I could probably draft a team of these starters, who are drafted after the 150 mark in mock drafts, and win your league’s pitching stats. In this post last year was Ricky Romero, Hellickson, Kuroda, Gio Gonzalez, Zimmermann, Chacin, Cueto, and Daniel Hudson. I had those guys on multiple teams. I don’t say this to brag, but I’m really good at targeting starters to, um, target. Well, I’m good with hitters too, but starters I’m really good. I’d like to say it’s because I’m smart, but since I’m sorta dumb I’m not sure what it is. Maybe I’m an idiot savant, who I believe was Doug Savant’s cousin that had a walk-on part on Melrose Place, the Original. And with all of that said, you should still draft a starter or two before you see any of these names on the top of your draft list. Well, you know what to do from my top 20 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball. It’s good to have a safe starter or two before you go upside. In the immortal words of some drunk tightrope walker, “I don’t need the net under the trapeze but I want it there. Burp.” There’s also a pitchers pairings post to help you along with your staff. That’s what she said! Wait, what? Finally, you can check out APPLES. Anyway, here’s some starters to target in your 2012 fantasy baseball drafts:
Ubaldo Jimenez – Under that link is my projections and thoughts. To read a less optimistic man’s thoughts on Ubaldo, click on the thing that says “thoughts on Ubaldo.” Though that might’ve been clear. I need a mentee to seamlessly link to shizz. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and call her Frances Fisher. The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2012 fantasy baseball. I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?” Not a PhD, mind you. Just a BS.) Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.) What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd if you’ve drafted so and so first. I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too. I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them though. We’ll see! Or not. Your choice. For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 2012 fantasy baseball rankings and the top 20 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league. Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2012 fantasy baseball drafts:
Miguel Cabrera – I’d put him with just about anyone, but another 1st baseman. The reality of the situation is you want to get someone that is going to give you a few steals, say, 10. A third baseman would work, but it might be unrealistic to think you’re going to get Longoria. That leaves you with Wright. That doesn’t sound too shabby. Think about how for the last five years prior to 2011 and you would’ve loved to have Wright and Miggy on the same team. I say, live in the past and do it. But I’d say “Do it” like Ben Stiller in the Starsky & Hutch remake. Now it’s totally not ideal to grab Wright if you think Miggy will get 3rd base eligibility. Right now, I put it at about 85% that he will have 3rd base eligibility within a few weeks of Opening Day, so if you wanna grab an outfielder instead, I’m not hating the game or the playa (that’s not Spanish for beach). I say grab Andrew McCutchen or Jay Bruce. Wanna go for a 2nd baseman? Kinsler might be there. Swiggy with one of those three looks real nice to me. Your team would be balanced heading off to the third pick. Someone like Reyes or Hanley would also work, though they might not be there. Now, the risk with not grabbing a 3rd baseman is if Miggy starts treating grounders at third like they’re empty beer cans and starts booting them. Then you may have punted 3rd and Miggy is sent back to first before his 3rd base eligibility kicks in. Kicks being the operative word. Really, as long as you avoid a 1st baseman, catcher and a starter while getting some combo of power and speed, you should be fine. For those of you who are thinking you can grab a 1st baseman and then move Miggy to 3rd two weeks in, you’re screwed if Miggy doesn’t get 3rd base eligibility, even if that possibility is only slim. And, yes, that’s the only time Miggy and slim will ever be used in a sentence. In summation, don’t put unnecessary risk on the table in the first two rounds. Please, blog, may I have some more?
For these pairings, I’m going to be using our 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. Notably, the top 20 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball, top 40 starters for 2012, top 60 starters for 2012 and the top 80 starters for 2012. Okay, now that we have our links and shizz done. What is a pitcher pairing? It’s how you plan on putting together a fantasy staff. It’s a plan of action. If you have A pitcher, which B, C and D pitcher goes with him? You should have six starters. The sixth starter is Brad Peacock or take whoever you want. I suggest an upside pick. Brad Peacock comes to mind. Or Mike Minor. Mike Minor also comes to mind. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5 and some variation of 9 Pitchers league. (NOTE: What you are about to read is massively confusing. If it were found scribbled in a notebook, the FBI would be watching me.) Anyway, here’s some pairings for pitching staffs for 2012 fantasy baseball drafts:
If your first pitcher is from the tiers: “The top tier. Didn’t I already say that?” and “The aces that once were.” — These tiers are from Halladay to Greinke. There’s very little chance I have anyone in any of these tiers. If I do have one, I wouldn’t take another pitcher until the Gio tier that goes into the top 40 starters. Then I’d grab one guy from the tier of Moore/Scherzer and one guy from the flyer tier of Sanchez. Finally, I’d finish my staff off with — that just sounded like a phone sex operator — an out there flyer from the top 80 starter post (a pitcher in the top 80 post that I like, preferably), then I’d grab Peacock or Minor. So Greinke, Daniel Hudson, Beachy, Minor, Peavy and Peacock. That staff will probably have 13′s in every pitching category in a 12 team league. Please, blog, may I have some more?