December 31, 2010

Top 5 Picks for 2011

As I type this, it is still technically 2010 across the United States. But in a mere 4 hours, the continental US will be in a completely new year. So you can forget about how Randy Moss screwed you this year and erase the memory of trading Greg Jennings for Terrell Owens before his latest diva breakdown. Hopefully 2011 won't be so cruel.

So with that, let's take a look forward to who should be the top 5 players taken in next years' drafts:

1. Adrian Peterson RB, Vikings-

Arian Foster was by far the best runningback this year, but All Day is the definition of consistency. Let's take a look at 2010 as an example. If you had a choice to redraft, would you rather have taken Chris Johnson, MJD, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson or Adrian Peterson. My point exactly.

2. Arian Foster RB, Texans-

This was the year of surprises, and Arian was one of the biggest ones. He never looked back after his spectacular Week 1. Sure Gary Kubiak might be out, but as long as Foster is the feature back, his numbers should continue to be out of this world.

3. Chris Johnson RB, Titans-

CJ2K will have to find a new nickname next year, but his monstrous TD total following up a 2000 yard season makes Johnson a major target in all leagues.

4.Jamaal Charles RB, Chiefs-

Last year when I did this exercise, Charles was one of my top picks. My confidence started to fade with the emergence of Thomas Jones, but I should have stuck with my gut. The Chiefs' young star has excelled during the last 2 fantasy playoffs, and showed that he can produce despite limited carries. If the ball starts to find Charles in favor of Jones, he will be a definite RB1.

5. Michael Vick QB, Eagles-

As Kevin Kolb took the opening snap against Green Bay this year, it looked like Michael Vick was destined for bench duty in 2010. But boy did he prove the skeptics horribly wrong. Vick was absolutely explosive down the stretch, and if your league values rushing TDs more than passing ones, he could have very well been the highest scoring QB despite missing a handful of games. Durability issues will continue to haunt him considering how often he gets hit, but if Michael Vick isn't the first quarterback picked in your 2011 draft, I would seriously examine your competition's mental state.

Well that's all I've got for now. Be sure to check back for a hefty amount of fantasy baseball info as the season approaches. We have big things in store. Good luck if your fantasy season is still going, and most importantly, have a great new year!

December 24, 2010

Rashad Jennings Could Be a Savior this Sunday

I can slowly feel guilt creeping up on me after that title. Almost as much as I can hear the "Keep the Christ in Christmas" crew tapping at their keyboards. But I'm serious right now, if your fantasy hopes were dashed by a Big Ben- Mike Wallace tandem, allow Rashad Jennings to help resurrect them.

I'm sure you've seen the news that MJD is listed as doubtful against a deteriorating Redskins defense, and most of the time doubtful is not a good sign (unless your last name rhymes with Marv). If MJD rests this weekend, it opens a major door for Jennings, who hs been a tremendous goal line TD poacher and has shown some explosiveness over the past few weeks. I mean, the guy had 100 yards on 4 carries a couple weeks ago. If that's not a reason for your mouth to water, I don't know what is. Hand the ball to Jennings 20+ times a game, and it could lead to some dangerous numbers.

So if you are still alive for some prize in your fantasy league -- including the $5 bounty from the toilet bowl-- you should snag up Jennings (especially if you are an MJD owner or playing against one). If the little ball of Jacksonville lightning can't go, it could be a great day for this backup running back.

December 17, 2010

If Aaron Rodgers Should Sit...

With Green Bay's A-Rod most likely resting while nursing a concussion this week, the Packers' championship chances are fading fast. And as a fantasy titan falls, shockwaves radiate through our community. So let's analyze the impact a Rodges-less week 15 could have:

Matt Flynn becomes a last-ditch effort for those fighting for consolation prizes, or are Rodgers owners in very deep leagues. But facing a menacing Giants pass rush could cause major problems.

Brandon Jackson should see a few more carries since the aerial attack should be less of a threat.

Greg Jennings might not see the dropoff many pundits foresee. Flynn seemed to develop a minor dependence on him last week, plus he is by far his best option.

