Chris Carter as a child
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.
Matt Adams, A.J. Pollock, Justin Maxwell, and Daniel Nava are just a few of the names who have proven to be immediately useful in fantasy leagues following a shout out in last week’s “Star’s Shares.” Pretty damn great for our first in-season edition of this program.
This week’s episode features fewer pickups, but that’s only because a) it’s still early in the season and b) my teams don’t have too many holes (I’m nice like that). Still, the show must go on and there are still a couple of sly free agent moves to be made that can have a big impact on your fantasy season. On a related note, my penis had a “big impact” on your mom’s vagina.
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 really didn’t need the OF help in this league, but I scooped up Carter anyway based on his awesome power (four HRs this year and a massive .275 ISO in 2012). You would think by his high strikeout rate that he might be destined for platoon work at some point, but the right-handed hitting Carter is doing serious work against righties so far this season (.313 BA and three HRs in 33 PAs). He hit 11 bombs off RHP in 151 PAs last year too. His BA will always be at serious risk, but the power should be there in spades. As long as he’s getting regular playing time, he’s worth owning in most 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.
I scooped up Nava in Blog Wars last week, and injuries to my outfield prompted me to go after the Red Sox player thanks to his OBP contributions.
Though his parents suck at spelling, Peralta is at least semi-useful for this league thanks to a MI injury on my squad (fuck you Aaron Hill). He’s swinging a hot bat right now, so he’s a decent short-term rental for those of you starting the likes of J.J. Hardy.
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.
Purely a speculative play in a deep 15-team league, but Jimenez has skills. He actually cracked my 3B “Tiers, Not Fears” this year, and for good reason. Alberto Callaspo isn’t fooling anybody with his “Look! I’m a starting major-leaguer” act. Jimenez just needs to prove he can play a respectable third base and can hang at the plate. He’s got 15/15 potential and his ability to limit the strikeouts could help him post a solid BA. Owners in deeper leagues that use CIs will want to keep an eye on him.