Bruce Rondon

Star’s Shares: 7/1/13

Detroit’s closer controversy will soon be Ron-done
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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. 


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. 


Bruce Rondon

Called back up to the Tigers Friday, all signs are pointing to Rondon getting a shot at the closing gig. Even though Joaquin Benoit has pitched great this year, manager Jim Leyland has been leery about fully committing to him as his closer. Benoit is clearly first in line for save opportunities at the moment, but with Rondon back on the major league roster, Benoit will have to continue to pitch well to stave off Rondon (who was putting up some pretty dominant numbers at AAA prior to being promoted to the bigs). Fantasy owners who are looking for saves should make the pre-emptive strike and pick up Rondon now. He has the skill-set to be an elite fantasy RP and you don’t want to play the “race to the waiver wire” game when the changing of the guard goes down.


Pedro Ciriaco

In looking for a speed boost, I picked up a player I mentioned in last week’s “Star’s Shares.” Ciriaco has cooled off a bit lately, but he still has some SB appeal and is getting regular playing time in San Diego.


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.


Jacob Turner

Turner had all the makings of a intriguing deep sleeper on draft day according to… me. In the SP edition of “Tiers, Not Fears,” I mentioned Turner as a solid late option based on his performance with Miami last year (9.6 SwStr%), good command, and favorable home park. He began the season in AAA, but has performed quite well since getting the call-up in late May (41 IP, 1.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 5.93 K/9, 2.63 BB/9). Most encouraging is the fact that he’s showcasing an impressive batted ball profile (17.9 LD% and 51.3 GB%) while also missing a considerable number of bats despite the modest K/9 (10.7 SwStr%). Turner is worth grabbing in 12-team and deeper leagues if you are looking for some quality rotation depth. 


Eric Young Jr. 

Young was the main event of last week’s “Star’s Shares” as I added him in Blog Wars, but I picked him up in this league as well to add some SB punch to my lineup. He makes a fine flier for fantasy owners looking to add some speed to their roster.


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.


Jacob Turner

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