It’s Josh Native-American-Dick!
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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 invested personally in. If a player is good enough to sit on one of my three teams, then surely they are worthy of your attention.
Welcome to another Starbonell Production (in association with Stats Bundles Entertainment). Seeing as how it’s Opening Day, it’s only right that the first episode of Star’s Shares introduces the players I’ve hand-picked to carry my glorious ass to three titles. Think fast bitches, the jump’s up:
Of Thrice And Men
These are the only two players who are rostered in all three leagues that I’m in.
You better believe I got all up in that “Stras” (pause). To be fair, I was able to get Strasburg for $3 in one of the leagues I’m in (a keeper format in which I inherited someone else’s team). However, I paid the premium for his services in the two other leagues and I truthfully would’ve paid a little more. As I wrote in my starting pitching post, Strasburg is the best SP in fantasy for 2013.
It was surprising to see such a cheap price tag on a player coming off a 32/11 season, but I didn’t have to pay more than $7 to land him. His ISO was actually better at Oakland than it was on the road, so I don’t see any reason to expect a big power drop-off. His stolen base totals might improve as well since Reddick was very efficient on the base paths last year (11 swipes in 12 tries). So.... yeah, I’m cool with him sitting on all three of my teams.
I doubled up on shares of these players, and Ireland is green, like money. Money also happens to be what these players are. Thus, “Doubling, Ireland.”
Maybe it was just the leagues I was in, but Stanton didn’t elicit the same amount of eager spending that he did last year. Perhaps people aren’t as amped about Stanton because the Marlins look atrocious. Whatever. We’re talking about a lock to be among the league leaders in HRs who is just scratching the surface of his talent (only 23 years old). He cost a very fair $37 in the two leagues I purchased him and I expect him to actually outperform that value.
Davis essentially put up a season’s worth of top seven first base numbers in just four months (after shitting the bed in April and May). So imagine what he can do if he’s firing on all cylinders for the entire season. The power is legit and 35 HRs (or more) are possible. The most I paid for him was $16, which leaves plenty of room for profit.
I didn’t see a Ben Zobrist price I didn’t like this draft season. I would’ve ended up with the Zorilla in all three leagues had I not purchased Starlin Castro at such a nice price (more on that later). 2B and SS are both lacking in talent, and Zobrist qualifies at both. He won’t win you any categories on his own, but he’ll contribute nicely in all 5x5 stats.
He doesn’t have a starting job at the moment, but Maicer Izturis sucks. Even if Bonifacio doesn’t end up starting regularly at one position, the Jays have made it clear that he’ll play all around the diamond and should play enough to coast to 40 steals (although he can steal 60 if he ever wrests the 2B gig away from Izturis). Because of the playing time concern, I didn’t have to pay more than $5 to land this SB weight-bearer.
It cost me just $2 to acquire his services, which looks like a steal. He was a success last time he took the mound every five days, so I’m not expecting the hard-throwing right-hander to struggle to acclimate to starting again. Plus, if he develops a following, I can call his groupies “Ogand-ho’s.”
It was a bit surprising to see that Garcia landed on two of my squads, but when I looked back at the price it made perfect sense. He cost me $3 and $6 in the two leagues I took him in. That’s pretty good value considering that he’s been a successful fantasy SP during his entire MLB career. I’m not expecting him to make it through the season healthy, but I’ll take the SP3 production while he’s taking the field.
He didn’t cost me more than $5 despite coming off a career-best season and staying in the National League. I know he’s been crazy inconsistent as a fantasy option, but you can’t turn away from cheap strikeouts.
Since one of the leagues I’m in does not count saves, I technically own Frieri in all leagues that use RPs. Ryan Madson is not a threat thanks to his shitty healthy. With the Angels expected to pile up the wins, there should be plenty of save opportunities coming Frieri’s way. Plus, he was excellent last year and there’s no reason to expect a drop-off in performance.
One and Done
I don’t own these players in multiple leagues, but they’re all worth mentioning.
I really wish I had more shares, but the price got insane in a couple of leagues. Somehow, I was able to get him for just $25 in Blog Wars (the Sons of Roto-run league that features writers from Yahoo!, Razzball, and Fangraphs, among others). He’s a solid dark horse bet to finish the season with the most HRs in baseball.
For some reason, the price was never too steep with Castro. I got him for $23 and might’ve landed him in my other two leagues had I not scooped up Zobrist. The most intriguing thing about Castro is that we still don’t know his upside. A step forward in power and speed numbers is possible, and his counting stats should be quality yet again as he’ll hit towards the top/middle of Chicago’s lineup.
This is the first time in many years that I have just one share of Cano (who normally sits on most, if not all, my rosters). The chief reason is economics: I just didn’t feel comfortable giving up such a large portion of my money for his ceiling. That said, I expect him to be a top five fantasy option in 2013.
Medlen was one of the tougher players to predict when it came to what people were willing to spend for him. I got him for $16, and even though I’m not upset about the price, I do feel that I might’ve been able to spend that money more wisely. Keep in mind, I’m a believer in Medlen (he’s got that Cliff Lee swagger about him), but it sucks to pay decent coin on a 12-start sample size.
Injuries will always be a concern, but I’m expecting a significant bounce-back for Youkilis. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long helped cut down on Youkilis’ pre-swing mechanics to allow him to get to the ball quicker, and his power has been much improved since. I think 25 HRs is very possible.
I really wanted more of Joey Bats (pause), but the price got a bit out of hand. Still, you have to pay for power and Bautista has that in spades. He’s a threat to lead the league in HRs and now has a much better offense around him.
There really wasn’t a whole lotta love for Aaron Hill this year. Why? I have no fucking clue. You would think that a power-hitting second baseman would generate more interest, but the price always ended up being rather fair. I probably would’ve had at least another share had he not been nominated so late (my 2B position was either already filled or my needs dictated getting a base burner at that spot).
It’s kind of shocking that a player I so openly endorsed only wound up on one of my squads, but that’s just how the auctions played out. In the two leagues I didn’t draft him in, he came up for nomination at a time that I had already spent a good chunk of my dough and had no need for another power bat. I still think Trumbo will prove to be a good buy for fantasy owners and should be a quality HR/RBI source.
The strikeouts scared a lot of people away, but the power is legit. I got him for a humble $6, but he was affordable in all the leagues. People are worried that he’ll whiff his way back to the bench or minors, but at that value, it’s worth rostering him.
He only cost a $1, but in a 15-team league, I think he could be a nice bargain. Stephen Drew is concussed and Jose Iglesias is a terrible hitter, meaning Ciriaco could wind up being the team’s regular shortstop. His eligibility at 2B, SS, and 3B gives his value a boost and I’m willing to let him sit on my bench a few games to see how Boston’s SS situation plays out.
This is really meant for my two-catcher homies out there. Hundley is still available in many leagues, but has shown plus power before and will have a nice run as the starter with Yasmani Grandal on suspension. He’s got an outside shot at finishing the season as a top 12 fantasy catcher.
The power is real and he’s only a Denard Span or Jayson Werth injury away from being a fantasy star. In the 15-team league I own him in, he has value as someone I can play whenever Washington plays in an AL park (he’ll most surely be their primary DH). And, again, he’s just one injury away...
He’s been dirt cheap in leagues this year despite putting up the best numbers of his career in 2013. He’s crazy injury-prone, but he’s healthy at the moment and is worthy of rostering right now.