Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy Baseball Rankings’

Fantasy Baseball Injury Watch: Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria Lands on DL

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Longo will be sidelined with an oblique injury.

We are less than a week into the MLB season and the fantasy baseball world has already been rocked by injuries. It seems that everyday another big time player has been added to the DL, leaving fantasy baseball owners with the blues. The trainers and team doctors are having to really work for their paycheck in this young season more so than seasons past. Let’s take a look at some fantasy baseball injuries around the league.
Evan Longoria, 3B Tampa Bay Rays
Bad news coming out of Tampa, as the Rays expect all-star third baseman Evan Longoria to miss a minimum of three weeks with a strained muscle in his left side. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, and manager Joe Maddon opted to start Sean Rodriguez in his place. This is obviously a big loss for the Rays, who are already off to a slow start. It is also a tough break for Longoria’s fantasy owners, who will be without his services for the first few weeks of fantasy baseball. Owners will have to look for an alternative for the time being, and hope that this type of oblique injury doesn’t linger.
Matt Holliday, OF St. Louis Cardinals
Holliday underwent an appendectomy after starting opening day, and is out indefinitely. While it now appears that Holliday will avoid the 15-day DL, the Cardinals are still uncertain how long he will be out. He began swinging a bat yesterday and it seems that his return may come sooner than originally expected.
Adam Dunn, DH Chicago White Sox
Like Holliday, Dunn had to undergo an emergency appendectomy Tuesday night and will have to sit out at least five games. Dunn is not expected to be placed on the DL, but owners will have to adjust their daily line-ups accordingly until he returns.
Brian Matusz, SP Baltimore Orioles
The bright future for this talented young lefty will have to be put on a hold, at least for now. Matusz felt some soreness in his back and an MRI revealed a severe strain that could sideline him anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Zach Britton will take the open spot in the rotation, and had an impressive first outing. Matusz owners may want to add the young lefty as he could provide some solid numbers in the short term.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP Colorado Rockies
The Rockies had to place their ace on the DL as he recovers from a cracked cuticle on his pitching hand. Jimenez complained that he couldn’t grip the ball properly and that his breaking pitches lacked spin because of this injury. Jorge De La Rosa will start in his place this Friday.
Jake Peavy, SP Chicago White Sox
The often-injured Peavy is recovering from his offseason surgery to repair a tendon in his shoulder. Reports out of the White Sox camp are that he is progressing well and is targeting a return in late April. Peavy threw a simulated game last Sunday and reported no pain. He will have to make at least one minor league start before he joins the big club.

 

2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: The Best Fantasy Baseball Sleeper from Every Division

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Matusz is ready to break out in 2011.

Opening day is right around the corner, so right now is the perfect time to take a look at one fantasy baseball sleeper from each division that can push your team to greatness. All of these players are positioned for either a breakthrough or bounce-back season and can be found at a discount. If your league hasn’t drafted yet these are great players to target, and if you have already drafted they are great buy low candidates. Target these guys as fantasy baseball breakout players.

AL East- Brian Matusz, SP Baltimore Orioles

The AL East is one of the toughest divisions in baseball, and contains a lot of talented players that can be had in fantasy baseball leagues. While it’s sometimes hard to look past the Yankees and Red Sox, my sleeper from this division plays in Baltimore. Brian Matusz went through some growing pains in his full year, but the talented southpaw finished the year on a great note. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Breakout Candidates

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Davis could be a fantasy monster in 2011.

Breakout players are what every fantasy owner hopes to find in each sport. They usually lead to championships because you are getting more value out of the players you select. Think about football season. People who drafted Adrian Peterson got exactly what they wanted and expected from him, but that didn’t guarantee them a championship. Now think about the owners that got Arian Foster and Darren McFadden in the middle rounds, those are the players that led teams to the top of their leagues. These are the MLB players that should be able available as fantasy baseball sleepers in 2011 fantasy baseball.

Rajai Davis – OF – Toronto Blue Jays

Davis might be the best option for fantasy baseball owners looking for cheap steals late in drafts. While Davis has been around for a while, this may be his real breakout season. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Ike Davis & Top 10 1B

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Davis swings a big stick.

Every year, fantasy baseball fanatics leaf through dozens of magazines and scan numerous websites to find “the next big thing.”  It’s always satisfying to find fantasy baseball sleepers, and this list of potential first baseman sleepers could help put your team in contention for the league title.  If you want to achieve fantasy glory, scan this list of first baseman to find a great 2011 sleeper.

Ike Davis, Mets – Davis burst onto the scene in the Big Apple last year and provided a much needed boost to the anemic offense of the Mets. Despite hitting 19 homers and driving in 73 runs in his rookie campaign, many scouts believe Davis is already close to reaching his ceiling. However, depending on the health of his oft-injured teammates, Davis could once again make some noise if he has some protection in the lineup. He could be a great pick at the end of a draft.

Freddie Freeman, Braves – Remember Jason Heyward? Thought so. Well, Freeman has the same type of potential at the plate. Freeman tore up Triple A pitching last season batting .319 with 18 homers and an .898 OPS, and at the start of this upcoming season, he will be only 21 years old. The possibilities for Freeman are endless and there will be much excitement surrounding the young stud, but as a rookie he will almost certainly hit a few rough patches along the way.

