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 Reds Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of On Baseball and the Reds.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ryan Zimmerman went into last year with a bum wrist, which was enough for me to be down on him — Beavis, “Hehe, Grey was down on him.” — I didn’t want any part of Zimmerman. Then when he came down with an injured shoulderitis or some shizz, I backed away slowly from him like when your friend tells you he got herpes from his cousin. It all smelled bad like a skunk in a microwave. There was no way I was drafting Ryan Zimmerman last year. And my concerns were confirmed, as Zimmerman put up some yawnstipating numbers, 51/14/51/.283/1. Those numbers look similar to the numbers Ryan Howard can put up in one month. So why am I touting Ryan Zimmerman as a 2009 fantasy sleeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings in the bag, we turn to strategy. Did you know your very own mustachioed ‘pert has a fantasy baseball draft strategy? It’s called Performance Enhancing Draft Strategy or PEDS. As you can see from that link, it’s in its 2nd year of existence. With a new year comes some changes. The first big change, I lost the 2nd -ing. Not sure why I was dropping gerunds like they were “tic-tacs,” but I’m a changed man. I was younger then, almost a full year. Let’s face it, I was naïve. That draft strategy was like amateur hour. And this is the first time I’m admitting this to anyone, but my cousin wrote the whole thing. I’m not going to tell you my cousin’s name or why I had him write it. I was young and stupid. Not as young or as stupid as I was the day or weeks preceding that draft strategy post, but young and naïve and stupid nevertheless. Luckily, I got all of my young, amateur hour, stupidness out in that one post and I was able to go back to being a fantasy baseball blogger without the assistance of my cousin, Tom. Okay, I am telling you his name. But that’s the last you’re ever going to hear from him or me on him or him on me. We’re through, Tom and I. This is 100% my fantasy baseball draft strategy and some that I cribbed from other people. Enjoy.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Vernon Wells was primed for his ‘every 3rd year’ routine, but now he’s strained the same hamstring he hurt last year that caused him to miss 50+ games. Word out of Blue Jay camp is he’ll miss at least 4 weeks. A broken-down VW isn’t going to help your team go anywhere. Just forget about the 30/100/.300/10 guy and think of him as that 20/80/.270/5 guy. Hate to say it, but he’s a lot closer to Aaron Rowand than an elite fantasy OF. The best thing to come out of Vernon’s hammy injury is Adam Lind and Travis Snider could see more time. Anyway, here’s some other things going on during spring training that effect 2009 fantasy baseball:
Garrett Anderson – GA signed with the Braves. This does nothing for his value. And prior to this, he had no value. You do the math!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Finally, we come to the end of the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. (Can we start games already?) Okay, you know that I like Rickie Weeks better than Howie Kendrick in the top twenty 2nd basemen for 2009. You know I like Conor Jackson better than James Loney as seen at the top twenty 1st basemen for 2009. But you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture. Is Rickie Weeks above Conor Jackson? Nope. So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2009 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together a 2009 fantasy baseball top 300. This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt because of how your team might be filling out. For instance, if you have a shortstop already and Derek Jeter is still on the board in the 12th round, you don’t draft him if you see Zimmerman and you don’t have a 3rd baseman, even though Zimmerman may be below Jeter on this list. Because of the length of the top 300, there’s no pithy comments with each name, but you kinda do need to know what I’m thinking for each name, so I advise you go over each position in the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. Also, I already went over a Top 100 for 2009 Fantasy Baseball, so I’m not going to cover them again. This top 300 will go from 101 to 300. Finally, see our 2009 fantasy baseball player rater for 10 team leagues or for 12 team leagues. That goes up to 600 players. Or a list of all players with multiple position eligibility. Anyway, here’s the 2009 fantasy baseball top 300:
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In 2009, the ESPN fantasy baseball rankings were found inside Matthew Berry’s boob-shaped ice cubes and were later thawed out. These rankings were then transcribed by an intern who had nothing for breakfast but a Bloody Mary that was heavy on the Tabasco. Anyway, let’s look at a few choice selections in the top 30 in the ESPN fantasy baseball rankings:
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Here we are at the last of the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings before we get to the top 300 for 2009 fantasy baseball. Some of these top 80 outfielders are really only worth owning in deep leagues or NL- or AL-Only leagues. But in those leagues, they could make a big difference and could become fantasy relevant in more shallow leagues. I probably won’t have a lot of these guys on any of my 12 team league teams, because I like to shore up OF earlier than these guys would be drafted, but that’s not to say I have no love for them. Oh, I do. Anyway, here’s the top 80 outfielders 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.Please, blog, may I have some more?
My 2008 preseason pick to win the NL Rookie of the Year award was Manny Parra. Aren’t you glad you’re listening to me for fantasy baseball advice? In Rudy’s top 20 risky pitchers post, he didn’t label Manny Parra an injury risk for 2009. He said, “Throws five pitches (Fastball, Curveball, Changeup, Split-Finger, and Slider) all for balls (4.07 BB/9 IP). Big spike in MLB pitch count (2,403) but only 323 if you factor in Minors. 20% breaking ball rate is fair. Feel like his bigger issue will be throwing strikes in 2009 vs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In our 2009 fantasy baseball rankings, we’ve gone to the top 60 starters and top 60 outfielders thus far. But since it’s advisable by me and everyone else that has every wielded a fantasy baseball quill to draft pitching late, I figured I needed to give you twenty or so more to bring the tally to the top 80. There will be a top 80 outfielder post too. Christmas came late, ya’ll! In mixed leagues, if I’m drafting this late and I have a choice between an NL pitcher and an AL pitcher, I’d prefer to go for the NL pitcher. They pitch to other pitchers and mostly weaker offenses. That is a post in itself. Also, a lot of these pitchers (and others which will be highlighted during the season) will be smart pickups for some match-ups but aren’t worth starting every game unless they get on a roll. Anyway, here’s the top 80 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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