Monday, April 18, 2011

A.L. FAAB Log: April 18, 2011

Bartolo Colon $8. Other bid $3.
With the demotion of Phil Hughes, Colon gets the first crack at filling his shoes for the Yankees. Joe Girardi says that Colon will be limited to about 80-85 pitches, which makes sense given that Colon has worked solely out of the pen thus far this season and didn't pitch in 2010. Colon gets the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He's a decent wins gamble but it is next to impossible to guess how this will turn out. In the long-term, you have to think the Yankees will go out and get someone better.

Smoke and Mirrors 1, Opposition 0. Garcia's first start for the Yankees was a success, as he kept the Rangers powerful line-up off balance and managed to win in impressive fashion. He relies heavily on his defense, so a repeat performance should most definitely not be expected. Garcia's an OK back-end rotation option in deep leagues, but in 5x5 be aware that this isn't where you're going to get your strikeouts.

A classic 4x4 deep league option, thus far in 2010 Sipp has been magnificent. He's taken a little something off of his fastball and added a change to his repertoire, resulting in a greatly reduced walk rate but with enough whiffs to still prove effective. Sipp is a left-handed pitcher but not a LOOGY. He's working his way up the Tribe's pecking order for saves, and could get an opportunity if Chris Perez gets hurt or needs a rest.

Joe Mauer's odd-sounding injury opens up the door for Butera to get at least some of the AB behind the dish for the Twins. He's a weak option, though, who might pop the odd home run but could hurt your batting average if he plays too much. Avoid unless you're ditching batting average.

Jason Vargas. Claimed by 7th, 6th, 4th and 3rd place teams.
I panned Vargas in Rotoman's guide this winter, so you'd think I'm not all that high on him. You'd be right, but I do see some trends in Vargas' favor thus far. He's barely walking anyone, and has been very unlucky thus far on balls in play, which likely explains the egg he laid against the Indians. Be aware that Vargas was a huge beneficiary of Safeco's generous dimensions in 2010, making him more of a match-up play in leagues where you can reserve active Major League players. He's a solid play this week, with two starts at home against the Tigers and the A's.

Mike Cameron. Claimed by 6th, 3rd and 2nd place teams.
Cameron hasn't played much thus far for the Red Sox, and is probably only valuable if there's an injury in front of him. Even then, Cameron's no sure thing for playing time with Darnell McDonald on the squad and Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick waiting in the wings in AAA. Cameron has some pop and maybe some SB in the tank if he does get to play, but even in A.L.-only at this point Cameron is a soft option.

Jack Wilson. Claimed by 4th and 2nd place teams.
Wilson's my first repeat customer for 2011; his owner got scared off when Wilson wound up in Eric Wedge's doghouse. Predictably, Wilson is playing semi-regularly again, but is doing extremely little except stealing bases. Dustin Ackley is off to a slow start at Tacoma, but it still seems like a matter of time to me before Ackley's up and manning the keystone for Seattle. Wilson certainly didn't do himself any favors in the long-term with his erratic behavior.

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