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2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Zach Britton & Other Surprising Young Studs

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Zach Britton

Rookie Zach Britton has been the surprise of the Orioles.

Every year, after the draft, fantasy baseball managers look to bolster their lineups with minor league talent, hoping the call to the majors is not far off.  Already in 2011 we have seen one of these moves pay off, for the Orioles as well as fantasy owners.  Zach Britton, a hard throwing lefty who has, to an extent, taken the league by storm: five wins in the first six weeks of the season, along with a sub-2.50 ERA and a phenomenal WHIP (1.02).  Is this the start of a top-of-the-rotation type career, or a sell high opportunity?

Well, probably both.  Britton is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, and he’s left-handed to boot.  His secondary stats are phenomenal, which will win fantasy leagues; under the surface his BABIP of 0.219 gives some indication that he has had the benefit of more than a few lucky bounces.  (more…)

Five Replacements for Ike Davis in Your Fantasy Baseball Lineup

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Need some names to replace Ike Davis in your fantasy baseball lineup? We've got you covered.

Many fantasy baseball teams, not to mention the Mets, were dealt a blow this week when Ike Davis (1B, NYM) went down with an ankle injury.  Davis was coming on strong in his second full season in the majors.  Thusfar, Ike Davis’ season was favorably comparable to Albert Pujols’.  How can fantasy owners cope with the loss of a guy who was the 12th ranked first baseman over thusfar in 2011?

This is where fantasy baseball gets fun.  When the perennial sluggers and first-rounders are taken, and a sudden need crops up, there is plenty of overlooked talent, available in most leagues, that can help minimize damages.   (more…)