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Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby velasw » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:25 am

First post on forum, first year in fantasy baseball.
Appreciate the assistance! There is one owner ahead of me, so I could use a 1/2 answer.

The player I pick will be on my team for four years.

Best Available Players to Draft in the First Round:
Carl Crawford
Ryan Braun
Dustin Pedroia
Alex Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira
Justin Upton
Chase Utley
Joe Mauer
Jose Reyes (Mets fan here)
Jose Bautista

Pitchers:
Carpenter, Chris SP STL
Haren, Dan SP ANA
Greinke, Zack SP MIL
Hanson, Tommy SP ATL
Latos, Mat SP SD
Broxton, Jonathan RP LA
Oswalt, Roy SP PHI
Marcum, Shaun SP MIL

Current roster:
Napoli, Mike(1B,C) TEX
Gonzalez, Adrian(1B) BOS
Zobrist, Ben(1B,2B,OF) TB
Zimmerman, Ryan(3B) WAS
Fielder, Prince(1B) MIL
Guerrero, Vladimir(OF) BAL
Jones, Adam(OF) BAL
Braden, Dallas(SP) OAK
Johnson, Josh(SP) FLA
Pineiro, Joel(SP) ANA
Zito, Barry(RP,SP) SF
Aardsma, David(RP) SEA
Montgomery, Mike(SP) KC

Total Salary is 193, Salary Cap is 300 in a 13-player league.
Active Roster: 30: 2-C, 1-1B, 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-SS, 1-MI, 1-CI, 5-OF, 2-DH, 15 Pitchers (No More than 7 RP)

Scoring: Rotisserie Style (6 x 6)
Batting Pitching
BA – Batting Average ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs K – Strikeouts
OBP – On Base Percentage W – Wins
RBI – Runs Batted In S – Saves
R – Runs WHIP – (Walks + Hits)/Inning
SB – Stolen Bases H - Holds
Minimum AB: 7000 Minimum IP: 2000

Help a brother out :) Thanks in advance
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Re: Best Available Pick: Crawford, Braun...?

Postby avsfan4ever33 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:37 am

I have Braun as the #1 fantasy outfielder, so he's my first choice if available. If Braun is picked, go with Crawford.
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Re: Best Available Pick: Crawford, Braun...?

Postby jakesnake48 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:50 am

I agree with above....Braun or Crawford would be a great addition.
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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby velasw » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:09 am

Thanks to the two guys that posted...
Im wondering if I should pick Mauer over Braun or Crawford.
What do you think?
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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby Jupiter4 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:21 am

No don't take Mauer. Crawford is the best idea. Mauer already has spent time on the DL in the past and as a catcher probably will again. If Crawford or Braun are gone I'd look to Justin Upton as well. He's young and starting to put things together. He might be the #1 OF'er in two years.
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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby rukus9 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:52 am

Braun all the way. Outfielder is alot shallower than most people realize and he is the best of the bunch. If he isn't available then take Crawford. Not a chance for Mauer.
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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby Skimo77 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:24 am

I agree, i'd take Braun for sure. You're OF needs it, and Napoli will be comparable with most catchers this season and Mauer is an injury risk, though a great player. Braun will firm up your offense a lot more.
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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby cwhitty » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:40 am

Considering this is a 4 year committment and much of Mauer's value is in his catcher eligibility and that he won't be a catcher in 2 years he's out(plus he doesn't have as much value as the 2 OF in question). I'd actually go with Crawford. Reason Being Braun continuously has nagging injuries that either keep him out of action or hurt his production. His issues are with his back, wrist and oblique area. Three INCREDIBLY important parts to a swing. As he continues to get older these issues will pop up more and linger longer(that was fun to type and say). Crawford is in a great situation in Boston and his numbers should increase. Very good BA, tons of runs, RBI opportunities and even the HR should increase. He's got the Green Monster, short porch in right and covernous center field to pad his inside the park HR numbers.

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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby rukus9 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:53 am

Braun has averaged 600+ ABs the 3 years and is 2 years younger than Crawford. I'm going with Braun.
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Re: Best Pick.. Mauer, Braun or Crawford?

Postby Skimo77 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:03 pm

I would respectfully disagree with you on that point cwwitty. I'm not saying Carl Crawford would be a bad choice, but i disagree that in the long term Crawford is a much better choice because of injuries etc. As has been shown time and time again speedsters such as Crawford lose their SB totals the older they get, and therefore at 30-34 years old Crawford's value drops. I agree his power numbers will increase while playing at Fenway, but not to the levels of Ryan Braun. Crawford also has played on turf his whole career which has potential to give players long term knee problems. Braun has had his bangs and bruises, but nothing that has kept him out of the lineup for an extended period of time, and his HR and RBI totals should/could increase over the next 4 years while Crawford's SB totals will diminish significantly. You can also throw in the fact that Braun is two years younger which definitely plays a role in a keeper league.
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