Mitch Moreland, Rangers – This guy has already been through a lot at the age of 25. Moreland was finally given an opportunity to play after the Rangers demoted Chris Davis, traded Justin Smoak, and then demoted…Chris Davis…again. After an impressive 2010 World Series, Moreland is ready step in and be the everyday starter for Texas. Hitting in one of the league’s more hitter-friendly ballparks should bode well for Moreland, who has the potential to be a solid BA-HR combo first baseman. Draft him really late or wait to see how things play out early in the year.

Gaby Sanchez, Marlins – Sanchez was another rookie first baseman who had a solid 2010 campaign. Batting .273 with 19 homers and 85 RBIs is a nice start to a big league career, and Sanchez has the ability to improve a little bit on those numbers. He has the potential to bat .300, which is reassuring, but don’t expect a huge boost in power. Sanchez is a solid overall hitter and could be a nice pick up in later rounds.

Justin Smoak, Mariners – In the 2008 MLB Draft, Smoak was considered a Top 5 talent with tons of potential. Due to his switch-hitting ability, Smoak has drawn comparisons to the powerful Mark Teixeira, and in 2011, it will finally be time to act on his big-time potential. Traded from the Rangers to the Mariners last season, Smoak will start for Seattle on Opening Day. Hitting in spacious Safeco Field might be a tough park for Smoak to deliver immediate power, but his solid plate discipline should certainly help him have a decent year. Look to draft Smoak in deeper leagues if need be.

Kila Ka’aihue, Royals – After being drafted in 2002, Ka’aihue has spent much of the first eight years of his career bouncing around the minors. Well, after absolutely destroying Triple A pitching for much of 2010 (over 1.000 OPS and .463 OBP), the Royals will see if the 27 year old Ka’aihue can deliver at the big league level for a full season in 2011. Ka’aihue could finally provide Kansas City with that middle-of-the-order pop they have been missing for quite some time now. His ability to get on base is also a plus; however, rumors are that Ka’aihue is simply filling up a spot until the Royals next big-time prospect, Eric Hosmer, is ready for the Big Show. Draft at your own risk.

Matt LaPorta, Indians – Since being traded from the Brewers in 2008, LaPorta has been a prize possession for the struggling Indians. Unfortunately, LaPorta has yet to deliver on his tremendous talent. After two straight seasons with some time spent in the minors and nothing left to prove at the Triple A-level, 2011 is an important year for LaPorta to show he belongs in the majors. The Indians could really use his 25-HR potential in their lineup, but they also hope he can improve on his abysmal .221 average from last year. LaPorta could be a serviceable late round pick in deeper leagues.

Carlos Pena, Cubs – He isn’t a sleeper in the true sense of the word, but Pena’s consistently awful batting averages (.227 in 2009, .196 in 2010) are a reason to be scared. However, this guy has some serious pop in his bat and that is definitely a reason to target his services. He has already proven that he can deliver in the power department, and a move to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in 2011 could put Pena back in the 35-homer range. Additionally, it would be almost impossible to think that Pena’s batting average could get any worse, so look for him to improve in that area as well. He could be a huge steal on draft day.

Derrek Lee, Orioles – Due to an ailing thumb injury last year, the ever-consistent Lee saw his numbers decrease quite a bit in 2010. Long one of the more steady choices at first base, Lee will get another chance to prove he still has the skills with a move to Baltimore for the 2011 season. Camden Yards is a great ballpark for hitters, and batting in a lineup with Guerrero, Reynolds, Jones, and Markakis could certainly prove beneficial to Lee’s numbers. He probably won’t return to his old self, but it’s not too crazy to expect a good year from Lee. He could be a great pick if he can stay healthy.

Chris Davis, Rangers– Davis absolutely mashes minor league pitching. On the flip side, he struggles mightily against major league pitching. This unfortunate combination has landed Davis the label of a “Four A Player:” he is too good for the minors, but he might not be able to cut it in the majors. However, the Rangers are not ready to give up on him just yet. He has a ton of potential, and his proven ability to hit homers (21 in 113 games in 2009) is a plus, but he desperately needs to cut down on strikeouts and improve his plate discipline in order to survive. A crowded, lethal Rangers lineup will not help Davis’ chances to be an everyday player in Texas, but he makes this list because rumors of a potential trade could help jumpstart his career. Do not draft him, but stay tuned to see what happens.

MLB Top Prospects Rankings: Jeremy Hellickson, Freddie Freeman Lead Way in Week One

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Hellickson looks like a nice sleeper this season.

Finally, fantasy baseball is back in our lives. The time has come to hype up and critically analyze highly touted prospects as well as throw dirt on some heroes of the past. Each and every week of the baseball season we will check in on the hottest phenoms and see which are ready to make an impact in the majors as a top fantasy baseball prospect. Last season, rookies such as Buster Posey, Jason Heyward and Neftali Feliz burst onto the scene and made sizeable impacts on their respective teams. This space will be dedicated to finding those types of players before they become the obsession of band wagon fans all across the country.

1) Jeremy Hellickson – TB (LW:1)

Hellickson has missed a couple days of work early in the grapefruit league schedule, but that hasn’t scared me off from keeping him in the top slot. (more…)