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April 2, 2014

Deep Impact

Introduction

by Ben Carsley


I never thought I'd find people out there like me.

For years and years on end, I subjected myself to nothing but standard 10- and 12-team leagues. I thought I knew stress. "Oh, which no. 3 starter should I pick up for this spot start?” I would ask a more innocent, less world-weary version of myself. "Which decent outfielder must I claim as an injury replacement," a more hopeful, younger Ben would ponder in 2010. Those were the days of sound sleep and easy championships.

Fast forward to 2014, and I am now a grizzled deep-league veteran who is wiser to the trials and tribulations we all face on a daily basis. Not all of us are so lucky to have a Dexter Fowler or a Josh Willingham on the waiver wire. We do not all have the luxury of choosing between Tim Hudson and Tyler Skaggs for spot starts.

No, we deep-league masochists need to filter the pool of available players by 2013 OBP to find Logan Schafer and jump eagerly at the chance to add him to our rosters. We take that final, deep sip of scotch before we resign ourselves to a spot start by Eric Stults, because hey, yeah, he pitches in Petco, and you know, maybe he could possibly grab a win, maybe! It's no way to go through life, but it's something many of us can't quit.

And so, fellow insane fantasy owners with too much time on your hands and too deep a knowledge of MLB rosters for your own good, this is a column for you. Some weeks, I will write about overall deep-league strategy. More often, I will take a look at some deep-league assets who are flying under the radar. And sometimes, I might just sit here and use this space to weep via text. I welcome your suggestions, and would love for reader feedback to be a major part of this column.

Let's start things off nice and slow with a look at four players at whom those in standard leagues would scoff, but who those in deep leagues may want to consider rostering in short order. May Xander bless you all.

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