41ersforever asked: Dear BackwardsK,
I have been killing it in a head to head league with a non-rotisserie scoring system. I started out 8-0 before the injury bug struck my OF and have lost three in a row. I need your help to figure out who to pick up off of waivers to replace Shin-Shoo Choo's shattered hand and Jose Tabata's quad. I panic grabbed Ryan Roberts and Mark Trumbo for the time being but was wondering if you had any insight for a better option off of the scrap heap in the OF. Keep in mind that the commissioner of this league is the Michael Jordan of fantasy baseball and most normal waiver wire options are not available. HELP!
Well, first of all, thanks for reading The Backwards K, Zach. Secondly, this commissioner of your league sounds like a he is quite the villain in fantasy baseball. Thirdly, that is some bad fortune for your team to lose Choo and Tabata in one fell swoop this week, but both of those players weren’t exactly racking up the fantasy points as of late so the good news is that their production might not necessarily be too difficult to replace.
In your situation, I think it is best to recognize who has the hot hand and try to roll with that. I take it that Trumbo and Roberts were at or near the top of the outfielder rankings amongst free agent outfielders in your league, and both of them actually do make for decent selections for what the degree of competitiveness that this league seems to be. But I’m going to give you a couple other options to consider.
You might want to check in on someone like Ty Wigginton who is 15 for 41 (.365 AVG) with 6 HR in his last 11 games for the Rockies. That’s what you call being on fire. Another guy that is hot right now is Roger Bernadina who is settling in as the center fielder for the Nationals. In the last 12 games, he is 18 for 48 (.375 AVG) with 3 HR and 2 SB.
While these hot streaks may not necessarily last much longer, they are definitely worth noting and taking into consideration if you are trying to pick outfielders off the scrap heap. When in doubt, it’s never a terrible idea to roll with the hot hand.
Good luck 41ersforever!