Category Archives: Fantasy

Mock Draft #1 of the 2011 Season: No Prep


As many of you know, I play fantasy baseball, and am also a contributor over at FakeTeams, the fantasy sports blog over at SBNation. That said, I like to do at least one mock draft prior to starting to really work on my own rankings for the season. I almost always use MockDraftCentral to do mocks, but I really like to just sign up for one of their free ones that run all the time to test out my own knowledge and thoughts. (Full disclosure: MDC has hooked me up with a premium account in the past, although I’m not sure whether I have one now or not.)

I generally like to do this mock around this time, as free agency has pretty much ended for nearly all players who are likely to affect drafts at this point. Here’s the rules that this particular mock followed:

Yahoo 12 team league
Categories are standard 5 x 5
Lineup: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF, 2 UT, 2 SP, 2 RP, 4 P, 5 BN

I had the 3rd pick of the draft. Here’s my roster, along with the round of the pick:

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Fantasy Rankings in Review – Relief Pitchers


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. The last position up for review is the relief pitchers, and you can find my preseason rankings here. Note that I have removed any starting pitchers who appeared in these rankings due to previous season qualifications.

Yahoo’s Top 15 Relief Pitchers

1. Billy Wagner
2. Rafael Soriano
3. Heath Bell
4. Brian Wilson
5. Neftali Feliz
6. Carlos Marmol
7. Joakim Soria
8. Mariano Rivera
9. Hong-Chih Kuo
10. Matt Capps
11. John Axford
12. Chris Perez
13. Joaquin Benoit
14. Francisco Rodriguez
15. Andrew Bailey

Of my top 15 preseason ranks, Jonathan Broxton (1), Huston Street (8), Brian Fuentes (12), Francisco Cordero (13), Trevor Hoffman (14), and Ryan Franklin (15) all finished out of the top 15. Continue reading

Fantasy Rankings in Review – Starting Pitchers


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. You can find my preseason rankings here and here. Next up is the review of my SP rankings.

Yahoo’s Final Rankings (Top 25)

1.     Roy Halladay
2.     Adam Wainwright
3.     Felix Hernandez
4.     Roy Oswalt
5.     Ubaldo Jimenez
6.     Jered Weaver
7.     David Price
8.     Josh Johnson
9.     Cliff Lee
10.  Mat Latos
11.  C.C. Sabathia
12.  Jon Lester
13.  Justin Verlander
14.  Matt Cain
15.  Tim Hudson
16.  Clayton Kershaw
17.  Trevor Cahill
18.  Clay Buchholz
19.  Cole Hamels
20.  Chris Carpenter
21.  Jonathan Sanchez
22.  Tim Lincecum
23.  Brett Myers
24.  Johan Santana
25.  Ted Lilly

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Fantasy Rankings in Review – Outfielders


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. Next up is the review of my OF rankings. I ranked 45 outfielders originally, and you can find them here.

Yahoo’s Top 25 Outfielders

  1. Carlos Gonzalez
  2. Carl Crawford
  3. Josh Hamilton
  4. Jose Bautista
  5. Ryan Braun
  6. Matt Holliday
  7. Jayson Werth
  8. Vladimir Guerrero
  9. Alex Rios
  10. Corey Hart
  11. Shin-Soo Choo
  12. Hunter Pence
  13. Chris Young
  14. Aubrey Huff
  15. Delmon Young
  16. Juan Pierre
  17. Nick Swisher
  18. Adam Dunn
  19. Andrew McCutchen
  20. Drew Stubbs
  21. Angel Pagan
  22. Ichiro Suzuki
  23. Vernon Wells
  24. Nelson Cruz
  25. Brett Gardner

Notable Outfielders Outside the Top 25: Matt Kemp (26), Torii Hunter (27), Shane Victorino (28), Bobby Abreu (29), Andre Ethier (34), Jay Bruce (35), Justin Upton (41), Nick Markakis (46), Curtis Granderson (49), Alfonso Soriano

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Fantasy Rankings in Review – Shortstop


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. Next up is the review of my SS rankings.

