Ever get those feelings about certain players last season? For me it was Raul Ibanez.
This year, well, I have my eyes on a few players.
The beautiful thing about March is all the dreams of winning a fantasy championship are still very possible.
Well, as an owner of seven fantasy teams last year, let me suggest a few players you should grab...just because.
I know what you're thinking: "His average is going to kill me!"
It might be worth it.
I'll admit, the average is bad. But he seemed to come around after the all-star break, as he finished with a .266 average in August and a .357 in September.
We could be talking about 20+ home runs this year to go along with 10-15 steals. And don't forget: three years ago he went for 32 home runs and 27 stolen bases.
If Young can figure out how to put it all together, you may have yourself the steal of the draft.
I picked this guy up off waivers in my AL-only league last year because I'd heard of his enormous potential.
I'm glad I did.
Not that he did anything overly special last year, but it was enough for me to know that I needed to invest in him this year. He almost had double digit steals to go along with 15 HRs last year, and I expect those numbers to almost double with full playing time this year.
The lineup around Nolan has improved, and so should he. If you don't get your hands on Nick Markakis or Adam Jones, don't worry! Reimold is a great Baltimore OF to have as well.
I'm going to say it now, because I'll feel better:
Juan Pierre is the most undervalued guy in the entire 2010 draft.
There. I said it. Call me crazy.
Right now, Pierre is ranked in most systems as about the 40th best outfielder.
What those projections don't have considered is the high amount of steals Pierre could go for this year.
Think about it for a second.
Pierre gets a lot of hits. Most of those are singles. He plays for the Chicago White Sox. Ozzie Guillen likes to let his guys run (see: Scott Posednik).
We could be talking about a 70 steal season here.
Still not excited?
Carlos very much so fits in the Chris Young type mold—a leadoff hitter with some good speed and power. Carlos, who came on in the last stages of the year for the Rox, definitely has 20-20 capabilities.
And if you think that last season was a bit of a fluke, let me instruct you otherwise.
Last season, in 289 AB, Gonzalez had 79 hits. 14 were for doubles, seven for triples, and 13 for home runs. That leaves 45 singles for you math majors out there.
Add in 28 walks, and you get 73 chances on first base to steal. He had 16 last year. He's likely to get twice as many chances this year.
That means 30+ SB.
You with me?
This is another guy I owned in multiple leagues. I first picked him up as a speculative add in my NL-only league.
If you're in need of some runs and a very solid average in the later rounds, Coghlan is the perfect guy to pick up. Plus, he is slotted to bat lead-off this year for the Fish, meaning he'll get plenty of opportunities to steal some bases, meaning we could be looking at 20+ SB as well.
What's not to like?
The Brew Crew have finally brought their best prospect to the bigs.
Alcides Escobar has a solid bat, along with some serious wheels. He was good enough for the Brewers to go ahead and let JJ Hardy go (not that anyone would need a big reason to do so...).
Shortstop is very shallow this year, so after the first five or so, the list drops off into the range of "potentials." And from that list, you must decide which one is worth the risk.
I believe that Escobar is worth that risk.
Before you skip this slide, claiming you don't know who he is, I have four words for you:
The guy can hit. Period.
Okay, that was five. My point being that the only thing that has kept this guy from being a big splash in fantasy baseball is his lack of fielding. But in his first significant action last year, Fox had 11 HR and 44 RBI in just 259 AB.
If the A's give him some time at the plate, and he gets comfortable, watch out. Besides, Fox is a corner infielder.
And who do the A's have at those spots?
We really can't go off what Doumit did last year, as he was injured off and on for the entire year. However, two years ago, he finished with 15 HRs, 69 RBI and a .318 average.
Not bad for a catcher huh?
Let's just say, I don't think that one year full of injuries is going to throw him off completely.
I say that Doumit is a great option considering you can get him at around the 10th catcher off the board.
You didn't think I was going to skip the pitchers all together now did you?
Mat may not have the best stats from last season, but from reading up on this guy, he needs to be drafted on talent alone.
Last year, he started off with a bang: in his first three starts, he went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 13 K's.
Not bad for a Padres pitcher, huh?
He didn't end the year as well as everyone hoped, but that's why they have the offseason.
You can certainly do a lot worse with a late round pitcher in your draft.
This is another shortstop worth keeping an eye on.
Last year, Andrus got a lot of time as a rookie. This year, after some time under his belt, Andrus should be able to shine.
If nothing else, you definitely need to consider him as a cheap source of speed, as he had 33 stolen bases last year.