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Hit Machine, Quote Machine
Ichiro's not only a hit machine, he's a quote machine too. He's had a number of dandies over the years. The one about wanting to punch himself in the face rather than spend time in Cleveland might be his all-time best, but this one following the Mariners' fourth consecutive blowout loss Friday ranks right up there:

Via the Seattle Times: "Playing on this team and seeing what is happening around me, I feel that something is beginning to fall apart," Ichiro said, through a translator. "But, if I was not in this situation, and I was objectively watching what just happened this week, I would probably be drinking a lot of beers and booing."

You gotta hand it to him, he really knows the fan base.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 5/23/2008 10:45:00 PM

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Weekly Call for Free Agent Suggestions
As always, looking for names of players that (a) are of interest and (b) are available in your league.

Among the players we'll be covering are Clayton Kershaw, Jacque Jones, Doug Davis, Jake Westbrook, Dontrelle Willis.

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 5/23/2008 10:02:00 PM

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MLB Notes
Other than players who rack up steals, is there anyone with a bigger disconnect between real life value and fantasy value than Carlos Lee? Don’t get me wrong, he’s an asset to the Astros, but when you combine his poor defense with his career .840 OPS, his real life value falls well short of his status in the fantasy community. The guy has never had even a .370 OBP or a .550 slugging percentage in any season during his career.

Jack Cust is about the streakiest hitter in major league baseball, so hopefully his recent two-homer game is a sign of big things to come. And speaking of discrepancies, his .254 batting average and .426 on-base percentage is pretty remarkable. He’s produced one of the game’s three true outcomes in a ridiculous 53 percent of his plate appearances in 2008.

You know how everyone refers to the National League as the “minors” and so inferior to the AL? Well, an interesting thing is happening. The top-9 leaders in OPS this season all play in the Senior Circuit. Additionally, the Cubs lead all of baseball in runs scored.

Josh Hamilton is on pace to finish the season with 40 homers and 175 RBI. Only health can stop him from being a clear-cut first round pick in fantasy leagues next year. The Edinson Volquez for Hamilton trade has turned out to be an absolute blockbuster.

I don’t understand the apparent confusion among the media regarding Joba Chamberlain this season. The plan was crystal clear from the very beginning - pitch in relief the first two months, get stretched out and move into the starting rotation for the second half of the season. Obviously, he’s most valuable as a starter, and limiting him to 150-160 innings this season was the right way to go after throwing around 120 last year. That way, it won’t be such an extreme jump to 200-220 when he starts the season in that role in 2009. And I don’t care how poor the rest of New York’s bullpen is; they’ll have a much easier time trading for a setup man than a dominant starter.

If you haven’t seen the TV show “Strangers With Candy,” go rent the DVDs. There isn’t a more underrated comedy.

Anyone who just turned 22 years old last month can’t be expected to be an immediate star, but Billy Butler’s utter lack of power is a little disappointing. He’s shown improved plate discipline, but a .348 slugging percentage isn’t going to cut it. He now sports a .594 OPS during 119 career at-bats versus right-handers. Still, he’s going to be a good one. Eventually.

Pretty scary play when Albert Pujols’ liner hit Chris Young right on the beak Wednesday night, changing his jersey color to red in the process. If he’s not 6-10, the ball is in center field.

Anyone still holding out hope Joe Mauer starts developing more power hasn’t watched his approach at the plate this season. I’d be shocked if he hit more than 10 homers. Such a shame.

I don’t get why everyone views Willie Parker as a better fantasy property than Rashard Mendenhall in 2008. Parker averaged 4.1 YPC last year, doesn’t catch the ball and is coming off a fractured fibula. Mendenhall, meanwhile, is already both the superior blocker and option at the goal line. Parker may very well still see the majority of carries between the 20s, but Pittsburgh had more than 500 rushing attempts last year, so there’s plenty to go around. Mendenhall seems like a no-brainer to me.

Have you ever met anyone who was actually against instant replay in baseball? I certainly haven’t.

For Austin Kearns’ sake, let’s hope his elbow has been bothering him all season and has been a big contributor to his pathetic .267 slugging percentage. Hopefully, he can return in a month and resemble an average player, but I’m not holding my breath. The Nationals outfielders are batting a combined .200 with six homers on the year, putting them on pace to finish as the worst unit in the history of major league baseball.

It’s ironic that the two players who have played in the second most games this year are Bobby Crosby and Troy Glaus.

Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/22/2008 3:24:00 PM
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MLB Notes
Ryan Howard is on pace to strike out a shocking 234 times this season, which would shatter the MLB-record he already holds. He’s still an excellent buy-low option, as his current .231 BABIP is well below his career level (.353). And as for real baseball, strikeouts are often overstated in how much worse they are than any other out.

Speaking of strikeouts, Mark Reynolds is batting just .212/.305/.231 during 52 at-bats in May. He hasn’t homered since April 25. He’s still likely established himself as the team’s No. 1 option at third base for the most part, but he’s picked a bad time to slump with Chad Tracy’s imminent return. That situation could easily turn into a timeshare. And fast.

Where has Alex Rios’ power gone? The nine steals are plenty helpful in fantasy leagues, but he hasn’t left the yard since May 1, leaving him on pace to finish the season with just 10 long balls. At age 27, Rios should be entering his physical prime, but a .376 slugging percentage won’t get it done. When you consider he slugged just .369 last September and hit only four home runs over his final 245 at-bats last season, there’s at least some cause for concern. And to think, the Giants actually entertained dealing Tim Lincecum for him.

