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We've all heard the cliche, "Injuries are a part of baseball." Well guess what, they are a part of fake baseball, too. It's going to happen. You're going to lose a player that is killing it for you. The question is, "What do you do?" Is it just as simple as grabbing the next guy at that position that has similar stats? We all know that just isn't an option. But there are a few other options that can work for you, depending on your needs.
I bet there were fifty articles written this week about the Rangers' call up of Profar. Players dropped, trades made, and today he doesn't even play. Easy now, don't do anything crazy.
Bullish: Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson is currently sporting a 1-6 record with a 5.76 ERA. Those aren’t numbers that are useful in fantasy baseball. Chances are Edwin was cut or can be had for a very small price in your fantasy league. I’ve never been a huge Jackson fan but he is definitely not as bad as he looks right now and could help your team going forward. He has been allowing 42% of the runners on base get to home plate. That’s extraordinary for a guy that normally only allows about 25% of the runners that reach base to score. His K/BB ratio is around his career numbers and he’s allowing about 1 HR/9, which is around his career average. So what’s wrong with Edwin?
Another weekly look at who’s hot and who’s not in minor league baseball to help your fantasy team. This week’s edition includes one of the tastiest prospects in baseball getting a call-up, another good young Rays pitcher in the bigs, and a pitcher who is a ‘dash-n-stash’. You want more? You want more? You really like it? You want more?
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A quarter of the season is under our belt (see what I did there?) and you may be looking to finally cut ties with the black holes in your lineup. At this point the sample sizes are getting large enough that we can't hardly blame you. Here are a few options who may be available in your league.
The following prices can be used as a guide for making free agent bids and assumes standard scoring with a $100 FAAB. All players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.
With the first 40+ games played in this year's season, there are some surprises in the standings. The Angels and the Dodgers being in the cellar in the AL and NL West is one that sticks out for me. Most people thought the Indians would be better this year, but I am quite surprised that they are in first place. As we all know, the season doesn't end until October, the divisions could be completely flip flopped when the post season begins. What about players? Here a few guys that may not have surprised anyone else, but have shocked the heck out of me.
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Pitchers with two starts in the upcoming week have been ranked in tiers to help you decide who you should start or not start. These rankings are compiled based on a combination of each pitcher's match-ups and of course their ability. Included also is a list of the best one-start options this week. On to the rankings...
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The fantasy stock report is a weekly article that will provide insight on particular hitters or pitchers whose stock is either rising or falling based on recent performances.
This week let's take a look at two players with multiple position eligibility: Chris Davis and Michael Young.
Another week goes by and it looks like another job may be lost in Los Angeles, but Donny Baseball is being vague about things. Also, a few firsts occurred this week, as in first blown saves of the season. Besides that, it was a pretty quiet week for closers. Sink your teeth into this week’s rankings as we’ve named the tiers after a Philly favorite in honor of Jonathan Papelbon’s recent 5-out save.
Jason Grilli moves up 2 spots to #4
Huston Street falls 4 spots to #17
We’re roughly a quarter of the way through the baseball season, and it shouldn’t be a shock to most people that the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins are in last place in their respective divisions. I doubt many folks expected the Blue Jays or Dodgers to be cellar dwellers in mid-May, though. Teams that are having a rough go of it in reality can still provide serviceable fantasy options for us. Here are a few of the players from each of the six last place teams in MLB who may help your fantasy squad if you're looking for help on the wire. All players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.