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Postby Arlo » Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:52 am

Jamey Feuer is rapidly turning inot a three-sport standout. Following articles for the Football and Basketball Cafes, Jamey kicks off his first baseball series, a position-by-position look at this year's top fantasy commodities, with a breakdown of the players manning the hot corner. Who will be this season's best options? Which sleepers might emerge to make an impact?

Check out Jamey's views! ;-D
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Postby Rico The Retard » Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:47 pm

nice article ;-D
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:45 am

Good article.
I don't really agree with everything he wrote but 3B is very deep this year.

p.s. Mora shouldn't qualify anywhere but 3B this year. He only had 2 games last year not at 3B. 1 at SS and 1 at DH.
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Postby quietstorm » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:52 am

I've got Wright in my top 10, and Jones out of it.

And I've got Beltre down for a season more like .300/35/120. He should get some good RBI chances in Seattle, with Ichiro batting ahead of him.

Otherwise... not bad.
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Postby deadfish65 » Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:04 am

I dont understand the article....Do we go by his rankings, which he has Aramis Ramirez ranked 10th..or do we go by his forecasts, where Ramirez is predicted to do better than Chipper (ranked 3rd).

Also who would do predictions without SB's.
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Postby Madison » Thu Feb 10, 2005 12:55 pm

Solid writeup! ;-D

deadfish65 wrote:I dont understand the article....Do we go by his rankings, which he has Aramis Ramirez ranked 10th..or do we go by his forecasts, where Ramirez is predicted to do better than Chipper (ranked 3rd).


I always make at least two sets of rankings. One is the order in which the players will go off the board, and the other is my own personal rankings of how they will do. I cross check every single pick in order to get the best value for my pick.

As a hypothetical, let's say I agree that Aram will be the 3rd best 3rd baseman next year. Now I'm not going to blow a 3rd or 4th round pick on him when Arod goes in the first and Rolen goes in the second. Odds are good that a few more third basemen will be taken before Aram just based on name value and typical rankings. Once third base starts to thin (it won't since 3rd is so deep this year, but as a hypothetical), that's when I swoop in and grab my gem. :-)

Hope that helps. :-)
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Postby quietstorm » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:59 pm

Madison wrote:I always make at least two sets of rankings. One is the order in which the players will go off the board, and the other is my own personal rankings of how they will do. I cross check every single pick in order to get the best value for my pick.

As a hypothetical, let's say I agree that Aram will be the 3rd best 3rd baseman next year. Now I'm not going to blow a 3rd or 4th round pick on him when Arod goes in the first and Rolen goes in the second. Odds are good that a few more third basemen will be taken before Aram just based on name value and typical rankings. Once third base starts to thin (it won't since 3rd is so deep this year, but as a hypothetical), that's when I swoop in and grab my gem. :-)

Hope that helps. :-)


Same here. What I generally do for a full set of rankings is enter some projections into an Excel sheet and, for point-based leagues, set equations to rank players by points. I then average that out with one or two other sets of rankings; usually, a mock draft and the rankings from either Lindy's fantasy mag (used fairly widely in my primary fantasy league), or from ESPN. I weight the mag/ESPN rankings a bit more than anything else, simply because I know there are always some fantasy skippers who don't pay attention beyond those rankings.

I'll toss in personal opinion, in some cases, but not usually. I then compare those with my own rankings (usually I've got them based on position-scarcity-adjusted point values for each player, based on the PECOTA projections) to find out whether or not I should pick a particular player in a given round.
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Fri Feb 11, 2005 8:21 am

Nice article on the rankings...but way wide of the mark on the outlook for the A's. Yes, their pitching will be a little worse, but not nearly as much as people think. And Kendall, Swisher, and Ellis/Ginter boost their offense over last year. Their bullpen, which was good, is even deeper and stronger this year. On net from most of the good stat-based analysis I've seen, they look to gain 2-4 wins.
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