My Preseason Rankings
1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Troy Tulowitzki
3. Jimmy Rollins
4. Ben Zobrist
5. Derek Jeter
6. Jose Reyes
7. Jason Bartlett
8. Elvis Andrus
9. Marco Scutaro
10. Alexei Ramirez
11. Ryan Theriot
12. Asdrubal Cabrera
13. Miguel Tejada
14. Alcides Escobar
15. Cliff Pennington

Yahoo’s Final Rankings (Top 15)
1. Troy Tulowitzki
2. Hanley Ramirez
3. Derek Jeter
4. Alexei Ramirez
5. Jose Reyes
6. Stephen Drew
7. Alex Gonzalez
8. Marco Scutaro
9. Rafael Furcal
10. Ben Zobrist
11. Omar Infante
12. Juan Uribe
13. Miguel Tejada
14. Elvis Andrus
15. Ian Desmond

I also mentioned J.J. Hardy, Stephen Drew, Yunel Escobar, and Everth Cabrera as potential deep league plays, and specifically to avoid Rafael Furcal.
From my preseason rankings, Cliff Pennington (19), Ryan Theriot (21), and Jason Bartlett (23) all finished in the top 25. Jimmy Rollins, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Alcides Escobar all finished outside of the top 25.
Free Agents: Edgar Renteria, Miguel Tejada, Juan Uribe

What We Saw

  • Despite missing part of the season, Troy Tulowitzki pretty clearly had the best season of anyone with SS eligibility. His September was definitely one to remember as well. I imagine we might see some rankings next year with him ahead of Hanley Ramirez, but I’m not sure I could go that far yet. But I definitely wouldn’t fault people who do that.
  • Derek Jeter had what was widely considered to be a down year for himself in 201, and still finished 3rd in Yahoo’s rankings. While the batting average was definitely down, he still had double digit steals and home runs, and scored 111 runs. Still a lot of value there.
  • So much for my thought that the fantasy value of Rafael Furcal was less than zero. Oops. He would have been higher up in the final rankings had he played more games, but I’m not sold he would have kept up that production if he had.
  • Jimmy Rollins is going to be a very nice value pick to some people next year, but I definitely don’t trust him to either stay healthy or to be productive when he is healthy. It is telling that he fell outside the top 25 at a position as shallow as SS.
  • Ian Desmond and Starlin Castro both strike me as players who will be in the top 15 for 2011, if not potentially top 10 players. They should improve with a full season under their belts.
  • Overall, the position is probably at one of its most shallow points. It seems to fall off pretty quick once you get past the top 5 or so, and you kind of end up with a lot of players who do 1 or 2 things, but not all 5.

Preliminary 2011 Rankings (Very Raw)
1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Troy Tulowitzki
3. Jose Reyes
4. Derek Jeter
5. Alexei Ramirez
6. Stephen Drew
7. Jimmy Rollins
8. Ian Desmond
9. Elvis Andrus
10. Starlin Castro

Fantasy Rankings in Review: Third Basemen


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. Next up is the review of my 3B rankings.

My Preseason Rankings

1.     Alex Rodriguez
2.     David Wright
3.     Evan Longoria
4.     Mark Reynolds
5.     Ryan Zimmerman
6.     Kevin Youkilis
7.     Aramis Ramirez
8.     Chone Figgins
9.     Pablo Sandoval
10.  Michael Young
11.  Gordon Beckham
12.  Ian Stewart
13.  Jorge Cantu
14.  Casey Blake
15.  Chipper Jones

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Fantasy Rankings in Review – Second Basemen


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. Next up is the review of my 2B rankings.

My Preseason Rankings

1.     Chase Utley
2.     Ian Kinsler
3.     Ben Zobrist
4.     Brandon Phillips
5.     Brian Roberts
6.     Dan Uggla
7.     Aaron Hill
8.     Dustin Pedroia
9.     Gordon Beckham
10.  Robinson Cano
11.  Jose Lopez
12.  Asdrubal Cabrera
13.  Ian Stewart
14.  Howie Kendrick
15.  Mark Ellis

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Fantasy Rankings in Review – First Basemen


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it. Next up is the review of my 1B rankings.

