Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - AL

by Tim Heaney on April 2, 2010 @ 19:03:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - NL

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Craig Tatum, C, Baltimore Orioles

He'll back up Matt Wieters. Maybe he'll occasionally be worth No. 2 backstop value in ALs. Don't put yourself in the position to rely on that.

Sean Rodriguez, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays

As expected, he played himself onto the roster this spring and is worth a few extra upside dollars in deep mixed and AL-only setups.

Reid Brignac, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

Word is Brignac will play second base when a righty is pitching, making him potentially more valuable than the spring star Rodriguez. You might be able to sneak him onto your team as a reserve for next to nothing in your AL league.

Julio Lugo, IF, Baltimore Orioles

Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona
Carmona showing flashes of '07

In a better position for playing time in Baltimore, Lugo will probably spell Cesar Izturis and could do the same if Brian Roberts (back) needs to sit. AL-only bench scroungers, take notice.

Fausto Carmona, SP, Cleveland Indians

Signs of his old self this spring earned him a boost. He's worth a late AL-only pick as a potential No. 4 starter in those formats. Carmona will probably be useful at times during the deep mixed season, too. He's a deep flier as a No. 7 or 8 starter in mixed drafts that approach 30 rounds.

David Hernandez, SP, Baltimore Orioles

Hernandez won the No. 5 starter job with an impressive spring. AL owners must take a stab to see if he can improve his homer rate while resting on your bench. Control already looks better.

C.J. Wilson, SP, Texas Rangers

His move to the rotation gives him less certain value, but he's still worth a shot as a No. 6 AL starter.

Dontrelle Willis, SP, Detroit Tigers

AL-only players should take a low-risk shot on Detroit's No. 5 starter for reserve pitching depth. Mixed players should keep a casual eye on him to see how he does once the games count.

Jason Frasor, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

Named Toronto's closer, Frasor makes for a shaky mixed No. 3 option. Avoid making him your AL No. 1 if possible; he probably won't return what he'll cost.

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Chris Davis, 1B, Texas Rangers

We gave him a slight downward nudge with the arrival of Ryan Garko and the possibility Garko might replace Davis against some lefties. Don't let this discourage you from taking Davis as a corner infielder in deep mixed and a low-end starting first sacker in ALs.

Hank Blalock, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays

Blalock looks ticketed to Triple-A Durham and only has value in deep AL leagues as a stash-and-wait bench player.

Josh Fields, 3B, Kansas City Royals

He'll start the season on the DL. He has minimal bench value in AL-only leagues.

Cesar Izturis, SS, Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore's acquisition of Julio Lugo puts Izturis on shakier ground. He's still deep MI or bench material in ALs; he can chip in some steals, but not much else.

Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

He'll be on the DL to start the season because of an elbow injury. We docked him because of the emergence of both Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac. Joyce is only worth a minimal deep AL-only investment as a bench player.

Gabe Kapler, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Texas Rangers 1B Chris Davis
Davis maintains mixed CI value

We stripped what little fantasy value Kaps had because of the emergence of Rodriguez and Brignac.

Pat Burrell, DH, Tampa Bay Rays

We tweaked him down because of the potential options to replace him, including Matt Joyce when he comes back from injury. Burrell is mainly AL-only fodder.

Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles

Lost the No. 5 rotation spot and is headed to Triple-A. He'll probably be in the bigs at some point this year and should remain either stashed or on watch lists in AL-only.

Marc Rzepczynski, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

A broken middle finger will keep "Spellcheck" sidelined for a bit, costing him a spot in the rotation for the near future. Still worth AL-only reserve speculation.

Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers

Sent to Triple-A, Holland will probably be called up again during the year. The Rangers' shaky rotation back end keeps Holland as a worthy AL stash commodity.

Kevin Gregg, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

Jason Frasor was named closer. Without save opps, Gregg doesn't need to be owned in mixed unless you're speculating. He doesn't offer much outside of decent K's.

Robinson Tejeda, RP, Kansas City Royals

Starting the season out of the bullpen, Tejeda can be a useful AL-only rental for his dominance. His control will probably hurt you, though.

Junichi Tazawa, RP, Boston Red Sox

Impending Tommy John surgery eliminates already small 2010 value.

Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - NL

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