News and notes from around the league for June 13, 2013.
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A look at the kind of investment $1 players are in fantasy league.
Dollar days in a fantasy auction are a true melting pot of individuals. They include the young, the old, the promising, and the worn down. They include the well-known, the little-known, and a lot of second catchers and middle reliever sleepers as well. Some owners are quite comfortable going into dollar days with five roster spots left while others avoid rostering any dollar players because they do not want to hand over any leverage to the other owners as they try to fill their final roster spots.
With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 16 National League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members. Keep in mind these are projected rosters and subject to change. American League lineups are here. You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.
Apparently not everyone's going to be healthy at the same time in the Bronx, plus the after-effects of the Church/Escobar collision and other injuries around the game.
Alex Rodriguez (0 DXL)
A couple of weeks back, I got an angry email saying that, while I was assigning A-Rod a DXL of 15, other sources were saying he was out until the All-Star break. I was a bit surprised that a simple, well-known injury to the best-known player in the game could have that broad an area of interpretation, but I went back to my sources again, and kept coming up with the same answer: in his desire to please, Rodriguez had pushed himself from a mild quad strain up to moderate one. "It wasn't Grade II," one person with knowledge of the injury told me, "but it wasn't I+ either. If there was a II minus, that's what we'd call it." Rodriguez was placed on the DL not so much because he needed the full 15 days, but because it was the right way to make sure that he shut things down and followed his prescribed rehab. It also got him away from the pressure of the media and his teammates. "For a guy who's done everything, he still wants to please everyone and prove himself," the same person told me. Sometimes the DL can work that way, as a tool for protecting a player from himself. I had a conversation with a team athletic trainer during the off-season a couple years back while at the ASMI 'Injuries in Baseball' course and asked him what the hardest part of his job was. "Getting players to understand what 'rest' means," he said without hesitation. Rodriguez hit homers during his rehab and in his first game back, so I'm sure that the quad is fine now. I won't always be right, as I was in this case, but I think being here every day and continuing to work with my sources will get you the best information more often than not.
A few players who might be in a position to help your team down the road, but who probably aren't owned yet in your league.
Let's talk about 10 players (five pitchers, five hitters) who aren't owned in too many leagues and might not currently have a fantasy-viable role but could offer some value down the road. They are players are on the margins, but in deeper leagues, getting a few of these guys to pan out can make all the difference in the world. Many of these players are from either non-major-media markets, or on losing teams, but as you'll see, some of them don't fit that description. The "percent owned" figure that you'll see is for all CBS Sports leagues.