In our ongoing schmohawk series where I breakdown overrated players for 2010 fantasy baseball, I’ve gone into depth on some of these guys. I decided to also take a lookie-loo at Mock Draft Central’s Average Draft Pick board and grab ten players that I thought were overrated from their top 81. If MDC could talk, I think even it would agree that some of these draft picks make no sense. If you click on a player’s name, you’ll see whole posts dedicated to these schmohawks. Anyway, here’s some overrated players for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Joe Mauer – ADP — 13. Last year, his homers were bonkers for him. He’s a catcher with a bad back. Leave him to the autodrafters. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I was talking to Woody Harrelson about what’s happening with the Blue Jays from a fantasy perspective. He said, “I like their 2nd baseman. Aaron um…um….” I said, “I know his name. It’s surely…” He said, “Hemp!” I said “Hill.” Fail. Cousin Oliver steps up to the schmohawk dunk tank and down goes Aaron Hill. His ADP is 46. I have him at 59. That’s pretty close. Close like asking for Fluff and getting Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme. You settle for Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme, I mourn you. I’m a Native American in a 70′s commercial watching you litter. To get to an ADP of 46, there’s people drafting him as high as 25. This better not be any of youse. Don’t make me come back there! Please, blog, may I have some more?
I didn’t even get a chance to write the Billy Butler fantasy sleeper post before I had to bring out the “This Guy vs That Guy” post. Geez, people are really overhyping early this year, huh? (More of a question to myself, you don’t have to answer.) What did Butler do last year that has him screaming up the rankings on so many draft sheets? Let’s see, he hit 21 homers, .301 average, 78 runs, 93 RBIs and 1 steal. In 608 at-bats. That doesn’t sound all that wonderful. There has to be another reason. Oh, it’s because he hit 51 doubles. People are assuming at least 10 of those 51 doubles have to turn to homers. After all, he has size C moobs and silver dollar nipples. Oh, wait. It’s because he hit 6 homers in September and 13 homers in the 2nd half. See, he was already showing that burgeoning power. Yeah, those are reasonable, uh, reasons. But he’s being asked to do too much. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Dogging Aramis Ramirez as someone who’s overrated in 2010 fantasy baseball seems odd. He was hurt last year and that was coming off two years when he was just a’ight. And just a’ight is several levels removed from a’ight a’ight. Just a’ight is not even the same as just a’ight. On the scale of a’ight, there’s a’ight a’ight, a’ight, pretty a’ight, just a’ight. Not to mention, we’re talking about a’ight here. We’re not talking about him on the scale of totes crazy. He hasn’t been totes crazy since 2006. Back then, I could see throwing on some Aramis. That shizz was Spanish Fly. In 2006, he threw up a line of 93/38/119/.291/2. Nice, next time I see 2005 I’ll tell him to keep an eye out for that. This year I have Aramis down for 75/25/95/.290. Adrian Beltre looks at those numbers and shrugs. Don’t trust me and my mustache? Bill James has him down for 76/26/97/.292; CHONE has 67/22/84/.289; Marcel has 59/18/72/.290. Points Shares has him at 122th, earning -.26 points. Sweet, throw him in a pot with some bell peppers and cumin and you have crap. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Guess what, fellas and two girl readers? It ain’t last year no more — that’s a double negative and ain’t ain’t a word. Eat it, English teachers! So it’s with much regret that I must tell you you’re not going to get value for Mark Reynolds in 2010 if you have to draft him where he’s being drafted. Don’t draft your 2010 fantasy baseball team thinking you’re going to right all the wrongs you made last year. It doesn’t work that way. You’ll just be compounding your errors. Anyone who’s ever been in a casino knows what I’m talking about. You watch someone make a fortune at blackjack, craps, keno, whatever and you think to yourself, “Ah, man, I should’ve sat down.” Then you do sit down and lose. That’s you and the gamble is Mark Reynolds. You missed the boat. Don’t try and make up for past mistakes. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Whether it’s hype from winning the AL MVP award, positional scarcity or overall dreaminess, Joe Mauer is currently overrated for fantasy baseball. For today’s quickfire challenge, I’m going to propose a comparison that will have you thinking I’m going full retard. Who’s better for your fantasy baseball team, Joe Mauer or Chris Iannetta? Last year, Joe Mauer was terrific. He made bacon say, “That’s delicious!” Slugging 28 homers while hitting .365, he also chucked in Jayson Werth-type Runs and RBIs (94 and 96, respectively). His RBIs were probably low for how productive he was. Blame the bottom of the Twins lineup and the 2 hole, where Brendan Harris saw 153 plate appearances and Orlando Cabrera had a .329 OBP. Enough of the glory days — Goodbye, aughts! Hello, 2010 fantasy baseball and, more importantly, what will Joe Mauer do next year in fantasy baseball? Please, blog, may I have some more?