March Madness means three things:
1. Crazy-ness in the NCAA Tournament
2. Fantasy Baseball is right around the corner
3. Because of 1. and 2., a happy James Langelotti
Many people have a love/hate relationship with fantasy baseball and for reasons I understand. Being far more consuming than any other fantasy sport, it takes a lot of effort to ride to the top come September. However, I’m one of those people who loves it. Time for some of my biased analysis.
Top 10 on my do not draft list:
1. BJ Upton – I don’t know why Upton is the exception to the rule but ever since he was the top prospect in baseball in seemingly 1878 people continue to give him a chance when he just doesn’t deserve it. Book another .230 average and 18 homer year from Upton.
2. Mark Teixeira – When a player openly admits they’re on the decline…they’re on the decline. Coming off an injury plagued 2013 I just don’t see the Yankees first basemen putting up great numbers at such a deep fantasy position.
3. CC Sabathia – Am I a Yankees fan? Two in the top 3. This could go either way. Sabathia lost a lot of weight in the offseason to get in shape and I feel like he could either have another one of his greats years or a repeat of his mediocre 2013. Deep down I think another mediocre season in store for the Yankees “ace.”
4. Matt Kemp – I’ve had him on my fantasy teams the two years he’s gotten hurt and hasn’t produced. I no longer trust him to stay healthy and produce…at least for my fantasy team.
5. Robinson Cano – Cano is a top 10 player in baseball. No doubt about it. However, with no protection in the lineup or anyone to drive in I don’t see Cano being worth the top 10 pick he has been worth for the past 3-4 years.
6. Domonic Brown – Fluke season.
7. Josh Hamilton – Similar to Teixeira, I think Hamilton is on the decline. Even with the loaded lineup the Angels had entering the 2013 campaign, Hamilton struggled out of the gates. I see another mediocre season in store for Hamilton.
8. Jimmy Rollins – Shortstop is such a thin fantasy position but Rollins just isn’t the same player he was four years ago. Look towards the Cubs Starlin Castro here, who many will overlook.
9. Brandon Morrow – Similar to Upton, Morrow is consistently drafted year after year because the scouts always talk about how great his stuff is. Well, maybe his stuff is great but the guy is just never healthy. Plain and simple.
10. Chase Utley – Hasn’t been healthy for a full season since 2009 and isn’t getting any younger.