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July 23, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

Players We're Buying at the Deadline

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


The trade deadline happens soon. This means that if you’d like to change the personnel on your team without utilizing the waiver wire exclusively, you’ll need to make a deal before the deadline passes, in many leagues. Weird how that works, we know.

While the deadline is a crazy time in leagues of every composition, they’re especially hectic in dynasty formats. Good teams are often willing to go all-in, as winning a dynasty championship is a difficult feat to accomplish. Mediocre teams generally break one way or the other. And even teams who are out of it have every incentive to be quite active, as there’s always 2015 and beyond.

To that end, we thought it would be useful to identify talent that we're looking to buy in dynasty leagues. This means less riding of hot hands and more willingness to take on a struggling star (I'm still looking at you Chris Davis), with the caveat that we think they'll return to their previous production.

Regardless of your position, though, it helps to identify talent that you think will be able to improve your squad not just for the second half of 2014, but for years to come as well. This is a great time of year to pull a poorly performing player away from a desperate owner, and to reinforce your ranks moving forward.

With that in mind, here are six players Craig and I think make nice deadline targets in dynasty formats.

Craig: Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
While he hasn't been everything we thought he'd be when he was on the verge of the major leagues with Arizona, it seems getting away from the Diamondbacks has done Skaggs some good. Finally a regular in the rotation, Skaggs pitched and yawed a bit in the first half, showing mediocre results but positive peripherals. This puts him in line for a better second half and also means there's a positive career trajectory that fantasy owners should be keen to get a hold of.

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LeafontheWind

Nobody makes me bleed my own blood.

Jul 23, 2014 05:54 AM
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adrock

Not a comment on this article, but I just wanted to say that I have really appreciated the 'Bat Signal' all season. Useful, well-thought out advice, with every question answered within 24 hours, and usually in much less time than that.

So, thanks very much BP for adding that feature, and to Craig, Ben, and the other members of the team for their advice.

Jul 23, 2014 07:00 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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As someone who definitely answers way more BS questions than Craig, let me express my thanks for your thanks!

Jul 23, 2014 07:03 AM
 
BP staff member Wilson Karaman
BP staff

Seconded. We're fortunate to have a deep bench here to help us overcome Craig's persistent #slack

Jul 23, 2014 08:18 AM
 
jonjacoby

"BS questions" the double meaning is priceless.

Jul 23, 2014 11:33 AM
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BarryR

I'm from the Xander Bogaerts should be sent down school. I was enrolled a few weeks ago, in fact, because he looks like hell up there. He may show an occasional flash, but he's not the same hitter he was in May. He swings at bad pitches, takes good pitches, and needs to rebuild his confidence. There's no sin in being sent down - hell, Mike Trout was sent down - and once he gets comfortable, you bring him back and stick him in the lineup every day. It worked for Travis d'Arnaud, who looked just as crappy prior to his Vegas vacation.

Jul 23, 2014 13:14 PM
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Meepits

I wonder how likely it is that the Cards try a reboot of Oscar Taveras at CF to start 2015? I understand he's not a natural CF, but Matheny has to be thinking about helping my fantasy team.

Jul 23, 2014 13:33 PM
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lkirbo35

Does Arismendy have more fantasy value than Bogaerts from this point forward?

Jul 23, 2014 17:00 PM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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God no

Jul 23, 2014 17:29 PM
 
rparker1983

Does Wil Myers fit into this category? Seems like after a mediocre start to the year and some bad injury luck he might be worth a shot if his owner has a short memory. How would you rate him vs. Taveras and Bogaerts going forward?

Jul 30, 2014 11:26 AM
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