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Postby wkelly91 » Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:03 pm

Just wondering about who you are going to make sure you get next year? They could be one of the following:

1) Player who breaks out big next year.

Ex: Santana, D.Ortiz

2) Rookie who will have a big impact.

Ex: Pujos type player

3) Semi-washed up veteran who comes back with big year.

Ex: M.Alou

Also, who will have the biggest drop-off?
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Postby tlef316 » Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:39 pm

not saying. too many leaguemates on the board
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Postby flbtank » Tue Nov 09, 2004 1:47 pm

I'll Play....

Breakout - Teixera - Top 10 player next year...going a little deeper I'd go with Kelvim Escobar
Rookie - Jeremy Reed...my league counts hits...He'll be a white Ichiro (From what I've read)
Comeback - Vernon Wells - Put Together a nice 2nd half after returning from Injury
Dropoff - Take your pick...Jeff Kent, Konerko, Lowell, Pavano, Burhrle, and captain obvious Sosa
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Re: Your secret weapons for next year?

Postby slomo007 » Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:36 pm

1) Player who breaks out big next year.
- Besides the obvious ones (Morneau, Wright, Prior), Eric Chavez, Vernon Wells, Nomar, Vazquez

2) Rookie who will have a big impact.

No clue here, I'll have to wait until the offseason trades are done to see where the open roster spots will be for rookies to fill.

3) Semi-washed up veteran who comes back with big year.

Griffey (hey, I can be optimistic, right?), Chipper Jones will be better than he was this year, Lowell, Garrett Anderson, Mussina, Randy Wolf (not really a veteran though)

4) Also, who will have the biggest drop-off?

Rolen (still good, but not like this year), Edmonds (same as Rolen), Alou (duh), Konerko, Burnitz (bye bye Coors), Eric Milton
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Postby stumpak » Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:39 pm

Agree on Wells. Garrett Anderson should be back in full swing next year as well.

In terms of drop-off, expect nothing good from Jorge Julio next year. I'm not an Oriole hater, but add Brian Roberts to the list as well. I also have no confidence in Beltre to repeat his performance, simply because he has never performed unless his back is against the wall. J.D. Drew too, just because the odds of him being healthy two years in a row are so slim.

For a break-out year, I like Bonderman. Finally, I predict that Carlos Lee will have another stellar year and finally get the fantasy stud status that he deserves.
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Postby LBJackal » Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:54 pm

stumpak wrote:Agree on Wells. Garrett Anderson should be back in full swing next year as well.

In terms of drop-off, expect nothing good from Jorge Julio next year. I'm not an Oriole hater, but add Brian Roberts to the list as well. I also have no confidence in Beltre to repeat his performance, simply because he has never performed unless his back is against the wall. J.D. Drew too, just because the odds of him being healthy two years in a row are so slim.

For a break-out year, I like Bonderman. Finally, I predict that Carlos Lee will have another stellar year and finally get the fantasy stud status that he deserves.


I agree on most of this.

Bonderman should have a good year, and Jorge Julio was never good so I don't consider it a dropoff, more like "staying at the same crappy level".

Guys like Drew and Beltre really have nowhere to go but down and there are so many other 3B's and OF's that they aren't worth the risk of taking them where they'll go in drafts.

If Delgado stays, or Toronto gets some other form of protection for Wells, I think he'll have a better year than last year. And GA will be his usual self if he's healthy: .300-25-90-110.
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Postby wkelly91 » Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:02 pm

Jason Phillips- bounce back?
Mike Piazza- done?
Troy Glaus- Is he back?
Brad Wilkinson-Breakout?
Matt Lecroy- Breakout?
Pedro Feliz- breakout?
Robb Quilan-breakout?
Tony Womack- Fizzle?
Omar Infante- breakout?
Chone Figgins- breakout?
Alex Cintron- Bounceback?
Jose Reyes- breakout?
David Newhan- breakout?
Aaron Rowand- Big breakout or letdown?
Bronson Arroyo- breakout?
Eddie Guardado- comeback?
Jack Wilson-Repeat?
Calos Guillen -repeat?
Roy Halladay-comeback?
Bobby Madritsch-breakout?
Coco Crisp- breakout?
Juan Rivera- breakout?
Kazmir-breakout?
Grienke- breakout?
Mussina-done?
E.Jackson- breakout?
B.Webb- comeback or fluke?
Y.Brazoban- future stud?

