I get a kick out of armchair analysts pontificating that someone like St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday "isn't getting any younger." That just makes me laugh. Yes, it's factually correct that Holliday is getting older. Of course, so are Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and well, you, me and our respective mailmen. To my knowledge, nobody is actually getting younger, but in a fantasy sense, this phrase is often used as a way of hatin' on the players on the wrong side of 30 years old, an often-erroneous statement lazily used to dismiss an older player who can still produce.
Holliday, for example, is 34, and I don't think his statistics are showing signs of ample regression, not to the point that he'll be "terrible" anytime soon. Would I choose Holliday over a similarly talented statistical option who was a decade younger? Well, if it's someone like Tampa Bay Rays sophomore Wil Myers and it's a keeper league, of course not. If it's Junior Lake, well, no. The point is that not all "old" players are too old to help fantasy owners succeed, and every March I look forward to blogging about the "oldies but goodies" who tend to show up among my sleepers.