With the first month of baseball in the books, fantasy baseball owners should attack the trade market now.
The small sample size is a treacherous thing when placed in the wrong hands. Not everything is as it appears with few games fueling the data.
At this time last year, Joe Saunders led the MLB in ERA, Giancarlo Stanton had two homers to his name and everyone was buzzing over Johan Santana’s return to vintage form.
Things change when you play 162 games.
This early in the season, perceptions of a player could alter in a day. Had this article been published on Monday, it could have contained a rousing review of the rejuvenated Andy Pettitte, who entered the night with a 2.22 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. By the end of his outing against the Houston Astros, those numbers torpedoed to a 3.86 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.
These uncertain times give the savvy fantasy owner the perfect opportunity to pounce on weaker prey. Grab proven stars for a discount due to a subpar April while dealing away lesser-proven commodities that have mesmerized out of the gates.
Note: All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.com