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The Fantasy Baseball Generals take a look at the ADPs of some 3rd basemen they feel are being over- and undervalued. I agree with their assessments of everyone, except Hank Blalock who they say is being undervalued. I think he’s simply being valued. I’d like to see him do something worthwhile one of these years besides fill up my DL spot before drafting him. Anyway, the rest of their post is a great read, check it out.

Corey Patterson landed with the Reds cause Dusty loves him some bad OBP guys in the leadoff spot. Let me look into my crystal ball real quick… I see… Sometime in July…. Hold on, Dunn’s standing in front of my foresight…. Hard to see anything…. Ah, now I see it…. Dusty lets Harang throw 140 pitches on the way to a 2-1 loss. After the game, Harang says he feels fine then he punches me in the mouth. What the new Patterson schema means, Jay Bruce starts the year in the minors, Freel and Hopper split time against lefties and Patterson makes a run at 25/40/.260. And you thought only Krispie Young could approach those numbers!

The Roto Professor breaks down how Oliver Perez can help you this year. I agree; great win potential, massive strikeout potential and he’s still very young (26). If you can grab Perez late in your draft, you absolutely should. Just grab Marmol or Betancourt to balance out your WHIP-lash.

Miguel Batista wants to interview God now that he’s had Kenny G perform for him. I’d say this is enough reason to avoid him at your draft.

Finally, the Fantasy Hurler’s in a nostalgic mood thinking back at utterly useless players that, like Tonya, had no real world value, but some fantasy value. He reminiscences about what Matthew LeCroy meant to him. I’ve had a few Alex Sanchezes along the way when I needed steals, and I grabbed Tad when Chase went down last year. But my favorite Matthew LeCroy is Adrian Beltre, even though he’s not really a Matthew LeCroy because he’s not useless in everyone else’s eyes, just mine. I had Beltre for his inexplicable 48 homer year. I haven’t drafted him since, the same way you don’t return to the craps table where you just made ten points in a row. It ain’t gonna get better than it was.

5 Responses

  1. Chris says:
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    Razzball continues to be one of my favorite feeds on my bloglines. Continue the great work, guys!

    I actually am expecting Blalock to rebound nicely this year and post just around 30 homers and 100 RBI. I think a lot of his decline, even prior to the time he missed with surgery, was due to the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. On my blog I detail why.

    Chris’s last blog post..The Baldelli Injury Saga

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Thanks for the props, Chris. I can’t get behind Blalock, but a lot of ‘perts are, so, ya know, what do I know. Guess I’ve been burned too many times in the past. He was my corner infielder last year. The only saving grace is he went down the same time Braun got called up so I was able to pounce. Anyway, keep on, keepin’ on.

  3. I stumbled you guys, and now I’m hooked. I’m really digging your work and a lot of the counter-intuitive advice here. It actually seems like strategy and not a recycled off the shelf one-line that “experts” use year in and year out. I think part of being a good fantasy manager is adapting, something a lot pundits seem to fail to do, or at least fail to tell the masses (maybe it’s job security, if everyone was awesome at fantasy sports there would be no need for experts!).

    Anyway, I like Perez, he should be solid. I’m definitely on the fence on blalock. I hope to god I have 3B way before picking Blalock would be necessary. Seems to me there are much better risk/reward values available where he’s going to be ranked.

    Keep up the good work.

    Mediocrates’s last blog post..I Got No $@#!ing Dukes

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    To paraphrase Shawshank, “Hooked is a good thing, maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies.”

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    BTW, Blalock is already experiencing soreness in his shoulder. Get out before you get in.

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