Suck on an Ollie-pop
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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.
After your boy Dudley Do Work touted the efforts of Kyle Blanks last Monday, fantasy writers everywhere jumped on my Coattails Cadillac. Who is the next overlooked free agent fantasy player to make an impact? Find out 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.
With Tom Wilhelmsen temporarily removed from the closer’s role in Seattle, manager Eric Wedge went with Ollie Perez in the first save opportunity that popped up. The expectation is that Wilhelmsen will get a chance to regain his role as he works through some command issues, but any RP who is in line for some save chances warrants universal ownership. Go get him.
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.
The time had finally come for me to drop Ike Davis, so the pick-up of Dunn is more of an addition-by-subtraction sort of move. Over his last eight games, Dunn has a .379/.441/.931. He’s been atrocious for most of the season, but he’ll chill on my bench for the time being. Hopefully, the performance keeps up and he earns his way into my starting lineup. Fantasy owners suffering through Dunn’s 2013 season should play him for now while his bat is showing some life, but be prepared to bench him once again if he goes cold.
I wanted to sit the struggling Jon Lester in his lone start against the Tigers this week (on the road no less). I thought Zito was the best available two-start free agent in the talent pool, so here we are.
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.
Stephen Drew’s corpse can only occupy the SS position for so long in Boston. Drew is crazy injury-prone and his offensive performance this year isn’t exactly starter-worthy (.215 BA and 27.4 K%). Iglesias, on the other hand, has been on fire for most of the season (.438 BA). It’s hard to trust Iglesias as a long-term offensive solution in fantasy thanks to his all-glove/no-bat minor league track record. That being said, he’s worth the pick-up in deeper leagues since he’s still seeing a good amount of PAs and is performing well. I don’t expect it to continue all season, but feel free to ride the hot hand.