A few simple but important steps you can make, regardless of overall strategy, as we hit the stretch run.
In one of the first fantasy leagues I ever joined, for years the trade deadline was Aug. 1. This is an AL-only league, so the Aug. 1 date gave fantasy managers 24 hours to try and fill any holes created by trades to the National League. This gives away how old the league is. -Only leagues are becoming a thing of the past, and the ones that do exist have mostly switched to permitting players traded to the “other” league to remain on a team’s roster until the end of the regular season.
Most of the leagues I play in now have a trade deadline in late August or early September. In a typical keeper league, nearly everyone already has decided if they are in or out for 2017. But unless your season is going perfectly, you probably are going to need to make some free-agent pickups or trades down the stretch in order to win. This advice is not limited to teams in contention. If you have already given up on your season the last thing you want to do is let your team lie fallow and miss potential keepers for 2018 and beyond.
Webster’s dictionary defines “utility” as... just kidding. The positional flexibility craze in baseball didn’t start with Ben Zobrist, but his ability to play several positions at a high level certainly brought more attention to the modern utility player. Every year fantasy rosters are crippled with injuries. It’s terrible and awful and frustrating. It’s also inevitable. Having a super utility player stashed away on the roster is the ultimate luxury, and can help bail you out of such pickles, Benny “The Jet” style. This season, a handful of players have embraced the task of playing multiple positions and have thoroughly excelled in the process.
Sal Perez isn't striking out, but he's swinging more than ever and his batting average would be a career high. Is that why his fantasy value has been higher in 2017?
Coming into 2017, fantasy owners felt like they had a good handle on Salvador Perez. He was a safe bet to make regular starts at the position who would give you something like a .250 batting average, 20 home runs, 50-60 runs, and 60-70 runs batted in. These totals landed him in the “three star” tier of Baseball Prospectus’ preseason catcher rankings. He was a player who was supplying increasing power at a cost to his batting average.
Get a load of how many lefties that Cleveland's Brandon Guyer is slated to see next week.
Big thanks to Mike Gianella for putting together last week’s Deep League Report while I was on vacation in Ireland. I’m well rested and ready to go, so let’s get started and see if I still have my fastball.
How long will Mr. Hand shoulder the saves in San Diego? Sean Doolittle, and not Ryan Madson, appears to be closing in Washington. Who will take over in Detroit if and when Justin Wilson gets moved?
Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. Specifically, welcome to the last edition of the Closer Report before the trade deadline next week. We had our second big closer-related deal of the summer this past week, and just yesterday our third took place. It’s expected that more will come soon. Coming up, we’ll talk about the implications of the deals that were already made and a couple of handcuffs you can pick up now for trades we expect to be made. But first, just a reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news!
Parra is hotter than Georgia asphalt (only in Colorado) right now. But how long will it last, and what will he offer the fantasy player from here to October?
Over the course of his nine-year career, Gerardo Parra hasn’t really been a hot commodity for fantasy purposes. He was unable to provide at least league-average production in six of his eight previous seasons. Before this year, there were questions whether Parra would be able to find regular playing time given the shape of Colorado’s roster.
It's time to preview the hurlers scheduled for two starts in the upcoming week. As the old wrestling promoters would always say: “Card Subject to Change,” because injuries and tinkering managers can make this less than a science. Should new information present itself, we can go over it in the comments.
Most of these recommendations are based on a combination of ADP/auction price and PECOTA projections for opponent strength. As the season progresses and we get more concrete data points for how the pitchers and their opponents perform, the formula will evolve into a performance-based projection. For more information on some key terms—Auto-Start, Start, Consider and Sit—click here.
The Nationals revamped bullpen offers a pair of high-end bidding opportunities.
Welcome back to The Deep League Report, the article that profiles the backup catchers, fourth outfielders, and middle relievers the other websites don’t have the guts to discuss. Scooter Hotz is on vacation this week. I’ll be filling his rather big shoes with knowledge…but also with love. Wow. This got really weird really fast. (All statistics in this article are through Monday night’s games)