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Secret Avatar wrote:Likely this thread is the product of some (questionable IMO) advice from fantasy "experts" on yahoo that Crawford is not a top-20 guy. I would not take that advice. I think part of that advice is frustration with waiting for Crawford to realize his "power potential" that had hyped him as a first rounder for the last three years. But it is important to remember that he is still only 26 and that he has not been 100 percent the last 2 years.
What do you look for in a 1st or second round pick? I look for three things: proven elite numbers, upside potential, and rock-solid stability. Crawford clearly has all these things. He has already posted elite numbers: 300+ BA, 15+ HR, 75+ RBI, 95+ runs, and 50+ steals. He also has upside potential. He's still only 26. He hit 18 HR at age 25. He's also been hampered by nagging injuries through 2006 and 2007 (wrist, ankle, leg, etc.) that likely effected both his power and speed. In a full healthy year, he could post 320-22-85-100-60. And finally, he's been as rock-solidly consistent as any player the last three years. If I recall, in each of the past 3 years he has been in the top 30 by yahoo rankings at the end of the year (based on actual production, not projections)
What does all this mean? To me, it means that if I'm sitting with a pick in the 12 to 20 range, after all the elite-of-the-elite are gone, I'm gonna grab Crawford if he's still there.
JakeTrain72 wrote:What you need to know about Crawford entering into 08 drafts:
If you have the chance to make Crawford the SECOND player on your team there is no thought required, you just take him and look towards round 3. If you have to think about it, you probably think he is overrated and won't be getting him on any teams.
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