Friday, March 14, 2008
It's Fantasy Baseball Season so it's time to do some Prep Work. Bare in mind that these Preps are as much for me as they are for any other schmuck that happens to read them. If perchance you are in any of my leagues please avoid reading all of this until after our respective drafts. Thanks.
Amongst the deepest positions of all fantasy baseball is 3rd base. 3rd base also can comprise of as much as 4 first round draft picks. There is as much talent at the hot corner as ever and thus your strategy should be dictated as such.
If you have the 1st pick of the draft you should draft Arod. It really is as sample as that. The man is the best player in baseball. He has potential every year to lead baseball in HRs, RBIs, and Runs scored. He additionally hits over .300 and on top of that gets you 20+ steals. There should be no debate. If you have the #1 pick be glad and take him.
The next 3 possible first rounders are David Wright, Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun. The only possible knock on David Wright are his inconsistant month to month power numbers. But at the end of the year he should be locked in at around 30/30. He's terrific option in the first 5 picks. Than the debate between consistancy and 5 categories comes in with Braun and Cabrera. Personally, I will most likely avoid both in the first round due to 3B depth reasons. The unfortunate truth about Cabrera is that he will in no way impact SB. His Home Run numbers are solid but not through the roof. He's a great player but for me not a first rounder. Braun on the other hand put up stats that extrapolated over a full season would surpass David Wrights. But do you trust someone who hasn't played a full season yet? I'd think about him amongst the final picks of the first round but probably would again pass.
After that sit back a few rounds because there is a big gap. Than in the 4th or 5th or 6th contemplate round contemplate drafting either Aramis Ramirez or Garrett Atkins. Both are good for a .300 average and around 30 home runs. Terrific numbers if you can get them in the right spot. But if you find better value at those points do not hesitate to select other positions.
And at this point if you don't have anybody. Wait. Obviously if at some point you see a guy slip a few rounds later than you think he should, than pounce. Else you can find a solid 3B with some risk in the latter rounds. Old studs like Troy Glaus, Eric Chavez, and Hank Blalock all sit around the 20th slected 3B. Sure they are risky, sure they are injury proan, but they can still mash when playing. Blalock in particular hit .293 with 10 homers in 58 games last year. Additionally there are players like Evan Longoria, Josh Fields, the Kouz, etc. There's a lot of depth at 3B so there should never be a rush to select a guy early.