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?
Cause people are acting like stewpid bizzlenitches. People are jacking Tim Lincecum all over the place like he’s guaranteed to win another 18 games. I mean, the Giants did get Renteria and all, but, seriously, WHAT THE EFF? (Sorry for caps, but I’m slightly annoyed that I’m seeing Peavy going in the fifth round.) This is not 2008. We’re drafting for 2009. Peavy can easily win 17 games in 2009 and Lincecum can win 12. Not to mention, Lincecum’s innings were high last year. Now, I’m not saying I’m down on Lincecum. It’s an example, people. Snap! Get off my back or I will attack and you don’t want that. You know what else could realistically happen? Peavy gets traded to a pennant-chasing team and he gets even more opportunities for wins. Oh, and I don’t buy that an exit from Petco will hurt his value very much at all, so don’t try to sell me on that As Seen On TV shizz, Snuggie.
Some may look at the injury Peavy dealt with in 2008 as a reason to lower him. Let’s take a sip of the Kool-Aid from the half-filled cup, shall we? The time Peavy missed last year allowed him to rest a bit more, saving some innings on his arm and now he can come back even stronger in 2009. How’s dem apples? Delicious! Jake Peavy may not be a sleeper in the traditonal sense, but he’s going lower than he should be in 2009 fantasy baseball drafts.