If only for the sake of my LABR team, can someone please give Dallas McPherson a chance? He strikes out too much to be a big on-base guy, but his power is legit. A recent three-homer game has left him with a season line of .297/.396/.659 with 15 bombs in just 138 Triple-A at-bats. Admittedly, he’s playing in a terrific environment for hitters, but I find it hard to believe a 27-year-old left-handed hitting third baseman with this kind of power can’t help a major league team. I’m talking to you, Sabean.

Has there ever been a clearer example of addition by subtraction regarding Andruw Jones’ injury?

Since I had Spurs over Celtics as my preseason NBA Finals prediction, I might as well stay the course with the Conference Finals. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if either team lost. And how about the Bulls getting the No. 1 pick in the draft? Who do they take there? This makes Mike D’Antoni’s foolish decision to coach the Knicks instead of the Bulls look even worse. That is, until LeBron goes to NY in a couple of years.

I’m completely unconcerned with Miguel Cabrera’s lackluster start at the plate. Some are worried he’ll become too complacent after signing a long-term deal, but a new set of pitchers in the American League probably has more to do with the slow start. His current .303 BABIP is well below his career level (.358). He needs to be treated like a top-8 player during trade talks.

Farewell Mike Piazza. Your 1997 season - .362, 40 HRs, 124 RBI, 104 runs, 5 SBs – has to be considered one of the most valuable in the history of fantasy baseball.

It might be obvious, but Clint Barmes is someone to sell-high right now. There’s plenty to talk up – his extremely hot start, Coors Field, his 2005 season. However, this is someone with a career .753 OPS in the minors and has been caught stealing on 50 of his 147 attempts. Hitting atop the Rockies’ lineup in that ballpark might lead to a solid middle infielder all year long, but with a .386 BABIP, it’s safe to assume his value is peaking.

Free Andy LaRoche! I think his current .300/.506/.560 line at Triple-A proves he’s sufficiently recovered from the fluke thumb injury he suffered during spring training. Problem is, Blake DeWitt is playing out of his head. In the end, it’s a good problem for the Dodgers to have, but at some point, LaRoche needs to get a chance in Los Angeles.

Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/20/2008 7:13:00 PM
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Let's Talk Baseball
More random baseball thoughts...

Nobody is talking about Doug Brocail. Let me change that. Brocail picked up a save recently when Valverde was unavailable and is clearly next in line to close for Houston. And when you say "so what," remember that last year was the first time that Valverde went an entire season without significant injury issues. Other middle relievers (such as Broxton, Bell, and Pena) get more hype, and may help more in the other stats, but strictly for saves purposes, Brocail might be a better speculative pick. He should clearly be rostered before seventh-inning guys like Rafael Perez, Jensen Lewis, Aaron Heilman, and Chad Qualls.

The news on Peavy is bad, but I wouldn't over-react. He went on the DL for six weeks in May of 2004 with an arm injury and finished the year quite well. If you can get a disappointed or impatient owner to trade him to you for a SP outside of the top 30 or so (think Dustin McGowan, Jered Weaver, Micah Owings, Jonathan Sanchez, etc.), then I'd pounce. It's a risk, but I'd make the leap for that price, especially if you can stash him on DL and pick up a free agent while he's out.

Lance Berkman is the definition of "sell high." It's possible he could be having a career year, but at his age I doubt it. If you can get a superstar for him (Wright, Braun, Holliday, ARod, etc.), do so. Fast.

Did anybody notice that Manny Corpas pitched a scoreless ninth inning the other day (with the Rockies ahead by four)? Fuentes is still the closer, but he's a free agent to be, and with each Rockies' loss, it becomes more and more likely that Fuentes gets traded and Corpas regains his closing role. Taylor Buchholz is next in line if Corpas can't right the ship.

The time to buy low on Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard is about to end. These guys were second-round picks for a reason. (And no, I don't buy the rationale that Fielder is not hitting HRs because he's now a vegetarian. Eating cheeseburgers at McDonalds does not help you hit HRs and I dare anyone to prove otherwise.)

If the Spurs win the title this year, how high is Duncan on the list of the all-time NBA greats? Top 20? Top 10? That would clearly cement him as the best post-Jordan, I'd think, if he's not there already.

I used to think Ryan Zimmerman was going to become a .300, 30-35 HR, 120 RBI guy. Now? Not so sure. He's still young, but he has to start improving his plate discipline if he wants to be more than a 25 HR, 90 RBI guy who hits .260.

If I were drafting today, I'd take Brandon Webb before John Santana. With his consistency, and that 'Zona offense supporting him, 20 wins seems a given; 25 (or more?) even seems possible.

Mike Napoli has 10 HR. Geovany Soto has nine. Victor Martinez and Joe Mauer have zero. If you can get Soto for Martinez or Mauer, straight up, I'd do it.

How valuable is Hanley Ramirez? I offered Carl Crawford and James Shields in the staff league, and he turned it down. Then I looked at my roster to see what else I could add (before ultimately deciding to stay put).

Player A: .327 AVG, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 30 runs

Player B: .299 AVG, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 21 runs

Player B is Justin Morneau.

Player A?

Kevin Youkilis. Playing every day for Bouston, I don't see why Youkilis won't finish with stats similar to those of Morneau (for a fraction of the price).

Brandon Phillips is going to go 30/30 again, and this year, with his improving plate discipline, he might challenge .300, too. My pre-season debate with spianow about whether Robinson Cano was more valuable is now looking rather silly.

