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Mark Teixeira's injury puts his fantasy value in doubt.
Paul Goldschmidt (Yahoo–46, CBS–66, ESPN–72)
If you’re playing in an ESPN league, get Paul Goldschmidt.
Now it’s naive to assume every drafter follows the default rankings but you can grab him rounds before they advise and it will still be a worthwhile choice.
He only hit 20 home runs to go along with a .286/.359/.490 triple-slash line and 18 steals, but treat that as the floor.
For someone who displayed a bounty of power in the minors, his 14.2 HR/FB ratio bears room for improvement. Don’t be surprised if he approached the 30-homer plateau this season.
Some may think Yahoo’s mark sets the bar high, but it might be too tame. I previously positioned him at No. 34.
Think I’m crazy? Well you’re probably right, even if it’s for other reasons, but Razzball’s Grey Albright tabbed him at No. 19 overall. He even made a nifty Venn diagram to explain why.
Ryan Howard (Yahoo–98, CBS–116, ESPN–147)
So, does anyone know where to rank Ryan Howard?
Once a first-round choice, the lefty slugger has fallen after amassing a .219/.295/.423 line through 71 games last season.
What’s truly bizarre is that, despite ranking him the lowest, ESPN projects him to hit .259 with 34 homers and 108 RBI. That’s essentially what Josh Willingham, who rated No. 62 on its player rater, produced last season.
ESPN ranked him too low but set its projections too high.
As will often be the case in such predicaments, I’m siding in the middle ground and raising CBS’ hands as the winner here.
Mark Teixeira (CBS–102, ESPN–128, Yahoo–199)
Tough decisions must be made when a player goes down with an injury. Should drafters cut ties with the damaged goods, or snatch him later at a discount?
Mark Teixeira will be sidelined until mid-May after straining his right wrist with Team USA. The 32-year-old missed 39 games last year, hitting .251 with a career-low .475 slugging percentage.
Yahoo is encouraging everyone to panic while CBS collectively is not expressing as much concern as necessary.
If Howard, Paul Konerko and all the promising young first basemen (Ike Davis, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Hosmer) are off the table, it might be time to consider gambling on Teixeira to return on time and hit 25 homers.
But don’t reach for a declining veteran whose injured wrist could stymie his power production all year long.