Sp_Da_Man wrote:Cliff Lee just got traded in my 12 team sportsline h2h league with Paul Konerko for Ryan Howard.
Alot of people got fired up over the fact that a free agent pitcher to start with (Lee) & a 10th rounder (Konerko) got traded for a first round pick (Howard).
That logic drives me batty. People get so damned obsessed with draft placement, like that's the be-all and end-all of fantasy success. "I can't drop him - I got him in the 4th round! So what if he's 0-200 with 197 Ks???"
If I have to trade my 3rd and 4th round picks to get a WW acquisition who will BENEFIT my team, I'll do it. I don't give a rat's ass about this "value" nonsense. People will "value" themselves into last place...
I always think it's a bad idea to significantly change your "value" on a player after just a month.
More often people will "trade their slumping first-round draft pick for waiver pickups off to a hot start" themselves into last place.
If Lee can maintain even a decent K:BB ratio, he'll be a solid #4, but everyone needs to keep in mind that if he finishes the season with a very respectable (and career best) 3.50 ERA, he'll have an ERA over 4.00 for the rest of the season. I also don't see that K rate holding up. He's been been moving a low-90s fastball around the zone nicely, but he isn't mixing up his pitches much. That doesn't add up to the nearly 200 strikeouts he's on pace for.
In other words, yes, he's kind of for real, but you should still sell if you can get decent value. I think everyone is expecting him to either keep dominating all season (won't happen) or completely fall apart (probably won't happen, either).
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