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05.22.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Interleague play always bring interesting games. Like the Mets being up 3-1 and ready to take the series from the Yanks and then giving up an 8-run inning to lose the game (and series).

Ugh…onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: James Shields – SHO, 3 H, 13:1…Big Game James continues to dominate. This start was just nasty!

The Bats:
Asdrubal Cabrera
– 5/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…Wow. He now has 9 HR on the season (most in his career) and is looking to break all of his past single-season records. Yeah, I told you he was juicing.

Michael Brantley – 3/4, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB…Guy continues to produce, mostly since we talked about him on the Show of course.

Joey Votto – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Votto’s been absent for a bit from this piece, so it’s good to see him back. Batting .335 with 6 HR and 28 RBI.

Jay Bruce – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…If Jose Bautista did not exist, we’d be talking about Bruce. He has been ON FIRE. He’s now up to .271 with 11 HR and 27 RBI.

Alex Rodriguez – 4/5, R, RBI…Got the average back up to .284!

Curtis Granderson – 1/4, R, HR, RBI…Number 16. Unreal.

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05.19.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Madison Bumgarner JUST missed a SHO. He’d be on your team if you read my “September Star Series…

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jason Giambi– 3/5, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI…So he juiced before the game I assume?

The Bats:
Jay Bruce
– 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Bruce is starting to heat up as he’s now batting .333 for the past week.

Justin Morneau – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Morneau with a nice night to help his disappointing season.

Trevor Plouffe – 1/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Ok, ok. It’s about time I talk about the Rook. Through nine games he’s batting .286 with 2 HR and 8 RBI.

Howie Kendrick – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…Been quiet lately, but now hitting .322 with 7 HR and 18 RBI.

Allen Craig – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Holliday-esque in his start!

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Top Fantasy Baseball Seasons by Position

I have seen this done in different variations, but thought by position would be a great reference. So here you have it, the best fantasy seasons by position. I welcome your own nominations and would consider revising mine. Even now I would not be opposed to swapping Gehrig’s two seasons as well as Walter Johnson and Koufax. Good conversation piece before we head into Opening Day 2011 tomorrow. Enjoy!

C: Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers (1997): .362/104/40/124/5

Honorable Mention – Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers (1953): .312/103/41/142/4

1B – Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees (1927): .373/149/47/175/10

Honorable Mention – Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees (1931): .341/163/46/184/17

2B – Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals (1922): .401/141/42/152/17

Honorable Mention – Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals (1925): .403/133/39/143/5

3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees (2007): .314/143/54/156/24

Honorable Mention – Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians (1953): .336/115/43/145/8

SS – Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners (1998): .310/123/42/124/46

Honorable mention – Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers (2001): .318/133/52/135/18

OF – Babe Ruth, New York Yankees (1921): .378/177/59/171/17

Honorable mention – Babe Ruth, New York Yankees (1920): .376/158/54/137/14

SP – Walter Johnson, Washington Senators (1913) : 36-7/1.14/0.78/243

Honorable mention – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (1965): 26-8/2.04/0.86/382

RP – Eric Gagne, Los Angeles Dodgers (2003): 2-3/1.20/0.69/137/55

Honorable mention – Bruce Sutter, St. Louis Cardinals (1984): 5-7/1.54/1.07/77/45

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DESIGNATED HITTER

Short and sweet, here are our DH rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Adam Dunn 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Vladimir Guerrero 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 Michael Young 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 David Ortiz 4 5 4 5 5 4.6
5 Adam Lind 4 5 4 4 4.6

2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections: Assembling a Team After Pick 250

ADP data can be one of the most useful items of information you can have with you at your draft. Not only will you afford yourself the knowledge of knowing who you can  and can’t grab later, but you’ll also find hidden gems that the rest of the fantasy baseball community are letting slip too far. It is these gems we will focus on in this article as I lay out my All Forgotten Team

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: CLOSERS

It was very close, but Neftali Feliz edged out Carlos Marmol as our #1 Closer here at 4th and Home. You’ll notice Marmol was the only closer to get (2) #1 votes, but it wasn’t enough. Quite honestly, I don’t see how you go wrong with any of those top 5 guys and our Composite Ranking shows just how close they really were. Of course, if Feliz joins the rotation and Andrew Bailey has additional meetings with Dr. James Andrews, these rankings will shake up a bit. And yes, I am expecting Kimbrel to close for the Braves…I could be dead wrong.

