Grapefruit and Cactus News Could Swing Your Season
by Eddie Mayrose
For many serious Fantasy owners, their pre-season prep work involves in-depth analysis of statistics, mock drafts and statistical projections. Comprehensive stuff, and a great foundation for a successful Fantasy season. Their work continues during training camps, as they track injuries and position battles that affect playing time.
In today’s world of instant information, delivered to smart phones and tablets, it’s extremely difficult for even the most casual Fantasy players to miss that Ryan Madson and Joakim Soria have been lost for the season. Or that Ryan Howard is two months away from playing and David Wright has been dealing with a rib injury. What used to be a significant edge for the hard working owner has been eliminated, mandating that more digging is needed in order to have a leg up heading into the draft. The question is, where to dig?
You might want to point your shovel toward the AL and NL notes published daily by USA Today. With just a little practice, you’ll learn to read between the lines; unearthing valuable tidbits of information that will allow you to identify potential sleepers and busts not known to the more casual Fantasy player. You may have to connect a few dots, but you’ll reap the benefits later on. Here are a few players we’ve come across just this week.