Fantasy Baseball Tumbling Dice: Slow ... and Rock Steady

by Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com on April 16, 2013 @ 14:00:00 PDT

 

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If you do that, suddenly your team is an offensive weapon.

I have written a bunch about Mark Buehrle, whom I always seem to grab near the end of mock drafts, or in auction drafts for a few bucks.

Toronto Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle
Buehrle: no whiz, just results

But, like Zito, while not being a strikeout wizard, Buehrle simply delivers. With 12 straight seasons of more than 200 innings pitched, and a mean of 14-11, 3.83 ERA, with 125 punchouts, the numbers might not scream No. 1 starter, but again, as a fifth or sixth guy over a Justin Masterson gamble, which is the prudent path?

Last on today's list is Ty Wigginton. I actually suggested Wigginton as a player in an article a few weeks back and someone asked if I really considered Wigginton a starter.

Well, the impulse answer is "No, of course not." But, over the course of Wigginton's 12 years in the majors, his average line is .262-21-72, and only three times over that spread of a dozen seasons did the versatile infielder earn less than 360 at-bats, and as a result, double-digit dingers.

So, like it or not, Wigginton just seems to get the playing time one way or another and deliver the goods, for better or worse.

Which is the ultimate point: While it is fun and wonderful to own the next big thing as in a Manny Machado or Jose Fernandez, generally, the guys who are the backbone of your team are the everyday workmen players a la Buehrle, Wigginton, Zito, and Ellis.

Don't make the mistake of dismissing them.

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About Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com

Lawr Michaels has been a player in the fantasy baseball industry since he began writing for John Benson in 1993. He has written for STATS, Inc, was the first fantasy columnist for CBS Sportsline, and has appeared in numerous journals and on websites. In 1996, he founded CREATiVESPORTS, a staple for serious fantasy players, which he merged into Mastersball in 2010.

Over the years, Lawr has participated in a wide variety of playing formats and won numerous titles, including AL Tout Wars crowns in 2001 and 2009. Along with his Mastersball duties, Lawr works for MLB.com as a statistician.

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