I've said it before and I'll say it again: Finding value is the key to success in fantasy baseball. With the recent rash of injuries, value lies all around us, as backups become starters, and minor leaguers get called up to The Show to fill roster space. In the past week, we've seen an excess of fantasy studs and contributors hit the DL. Here's a quick list of some names now in rehab mode:
If you've paid any attention to the Rays this year, you've noticed that
I'm not suggesting that these guys are the long-term answer, but sometimes finding a handful of short-term successes is all you need. I like to keep two or three roster spots just for guys who are in the zone, and transfer the hot hand in and out of my lineup. If you have the space, I'd suggest doing something similar, and many times these players are given a chance due to injuries.
Let's move on and take a look at this week's T.I.P.S.
All statistics through June 1.
With the Wietersfest celebration underway in Baltimore,
It's odd when a player runs more as they age, but this seems the case with the Blue Jays'
Lost in the disappointment of
The Royals placed backstop
A strained left thumb landed Stults on the DL and paved the way for Kuroda's return to the rotation. Stults hadn't won since May 9, and a roster spot is no guarantee once he is ready to come off the DL.
As the Cubs face a handful of left-handers, Johnson is seeing his name in the lineup constantly and the uber-grinder is up to the task. Johnson finished the week with three homers, eight RBI and a stolen base. Johnson may have slight value in NL-only leagues, but the more important storyline is the lack of time that
A few weeks ago I talked about
Expected to be one of the top utilitymen in all of baseball, Barmes has found a home at 2B and is forcing Ian Stewart into limited action. Barmes did it all this past week, hitting .364 with 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBIs and 2 SB. Eligible at 2B, 3B, and SS, Barmes can become the utility man for your fantasy team and is probably available on your free agent list. The seven-year veteran is a serious threat to reach a 15/15 season, and is only owned in 18 percent of mixed leagues. The Rockies are on the road for a bit, where Barmes hits .222, so if you do pick him up, you may want to wait a week to plug him in.
In this week's suggestions, I will list my Top 10, in no particular order, buy-lows and sell-highs for the rest of the season.
1. Jose Reyes
1. Carlos Pena