Notes columns are here to keep you up to date on some of the biggest headlines facing fantasy-baseballers in 2009, but while scouring headlines to regurgitate, I stumbled across a gem of information.
Chinstrap Ninjas is here to make you a better fantasy baseball player, even if it means revealing stats and facts that some of you are going to be disappointed to read.
So, may I present a starting pitcher comparison:
- You want player B by a slim margin, right?
Last month stats
- It’s not even in question, B is your Ninja.
So, you probably want to know who these players are at this point. But, I have to issue an aww, crap alert.
Some of you paid a good price or a early-round pick on player A. You, or someone like you, has been paying that price for him for some time and until this year, he was worthy.
Sadly, player B was not drafted in your league and is still available in 19% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Player A: Chicago Cubs SP Rich Harden
Player B: Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton
Last night Harden and the undervalued Blanton squared off and produced nearly identical stats:
The difference is the fantasy player with Harden either traded away some good players or spent significant preseason dough to get him.
The Cubs righthander is having an awful year for his standards, but is still owned in 89% of Yahoo leagues. He’s been mediocre for a month while Blanton has been Ninja.
Go pick up Blanton right now. His season stats are right around his career averages, his K:BB rate is much better than it was last year and the Phillies have an excellent offense and defense to help back him up.
There may be a crash or two over the rest of the season, but there’s no reason to believe he’ll have any stretch of inefficiency long enough to sabotage your squad.
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