Fantasy Baseball Round Table: Preseason Awards

by Todd Zola, on April 3, 2013 @ 13:44:47 PDT


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American League Fantasy Fireman of the Year

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley
No longer inactive ... for now

TH: Chris Perez

NM: Chris Perez - He gave up half of his runs in total blowout situations. Deeper rotation, bullpen should help him to keep ERA down, and Indians should generate plenty of SVOs for him.

GM: Ernesto Frieri

LM: Mariano Rivera - Last hurrah.

ZS: Mariano Rivera - Still hard to bet against him.

RC: Addison Reed

TZ: Tom Wilhelmsen - Pour me another save.

National League Fantasy Fireman of the Year

TH: Huston Street

NM: Aroldis Chapman - He's happy. Maybe stretching him out in the spring will turn out to have been a good thing for his endurance.

GM: Kyuji Fujikawa

LM: Sergio Romo - Best slider in baseball, and well, those who doubt his skills should check his last three years.

ZS: Aroldis Chapman

RC: Rafael Soriano - He's going to finish off a lot of W's.

TZ: Craig Kimbrel - Though if Jonny Venters is out, he could lose a couple chances unless Jordan Walden steps up.

American League Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year

TH: Jon Lester

NM: Justin Morneau - If Evan Longoria plays in 140 games, different story, but Morneau is healthy and should have a very good year.

GM: Jhonny Peralta of the Saberhagenmetric club.

LM: Mariano Rivera - Continuing to laugh at us.

ZS: Kendrys Morales - Numbers won't be tempered by any sort of platoon situation this year.

RC: Victor Martinez - Quietly will go about his business, making that lineup even better. (Although Mo could get this on sentimentality.)

TZ: Jacoby Ellsbury - Shows power is real, though not 30-HR real.

National League Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year

TH: Carl Crawford with Dan Haren runner-up

NM: Chase Utley with Ryan Howard close behind

GM: Chase Utley

LM: Carlos Quentin - So good, so broken.

ZS: Ryan Howard - Cheapest 30-100 player in drafts this year.

RC: Carl Crawford (Ryan Howard will be in the mix as well)

TZ: Chase Utley - I'm going to regret not owning any shares of Utley this season.

Hidden elite, epic busts....

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About Todd Zola,

Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory starting in 1997, Todd Zola and Mastersball carved out an important niche in the fantasy industry. In 2006, Todd became the Research Director for, and in 2009, he relaunched Mastersball and is now a managing partner.

Todd competes in Tout Wars and the XFL, and has been a multiple-time league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has been a contributor to the fantasy content at and, is a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and is an annual speaker at the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums. Fantasy Baseball

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