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August 20, 2013

The Stash List

The Final 2013 Installment

by Bret Sayre


This week, the Stash List turns 18, and to celebrate, I’m kicking it out the house and telling it to get a job. Like I mentioned a week ago, the closer we get to the end of the season, the more luck-based and less skill-based stashing becomes. It also becomes less helpful to actually use a roster spot on a stash once the beginning of September rolls around. Those roster spots are generally better used by grabbing pitchers who will have attractive upcoming match-ups and hitters who have pronounced platoon splits that you can sneak into your lineup once or twice a week when the situation permits.

This goes double for those of you in head-to-head leagues, where you may have been stashing a player or two on the off chance that they carried real fantasy value for the playoffs. Since we’re now less than two weeks from the likely start of your playoffs, that potential value needs to be shifted to real value. Once the bell rings in that first playoff match-up, it’s all hands on deck every week. And that goes for anyone who is not currently on an active roster. The worst thing you can do is become too confident in your team and look ahead to the semi-finals or finals.

But do not fear, the column will return for a full season again in 2014 (and, in fact, I have a fun exercise I’ll be doing with it in September—stay tuned for that). So with that said, I want to thank everyone for all of the positive feedback that I’ve gotten throughout the year while putting together these weekly lists. Seriously. There’s a reason why everyone knows that Baseball Prospectus has the most passionate and knowledgeable readers out there, and the questions and comments I’ve gotten along the way have shaped this into a better column.

It’s also fitting that I temporarily put aside what has turned into my baby for another baby. A human baby, in fact. At some point in the next week, I am going to have my second child and much life-based craziness will ensue. So my appearances in this long-form space may be a little more sporadic than usual over the next couple of weeks. But on the plus side, I won’t be sleeping again for a while, so that means more time to write in the long run*. In the meantime, I’ll be answering more questions on Twitter, so take advantage of that as we move into the home stretch.

*DISCLAIMER: Neither Bret nor Baseball Prospectus will be held liable for any bad fantasy recommendations or incoherent analogies made during this period of sleep deprivation.

Without any further ado, here is The Stash List, version 18.0:

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