Fantasy Baseball Preview and Fantasy Golf
Happy Hump Day All,
If you need to fill your fantasy hunger before then (I know I do), make Fantazzle part of your day with golf season getting under way, as Masters fantasy games are now available. Available are salary cap fantasy golf games as well as fantasy challenge and pick’em options. Is Tiger back in business? Is a fourth green jacket in the works for Lefty (1:53 Thursday tee time)? No lack of story lines on the pro tour this week, and Fantazzle provides both the casual and the die hard golf fans extra incentive to tune in this weekend.
As for baseball, filling your middle infield spots is tough, as the crop of reliable players gets very thin very fast. Here is a spot where I’d suggest either going for the top player, or waiting and trying to get a sleeper choice for relatively cheap in fantasy baseball salary cap games.
1. Robinson Cano – In my opinion, it is Cano and everybody else at 2B this year. He comes with almost no downside, as he has played at least 159 games over the five years, and playing that volume of games in a loaded lineup at a friendly ball park is all a fantasy owner can ask for. His power and average can’t be matched, he’ll knock in and score over 100 runs, and he’ll even steal you a few bases. It is simply impossible to overpay the Yankees second basemen.
2. Ian Kinsler – High risk, high reward. If you can stay healthy, he could challenge Cano, as the Rangers are potent from top to bottom. Kinsler offers elite power and speed, without hurting you in batting average. Warning: he has yet to play over 121 games in an even numbered year, and for the record, this is 2012.
3. Dustin Pedroia – He scraps and claws his way to great fantasy numbers every year, and this year shouldn’t be much different. I’m confident in Adrian Gonzalez in the middle of that lineup, and a Carl Crawford bounce back could make this a top 5 offense in all of baseball. He’s not the run producer that top two are, but he offers solid stats across the board. He’s more reliable than most think (aside from 2010, he has played at least 154 games since 2008) but his ceiling is lower than that off the top two. That being said, his floor is lower than that of Kinsler, and he’ll cost you less.
Dan Uggla – You know what you get from Uggla, lots of power and little of anything else. It’s not that I don’t like him this year, but I just don’t understand his ADP. His home run numbers are the tops for his position, but he isn’t elite anywhere else. Power is available late in drafts, so don’t spend an early pick on Uggla. At second base, I want a player that can be efficient across the board as opposed to elite in one area and harmful in others.
Ryan Roberts – The baby backs are growing up before our eyes, and Roberts should be in the middle of things again this year. I expect Justin Upton to continue to improve, thus improving the pitches everyone else will see. Fill out your fantasy baseball lineup with him, as his 20/20 potential makes for solid value.
Enjoy the return of the boys of summer as well as the main golf event of the season,
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