Tag:Fantasy History
Posted on: May 3, 2008 10:13 am
Edited on: May 3, 2008 5:11 pm

Looking back before we look forward

Just got done with some maple syrup flavored frozen waffles that someone else bought ... then I put maple syrup on them. It's like eating chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup or sprinkling Fritos over my Fritos ... Great. Now I'm hungry again.

So I thought we'd take a quick look back at the ADP of the top 12 picks in Fantasy drafts this season, and figure where they stack one month in. Nothing we can do about it now, but learn. Right? Yeah, probably not even that.

Top 12 picks on CBSSports.com's Head-to-Head Average Draft Rankings
  1. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY: He's going to miss most of May with a Grade 2 quad strain, but even before that, he was not putting up No. 1 overall draft pick numbers. Eleven RBI? Come on. The Yankees are coming off the rails. Their pitching is coming apart, their hitting They were 12th in total runs scored this past April (125), compared to fourth last season (131). But they played six more games this April than they did last April. On average, Runs Per Game, the Yankees ranked second last April with 5.7 RPG, powered on A-Rod's batting line of .355-14-34-27-2. But this season, the Yankees rank 23rd in the majors with 4.3 RPG -- and the only two Yankees hitters that are pulling their weights right now are Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui.
  2. Johan Santana, SP, NYM: While his three wins aren't knocking your socks off, you have to like the fact that he's healthy, he's among the league leaders in strikeouts again, and his walks haven't been out of control. He still has a great chance of finishing the season as the best Fantasy pitcher.
  3. David Wright, 3B, NYM: From May on last season, Wright was dominant. He didn't bury himself this April like he did last April, and you can't blame him for the Mets low-scoring totals so far this season. Only Ryan Church has more hits for the Mets, and Wright leads them in slugging. He's not a flashy Fantasy player, but he quietly gets the job done.
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI: Howard's loudly NOT getting the job done. He leads the majors in strikeouts, which normally you'd live with because of his power, but he has just 14 RBI and a sub-.200 batting average. The pending return of fellow MVP winner Jimmy Rollins (ankle) should help his numbers again.
  5. Chase Utley, 2B, PHI: Utley, Utley, Utley leads the majors with 12 homers and the lefty also leads the league with six homers off of left-handed pitchers. He could become the first second baseman to lead the majors in homers since Rogers Hornsby did it with St. Louis in 1925 (39 homers). In 1990, Ryne Sandberg led the NL with with 40 dingers and he won the MVP that season. It's safe to say that Utley would be the No. 1 draft pick in all formats if leagues drafted today.
  6. Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET: Miggy, along with his fellow Tigers teammates, started the season slow, got going a bit in mid-April, but he has only one multi-hit game in his past 13 contests. With six homers and 22 RBI, he's keeping his Fantasy owners happy, and those numbers will only get better as Motown puts April far behind them.
  7. Matt Holliday, OF, COL: Only six teams are averaging fewer RPG than the Rockies' 4.1 through Friday. How far off is Holliday from his '07 numbers? He's on pace right now to post a batting average 47 points lower, hit 14 fewer homers, knock in 48 fewer runs and score 26 fewer runs. He would not be a first-round pick -- especially now that teammate Troy Tulowitzki (quadriceps) is out until the All-Star break.
  8. Jose B. Reyes, SS, NYM
  9. Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA
  10. David Ortiz, DH, BOS
  11. Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
  12. Albert Pujols, 1B, STL
Top 12 picks on CBSSports.com's Rotisserie Average Draft Rankings
  1. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY
  2. Jose B. Reyes, SS, NYM
  3. Hanley Ramirez, SS, FLA
  4. David Wright, 3B, NYM
  5. Chase Utley, 2B, PHI: Second basemen have led the majors in homers just twice, both by Hornsby. Actually, only three second basemen have ever hit 40 homers in one season. Hornsby, Sandberg and the Braves' Davey Johnson in 1973.
  6. Matt Holliday, OF, COL
  7. Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI
  8. Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
  9. Johan Santana, SP, NYM
  10. Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
  11. Albert Pujols, 1B, STL
  12. Ryan Braun, 3B, MIL: He was the fourth third basemen drafted in the first round of many leagues, more than any other position. His hitting line: .283-5-23-13-1 through the first five weeks -- and that's after hitting homers Thursday and Friday. But eight third basemen have more homers, 11 have a better batting average and 19 have crossed the plate more times. His 23 RBI is third at the position though, and after a quiet April, he's already starting to break out with a strong May.
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 11, 2008 2:59 pm

All-Time Fantasy Teams?

Emack and I participated in an interview with the fine gentlemen at PABaseball.blogspot.com. It's basically a Pirates/Phillies-centric site, but they have some interesting stuff on there for everyone. If anything, it's interesting stuff you could do for your team. For instance, on Monday they posted a lineup/roster of former Phillies that are currently on other rosters. Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome, Billy Wagner, etc. But that rotation -- wow. It's like a who's who of 23rd-round Fantasy picks. Then add to that the fact that they'll be pitching at Citizens Bank Park!?! They were going to do the same thing with the Pirates ... but even former Pirates are getting at-bats in Triple-A.

