Fantasy 101

Fantasy Baseball is a lot like the stock market, you got to buy low and sell high. Because of this, here are my top 5 players to sell high on this season.

Dan Haren- Yes he has been the highest rated fantasy pitcher most of the year in most leagues with his 10-3 record, 2.33 era, 104 k’s, and 1.03 whip. However he plays for an Oakland team that does not seem to have enough offense to allow him to finish with 20 wins at the end of the year, is 1-1 over his last four starts not going 7 innings in any of them, and allowing 30 hits over the four starts. And even though he is on pace for 200 k’s, not once has he ever finished the year with 180 k’s.

Eric Byrnes- There is a reason Eric Byrnes has been in and out of the majors since the year 2000. Last year was Eric’s most productive year with 26 home runs and 25 stolen bases, driving in almost 80 runs and batting around .260. His numbers are inflated, and he is not surrounded by any hitters on the Arizona lineup. Last year Eric hit .292 before the all star game, and reverted to his usal self after hitting .242. Expect the same from him this year.

Chipper Jones- Sure this guy is a future hall of famer and the numbers are there at the end of the season every year… but one thing that is not is his health. Chipper Jones has had multiple DL stints every year for the past 4 years. This year he has landed because of hands, and legs already. It is a great time to sell and get proper value for him since it has been a while since his last stint… but I warn you, he will land on it again, last thing you need is a hurt Chiper on your team coming down the strech or starting the playoffs.

Brad Penny- He looks phenomenal right now, 11-1 and a 2.33 era. But did you forget last year? He was 10-2 with a 2.91 era, but was 6-7 with a 6.25 era after the all star break and pitched 20 innings less. Never has he eclipsed 150 k’s, and only once has Mr. Penny eaten up over 200 innings and won more than 15 games. You aren’t going to get better value for him than you are now. People are buying on this guy like he is Johan or Peavy… take advantage, and buyers beware.

Carlos Pena- Carlos is around the .300 avg, with 22 jacks, 58 driven in and 50 runs scored. He is on pace to hit around .290 with 40 home runs 120 rbi’s and 100 runs scored. Does that sound right to you? No, it sure don’t. He is a career .250 hitter, never has he ever driven in or scored 100 runs, and only once has he hit over 25 home runs in his previous 7 major league seasons.

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