Welcome to theScore's Fantasy Baseball Digest.
This week on the digest, we take an early look at trades and continue last week's look into possible injury replacements that could be found on the waiver wire. With infielders out of the way, we'll shift focus to two outfielders, two starters, and one reliever available in most leagues who may help right the ship.
Ownership percentages courtesy: Yahoo Fantasy Sports
Stats as of Saturday, April 20.
Trades in fantasy baseball have grown trickier over the years. With such a wealth of information available to everyone, even more passive players are likely to eye trade offers with added scrutiny.
One type of trade that pops up quite often is the old two-for-one, and they're often misguided. If you receive an offer of two players for one player on your team, you may be tempted simply by the volume. This philosophy is problematic because the team surrendering the lone player is almost certainly relinquishing the best in the deal.
For this to truly work, the difference in value between the best player and the two replacing him cannot be wide, and it's essential that the two returning pieces are relatively close to one another. There is also a risk on the other side, especially in deeper leagues, because the waiver wire may not yield a decent-enough replacement to make the acquisition worth it.
An example: I was offered starter Noah Syndergaard for right-handers Jameson Taillon and Jon Gray. It's an auction-based keeper league, and Syndergaard is a reasonable $17 to keep compared to Taillon who would have cost me $21 to hold onto for another year.
But I was still reluctant because of Syndergaard's injury risk and the fact that the rest of my pitching staff is kind of in shambles (curses, Nick Pivetta). Syndergaard's ceiling is definitely the highest of the three due to solid strikeout rates for his career (9.99 K/9). Gray will always be risky pitching half his games in Colorado, but he's shown flashes and has been excellent to start the season. Taillon, despite his vaunted pricetag, has an excellent floor thanks to low walk totals. If Syndergaard's healthy, he is still the best arm in the deal, though, because he typically doesn't issue free passes, either.
I got lucky. This was a perfectly fair offer. I countered, asking for White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon alongside Syndergaard, which should have gotten me an auto-rejection based on his sparkling start to the season. My opponent countered with an offer of Syndergaard and Kenta Maeda for Gray and Taillon, and that was that. Trade accepted.
So, let us know who you think won this deal.
Not everyone will share my aversion for uneven trades - receiving the two players will also force another roster move to create space, which isn't always easy - but it's up to you to learn your rivals' quirks and preferences.
Jason Wilson is theScore's resident fantasy baseball obsessive and has watched "Bull Durham" 87 times. He can be found on Twitter at @Jason_C_Wilson