So how about this -- a former Devil Rays Fantasy squad!?! You know my affinity for these boys. And I'm adjusting this to include their entire history of players, since it's only been 10 seasons and all. Only the stats they put up as a Devil Ray count -- hence why Bobby Abreu and Jose Guillen don't make this list. Can you believe I couldn't find a spot for Ty Wigginton? Oh ... you can?
C - Toby Hall -- Only four other C's hit better than Hall's .287 in '05
C - John Flaherty --
.278, 14 HR, 78 RBI in '99
1B - Fred McGriff --
Only Ray to post 100 RBI ('99) in the team's first 5 yrs
2B - B.J. Upton --
Can you believe he's the only Ray to ever hit 20 HR and steal 20 bases?
SS - Julio Lugo --
60 steals, with 172 runs scored, in '04 and '05 combined
3B - Aubrey Huff --
Led team in BA, HR and RBI in both '03 and '04
CI - Carlos Pena --
Set team record with 46 HR and 121 RBI in '07
MI - Jorge Cantu --
Led MLB 2B with then-team record 117 RBI (bumped Wigginton from our list)
OF - Carl Crawford --
Greatest player in team history, 277 total steals in six seasons
OF - Randy Winn --
.298-14-75-87-27 stat line in '02 only to get traded to SEA for Lou Piniella
OF - Rocco Baldelli --
.280-16-74-79-17 in '04, but best years are ahead of him
OF - Delmon Young --
Quietest 93 RBI for a rookie ever in '07
OF - Gerald Williams --
Teased Fantasy owners with '00 career season of .274-21-89-87-13
DH - Jose Canseco --
Don't laugh! He popped 34 homers with 95 RBI and a .279 average in '99
SP - Scott Kazmir --
Led AL in strikeouts last season with 239
SP - James Shields --
Only fourth Rays pitcher to win at least 12 games
SP - Victor Zambrano --
Best attribute was he was traded for Kazmir, also won 12 games in '03
SP -
Rolando Arrojo -- How did he win a still-team record 14 games with the '98 expansion team?
SP - Wilson Alvarez -- Went 9-9 in '99, top-three win/loss percentage in team's first five years
RP - Roberto Hernandez --
43 saves in '00, 101 saves in franchise's first three years
RP - Danys Baez --
41 saves in '05 after a 30-save season in '04
RP - Al Reyes --
Returned from TJ surgery to save 26 games in '07
RP - Esteban Yan --
If only Wigginton was a closer, he'd replace Este-blown Yan

OK, now I want to hear YOUR Fantasy team rosters for YOUR MLB teams. I'll try to get Emack to do the Mets, Dave Richard to do the White Sox, Sergio to do the Yankees, Scott White to do the Braves and Jamey or Ross to do the Marlins. BT and Dobie, you know you're all about the Red Sox and Indians. Just post the team, don't worry about writing the notes.

Jordan Schafer, the Braves' CF prospect, led the minors with 176 hits last season, and he hit a combined .312. In 136 games at Class A Rome and High Class A Myrtle Beach, he hit 49 doubles, 10 triples and 15 homers. The Braves traded for Mark Kotsay and Josh Anderson to hold down the fort until Schafer's arrival (and after Andruw Jones' departure), but he's outperforming both this spring, batting .389 after Monday. He could be a 20-20 prospect according to Baseball America, who rates him as the Braves' No. 1 prospect. Don't forget that Atlanta also brought over Gorkys Hernandez from Detroit in the Edgar Renteria deal (I hope he names his kid Gorkys Jr., so we can refer to him as Gorkys II.) For this season at least, Schafer is the one to target in NL-only leagues as a sleeper. Manager Bobby Cox told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "He looks great. He's real smooth. Does everything well, and he knows how to play. He really knows the game, knows situations, that kind of stuff." And we know the Braves have never been averse to using rookie position players when they are ready (Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, etc.) The Braves' beat writer still thinks Schafer will start in the minors though, with Josh Anderson the team's fourth outfielder. An interesting note is that Schafer played left field for the first time ever Monday.

With Warrick Dunn officially signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, it came to our attention that he is top three in career rushing yards for both the Falcons and the Bucs. And that made us try to come up with any other players that might be top five on two different teams. Right off the top of my head (and I haven't looked these up yet), I came up with Ricky Watters (Philadelphia and San Francisco), Marcus Allen (Oakland and Kansas City) and possibly Herschel Walker (Dallas and Minnesota). WITHOUT CHEATING -- can you come up with some others? I thought maybe O.J. Simpson (Buffalo and San Francisco), but I don't think he was with SF very long.
Posted on: March 11, 2008 6:44 am
Edited on: March 11, 2008 2:31 pm
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