I'd sell high on Edinson Volquez, at least in non-keeper leagues. His pitch counts have been very high (thanks, Dusty) and his K:BB rate is only 2:1. The rookie struggles are going to happen, just like they are now for his teammate, Johnny Cueto.

Fausto Carmona might be one of those guys who defies the typical logic. He K:BB rate is terrible but that may not matter when you get as many ground balls as he does. I don't think he's a sell high or a buy low - I think he will keep doing what he's been doing.

Posted by Mark Stopa at 5/20/2008 3:02:00 PM

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Will They Keep It Up?
At roughly the quarter point of the fantasy baseball season, it’s a good time to start looking at statistics and deciding which players who are having surprisingly great seasons will continue their impressive paces. A thorough inquiry can be invaluable in trades because it will enable you to effectively sell high and buy low.

Certain players having great seasons lend themselves to projections of their final season numbers based on their current production. These players were usually once well- regarded prospects and currently own track records of consistency and above average production at the major league level. Other players’ current positive statistics are not so easy to rely on as indicators of future production. This is especially true when talking about players who are having great seasons yet lack former top prospect status and lack track records of consistency and elite production.

The following list includes 10 players who are having great “surprise” seasons and my opinions as to whether or not their current production can be used in projecting their final season numbers:

1. Ryan Church- Church’s current line: .307 BA, .379 OBP, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 34 R, 1 SB projects to an end of season line of: .307 BA, .379 OBP, 36 HR, 128 RBI, 136 R, 4 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? Yes. Church has never proven that he cannot be a big time starting outfielder. He was never given a shot in Washington until last season and responded with a relatively successful campaign. The young 29 year old has thrived in New York and seems to appreciate playing with the confidence that he will be in the starting lineup every day. He has looked extremely comfortable playing right field for the Mets and has been their best offensive (and defensive) player to date.

2. Carlos Quentin- Quentin’s current line: .301 BA, .415 OBP, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 29 R, 4 SB projects to an end of season line of: .301 BA, .415 OBP, 44 HR, 148 RBI, 116 R, 16 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? No. Quentin has never shown the sort of power in the minor leagues that he’s currently flashing. It is also hard to imagine that he would be able to collect 148 RBI while hitting in an ordinary White Sox lineup. Enjoy the tremendous value that drafting Quentin has provided you. Just don’t expect his contributions in the power categories to continue.

3. Nate McLouth- McClouth’s current line: .306 BA, .392 OBP, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 37 R, 4 SB projects to an end of season line of: .306 BA, .392 OBP, 48 HR, 144 RBI, 148 R, 16 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? No. It’s hard to imagine a player who competed for a starting position in spring training with Nyjer Morgan going on to finish that season with MVP caliber numbers. Furthermore, McLouth was never a highly regarded prospect and has never produced at an elite level in the minors. Expect a significant regression in all categories outside of steals.

4. Josh Hamilton- Hamilton’s current line: .318 BA, .370 OBP, 10 HR, 49 RBI, 27 R, 0 SB projects to an end of season line of: .318 BA, .370 OBP, 40 HR, 196 RBI, 108 R, 0 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? Yes. Hamilton has followed up his feel good campaign from 07’ with an MVP like start to this season. There is reason to believe that he can continue his pace as he possesses elite ability which is evidenced by his status as a former number one draft pick. Hamilton should continue getting plenty of opportunities to drive in runs, hitting behind Ian Kinsler and Michael Young. I would not expect him to continue his historic RBI pace, but his end of season projections in all other categories are within reach.

5. Dan Uggla- Uggla’s current line: .316 BA, .396 OBP, 13 HR, 31 RBI, 33 R, 1 SB projects to an end of season line of: .316 BA, .396 OBP, 52 HR, 124 RBI, 132 R, 4 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? No. Uggla’s ceiling is somewhat unknown considering his limited major league track record and relative youth. It is possible that Uggla is “breaking out” in his third year. Even if this is his “breakout” season, it is hard to imagine him continuing his pace while hitting in a below average Marlin lineup and receiving protection in the form of Jorge Cantu.

6. Kevin Youkilis- Youkilis’ current line: .329 BA, .398 OBP, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 30 R, 2 SB projects to an end of season line of: .329 BA, .398 OBP, 36 HR, 132 RBI, 120 R, 8 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? No. While Youkilis could very well be having a career/”breakout” year in his third full season, it is hard to imagine that a career doubles hitter could finish this season anywhere close to his projected finish of 36 HR and 132 RBI. It is further doubtful that a career .284 hitter suddenly becomes a .329 hitter in his fourth major league season.

7. Ryan Ludwick- Ludwick’s current line: .336 BA, .413 OBP, 11 HR, 29 RBI, 26 R, 1 SB projects to an end of season line of: .336 BA, .413 OBP, 44 HR, 116 RBI, 104 R, 4 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? No. It is inconceivable that an unheralded, 29 year old could have an MVP type season in his first full season in the big leagues. Ryan Braun is one thing. Ryan Ludwick is quite another.

8. Ian Kinsler- Kinsler’s current line: .302 BA, .366 OBP, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 35 R, 13 SB projects to an end of season line of: .302 BA, .366 OBP, 12 HR, 80 RBI, 140 R, 52 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? Yes. Kinsler is only 26 and is a former well-regarded prospect who could easily be having a “breakout” type year in his third full season. While it would be wise to expect a slight regression in the speed categories, his minor and major league statistics from prior seasons suggest that his current numbers are no fluke.

