Which baseball player measures up to the Linsanity sweeping the nation?
Football season is over. Spring training is still a few days away. That means, for multi-sport fans like me, there is little choice but to get immersed in college basketball and the NBA. And doing so during the past week meant going Linsane.
Point guard Jeremy Lin emerged as the New York Knicks’ savior, reviving a team that was struggling to stay afloat in the absence of stars like Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. A Harvard graduate who went undrafted and was rejected by two teams, Lin certainly did not take the beaten path to fame, but that only adds to the intrigue of his timely breakout. Hoops Analyst writer Ed Weiland is one of the few who can claim he saw this coming.
After a strong week from most of his Value Picks, Michael makes a few tweaks and offers plenty of post-September-callup analysis in Playing Pepper.
Nearly every VP performed well enough to remain this week, and there’s plenty of other waiver wire value to be found, although September callus—a while unlikely to be valuable in and of themselves—can affect those waiver-wire decisions. I’ll look at those angles, along with other potential VPs, in a heaping helping of Playing Pepper.
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Which September callups are the most likely to have a positive fantasy impact?
Nearly a week into September, most of the players who will receive callups have already received them, and we’ve begun to see how playing time will be doled out. While Jason Colletterecently showed us that September callups don’t usually have a big impact, there are some who might be able to help out a fantasy team in need, especially in AL- and NL-only leagues.
Stephen Strasburg | WAS | SP Strasburg is the exception to Jason’s rule, if ever there was one (though, to be fair, Strasburg isn’t really a September callup; he’s coming off the DL). Back from Tommy John surgery, Strasburg makes his 2011 debut today in a great matchup against the Dodgers. His minor-league rehab starts have been excellent, and he should be picked up in all but the shallowest of leagues. He’ll be a true impact player the rest of the way.
In this new column, BP's fantasy expert discusses the rookie middle-infield crop and the values of various players on the trade market.
Today, I’m proud to announce a brand new BP Fantasy column that has been in the works for quite a while that I’m incredibly excited about. Trading Post will offer insight heretofore unavailable to fantasy baseball players. Using a unique combination of PECOTA rest-of-season projections and CBS’ archive of every fantasy baseball trade that every player has been involved in this season, Trading Post will delve into the value you can expect to receive via trade for the players on your fantasy squad. It will also be able to tell you which players are being undervalued on the trade market and make for good targets. While some fantasy analysis will look at a player’s cold streak and slap a “Buy Low” tag on him, Trading Post will be able to say whether you can actually buy the player low and, if so, will be able to quantify just how “low” he can be bought.
Trading Post Card Explanation
Each player discussed in Trading Post will receive a “Trading Post Card.” This card will be jam-packed with useful information about each player’s trading profile. It will list information about the player himself, look at every trade the player has been involved in over the past two weeks and every player he’s been traded for, and give information about the average player he’s been traded for. Hopefully these cards will be self-explanatory, but if you’re not sure what anything means, here’s an explanation of everything: