Fantasy impact of Colon's suspension 

August, 22, 2012

Another week, another Bay Area baseball player has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. One might presume that unlike last week, when San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was caught and his regular season ended, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon just doesn't matter in fantasy baseball. After all, Cabrera was a top-10 overall option on the ESPN Player Rater at the time.

Colon, however, has been worth his, um, weight in fantasy leagues as he enters Wednesday 37th among all starting pitchers on the Player Rater, better than Zack Greinke, C.J. Wilson, Tim Hudson, Matt Moore, Cliff Lee, Yu Darvish and a lot of others. He actually had posted a better ERA in road games and wasn't slowing down, like he did with the New York Yankees last season. Colon was 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA since the All-Star break. However, Colon has never been all that popular in 2012 ESPN standard leagues -- he's owned in roughly a quarter of leagues today -- but statistically he deserved more attention. Now, of course, he deserves none.