A number of players who qualified at 1B last year will only qualify at DH this coming year. The ones I know of are Ortiz and Hafner (are there more?). My question is how does this change their value? Now that they are only Util players, how much does their value drop? Or, more to the point, how much does their percieved value drop? It would be nice to get that kind of production cheaply because nobody has them on their position lists. Or does the lack of flexibility they bring to a fantasy team really reduce their value?
After Edgar's poor start last season, the owner who had kept him dropped him and I used my waiver wire spot to pick him up, thinking: "Hey, its Edgar Martinez, he has to come around." He never did and I was hadcuffed for several weeks with no where to put players and no flexibility. I might grab Ortiz in the draft, but with no position eligibility, his value will drop significantly in our league
Flexibility is overrated IMO. Extra eligibility is convenient at times but it's never enough of a factor for me to factor it into draft values.
Players like Ortiz who lose 1B-eligibility this year definitely lose value. I'm not sure about their perceived value and probably wont know until people start mocking. Instead of just being compared to a pool of first basemen now you have to compare them against every draft-worthy hitter.
My guess right now is that someone like Ortiz will be drafted too high for my taste but I haven't gotten far enough in my rankings to know where I'd be comfortable taking him.
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
Durazo, Hafner, Fullmer, Thomas, Salmon, Offerman, and Segui, appear to be the only ones in this situation if I'm reading the stats at ESPN.com correctly. Needless to say most won't be a real impact player fantasy wise next season except for Hafner, Durazo, and maybeThomas.