Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - AL
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
His move to the rotation gives him less certain value, but he's still worth a shot as a No. 6 AL starter.
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.
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.
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.
Blalock looks ticketed to Triple-A Durham and only has value in deep AL leagues as a stash-and-wait bench player.
He'll start the season on the DL. He has minimal bench value in AL-only leagues.
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.
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.
We stripped what little fantasy value Kaps had because of the emergence of Rodriguez and Brignac.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impending Tommy John surgery eliminates already small 2010 value.
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