Lots of value throughout these rankings, so waiting on a closer is always advised unless the top tier guys fall into your lap.

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Neftali Feliz – TEX 1 5 4 3 2 3
2 Carlos Marmol – CHC 4 1 5 5 1 3.2
3 Joakim Soria – KC 5 4 3 1 3 3.2
4 Brian Wilson – SF 3 3 1 7 4 3.6
5 Heath Bell – SD 6 2 2 4 5 3.8
6 Mariano Rivera – NYY 2 8 6 2 6 4.8
7 Andrew Bailey – OAK 9 7 10 8 7 8.2
8 Jonathan Papelbon – BOS 8 15 7 6 10 9.2
9 John Axford – MIL 10 10 14 10 8 10.4
10 Francisco Rodriguez – NYM 11 13 8 12 12 11.2
11 Matt Thornton – CHW 7 12 12 9 16 11.2
12 J.J. Putz – ARI 12 16 9 14 9 12
13 Huston Street – COL 13 11 11 14 14
14 Joe Nathan – MIN 15 6 16 15 19 14.2
15 Chris Perez – CLE 16 11 18 16 13 14.8
16 Jonathan Broxton – LAD 14 18 13 11 15.4
17 Brad Lidge – PHI 19 14 15 19 17 16.8
18 Craig Kimbrel – ATL 17 9 20 18 17
19 Jose Valverde – DET 13 20 15 18
20 Ryan Franklin – STL 20 17 18 19.4

NEFTALI FELIZ…Our #1 ranked closer now may not even be a closer at all – this is a topsy-turvy world we live in!  The 2010 AL Rookie of the Year racked up 40 saves last year to propel himself to the tops of fantasy rankings.  His peak value in fantasy is at closer this year but as a starter he is still going to rack up the Ks big time.  The question is whether he can get stretched out and develop a 3rd pitch to pair with his devastating fastball and curve.  Fantasy owners should hope Texas keeps him in the pen. 2.70/1.00/80/36 as Closer…10-7/3.30/1.25/166 as Starter

BRIAN WILSON…Rising K rate (11.21 per 9) and dropping BB rate (3.13 per 9) suggests he is only getting better. He will continue to get loads of opportunities in pitcher friendly AT&T Park. He also led the league in saves last year with 48. 2.25/1.15/96/45

JOHN AXFORD…Last season John Axford proved that he was ready to take over the closer role in Milwaukee.  After a May call up, he stole the closer job from Trevor Hoffman and saved 24 games while racking up 76 K’s  in 58 innings.  The Brewers will give Axford plenty of opportunities for saves this year, and the strikeouts are an added bonus. 2.85/1.25/88/35

SLEEPER: JOE NATHAN…Hey, you! Remember this guy? Since 2004 he’s been the #3 Closer (on average) in all of baseball and now he’s the #21 Closer off the board? So you’re a little nervous about his past TJ surgery? Don’t be. Lots of success stories where guys came back stronger (Josh Johnson, Francisco Liriano…) and Nathan will be no different. He’s already throwing as hard as he did before the injury and you will pay nothing for his services this year. By year’s end you will be happy because you heeded my advice. 2.25/1.00/80/35

BUST: FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ…Coming off of thumb surgery, serious personal problems that led to his arrest and playing for a Mets team my colleague has predicted for a 71 win season, drafting Rodriguez as a top 10 closer is an extremely risky proposal. With the Mets potentially looking to shed dollars in season, 71 wins may be difficult and that translates to a lack of opportunities for a closer. K-Rod may be ready, but I just don’t see the Mets being willing and able this year. 3.00/1.14/50/26

2011 Fantasy Baseball Debate: Jacoby Ellsbury vs. Brett Gardner

Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner: two outfielders with similar make-up, playing for the enemy and being drafted approximately 110 picks apart. If Ellsbury is going off the board as the No. 18 OF, should Gardner really be the No. 44 OF off the board?

Let’s first examine their last full seasons:

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: STARTING PITCHERS

Leave it to Killboy to disagree who the No. 1 Starting Pitcher should be in drafts this year. While all of us were picking Roy Halladay, Killboy chose Tim Lincecum. I am not sure many of us here condone the use of a first round pick on a pitcher, but if you’re going to take one; Halladay is your guy. Doc recorded 21 wins in his first year with the Phillies to go along with a 2.44 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 219 K. A beautiful Cy Young season.

“The Year (after) the Pitcher” still shows a lot of high quality arms available pretty deep into the draft. I have been burned many times by pitching, so loading up in more shallow positions before grabbing a pitcher is my recommendation for 2011. Of course, if any of these studs fall – pounce!

