It's true. Fantasy Baseball Today is done for the 2014 season. I mean, we'll still have on-demand segments offering weekly start-sit advice and early previews to 2015, so don't go thinking this is the last video to annoyingly auto-play at the top of a blog post. But as far as the live show goes, complete with user phone calls, embarrassingly fruitless rounds of Fantasy Feud and occasional visits from Jon Heyman, finito.
But we did one last look at roster trends, which typically depict the players getting the most buzz. This late in the year, that buzz might just carry them through to the end
Here are the thoughts I didn't get to share in the video:
Carlos Carrasco is awesome. I've talked before about his velocity, how it's among the highest of any starting pitcher, and he continued to pound the strike zone with it Thursday against the White Sox. I understand Al Melchior's skepticism given his history, but again, this late in the year, I'm sticking with the hot hand -- especially since, in Carrasco's case, it could be a breakout similar to the one Jake Arrieta had earlier this year.
I refer to Shane Greene as a streaming option early in the video before backtracking later, but the backtrack had more to do with the tone I used than the actual words. My attitude isn't really, "meh, I guess he's a streaming option," but "oh boy, he's a streaming option!" And my rest-of-season rankings reflect it: He's ahead of Chris Tillman, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel, among others.
Those in need of some closer help with so many of the mainstays succumbing to overuse or whatever else is plaguing Koji Uehara and Steve Cishek right now really shouldn't sleep on Hector Rondon. The reasoning I provide in the video pretty much speaks for itself, but I'll add that in 22 appearances since the beginning of July, he has a 1.29 ERA.
I think comparing Jorge Soler to Avisail Garcia, as Al did, sells the former a little short. Garcia is still just a curiosity at this point, an on-the-job learner whose physical gifts haven't translated to actual production. Soler is already on the verge of greatness. I said he was the most prepared of any of the hitting prospects to arrive this year, which isn't completely true. George Springer was even more prepared. But Soler's strikeout rate probably won't hinder him the same way.
Even though I like Steve Pearce more than Kennys Vargas in Head-to-Head points leagues the rest of the way -- spoiler alert! -- Vargas will appear in my next Start and Sit Hitters column as the top sleeper for Fantasy Week 23 (Sept. 1-7).
Speaking of, I better get cracking on that. Jeez, it's almost noon.