Beltran. If any of those dudes hit the DL, Adams should take over at first (Craig figures to move to a corner OF spot if either Beltran or Holliday go down). Fantasy owners in deep mixed leagues that use CIs should consider picking up Adams now as a preemptive strike. Even owners in shallower mixed leagues need to keep tabs on the mighty slugger as he could be an impact fantasy player in all formats at some point this season.
I’m not convinced that old ass Rafael Betancourt will hold onto the closer’s job all year, so this move was part save speculation and part ratios help. Brothers can rack up the strikeouts and is next in line for saves should anything happen to the cane-wielding Betancourt. If you are hurting for saves and looking for someone to take a chance on, Brothers is a good choice.
David Ortiz’s return might prove to be a problem, but it’s still possible Nava will become a regular in Boston’s lineup. The switch-hitting OF walks a ton (11.3 BB% in bigs) and the shine is wearing off on Jackie Bradley (.143/.333/.190 thus far). His impressive walk rate could have him hitting near the top of the lineup (he hit second the first couple of games of the season) and he has value in leagues that use as many OFs as this one.
I’ve always liked Pollock as a prospect. A gritty player who profiles as a solid leadoff hitter, Pollock is a tough out. Sure he doesn’t flash much power and he still needs some work in the majors, but in a league this deep that starts five OFs, any dude who gets semi-regular playing time warrants ownership. I might end up dropping him sooner rather than later, but the pickings are slim and there’s some potential here at least.
Fuuuuuuuuuuuucccccck. That’s pretty much the reaction I had when I scanned the free agent heap for starting OFs and saw that Schierholtz was the only guy out there who was getting regular at-bats. This relationship will likely be shorter than Peter Dinklage, but I’m mixing and matching my OF right now and Schierholtz is playing well. Just throwing him out there for my fantasy heads really desperate for some OF help.