abrage22 wrote:aww i still don't like the guy, try having a good team by drafting wells and bj ryan last year .
Yep, there's a lot of risk in relying on the Blue Jays medical staff and spin doctors for anything..
That said, Wells is very underrated for fantasy purposes this year, he was badly injured most of last season and it's tough to imagine him having another year as bad as that one. If he can return to even 80% of what he used to be then he will way outperform his draft position in '08.
speaking of blue jays pitchers and injuried, i also drafted burnett the year he got injured, which was what like 2 years ago, the same year i drafted sheets when he started his injury streak .
Look at Wells' numbers over the last few years. He's highly inconsistent. He may come back and reassert himself as a top OF, but he also might post another waiver wire-type season. He's too volatile, and I don't think his ADP takes into account just how risky he is. I'll be staying away.
Guttenburg wrote:Ok, ok, maybe a tad bit of hyperbole with the whole AL MVP candidate thing. But still, in my books he's def. ranked above Markakis, Pena, Eric Byrnes, Derek Lee, etc. Would anybody disagree that he should go before these guys?
Vernon Wells has been overrated as a fantasy player for years, he's really only had 2 "great" seasons over the course of his career. The RBIs will keep coming, however, as they keep putting him in the #3 spot.
I don't see how Vernon Wells won't be a productive player hitting 3rd in the Blue Jays lineup. He hits in a hitters friendly park, has a good lineup around him which should be good for runs scored and RBI, and depending on where Rios bats (is he batting 2nd or 4th? ) he should have decent protection behind him. .285, 95 runs scored, 27 HR, 105 RBI, 13 SB isn't really reaching that far. Now, if his shoulder is still messed up, THAT's another story..
Ender wrote:His shoulder isn't fully fixed, it is a problem that could easily come back the middle of this year so while he has upside he has just as much risk. I don't mind drafting him but I would be looking to trade him by the all star break.
Where exactly did you hear this? Everything I've read is that the surgery was successful and that the shoulder is fine now.
Granted, the Blue Jays have been known to lie about this stuff before, but I have yet to read anything saying that the shoulder isn't fully fixed.
Do you have a cite?
"One of the teams represents truth, justice, the American way, and underdogs everywhere. The other represents George Steinbrenner!" - U.S. News and World Reports columnist John Leo on the difference between the Mets and the Yankees.
Vernon Wells has been underrated most of his career. THe fear this year is he is only 6 months post-op Left shoulder surgery (a labral repair is pretty serious). It usually takes up to a year to regain coordination, velocity of his swing, etc. THere is no question he is better off now than he was last year when playing with the injury, but to predict MVP like numbers is too lofty this season. Maybe next year. I will be surprised if he hits > 20-25 HR this year.
I like Wells in real life and in the field, but I've always stayed away from him as a fantasy player and I'm going to stay away again this year. He's too inconsistent from year to year and a bit overrated, purely as a hitter. The most I would feel comfortable expecting out of him is a .275 25/10 type season.