Zach’s Postseason Musings (10/16)

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Throughout the postseason, I’ll be sharing my fantasy-angled thoughts on a variety of noteworthy players from each game with the goal of helping you get a jump start on your 2015 draft prep! So keep checking back here every weekday for new posts.

NLCS Game 4 – Cardinals @ Giants

Buster Posey (2-for-3, 3 RBI) will head into next season as the undisputed top fantasy catcher, and I’m not saying it’s wrong to spend a top-25 pick on him. But I tend to shy away from investing too heavily at catcher, due largely to the wear and tear of playing every day at the position. The good news is that the Giants did a nice job of mixing in some games at first base, 35 to be exact. I could turn out to be completely wrong here. Just a personal preference.

Gregor Blanco (1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R) isn’t exactly a fantasy force, but he has averaged 19 steals over the last three seasons and owns a career .344 OBP. As a fourth or fifth outfielder in an NL-only league, you could do a lot worse.

ALCS Game 4 – Orioles @ Royals

Jason Vargas (5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) has been a popular Pitch or Ditch choice for several years now. He’s more than just an innings eater. Rather, he’s someone who you can pick up and start in favorable matchups and then drop when the schedule gets tougher. Vargas isn’t worth drafting in mixed leagues, but chances are he will find a spot on a roster at various points during the season.

MLB: ALCS-Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals

Miguel Gonzalez (5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) is another Orioles starting pitcher (I discussed Wei-Yin Chen yesterday) who I consider very underrated. Bet you didn’t know that through his first three big league seasons, Gonzalez sports a career 3.45 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. In a deep mixed league, I wouldn’t have an issue with drafting him to round out my starting rotation.

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