9. Conor Jackson- Jackson’s current line: .310 BA, .396 OBP, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 27 R, 3 SB projects to an end of season line of: .310 BA, .396 OBP, 20 HR, 128 RBI, 108 R, 12 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? Yes. Jackson was once a well-regarded prospect and it’s possible that it took him four seasons to become an All Star caliber run producer. Aside from steals, Jackson’s numbers from his two prior seasons suggest that his current numbers can be taken seriously. It also helps Jackson’s prospects for continued success that he has Chris Young, Stephen Drew and Justin Upton hitting in front of him.

10. Xavier Nady- Nady’s current line: .323 BA, .392 OBP, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 24 R, 1 SB projects to an end of season line of: .323 BA, .392 OBP, 20 HR, 140 RBI, 96 R, 4 SB.
Will He Keep It Up? No. Nady’s career numbers and merely average ability suggest that his current pace cannot continue. It certainly would be hard to imagine a 29 year old outfielder with ordinary skills blowing away his career norms in his fourth major league season while hitting in a below average Pirates’ lineup.

Posted by David Martorano at 5/20/2008 6:32:00 AM
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SOMBOE Experts Draft
It is that time of year again! The annual Strat-O-Matic draft by a panel of experts. This is the sixth year of SOMBOE (Strat-O-Matic Baseball Online Experts). The cast of characters remains strong. Lawr Michaels, Trace Wood, Eric Karabell, Joe Sheehan, Jeff Erickson, Rob Hurtt, JP Kastner, Will Kimmey, Brendan Roberts among others. Right now we are in the stage of setting your draft lists. But I thought I would take a look back on last year to see if I can remember the lessons learned.

Last year was the best year ever for me. My Toronto Kimosabees lost in the World Series to JP Kastner's Rustbuckle Bohemians in four games. Yes, I was swept, despite having the best record in the league.

Each year we draft a new stadium first and have to come up with a catchy name to match the city. I picked Toronto last year, and it was a nice hitters park. Ryan Howard (69 home runs!), Brian McCann (45 home runs), Chase Utley (37 home runs) and Torii Hunter (38 home runs) led the way. My pitching also gave up quite a few runs. Two of the strategies I used were to use a four-man rotation and to stay away from any players with a salary over $9 million. Grabbing Utley gave me an advantage at a position that was scarce (2B).

This year I am in Houston. I had to pay homage to Roger Clemens and his erudite testimony earlier this year. So my team is the Houston Misremembers, named in his honor. Minute Maid Park is not quite the hitters park that it is reputed to be. 1-12 HR's vs. both left and right is good. But the singles are only 1-2 vs. left and 1-8 vs. right. So I am debating on whether to follow a similar strategy or try going with a strong pithing staff with low ballpark homers to see if a strong pitching staff might serve me better in the playoffs.

I will have a post-mortem as soon as the draft is complete. So stay tuned to see how my team comes out. Now back to sorting my priority list.

Geek Alert

Posted by Dennis Crowley at 5/19/2008 12:40:00 PM

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Fantasy Focus: Schedule for the Rest of the Week
Tuesday: Lawr Michaels, CreativeSports.com

Wednesday: Ron Shandler, BaseballHQ.com

Thursday: Scott Pianowski

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 5/19/2008 10:09:00 AM

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MLB Notes
Over the last two days, David Ortiz is 5-for-10 with three walks, three homers, five runs scored and eight RBI. He’s going to sit a little more frequently this season because of the balky knee, but any chance of buying low has officially dissipated. Despite the horrifically slow start, he’s still on pace to finish with 35 HRs and 130 RBI.

Sunday’s matchup between Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez featured the lowest combined ERAs of two starters in MLB history (through at least seven starts). Additionally, Volquez entered Sunday having started the season with eight straight games allowing one earned run or fewer, tying a major league record. All those walks will catch up to him eventually, but he’s one of the toughest pitchers to hit in the game. Imagine if he ever becomes more than a two-pitch pitcher.

I’m not ready to call Howie Kendrick the next Rocco Baldelli, but that’s one slow-healing hamstring he’s got there. He has batting title written all over him, but Kendrick simply can’t stay healthy and is extremely slow to heal when hurt. He’s a frustrating talent.

Dating back to last season, Brandon Phillips has four more homers versus left-handers than he does righties, despite 304 fewer at-bats. He’s also batting nearly 100 points higher (.356 vs. .259) when facing southpaws. The end result is really all that should matter, but for some reason, I always feel less comfortable with players who rely so much on splits, especially when it’s the side with fewer opportunities.

It can’t hurt to at least see what Rich Harden brings back in a trade after another dominant start Saturday. Probably not much, but hey, he’s now just 25 innings away from throwing the most he has since 2005.

Game 7 of the Cavs/Celtics series was the first time I got excited this postseason. Paul Pierce deserves a lot of credit, but Boston is not winning the title. It cannot be understated just how bad LeBron James’ supporting cast is. That team is truly awful. Jeff Van Gundy is by far my favorite color commentator in any sport.

With Jeff Clement’s demotion to Triple-A, it’s time to keep your eye on Jeremy Reed in deeper leagues. The former prospect has been tearing up minor league pitching this year, hitting .364/.432/.597 with six homers and six steals. Of course, an opportunity will need to open up, but Reed’s still young enough to not be completely written off.

Ryan Howard arrested?! “The Office” finished an uneven season on a high note with its season finale. The Kevin storyline killed me.

