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One of the keys to a successful fantasy season is not just identifying which players are about to catch fire and embark on an impressive hot streak, but your ability as an owner to ride that streak and cut bait when it’s all said and done. All too often, we fall in love with our players, particularly the ones who are massively exceeding our expectations, and we tend to put false hope in numbers that, deep down, we know won’t last. We may hope they last, but we need to be realistic and understand that the law of averages is in play here and what goes up, usually comes back down. Sure, there are always exceptions to the rule, but for every one legitimate breakout, you’re looking at dozens of guys playing over their heads who will eventually see their lofty numbers normalize over time, some shorter than others. Understanding that fact and the ability to simply cut these hot players once they go cold is almost as much an art form as identifying the breakouts before they happen.
Welcome to Saturday morning and this week’s edition of Pitcher Appreciation Day. We’re doing it today, because as we look through the top performers from Friday’s games, you’ll see that there were some phenomenal outings, some killer pitching lines and not a single high-ranking ace was among the names. It stands as further evidence that you can find plenty of quality starting pitching out there and a large investment in someone named Kershaw, Price, Hamels or Verlander isn’t always a necessary thing. Now will all of these guys continue to perform at such an incredibly high level? Probably not, but they are all capable of posting strong numbers the rest of the way and collectively, could make up the bulk of an outstanding fantasy rotation.
So roto leagues are coming down to the wire and head to head leagues are smack dab in the middle of their playoffs. This is it. September is here and that marathon you started back in April has come down to a final sprint here in the last month of what has been a grueling, yet hard-fought, season. Some leagues still allow waiver pick-ups, so you want to make sure that you’re staying on top of the latest news and September call-ups while others just require daily/weekly maintenance on your roster. Hopefully you’ve got the depth to deal with any late-season injuries. If you’re reading this and have the time left to make adjustments, perhaps there are a few notes you’ll find relevant and even a little helpful…
While there were no beast-like performances or any big, developing stories regarding the deadline, Thursday still had some pretty exciting moments. Normally we don’t do a recap due to the short slate of games, but since I was down and out yesterday, I thought sharing a little “somethin’ somethin’” with you today would help make us all feel a little better. We’re going to forego the usual format and just hit some quick highlights as the Cubs and Cards get ready to do battle over at Wrigley this morning/afternoon.
Have you ever heard that story about the baby bull sitting atop a hill with his father overlooking the valley strewn with cows? The son looks up to his father and says, “Hey dad! How ‘bout we run down that hill and grab one of them cows and have our way with her?” And the father looks down at his son and responds, “How about we just quietly walk down that hill and have our way with them all?” It’s a story about patience and maturity and it’s a story about thinking before you act. It popped into my mind here this early, early Sunday morning when I turned on my laptop to see a series of emails from both Giants fans and Tim Lincecum owners deriding me for my blasphemous statements regarding the one they belovedly refer to as The Freak.
As we settle in for the All Star break, it’s time to show out love and appreciation for the best value picks of the first half. Obviously there are players out there that may have better overall stats than some of the ones I’m about to reveal, but these are the ones who have given you the best return value for where they were drafted this year. First round picks that produce first round numbers are usually no-brainers, but as we all know, fantasy baseball championships are won in the later rounds when you get first round-type production form your 18th round pick. So without further ado, I present to you the 2012 First Half, Best Value, Stud-a-Licious Award winners…
It looks like we’re getting a little minor league influx this week – two big prospects and the return of a banished slugger. After much speculation over the past week or so, we received word over the weekend that Arizona pitching phenom Trevor Bauer would make his mound debut, that the Cubs were finally ready to bring up slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo and one-time 30-home run hitter from Toronto, Adam Lind, was coming back from his Triple-A exile and returning to the Blue Jays lineup. If, for any reason, any one of those guys sits available in your league, you better snatch them up as quickly as you can. There’s no guarantee, of course, that the production will be there immediately, but any one of the three is certainly worth a look.
So normally, Thursdays aren’t a full slate of games and, like Monday, I should be taking a little quality me time. But with a little time on my hands this afternoon, I thought I’d give you a bonus post here and dole out some accolades for several jobs well done from Thursday night. We’ll forgo the usual fantasy wisdom-filled introduction and cut right to the chase…
Sometimes in life, you have to know when to admit that you were wrong. It’s okay to stand by your convictions, but when you do or say something that the world eventually finds out is wrong, you need to be man (or woman) enough to admit your misjudgment. On the ever-so-rare occasion, this happens to me and as someone who offers up fantasy baseball advice to the masses, I like to hold myself accountable. After all, you need to trust the source from which you’re getting your information, right? Well, I’m building that trust with you here.
Hello everybody, remember me? That’s right, Hallam is back! I might have taken a few months off, but I was never really out of the fantasy game. I don’t really want to dwell too long on things because none of you really care about the how and the why, all you really care about is fantasy baseball information which I am more than happy to pass out. We are about six weeks into the season, and we can separate the contenders from the pretenders by who can identify who is merely off to a fast start and who is going to help your team all of 2012. It is time to identify players that, if they are on your team, you need to try to capitalize right away and trade them for all they are worth. Those who hold on too long to one month wonders are those who start the season in first place, often end the season in fifth. We here at Fantasy Alarm help to make you someone who finishes in September at the top of the heap.