Editor's Choice: Fantasy baseball bargains

by KFFL Staff on March 12, 2010 @ 03:42:43 PDT

 


KFFL's managing editors choose their favorite fantasy baseball bargains - reliable producers that can be plucked at reduced prices.


Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Cole Hamels
SP
PHI
Tried and true way to win: Build incredible offense, target value in pitching. Start here: 2008 WS MVP has done everything to put 2009 in rearview.
Ricky Nolasco
SP
FLA
Right-hander repeated impressive K/BB thanks to excelling dominance. Pin poor 2009 results on off-kilter location, workload issues, luck.
Jose Lopez
2B
SEA
Do they come more undervalued? Usually .280-20-90 at 2B costs you mixed pick in single-digit rounds, at least. Now he might add 3B eligibility?
Billy Wagner
RP
ATL
This bulldog was nearly elite CL before elbow surgery. In small, biased sample, flashed reminiscent skills and won't share save opps.
Chad Qualls
RP
ARI
Right-hander was performing exactly as hoped last year. Freak injury make you forget? Now proven CL drafted in same spot 1 year later.

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Grady Sizemore
OF
CLE
Stable power-speed set being ignored. Healthy heading into 2010 at age 27. Regaining .270 BA via BABIP rebound only adds to eliteitude.
Jason Bay
OF
NYM
His homers are bombs, which lessens Citi Field impact. Park shockingly friendly to RH power. 30-HR staple has top-20 potential w/BA gain.
Alexei Ramirez
SS
CWS
You can have Jason Bartlett. Ramirez's 20-20 potential aided by growth in FB and BB/K. He's 28 but "MLB young" - expect more to come.
James Shields
SP
TB
Steady, top-notch 200-IP arms hard to find. Shields' K/9 not amazing, but elite command worth owning. ERA should improve. A low-risk No. 2 SP.
Alex Rios
OF
CWS
Rios' power-speed tease has burned many. He's tinkering w/ his swing and starting full year in better park. A high-reward middle-rounder.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jose Valverde
CL
DET
Potential for back-to-back-to-back 40-save seasons was derailed by injury last year; good bet for 40 again; dominance is there - nice late No. 1.
Geovany Soto
C
CHC
Too much went right in 2008 to ignore, and too much went wrong in '09 to drastically devalue him; potential top-five catcher if all goes well.
Carlos Lee
OF
HOU
Consistent power and average; ADP is 68.7, which is lower than Josh Hamilton, Manny Ramirez and Shin-Soo Choo. Definitely not cool.
Brad Lidge
CL
PHI
Much like Soto's, Lidge's 2009 was one to forget - don't do the same to him on draft day. Low-end No. 1 potential for pennies on the dollar.
Tim Hudson
SP
ATL
Respectable post-Tommy John surgery; could be a cheap source of W, ERA. His BB/9, WHIP should rebound.

 

Bryce McRae

Player
POS
TM
The what for
B.J. Upton
OF
TB
The '08 postseason set the standards too high for this speedster; he has some pop and should be among AL leaders in SB. Versatile No. 2 OF.
Alexei Ramirez
SS
CWS
Pop AND speed at a shallow position - sign me up. I'm reaching for him in most leagues. Working with Omar Vizquel should help his SB.
Cole Hamels
SP
PHI
2009 is over. Phillies' No. 2 should be recovered from heavy '08 workload. Continuing maturation, helped by Roy Halladay, will help.
Chad Qualls
RP
ARI
The knee appears fine. His command was off the charts last year. Expect a comedown, but possible No. 3 CL is 'Zona's sole, legit option.
Brad Lidge
RP
PHI
Injury problems already have me a bit leery, but he's still Charlie Manuel's preferred option and shouldn't be nearly as bad as he was in '09.

 

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