Editor's Choice: Fantasy baseball end-gamers

by KFFL Staff on March 5, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


KFFL's managing editors choose their favorite fantasy baseball end-gamers - flier choices, in mixed or league-only games - for 2010.


Bryce McRae

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Brad Penny
SP
STL
Joel Pineiro v. 2.0. Now it's time for Penny to benefit from the wizardry of Dave Duncan. Late help in ERA, WHIP and wins.
Homer Bailey
SP
CIN
It finally clicked for Bailey at end of '09. Former Reds top prospect finally trusting his stuff. For the price, you should, too.
Kyle Blanks
OF
SD
Needs to learn to lay off some pitches, yes. Tough to see the ceiling on his power; 21.3% of his FB cleared the fence in '09.
Brandon Wood
3B
LAA
Stability should help after prospect bounced between majors and minors. Needs to learn patience but has plenty of power.
Drew Stubbs
OF
CIN
If you didn't pay for steals earlier, Stubbs can help. Needs regular PT. If that happens, he could exceed 40 swipes.

 

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jason Hammel
SP
COL
A very deep mixed special: Four quality pitches, good velocity, consistent GB producer, K/9 on rise. Next surprise starter.
Angel Pagan
OF
NYM
Shallow NL players should take a shot on Carlos Beltran's potential replacement for two months ... or more?
Rick VandenHurk
SP
FLA
Real improvement of command, mixed with GB inducement and rising K/9, spells back-of-rotation gold. OK, maybe just brass.
Brandon League
RP
SEA
Spelunking for saves? David Aardsma has no control. Mark Lowe is inconsistent. League's K/BB jump is what M's ordered.
Kam Mickolio
RP
BAL
Deep AL gamers: Mickolio whiffs 'em, has improved delivery, is reeling in BB/9. LIMA breakthrough? Plus, Mike Gonzalez's medical chart...

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jake Fox
3B/OF
OAK
1B, 3B, OF & DH options reek of Beane trade bait. Fox versatile enough to land time for 30-HR power. Late deep mixed gold.
Mat Latos
SP
SD
Mature for age, exp. Skipped AAA & might be delayed, but BB improvement worth deep mixed stab. It's PETCO, after all.
Luis Valbuena
2B/SS
CLE
Makes hard contact & showed brief BB/K gains. Serviceable, roster-versatile AL MI, especially if you have SB elsewhere.
Alex Avila
C
DET
How long will Gerald Laird stay in DET? Avila offers part-time power that could fly F/T. AL - possibly deep mixed - No. 2 C.
Luke Hochevar
SP
KC
Get over KC stigma. GB artist bettered K/9, K/BB. LOB ripe for improvement for AL end-gamer, deep deep mixed flier.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Homer Bailey
SP
CIN
Will he live up to the hype? Who cares if he doesn't in Round 26, his average draft placement.
Kyle Blanks
OF
SD
Has the size and power to knock 'em out of PETCO - impressive FB% last year.
Kevin Jepsen
RP
LAA
With less-than-stellar options ahead of him, Jepsen is a worthwhile speculation pick at the end of any deep mixed.
Buster Posey
C
SF
Time isn't on Bengie Molina's side, and manager Bruce Bochy has said he'll limit Molina's workload after overusing him last year.
Stephen Strasburg
SP
WSH
His ADP of 275 could fall even more if reports of starting in the minors scare off owners. I'll take my chances with him this late.

 

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