Fantasy Baseball: 5 Latest 'Sell High' Fantasy Trade Options
We're a little more than one-third through the season. Some players have been surprisingly hot, while some are very streaky.
You can use these players to your advantage by selling high. Managers are more likely to overpay for a player when he's currently playing out of his mind.
Here's a list of some current players that you can sell high on and make a profit for the long run.
R.A. Dickey, SP, New York Mets
2012 Stats: 81 IP, 9-1, 2.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 78 Ks
Who would have ever thought that R.A. Dickey would be tied for the MLB lead in wins this late into the season?
Dickey has been great, especially in his last three starts. He is 3-0 and hasn't given up a single run in his last 23.2 innings.
Furthermore, in his last nine starts, Dickey has allowed more than three earned runs just once.
Dickey is on a hot streak and now is the time to sell high. Historically, June is Dickey's best month with a career 3.62 ERA. But once it gets hotter, his ERA jumps up to 4.07 in July and 4.67 in August.
You can get quite a bit for Dickey right now. Perhaps hit up the Mets fan in your league.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs
2012 Stats: .275 BA, 21 Rs, 12 HRs, 40 RBI, .829 OPS
There are only a handful of hitters who have been more on fire in the last two weeks than Alfonso Soriano.
In the last 14 days, Soriano is hitting .327 with seven home runs and 16 RBI. He has seen his batting average climb from .257 on May 23 all the way to .275 now.
Don't expect these numbers to last, though.
Right now, Soriano's HR/FB rate is rivaling what he was doing in 2006. You know, when he was a 40/40 guy at the age of 30.
Soriano is still striking out a ton (21.4 percent of the time), but he's benefiting from an inflated .302 BABIP.
Cut your ties with Soriano now and try to get a younger guy with more upside.
Carlos Quentin, OF, San Diego Padres
2012 Stats: .429 BA, 9 Rs, 5 HRs, 10 RBI, 1.471 OPS
Carlos Quentin has played in just 10 games this year, but he already has five bombs.
However, three of those five have come on the road at the hitter-friendly confines of Wrigley Field. PETCO Park isn't exactly a homer dome, like Wrigley, especially for right-handed power hitters.
Quentin's next three series don't look good. He's on the road against the Mariners for three then on to Oakland for three more before finally going back to San Diego. He'll then have 11 home games in July.
You can't expect Quentin to continue his power surge, especially at his next couple venues.
Quentin is also extremely injury-prone. How many times has Quentin played over 135 games in his career? If you guessed zero, that's correct. His career high is 131.
Don't gamble on Quentin's health (again). Trade him for someone more reliable.
A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
2012 Stats: 62.1 IP, 6-2, 3.61 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 56 Ks
A.J. Burnett has been on a roll since that nightmare start against the Cardinals on May 2. He's 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Burnett has done a nice job in Pittsburgh, but is this just a mirage?
For some reason, I can't forget about last two seasons in New York, where he became a headcase and saw his ERA skyrocket over 5.00.
Burnett will certainly do a much better job in Pitt. I'm not saying he'll have a lapse like he did with the Yanks, but it's hard to trust the guy. I mean, that start against the Cards (12 ERs in 2.2 IP) is always a possibility.
Plus, in case you didn't notice, the Pirates don't score many runs. In fact, they rank dead last in the MLB.
Use Burnett's hot run to your advantage. Burnett has done more than expected for your team, now sell him while he's high.
Mark Trumbo, 1B/3B/OF, Los Angeles Angels
2012 Stats: .326 BA, 28 Rs, 14 HRs, 39 RBI, 1.011 OPS
After all the preseason talks of being traded, Mark Trumbo has certainly delivered so far.
Trumbo had an impressive rookie season and he's off to an incredible start this year, putting up MVP-type numbers. I don't think that will continue, though.
First off, Trumbo's BABIP is sitting at .366. He was at .274 last year, so expect his current BABIP to come down. Even if he improves on that number, his batting average is still going to fall under .300.
Secondly, his HR/FB rate is nearly 26 percent. This number is very inflated compared to last season, when he was at 17.9 percent. Again, Trumbo will most likely have a higher HR/FB rate this season, but 26 percent is way too high.
Lastly, Trumbo's strikeout rate is actually higher this season than last. His strikeout percentage is 22.1 percent.
Trumbo has definitely helped your squad, but it's time to cash in on him. The power numbers will most likely continue, but he'll take a dip in batting average. You can get a lot for Trumbo right now.
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