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Say it Ain’t Soto, Please.

Posted in News with tags , , on April 28, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

I think I’ve got Soto on every single one of my fantasy teams.

What does that mean?
Well, it means that I went early on him in every draft. It also means that I have Brandon Inge (thank you) on every single team, because nobody drafted him and I snatched him as soon as Soto missed a game.

I’m kind of surprised that the experts haven’t mentioned Soto or talked about how awful he’s been, and then I got on SportingNews and there he was getting mentioned.

Whats the problem with Soto?

What's the problem with Soto?

It’s a little bit about fantasy player break-ups, meaning, when you break up with them and drop them to the waivers. At this point in the season, you can bet on some hasty drops being made, but I think the more important ones will come later in May.

That will be when owners who really think they know what they’re doing have decided that they’ve waited long enough for their stars to show their skills.

I held onto Hafner for a long time last year, only to be continually let down as he sat on my bench. I eventually dropped him and it was a decision I could have made a lot earlier.

So, do you drop Soto? What about Upton? You don’t drop these guys. Come on. You watch the waivers and wait for somebody else to drop them…and hopefully you’re in a head-to-head league so you can beat them with their own player in a playoff match up somewhere down the road.

Other names making their way to the waivers – Bonifacio, Kawakami, Romero, Jimenez…

Go for the Steal

Posted in Strategy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

In the first few weeks of the season, it’s a great time to jump on the short-willed owners who are hating some of their slumping players. Who do you look for? Names like Brandon Phillips and Shane Victorino come to mind.

While you’re at it, take a look at the guys on your roster that are way too hot for their own good and see if you can dump them off in the deal. Try to make a deal involving Bonafacio for Victorino. Nobody in their right mind is going to do that straight up, but players like Bonafacio will really sweeten up a deal. Some people just love those unknown, abyss players. They see unlimited potential in the uknown. On the other hand, in an early slump, they see the end of a career.

I made a deal where I traded John Danks (a guy that I have on almost all my teams because I was high on him to begin with) straight up for Brandon Phillips. I don’t think Danks is a fluke. I really didn’t want to lose him. But when I compared him to the potential of Phillips and the stats he’s put up, it was a no-brainer. Sure, it’ll hurt watching John Danks get his K’s, his wins, his low ERA and WHIP – and maybe even a Cy Young – but, who would have made that trade before the season started? Nobody.

So, why do people lose faith so quickly on these guys? Who cares? Just offer up some deals. Here are some players to think about dealing for –

  • Shane Victorino
  • Brandon Phillips
  • Cliff Lee
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Jimmy Rollins
  • Alexei Ramirez (I’m not real sure on this guy, but the numbers are there)
  • Derek Lee
  • B.J. Upton
  • Prince Fielder
  • Geovany Soto

Do some stat sorting and check out what guys did last year and see what you can come up with. I’d love to hear about some steals.