Donald Driver gets a small downgrade in my books. He obviously still has the goods after he juked out the entire 49ers squad, but with a mediocre QB his age might show.

Andrew Quarless could be a sleeper play this week. Flynn looked the TE's way early and often after relieving Rodgers last week. It could turn out to be a fluke provided by the porous Lions' D, but I'm willing to bet Flynn and Quarless could have the rapport Rodgers could never seem to find following Jermichael Finley's surgery.

So don't automatically discount all of Green Bay's fantasy contributors if Rodgers is a no go. Capitalizing on this stud's injury could propel you to a championship.

December 15, 2010

2010 Week 15 PPR Rankings: QB

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Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Phillip Rivers SD vs SF
2 Michael Vick PHI at NYG
3 Peyton Manning IND vs JAX
4 Drew Brees NO at BAL
5 Kyle Orton DEN at OAK
6 Matt Ryan ATL at SEA
7 Jay Cutler CHI vs MIN
8 Tom Brady NE vs GB
9 Joe Flacco BAL vs NO
10 Eli Manning NYG vs PHI
11 Jon Kitna DAL vs WAS
12 Matt Schaub HOU at TEN
13 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs NYJ
14 David Garrard JAX at IND
15 Matt Cassel KC at STL
16 Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at MIA
17 Donovan McNabb WAS at DAL
18 Carson Palmer CIN vs CLE
19 Sam Bradford STL vs KC
20 Jason Campbell OAK vs DEN

2010 Week 15 PPR Rankings: RB

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Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Chris Johnson TEN vs HOU
2 Arian Foster HOU at TEN
3 LeSean McCoy PHI at NYG
4 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX at IND
5 Peyton Hillis CLE at CIN
6 Adrian Peterson MIN at CHI
7 Steven Jackson STL vs KC
8 Michael Turner ATL at SEA
9 Jamaal Charles KC at STL
10 Ray Rice BAL vs NO
11 Knowshon Moreno DEN at OAK
12 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs PHI
13 Felix Jones DAL vs WAS
14 Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs NYJ
15 Darren McFadden OAK vs DEN
16 Matt Forte CHI vs MIN
17 Fred Jackson BUF at MIA
18 LeGarrette Blount TB vs DET
19 Tim Hightower ARI at CAR
20 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE vs GB
21 Marshawn Lynch SEA vs ATL
22 Brian Westbrook SF at SD
23 Cedric Benson CIN vs CLE
24 Jahvid Best DET at TB
25 Brandon Jacobs NYG vs PHI
26 Mike Tolbert SD vs SF
27 Keiland Williams WAS at DAL
28 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs ARI
29 LaDanian Tomlinson NYJ at PIT
30 Brandon Jackson GB at NE
31 Ronnie Brown MIA vs BUF
32 Mike Goodson CAR vs ARI
33 Ricky Williams MIA vs BUF
34 Shonn Greene NYJ at PIT
35 Danny Woodhead NE vs GB

2010 Week 15 PPR Rankings: TE

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Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Gates SD vs SF
2 Jacob Tamme IND vs JAX
3 Vernon Davis SF at SD
4 Jason Witten DAL vs WAS
5 Marcedes Lewis JAX at IND
6 Tony Gonzalez ATL at SEA
7 Chris Cooley WAS at DAL
8 Owen Daniels HOU at TEN
9 Kellen Winslow TB vs DET
10 Brandon Pettigrew DET at TB
11 Dustin Keller NYJ at PIT
12 Greg Olsen CHI vs MIN
13 Zach Miller OAK vs DEN
14 Brent Celek PHI at NYG
15 Andrew Quarless GB at NE
16 Heath Miller PIT vs NYJ
17 Rob Gronkowski NE vs GB
18 Aaron Hernandez NE vs GB
19 Tony Moeaki KC at STL
20 Jermaine Gresham CIN vs CLE

