Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Friday, October 24 2014: It could be just the opposite for Jeff Francoeur as opposed to Dontrelle Willis. He could go from hitter to pitcher while the D-Train should have made the switch to hitter. I just looked over Willis' numbers after the start of '08 and really had to throw up in my mouth. Willis rattled off a 4-15 mark, a 6.15/1.81 ERA/WHIP, 205 HA, and a 139/156 K/BB in 199 IP. until it was mercifully over in 2011. That's downright embarrassing! Though he did go 12 for 31 (.387) at the dish during that final summer in the show. There really hasn't been any news concerning Frenchie since his release by SD in August. That request came from management. But that's what an .083 BA (2 for 24) with a .262 OPS deserves. What about this idea? The Mets sign Francoeur to a low ball deal before spring as a RP. With this new age of specialization the Mets could add to their suspect pen and still have Francoeur's "bat" at the ready off the bench. Hard to believe that he turns 31 in January and it really is a lifetime ago that I was holding on to him for $15 in my $360-NL when other owners were making some pretty decent offers for his services.

I perused James (Big Game) Shields lifetime postseason numbers and they weren't pretty. Kind of like the computer expert on the show Criminal Minds. In 10 GS, Shields has thrown 53 1/3 innings with a 5.74/1.54 ERA/WHIP, 68 HA, and a 41/14 K/BB. This postseason reads like a Stephen King novel (and even looks a bit like him) with 15 ER in 19 IP and 28 HA, including 4 HRA. As you mentioned Robert on rotoimbeciles, Shields is a free agent after the World Series and is surely costing himself a pretty penny! He's quickly becoming the anti-Curt Schilling in the postseason.

My good friend Tom Lynaugh makes a lot of good points in his speech on the Adrian Peterson thread. You would think from this that Tom made a lot more of his life than he did. I sometimes wonder if it all stems from the fact that Tom was usually the last guy picked for pick-up basketball games, left out there with the Jewish kids, or sometimes not picked at all! The difference there is that the Jewish guys became successful in life. Adrian Peterson certainly made something of his own life and was probably the first or second guy picked for any sporting event. The Vikings saw fit to give AP the weekend off which was fine by me. I came from that background of the daily beatings with the big spoon or the spatula. My brothers and I would put baseball cards in our back pockets to absorb some of the pain and suffering. But as I get older I realize that a good paddling on your bare bottom (if administered by the right girl) would probably be some weird form of foreplay. And I guess we just accept the reason for being a beater is that you were beaten as a kid. I'm not 100% sure that I buy that but at least it gives some understanding to the mentality behind it all. Yes Tom, we root, root, root for our fantasy players and, as you found out this past weekend, it can really shake things up when putting in your starting lineup.



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