The Big Hurt

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.
Rick
Wilton
March 08, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
Sometimes first impressions can lead us down the wrong road. Take the first base talent pool for example. With the latest news that Ryan Howard had suffered a setback in his rehab from Achilles tendon surgery last fall, it seems that at least in the NL with the departures of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, that first base was going to be void of major power hitters. But it's not like fantasy owners in NL-only leagues are going to be scrambling for power.
Rick
Wilton
February 22, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
When you buy a home, you go through a checklist of items including price, affordability, location, the condition of the house and what repairs need to be done. You do your do diligence. Preparing for fantasy drafts should be similar in two respects. First, preparation should be as thorough in regards to having a checklist. Second, you should cover all areas, including the negative aspects of the players health.
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