Tough break for Jake Peavy owners. Petco Park aside, he’s one of the game’s three best pitchers, but risk is always there with him. Hopefully, his latest setback isn’t too serious, but it’s definitely worrisome. Manager Bud Black did an excellent job keeping his pitch count down game-to-game last season, but consecutive years with more than 200 innings pitched was bound to catch up to someone as fragile as Peavy.

The Indians have zero home runs from their cleanup hitter this season. Meanwhile, the Marlins lead Major League Baseball in long balls. And who cares if the Yankees are currently in last place? It’s not like they won’t be in contention come September.

With Jason Isringhausen put out to pasture, Chris Perez needs to be closely monitored. With not a lot of top options in the Cardinals’ pen, the 2006 first round pick might emerge as the team’s best relief option over the second half of the season, so there’s some save potential. He had a 2.16 ERA with 21 Ks over 16.2 innings in Triple-A this season before getting called up.

Posted by Dalton Del Don at 5/18/2008 6:35:00 PM
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Cliff Lee: Don't Steal on Me
I heard an amazing stat today while watching the Indians-Reds game. Entering the game, Cleveland starter Cliff Lee had not attempted a pickoff throw all season (53.2 innings). Furthermore, no one had attempted a steal against him all year. Now, I realize that Lee has pitched extremely well and he hasn't allowed many baserunners (32 hits and four walks), but the lack of stolen base attempts and pickoff throws is still mind-boggling. From what the announcers said, Lee doesn't even have a good pickoff move. Maybe opposing teams are so afraid of losing a rare baserunner against Lee that they don't even try to steal? But you'd think a lack of scoring opportunities would lead to more stolen base attempts, as opponents try to manufacture a run against a tough hurler.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 5/18/2008 11:28:00 AM
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The Revised Top 9
I recently made a statement regarding my belief in Lance Berkman and went on to say that I would take Berkman over David Wright for the remainder of the season. My friend responded by reminding me that only a few months ago I had written an article proclaiming David Wright as the best fantasy player not named Alex Rodriguez. He then asked the question- “Had Berkman’s streak really changed my mind that much?” My answer to him was yes as I believe in Berkman and believe that we are far enough into the season where we can start taking statistics seriously.

After looking over top ranked players and their statistics, I have come up with a new Top 9 list for overall fantasy value. This list includes players who I believe are the 9 most valuable players from here on out.

For the sake of comparison, the following Top 9 list was from an article that I had written back in the beginning of February.

Top 9 List (From February)

9. Albert Pujols
8. Miguel Cabrera
7. Jose Reyes
6. Matt Holliday
5. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Braun
3. Hanley Ramirez
2. David Wright
1. Alex Rodriguez

Revised Top 9 List

9. Manny Ramirez- Looks like his off-season conditioning is paying dividends. Manny is back to his old form and barring injury, will reward owners who drafted him in a big way.
8. Carlos Lee- El Caballo always seems to fly under the radar but make no mistake about it, he is one of the game’s better power hitters.
7. Matt Holliday- Holliday owners are surely disappointed with his current line of .316 BA, .400 OBP, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 27 R, 7 SB. He is that good.
6. Carl Crawford- Crawford is one of the best multi-category contributors in fantasy baseball and is an elite contributor in the speed categories.
5. Albert Pujols- Pujols has managed to stay healthy and is playing like 2007 never happened.
4. David Wright- Wright is currently under performing but his upside, age, ability and track record of consistency require him being this high on the list.
3. Hanley Ramirez- Hanley is the premier multi-category contributor in all of fantasy baseball. The scary thing about Ramirez is that we likely have not seen his best.
2. Chase Utley- Utley is having an awesome year and plays at a scarce position. His age and track record suggest that his torrid start to this season is no fluke.
1. Lance Berkman- Berkman currently has a line of- .394 BA, .473 OBP, 15 HR, 43 RBI, 46 R, 7 SB. His start to this season makes me believe that 2008 could very well be a “special” season for Berkman and at the very least, a career year. Other factors working in his favor are his relative youth (only 32 years old), his track record and the favorable confines of Minute Maid Park.

A comparison of the two lists has led me to the obvious conclusion that preseason expert rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. Most fantasy sites had Berkman as a Top 30 or so player heading into the season. There is a great chance that he finishes this season as a Top 5 overall player. It follows that you should never feel guilty about reaching for a specific player on draft day. You could be reaching for an MVP season and a league championship.

Judging from the feedback of numerous fantasy players, it seems that there are more non-believers in Berkman than believers. I don’t understand it. It must have something to do with his playing in Houston and being 32. Fantasy leaguers seem to think that 32 year old players are in an unavoidable state that does not allow for MVP seasons. Berkman has a body of work, is only 32 and is playing at a super human level. My suggestion to owners of big name younger players like David Wright, Carl Crawford and Matt Holliday- approach a Lance Berkman owner near you and try to acquire the current number one player in fantasy leagues for your big name younger player. You will not be sorry.

