Is it just me, or are there more sub .200 hitters in mid-May than usual? Are you wondering what to do with B.J. Upton? Hoping Jason Heyward found himself while on the disabled list? Has Paul Konerko finally hit the wall? The resurgence of Adam LaRoche gives us hope that its a long season and the numbers usuallybalance out. Pitching is much more volatile with Kevin Slowey suddenly a disaster for your staff, while Jarrod Parker is finally delivering as many expected. Hang in there.... its a long way to October!
Believe it or not, by the end of this week, we will be at the quarter way point of the season. By now, you should have a pretty good idea of where you are strong... and where you are weak. Each week, I try to find that delicate balance between those in deep mixed or AL/NL only formats and those in 10-12 team mixed leagues. There is a huge difference in who is available and the level of player that can help your particular situation. I am staying away from the obvious pickups and adding a few gems for deeper or league specific formats.
Is it time to panic yet? We are still early enough in the campaign where players remain available that can possibly help you in the long term. This week we have a mixture of young, emerging talent mixed with veterans returning from the disabled list and the minors. There are long shots with upside and phenoms, either making their first appearance, or getting a second chance.
It's that time of the week again! Time to save your team by adding the latest and greatest from the waiver wire! Keep in mind, every ten games of the MLB season is equivalent to just one game in a NFL season. As we prepare to head into May, we are already seeing solid veterans that were dropped early on, finally finding their way. When it comes to veterans, especially hitters, they aren't going to hit .200 or .400 and you need to play the peaks and valleys. If you are trading, trade 'em while their hot and get 'em while their not!
I cannot remind myself enough to ride out the studs because it's a long way to October. This applies much more to hitting than pitching, but if you spend alot of money or a high draft pick on a proven stud, remember... it is still April! With that in mind, if you can improve your roster or add to categories where you need help, the best pickups of the season do in fact come in April. I have already found myself picking up a player I had dropped prematurely and hope it is the last time. Now on to this week's waiver tips!
As standings in your league begin to take shape, remember it's a LONG way to October. Waiver wire advise is a tricky venture, as every league is different. Are you in a mixed league? 10 teams? 16 teams? Do you use FAAB to bid on players? Are you in a keeper league? There are so many factors to take into account. What we do each week is bring to your attention players that should be on your radar, then you can evaluate from there as it applies to your particular setup.
With rosters expanding from 25 to up to 40 players, the waiver/free agent pool has grown considerably in fantasy leagues. Teams have brought up veterans to provide depth in pennant races, while clubs that are looking to next year take a look at prospects. With fantasy races coming down to the wire, its important to judge just who is going to get quality playing time in September. Texas teenage phenom Jurickson Profar is clearly the cream of the crop, already contributing, the infielder has a huge future. Stephen Strasburg has two starts left, Washington brings up his replacement and a surge of players return from the disabled list.
As we move into September and football season gears up, sometimes its hard to keep focus. By keeping your focus, you can pickup those points you need and make a move in the standings. We have half a dozen prospects for you, in advance of the 40 man expansion this weekend, Let the other guys focus on the running backs by committee, while you pickup the gamechangers.
After several weeks highlighted by elite prospects getting the call, things settling down a bit. The Jurickson Profar watch continues, while many are awaiting the return of Brett Anderson who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and is expected to return this week! Five starting pitchers on the menu in this week's edition of Waiver Flavor, along with two middle infielders and an outfielder.Only six weeks remain in the regular season, make every move count!
I hope you were able to take advantage of Manny Machado's surprise call up last week and he is now safely on your roster. Obviously, it is now too late to get Machado, but you just happen to be in luck. Texas appears on the verge of calling up sensation Jurickson Profar, arguably an even bigger prospect that Machado. We have a pair of starting pitchers this week, two Colorado Rockies worthy of a look and the closer of the week.