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.
Johnny Cueto – His name makes him sound like an 80’s teen movie villain, but there’s nothing to be scared of unless you’re a TOTAL DORK!
David Price – I have a sneaky suspicion that 2011 is going to be the year you’re going to love owning Price, but he can still provide moderate value.
Tim Hudson – They can’t all be Jimmy Upsidieros.
Jorge de la Rosa – I see lots of people drafting him so I smile gently, but I feel obliged to tell you he could be absolutely ugly. dlR’s not for our elderly readers whose nurses regularly hide their meds. (But if we do have elderly readers, find “Cheap Trick” in this post and replace it with “Douglas MacArthur.”)
Ervin Santana – As terrifically awful as last year was, you have remember that was one year, just as 2008 was one year. Don’t be so reactionary.
Clay Buchholz – Kinda bummed there’s so many AL pitchers on this list. Not thrilled at all that there’s two AL East pitchers on this list. Don’t own them both; you’ll go batty. Literally.
Kevin Slowey – I haven’t written much about Slowey outside of the blurb in the top 40 starters for 2010 fantasy baseball post-thingie-whosieski, but that’s wrong I tell ya. I kinda want to own Slowey everywhere. I dislike walks. Slowey doesn’t do those. I like strikeouts. Slowey does those. I’m gushing. You hear me? Gushing.
Gio Gonzalez – He had nearly a 10 K/9 in just under 100 innings last year. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the A’s pitcher to own this year. Not Anderson. If you’re wondering how Gio works into the starting rotation, think about the Aetna-sponsored twosome of Sheets and Duchscherer.
Ian Kennedy – All prospects that leave New York, farm system included, must also lose any hype. We’ll call it The Felipe Lopez, Not That Felipe Lopez Rule. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Kennedy emerge as a fantasy three to four starter.
Sean Gallagher – More of a deep league option, or NL-Only, as Gallagher doesn’t have a rotation spot. But you know where Gallagher will be smashing his watermelons in May? In Petco. Aw, sookie-sookie now.
Aroldis Chapman – Looking more and more like he could get the 5th starter job. Well, he’s for real and he’s spectacular.
Colby Lewis – No one’s career has seen a bigger boost after going to Japan since Cheap Trick. Feels like every year the Rangers have someone who’s way overhyped. Has everyone forgotten that Lewis had a 6.71 ERA in his major league career before being rejuvenated in the Japanese Bubbling Spring of Soba Noodles? Not to mention, he’s been hit this spring and Arlington isn’t exactly Petco or Metco. So I wouldn’t target Lewis even though he’s in this post. I just hadn’t talked about him and, well, now I have.