T.I.P.S. prepares for the playoffs
Congratulations. For many of you, the regular season is over and the fantasy playoffs have begun. Whether you got first place or last, a pat on the back is deserved for putting six months of your time into fantasy's best sport. Hopefully you are one of those who made the playoffs, so there's still some work to be done. For those of you who are out, get 'em next year. Let's get to this week's T.I.P.S.: Playoff Edition.
Two months into the season,
Plenty of second basemen have stepped up to fantasy relevance this season, leaving
Take away the first two months of the season and
Looking for some cheap power now that
Reports out of Baltimore are that
Last week's No. 1 overall player wasn't
The Cincinnati outfield has been a carousel of players this season, but
Rays top prospect
We all know that Howard isn't a .300 hitter and that he strikes out all too often. Fortunately, for many fantasy leagues, strikeouts don't count, leaving Howard as one of the games most prodigious power hitters. In fact, over the last month, Howard has been fantasy's best player. His 35 RBIs are six more than any other player and his 11 homers are one behind
If Howard is well-known for his ridiculous second-half power surges, Sabathia is the pitcher equivalent. The fact that they are both overweight is purely coincidental. Sabathia completely dominated for the Brewers last season, leading them to a wildcard berth. He's doing much the same for the Yanks this year. Over the past month, he's been fantasy's best pitcher with a 5-0 record, 1.83 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. Tack on 53 Ks against only seven walks and you won't find a better option. Sometimes, it's worth the early struggles to have a guy like this anchor your staff during the playoffs.
Like our friend Brandon Phillips, Andrus has found a way to stay under the radar this season. Despite being the fourth-rated shortstop and a Top 100 player over the past month, Andrus is still only owned in 17 percent of leagues. On the year, he's hit a respectable .274 with 24 steals. He doesn't have much power (six homers), but the young lad just celebrated his 21st birthday. As he finds ways to get on base more, he will steal more bases and score more runs. The Rangers have a ton of young talent that will make them a high-power offense for years to come. In dynasty leagues, Andrus has to be owned as he will be a Top 10 shortstop as early as next year.