Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ahhhh! Fantasy Baseball is in the air.........

Man, I love this time of the year! Its not the idea of fresh green grass, mildly warm breezes or the NCAA tournament.......its that Saturday afternoon in your bosses basement where we host that first Fantasy Baseball draft of the year! What exactly is Fantasy Baseball to you???? To me, its many things like ......

- sitting in my company 's cubicle, in my company's office, in my company's building , on my company's dime constantly harassing a fellow league mates to trade me Grady Sizemore for Steve Balboni!

- putting earplugs in my ears and locking the door when the "ole ball and chain" gives me the "what the hell are you always on that computer for?" speech!

- its asking the old lady behind the desk in Barnes & Noble when the first Fantasy Baseball magazine will be November......... only to get a reply of "What the hell is Fancy Baseball???"

- having trouble sleeping at night because we're scared Ben Sheets could have another injury riddled season after we just spent $30 on him in the auction!

- missing your first child being born in the hospital because your in the break room Sunday night adjusting your lineups!

- living in New York, growing up a die hard Yankee fan, and buying yourself a Mark Teixiera shirt on Ebay!

- buying magazine after magazine after magazine only to get the same projections that you still don't agree with!

- wasting $14.99 a month for a Fantasy Baseball website subcription only to find the same projections as the ones in the magazines!

- dropping Mark Whitten Tuesday morning and watching him mash 3 homeruns the next night on Sportscenter!

- spilling beer all over the draftboard and watching the heavy set company marketing manager lick it off the table, and off my draft sheets and magazine!

Fantasy Baseball is here my friends! Enjoy it while you can, its your home away from home. Its the only place you can sit and be free! Even when the wife is nagging, Fantasy Baseball is meditation for the common man! So grab your ear plugs, lock the door and smile....Fantasy Baseball is here!

The Fantasy Man .... OUT!
Fantasy Baseball Express

Monday, March 13, 2006

Stars who can still Break out!

I know there are plenty of lists out there trying to determine who the real breakouts will be this year! Who's 27, who's coming off injury, who lost weight, etc, etc, etc.! However, what about the stars who may have slightly underperformed but could potentially join the elite this year? Lets take a look.....

Pat Burrell - He is one of my favorites this year. After a horrible 2003 and a not much better 2004, Pat the Bat really came on last year hitting .281 with 32 HR and 117 RBI..... and that was with a bad foot that he couldn't put pressure on all year. If you were in an auction league, I hope you grabbed him for $1. Now that he had surgery to relieve the pain and had a special boot thingy designed, he says he feels great, can put pressure back on that foot and now has the potential to top 35+ HR and 120+ RBI hitting 4th and 5th in the Philly lineup. Assuming his foot stays pain free, Burrell will have a huge year power wise. He doesn't steal and he's probably a .275 - .280 hitter but .295 is not out of the question.. he's a raw and free swinger but his power is nuts! You can usually nab him after the top outfielders are gone but should perform like a 1st or 2nd rounder.

Adam Dunn - Here's another guy with a ton of power but strikes out more than Steve Balboni! He hit 40/101 last year with what he says was a broken hand. Imagine what he could do with a healthy hand! 50 maybe? 120+ maybe??? Possibly, but what makes him more attractive is that he qualifies at 1B, CI, and OF. He will be a monster this year and my guess he will improve his average a bit and decrease his K's just a bit. Remember, he is just 26. Invest while he is still a little cheap and people still worry about his average. He's also a lock for 100+ runs and maybe 5 stolen bases.

Roy Halladay - His last 2 years have been a disaster, but Roy was 12-4 with a 2.41 era and a .96 WHIP in just 19 starts before he broke his leg. He is CY young material and says he feels 100%. Watch out because this guy still has something to prove and he is going to go nuts this year despite having toplay the Yankkes and the Sox. He will have no problem joining my 200 Club! He'll go just after Santana, Peavy and Oswalt and in some cases after 2 or 3 other pitchers. If he slips to you in the 3rd round, snatch him up and don't be scared of the injury risk...he's healthy!

Carlos Zambrano - This guy drop about 15 - 20 pounds in hopes of winning the CY Young! He has awesome stuff, he's 200K material and he is part of a great pitching staff. Unfortunately, he hasn't busted out with the wins. He'll join my 200 club once again but this could be the year he gets atleast 18 wins and a CY Young, if Jake Peavy doesn't beat him to it. He's still only 24! Yikes!

Aramis Ramirez - ARams stock could have been a bit higher if he didn't go down with the quad injury at the end of the year. In 463 ab's he hit .302/31/92. Imagine those numbers with 550 - 600 ab's and the fact that he turns the magical age of 27 this year! He usually goes in the very late 2nd round or 3rd round but if he is sitting there in the 3rd or slips to the 4th, grab him! #B is weak this year and power will finally bust out into the elite this year! If he gets off to a slow start and you dont have him, trade for ARam while his stock is down and reap the benefits the rest of the season.

Good luck! Dont let these guys slip!

Fantasy Man ......OUT!