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Roy Halladay – PHI 1 1 2 1 1 1.2
2 Felix Hernandez – SEA 3 2 3 2 2 2.4
3 Tim Lincecum – SF 2 4 1 4 3 2.8
4 Cliff Lee – PHI 4 3 4 3 4 3.6
5 Jon Lester – BOS 6 8 5 12 5 7.2
6 Josh Johnson – FLA 8 9 11 7 6 8.2
7 Clayton Kershaw – LAD 9 5 6 17 7 8.8
8 CC Sabathia – NYY 7 12 9 6 11 9
9 Cole Hamels – PHI 13 10 7 5 14 9.8
10 Zack Greinke – MIL 5 11 16 8 10 10
11 Justin Verlander – DET 12 7 10 15 12 11.2
12 Ubaldo Jimenez – COL 10 15 14 14 8 12.2
13 Jered Weaver – LAA 17 13 8 10 16 12.8
14 David Price – TB 11 6 19 21 9 13.2
15 Mat Latos – SD 15 14 13 11 13 13.2
16 Tommy Hanson – ATL 21 16 18 19 15 17.8
17 Roy Oswalt – HOU 20 19 20 13 17 17.8
18 Francisco Liriano – MIN 16 18 12 26 19 18.2
19 Dan Haren – LAA 18 17 17 18 22 18.4
20 Matt Cain – SF 19 20 23 16 18 19.2
21 Chris Carpenter – STL 24 22 24 9 21 20
22 Max Scherzer – DET 22 23 21 25 20 22.2
23 Shaun Marcum – MIL 26 25 26 20 26 24.6
24 Yovani Gallardo – MIL 14 39 15 34 23 25
25 Brett Anderson – OAK 25 21 29 39 24 27.6
26 Ted Lilly – LAD 35 24 37 22 30 29.6
27 Daniel Hudson – ARI 34 26 30 24 35 29.8
28 Clay Buchholz – BOS 28 32 44 32 25 32.2
29 Tim Hudson – ATL 39 31 41 23 29 32.6
30 Hiroki Kuroda – LAD 37 34 25 29 38 32.6
31 Chad Billingsley – LAD 23 45 27 31 37 32.6
32 Wandy Rodriguez – HOU 27 42 32 28 48 35.4
33 Jonathan Sanchez – SF 40 38 34 35 31 35.6
34 Ryan Dempster – CHC 31 43 28 33 44 35.8
35 Ricky Nolasco – FLA 33 29 33 37 49 36.2
36 Colby Lewis – TEX 46 37 39 27 34 36.6
37 Madison Bumgarner – SF 36 33 42 40 41 38.4
38 John Danks – CHW 41 46 51 30 32 40
39 Brandon Morrow – TOR 29 40 35 59 40 40.6
40 Gio Gonzalez – OAK 30 30 38 78 28 40.8
41 Jeremy Hellickson – TB 43 27 40 57 51 43.6
42 Jhoulys Chacin – COL 47 41 49 44 39 44
43 Phil Hughes – NYY 42 54 47 36 42 44.2
44 Josh Beckett – BOS 38 50 22 71 43 44.8
45 Trevor Cahill – OAK 59 36 59 45 27 45.2
46 Jaime Garcia – STL 52 35 65 42 33 45.4
47 Edinson Volquez – CIN 44 28 55 56 52 47
48 Ricky Romero – TOR 32 69 43 54 47 49
49 Brett Myers – HOU 55 48 54 55 36 49.6
50 Matt Garza – CHC 49 62 52 41 46 50
51 C.J. Wilson – TEX 63 44 66 38 45 51.2
52 Ian Kennedy – ARI 54 51 56 43 53 51.4
53 Gavin Floyd – CHW 61 63 31 52 56 52.6
54 Scott Baker – MIN 64 59 57 46 54 56
55 Jorge De La Rosa – COL 45 74 45 68 59 58.2
56 Edwin Jackson – CHW 67 49 63 50 65 58.8
57 Jake Peavy – CHW 76 68 36 49 76 61
58 Johnny Cueto – CIN 60 67 58 64 57 61.2
59 Ervin Santana – LAA 56 57 72 73 50 61.6
60 James Shields – TB 57 60 48 62 61.6
61 Jordan Zimmermann – WAS 51 66 53 75 63 61.6
62 Carlos Zambrano – CHC 50 55 71 77 58 62.2
63 Jair Jurrjens – ATL 65 56 79 51 64 63
64 Travis Wood – CIN 47 47 62 63.6
65 Anibal Sanchez – FLA 73 53 70 70 55 64.2
66 Brian Matusz – BAL 48 61 50 64.2
67 Javier Vazquez – FLA 53 46 74 73 65.4
68 Bronson Arroyo – CIN 71 79 69 53 61 66.6
69 John Lackey – BOS 75 64 64 65 71 67.8
70 Carl Pavano – MIN 66 80 67 61 69 68.6
71 A.J. Burnett – NYY 58 65 60 69
72 Derek Holland – TEX 70 58 62 75 69.2
73 Dallas Braden – OAK 77 48 67 70.8
74 Brett Cecil – TOR 69 76 60 73.4
75 Johan Santana – NYM 78 60 72 74.4
76 Erik Bedard – SEA 52 75.2
77 Clayton Richard – SD 79 71 78 68 75.4
78 Brandon Webb – TEX 77 61 79 75.8
79 Jonathon Niese – NYM 68 80 70 76
80 Joel Pineiro – LAA 58 76.4

