Could Jake Peavy really be a sleeper for 2009 fantasy baseball? Um, kinda. Sorry, that wasn’t normal confidence that one expects from an alumni of the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston who studied under Matthew Berry, D.F. (No, that’s not Dumb F—.) I should be shouting from the rooftops that Peavy is a fantasy sleeper for 2009 if I really believe it. Well, I do and I don’t. I really believe Peavy is going to put up top starter numbers that could land him in the top five overall for fantasy value at the end of the year. What I don’t believe is that he’s a sleeper. How has this guy fallen to the fifth rounds of some 2009 drafts? Is he suddenly a different pitcher in 2009 than he was going into 2008? No. So why is he dropping so low?Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Rangers announced their intention to move Michael Young to 3rd base for the 2009 season to make room for Elvis Andrus, their rookie prospect shortstop. This, of course, threw Michael Young into a tizzy like an Emotionally Stunted Sandinista. *stomps foot* I didn’t tell them to censor all the comics, just Doonesbury!Please, blog, may I have some more?
With multiple position flexibility that would make Mr. Roper growl, Pablo Sandoval is an intriguing name for 2009 fantasy baseball. For a guy that weighs in at 250 lbs., Pablo Sandoval sure is limber with eligibility at 3rd base, 1st base and catcher in most leagues. But if he’s eligible at catcher in your league, that’s the only position you really need to concern yourself with. So is this the lone reason why Pablo Sandoval is a sleeper for 2009 fantasy baseball? Is he only appealing because he’s at catcher?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I hated Brandon Phillips going into last year. I felt he was overrated. I thought he was being drafted like his feces smelled like Reese’s Pieces. Then, as is the case in the game of fantasy baseball, one year changed all of that. I don’t necessarily think my perception of Brandon Phillips has changed for the 2009 fantasy baseball season. He still seems like a guy who can’t figure out whether to swing or not. A .312 OBP isn’t exactly the quantum of solace (sucked!). He only had 39 walks all of last year in over 600 plate appearances. His .209 after July 31st gives me the Montezuma’s Revenge shakes (which are great with a side of fries.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We now have some more 2009 fantasy baseball projections for you. These are CHONE-based projected Point Shares for 10 and 12 team leagues available in the 2009 Fantasy Baseball Rankings menu at the top of the page.
If you want to download the 2009 projections, click here. CHONE takes more factors into account than Marcel including home ballpark and league (Free agents are based on neutral park and 50/50 AL/NL split). While we did not alter any CHONE projections, we did remove any player deemed unlikely to get to 300+ ABs (CHONE is admittedly over-optimistic on plate appearances which would distort counting stats). CHONE does not project saves but we added them in based on expected closing opportunity.Please, blog, may I have some more?
If Ian Stewart has multiple position eligibility, most importantly 2nd base eligibility, then color me chicken and call me cock-fed in my corn hole. Skip Pedroia and grab Stewart late, even in shallow leagues. But with only 12 games played at 2nd base last year, I’m going to assume Stewart’s only eligible at 3rd base for most of you and he probably won’t earn that 2nd eligibility in 2009. At 3rd base, someone who hit 10 home runs isn’t exactly terrific.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Dallas McPherson reminds a lot of myself, if I hit 42 home runs in my last year of Triple-A, or if I played in the minors or any sort of organized sport. I was a city checkers champion in 6th grade.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In our series of 2009 fantasy sleepers, I take a detour down my own personal Heartbreak Hill. Anyone who has read this site for a few knows I had a huge crush on Alex Gordon going into the 2008 season, so it’s with great regret I must confess, “Gordon, I can’t quit you.” That’s right, I’m pegging Gordon as a fantasy sleeper for the 2009 season. Real shame I’m a moron, huh? I wanted to ignore Gordon in 2009, but I just couldn’t. When Katy Perry sang, “You’re yes then you’re no… You’re in then you’re out… You’re up then you’re down… We fight, we break up… We kiss, we make up…” She was prolly talking about me and Alex Gordon. I’m Josh Hamilton and Gordon’s my crack cocaine. You reap what you sow and Gordon has dibbled his way into my heart. Whoever started the Brian Shouse Fan Club, I hereby hire you to do a similar site for Alex Gordon. I will pay you in adulation and expired cigarette coupons. So what can we expect from Gordon for 2009 and why is he a fantasy sleeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Okay, the Final Jeopardy answer is 107/40/118/.302/8. Do do do do do do do do… doot do do do do do do… What is Bill James predicting Chris Davis will do in 2009? That’s correct! “What is Bill James smoking?” would have also been accepted. Those numbers look a lot like MVP numbers. I’ll shave my ‘stache if Chris Davis wins the MVP in 2009. That’s right, I said it! Marcel Projections have Chris Davis in 2009 at 54/16/55/.288/3. Our 2009 Fantasy Baseball Projections, which is using only the Marcel Projections as of right now, has Chris Davis at -3.23 in 313th place. Between Akinori Otsuka and Tom Gordon, one guy who didn’t pitch last year and another guy who hasn’t pitched well since Stephen King wrote a book about him. And I think Stephen King gave up writing books to write for EW ten years ago. There’s got to be some in between with these projections, doesn’t there?Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m not sure if Jeff Kent will retire. I’m sure his wife doesn’t want him to retire because he seems like he’d be a miserable prick around the house. Why doesn’t this remote work?! She sighs, “You have to turn on the TV first.” Maybe he lands as a DH somewhere in the AL.Please, blog, may I have some more?