The Big Hurt

Rick
Wilton
April 15, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
There is never a good time to suffer an injury to a starting pitcher because of the lack of replacement options, but early in the season you do have a few more choices. Thus getting the jump on the potential injury situation is important. Here is a look at a handful of starters and their early season struggles. Are they struggling early on due to some sort of hidden injury or just early season rust?
Rick
Wilton
April 08, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
Now that all of the positional injury reports are done, how can they help you both on draft day and during the season in managing your roster? In general use the charts below and reports under Dr. HQ as an overall look at each position and leagues. It’s not a foolproof system but it does tell you where the injury mine fields are so you can adjust your draft strategies. Here's several examples of how to use these reports is to help increase your odds of winning your league.
Rick
Wilton
April 05, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
This is the last of the positional reviews. Up until this point we have not seen a group that should cause anyone to make significant changes to your draft list. There are a lot of names on this list; does it mean it will be tougher to avoid injury risk for National league starters in 2012?
Rick
Wilton
April 01, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
While building a starting pitching staff isn’t nearly as frustrating as finding a healthy closer, it still can be a challenge. Remember a little over one-third of the pitchers who will pitch in the majors this season will spend time on the DL, which doesn’t help. As hard as it is to build an effective staff, we need to reduce our risk on draft day. Here is a look at American League starters who might be at risk this season.
Rick
Wilton
March 28, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
Hands down, the closer position is the most frustrating in fantasy baseball. There are seasons where near 50% of the closers on Opening Day are not in the same role by the end of the season. Some lose their job because of ineffectiveness and even more due to injuries. Any edge you can get for draft day can only help you increase the odds of not getting burned by leaning on a high risk closer.
Rick
Wilton
March 27, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
On the surface, the National League appeared to have lost a tremendous amount of offense with Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols moving over to the American League. Are there injury risks in the NL outfield pool that will make it even tougher to find top-notch offensive power?
Rick
Wilton
March 26, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
A quick glance at the American League outfield includes a couple of marquee names in the news this spring: Carl Crawford of the Red Sox and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers. Does that mean the American League is made up of major offensive players with lots of risk this draft day? Let’s find out.
Rick
Wilton
March 17, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
While there aren’t any major injury situations, injuries to veterans like Youkilis, Rolen, Polanco, Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones signals that this group is aging and fast.
Rick
Wilton
March 15, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
[FREE] Unlike their keystone counterparts, the shortstop group has more than their share of injury situations. You have top of the chart types in Reyes, Ramirez and Tulowitzki, a veteran like Furcal and up-and-comer Drew who had a gruesome ankle injury last season. Tread carefully with this group.
Rick
Wilton
March 10, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
In a lot of ways baseball is a game of cycles, including injuries. Right now we are dealing with few familiar names dealing with injury situations at second base. There have been years where this position has been deluged with injuries but not this year. Enjoy the “down cycle” while it lasts.
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