Forget About Fantasy 360, Here's The 411: Trade Chase Utley

Aroob KhanContributor IJune 20, 2008

OK, call me the fantasy guru, or even better the fantasy god. There are many baseball fans into fantasy baseball, but I just might be the craziest. I committed the unforgivable sin: I traded Chase Utley.

And now I am encouraging all of you fantasy players to do the same.

I know what all of you are thinking: "This guy needs help." Well, after you see what you can get for Utley, you will be thinking the same way I am. 

OK, so here it is. Three weeks ago I woke up and looked at my fantasy team, in first place with a 20-game lead.

Chase Utley was my second basemen. Ryan Braun, Ryan Ludwick, and Carlos Lee in the outfield. My third baseman was Carlos Guillen. So I thought to myself, "Everything is solid, I have a 20-game lead."

Then it hit me like a rock. I needed to trade Utley.

OK, all you fantasy trade freaks like me, here is how it all went down:


I Got:

James Loney (LAD - 1B)
Kazuo Matsui (Hou - 2B)
Álex Rodríguez (NYY - 3B)
Adam Dunn (Cin - OF)
Robinson Canó (NYY - 2B)
Jason Giambi (NYY - 1B)
Dustin Pedroia (Bos - 2B)
J.J. Hardy (Mil - SS)


He Got:

Conor Jackson (Ari - 1B,OF)
Chase Utley (Phi - 2B)
Carlos Guillén (Det - 1B,3B,SS)
Carlos Lee (Hou - OF)
Álex Ríos (Tor - OF)
Eric Byrnes(Ari - OF)  On DL
Cliff Lee (Cle - SP)


Since this trade, A-Rod, Giambi, Pedroia, Dunn and Hardy have all contributed greatly, while my trading of Utley has worked out great for me. Utley has been in a slumber since the trade, not putting up numbers like he was in the start of the season. Carlos Lee has been in a huge slump and so has Rios. The only player that has maintained his performance has been Cliff Lee.

I encourage all of you Utley owners to go for A-Rod. Utley is going to disappoint in the second half. Give up Utley and go for the gold.