i was looking at my roster today, as i do 15 times per hour, when i was struck by an observation centered around "FANTASY STAR PUCKING" (G version). this is defined by the continued love for/belief in one-time/current fantasy stars (defined as those taken in top rounds or appearing on fantasy mag covers). i love owners who love names. it's such an in when trading to know that your opponent adores name recognition.
we all know this though; i.e., it's no revelation that owners love big-name players. i was struck, today, by the bizarro-opposite of this effect which we'll call FANTASY BIGOTRY - or the continued exclusion of quality players w/good numbers who deserve attention. for example, i've very successfully used dmitri young and moyer the last two years (young as a fill-in and moyer as a 2nd or 3rd starter) and am able to get those players much later in draft or waiver wire work than should be.
i get dmitri off my waiver wire whenever i need him. here is his last month (at both 1b and of) - .327 w/6 homers/10 rbi/18 r/1 sb and he was hotter before that! as for moyer, i picked him up in the 12th round or later in the draft the last 3 years and he's gone 44 and 19 w/good k's, whip and era. amazing.
other players that i feel suffer from FANTASY BIGOTRY and thus make them later-round steals are:
G. Anderson - although this year may finally change that
J. Edmonds - b/c of injury prob goes 5th or later; more than makes up for it
L. Gonzalez - been a steal the last 2 years
D. Wells - human weeble-wobble but great stats
Benitez - horrible guy but second-tier quality saves
know any others?