Saying “goodbye” can be very difficult in life, whether it is being said to a family member, employer, girlfriend, etc. Time and emotions were likely invested which tightened the knot holding the two parties together. To a much smaller extent, wishing a key member of your fantasy baseball team “farewell” may also be a tearful task. With only several weeks left in the season, this difficult time may be approaching for your team. The Fantasy Sharks’ team needs to slim down and march forward as we sit in seventh place, but only 8.5 points from fourth.
I have two players that I have debated on keeping or setting free. Lance Berkman’s 2012 season could not be any different than last season. Berkman rebounded in 2011 with 31 home runs and .301 average, but most importantly played 145 games. Although owners were aware of the risk of drafting the injury riddled 36-year-old first basemen, 28 games played has been difficult to swallow. After another injury last week, it was time to take a deep breath and cut ties.
One of the most consistent sluggers over the last two years has been Jose Bautista. My first-round pick was sluggish out of the gate, but then swatted 23 home runs through May and June. As Bautista prepared for a monster second half, he suffered a wrist injury that has sidelined him since July 16. Almost a month later, it appears Bautista will return to the lineup soon as he hit of a tree pain-free recently. Do not dump Bautista.
Take a dive with me as we review several key performances over the last week.
Justin Ruggiano - The Miami Marlins’ have been a disappointment this season, but Ruggiano has been one bright spot. Even with Giancarlo Stanton returning, Ruggiano should maintain his role in the starting lineup. He knocked two home runs and stole two bases last week, which reiterated his value to owners.
Eric Chavez - Chavez has been insignificant in the fantasy baseball world for several years until recently. With Alex Rodriguez recovering from injury, he has earned regular playing time and accumulated 13 home runs this season. In fact, he has hit five home runs over the last 10 games. Chavez deserves to be owned and started with this hot streak, but do not pay much as Rodriguez’s return is around the corner.
Freddy Garcia - Garcia is another seasoned veteran that drank from the New York Yankees’ Fountain of Youth. His numbers are not jaw-dropping, but has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. He is an attractive spot started and worthy of ownership in deep leagues.