Weekly Planner: Players to target, avoid as trade deadline nears
It is the silly season for baseball, the two weeks leading up to the trade deadline. It should be entertaining, if not maddening, for fantasy owners -- particularly those in AL- and NL-only leagues where you lose players dealt to the other league.
It also tends to be the last gasp for those gamers looking to improve themselves before their own league's trade deadline.
With this before us, it is a good time to break down some sell-high and buy-lows. These are personal picks -- and aggressive ones because of what we have seen to date -- so feel free to hold them against us if they don't pan out.
If they do, just go ahead and send a frosty beverage to your favorite fantasy forecaster.
It won't end here, but these appear to be the most premium of second-half buy-lows and sell-highs for fantasy owners right now. Heck, check out the weekend's big hitting star directly below, too.
Everyone was ready to bury him, but
It was widely reported Parnell would be the Mets' closer of choice. Not here. We figured, correctly, Jason Isringhausen would be given a look before the trade deadline to build up his value for a deal. Izzy likely only closes for the next couple of weeks, though. Parnell should get a look come August at least. Bonifacio is on one of his streaks that makes you believe he is not a reserve, but he should only be trusted in Rotisserie formats. Schierholtz and Nunez are stopgaps merely for the deepest of leagues, while Karstens hasn't slowed down and he looks like a legit starter for mixed owners on a regular basis.
Britton and Volquez are back in the minor leagues, but they should be back up in the second half and prove useful again. Anderson is out for the year and most of next, while Carrasco and Peavy should prove to be solid stashees in any format, if you want to take a flier on a pitcher for the second half. They probably don't deserve to be dropped.
1. SP Jeff Niemann, TB
Beltran (illness), Joyce (knee) and Braun (calf) have missed games and are not 100 percent, but they aren't headed for the DL yet. Beltran and Joyce can sit in smaller leagues, while Braun probably shouldn't. Niemann has been lights out in his return from the DL, so he is going to be a popular pick-up in all leagues. Harrison and Vazquez are finally on the right side of streaky, proving to be trustworthy in mixed formats again. Bonifacio and Murphy are finally proving to be solid regulars. Collmenter might be getting two starts this week, but he should be avoided.