Fantasy Baseball Pitchers That Get Licked Over

Big Boy Blanton

Those of you that know the flukie from football know that I look for those players that are undervalued. In football I constantly looked for the breakout WRs. In baseball I always look for those breakout pitchers. Fantasy baseball express did a great piece on NL starting pitchers. I’m going to pick off those I feel have value late in a draft. I like NL pitchers because the NL traditionally doesn’t hit as well as the AL because they do not have a DH.

Barry Zito – Yes, he was on my roster last year. I actually traded away the catcher on Minnesota who I will leave nameless because he screwed me last year for Zito. Most called me crazy but I had Posada on my team and he was serviceable most of the way. Zito wasn’t even on the post season roster last year. He is typically disappointing but he was hot early on in 2010. I only advocate for Zito in late rounds in a team where your pitching is weak. His 2010 campaign: 4.15 ERA, 9-14, and 150 strikouts.

Joe Blanton – Yes, I’m a Phillie homer I’m not gonna deny it. I’m touched that the big 4 included him in their spring training press conference. The big question of the spring is whether Blanton will still be on the roster opening day. I say there is a 30% chance. However, if he is on the roster he holds some great sleeper value. He had an off year in 2010 (though it was better then Zito): 4.82 ERA, 9-6, 134 strikeouts. If Blanton is gone I would grab Kyle Kendrick as a serviceable option. Understand the whole premise of this piece is serviceable starters in a deep 14-16 team fantasy league.

Brett “F”in Myers – This man is a complete and total tool. However, when he doesn’t melt down he has legit value in fantasy baseball. I know him from his days as a Phil when he was beating his wife. He has one year in the Phillie’s minors with the Astros. It is sad to say he is probably going to be the ace on their rotation. This does give him opportunity and his 2010 numbers weren’t half bad – 3.14 ERA, 14-8, and 180 strikeouts.

Randy “old man” Wolf – Another Phillie has been. I’m honestly shocked this beaten up old left hander is still in MLB. Granted, I should know better, lefties are hard to find in baseball today- especially starters! Take him with a grain of salt he is starting to fade. 2010: 4.17 ERA, 13-12, 142 strikeouts.

Feel free to hop on over to fantasy baseball express for their full list of NL starting pitchers they feel are valuable. I only see these 4 as worth a roster spot to start the year.


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