Friday, February 6, 2015

Fantasy Baseball: Buy Low Sell High Candidates

Every year in Fantasy Baseball there are those players that are coming off injuries or are basically unknowns that you can pick up off the scrap heap or trade for and give up virtually nothing in March. By June you are either gloating about your Fantasy Baseball genius or you are kicking yourself in fourth place wondering what could have been. These are those guys you will be or could be talking about in June of 2015:

Adam Lind (MIL) has been nothing short of inconsistent as far as fantasy goes in his career. Lind does consistently struggle against left handed power but when you draft him you aren’t sure if you’re going to get that power he has shown in years past. Moving to Miller Park in Milwaukee from Toronto may or may not help him but the ballpark in Milwaukee is pretty left handed hitting friendly so he is almost a shoe in for 20-25 home runs at worst.

AJ Burnett (PITT) is back in Pittsburgh where he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons posting a combined 3.41 ERA with 8.9 K/9. Burnett’s ERA did jump in 2014 with Philadelphia, 4.59 ERA, and he is entering his age 38 season so the jury is still out whether 2014 will be the exception or the rule going forward in his career but PNC Park is a good pitchers park so I expect it to be more of the exception.

Gavin Floyd (CLE) was pitching his butt off for Atlanta in his first year removed from Tommy John surgery before fracturing his elbow and ending his 2014 season. Floyd had a 2.65 ERA in nine starts showing great control and garnering a ton of ground balls. Floyd is oft injured and will surely be around after the draft is over to pick up for a little depth to stash in your final roster spot.

Jed Lowrie (HOU) is only on the list because of the disappearance of the offensive shortstop. Lowrie is two full seasons removed from hitting 16 home runs in 340 at bats in 2012 and one season removed from hitting .290 in 2013. Anyone leaving Oakland County Coliseum is due for an offensive boost in my opinion and maybe be a Top 5 shortstop in a very barren field in 2015. 

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