How you doin’?
The only way we can say this is with Friends Joey Tribbiani’s voice when he’s trying to pick up a girl. And though Joey makes me laugh when he uses his line, it is a very valid question for each fantasy baseball owner to ask themselves at this time of the season.
We are now at the quarter-way mark of the season and it is time to look back and see what has happened and what we can expect.
If you are in a fantasy points league, you really don’t care where your points are coming from, just as long as you are scoring a lot. You need to evaluate your team and see who is underperforming and if there is a better player out there on the waiver wire or by means of a trade. Cut off the dead wood so the tree can flourish.
If you are playing in a rotisserie league, the balance is a little tougher. Finding a guy who can help with more categories than he hurts is often rather difficult. Usually the waiver wire is picked clean and you are forced to make trades that open up other holes on your team. But doing a two-for-one deal is always the way to go as you usually get the better player in the deal and open up a roster spot for a decent player sitting on the waiver wire.
There are a number of surprising players available. Every season a few players step up and produce ahead of where they were expected to. Mike Aviles, Brennan Boesch, and Colby Lewis are all likely available, but might be snapped up quickly if you don’t move soon.
Look for the underperforming players who are likely to turn it around. These guys are not living up to their potential and are likely to get it going in the right direction. Victor Martinez, Chone Figgins, and Aramis Ramirez are all likely to find their true north soon and produce at the high level you’d expect from them.
Injured players are also a nice source of cheap stats. Grady Sizemore, Ian Kinsler and Jacoby Ellsbury might be available for a reasonable price and can really give your fantasy squad a boost. Owners aren’t likely to give you a discount on this type of player, but might be willing to trade them away when they otherwise wouldn’t part with their stars.
Keep a watchful eye on the waiver wire just in case someone does something foolish like throwing Ryan Theriot away just because he’s no longer playing shortstop for the Cubs. One person did this in one of my leagues and I am the beneficiary of the fact that Theriot will add second base to his position eligibility and continue starting every day for the Cubbies.
This is the time of the season when you have to evaluate and make the appropriate moves. If you are a spectator at this point in the season, then you have already given up and are likely looking forward to your fantasy football draft.
So, how you doin’?