2016 Draft Kit

Fantasy baseball sell high, buy low candidates after two weeks of action

Last week’s introduction to the weekly buy low, sell high feature was a well-read post, and for good reason … we’re all looking for an edge in our respective leagues as we keep one eye on our own rosters and another on the standings.

Even if it is only the start of the third week of regular season play.

Some of the following names you saw last week. Others are new. We’d love to hear your comments on these guys below.

Buy Low:

He made this list last week as a top-level guy who got off to a typically slow start. For Mark Teixeira, week two wasn’t so great, either. As in still no homers and just five RBI and runs scored in two weeks of play.  As I said last week, only the most fickle of fantasy owners would considering dealing big Teix after just two weeks of poor play, especially for a player who historically starts a season slowly. However, at this point, it may be worth putting a trade feeler out.

Fantasy owners rejoiced when Jose Reyes returned from the DL last weekend as many thought they had stolen a top-level shortstop a few rounds later than fair value in their respective drafts. However, Reyes hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire so far. Two runs scored, nine strikeouts and not a single stolen base? Somewhere, in some league, someone is starting to sweat a little. May be not enough to deal Reyes, but enough to start entertaining offers for future reference.

A .222 batting average and more stolen bases (one) than homers was not what the Mets signed up for when acquiring Jason Bay from the Red Sox this offseason. I was not a fan of Bay living up to the expectations so many seemed to bestow upon him this spring, but know and embrace the fact that he’ll turn his season around sooner rather than later.

Carlos Lee has yet to hit a homer. Heck, he has yet to drive in a single run and is batting a disappointing .116. Those who visited chinstrapninja-land before the season started read how we expected Lee to not live up to most ADP estimates. However, he is better than this, Juicy Juice or not.

Justin Verlander was mentioned here last week, and continues to be a potential buy-low candidate. He is sporting a 6.88 ERA and just 15 strikeouts per 17 innings pitched. That will change and he will find himself on an AL Cy Young pace soon.

Javier Vazquez is struggling to strike out batters with authority and has a horrific 9.82 ERA. If you remember, he wasn’t exactly a world-beater the last time he pitched for the Yankees, either. However, he is a much better pitcher than he has shown so far, and is worthy of a buy-low tag at the moment.

It hurts when I Peavy … and when I see the White Sox hurler’s ERA balloon to the 6.00 level. He has struggled to adjust to regular-season action, but give him some more time. Jake Peavy  was away from the mound for a while and is still adjusting to the AL.

Sell High

Dallas Braden’s 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts have been a nice surprise overall so far this season, but call me a skeptic that he can keep up the pace for a full regular season. At some point, the young pitcher will be facing some adversity on the mound, and it could derail his stats for a period of time.

Livian Hernandez has been on my fantasy rosters many times over the past several years as a guy who seems to get very little fantasy respect despite some decent numbers. However, his 16 innings of shutout pitching is just plain amazing for a player of his age … whatever that age may be. I’m selling on a guy who has struck out just one batter in those 16 innings.

Some are shocked at the amazingly good stats this week by Jose Guillen. However, he’s always been able to produce when healthy. The problem is staying that way. He’s a streaky option that is worth some serious trade discussion before his bat cools.

Last season, Magglio Ordonez didn’t hit his fourth home run of the season until July 4. This year, he hit his fourth long ball this past Saturday. Ordonez has plenty of name value for those familiar with baseball despite some of his struggles the past couple seasons. His hot start will likely get people excited about his potential for this season. While he could hit 20 homers this year, I’d still like to move him for a younger option with a bigger ceiling.

When was the last time that Andruw Jones approached a .300 batting average as he has so far this season? Don’t know? Me, neither. He should have some power numbers in bursts as the White Sox DH, however, his hot start to the season is more mirage than realistic expectations.

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