2010 Week 15 PPR Rankings: WR

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Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Reggie Wayne IND vs JAX
2 Roddy White ATL at SEA
3 Greg Jennings GB at NE
4 Andre Johnson HOU at TEN
5 Dwayne Bowe KC at STL
6 Calvin Johnson DET at TB
7 Miles Austin DAL vs WAS
8 Brandon Lloyd DEN at OAK
9 Anquan Boldin BAL vs NO
10 Brandon Marshall MIA vs BUF
11 Terrell Owens CIN vs CLE
12 Wes Welker NE vs GB
13 Desean Jackson PHI at NYG
14 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at CAR
15 Marques Colston NO at BAL
16 Steve Johnson BUF at MIA
17 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs PHI
18 Santana Moss WAS at DAL
19 Jeremy Maclin PHI at NYG
20 Sidney Rice MIN at CHI
21 Mario Manningham NYG vs PHI
22 Johnny Knox CHI vs MIN
23 Michael Crabtree SF at SD
24 Vincent Jackson SD vs SF
25 Danny Amendola STL vs KC
26 Chad Ochocinco CIN vs CLE
27 Mike Wallace PIT vs NYJ
28 Donald Driver GB at NE
29 Pierre Garcon IND vs JAX
30 Malcom Floyd SD vs SF
31 Percy Harvin MIN at CHI
32 Hines Ward PIT vs NYJ
33 Steve Smith (CAR) CAR vs ARI
34 Mike Sims-Walker JAX at IND
35 Santonio Holmes NYJ at PIT

December 9, 2010

Early 2011 Fantasy Baseball ADP Report

It's December and mock drafts are already taking place throughout the web. The other day, I decided I'd try my hand at one, and I caught myself thinking, "what is wrong with me?" What would possess me to devote my time to practicing for something 5 months down the road. I'm not playing at Carnegie Hall. It's fantasy baseball. But it's a passion of mine, so here I am, breaking down ADPs for all of you wonderful fantasy fans.

3 Musketeers:

You might catch youself thinking, "Hey, there's 5 guys on this list. Is this guy stupid?" Well yes and no. But I can count. These guys don't have much in common with Athos or Portos, but instead the candy bar. Three Musketeers bars are highly underrated in my mind. Let's just say this, nougat definitely deserves to be used more often than it is. Just like these players.

Carl Crawford OF, Red Sox (Average Pick: 18.72)- 
Crawford is on his way out of Tropicana and, it seems, in to Fenway. His power shouldn't go down very much -- it might even go up-- and as I wrote in the OF Rankings, it is shocking how little his speed paid off at home. Check out these numbers:
Home: 277 ABs, 17 SBs
Away: 323 ABs, 30 SBs
His power may go down a tick, but getting a .300, 50 steals, 15 homers, 100 runs and RBIs guy in the 2nd round is a steal.

Josh Hamilton OF, Rangers (41.64)-
History might signal a regression, but the world's batting champ is much better than his ADP indicates, mainly because he is heads above his peers. Let's run down the list:
Shin-Soo Choo- 20/20 sure, but neither of those compares to 32 homers and an average that can carry an entire team of Ryan Howards.
Jayson Werth- No support in the lineup, a fat new contract to sit and count.
Andrew McCutchen- A great talent, but let's face it how many times will the Pirates drive him in?
If those are my choices, I'm going Hamilton all day.

Chase Utley 2B, Phillies (60.51)-
This one is just absurd. Right now, Ian Kinsler is being picked 5 slots BEFORE Utley. Chase has a few injury problems, but I don't think Kinsler even knows how many games are in a season. I mean he's never been able to play in more than 140 of them. Utley is a 3rd round (or even better) talent, that is being selected in the 5th. That's like Black Friday all year round.

Josh Johnson SP, Marlins (91.48)-
Wins may never be a weapon in JJ's fantasy arsenal, that we all know. However, how in the world is a guy like Johnson being selected behind guys like John Danks and Trevor Cahill. Both are good talents, but Josh led the NL in ERA last year despite a relatively slow start. With his talents, Johnson is easily a top 15 starter, not the 25th best that he is being selected as.

