2011 Fantasy Projection No. 20: Why Kevin Youkilis Is Better Than Ryan Zimmerman
Our 2011 fantasy baseball projections will be released one-by-one until the top 100 players have been revealed. These rankings consider past achievements, current performance and expected future results based on standard 5×5 H2H settings.
The thing fantasy managers may be forgetting is that Youkilis will re-gain third base eligibility this season, which is a huge deal considering the lack of depth at the hot corner.
A few things to consider: Youkilis has a better three-year batting average than David Wright, Evan Longoria, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Zimmerman.
In fact, his three-year averages across the board top that of the favored Zimmerman, despite the fact that Youkilis has missed a total of 103 games over the last three seasons.
Still not convinced?
Youkilis has increased his OPS every season of his career:
- 2004: .780
- 2005: .805
- 2006: .810
- 2007: .843
- 2008: .958 (12th best in MLB)
- 2009: .961 (fifth best in MLB)
- 2010: .975 (seventh best in MLB)
At 32, Youkilis’ plate discipline remains stellar, as he posted well above-average ratios in 2010:
- BB/K ratio (0.87, MLB average: 0.46)
- Contact rate (87.0 percent, MLB average: 80.7 percent)
- Swinging strike rate (4.9 percent, MLB average: 8.5 percent)
Given 550 to 600 plate appearances in 2011, Boston’s No. 5 hitter (sandwiched between Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz) is poised to post the fourth-best line among third basemen.
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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: FANTASY BASEBALL INSIDERS
Fantasy Baseball Insiders’ 2011 Big Board:
- Nos. 1-10: Is Pujols Still The Top Pick?
- No. 11: Joey Votto
- No. 12: Robinson Cano
- No. 13: Ryan Howard
- No. 14: Alex Rodriguez
- No. 15: Prince Fielder
- No. 16: Matt Holliday
- No. 17: Mark Teixeira
- No. 18: Matt Kemp
- No. 19: Roy Halladay
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- 2011 Closer’s Corner: Papelbon, Cordero & Rivera Are the Only Reliable Options
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