Editor's Choice: Fantasy baseball's old guard

by KFFL Staff on March 19, 2010 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 


KFFL's managing editors choose their favorite members of fantasy baseball's old guard - veterans entering their age-36 season or beyond.


Bryce McRae

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Mike Cameron
OF
BOS
Once 20-20 lock, now only for 20 Ö and 12? BA a drag but downward SB trend too pronounced not to see uptick for late-round OF.
Bobby Abreu
OF
LAA
A 15-20 year w/ .280 BA: his floor. BB/K, contact rate show no signs of slowing. Donít let old legs keep him from being your No. 2 OF.
Chipper Jones
3B
ATL
.264 BA? Only 18 HR? Yes, it was a down year. Still exceptional BB/K and .287 '09 BABIP forecast bounce-back. CI value.
Mariano Rivera
RP
NYY
No one ready to take Mo's mantle yet. Seems a lock for 35-plus SV. Few injury problems. Effortless delivery. Make him your No. 1 RP.
Manny Ramirez
OF
LAD
He still swings that sweet stroke (BA). Power remains (HR). Talent around him blossoming (RBI). And he's playing for a new contract.

 

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Magglio Ordonez
OF
DET
And I thought Chipper Jones was undervalued. In 2009, I believed Maggs was washed up. In 2010, I say, poppycock.
Derek Lowe
SP
ATL
I don't buy that this sinkerballer is toast. Old dog learned new tricks, came to ST motivated and will ground out another 14 W's.
Mike Cameron
OF
BOS
Year-in, year-out BA liability still delivers 20-plus HR. Double-digit SB? Still a possibility, and he's in one of MLB's best lineups.
Randy Winn
OF
NYY
Pre-2009 Mr. Unspectacularly Dependable is 4th OF with avenues to PT on defending champs and has never been to postseason.
Jamie Moyer
SP
PHI
Call me sentimental. There's nothing different about surgically repaired 47 YO LHP - if he makes 30 starts, he'll win 13 or 14 games.

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Mariano Rivera
RP
NYY
Defines age defiance: maintains fitness, has repeatable delivery. Cutter a bit duller but remains elite. Contract year. Don't be afraid.
Manny Ramirez
OF
LAD
He'll be 38? Who cares? He hit 13 HR after suspension. BB/K, FB rebounded to good levels. Impending free agent. Do the math. Value.
Billy Wagner
RP
ATL
Tommy John surgery should rejuvenate arm. Already back to ridiculous heat this spring. K/9 alone worth a No. 2 CL pick.
Jim Thome
DH
MIN
Back in AL, more opps for PT. Can still HR vs. RHP. DH-only a detriment, but still worth an occasional deep mixed play, an AL-only spot.
Randy Winn
OF
NYY
Throwing in another late-rounder. Versatile, still has SB legs, playing behind Brett Gardner, who still has some offensive kinks.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Miguel Tejada
3B
BAL
Tejada returns to the Orioles; I expect a little uptick in power for this Medicare-eligible old-timer. Camden Yards aids RH pop.
Manny Ramirez
OF
LAD
Last year was a letdown in more than one way, but Manny is such a good hitter that a rebound - even a clean one - is very possible.
Derek Lowe
SP
ATL
Not crazy about Lowe coming around, but he was unlucky last year. Fixed mechanics; could be a value pick despite turning 37 in June.
Pedro Martinez
SP
FA
Will sign somewhere, likely NL; don't rule out a return to Philly; a late, late flier in deep mixed, speculative pick in the final rounds of NLs.
Mike Cameron
OF
BOS
When healthy, he still has quite a bit of pop. Had the 12th best FB% last year. Won't swipe as many bags but is a cheap power source.

 

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