I'm here to make amends. During spring training, I said that Oakland was a fantasy wasteland, nearly void of any talent. I was wrong. While the Athletics are in last place in the AL West, they have the foundation of a good young pitching staff. They are so young, that four out five pitchers in their starting rotation are rookies. Their won-loss records are not very good, but then again you can't win if your team doesn't score. Oakland is 12th in the AL in runs scored, last in homeruns, last in batting average and, shockingly, last in Billy Beane's favorite stat, OBP.
A little run support would make a big difference and put these pitchers on everyone's fantasy radar. If you can punt on wins, there is a lot of value in the Oakland kiddie corps. Most of the youngsters are well-kept secrets, ripe for plucking off the free agent wire. They are for better. Not all of them are ready just yet, however. They do have the potential to help you next season. They are for worse.