Posted by David Martorano at 5/18/2008 12:45:00 AM
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2/23/2014 - 3/1/2014
2/16/2014 - 2/22/2014
2/9/2014 - 2/15/2014
2/2/2014 - 2/8/2014
1/26/2014 - 2/1/2014
1/19/2014 - 1/25/2014
1/12/2014 - 1/18/2014
1/5/2014 - 1/11/2014
12/29/2013 - 1/4/2014
12/22/2013 - 12/28/2013
12/15/2013 - 12/21/2013
12/8/2013 - 12/14/2013
12/1/2013 - 12/7/2013
11/24/2013 - 11/30/2013
11/17/2013 - 11/23/2013
11/10/2013 - 11/16/2013
11/3/2013 - 11/9/2013
10/27/2013 - 11/2/2013
10/20/2013 - 10/26/2013
10/13/2013 - 10/19/2013
10/6/2013 - 10/12/2013
9/29/2013 - 10/5/2013
9/22/2013 - 9/28/2013
9/15/2013 - 9/21/2013
9/8/2013 - 9/14/2013
9/1/2013 - 9/7/2013
8/25/2013 - 8/31/2013
8/18/2013 - 8/24/2013
8/11/2013 - 8/17/2013
8/4/2013 - 8/10/2013
7/28/2013 - 8/3/2013
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013
7/14/2013 - 7/20/2013
7/7/2013 - 7/13/2013
6/30/2013 - 7/6/2013
6/23/2013 - 6/29/2013
6/16/2013 - 6/22/2013
6/9/2013 - 6/15/2013
6/2/2013 - 6/8/2013
5/26/2013 - 6/1/2013
5/19/2013 - 5/25/2013
5/12/2013 - 5/18/2013
5/5/2013 - 5/11/2013
4/28/2013 - 5/4/2013
4/21/2013 - 4/27/2013
4/14/2013 - 4/20/2013
4/7/2013 - 4/13/2013
3/31/2013 - 4/6/2013
3/24/2013 - 3/30/2013
3/17/2013 - 3/23/2013
3/10/2013 - 3/16/2013
3/3/2013 - 3/9/2013
2/24/2013 - 3/2/2013
2/17/2013 - 2/23/2013
2/10/2013 - 2/16/2013
2/3/2013 - 2/9/2013
1/27/2013 - 2/2/2013
1/20/2013 - 1/26/2013
1/13/2013 - 1/19/2013
1/6/2013 - 1/12/2013
12/30/2012 - 1/5/2013
12/23/2012 - 12/29/2012
12/16/2012 - 12/22/2012
12/9/2012 - 12/15/2012
12/2/2012 - 12/8/2012
11/25/2012 - 12/1/2012
11/18/2012 - 11/24/2012
11/11/2012 - 11/17/2012
11/4/2012 - 11/10/2012
10/28/2012 - 11/3/2012
10/21/2012 - 10/27/2012
10/14/2012 - 10/20/2012
10/7/2012 - 10/13/2012
9/30/2012 - 10/6/2012
9/23/2012 - 9/29/2012
9/16/2012 - 9/22/2012
9/9/2012 - 9/15/2012
9/2/2012 - 9/8/2012
8/26/2012 - 9/1/2012
8/19/2012 - 8/25/2012
8/12/2012 - 8/18/2012
8/5/2012 - 8/11/2012
7/29/2012 - 8/4/2012
7/22/2012 - 7/28/2012
7/15/2012 - 7/21/2012
7/8/2012 - 7/14/2012
7/1/2012 - 7/7/2012
6/24/2012 - 6/30/2012
6/17/2012 - 6/23/2012
6/10/2012 - 6/16/2012
6/3/2012 - 6/9/2012
5/27/2012 - 6/2/2012
5/20/2012 - 5/26/2012
5/13/2012 - 5/19/2012
5/6/2012 - 5/12/2012
4/29/2012 - 5/5/2012
4/22/2012 - 4/28/2012
4/15/2012 - 4/21/2012
4/8/2012 - 4/14/2012
4/1/2012 - 4/7/2012
3/25/2012 - 3/31/2012
3/18/2012 - 3/24/2012
3/11/2012 - 3/17/2012
3/4/2012 - 3/10/2012
2/26/2012 - 3/3/2012
2/19/2012 - 2/25/2012
2/12/2012 - 2/18/2012
2/5/2012 - 2/11/2012
1/29/2012 - 2/4/2012
1/22/2012 - 1/28/2012
1/15/2012 - 1/21/2012
1/8/2012 - 1/14/2012
1/1/2012 - 1/7/2012
12/25/2011 - 12/31/2011
12/18/2011 - 12/24/2011
12/11/2011 - 12/17/2011
12/4/2011 - 12/10/2011
11/27/2011 - 12/3/2011
11/20/2011 - 11/26/2011
11/13/2011 - 11/19/2011
11/6/2011 - 11/12/2011
10/30/2011 - 11/5/2011
10/23/2011 - 10/29/2011
10/16/2011 - 10/22/2011
10/9/2011 - 10/15/2011
10/2/2011 - 10/8/2011
9/25/2011 - 10/1/2011
9/18/2011 - 9/24/2011
9/11/2011 - 9/17/2011
9/4/2011 - 9/10/2011
8/28/2011 - 9/3/2011
8/21/2011 - 8/27/2011
8/14/2011 - 8/20/2011
8/7/2011 - 8/13/2011
7/31/2011 - 8/6/2011
7/24/2011 - 7/30/2011
7/17/2011 - 7/23/2011
