Friday, April 12, 2013

Gaining Additional Eligibility

Roster construction in fantasy baseball is like piecing together a puzzle. The more pieces you have the bigger the puzzle, the more pieces (possible positional maneuvers) in fantasy baseball the more versatility you have and thus the more successful you can be. This is especially true in H2H leagues where by the end of the week you have options to target specific categories. tYou ten can secure a win in that counting stat. In daily leagues, having flexibility in roster changes benefits those with the most choices. Having a player with 3 or 4 positions of eligibility is like having additional players on your bench. This is so heloful on those Mondays and Thursdays with a small schedule of games.

This article was spurred on by seeing Steve Clevenger get the nod today for the first time at 3B for the Cubbies. He already has C eligibility and with no clear cut 3B in Chicago the career .308 hitter in the minors could be a sneaky C option by month’s end. Think position eligibility is overrated? Think again.

The following players will be gaining new position eligibility by next week. Current position listed next to name and the qualifiers needed to gain new eligibility.

Chris Johnson 3B: @ 1B after 6 appearances or 1 start. Johnson is hitting .304 and had a 3 hit game earlier this week. He is the man until Freeman returns from the DL.

Alex Gonzalez SS: @ 1B after 6 appearances or 1 start and 3B after 6 appearances and 2 starts. With both Hart and Aramis down and out, super sub and 15 year veteran Gonzalez will see a lot of action all over the diamond. He will be the only player in Fantasy to have SS and 1B eligibility. Not a great pick up in all formats but he has hit double digit HR in 6 of his 15 years.

Martin Maldonado C: 1B after 7 appearances and 4 starts. Just another C who can gain additional eligibility. Not much power but he did put up a .948 OPS in the PCL last year.

Alberto Gonzalez 3B& SS: 2B after 3 appearances and 1 start. A 30 year old journey man with no real value in fantasy except for the deepest of leagues.

Sean Rodriguez 2B, 3B, SS: OF after 5 appearances or 3 starts. As we all know Madden in Tampa is the Mad Scientist with moving players around the diamond. Tampa has more players with multiple position eligibility than any other team in baseball. Rodriguez has only collected 2 starts this year but he is a useable option against lefties.

Kelly Johnson 2B: OF after 8 appearances and 3 starts. Just another Madden move. Johnson hadn’t played OF since his rookie season in Atlanta. He is player who can go 15/15 when getting everyday ABs.

Hector Rondon SP: Needs 1 appearance to gain RP eligibility. A possible Holds guy with a current 14.72 K/9 on the year. He is someone you can fill a SP slot with and pick up some needed Ks when you have no SP that day.

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