The Reds have a Billy Hamilton problem. They have many, many problems, actually, but this one is more of a conundrum than a problem. They have four outfielders and only three spots to play them, all with their own set of flaws. Hamilton’s flaw is not a minor one – he cannot hit. In fact, he’s gotten worse this year, hitting just .210/.297/.300 going into Thursday night’s game against the Brewers. But, he’s also the team’s only real center fielder, and is a plus-defender for the position to boot. Can the Reds afford to play him? Can they afford not to play him? How should we value him in our fantasy game?
With the MLB Draft complete, many high school and collegiate players are off to play professional baseball for the first time. However, there is one major amateur event still going on: the College World Series. Some of the top talent from this year’s draft will take part in the grand finale of the NCAA Tournament. Here are some names to look out for during this weekend’s event.
For a team that has a lot of fantasy-worthy players, I’m missing out on a lot Nats. Bryce Harper didn’t make it on to any of my teams, though I wasn’t necessarily avoiding him. I’ve lamented the lack of Adam Eaton on my rosters earlier this season, when he was tearing up the Reds to begin the season. I actively avoided Daniel Murphy because of his knee injury and my fear that it would take longer to return than expected, and that he’d be compromised once he did return. But the player I want to discuss today is someone who I’m certain I gave no thought, let alone consideration, this year or even last, and that’s reliever Justin Miller.
In a never quite fulfilled quest to write more often, I’ve been turning to blogging more regularly, but it still hasn’t been enough. I need a little structure, so I’m going to try something new here, and identify a player on each team that (a) is fairly prominent in fantasy circles and (b) isn’t on any of my teams. I’m hoping to learn more about the player pool in the process, perhaps guiding me to better draft and/or free agent decisions. Occasionally I’ll dig deep into the player, other times it’ll probably be just a surface level look. Often that will depend on how much time I have. For instance, Sunday can be a little challenging given all the live events going on, plus all of my FAAB deadlines. Also, I think working on a deadline will force me to be a little more productive, rather than agonizing over every word, thus ending up with nothing, as I’m occasionally culpable of doing.
We’re just about to go over the finish line for the final qualifying round of the six-round RotoWire/Fanduel Baseball Championship.
The contest includes the six qualifying rounds, and only you’re best three scores count for the final leaderboard. The top 25 scores on the overall leaderboard will compete for $2,000 and RotoWire subscriptions in the Championship Round on June 27.
Meanwhile, the experts here at RotoWire are competing in our own parallel contest. Isaac Buttke (ibuttke) won the contest two weeks ago with a score of 169.70, led by the Cy Young favorite in the NL in Max Scherzer who gave him a whopping 70 points. Despite registering goose eggs with Colorado’s Geraldo Parra and Seattle’s Ryon Healy, Isaac had consistent bats with the lowest ebb of Mets’ Jay Bruce with 12.2 points to Miami’s Starlin Castro’s 22.2 points.
In the overall standings Erik Halterman (ehalt) has taken over the top spot with 1238 points, but there are five other players who are less than 40 points behind Erik so anything can happen this week where one of them can move up to first place. Brian Pelowski (brianp) and James Anderson (realjranderson) are the closest to first place with 1,219.70 and 1,218.10 respectively for the season. Adam Wolf (rotosomething) who was in first place overall a couple weeks ago has dropped to fourth (1,200), but still can take over the top spot with a good week.
I recently had a three-day weekend at my disposal. Naturally, I used this as an opportunity to catch a minor-league ballgame. I’m currently stationed in Charleston, West Virginia, so the nearest team with home games that weekend was the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
It’s the stretch run Wednesday night of the RotoWire/Fanduel Baseball Championship.
The contest includes six qualifying rounds, and only you’re best three scores count for the final leaderboard. There are still two rounds remaining, so even if you’re just finding out about the contest today, you’re still very much in the running. The top 25 scores on the overall leaderboard will compete for $2,000 and RotoWire subscriptions in the Championship Round on June 27.
Meanwhile, the experts here at RotoWire are competing in our own parallel contest. Jake Letarski (rotojakeski) won the contest two weeks ago with a score of 135.70, led by a pair of Red Sox in Chris Sale (42 points and Xander Bogaerts (25.7). He received consistent scoring through most of the lineup with Marlins’ Martin Prado (12.4) and Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (12.2), but he received great value in the utility spot with Dodgers’ Max Muncy with 16 points.
In the overall standings Letarski sits at sixth place while Adam Wolf (rotosomething) holds the top spot (1053), but by only a little more than 27 points ahead of James Anderson (realjranderson) and a little more than 37 points ahead of Erik Halterman (ehalt). In terms of my placement this season, don’t ask. In relative parlance, I have basically hit into the shift almost every week.