Kevin Youkilis 1B (for now), Red Sox (139.91)-
Youk will probably see a spike in his value once Beltre inks his name on another team's dotted line. As a first baseman, Youkilis is a #1 option in most fantasy leagues, but once he earns 3B eligibility, he shoots up the positional rankings. With Adrian Gonzalez in town, not only will he have some great protection, but will get a slot at a very shallow position. That's something that is worth much more than a 11th round pick in 12 teamers.

The Nightclubs:

Don't worry, this is a baseball list, so Ben Roethlisberger and Plaxico Burress won't be anywhere near this Nightclub section. Now, I might be in the minority, but I just flat out don't get clubs. If you enjoy music that drowns out conversation, stuck up women and $12 drinks, that's good for you. I'm staying as far away from them, and these players as possible. Or at least until their prices go down.

Andre Ethier OF, Dodgers (Average Pick: 27.09)- 
If you're an Ethier backer, I have one question for you: "What does he do that's so great?". 23 homers is nice, but you can find a lot more power than that in the early 3rd round. The 2 steals eliminates any hope for a 20/20 season, and 90/80 is not a very pretty number from the runs and RBI sectors. If he plays the entire season, he might reach 100/100, but I'm not willing to bet on that just yet. If I'm going to go outfield at this point, I'd much rather take an established force like Matt Holliday over Ethier. Plus, with the Dodgers stuck in financial limbo thanks to "The Divorce" who knows if good things are around the corner for the boys in blue.

Rickie Weeks 2B, Brewers (35.51)-
When I first saw this ADP, I assumed that there had to have only been like 3 drafts conducted. All of which were filled with only Milwaukee haters. Nonetheless, 87 drafts left Weeks going off the board as a late 3rd - early 4th round pick. Sure his power is nice, but who says 2010 wasn't a fluke, and if it is hitting .269 in a breakout year is nothing to write home about. I just can't justify the case for Weeks over potential studs like Uggla or even the aforementioned Utley.

Ryan Dempster SP, Cubs (80.51)-
I always felt bad for Dempster growing up, because I can only imagine life as a pitcher with a name so close to a trash receptacle. Of course, he is usually the one closing the lid, with 200+ punchouts. But, I just don't see the appeal here, with how many quality starters there are out there. The strikeouts are nice, but he will never be a truly complete pitcher. His ERA and WHIP are not terrible, but combined with a pathetic Chicago lineup behind him, the strikeouts are really the only value here.

Alfonso Soriano OF, Cubs (90.46)-
Really? Over Hunter Pence? Really? Both play for terrible teams, but who would ever side with the guy toeing the cliff of his career over the prized prospect who burst out the previous season. Flat out ridonkulous.

Ryan Ludwick OF, Padres (102.34)-
As a Padre fan, let me just say, with the departure of Adrian Gonzalez, STAY AWAY. Pitchers get a reprieve. But if their job is to swing a bat, like Ludwick, Petco will be the death of your fantasy team. With no protection from the big bang of Gonzo, the Padres' offense will sink even further (if that was possible). Ludwick might be talented, but anyone outside of Pujols will get eaten up hitting in the middle of this lineup.

Well my fingers are sure tired. If you like what you see here (or dare I say, disagree with me) feel free to contact me.

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December 6, 2010

2010 Week 14 PPR Rankings: TE

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Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Gates SD vs KC
2 Jacob Tamme IND at TEN
3 Vernon Davis SF vs SEA
4 Jason Witten DAL vs PHI
5 Marcedes Lewis JAX vs OAK
6 Tony Gonzalez ATL at CAR
7 Chris Cooley WAS vs TB
8 Brandon Pettigrew DET vs GB
9 Dustin Keller NYJ vs MIA
10 Greg Olsen CHI vs NE
11 Andrew Quarless GB at DET
12 Joel Dreesen HOU vs BAL
13 Kellen Winslow TB at WAS
14 Brent Celek PHI at DAL
15 Zach Miller OAK at JAX
16 Heath Miller PIT vs CIN
17 Rob Gronkowski NE at CHI
18 Tony Moeaki KC at SD
19 Aaron Hernandez NE at CHI
20 Kevin Boss NYG at MIN

