Welcome to our Touch ’Em All series, where MLBFP touches base with some of our favorite blogs and websites to give you some differing opinions, pertinent information, or just stuff we think is cool and entertaining.
Trotting toward first base, we check in with our good friend, Big Jon Williams, over at Advanced Fantasy Baseball. Jon has been busy compiling lists of minor league leaders over the past few days. So far, he’s provided the Top 25 hitters and pitchers for the International League and the Pacific Coast League, both Triple-A. You’ll notice he’s sorting the hitters by wOBA and the pitchers by FIP. If you’re not quite familiar with those statistics, I’ve linked them to FanGraphs.com for your benefit. You’ll always learn something new when you visit Big Jon at AFP.
After taking a big turn at first, we gallop into second and get some advice from Eriq Gardner and The Hardball Times. Yesterday, his post, provided readers with some end-game strategies for those who are still in the hunt for the league championship:
The final few weeks of the season can be the time of the year when competitors pursue wild strategies. For example, a team focused on maintaining a small lead in a ratio category like AVG, ERA, or WHIP above all else may pare down their active roster to the bare minimum.
There is plenty more where that came from, but we need to hustle over to third base, where we see that Brad Rysz of RotoExperts is still dishing out quality fantasy advise as the end of the baseball season draws near. In his most recent T.I.P.S. column, Brad recommends several players to scan the waiver wire for, as well as some dudes to avoid. Most notable:
Jody Gerut has been a waiver wire pickup for many years, getting hot at times and demanding the attention of fantasy owners. He’s never been able to put it together with any consistency, yet that doesn’t mean he has no value. In 12 at-bats last week, Gerut had seven hits, including two homers and eight RBIs. He’s bound to play semi-regularly the next two weeks, so keep him in mind for daily leagues. At one-percent owned, he’s also bound to be on the waiver wire, as usual. NL-only leaguers take notice.
Lots of strategic advice abound this week, but we’re heading home on a different note. I’ll admit it…I was one of the guys who bought into the Dayan Viciedo craze last winter. I scooped him up early in my Scoresheet, AL-only dynasty league, thinking I had just added another Cuban Missile to my silo, having nabbed Alexei Ramirez the previous year. Unfortunately, as Marc Hulet of FanGraphs wrote last week, this Missile was a dud. I’m not giving up on him yet, though. That said, I hope he finds the weight room in the offseason.
I’m heading toward the dugout. I hope you enjoyed our first edition of Touch ’Em All. If you have a moment, please leave a comment or send us an email and let us know what you think of our content so far.
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