Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ex-Jays on Photo Day

Aaron Laffey

With spring games now underway, here's a quick review of some of the new homes for some former Blue Jays.

From a fantasy perspective, most of these guys can be looked as players you may want near the end of your drafts.

Travis d'Arnaud
d'Arnaud will likely be called up in June, but you may want him try and draft him in the last round of your draft. He would be a good pick in a keeper league as well.

Vernon Wells
Wells will likely begin the season as the fourth outfielder for the Angels, so he's probably a guy to watch down the road on the wire.

John Farrell
I know you can't draft him....but..

Shaun Marcum
Marcum will likely be the fourth man in the Mets rotation, and if can pitch like he did in his first year in Milwaukee and two years in Toronto, he may just be a late round steal for you.

Jeff Mathis
Mathis will not likely be a guy to draft or watch on the wire, but I had to include him in the mix here as a reminder to the fans that he was involved in the Jays Marlins blockbuster.

Lyle Overbay

Overbay is looking to secure a spot on the Red Sox roster in 2013, but the addition of Mike Carp from the Mariners might put a damper on that plan. He may still end up as the starter in Milwaukee, so watch those developments over the spring.

Jake Marisnick
Marisnick will start in the minors, but he can hit, so monitor him if he's called up.

Yunel Escobar
Escobar goes from Toronto to Miami to Tampa Bay in a matter of months, but nothing really changes as far as fantasy goes.

Expect a .260 average, ten home runs and around 60 RBI. A good back up if you run into injuries with your starting shortstop.

Photos courtesy: Getty images

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Miguel Cabrera loses first base eligibility on Yahoo!

With the start of spring training just days away, the beginning of a new season of fantasy baseball is upon us.

The much anticipated return of Yahoo! fantasy baseball has arrived.

New features include continuous waivers, new pitching stats (saves + holds) (Net saves + holds: saves + holds - blown saves) and an improved app for iPhone and Android , which comes in handy more than you realize all season.

Something that I noticed in the early going after looking through the players is the first base eligibility for Miguel Cabrera has been eliminated in Yahoo! This season, he's just listed as a third baseman.

You almost knew this was going to happen after playing only two games at first in 2012 compared to 154 at third base. I believe you must play at least 10 games to keep the eligibility at a position, so failing to do so may change your drafting plans a bit.

Cabrera, who is in the same conversation with Mike Trout for the first overall pick in 2013, is now in competition with the likes of Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria and David Wright at third for the coming season.

Obviously having Cabrera is a good thing offensively. The Triple Crown winner hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 with 109 runs scored. The difference this year with Cabrera is the fact you can now have Cabrera and possibly Prince Fielder or Mark Teixeira on your squad if the pool you're in allows one player for each position.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Composite Rankings: Second Base

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With fantasy baseball just around the corner, our rankings continue with Second Base.
In case you missed it, here are the other composite rankings to date:

First Baseman
Second BasemanESPNRoto ChampFantasy AlarmRoto AnalysisAverage
Robinson Cano (NYY)11111
Dustin Pedroia (BOS)32222.25
Ian Kinsler (TEX)23533.25
Brandon Phillips (CIN)45745
Jason Kipnis (CLE)68365.75
Aaron Hill (ARI)77455.75
Ben Zobrist (TB)54876
Jose Altuve (HOU)86687
Rickie Weeks (MIL)111011910.25
Neil Walker (PIT)915101111.25
Danny Espinosa (WAS)102191313.25
Howie Kendrick (LAA)1314121413.25
Dan Uggla (ATL)1416151013.75
Chase Utley (PHI)1513141614.5
Daniel Murphy (NYM)1612172116.5
Marco Scutaro (SF)1217162216.75
Dustin Ackley (SEA)2020131717.5
Gordon Beckham (CWS)1923212321.5
Kelly Johnson (TB)2228201922.25
Jeff Keppinger (CWS)2121232622.75
Darwin Barney (CHC)2325252725
Chris Nelson (COL)2430193025.75
Omar Infante (DET)1718502026.25
Cliff Pennington (ARI)2626263227.5
Mark Ellis (LAD)2729273128.5
Johnny Giavotella (KC)2547242530.25
Jemile Weeks (OAK)2862221531.75
Tyler Greene (HOU)3042312933
Maicer Izturis (TOR)2935363533.75
Jurickson Profar (TEX)1838513635.75