Baseball season is in full pitch as spring gives way to summer. How’s your fantasy team doing? Thanks to Eric Amzallag of UnlockedSports.com, you now have a guide that’ll help you adjust your team accordingly, especially if one of your competitors doesn’t have the stomach to stick it out with their initial roster. Here are some good deals you may or may not be able to find in a league near you.
It’s been a short three weeks since we got the bats and balls cranked up, and already there are some fantasy baseball owners are questioning their baseball picks because they are either dumb enough or impatient enough to part with big time producers. No matter what league you play in, someone is going to hit the waiver wire that shouldn’t be there, and some owner is going to take 50 cents on the dollar for a player that should have never been traded. So who are these guys that you can almost steal from your fellow owners this week?
Alexei Ramirez, SS White Sox
Ramirez is a characteristically slow starter, having pulled the same stunt last season. The former Cuban star plays better when it gets warmer, and Chicago in April certainly isn’t Havana. He started off the season in a tremendous slump, but the second year player is a strong candidate to snap out of it sooner rather than later. Given his shortstop and 2nd base eligibility in most leagues, he’s a huge value. He’s showing signs of more plate discipline this season, too.
Ricky Nolasco, SP Marlins
Amazingly, Nolasco is being outright dropped in many leagues. After three not-so-strong performances, “The Bull” is among the most disappointing of fantasy starters. That said, there is a lot of upside here, and he’s bound to be much better. Nolasco started out slowly last season, but turned it on in June. Including his June 15 start, Nolasco pitched the last 140 innings of his season with a 2.95 ERA and 143 strikeouts against only 16. These incredible numbers show his potential, so pick him up off of an impatient owner right now if you can.
Brandon Webb, SP Diamondbacks
Remember this guy? He’s the best pitcher in the National League over the last four years, but he got shelled on opening day and then promptly landed on the DL. That stint was mostly precautionary, and Webb is a guy who has never had serious health issues. Some owners might consider him risky right now, but chances are that he’ll give you 200 innings, a 3.00 ERA, 195 strikeouts, and 15 more wins this year. If someone wants to sell Webb for cheap, then you should be the guy to take him off of that owner’s hands.
If you happen to be holding one of these guys, stand down with that trigger finger on the trade button. It’s a long season, and there’s no reason to mortgage your team’s future based upon a couple of rough weeks from guys who have a track record of sustained success.
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