2010 Week 14 PPR Rankings: QB

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Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Aaron Rodgers GB at DET
2 Michael Vick PHI at DAL
3 Phillip Rivers SD vs KC
4 Drew Brees NO vs STL
5 Peyton Manning IND at TEN
6 Kyle Orton DEN at ARI
7 Jay Cutler CHI vs NE
8 Joe Flacco BAL at HOU
9 Tom Brady NE at CHI
10 Matt Ryan ATL at CAR
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs CIN
12 Eli Manning NYG at MIN
13 Jon Kitna DAL vs PHI
14 Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs CLE
15 Matt Schaub HOU vs BAL
16 Matt Cassel KC at SD
17 David Garrard JAX vs OAK
18 Donovan McNabb WAS vs TB
19 Mark Sanchez NYJ vs MIA
20 Derek Anderson ARI vs DEN

2010 Week 14 PPR Rankings: RB

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Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Chris Johnson TEN vs IND
2 Peyton Hillis CLE at BUF
3 Adrian Peterson MIN vs NYG
4 Arian Foster HOU vs BAL
5 LeSean McCoy PHI at DAL
6 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX vs OAK
7 Steven Jackson STL at NO
8 Jamaal Charles KC at SD
9 Michael Turner ATL at CAR
10 Ray Rice BAL at HOU
11 Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs CIN
12 Knowshon Moreno DEN at ARI
13 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at MIN
14 Matt Forte CHI vs NE
15 Felix Jones DAL vs PHI
16 Fred Jackson BUF vs CLE
17 LaDanian Tomlinson NYJ vs MIA
18 LeGarrette Blount TB at WAS
19 Tim Hightower ARI vs DEN
20 Darren McFadden OAK at JAX
21 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE at CHI
22 Marshawn Lynch SEA at SF
23 Brian Westbrook SF vs SEA
24 Cedric Benson CIN at PIT
25 Brandon Jackson GB at DET
26 Mike Tolbert SD vs KC
27 Brandon Jacobs NYG at MIN
28 Michael Bush OAK at JAX
29 Jahvid Best DET vs GB
30 Beanie Wells ARI vs DEN
31 Tyrell Sutton CAR vs ATL
32 Keiland Williams WAS vs TB
33 Shonn Greene NYJ vs MIA
34 Ricky Williams MIA at NYJ
35 Ronnie Brown MIA at NYJ

2010 Week 14 PPR Rankings: WR

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Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Reggie Wayne IND at TEN
2 Roddy White ATL at CAR
3 Greg Jennings GB at DET
4 Miles Austin DAL vs PHI
5 Calvin Johnson DET vs GB
6 Dwayne Bowe KC at SD
7 Andre Johnson HOU vs BAL
8 Brandon Lloyd DEN at ARI
9 Anquan Boldin BAL at HOU
10 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs DEN
11 Marques Colston NO vs STL
12 Brandon Marshall MIA at NYJ
13 Terrell Owens CIN at PIT
14 Wes Welker NE at CHI
15 Desean Jackson PHI at DAL
16 Steve Johnson BUF vs CLE
17 Jeremy Maclin PHI at DAL
18 Santana Moss WAS vs TB
19 Johnny Knox CHI vs NE
20 Mario Manningham NYG at MIN
21 Sidney Rice MIN vs NYG
22 Danny Amendola STL at NO
23 Michael Crabtree SF vs SEA
24 Donald Driver GB at DET
25 Mike Williams (SEA) SEA at SF
26 Chad Ochocinco CIN at PIT
27 Santonio Holmes NYJ vs MIA
28 Steve Smith (NYG) NYG at MIN
29 Malcom Floyd SD vs KC
30 Mike Wallace PIT vs CIN
31 Braylon Edwards NYJ vs MIA
32 Hines Ward PIT vs CIN
33 Mike Williams (TB) TB at WAS
34 Steve Smith (CAR) CAR vs ATL
35 Percy Harvin MIN vs NYG

