Fantasy baseball players must follow changes in preseason rankings, including how injuries, depth chart changes and transactions can affect their fantasy baseball teams. Stay up to date with notable adjustments in KFFL's fantasy baseball projections to outperform competitors.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
Ramirez deserves more cred
How do the health reports on A-Rod not encourage you? For a change, he spent the offseason working out instead of rehabbing. For once, he's not the center of attention - and happy about it. It doesn't mean that he's not 35 and won't have to take a seat at some point. It does mean that brighter days should be ahead, and double-digit thefts are still within the realm of possibility.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs
He was A-Ram-OK - better, in fact - after he returned from the DL last year. The 32-year-old's track record points to a bounce-back in an obvious way. Plus, Ramirez is in a contract year. Fewer players do than do not perform better when they'll soon be free agents. Ramirez is the type that does.
Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
All reports are positive, despite his limited activity this spring. Peavy has a prohibitive routine that involves frequent consultation with physicians. So he may not begin the season on time. There's a mental hurdle fantasy baseball managers have to get over. A pitcher who isn't ready by opening day isn't much different from a pitcher who has to skip a start or two later.
Frankly, a projection for a player of Peavy's stature should have enough oomph so that he appears on your radar. Folks have been so down on the right-hander's draft stock that barely anyone takes a chance on him in a mixed league. That's lunacy, considering what he's capable of, especially if he pitches for the majority of the season and even though he'll give up a few more ding dongs than he used to. Be interested.
Ben Francisco, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
For as much talent as Domonic Brown has, it seems unlikely that he'll leave Florida with the big club. He's still a very intriguing long-term play in deep leagues, but mixed leaguers shouldn't view him as much more than a lotto ticket.
Francisco has been an everyday major leaguer and could hit 15 to 20 homers or steal 15 to 20 bases in Philly. He's a moderate-upside buy, even in deep mixed leagues, and especially with these surroundings.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Not sure if you heard, but today some quack performed TJS on Waino.
Just kidding. About the quack part. (The guy has perfected the procedure!)
Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
The outlook for Brown must be more practical. The Phils did him a bit of a disservice last year by keeping him on the big-league roster when they didn't need his services regularly. He has a few fine things to learn and had little Triple-A exposure. Plus, it does him no good to platoon when he projects to play against both righties and lefties in the long term.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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