2012 Fantasy Baseball
Howdy fantasy fanatics!
With the MLB season technically beginning tonight in Japan, I’m here to alleviate the stresses that come with pre ranking players for your upcoming drafts or weekly fantasy baseball games on Fantazzle. Today my positional preview is at first base, where I offer up the top three players, a sure fire sleeper, and a player who isn’t worth a penny of your valuable budget in salary cap games.
- Miguel Cabrera – The edition of Prince simply can’t hurt, and his move to third base only makes him more valuable. A rare combination of elite power and a selective eye, Miggy is just as likely to win a HR crown as he is a batting title. He’s my top ranked fantasy baseball player overall, and I expect another rock solid year. His on the field risk is next to nothing, and his off the field issues are worth putting up with for a player who can lead your team.
- Albert Pujols – Relax people, it’s a change of scenery, not a change in sports. Pujols’ move will mean exactly nothing, which means he is a lock for at least .300 – 110 – 35 – 100. He adds a handful of steals every year, a stat that very few 1B players will get you. His “down” year last year still ranks him as a top 10 option, and I’ll take my chances on “the machine” continuing his historic pace.
- Adrian Gonzalez – My optimism stems from the change in mindset in Boston, as well as my confidence in a Crawford bounce back. With Bobby Valentine calling the shots, I think Gonzo will thrive in the business first approach. Gonzalez lived up to the hype last year, even with minimal support at times, and should increase across the boards. If Crawford can regain his form, he’ll combine with Jacoby Ellsbury for the best table setting duo in the MLB. He wouldn’t shock me if he was the top overall player this season.
Sleeper: Freddie Freeman – The Braves young gun was overshadowed by some of the strong young players, but make no mistake about it, this man can rake. He hit 21 bombs while batting .282 last year, and should benefit as the Braves lineup begins to gel. With Michael Bourn at the top of the lineup, and plenty of power sprinkled up and down the Atlanta roster, look for Freemen to crack the top seven or eight at his position.
Bust: Michael Morse – He played way over his head last year, cranking 31 homers and leading the Nationals offense. With Ryan Zimmerman back in the folds, and the expected call up of Bryce Harper, I just don’t see Morse getting nearly as many bats with runners in scoring position. He will be moved down in the lineup, and opposing pitchers will not take him as lightly as last year. Freemen will out-homer Morse this year, and with a cheaper price tag.
And don’t forget, Season Fantasy Baseball Salary Cap games will start on April 9, 2012 at Fantazzle, including a special $100 freeroll. Fantazzle will also be offering daily, weekly, and monthly fantasy baseball games all season long. Play free games and entry fee salary cap, challenege, pick’em, and limited lineup fantasy baseball games. The choice is yours.
Enjoy the return of the boys of summer,
- Fantazzle Kyle