Editor's Choice: Fantasy baseball cornerstones

by KFFL Staff on March 5, 2010 @ 03:37:40 PDT

 


KFFL's managing editors choose their favorite fantasy baseball cornerstones - players to build around from the first five rounds of a mixed league - for 2010.


Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Ryan Braun
OF
MIL
Especially so in deep OF leagues, a multi-tool threat like Braun is necessary for me to build around in the first two rounds.
David Wright
3B
NYM
I'm convinced Wright bounces back and the power returns; I'd love to have him as my top 3B in any format.
Adrian Gonzalez
1B
SD
More power never hurts; I'm not expecting 40 HR, but 30-plus makes him a key piece to my puzzle.
Curtis Granderson
OF
NYY
I love Granderson in this offense; at this point in the draft I'm looking for a little more speed than power.
Jon Lester
SP
BOS
While I don't like taking a SP this early, the pickings are slim and very risky beyond the 5th round in early drafts I've done.

 

Bryce McRae

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Ryan Howard
1B
PHI
Lock for 40-plus HR, 130-plus RBI. Improving contact rate, lower K rate give hope his AVG won't return to '08 depths.
Curtis Granderson
OF
NYY
New home park and hitting coach should help average along with BABIP rebound. 25-25 threat can help across the board.
Brandon Phillips
2B
CIN
Another 5-category contributor. 2B is extremely shallow. Phillips has three straight 20-20 seasons - few signs of slowing.
Justin Verlander
SP
DET
Bounced back exceptionally from his disastrous '08 campaign. Already elite, he's ready to push his way to top of SP charts.
Ryan Zimmerman
3B
WSH
Not a sure thing as others on this list. Made leaps last year in power, can help my average and is still only 25 room to grow.

 

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Miguel Cabrera
1B
DET
Near end of 1st round, I can get sworn-free (of silly juice) Cabrera, maturing and talented. That pick allows me to come right back to get...
David Wright
3B
NYM
who's primed to bounce back. He received little offensive support in 2009 and worked all winter on his swing. Then, in a bit, I can nab...
Brandon Phillips
2B
CIN
who's a lock for minimum 20-20 production at MI. If he's gone, Dustin Pedroia is just as good, although my BA wouldn't need help because...
Ichiro Suzuki
OF
SEA
will join my squad right around here. Indications are he's slowing down, but it's a graceful fall, and all those AB solidify my BA. That means...
Adam Dunn
1B/OF
WSH
is the perfect pick to round out this concrete foundation of R, BA, HR (now), RBI and SB. I smell first place...

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Mark Teixeira
1B
NYY
Start building my IF with a 30-HR rock in an elite offense. Having A-Rod backing him up for a full season induces drool.
Kevin Youkilis
1B/3B
BOS
Many ignoring his 3B eligibility in scarce year @ hot corner. Stable skills, 30-HR potential shouldn't be undervalued.
Brandon Phillips
2B
CIN
20-20, 5-category lock at 2B fulfills my early goal of tabbing near-complete elite IF. Consistency in 3rd round hard to pass up.
Adam Dunn
OF
WSH
I reach for almost certain 35-plus HR. My BA is built up enough that I can take the hit of his clip returning to normal.
Jon Lester
SP
BOS
Low-level aces usually go around this time. Lester's K/9 growth in '09 certified his ascension to the top ranks.

 

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