TOMMY HANSON…Hanson stumbled last year with his ERA climbing from 2.89 in ’09 to 3.33 in ’10, but he  did improve his walks going from 3.24/9 in ’09 to an impressive 2.49/9 in ’10. If you focus on the 2nd half, he sizzled with a 2.51 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. At only 24 years old and with Hudson and Lowe around to keep the #1 starter pressure off of him, expect to see Hanson continue to blossom this year. 15-9/3.25/1.17/200

SHAUN MARCUM…The Marcum trade was probably the most under rated move of the entire off season.  Marcum doesn’t overpower hitters, but has great command and one of the best changeups in the game that he misses bats with it. His GB/FB/LD splits are as consistent as can be but he has been able to bring his HR/FB rate way down along with his BB/9.  Shaun might be the only guy Bill James isn’t bullish on this year but I love Marcum coming over to the NL and he is a steal with an ADP of 27 SP (103 overall).  13-8/3.60/1.15/158

JEREMY HELLICKSON…”Hellboy” is currently going off the board as the #41 SP, which is where he’s ranked in our composite. I can understand the reservations, but here is why you need to grab him before that: he dominated in the minors to the tune of a 2.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 9.8 K/9 over 580 IP. He has MLB “stuff”, including two great breaking pitches, and he showcased that last season when he got four spot starts. As a matter of fact, the Rays dealt Matt Garza just so Hellickson would have a rotation spot in 2011. With the ability to keep the ball low in the zone and the great defense behind him, there is no reason he can’t keep his ERA and WHIP low with high K totals even if he is limited to about 180 innings this year. 14-10/3.40/1.15/185

SLEEPER: GIO GONZALEZ…In his first full season as a starter for the A’s, Gonzalez put ups some impressive stats; 15 wins, 3.23 ERA, and 171 K’s.  He especially turned it on after the All Star break when he shaved a point off his first pre-break ERA, lowered his WHIP, and increased his K/9.  The 25 year old could be in line for an excellent season with monster K’s (his minor league K/9 is 10.3 and he’s already struck out 10 batters in 5 innings of pre-season work). 16-8/3.30/1.26/200

BUST: TREVOR CAHILL…Cahill finished 2010 with 18 wins and a 2.97 ERA. He also sported a poor 5.4 K/9 and a ridiculous .236 BABIP. I’m not sure how the Baseball Gods missed this one. Expect regression. 12-10/3.96/1.24/129

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OUTFIELD

Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez at #1? That was the debate, though one guy even ranked Carl Crawford as his #1. Madness!

Ryan Braun: Ready to tee off in 2011

And…Ryan Braun takes home our #1 OF ranking, but it was close. You could definitely make an argument for either, but the composite sided with the guy who has done it more than once before. You’ll notice our individual rankings are all over the place, showcasing our different views. When compiled, it’s a pretty safe list with hidden gems when compared to the latest ADP data. There is lots and lots of value late in the draft, so if you miss out on top-tier guys while stockpiling other positions you can always get a proven vet in the 30s and 40s.

