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One of my favorite things to do is to hide players, especially pitchers, for as long as I can in positions that they either don’t play or don’t play yet.  This year there are numerous guys that have dual eligibility that are great fantasy options already -  Hisashi Iwakuma and Kris Medlen to name the best two.  I am talking about something different, like crayon sharpener in the back of the box different.  Guys that have only RP eligibility to start the season that are speculated to open the season in the team’s starting rotation.  Granted, you can only hide them for 5-10 starts based on your league settings, but that could be 2 months, which if your keeping track is 1/3 of the season.  So have a peek at the guys that have RP, soon to have SP.

 

Brett Myers – Pitched well enough in a relief role last year for the Astros and Pale Hose that he found a spot in the Warriors of the Cuyahoga’s rotation.  His ERA and WHIP leave little to be desired, but the Indians are kind of generating some noise this year as an upstart team with potential.  As a late round pick up or first week spot starter you could do worse.

Alexi Ogando – “The Goiter” returns to the starting rotation after being banished to the bullpen due to overcrowding.  In 2011 as a starter went 13-8 with decent numbers to make a 6th SP proud.  Building arm strength back is only concern that I have as he was limited in innings last year, so that may limit him later in 2013.

Wade LeBlanc – The Marlins this year are going to be like that movie with the orangutan playing third base, coincidentally starring Joey Tribbiani. So chasing wins is going to literally be like chasing a kite in a tornado.  Low K potential caps his draftability to mainly NL-only for now.

Andrew Cashner – Love the arm and the speculated talent if he can get his injury bug in order.  Makes Brandon Morrow look like the iron man. He has the same potential for K’s and a nice home park to welcome him with warm oatmeal cookies and a city filled with seamen.  Keep an eye on the thumb injury, as he could double up as a nice DL stash also.

Wade Davis – Carried Jimmy Shields bags to KC for him, which proves he is a nice guy.  Shields refused to tip him which makes the bell hop union very angry.  The thing that really jumps out to me is his huge jump in K/9 last year, 11.13  as a member of the pen in Tampa.  Maybe a little post hype love and some magic 27 year can have him in the 8′s for K rate and make him fantasy useful.

Kyle McPherson – You can sell anything with a Mc on the front of it and be happy.  So I am selling you the McPherson.  It’s  an all beef RH, fastball, curve, lettuce, change-up on a back end of the rotation bun.  The injuries to other guys and his ability late last year are leading me to believe he takes the opportunity and makes Pirate fans forget about Morton and Karstens.

  1. matt says:
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    I’d like to see the opposite post – in my keeper league that rewards every pitching stat under the sun (including pitch count and holds) I’ve found RPs with SP eligibility useful, you can stash them at unused SP slots and bench them when you need that slot for a starter.

    Love Razzball – keep up the great work.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @matt: Coming Soon. Don’t fret. Figured I would do a lap around the box first before thinking inside of it.

      • Don Drapper says:
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        @Smokey:

        Great – was going to ask the same thing. Great job!

  2. Cheeeeeeze says:
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    Will Lincecum get RP for this year b/c of his post season relief appearances? Also, isn’t aroldis chapman getting stretched out to be a starter this year… again.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Cheeeeeeze: Lincecum no, I avoided Aroldis because he is being drafted in every format. But yes you are correct.

  3. Matt says:
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    Love this – play in a league that’s H2H categories that count BS against you, so I often stack the box with as many SPs as possible in my reliever slots. So, one of the “in the box” posts is a breakdown SPs with RP eligibility now …. yes?

    • Smokey

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      @Matt: Yup check back next week.

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I’m assuming this article is more relevant for those in H2H or weekly changes leagues? i agree with Matt above that a reliever with SP can be a big deal in Yahoo especially if all your handcuffs turn into closers or at the end of the year when streaming and you fill your line-up with MR’s looking for K’s and a rogue win.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Definitely more for H2H and a streamer/heads up for end of drafts.

  5. Sir Larry says:
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    Smokey, you are the underrated crayon in the back of the Razzball box. To Grey’s Big Mac, you are the Quarter Pounder with Cheese: real onion, cheddar, sweet ketchup on a sesame seed blog. Well done, sir!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Sir Larry: Thanks for the kind words.

  6. Great stuff. I’ve been known to punt saves so these are the guys I am always rooting around in the waiver wire or late rounds for. Helpful to have them discussed in one article like this. I know he already has the SP eligibility so he wouldn’t qualify for this article, but do you think Erasmo Ramirez will also be useful in 2013 as a starter that can sit in a RP slot?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mike643: In deeper leagues def, 12 teams or less more of a spot starter/rp fill in from week to week especially when he goes twice in a week.

  7. Cole says:
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    Are you doing the two start pitchers posts again this year? I always appreciate that shiz for my weekly H2H leagues

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Cole: most def

  8. CadeWTM says:
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    In Yahoo Shelby Miller is only RP eligible as of now, but I guess if you’re neglecting Chapman b/c he’s universally drafted you could say the same for Miller. I think he’ll be a lot less drafted/trusted than Chapman but could be a breakout though.

    Can’t wait for the SP eligible Hold guy breakdown, that’s my favorite thing to do every year in my big crazy 9×9 league is to have at least one of those guys if not two

  9. Czernobog says:
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    You missed Erasmo Ramirez, Lance Lynn, Marco Estrada, Ross Detwiler, Francisco Liriano, Shelby Miller and maybe Trevor Rosenthal. Seems like large chunks of StL/SEA/PIT rotations will be RP eligible.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Czernobog: i focused on RP that made less then 10 stats last year. The guys you listed all are RP/SP elig already and I will cover them next week.

      • Czernobog says:
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        @Smokey:

        Ahh, that explains it. I was looking at Yahoo where guys like Cashner & McPherson already have SP eligibility.

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