Saturday, June 06, 2009

How Valuable Are Prospects in Your Fantasy League?

posted by Jon Williams
I'm in leagues that treat prospects like a precious resource not to be squandered and in other leagues that treat rookies and young players as worthless (until they hit 30 homers or steal 20 bases).

Check out this article by Joe Posnanski about pitchers taken with the number one pick and why MLB should allow draft picks to be traded. You may also find this Jayson Stark article interesting. Joe references it in his piece.

How are these players valued in your leagues? Share with the group in the comments section.






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4 Comments:

Blogger Collette Family said...

They're very valuable to me - as I trade them to secure money in the current season :) I traded Wieters and Price in the same deal in March 2008 to get Kazmir and Johjima about a week before Kazmir had the elbow issue and Johjima decided to suck. I still won the league and I'm winning it again this year. I just do not let prospects hold up a trade or tie up a roster spot while I look ahead. There are plenty of prospects to restock and I'd rather get today's production rather than tomorrow's promise in a trade.

Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 6:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Joely08 said...

I'm in mostly Yahoo! public leagues, so it's a lot different for me. I say it's different because the people usually don't research/read about fantasy baseball so they have no idea about young guys and stuff.

Usually beneficial for me, but at the same time, kind of boring in a sense there isn't much competition.

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3:21:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Schruender said...

One of the options that was left off suits me. Deep league. If players like Joel Pineiro and Tim Wakefield are on rosters, you know a guy like Tommy Hanson makes a big splash. I also think the K/9 with guys like Hanson and Price is can't miss since they have such live arms and hitters have never seen them before. So leagues with innings limits which usually pertain to rotisserie leagues are benefitting from the youth movement.

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 2:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

Joel, you've gotta look for a more competitive league! I do a lot of trading of prospects but I also keep a select few to build my keeper league teams around.

Schruender, you bring up a great point. With MLB teams focusing more on their farm systems younger players are obviously going to play larger roles.

Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 7:27:00 PM EDT  

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