2010 MLB Fantasy Prep ~ Assume The Position

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2010

This is why you don't simply assume the positionPosition Eligibility

Much is made each season about the importance of position eligibility. How much it really matters is a question unique to each league, and the drafting strategies of each team manager. For the sake of argument though, most would agree, more is better.

Each season we see players add or lose eligibility and different positions. So below I have created a little cheat sheet of those who will see those changes in 2010. Some of these changes may have appeared last season, but just to be safe…  This is based on 20+ plate appearances at a position last season. Not all leagues require 20 appearances, so it’s important to know your league guidelines, be it Yahoo, ESPN, CBSSportsline, or any number of other professional or private fantasy sites. Most major sports sites can give you a breakdown of games played for each player by position.

I have listed in bold, gains or losses I think managers should be aware of the most. As an example, Brandon Inge and Pablo Sandoval both lose Catcher eligibility. That hurts their value for a thin position. Several string bats are relegated to DH only. This is not to say at some point this season they may not gain positions back. This is just more for positional awareness going into the season.

On The Plus SideOn The Minus Side
CVictor Martinez, BOS+ 1B1BKendry Morales, LAA- OF
DHJason Kubel, MIN+ OF1BChris Davis, TEX- 3B
2BEugenio Velez, SF+ OF1BHank Blalock, TEX- 3B
2BLuis Valbuena, SEA+ SSDHNomar Garciaparra, OAK- SS, 1B, 3B
2BAdam Kennedy, WAS+ 3BDHHideki Matsui, NYYOF
2BMike Fontenot, CHC+ 3BDHKen Griffey, Jr., SEAOF
SSJhonny Peralta, CLE+ 3BDHVladimir Guerrero, LAAOF
3BMartin Prado, ATL+ 1B, 2BDHPat Burrell, TBOF
3BJuan Uribe, SF+ SS2BClint Barmes, COLSS
3BCasey McGehee, MIL+ 2BSSAlexei Ramirez, CHW2B
3BMark Reynolds, ARI+ 1BSSMarco Scutaro, BOS2B, 3B
3BCraig Counsell, MIL+ 2B3BCasey Blake, LAD1B
3BIan Stewart, COL+ 2B3BMark Derosa, SF2B
OFSkip Schumaker, STL+ 2B3BBrandon Inge, DETC
OFDaniel Murphy, NYM+ 1B3BMichael Young, TEXSS
OFChase Headley, SD+ 3BOFNick Swisher, NYY1B
OFMark Teahen, CHW+ 3BOFMatt Laporta, MIL1B
OFMichael Cuddyer, MIN+ 1B
OFGarrett Jones, PIT+ 1B
OFAdam Dunn, WAS+ 1B


Gains and LossesAddSubtract
3BGordon Beckham, CHW2BSS
DHRussell Branyan, CLE1B3B
3BBobby Crosby, PIT1BSS
3BTy Wigginton, BAL1BOF
3BPablo Sandoval, SF1BC
2BBen Zobrist, TBOFSS
3BEmilio Bonifacio, FLASS2B


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