Baseball Draft Kit: Finding Value in the Scrap Heap

Baseball Draft Kit: Finding Value in the Scrap Heap

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

THIS IS THE SEVENTH EDITION OF THE SCRAP HEAP ARTICLE for the RotoWire magazine. I always consider this article the leadoff hitter for the baseball writing season. It focuses on what could be rather than what transpired in the previous weeks or months. I'm rather proud of this column because it has a good track record of hitting some home runs in recommending players overlooked by many fantasy players. Two seasons ago, it recommended Yandy Diaz, Lance Lynn, Jeff Samardzija and Jake Odorizzi as strong buy lows. Last year, it recommended Brandon Nimmo, Corbin Burnes, Kyle Tucker and JaCoby Jones.

Winning a fantasy baseball league, much like hitting a baseball, is the hardest thing to do in fantasy sports. Trust me — I'm 0-for-14 in my pursuit of winning a Tout Wars title. Winning a fantasy league during 2020 had an increased level of difficulty with COVID-19's impact on players opting out, players needing to quarantine, players getting a late start to the season, etc. We saw some players never get it going in 2020 due to the disruption to their routine, while others seemingly came out of nowhere to have amazing seasons. In a normal season, recency bias is always something to deal with, but it will be rather omnipresent in the coming months.

When you are that invested in the players on your teams, it is only natural to get frustrated with them when they do not perform. We get angry with players

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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