• José Iglesias(.711 OPS) has hit fifth for four straight games.
• Max Stassi (1.013 OPS) has hit third for three straight.
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While the hitters being dropped were hurt or replacement level, there were a couple of interesting starters on the waiver wire who could be an adjustment away from being productive.
For this weekly feature, I use the NFBC Main Event because of the number of identical leagues. Additionally, the managers stay engaged longer on the whole since each spent $1700 per team. I tried to find that sweet spot between the obvious and bizarre drops and will focus on players dropped in seven to ten leagues. Previously the number was six to nine, but I adjusted with the Main Event adding four leagues since I did the report. Read the rest of this entry »
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During drafts, I try to target well-rounded hitters who aren’t one-trick ponies. The reason is that it’s easier to find balanced hitters to replace them when there is an injury. This week’s waiver wire is full of those well-rounded hitter replacements. As for pitchers, it’s another week of potential darts. who will be must starts in a week or two? The key is figuring out who differentiates themselves.
In the article, I cover the players using CBS’s (40% or less initial roster rate) and Yahoo’s ADD/DROP rates. Both hosting sites have the option for daily and weekly waiver wire adds. CBS uses a weekly change while Yahoo looks at the last 24 hours. Yahoo is a great snapshot of right now while CBS ensures hot targets from early in the week aren’t missed. The players are ordered for redraft leagues by my rest-of-season preference grouped by starters, relievers, and hitters. Read the rest of this entry »
Normally, I’m the fantasy manager who fades anyone in a platoon. I find that most weeks these hitters are unstartable and just take up roster spots. After two months of trying to find starting outfielders in 15-team leagues, I’m looking into platoons to help me find some weekly rentals. For that reason, I wanted to add set platoons to my weekly lineups article. Here is my first stab at the format and let me know what should be improved.
The main lineup article is being pushed back starting this week to run on Tuesday or Wednesday. Real-life (i.e. my kids are home for the summer) has limited the amount of time I have near the end of the week and my waiver wire article will take precedence. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s article has been a couple of weeks in the making. I know it came up when one of my co-managers, Fred Zinkie, asked how much a pitcher’s performance changes if they immediately reface the same team. I don’t remember the pitcher or team involved but I didn’t know the answer so I’d find it out. The obvious answer is sure, a pitcher will be worse. It makes sense that the team that just faced him will have some familiarity. Two questions do come up though. First, how much does the pitcher’s performance degrade in the second matchup? Next, if there is a familiarity factor, how long does it take to go away? After examining the data, a small factor exists and quickly disappears.
Simply, this is one of the noisiest, possibly biased studies I’ve ever worked on. First, a starter usually doesn’t see a team right away since schedules have quite a bit of variation in them. This limits the sample size. Second, the data is clumped at five-day multiples because the starters need rest. I begged for a possible solution on Twitter but no solution was found. Even with the limitations, I forged ahead with some workable results. Read the rest of this entry »
A few guys I like (Heredia, Kim, and Webb) are available, but it seemed like catchers dominated this week’s drops. Additionally, it’s mainly hitters who no long have playing time.
For once, I’m more interested in the available starters compared to the hitters. Some interesting rookie pitchers (e.g. Poteet, Peacock, Davidson, Bubic) have emerged. While each has flaws, it’s likely one or two will emerge as a must-start arm.
• Phil Gosselin (vs LHP) and Kean Wong (v RHP) are in a second base platoon.
• Juan Lagares (.558) has started 13 of 14 games in center field.
• If promoted, Jo Adell will need to stick in the majors.
As general manager Perry Minasian said last week, the Angels want Adell to stick in the Majors when they bring him up, instead of having to shuttle him between Triple-A and the big leagues.
To get the call, he’ll either be hitting or the Angels’ management will have given up on the season.