My Preseason Rankings
1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Prince Fielder
4. Mark Teixeira
5. Ryan Howard
6. Joey Votto
7. Mark Reynolds
8. Kevin Youkilis
9. Kendry Morales
10. Adrian Gonzalez
11. Derrek Lee
12. Justin Morneau
13. Adam Dunn
14. Pablo Sandoval
15. Carlos Pena

Yahoo’s Final Rankings (Top 15)
1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Joey Votto
4. Paul Konerko
5. Adrian Gonzalez
6. Mark Teixeira
7. Aubrey Huff
8. Ryan Howard
9. Nick Swisher
10. Adam Dunn
11. David Ortiz
12. Martin Prado
13. Prince Fielder
14. Billy Butler
15. Adam LaRoche

I also mentioned Adam LaRoche, Paul Konerko, Billy Butler, Garrett Jones, Lance Berkman, Chris Davis, Michael Cuddyer, Todd Helton, James Loney, Justin Smoak, and Chris Carter as players potentially having value this year.
From my preseason rankings, Kevin Youkilis (19), Derrek Lee (21), James Loney (24), and Justin Morneau (25) all finished in the top 25. Mark Reynolds, Kendry Morales, Pablo Sandoval, and Carlos Pena did not make the top 25 at the end of the season.
Free Agents: Lance Berkman, Adam Dunn, Troy Glaus, Aubrey Huff, Paul Konerko, Derrek Lee, Lyle Overbay, Carlos Pena
What We Saw

Buster Posey’s season was better than anyone even thought. He finished at #23 in the 1B rankings for Yahoo, which is clearly an elite offensive position. Wow.

I thought Joey Votto would do extremely well this season, but clearly this was above and beyond what I thought either. I think he’s going to start next season as a top 10 player overall.

Talk about a walk year improvement. Paul Konerko went nuts this year, and finished with 39 homers and 112 rbi. He’s a free agent, and while they want him back in Chicago, it remains to be seen where he will end up. But he’s clearly not as done as we all thought he was.

Aubrey Huff is another free agent who should get paid this offseason after an excellent performance in San Francisco. Part of his value was having 7 stolen bases this season, which seems unlikely to continue. I just can’t convince myself that he’s particularly likely to repeat the overall performance in 2011.

Injuries really had an effect on the 1B depth, with Kevin Youkilis, Kendry Morales, Justin Morneau, and Troy Glaus all missed time during the season. It didn’t help that players like Mark Reynolds, Lance Berkman and Carlos Pena all struggled during the season.

Justin Morneau really concerns me for next season, due to the fact that he still has not been able to do any baseball activities since suffering that concussion in Toronto. He could potentially provide a very nice value for fantasy owners next year, but he won’t end up on any of my teams most likely.

Adrian Gonzalez will continue to be the topic of trade rumors throughout the offseason, and I think that if he gets traded to anywhere else practically, he’s going to provide even more offense than he did this season, which seems like it should be impossible.

Overall, some of these rankings were pretty easy (I’m pretty sure it takes no brains to rank Pujols at #1), but some of these players clearly underperformed (Fielder, Reynolds, Pena). I think that Youkilis would have finished above the #8 spot I had believed at the beginning of the season had he not gotten injured. Not a terrible job on these, but definitely some work to be done next season.

Preliminary 2011 Rankings (Very Raw)
1. Albert Pujols
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Joey Votto
4. Adrian Gonzalez
5. Mark Teixeira
6. Ryan Howard
7. Prince Fielder
8. Kevin Youkilis
9. Paul Konerko
10. Adam Dunn

Fantasy Rankings in Review – Catchers


Back in February, I took my first shot at attempting to rank players for fantasy purposes. After a full season, I thought it wise to take a look back at how they went, and compare them to how it actually turned out and see if there is anything to be gained from it, starting with catchers.

Fantasy Baseball: 1-100


I’ve released my 101st-200th ranked players yesterday, and here’s my top 100. Not a lot of surprises at the very top here, as you might imagine. Note: These may not match my rankings by position, mostly due to my thoughts about them as Spring Training has progressed.