December 5, 2010

Fantasy Football Regular Season MVPs

The NFL season is just now starting to heat up, yet here I am giving out awards. What up with that? Well to us fantasy football players, the playoffs are already on our doorstep, or already upon some leagues. So, in honor of the approaching push for the championship, I figured it was a good time to list the best fantasy performers of the year. Plus, if you are still interested in your team there's a good chance you were smart enough to take one of these guys. And who doesn't like hearing praise for something that they did something right? Well here they are, the top 10 fantasy players (based on their preseason hype) of 2010:

10. Ryan Fitzpatrick QB, Bills-

Whoever said people in the NFL are dumb is, well, probably spot on. But not when it comes to the Bills' new savior. The Harvard grad has proven the skeptics wrong and taken control of a terrible offense and made it respectable. From relative obscurity, the former Crimson has amassed 2218 yards and 19 touchdowns. All this after sitting behind Trent Edwards for the first two weeks.

9. Terrell Owens WR, Bengals-

Fitzpatrick and TO could have been teammates this year, but no one can stand Owens. Well, except for his fantasy owners this year. It has been a renaissance for TO, as he has finally looked like the explosive talent from San Francisco... and the Philadelphia... and then Dallas. After slipping down draft boards following a rough 2009, his 914 yards and 8 TDs have been a sight for sore eyes.

8. Kyle Orton QB, Broncos-

Watching Denver this year is like watching a Texas Tech college football game. You know they stand no chance at doing anything towards a championship, but boy do they hang some nasty passing numbers. Not much was expected out of Orton outside of a few handoffs in Denver's traditionally run-centric attack. However, the offensive changes have led to 3369 yards and 20 TDs, which have welcomed by fantasy owners everywhere.

Early 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: RP

Other Positions: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP

It's fitting that this edition of FSC's baseball rankings comes just days after the most dominant closer of the last few seasons agreed to a new contract. It's good though, because I think a not-so-civil war might erupt in New England if Mariano Rivera were to close games out for the Sox. My mind was slowly melting just contemplating it. Thank goodness that's over though. Let's stop looking in the past and gaze into the fantasy future:
  1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees- He's old by baseball standards, but he's damn good by all standards.
  2. Brian Wilson, Giants- Not only does he put up incredible stats, but he actually has a good team behind him unlike these next two guys.
  3. Joakim Soria, Royals- His stats are out of this world, but with Greinke perhaps on his way out, the number of wins for KC doesn't look so good.
  4. Heath Bell, Padres- Take Soria's bit and substitute Greinke with Adrian Gonzalez. If he gets dealt instead, his future is up in the air.
  5. Neftali Feliz, Rangers- It's hard to decide if he would have more value as a closer or as a starter with RP eligibility. Either way he's a talented young stud.
  6. Rafael Soriano, Rays- If Soriano's WHIP (0.80) was money in his pocket, he wouldn't even be able to buy a pack of Tic-Tacs.
  7. Jonathan Papelbon/Daniel Bard, Red Sox- This might seem like a cop out, but with the Red Sox bullpen up in the air, I'm going to put these two guys together. If Papelbon leaves town, both stay in the top 10. If the two share the bullpen, whoever ends up as closer gets the No. 6 slot and whoever is set up slips.
  8. Carlos Marmol, Cubs- His strikeout numbers are out of this world by closer standards. If you lack Ks with your starters, Marmol should be a major target.
  9. Andrew Bailey, Athletics- Another guy with great stats on a terrible team. But imagining what he can do over a full season makes me a little giddy.
  10. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers- He wouldn't be the first closer to come off of a terrible season and respond with a lights out performance. He can still bring the heat.
  11. Chris Perez, Indians- He's got the goods. However, the Indians are flat out terrible.
  12. Joe Nathan, Twins- A lot of question marks following missing all of 2010, but if he comes back at even 90% he could be a steal.
  13. Huston Street, Rockies- It's tough to gamble on a Coors Field pitcher, but Street has shown he can handle the thin air.
  14. Jose Valverde, Tigers- Has an ERA that leaves things to be desired, but things look up in Detroit.
  15. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets- It doesn't appear that K-Rod will spend any time behind bars, but there doesn't seem to be much confidence in him in New York. If that changes, he moves up to 11 or 12.
  16. Brad Lidge, Phillies- The definition of inconsistency, but can be as dominant as anyone on this list when he's on.
  17. Francisco Cordero, Reds- If you desperately need saves, Cordero can bring you them in abundance. Of course, it will be at the expense of your ERA and WHIP.
  18. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals- Not a tremendous talent, but is the man on a competitive team, and that means a lot.
  19. Whoever replaces Billy Wagner, Braves- People are really hyping Johnny Venters. But whoever takes over the helm in Atlanta should have plenty of opportunities to rack up saves.
  20. John Axford, Brewers- Axford was solid last year, I don't see why everyone is ready to give his closer slot away.
  21. David Aardsma, Mariners-Very vanilla. A solid contributor across the board. But at this point, thats a very welcomed idea over guys who might not even be setup men by June.
  22. Drew Storen, Nationals- I don't see why most people are so high on this guy. Washington can never seem to stick with a single closer.
  23. Fernando Rodney, Angels- Great power pitcher. If the Angels pick up a big bat (say, Carl Crawford) it could be a big year for Rodney.
  24. Kevin Gregg, Blue Jays- It looks like Gregg could stay in Toronto. If he doesn't, there aren't many places he can go and remain fantasy relevant.
  25. Leo Nunez, Marlins- At this point, it will just be whoever looks like they have a slight chance at closing games. At least Nunez appears to have a job.
Well thank you for sticking with me throughout these early rankings. If you have keeper questions, trade ideas or anything else you'd like a second opinion on, make sure to e-mail me at

