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Fantasy baseball nuggets: Josh Johnson, Josh Beckett
The word on and initial results from Josh Johnson this spring training have been encouraging. The San Diego Padres' official site had some hopeful info about his work on his delivery with pitching coach Darren Balsley and his concentration on his efforts to increase the effectiveness of his changeup.
If you've maintained an open mind about the player pool, this isn't exactly news you can use. The article has simply provided a snapshot of the process Johnson has been following in his attempt to revive a career that was so promising just a few short years ago. There are several reasons to believe that Johnson's rebound is imminent.
How much have you bought into the notion that it's no longer roto taboo to pay more for pitching? The more you haven't, the more you could stand to follow stories like this one -- and the next one -- and be willing to give them a chance. That might mean a round early or an extra dollar for the kind of results they can deliver.
Beckett ready to bounce back?
Josh Beckett hasn't felt numbness in the fingers of his right hand or irritation in his right elbow for some time. The procedure he underwent to relieve the complications of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is, so far, a success.
Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers' right-handed starter has never been what you would call dependable. The next ailment may be just around the corner.
But who likes Josh Beckett this year? Certainly no one in the NFBC, where his ADP is 437.84 at this moment.
He's the kind of pitcher the crowd buys after he's had a very good season, without a major injury, and avoids after he's had a tumultuous or injury-plagued campaign. He's still a skilled pitcher. He's in a good pitching environment. He's backed by a good team. And the crowd doesn't give him much of a chance.
Opportunistic fantasy owners love those types. What does anyone have to lose?
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