Sometimes it's OK to follow the crowd. I personally hate being inundated with media hype on any one subject; and the trade deadline certainly gets its fair share of attention. I had considered ignoring it totally and attacking other aspects of Fantasy, but the trades that occur do have a real effect on every Fantasy league going. Let's step back from our usual statistical focus and just talk potential deadline deals and how they affect fantasy owners.
It may not be bad on a
Just like in fantasy, it is usually the team that gets the best player that wins a deal, and there is no doubt who gets the best player in this deal. Haren's ERA isn't all that pretty, but it's pretty easily explained. All his numbers are right in line with recent years but two; batting average on balls in play (.350) and his home run to fly ball percentage (13.9). Both are way out of line with Haren's previous numbers, as well as MLB averages. There's an argument that with his career best K/9, Haren may actually be pitching better than he ever has. Unless the player to be named (reported to be
Now let's take a look at a few other names rumored to be changing locations. I'll share my ideas on their destination and identify the fantasy ramifications.
As promised, Man in a Box will start throwing a little football into the mix. Training camps haven't even opened and already there is plenty of hype. I'd advise you to pretty much ignore everything you've read up to this point and start fresh when the players report to camp. All the talk so far is just that. Unless your draft is extremely early, it's not important to label your sleepers and busts just yet. It's more important right now to know the players and situations to monitor as training camp progresses, than it is to come up with final evaluations. Here are some of the questions I'll be trying to answer as the pre-season rolls along:
• How many carries will
• How do the carries divvy up in the Cleveland backfield?
• Who carries the rock in Houston?
• How far does
Next week we'll dissect the aftermath of the MLB deals that do go down and identify more things to look for in the upcoming NFL pre-season.
* All statistics current as of July 25.