Articles by James Anderson

James Anderson is a University of Minnesota graduate, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh). He is an editor and scribe at Rotowire.com, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year.

The Cautionary Tale Of Gordon Beckham

With the White Sox finally pulling the cord on Gordon Beckham this past week, there is a fantasy lesson to be learned here, even if 2014 fantasy owners shouldn’t touch Beckham with a long-reaching object.

Beckham was a fantasy baseball darling upon getting called up in the first week of June 2009. He hit the ground running, slashing .302/.369/.465 with five home runs and four steals over his first 50 games. The last thing on any owner’s mind was to sell him at this point. A bond between player and owner was developing.

 

It’s so cool that I have this guy! I’ll get to own him for the next 10 years in this dynasty league! Damn, I’m smart.

 

Sadly, he hit just .243 over the rest of his rookie season (53 more games) and has managed a career .244/.305/.373 slash line while perhaps hitting his low point this season as one of just three qualified players with an OPS under .600 (Jean Segura and Zack Cozart being the other two).