It’s time to take our beginning of the month look at all the major league closers. Before we get to that, I want to clear up a potential misconception. Donkey-corns are not the only closers I’ll draft for my 2009 fantasy team. I’ll more than happily draft closers from the Brain Freeze category. Cause, see, I’m a save vulture. It is what it is. I’ll take saves from anywhere, except probably from the $12 Salad category. I think those guys are great. I just don’t believe in paying for saves. I said “probably” because at the right draft spot, everyone’s worth looking at it. Some of these closing jobs aren’t finalized just yet. That wouldn’t stop me from grabbing both guys if I had room and the price were right. Just because everyone thinks Brandon Lyon should be the closer doesn’t mean Fernando Rodney has no place on a team until Leyland makes a formal announcement. Anyway, here’s all of the closers for your 2009 fantasy baseball draft, as of right now:
You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Edinson Volquez, “What? It’s called a video SHOOT!”
CAUTION: NSFWIYWILA (Not Safe For Work If You Work In Latin America)
Sorry, looks like Youtube removed the video. Maybe Edinson/Edison/Julio Reyes/Volquez will show up to Spring Training with his piece. Til then… Please, blog, may I have some more?
Phew. The 2009 fantasy baseball rankings come to a semi-close with the top 20 closers for 2009. (I say semi-close, cause I will tweak them from time to time and I’m going to have a top 100 and 300 overall soon too.) The top 20 closers are a bit different than all of the other lists. The closers on the top of this list you should not draft and there are closers that aren’t on this list that you should be targeting. The 2009 projections are a bit wonky too since you can’t predict how many saves a closer is going to get. I mean, you just can’t. To the point where some well-respected projections…ers don’t even attempt to. Saves come down to opportunity. Also, I’ll have a separate post shortly for every team’s closer. For a broad idea of where players are in relation to each other, see the 2009 Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. Anyway, here’s the top 20 closers for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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If you do like moi (That’s French. Face it, I’m cultured like yogurt.), you’ll avoid top level starters at your 2009 fantasy baseball draft and you’ll try to find value later on. Hey, I really like Roy Oswalt! And I like Wandy Rodriguez, what’s it to ya, random italicized voice? Last season, Wandy Rodriguez finally put together a season that hinted at his respectable minor league numbers and suggested he might be someone to look at late. To stick with the French theme, let’s take out a scalpel and dissect this frog. So could Wandy Rodriguez be a 2009 fantasy sleeper? 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. Please, blog, may I have some more?
In our seemingly interminable lists of 2009 fantasy baseball rankings, we’re covering the last of the top 40 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball. ¡Muy excitemento! The other day we did the top 20 starters for 2009. Check them out, you know you wanna. This list could go another sixty deep and maybe I’ll go through the next sixty without all the hazarai. I talked about how I don’t draft many guys from the very top starters, instead I wait. Well, the starters on this list are the ones I choose from. I wouldn’t mind Vazquez, Cain and Wainwright on my fantasy team. Or Garza, Weaver and Young. Or… Well, you get the picture. I like just about all of the guys on the bottom of this top 40 list. For a more general idea of where people are falling, look at this 2009 Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. Also, to help with drafting, here’s a list of players with multiple position eligibility. Or read how previous year’s pitch counts make for risky pitchers. Anyway, here’s the rest of the top 40 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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Oh, no, he didn’t! I did and why are you talking like a guest from The Ricki Lake Show (God rest her talk show.) That’s right; Cliff Lee is being put in the 2009 fantasy baseball overrated schmohawk box never to be seen again. If you had Cliff Lee last year, you know what I’m about to say, so skip ahead to the paragraph that starts, “First off…” Last year, Cliff Lee was the bomb-diggity as the kids said about twelve years ago. Cliff Lee was the Lenny to your team’s Squiggy. He was the happy on your ending. Cliff Lee was so Hey-I-need-a-flashlight-this-guy-is-so-lights-out-right-now last year it was kinda ridiculous. But why are people shunning Cliff Lee in their 2009 fantasy baseball leagues? Does anyone know? A frequent commenter, IowaCubs, recently witnessed this mock draft IM exchange:
IowaCubs: “Why is Cliff Lee falling to the 9th round”
Pie’s Mixed Nuts: “b/c he sucks.”
RedSUKSballs: “Yeah… totally gonna suck this year”
IowaCubs: “Why does he suck?”
Pie’s Mixed Nuts: “b/c he can’t repeat, okay jerk?”
Scuffed Balls: “I only drafted him cuz it was on auto.”
Brett’s Illegal KY’d Bat: “I heard he had a gd year bc of yer mom.”
Twisted Testicles: “LOL!!!!!!!!”
Pie’s Mixed Nuts: “LOL… GO AHEAD AND DRAFT HIM JERK”
IowaCubs: “Can’t he repeat like 90% of last year and still be ok?”
Scuffed Balls: “LOL”
Pie’s Mixed Nuts: “lol… you should be in my league…lol”
Brett’s Illegal KY’d Bat: “LOL”
RedSUCKballs: “that’s funny”
So if this exchange of trying not to be too crude and not quite that clever names is any indication, people are avoiding Cliff Lee, but they’re not that sure why. So what can we expect of Cliff Lee in 2009 for fantasy baseball? Please, blog, may I have some more?
After doing all the top 20 lists for hitters in our 2009 fantasy baseball rankings, we now move onto the top 20 starters. I will go more in-depth on starters and strategy on drafting starters later into the 2009 fantasy drafting season, for now I want to say one thing counter to everything I’ve said before. Up until this point, I’ve always said to wait on pitching. You need to stack up your hitters first. I still believe this to be true. I still don’t want to take a starter prior to the fifth or sixth round. With that said, everyone has a place to be drafted. If you see Johan falling into the third round, you grab him. You don’t want to avoid grabbing a starter just because you went into the draft saying you weren’t going to take one until the 6th round. As Darwin might have said, “Adapt, snitches!” Today, we turn our attention to the top 20 starters. The top twenty starters will need to go to top 40 because there’s so many of them. For a broader picture, check out our 2009 Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. There’s also a list for the players with multiple position eligibility. Finally, Rudy took out his hair pic, spread out a stick of pitch count butter and smacked down a stunning piece on risky pitchers for 2009. Anyway, here’s the top 20 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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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 Cubs Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Hire Jim Essian. Please, blog, may I have some more?
When I say, “Catcher…” You say, “Punt…” “Catcher…” “Punt…” “Catcher…” “Punt…” “Punt!” Ah, keeping you on your toes. When you punt at catcher, you’re taking your fantasy baseball life into your own hands. Drafting Geovany Soto is for either rich guys who have the butler do their drafting for them or Cubs fans (and never shall the twain meet). Punting catcher is what those do that don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty. Please, blog, may I have some more?