Posts Tagged ‘Nick Swisher’

Fantasy Baseball Debate Me: Nick Swisher or Jay Bruce: I take Swish for @FP911 (Fantasy Pros 911)

Fantasy Baseball Debate Me: Nick Swisher or Jay Brucehttp://fp911.com/debate-me-nick-swisher-or-jay-bruce/.

I take the Nick Swisher side of the debate in this one!

Mike Siano and Buck Davidson join the guys for Fantasy Feb on Baseball Daily Digest Radio

Joel and I were joined by Mike Siano and Buck Davidson for a special February Fantasy edition of Baseball Daily Digest Radio:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefantasyinsiders/2012/02/14/baseball-daily-digest-radio-with-joel-henard-and-albert-lang.

We talked A.J. Burnett, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Bryce Harper, Nick Swisher, Jay Bruce, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Upton, Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo, Cory Luebke, Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, Matt Wieters, Stephen Strasburg, Matt Moore, B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist, Prince Fielder, Brett Lawrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, and much more!

 

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with @JoelHenard & ME at 7:00 PM ET

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang – and we will be joined by Mike Siano and Buck Davidson:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefantasyinsiders/2012/02/14/baseball-daily-digest-radio-with-joel-henard-and-albert-lang.

We’ll talk A.J. Burnett, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Bryce Harper, Nick Swisher, Jay Bruce, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Upton, jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo, Erick Aybar, Cory Luebke, Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria, Matt Wieters, Stephen Strasburg, Matt Moore, B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist, Prince Fielder, Brett Lawrie, Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis D’Arnaud, J.P. Arencibia, Nelson Cruz, Shane Victorino, Starlin Castro, Brian Matusz, Mike Stanton, Carlos Santana, Daniel Hudson and much more!

Lock, Stock and Taking Stock, Part 2

Lock, Stock and Taking Stock, Part 2

http://razzball.com/lock-stock-and-taking-stock-part-2/

h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold Fantasy Baseball) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

‘Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Corey Patterson – One time Oriole great (I kid), Patterson is getting consistent playing time for the Jays. In the last week, he went 11/29, scored eight runs and hit two homers. He now has four bombs and seven steals on the year. Last year, Patterson hit .269/.315/.406 with eight homers and 21 steals in 341 plate appearances for the Orioles. At this point, a 10 HR, 20 SB campaign is almost a given. There will be a dry spell, but, so far, he has cut down on the strike-outs a tad. Patterson is now a quality player for 12-team leagues, my god.

Allen Craig – Even without the second base eligibility, Craig would have been a star over the last week (11/22, eight RBIs). Also with just 98 at bats, Craig is the 16th ranked second baseman on the year – and can only go up. Craig, an eighth round pick in 2006, has torched minor league pitching (.308/.369/.517) and AAA especially (.321/.380/.548). With the various injuries surrounding the Cardinals’ offense, Craig’s bat will find a consistent place. As that happens, he’s going to hit over .300 with at least 10 more homers on the year. Sounds like the makings of a near top-10 second baseman.

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h2h Corner ~ The Buddy Garrity, Don Draper, Ed Norton Sales Convention

Buddy Garrity sales time (sell now)
When it is Buddy Garrity sales time, you should be moving players immediately. These are players that will likely regress to means or not perform as well as they have been (i.e., sell high candidates).

Jeff Francoeur – I didn’t think he was even worth writing about; however, someone asked if they should trade Johnny Damon for Jeff Francoeur. Sure, he is the Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Knowing ADP – How To Win Your League Before It Starts: Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher – Current ADP 121; 33rd OF – My Rank: 54th hitter; 25th OF

This is where I get to claim that I don’t have an unnaturally negative bias of the New York Yankees because of a 12-year-old boy.

Swisher has hit 29 HRs on the nose for the Yankees the last two seasons. He also hit .270 over his time with the club and added 86 RBIs/season and 88 runs/season.

Sure his .288 average last year (owing to a .335 BABip) is somewhat of a mirage – his career BABip is just .286. However his near 25% walk rate will continue to get him on base and scoring runs for a potent line-up. Even if he bats .260, he’ll post a .360 OBP, which means he’ll score 90 runs or so. He also has the potential to eclipse 30 HRs, with 25+ a lock and knock in 80 at minimum.

