Final Month No Time To Back Off
by Eddie Mayrose
Your Roto-style league’s trading deadline has long since passed, your Fantasy Football season beckons and it seems like there’s no way to make a move in the standings with just four weeks left in the baseball season. Don’t look now, but you’ve just handed the league title away.
While it’s true that the task of climbing to the top of the heap in September is difficult, it’s far from impossible. If you’re within striking distance, a quick analysis of the statistical categories should point you in the right direction,
First, throw out any of the “average” categories- BA, OBP, WHIP and ERA. It’s too late in the season for one player to impact what an entire team has done to this point. However, in the “accumulated” categories such as HR, R, RBI, W, S, etc…, players currently on the waiver wire might just give you the bump you need.
For example, in the 40-Kane Fantasy League, there is currently a dogfight at the top; where just 1.5 points separate the top three teams. Each of the three are tightly bunched in Runs scored, where a daily, three point swing is possible. Any of the three contenders has an opportunity to distance himself by picking up a free agent with a hot bat.
If you’re in a Head to Head league, this advice still applies. As you start your playoffs, you’re chances can be significantly enhanced by a hitter or pitcher who can sustain a hot streak for a week, Finally, remember to disregard a player’s poor performance to this point. All you need to worry about is their production over the last month. Continue reading »