Fantasy owners will want to marry Tyler Moore
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Most fantasy writers have no problem recommending players you should go after, but do they really pick up all the players they hype up? I’ll answer for them: no. Here on “Star’s Shares,” we’ll discuss players yours truly has personally invested in throughout the three leagues I’m in. If a player is good enough to sit on one of my teams, then surely they are worthy of your attention.
The Tyler Moore love-fest kicks off after the jump:
The 13-Teamer Pick-Ups
The bros in this tier are the ones many of you will find most useful. This league features just one catcher, three outfielders, and no CIs or MIs. It also utilizes classic 5x5 roto categories and daily free agent pickups. It’s as default as it gets, with one major difference: the innings limit is 2000. It forces streaming and aggressive pitching strategies. This is a league I’ve been running for over 10 years. The league is composed of personal friends of mine, Sons of Roto readers, and a couple of competitive fantasy gamers found on Yahoo! message boards.
Before we go ahead and recommend Tyler Moore, it’s important to note his flaws. Mainly, he strikes out more often than than a horny dude at a lesbian bar. Because of this, he will always be a BA liability. Second, his path to regular playing time is blocked. Now onto to the good shit: Tyler Moore swings a lethal bat. He posted a .250 ISO in his rookie season last year. Granted, this comes attached to a “sample size” disclaimer (171 PAs), but it’s not like he hasn’t shown prodigious power before. In his last two full minor league seasons (‘10 and ‘11), Moore racked up ISOs of .283 and .262, respectively. So if Moore gets everyday ABs, I’d feel pretty damn confident in his ability to total some very useful power numbers. Of course, Moore isn’t a starter in Washington when everyone is healthy. Fortunately, there’s reason to be optimistic that Moore will be seeing regular playing time sooner rather than later. Jayson Werth has missed the last few games with a hamstring injury. While he may suit up as soon as today, he’s become a fragile player during his time with the Nationals. Denard Span is also playing through a foot injury, and while right now it doesn’t look like he’ll miss any time because of it, he’s coming off a pair of injury-plagued campaigns himself. Diesel power is hard to come by these days, so when a player like Moore steps into a starting role, fantasy owners have to pounce. I went ahead and picked him up in two of my leagues because I don’t want to take the risk of him having a great game (HR, thre RBIs on Sunday) and then disappearing from the free agent heap before I get my diamond-bedazzled hands on him. If you have the roster spot to play with, Moore is a solid grab-n-stash option.
Owners looking for a SB boost should pick up Pierre if he’s available. Dude has six swipes in his last eight games. He’s also hitting .310 over that stretch. He’s old as fuck and is a one-trick pony, but there’s no denying his speed.
The Keeper Krackpots
This is a 10-team, head-to-head keeper league that I joined this year after inheriting someone’s team. Even though it’s only 10 teams, it’s a highly competitive money league that has waivers three times a week. Only one catcher in this one, but five OFs (LF/CF/RF/OF/OF), plus a CI and MI. Saves do not count for shit in this league, which gives it a nice twist. OBP, SLG, K/BB, and quality starts count on top of the usual 5x5 cats. Of course, because it’s a keeper league, you also take next year into consideration with some of the pickups.
I’m a believer in Fernandez (he even impressed me enough to crack the starting pitching “Tiers, Not Fears” rankings). Fernandez can strike out hitters with the best of ‘em, induces a ton of grounders, and limits the long ball (Miami’s big ballpark doesn’t hurt). Even though he’s enjoyed a successful rookie campaign to date (3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 9.29 K/9), there’s reason to believe he can get better. I anticipate an improvement in his so-so 3.48 BB/9 based on the strong control he showed in the minors. While I don’t really have room to start him in my aces-loaded rotation, I couldn’t let him sit on waivers in this keeper league.
The Blog Wars Ballers
Blog Wars is the annual Sons of Roto league. It’s a 15-team roto joint that includes writers from Yahoo!, Razzball, Fangraphs, and others. It’s 5x5 and is a daily league, but includes two catchers, five OFs, a CI, and an MI. There are also five DL spots and daily free agent moves are allowed. It’s highly competitive because everyone in here writes about fantasy baseball and is usually picking up a sleeper weeks before the casual fan even hears of them. For this league, the waiver wire is mostly about long-term potential and it’s not uncommon to see people stash dudes who aren’t even starting. Of course, because of the depth, it’s also normal to see people picking up scrubs simply because they are getting regular playing time.
Any semi-decent starting player with a pulse doesn’t sit on the free agent pile for long, so when I noticed that the recently off-the-DL Scott was available, I swooped in. The owner of a career .228 ISO, Scott is worth owning when he’s on one of his patented hot streaks. Here’s hoping one of those is in the offing.
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You can’t spell crap without C-A-R-P. This is admittedly a prayer of a pickup, but leagues this deep force allow owners to work lefty-righty platoons if they so desire. As a left-hander, Carp will see enough PAs against righties to be considered a semi-regular ball player. Whether he hits during those opportunities or not is a whole other story. I’m hoping the friendly confines of Fenway Park will make Carp a post-hype breakout story. If not, I’ll drop his ass faster than you can say “Mike Carp sucks.”