Man in a box: Second-half All-Stars
I made it. After a couple of 20-hour drives with two kids, a dog and a cat, two weeks of sleeping in a small bed with my seven-year-old son attempting to insert his toes into my nostrils, and 14 days of scouring empty cupboards for meals (what do old people eat anyway?), my "vacation" is finally over. When you live in Florida, vacations frequently consist of visiting family that has chosen to remain in the cornfield known as the Midwest.
Having moved away from the Midwest more than 12 years ago, I've forgotten what life is like in the country. Do you realize that some people still use dial-up connections for the Internet? My own grandmother doesn't even have the Internet. Gasp! Checking scores on my cell phone was to be my only salvation ... I thought. You know those maps of coverage areas we see on TV? Well I guess the blue areas don't reach where my family lives. Forget about 3G, I was lucky if I could even make a call. I felt like I was in a two-week long episode of
While I was enjoying my vacation, baseball took a little hiatus of its own. With the All-Star break splitting the season into two halves, many fantasy owners are taking the moment to eye the stats and make second-half runs. Don't be so quick to trust the numbers just yet. Even after half a season, there are players who have had their numbers dulled by a terrible start. Identifying the All-Stars of the second half is all that matters now. One way to do that is to take a look at recent performances and target players who have turned it around, but haven't been recognized by the fantasy crowd just yet. Here's a look at a handful of players that could help fantasy teams make that push for the pennant successful. All stats are for the previous 28 days.
After hot starts, fantasy owners have been quick to give up on
No one talks about him, but
It also might be time to jump back on the
We talked about
The Cubs have been devoid of fantasy value for much of the season, but they have two starting pitchers who are quietly producing. Over the last month,
Another pitcher who has gone unnoticed is
Next week we'll start tossing in a little pigskin with our horsehide and take an early look at some bargains on the football side; all while wondering if
* All statistics current as of July 18.