Fantasy Baseball – Consistency Triple Play – Trade Deadline Wrap-up
Ron Rigney is here every week sharing his favorite bats and arms who are performing on a consistent basis yet flying under the radar in your weekly H2H points leagues!
The Triple Play here at Big Guy Fantasy Sports is geared toward the head-to-head players using the Consistency model. However, don’t go anywhere just yet you roto players! Each week I’ll highlight three bats and three arms that are consistently scoring points but may not be at the top of the total points category. No matter your league format, you need Consistency! Check out the Baseball Consistent Report by clicking here. Here we go!
After an exciting few days that led up to the MLB Trade Deadline, let’s look at the consistency fallout from some of the moves.
Juan Soto, OF – SD
Not much to elaborate on here. Soto is a generational talent no matter where he’s playing. However, he’s not a .249 hitter. We know he does everything well, but why is his average so much lower? Why is his BABIP a career-low .247? It’s simple. In the Nationals lineup, pitchers could avoid him. Not anymore. The Goato gets to hit in a potent Padres lineup that will be welcoming back Fernando Tatis Jr. soon. It’s a much different scenario for pitchers when Soto is hitting between Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado instead of Cesar Hernandez and Josh Bell (not that Bell is bad, but he’s no Machado) as he did in his last game in Washington. We all know he’s great, but you owners of him in batting average leagues, get ready to get that much-needed bump in the BA category.
Dan Vogelbach, DH – NYM
The introduction of the DH in the National League gives guys like Swaggy V new life. He was already a solid add in deep OBP leagues, but it seems the move to the Mets gave him a new life. In ten games he’s 10 for 38 with two home runs since coming to The Big Apple. Much of this can be attributed to the same reason we will see Soto’s average climb. Hitting in a talented lineup makes opposing pitchers throw to you. He’s an excellent add-in OBP leagues, especially deep ones.
Luke Voit, 1B/DH – WSH
Let’s stick with the theme of burly, slugging, 1B/DH types, shall we? Voit was the late addition to the Juan Soto return since Eric Hosmer didn’t want to move to the Nation’s Capital. When given the opportunity, Voit has been a decent source of power in the past. It appears he will slot into the middle of the lineup as the everyday first baseman in Washington. At this point in the season, finding anyone on waivers that gets regular AB’s is a plus, and Voit should be getting them. However, for the reasons Soto and Vogelbach will see bumps, Voit will be hitting in a lineup with very little around him as the Nats rebuild. He’s a deep bench piece, but temper expectations.
David Robertson/Rowan Wick, PHI/CHC – RP
I put these two together since one move made them both very fantasy relevant. Saves are tough to come by, especially if you don’t pay the draft capital for the frontline guys who are entrenched as their team’s ninth-inning man. Robertson was acquired by the Phillies, and it was clearly to be their closer, just as he was in Chicago. Obviously, being on a better team is going to give you more save chances, so Robertson’s value gets a bump. However, Wick seems to be the guy to take his place on the Cubs at this point. Wick’s ERA is a bit misleading (4.36) and his FIP sits a little lower (3.74), so it isn’t solely his fault. That said, he’s averaging a strikeout per inning and hasn’t allowed a run since July 9th. His save chances will be limited on a bad team, but saves are saves, and at this point in the season, they are impossible to find. Add him if he’s available.
Devin Williams, MIL – RP
I won’t say much about Williams, other than he has been dominant. I’m mentioning him to show how speculating on saves in your draft or early in the season can pay off at the deadline. If you have the room, don’t be afraid to add those setup guys. I was able to add the aforementioned Rowan Wick in a trade, and it could end up being a league-winning move if he holds the job. Williams instantly becomes an elite closer.
Luis Castillo, SEA – SP
Heading to the Pacific Northwest should boost Castillo’s value tremendously. There’s a reason Cincy’s home park is called a bandbox. Despite that he’s kept his ERA under three and kept the ball in the yard, averaging just 0.79 HR/9. The defense behind him in Seattle has the highest fielding percentage in the league. The Reds? 14th. Castillo has been one of my draft go to’s the past few seasons. He only gets more valuable and consistent in Seattle.