Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - NL

by Tim Heaney on April 2, 2010 @ 19:15:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - AL

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Jeff Clement, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Clement's hot spring has earned him the starting first base gig. Check if he has catcher eligibility in your league; if so, throw an extra few bucks on him in deep mixed and NL-only games.If not, he's a deep mixed flier and a low-end NL-only starting 1B, though preferably he's your CI.

Mike Jacobs, 1B, New York Mets

Daniel Murphy (knee) is expected to miss two to six weeks of action. Jacobs will likely slide into the lineup and bat cleanup. He has pop, but his hold on the job is far from secure with prospect Ike Davis lurking. Jacobs is a low-end NL starting first sacker and might be useful for stretches in deep mixed.

Blake DeWitt, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers

Named LA's keystone starter, DeWitt is a shaky second base starter in NLs but makes for a decent middle infielder.

Willie Harris, OF, Washington Nationals

With Justin Maxwell being sent down to Triple-A, Harris received a boost because the playing time is his to hold. He's a non-upside NL-only option in four- or five-outfielder leagues; he can offer some steals.

Tyler Colvin, OF, Chicago Cubs

Colvin's hot spring has earned him a spot with the big club. There isn't much pop or track record behind it, and he probably won't play much. There's more long-term promise here than 2010 fantasy worth, but he could fly as an NL bench asset.

Chris Volstad, SP, Florida Marlins

The grounder-friendly Volstad locked up a rotation spot and should be a No. 6 starter on your NL-only staff.

Jamie Moyer, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Colorado Rockies RP Franklin Morales
Morales' value rising as Street hits DL

The ageless wonder will be the No. 5 starter. He's worth a look in deep NL-only setups as a No. 6.

Nate Robertson, SP, Florida Marlins

Robertson makes the Fish rotation and moves to the more pitcher-friendly league. There's deep NL-only intrigue here as a reserve, but his skills don't command big speculative value.

Mike Leake, SP, Cincinnati Reds

This soft-tossing righty is being considered for Cincy's No. 5 rotation spot. Even if he wins the job, he has no professional innings. He's polished and worth a low-risk, low-cost NL-only dice roll as a No. 6 or lower, but his lack of velocity tempers our excitement.

Craig Stammen, SP, Washington Nationals

The righty joined the Nats' rotation. The soft tosser is a low-reward desperation option or spot starter in NL leagues.

Franklin Morales, RP, Colorado Rockies

Morales will start the season as closer with Huston Street (shoulder) on the DL. Don't make him anything more than a desperation mixed No. 3 after closers with more long-term value are off the board. He won't solve your save deficiency by himself; the Rox will probably give other arms a chance, too.

Jason Motte, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

Upon further review, we tweaked Motte's numbers up a bit to account more for his growth in skills and his next-in-line status for saves in St. Louis. Motte is a prime speculative candidate in all leagues, but easier to own in deep mixed and NL without any secured save chances.

Manuel Corpas, RP, Colorado Rockies

Corpas will probably receive some save opps if Franklin Morales needs a spell from replacing Huston Street (shoulder). Corpas is a serviceable NL-only speculation.

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Daniel Murphy, 1B, New York Mets

He'll miss two to six weeks with a knee sprain. Murphy should still be considered for an end-game or deep bench spot in NL-only setups.

Ronnie Belliard, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers

St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte
Motte a prime speculative option

His value is knocked down with Blake DeWitt starting at second, but he'll see occasional reps during the year.He probably has eligibility at third or first in many settings, also, which makes him a useful NL bench player.

J.A. Happ, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

We emphasized our concern for Happ's control falling off this season. He's a risky mixed option for anything outside of elevated wins potential because of whom he plays for. He's still an OK NL-only asset as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but know that he's due for a correction of last season.

Joe Blanton, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

A strained left oblique will keep Blanton out three to six weeks. The righty isn't worth stashing in mixed leagues but should be tucked away on NL rosters. He can still be a No. 3 or 4 starter when healthy.

Sean West, SP, Florida Marlins

The skyscraping lefty was sent to Triple-A after losing out on a rotation spot. He's NL-only lottery material.

Andrew Miller, SP, Florida Marlins

Miller did not make the rotation and was also sent down. More project than fantasy commodity. Not worth your time right now.

Huston Street, RP, Colorado Rockies

We knocked Street (shoulder) down a bit more as he tries to get his recovery period on track. We still think he can be a serviceable No. 2 closer in mixed leagues once he's healthy. If you haven't drafted yet, his price may drop, so see if you can take advantage.

Fantasy Baseball Rankings Report - AL

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