Are Billy Butler & Hunter Pence Buy Low Candidates?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are just in the early stages of the 2014 season, but it’s easy to push the panic button if things haven’t gotten off to the start that you expected.  Is it too early?  Probably, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.  The question is, can you capitalize on that and buy a player low?  It’s certainly possible, but slow starts don’t necessarily make a struggling player an ideal buy low candidate.  Let’s take a look at two slow starters to try and determine if they are worth targeting or not:


Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals
No one is going to argue that the Royals’ Billy Butler has been one of the biggest disappointments to open 2014. However, there is still reason for optimism. While his 2012 power surge is looking more and more like an aberration, a quick look at his batted ball profile tells us things should get better: Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2014: April 21 – 27: Andrew Cashner, Danny Salazar & More

by Ray Kuhn

To say that you have options this week would be an understatement. Depending on the format of your team and league, this could mean multiple things.

For starters, you truly have bad luck if you don’t have a few options to choose from. In a season long league it will ultimately even out in the end, so don’t panic and go with a subpar option just to get two starts. I know that everyone preaches it is early in the season, and you must resist the urge to read too much into the standings, but at the same time May is approaching and you don’t want to lose too much ground.

While it may sound like a cop out, the solution ultimately is just to go with the best pitchers depending on their matchup(s) and expected performance. Do not try to over think things. Also don’t go dropping an early season disappointment for a mediocre, at best, streaming option.

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10 Stories From 04/18/14 Box Scores: Closer Carousel Spinning, Cingrani Concerns & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jose Reyes made his return from the DL yesterday, but that was hardly the biggest and most important story for fantasy owners.  What closer news came out of the day?  How should fantasy owners view pitchers like Felix Doubront or Henderson Alvarez?  What about the scorching hot performance of Kevin Kouzmanoff?  Let’s answer these questions and all the rest from yesterday’s games:


1) The good Felix Doubront takes the mound…
If he could only find consistency, right?  He allowed 2 ER on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 7, over 6.2 innings against the Orioles yesterday.  He entered the day with three glaring issues:

  1. Poor luck (.333 BABIP, 64.7% strand rate)
  2. Lack of strikeouts (4.91 K/9)
  3. Poor control (4.30 BB/9)

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Rich’s Random Ramblings: The Legend of Evan Gattis & Homage to Moses Fleetwood Walker

by Rich Justmann

Ladies & gentlemen, I would like to tell you right now that I knew about Evan Gattis all along.  I knew he would be a late bloomer and allow Atlanta to save the McCann money.  But…..  Unfortunately, I can’t.  Who would have thought it?  The Legend of Gattis.  At a ball field near you.

Jason Kipnis got you down?  Taking anti-depressants every time you think of him?  Worry not, my young ones.  His stats from last year in April?  Try one home run with an overall 555 OPS.  (Hint:  That’s not good.)  His OPS at year end?  Try .818 and let’s not forget the home runs and stolen bases.  Great player but slow starter.  Keep playing him and let things work themselves out.

Speaking of things working themselves out:  Trust your draft.  After all, you read all those fantasy baseball magazines during the off-season.  You memorized the Rotoprofessor draft kit.  Yes, it’s been a lousy first three weeks for many great players but hang in there.  Do NOT drop a good player just because of a slow start.  Didn’t I say something about this last week also?  So has it been written.  So shall it be done.

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Fantasy Fallout: Ike Davis Traded, So What Does That Mean For Lucas Duda, Gaby Sanchez & Others

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After months of rumors the Ike Davis saga has finally ended, as the New York Mets yesterday sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

Obviously Thornton, a 25-year old RHP, is not a major return despite his overall impressive minor league numbers (3.03 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 K/9, 2.2 BB/9).  Sure he could play a role in the Mets bullpen, but he’s not likely to make a fantasy impact.

Until we know who the additional player in the deal is, the fallout of the deal is the first base carousel in both cities:


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10 Stories From 04/18/14 Box Scores: Under-the-Radar Starters Impress, Springer Hits 4th & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Harang flirted with a no-hitter, and has been highly impressive this season, but is he really the best option for fantasy owners?  Would we be smarter to invest in youngsters like Drew Hutchison or Martin Perez?  How about Jonathan Niese?  What other performances do we need to know about?  Let’s take a look at all of the action from yesterday’s games:


1) Drew Hutchison continues to impress while Sergio Santos rebounds…  Kind of…
Hutchison was highly discussed this spring, but after allowing 6 ER in 3.1 innings to the Yankees in his second start many probably soured on him.  That’s proving to be a mistake, as he was strong again last night (this time against the Indians) allowing 2 ER on 8 H and 0 BB, striking out 9, over 5.1 innings.  In 20.0 innings he now owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 24 K and 8 BB.  While the WHIP is scary, he actually has been plagued about a lot of poor luck (.365 BABIP).  Make sure to check out our profile of him from prior to the season (click here to view), as it all still applies.  He does bring strikeout potential and owns good control, making him worth considering in deeper formats.

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