Pop Quiz! List the best hitters in Major League Baseball. My list begins with Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera as the obvious top two. Numbers three and four are Andrew McCutchen and Joey Votto, but it’s too close to call. Yes, the Reds’ franchise player is one of the best pure hitters of today, if not our generation. With three Hall Of Fame quality seasons (six-plus WAR) under his belt by the age of 30, Votto is six-to-eight productive years away from Cooperstown. Because of this, fantasy baseball owners draft Joey Votto in 5×5 leagues with dreams of championship glory. But with a high walk rate eating into his counting numbers, is this line of thinking mistaken?
The 2013 Experts League Ottoneu Auction was an unmitigated disaster for team ROTOscouting. Matt Kemp, Jason Kubel, Danny Espinosa and Ryan Dempster flopped. Corey Hart and Michael Pineda didn’t play and Neftali Feliz and Carter Capps never closed. My best selection, Justin Masterson at $1, never threw and inning for my team and helped lead his eventual owner to the title. In spite of a terrible auction, team ROTOscouting battled into September before slipping into second place for good. In 2014, I vow revenge and hope to bring the championship back to its rightful home.
Speed isn’t as sexy as it used to be. At least that’s what the dollar value calculator I used for the Ottoneu Experts League told me. It came as a surprise, a shock really. For years, I stacked players like Michael Bourn or Juan Pierre who produced at five to 10 times their salary number for dominating a single category.
It’s November. Thanksgiving is around the corner and leagues are limping through the off-season. With the hot stove warming up, it makes little sense to trade right now because we don’t know who will sign where come March. Will Matt Kemp still be in Dodger blue? Will Robinson Cano don pinstripes? With so much left to the unknown, why are owners dropping a slew of players and tipping their respective hands?
A couple of years ago, I started an Ottoneu League with friends and readers my former site, Scouting The Sally. In year one, I surged to the title in the final week of the season. This year, I was the owner unable to avoid the oncoming train which sped by and left me in the dust.
In your fantasy baseball leagues, the trade deadline is close to passing, if it hasn’t already. In general, teams in contention overpay for name players and a shot at their league championship. For me personally, this is the worst time of year as trades made leave me shaking my head in disbelief.
How do you overcome horrid starts by Matt Kemp and Jason Heyward and still win an experts league championship? I have no flipping clue. That’s the predicament I find myself in this morning down 91-85 in Ottoneu.
As a member of the Dodgers’ organization, I was able to see Allen Webster pitch on multiple occasions. A quick summary would read like this: Webster was one of the most impressive pitching prospects I’ve seen for the first four innings of a baseball game. Then, the stuff fell off of a cliff and he was unable to recover.
In a bubble, few would consider Brewers shortstop Jean Segura for Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez an unfair trade for either side. But trades don’t occur in a bubble as outside factors can and should influence every trade made.
Sometimes I write stupid things. Back in 2009 when I was just starting to write about prospects, I wrote even more stupid things. The blurb on Will Middlebrooks below might just take the cake as the worst analysis I’ve ever given.
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