In between looking up stats, watching, & traveling to games, I host the Fantasy Nomad Show for RotoInfo.com covering all things Fantasy Sports Related. FSWA member.
Each week I will highlight some stats that I feel help paint a better picture of a player’s performance and/or projected performance. The first entry will focus on two players who have changed teams this off-season and whether their Fantasy Stock has improved, declined, or stayed relatively the same, and at what value you should or should not buy them at.
Edwin Jackson: Buying if at Big Lot Value
I have never owned Jackson in any Fantasy Baseball league, but that trend may end this year. Edwin Jackson’s history has shown us that he can be a very erratic pitcher at times and a very good pitcher at times. He has yet to put together a full year of solid production, but he is only 28 years old and has shown some improvement in last couple years. I do not suggest you reach for EJax, but if he is available at pick 170 (or later) he is worth a flier, because he should provide a slightly higher return value. His new team, the Nationals are not considered a good defensive team, but according to Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) rating the Nationals are extremely better then the two teams he played for in 2010. The Nationals are young and with another year of experience under their belt, and a healthy Ryan Zimmerman, you have to feel Nationals will show some improvement defensively, which will only help the ground ball pitching Edwin Jackson’s chances of exceeding current ADP expectations.
Prince Fielder: Would Buy Over Teixeira, but rather find value at position later in drafts.
With the news that Leyland will have free swinging Delmon Young batting behind Prince, instead of say Alex Avila, you can expect Fielder’s IBB totals to possibly double. Add in the fact that Prince will have to adjust to American League pitching, along with at least a part-time role as a DH, and you can expect many of Prince’s power numbers to regress. If you miss out on the top tier first basemen of Cabrera, AGon, Pujols, or Votto I would recommend waiting to draft a first basemen later in the draft. But, if you really feel like you need to get a first basemen in the second round I recommend drafting Prince over Teixeira. I’d rather own a player who will be walked a lot, alas Bonds or Pujols, then a first basemen that is speaking of “bunting more this season,” as Teixeira was recently quoted saying.
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