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Post-deadline playing-time gainers

Weekend trades open up plate appearances for number of young and unsung players

Updated: August 3, 2011, 2:01 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Even the blackest cloud can have a silver lining.

That silver lining oftentimes manifests itself in the way of increased plate appearances. If the five rotisserie hitting categories are "fantasy gold," then PAs are clearly our "silver," especially in deeper leagues -- 10-plus-team AL- or NL-only formats. We might not get credit for them in our standings, but their impact is felt. In a game where four of five hitting categories are "counting numbers," stats that can never decrease ...

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