1. Does ARod's hip concerns push him out of the 6 to be drafted?
2. Who do you take first, Utley or Kinsler? Both strike me as being injury risks but the payoff on either can be substantial.
3. Should I be worried about the health of Brandon Webb (got shelled in ST yesterday after struggling a touch in the second half last year) and Cole Hamels (extended season with the World Series victory).
4. Will Jake Peavy get than 12 wins.
5. Who's the best bet to bounce back to supremacy - Josh Beckett or John Lackey
6. Do you reach for Rollins in the late 1st early 2nd, or wait for one of the second tier options in round 8 or 9?
7. Who is the best 3rd tier 2b to perform at a 2nd tier level: Jose Lopez, Kelly Johnson, Robinson Cano, other?
8. Is Hideki Matsui primed for a rebound year or is he just too beat up?
2. Everything that's been coming out of Philly has Utley being ready for opening day....every news blurb...he's doing good...he's on track...he's gonna make it...he feels fine....plus, he's as tough as they come...so if draft night rolls around and there has been no change to that status quo, he is still the #1 second basemen on my board.
3. Brandon Webb gets shelled every spring training, quite frankly....he's as consistent as they come at SP...you shouldn't dismiss these injury concerns...but if he's saying he feels fine, I will believe him...bad ST outings have been too common in his past to just link it to the injury...but obviously when it comes to drafting starting pitching early you always should be concerned about injuries...same goes for Hamels
4. Irrelevant to fantasy baseball draft preparation.
5. As a guy who has Lackey on his team year after year...the answer is Beckett....Beckett pitched a lot better than that 4 ERA indicated..he had some hit and strand rate issues in the second half which should regress to his norms...if they do, there is absolutely nothing stopping Beckett from a sub 3.5 ERA. Lackey will be Lackey...I'm not sure he wasn't the Same old Lackey last season....he got lucky in the first half last year but in the 2nd half his HR/Fly ball was 20%, which is well more than double any of his career norms...Lackey will be right around a 3.5-3.7 and he's very dependable...but the chances of returning to that 3.03 ERA before last season were slim. He's not THAT good.
6. Well, if you don't take Rollins...you don't take anybody in round 8 or 9. Yahoo actually got something right in their SS primer yesterday..if you don't see value in the big 3 or miss them, you should just wait and wait and wait...take Hardy or something...it doesn't really matter. Alexei Ramirez has to be one of the worst draft values in fantasy. As for Rollins himself...I love the guy, he's my favorite position player these days...but the raw numbers will not be worthy of a top 2 round selection. That said, I can understand him there simply because of the position concerns. He's good enough to get into that top tier, and once he's gone...it's a huge drop. If you buy into position scarcity (and, you should to some extent) then you can't really knock Rollins in the LATE first/early 2nd...because his numbers will bounce back a bit this season. But you take him knowing you're playing the value game, and not looking for the best raw numbers...
7. Either Cano or JLopez for this one....Cano isn't really showing us much of that upside he has...I'm seeing more of the same for Cano, with the only potential upgrades to Batting Average and Runs....but since he hits so low in NYY, he can't even maximize that..if he was in the 2 hole all year, I'd be very high on him regardless....but for how they use him, I don't think he's a great value this year.
8. 18/80/75 r/.285.....more than likely not worth your time, unfortunately