Fantasy Baseball: James Loney and Carlos Ruiz Top Points Leagues Must-Adds

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As many of you know, points leagues can be an entirely different animal.  In nearly all head to head and roto leagues, A strikeout artist such as Ian Desmond or Justin Upton won’t hurt you much.  A strikeout is just an out.  However, in points leagues, the strikeout costs you a point in those leagues.  You have to come up with a different evaluation of risk/reward with hitters who strike out a lot.  This weekend, I will focus on targets specifically for points leagues, and reveal places where you may be leaking points.

Conversely for pitchers, a strikeout is worth essentially two points.  One for the out, and an extra for the strikeout.  This makes guys like Yu Darvish and Felix Hernandez that much more valuable.

I play in a 16-team points league that starts one of every position, three outfielders, and a utility slot.  There is also a five start maximum per week, and only one RP slot.  My drop/adds will mostly be based on deeper points leagues because of this.  Here are some names who are still very valuable in standard scoring leagues that are often overvalued in points leagues.  And of course, I will offer a couple of replacement ideas for each.

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