Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fantasyland Update

Johnny Cueto, the next big thing?

Here's few notes on some interesting fantasy developments, hopefully of some use to those reading:

Who's Hot:

Lastings Milledge, OF, WSH
With Elijah Dukes and Willy Mo Pena out, Milledge looks like he's on the way to fulfilling the huge promise he showed on the Mets. Now batting .316 with 6 RBI's, he makes a great speculative add or reserve outfielder. It's never bad to have a guy with .300, 30/30 potential on your team.

Michael Bourn, OF, Astros
Only two runs on the season, and an OBP that couse use some major improvement, but leading the majors in steals with 6. You heard it here first, by now most fantasy owners know Bourn's identity.

Johnny Cueto, SP, Reds
Cueto-mania has been the number one force in fantasyland thus far. Two starts, 18 K's, and an ERA barely above 2.00 have owners seeing the next breakout pitchers. Kurkjian likes him, he's from the Dominican baseball hotbed of San Pedro de Macaris, so you know the guy has potential. Don't sell high, either, this is the type of guy that can win you the league.

Honorable Mention: Corey Patterson (CIN), Xavier Nady (PIT), Aubrey Huff (BAL), Joe Saunders (LAA), Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS), George Sherrill (BAL)

Who's Not:

Russ Martin, C, Dodgers
Clocking in with a .250 OBP, with only one homer and one steal, Martin is not off to the start owners were hoping for, especially as a top 3 catcher. But Martin is too good a player not to turn it around. An excellent buy low candidate.

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
As if batting .176 wasn't bad enough, it appears that the young outfielder will be splitting playing time with Coco Crisp for the foreseeable future. While owners were hoping for a breakout year, it looks like it might not be this year. There are worse options for a bench spot, but there are also quite a few better ones. If there's a Red Sox fan in your league, offer him up and take what you can get.

Kelvim Escobar, SP, Angels
An 18 game winner expected to contribute to many fantasy teams this season, there seems to be no timetable set for Escobar's return from shoulder surgery. Owners will be lucky to see Kelvim back by September, which means put him on your DL, and if that's full, just drop him and target Angels AAA stud Nick Adenhart when he gets called up.

Dishonorable Mention: Robinson Cano (NYY), Gary Sheffield (DET), Andrew Jones (LAD), C.C. Sabathia (CLE), Ted Lilly (CHC), Trevor Hoffman (SD)


Liz said...

I nabbed Cueto after his first start of the year. Let's hope he keeps it up!

Dave H said...

Hehe, me too. We should start selling "I Own Cueto" shirts on here.

Garney said...

I have four of your honorable mentions (the ones that aren't Nady and Sherrill).

I also drafted Aaron Hill per your original writeup, which is also why I drafted Saunders.

Good lookin' out.

Dave H said...

No problem, G, good luck to you.

Saunders looks awesome thus far.

red clay said...

Andruw. Course, spelling is the least of his problems.