It’s a pretty funny game this fantasy baseball. And, obviously, since I’m saying it’s funny, it’s not at all funny what I’m about to say. No matter how heralded a prospect is, no matter how young they still are, if they have a bad season, people abandon them. David Price is currently being drafted around the 170 mark in 2010 fantasy baseball drafts. This is the pot luck section of every draft. This is the point when people throw out game plans and are just looking for the best available pitcher. This is the point when someone invariably walks into your room while you’re drafting and you lose it. Her, “Honey, can we eat dinner soon?” You, “Dinner? Dinner?! I’m choosing between Randy Wolf and David Price and you’re asking me about dinner? How about I fix the economy while I’m at it?!” And now you’ve drafted Randy Wolf and you’re getting a divorce. Hopefully you’re not picking a divorce attorney while doing your midseason draft. “Retainer? Retainer?! I’m deciding between Felipe Lopez and Scott Sizemore!” There’s little to be excited about when looking at Price’s 2009. Ks went down, walks went up, he wasn’t unlucky… He basically threw gas and let out a burp. So what will Price’s 2010 look like? Is he a possible 2010 fantasy baseball sleeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
The comments were shut off on the Position Eligibility for 2010 Fantasy Baseball post because that post was just listing players and their eligibility for 2010 fantasy baseball. Now, in this here post, we get down to business. Or bidness, if you mispronounce business. That business is pointing out players that gain some advantage by having more eligibility than they know what to do with. Are you going to finish the rest of that 3rd base eligibility?Please, blog, may I have some more?
The 2010 fantasy baseball rankings are not as far away as you might think. Right now, January Grey is throwing darts at a board to figure out where to place Edwin Jackson. In the meantime, let’s look at the players who have multiple position eligibility for this upcoming 2010 fantasy baseball season. This took me far longer than it probably should’ve. Can’t someone write me a program that sorts all the players by games played at a position? Why do I need to go through every player on every roster? Maybe I’m just a coprocephalic (Nerdy Word of the Day!). I did this list of multi-position eligible players because I figured it would help for your 2010 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m a giver, snitches!Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s very few 1st baseman I can see jumping into the top tiers for 2011, Joey Votto is one of them. This alone is reason for him to be a 2010 fantasy baseball keeper, but there’s more. Show me the way, Grey!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Grady Sizemore had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow back in September. It was deemed a success and here we are a little under ten weeks later and the team says he’s near 100%. I’m not a doctor, but my first instincts are to say the team is lying. That’s the way I like to lean. A real skeptic. What do you expect from someone with a mustache? Have you ever met an optimistic mustachioed man? Of course not, they’d shave if they were an optimist. Crotchety, curmudgeony and other words found in a thesaurus. Now even if the team is lying, it’s November and Sizemore is already “near 100%.” I have to think that’s a lot better than the team lying that he’s “near 100%” in February. Am I right or am I right-right or am I right-right-right? Another positive thing to note, Sizemore had hernia surgery mid-September and he’s already running and working out in the Tribe’s spring complex. So what can we expect of Grady Sizemore for 2010 fantasy baseball and is he a keeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Usually on Friday I go over one player who can be looked at keeping in keeper leagues, but the other day in the comments I was asked for some general fantasy baseball keeper league strategy. A request and dedication, if you will. For illustration purposes, let’s look at last year’s Chase Utley keeper post. Go ahead, read it. This’ll be here when you return. Welcome back! Okay, in that post I told you to keep Marmol and Utley. At the time, Utley was about to have hip surgery and Marmol wasn’t the closer. In my oversized brain, I figured, hip surgery be damned, Utley would still be a top hitter at a weak position.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We continue our 2010 fantasy baseball keeper posts with B.J. Upton. At first, I was going to write about Justin Upton, but I figured he was such a no-brainer that I didn’t need to dedicate a keeper post to him. Of course he’s a keeper. B.J.’s much more interesting. In his short major league career, he’s shown all the tools that once had the scouts drooling over him. B.J., tools, drooling, you do the math. Unfortunately, he hasn’t shown them all the tools at the same time. A B.J.Please, blog, may I have some more?
In the 2009 preseason, I looked at Mark Reynolds and saw a bargain. He stole bases and hit homers. I figured the rest would sort itself out. It did. In a big way. On his way to celebrating the bi-whifftennial, Reynolds hit a career high in homers, steals, RBIs, Runs… Knocked down 7 consecutive bulls eyes that make the old Western piano man play, perfectly stopped his Tivo remote so it landed right after the intro to The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, but didn’t miss one moment of Tonya acting bat-shit crazy and he aptly called someone on The Biggest Loser a chucklefanny. (A chucklefanny is anyone whose butt jiggles when they giggle.) Yeah, Mark Reynolds is money. Sorry, I’m so 2008. I mean, #markreynoldsismoney. So what’s left for Mini Donkey in 2010 fantasy baseball? Is he a fantasy baseball keeper?Please, blog, may I have some more?
As legend goes, on May 30th, 1982, Orioles utility infielder, Lenn Sakata was so inspired by the hit film of the day, Conan the Barbarian, that he dressed in animal skin Jockey underwear “borrowed” from Jim Palmer and carried a cardboard sword into the locker room. Now whether Cal Ripken (then Cal Ripken Jr.) knew the power in that cardboard sword or if he was just patronizing Sakata no one knows, but Ripken knelt on the floor in front of Sakata and asked him to touch his shoulder with the cardboard sword. With a grand gesture, that was probably unnecessary, Sakata obliged. As we all know, May 30th, 1982 began The Streak. On the record, Ripken thanked his family and teammates for their support for making The Streak possible. Off the record, of course, Ripken knew it was Lenn Sakata that forever changed history. This year, Lenn Sakata returned to the Orioles locker room, dressed in only faux leather boots and a loincloth. Most of the Orioles thought Sakata was a homeless person that snuck past security… Some thought he was the Asian guy from The Hangover… But Matt Wieters knew different. Before security could escort Sakata out, Wieters knelt in front of him and asked Lenn to touch him with the cardboard sword. The same cardboard sword that once touched Ripken’s shoulder. (It also touched a young Jeffrey Hammonds’s shoulder. Nevertheless…) For the superstitious, this is enough for Matt Wieters to be a 2010 fantasy baseball keeper, but for the non-believers, let’s look at some other reasons.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Third base is not getting deeper for 2010 fantasy baseball. It’s just not. If Jacques Cousteau played fantasy baseball and was still alive, he wouldn’t even need a snorkel to see the bottom of the 3rd base basin. Shoot, Jacquese from The Real World: San Diego could probably see the bottom. There’s guys at the top (Longoria, Wright, Sandoval, Zimmerman, Youuuuuuk, Reynolds, A-Rod and Young). There’s plenty of schmohawks at the bottom (Cantu, Blake, Lowell). But there’s not a whole lot of guys at the bottom that could move to the top.Please, blog, may I have some more?