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It’s been a fairly rough week for yours truly here, not just in real life (hence the absence for the majority of the week), but in the fantasy racket as well. Injuries have been absolutely brutal to all of my fantasy teams during this young season and Friday turned out to be yet another dark and dismal day in my attempts to climb back into contention. Obviously there’s plenty more to come, but when your team is sitting in a relatively deep hole and you continue to lose players faster than you are getting them back, the fantasy doldrums seem a lot like a permanent residence than just a temporary situation.
While 2012 has been filled with a variety of different story lines, it could be the rookie impact that really defines the season and sets it apart from most others. From the spring hype of Bryce Harper to the amazing dominance of Mike Trout to the now suddenly surging Manny Machado, this year has been all about the youngsters. With each and every step closer to the playoffs and World Series, the buzz around the league remains with the inundation of young talent that MLB has seen, particularly from these three individuals.
The official deadline for the unofficial MLB trade deadline is just two days away now. Obviously I say ‘unofficial’ because we’re still very likely to have a mad rush of waiver trades going on and that doesn’t end until August 31. But for now, the free trade going on in MLB continues and the latest deal would normally be a head-scratcher, but given the positioning in the standings and contract situations, conspiracy theories don’t have a leg to stand on here. Let’s take a look at what’s going down in the AL Central these days…
For years, all I heard out of my granddaddy’s mouth were a few colorful sayings that any nine year old boy would love and the ever popular, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Didn’t matter how many other people knew something to be true, if he didn’t see it first hand, he refused to believe it. “Hey Grandpa,” I would say earnestly. “They make popcorn that you can cook in the microwave in under five minutes.” “Pffffffft! I’ll believe it when I see it.” “Hey Grandpa, they make telephones you can carry around with you and make calls any time you want.” “Bah. I’ll believe it when I see it.” Over and over again, that curmudgeonly, raspy, almost cartoon-like voice echoed in my head. “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
When I opened the email and saw the trade offer sitting in front of me, I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Finally, someone in this particular league was using my writing jobs against me, something I’ve often suggested to those in the various leagues in which I play. If you want to know which players I like, who I believe in and who I don’t, all you have to do is read. It’s out there, all over the internet. Review at your leisure.
So here we are at the end of April where, for the most part, the hot starts begin to cool off and, with luck, the cold ones begin to heat up. Full-time starters have roughly 80-90 at-bats under their belt and your sample size arguments for why things are the way they are, start to dissipate. That doesn’t mean that all players are leveling off right now – some still have some work to do. Yes, Albert Pujols, I’m looking in your direction. But when you’re sitting there wondering what to do with your guys like Nolan Reimold, Jordan Schafer or Jose Altuve, watching their every move right now is key. They’re all off to hot enough starts that they have some decent trade value, but if they start to go into the tank because they’ve been playing over their head for the past month, your window of opportunity to reap some of the value in a trade will begin to close very rapidly.
With the 2011 baseball season about to end in a couple weeks, most fantasy leagues are also in or near the end of their playoffs as well. To commemorate these events, this week’s Top Ten list discusses the ten best fantasy baseball performers of the year. I have split the list with five hitters and five pitchers. Obviously this list is up for debate as others may have different opinions. But my evaluation is based on both rotisserie and points-based fantasy leagues. Before anyone asks, no, Jason Bay did not crack this list. If I was compiling a list of suck, then Bay would be right near the top. Now, without further adieu, here is this week’s edition of the Tuesday Top Ten fantasy baseball players of the year.
Greetings and salutations to the fantasy baseball universe. It is everybody's favorite day of the week (and by everybody I mean nobody), so that means it is time for the Tuesday Night Top Ten list of newsworthy fantasy baseball happenings. We are now in Week 11 of the season which is hard to believe because it feels like just last week was Week 10. So without further adieu, here are your headlines for this Tuesday night.
It was another interesting day in the world of fantasy baseball, and we cover it all like a glove. A once struggling slugger continues to absolutely roll, while an under the radar starting pitcher is doing everything he can to get on your radar. There is news on a closer change in the midwest, as well as a starter in Atlanta that is on a total roll. But perhaps the biggest news of the night is a catching legend in the Bronx who refused to play after being dropped in the lineup. If you want to win your fantasy baseball league you need Fantasy Alarm and all of the content we provide, feel free to check out it all.