Buy low, sell high: All-Star Game edition
MINNEAPOLIS -- The 85th All-Star Game has come and gone, and while it was clearly a night to honor and celebrate New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in his final midseason classic, on occasion we certainly see eager fantasy owners assign altered value to their players and those they might want to acquire because of events like this. Same thing tends to happen in the playoffs with draft position the following spring. Well, let me tell you while I fully enjoyed the All-Star festivities this week, from the Futures Game to the Home Run Derby to Tuesday's game, which the AL won by a 5-3 score, I can't find fantasy implications. I just can’t.
For example, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig certainly struggled, striking out in all three of his at-bats, a night after he hit nary a home run in the derby where that is exactly the goal, but that shouldn't be read into as anything analytically predictive. He's hitting .298 in July. He's capable of a big power month without warning, like May when he clubbed eight. If Puig's value is perceived to have dropped by his owner in your league, pounce and make an offer. I wouldn’t worry about St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright or Boston Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, the pitchers who combined to allow five runs in their respective innings of work, either. Wainwright might or might not have really grooved a pitch or two to Jeter -- I seriously doubt it -- but a lot of pitchers have trouble with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.