Fantasy Baseball Players Have Work to Do

Pittsburgh's Melancon is an excellent option for pitching depth to your fantasy roster.

This week saw two significant injuries to the same team. Actually, these two injuries are also affecting my team as well. The Atlanta Braves on Monday put pitcher Paul Maholm on the 15-day Disabled List which was a tough break for the leaders in the National League East. Unfortunately, the bigger break came later in the week when fellow pitcher Tim Hudson suffered a broken ankle and has been lost for the season.

Obviously, I wish the best for both players in the long-term. Hate to see guys on the DL and especially Hudson who is so well-like and respected in the Majors. It’s a tough break for me too on a much less significant note because both of these guys were on my pitching staff for my fantasy team.

The loss of Hudson affects the Braves and your fantasy team too.

Hudson has been in the rotation most of the season while Maholm has been in a little more infrequently. What it means however is that I assume that you are in a similar situation right now in that you may have one of these guys on your roster. You need to take action now because the fantasy season is closer to winding down than the real season is.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that there is a little chore named Ryan Braun that you need to attend to as well. I’ve already discussed his impact on your wagering when it comes to games involving the Brewers but you must address his suspension now if you haven’t already.

If you have a deep pitching roster then adding further depth may not be as big of a deal for you as it is for others. Let’s assume that’s the case first, that you just need some depth now in the form of any type of pitching.

First up is Pittsburgh’s Mark Melancon who has been wicked-good out of the Pirates’ bullpen. The reason he is among the most added pitchers is also because he should get some save opportunities with closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day DL.

Melancon is 2-1 with an ERA of 0.93 and a WHIP of 0.81. He also notches a good number of strikeouts in his appearances as well.

Secondly is Colorado’s lefty reliever Rex Brothers who is coming on strong right now. He has six saves on the year and has an ERA of 1.27 and a WHIP of 1.17. That last number might seem a little high but he is still effective because of big strikeout numbers.

Both Melancon and Brothers are guys for you to consider if you are just looking for depth in the bullpen and not in the starting rotation.

If you need to replace Hudson, Maholm or both as in my case, then there is some decent talent available in many leagues. I’m in a fairly competitive 12-player league so that’s the perspective I’m going from.

Chris Archer of the Tampa Rays is a guy you should definitely scoop up. The Rays jumped into first place last night in the American League East as they continue this amazing run. Archer has been a big part of the surging Rays’ success.

Archer has won his last three starts and has not lost since June 18th. He stands at 5-3 with an ERA of 2.76 and a WHIP of 1.18. His last four starts have seen him go seven, nine, six and six innings which is pretty darn good.

Baltimore’s Chris Tillman has quietly put together a really nice season but many fantasy players haven’t noticed. At 13-3, Tillman is now a must-have in your starting rotation. Tillman is 9-1 in his last 10 starts and has his ERA is now below four. The WHIP is a little high at 1.30 but he counters that with decent strikeout numbers.

Tillman is a bit of a wild-card because he throws a ton of pitches per outing and has received a bunch of run-support so do your homework here.

One way or another, make sure you are addressing your line-up especially in the dog days of summer where injuries, slumps and surges happen frequently.