Comment on any or all. These players intrigue me :-?
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Postby Amazinz » Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:41 pm

Rookies: Russ Adams, Victor Diaz
Breakout: Crosby

Jason Phillips: Don't like him for next year. I think he will bounce back, falling somewhere between his production in 04 and 03. But with 1B almost guaranteed to be filled via free agency and Mike Piazza a shoe-in to play 100 games at C barring injury he'll be lucky to see 60 starts.

Mike Piazza: Piazza stays with the Mets and plays C full-time but I think guesstimating that he only plays about 100 or so games is fair. He'll still have fantasy value just because of the position and will still have 1B eligibilty but he falls from the top tier at the position.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:48 pm

Jason Phillips- bounce back? - Could he do worse?
Mike Piazza- done? - Yes
Troy Glaus- Is he back? - Yes, but still don't expect a good BA
Brad Wilkinson-Breakout? - I expect some improvement
Matt Lecroy- Breakout? - even less playing time and no C eligiblity
Pedro Feliz- breakout? - No
Robb Quilan-breakout? - ???
Tony Womack- Fizzle? - depends where he signs
Omar Infante- breakout? - No
Chone Figgins- breakout? - Last year. Let's see how much he plays
Alex Cintron- Bounceback? - Never was that good
Jose Reyes- breakout? - If he stays healthy
David Newhan- breakout? - ?
Aaron Rowand- Big breakout or letdown? - I'm saying big breakout
Bronson Arroyo- breakout? - He'll be OK but he is too inconsistant
Eddie Guardado- comeback? - Yes
Jack Wilson-Repeat? - Yes
Calos Guillen -repeat? - Yes
Roy Halladay-comeback? - Yes
Bobby Madritsch-breakout? - No
Coco Crisp- breakout? - No
Juan Rivera- breakout? - No
Kazmir-breakout? - No
Grienke- breakout? - No
Mussina-done? - No
E.Jackson- breakout? - No
B.Webb- comeback or fluke? - neither, he is good but the team is horrible
Y.Brazoban- future stud? future maybe not next year
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Postby LBJackal » Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:49 pm

Jason Phillips- bounce back? He's been erased form my memory
Mike Piazza- done? Maybe, but not worth the risk of drafting him where he'll go, methinks
Troy Glaus- Is he back? I think so
Brad Wilkinson-Breakout? Nothing special
Matt Lecroy- Breakout? Refer to Jason Phillips comment
Pedro Feliz- breakout? Still stuck in mediocrity. Nothing but a bit of power and he might not even start
Robb Quilan-breakout? I don't think he's starting either; the Angels infield is crowded
Tony Womack- Fizzle? 3 category player at best. Not a bad backup MI, and he'll score his share of runs
Omar Infante- breakout? Nothing great yet... maybe in a few years
Chone Figgins- breakout? He already broke out... big value at 2B
Alex Cintron- Bounceback? He'll be better than last year... but on that team, I wouldn't expect much
Jose Reyes- breakout? If he's healthy
David Newhan- breakout? He already broke out. I'd expect worse than last year, and let somebody else take him
Aaron Rowand- Big breakout or letdown? Already one of the best CF's in baseball; 2005 should be solid
Bronson Arroyo- breakout? I think so
Eddie Guardado- comeback? If he's healthy, he should pitch like he did the past 4 years: very well
Jack Wilson-Repeat? Not as good as last year, which for fantasy, wasn't even that good to begin with
Calos Guillen -repeat? Cooled off in the last 2 months... no repeat here
Roy Halladay-comeback? I think so. When he's healthy, he's one of the best out there.
Bobby Madritsch-breakout? Nope. He was lucky his ERA was so low last year.
Coco Crisp- breakout? Something along the lines of last season, with less power
Juan Rivera- breakout? For all intents and purposes, I think he's useless
Kazmir-breakout? Nothing more than is expected
Grienke- breakout? Not as good as people will think; K's and W's will be few and far between. ERA and WHIp solid, though, especially in Kauffman
Mussina-done? I think he still has gas in the tank
E.Jackson- breakout? Many were burned by him last year. Should bring good value
B.Webb- comeback or fluke? He had a good year under tha radar. Unfortunately with that offense, he'll still belong under the radar unless his K's increase
Y.Brazoban- future stud? I don't like the walks, but in LA, he'll put up a good ERA. I wouldn't call him a future stud.
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