I know; I’m a bad person for putting Josh Hamilton in the 2009 fantasy baseball overrated category. Sorry. I also don’t like soda. It is what it is. Don’t hate the player, hate the cola. Last year, Josh Hamilton entered a 12 step program for fantasy relevance. Step 1. Stay healthy. Step 2. Go into the All-Star Break with almost 100 RBIs. Step 3. Stop sucking people off for drugs. Step 4. Stop having your girlfriend/wife/whatever suck people off for drugs for you. Step 5. Seriously follow steps 3 and 4. Step 6. When pumping gas, don’t huff it. Step 7. Call your sponsor, Otis Nixon. Step 8. Admit you are powerless to Rum Raisin and don’t sample it. Step 9. Humbly ask Him to remove you from a lineup with Edwin Encarnacion and Scott Hatteberg and move you to Arlington and Kinsler and a career year Milton Bradley. Step 10. Win the hearts and minds of everyone at the All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby. Step 11. Somehow convince people that anything is possible including a 40/20 season. Step 12. Actually follow these steps. So that’s all that was necessary for Josh Hamilton to get on your 1st and 2nd round radars for 2009 fantasy drafts. Now what can we expect from him in 2009 for fantasy baseball?
Carlos Lee. Wait, huh? Weren’t you just talking about Josh Hamilton? I was, random italicized voice. Chillax. All I meant was, Carlos Lee has been doing for years what you can reasonably expect from Josh Hamilton in 2009. When was the last time you considered Carlos Lee in the 1st round? Never? Yeah, me neither. This is not to say Josh Hamilton is going to suck a giant bottle of Mediocre in 2009. He’s a great talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes 35/110/.300/10, i.e., Carlos Lee’s numbers. Also, don’t forget Hamilton wore down in the 2nd half last year and he’s injury-prone. While some will be drafting Josh Hamilton in the 1st round of 2009 drafts, I’ll be shooting up on some Carlos Lee-infused smack at the end of the 2nd round. Suck on that pipe, Pookie!