Fantasy Stock Market: First Edition

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Most fantasy general managers are not looking to make any trades considering the season hasn’t really started yet.  I am not most fantasy GMs.  I am already scouring the market and looking to make moves.  I am always looking to improve my team.  Typically I finish the season having made a ton of trades.  Sometimes it is the most trades in the entire league.   A particular number isn’t coming to mind, but you can ask my league mates.  They will tell you that I am always ready to wheel and deal.  In one of my leagues I have already been a part of a three team deal.  Danny Ainge ain’t got nothin’ on me!

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Even though games are just getting underway and players don’t even have any meaningful stats yet, I still believe there are moves to be made that can help you contend for a title.  I don’t kid myself.  Not all of the moves that I make turn out to be great.  There are some deals that you make that just do not work out for you.  It is what it is, but I think over a season the deals I make are more positive than they are negative.  My name is Matt Desrosiers, and I will gladly be your fantasy baseball trade broker.  Here are my some of my probably way too early trade ideas. 

BUY Eloy Jimenez

The young slugger’s fantasy value is skyrocketing.  Chicago just gave the outfielder a Major League contract so he will break camp on the big league club.  Usually it isn’t sound advice to tell someone to buy when the price is high.  That may be the case in most situations, except when its value will continue to soar.  I think Jimenez has as much upside as any of the young players across the league.  If Vlad Guerrero Jr is the next Miguel Cabrera and Ronald Acuna is this generations Vlad Guerrero Sr., than Jimenez has the potential to be the next Manny Ramirez.  Yes, both Papa Guerrero and Baby Guerrero can absolutely rake. 

Eloy batted .337 and hit 22 home runs last year in the minors.  This top prospect has an incredible set of skills at the plate.  He is so talented that he could hit for average and power right away.  This spring Jimenez has displayed he has light tower power.  Literally, he damaged light towers with his home runs.  He put a ball through someone’s car window with a homer as well.  If you don’t have Eloy in fantasy, go check on his availability ASAP.  You will probably be told to mess off and that’s okay.  But if his team’s owner is willing to listen, do your best to acquire the future superstar.

SELL Domingo Santana

Santana had a great series in Japan.  The Mariners’ outfielder had a few hits including a grand slam.  Going into draft season Santana was already being hyped due to his raw power.  It could be with good reason, but it was only a couple years ago that he hit 30 home runs for Milwaukee.  And last season he was pushed out of the Brewers outfield rotation due to acquisitions of Lorenzo Cain and 2018 NL MVP, Christian Yelich.  Now with a chance to play most days in Seattle, many think Santana will break out in 2019. 

Santana has a chance at hitting 30 plus home runs again.  Personally, I really like Santana this year, but when you can sell high, you try.  If your team has Santana on it and he is not a personal favorite of yours, now is the time to test the market.  Make sure you don’t give him away, like I said, he has a real chance at breaking out.  Just check around your league to see if someone will give you a top 25-30 OF or an everyday player that fills a hole on your roster, I think you should pull the trigger. 

BUY Clayton Kershaw

I know what you’re thinking… Kershaw is already hurt and has been declining over the past few years.  You’re absolutely correct.  The Dodgers ace is going to start the year on the IL and comes with a ton of risk.  That risk is the exact reason that a window to acquire a player with the talent of a Clayton Kershaw is even open.  If he was healthy and starting opening day for LA, than he would have been a round one draft pick and you would have ZERO chance of acquiring the starting pitcher.  The time to bring in a potential ace like Kershaw is now.

When Kershaw is healthy he is one of the best pitchers in the league.  Reports from Los Angeles recently sound optimistic.  Kershaw seems to be progressing through his throwing program and could return to the rotation before the calendar turns to May.  I can’t wait for the Justin Timberlake “It’s going to be MAY!” meme.  That is neither here nor there.  Acquiring a player that comes with the risk that Kershaw does is most certainly a gamble.  But scared money don’t make money. 


SELL Francisco Lindor

I love Lindor and I think he is super talented.  Unfortunately he has had a nightmare of an offseason.  Before spring training started he hurt his calf and was going to be sidelined for 6-9 weeks.  When that news broke he fell from a top 5 pick to a late rd 1 - early rd 2 pick.  Then reports started surfacing that he was going to try and be ready for Opening Day.  All of a sudden the shortstop’s value started to rise.  So why would you want to trade him away?  Because he just hurt his ankle running the bases in minor league camp.

Lindor is as talented a player as you will find in baseball.  He can run, he can hit and he plays a stellar shortstop.  People know how good he is and that is why you may be able to still get a lot off someone.  If news comes out that the ankle isn’t serious than I would seriously consider moving him.  Optimism will elevate his market value and increase the return you may get back for him.  Even though I think long term Lindor will be a fantastic fantasy player, 2019 may be an unlucky one for the superstar.  Why not see if you can trade him to improve your team early in the season. 

It is never too early to make a deal if you think it will better your team.  If the deal feels right, and you believe in the players coming your way in a trade, then make the move.  Sometimes trades you make early are the reason you win your league.


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