Fantasy baseball managers are constantly tasked with weighing past success with present-day reality and future expectations. An incorrect calculation can force owners to hang on to an old favorite for too long.
It’s a problem faced all too often in sports. U.S. men's national soccer team manager Jurgen Klinsmann faced some heat for leaving the United States’ all-time goal leader Landon Donovan off the World Cup roster. The Los Angeles Lakers awarded superstar Kobe Bryant a two-year, $48.5 million extension even though the 35-year-old played just six games this season.
Not one, but two former Cy Young winners are put under the hot seat this week. It’s not looking too good for either of the falling aces, who are only owned due to their past production and name recognition.
Those hurlers have piled up the strikeouts and accolades over the years, but it’s time for fantasy managers to take a stand and decide they’ve had enough of watching their ERA and WHIP balloon every week at their expense.
Let’s take a look at some starting pitchers clamoring for spots in starting lineups throughout Fantasyland.
Note: All advanced statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs.