If you‚Äôre a Razzball regular, then you‚Äôre familiar with the term FIP.¬† If you‚Äôre into twodels, you‚Äôre familiar with the term FAP.¬† If you aren‚Äôt familiar with the former, ask Wikipedia about xFIP.¬† If you aren‚Äôt familiar with the latter, ask a twodel.¬† Let‚Äôs just say that I have a hunch the rash of TJs going around are earning the acronym a new moniker, Twodel Job- distant relative to the other blank-Jays you have endlessly received- EH HEM!!! -referred to.¬† I‚Äôm blaming the social media harems for the destruction of UCL‚Äôs across baseball.¬† I mean all of the analogies hold true.¬† ‚ÄúHe started too young.¬† He‚Äôs logged too many innings.¬† They‚Äôve gotten him up and down too many times.¬† His arm angle is unnatural.¬† His hand lags behind his elbow too far.¬† Unnatural motion.‚ÄĚ¬† Blah, blah, blah.¬† I‚Äôve heard it all.
So, unless you‚Äôve won the fantasy baseball lottery, you have at least one guy who‚Äôs seen Dr. Freeze.¬† Let‚Äôs find you some decent options to replace those points.¬† There’s a lot of variance in scoring systems for points leagues, so make sure you understand which categories are of the greatest or least importance in your league.¬† With each of the following players, I‚Äôll highlight typical point formats that they‚Äôll be of more use in.¬† As per the usual, I‚Äôm not gonna focus on the top 100 guys.¬† Here‚Äôs some value to buy at a discount for your points league.
Everyone is holding themselves in anticipation of Mat Latos and Taijuan Walker making their 2014 debuts.¬† I‚Äôm not trying to sit here and say that they won‚Äôt be really good, but there is a very small chance that you are going to be able to buy them via waivers or trade for any decent value. ¬†However, my fantasy desires are for are the returns of lesser covered James Paxton and Michael Pineda. ¬†Look, both of these guys are young and unproven, but they both have been coveted Mariners and have ace or #2 potential. ¬†They both have shown in small sample sizes that they can perform in every single category and they have shoulder issues which tend to be less career threatening than multiple TJs‚Ä¶ hookers be damned.
Ian Kennedy has been extremely solid so far for the Friars.¬† He‚Äôs had a couple of crappy seasons but moving from a top 5 run producing park to a top 5 run suppressing park has proven to be as helpful as it sounds on paper.¬† So far this year he‚Äôs sporting a 3.59 ERA with a K/9 over 9.¬† The catch here is that his offense is atrocious and that is gonna cost him some wins.¬† If you‚Äôre league heavily values wins and penalizes losses he‚Äôs not a top target guy.¬† Otherwise he is.¬† Oh, his FIP is 3.02 so there‚Äôs not a lotta flukey going on here.¬† Any guy who throws half his starts in Petco is worth a look as a streamer and Kennedy is probably solid gold unless he‚Äôs facing the Rockies or D-Backs on the road.
If you got a league that loves to give you crazy points for Ks and doesn‚Äôt penalize heavily for a lack of innings or a lack of wins (a byproduct of a pitcher who can‚Äôt go deep) then you should seriously take a look at Danny Salazar, Tim Lincecum and Francisco Liriano.¬† Lincecum has kinda been who he is so far this year but he‚Äôll have some more games where he shines and gives you elite points.¬† I expect Salazar and Liriano to improve for the rest of the year in general, but I especially like them in points leagues that reward Ks.¬† They both are great at getting the K when in trouble and the trouble seems to be self inflicted.¬† ERA should drop as well due to some FIP correction.
Chris Archer is a young and studly Tampa Bay pitcher who is just finding his groove.¬† I think he‚Äôs going to rival Price/Cobb/Moore production as soon as he settles into the bigs.¬† That might be happening right now.¬† If his owners this year are still feeling iffy due to the slow start, snatch Chris Archer ASAP. ¬†He’s FIPping .77 better than he’s ERAing so he’s not fapping around. ¬†A good target to trade your “hot start guy” in exchange for.
Jim Johnson will be a top 5 relief pitcher in August and September.¬† I’m confident.¬† The A‚Äôs are too.¬† The A‚Äôs players and coaches seem to love him.¬† The A‚Äôs fans think he‚Äôs a poison and I think it‚Äôs affected him. ¬†They also have to trudge through excrement fields to make it to their seats so I’d be ready to boo too. ¬†Oh, the condition of Oakland sports‚Ä¶ He‚Äôs worth owning, absolutely if he‚Äôs available on your wire to hold. ¬†By the All-Star break Bob will give him a Melvin and he’ll get his act together.
Bring your league specific details to the table and hit me in the comments.
POINTS ARE POINTS