Fantasy Baseball: Helmuth’s Half Dozen – Week 1
Christmas morning, the first day of hunting season and Opening Day — ask my dad which of the three is his favorite holiday and it would be impossible for him to choose. Me, however, Opening Day is a near tie for first place…and not with hunting Bambi.
To say I'm excited baseball is finally back is like saying a college Freshman is happy to be Spring Breaking in Panama City, Flor., only he's seeing way more boobs. So good for you, you college Frosh, you. That's okay, we fantasy nerds have way more fun…right? Right?
Anywho, on to the show, the first edition of Helmuth's Half Dozen, where yours truly dishes out the six most important pieces of fantasy baseball advice each week in an attempt to improve — and hopefully not totally drive into oblivion — your fantasy team. But let's be honest, if I have to choose between killing Bambi or your fantasy team I'm choosing your fantasy team every time.
Pick-Up Of The Week!
Player that should be owned but could still be on the waiver wire in your league.
Charlie Blackmon OF – Colorado
He's a 27-year-old with limited experience but crazier things have happened. Blackmon is opening up the season on an absolute tear, hitting .542 with a home run and couple swipes. While there is no way he can keep up this MVP pace (this is his first season with full playing time) I do think Blackmon can contribute to most fantasy teams. Ride him while he's hot and try to sell as he cools down.
Helmuth Hail Mary
It's worth a long shot, but picking up this guy might be your lottery ticket for 2013.
Melky Cabrera OF – Toronto
Don't look now — okay do — but the guy I drafted last year after a PED bust, meaning I cursed him for the year, evidently, has started off the season as hot as anyone and is available in nearly 70 percent of leagues. He has 3 home runs and is hitting .323. I would take a shot on him real fast. After all, maybe it was the pressure of a new contract with a new team in a new city that got to him last year. Or maybe it was just 'roids and now he's about to get busted yet again…What do you have to lose?!
On the lookout for the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.
George Springer OF – Houston
The season just started so there is no way to get excited about any amazing numbers our minor-league heroes are producing, but Springer took Chris Crawford's No. 1 spot on his Fantasy Prospects list. If you have room for an N/A player on your roster, Springer will be up by mid-season and should produce right away. He's arguably the best player in minor league baseball and was just a few homers away last year from becoming one of the only 40/40 players in history.
Remember, Houston wants, er, excuse me, needs, a reason for people to be excited to come to the ballpark. The second-coming of Jeff Bagwell (with speed) is it.
Who is fake gold.
Chris Colabello 1B/OF – Minnesota
Your AL Player of the Week ladies and gents! Colabello is batting near .400 with four doubles…Now we've seen 30-year-olds come out of nowhere and flourish before, ie, Ryan Ludwick. However, Colabello probably isn't that. This is a 30-year-old with only 55 big-league games under his belt before this season and in that time only hit .194 while striking out 32 percent of the time. He has the power to hit 20 home runs but he'll have a very low average and in a weak lineup also means few RBI opportunities. It is also extremely depressing that 30 is considered old in Major League Baseball and he who writes these words turns the big 3-0 later this year.
Thank You Jesus!
Praise Jesus, God, Buddha, Allah, Muhammad, the Oak tree over there! My favorite player has been spared!
Josh Hamilton OF – Los Angeles Angels
I know, I know. He's not out of the woodwork just yet. Not even close, actually. But it has to comfort Hamilton owners — you know the nut jobs who actually drafted him within the top 90 picks — that he's started off the season so well. So far he's 11/22 with 2 home runs. The downside is that he's still striking out around 30 percent — but we all know he's a free-swinger; always has been. Hammy, if he stays healthy, could be back to what we saw close to the end of last year — a player capable of 30 home runs and an average around .265.
Snatching up saves and holds however you can find them.
Jose Valverde RP – New York Mets
This is the ESPN Closer Chart. Bookmark it. Print it. Put a new one under your pillow each time it updates — whatever you need to do to follow it all season. You'll need to stay on top of things if you want to earn saves and/or holds in your league throughout the summer. The Mets are already your No. 1 reason why.
Bobby Parnell, who was supposed to miss a few weeks — ya right — has now confirmed he'll need Tommy John surgery. As of right now, if you want instant saves with incredible instability and chewed off finger nails, Valverde is your guy. However, Sandy Alderson, along with every other sane person, knows this is most likely a temporary solution, as he won't completely verbally commit to Valverde being the team's closer long term.
If you're in a deep league, pick up — gross I know — Kyle Farnsworth, or — someone I find much more intriguing — Jeurys Familia. Even if they're not closing they might get you some holds until they do.
Jonathan Broxton RP – Cincinnati
Also see if Brox-baby is available in your league. He's coming off the DL and will most likely be the team's closer until Aroldis Chapman returns. Because, ya know, that Hoover guy is awful.
Hitter of the Week:
Mark Trumbo 1B/OF – Arizona: .314/5/13
Hurler of the Week:
Jose Fernandez SP – Miami: Can finally have a beer: 12.2 IP, 2 W, 17 K, 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP
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