Many things have changed since November when we kicked off the 2010 fantasy baseball sleeper posts. For one, the date. For two, some of these guys are no longer that sleepery. For three, hut-hut-hike! As long as you don’t reach too far, sleepers can make all the difference on your team. You’re not grabbing a sleeper in the first round. You’re not like, “Hey, Drunky Cabrera, you walk that line, I’m going with Garrett Jones.” You should have a solid foundation in the first eight to ten rounds, then mix some sleepers in after that. If you click on the names for these players, there’s entire posts about them with their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some sleepers for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Alcides Escobar – Forty steals from Alcides wouldn’t be surprising. He’s especially nice if Web Gems is a category in your league. Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s always good to look at spring training numbers to give you an idea as what to expect from guys for the season. They’re facing top pitchers who are all displaying their best stuff. No one needs time to get warmed up. No one’s trying new pitches or getting a feel for the ball. They are at the height of their game in March. In fact, I think someone should propose to Bud that the World Series could easily be played in March. Yes, The March Classic. I like how that sounds. Since these spring training numbers mean so much, I decided to look at the top slugging guys in March:
Corey Hart – Leading the charge with slugging at .976. Obviously, no night games and wearing sunglasses is a recipe for success. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Rookie pitchers give you a roofie. Rookie hitters give you agita. So why do we keep going back for more like a guest on Oprah? It’s sorta like the old joke that Woody Allen quotes in Annie Hall. We need the eggs. Besides said eggs, if a rookie somehow/someway breaks out, he’ll help you win your championship. Face it, if you draft properly in the first 7 to 10 rounds, your team will be competitive, but so should other teams. It’s what you do after those rounds that makes the difference. You’re not winning your league with A-Rod, but you could with Ian Desmond. As wonky as that sounds, it’s true. If you click on the player’s name, you’ll find whole posts and projections for each guy. It’s like Santa woke up drunk in March. Anyway, here’s some rookies to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Brian Matusz – As the fortune cookie that snuck through quality control says, a person who goes to bed with scratchy rear wakes up with a smelly finger. Rookie pitchers can give you a scratchy rear. I’m real hesitant about rookie pitchers. I’d prefer a starter to target from that post. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Member the last time we looked at FIP? You were younger, you! Still looking good. Love the touch with the bitten down fingernails. You’re like the Krueger brother who had to open jars for Freddy. Billy, could you open these pickles for me? These stupid nails. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings. For those of you who spent most of college like me here’s the Cliff Notes version of the starters. If you click on some of the player’s names, you’ll see whole posts dedicated to these doodes with 2010 fantasy baseball projections. Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Jonathan Sanchez – 200 Ks; ADP 200-something. That’s like having extra butter on your movie popcorn and control over the artificial sour cream seasoning shaker. Hint: Take off the lid and pour it on. It’s wonderful. Please, blog, may I have some more?
This is the conundrum of fantasy baseball that leads us to the battle for the final rotation spot. These guys either have one of two options: drive around on a bus with the Savannah Sand Gnats, or float for awhile (swimming is an entirely different sport). Please, blog, may I have some more?
We already went over what it took to win your fantasy baseball league for 12 teams. Don’t believe me? Click this. Sucker! You got Rick Schroder rolled! Or not because you read this part before you clicked it. I know, 2002 called, they want their internet meme back. Okay, here’s what it takes to win your 12 team fantasy baseball league. Now here we have what it takes to win a 10, 14 and 16 team league. I’m not going to breakdown how much it takes to move up each point because with a little math you should be able to figure it out on your own. Look at me having high hopes for you Razzballers. This is for the roster of C/1B/2B/SS/3B/5 OF/MI/CI/UTIL/9 P. Anyway, here’s what it takes to win a 10, 14 and 16 team fantasy baseball league:
10 TEAM — In a 10 team league, you should aim for around 80 points. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Even if you draft one or two outfielders in the top 100 (which you should), you’ll still need to identify some late bargains. The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 outfielders for 2010 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings. This is by no means all the outfielders I’d draft for one of my teams. This is a list of guys that will go late and could provide some healthy returns. Where applicable, click on the player’s name to read more about them and to see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Jay Bruce – Bruce is actually a good case study for someone who wants to see how long it takes a player to go from being a hyped rookie to actually producing. Bruce burst on the scene in 2008, then bust on the scene in 2009 and now can actually start producing. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here at Razzball, besides doling out fantasy baseball advice, we also host a contest to field the worst fantasy baseball team. (You can win a hot tub this year. I know, crazy.) The worst fantasy baseball league sign-ups are just about at capacity, but if you’re finding us late in the preseason, you might still be able to get in, or not. I really have no idea. It’s Rudy’s department. But I’m in one of these leagues, so I thought I’d share with you my fantasy baseball worst top 20 list. This, here, is the cream of the crap. When I did my worst fantasy baseball rankings, it took far longer than for my other leagues. You literally have to change every single default ranking (except Howie Kendrick who was about 150 regularly and turned out to be about the same after re-ranking– there’s always one, I tell ya!). Just a few words about these schmohawks, catchers are all bad, excluding about 5 guys, so there’s no reason to grab a catcher early. But, even with that said, I couldn’t lower Kendall past 10th overall. He’s just too awfully good. Also, there were no pitchers in my top 20. Again, there are so many terribly terrific pitchers, it was hard to move Brian Bannister up. Though, I really wanted to. Finally, just because someone is in my best worst fantasy baseball top 20, it doesn’t mean I absolutely hate them. Steals aren’t counted, so Nyjer, Bourn, etc. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’ve added average draft position (ADP) from MockDraftCentral.com to the 5×5 10/12/14/16 Team Point Shares tables. (NL-only Point Shares are also up for 8, 10, and 12 Team.)
As expected, pitchers are valued higher in Point Shares vs. actual drafts. There’s plenty of reasons for this – riskier pitchers are undervalued, (mis)perceptions, blah blah blah – but all that matters is finding the best bargains across all positions. Please, blog, may I have some more?