Fantasy Corner – Baseball

Doug Hendry and Andrew Arnao, Assistant Sports Editor

Fantasy Corner – Baseball 3/28 Issue 8

Doug Andrew
Mike Trout, OF (LAA) Grab: Five-tool athlete, this 22-year-old can still get even better. No. 1 MLB Player. Grab: The premier fantasy player. He will lead you to victory in every single offensive category.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B/3B (DET) Grab: Great power and batting average, Detroit lineup supplies plenty of runs and RBI opportunities. Pass: Choose Trout if possible. Miggy is coming off surgery and looks to get more IBB without Fielder protecting him.
Andrew McCutchen, OF (PIT) Grab: Speed and power gives this NL MVP 30-30 potential as well as 100+ runs. Pass: After an MVP year, don’t overpay for Cutch. He’s a stud, but he’s not top three.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (ARI) Grab: Strong chance of leading NL in home runs, OBP will be at the top of the NL West. Pass: Way, way too early to pay for 1B.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF (COL) Pass: Hitter-friendly ballpark but injury concerns makes CarGo a high risk at deep position. Grab: CarGo will benefit from a healthy Troy Tulowitzki hitting behind him all season.
Chris Davis, 1B (BAL) Pass: High strikeout numbers and regression towards the mean will make Crush Davis’ superb 2013 an outlier. Grab: I know what I said for Goldschmidt, but Crush is the exception. Forty+ HR possible, perhaps likely.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF (NYY) Pass: Nagging injuries keep the former Red Sox outfielder outside the top 10. Grab: Offers average, speed, and potential power with New York’s short right field porch.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (TOR) Grab: Plenty of power and amazing contact rate should give you 35 HRs, 110 RBI, .280 avg. Pass: EE can rake, but is coming off wrist surgery and is too risky for me.
Robinson Cano, 2B (SEA) Pass: Sacrificing the playoffs for the money hurts his fantasy value too. Nobody to protect him in the lineup. Pass: You can get similar production from Kipnis/Pedroia in later rounds.
Clayton Kershaw, SP (LAD) Grab: Best pitcher in the game at age 26, the Cy Young should near 230 Ks, 20 wins, 2.00 ERA. Grab: If you need me to tell you to get Clayton Kershaw, you shouldn’t be playing fantasy baseball.


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