Otherwise, make sure you check back! There are big things in store for the 2011 baseball season here at FSC.

December 3, 2010

Early 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SP

Other Positions: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP

Last year was indisputably the year of the pitcher, and the fantasy world mirrored that. I have never seen so many dominant performances out of starters. If you managed to draft a staff along the lines of Roy Halladay, Jon Lester, Adam Wainwright and David Price it was game over. If this year is anything near a repeat of 2010, all 25 of these guys could have sub-3.00 ERAs.

  1. Roy Halladay, Phillies-The undisputed #1 starter this year. Unless you get penalized for having dwarf nicknames.
  2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners- So good that he will hereby be known as Emperor Felix.
  3. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals- He gets to work with the world's best pitching coach in baseball and has the world's best hitter on his team.

December 2, 2010

Early 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OF

Other Positions: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP |

Only in the outfield can you find numerous 20/20 candidates waiting you outside of the first few rounds. It is stacked like Pam Anderson. Circa 1995 of course. Here's the top 25 guys I'd want filling my outfield slots.
  1. Carl Crawford, Rays- Only 17 of Crawford's steals came on the fake Tropicana Field. Imagining what he can do when he doesn't call it home, makes me all tingly inside.
  2. Ryan Braun, Brewers- No one has been a more consistent all-around threat in the outfield than Braun. If he played third, he could make a run at #1 pick.
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies- CarGo will be this year's hot pick. I don't think he will make it out of the first round in any roto draft (unless you play with 4 teams).

December 1, 2010

Early 2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: 3B

Other Positions: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP |

Behind outfield and first, third base is where all the power is at. On the rare occasion, as seen with a few of the studs, there is speed to go with the bat. But, for the most part, the guys here swing a mean stick and can be major sources of homers and RBIs. With that in mind, let's look at the top 15 players at the hot corner:
  1. Evan Longoria, Rays- Hopefully one of your leaguemates will think his divorce with Tony Parker will hurt his production. That way you can get your hands on the most talented 3B out there.
  2. David Wright, Mets- One of those aforementioned speed/power rarities. A 25/15 season will be a down year for this Met.
  3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees- A-Rod's run production was suspiciously low last year. But his RBI and homer totals are outta this world.