Rob Neyer put Torre’s potential lineup as this:
(S) Rafael Furcal, SS
(R) Russell Martin, C
(L) Andre Ethier, RF
(R) Manny Ramirez, LF
(L) James Loney, 1B
(R) Matt Kemp, CF
(S) Orlando Hudson, 2B
(R) Casey Blake, 3B
That, folks, is not a long shot. Torre loves lefty-righty combos like I love Pepperoni Combos. Damon, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod… Always separated guys like O’Neill and Tino Martinez. This is how Bernie Williams became a #4 hitter. So let’s assume the above lineup is what it is. Matt Kemp is now your 2009 Los Angeles City of Los Angeles Dodgers number six hitter. How does this effect him for fantasy baseball? Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s no Reyes, Rollins or Hanley on this list of shortstops. This list is guys that can be had later in your drafts if you’ve punted shortstop or still are looking for a middle infielder. Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 shortstops of 2009 fantasy baseball list. If you’re feeling especially industrious, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2009 projections. Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:
Ryan Theriot/Jason Bartlett – Exactly the kind of late-round shortstop you should be targeting when you’re feeling light on speed. They’d be a nice MI complement if you had Hardy as your shortstop. And if you get scooped on Theriot, just grab Bartlett. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey, I’m drafting my fantasy baseball team on March 4th and I got the first pick! Woo-Hoo! I got A-Rod! Sorry, random italicized voice, you’re going to need to rethink some things. There’s some injury news. The 2009 fantasy baseball rankings have been updated. A-Rod is no longer your number one fantasy baseball pick for 2009. Hanley Ramirez is currently wearing the laurels and being fitted for the toga. A-Rod’s hip surgery will have him out until May. So what does this do for A-Rod for 2009 fantasy baseball? Please, blog, may I have some more?
While we at Razzball are content toiling within the modest confines of fantasy baseball blogdom, we occasionally like to flex our journalistic muscles and take on a challenging interview.
Our interview subject is Matthew Berry - the Director of Fantasy Sports at ESPN. His career has taken him from stand-up comedy to Hollywood where he paid his dues with writing gigs like Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles which was up for a 2001 Razzie (unaffiliated to Razzball) as Worst Remake or Sequel but lost to Planet of the Apes. He followed his passion of fantasy baseball and wrote for Rotoworld before starting his own fantasy blog TalentedMrRoto.com that was purchased by ESPN in 2007. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The guys on this list are going after the 1st ten rounds in your 2009 fantasy drafts. But, for the LP, I would absolutely draft Utley, Phillips, etc. if they fell to me at the right spot. This is a supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen of 2009 fantasy baseball. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Is Evan Longoria a 2nd round pick? Grey, me, I seemed to think so when I wrote up my 2009 fantasy baseball, top 20. Or did Grey, me, I get swept away with Evan Longoria like Guy Ritchie in the arms of Madonna circa 1999? Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m not going to point out Brian McCann or Mauer or any other catchers you or your leaguemates will be looking at in the first 10 rounds. Here are some catchers that I will be targeting at my 2009 fantasy drafts after the top options are gone. I’m also not going to get into the strategy of punting catchers. Been there, half-drunkenly wrote that. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2009 projections. This is a supplement to the top 20 catchers of 2009 fantasy baseball. Anyway, here’s some catchers to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:
Pablo Sandoval – I have his 2009 projections as 60/14/65/.300. I think he can get to 17+ home runs without losing anything on the average side. He’s not as appealing to me as a 3rd baseman or a swimsuit model. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I already went over a Josh Hamilton overrated post, but I guess people were off reading his inspirational autobiography, “Baseball Between the Lines.” So I brought out the pirated Photoshop for a quick, “Don’t make me come back there!” Okay, this wonky .jpg is a bastardized Hype Cycle. If you don’t know what a Hype Cycle is, it’s because you didn’t go to Harvard. Don’t worry, neither did I. If I had, you would’ve heard about it a gazillion times. A hype cycle is this thingamaboob that tells you the life cycle of hype for certain technologies. Or technologiez, if you’re under 14. Now I took this thingamaboob and I reinvented it for Josh Hamilton and the schmohawkian hype that is following him around as we head toward your 2009 fantasy baseball draft day. So let’s break down this Josh Hamilton fantasy baseball .jpeg-a-roo-ski into the different stages of hype, shall we? Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s time to take our beginning of the month look at all the major league closers. Some closer battles have not been squared away yet. The Cubs are still holding Gregg over Marmol’s head, the Cards are still reluctant to say Perez, the A’s might split duties between Devine and Ziegler and the Mariners are looking forward to 2010. Personally, I think the Cubs will split Marmol and Gregg 75/25, taking a little value away from Marmol and adding a lot of value to Gregg. If Gregg gets any saves, he’s worth a spot on your roster. I think Devine should and will be the closer for the majority of the year. I think the Cards will go with Perez out of the gate and he’ll be the closer for the majority of the year. Though his leash will be short, making Motte a good late flier. Other good late fliers for the MR. 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 2009 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2009 Giants Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of McCovey Chronicles. Please, blog, may I have some more?