Give his ability to put up the counting stats, add in a decent amount of homeruns and not completely destroy your batting average, I’m surprised at how low he is going.

I’d much rather have Swisher than someone like Delmon Young who wont score nearly the same amount of runs and possibly hit 10 less HRs – ditto for Corey Hart and Nick Markakis and Vernon Wells and Alfonso Soriano. Swisher is a #2 OF for your squad who you can get at a #3’s price. As a 10th rounder, he provides a ton of value.

Feel free to share your insights below or at my Twitter (@h2h_corner).

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Maximizing every drop of value in every pick is hugely important. Taking a player in the fifth round that you could just as easily have taken in the sixth round is a major mistake. To avoid this, you need to know all about Average Draft Position (ADP).

While no two drafts are identical, knowing where a player typically goes gives you a general idea of where he will go in your draft. That said, be sure to do homework on your league mates subjective tendencies. For example, if there are Red Sox fans, be sure to snag guys like Lester and Youkilis a bit earlier than you normally would. In addition, you should talk up your sleepers before the draft (discretely of course) to see if anyone is on to them. If you don’t, an opponent with an itchy trigger finger who hasn’t done his ADP homework might snag one of your sleepers a round before anyone else is typically taking him.

Now that you know WHY ADP is important, I want to show you HOW to exploit it by highlighting those players who are going too low compared to players with similar ADPs. You can grab an ADP report at Mock Draft Central.

Feel free to share your insights below or at my Twitter (@h2h_corner).

h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small. That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

Normally, in this section, I take time to talk about something from Katy Perry’s life and how it applies to fantasy. Instead, please allow me a semi-brief reality TV rant. Why am I doing this? Well because it is a long baseball season and a guy needs to switch something up every now and again (just ask Hugh). Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ The Buddy Garrity, Don Draper, Ed Norton Sales Convention

Buddy Garrity sales time (sell now)
When it is Buddy Garrity sales time, you should be moving players immediately. These are players that will likely regress to means or not perform as well as they have been (i.e., sell high candidates). In addition, they include guys I don’t think will perform well at all during the rest of the season. These are players you are best cutting your losses with. Continue reading

h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

This week I want to remind you that everyone has a bad week. In h2h leagues, you aren’t going to win them all (unless you’re Biff), so you need to recognize what is a one week aberration (say like Katy Perry having sweaty breasts) and what predicts a large trend.

‘Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

David Freese – I’ll be the nine-millionth person to make a Mr. Freeze joke, simply because I believe Batman and Robin to be the quintessential superhero movie. Unlike his gubernatorial counterpart, Freese has been scorching hot lately (.519 AVG, three HRs and 14 RBIs). Sure, this is likely his best seven-day stretch of the season, but he should be owned in most deep leagues. In 112 Major League ABs, he has a .348 average. In the minors, he hit .308 over 1,456 at bats. He is definitely capable of putting up an average that doesn’t kill you. He also gets to hit behind Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus, meaning he should get his share of RBIs. Not a bad combination.

John Buck – Sure “Fear the Deer” swept the country last week, but John Buck took it to a whole new level (.450 AVG, four HRs and eighth RBIs). Once part of a massive deal that included Carlos Beltran, Buck has never lived up to the hype that the high profile trade indicated. He is a career .236 hitter, who hasn’t hit double digit HRs since 2007. Nothing to see here.

Nick Swisher – Swisher was, just seven days ago, in Katy’s doghouse. Now he’s batting clean-up for her All-stars. Still that didn’t stop me from telling people to buy on Nick the Swish (only 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues). Over the last week, he scored eight runs, smacked two HRs, knocked in seven and hit .467. The batting average won’t be this high, but he’ll put up runs, RBIs and HRs week after week. If he’s available, grab him

JD Drew – About the only Red Sox putting up a fight against the mighty Orioles, Drew has hit .435 with three HRs and seven RBIs over the last seven days. May is typically Drew’s best month of the season. For his career he has hit .281 and smacked the second most HRs of his career during May, most likely in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. He’s a good fourth outfielder to have during this stretch, yet is only 34 percent owned.

Scott Hairston – The fighting Hairstons have made a fantasy appearance! Over the last seven days, Scott surged along with the surging Padres. He hit .368 and added two HRs and steals. At this point, we know who Hairston his: a 17 HR, 10 SB, .265 hitter. That’s not worthless; he should be gobbled up in deep and NL-only leagues.

