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Is D. Johnson a good sleeper?

Postby maj0819 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:00 am

I think he is going to be the starting 1B for Oakland. He is having a good spring for what its worth. I am thinking of dropping Jacque Jones for a good sleeper and Johnson is available along with J. Michaels, C. Jackson, and C. Monroe. I like Johnson the best though. Thoughts?
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Postby Roberto21 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:13 am

I'd take Johnson over Jacque Jones every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I'd also take every one of those other players over him.

I'd rank them Johnson, Jackson, Michaels, Monroe
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Postby maj0819 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:26 am

Anyone else?
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Postby bigken117 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:47 am

Johnson is a darkhorse candidate of mine to hit 30 HR (not saying he will, but I wouldn't be shocked).
His power is more developed than Jackson's, so I'd give him the nod for that, but Jackson will hit for a higher avg.
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Postby Inukchuk » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:36 pm

Dan-o's an awesome bench guy to have. He's shown good power and a great eye. I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually hit 30- 300. Will it happen this year? I think it's possible.

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Postby perlick29 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:11 pm

A good sleeper. No. That's a misappropiation of the word when he had a good season last year.

But a good value pick? Absoulutely. He showed that over a full season he is capable of putting up some decent numbers as a UTIL in 12 team leagues or even a 1B if you have someone else outstanding to take the UTIL spot.
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Postby reynolds80 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:49 pm

I like Dan a ton as a real life player, but in fantasy I'm not sold yet. Things are just tough in the AL West for hitters, unless you happen to be in Arlington. Oakland doesn't have the greatest hitters' environment either.
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Postby stumpak » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:13 pm

That is not really true, the Coliseum is statisically a hitter's park.

I like Johnson as a value pick, and I think he can exceed overall expectation, especially if he moves up the order following the inevitable Big Hurt injury.

But he is still very sub-par for a 1B in a 12 team league. So realize that while he may be good value, you still have a deficiency in your line-up in all but the deepest leagues.
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Postby reynolds80 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:46 pm

BP gives the Coliseum a park factor of 0.994, which is almost exactly neutral, if anything it gives a tiny advantage to pitchers. (under 1.0 favors pitchers, over 1.0 favors hitters)

So again, not a great hitter's park.

The Angels and Mariners have park factors of .960 and .954 respectively, so outside of a trip to the Lone Star State, AL West hitters have an extra hill to climb.
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Postby Havok1517 » Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:59 pm

I like Johnson but I'm not so sure he'll have enough playing time with Thomas, Swisher, Payton, Kielty all going for spots to produce to his fullest. I mean I think Johnson gets his share of playing time but might not be as good as it could be.
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