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June 11, 2013

Sporer Report

The Fantasy Platoon Advantage, Part One

by Paul Sporer


As injuries cut deeper into the player pool with each passing day, fantasy managers are left to fend for themselves, to pick up the pieces and push on with their ballclubs. There are obviously different ways teams can plug in the holes that are guaranteed to strike everyone at some point during the season. The most direct approach is, of course, via trade—trading from surplus to plug the hole. Hitting the waiver wire is the most readily available option for mixed leaguers, and it doesn’t cost any of your current talent. The freely available talent won’t be as good as what you could get by trading some assets… or will it?

Today’s piece is going to apply to the mixed-league crowd and specifically those of you in leagues of 12 teams or fewer. We are going to focus on split advantages and leveraging those to increase the probability of replacing your broken All-Star with near-All-Star production. Sorry, single leaguers, but your waiver wires are usually picked clean of the prime meat by May 1 and bone dry by Memorial Day. This will also play well for the daily fantasy crowd, as these guys will often be extremely cheap options who can deliver premium production in the right matchup.

Let’s start with the most prominent split: the platoon. Righty/lefty splits are the most exploited in the game with managers often opting to replacing their pitcher with lesser talent just to ensure the platoon advantage. Meanwhile, more teams are starting to leverage their bench players, creating playing-time platoons to ensure they are getting the most value out of their 25. Looking first at “the short side,” here is a group of guys who dominate lefties. Their playing time is capped by the limited pool of lefty starters in the game, but this also makes them more likely to be on your waiver wire.

Here are five guys making life extremely difficult for left-handed pitchers so far this season.

Player

TM

POS

PA

H

HR

RBI

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Jeff Baker

TEX

1B/3B/OF

50

16

7

11

0.381

0.480

0.952

1.432

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