Fantasy Football Season Creates Fantasy Baseball Opportunity – Part II
Yesterday’s part I of the Fantasy Football Creates Fantasy Baseball Opportunity explained how watching the MLB transaction wire reveal under-the-radar opportunities — especially during the “dog days of August” when fantasy players turn their attention to fantasy football drafts. Staying diligent and investigating the transactions of non-contenders is a great place to find fantasy baseball value. However, the focused fantasy owner is able to find value even without a formal “transaction” taking place. An example of this occurred recently.
Often, a simple change in tone from the manager can signal an organizational shift, resulting to changes in playing time (opportunity) for young players. Having personally directed a Major League team’s rebuilding effort, I can state with certainty a shift in managerial thinking isn’t taken lightly. As such, monitoring the news wire for changes in organizational direction is extremely beneficial.
Terry Collins Announces Fantasy Baseball Opportunity
The “news” to raise this former executive’s antennae resulted from news trickling out of New York on Friday, August 8. Mets manager Terry Collins stated to team beat writers he had “conferred” with his boss (GM Sandy Alderson) and had “made the decision” to give Wilmer Flores a “good look at shortstop.” Flores has long been considered a top prospect in the Mets organization, displaying a plus hit tool as he has climbed through the system. ROTOscouting’s own Mike Newman filed a thorough breakdown on Flores back in 2010.
While Flores has continued a steady ascent through the minors because of his bat, but debate over his ability to stick at shortstop has dominated the headlines. In previous big league trials, the statistically-minded Alderson has quietly campaigned for Flores to receive an extended opportunity, while field manager Terry Collins has favored the superior defense of banjo-hitting Ruben Tejada.
Back in June, during Flores’ second tour of duty with the big club this year, Collins explained to The Bergen Record why he favored Tejada over Flores.
“We got to start winning. We don’t have time to develop players right at the moment… Unless the time comes where all of a sudden we’re going to go with our young players, get them better, right now we got to try to win some games. Not that [Flores] can’t help us win games. It’s about going with the guys who are really getting it done at the moment.”
Alderson acquiesced to his manager’s wishes and Flores was optioned back to Triple-A three days later.
This time, however, the tone sounded more like Alderson issuing an order instead of asking. Similar to the call up of Jake Lamb, the organizational message was clear — Flores was with the big club for a reason–to play!
Obviously, it is still up to Lamb and Flores to produce, but when eyeing young players from a roto/fantasy perspective, the key is to identify prospects with talent AND opportunity. Patiently watching for new developments and an ability to connect the dots is key to adding the pieces to push a fantasy baseball team over the top.
15 Aug 2014 / Brad Kullman /
1-On-1 ROTO Strategy Session
The Best Of RS
- Can Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez Crack the Texas Rangers Opening Day Rotation?
- Fantasy Baseball Trade Deadline 101: A Former MLB GM’s Take
- Felix Hernandez and Solo Home Run Situations: A Blueprint For Longevity
- JR Graham: Is He Still An MLB Arm For The Atlanta Braves?
- Mason Williams: Is It Time To Label Him A Bust For The Yankees?
- Mike Newman's Top-50 Fantasy Baseball Prospects Scouted in 2014
- Nick Kingham Scouting Report (2014)
- Rangers Joey Gallo, Marlins Giancarlo Stanton And Strikeouts
- The ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast
- Top-10 Fantasy Baseball Prospects By Team
- Will Mike Moustakas Finally Put It Together Next Season?