Editor's choice: Fantasy baseball rip-offs

by KFFL Staff on March 4, 2011 @ 14:20:40 PDT

 


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

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Rickie Weeks
2B
MIL
Still a major injury risk. Recently signed a large contract and could become complacent; SBs just a bonus; let someone else assume the risk.
Alfonso Soriano
OF
CHC
Limited steals potential, major injury risk, age and a pedestrian BA all point me toward younger, potentially more explosive options.
Michael Bourn
OF
HOU
Never a fan of relying heavily on players with limited contribution ability. Bourn's bags and runs are nice, but don't overpay for the swipe category.
Jonathan Sanchez
SP
SF
Fly-ball and walk issues are a concern; high, unsustainable LOB rate last year (79.5), IP jump and late-season regression a concern.
Matt Garza
SP
CHC
Temper your expectations, that's all. Move to NL intriguing but not the be all, end all. Fly-ball rate and HR/9 three straight years of northbound travel.

 

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Ichiro Suzuki
OF
SEA
Very good player, just not interested in 37-YO's - safe, definitely pretty safe - .300 BA and 30-35 SB in high number of AB at cost anymore.
Jose Bautista
3B/OF
TOR
He'll play, hit bunch of HR. But 2010 value was in diff-making roto FA acquisition; 2011 price means, to break even, MUST hit the ~35 folks project.
Rickie Weeks
2B
MIL
Puts together outstanding full season; therefore, is cured of injury tendency. Wish it worked that way. Rather pay less for Ian Kinsler in MLB universe.
Stephen Drew
SS
ARI
Another good player, but I don't anticipate his stat lines matching his talent in most years. If I wait that long on SS, I'll just wait a little longer.
Jonathan Sanchez
SP
SF
Member of WS winner pitching later in year. Fairly taxing season, BB/9 issues and last year's hit percentage fortune make me less interested.

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Ichiro Suzuki
OF
SEA
Not worth building your draft around Ichiro anymore. BA less helpful. Lineup doesn't help R. This aging machine should start slowing down.
Clay Buchholz
SP
BOS
Ignoring upside isn't smart, but reaching extra for it, in this case, hides his in-play reliance and dropping K/9. BB/9 still WIP. Be careful.
Aubrey Huff
1B/OF
SF
Every-other-year vet had some HR/FB fortune. Weak park, lineup don't facilitate another strong performance. This is why you address 1B early.
Delmon Young
OF
MIN
Like Buchholz: Temper paying for upside. Many OF can give what Young can this year. 2010 value was RBI-fueled. Unlikely to repeat that.
Jonathan Sanchez
SP
SF
BB/9 and WHIP improvements reulted in shaky numbers anyway. K's will be there, but playoff IP bump and lucky LOB%, BABIP spell harsh correction.

 

Keith Hernandez

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Elvis Andrus
SS
TEX
Thin SS class has many overpaying. Zero power and mediocre BA leave only SB potential as a reason for drafting.
Francisco Liriano
SP
MIN
Last year was nice - but for 2H fade. Violent pitching motion makes him injury waiting to happen. Becoming property of Yanks wouldn't help his value.
Alfonso Soriano
OF
CHC
A crowded outfield in Chi-Town. Also not good: Speed decline and all too frequent swings and misses. Pop still there, but only useful for OF depth.
Jonathan Sanchez
SP
SF
Playoff run makes him look better than he really is. Low BAABIP last year and uninspiring BB rates don't excite me. Fly-ball allowance is still a problem.
Michael Bourn
OF
HOU
Runs and SBs for sale here. If you're looking for more, look elsewhere. Don't expect his BA to return to '09 levels.

 

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