Lance Berkman is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will be out two to four weeks. I expect he’ll miss at least a week of the season. Maybe two. And even though it’s at worst two weeks of the season, I dropped his projections (to see them, go to the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball), because when older players need knee surgery after bumping their knees, well, it concerns me. Luckily for Astro fans, Ed Wade planned way ahead for an injury to Lance Berkman. Step right up, Geoff Blum! Wait! This just in! Ed Wade just traded Lance Berkman’s physician for a box of Triscuits.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I suggest you grab a 3rd baseman before leaving the top 100, but that’s not always possible. So, if you miss out on one, this list is guys that can be had later in your drafts. Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 3rd basemen of 2010 fantasy baseball. Where applicable, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Ian Stewart – For those drinking every time I mention Stewart, keep your buzz going.Please, blog, may I have some more?
H2H, Head-to-Head, whatever you want to call it doesn’t change a lot from our 2010 fantasy baseball rankings. There are 300 billion suns in the Milky Way galaxy. There are 100s of billions of galaxies in the universe. There are at least 256,000 planets exactly like Earth. Yet, there’s one Albert Pujols. He’s still number one. And so on and so forth. The strategy to play H2H changes. You aren’t hoping Dunn hits 40 homers by October, but whether or not he’ll hit two homers on Sunday or if you should sit him to try and win steals. It’s all about the match-ups, ya’ll! So you want to build a team that can match-up well with any other team. Anyway, let’s look at some Head-to-Head fantasy baseball draft strategy:
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This week I’ll tackle the National League (Sorry, football season never really ends for me). I know it doesn’t get better than this — let’s party till the ‘rents come home. I don’t know what intrigues me more: relief pitching or if someone is eating ice cream and I don’t know what flavor it is. I digress, but, nonetheless, relief pitching changes from day to day.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The other day I went over my fantasy baseball strategy for snake drafts. Lots of the strategy there also applies here. If you ask me — and you kinda did ask me by reading this shizz — auction drafts are where it’s at, yo! You get in a room with your best fantasy baseball buddies. The guys you haven’t seen since last year’s draft. The guys you don’t want to see until next year’s draft. A few guys you actively despise. One guy, and there’s always one, has his phone on vibrate just in case the missus calls about Petey, their sick Schnauzer. Then you have the guy who will go the extra dollar for (fill-in favorite player from his favorite team). You know he’s his favorite player because he’s wearing his jersey. You have the guy who brings only Cheetos and turns everything he touches orange, and, if he touches something that was already orange, he makes it oranger. Finally, you have the guy who made plans at 5PM and begins to yell at everyone at 4PM that they’re taking too long. And, it always turns out, this day is the best day of the year. Auction draft day is better than your wedding day. As for online auction drafts, they’re just a’ight. Anyway, here’s some tried and true tips to help you through your auction fantasy baseball draft:
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Risk is more than a board game ironically not produced by Milton Bradley. It represents the only effective counterbalance in this world for ‘reward’ and grants us all the opportunity for the sweetest prosperity – the kind where you prosper more than others. For, if everyone succeeds, isn’t success the new mediocrity?Please, blog, may I have some more?
If the Twins closer shituation were any crazier, it would be called Jeff Reardon. For right now, grab Jon Rauch or Matt Guerrier. In that order. Where you can, own both. Mijares, Crain, and Neshek are longer shots. They don’t seem very likely to get first or second crack. As for Joe Nathan… Well, Nathan’s shot, dawg. He’s headed for Dr.Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s a BRAN (Balanced Roster After Nine) Drafting Strategy by Rudy Gamble. Yesterday, he went over some fantasy baseball drafting hints from Heloise. You go read it. It will make you smart. There’s also a LIMA Plan (Low Investment Mound Aces) by Ron Shandler. There’s been a ZIMA Plan by Matthew Berry; it involves a lot of stumbling around and the hiccups. There’s been a Punt One Category draft strategy. There’s been a Punt Two Categories draft strategy, which was conceived by a leaguemate of Punt One Category who just couldn’t stand being upstaged. And there’s the Forget When Your Draft Is So Your Team Is Autodrafted strategy. I love when my leaguemates use that one. Then there’s my draft strategy, Performance Enhancing Draft Strategy or PEDS.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 are still looking for a middle infielder. Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 shortstops of 2010 fantasy baseball. If you’re feeling especially industrious, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2010 projections. Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Elvis Andrus – He’s slated to start the season in the nine hole. I’ll bet my two hole he moves up the order by midseason.Please, blog, may I have some more?
While Grey and I are usually around (more Grey than me) to answer pre-draft and post-draft questions, we don’t have a solution just yet for inter-draft questions.
As we wait for the first prototype of our Razzball helmet that allows us to help call the plays for our readers, here are some tips that will allow you to call audibles like Peyton Manning.Please, blog, may I have some more?