Kyle Blanks: Bad Muthafucker
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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 throughout the three leagues I’m in. If a player is good enough to sit on one of my teams, then surely they are worthy of your attention.
This week’s “Star’s Shares” features a couple of retreads, a pair of white-hot players (pause), and a returning top prospect who (lord willing) will stick around for the long haul this time around.
More after the jump:
The 13-Teamer Pick-Ups
The bros in this tier are the ones many of you will find most useful. This 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.
Injuries have derailed Blanks’ MLB career to date, but his recent play shows that he still has a ton of offensive potential (.429/.467/.857 in June). His hot bat should earn him regular playing time at first base with Yonder Alonso out. Even when Alonso returns, Blanks’ higher offensive ceiling could force San Diego to stick with Blanks at first. Or injury-prone Carlos Quentin could always go down with some random ailment. Point is, there’s a chance that Blanks could see regular PAs going forward, and if he can just stay on the field, a breakout season could be in the works. Power-starved owners in mixed league should take a chance on the talented 1B/OF.
I picked up Ozuna for a couple weeks a while ago, but even after I dropped him, he continued to hit the ball well. Giancarlo Stanton’s return will not affect Ozuna’s playing time, but some other factors might. One of the reasons I dropped Ozuna in the first place was because I thought the other cleat was about to drop. He swings-and-misses often and doesn’t walk very much. That, along with his meager power and speed potential, make him a tough bet to keep up his current production. That all being said, I need the BA help and as long as he’s on a roll, he can be of use to my roster. Fantasy owners who currently own him, however, may want to consider selling high while his value is at its peak.
Like Ozuna, Descalso is more of a short-term play than a long-term solution. He’s also been killing it over the past 14 games (.417 BA and 10 Rs). Again, I need the BA help (in dead last in that category) so Descalso’s hot bat is a welcome addition to my team. His position flexibility (eligible at 2B, SS, and 3B in Yahoo!) makes him an ideal rental to plug into your lineup if you have an ineffective or hurt starter on your team.
The Keeper Krackpots
This is a 10-team, head-to-head 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. Of course, because it’s a keeper league, you also take next year into consideration with some of the pickups.
I put in the winning bid after news broke that Cingrani would be returning to the majors. Sure he could just wind up back in the minors if Johnny Cueto’s lat injury isn’t anything serious, but I’m willing to take that chance. Cingrani was brilliant in his first major-league run (33 IP, 3.27 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 11.18 K/9, 2.45 BB/9) and was sensational in AAA. Needless to say, he should be universally owned in all formats.
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.
Amazingly, there was no need for any moves in this league thanks to the activations of Peter Bourjos and Giancarlo Stanton.