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Ryan Braun – MIL 1 2 2 1 1 1.4
2 Carlos Gonzalez – COL 2 3 1 2 2 2
3 Carl Crawford – BOS 3 1 3 4 3 2.8
4 Josh Hamilton – TEX 5 5 4 5 4 4.6
5 Matt Holliday – STL 4 6 5 3 5 4.6
6 Shin-Soo Choo – CLE 6 10 6 6 8 7.2
7 Matt Kemp – LAD 7 4 7 18 6 8.4
8 Nelson Cruz – TEX 22 9 9 7 7 10.8
9 Andrew McCutchen – PIT 9 11 8 14 12 10.8
10 Hunter Pence – HOU 13 12 13 11 9 11.6
11 Jason Heyward – ATL 10 13 15 9 11 11.6
12 Andre Ethier – LAD 15 14 12 12 16 13.8
13 Justin Upton – ARI 8 8 11 32 10 13.8
14 Jose Bautista – TOR 17 22 10 10 13 14.4
15 Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS 19 7 18 26 15 17
16 Alex Rios – CHW 20 17 16 13 23 17.8
17 Ichiro Suzuki – SEA 12 41 14 8 14 17.8
18 Jayson Werth – WAS 11 15 27 19 17 17.8
19 Jay Bruce – CIN 14 16 19 34 18 20.2
20 Corey Hart – MIL 16 31 20 29 26 24.4
21 Shane Victorino – PHI 28 25 21 35 20 25.8
22 Aubrey Huff – SF 25 26 25 15 39 26
23 Delmon Young – MIN 21 18 28 42 24 26.6
24 Drew Stubbs – CIN 23 21 30 41 19 26.8
25 Nick Markakis – BAL 18 24 36 25 31 26.8
26 Mike Stanton – FLA 24 37 31 28 21 28.2
27 Chris Young – ARI 33 27 22 39 25 29.2
28 Torii Hunter – LAA 30 30 41 17 37 31
29 Nick Swisher – NYY 45 29 33 23 29 31.8
30 Martin Prado – ATL 26 28 32 52 22 32
31 Juan Pierre – CHW 36 32 39 21 34 32.4
32 Curtis Granderson – NYY 32 40 23 36 33 32.8
33 Brett Gardner – NYY 27 20 40 38 44 33.8
34 B.J. Upton – TB 41 38 17 58 27 36.2
35 Colby Rasmus – STL 40 23 29 28 36.2
36 Carlos Lee – HOU 50 43 24 27 40 36.8
37 Bobby Abreu – LAA 42 46 34 22 42 37.2
38 Vernon Wells – LAA 35 58 43 20 36 38.4
39 Adam Jones – BAL 37 33 46 40 38 38.8
40 Angel Pagan – NYM 34 36 45 45 46 41.2
41 Jason Bay – NYM 31 56 35 51 35 41.6
42 Jose Tabata – PIT 47 19 48 46 56 43.2
43 Ben Zobrist – TB 52 50 16 41 44
44 Grady Sizemore – CLE 39 42 51 32 45
45 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 53 47 53 24 51 45.6
46 Carlos Beltran – NYM 38 35 56 57 47 46.6
47 Luke Scott – BAL 60 57 26 44 48 47
48 Ryan Raburn – DET 29 48 37 47.2
49 Magglio Ordonez – DET 45 44 30 58 47.6
50 Michael Bourn – HOU 56 50 47 47 45 49
51 Carlos Quentin – CHW 43 38 43 49.2
52 Manny Ramirez – TB 48 44 42 59 57 50
53 Austin Jackson – DET 52 55 59 55 30 50.2
54 Andres Torres – SF 54 52 37 49 50.6
55 Rajai Davis – TOR 44 39 60 50 50.8
56 Denard Span – MIN 53 58 31 54 51.4
57 Coco Crisp – OAK 34 55 54.4
58 Alfonso Soriano – CHC 49 49 52 54.4
59 Desmond Jennings – TB 33 55.4
60 Ryan Ludwick – SD 51 55 49 55.4

 

JUSTIN UPTONUpton is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 3 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently improved his statistics as his playing time increased, expect a bounce back this year. For more, continue reading (here).

