You’ve certainly heard about this World Cup thing by now. For our American readers congratulations to us because we won a thriller today and advanced to the knockout round.
Landon Donovan was the deathbringer for Algeria, knocking home a rebound in stoppage time. We probably shouldn’t have won, but we did. Take that, World. Sorry International readers, It’s the American in me.
For those of you who don’t know what stoppage time is or asked if Landon Donavan qualifies at outfield or third base, let’s get to the fantasy baseball stuff:
I have no earthshattering stats for you today, just opinionization on real moves that I pulled off today. If I’m making the moves, it should go without saying that I recommend you can do the same.
Ian Stewart — Dropped him cold. It’s only June, and he could pop 10 homers in the next month, but I’m falling far behind in two leagues. It’s tough because he was one of my most sought after players in the preseason and was my first pick in one keeper league.
Chipper Jones — Added the aging vet for Stewart in one league. I’m hoping I can be the first to see Stewart’s comeback if that happens and bring him back for an encore campaign. For now, I’ll take Chipper who was wielding a powerful bat in the last week. I need a 3B that’s doing something now with Ryan Zimmerman struggling.
Dayan Viciedo — Mentioned him and his raw power potential in a previous update. Added him in one dynasty where I have half as many wins as losses thanks in part to a couple players who haven’t come around as I’d hoped. Viciedo and the recently demoted Chris Tillman will be nice additions to my solid core for 2011, but Viciedo could help immediately.
Kelly Johnson — Dropped him without hesitation to pick up a replacement for Troy Tulowitzki in a league. A few updates ago I suggested holding Johnson. In some cases, take that chance. I had no backup shortstops, Johnson was the only droppable player I had and has zero trade value. Gone.
Johnny Peralta — The player I added to replace Tulo, Peralta has 3B/SS eligibility and has been swinging a bat that’s been just south of room temperature of late, but had a strong two-week stretch and, if he gets hot, could pop a few homers. One of the reasons I need Tulowitzki in my lineup is his power/speed from the middle infield. I’m not going to be afraid to cut Peralta if he struggles for a few games in a row or if a better option rises, but the wire’s pretty lean right now.
Aubrey Huff — Has 12 homers and is knocking the stitches out of the ball. I dropped Josh Willingham — who has cooled in the last few weeks — to get him. Huff qualifies at 1B and OF and is available in more than 40% of fantasy leagues.
Angel Pagan — Like Huff, I swapped a flavor of the month waiver add, Jonny Gomes, for another. Even when Carlos Beltran — who recently started his rehab assignment — returns, Pagan’s going to get playing time. If not somebody should get fired. He’s raking and thieving like a major league starter. I’m going to surf that run until it stops.
As you can tell, I’m not afraid to make considerable adds and drops — the Pagan, Huff and Chipper moves all came in the same league. Baseball is such a streaky game, I always make sure to pick a couple question marks on draft day for flexibility.
If you don’t make some bold moves, you’ll never end up with a player like Brennan Boesch or Stephen Strasburg.
Wimbledon marathon and fantasy baseball
Let’s veer off course slightly and talk about a marathon tennis match — the longest ever, featuring the longest set ever — at Wimbledon involving American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. As I write this they are still marathoning in a six-hour, 115-game fifth set. For reference, the previous longest match was, and this is based off memory from the broadcast, 57 or so games long. Intense.
The lesson from Isner and Mahut is to fight on even if you think there’s nothing left. There is still a lot of time for you to turn a disastrous fantasy baseball season around — be it by waiver adds, trades or an improved level of attention on your part. Don’t turn completely to the dark side (i.e. fantasy football) yet.
As we slog through the dog days in July and August, turn to the Chinstrap Ninjas. We’ll do our best to provide you with insight and advice on both fantasy baseball and fantasy football.
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