The first notable trade of the season has been completed. And more are surely on the way. It may be time to tweak your fantasy roster again. Here are a few tips.
ADD: Nate McLouth, OF, Braves — McLouth is coming off an All-Star season and should see his offensive numbers improve now that he is in a better lineup. Of course, as many players do, he could struggle making the jump to the majors. At 27 he is fairly old to be making his major league debut and there must be some fairly significant holes in his game that prevented him from arriving earlier.
ADD: Jeff Niemann, P, Rays — Niemann is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his last five starts — numbers that will do wonders for your pitching stats. And at 6-foot-9, 280 pounds, he should help you with rebounds and blocked shots, too.
TRADE: John Maine, P, Mets and Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets — There are rumors that Maine and Beltran have swine flu. Try to trade them both to another fantasy owner in your league who doesn’t know about the rumors. But insist that the deal not hinge on a physical. Or ask Maine and Beltran to not let your trading partner examine them.
DROP: Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies — Rollins’ numbers have dropped dramatically since he won the NL MVP in 2007. This year his batting average is down to .229 with only 3 HR, 18 RBI and a .270 OBP. If you are holding him until his average drops to .000 in hopes it will then re-emerge in .900s before falling to the .800s, .700s, etc., that’s not really how these things work.
ADD: Bryce Harper, C, high school — Harper, a high school sophomore, is dubbed “Chosen One” on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. He’s a good pickup if you play in a deep keeper league. He’s also a good pickup if you play in a fantasy high school league. And, if you do, your IP address has been recorded and the authorities will be at your door any minute now. Ha-HA! Got you, pervert!