I know the general rule of thumb is people tune out the second you stop talking about their league and start blabbing about yours. I get that. I mean, who really cares if you were the chump who dropped Pablo Sandoval the day before he hit three home runs in one game? Take your whining out back, buddy.
Today, I am going to break that rule and talk about my favorite league because I think actions speak louder than words. Throughout the season, on this site, I have made many claims, recommendations, and comments on players, and I promise I have never written or spoken a word about a player I didn’t truly believe to be true, but it’s one thing to say something and quite another to actually do it. Now you will know when I write or say on a podcast that I would own player X over player Y I am putting my money where my mouth is.
My plan is to share with you some transactions I actually made during the past week along with a few sentences explaining what I was thinking. You don’t have to care about my league, but I care enough about yours to explain the fantasy strategy behind my specific moves.
These transactions are from a 16-team league in which I am currently gearing up for the playoffs.
Transaction Type(s): The Challenge Add
My Thinking: Ah, The Challenge Add, the drop/add move where you exchange two similar players at the same position and bank on the guy you’re adding being better than the guy you’re dropping. Ubaldo quietly has been putting together a very solid second half of the season, and over his last 30 IP, he has a 2.32 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. I am not completely buying that he is “back,” and every time I start Ubaldo I feel like I am on that 80s game show where the people just yell, “No whammy, no whammy, no whammy…STOP!” But, with starts against the Royals, White Sox, Astros, and Twins to close the season, I am bullish on a strong finish.
Transaction Type(s): The Challenge Add, The Stash
My Thinking: This move is a combination of The Challenge Add (see: Transaction 1) and The Stash, where you add a DL-eligible player just to stash him away and add someone else. Beckham has been as uninspiring as any other second base option ever, so even though I know Rutledge has struggled mightily this season, he still possesses above average power and speed at the position. (Plus, I love me the Coors Field hitters.)
There’s lots of upside to this move, and I have already enjoyed 1 HR and 2 SB in just 10 AB! I picked up Raburn and quickly moved him to the DL before his real life activation because of his fairly decent power potential, again at a weak hitting 2B position. He is insurance in case Rutledge disappoints, but in the meantime it means I cannot make any other moves since he is no longer on the DL…this is a strategy that has worked well for me in the past, and I will deal with the inability to make another move when the time comes.
Transaction Type(s): On Second Thought…
My Thinking: You know when you make a move, immediately regret your decision, and are forced to add a player you don’t like as much to cover up your mistake? Yeah, that’s what On Second Thought… is. At the time it seemed like CarGo would be returning to the Rockies lineup the next day, and I truly believe despite Venable’s currently crazy-good power/speed combo, a lot of his performance is due to luck.
Although I think there is no chance Venable is this good, I cannot deny that I would much rather have him than Ludwick. That said, Ludwick should provide a nice, and fairly underrated, source of power and average…I will just have to live with this one until some other hitter gets hot and peaks my interest. You win some, you lose some.
Call me out on my Ubaldo love, or just call me maybe @ANodBaseball