Jon Garland – Garland has a pretty spectacular two-start last seven days (13 IPs, 13 Ks, a 0.69 ERA and 1.08 WHIP). For his career, he’s never posted the type of K-rate we are seeing now (4.7 career versus 5.9 in 2010). Still, maybe he likes pitching in cavernous NL West parks. His k-rate for the Dodgers last year was 6.4. Garland is capable of posting 10 wins, an ERA around 4.00 and a WHIP around 1.35. Will he hit those numbers? Probably not, but he could come close.

Jhoulys Chacin – It’s not often that a youngster strikes Katy’s fancy in his first week in the Bigs. Well Chacin, a big time Rockies prospect, but up a lot of Ks (nine) in just eight innings. He also didn’t allow an earned run, while getting a victory. This K-rate is somewhat to be expected (he struck out 13 in 11 MLB IPs last season – of course he also walked 11). The walk has been a major issue for Chacin, as he has progressed (6.1 BB/9 in AAA). He did bring this number down to a more manageable 4.6 in 2010, but that was in only 21.1 IPs. He’s a good speculative add, but it’ll likely be a real rocky season (pardon the pun).

Chris Volstad – Volstad pitched a complete game, one-run, eight-K affair last week. Sure, it was against the Nationals, but this guy has real potential. Volstad, just 23, was a first round pick in 2005 and has a career 1.36 WHIP with a 5.7 K/9 rate. He might not find himself this year, but he has pitched himself into streaming worthy already.

Then you’re cold…then you’re no…then you’re out…then you’re down

Mark Buehrle – The best thing I can say about Buehrle is that I was playing against him when he threw his perfect game, yet my opponent had him benched. Last week he had two disastrous starts: 6.94 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and just five Ks in 11.2 IPs. Further, he hasn’t allowed less than four runs in any start except opening day. I wouldn’t be starting him at the moment.

Johan Santana – Santana hurt teams mightily over the last seven days: 9.2 IPs, seven Ks, a 9.31 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. April and May are, historically, Santana’s worst months, so it might get a tad worse over the next 30 days. However, he hasn’t been miserable in 2010 (29 Ks in 34 IPs, a 4.50 ERA and 1.29 WHIP). He is 31, so his days as a fantasy dominator might be nearing conclusion, but he’ll still post useable WHIPs and a good K-rate.

Randy Wolf – Wolf pitched a bit over his ability last year. And he pitched a bit under his ability last week (13 IPs, nine Ks, a 4.15 ERA and 1.77 WHIP). His 2009 1.10 WHIP won’t be happening this year, but he’ll likely end up around 1.35. Last week was just some bad shakes, he’ll still be a slightly above average fantasy starter.

Jose Guillen – To quote the plant Earth, “welcome back Jose Guillen.” Over the last seven days, Guillen has hit .080 with just one RBI. He is clearly not this bad and, also, not as good as he was going. Guillen, if he remains sane/healthy, should hit around .270 with 20 HRs. He’s not bad, he’s just not Hercules.

Adam Lind – Lind started off hot, but left a cold wake the last seven days (one run and a .120 AVG). Not surprisingly he has a .133 BAbip during that span. This is really just a seven day blip on what will be a pretty darn good season.

Dan Uggla – Weeks like this are why I advocated for Uggla to be a potential trade chip. Over the last seven days, he has hit .158. The .295 AVG he has posted so far is a fraud. We know what Uggla is at this point: a 30-HR hitting, .260 batting useful second basemen. If anyone is willing to buy a batting average surge, go ahead and sell. Otherwise, just relax and enjoy his streakiness.

Prince Fielder – Fielder clearly didn’t use Ryan Howard’s mega-contract as incentive to smack the ball around (.130 AVG and one HR over the last seven days). He’s had an abysmal start to the season and people are beginning to wonder if he’s an every other year player. He was great in 2007 and 2009 and slightly above average in 2008. Still, he’s never been a fast starter (career: .271 AVG with his second smallest HR total in March/April). I expect him to pick it up big over the next few weeks.

All stats as of May 4.

FB101’s 411: Be sure you know how to judge a hot streak. Swisher and Freese make good adds. Keep your eye on Garland, Chacin and Volstad. You are allowed to give up on Mark Buehrle.

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