Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Dear Mr Fantasy League Update - Week 20

Hey you guys,

This week, we have a new leader in the DMF League. Furbush by Cracky beat JESUS 6-3-1 and now holds a 1.5 games lead for the championship. We also have a new close contender making this a 4 team race. YUPHEMISMS (formerly Yu Serious?, or any other YU name) went 10-0 to vault himself into contention heading into the final 6 weeks. The top 4 look like this:
Furbush by Cracky 112-69-9
JESUS 112-72-6 1.5 gb
Mud Dawgs 109-71-10 2.5 gb
YUPHEMISMS 104-73-13 6 gb

With that, lets look at the players available on the wire that helped all DMF teams to success.

Alex Rodriguez - ManBearPuig (Sloth)
Despite dealing with the steroid scandal, and any other scandal that pops up each day. This guy is producing. Although he is a despicable person, 36% of owners enjoyed 5 R 1 HR 4 RBI 1 SB .357 AVG. He would be a good pickup for David Freese owners who are concerned about his production and his playing time.

Ubaldo Jimenez - Cliff with a K
His wildness scares a lot of people. But Ubaldo hasn't had a bad outing since the all star break. He isn't pitching deep into games because of his command issues. But come on, he is on the wire, and he strikes out nearly a batter an inning. Consider adding Ubaldo to your team for his next start against Minnesota. 18% owned.

Ricky Nolasco - Baseballerz
Hes been on the dodgers for a while now, and he has improved a little with the winning environment. His ERA has come down a notch or to to 3.60. Again like Ubaldo, he hasnt gone deep into games at all since being traded, but he has 3 wins in his last 4 starts. When you play for the dodgers, it's hard to lose. 45 % owned.

Chris Rusin - Hackensack Bulls
I just promoted to pitchers based partly on team success. This isn't the case here as a member of the Cubs. Rusin earned a victory against the Cardinals last week, and he followed it up with a respectable start this week in a loss to the Reds. He has had one bad start against the white hot Dodgers, and for a waiver pitcher, that isn't that bad. He could stand to strike out a few more batters, but he is much improved this year over last with a WHIP of 1.18 and a BAA of .230. This one is for deeper leagues as he is only 2% owned.

Jose Quintana - Toldedo Mudhens
Quintana's fantasy performance can be summed up in two words, “damage control.” He allows quite a few runners in every start. He just usually doesn't let them score. His ERA has been in the mid 3s since april, so if you need some counting stats that won't hurt your ratios, he should be one to consider. His next opponent is Kansas City. 19% owned.

Scott Feldman - Merkle's Boner
His past two starts made him worthy of consideration. However, in 3 of his past 8 starts he has given up at least 4 runs since being traded. Perhaps his very recent success will attract some attention, though there are likely less risky options out there. His next opponent is Oakland. 32% owned.

Jedd Gyorko - YUPHEMISMS
It has been a frustrating year for this rookie. He was hyped, and he failed early, and was sold off, then he succeeded and people bought in, then he got injured and slugged only .100 in July. This isn't July anymore and Gyorko isn't injured. He is enjoying a great month 6 R 5 HR 10 RBI in august. This week he hit for a .391 AVG. So pick him up. He should be owned, not just as a waiver pickup. 32% owned.

Justin Ruggiano - Nostalgic Tall Socks
Ruggiano hit out of his slump in a big way hitting 2 homeruns on Friday. But let's get real, this guy has been ice cold. There has to be better options out there. 10% owned seems too high for me.

Joel Peralta - @DieselCricket
Peralta has 4 holds and 1 win in his last 10 appearances. The Rays trust him in high leverage situations. All of his past 10 appearances have been in games decided by one run. So if you don't like the starting pitching pool in your league, a consistent reliever could help you in the counting stats. 15% owned.

Jonathon Niese - MaineSkin
Reports are that his velocity is back, and his shoulder isn't an issue anymore. With 9Ks in his last outing, that should alert most fantasy owners. Seeing that it was against the woeful Padres, and that he is facing the Braves next start will calm some people's desires for his services as a spot starter. 34% owned.

Marco Estrada - The Village Idiots (Chris)
Estrada recently came off the DL and has pitched well holding Texas to only 1 run over 5 innings. As he gets more stretched out. He has been limited in pitch count (75) so far. His next opponent is the Reds so there might be less risky options in the short term, but keep your eye on the matchups in the future. 32% owned.

Andrew Cashner - Pat Burrell
The first repeat. He had a rough start against the Reds, but had a very good start in colorado. He allowed 3 ER in 7 innings while striking out 7. He isn't known for a good K/9 so this was an exceptional start. He has been pretty consistent this year keeping his ERA in mid to high 3s. So risk-averse owners may look to him as an option even against the Pirates. 27% owned.

Marlon Byrd - You Gotta Believe
Byrd is batting .400 (12 for 30) in his past 7 games. He has also gone deep twice in that span, ending a long power drought. This week he also contributed 3 R and 7 RBI to 55% owners. This is a shallower pick up.

Zach McAllister - Arod For Your Pujols (The Doctor)
After a rough outing versus Detroit, Zach bounced back with a great fantasy outing allowing one earned run over 6 innings for the win against the Twins. He also struck out 7 in the effort. McAllister will bring his 3.74 ERA against the Angels. As of this writing, his start has been moved up to Monday, so he could be a two start starter this week. 7% owned.

Dayan Viciedo - Tex Marks the Spot
He is returning from a thumb injury but put up immediate returns. This week he homered to go along with 5 RBIs. Perhaps a few more games will get him back in the swing of things in Chicago as his average wasn't anything to brag about. 15% owned.

Alfonso Soriano - Sac Flies
Normally I would write about an above average performance from a waiver wire player. I couldn't find one on this team. Instead I am looking at Soriano. 9 R 5 HR 18 RBI 2 SB .484 AVG. The reason I bring this to light, is partially to do with how bad the rest of Sac Flies fringe players did, and more to do with the high trade value of Soriano in leagues that haven't hit the deadline. If you own Soriano, see what you can get for him. Now.

Sonny Gray - JESUS
Gray allowed 2 ER over hist first 18 innings. He gets the struggling Mariners next. Although his recent impressive outing was against the Astros, reports are that he was locating his fastball really well. He is being snatched up quickly. 25% owned and climbing.

Juan Francisco - Furbush by Cracky
How would you like a player at third base and has an OPS of 798. He is currently rated higher than Michael Young, David Freese, and Chase Headley. Yet he is owned in only 18% of leagues. This week he contributed 5 RBI and 3 HR.

Brad Ziegler - O's
Ziegler should be owned. He being placed in high leverage situations coming out of the bullpen. This has resulted in 3 saves and 3 wins in his last 10 appearances. 46% owned isn't nearly enough.

Joe Kelly - Mud Dawgs
Mentioned him last week, and he proved me right. Joe's revenge on the Cubs came in the shut out variety over 6 innings striking out 6. He faces the Braves next, so it may be less than ideal. I'd still start him. 14% owned.

Honourable Mentions - Favoured with a U
Xander Bogaerts gets called up and he has been one of the prospects on everyone's radars. Pick him up. He has value.
Will Venable has been on fire since I first mentioned him in my first article. Add NL player of the week to his resume.
Christian Yelich added 5 R 2 RBI and 1 SB. I mentioned him last week, and he continued his fine play. So he earned another weekly push.

Thanks for reading.
Enjoy this weeks podcast with Chris and The Doctor and guest Joe Pisapia @JoePisapia17.



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