IllinoisBandit wrote:1. Alex Rodriguez
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Garrett Atkins
4. David Wright
5. Ryan Braun
6. Aramis Ramirez
7. Chipper Jones
Chone, Zimmerman (I have little faith in these two in '08) - I won't draft them under any circumstances.
Garbage (I'd take Gordon over EE any day. EE will be .270/18/80. I'd rather draft someone with a higher ceiling than that.)
I'll be drafting 3B a tad earlier than last year. To me it's not a deep position at all.
Assuming standard 5 x 5 (2007 numbers):
Garrett Atkins .301 AVG, 83 R, 25 HR, 111 RBI, 3 SB (605 AB)
David Wright .325 AVG, 113 R, 30 HR, 107 RBI, 34 SB (604 AB)
Ryan Braun .324 AVG, 91 R, 34 HR, 97 RBI, 15 SB (451 AB)
Aramis Ramirez .310 AVG, 72 R, 26 HR, 101 RBI, 0 SB (501 AB)
To me, Atkins certainly doesn't approach Wright. If you think Braun's due for a significant dropoff, maybe Atkins would be the better choice, but Braun put up more runs, HR, and SB despite over 150 fewer AB. He was easily on pace to catch him in RBIs too and had a higher average. I'd take Aramis over Atkins too. Give Aramis the same 605 AB, and he would have outproduced Atkins (unless you're projecting injury, which I tend not to do).
I guess my question is, what do you see in Atkins (or perhaps these other 3) this year that would make you take him 3rd? What are your projections?