7/10/2011 - 7/16/2011
7/3/2011 - 7/9/2011
6/26/2011 - 7/2/2011
6/19/2011 - 6/25/2011
6/12/2011 - 6/18/2011
6/5/2011 - 6/11/2011
5/29/2011 - 6/4/2011
5/22/2011 - 5/28/2011
5/15/2011 - 5/21/2011
5/8/2011 - 5/14/2011
5/1/2011 - 5/7/2011
4/24/2011 - 4/30/2011
4/17/2011 - 4/23/2011
4/10/2011 - 4/16/2011
4/3/2011 - 4/9/2011
3/27/2011 - 4/2/2011
3/20/2011 - 3/26/2011
3/13/2011 - 3/19/2011
3/6/2011 - 3/12/2011
2/27/2011 - 3/5/2011
2/20/2011 - 2/26/2011
2/13/2011 - 2/19/2011
2/6/2011 - 2/12/2011
1/30/2011 - 2/5/2011
1/23/2011 - 1/29/2011
1/16/2011 - 1/22/2011
1/9/2011 - 1/15/2011
1/2/2011 - 1/8/2011
12/26/2010 - 1/1/2011
12/19/2010 - 12/25/2010
12/12/2010 - 12/18/2010
12/5/2010 - 12/11/2010
11/28/2010 - 12/4/2010
11/21/2010 - 11/27/2010
11/14/2010 - 11/20/2010
11/7/2010 - 11/13/2010
10/31/2010 - 11/6/2010
10/24/2010 - 10/30/2010
10/17/2010 - 10/23/2010
10/10/2010 - 10/16/2010
10/3/2010 - 10/9/2010
9/26/2010 - 10/2/2010
9/19/2010 - 9/25/2010
9/12/2010 - 9/18/2010
9/5/2010 - 9/11/2010
8/29/2010 - 9/4/2010
8/22/2010 - 8/28/2010
8/15/2010 - 8/21/2010
8/8/2010 - 8/14/2010
8/1/2010 - 8/7/2010
7/25/2010 - 7/31/2010
7/18/2010 - 7/24/2010
7/11/2010 - 7/17/2010
7/4/2010 - 7/10/2010
6/27/2010 - 7/3/2010
6/20/2010 - 6/26/2010
6/13/2010 - 6/19/2010
6/6/2010 - 6/12/2010
5/30/2010 - 6/5/2010
5/23/2010 - 5/29/2010
5/16/2010 - 5/22/2010
5/9/2010 - 5/15/2010
5/2/2010 - 5/8/2010
4/25/2010 - 5/1/2010
4/18/2010 - 4/24/2010
4/11/2010 - 4/17/2010
4/4/2010 - 4/10/2010
3/28/2010 - 4/3/2010
3/21/2010 - 3/27/2010
3/14/2010 - 3/20/2010
3/7/2010 - 3/13/2010
2/28/2010 - 3/6/2010
2/21/2010 - 2/27/2010
2/14/2010 - 2/20/2010
2/7/2010 - 2/13/2010
1/31/2010 - 2/6/2010
1/24/2010 - 1/30/2010
1/17/2010 - 1/23/2010
1/10/2010 - 1/16/2010
1/3/2010 - 1/9/2010
12/27/2009 - 1/2/2010
12/20/2009 - 12/26/2009
12/13/2009 - 12/19/2009
12/6/2009 - 12/12/2009
11/29/2009 - 12/5/2009
11/22/2009 - 11/28/2009
11/15/2009 - 11/21/2009
11/8/2009 - 11/14/2009
11/1/2009 - 11/7/2009
10/25/2009 - 10/31/2009
10/18/2009 - 10/24/2009
10/11/2009 - 10/17/2009
10/4/2009 - 10/10/2009
9/27/2009 - 10/3/2009
9/20/2009 - 9/26/2009
9/13/2009 - 9/19/2009
9/6/2009 - 9/12/2009
8/30/2009 - 9/5/2009
8/23/2009 - 8/29/2009
8/16/2009 - 8/22/2009
8/9/2009 - 8/15/2009
8/2/2009 - 8/8/2009
7/26/2009 - 8/1/2009
7/19/2009 - 7/25/2009
7/12/2009 - 7/18/2009
7/5/2009 - 7/11/2009
6/28/2009 - 7/4/2009
6/21/2009 - 6/27/2009
6/14/2009 - 6/20/2009
6/7/2009 - 6/13/2009
5/31/2009 - 6/6/2009
5/24/2009 - 5/30/2009
5/17/2009 - 5/23/2009
5/10/2009 - 5/16/2009
5/3/2009 - 5/9/2009
4/26/2009 - 5/2/2009
4/19/2009 - 4/25/2009
4/12/2009 - 4/18/2009
4/5/2009 - 4/11/2009
3/29/2009 - 4/4/2009
3/22/2009 - 3/28/2009
3/15/2009 - 3/21/2009
3/8/2009 - 3/14/2009
3/1/2009 - 3/7/2009
2/22/2009 - 2/28/2009
2/15/2009 - 2/21/2009
2/8/2009 - 2/14/2009
2/1/2009 - 2/7/2009
1/25/2009 - 1/31/2009
1/18/2009 - 1/24/2009
1/11/2009 - 1/17/2009
1/4/2009 - 1/10/2009
12/28/2008 - 1/3/2009
12/21/2008 - 12/27/2008
12/14/2008 - 12/20/2008
12/7/2008 - 12/13/2008
11/30/2008 - 12/6/2008
11/23/2008 - 11/29/2008
11/16/2008 - 11/22/2008
11/9/2008 - 11/15/2008
11/2/2008 - 11/8/2008
10/26/2008 - 11/1/2008
10/19/2008 - 10/25/2008
10/12/2008 - 10/18/2008
