We are approaching September 1, when fantasy owners will be treated to a nice, new crop of players added to the database. Rosters will expand and a handful of uber prospects will be called up to see how they fare at the MLB level.
Savvy fantasy vets need to keep two things in mind. First, the young pitchers called up will likely struggle. It's just the way it is. Second, you can really take a chance on some of the young hitters. Pitchers haven't seen them and they know a roster spot could be on the line for 2010. They tend to have more success than a rookie pitcher. The final month is crunch time, but we still have a week together before we get to that point.
Feel free to e-mail with any fantasy baseball questions you have over the next two months. It's always good to get an outside opinion and I'm happy to help. Let's get to this week's T.I.P.S.
LaRoche is a frustrating player. I won't deny that. He's also one of the streakiest players in the majors. Luckily, since joining the Braves, LaRoche has been one of the top first baseman in baseball. In 19 games as a Brave, LaRoche has hit .415 with seven homers and 16 RBIs. Atlanta is competing and LaRoche's presence in the middle of the order is a reason for that. Obviously the average won't continue to hover around .400, but he's comfortable in Atlanta and that's evident by his power numbers. At 57-percent owned, you may be able to get him off your free agent list. Take advantage of his hot streak. Over the past month he's ranked higher than
There have been a ton of rookies to warrant some excitement this summer, but Holland may be the brightest of the bunch. A 6-2 lefty, Holland has followed a similar path to most young stars. They initially struggle, then figure it out. Holland has figured it out. In August, the 22-year-old has a 2.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 18 Ks in 25.1 IP. What's even more impressive is that his three August victories have come against the Twins, Red Sox and Angels. Holland will come into 2010 as one of the best value picks around. Beat the rush and make sure he is already on your squad.
Trusting a Washington closer has been about as easy as trusting some of the sleazy politicians that reside in the same city. Miracles do happen, however, and Mike MacDougal is living proof. MacDougal has thrived in the closers role, saving seven games in the last month with a 1.98 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He's been a Top 10 closer, and although he doesn't strike many people out, MacDougal has become a reliable closer. Treat him as such.