Snakes and Ladders

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball

If you dont know, this is a weekly post that talks about players who have had major shifts in value over the past week. It is the equivalent of an Add/Drop article most major websites write. Players you should drop are snakebitten, and players you should add are climbing ladders.

SNAKE- Chase Utley isn’t on the DL yet, but the subtle talk about his injury is drawing comparisons to Grady Sizemore and there has been talk of microfracture surgery. This could potentially end his 2011 before it begins. If you haven’t drafted yet, don’t. If you have, don’t trade for him now.

LADDER- Mark Trumbo will be the Angels’ starting first baseman, as Kendrys Morales will start the season on the DL, and will likely return as the DH for some time, so Trumbo could see his playing time stretch into May, as Morales regains his legs. If he hits well, Trumbo could carve out a long term spot.

SNAKE- Jake Peavy experienced some tendinitis in the recently repaired throwing arm. If he was a buy-low, late round flier candidate, he’s undraftable now. If you own him in anything but the deepest mixed leagues, drop him. There are plenty of arms out there that are more likely to help you.

LADDER- Ivan Nova is having a very impressive spring. He seems assured of a rotation spot to start the year. If he made 30 starts, there is potential for 15 wins with a respectable 3.50-4.00 ERA. He won’t cost you much of anything, and it’s worth it, perhaps as a guy to add when you drop Peavy.

SNAKE- Chris Sale is the setup man, and that’s it. With Matt Thornton getting a contract extension, the closer job is locked. Sale would regain value if he was moved into the rotation, which is possible with Peavy’s setback, or if Thornton struggles. Ozzie Guillen hasn’t been clear on Thornton’s leash, but the extension implies the White Sox like him, and want him to be their guy, so I’d expect him to have some margin for error.

LADDER- Kyle McClellan is tearing up spring training. He is 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 17 innings. With Adam Wainwright gone for the year, there is room for McClellan to be very useful.

SNAKE- Brandon Webb just moments ago was scratched from a planned bullpen session with shoulder joint stiffness. Here we go again?


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