Editor's choice: Fantasy baseball bargains

by KFFL Staff on March 4, 2011 @ 14:10:02 PDT

 


KFFL's staffers choose their favorite 2011 undervalued fantasy baseball players.

Keith Hernandez

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Matt Thornton
RP
CWS
Not fan favorite even as front-runner to close. He should garner more attention; he contributed helpful WHIP, ERA and K rates even as setup man.
Chris Iannetta
C
COL
Solid source of power from catching position. Peripherals lend optimism to BA recovery. Also, no real competition for his job - this could be his year.
Pablo Sandoval
3B
SF
Panda appears to be new man. Last year has many writing him off, but BA should rebound, improved plate discipline on horizon. Still power to be had.
Jake Peavy
SP
CWS
Injury scaring many away, with good reason. But, he's ahead of schedule and still has top-of-the-rotation stuff. A competitor; wouldn't bet against him.
Travis Snider
OF
TOR
Lefty stick ready to break out - look at his 2H finish last year. Snider, just 23, stings ball, can smack 30 bombs, can hit lefties. Sounds pretty good to me.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Aramis Ramirez
3B
CHC
A bum shoulder may have slowed his 2010 swing and messed up his timing; hard to ignore his past - I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Jayson Werth
OF
WSH
Ignore his contract; still will provide enough power - even at Nationals Park - and swiping bags won't be a problem. Makes for a safe pick.
Jhonny Peralta
3B/SS
DET
His BA won't help you, but Peralta is a steady RBI and a capable HR contributor; don't ignore him because he isn't a sexy pick.
Josh Beckett
SP
BOS
If healthy, expect solid production. Quality team, will return to what worked for him; concussion doesn't worry me ... only makes his value better.
Matt Thornton
RP
CWS
Front-runner for CL job; competition isn't imtimidating; strong contributor in ERA, WHIP. Worthwhile buy-low SV candidate.

 

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Nick Markakis
OF
BAL
Love that I'm buying Greek in year his price has finally come down. New O's hitting philosophy: HR bounce-back is coming, BA is super.
Josh Beckett
SP
BOS
Borderline roto ace material in 3 previous seasons. Cutter use, health probs in 2010 leave bad taste in mouths of many, buying opp for informed few.
Jason Bay
OF
NYM
No lingering issues from concussion, at least 21 HR in 6 previous years (4 with 31-plus), simplified approach at the dish, and - fav part - sweet price.
Matt Thornton
RP
CWS
Ways to buy discounted OF and P and fill IF with high-end, dependable producers, Exhibit D. Click here for South Side southpaw sensibility.
Jose Lopez
2B/3B
COL
Evidently, you're not interested in .280-20 at MI. Or maybe your sort by 3B fails to include the note "Will play 2B at Coors, not Safeco."

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jayson Werth
OF
WSH
Less support but will still have enough SB to add to plate skills and power. Nats Park not horrid. Don't make the Adam Dunn mistake twice. Pounce.
Gordon Beckham
2B
CWS
Originally in my sleepers list. 2H breakthrough buried by hand injury, awful 1H. .285-20-75 possibility with 80+ R in 2-hole for this potent lineup.
Josh Beckett
SP
BOS
Working way back from concussion, will be a bargain. Healed back, focus on fastballs keys to maximizing K/BB, which remained typical in 2010.
Jason Bay
OF
NYM
New approach, clear head spells rebound. Citi Field not Fenway Park, but it took David Wright time to adjust, too. Cheap chance at 20+ HR, 80+ RBI.
Jake Peavy
SP
CWS
One of the biggest late-round mixed payoffs. Already showing positive recovery signs. New environment neutralized by his flier price.

 

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