Now it’s time for everyone’s favorite game, Fantasy Baseball, Fun With Numbers. Ding, ding, ding… Bassoon… Triangle! Triangle! Triangle! Cow bell! More cow bell! One last ding. In today’s installment of Fantasy Baseball, Fun With Numbers, we’re going to look at some hitters and try to figure out if maybe the numbers tell a different story than their names tell. Anyway, here’s the latest in Fantasy Baseball, Fun With Numbers:
Player A – In 241 Post-All-Star ABs, 40/12/33/.232
Player B – In 190 Post-All-Star ABs, 35/12/30/.316
Player A is Raul Ibanez, Player B is J.D. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Okay, so it’s not the best 2010 fantasy baseball team, but, man, that title sings, right? This is the best 2010 fantasy baseball team that I can put together when drafting a player from every 12 players, according to my top 300 for 2010 fantasy baseball. So it would be nice if I was in a league where someone drafted Lincecum in the first round and I was able to take Longoria and Howard, but since they’re both in the first 12, according to the rules I’ve set up for myself, I can’t take them both. Also, as we all know, once you get into the 100s, there’s wide gaps between ADP and where players are actually taken. People tend to look at team need over value. For this exercise, I’m going to limit myself to a player just like in a snake draft, no matter what. So if I choose Pujols, I can’t take another player until the 24th pick, then a player from somewhere in the next 12 picks. It should still be my ideal team… Or not. Let’s see, shall we? Bee tee dubya, this team is 5×5, one catcher, 5 OFs, MI, CI, 1 UT, 9 P, 3 Bench. Anyway, here’s the best 2010 fantasy baseball team:
C: Chris Iannetta (15)
1B: Albert Pujols (1)
2B: Brandon Phillips (4)
SS: Elvis Andrus (10)
3B: Ryan Zimmerman (3)
MI: Alcides Escobar (16)
CI: Ian Stewart (9)
OF: Justin Upton (2)
OF: Adam Jones (5)
OF: Raul Ibanez (8)
OF: Corey Hart (13)
OF: Ryan Ludwick (18)
UT: Brandon Wood (24)
P: Josh Johnson (6)
P: Cliff Lee (7)
P: Matt Cain (12)
P: Jonathan Sanchez (17)
P: Gavin Floyd (21)
P: Mat Latos (23)
P: Francisco Cordero (11)
P: Octavio Dotel (14)
P: Bobby Jenks (19)
P: Brandon Lyon (20)
P: Scott Downs (22)
P: Matt Lindstrom (25)
So what do you think of my fantasy fantasy team? Don’t like it? Go to the top 300 and make up your own fantasy fantasy team and post it in the comments. Please, blog, may I have some more?
We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2010 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was talking to Woody Harrelson about what’s happening with the Blue Jays from a fantasy perspective. He said, “I like their 2nd baseman. Aaron um…um….” I said, “I know his name. It’s surely…” He said, “Hemp!” I said “Hill.” Fail. Cousin Oliver steps up to the schmohawk dunk tank and down goes Aaron Hill. His ADP is 46. I have him at 59. That’s pretty close. Close like asking for Fluff and getting Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme. You settle for Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme, I mourn you. I’m a Native American in a 70′s commercial watching you litter. To get to an ADP of 46, there’s people drafting him as high as 25. This better not be any of youse. Don’t make me come back there! Please, blog, may I have some more?
I didn’t even get a chance to write the Billy Butler fantasy sleeper post before I had to bring out the “This Guy vs That Guy” post. Geez, people are really overhyping early this year, huh? (More of a question to myself, you don’t have to answer.) What did Butler do last year that has him screaming up the rankings on so many draft sheets? Let’s see, he hit 21 homers, .301 average, 78 runs, 93 RBIs and 1 steal. In 608 at-bats. That doesn’t sound all that wonderful. There has to be another reason. Oh, it’s because he hit 51 doubles. People are assuming at least 10 of those 51 doubles have to turn to homers. After all, he has size C moobs and silver dollar nipples. Oh, wait. It’s because he hit 6 homers in September and 13 homers in the 2nd half. See, he was already showing that burgeoning power. Yeah, those are reasonable, uh, reasons. But he’s being asked to do too much. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Since our last check up no games have been played, but there was movement on the closer rankings. Was it February Grey getting bored and mixing things up? Probably, but let’s pretend there’s some logic in my reasoning. Next to the closers that moved, there’s a plus or minus. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Since back in June when you abandoned your fantasy baseball team because it was totally sucking and you returned to your cubbyhole of Doritos and Freezer Pops, you’ve longed for this day. As Bob Marley sang, this is your redemption song, mon. Or womon. It’s time again to join some fantasy baseball leagues. Before you close all of your extraneous porn windows and rush to sign-up, let’s explain how these fantasy baseball leagues are going to work. We’re going to have a bunch of leagues and crown a winner from each, then we’re going to crown ONE winner from all of the winners. We will be be crowning the winner by taking each team’s points and multiplying it against a ‘league competitiveness factor.’ If you want to see how it worked last year, go here. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Philadelphia Phillies 2009 Minor League Review
Overall Farm Rankings via Baseball America (2009)
2009 (12) | 2008 (22) | 2007 (21) | 2006 (22) | 2005 (20) | 2004 (21)
Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [93 – 69] NL East
AAA: [71 – 73] International League
AA: [75 – 67] Eastern League
A+: [67 – 69] Florida League
A: [78 – 58] South Atlantic
A(ss): [42 – 34] New York – Pennsylvania League
R: [31 – 28] Gulf League
The Run Down Please, blog, may I have some more?
What an offseason for the Phillies.
I’m a pretty harsh critic of Razzball, but occasionally we’ll post things that I even feel are extremely helpful. Usually these are done by other people for our site. One of those things was the Fantasy Baseball War Room. (Now with an NL-Only and AL-Only version.) Another helpful thingie-ma-whosie is the 2010 fantasy baseball tiers, brought to you by regular commenter and all-around solid F.O.R., Figgy. This fantasy baseball tier sheet is like the Cliff Notes version of the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings. Please, blog, may I have some more?
One recurring question regarding my 2010 fantasy baseball rankings is why do I have so and so above so and so if I say I like the second so and so better than the first so and so? Okay, so I’ve never received that exact question, because that’s massively confusing. Here’s a variation of the so and so question that you might actually recognize. If you look at my top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post, I have Scott Sizemore below Crapolanco. But I also say in that post how I wouldn’t own Crapolanco. So I’d take Sizemore before Crapolanco? Yes and no. I’d wait until Polanco was drafted, then I’d draft Sizemore. Why exactly? That late in a draft I’m going with upside over the predictable. Then why not just put Sizemore above Crapolanco? A few reasons: 1) If I only ranked players I’d own, there would be maybe a 100 total guys across all rankings. 2) Crapolanco does have value. His preseason value is above Sizemore. Crapolanco has less risk, but, as previously mentioned, I don’t want less risk that late. Some drafters may. 3) Sizemore may not even have the value I’m giving him there. He’s a risky upside pick. I’m putting him in the rankings so you know I like someone. I’m putting flashing lights around a player’s name in the player blurb. Please, blog, may I have some more?