Author Archives: Roto Targets
If you haven’t used Fangraphs’ sortable leaderboards yet, you owe it to yourself to do so. It can provide you with an incredible amount of information to use to inform your trading decisions. To the casual or semi-casual fantasy baseball player, however, it can be pretty intimidating. So today we will look at a really quick way of finding starting pitchers who should put up excellent numbers going forward, as well as identifying three players to target.
Today we will take a look at some starting pitchers posting strong numbers who might be expected to see some regression in the coming weeks. Since a few bad starts can quickly inflate a pitcher’s ERA and call attention to his true value, it might be a good time to explore trade options with the following pitchers:
Byron Buxton is back in the majors after really disappointing in his first stint earlier this year. Chances are, after hitting .163/.212/.306 in the majors earlier this year, his owner in your league might be willing to part with him at a reduced cost relative to his status as a top-3 prospect.
Yesterday in a chat at Fangraphs, August Fagerstrom had this to say about Buxton:
: Reports out of Minnesota seem to indicate that Buxton actually looked different in AAA. Sometimes guys are a little more willing to try something different when the games “don’t matter.” Maybe he found something.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend. The season is almost 1/3 of the way over, and many of us are probably reaching the point where we want to make a push to gain some in the standings. Let’s see who the internet thinks we should target:
- Rotoprofessor looks at Jimmy Nelson’s strand rate, BABIP, and SwStr% and sees good reason to sell high. Nelson’s ERA sits just below 3.00 and will probably creep up above it after a few more starts. That shiny 2.88 ERA might net you a bit more than a 3.25 one, so it probably is a good time to sell.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity to become a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. My blog collects links from around the internet on fantasy buy low and sell high targets.
- Josiah Rutledge at Pitching Breakdowns sees hope for Carlos Martinez, currently sporting a mediocre 4.25 ERA. Rutledge notes posits that the big difference between this year and last is a lack of command. Once that returns, his numbers should rebound. Martinez had a rough start Wednesday, giving up 6 ER in 5 IP. His owner might be frustrated enough at this point to sell at a reduced cost.