JACOBY ELLSBURY Remember this guy?  He’s a season removed from stealing 70 bases, scoring 94 runs, and batting .301.  Ellsbury was a wasted pick for lot of fantasy owners last year, when he missed all but 18 games, but now he’s healthy and ready to go.  I’ve seen this guy ranked all over the place (including our individual rankings) but he has the potential to be a top 10 outfielder.  Don’t wait too long to grab him. .295/90/7/55/60

B.J. UPTON…Even though BJ Upton hit .237 last year, he still finished the season ranked as the 29th fantasy outfielder in Yahoo. His speed is too good to repeat his .304 BABIP and his career mark is .334.The 26 year old is fully healthy so his power should be back to stay. Other than Carl Crawford, he is the best candidate to go 20/40. .259/78/20/73/45

SLEEPER: JOSE TABATA…Most forget Jose Tabata was a touted Yankee prospect, but certainly remember his estranged wife. After his June call-up, Tabata went .321/53/3/31/14 in July/August/September. Extrapolate that and he goes .321/106/6/62/28 in a season. At only 22 he has plenty of time to develop into a double-digit HR hitter and the speed is real. Currently the #51 OF off the board. I have him at #19 with a projected 2011 line of .300/90/10/60/30.

BUST: MATT KEMP…Fantasy Managers have been waiting for the great Matt Kemp break out for the past couple seasons and I’m here to say they shouldn’t hold their breath.  His unsustainably high BABIP, high K% and low BB% really caught up to him in 2010.  He also forgot how to steal bases being caught almost half the time.  Questions about his desire and makeup all spell reasons to stay away as other managers continue to way over pay for Kemp taking him as early as #16 overall.  .278/85/25/85/25

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SHORTSTOP

Hanley Ramirez tops our 2011 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings. A 15 HR September could not propel Troy Tulowitzki into our consensus #1, even though Tulow was the #1 SS in 5×5 leagues on a per-game-basis last year. If you’re drafting in the first round this year, one could not blame you for grabbing one of these guys as the drop-off is pretty sharp after they’re off the board. Might as well wait 6 rounds before taking the plunge.

Onto our Composite Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Hanley Ramirez – FLA 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Troy Tulowitzki – COL 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 Jose Reyes – NYM 3 4 3 5 3 3.6
4 Jimmy Rollins – PHI 4 3 4 7 4 4.4
5 Derek Jeter – NYY 5 5 8 3 5 5.2
6 Alexei Ramirez – CHW 6 6 5 6 6 5.8
7 Elvis Andrus – TEX 8 9 7 4 7 7
8 Stephen Drew – ARI 7 7 6 8 8 7.2
9 Rafael Furcal – LAD 10 10 10 10 9 9.8
10 Starlin Castro – CHC 9 12 9 9 11 10
11 Ian Desmond – WAS 11 8 11 13 10 10.6
12 Yunel Escobar – TOR 12 13 12 12 14 12.6
13 Miguel Tejada – SF 15 16 15 11 15 14.4
14 Marco Scutaro – BOS 13 11 19 12 15.2
15 Jhonny Peralta – DET 14 14 19 14 18 15.8
16 Asdrubal Cabrera – CLE 16 15 18 13 16.6
17 Juan Uribe – LAD 20 14 16 18.4
18 Alcides Escobar – KC 19 16 15 18.4
19 Jason Bartlett – SD 17 17 16 18.4
20 Omar Infante – FLA 13 19.4

 

Some thoughts…

ELVIS ANDRUS…The shortstop position isn’t as deep as it once was, so if you’re in a keeper league chances are you’re on the outside looking in on the elite SS pool. Enter Elvis stage left.  He’s only going to contribute well at two categories (SB, R) but such is life these days.  He is still very young and if he can find the .350 BABIPs of his minor league seasons, a .300 season is a possibility.  He’s bulked up this off season as he looks to avoid another goose egg in the HR category. .275/85/5/45/33

STARLIN CASTRO…It’s hard to find a SS with a .300 average, so when a 20 year old bats .300 in his rookie season you should pay attention.  Castro’s also shown some speed in the minors, so hopefully the Cubs give him the opportunity to steal more than 10 bases this year.  This kid is no where near his prime, and should only be starting in deep leagues or NL only leagues, but keep an eye this one. .305/65/5/50/18

OMAR INFANTE…Omar Infante will start everyday and hit at the top of the order. Over a full season he will be an above average producer in runs, reach low double digit homers and steals while hitting over .300. I’ll take that from a SS. .305/86/11/51/11

SLEEPER: MARCO SCUTARO…Scutaro set a career high in games in 2010 with 150, though he dealt with some nagging injuries. Marco was still the #8 SS last year. A healthy 2011 Scutaro equals big things. Heck, bat him 12th in that Sawx lineup and he’s still a great fallback option at SS. .275/85/10/55/5

BUST: RAFAEL FURCAL…Bookending his hot streak last year was a slow start and a terrible finish. Look for this season to be like last year minus the hot streak. .280/80/10/50/20