Baseball Draft Kit: Finding Value in the Scrap Heap
Baseball Draft Kit: Finding Value in the Scrap Heap

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

This is the fifth edition of the Scrap Heap article. Tradition says a fifth anniversary present should be something made of wood, so it is fitting we are talking baseball. This article is initially written in early December so that it can make the print magazine, so it will sometimes include pre-hype guys that other places have spent the first few months of 2019 hyping, but I look forward to this particular piece because I have had some big hits of late with this approach. Two seasons ago, this article pointed you to look at Charlie Morton and Lance Lynn. Last year, it strongly suggested you go after Xander Bogaerts, Stephen Piscotty and Blake Snell.

Winning a fantasy baseball league, much like hitting a baseball, is the hardest thing to do in fantasy sports. A primary contributor to this is the fact that unlike other fantasy sports (looking at you, football), there are few casual fantasy baseball players. Everyone plays fantasy football and thinks they can wake up and roll into a draft with their mad skills to pick a daily or season-long winner. That is not the case with baseball. There is luck in baseball, but luck is minimized over a 26-week season and a 162-game schedule. Those that play it are immersed in it. They are looking at the RotoWire news updates multiple times a day, tracking information as it breaks on Twitter and listening to radio shows and podcasts trying to catch tips before

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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