10/5/2008 - 10/11/2008
9/28/2008 - 10/4/2008
9/21/2008 - 9/27/2008
9/14/2008 - 9/20/2008
9/7/2008 - 9/13/2008
8/31/2008 - 9/6/2008
8/24/2008 - 8/30/2008
8/17/2008 - 8/23/2008
8/10/2008 - 8/16/2008
8/3/2008 - 8/9/2008
7/27/2008 - 8/2/2008
7/20/2008 - 7/26/2008
7/13/2008 - 7/19/2008
7/6/2008 - 7/12/2008
6/29/2008 - 7/5/2008
6/22/2008 - 6/28/2008
6/15/2008 - 6/21/2008
6/8/2008 - 6/14/2008
6/1/2008 - 6/7/2008
5/25/2008 - 5/31/2008
5/18/2008 - 5/24/2008
5/11/2008 - 5/17/2008
5/4/2008 - 5/10/2008
4/27/2008 - 5/3/2008
4/20/2008 - 4/26/2008
4/13/2008 - 4/19/2008
4/6/2008 - 4/12/2008
3/30/2008 - 4/5/2008
3/23/2008 - 3/29/2008
3/16/2008 - 3/22/2008
3/9/2008 - 3/15/2008
3/2/2008 - 3/8/2008
2/24/2008 - 3/1/2008
2/17/2008 - 2/23/2008
2/10/2008 - 2/16/2008
2/3/2008 - 2/9/2008
1/27/2008 - 2/2/2008
1/20/2008 - 1/26/2008
1/13/2008 - 1/19/2008
1/6/2008 - 1/12/2008
12/30/2007 - 1/5/2008
12/23/2007 - 12/29/2007
12/16/2007 - 12/22/2007
12/9/2007 - 12/15/2007
12/2/2007 - 12/8/2007
11/25/2007 - 12/1/2007
11/18/2007 - 11/24/2007
11/11/2007 - 11/17/2007
11/4/2007 - 11/10/2007
10/28/2007 - 11/3/2007
10/21/2007 - 10/27/2007
10/14/2007 - 10/20/2007
10/7/2007 - 10/13/2007
9/30/2007 - 10/6/2007
9/23/2007 - 9/29/2007
9/16/2007 - 9/22/2007
9/9/2007 - 9/15/2007
9/2/2007 - 9/8/2007
8/26/2007 - 9/1/2007
8/19/2007 - 8/25/2007
8/12/2007 - 8/18/2007
8/5/2007 - 8/11/2007
7/29/2007 - 8/4/2007
7/22/2007 - 7/28/2007
7/15/2007 - 7/21/2007
7/8/2007 - 7/14/2007
7/1/2007 - 7/7/2007
6/24/2007 - 6/30/2007
6/17/2007 - 6/23/2007
6/10/2007 - 6/16/2007
6/3/2007 - 6/9/2007
5/27/2007 - 6/2/2007
5/20/2007 - 5/26/2007
5/13/2007 - 5/19/2007
5/6/2007 - 5/12/2007
4/29/2007 - 5/5/2007
4/22/2007 - 4/28/2007
4/15/2007 - 4/21/2007
4/8/2007 - 4/14/2007
4/1/2007 - 4/7/2007
3/25/2007 - 3/31/2007
3/18/2007 - 3/24/2007
3/11/2007 - 3/17/2007
3/4/2007 - 3/10/2007
2/25/2007 - 3/3/2007
2/18/2007 - 2/24/2007
2/11/2007 - 2/17/2007
2/4/2007 - 2/10/2007
1/28/2007 - 2/3/2007
1/21/2007 - 1/27/2007
1/14/2007 - 1/20/2007
1/7/2007 - 1/13/2007
12/31/2006 - 1/6/2007
12/24/2006 - 12/30/2006
12/17/2006 - 12/23/2006
12/10/2006 - 12/16/2006
12/3/2006 - 12/9/2006
11/26/2006 - 12/2/2006
11/19/2006 - 11/25/2006
11/12/2006 - 11/18/2006
11/5/2006 - 11/11/2006
10/29/2006 - 11/4/2006
10/22/2006 - 10/28/2006
10/15/2006 - 10/21/2006
10/8/2006 - 10/14/2006
10/1/2006 - 10/7/2006
9/24/2006 - 9/30/2006
9/17/2006 - 9/23/2006
9/10/2006 - 9/16/2006
9/3/2006 - 9/9/2006
8/27/2006 - 9/2/2006
8/20/2006 - 8/26/2006
8/13/2006 - 8/19/2006
8/6/2006 - 8/12/2006
7/30/2006 - 8/5/2006
7/23/2006 - 7/29/2006
7/16/2006 - 7/22/2006
7/9/2006 - 7/15/2006
7/2/2006 - 7/8/2006
6/25/2006 - 7/1/2006
6/18/2006 - 6/24/2006
6/11/2006 - 6/17/2006
6/4/2006 - 6/10/2006
5/28/2006 - 6/3/2006
5/21/2006 - 5/27/2006
5/14/2006 - 5/20/2006
5/7/2006 - 5/13/2006
4/30/2006 - 5/6/2006
4/23/2006 - 4/29/2006
4/16/2006 - 4/22/2006
4/9/2006 - 4/15/2006
4/2/2006 - 4/8/2006
3/26/2006 - 4/1/2006
3/19/2006 - 3/25/2006
3/12/2006 - 3/18/2006
3/5/2006 - 3/11/2006
2/26/2006 - 3/4/2006
2/19/2006 - 2/25/2006
2/12/2006 - 2/18/2006
2/5/2006 - 2/11/2006
1/29/2006 - 2/4/2006
1/22/2006 - 1/28/2006
1/15/2006 - 1/21/2006
1/8/2006 - 1/14/2006
1/1/2006 - 1/7/2006