Because Casey Kotchman is most noteworthy (in my eyes) for having the longest known case of mononucleosis, it makes sense he’d be considered a sleeper. Only, not necessarily, a fantasy baseball sleeper. More like a Prince Valium one. After the trade to the Braves last year, Casey Kotchman hit 2/20/.237. “Write him off as a once interesting prospect that never reached his potential,” says some random crotchety old baseball scout. I hear ya, random old baseball crotchety scout, but I find something making me keep come back to him. Sorta like my man-wood for Alex J.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’ve gone over whether or not you should grab a starter early, Rudy’s fantasy baseball strategy says sure, why not? My fantasy baseball strategy says not so much. Whichever strategy you subscribe to, you’re still going to need some late round value. The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. As I used to call Cliff Notes in college, this is a companion piece. If you click on some of the player’s names, you’ll see whole posts dedicated to these doodes with 2009 fantasy baseball projections. Anyway, here’s some starters to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:
Manny Parra – I hesitated to put Kershaw on this list because of his walks, but the same could be said about Parra, and, in a roundabout way, I just did. The deciding factor was Kershaw is a bit more expensive at drafts than Parra.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Even if you draft one or two outfielders in the top 100 (which you should), you’ll still need to identify some late bargains. The top 20, 40, 60 and 80 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball can be found under the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. This is by no means all the outfielders I’d draft for one of my teams. This is a list of guys that will go late and could provide some healthy returns. Where applicable, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2009 projections. Anyway, here’s some outfielders to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:
Colby Rasmus – Razzle-Dazzle, baby. Razzle. Dazzle.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 2009 fantasy baseball. Where applicable, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2009 projections. Anyway, here’s some 3rd basemen to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:
Ryan Zimmerman - “For today’s game of Jew or Not a Jew… Ryan Zimmerman.”Please, blog, may I have some more?
Finally, we come to the end of the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. (Can we start games already?) Okay, you know that I like Rickie Weeks better than Howie Kendrick in the top twenty 2nd basemen for 2009. You know I like Conor Jackson better than James Loney as seen at the top twenty 1st basemen for 2009. But you don’t know how I feel about where these guys fall in the bigger picture. Is Rickie Weeks above Conor Jackson? Nope. So to show you where I think players fall in relation to each other in 2009 fantasy baseball drafts, I’m putting together a 2009 fantasy baseball top 300. This still needs to be taken with a grain of salt because of how your team might be filling out. For instance, if you have a shortstop already and Derek Jeter is still on the board in the 12th round, you don’t draft him if you see Zimmerman and you don’t have a 3rd baseman, even though Zimmerman may be below Jeter on this list. Because of the length of the top 300, there’s no pithy comments with each name, but you kinda do need to know what I’m thinking for each name, so I advise you go over each position in the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings. Also, I already went over a Top 100 for 2009 Fantasy Baseball, so I’m not going to cover them again. This top 300 will go from 101 to 300. Finally, see our 2009 fantasy baseball player rater for 10 team leagues or for 12 team leagues. That goes up to 600 players. Or a list of all players with multiple position eligibility. Anyway, here’s the 2009 fantasy baseball top 300:
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No, this is not the bottom of the Top 20 2009 fantasy baseball rankings barrel. No, next we’re not going to do the Top 20 Guys Who Will Have The Most Balks. Chillax. It’s one post. The only fantasy baseballers (<–my Mom’s phrase) that seem to pay attention to Middle Relievers are those that play in a Holds league. This is wrong, I tell ya. A great way to balance out your ratios is by carrying a few middle relievers on your staff. (BTW, Ron Jeremy can carry three middle relievers on his staff.) Say you had Aaron Harang last year and he mistook your team’s ERA for his toilet, but you also had Waking Joey Devine. With just Harang, you had the unsightly dump of a 4.78 ERA. With Devine and his brand new toilet brush, you had a 3.95 ERA. Voila, snitches! If you also carried Brad Ziegler, you had a combined 3.36 ERA. Not to mention, you had saves when Ziegler took over for Street. Middle relievers can also help balance out your junky closers. Okay, school’s out, Alice Cooper. Anyway, here’s the top 20 middle relievers for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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After I posted the top 40 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball, there was a public outcry in the comments. Where is so and so?! It was as if I butchered their bunny rabbit like the Roger and Me lady. No one’s butchering your bunny rabbit, friend. Your bunny rabbit’s fine. Unfortunately, I don’t think your bunny rabbit’s a top 40 starter. Your bunny rabbit, friend, is a top 60 starter. How’s dem carrots? BTW, while the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings are the gospel, they aren’t set in stone. I update them occasionally. Anyway, here’s the top 60 starters for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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With the 2009 fantasy baseball rankings for every position in the bizz-ag. We turn our conjunctivitis-tainted eye towards the top 100 for 2009 fantasy baseball. This should have you skipping around like a little school girl. I love Razzball and the Jonas Brothers!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Phew. The 2009 fantasy baseball rankings come to a semi-close with the top 20 closers for 2009. (I say semi-close, cause I will tweak them from time to time and I’m going to have a top 100 and 300 overall soon too.) The top 20 closers are a bit different than all of the other lists. The closers on the top of this list you should not draft and there are closers that aren’t on this list that you should be targeting. The 2009 projections are a bit wonky too since you can’t predict how many saves a closer is going to get. I mean, you just can’t. To the point where some well-respected projections…ers don’t even attempt to. Saves come down to opportunity. Also, I’ll have a separate post shortly for every team’s closer. For a broad idea of where players are in relation to each other, see the 2009 Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. Anyway, here’s the top 20 closers for 2009 fantasy baseball:
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