Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Talking Fantasy

The world of fantasy baseball roto-style, is just as addicting as fantasy football for most people, they just don't admit it.  Draft orders are being set, studying stats for pitchers and position players are being looked at and preparing for the long baseball season of trades and waiver wire pickups are upon us. 

The great debate is always about who to take number one.  If you are one of the lucky ones to have received the number one pick, who would you choose?

Some would say that the Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols is a no-brainer.  His .327 AVG, 47 HR and 135 RBI basically help you keep the offensive numbers in check.  Having Pujols will help the average stay consistent, HR's will be average (5 or 6 ranking at worst) and the RBI's will just keep on coming.  Some say that Ryan Howard can give you these numbers but his .250 AVG will kill you and he won't have the same runs scored and RBI totals.

Bottom Line: Take him number one

Others:
Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez: .342 AVG, 24 HR, 106 RBI, 27 SB; helps with average and stolen bases, his power his impressive and will help with runs scored.  Overall, a great player and a great number 2 or 3 pick.

Giants P Tim Lincecum: 15-7, 2.48 ERA, 261 strikeouts; if you feel that pitching has hurt you in the past, take Lincecum.  He helps keep the ERA total down if the other pitchers on the roster have a bad day.  Roy Halladay may have more wins in 2010, but Lincecum will supply you with solid starts almost every time out and give you 100 more strikeouts as well.

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez: .286 AVG, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 14 SB; this in only 124 games in 2009.  He is projected to hit .300 with 45 HR and 135 RBI.  He could go number one as third baseman with power are hard to find.  The Yankees score runs, and A-Rod will be heavily involved.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley: .282 AVG, 31 HR, 93 RBI, 112 runs scored, 23 SB; basically can do it all.  Is still the best-run producing second baseman, but the Blue Jays Aaron Hill will give him a run for the money.  I'm leaning to Utley as a top 5 pick in 2010, but for the last time.  This might be similar to Jimmy Rollins of last season when his numbers dropped from the year before.  Utley is good, take him, but if your in a keeper league, trade him later for value.

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