In a Head2Head 5X5 league who is the more value at SS this year?
Jeter or Furcal?
My Team Below: H2H 5x5 C: Posada 1B: Berkman 2B: Kendrick 3B: Atkins SS: Jeter OF: Braun, Crawford, Quentin Util: Ortiz BN: Hawpe, Beltre, Ibanez, Kelly Johnson SP: Peavy, Kazmir, Danks, Greinike, Chris Young RP: J. Soria, B.J. Ryan BN: E. Santana, J. Motte
I'm a firm believer this year that the differences between SSs this year is slight once you get to the third tier (after Reyes, Rollins, Ramirez, Drew, Tulo, Ramirez).
Down here, Furcal, Jeter, Peralta, Cabrera, Hardy, Greene, et al are pretty comparable. Greene's not for sure in this class yet, and Peralta might deserve to be with the other second class guys, but after the top 6 go, I'm thinking the field's pretty level.
In other words, I would pay nothing to swap SSs here: there's no reason to.
I prefer Jeter myself: back issues are recurrant for Furcal, and Jeter's a lead off hitter for a good offense. Jeter's numbers were down after playing through hand pain last year, and I would think this is his last year to potentially play healthy and well all year. If his owies don't start becoming too common as he ages, he might even have two 5th round years yet.
I predict a 50/50 split in responses. This is a gut call, who's 7th or 11th at SS this year.
Furcal is IMHO one of the most overrated players going into this season. I don't get it either. It's as if people are extrapolating those 140 AB from last year over a full season. If it's as simple as a choice of one or the other I'd take Furcal; similar #s plus 15-20 SB. But considering how they are being valued Jeter is more reliable. And in H2H I would not pay much at all to upgrade from Jeter to Furcal.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey