We’ve reached the points of the season where we have a pretty good idea of where our teams stand. Things can still change, but for the most part you should have a pretty good idea of how good your current roster is.
With that in mind, join me in the comments below and let’s talk about our favorite players to own so far. Try to stay away from the usual suspects: Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, etc. I’ll kick this thing off.
I’m doing my first Ottoneu league this year – currently sitting in third place. Without a doubt my best value has been Brandon Moss. During our draft we took a fifteen minute break. When we returned it was my turn to nominate a player for bidding. I nominated Moss hoping to catch some people sleeping and because most of us had blown through a ton of our money. I’m guessing the entire league was still zoned out, because no one bid. Perhaps everyone was waiting on someone else to bid, or taking roster construction into play. Nonetheless, I ended up with a $1 Brandon Moss. Dividends.
In my other auction draft – 12 teams; 5×5 with OBP, QS, and S+HLD in replace of AVG, W, and SV – I have a $2 Christian Yelich. He was only that cheap because he was the 234th player nominated. So by that point, many of the owners had their lineups set or were running low on funds. Yelich has cooled off a little of late, but he’s already earned his keep. Oh, and it’s a keeper league. So if I decide to keep him he’ll only cost $6 next season; not bad what looks to be a player with a shot at a 20/20 season perhaps as early as this year.
Weather shouldn’t be a huge concern today. A few games have rain in the forecast, but it doesn’t appear as if either game runs the risk of being postponed. That can change on the drop of a hat, though. Usually if a game is forecasted for light rain/possible delay I’ll stay away from the pitchers involved, but I won’t completely avoid offensive players if they’re a good value.
John Danks is on the mound tonight. Normally, I’m all for stacking against him, but the Padres’ lineup is pretty bad. I like the thought of a Twins stack against Vidal Nuno, but I’d like it even more if Oswaldo Arcia was right handed. The Nationals’ offense has been stop-and-go this year, but they intrigue me versus Colby Lewis. Finally, we come to Jason Vargas – whom I enjoy watching a great deal. Watching him tonight, if you’re rooting for him, however could be a different story. The Blue Jays’ lineup is absolutely terrifying, especially at home.
The Daily Five
Going to roll with the boys from Minnesota today. I love the Blue Jays’ match-up, but their price is prohibitive – as it should be. The Twins might be a little more cost effective if things break right.
Jayson Werth – $5,185
Werth has only homered once since April, but he’s still been getting on base at a good clip (.362). He doesn’t have the platoon advantage today, but I like him a lot for roughly five grand.
Mike Leake – $15,401
Leake’s start will take place in Arizona, which can be a little scary. I’m confident in Leake though, because of his ability to keep the ball on the ground. His 56.5% groundball rate is sixth among qualified starters. He’ll need to continue that trend tonight.
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Landon is a senior writer at The Fantasy Fix. You can follow and interact with him on Twitter (@joneslandon).