Editors' fantasy baseball picks: Mr. Not-so-irrelevant

by KFFL Staff on March 17, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT

 


KFFL.com's editors name the top five fantasy baseball players they'd like to have on their deep mixed fantasy baseball league reserve roster.

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Nicholas Minnix, Managing Editor

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Manny Corpas
RP
COL
Has all the skills to be closer and has shown it - even at Coors Field, where top comp Huston Street doesn't and hasn't.
Jed Lowrie
SS
BOS
Julio Lugo's latest malady spells doom for him in Beantown; Lowrie, past wrist problems, is an intriguing run producer.
Juan Pierre
OF
LAD
He'll restructure his contract to make a deal happen; he'll somehow end up with a club that gives him the ABs to steal 40 again.
Jordan Zimmermann
SP
WAS
It might be a stretch, but this right-hander is polished and has the makings of a No. 2 type hurler.
Skip Schumaker
2B
STL
Position switch (he'll stick) gives Cards' leadoff hitter an instant boost in value.

 

Tim Heaney, Managing Editor

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Manny Parra
SP
MIL
He may not be slipping for long. A great K-GB combination emerged last year - he knows how to throw dominant starts.
Jordan Zimmermann
SP
WAS
Do the Nats really have many better options? An electric spring has shown his potential at 22. Stash him.
Jason Motte
RP
STL
Your leaguemates might not know who he is. His K upside comes with some control risk, but he could close in STL.
Mike Fontenot
2B
CHC
Fontenot can hit. Aaron Miles can't. Fontenot should win the 2B job. P/T line impressive last year - .305-9-40 in 243 ABs.
Jeff Francoeur
OF
ATL
What do you have to lose here? He was overdrafted last year, meaning you can steal a 20-HR, 100-RBI candidate.

 

Bryce McRae, Managing Editor

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Ian Snell
SP
PIT
A tweak in mechanics has helped Snell to a resurgent spring; as a No. 5, he ain't bad given his 2007 (3.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP).
Jeff Francoeur
OF
ATL
Won't cost you much at the end of the draft; grab him and look for a season more comparable to 2007 than 2008.
Andy LaRoche
3B
PIT
The Dodgers' '07 No. 2 prospect, he's raking this spring and won't cost much; very little competition at the hot corner.
Ubaldo Jimenez
SP
COL
Yikes! A Rockies pitcher - Jimenez looked good in the WBC following his stellar September (2.90 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 35 K's).
Travis Snider
OF
TOR
At the end of the draft, take a chance on this high-upside outfielder; the kid can rake, and he'll be given every shot.

 

Cory J. Bonini, Managing Editor

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Todd Helton
1B
COL
Nice late value if his back is 100 percent; mild risk this late in a draft (260 ADP); .300-plus BA, 15 HRs and 85 RBIs not unrealistic.
Koji Uehara
SP
BAL
Strong command and an impressive cutter; a lock for the rotation; value down with current hammy strain but worth the risk.
Travis Hafner
DH
CLE
Major injury concerns but well worth a late flier; .308-42-117 hitter in '06; 25 HRs and 80 RBIs within reach.
Chris Carpenter
SP
STL
Former Cy Young winner progressing this spring; 28 of 46 pitches were strikes in March 12 outing; three straight scoreless innings.
Shin-Soo Choo
OF
CLE
Led AL in OBP in second half of '08; elbow is healthy and a lock to start; .290-plus BA, could approach 20 HRs with 430-plus ABs.

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