  1. Albert Pujols (1B) – STL
  2. Hanley Ramirez (SS) – FLA
  3. Alex Rodriguez (3B) – NYY
  4. Chase Utley (2B) – PHI
  5. Ryan Braun (OF) – MIL
  6. Matt Kemp (OF) – LAD
  7. Prince Fielder (1B) – MIL
  8. Miguel Cabrera (1B) – DET
  9. Mark Teixeira (1B) – NYY
  10. Tim Lincecum (SP) – SF
  11. Evan Longoria (3B) – TAM
  12. Roy Halladay (SP) – PHI
  13. Carl Crawford (OF) – TAM
  14. Ryan Howard (1B) – PHI
  15. Troy Tulowitzki (SS) – COL
  16. Justin Upton (OF) – ARI
  17. Joe Mauer (C) – MIN
  18. David Wright (3B) – NYM
  19. Matt Holliday (OF) – STL
  20. Felix Hernandez (SP) – SEA
  21. Ian Kinsler (2B) – TEX
  22. Adrian Gonzalez (1B) – SD
  23. Jacoby Ellsbury (OF) – BOS
  24. Ichiro Suzuki (OF) – SEA
  25. Jimmy Rollins (SS) – PHI
  26. Zack Greinke (SP) – KC
  27. C.C. Sabathia (SP) – NYY
  28. Derek Jeter (SS) – NYY
  29. Joey Votto (1B) – CIN
  30. Pablo Sandoval (1B/3B) – SF
  31. Dustin Pedroia (2B) – BOS
  32. Grady Sizemore (OF) – CLE
  33. Kevin Youkilis (1B/3B) – BOS
  34. Ryan Zimmerman (3B) – WAS
  35. Mark Reynolds (1B/3B) – ARI
  36. Brandon Phillips (2B) – CIN
  37. Dan Haren (SP) – ARI
  38. Victor Martinez (C/1B) – BOS
  39. Ben Zobrist (2B/SS/OF) – TAM
  40. Brian McCann (C) – ATL
  41. Jayson Werth (OF) – PHI
  42. Adam Wainwright (SP) – STL
  43. Justin Verlander (SP) – DET
  44. Robinson Cano (2B) – NYY
  45. Adam Lind (OF) – TOR
  46. Chris Carpenter (SP) – STL
  47. Johan Santana (SP) – NYM
  48. Nick Markakis (OF) – BAL
  49. Kendry Morales (1B) – LAA
  50. Jon Lester (SP) – BOS
  51. Bobby Abreu (OF) – LAA
  52. Cliff Lee (SP) – SEA
  53. Curtis Granderson (OF) – NYY
  54. Shin-Soo Choo (OF) – CLE
  55. B.J. Upton (OF) – TAM
  56. Yovani Gallardo (SP) – MIL
  57. Josh Johnson (SP) – FLA
  58. Matt Cain (SP) – SF
  59. Jose Reyes (SS) – NYM
  60. Torii Hunter (OF) – LAA
  61. Justin Morneau (1B) – MIN
  62. Brian Roberts (2B) – BAL
  63. Andre Ethier (OF) – LAD
  64. Derrek Lee (1B) – CHC
  65. Gordon Beckham (3B) – CHW
  66. Javier Vazquez (SP) – NYY
  67. Jonathan Broxton (RP) – LAD
  68. Mariano Rivera (RP) – NYY
  69. Josh Beckett (SP) – BOS
  70. Jason Bay (OF) – NYM
  71. Aramis Ramirez (3B) – CHC
  72. Adam Dunn (OF/1B) – WAS
  73. Wandy Rodriguez (SP) – HOU
  74. Ubaldo Jimenez (SP) – COL
  75. Jonathan Papelbon (RP) – BOS
  76. Aaron Hill (2B) – TOR
  77. Nelson Cruz (OF) – TEX
  78. Chone Figgins (3B) – SEA
  79. Shane Victorino (OF) – PHI
  80. Tommy Hanson (SP) – ATL
  81. Carlos Lee (OF) – HOU
  82. Josh Hamilton (OF) – TEX
  83. Joakim Soria (RP) – KC
  84. Billy Butler (1B) – KC
  85. Andrew McCutchen (OF) – PIT
  86. Ricky Nolasco (SP) – FLA
  87. Clayton Kershaw (SP) – LAD
  88. Dan Uggla (2B) – FLA
  89. Cole Hamels (SP) – PHI
  90. Manny Ramirez (OF) – LAD
  91. Michael Young (3B) – TEX
  92. Adam Jones (OF) – BAL
  93. Lance Berkman (1B) – HOU
  94. Jake Peavy (SP) – CHW
  95. Matt Wieters (C) – BAL
  96. Elvis Andrus (SS) – TEX
  97. Heath Bell (RP) – SD
  98. Matt Garza (SP) – TAM
  99. Carlos Beltran (OF) – NYM
  100. Carlos Pena (1B) – TAM